Carbon Karma


3/26/2016 6:28 am

.pdf file for important PNAS paper on climate change and Syria to read today:


I started a free writing exercise today with The Artist’s Way.  I write at least three pages every morning about how I feel about Syria.  Here is the first paragraph.  “E-40 is on my Soundcloud, reclining in a Lazy-Boy couch with the footrest kicked up, I think about Danya and Lina in Damascus.  I saw on the newspaper last night that a cease fire was arranged between the United States and Russian governments.  The engagements with jets and the military jockeying that occurred last fall resulted in an agreement to stop the Syrian civil war.  Is this cease fire really going to stop the conflict?  In my heart, I do not think so as I have not seen the root cause of the conflict solved.  It is going to turn into another Israel-Palestine conflict dynamic probably.  The Syrian government has weapons, backed by Iran and Russia, and is able to dominate minority groups like the Israeli government does with American support.  Why does this matter to me?  It matters so much that I wrote a poem called “Headed South: The Tango Over Damascus” ( and proceeded to have a major psychotic episode over the issue.  I ended up in handcuffs and threatened to kill myself over the war in Syria.  I saw the blood, I felt the war, I see it is a larger issue.  I called Elizabeth from Berkeley on Skype the other day.  She said, “The Syrian refugees are the first climate change refugees.”  As I write this I hear the following two lines from Boosie Badazz in his new track “World War 6,” ( 

     “Sent us to prison for life for a little small something,

     While you bitches snort cocaine with your golf buddies…”

What poets do you know connected to the refugee work?

Turks are going to take advantage of the Syrians. Turks have a superiority complex over Arabs. I remember visiting Turkey in 1999 and my family talking about Arabs as “less civilized” than Turks.  It goes back to the Ottoman Empire days.  Sick psychology!

PNAS paper entitled, “Climate change in the Fertile Crescent and implications of the recent Syrian drought.”

This is World War 6, if Trump wins he is going to build a wall to stop the refugees.  Sent us to prison for life.  We got cops killin’ kids.  We got ISIS round this bitch killin’ hundreds after hundreds with one hit.  Sandra Bland… what the fuck is going on?!  They say Bill Cosby is rapin’ people…  World War 6 for real.  It was therapeutic to attack in spirit America in art and in poetry the other day at the Java Monkey Open Mic night Poetry Slam.  I screamed after reading the following poem ( lines:

     Can can feel what your,

     Brothers and sisters felt,

     Discover the molecular basis,

     Of their screams of agony,

     So you can deliver them in poetry,

I got scores from 5.5 to 9.0.  It was a very raw response.  It is good to see that the average Atlanta resident that attends poetry night at Java Monkey has such a bipolar response to the truth about what I feel.  Indeed, I would give myself a 5.5 on a bad day in response to hearing the screams of war and I would give myself a 9.0 on a good day.  Or, vice versa?  It is good to deliver the truth?  Do people want to hear it?  Does the truth of war cause more war?  Should we cover it up?!  Should we be silent and let the blood flow?  Really?  O’rly?! 

Fuck No!

If I see by Brother and Sister bleeding to death, I will help.  Why is it that Syria so engaged me and not the other countless conflicts?  I know, it is the media enterprises.  They are playing us all like fools.  CNN blasts airraid sirens, Shock and Awe!  Ah, what it was like in 1991 to sit in my parents’ house and hear my father say, “We need a strong millitary to Liberate Iraq!”  Yes, this is the way my son, we need a strong millitary!  Ironic how in 2009, he is cursing the Jewish-American conspiracy.  Voted Regan in 1980 and 1984 and turns to Obama in 2008 after seeing the blood flow and seeing the American racist policies.  We turned the Iraqis into Blacks.  We turned Afghanistan into Black Earth with our bombs.  Our smartbombs, our missiles… We turned that shit Black as fuck!

A response on Facebook, “Solution would be to get the west out of these countries they have ruined and let the people choose their own governments and rebuild their lives. Give them back their resources and imprison those western leaders for crimes against humanity. To find a solution you have to deal with the problem in the first place or it shall just keep happening.”  I wrote back, “ How should we present this in the context of climate change? I feel that it is possible to give people the idea that they have a “Carbon Karma.” Do you see what I am saying by this metaphor?” 

…therefore they have a responsibility to others in the developing world to care for refugees from conflicts that result as a result of climate change…

Carbon Karma might be the name of a good poem.  What would such a poem sound like?  Would it be inflammatory or subtle and smooth?  Would it be sexy or harsh?  I feel it would be like listening to Burzum, Darkthrone, Mgla, Svest, Deathspell Omega, Boosie Badazz, Mutiilation, and other such glorious Black Metal bands and Trap Music artists that I have discovered.  The dark art is just that Black.  We need to sit with the Darkness to feel it.  I want to deliver the feeleing that Burzum’s War gave me while I solved NMR structures in graduate school to Americans in poetry. 

     This is War…

     I can’t stay too long… 

“I salute all the real Niggas!  I told the label, I don’t want…”

-Young Dolph

“Trap Money addictive.”  Money and greed are the fuel for war.  My boarder.  My country.  My cash.  My stash.  My shit.  Fuck you!  I want some of your shit!  Give me some medicine bitch!  I want some medical care!  My kid is dying from shrapnel!  If you looking for peace that is there man.  It is in the idea that you sit with the idea that your kid is dying from shrapnel, and you sit there and with nonviolence in your “enemy.”  How the hell do you get peace without justice?  You don’t!  That is why Brother Malcolm X was needed in the American Civil Rights movement.  He articilated the real needs of people.  He said the Truth.  Brother Dr. King told the Whites what they wanted to hear.  My skin is white.  I know, I am white as snow.  This is what I feel though that the Blackened Earth will sing a new song.  It is singing to me across the globe.  I see the Truth.  People want to help refugees in the West.  There are some of us. 

Yes, they are alive and present and all ready to help!  We want to help and we need a good set of new leaders to mobilize.  We need people who can explain the truth of exactly how climate change causes war.  A response on Facebook, “Yes but the media has damaged many people’s minds from accepting that responsibility William. The way Europe has acted towards them is disgusting, Britain the USA. Yes there are caring people helping the refugees but it is not enough. Climate change is a form of Carbon Karma but it is not just as a result from wars it is the slaughtering of animals. Have you watched Cowspiracy?  I watched a documentry years ago, it was based on quantum science and how every form of negative energy is contributing to the world as it is now. I have forgotten the name of it but it was very interesting.”  I wrote back, “Can I send you this book? I own it and would like to mail it to you. PM a physical address. It is a gift from me to you for being “awake!”  Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology.

“…it is good to be awake. Now we have to wake up others!!!! Smile emoticon.  Like a kid with a pot and a stick. Beat it and wake up the West!”

Carbon Karma

Can you feel what your,
Brothers and sisters felt?

Discover the molecular basis,
Of their screams of agony,
So you can deliver them in poetry,

It is good to be awake,
Now we have to wake up others!
Smile emoticon.
Like a kid with a pot and a stick.
Beat it and wake up the West!”

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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