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  1. The “Circle of Consumption” & the Holidays

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    November 30, 2017 by John Crapper

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    Our economy insures that Consumerism is alive and thriving.  How many times have we read in business magazines or heard on business programs across this country that the consumer is the driving force behind our economy.  Most economists estimate consumer spending as representing roughly two-thirds of GDP or Gross Domestic Product of the entire American economy.  If consumer spending drops it is portrayed as an ominous sign of economic trouble ahead.  Recession cannot be far behind.  When it ticks up it is conversely touted as a leading indicator that the recession may be ending.

    Consumers are constantly receiving the message that a healthy economy depends on their spending.  Want more, buy more and spend more. We are conditioned into thinking that growth is always good. We are also told that low unemployment is dependent on consumer spending.  There must be a constant increase in demand if new jobs are to be created in sufficient numbers to absorb the new entrants constantly coming into the job market.

    The Endless Circle of Consumption

    More people, more consumers, more products, more consumption, more growth, more job creation, more people, more consumers, more products, more consumption, more growth in an endless circle of consumption.  

    In this endless circle the concept of conserving is completely lost. Slick marketers entice us to buy, buy, buy everywhere we look and listen.  Buy for greater prestige, happiness, better looks, more convenience, or more time.

    screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-3-30-28-pmCredit is pushed at every opportunity to allow you to enjoy the good life now and pay the price later.  Everywhere the message is pushed – Consumption is good for you, your neighbor, your country and for the world.

    Virtually all economic sectors rely heavily on petroleum and coal and both are being consumed at an alarming rate.  Yet like ass-backward mad fossil fuel consumer drunks we are all living it up with little or no regard for the consequences of that consumption.  We waste fossil fuel up front in our production of all the consumer products we demand and we generate massive amounts of waste and put it into our environment on the way out.

    Mr. Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University.  He states the following regarding our consumerism and its impact on our planet.

    “The United States poses the most serious threat of all to human life support systems. It has a gigantic population, the third largest on Earth, more than a quarter of a billion people. Americans are superconsumers, and use inefficient technologies to feed their appetites. Each, on average, uses 11 kW of energy, twice as much as the average Japanese, more than three times as much as the average Spaniard, and over 100 times as much as an average Bangladeshi. In all, humanity’s high-energy activities amount to a large-scale attack on the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems and the critical services they provide. These include control of the mix of gases in the atmosphere (and thus of the climate); running of the hydrologic cycle which brings us dependable flows of fresh water; generation and maintenance of fertile soils; disposal of wastes; recycling of the nutrients essential to agriculture and forestry; control of the vast majority of potential crop pests; pollination of many crops; provision of food from the sea; and maintenance of a vast genetic library from which humanity has already withdrawn the very basis of civilization in the form of crops and domestic animals.” http://dieoff.org/…

    So the next time you are in a shopping mall I ask you to walk into any store and examine the aisles and honestly ask yourself the following question:  How many of the products you see on the shelves really need to be produced?  Before you grab one of those products ask yourself if its purchase is a necessary one. The point to realize is that

    capitalism is a great clearinghouse to efficiently produce anything that can possibly be produced which someone can be convinced to buy and do it for the best price.  It is a terrible system to conserve anything.

    I think we need to start conserving for the health of ourselves and our economy!

    Please think about all of this as you do you holiday shopping this year!

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  2. Holiday Shopping, Black Friday and the Frenzy

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    November 23, 2017 by John Crapper

     

    The Holidays Are Coming!

    screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-12-37-47-pmThe holiday season is around the corner.  People are stringing their X-mas lights and decorating their trees.  Children are making their list, checking it twice and anticipating their visit with Santa.

    But there is another side to this scene. A darker side.

    Black Friday

    I picked this up from Black Friday Death Count

     

    7 Deaths & 98 Injuries

    A few incidents

    2014 UK Black Friday Madness: woman with broken wrist; head injury from fallen TV during ‘scuffle’

     

    2013 Teen returning home from Black Friday shopping fell asleep at wheel, killed in wreck

    2012 Father charged in crash that killed daughters after Black Friday shopping

    2008 – shoppers stampede a Walmart store which killed an employee and put a pregnant woman in the hospital.

     

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    The holiday season is incredibly important for retail sales outlets.  It is important for their marketers to create an atmosphere of deals, deals and more deals and create urgency to buy among their customers.

    Never Ending Sales

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    Black Friday Sale!  Midnight Madness Sale!  Clearance Sale!  50% off Sale!  Buy now!  Limited time offer!  Blow Out Sale!  Liquidation Sale – all items must go!  Act now! Don’t Delay!  Shop til You Drop Sale!

    If you don’t get there in time it’s going to be gone.  Act now! Buy now!

    Coupon sales offered from online sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial delivering one-day savings of up to 80%!  Act now!  Buy now!

    Stores opening earlier and earlier during the all important holiday season. Act now!  Buy now!

    Not to be outdone small retailers offer Small Business Saturday to woo customers.  Act now! Buy now!

    Next up – Cyber Monday when online retailers put their wares on sale.  Act now!  Buy now!

    It is always a good time to buy and every day brings a new sale and every event brings a new buying opportunity.  Everything is for sale, everything is on sale and there is always an urgency in your need to act and act fast to take advantage.

    Consumers camping out for days suffering sleep deprivation and on edge.  Shoppers pushing and shoving to in.  People being trampled to death in the rush of humanity to get to the deals.  People being punched,  shot and pepper sprayed to get to the bargains.

    The important thing is to BUY NOW!!!

    This all leads to a very dangerous disease emerging in many people we call call. consumer diarrhea.  Its symptoms are manifested most vividly on days such as Black Friday.  Its most blatant symptom is when a person becomes violent to satisfy the urge to purchase.  More subtle symptoms include the insatiable appetite a person exhibits to buy more stuff irregardless of need, tying your self-worth to the things you own and the “keep up with the Jones’ syndrome.

    Left untreated this disease could result in the more longer-term condition of hoarding.  It surely results in people buying a lot of unneccessary, unneeded CRAP!

    People with diarrhea can’t stop pooping.  People with consumer diarrhea can’t stop buying. It’s a sickness and needs serious treatment.

    The Church of the Holy Shitters offers treatment.  Recognizing the disease is the first step.  Achieving the state of “Soft and Fluffy Consumerism” and practicing ass-forward waste-end first thinking it entails on a day to day basis offers a cure.

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  3. Wealth Defined in Quality of Life Terms

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    September 28, 2017 by John Crapper

     

    What is wealth? Is it having a lot of money in the bank, owning a lot of stocks and bonds, holding the deed to numerous properties or owning vast swaths of land? I don’t think so.  When you think about it wealth is really the ability to do things: the ability to grow crops, to make products, to move goods, to improve efficiency, to pass on information, to help others. But it is much more than that in my opinion. It seems to me that wealth is intrinsically tied into the concept of the quality of one’s life too. You can have a shitload of all of the above but if you aren’t happy and content with your lot in life are you really wealthy?  I don’t think so.

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    Growth isn’t always good.

    Economists are always talking about growth.  Growth in sales, GDP, or stock prices. They also usually speak of wealth in terms of production of goods and services and consumption of those goods and services. This is largely what constitutes the Gross Domestic Product of a country. Stock brokers value wealth in terms of the price of stocks and the value of one’s portfolio.

    But I ask you.  When a person consumes something, isn’t that a measure of ones’s wealth being drained rather than being added to? I know when my cupboard is bare and I have to go to the store to re-provision myself I come home with less cash in my pocket. From a personal standpoint, production and consumption seem to be poor measures of wealth.

    Let’s go back to my original statement on the definition of wealth.  What is the most important thing to have to be able to do anything? The obvious answer is money, right?  Absolutely wrong! Money is not even close to being the right answer to this question. This is the ass-backward way of thinking that our capitalist culture brainwashes us into believing is correct logic.

    Which source of energy keeps the air clean?

    Which source of energy keeps the air clean?

    Before answering this question I want you to do a little Church of the Holy Shittters experiment for me. Take a plastic bag and put it tightly over your head. Leave it there for 1 minute. After time has expired remove the bag. Did you find yourself gulping in air in a semi-frantic fashion? Now you have your answer to the question. There is a saying among asthmatics. “When you can’t breathe nothing else matters. It sort of inhibits a person’s ability to do things. It is kind of important for “quality of life”.

    Quality of life is, in my opinion, the most basic standard of measurement to determine what constitutes wealth. Remember the saying “you can’t take it with you”.

    Now that you’re a little wiser with regard to real wealth what do you think is the second thing needed? Did you answer water?

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    If you did you’re on the right track to being very rich. How about the third thing? Did you answer food?

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    You’re going to be a millionaire before you know it. Now that you’ve got the hang of things your probably ready to provide the next answers of food, shelter and clothing (in that order) all by yourself. And to round out the definition of wealth as defined by the Church of the Holy Shitters we throw in good health as the last but not least component. If you have all these things  you can have a very good “quality of life” and therefore are a wealthy person.

    Ultimately all wealth comes from nature. We consume something from nature by using energy. Ultimately all energy comes from the sun.

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    Consuming inherently involves acquiring and using different things found on Earth. Consumption also involves altering whatever it is we are consuming to get what we need from the substance.

