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John Davis is a practicing architect in Ojai, California. He has taught Environmental Humanities at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and at Viridis Graduate Institute. He blogs on history and the environment at

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Discovering America?, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 18, 2022
The Idea of America This country's attempts to improve conditions for the pursuit of our unalienable rights have fallen into the abyss. We are closing in on fifty years of an ideology that has systematically deprived much of the population of its baseline psychological, physiological, and material needs.
Silk Road #8, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 20, 2022
And So It Is And so it is that a West that has oppressed and exploited so much of the world will become, in turn, oppressed and the exploited - it's ill-gotten wealth now concentrated in the grasping hands of the so very few will slowly over many generations be traded away to the global south.
Australian Aboriginals are a people inviolably enmeshed within their landscape, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 1, 2022
Life and Death A society's interaction with the flora, fauna and the landforms found in its environment can promote an understanding of the cosmic process.
'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima', 23 February 1945, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 20, 2022
The War Russia somehow had to be resuscitated after the collapse of the USSR as a continuing military threat otherwise wither NATO and wither the egregious military spending of the United States?
Sun rays over dense green forests, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 6, 2022
Magic We can speculate that Upper Ojai was singularly experienced, understood, and revered as a deeply magical place.
Forest Stream After Rain Showers, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 16, 2022
Rain I have seen my first peony flower of the season, an early reminder of the revival of life that occurs in the chaparral with the arrival of winter's rain.
the oak tree, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Oak In their conquest of varied terrain and climate the oak has acquired an adaptability based on small changes in their genetic code.
Paul Kelpe: (Machinery Abstract #2), 1934, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 21, 2021
The Ethics of Architecture Those who practice architecture's arts and sciences are engulfed within the Anthropocene, an epoch characterized by epidemic, species extinction, a human population ballooning towards eight billion, rampant destruction of habitat and most pernicious of all, runaway global warming.
Hercules Aircraft at Kandahar, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Fading to Sepia The country's humiliating retreat from Afghanistan is an indicator that this formerly imperious political and military power is now woefully inadequate to the task of combatting the exigencies of terrorism, religious fundamentalism, tribal solidarity, asymmetrical warfare.
Snow leopard about to walk, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 18, 2021
Bear Canyon America's Great Basin which occupies most of Nevada, southern eastern Oregon and about half of Utah functions hydrologically like the Tibetan Plateau.
Mountain view from Sisar Road, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 6, 2021
Sisar Oak, walnut, bay, and sycamore shade the trail and as you begin to rise out of the canyon, Cottonwoods reach for the sky beyond the riparian canopy.
California Rain, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 17, 2021
In the Weeds of History After four years or more of bloviation focused on Trump, American democracy and the deep wounds of this country's colonial past it is time to return to the enchantments of the Urban Wildland except that there is no escape even in the hinterlands from the psychic toll of conquest.
Symbols of USA - American Eagle & Liberty Bell - Bellagio Conservatory - Las Vegas, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 18, 2020
What Shall We Call It? There was no coup. American democracy worked as designed: it took the progressive energies unleashed in opposition to the Trump administration and entirely neutered them with the orderly election of the avuncular Joseph Biden, protector of the Empire, the military industrial complex, banking and finance..
'Empathy and Healing' as practiced as a political art represents the displacement of action with wheedling emotional manipulation, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 18, 2020
"Law and Order" vs. "Empathy and Healing" All hope of racial justice, income equality, climate action and the elimination of gender bias awaits the next revolution, not the result of this November's federal election.
Clean energy cannot sufficiently replace oil and gas in the few short years we have to turn things around, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 28, 2020
No Fire Without Smoke According to a report issued by Stanford University earlier this year climate change has resulted in the doubling of the number of extreme-risk days for California wildfires while average temperatures have risen almost two degrees Fahrenheit and rainfall has dropped by a full 30%.
Such protests will mean little if they do not result in the broader interruption of the ideologies these erstwhile exalted figures represent, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 5, 2020
The COVID-Interregnum As the statues have tumbled across the land there is an understanding that we will emerge from what might be called the COVID-Interregnum as a much-altered nation - our histories reimagined, and our values reconfigured.
Every glimpse of the Stars and Stripes has me lurching between love and loathing - emotionally torn between the romantic and the rational, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 15, 2020
This is No Way to Live The change I want to see has already begun and is already manifest in a fearless resolve that quite simply - This is No Way to Live!
Politics have been dethroned the public realm abandoned and the public good forsaken, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2020
Our History is Our Future WE citizens are remade as human capital: mini entrepreneurs whose only civic duty is towards pumping up the GDP. This is what our government demands of us and we would be foolish to expect more from it than further destruction of the public realm and further trivialization of the democratic process.
Endless growth can only end in tears yet our leaders are addicted to an expansionary economic model that continues to be fossil-fuel dependent, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 8, 2020
Visions of a Post-Covid-19 World The extraordinary circumstances of a global stand-down as SARS-CoV-2 careens across the planet has given us, amidst the appalling realities of viral sickness and death, a momentary vision of a saner, healthier, and a cooler world.
Science has revealed the SARS-CoV-2 virus in spectacular imagery rendered by the electron microscope, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2020
A Shared Perception of Harm - The Disruptive Power of Covid -19 Its colonization of humanity, having been previously confined to Asian bat populations, has enabled the pathogen to express itself dramatically in the form of a global pandemic.

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