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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 urbanwildland.org



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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The Real Megxit Deal The House of Windsor has agreed to allow the Queen's grandson, Harry, currently sixth in line to the throne, and his California-born wife, Meghan, to leave the family business (The Firm) and attempt to establish independent lives in Canada, a former colony which remains a member of the British Commonwealth. This represents their exile from the territorial, ceremonial, financial, and emotional heart of the royal family.
The territory of depredation is even now being technologically extended to the seabed where polymetallic nodules await harvesting, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 2, 2020
Bad Planet The climate action agendas proposed or enacted across the planet, including the Green New Deal, represent opportunities to replace, and potentially to expand energy use - and thus to expand the despoliation of ecosystems, human culture, communities and individual lives.
Green New Deal is charged with creating millions of high-paying jobs unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security which will counteract systemic injustice, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Green New Deal and Accursed Wealth The United States will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, create new 'green' jobs, invest in infrastructure and secure clean air and water, promote climate and community resilience and ensure 'access to nature' and a sustainable environment within an economic ideology that presumes a supine natural world.
They are the storms spread across fourteen years that have morphed into a tentacular Shiva the destroyer of all things, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 13, 2019
The Four Storms of the Apocalypse - Katrina, Sandy, Maria and Dorian We now know that a massive increase in the burning of fossil fuels linked to the industrial revolution in Britain was initiated some time in the 1840's and has since resulted in epic population growth and growing prosperity together with extinction levels of carbon in the planet's atmosphere and oceans.
It is washed by the gulf steam and reports the fastest rising ocean temperatures in the Western hemisphere dramatic sea level rises and a devastated eco-system, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 16, 2019
The Isle of White North Haven is powered by three gleaming (white) wind turbines, discreetly located on an adjacent island. They illustrate the uncanny ability of the rich to thrive in green, sustainable communities while the poor often remain in the polluted cities, suburbs and exurbs from whence wealth is extracted.
Since becoming a Senator in 1973 your favorite Irish uncle Joe Biden has actively collaborated in the extreme capitalism racism nationalism and police state-ism that enable the oligarchs' agenda, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 5, 2019
Joe Biden is a Collaborator Biden remains typical of the great, antediluvian Congressional horde. His complicity in furthering the oligarchs' agenda is well known. He was complicit in the passage of the racist Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994; complicit in Obama's canny retention of private health insurers in the mix of the Affordable Care Act; and complicit in the ACA's denial of health services to 'illegals'.
We face grave threats to our way-of-life while at the same time our way-of-life poses grave threats to the species with which we share the planet and ultimately to our own continued existence, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Global Warming as a Tactical Weapon The environmental, social, financial and international violence perpetrated by the Trump government are tactical instruments of ideological coercion. Might not the far greater violence of global warming, or more explicitly of extinction, be used as a countervailing instrument of radical change?
Societies and individuals alike fail to take action in the face of a torrent of publications video and other media that are unequivocal in explaining the perils the earth faces, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Ecological Beings Now the world, with the neurasthenic, metronomic gait of a zombie, continues to trudge towards the precipice over which its inhabitants, it seems, must plunge into a time of environmental feedback, where snow and ice melt produce permafrost methane release amplifying the processes that lead to a drowned and vastly diminished planet.
Wildlife Overpass - the County of Ventura plans to institute a Wildlife Corridor Overlay Zone, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 24, 2019
Wildlife Corridors not High-Speed Rail coming to California The greatest threat to wildlife rangelands in California is the system of freeways that cross hatch its still substantial areas of wild habitat, isolate populations, and promote genetic fragmentation. As a top-predator, the mountain lion is key to the survival of Southern California as one of the most biologically rich natural landscapes in the world.
We are now witnessing the end-game of the Modernity project., From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Are we Moderns or Terrestrials? We are now witnessing the end-game of the Modernity project. Founded on rationality, emancipation and progress and devoted, ostensibly, to the welfare of all, it has been subverted by, "a dizzying extension of inequalities". This process of triage has created the so-called 'left-behinds' necessary as sacrificial populations that, ironically, support the elite practitioners of this economic and cultural discrimination.
Canute Reproving His Courtiers, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 21, 2019
A National Emergency The pretense that humans are in charge has finally to be abandoned. We await our fate possessing only crude materials of resistance and, thus far, almost no political will to emplace them.
The matrix of sandstone and thin soil is now revealed as though a new volcanic age is upon us, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Burn Lands Even in the burn lands, the beauty of the hills, valleys, canyons and distant mountains remains. Bathed in the soft glow of early morning and evening light, it is transfixing. Scoured by cold north-easterly Santa Ana winds (in other seasons, the fire wind) the atmosphere is preternaturally clear, the landscape stunningly chromatic.
From youtube.com: Climate change warning from scientists More than 15000 scientists issue a warning about climate change, extreme weather and global warming. To read more: cbc.ca/1.4395767  ? ? ? Subscribe , From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 17, 2018
What World do we Seek? We are being asked to believe in the possibility of continued fossil-fueled economic growth while that phenomenon's miasmic specter of global warming threatens to destroy the productivity and habitability of vast swathes of the planet. And, we are being asked, now, to believe that the server farms that support Facebook run on fairy dust.
ISS-53 Southern California Wildfires, From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 17, 2018
Geographies of Violence in Southern California The carbon sequestered in over a quarter million acres of trees and shrubs and within the building materials of many thousands of structures has now been released to the atmosphere in these hellacious wildfires spread across California.
Image created from image crediting, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 10, 2018
The Rewilding of Humanity? There has been intensive economic exploitation of the rural hinterlands but rarely stable levels of human habitation. Lands have been raped and pillaged - logged, drilled and strip mined. Once their indigenous occupants had been removed, they were often left abandoned, untended, and empty - ready to become invented wildernesses subject to a romantic narrative that proclaims them inhospitable and anathema to the human presence
United States Declaration of Independence, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 1, 2018
The Last History of the United States The words "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"", from America's Declaration of Independence, stand as one of the finest historical examples of what Hitler, and later Goebbels, called the big lie. Hitler wrote in Mein Kamf, 1925, "that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata ...