An M2 Bradley $3,1Million….Annual Corporate Tax Breaks $180 Billion….The Truth…Priceless…

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“UnNatural Born Killers” ©2011 Robert Redus

“Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!”

so here we sit…waiting for Tomahawk Cruise missiles to find their way to Syria…at the demand of another corporate figure we call Mr. President…this year I finally “got” all of the hoopla around politics…and never before has it been as clear as it is today…clear like that of the business end of a magnifying glass…..

in 1974 while a senior in high school…a mandatory class…was Government…a study of all of the workings and laborious structure our forefathers put together so I….Robert R…could walk freely about…pretty much do what I want…be who I wanted to be…and say what I want to say…within reason…unfortunately…I believed in the system of government….thought that my best interests were held in some locked vault…tucked nicely into a large manila envelope that read…”Freedom. Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…ALWAYS”

All during my  preteen years and until I was 18 we were embroiled in a war with the Dirty Communist Bastards over in SE Asia…who were using the small country of Vietnam as a stepping stone for eventual world domination and if we didn’t continue the pursuit of these Red Devils…we soon would be calling each other Comrade Benjamin  and Comrade Marsha…so when Saigon fell, the iconic photograph of helicopters being pushed from the decks of  aircraft carriers and people boarding the last flight out from a rooftop…not to mention some 58,000+ US troops killed…we said so long…regrouped…revamped…replayed and have been repeating  the exact same thing since 1970 something….the cast of characters has changed…with the exception of ourselves…our fears have been ethnic cleansing, ruthless South American and Central American Dictators, people who believe in a prophet named Allah instead of Jesus (imagine that)…religious extremists…every country in the Middle East except Israel….Dictators who we funded, provided with weapons…money…various WMD’s…and probably paid for some really elaborate dinners too…so really nothing has changed…We have had politicians lie to us about everything we need/must do to protect us against something evil out there that is threatening our way…yet when we…the US want to threaten how other people live…we use democracy…fairness…freedom and liberty as the proof…then point to ourselves as the example….

Did you ever ask someone to go steady…but did it through a friend…it kind of went like this:

“Hi Suzy Cream Cheese, I’m Tad the Make Out Guy….my friend over there in the red shirt staring at us…well…he really likes you and wants to know if you like him”…SC responds…” he’s really cute…and Yes I do like him”….”Great, well his name is Shy Marvin and he wants to know if you’d like to go steady/out/hook up with him” She replies…”Yes….I’d like that, but I have to wait until tomorrow”….yet in the back of her mind she is still hoping that her advocate Jane Doe Smith is working her magic on a particular Luscious Rick….Tad the Make Out Guy then returns to where Shy Marvin is waiting with anticiiipaaation….Shares the terms and  maybe an introduction some ground looking and the tango begins…designed by the nature of age…experience…wisdom and the overwhelming weight of stupidity to fail miserably within a few days…a couple of weeks at best….with significant….collateal damage….

Well that is a round about definition of a “Proxy War”….we can be Tad the Make Out Guy…or Jane Doe Smith….and we can work our magic on anybody that needs magic…like fork bending at a restaurant for….free desserts….that always ends in a…”How’d you do that?”

so…my realization is really not that earth shattering…nor is it going to make things any different…except the way I see how our system works and just maybe…will help you stop yelling at the television or placing any blame on those “WE THE PEOPLE….Elected”…because it doesn’t matter….the people we elected just happen to be the CEO’s of the corporations…they answer to the Board of Directors…which happen to be companies like say…Monsanto…Boeing….Goldman Sachs….etc… and the responsibility of said CEO’s is 1. maximize profits and 2. maximize value for its shareholders.  If you like me happen to be neither of those….maximization doesn’t sound like an appealing avenue of pursuit…..

Political Parties are one thing…they are corporations:

The Democratic Party Inc. -VS- The Republican Party Inc.

Here is a nifty LLC corporate structure that surprisingly has a governmental aroma to it:

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Just play with changing the names…and it will make a great deal of sense…then….

I don’t know about you…I just want honesty in our political system…I mean hey if you want to impose sanctions on a country because the truth is the president of that country slept with your wife and cheated you out of a few hundred thousand dollars during a weekend of debauchery, gambling and perhaps some illicit activities…..in some secret place…..and your pissed about it….tell us the truth…we might agree with you…

so in the infamous words of George W:

“Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.”

and Jerry Jeff Walker:

“Think about it darlin”

483. January 31st…Just the facts…or the facts as they’re told to us…I mean…

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“The Last Sunset” 2011

“Come as you are, leave as you always wanted to be” – The Corner Parking Lot

I’m amazed at how one day I can be walking around in a t-shirt…and the low tomorrow is going to be minus 1….and maybe snow…this is either a really bad joke…or proof that Dick Cheney and haliburton…are jacking with the weather…

In my life time..I’ve seen the hidden become revealed…with little regard to what revealing it may do…how it may be translated and what direction the spiral is moving…I am certain it is downward…and the powers that be…don’t care at all about that direction…after all…any direction..as long as it has $$$$ attached to it is a good direction…right?…

there’s no doubt…money is a requirement…but buying into the insanity…is not…naivity ..aside…after reading an article recently..about the few last bastions of hope for providing “Organic” produce and products…accepting Monsanto’s “coexistence”…took any possible level out of what playing field there was…

I added this rebuttal/explanation for the above mentioned “article” January 31st…at 7:10 PM…you make the call….

I don’t know how much money I need…but I think it’s a question that we could all ask and come up with a lump sum for living out the rest of our lives…based on the type people we are and life style we choose and live…and I’m trying to think how much money would it take for me to be okay with ruining a river for the next 200 years…or polluting a place so badly it may never recover…or knowing my decision…my agenda took a few thousand lives…of my own country men and some people who “live over there”… on the map…or how my greed wiped out a population…or a species…there isn’t an amount…that would let me sleep…

and we get a little fatter each month…seats get larger on the plane…the skinny kid gets made fun of at school…and anybody who has a BMI of less than 30 is a freak…clothes sizes now go up to 8x….and “the Big and Tall stores”…are competing with Walmart…”Plus size” models have more work…than ever…cigarettes are 7 bucks a pack…gas and minimum wage are about the same…the BP oil spill has faded away…”evaporated” I believe is the term…Osama Bin Laden is still “hiding”…opium sales are up….President Obama…appointed JP Morgan executive William Daley would be the new White House chief of staff, Obama’s closest adviser….

and the machine just keeps on churning forward…

live well my little pretties…

” It isn’t only Gestapo maniacs who do inhuman things to people. We [the CIA] are responsible for doing inhuman things on a massive scale to people all over the world.”– John Stockwell, former CIA official

408. September 10th….Koran Burning????…..I’d rather be singing some Cowboy songs…..

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“Sunrise on One of the Weird Days” 2010

“Simultaneous contrast is not just a curious optical phenomenon – it is the very heart of painting.” – Josef Albers

so tomorrow is “Burn a Koran Day” down in Gainesville Florida…..some radical fundamentalist is expressing his disdain for radical fundmentilism….isn’t that kind of like killing yourself to get back at some one…..and that some one is just not really very important…like maybe your high school prom date….and it just didn’t work out….so you’re…really going to show them….

how is it one radical fundementalist….can honestly condemn another radical fundamentalist that follows the same MO….just in a different language using basically the same stories….but slightly different pictures in what appears to be the same book…..I think in this particular case..it’s about noteriety……think of the number of preachers in Florida….these economic times…and what better exposure than to sort of move laterally in the political/religious arena….

this is basically a good marketing plan for not only driving traffic to his website but to increase his flock significantly….and when the flock increases…so do the donations…and then the real believing starts happening….

Terry Jones…the leader of the Dove World Outreach Center…(50 members and holding) is the newly outspoken lunatic representing the fundamentalist right and head Koran burner…. that has some issues with translation and how the whole “STORY” of the bible works….he is aligned with the Westbrook Baptist Church…..theese are the guys that carry the signs that say “God Hates Fags” and his professional credentials are stagering….Terry Jones has an honorary degree from the unaccredited California Graduate School of Theology, the same school that has been unaccredited since 1968…..the day it opened its doors….call me a crazy radical fundementalist…but following a narcissistic preacher with an honorary degree from  an unaccredited graduate school of theology is sort of like having your appendix removed from the guy down the street because you heard he’s pretty good at it…..and he did remove an abcessed tooth from his dog’s mouth…..a few years ago….

these guys have it all wrong…inflamatory protest is okay as long as the protest is directed towards what’s worth protesting against…like restaurants that play Jim Morrison and the Doors….”Back Door Man”…. in flute and piano instrumentals….or walking the isles of a large hardware store and there is not a single person wearing a red vest in sight…or companies that don’t use real live operators and when you finally have pressed 73 buttons to get to the department you want….there is a 12 minute wait…and after 12 minutes the message says…to…”Please leave a message…Thank You”….or…purchasing printer ink cartridges from companies that sell the colored ink for $33.00 dollars……and $29.00 for the black ink….or…..allowing the government to repeatedly….screw us and not even get a reach around…..

I think instead of the scheduled Koran burning….how about burning anything that Glen Beck….Bill O’Reilly…or…Sean Hannity endorses…or has written….we can invite people who know somebody who is a Muslim…..get all liquored up…..maybe play croquet….and lawn darts…..sing some cowboy songs…..

“I could’ve even been king. But in my own way, I am king……”Hail to the king, baby.” — Ash….Army of Darkness

400. September 1st…..The end of What?????

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“Walking up Date Street” 2009/2010

“As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. “- A. Hitler

yesterday…President Obama…annonunced the end of “Military Action” in Iraq…..the troops are down from 120,000 to roughly 50,000……4,000 plus casualties…and almost 40,000 US troops wounded and injured…… now that’s it all “over”…statistic show 7 in 10 think the war was a mistake….I’m wondering how many of these same  7 in 10 originally thought the war was a mistake….when it began…..or have they changed their minds over the last 7 years….coming to conclusions that now make sense….and how do those who have lost loved ones feel about the vast majority of Americans view of the war being a mistake….. especially when at some point many people believed we were doing the “Right” thing….believed many of the lies….and propaganda….we were being feed…..yet now…..they have jumped ship…have taken the side of those who knew 7 years ago…this was an enormous mistake…..

the statistics….show American loss and casualties…the estimates for Iraqi loss and casualties are astounding http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/258511

the latest concern with Iraq is the vacum being left by our withdrawal…if a faction does try to take over…do we install troops again…or do we let it happen and just sort of put our hands up in the air…with no idea what to do….shades of Vietnam…..you might not agree with communism…but since 1975…..and the withdrawal of American troops in SE Asia….Vietnam has remained……sure there were horrible events in the neighboring countries….and power struggles were emminat….yet SE Asia has survived without democrcy…will continue to survive without democracy….and chances are the “Freedom” we offer…..not many people in Vietnam are interested in….

what is going to happen in Iraq….will have to be seen…but I don’t think you need to be Nostradamus to have a pretty good idea of the most likely possibilities….if it were just about being pissed off and fighting…that seems pretty easy to decide the outcome…but this is not…this is politics…world shaping…and all of the BS that goes into making the world a “Safer” place…..so we can somehow live in harmony….yet the threat of annihilation as the tool to maintain harmony….seems like the wrong tool for the job…..

“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.” – Marcus Aurelius

342. June 20th…..Vietnam and the Exxon Valdez….they sound kind of Familiar….I’ve heard of them before…..

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“Who’s Zooming Who” 2010

“My belt holds my pants up, but the belt loops hold my belt up. I don’t really know what’s happening down there. Who is the real hero?” – Mitch Hedberg

another peaceful Sunday on the banks of the mighty Rio Grande…..we are in a very tumultuous time…our country embroiled in 2 wars….an environmental disaster we have ever yet to see with an impact that will last well into the next few decades….and we seem to be going about business as usual…..I am surprised at the level of disinterest…of many people…..especially younger people who are going to have to deal with all of these problems in a much greater capacity than the …..”Baby Boomers” ….

I recall during the war in Vietnam…(which it never was called a war)…the streets…college campuses…. communities were up in arms protesting what has clearly been established historically as a giant mistake….58,000 Americans lost their lives….countless thousands more were damaged for the rest of their lives….to accomplish….what……cease the threat of communism…or was it to advance big business interests…..what we are experiencing at this moment….the foreign wars…the gulf oil spill are nothing more than a revisiting of what we have seen before….want to know the outcome….of all of them….look at history…..The Exxon Valdez….Oil spill…..in Alaska….is still trying to settle claims….after well over 18 years…..Exxon merged with Mobile….gained more power….to approach the Supreme Court….make demands…win those demands and basically they have made 160 billion dollar profits off of the original 5 billion they had set aside to pay compensation for those in Alaska who were affected by their negligence…..sounding familiar…..except now it’s 20 billion……

and are we stemming the tide of….tyranny….oppression….eliminating “Evil doers”…..in both Afghanistan and Iraq….like the Vietnamese…who had ZERO benefit from our presence other than a serious cleansing of the population via genocide……seems big business is getting the advantage in these countries….hey……what about the enticing 20 trillion dollar mineral discovery in Afghanistan….wow!!!…..what a coincidence…..and we just happen to be there…..and willing to supply all of the necessary help to aid in elevating Afghanistan from a Third world country to a First world nation…man are we swell……and the rich get richer ….the rest get what they can……

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are asking the top fortune 400 to give away 50% of their wealth to charity either in their life time or upon their death….Buffett is worth approx 50 billion dollars….if he gives away 50% or 25 billion…..he still has 25 billion to play with…live on and make  more with…..this really makes sense….here is the link ….http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20100618/billionaires-buffett-gates-100619/ Buffett has proposed giving away 99% of his money….whether he does it or not is another story but both he and Gates have started a rumble…people are getting on board with this…..and it is a wonderful thing….

I’ve heard all of the tea party rhetoric…I’m willing to listen too…and of all of it…do agree with one thing…it is time we take back our country…flush the incumbents…..get new “Honest” blood into politics….if that’s possible…and make those who profit off of their own negligence and dishonesty pay severely….

examples work….maybe BP should be the first example that has the people’s concerns and rights highlighted…..and on the forefront…..and maybe rather than BP being given the opportunity to present their case to the Supreme Court…..buy what they can with their power….they should have to present their case at the local Dairy Queen to the residents in Venice Louisiana…..and what those say…..goes……….

327. June 2nd…Do you want to be right…..or do you want to to be happy???????

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“Birds on a Wire #2” 2010

    There is no more destructive force in human affairs — not greed, not hatred — than the desire to have been right. Non-attachment to possessions is trivial when compared with non-attachment to opinions.” -Mark Kleiman
    we are experiencing the ….”Last days of Rome”…in a sense….the societal crumble…that will one day wash us away into the oil stained gulf….and why…..primarily because we have been trained to be more concerned with who wins the American Idol…or is it going to be the Lakers again this year…American society has been taught to pay no attention to the important issues…rather we are scrambling to buy new Hummers….and designer clothes and all of the things that propel us to the top of the heap…
    Heard anything about Iraq lately?????….maybe the war is over and the government…forgot to tell us…are there still troops there….and nobody has died in a long time….at least not on my news channel….and British Petroleum all along is still working hard on the “New Ideas” to stop the oil leak….the same ideas that were used in 1972 …that didn’t work…except the “cone” was then called the “sombrero”….latest plan is to drill 2 adjacent wells that will take the pressure off of the existing leak…..that was the solution in 1972….these wells are expected to be completed by mid to late August……FYI….1 gallon of crude oil pollutes….10,000 gallons of water…..simple math applies here……and the heinous issue behind this story is some how….money equates to making everything alright…..pay off the people who are suffering for the BP negligence… and it makes it alright to have screwed up….by some estimates the gulf will be completely ruined…by the time the Calvary arrives…..and worse….with hurricane season upon us now the spill will have the opportunity to move inland….or who knows…maybe the tide and current might just take it around Florida….and up the Atlantic…..and BP lost 15% of their market share yesterday….about 21 billion dollars….!!!!!!!!!!!
    How did we get here…..what was it that lead us to this point….well clearly the politicians….and their agenda…there is a solution…and that solution is a reversal of roles……if these 5 ideas were followed things would change

1. Any political office is a 4 year term only 1 chance of re-election

    2. Senators and Congressmen get paid $25,000/ year and have to follow the same accord as the public…health care retirement etc….

    3. Randomly nationalize business in the country so the foreign investors who control our country lose their investments every year and it goes back to the US

    4. Everybody pays 10% tax…..no exceptions…no loop holes….no diversions… no way no how…..this includes….big corporations…and foreign corporations that profit from sales and manufacturing in the US

    5. Politicians and big business executives who break the law are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law….make examples of them…

    we are where we are because of personal greed….agenda…and a desire for power….what appears to be a business that is in business to help the world is a smoke screen….most businesses are there to generate profits…..increase their sales while decreasing their bottom line….our politicians are there to represent their constuents…..yet when it comes to voting…they vote in the favor of the large companies that put them in power….recently a bill came forward that wanted all ATM fees to be .50 cents across the US…..it was not passed…..and I know everybody in the state I live in would have voted for that yet our representatives did not…..so who were they thinking about…..?????
    My question is how much is enough? because the more the division of wealth exists….as it is….the greater level discontent brews….really gasoline is only expensive if you make a certain amount of money per year….when a corporate executive makes a few 100 million dollars per year….gasoline at 10.00 per gallon is still not an issue….and there are people in the city I live that died last night because they didn’t have enough to eat….something is dangerously wrong….
    I am afraid we are losing our souls…..

303. May 5th….Critical Thinkers….you are not alone….Problem Solvers…..We Need You….

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“Paint” 2008

“There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late” – Og Mandino

Critical Thinking is defined as: “the mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion

Critical Thinking if unified and organized has the ability to alter and change a great deal by its method of gaining the conclusion. Once an answer has been defined via the process of critical thinking a bare bones sort of result awaits. An answer that has little bias and was derived by the culmination of  formal logic, application and skillful analysis. Using those methods one can easily see where the fiction of personal interest loses its grip and really what lies exposed is a rather uncompromised realistic view of how the question unfolded. Once the answer is revealed, we can then add our take to it and make it into something that though evolved in some way works for us, a small circle around us, or perhaps a larger circumference of impact…..Rebecca Hosking is a great example of using critical thinking to address a problem, apply her take to it and make changes that genuinely alter the landscape.

Here is her link, if you are the least bit concerned about the environment and have ever wondered what you could do to make a change, her story is inspirational. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2007/nov/23/plasticbags.recycling

We are sitting on many things we feel can’t be changed because we don’t know where to begin, and if we just knew where to start, the process would unfold, reveal the weakness in the armor and away we’d go. I feel to begin with critical thinkers need to communicate, debate and draw up plans that show where the changes are, what they do, and how they affect the immediate area. Who doesn’t want safer streets, cleaner air, less pollution, a safer life….and by starting on a small-scale we can eventually make large-scale results happen.

Maybe start with the organic stores in Albuquerque, demand they no longer use plastic bags for their groceries and follow the format of Costco, use the boxes products arrive in and or shoppers use their own bags. And what if say Whole Foods stops using plastic bags, would SunFlower market stop too, and if they did, would maybe the locally owned groceries stop as well. It doesn’t take much to make the changes, it takes the commitment.

Why is it in Albuquerque every public building, University of New Mexico and CNM are not utilizing wind and solar to generate their day time electricity? if it’s cost, a gradual shift in retrofitting each public building may take years to do, yet some is certainly better than none. Rather than offering giant tax breaks to the movie industry perhaps a utility tax to the industry should be applied, the money could then be used to make the city’s icons fitted for solar and wind power. If we as the public see the example, we are much more likely to realize the benefit and apply it to our own lives. The savings could be staggering to the city, and the citizens aren’t paying for it.

What about a Tax credit for xeriscaping your property, or taking youth offenders and making part of their sentence developing and working community gardens, or making recycling mandatory, or every new home built has some solar or wind generating power capabilities, or or or or or or or or or or or or or or or or…………….the possibilities are endless……

We can change it…if we think the change is worth the effort……what do you think??


291. April 22nd…Education..???? we don’t need no stinking education..!!!!!…I’m going to get a job as a princess…and own a few big homes….and a couple of BMWs….and travel…yeah I’ll travel all over the world and maybe be Famous too!!!

