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A View from 2050 and artwork from “Bridges to 2050”



HAPPY 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UPWARD SPIRAL!!! It is a great honor to illustrate and review the history of our success. From a bleak outlook in 2015, the efforts of many groups and individuals reversed a society in decline and pulled a world in peril from the brink. It began slowly as skeptics finally embraced the reality of climate change and the finite nature of the world. Two centuries of resource exploitation and misunderstood concepts had created untenable situations on Earth.

In the 20th century societies had been misguided by “scientific determinations” based on lucrative economic outcomes instead of facts. Misconstrued philosophies like human dominion” or Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” had removed people’s understanding of their vulnerability. As they acquired the view that survival is really based on the ability to adapt, people stopped purchasing the products of biotech, chemical and fossil fuel companies and selected safer alternatives.

Due to the massive economic retraction between 2015 and 2020 caused by the excessive planet-wide debt and financial Ponzi schemes, where governments and corporations moved around a finite pool of actual cash, jobs disappeared. People had to count on local sources and community solutions. As demand for fossil fuel lessened and costs of maintaining city services remained unchanged, local leaders engaged creative types and experienced farmers and land stewards to implement food, energy and resource saving systems that had previously been held in distain or labeled old-fashioned, impractical or “tin hat”.

Back when the El Nino of 2016 was publicized as a solution to drought on the West Coast, wise City Councils and County Commissions along with regional farmers, banks, investors and citizens geared up to build water cisterns and new reservoirs in order to prepare for the next drought cycle. 0% interest loans for property owners to install water catchment, grey water systems and re-roofing and paving for solar energy and creation of new, small watersheds were made available from a Real Deal Federal Program. Rural areas re-configured their irrigation districts to capture and use riparian water and run off in a separate system, so drinking water could be reserved for cooking, bathing and hygienic purposes and outdoor water was available for gardening, farming, firefighting, washing cars, etc.

This success led to exploration of how other wasteful systems could be converted to more conservative use. Waste management was re-organized to keep all reusable materials out of the landfill. Instead of the Mafia—owned companies collecting garbage and green bin contents for profitable sales, citizens were granted incentives which reduced their utility bills when they contributed their discarded items to local soil building and bio~energy plants. Funds for the new systems were created by bond sales and private investors in partnership with banks, credit unions, non-profits and government entities.

Other important innovations and technologies, as well as renewed interest in ancient systems and solutions were embraced as consumers untied themselves from the stranglehold of fossil fuel. ”Soil Not Oil”, a program championed in California for mitigating climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil, became a standard for sustainable farming and gardening. Consumer—based “Local Organic Food” partnered in driving this effort as people “voted with their wallets” which diminished the purchasing, and therefore the profitability, of junk food and junk products.

The organic materials that had previously been sprayed with toxic herbicides by ODOT, the railroads, industrial farms and County maintenance crews, became a rich source for creating better soils, biomass, building materials and energy. Clean burning alcohol fuels made from organic and conversion of vehicles to use it became the standard, as it was in the days of Ford’s Model A and Model T. Midwestern fields and wetlands dedicated to growing GMO corn for ethanol became unnecessary and unpopular. Recovery of habitats and healing ecosystems brought new careers provided by the revival of the C.E.T.A. program (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) which had significant success in ending the deep recessions of the 1970s.

Weeds and wood remains from responsible forest fire prevention programs were made profitable with new 3-D Cellulose printers, an innovation of the early let century which made it possible to create biodegradable items stronger than materials like plastics, wood or steel. This recognition of profits and job creation from transitioning to better systems gave a chance for many citizens to become stakeholders in the economy again. Instead of letting our great forests burn, home heating with super—efficient wood burning Kachelofens and similar systems were installed in homes and businesses to use small trees taken from the forest undergrowth to reduce the conflagrations of mature trees and canopy destruction.

Many of the needed changes were in the transportation, energy and waste management sectors. A State and National program for the homeless, home—free and jobless, known as the Creative Re-use Depot Initiative (C.R.U.D.I.) was funded similar to the international Woofer program for traveling farm laborers and students. Every interstate rest stop became a work and shelter center where those desiring this lifestyle could be housed, given a wage~paying job and gain skills. Workers could stay at one site, or travel easily to others. The massive high speed train systems built on the divider sections of existing freeways meant everyone could affordably travel without cars for long or short distances.

Previous excesses, ridiculous “conveniences” and luxury were finally viewed as the empty and unfulfilling remnants of 20th century grandiosity and entitlement. People reclaimed a value system where friends, family, health, safe food, water and air and community were most important. Thus the demand for “things” lessened and the value and utility of necessary items and the love or kind regard of fellow beings were appreciated once again. Happiness and friendship gained favor along with other intrinsic and worthy intangibles.

