the kraken wakes...
October 31, 2009 1:45pm CST
...but is none too competent. ok we have rapidly diminishing fish stocks, rising sea levels etc showing that humanity is get hit back at for the environmental destruction it has caused. unfortunately those most affected are those least responsible. so how would you train the kraken to target better? it showed it could do this with robert maxwell but clearly needs some other good ideas...
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31 Oct 09
I am a kraken, but a very small and powerless one. It appears that most krakens that grow into big powerful ones metamorphose into something unspeakable and try to destroy all the little krakens coming up behind them, or at least keep them small. Unfortunately, it also seems that we krakens are an endangered species in any case, there being so few of us. It seems to me there is only one answer to your conundrum - all the little krakens have to learn to conglomerate and turn themselves into one large kraken, and then strike back. However, most of the little krakens seem to have a myriad of conflicting understandings of krakenhood, and cannot agree on anywhere near enough points to allow conglomeration, so there really doesn't seem to be an answer at all. By the way, what's this fascination you have with marine life? I had to have some, it was the basis of my PhD (Environmental and Marine Anthropology), but what's your excuse? Lash
31 Oct 09
hello mr kraken. so you actually did something other than go around mylot scaring trolls (which you do beautifully btw)? i am actually interested in the other kind of marine life - the current aim is a career change to marine biology although at this stage i am stuck with potatoes. if you want to say more about your phd though it sounds pretty interesting so go ahead. however remember to use language for the hard of thinking otherwise i won't have a clue what you are on about.
31 Oct 09
Basically, the thesis was about the three environmental perspectives: Mainstream, Green, and the practical environmental perspective of people who actually live in and work with the environment. I did my field work with professional fishermen, thus the Maritime element, with a sidebar comparing them with timber workers. My little parable of the kraken reflects my findings on the Greens, who have so many good ideas but so little capacity for hammering out enough common ground to be truly effective. For instance, there are three schools of thought: anthropomorphic Greens see humankind as the central issue, and see the protection of the environment as enlightened self-interest; the deep Greens, who see the natural world as the focus and human needs as secondary; and a small group in the middle, who attempt to blend the other two approaches, not always with much consistency. The clash between the first two is what causes most of the problem, since the deep Greens tend to be so ideologically driven that they can't work effectively within a political framework. On the other hand, the anthropomorphic Greens often fall into the same trap as the mainstream, and get so caught up in the political game that the goals get lost. This is especially so when they get onto the economic rationalist bandwagon, and start promoting Emissions Trading as a solution, ignoring the fact that all this does is pass the environmental taxes onto to, guess who, those who can least afford to pay it, you and me in other words, while doing absolutely nothing to change the practices of greedy big business. Oops, watch out, soap-box attack imminent. I'll go now. Lash