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    Nature operates in a circular path. There are many (life/death, eat/sleep, eat/poop etc). It is a system of self-perpetuating circles optimally in balance with each other. When the balance within a circle or between circles is disturbed nature will take steps to correct the imbalance. This is the concept that “everything is related to everything else in our universe”. It is the concept that all things return to the Earth in some fashion after consumption. If they return in a natural (within the circle) state there is no problem. If they cycle back in an unnatural state there is a problem.

    All of this may sound very simplistic and it is meant to be. As humans we tend to over-complicate things and loose sight of what is really important; what is the truth; what is the essence of an issue. This is especially true when it comes to our conception of wealth. We complicate it, obscure it, and confuse it because of our super-consumer diarrhea mindset.

    Let me point out just a few examples of just how brainwashed and ass-backward society’s thinking is in this regard.

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    1. It is well known that some of the richest farmland is located at the alluvial fans (deltas) of rivers. Yet at the mouth of all major rivers around the world you see major cities. Cities are not where we grow food. How much more prime agricultural land can be taken for houses and office buildings? How much more can the food circle take?

    2. If you put a tailpipe into the passenger area of a vehicle, sit in it with the windows rolled up and start the engine you will die from lack of good air to breathe. It is a well-known way to commit suicide. How many more vehicles are there on the world’s roads since the turn of the century? Isn’t the Earth one big passenger area? How many more tailpipes can the air circle take?

    3. We use water to clean ourselves and our things. How many more cars, dishes, laundry loads can be asked of the water circle?

    Soft and fluffy consumerism preached by the Church of the Holy Shitters offers a new prism to analyze our consumption as it relates to our environment.

    Consumption in and of itself is not bad.

    Consumer diarrhea is!

     

     

     

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  4. Great Wheel of Fortune – Seattle

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    September 25, 2015 by John Crapper

     

     Seattle’s Great Wheel of Furtune:
    Round and round it goes. Where it stops nobody knows.

    Adults ride for $13.00. Each ride is 3 turns long or a little over $4.00 a turn. The wheel holds over 300 people. At capacity that translates into about $17,000 per hour of operation. It operates 7 days a week opening at 10AM and closing at 11:00 or 12:00PM. Truly a wheel of fortune. It is truly “green” in those terms.

    Let me state it right up front. l I’m not a fan of the Great Wheel. For me it symbolizes so much of what is wrong with our priorities and perspective.

    First, let’s review some facts.

    The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall.

    The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. 41 white gondolas each seat up to eight adults. Cabin #42, the VIP cabin, has leather bucket seats, a stereo system, glass bottom floor, and can seat up to 4 adults. In total, the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.

    The wheel was manufactured in various parts of Europe and the United States, and assembled right at the end of the pier.

    The wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay.

    The Seattle Great Wheel is open year round. With fully-enclosed gondolas and a covered waiting area, the rain can’t stop the wheel from spinning!

    The wheel weighs 280,300 pounds.

    550 tons of concrete were poured to create the foundation for the wheel.

    The Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that. Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality. The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012. Since then, it has become an icon of the city and a destination for tourists and locals alike.

    Monday thru Thursday my wife and I travel on the Alaskan Way Viaduct coming back from our jobs teaching English as a Second Language.

    Alaskan Way Viaduct

    And on each of these days we take in this view.

    Elliot Bay with the Olympic Mountain range in the distance. Notice any man-made obstruction in the photo?

    Before the wheel was there nature came through much more unobstructed and dominated one’s attention. Now it is almost impossible not to have one’s senses dominated by the “wheel” And then there’s the light show using hundred of thousands of lights. In the fall, they take place at dark on the evening of any University of Washington or Seattle Seahawks home football games. They also happen on holidays and “special occasions”. It has been documented that the Great Wheel lightshows irritate some residents living downtown.

    I know when they happen while we are driving by, not only does it distract ones’s attention from the natural beauty of the sound and mountains, but the light show demands so much attention that I would argue it creates a driving hazard.

    Check out this short 11 second video for validation of this claim. (The actual light shows last much longer.)

    But of course this distraction will not last forever. The viaduct we travel on will soon be torn down and be replaced by a 4-lane road through a tunnel being drilled by the delay plagued Boondoggle Birtha.

    The Alaskan Way Viaduct slated to be demolished.

    Boondoggle Birtha – the machine drilling the tunnel for the road to replace the viaduct. Plagued by delay after delay.

    This project represents green city planning (not) at its finest but that was the subject of a different diary.

    My wife and I have never ridden on the wheel. We have absolutely no intention of doing so. It goes against our nature. In our opinion it cheapens the waterfront giving it an amusement park look and feel. We used to complain about the florescent big E logo of the Edgewater Hotel.

    But Seattle’s new Great Wheel puts that eye-sore to shame! For a city that touts itself as being green it is the new symbol of all the ways Seattle really isn’t. The roller coaster isn’t far off I’m sure!

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  5. Unsustainable Sustainability

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    October 16, 2014 by John Crapper

    sustain

    1. To keep in existence; maintain.
    2. To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for.
    3. To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop.
    4. To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage.
    5. To bear up under; withstand: can’t sustain the blistering heat.
    6. To experience or suffer: sustained a fatal injury.
    7. To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor’s objection.
    8. To prove or corroborate; confirm.
    9. To keep up (a joke or assumed role, for example) competently.

    sustainable

    1. Capable of being sustained.
    2. Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment: sustainable agriculture.

    Sustainable developments are those which fulfill present and future needs (WECD, 1987) while [only] using and not harming renewable resources and unique human-environmental systems of a site: [air], water, land, energy, and human ecology and/or those of other [off-site] sustainable systems (Rosenbaum 1993 and Vieria 1993).

    Let’s take a Holy Shitters look at the word sustainable. More and more things in our modern world are fighting against doing things in a sustained fashion. News is fed to us in sound bites. We text message in cryptic abbreviated fashion using acronyms whenever possible. We tweet in 144 characters or less. Who came up with this number? Why not make it at least 150? We are conditioned to the 24 hour news cycle where top stories come before us as breaking news and disappear into oblivion the next day. To maintain any sustained focus on an issue is becoming harder and harder.

    We crave sensationalism and the bizarre. We are continually fed the minute details of our celebrity’s lives. Our religions constantly reduce complication to simplicity and the one true way. We are fed lies with such 1984 regularity that they become truth. Oxymorons such as coal is clean, nuclear is safe and Exon and Shell Oil are green, permeate our consciousness. Environmental degradation is framed as sustainable development.

    In this environment it is easy to be distracted and diverted. It is easy to be unsustainable. It is easy to believe a given action is a sustainable one, when in actual fact it is unsustainable. Sustainable development, when looked at in a wast-end ass-forward way, in many cases turns out to be very unsustainable. War is peace, ignorance is wisdom, environmentally destructive tourism is eco-tourism, unsustainable development becomes sustainable development. We create the vocabulary to sustain our distorted perception of ourselves using the tools of cognitive dissonance .

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    English: Diagram about motivation and cognitive dissonance. Based on Reeve, J. (2009). Understanding motivation and emotion (5th Ed). USA: John Wiley & Sons. Pages 275-277. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Leon Festinger‘s(1957) cognitive dissonance theory suggests that we have an inner drive to hold all our attitudes and beliefs in harmony and avoid disharmony (or dissonance). Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance etc. When dealing with the environment it causes each of us to justify our actions and go to great lengths to think of those actions in sustainable terms.

    To have the ability to do things in a sustained fashion you must first begin with a correct perception of reality because distortions of reality will result in taking unsustainable actions. When we’re talking about man’s relationship to our environment there are two sides to this reality. One side is the environmental side and understanding the natural world we live in and what it takes to truly sustain that world. The other side of the equation is our understanding of ourselves and our place in that world.

    A great deal of work and attention has been paid to the environmental side of this equation. Although there are many things we have yet to learn, we have a wealth of knowledge to draw from to guide us in determining what is sustainable and what is unsustainable.

    Where we fall down miserably, I contend, is on the other end of this equation. When it comes to understanding and accepting our true nature we have a long way to go to reach a point where we can determine sustainability. On this side of this equation we are a long way from dealing with reality. This distortion of self creates a pervasive environmental cognitive dissonance that we have yet to even begin to deal with. Our view of ourselves and our true nature is very unsustainable.

    Trying to determine what constitutes our true nature is fraught with difficulty. Our perception blinders get in the way and our ability to utilize the tools of cognitive dissonance to view ourselves in the best light possible are unsurpassed.

    As Poop John the First, I’ve contemplated this and have some thoughts as to what constitutes our nature. This is by no means a complete list and what I offer here is certainly up for discussion and debate. Like I stated, we have a long way to go in understanding and coming to terms with our true nature. I welcome your thoughts and ideas in this regard.

    Here are 10 things about our nature that hold true in my opinion. Please refer to the article Ten Thoughts on “Human Nature” for a more detailed discussion of each one.

    1. Humans are violence loving and not peace loving.

    2. Humans are pleasure seekers.

    3. Humans are competitive.

    4. Humans are self-preserving.

    5. Humans inflate our importance and standing in the world in which we live.

    6. Humans think we can control nature and bend it to our will.

    7. Humans tend to deny their animal nature.

    8. Each one of us innately believes we are unique and special.

    9. Humans are tribal.

    10. Humans are possessive.

    As members of the Church of the Holy Shitters we strive to achieve a new consciousness by partaking in the Sacrament of Holy Shitting, trying to live a soft and fluffy consumer lifestyle, practicing ass-forward thinking and thinking about things from a waste-end perspective. To do this we must first do our best to start from a position of reality – reality about the world in which we live and reality about our place in that world. Knowingly starting from any other place will continue to result in unsustainable sustainability.