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“Vacancy in Education”  2010

“Power corrupts. Knowledge is power. Study hard. Be evil” – Unknown

I am bewildered today…I heard on the news California is possibly eliminating 22,000 teaching positions by June…Illinois is following with 17,000 and New York will be eliminating 15,000 teaching positions this June as well….what happens next….was my question to the telelvision…who’s going to teach these kids and if no one is where do the kids go….our educational system is substandard to begin with and eliminating teaching jobs doesn’t make the…standard rise any….there was a giant stimulus package for education yet the numbers were way off and education will find itself about 44 billion dollars short next fiscal year…here is an excerpt from: http://www.sott.net/articles/show/207182-U-S-School-Districts-Warn-of-Even-Deeper-Teacher-Cuts

In early April, the Flagstaff, Ariz., school district’s preliminary list of people who might not have jobs next year included almost a third of its 1,500 employees – every art, music and physical education teacher, every counselor and librarian, every teacher with three or fewer years in the district, and all temporary hires.”

seems the “unnecessary” programs like art…music…physical education and counseling are the programs getting cut…and I find it interesting from  an artists prespective…that those who decide what programs to cut …probably listen to music on an Ipod or a radio…..they read magazines which are certainly “Art” based…maybe even own some original art…and enjoy art themselves…..and they wonder why their 10-year-old weighs 190 pounds…has absolutely no direction…can’t spell….and exercise…is picking up the play Station 2 control module and reaching for a bag of chips on the high shelf of the cabinet…..walking back to the couch and believing that because there is water in coke…they’ve had their daily requirement of water….in some weird way….not to mention those pursuing a degree in Education…what’s the point…..when you could get a degree in Fine Arts and have the same job possibilities…zero…nada…zip…none…..

in order to maintain a place on the planet we need educated people….without them we will become something we are not really ready for….we have already settled…businesses hire people who are not remotely qualified for the positions….but they are the best of the pool that applied for the job….and that says a great deal…I saw a woman working with the public in a restaurant with a very visible tattoo on her neck that read “Fuck the World“…and she was the best choice…..I’ve nothing against tattoos….I have many myself…..but if I’m hiring someone for that position…they will look the part ….even if they are not the part….before I hire someone who says from the beginning…..”they are not the part“….

we have settled for poor customer service because people don’t know how to converse….and lack the protocol necessary to resolve conflict at a play ground level…..we have readily accepted inferior services…products… and commitments from business…..it has become lifestyle…..incorporate a large level of entitlement in the work force…and now you have a fast food cook that because he’s had a bad day just might add a secret ingredient to the already secret sauce….on your burger….

Education…gives one power….no matter  what the education is……if we teach children at a mediocre level what should we expect them to strive for….everyhthing at mediocrity and below is reasonable…anything above that is not likely….

we are paying the wrong people the big money…teachers should be making a great deal more money than they do….while politicians should be working for the community on a teacher’s salary….(we’d have a many less professional politicians)….our government plans for the future…in almost every aspect …except education……

our educational system granted is a giant beuracracy…and is filled with a great deal of unneccessary fat like our politics…. but do you think for a single second…that if…..any member of congress or the senate… found that their child’s education was threatened they wouldn’t do everything in their power to change that…..then education becomes important….not because your 17-year-old cant’ read or write well…and his math skills are at a 3rd grade level….and their future is less than bright because the same people who will protect the education of their own child…really don’t care about yours…..

if we can’t and won’t educated the future…we have no future……

282. April 12th…It’s better in the tropics….

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“Desolation Station” 2010

“Is adult entertainment killing our children? or is killing our children entertaining our adults?” – Marilyn Manson

welcome back ramblers….I noticed gas prices have slowly been sneaking up…filled up today at $2.89…..while all the premium stuff was over 3…..funny how the season makes the rise in gas prices something we nod our heads at and say…”well of course…it’s summer people are traveling“…and we gladly accept that because it’s summer…gas goes up in price….never because it’s summer gas is 80 cents a gallon….”thought we’d give the everyday person a little break you know“…

I’ve been thinking what has caused us to sit where we sit…in isolation rather than community….we have been isolated because we have to worry about ourselves…the possibility of loosing a job and everything that trickles down from that loss…and when those worries are on the forefront…thinking about anybody else is difficult….when we are separated like this we are no threat…we could never muster together a decent revolt or demonstration…because we are far to individually isolated…so it has worked….while we worry about each moment of the day…the system that dictates what we will worry about next perpetuates this cycle of events…keeps all of us a bit uneasy..all of the time….I’ve decide that I can not make a difference for you…and you most likely can not make a difference for me….by actions…so maybe…in this isolation we decide to make the differences for ouselves….with just us in mind…and maybe some of those differences just may seep out to others who get it…. I think it takes good planning and deciding what you can live with…to keep yourself happy and content with the decisions you make….I’ve thought long and hard about this……and realize the process of homogenization began decades ago….we were just told it was a good thing and after seeing the results…I think differently….so I have had to make some decisions that are going to make minute changes that in many cases will not be visible other than to me….and the people I tell them too…..I am going to work 4 changes into my life each month…..that will maybe do something and maybe not….but will make me feel good about what it is I am doing….

