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.

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.

Amy Winehouse and Us

20 Jan

Amy Winehouse was supremely talented at writing and performing music.  She also had demons and ghosts that haunted her throughout her life.  Add to that drugs and alcohol and you have a potent mix with an early death as it’s outcome.

I’ve been watching Amy Winehouse videos on Youtube lately and the more I watch them the more I miss Amy.  She was a true artist whose vulnerability both allowed her to create great works of art and simultaneously bring about her downfall.  People who are vulnerable are just that.  Easy prey for external and internal forces to manipulate.  Her inner demons were parasites that haunted her until they killed the host that housed them, allowing them to return to the spirit world, but leaving us without Amy.

I miss her.  I trusted her honesty in song and in the way that she carried herself.

Amy lived in front of the cameras.  And when you watch her videos and examine pictures of her you can discern some of the emotions that we was feeling at the time.  It becomes readily apparent that she was very sensitive.  Her eyes were truly windows to her soul. Her tears were evidence that her inner world was in shambles.  Videos of her last concert showed Amy under the influence attempting to entertain but it was a slow train wreck and she knew it as evidenced by her tears while singing.  She was heartbroken.  Her tears flowed as she stumbled about the stage.  At one point the camera catches the drummer behind Winehouse drumming away but with a look of disdain and boredom. He seemed to want to be anywhere but on stage drumming for Amy.  Little did he know that days later she would be dead. But all the signs were there.

How humiliating it must have been for Amy to perform at that reduced level of competence when she knew her truth worth as an entertainer.  No amount of drugs or booze or dementia from excessive us of these could make Amy forget the magic she possessed when performing.  That may be party why she was seen crying on stage in Belgrade on her comeback tour.  I remember the media outlets ridiculing her performance. I thought it typical of the media to harass people who are clearly fighting mental health issues.  The public seems obsessed with seeing other people’s lives come apart. Perhaps it makes our own pathetic empty lives look a little less pathetic?

I know that this world is a tough go.  I mean, we here in North America find life tough and we are the most privileged of any society that ever lived.  Debatable. I cannot imagine the struggles that most people on this planet face finding adequate shelter, food and clothing. I imagine a God if there is one who put Art on this planet in order to make our struggles a little more bearable. So when a true Artist is taken from us, especially at an early age, I feel cheated. Teased by the Almighty even. Like God is into practical jokes. Give to us, then taketh away.  Some would argue that she took herself away but I submit that drug and alcohol abuse is not voluntarily. We dabble in it perhaps and some of us live to tell the tale and some of us perish.

Amy.  There are those on this planet who don’t judge you.  We knew of your ghosts and demons and your valiant fight to keep them from taking over your life.  In the end it appeared that you got tired of the fight.  It was a war of attrition.  Sooner or later they would win.  And it was sooner in your case; we are all the more diminished because of this.

REST IN PEACE AMY

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Perservere

12 Jan

I think that all of my 5 likes are from me….groan.  But that’s cool because blogging online has forced me to come to grips with my desire to be a writer that has his work judged in the public domain. I mean I could have chosen to write in my journal with my fountain pens, and that would have been fine, but I also have ideas and concerns that I want to share with others, before I go.  And when I say ‘before I go’ I mean before I die from death.  You see, I am not certain that there is an afterlife and I ponder the zeal of those who fervently believe in one with awe and apprehension. I envy those with deep faith. But at the same time I feel sorry for them too. How can they be so certain about something that they cannot prove exists? Intuition they tell me. Intuition. Not exactly hard science.

But science too has its faults. Science can be egotistical in that it can discredit the existence of things because our senses cannot detect them. What a lame argument that is. We can’t see quarks or dark matter and yet they not only exist, but they make up most of the universe. And shouldn’t science say that something exists, like God for example, until they can prove otherwise?  Like the Rule of Law here in North America, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.  And science should try to be a little humble in its attitude. Sure, technology can approach that of magic but at the same time science is killing the planet in that some of its discoveries and creations, like Frankenfosselfuels, is creating a planet with extremes in temperature to rival those extremes found in fundamentalist religionists!