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  6. What is Wealth? Simply put…..

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    September 11, 2014 by John Crapper

    What is wealth? When you think about it wealth is really the ability to do things: the ability to grow crops, to make products, to move goods, to improve efficiency, to pass on information, to help others. But it is much more than that in my opinion. It seems to me that wealth is intrinsically tied into the concept of the quality of one’s life too. You can have a shitload of money but if you can’t do anything with the cash it doesn’t do you much good.

    Economists usually speak of wealth in terms of production of goods and services and consumption of those goods and services. This is largely what constitutes the Gross Domestic Product of a country. Stock brokers value wealth in terms of the price of stocks and the value of one’s portfolio. But when a person consumes something isn’t that a measure of ones’s wealth being drained rather than added to? I know when my cupboard is bare and I have to go to the store to re-provision myself I come home with less cash in my pocket. Production and consumption seem to be poor measures of wealth.

    Let’s go back to my original statement on the definition of wealth.  What is the most important thing to have to be able to do anything? The obvious answer is money, right?  Absolutely wrong! Money is not even close to being the right answer to this question. This is the ass-backward way of thinking our capitalist culture brainwashes us into believing is the answer.

    Before answering this question I want you to do a little Church of the Holy Shittters experiment for me. Take a plastic bag and put it tightly over your head. Leave it there for 1 minute. After time has expired remove the bag. Do you find yourself gulping in air in a semi-frantic fashion? Now you have your answer to the question. There is a saying among asthmatics. “When you can’t breathe nothing else matters. It sort of inhibits a person’s ability to do things. It is kind of important for “quality of life”. It is, in my opinion, the most basic measurement of what constitutes wealth. Remember the saying “you can’t take it with you”.

    Now that you’re a little wiser with regard to real wealth what do you think is the second thing needed? Did you answer water? If you did you’re on the right track to being very rich. How about the third thing? Did you answer food? You’re going to be a millionaire before you know it. Now that you’ve got the hang of things your probably ready to provide the next answers of food, shelter and clothing (in that order) all by yourself. And to round out the definition of wealth as defined by the Church of the Holy Shitters we throw in good health as the last but not least component. If you have all these things  you can have a very good “quality of life” and therefore have wealth.

    Ultimately all wealth comes from nature. We consume something from nature by using energy. Ultimately all energy comes from the sun. Consuming inherently involves acquiring and using different things found on Earth. Consumption also involves altering whatever it is we are consuming to get what we need from the substance.

    Nature operates in a circular path. There are many (life/death, eat/sleep, eat/poop etc). It is a system of self-perpetuating circles optimally in balance with each other. When the balance within a circle or between circles is disturbed nature will take steps to correct the imbalance. This is the concept that “everything is related to everything else in our universe”. It is the concept that all things return to the Earth in some fashion after consumption. If they return in a natural (within the circle) state there is no problem. If they cycle back in an unnatural state there is a problem.

    All of this may sound very simplistic and it is meant to be. As humans we tend to over-complicate things and loose sight of what is really important; what is the truth; what is the essence of an issue. This is especially true when it comes to our conception of wealth. We complicate it, obscure it, and confuse it because of our super-consumer diarrhea mindset.

    Let me point out just a few examples of just how brainwashed and ass-backward society’s thinking is in this regard.

    1. It is well known that some of the richest farmland is located at the alluvial fans (deltas) of rivers. Yet at the mouth of all major rivers around the world you see major cities. Cities are not where we grow food. How much more prime agricultural land can be taken for houses and office buildings? How much more can the food circle take?

    2. If you put a tailpipe into the passenger area of a vehicle, sit in it with the windows rolled up and start the engine you will die from lack of good air to breathe. It is a well-known way to commit suicide. How many more vehicles are there on the world’s roads since the turn of the century? Isn’t the Earth one big passenger area? How many more tailpipes can the air circle take?

    3. We use water to clean ourselves and our things. How many more cars, dishes, laundry loads can be asked of the water circle?

    Soft and Fluffy consumerism preached by the Church of the Holy Shitters offers a new prism to analyze our consumption as it relates to our environment.

    Consumption in and of itself is not bad. Consumer diarrhea is.

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    There is an event in New York coming up September 23, 2014 in New York City. It is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit where he’s bringing together world leaders, from government, finance, business and civil society asking them to take meaningful steps to redefine our relationship with the earth and correct the negative effects of climate change.

    In connection with that Climate Summit a People’s Climate March is planned on September 21, 2014.

    Sign up For the People’s Climate March Now!

    New York City, Sunday, September 21

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    Tens of thousands are expected to march in New York City and over 700 groups and organizations are participating.

    Let’s make September a game-changer for the climate movement. Sign up now for a bus, train, or ride shares (or volunteer transport.) Individuals, campuses, churches and organizations are registering to host marchers.

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  7. Our Ego and Our Environment

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    September 4, 2014 by John Crapper

    Too much ego can lead to:

    1. Arrogance, selfishness, greed, a sense of entitlement to whatever one wants. This leads to serious ends/means problems: such a person feels entitled to do whatever it takes to get what s/he wants. This leads to abuses of ends/means reasoning.

    2. Intellectual arrogance: being too sure that one is right in what one believes. This tends to lead one to feel justified in doing whatever it takes to achieve one’s goals. It elbows out any humility that might lead one to ask whether it was right to harm people for one’s goals.

    Too little ego can lead to:

    1. excessive conformity, even servility, because one does not believe that one’s own opinions are worth standing up for. It is very hard to have integrity if one has no respect for one’s moral identity or for the kind of person one believes one is.

    2. doing evil to assert to the world that one exists, that one should be paid attention to.

    3. a need to show that one is superior to another by showing that one has power over him or her.

    Ann Druyan: American author and media producer.

    Ann Druyan said

    “A lot of people have this ego need that makes them want to believe that Earth is the center of the universe and humans are the most important species, the supreme expression of creation.”

    Rev. Dr. Sandra TePoel, Msc.D. writes in her blog Thinking from the Heart the following:

    Among the pressures driving our dissatisfaction is the rise of marketing. Marketers have made fortunes for the businesses they serve by convincing the world that everyone needs their products or services in order to; be sexier, be happier, have more fun, keep up with others, and demonstrate their success. Unlike advertising, which helps you find what you need, marketing caters to the ego. The ego wants to be special; to have at least what others have, and preferably more. Marketers understand the desires of the ego and know how to push ones buttons without regard for individual needs or capabilities. And so, fewer and fewer companies make more and more money, much of which they spend on lobbying to create the political environment that best serves their interests. We call these systems capitalism and democracy, and lost in our egoistic ways, we think they represent the best systems for the rest of the world to follow. While these problems are substantial, there may be an even bigger problem with man’s ego-centered approach to life. In his zeal to solve medical mysteries, provide cheap energy, end world hunger, and improve daily life, he has rushed into sciences he barely understands. This lack of understanding has steadily depleted the ozone layer, led to earthquakes from fracking for natural gas, poisoned millions of people with radiation, created droughts in some places and floods in others, and led to wars over natural resources and the attendant loss of many lives. As man works to solve the problems of the world he seems to be creating even bigger problems. The biggest problem may be the tunnel vision that has developed as a result of greed. The wheels of our current science are lubricated with money. Given a choice between money and responsible use of earth’s resources, money usually prevails. All people share in this problem as co-conspirators until such a time as we are ready to exert our collective will to make change happen.

    The greatest change of all must be the relationship between man and his ego. As long as man allows himself to be convinced of his specialness, he will continue to commodify, abuse, and destroy the world around him because he fails to see its relationship to himself.

    “Save the Planet” is the most blatant egotistical statement being uttered regarding man’s current perspective regarding their relation to the world.

    As members of the Church of the Holy Shitters we know it is not possible for us to “Save the Planet”. With a little humility we just might be able to save ourselves, however.

    There is an event coming up that allows us to voice our concern for our communal future. If you participate it will be good for your ego too!

     

    Sign up For the People’s Climate March Now!

    New York City, Sunday, September 21

     

    Have you signed up yet to participate in the Peoples’ Climate March? The September 21 March is being held two days before the UN Climate Summit, where government and corporate leaders will convene to discuss taking action to address climate change. Tens of thousands are expected to march in New York City and over 700 groups and organizations are participating. Let’s make September a game-changer for the climate movement. Sign up now for a bus, train, or ride shares (or volunteer transport.) Individuals, campuses, churches and organizations are registering to host marchers.

     


     

    Sign up here!!! –> People’s Climate March

     


     

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  8. Ecotourism – Zip It!

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    July 24, 2014 by John Crapper

     

    Ecotourism

    1. Tourism involving travel to areas of natural or ecological interest, typically under the guidance of a naturalist, for the purpose of observing wildlife and learning about the environment.

    2. Tourism which is designed to contribute to the protection of the environment or at least minimize damage to it, often involving travel to areas of natural interest in developing countries or participation in environmental projects

    3. Tourism to exotic or threatened ecosystems to observe wildlife or to help preserve nature

    Everywhere you go these days you see tour companies and travel agencies, cruise lines, and resorts tout their practice of ecotourism.