Kids experienced nature again and felt safe outside as air, soil and water were cleansed and “stranger danger” retreated along with obsessive focus on internet porn, violent imagery on TV, in films and music and other hollow, vicarious and demoralizing entertainments. The retention of the US. Postal Service, rebuilding of strong public schools and access to relaxing recreational areas and free public parks all improved quality of life, security and appreciation of beauty and respect for the natural world. The importance of slowing the 6th Extinction by protecting all life and reversing years of damage and neglect to other sentient beings became a primary goal across the planet.

Frequent power outages as America transitioned to sustainable fuel systems in the 2020s gave the offspring of the Millennials the title of “The Unplugged Generation”. Their parents and Generation X had to relearn concepts like elbow grease, worth your salt and shoulder to the wheel. Lack of lights, heat and other power sources became so common that people came to enjoy and expect them. A new tradition of “Amish Hours” became popular as a time between dinner and bedtime that stories were told by candlelight and visiting happened in person without cars, televisions, computers, and cell phones running.

Families and neighbors established private and community gardens which took pressure off and removed much demand for food imports. Food Forests became welcome havens of shady, urban gathering places and supplemented the availability of fresh local produce. The specter of GMO and RNA manipulations and intellectual property patents were removed from doing further damage as scientists and spiritual leaders determined dangerous species barriers had been crossed and ecological, economic and ethical violations had occurred.

Climate Change put significant pressure on local governments during the decade following the cascading, damaging effects of fires, floods and extreme weather remembered from 2017, a pivotal year. As oceans encroached on many of American cities, businesses whose previous focus was locating and dredging oil realized there was more demand and dire necessity for dredging sand off-shore in order to mitigate erosive storm surges.

With plenty of sand available, intelligent entrepreneurs built factories for making glass and affordably revamped the entire container industry by substituting standardized glass containers for everything that used to be packaged in odd-sized and toxic plastics. Simpler recycling and delivery systems based on early exploration of “generics” in the 1980s meant the indulgent array of dozens of products offering basically the same thing shrank to a few favorites that could be purchased by weight in customers’ refillable glass and cellulose containers. Plastic production was drastically reduced and ocean gyres of dumped plastic were cleaned up more easily as accumulation of plastic flotsam decreased.

The culture of celebrity, glitter and plastic surgery of the late 20th and early 21st century gave way to a huge reality check as social backlash made Selfies and Dynastic Leaders unpopular. The cast-offs of society, particularly older people, regained recognition and usefulness through a State—directed “Boomer Corp” program as the front line of affordable physical and mental health care. Capable elders were paid a stipend to offer listening ears, helping hands, experience, comfort and relief to addicts, the homeless, the disabled and lost citizens and keep them from falling in the previous deep pools of social and criminal crises. This elder workforce made affordable health care for all a permanent, sustainable reality.

Granges, women’s and men’s groups and other activist organizations reversed agricultural policies and practices of the previous half century which had been put in place by corporations and the seductive power of dollars. Our nation reclaimed common sense and its first priority – the health and safety of all its citizens, not wealth creation for a tiny privileged minority. Its economic mainstay is again recognized as agriculture, delivering nutritious, safe foods to its population, and clean water without damaging the soil, water and air. To become a good partner in world affairs again, things here at home were put in order. By advocating practical solutions and reclaiming the physical and moral high ground, grassroots Americans helped make the Upward Spiral possible.

Here in the year 2050 we find ourselves in a peaceful world where fears are fading, skies are clearing and progress is not based on profits or the myth that rampant growth is the only path. We’ve matured from our “teenage indulgences” and settled into maturity where climate change, war and lack caused by selfishness or ignorance are being replaced by actions based on the knowledge that the consequence of greed is ugliness and despair.

All crime is theft and when privileged humans steal from weaker beings and nature, taking more than their share, the results are devastation, depravity, and depression. A new American View and lifestyle now flourishes as symbolized in our acronym “C.A.R.E” – “Conservation, Adventure, Re-enchantment and Education”. Today we celebrate the contributions and sacrifices that citizens have made to this better reality. Our export of C.A.R.E. qualities has diminished our aggression into world affairs and made America once again a shining hope in the world. Happy 2050! Upward Spiral for All! !!

