Archive | February, 2014

The 1% and House Cleaning

22 Feb

I wonder what would happen if hiring others to clean up after us in our houses was outlawed. Would the 1% have the mansions that they now possess? In a heartbeat they would sell their mansions to ‘occupy’ much smaller but very swank abodes. The mansions left behind would become condos for the rest of us to divide and to live in a commune of sorts. This idea came to me when, decades ago, I emailed David Suzuki, to point out to him (in case it had not already occurred to him) that his owning a cottage went against what he was preaching to us mere humans. A hired lackey responded that Suzuki was going to convert his cottage into a park upon his demise. I wrote back saying that that is great – except that until his demise he would have a HUGE ecological footprint by having two dwellings for one person. I did not hear back from him, or from his hack publicist.

No matter. It is hard to be an environmentalist and not be a hypocrite. We all consume to survive. It cannot be helped. One example is MEC now pushing their products on Youtube even though they are a non-profit corporation. Why do they need to advertise when their bottom line (profits) are not needed to be maximized in order to satisfy stockholders. And when I way stockholders I mean the TSX kind, who are not kind when stocks that they own go vacationing south. I mean the $5 for a lifetime membership kind. You know; granola eaters.

It would be great if MEC increased their percentage of the profits that go to environmental concerns from 1% to 2% or more. In this case I would understand the recent advertising campaign. Otherwise, I don’t get it. Actually I do get it. Ghost is a mountain bike that is sold at MEC. So Ghost must have a deal with MEC to push product.

So the point of this post is this: the recent protests around the world are, I think, the next steps in the Occupy Movement. People around the world now see the game and know that the rules are skewed in favour of the 1%. And people know that if we continue to play the rich man’s game the planet will perish. I have seen the enemy, and the enemy is us – Pogo. We humans are the asteroid that will end this paradise if we are not careful. My generation will be considered the ‘clown’ generation by future generations looking back at the greed and sociopathic nature of our time in power.

The youth are catching on to the fact that our generation and the one’s before us were too self-serving to give a shit about future generations. The fact that we know that we are going to die gives us, we rationalize, permission to not give a fuck. At our peril.

The youth of this world should ban together and pass a law outlawing people from hiring people to clean their houses and work on their yards. In a heartbeat, or in a sunburst, all greedy humans like me would try to find lodgings that were manageable. And bonus, the space saved would go back to farmers and the animals who share this planet, but apparently, not in the decision making that goes into policy that affects our beautiful, fragile, embattled Earth.

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Angel on High

9 Feb

Amy
Did the cruelty
Of this world
Take you by
Surprise?
Did you realize?

Amy
Did you
Have to leave us
To survive?
Otherwise…

Chorus:
(did you have to)
Fade to black
Fade to black
Fade to black

And Amy
Did your time
Here on this earth
Make us realize
That even angels
Pay the price

Oh Amy
It’s too
Hard to say
Goodbye
My tears
Haven’t
Dried

(Rest in Peace Amy Winehouse)

Vanity Fair Article and Facts

8 Feb

The latest Vanity Fair article has it exactly right.  It has published 10 facts regarding the alleged sexual assault(s?) on Dylan Farrow when she was a child.  As mentioned in my article, Woody Allen and Libido, we all need to ‘stick to the facts’ and leave our perceptions and emotions and stories at the door of Justice.  Professional profilers have plenty of facts on which to build the case that Dylan Farrow is telling the truth and that, sadly, Woody Allen is a pedophile.

If Dylan now has multiple mental illnesses, chances are that she was molested.  If she has moved to FLA and changed her name, chances are she was molested. I noticed that Allen has not changed his name or moved to another place. He doesn’t have to. He is rich and famous.

Woody Allen’s pricey handlers have taken a by-the-book defensive strategy approach that all defense lawyers of guilty pedophiles take.  And that is: deny any and all accusations, demonize the victim and their support networks, glorify the good works that you have done in the past, and maintain a pained look on your face, that of a man wrongly accused. Typical cheap tricks brought to you by expensive, amoral lawyers.  Lawyers that are paid to keep their consciences locked away so that they can proceed in re-victimizing the victim.  Charming legal system we have here, say what? I wonder if all those BMWs and cruise vacations can let these cheap trick lawyers forget the wrongs they commit in the name of the Profit. But then again, the best defense lawyers are themselves socio/psychopaths so conscience is not something about which they have to worry. They sleep like babies in silk sheets with no doubt other sociopaths that are just happy that ‘honey’ is bringing home the bacon, and then some!

I believe that accused pedophiles should have their day in court to defend themselves, but when the defense starts using cheap tricks to tilt the facts, then it is no longer justice, but circus.

Pedophile rings and rich and famous pedophiles and poor pedophile and all other types of pedophiles are watching Woody Allen’s dilemma very carefully. If Allen is prosecuted this would mean a massive shift in our society’s ability to get it’s priorities right and for it’s ability to put Justice ahead of Just Us (pedophile clan). We have a wonderful opportunity to show the world that the West is tackling the scourge that is pedophilia seriously and that no amount of spin, or cleverly written articles from Allen espousing all of his wonderful cinematic achievements, or teams of amoral doctors who sign forms without ever seeing the victim, are going to stop us from finding and stopping those who harm children.  For the first time in history we now actually have an opportunity of looking children in the eyes and telling them that we are going to do all that we can to keep them safe.  And mean it.

What kind of world will we have when we heal the 1 in 4 women and the 1 in 6 men who were abused when they were children?  What will the world look like in the absence of all that rage and anger and shame and remorse that victims of childhood sexual abuse carry inside of them.  My guess is that relations one with others will improve and perhaps we will start to tackle other social ills together, as an army, an army of compassionate and empathetic individuals who can feel our connections because they have never been severed in the first place.