Right now I’m back in the real internet game. I just decided to renew my hosting account and am working to try to get my domain back to life. This means a real blog on my domain with full control, where I make the rules. The adventure started this morning.
Tiss the season when we get to listen to lies and carefully chosen words with hidden meanings and from those scraps we make a vital decision as to who we trust to run his country. Unfortunately the average voter is easily manipulated by this word game and politicians have mastered the art of pushing the right put tons to play on fears and predjudices of the population. In this fashion they have convinced enough voters to vote against their own self interests.
I guess I’m not qualified to be a Republican.
I don’t attend church, left organized religion behind decades ago. It does not mean I’m not religious, just that I see the various flavors (sects) to be a reflection of people’s own interpretation of God’s own word. Remember, the Bible was written by men, translated by men, editted by men, therefore it reflects the bias that man has imposed on it.
I’m educated, I have a degree and a lot of post graduate study. I read, a lot of things, knowledge is something I value. I question things, I use critical thinking. I even am pretty good at spelling. I can carry on a conversation without resorting to name calling when we disagree on a topic.
I believe in climate change. I see what is happening all around me and can see that man is contributing to this change. Man is destroying this planet, his greed and wanton destruction of the very mechanisms in nature that give us life is frightening. Man cannot live without clean air to breathe or clean water to drink, but we see man destroying these vital resources.
I believe we can feed the planet, if we want to. There should be no one person in this country or anywhere going hungry. We waste food, we use food to make fuel, we are letting profit define what we grow, we are letting monoculture crop production ruin the land vital to feeding people. We are poisoning the planet by using pesticides and other chemicals and creating genetically modified organisms that look like food, but our bodies reject as toxic. These genetic modifications are destroying nature, disrupting the food chain and making our heritage of food production impossible.
I believe in education, for all. I believe that an educated population will make wiser choices. Fear is driven by ignorance, understanding is driven by knowledge. We also need to allow for those who want to learn a trade, who want to be an artist, who want to be explorers, who want to be scientists, or who want to be philosophers. People must be able to pursue their dreams, for it is from dreams that discovery flows, and progress as a species blossoms.
I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Everyone should be able to be happy sometime. Let everyone be able to be married (I tried it once). Let everyone be able to worship their god, be they any sect, without being attacked. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion, let no group deny a person this right.
I like women. I think women are wonderful. Without women I wouldn’t be here writing this. Oh, sure, they have tried to create babies in a laboratory, but are they human without a woman’s touch? Women are not just equal, in some ways they are superior. We should not subjugate women with laws that make them lesser than man. Equal pay, the right to control their own bodies, the right for them to care for their children, the right to be free from hate and violence. Women are the peacemakers.
I’m closing this thread for now, but I may revisit it soon. I hope you understand where I’m coming from. If you don’t, try a bit of thinking, try to look around and see what is happening, think about your world. Express yourself.
I know, I’m a bit late. May is National Bike Month. Get off your lazy ass and ride a bike.
This once a year event is next week. Free admission to the national parks, Time for another visit to Joshua Tree and/or Point Loma… then there is Death Valley (warm right now), or one of the many more parks California offers.
Last Sunday was a nice day in Los Angeles… it was CicLAvia. That is when for 5 hours the streets belong to bicycles over a 10 mile route. It was fun, it was more than fun. It allows the cyclist to mix and mingle, to explore neighborhoods, to listem to music, to see street art, to sample ethnic food, to see museums, to see places like Piñata alley, the Coca-Cola building, look at architecture, look at other bikes, and a whole lot more. The next event is on October 14th, 2012.. start planning now for the most fun on a bicycle, tricycle, quadracycle, skateboard, or any other way to travel except in a car, truck, bus or plane. t
I keep getting reminded that I am a mere mortal, and someday I might not exist in this realm, thus I needed to do some thinking about a ‘bucket list’
3. I’ve done this once in my life already, but still.. I want to watch the sunrise from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
4. I want to cycle along the California Coast from the Oregon border to the Mexican border.
5. I want to go to the only corner of the U.S. I haven’t been to in the Florida Keys.
6. I want to own another sailboat. Nothing makes you feel free like traveling under the power of wind. You become one with the ocean and the winds. Sailing to Catalina would do. Maybe renting a sailboat would work.
7. I want to fly an ultralight aircraft.
8. I want to fish for a whole month, and enjoy eatting the catch..
This is just the first installment. More to follow.
Today I prepare for tomorrow, as tomorrow will be my semi-annual trek to the big city. Tomorrow is CicLAvia, a day when bikes rule 10 miles of streets and various venues in Los Angeles. The trip entails a long ride by car (or maybe my truck) to the downtown area, the search for a parking place, and exploring the place for most of the day. There have been many articles on what to do there and I’m digesting as much info as I can find to make this a memorable day. One place that intrigues me is a place called The Pie Hole, a place for great pie in the zone between downtown and what is East Los Angeles. This year I plan on taking more pictures, and some video. Today I will service my cameras, pack some stuff, and ready the bike. I’ll enjoy the day, the mix of cultures, and a day free of cars in downtown Los Angeles.