1. I am going to support local business…..3 out of 5 purchases….

2. I’d like to find people who would like to trade services for services….

3. What I don’t use will go to someone who will use it….

4. I will walk…or ride my bicycle when I can….use my car less….

I want to think with those close to me about ways we could each contribute say…..10 dollars to something that would produce bigger results than the 10 dollars alone…like buying a side of beef…splitting it up…maybe….10 people put 10 dollars together and with that 100 dollars…one person gets what they need…and the  next month somebody else gets what they need….who knows….just seems to me if people are working for a common cause there is a better chance at results….

281. April 11th….The revolution will not be televised……but embeded reporters approved by the pentagon will follow the stories…and give very accurate accounts of what’s happening…..

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“The Perfect Match” 2008

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

I began thinking of the “Cause” in this day…it may be the 2 wars we are fighting…the economy…healthcare….but I’ve seen that the powers that be…have become successful in suppressing any real ability for the populous to take action….I remember people burning their draft cards…moving to Canada…protesting the war in Vietnam….and that there was a distinct separation between….”them” and….”us“….for those of you who remember…”never trust anyone over 30“…was a motto…now those days are long gone…and we are probably better for it….

but what about now…..there are so many things young people accept that are completely unacceptable….our nation has been turned into a “do it quick get it over with”…. mentality….most people don’t know what good quality food is…unfortunately they think it comes from a restaurant….and service is at a level of tolerance nothing more…. young people are fatter than they have ever been…more unhealthy….more homoginized and clone like….ADHD.. autism…mental disorders and mental illness are rapidly increasing….and people are surprised it may be connected to environmental issues….you’ve got to be kidding….what else could it be…genetics??????….the US is ranked 38th….in life expectancy and decreasing….there are 37 other places where people live longer….healthier…..

I see these modern-day hippie revolutionaries wanting so badly to find some cause…any cause….that doesn’t interfere with their need to be progressive and maintstream…..without looking the part…… with their Jiffy Pop hats…professing some fictitious alliance to Hili Salasi…when in reality it is more often an excuse to justify an end….living behind some affected bohemian mask….in a world of thrift store bargins….and artist loft mentalities without the cash flow…..thinking “Slam Poetry” is actually some literary genius…with no thoughts to Ezra Pound…or Bukowski….or Allen Ginsberg…..City Lights to them….are city lights….and Lawrence Ferlinghetti…well he’s taken over where Chef Boyardee…left off….it is difficult to wear the trappings of one…that loathes the established norms and morals of society yet shops at Walmart…and doesn’t have the courage to admit it…..or professes…..peace but has yet to write their Congressman or Senator against the wars…..or stand up against what they call injustice…..and truly mean it….

most people have no reason to complain…and it is because they are afraid….afraid of what the government can do to them….afraid that their voice may actually be heard…and draw attention to them…and their wishbone life…all of the new rules…the new aristocrates…and the great new hope…for America….

we are the hope…..specifically the younger people….the 3G revolutionaries that have nothing more to complain about than the price of the X-Box going up….compared to last year….or drinking lattes in some shit bag coffee house….listening to Bob Dylan…”You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows“…..planning the revolution that already happened….it’s your time….if you want the changes to happen it is up to you to make them happen…sorry Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are dead and you Joan Baez….need to get it wired up tight…..forget about the organic living…off the grid….your pursuit of that interdisciplinary undergraduate degree…..building earth ships…..your ficticious art career….whether it’s shade grown organic coffee blessed by a shaman from some hill tribe in Brazil….or Folgers out of the can….you want change then make it change….by some action…any action….read Ghandi….do something….rather than become the homoginaized….white milk…society we are headed for……sure you might think you’re the last bastion of resistance….sorry….your resistence is only as good as your 3g wireless connection….Jiffy……..hey even Bob Dylan’s playing at the White House…..