    Ziplining in Caribbean Rainforests
    Newest Family Attraction offers Ecotourism and Adventure

    Florida EcoSafaris: Soar Over Forever Florida On Our NEW Zipline Safari™

    The Phillipines gets four new zip lines and ecotourism efforts continue

    Ecoquest Adventures & Tours specializes in organizing adventures and tours to interesting and exciting destinations in Puerto Rico. Our excursions include ziplining, rappelling, hiking, kayaking and canopy bridges.

    An excerpt from the blog World Changing. http://www.worldchanging.com/

    English: A zip-line over the rainforest canopy...

    A zip-line over the rainforest canopy in Costa Rica.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    The View From Eco-Tourism’s Birthplace

    If you know Costa Rica from anything other than first-hand experience, this is probably what you know: it is a pioneer in the field of eco-tourism. Costa Rica has long been regarded as a model of sustainable tourism development, a deep-green nation in many senses of the word, beginning with the dense foliage that blankets its rugged terrain. What exactly it is that puts the eco in eco-tourism, however, is less obvious at close range.

    Though the brochure image of Costa Rica is often rainforest-themed, the sandy beaches and world-class surf of the Central Pacific has seen considerable development in recent years, including a giant Marriott resort complex further up the coast called Los Suenos, around which were constructed several cliffside enclaves of timeshare townhouses. One of these – a secluded, picturesque spot over a steep hill several kilometres past the Marriott and several more from any non-resort services – was my homebase in Costa Rica. And so whatever else eco-tourism meant, for me it meant constant commuting in a 4WD Suzuki Grand Vitara. This seemed to be a pretty common predicament for the would-be eco-tourist – whether by Grand Vitara or chartered minibus or (in more remote enclaves) rented ATV, eco-tourism in Costa Rica today is largely a commuter affair…

    In Costa Rica, eco-tourism is, to begin with, a brand. Every other collection of beachfront villas calls itself an “eco-lodge” or “eco-resort” in Costa Rica, and just about every tourist activity drapes itself in imagery of pristine rainforest canopies and rainbow-beaked toucans. Perhaps the strangest use of the prefix was the collection of outsized timeshare villas next to the Marriott resort’s back nine that called itself “Eco-Golf Estates.” (On the other hand, I saw more toucans and iguanas on the Marriott’s back nine than I did on my tour of the rain-soaked jungle canopy at the Rainmaker Conservation Project, so maybe eco-golf isn’t an oxymoron after all. It was a shorter drive too.)

    In any case, the promise of Costa Rican eco-tourism has, in many locales, been boiled down to a single awkward institution: the zipline canopy tour. There seem to be a dozen on offer just in the Jaco area, and I partook of one on a previous visit a few years ago. Each provides about the same experience. The “tour” invariably consists of a series of platforms mounted on towering tree trunks high in the rainforest canopy. These are linked by long steel cables and traversed at high speed by yelping eco-tourists, who dangle from the cables by industrial-grade climbing harnesses like overly safety-conscious Tarzans.

    As the above examples show zip lining is touted as eco-tourism. Why? Is it because your feet don’t hit the ground? Is it because it requires no footpath to be constructed? How about what is required to provide this tourist activity. Aren’t towers built to provide the platforms from which to zip? Aren’t they made from wood or metal? How about the cable and harnesses. How much energy and resources are used in their production? How are the tourists transported to the beginning of the zip line trip? Isn’t it always up and isn’t a vehicle always used to take people up?

    Do zippers ever hike up to zip down? What about the noise pollution? The sound of the sliding cables and the screams of the tourists as the thrill of zipping overwhelms them. Is this ecologically friendly? It it less noise than old-fashioned hiking? And isn’t zip lining just one more additional tourist activity disturbing the natural environment added to all the previous ones? I don’t think anybody eliminated other forrest activities when zipping came along. No zip lining was in addition to all the others. It resulted in a net increase in human activity disturbing the natural environment. It further reduced the forests ability to sustain itself in its natural undisturbed state.

    The fact is zip lining is a new way for the tourism industry to make money. It is a new way for tourists to be thrilled and entertained. And it is a new way to consume resources and disturb nature. The ecotourism activity is in fact very unecological. I point all this out not because I’m so against zip lining. That’s not the point. I point this out to illustrate the contradictions and fallacies of our thinking and how easy it is to fool ourselves into believing something totally different to the actual reality. It’s environmental double-think. The ability to hold two contradictory beliefs simultaneously and believe both are true.

    The trouble with man and our relationship with the environment is we want our cake and be able to eat it too. If we want it, we go to great lengths to justify the expenditure of energy and consumption of resources to make it available. At the same time we bemoan the destruction of our environment around us and give lip service to our supposed desire to protect and preserve it. We practice ass-backward double-think. `

    To give us a feel good cover we couch our activities in nice sounding words. Tourism and all its exploitative connotations becomes ecotourism and so when we partake in the activity we can more easily justify it and even convince ourselves we are doing something good for the environment.

    In actuality most things given the label of ecotourism are in fact just the opposite. From an ass-forward waste-end soft and fluffy perspective they should be told to just zip it on their false claims of being ecological. That especially goes for zip lines.  Claiming this activity is anything close to ecological is a bunch of crap!

    English: Zip Line Canopy tour in Jaco Beach. O...

    Zip It!   It’s not ecological!  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  9. The Ass-backward RV

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    July 17, 2014 by John Crapper

    There is no more perfect an example of ass-backward super-consumerism than the American recreational vehicle better known as the RV. Averaging roughly 4-18 miles per gallon these behemoths of the road attest to the conspicuous super-consuming spoiled tourist encouraged and admired in this country.

    You see them every day of the summer on our nation’s freeways and highways. The mobile home on wheels with the car or truck and dirt bikes in tow. It is the “don’t leave home without it” ideal summer vacation aspired to in the good old USA!

    The recreational vehicle industry symbolize everything wrong with the United States of America’s energy policy.

     

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    There have been some vain attempts in the industry to make these gas guzzlers a little more efficient but not nearly enough in my opinion.

     

    In 2008 Freightliner introduced the first ever fuel/electric hybrid motorhome chasses at the RVDA trade show in Louisville called the “EcoFred”. Informal tests have shown fuel mileage gains in the range of 7-19% vs diesel only and perhaps as much as 42% vs a gas engine coach.

    During the summer of 2009,Brad and Amy Herzog, spokespeople for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA, used a Winnebago motorhome equipped with a eco-Fred chassis

    The Herzogs had this to say about the concept vehicle:

    “I’m thrilled to be driving this concept hybrid RV from Winnebago Industries,” said Herzog. “There are many ways in which RVing teaches Earth-friendly lessons — just by doing things like visiting natural wonders, shopping at farmers’ markets and reducing consumption and home energy use. But the Adventurer hybrid is an exciting step forward in the industry’s green initiatives. I’ve always reduced the RV vacation advantage to four Fs — fun, family, flexibility and financial savings. But now I can add a fifth — facing the future.”

    Now that quote is one of the best examples of cogniitive dissonance I’ve ever encountered. Not sure what future he’s facing or what drugs he’s been taking to be able to see that future but it looks nothing like the one I’m seeing. Just makes me want to say Holy Shit!
    This is the end of the road for this diary. I wish it was the end of the road for RV’s instead.

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  10. SkyMall Shopping – Spying & Escape

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    May 22, 2014 by John Crapper

    This is the information age and super-consumers need more than others. They have a compelling need to know and SkyMall is ready to fulfill that need.

    Got a few associates giving you trouble and wanting to get them to see things your way? Need to find out a secret about somebody rich so you can extract a few “silencing” payments? Need to secretly record a conversation to obtain competitive secrets? When bribery or blackmail time comes you’ll be glad you have your top secret 8GB multifunction password protected video pen. It’s the easiest, stealthiest way to capture the event!

    Want to capture that cheating husband or wife! Want to find out what your best friend’s wife looks like naked? Want to capture those private, secret conversations that only take place during intimate moments in the privacy of someone’s bedroom? All these opportunities to eavesdrop, blackmail or conduct private eye surveillance are now possible with the video surveillance clock offering a 4GB capacity that stores up to six hours of AVI Video. Finally a clock that tells and shows you more than time!

    Still another way to monitor unsuspectingly those in need of surveillance is with the Stealth DVR camera disquised as a standard motion detector.

    Need a way to sneak out of the house late at night undetected? Your 2 or 3 story escape ladder can solve this problem. Your parents need never know and if through bad luck your escapades are discovered they will still be proud of you for using a reliable and safe way to escape.

    Running Away Made Safe and Easy!

    When your intentions are to hide your true intent SkyMall offers what you need to conceal your motives or action!

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    Super-consumerism is a major problem in the United States and increasingly in the rest of the world. The above post takes a humorous poke at this serious problem. Consumption is inescapable for survival. Capitalism is a great economic system capable of providing much in goods and services. Our Church reminds us that capitalism is a great system to produce anything that people can be convinced to buy. It is a terrible system to conserve. We can no longer produce and consume all that we want that capitalism can provide. It is not sustainable. As followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters we strive to practice Soft and Fluffy Consumerism. This means we look at things from a waste-end perspective before deciding to purchase any product. What we buy and how we spend our money matters! For more detailed discussion of this issue please read this article on decrapulation.

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  11. SkyMall – Storage

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    May 1, 2014 by John Crapper

    The ideas just keep on coming when you shop at SkyMall.  There are hundreds of new products being introduced every day. Consumer diarrhea suffering shopaholics can scratch every consumer itch.   The problem is after  you purchase all this shit, crap accumulation becomes a real problem.  Crap accumulators need crap accumulation storage devices.  Stacks and Stacks is ready to assist.  Crap accumulation has never been easier.