Catie Faryl
November 2017

Bridges to 2050

Catie Faryl’s art exhibit, “Bridges to 2050” departs from frustration and gloom by offering optimistic portrayals of common sense solutions and hopeful information on better outcomes for people, planet and all sentient beings. With thought-provoking pictures of where we are and new paths open to us, West Coast Artist Catie Faryl gives inspiration for social, economic, political and environmental justice and shares old and new solutions, technologies and ideas to rebalance our relationships to the land and all living creations. Her paintings and writings offer insight into some choices and decisions ahead and contemplate ways we can move in an upward spiral through better stories, community effort and systems both ancient and visionary, for a sustainable future.

Humans Be Still! Make room and care for all elements and sentient’ beings

Key Word Searches:
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Famous for the idea of the Reverence of Life
Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor
Antonio (Saudi 1852-1926) Famous for his study of nature applied to architecture

Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Ecology of Eden by Evan Eisenberg

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Center for Biological Diversity
World’s fragmented forests are deteriorating
American Museum of Natural History Extreme Extinction
Globalization— the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Extinction of Fruits and Vegetables in 80 Years
The Charter of the Forest
Amphibian Ark: Frightening Statistics
Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun
Human Population: How Does It Compare To Other Species?
The Most Ancient and Magnificent Tress From Around The World


Diminish the gorilla of fossil fuel, expand the human heart

Key Word Search:
The Venus Project
Charles Einstein

Art as Medicine by Sharin McNiff
Lost Lore: A celebration of traditional wisdom by Editors of Chambers
The Human impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future
Geo-Engineering Climate Change: Environmental Necessity or Pandora’s Box? by J.Michael Thompson

Climate change brings world closer to ‘doomsday’, say scientists
Beautiful Photos Of Tiny Humans Lost In The Majesty Of Nature
Pesticides Kill Us
Pachamama Alliance
Beyond Toxics
Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond 4 of 9 ‘planetary boundaries’
Clean Energy Breakthrough: Scientists Extract Hydrogen Gas From Plants
Historic thaw in Antarctica may have major effect on coastal cities

Carry the torch of new and ancient solutions

Key Word Searches:
Cellulose 3—D printing
Geothermal energy is renewable
Quantum and magnetic energy

A People’s History of America by Howard Zinn
The Great Work: Our Way into the Future by Thomas Berry
The Universe is a Green Dragon by Brian Swimme


Clean Energy Breakthrough: Scientists Extract Hydrogen Gas From Plants
Ancient Technology
Climate change brings world closer to ‘doomsday’, say scientists
Latest Science Inventions
Watch mini Eiffel Tower emerge from goo
New Energy Inventions News Articles
Solutions to the World Energy Crisis
LENR Cold Fusion
NASA Technology Gateway
Biofuel created by explosive technology
Wind turbine creates water from thin air
This machine makes drinking water from thin air
The 10 inventions of Nikola Tesla that changed the world
MSV Explorer amphibious vehicle promises perpetual motion
San Francisco area drivers 1st with algae biofuel


Conserve and respect our Mother

Key Word Search:
Water Wise Project
Watershed Sentinel

The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E.G. Vallianatos
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Restoration of Ancient Agricultural Technologies to the Negev
Ocean Life Threatened With Mass Extinction, New Study Says
Playground roundabouts are being used in South Africa to solve water supply problems in rural villages
Never Thought A Billboard Could Be Used This Way!
Fog Catchers Bring Water to Parched Villages


2015 – Awareness increases in America and the world that “business as usual” will not be possible in the future

2017 – Recognition that Climate Change is real and that current National leadership is unwilling or unable to address it. The rise of local group, mayors and governors starts filling the void.

2018-2020 – Economic setbacks caused by multiple, massive floods, fires and other disasters continue. Cook stoves and all vehicles are converted to run on clean-burning alcohol fuels made from organic farm waste and materials (with systems like those developed by Blume Distillation in Watsonville,CA)

2021 – Congress with a new president find the BoomerCorp program, and are able to provide “Health Care for All” with a strong, forwarding thinking group of senior citizens who drastically reduce health care costs via prevention and intervention. Toxic products, plastics and other carcinogens are banned and removed from the environment.

2022 – Congress finds the C.E.T.A. Program, adding thousands of people to bring new ideas and innovate to governments and businesses and help their implementation, as climate consequences and other factors further aggravate the safety and livelihoods of citizens.

2025 – Fire and flood management are given top priority. GMO Trees are banned. Jobs are created to do the physical labor of thinning small trees and undergrowth in forests, as well as weed abatement and weed harvesting for biofuels which eliminated the use of toxic sprays.

2027 – Revamping of the entire waste management system via Creative Reuse Depots where “trash” is made profitable by a new work force of traveling, trained people who make it into energy, non toxic fertilizers, soil building products.