More posts will follow the ride and a lot of pictures will be published.
Alongside my rants you will see another stream of consciousness, the pictures I capture as I explore the planet. enjoy
Thinking.. for me it sometimes gets dangerous. I’ve been on this earth a while. While the number of years are high, I still think much younger than my years. I was once very proud to call myself an American. That started to change in 1971. Our country was making a big mistake in Vietnam. It made me, as an American GI, a target of ridicule and scorn where I was in Europe. Once, when I was traveling, I displayed a Canadian flag on my backpack, because Canadians were treated much better. I could eat. sleep, and travel without having people calling me a baby killer. I left the service and returned home to a country divided. We were still in the process of war, and we had the usual armchair patriots, screaming at demonstrators, to love it or leave it (I knew many young people who left and never returned) and the flag wavers who thought by supporting the war they were ‘supporting the troops’. I became active in the anti war movement, and felt that stopping the war and the senseless killing was saving lives, of Americans as well as those people unlucky to live in a country we had seen as something to add to our empire. The war ended, we had gone through some rough times. Many had been made criminals by those who profited by war and police had gone from someone you trusted to ‘pigs’.
We are in a similar time today. The war machine is a major force in our economy, the police have gone from being just ‘pigs’, to become tool of the corporate elite, thus ‘fascist pigs’. Our lives have been bought, sold, and categorized by a consumer society, all in the name of supporting a capitalist system that is not only unsustainable but that is a quick path to the destruction of the human race. It seems that insanity is the new qualification for public office. We now have a ‘say anything, do nothing’ Congress, except when they do do something, it usually involves the destruction of basic human rights and human dignity. We cannot trust our own government, and they fear people and the power the people have so much they are willing to do anything to keep the people who are waking up from rising up. We have a propaganda medium, that claims to be journalism. but is nothing more than a squawk box for what the government wants to be heard. Censorship is becoming more apparent, people are being beaten and jailed for speaking out, and we are destroying a generation of men and women with our ‘all volunteer’ military. We de-humanize people so they will do the same to our ‘enemy’ and then wonder why the kill without provocation.
We are at a crossroads right now. I never thought I would see the day when I would see why we have ‘patriot’ movements. Ruby Ridge should have opened my eyes, but at that time I was blind. Now I see some of these groups are preparing for the police state, not that it isn’t already here, it just hasn’t crashed through your front door to sieze your guns, food, and children. I keep looking for signs of the next phase, the re-education camps, the gulags, the thought police. I’m finding more evidence every day that this is where we are going. Of course, many will just want to keep quiet, not make a noise, and sacrifice their freedom for a little security, but they will find their silence has just placed them in a positon where they will suffer a slow death, much like a frog placed in a pot of cool water over a flame, the water heats slowly, and by the time the frog realizes the danger he is unable to escape and is cooked alive.
This coming year we will see a lot of activity from both camps. There will be those in the streets and those in government fighting for their cause, there will be clashes, and quite possibly some will die. The election of 2012 will be more than a election, it will be a battle between good and evil. It will decide if we die as slaves or live as free man. I say to people, turn off that TV, get involved, speak out about the injustice you see and speak out for those people who cannot speak because they are in prison for taking actions to spread the truth (Bradley Manning). Know more about who you vote for than the slick flyers you get in the mail. Know who supports the candidate, where the money came from, who owns him. If you have an incumbent, look at what he/she has done. Is it in the best interest of humanity of has he/she become a tool of the corporations? If faced with no choice, it may be better to vote for none of the above. Seek peace, surround yourself with people who you can trust, develop those friendships now, as a rising movement we need to organize. There are a lot of obstacles on the path to real change. I first fought the system in the late 60′s and early 70′s. It was a long battle but the people prevailed for a while. Now we need to rise up again and beat back the beast before we are beaten down and put in chains. The beast has leaned lessons from the Vietnam era, it now controls the media, as it was the media that brought the war into our living rooms and that ended the war. It now knows it must infiltrate and spy on groups in order to win the battle for the hearts and minds, and to use force early and often to break the spirit and crush the opposition. Beware of the beast, that military/financial/media complex that is nothing but a oligarchy that wants to make us all slaves. Slaves that are meek and willing to do anything for basic food, shelter, and a few minutes not being beaten. They want to control food, water, energy, healthcare. They want to control where you live, how you travel, what you read, what you think. Read Orwell’s 1984. read Animal Farm, read.. a lot of information is out there. Be aware, be vigilant, and always be prepared. When things get really bad is isn’t going to be pretty or very safe.
Develop skills that will serve you well and decrease your dependence on those corporations. Fight the lies, tell the truth, defend the defenseless, live for humanity and for our planet. I want to leave this planet as better place for the next generation. It isn’t going to happen if we all don’t get up, stand up, and become true citizens of the planet.