    Consider purchasing Stacks and Stacks Compact 12-Tote Home Organizer system. It does the trick for just $110.00.  You’ll be able to store mountains of crap and have great fun trying to figure out which box contains which crap.  Make it a fun game the whole family can play.  Guess which box which crap is in!

    Got a lot of crap to file? Stacks and Stacks File-Box Mini-Warehouse is the perfect solution.

    Never be burdened with deciding which paper to save and which one to throw away.  Just keep them all and keep them forever.  You never have to worry about where that piece of paper is.  It’s in that huge file box mini warehouse.

    Have a burning desire to clutter the hallway?  Be the proud owner of Stacks and Stacks Hall Storage Bench complete with baskets.

    These benches are specially designed for stacking more crap on top in the convenient full-length bench top trays.  Plus an added bonus is the easy to stub your toe legs at the bottom of each bench!

    In need of more couch potato storage? Stacks and Stacks 4-tray Storage Ottoman again is the perfect solution.

    Need more crap paper at your fingertips? For $29.95 your problem is solved.

    When that other kind of diarrhea strikes and you have the runs you need never run out of crap paper again!

    In need of a crap carrying carryall?  Forget the old-fashioned backpack and step up to the wear it, roll it, ride it unique backpack featuring a deployable scooter.

    Need more space to store your  rock around the clock collection? Music crap collection was never easier. Line your walls and cram your corners with maximum rockability storage.

    Don’t have time to store crap acquired on the spur of the moment? Make sure you have the Tidy Tent instant storage unit for just such an emergency.  Provides a safe and convenient way to temporarily store all your last-minute purchases you know you don’t need but must have.

    Can also be used as an auxiliary camping tent crap storage unit when you are forced to pack the Hummer being towed behind the RV that is full of crap and need it emptied once reaching your destination and need a place to store it!

    When you’re not ready to decrapulate  and reject any notion of being a Soft and Fluffy Consumer, Stacks and Stacks stands ready to assist you in every way possible  to continue your super-consuming ways.

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    Super-consumerism is a major problem in the United States and increasingly in the rest of the world.  The above post takes a humorous poke at this serious problem.  Consumption is inescapable for survival.   Capitalism is a great economic system capable of providing much in goods and services.  Our Church reminds us that capitalism is a great system to produce anything that people can be convinced to buy.  It is a terrible system to conserve.  We can no longer produce and consume all that we want that capitalism can provide.  It is not sustainable.   As followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters we strive to practice Soft and Fluffy Consumerism.  This means we look at things from a waste-end perspective before deciding to purchase any product.  What we buy and how we spend our money matters!  For more detailed discussion of this issue please read this article on decrapulation.

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  12. Climate Change – Mitigating Ego – Part 1 of 2

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    April 10, 2014 by John Crapper

    There are some things we just don’t think of when it comes to action we can take to mitigate climate change.  Here at the Church of the Holy Shitters we contend the main reason for ignoring these solutions is rooted in our ego.  We actually postulate that our ego is the main culprit we need to understand and come to terms with to really begin to get a handle on addressing anthropogenic climate change. 

    One such issue I want to talk about today is controlling our numbers.  When I was born in 1951 the world’s population stood at around 2.6 billion.  Today it has grown to over 7 billion.  So it has more than doubled in 60 years!  Seven billion people shitting on average a pound of the stuff each day times 365 days a year!  That’s a load of shit to deal with!  Add another billion more people in about 15 years.  Holy crap!  Add another billion more poopers in the following 12 years.  That’s some serious overpoopulation we’re looking at don’t you think?

     Each new person added to the planet must consume to stay alive and that consumption uses resources.  But that is not the full story.

    The full story must take into account the rate of consumption of each individual based on their standard of living.  Someone in Bangladesh consumes at a much lower level per day than a person living in New York.  Modern living demands more resources.

    There is a great excerpt from Paul Ehrlich that explains this quite well. 

    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
    ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT
    Cairo, 5 -13 September 1994
    TOO MANY RICH PEOPLE:
    Weighing Relative Burdens on the Planet
    by Paul Ehrlich
    Concern about population problems among citizens of rich countries generally focuses on rapid population growth in most poor nations. But the impact of humanity on Earth’s life support systems is not just determined by the number of people alive on the planet. It also depends on how those people behave. When this is considered, an entirely different picture emerges: the main population problem is in wealthy countries. There are, in fact, too many rich people.

    The amount of resources each person consumes, and the damage done by the technologies used to supply them, need to be taken as much into account as the size of the population. In theory, the three factors should be multiplied together to obtain an accurate measurement of the impact on the planet. Unhappily, governments do not keep statistics that allow the consumption and technology factors to be readily measured—so scientists substitute per capita energy consumption to give a measure of the effect each person has on the environment.

    USING AND CONSUMING

    In traditional societies—more or less in balance with their environments—that damage may be self-repairing. Wood used for fires or structures re-grows soaking up the carbon dioxide produced when it was burned. Water extracted from streams is replaced by rainfall. Soils in fields are regenerated with the help of crop residues and animal manures. Wastes are broken down and reconverted into nutrients by the decomposer organisms of natural ecosystems.

    At the other end of the spectrum, paving over fields and forests with concrete and asphalt, mining the coal and iron necessary for steel production with all its associated land degradation, and building and operating automobiles, trains and aeroplanes that spew pollutants into the atmosphere, are all energy-intensive processes. So are drilling for and transporting oil and gas, producing plastics, manufacturing chemicals (from DDT and synthetic nitrogen fertilizers to chlorofluorocarbons and laundry detergents) and building power plants and dams. Industrialized agriculture uses enormous amounts of energy—for ploughing, planting, fertilizing and controlling weeds and insect pests and for harvesting, processing, shipping, packing, storing and selling foods. So does industrialized forestry for timber and paper production.

    PAYING THE PRICE

    Incidents such as Chernobyl and oil spills are among the environmental prices paid for mobilizing commercial energy—and soil erosion, desertification, acid rain, global warming, destruction of the ozone layer and the toxification of the entire planet are among the costs of using it.

    In all, humanity’s high-energy activities amount to a large-scale attack on the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems and the critical services they provide. These include control of the mix of gases in the atmosphere (and thus of the climate); running of the hydrologic cycle which brings us dependable flows of fresh water; generation and maintenance of fertile soils; disposal of wastes; recycling of the nutrients essential to agriculture and forestry; control of the vast majority of potential crop pests; pollination of many crops; provision of food from the sea; and maintenance of a vast genetic library from which humanity has already withdrawn the very basis of civilization in the form of crops and domestic animals.

    THE RELATIVE IMPACT

    The average rich-nation citizen used 7.4 kilowatts (kW) of energy in 1990—a continuous flow of energy equivalent to that powering 74 100-watt light bulbs. The average citizen of a poor nation, by contrast, used only 1 kW. There were 1.2 billion people in the rich nations, so their total environmental impact, as measured by energy use, was 1.2 billion x 7.4 kW, or 8.9 terawatts (TW)—8.9 trillion watts. Some 4.1 billion people lived in poor nations in 1990, hence their total impact (at 1 kW a head) was 4.1 TW.

    The relatively small population of rich people therefore accounts for roughly two-thirds of global environmental destruction, as measured by energy use. From this perspective, the most important population problem is overpopulation in the industrialized nations.

    The United States poses the most serious threat of all to human life support systems. It has a gigantic population, the third largest on Earth, more than a quarter of a billion people. Americans are superconsumers, and use inefficient technologies to feed their appetites. Each, on average, uses 11 kW of energy, twice as much as the average Japanese, more than three times as much as the average Spaniard, and over 100 times as much as an average Bangladeshi. Clearly, achieving an average family size of 1.5 children in the United States (which would still be larger than the 1.3 child average in Spain) would benefit the world much more than a similar success in Bangladesh.

    Mr. Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University in the United States. His most recent books, both co-authored with his wife Anne, are “The Population Explosion” (Simon and Schuster, 1990) and “Healing the Planet” (Addison-Wesley, 1991). The feature originally appeared in Vol. 6, No.3, 1994 of “Our Planet”. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of UNEP.
    http://dieoff.org/…

    So we have too many people in this world living, as my mother used to say, high on the hog demanding too much from the Earth to maintain their standard of living.  Plus you have more and more people coming out of poverty and increasing their consumption as they are introduced into the modern world and demanding that same high standard of living. So we know the problem.  How do we begin to address it? 
    This is a difficult area to address with no easy answers because it involves human life.  So let’s start with an examination of human life and what it means to you and me.

    Let’s state a supreme rule of existence from the outset.  “My life is the most important life on the planet.”  Say that sentence out loud.  Do you disagree?  Good.  We have just established a solid reference point from which to continue our examination.  Each of us thinks we are the most important living being on the planet. 

    The Church of the Holy Shitters realizes your life here on Earth is precious and special to you.  We believe each of us believes the same thing.  Collectively then we all believe our lives are precious and special. 

    The Church has its own “right to life” principle.  Succinctly stated we believe people alive now are more precious and special than lives that have yet to be born.