So (I’ll start the sentence with ‘so’ which seems to be au courant) I’ll blog and see where it goes. I hope to have people read my stuff and am open to criticism but only if it is fact based and intelligent.  Insulting me may or may not hurt my feelings but one thing it will definitely do is prove that the critic is judgmental. It is good to encounter these types of people because they can make us feel good about ourselves (a judgment call though) and it tells us what kind of character we are dealing or not dealing with.

I would prefer to write on light topics but when I look around the world I see a bunch of narcissists (including me) who mostly don’t give a shit about much beyond themselves.  Sure, they love certain people but our love for humanity is lacking. We can’t seem to be able to increase our love to include all of our brothers and sisters on Earth. Maybe this is a throwback to our tribal days,. And then there are all the Power Groups in the dark corners of this world conspiring to keep us from interconnecting.  The power elite prefer that we remain splintered and angry.  It is easier to control a population that is fighting amongst themselves.  The Occupy Movement must have scared the living shit out of the 1%.  The 1% managed to shut down the protests because that is what the 1% has known to do over the centuries but they must know that the 99% are regrouping in dark corners of their own, awaiting the next change to show the 1% their new and improved, evolved and sophisticated self.  This blog is my contribution to the cause of Justice globally.  It starts with words and culminates in actions. And if the Laws of Physics are to be believed for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction then the 1% will push back until their dying breath.  Count on it.  The 1% is comprised mostly of socio and psychopaths who care not for others by definition.  If all of us lacked compassion and shame and guilt and love of others imagine what we could accomplish for ourselves. Feelings can hinder the bottom line.

I believe that television has hypnotized the masses for generations now into becoming debt slaves whose only job is to comsume goods and services that the 1% offers. All of the stations are owned by conglomerate multinational corporations that manipulate the message. I think that Marchall McLuhan had it mostly right when he said, ” The medium is the message.”  I think, “The manipulation of the medium is the message,” is more accurate.  Even the talking heads in all of those news rooms of the world are told what is and what is not the news.  News anchors might as well be another arm of the government or a branch plant for a corporation.

The minute that corporations were given the same status as individual citizens in the 1070’s, that was the time when individuals began becoming numbers to be herded into food troughs and then anesthetized with mass media. And China is watching very closely. They realize the the United States is coming to them. Rather than changing China into a democracy, the US is shape shifting into a fascist state, like China! And China is very patient.  They know that if they wait long enough given the current ‘moving forward’ (towards fascism) trends in the US that one day China and the US will see eye to eye on domestic and foreign matters.  Besides, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and  Democracy itself is messy and unnecessary.  Why not do away with it all. Keep capitalism because empowering greed to the economy (see comment above about us being narcissistic)

So the terrorist have aided and abetted the 1% to exert more control over the masses as never before. The elite in China and the US and elsewhere are meeting in board rooms and are no doubt raising a glass to their apparent successes. But not so fast motherfuckers. Don’t count us out just yet. What you don’t realize is that the human spirit and the human soul have a constant craving to be free.  This can never be extinguished. As hard as they try 1% cannot own or control or subvert the human soul. And believe you me they it has tried. Our yearning for our physical bodies to be as free as our spiritual ones is why we are here.  It is spiritual evolution. Maybe it is an experiment from the gods to see if we can do it.  Is that what all those UFOs are doing flying overhead? Collecting data on our progress? Maybe gods in the universe have a bet on us. The 1% vs the 99%. So far we are losing but it ain’t over yet.

