california mediterranean


Last week, Beau and Matt (from Probably This) drove all the way from New Orleans to Los Angeles, and the best welcome Alana (from Fix Feast Flair) and I could think to give them was a mezze party. We’d been threatening to do it for months, fantasizing about the various hummuses and fetas and baba ganoushes, the pungent colors, those miraculous plates of food where everything just tastes good together. And then Beau and Matt announced their impending arrival, and Alana and I decided it was now or never. Luckily, the boys agreed to help us make our mezze dreams come true.

In true LA fashion, I welcomed Matt and Beau with flaming margaritas and a mariachi band on the night of their arrival. I’d like to take responsibility for either or both of these kitschy wins, but alas, I am not that skilled (nor that culturally appropriative). I left it up to the magic of my neighborhood Mexican dive to set the scene for the moment when I’d finally get to squeeze these two lovebirds who have filled my internet and my heart with such sweet inspiration, humor, and friendship over the past year.

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davidhenrythoreau-deactivated20  asked:

Population growth is not an issue of social or economic theory, as Friedman concludes--the issue is how we acknowledge the Earth and our existence upon it. Saying the Earth will be fine "when we are gone" assumes that the Earth was ever meant to be covered in concrete, railroads, and power plants. Humans happen to be a species that exists, but that doesn't make the Earth our experimental playground. This viewpoint is dangerously disrespectful to the Earth, whose value exceeds instrumental worth.

No, that is not my point, my point is that exponential growth of population is not true, that countries get a best birth auto-regulation when they are richer, and that they are richer precisely when technology is more advanced. Also my point of view (debatible, of course) is that humans will find solutions to the problems of the future, which, almost certainly, will not be the problems that we are thinking now, so there will be a balance between humans, other species and the planet itself. Is it an optimistic view? Yep, it is true, but I have some faith in humans… [or, after reading the insults on my inbox just now, rather in ***some*** humans].

davidhenrythoreau says: Just a little background—I live in Southern California, a natural Mediterranean wetland, one of the rarest ecosystems on the whole planet. …or it would be if it wasn’t dried up with cement, covered (almost entirely) in invasive species, roads, housing, and/or automobiles. I understand that science and capital are the answers to sustainable solutions (but that’s only because we adopted capitalism centuries ago); but the Earth won’t just fix itself and we can’t rely on that perspective.

I know that area, I loved it. And you give me a perfect example of what I was trying to explain: what you’re thinking are solutions of today (cement, covered in invasive species, roads, housing, and / or automobiles …) to tomorrow’s problems, and history has taught us that that does not work. The classical sample is “the problem” with the horse manure at the end of XIX century, and “experts” forecasting that streets might be drowned in horse manure around 1950. Today we can laugh of the whole thing, I’m pretty sure we all will laugh in fifty years too of this kind of eco-doom.

Reading: From Horse Power to Horsepower

Pretty ilustrative is too.

davidhenrythoreau says: I’m sorry, but no. What I’m speaking of is a solution targeted at the fundamental way humans look outside their window and either say “this is mine to conquer” or “this is mine to coexist upon.” Today, and every year since the 1800s, the former is/has been the majority view. Unless we change how we acknowledge the earth, as our family, not our slave, science is absolutely useless in a very intrinsic way. Invasives are on ongoing issue, populations and pollution are ongoing issues; the trouble with environmental optimism is that it allows us to slow our progress, when in fact, we are centuries away from any solution. And yes, more issues will arise as time moves, but we’re still cleaning up what was; we are not ready to acknowledge what is, because we haven’t reached a “present” environmental solution. I admire your willingness to argue with me, but today is EARTH day, and people ought to hear about how we can’t stop trying, not that we’re close enough.

You can not change the way of being of humans, a newcomer kind to the planet, and pretty insignificant for Earth, and that can be swept from the face of the earth in a few seconds or minutes due to circumstances that we can not (and probably will never be able) to control: pandemic diseases, meteorites, giant solar flares… We know this because it has happened before, and can happen in the future.

I think there is a great deal of arrogance in the fact of consider ourselves so important and so influential in our environment, I just don’t think we actually are so important. Most of the planet is virgin (or water or desert actually), and all humans could live more or less comfortably in a medium state of USA.

Yes, it’s Earth Day, very nice, but I think there is room for discussion if extreme positions are eliminated and speaking from reason, not from faith, pseudoscience or pathological environmentalism, three concepts interchangeable in this case, IMHO.

Also, if I get to choose between optimism and pessimism, I’ll take the former, especially if it is rational, and I think my original post was so.