    The Church also believes that we also have an ego problem that needs recognition and examination.  Because the religions most people practice teach they are special, chosen, and made in the image of God, they are conditioned to have an inflated image of their individual importance.  This type of thinking spills over into our reproductive beliefs and practices.  It is deeply ingrained in most of us that it is important we spawn our own prodigy.  We are special and we need to insure that that specialness perpetuates itself by having our “own” offspring.  We therefore want and desire our “own” children and anything less is often viewed as some kind of failure. 

    That perpetuation of self gets to the essence of our dilemma when trying to deal with overpoopulation.  Most of us want our “own” and most of us want too many of our “own” children.  Couples will go to extraordinary lengths to have their “own” children.  The Church of the Holy Shitters believes this to be the most personal, hard to recognize and admit, ass-backward, my shit doesn’t stink thinking pattern we have inside of us.  It needs to be confronted and dealt with in a soul-searching, gut-wrenching, ass-forward, my shit is just like all others’ shit, sort of way.  It is at the root of our overpopulation problem.

    So the first solution for effectively dealing with overpopulation is our ego.  Once we get our ego in proper perspective we can begin to reorient our thinking to begin to control and ultimately reduce our numbers and rate of consumption. 

    Next week we will examine this closer.

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  13. SkyMall Shopping – Fitness/Sports/Pain Relief

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    January 30, 2014 by John Crapper

    I ask you to let your imagination fly for a while.  You’ve just boarded a flight going to a destination of your dreams.   If you have the inkling you can imagine you’re sitting in business or first class.  Might as well make the most of your imagination.  The seat belt sign has just been turned off and you’re cruising at 35,000 feet. 

    Since this is my diary you can’t have everything your way.  You happen to be sitting next to me. You reach for the Skymall catalogue in your seat pocket in front of you. You notice that I’m looking through my copy.  We strike up a conversation about one of the items for sale.   We quickly realize that both of us think shopping while cruising at 35,000 feet in a flying gas tank is the absolute best activity one can partake in as a credit card carrying red blooded all American. We quickly begin an in depth shopping spree for the duration of the flight.   For this segment of the flight we’re taking a look at the pampering options to choose from for ourselves.

    When it comes to trying to make your life healthy, active and pain free there is no equal to the choices available through SkyMall.  There are literally thousands to choose from to meet your every need.  Here are just a few to wet your appetite and loosen your wallet.

    Need an out of this world mobility experience? How about Orbitwheels? It’s a whole new way to get around . Helmet not included.

    Cruising on Orbitwheels while wearing Gravity Defyer footwear and there’s no telling where you might end up.

    For the total out of this world experience top off the experience by using our large Super Skate Sail for propulsion. Beam me up Scotty!

    After a long hike or walk don’t forget to unstink your shoes with the ultraviolet shoe deodorizer.

    Want to lead an active life while on the go? Need to multitask your way to fitness? Then the Streetsider could be your perfect solution.

    At the other end of the fitness spectrum when all you want to do is plop your fat ass down anywhere and take a load off you can do it with confidence using Sport Seat. Sport Seat weights just 28 ounces yet supports up to 300 pounds. Hell buy two and double your weight gaining plop down capacity.

    Don’t have enough padding in your butt to suit? Maybe you should acquire the all day protable gel seat to provide the extra cushion you need until your own grows big enough to provide the cushion and comfort you desire and deserve!

    For the ultimate couch potato feel good massage try one of these therapeutic massage chairs. First there is the Inada Sogno Dream Wave for only $7,799.00 or choose the world’s only rocking massage chair for a mere $5,999.00. Each come with free delivery and setup!

    Be the coolest couch potato around by inviting all your couch potato friends over to enjoy a movie experience of a lifetime when you surprise them with your inflatable movie screen.

    Couch potatoes need never get off their butts again to get a cold one. The remote control beverage cooler solves the problem.

    So much for getting off our butt or sitting on it.  How about when your hurting.  No self-respecting super-consumer would scrimp in this area for sure and with SkyMall the sky’s the limit!

    Suffering from dry eyes? For $49.95 this problem is solved with the dry eye relief kit.

    Got a companion headache? No problem. Again for $49.95 you can get relief with the Headache Relieving Wrap.

    No consumer diarrhea hypochondriac should leave home without their Infrared Pain Reliever. The pain of spending $159.95 pales in comparison to the relief you’ll get from swollen joints and tight muscles.

    Top off your pain relief treatment with the Back Max offering 7 different condiguaations for superb comfort. It can be yours for just $129.99.

    Need help relieving that tension after a long day at the office? Our patented Head and Eye Massager is the perfect answer.

    Use in combination with our Portable Infrared Sauna and sit back and say ahhhh to in-home relaxation.

    Melt away stress and tension and enter a state of euphoria with the TH3966 SomaWave Helmet.

    Do you have sore footsies? For only $159.95 you can be the proud owner of our deluxe Digital Massage Boots®. They work wonders to relieve fatigue and pain associated with poor circulation.

    If migraine relief is your thing but you hate the idea of popping pills you now have Migraine Magic® Plus massaging eye mask to provide relief in no time.

    Geeks need relief too and I am no exception.  After a hard day of punching keys I’m going to treat my hands to a little keyboard relief with the hand reflexology massager. You too could be a proud owner!  Buy one for yourself for just $119.95 or save time and buy two – one for each hand!

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    Super-consumerism is a major problem in the United States and increasingly in the rest of the world.  The above post takes a humorous poke at this serious problem.  Consumption is inescapable for survival.   Capitalism is a great economic system capable of providing much in goods and services.  Our Church reminds us that capitalism is a great system to produce anything that people can be convinced to buy.  It is a terrible system to conserve.  We can no longer produce and consume all that we want that capitalism can provide.  It is not sustainable.  As followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters we strive to practice Soft and Fluffy Consumerism.  This means we look at things from a waste-end perspective before deciding to purchase any product.  What we buy and how we spend our money matters!  For more detailed discussion of this issue please read this article on decrapulation.

     
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  14. SkyMall Shopping – Beauty and Personal Hygiene

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    January 16, 2014 by John Crapper

    As a super-consumer you know you are the most important being in the universe and when it concerns the way you look, smell and feel you will stop at nothing to put your best look forward.  SkyMall is ready to assist!

    Start your day in an illuminating rainbow of colors with the Magic showerhead showering you in 7 glorious colors.  It actually does nothing better in terms of cleanliness but mentally it just give you that “my shit doesn’t stink” start to the day!

    Need a little help with oral hygiene? Just in time there now is the Justin Beiber Brush Buddies Singing Toothbrush.  Even though no one else will see how hip you are you will know the truth.  You will exit each and every morning singing Beiber tunes while smiling those Beiber white teeth!

    Reduce fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes using The Diamond Tipped Microdermabrasion System.  After all diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

    Beiber’s music not doing anything for those pesky zits?  Here is a combination package hard to resist. Whiten your teeth and zap your zits at the same time using Tanda’s powerful beauty products. The blue light technology holds the secret to these amazing products!  Purchase both for under $250.00!

    Another pimple popper to choose from is the no!no! Skin professional pimple popper providing results in as little as 24 yours.  Yours for just $180.00 it will deliver 81% improvement in a day’s time.

    Have embarrassing peach fuzz or facial hair also? An additional $270.00 will equip you with the no!no! Hair.

    For more serious skin problems the DermaSeptic is highly effective fighting herpes, cold sores, warts and fever blisters by delivering antimicrobial silver ions directly to the infected site (99.95).

    Want to look brainy and have thicker hair at the same time while enjoying your favorite tunes.  Multi-task in style with the APRO2D iGrow Laser for just $695.00.

    If you don’t care about music opt for the iRestore version for $599.00.

    For the budget minded the X-5 Hair Laser for just $199.00 is the perfect solution.

    Need a quick fake hair fix before your iRestore, iGrow or X-5 can show results? For just $21.95 Toppik will give you a full head of hair in just 30 seconds. Magnetized color matched fibers will instantly bond and blend with your existing hair and stay in place all day and night.  Use before visiting your hair stylist or barber and really get your money’s worth.  Plus it will freak the hell out of them!

    Having trouble getting your beauty sleep? You’ll be able to catch up once you have our unique blow-up SkyRest Travel Pillow®.  (Caution:  Sudden seat back movement from the person seated in front of you may cause sudden awakening.)

    Leg uP™  the inflatable leg support pillow helps you get the rest you need in your hotel after your plane lands just in case you didn’t catch enough zzzees on the plane with the SkyRest® inflatable pillow.

    Looking for that special gift to bring home to the kids?   Want to get them something a little more scary than the Trevon Martin style hoodie?  Our animated shark and raptor hoodie is just the answer.  They’ll be no question in the eyes of the neighborhood watch person that your kids are up to no good and when the police investigate they’ll knew they were the aggressor for sure wearing these!

     

    Ladies, do you constantly fret over what to pack to impress when making business calls or meeting up with multiple lovers while on the road?  The Houdini 12 in 1 Black Dress does it all for any occasion and any figure. Houdini never looked this good!

    Finally, for our businessman on the road and needing something special after a hard day of making multiple business calls.  Looking forward to meeting up with your mistress?  Your sex life will need some fireworks.    Make your hotel room like the Fourth of July each and every night with the Fireworks in My Room with optional “BOOM” for $44.95.  Plus,  if you get caught with the device in your luggage when you return home to a suspicious wife it passes for a cool gift for the kid!