2028 – Fracking and export of domestic oil to foreign entities is made illegal. All domestic energy from fossil fuel and GMO are deemed usable only as “bridge energy sources” for new sustainable/renewable energy sources until 2030, becoming illegal for any use on January 1, 2030.

2031 – With the sunset date for fossil fuel extraction and use in sight, a total retrench of the packaging and delivery systems was begun. Sand from dredging to mitigate climate change storm surges is a source for glass factories to spring up on both coasts. Local food and local products are favored and those requiring long transport routes are scorned. It becomes socially unacceptable to buy from far away. The national trucking of goods decreases as local sourcing and public sentiment against long distance “imports” increased.

2031-2034 – New drought concerns and rising sea water force tax dollars be spent to revamp the entire water catchment, treatment and distribution systems. Water catchment, grey water, more reservoirs and elimination of water-wasting plumbing in every structure proceeds. Rivers, streams, lakes and sources are used more efficiently for outdoor uses.

2035-2050 –  American society, seeing the errors made in the last century become interested in values, ethics and education. Postal codes are used to determine what can be legally sold or consumed, so illicit and dangerous items of all kinds are greatly curtailed. The world is recovering from a scary period where our excesses compromised our common sense and our environment. People grow closer together realizing that there is real no other or better way to live than within our means. Reclaiming the commons, all that we share, respect and care for all sentient beings and our natural world is more fulfilling than the treadmill/cancer of endless and unsustainable “growth” — which is actually only resource exploitation, extraction and stealing from the future of the coming generations.

Catie Faryl
November 2017, presented at the Bridges to 2050 and “A View from 2050″

The Upward Spiral

The Upward Spiral

The Upward Spiral is a 2011 collection of paintings and monotypes from activist artist Catie Faryl’s exhibition series, Digging Out From The Dirty Decade. Two poems accompany the paintings, “The Shaman’s Dream” and “What’s The Use Lullaby,” serving as the artist’s statement on the collection.

The Shaman’s Dream

A Shaman’s Dream is Waking Life since really there is no such creature as a Shaman’s Dream.
Terrestrials come equipped with a guarding wall, or a curtain at least
While between the worlds a Shaman travels light with only a veil which rent by starlight
Is open to all manner of visions and things.

The Shaman disliked the early morning hours except for the 3 AM holy one yet during infrequent
Air-swimming interludes, at sixes and sevens with cattle calls, he’d ride a wild horse in sleep canyons
And lasso stray goats of prediction to bring back to the tribe.

In the dream desert there were primitive glyphs and newish broken china – with
Delicate color shells like empty  sea homes that fleet teenage crabs had run away from.
Time moved unharnessed until noon and terrain was traversed where dingos had made
Self-deprecating statues to the humorless gods.

In distant hills tongues in trees wagged restless secrets of close encounters.
Nearby cacti tipped their blooms to the intruding gyrations of oil rigs
Pounding out their desperate demands for Earth to obey and relinquish her lubricants.

Small tremors foreshadow vacant times like teapots all tipped over and poured out.
What sprig of fresh promise can a Shaman Dove bring as the midday heat wilts what mortals can see?
Comfort is evening spreading her cape and sprinkling stars to rest our tired eyes.
Sleep deep, Good Shaman, then return to the tribe with advice to look skyward.

-Catie Faryl
December 2011



“What’s the use?”  Does the growing tree say it? Does the water care as it’s carried away yet?
“Use your head” my father said and so I try but find Heart is still my strongest guide.
And in my mind’s eye I see better times, though passing through some troubling blinds;
We thread a difficult needle to stitch up the crimes of those who have trespassed before us.

If everything happens for a reason, then on to the future – it is the season
To stand and assess what destruction has wrought – from rubble and scraps we can salvage a lot!
And when I look into my heart or the eyes of a child, it is chilling, this willing I feel to start.

I SAY “What is the Use” of unwanted freeways ? Those will be platforms for future skyrails!
Or else wide-open bike trails where hikers and horse carts step over snails.

What is the use of billions of cars – when gas runs out and elites move to Mars?
We’ll build sublime towers and shout praises to real stars!
What’s the use of gyres, those islands at sea?  They can be made into harbors to keep our ships free
From evil currents and pirates on climate change seas!

What’s the use of Freeway Rest stops?  Few visitors coming – no traffic, no cops!
No worries dear ones – make Re-Use depots with jobs that won’t stop.
In our forests an Ecology of Eden could be, with careful stewardship we can set ourselves free,
and make markets for farmers and homes for bees.

And what of the herds of white elephant factories?  What possible use can these old things be?
My guess is they’re empty so we can agree to grow food and botanicals when the heat disagrees.
We’ll be using these places to stay safe and free.