The Internet is the key to the 99%’s victory.  Those gods who bet on us are counting on the fact that the Internet remain free. The 1% know that if they can regulate and control the Internet that the game is up and they can once again cash in their chips. The inventor of the Internet who made the decision to make it free to all will, over the course of time, be regarded as the single most important figure of any time. His decision has meant that humanity can for the first time speak with once voice, and I ain’t talking a new world order…groan. I’m talking a New World Offer. An offer of peace and the exchange of ideas not arguments. The idea that humanity can finally communicate without the spin that comes when we have a middle man editing our conversation. Our ideas can flourish and humanity can finally see that we are better than this.  We are better than poverty and violence and indifference.  Once we do this we can all focus our weapons on the real terrorists: disease. We can really start to tackle the non-man-made problems that God, the gods or evolution or the Big Bang, or whatever has presented to us.

And wouldn’t that be a great thing to witness, before we go.

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Sitting by the …

11 Jan

Sitting by the river’s edge
Knee deep in muck
Wondering how Life
Is going to treat me
Like you
I rolled the dice
Out of luck
Poor poor poor poor
Pitiful me

I don’t want to
Be a running
Monologue
About it
But I think
That we should
Talk about it
Ya, ya ya ya ya ya

Gravity
And tractor beams
Kept me here
When hope
And joy
Turned to fear
If you’d said
Goodbye
I’m outta here
No need to say
It twice
My dear

Gravity
And tractor beams
Keep me here
When self-loathing
Wants to steer
If you’ve not
Said goodbye
Then I’m
Still here
And we’ll
Travel together
Through the years

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I don’t care that you don’t care

7 Jan

I’ve been wondering why it is that some people don’t care about anything.  Isn’t the act of not caring a disorder? Some sort of pathology?  Take for example the issue of the environment.  Some will tell you that all our CO2 emissions into the air do not contribute to climate change. They argue that science has not been able to prove one hundred percent that climate change and CO2 emissions are linked. The bad news is that science may have to prove this link posthumously. Time may run out before Dr. Beaker is able to get her hands on technology that will enable her to prove that we are killing our planet. My point is this: why do we have to prove it?  Why can’t we adopt as a philosophy of living, as a covenant to our existence, a promise to ourselves and to future generations that we will not pollute. It is possible. Our creative nature could collectively find ways to reduce then eliminate pollution.

In this way we would know for sure that any changes in the climate were natural ones.

Future generations, if there are any, will look back at ours as a selfish, lazy one. We seem to be at war even when we have conversations. It’s black and white. Our ability to have a dialogue has been replaced with a never-ending argument, and the power elite could not he happier. Like China enjoying a divided, thereby weakened, Korea, the elite love to see ordinary citizens fighting with each other by taking polarized views on topics and then debating them on news programs owned by the elite. Clever. But then clever is what the elite have been for generations. We citizens are in a maze of their choosing and we are all looking for the cheese that they have dolled out willy-nilly.

But we are catching on. The Internet, initially created to allow geeks to correspond, has been a game changer. It has allowed humanity to see beneath the Wizard of Oz’s curtain and see the mechanisms at play. The elite as I write this are working on ways to own the Internet, to stop it from being unregulated. The elite want to once again own the hypnotic trance that has enslaved humans for centuries. Their hypnotic weapon of choice in the latter part of the twentieth century, television, is losing its grip on the public’s attention.  Now we surf the Net looking for the Truth behind the propaganda.  And we are finding it at every turn. Soon the elite’s dirty tricks departments will be shown for what they are, conscienceless power mongers who will stop at nothing to maintain their hold over others. Freedom to these people does not include people not in their immediate inner circle.

Ok, so it is evident that I have been watching Alex Jones a little too much.  He has some good points but every now and again he will go off on a rant in order to ramp up our fears so that we buy survival products from him and that we listen to him to know when the government led attack on our freedoms is about to take place.

The Internet must remain free of government and corporate control if our planet is to have a chance of seeing in the twenty second century and beyond.  Any and all attempts to control the access of information to the citizens of the world must be met with resistance. This is not a fight that the 99% can afford to lose.