“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Clap for Carers

 I was yet again getting angry at the leaf blower in my street and very sad for the poor worker who had to use it. I could smell the fumes two hundred feet away. 

They were exploiting him the Sunday before a holiday. Must keep those driveways free of bits! 

Then I thought oh, we exploit nonhumans every Sunday. 

Then I thought oh, most nature writing is basically Clap for Carers. 


YES: Report this News at Planet Scale

 Great piece in the New York Times, that finally makes all the eco actions not look like piecemeal, weird, unique events but aggregates them all into one thing. 

This is exactly how this news should be reported. Black Lives Matter and MeToo issues should be reported like this too. 

All three are something new: something as big or bigger than global corporations and religion. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Nice Interview

 For those of you who didn't hear it, it will be archived soon. It was a sort of "Desert Island Discs" one if you have ever heard that show on BBC Radio 4. I liked doing it very much. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021


 I've realized that I haven't written much if anything of my many coronavirus thoughts here. So here's part one of me making up for that. 

When I got the vaccine, I had a lot of side effects. I felt feverish, that was the main one. When I checked my temperature, it was totally normal. Yet I felt as if I had a virus! What was happening? 

By the way, if you have a fever, and this is me speaking as someone from four generations of atheists whose mum's friend was a doctor, the thing to do is not, I repeat not, to wrap yourself in blankets. That will only drive your temperature up. My brother was once hospitalized because he had all these hot showers and blankets and drove his temperature up to 105! 

It sounds stupid, until you try it, but cool things. Take off that blanket. Soothe your wrists with a cloth soaked in cold water. Your wrists have prominent veins. The cool water will cool your blood. Cool cloth on your forehead and upper arms too. It works! 

So I had this side effect and I got thinking about recombinant RNA. Basically it's one level below a normal vaccine. That kind of thing is bits of dead virus. This is stuff that's telling your RNA to make the "vaccine" as it were. So it's causing a very very intimate part of you to do some different work. 

So it feels like you have a virus. 

Israel-Palestine Podcast

 I've made episode 31 all about it. Join us and donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

New Podcast Episode

You'll find it if you go to my Patreon page. I hope you like it. Right now we're donating $850 a month to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. To give you an idea of how the site has been growing, that figure was $300 in December.