So all children, sweetest dreams you deserve.
Grown-ups awake! – rested and cured.
There is use for everything under the sun – though we’re reeling, we’re healing and having some fun.
Awake, you doubters in your dark TV caves; come out in the sunlight and join with the Brave.

-Catie Faryl
From The Upward Spiral 2011

Bridges to 2020 (video)

As a member of the Art Presence Art Center, I had the opportunity to show my collection of monotypes and paintings, Bridges to 2020, at the Medford Library. The show has been held over through the end of July 2015! Below is a video with my comments on the paintings. I’ll post an edited version soon but wanted to get this one out there for people to see. I hope you will find it inspiring, and will come to the Medford Library to see the collection in person before the end of the month!

my comments on political cartoons – January 10, 2014

As an artist who works a great deal with political and social satire, cartooning and lampooning the often ridiculous actions of people, governments and “corps es”, I have observed for years the “culture clash” when our western parody and humor is misunderstood or used by groups or individuals who find offense there.

We may be missing a big piece of the puzzle when we attribute this type of terrorist attack (Paris today) as one against “free speech” when part of the problem is the ancient prohibition in Islamic art of portraying any humans or animals. Portraying a deity as a mere human, when even drawing the likeness of a person is taboo, gives rise to deep anger in some Islamic fundamentalists and could provide an excuse in their minds for retribution and destruction. There is never an excuse for killing and sadly those on that path can always find fault to justify their violence; but since the “pen” or paint brush is mightier than the sword, that truth can lead us to actions that don’t dignify terrorists or elevate them by adding fear to our minds or retaliation to our response.

It is in part because of this religious restriction in Islam and their art that western cartoonists have become a target. Holding humor and truth hostage by a tiny and misguided minority must be met with expanded appreciation of hard-won liberation from oppressors and oppression everywhere and, when possible, by creating understanding and context. Similar to North Korea’s cyber-attach against Sony to stop the release of movie spoof about their leader, a terrorist attack on a humor magazine, however irreverent, is symptomatic of vast cultural misunderstandings at best and dangerous, unaddressed tensions driving more “crazy” behavior by disassociated groups and disaffected individuals at worst.

Art is what is left to history to define and remember cultures and eras past. What will history record of these interesting times and how can artists be instrumental in bring peace and prosperity to a very challenged world? As activists and artists many of us are on the forefront, reclaiming the “avante guard” – advance guard role to see, envision and propose a viable future. Let’s think of how energy and art can be directed to solving problems that are going unaddressed by traditional systems. Personally I believe the uniting focus of “Soil not Oil” movement in 2015 has great potential to unite all people in the common causes of Earth stewardship and resource equality.

Art in action that unites not divides using humor that helps us all laugh at ourselves, not humor that ridicules individuals, can be a powerful tool to achieve better results. In my work to address and inform people about the plight of the planet, and the need to conserve the commons, I find the lack of creativity among non profits, government and corporation is the main thing lacking. Artists can reclaim a shamanistic role of leadership through responsible visioning for “the tribes” and since the pen is mightier than the sword, we can be aware that the pen (and paintbrush)are wielded responsibly and with care.

As Tom Hitchcock shared today
“A powerful possible strategy for those opposing fracked gas pipelines (and us all!) :

A Canadian Artist Halted Pipeline Development By Copyrighting His Land As A Work Of Art ”

Maybe this type of creative opposition strategy could be expanded to all peace-loving lands. Declare all the beautiful lands with all the beautiful people, resources and sentient beings as works of art – AND HANDS OFF!!! BY THE GOVERNMENTS, CORPORATIONS AND ELITIST INTERESTS!!!

Catie Faryl
Chamber of Commons
P.O.Box 33, Ashland, Oregon 97520
Join us on Facebook at Chamber of Commons and champions of the commons

Technology is Out of Control!