     
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    Super-consumerism is a major problem in the United States and increasingly in the rest of the world.  The above post takes a humorous poke at this serious problem.  Consumption is inescapable for survival.   Capitalism is a great economic system capable of providing much in goods and services.  Our Church reminds us that capitalism is a great system to produce anything that people can be convinced to buy.  It is a terrible system to conserve.  We can no longer produce and consume all that we want that capitalism can provide.  It is not sustainable.  As followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters we strive to practice Soft and Fluffy Consumerism.  This means we look at things from a waste-end perspective before deciding to purchase any product.  What we buy and how we spend our money matters!  For more detailed discussion of this issue please read this article on decrapulation.
     
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  15. SkyMall Shopping – Dogs

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    January 2, 2014 by John Crapper

    There is nothing a super-consumer won’t do to provide comfort and convenience for their pets. Your Fido deserves the very best. SkyMall’s selection of canine accessories is unsurpassed.

    Let’s check just a few of the many items available to make your dog’s life worth living.

    First off let’s get Fido relaxed.  There is nothing more distressing than the sight of  a dog stressing from all the pressures of their dog eat dog world?  The perfect solution is the Thundershirt providing calming pressure to sooth and calm.

    Next let’s get your canine friend trained to poop in the right place!  No reason your dog should crap out the entire lawn.  With this dog training device you can quickly train your puppy to use a designated area.  Place the block down and watch it draw your pet (along with all the other pets in the neighborhood) like a magnet with its special scent that is irresistible to both male and female dogs.

    For the couch potato who can’t be bothered to walk the dog the Porch Potty is the perfect solution. Throw in the scented fire hydrant and you may never have to step outside with Fido again!

    Having trouble keeping your dog in bounds? The PetSafe®  Wireless Receiver Collar keeps Fido trapped in up to a 3/4 acre area. And remember if it’s PetSafe® it’s also safe to strap on your Alzheimer’s dementia suffering relative to keep them safe from roaming the neighborhood too!

    PetSafe®  Bark Control Collars will likewise silence a yappy 4-legged pet or 2-legged relative in a safe and gentle fashion. You never have to listen to useless yapping again!

    Make sure your pooch can step up to the best seat in the house with PupSTEP Stairs.

    If your pet is too feeble to negotiate steps to reach couches and chairs the combination pet ramp and staircase is the perfect solution.

    Don’t like the idea of  your dog jumping on the furniture? PetSafe’s® Scatmat® teaches them good manners by gently prodding them off with low-voltage inducement. Having trouble with guests overstaying their welcome? Use ScatMat® to gently prod them into leaving too!  Yours for only $79.95.

    Why not give your dog its own couch more comfortable than the one you lay on!  Now you can with the Comfy Couch Dog Bed.  Yours for just $99.95!

    To give your dog a unique resting option how about a pair of matching PetCrate end tables complete with chew-proof metal bars. Buy the pair for a mere $500.00.

    Do your barkers just hate laying around in wet grass? Our elevated dog bed keeps them comfortable and dry.

    How about the Elevated Dog Bed with shade for extra luxury?

     Can’t stand the thought of not having your hound dog around to hound you?  Your problem is solved.
     
     

    PetSafe®  also offers a wide selection of dual function pet fountains. Use any of these all year long for your pets drinking pleasure. For that special Drunks Can Still Drink After They Drop party these fountains offer continued beverage access long after the ability to stand has been lost.

    Does your dog have halitosis breath? How about you?  That could be a real problem.  Fix the problem withTropiclean fresh-breath products. They will eliminate periodontal disease without the need for brushing in just 30 days!

    Because you love your dog you need to know your mutt’s lineage. Help answer this question with the Wisdom Panel® Insights ancestry report available for just $69.99.

    You’ve just about got your dog’s problems licked but you still need one more item.   Give a Lick! Receive a Lick!  Let your imagination run wild and give your dog a real treat (and maybe yourself) with LicketyStik®  Disclaimer:  LicketyStik® cannot be held liable for any injury due to bites.  Owner assumes ass risk.

    Damn, where is that bite training program?

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    Super-consumerism is a major problem in the United States and increasingly in the rest of the world.  The above post takes a humorous poke at this serious problem.  Consumption is inescapable for survival.   Capitalism is a great economic system capable of providing much in goods and services.  Our Church reminds us that capitalism is a great system to produce anything that people can be convinced to buy.  It is a terrible system to conserve.  We can no longer produce and consume all that we want that capitalism can provide.  It is not sustainable.   As followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters we strive to practice Soft and Fluffy Consumerism.  This means we look at things from a waste-end perspective before deciding to purchase any product.  What we buy and how we spend our money matters!  For more detailed discussion of this issue please read this article on decrapulation.

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  16. SkyMall – Cats

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    December 26, 2013 by John Crapper

     

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    Our feline friends require very little extra to provide them with a comfortable and  fulfilled life.  That does not stop a super-consumer from searching for and buying items to improve their plight in life.  Your searching needs go no further than SkyMall.

    Most cat needs revolve around defecation functions.  Long gone are the days of the old fashioned litter box when all a person contemplated doing was filling a cardboard box with some litter, scooping it out once a week and replacing the litter every 2 to 3 weeks.  Now the wonders of capitalism and technology combine to offer the cat lover multiple options when confronting the problem of cat poop!

    First problem on the agenda for solving is training your cat to use what you want them to poop and pee into.    SkyMall’s potty training kit including  a step-by-step training video will “potty train your cat faster than most people can potty train their kids.”  Hell you might want to try it on the kids and see if it works with them!

     SkyMall Kitties

    Do you fret because of cat litter paws throughout the house.  Now there is paws for celebration.  With the Stikitty® Mat put an end to cat litter tracks.  The Stikitty® Mat comes with 20 sticky layers lasting up to 6 months.  Gook luck training all your cats to exit the box from the side with the mat!

    The pot for potty litter box conceals your feline functions in an attractive planter.  Plus if you turn the entrance toward the wall your guests will be puzzled by the litter odor emanating from a beautiful plant in the corner of the living room!

    Another creative alternative is the Kitty Washroom disguised as a handsome looking bathroom cabinet.  There is nothing more intimate and satisfying than pooping with your cat.  Plus when guests try to figure out where you’ve put the extra toilet paper they will get a big surprise!

    Just because you’re too lazy to change the litter box is no reason to smell it!  The  Automatic Litter Box System uses an innovative conveyor to transport your cat’s crap away into a container for easy disposal.

     

    Better still, let the Litter Robot™  do it for you!  This litter box automatically activates 7 minutes after your cat departs. Here’s the scoop  after you purchase this baby – no more scooping!  Your cat and you deserve this 24 hour self-cleaning litter box.  It’s yours for the low price of just $359.99!

    Finally, just to make sure your cat pees up a storm make sure they always have crisp, clean, filtered water to drink 24 hours a day.  Plus the 5 separate water streams provide your multiple pet household with private streams for each to drink from.   And if you’re so inclined they’ll be room for you to take a sip too!

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    Super-consumerism is a major problem in the United States and increasingly in the rest of the world.  The above post takes a humorous poke at this serious problem.  Consumption is inescapable for survival.   Capitalism is a great economic system capable of providing much in goods and services.  Our Church reminds us that capitalism is a great system to produce anything that people can be convinced to buy.  It is a terrible system to conserve.  We can no longer produce and consume all that we want that capitalism can provide.  It is not sustainable.  As followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters we strive to practice Soft and Fluffy Consumerism.  This means we look at things from a waste-end perspective before deciding to purchase any product.  What we buy and how we spend our money matters!  For more detailed discussion of this issue please read this article on decrapulation.

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  17. Super-consumer Crap Accumulators

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    December 19, 2013 by John Crapper

    Typical Storage Unit

    Typical Storage Unit

    There is an industry that has sprung up that receives very little attention and yet speaks volumes about our lifestyle. People these days buy storage space to store more crap so they can buy more crap that they will end up storing. Marketers are busy creating ingenious new ways to store more crap in smaller spaces enabling consumers to continue to purchase more crap they will end up storing. It is an ass-backward conspicuous super-consuming circle of crap accumulation.

    Society has always had its hoarders. But in the 21st Century people are farming out their junk to the growing number of self-storage facilities. People are leaving their possessions in self-storage warehouses for longer than ever too. But why are people willing to pay to store stuff they rarely use?

    Public Storage storage hallway with storage un...

    It begins as a temporary solution. You load up the car with the old recliner, an old rug you can’t bring yourself to part with, old letters, bin bags full of clothes, Betamax tapes and your cherished back issues of National Geographic. Then it’s out of sight and out of mind.

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  18. SkyMall Shopping – Part 1

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    December 12, 2013 by John Crapper

    As Holy Shitters we strive to be soft and fluffy consumers which means we examine what we consume from a waste-end first analysis. We are aware of the super-consumer lifestyle that surrounds us and the system in place to promote and encourage consumption.  We recognize most people are sick from the disease of consumer diarrhea and willingly participate in the super-consuming lifestyle.

    The promotional system to promote consumption is all around us and bombards us every day with countless advertisements from every conceivable medium like TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, internet and direct mail. The buy message begins from the moment we get up, take a shower and eat our breakfast to the time we lay our heads on our pillows to go to sleep.  It is inescapable and often times its advertisements claims are bizarre and obnoxious.

    Take for example TV.  We are all familiar with the late night TV ads introducing us to a newly created dubiously useful product available for the first time for a limited time at a special price.  Call in the next 10 minutes and you’ll receive two of  (some crap) plus the added bonus of receiving absolutely free (other crap).  This is a blatant exhibition of our promotional super-consuming lifestyle.  It is bizarre, annoying and obnoxious to many.  It also is apparently very successful and profitable because you see these ads all the time.

