Diary of Knowledge

interdisciplinary surgery by axe and blowtorch rather than scalpel and needle; reading, analysing, summarising and writing; trying to transform information to knowledge

Month: April, 2012

on independence, the lie of sustainable meat and the cannibalization of our future

.1) Scottish people are more concerned about economical issues than the real question of independance from UK. Independance would not be worth £500/year.
How would this study transer to Basque, Tibet, Chechnya or South Ossetia? When independance is sold for 2% of year salary, maybe you’re not that bad off..

Maybe a telling sign of the further individualization and ”voting by the wallet” trends.

.2) Encouraging and ”soft” leaders have more efficient and better working groups than ”mean” or tough leaders, even in the US army. The study doesn’t draw any better defined lines, what about honest or just? Is positive feedback always better, even where it’s not due?

.3) Industrial meat production is never sustainable. Today’s industrial farming is unsustainable  by animal rights- and environmental standards. The small scale organic farming loses out to problems of scale and efficiency. Grass-eating cows produce more methane and free range chicken produce 20% more GHG than broiler. Since grass grazing livestock need larger areas, more land is turned into farmland, i.e. large areas of the amazon rainforest has been cleared for this single reason.
Sustainable farmin is only possible in extremely small scale, where animals are slaugthered and eaten not when it’s most economicaly benificial, but when they are old.
And human waste need to be better recycled to farm land.

If we want to sustainably eat meat products, the only solution is to drastically cut down on our consuption. Large scale ”organic meat production” is not better than large scale industrial meat production.

.4) (Republican) New Jersey governor Chris Christie cannibalized the federal funds for public transportation, possibly using it to pay for tax cuts on gasoline prices. All while declaring his commitment for future generations.
Long-term, sustainable goals are abandoned due to short-term monetary (and by this politically) interests.


In general, people act out of short-sigthed interest. Money in the pocket today is what matters. And actually not only money. People seem to aim for any short-term benefit, even if just keeping daily habits (such as consuming meat); the path of least resistance. Instead of facing the problem itself (and the guilt) we rationalize and lie to ourselves. This is further transmitted to our politicians. They, also acting out of pure self interest, give us (symbolically) whatever we desire in order to secure their re-election. A deliberate mis-reding of .2) would say that leaders (or critics, or society as a whole) are further inclined to applaude and encourage whatever behavior is shown (both ”good” and ”bad”). It is a viscious cycle, where we all contribute to the cannibalization of our own future.

What is needed to break out of it? Some would argue ideals (great narratives, nationalism, religion, ideologies etc.). I would go one step further back in the chain; the ”ability to create ideals” is what’s important, meaning philosophy. And upon the foundation of philosophy, science.

Diary of Knowledge – what and why?

I  recently realised I accumulate more information every day than I can remember or utilise. Afraid that I will not be able to handle the information, I decided to put it into some sort of system. Thus, this blog came into being. Reading, analysing, summarising and writing will hopefully improve what I remember and learn. Hopefully it will transform Information into Knowledge.

This is my personal Diary of Knowledge.

Here I will summarise the information I get hold of and my thoughts about it.
In style it will be messy; I have no time for perfection.
In content it might be messier still; the “quality of content” threshold is deliberately low. All subjects I arbitrarily deem important will end up here. Spontaneous thoughts/analyses might, or might not, be included. In a truly post-modern fashion I will mix all subjects, looking for connections where possible. Probably I will find connections where there are none; most likely there will be errors. Please be cautions browsing the material and view it critically.

All criticism and input is greatly appreciated.
yours truly // oskar