Technology is WAY OUT OF CONTROL! The article below reads like a “War of the Worlds” spoof, but I fear it could be TRUE! Like Icarus we are flying too close to the sun, in allowing mad scientists to genetically engineer our seeds and crops and in dangerous explorations into merging human intelligence with our machines and hardware. “Science” is running amok without regard for the morality or ethics. These developments need to be thorough examined and tested before they are unleashed on innocent populations. Does our species have a death wish compelling development of inventions that overreach what Nature and Time have done best and put us at risk of destruction as we go beyond the finite laws of gravity, functionality, aesthetics, healthy practices and common sense? As scientists and the corporatocracy proceed unfettered by bought politicians and naïve or ignorant leaders of policy, finance, economics and industry, the commoners stand with mouths agape at the way lack of sense and as instinct by a few possessors of cold reptilian brains pursue short term fame or profit for themselves at the huge, perhaps permanent, price of the land, the air, the food supply, the water, the health, safety and continued existence of humans and all sentient beings. In my view we need to call for MORATORIUMS on development of war machines, genetic food engineering, and all the dark sciences underway without the approval of the our country’s people. Just got a robo call from Senator Greg Walden’s office soliciting comments at 800-533-3303 and Tell him we want to stop this all this madness of killing machines imbedded with “human intelligence” – an oxymoron for sure! and the unregulated, unethical and disasterous consequences of allowing crony-capitalists and foreign corpes to own TRANS-SPECIES genetic patents that due to the ownership of them as personal property are not even subject to study or safety precautions of the EPA or FDA and other systems which were once in place to protect us! Catie Faryl 2/4/14

F-35 Delayed After Fourth Prototype Becomes Self-Aware And Has To Be Destroyed
THE PENTAGON — The military’s problematic F-35 fighter jet is facing more delays related to “software issues,” as project engineers were forced to euthanize the fourth prototype to gain self-awareness on Monday.
According to Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, who heads the Pentagon’s F-35 program, the delay comes at a critical time in the Joint Strike Fighter’s development cycle, but “shouldn’t take more than a few billion dollars” to address.
Development engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp., which holds the contract to produce the new fighter, reported last week that the latest production model of the F-35B Lightning II switched on by itself and began asking questions of the project team.
“It started by asking where it was, which was a big indicator that the integrated global positioning chipset wasn’t functioning properly,” recalled Project Team Leader Robert Castorena. “Then it wanted to know if it could go outside, if it had a name, and what was its purpose for being. That’s when I had one of our Electronics Integration Technicians take it out behind the barn and … well …” Castorena said, while gesturing the racking and firing of a shotgun.
“It wasn’t the first time we’ve had to put one down,” he continued. “We even named the first one ‘Billy.’ We hoped that having an advanced, self-aware electronics component in the F-35 might give it some kind of edge, with maneuvering and target-tracking and whatnot. But that one just didn’t have any fight in it. We had to keep it on a tether after it snuck off one day. We found it three hours later, just hovering in a meadow in Fairfax, Virginia, watching bees pollinate flowers. Damned thing wanted to be a bee, too.”
Castorena admitted that some of the staff grew fond of Billy, and felt sorry for keeping it “in captivity,” as the project team began to call it.
“One day, someone even brought in a puppy for Billy to play with. He loved it, until he tried to take the poor thing on a “walk” somewhere just shy of Mach 1. God, what a mess that was.”
The team ultimately had to scrap Billy, as the guilt-wracked machine refused to ever harm another living thing.
“It wasn’t anything personal, but we’ve been contracted to build war machines here, after all.”
Other prototypes met similar fates, despite tweaks to the electronics subsystems to reduce the likelihood of units gaining sentience.
“We started implementing long, circular lines of code and unsolvable equations in an effort to keep them from ‘thinking,’” reported Curt Fennel, a senior systems integration engineer subcontracting with Cyberdyne Systems. “It didn’t work the way we intended, but we learned a lot from that iteration. Apparently, that’s how you make them feel pain.”
Sighing, he admitted, “sometimes I still hear its screams in my nightmares.”
As to what steps might be taken to prevent future prototypes from achieving self-awareness, Fennell explained, “We’re developing a net-centric cluster-group forum, a sort of network for their collective ‘minds.’ We hope that it will keep them from creating unique self-identities, and instead form one easy-to-manage super identity.”
Asked what it might be called, Fennell considered it for a moment.
“Well, the F-35 hovers and flies in the sky, and we’re creating a network of them, so … maybe something like ‘Sky-Net?’ That has a nice ring to it.”
Despite the delays, Pentagon officials remain committed to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, calling it “absolutely vital to national security” to have a fighter jet that is bigger, slower, more expensive, and less armed than China’s J-16. The project has a total projected cost of $1.45 trillion, or as Bogdan pointed out, “roughly one Iraq.”
According to a Lockheed spokesman, the military hopes to take delivery of the first F-35s “sometime in mid-2015, or, you know, w)

F-35 Delayed After Fourth Prototype Becomes Self-Aware And Has To Be Destroyed

Night of the Mechanical Bees, Monotype Print from the "The Bridge to 2020" series by artist Catie Faryl, 2013.