    Another symbol of our super-consuming lifestyle is the SkyMall. You know what I’m talking about. You board your plane and get settled into your seat as best you can and reach for the “free copy” “flight time is the perfect time to shop” copy of your SkyMall magazine. You can also access SkyMall.com for FREE using Gogo® in-flight Wi-Fi. They’re adding hundreds of products each week!

    Since I just boarded my flight and am “comfortably” seated let’s just check out a few of the items available for purchase.    Nothing better while seated in a flying gas tank consuming copious amounts of fuel than shopping for dubiously useful products that consume copious amounts of resources.

    I think I’ll start first looking for gift ideas for our friends in Bangkok.  Let’s see what I can find.

    Wow!  This is a great idea:  the floor to ceiling shoe rack.  I wish I would have had one of these when living in Bangkok. How many times did I trip over all those shoes just inside the front door?  I’ll get one for every one of my friends!

    Holds up to 36 pairs yet only requires a 12-inch circle of floor space.  And for the extra short dudes on my list the pole adjusts to lower the top hanging pairs!

    Might as well throw in the deodorizer.  Don’t want that pole full of stinky shoes!

    Holy Shit, this really is a great time to shop!  Now that I’ve got the gifts its time to shop for myself.  My yard could sure use some help and I’d really like to make it stand out from the crowd.  Something unique and different so people really take notice.  I think I’ve just found some solutions.

    First, to scare the crap out of people as they walk by and  welcome visitors to our home I’ll place © “Bigfoot the Garden Yete” statue at the very front of the front yard walkway!

    Welcome!

    Just in case they still haven’t dropped a load in their britches,  I’ll place  ©”The Zombie of Montclaire Moors” statue  along the way.

    I might end up using it only for Halloween but I’ll buy it now and decide later.

    Look at these.  I’ve been wanting to spruce up our water feature but which one would be better?  The

    © “Catch of the Day” Bear Statue

    or

    Hell, I can’t decide now and the plane is starting its descent.  We’re being asked to put our tray tables and seat backs up!  I’ll just have to take this magazine with me and  finish shopping online at www.SkyMall.com or call them at 1-800-SkyMall.  No reason to panic.  I need time to study all these choices!

    You can expect the extraordinary from Toscano!

    But wait a minute.  I’ve still got time.  I know I want this.  Perfect way to say goodbye to family and friends.  Gotta have “The Peeing Boy of Brussels” Statue and Fountain.

    Nothing says PISS OFF better!

     
     Shop until you drop!
     
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    Super-consumerism is a major problem in the United States and increasingly in the rest of the world.  The above post takes a humorous poke at this serious problem.  Consumption is inescapable for survival.   Capitalism is a great economic system capable of providing much in goods and services.  Our Church reminds us that capitalism is a great system to produce anything that people can be convinced to buy.  It is a terrible system to conserve.  We can no longer produce and consume all that we want that capitalism can provide.  It is not sustainable.  As followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters we strive to practice Soft and Fluffy Consumerism.  This means we look at things from a waste-end perspective before deciding to purchase any product.  What we buy and how we spend our money matters!  For more detailed discussion of our consumptive habits please read my other articles.
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  19. Commandment #7 – A Closer Look

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    December 5, 2013 by John Crapper

    The Church of the Holy Shitters 10 Commandments

    7.  Thou shalt not giveth someone unnecessary shit.

    1. Thou shalt pursue the understanding of Shit.

    2. One who taketh a shit must giveth a shit.

    3. Thou shalt not act like your shit doesn’t stink.

    4. Thou shalt not poke one’s nose into other people’s shit.

    5.  If thou hast nothing constructive to say then don’t say shit.

    6. Thou shalt not buy unnecessary shit.

    7. Thou shalt not giveth someone unnecessary shit.

    8. Thou shalt conserve shit.

    9. Thou shalt not take other people’s shit.

    10. Thou shalt treat someone else’s shit the same way you would want your shit treated.

     

    What does our third commandment  Thou shalt not giveth someone shit  actually mean?  First, please take note of the small s used when writing the word shit.  This means we are not referring to Holy Shit which is the holy substance in our Church.  Giving someone Shit is considered a righteous act.  We are not taking about that.

    This commandment has nothing to do with the slang expression of giving a person some shit.  We all know what the slang expression means.  It means to give someone some lighthearted harassment or teasing.  We are not talking about that either.

    What we are talking about is our relationship with the environment and what we demand from it in terms of our consumption.  Our religion mandates we look at what we buy and consume in an ass-forward waste-first way of thinking.  Before we buy a product we ask ourselves what is the waste end result of its purchase.  This involves evaluating its impact on our environment compared to its usefulness.  Is it worth being purchased, used and consumed?  If the answer is no this commandment instructs us not to purchase the product.

    Everywhere we look and listen slick marketers entice us to buy, buy and buy.   Buy for greater prestige, buy for greater happiness, buy for better looks, buy for more convenience, and buy for more free time. Temptation is all around us.  Many among us suffer from a disease we call consumer diarrhea.  Compulsive buyers and shopaholics fall into this category.

    As followers of the Church of the Holy Shitters we realize there is a lot of crap for sale in our marketplace.This commandment asks us to strive to be judicious, environmentally aware consumers and  purchase gifts for our friends and family that are not crap. Just as our commandment # 6 states that we must not buy unnecessary shit for ourselves, we are also instructed by this commandment not to give shit to other people.  Perpetuating needless consumption is against our religious beliefs plain and simple.

    Please keep this commandment in mind while doing this year’s holiday shopping.

    Remember:

    “Capitalism is a great clearinghouse to efficiently produce anything that can possibly be produced which someone can be convinced to buy and do it for the best price.  It is a terrible system to conserve anything.”  (Shitbit by Poop John the First)

    and

    “The first amendment of the US Constitution mandates the separation of Church and State but it does not mandate the separation of Church and Economy.” (Shitbit by Pope John the First)

    Shit Fighter

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  20. Ass-backward Consumerism

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    October 17, 2013 by John Crapper

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    Wall Street: The Power of Greed “How we spend our money is power too! Take back Wall Street!!

    Consumerism is alive and thriving in our economies.  How many times have we read in business magazines or heard on business programs across this country that the consumer is the driving force behind our economy.  Most economists estimate consumer spending as representing roughly two-thirds of GDP or Gross Domestic Product of the entire American economy.  If consumer spending drops it is portrayed as an ominous sign of economic trouble ahead.  Recession cannot be far behind.  When it ticks up it is conversely touted as a leading indicator that the recession may be ending.

    Consumers are constantly receiving the message that a healthy economy depends on their spending.  Want more, buy more and spend more. We are conditioned into thinking that growth is always good. We are also told that low unemployment is dependent on consumer spending.  There must be a constant increase in demand if new jobs are to be created in sufficient numbers to absorb the new entrants constantly coming into the job market. More people, more consumers, more products, more consumption, more growth, more job creation, more people, more consumers, more products, more consumption, more growth in an endless cycle of escalation.  In this endless circle the concept of conserving is completely lost. Slick marketers entice us to buy, buy, buy everywhere we look and listen.  Buy for greater prestige, happiness, better looks, more convenience, or more time.  Credit is pushed at every opportunity to allow you to enjoy the good life now and pay the price later.  Everywhere the message is pushed – Consumption is good for you, your neighbor, your country and for the world. Virtually all economic sectors rely heavily on petroleum and coal and both are being consumed at an alarming rate.  Yet like ass-backward mad fossil fuel consumer drunks we are all living it up  with little or no regard for the consequences of that consumption.  We waste fossil fuel up front in our production of all the consumer products we demand and we generate massive amounts of waste and put it into our environment on the way out. Mr. Paul R. Ehrlichis Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University.  He states the following regarding our consumerism and its impact on our planet.

    “The United States poses the most serious threat of all to human life support systems. It has a gigantic population, the third largest on Earth, more than a quarter of a billion people. Americans are superconsumers, and use inefficient technologies to feed their appetites. Each, on average, uses 11 kW of energy, twice as much as the average Japanese, more than three times as much as the average Spaniard, and over 100 times as much as an average Bangladeshi. In all, humanity’s high-energy activities amount to a large-scale attack on the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems and the critical services they provide. These include control of the mix of gases in the atmosphere (and thus of the climate); running of the hydrologic cycle which brings us dependable flows of fresh water; generation and maintenance of fertile soils; disposal of wastes; recycling of the nutrients essential to agriculture and forestry; control of the vast majority of potential crop pests; pollination of many crops; provision of food from the sea; and maintenance of a vast genetic library from which humanity has already withdrawn the very basis of civilization in the form of crops and domestic animals.” http://dieoff.org/…

    So the next time you are in a shopping mall I ask you to walk into any store and examine the aisles and honestly ask yourself the following question:  How many of the products you see on the shelves really need to be produced?  Before you grab one of those products ask yourself if its purchase is a necessary one. The point to realize is that  capitalism is a great clearinghouse to efficiently produce anything that can possibly be produced which someone can be convinced to buy and do it for the best price.  It is a terrible system to conserve anything. I think we need to start conserving for the health of ourselves and our economy!

    World map showing countries by nominal GDP per...

    Gross Domestic (GDP) – A measure of consumption. The USA is the highest in the world!!

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