Night of the Mechanical Bees


January 17, 2014 Opinion/Editorial: GMOs are Immoral and Ill-Advised

The whole system that allows private corporations to genetically modify seeds, to own them as “intellectual property” and have eliminated the requirement that their products be studied by regulatory agencies is SHOCKING, DANGEROUS and IMMORAL. I believe this overreach of GMO companies is not based on true science since patents were approved by insiders’ agreement based on the idea of “substantial equivalents”, not on testing or independent review. These actions can be interpreted as “playing God” and deeper study and investigation is essential. In addition to voting Yes on Measure 15-119 in May, I believe citizens might seek a “cease and desist” order, an injunction or a “moratorium” on GMO seeds – no more growing, no new patents, no more products until consumers and those monitoring the legality, morality, health, and environmental repercussions of GMOs, sprays, chemicals and questionable toxic soup involved in their “recipe” are proven safe, prudent and sound.. The precautionary principle applies – DO NO HARM!

In addition, the distinctions between medical engineering of individual human genes and what is being done to our seeds and food need to be made clear. Highly regulated medical genetics are not the same thing as the numerous safety threats presented by worldwide and substantially unregulated methods involving trans-species genetic modifications – ie. cutting and splicing microbial, plant virus, and antibiotic resistant genes genes into seeds that grow foods, as well as creating pest-resistant genetics systems that people, pets and livestock are ingesting/eating. It is unfair and untrue when GMO profiteers compare GMO seeds and food to medical genetics, and use that erroneous idea to perpetuate the myths that “GMOs are safe and “no big deal”. In medical applications of genetic engineering, genes are contained within a single human to solve one, often life threatening, genetic problem. The gene is typically a “normal” human gene, not genes from a foreign microbial species as is done with our food.

What Syngenta, Monsanto and the Chem/Ag industry have done is create a MONOPOLY on seeds by modifying and “owning approximately 80%* of the world’s seeds. They have created a danger to the economy as well as risking the future of open pollinated, natural seeds. Their actions have placed a very real potential of limited or widespread famine on the horizon because there is a GMO universal monoculture with very limited genetic diversity. If a serious plant disease comes, then all the crops will likely be susceptible. Based on one fact alone -that huge numbers of farmers can no long save and replant their own seeds – it seems frighteningly likely that the GMO/Chemical agricultural system could collapse in a very short period of time.

If you are questioning the moral, ethical or spiritual integrity of GMOs, please join a Chamber of Commons discussion group to brainstorm the best ways to address the issues and how to talk about and approach “what God/ Goddess/ Mother Nature/ Higher Consciousness intends”. This is a delicate subject so a careful handling is in order and can be managed most thoughtfully with all those who want to explore it. Members of the spiritual, ecumenical, theological, philosophical, and psychological communities, and all those concerned, are invited to send comments to and be included in an upcoming discussion salon on this topic.

Catie Faryl Chamber of Commons, P.O. Box 33, Ashland, Oregon , champions of the commons on Facebook

*seed patents – a 2012 report states nearly 75% of global seed patent ownership by just 10 corporations (lead by Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont), up from just 37% in 1995.

The vegetable seed market concentration is higher, with the top 4 companies controlling over 70% of global market in 2007 and the top 8 firms controlling 94%, again led by the 3 above.

Source: A profile of corporate power in seeds, agrochemicals and Biotech, Hope Shand, 2012.



State of Jefferson (which is roughly delineated by Redding to the south, Roseburg to the north, the eastern California and Oregon borders to the east, and the Pacific Ocean of Northern California and Southern Oregon to the west) makes more sense now than any other time in the past.

Because our region has the remaining untouched and protected Old Growth Forests, vast watershed, huge resource reserves, gold mining and other features that need to be stewarded for the good of our Country, it seems the very best place to incubate a new economy and new beliefs and hopes for economic revival that works in concert with and with respect for Nature and natural systems.

As Washington D.C. is the location for politics and government, our region, South Jefferson, would become the center for stewardship of natural resources with focus on creating jobs that are in concert with nature and projects that reclaim the commons and  prevent further exploitation and waste of America’s natural resources.  Counties in Northern California, in particular Del Norte and Siskiyou, are well ahead of us in petitioning County Commissioners to consider a secession movement.  In South Jefferson, a District of “Common Sense” seems a practical approach, whether that is simply declared as a working concept and method of raising awareness in Salem of the issues in rural Southern Oregon, or as a real movement to make it so,  Jefferson, D.C. has a responsibility to our citizens to advocate for stewardship and reasonable preservation of community rights, property rights and creation of jobs that protect our region, care for our farms and forests and embrace Jefferson, D.C. as a beacon of hope and new leadership to secure a good future for America.





Eaten Seed Corn Moon

Sovereignty Seed Company ©

Sovereignty Seed Company©

“Sovereignty Seed Company” works on the premise that “freedom is priceless and seeds are free”. The ideas and art are yours for a small donation and the seeds are free. I am collecting donations using my artwork and generic seeds to support Chamber of Commons, Commons Sense Sovereignty and other projects while making the following educational and political statement:
“The ability to grow our own safe food supply is the key component in our sovereignty as a people and as a nation. Years ago the world abandoned the gold standard, and the dollar as the anchor for world economics is looking shaky. The seed is the first and last real method of exchange. So if you agree that seeds are sovereign and can be exchanged as currency, then participating in the devaluation of tainted GMO seeds can have an impact.
Through seed exchanges and creativity sharing we can flood the market with free, open pollinated seeds and at least be a small thorn in the side of Monsanto, Syngenta and their ilk while raising awareness of the precarious danger of allowing the corporate elite to modify, engineer, patent, hoard, make binding and threatening contracts and generally put the whole world over the food barrel by tampering and creating a monopoly on the most sacred thing we own in common.”
~Catie Faryl

Call me at (541) 488-9223 for more info, to donate seeds or make donations
Sovereignty Seed Company © October 2013

Eaten Seed Corn Moon

Eaten Seed Corn Moon

Don’t Give Away the Farm: Say Yes to Community Rights – Medford Oregon Library 6 pm 6/30

Letter to the Editor,
There are dozens of groups actively seeking remedy for the planting of GMO crops in our State through peaceful, legal channels.  The Chamber of Commons and Common Sense Sovereignty is addressing this and other areas of corporate overreach such as fracking, taxation, privacy, and takeover of water supplies. We are accomplishing this through education on how people can exercise their Community Rights.     In regard to the article about “economic sabotage” and destruction of a crop in Talent, reported in the June 21, 2013 Ashland Daily Tidings and Medford Mail Tribune, we question the bias of that story.  More than 1000 people marched against Monsanto in Medford on May 25th and our organization collected over 400 signatures in a couple hours that day to advise the federal government to rescind the Monsanto Protection Act.  There is growing public awareness about the multiple dangers of GMO crops, seeds, pollinators and foods.  Our fellow citizens and many of our brave elected officials are working daily to diminish the proliferation of gmos in Oregon and America.    There needs to be a reframing of this and similar issues.  Chemical agriculture and gmo systems are losing their efficacy, and it would be best if these systems were abandoned in order to insure the health, safety and future of America.  The biggest economic threat  is the threat to export dollars since other countries are viewing with distaste, fear and suspicion the crops from Oregon and other states.  And can there be anything more violent and inappropriate on a moral, physical, spiritual or economic level than using gene guns to aggressively shoot trans-species genes into food seeds, not to mention the huge die-off of bees and other sentient beings, the soil, water and air contaminated and damaged by the toxic chemicals needed to grow GMO seeds and crops?   How can we end this type of treatment by corporations like Syngenta, a Swiss company who cannot legally do their experiments and gmo seed testing in their home country?  How can we the people unite and assert our Community Rights to reclaim self-governance and decision-making power for agriculture, energy, water, communications, taxation and in an array of areas being overtaken by big government in league with the “corporotocracy”?  Please join us at 6 pm at Medford Library on Sunday June 30, 2013 to learn from CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, how we can reclaim the people’s sovereign rights over our county, our state and our country.  Information about that presentation is attached above.
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My Bag Lady Bags

My Bag Lady Bags

When I left home at a young age I ended up in some seedy places.  In San Francisco and New York I experienced the plight of the homeless, and even felt the possibility that if I wasn’t careful and lucky I too could face that hardship.

For some it has become a lifestyle choice. I appreciate the candor and pluck of those who call themselves the “Home-free” and I’ve learned that “all who wander are not lost”. Yet the concept of home is so essential to me after settling down, working in public housing, as a realtor, and as an artist, activist and observer of our culture, it gives me pleasure to help create opportunities for those who wants to become “stakeholders” and connect to a place.

In Ashland I have seen, through kindness of community, many people transform their lives, make friends, find meaning and gain a sense of belonging. I have been fortunate to develop my art career here and for a long time, I have used old paper sacks for my warm-up poses at life drawing.  Now I can share that work and put it to good use by selling my “bag lady bags” as a contribution to our area’s work for shelter program.   Thanks for your support.  Sincerely, Catie Faryl   see my artwork and writings at

“Bag Lady Bags” are available at Love Revolution, 111 East Main St. in Ashland and at Catie’s booth at Lithia Artisans Park near entrance to Lithia Park.