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Unless you’ve happened
Along some great truth
You’d care to share
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Is what you’ve
All profound truths
That pale in comparison
to thought, to knowledge
to action, to compassion
Truth from someone
who has never ventured
from their safety
from their warmth
from their family
yet in their world
They know the world
as it is.
Done and Gone,
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Do your thing!
Don't even try, be Alien.
When I was young, I was wild, and I ran with a pretty wild and crazy bunch of friends. The local cops knew us, and they gave us shit at every opportunity, like pulling us over over for bullshit reasons, and making us empty out all our beer before sending us on our way. If you grew up in small town America, you know what I'm talking about. We knew all the cops, hell, some of 'em were related. There was this one prick, Officer Bush, that we all hated, that crossed the line, always. He loved getting physical, and he loved playing little mind games, like stopping me one morning on my way to work, just for pure harassment. There's more to the story, but the point is Randy Bush was an asshole. He eventually got his comeuppance and I'll leave it at that. I don't believe none of what I experienced as a kid was police brutality, some of their behavior was wrong, like reaching into my car, turning off my headlights, and then telling me I was stopped for driving with no headlights. I've always had an awareness of police brutality, police wrong doing, and it seems in the last decade or so, it's morphed into something else, to the point where it's just fucking dangerous to be stopped by a cop, especially if you live in a metropolitan area, or if you're a minority. Reading this article from US Today is discouraging, and it makes me wonder, exactly what the hell is going on, cuz clearly, nobody ain't policing the police, and somebody should be.
around this. The UN introduced a resolution against rape as a weapon of war, and we're threatening to veto the resolution. Why? Because it had language regarding sexual health and reproduction. We are actually siding with Russia and China on this, and I'm flabbergasted. There was a time, not to long ago, just before Trump, when we would have condemned anything to do with rape. I don't know, I suppose there's issues with creating a new committee to monitor instances of rape during conflict, at least that's their excuse, but even after stripping that language from the resolution, we're still in opposition to it. Christ, all it is, is a resolution condemning rape during war, and we can't get on board with that. What the fuck.....
I did not pay of my student loans till I was in my mid fifties. Think about that? And I'm not alone! Education debt is a profit making racket, that causes financial instability, ruins credit, and causes nothing but grief, from graduation day onward. Who the hell would want to get an education and be saddled with that kind of debt for the rest of their lives. In the last ten years, the number of people over 60 carrying debt for their education has doubled. The average loan payment runs from two to three hundred dollars, monthly. When I graduated, I was young, married, with two kids, and I struggled making monthly payments, so I kept deferring those payments till I was financially stable. All the while interest on my loans kept accruing till the amount I owed was just ridiculous. It was ridiculous to begin with. Sure, you can apply for a repayment plan where the payments are based on your income, but the paperwork is confusing as hell, and there's tons of it, and you're still responsible for the total debt. All in all, people are sacrificing their futures for an education, and an education is supposed to secure your future.
So what would happen if half of all life disappeared? At the end of Infinity Wars, I left thinking, hmmm, you know it'd be pretty peaceful with half of the people gone, I'd enjoy the quiet, the solitude. No bill collectors, assholes mostly cut out of my life, a lot less general clutter to deal with. Of course, science has to weigh in and ruin everything telling me that if half of all life just up and went poof, we'd be in dire straits. Because half the microbes to help in my digestion would be gone, I'd have a perpetual stomach ache. With half the insects gone, they'd be chronic food shortages because noting would be getting pollinated, and rats would rule the world. Hell! There'd be plenty of pepto bismol left on the shelves, and I'd hunt the rats for dinner. Problem solved, man would survive. Bigger question is, I'm sure Thanos just got rid of half of sentient life, so I gotta ask how valid their research was if they weren't paying attention? In any event, the truth of the matter is, in about a thousand years, we'd be right back to where we are today, so I'm not sure what the point was of wiping out half of everybody, but it was still an awesome movie.
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Before peace on earth, there was hell.
Strange, this work is over 25 years old, and looking back on it, I get why it never sold. But damn, I'm proud of it. Check out a sample, here.
With all the pieces laying around,
why is life so redundant?
God speaks to all, many hear, one acts.
There exists in every person the potential to do great harm and most people find that potential because it’s easier to find and execute than to find the potential to do good.
Keep the people fed with bread and they’ll catch you stealing them blind. Put a steak on their table, and they won’t care.
Social Commentary is an act of subterfuge that will destroy our civilization, but it just also happens to be a good thing.
There's a lot to be said about happiness; what it is, how to define it, how to reach it? According to research, if you're a male, and your wife is happy, you'll live a longer life, and that kinda makes me happy. I think my wife is happy, I know she is when we're setting around our firepit, not a care in the world, so I hope that adds a few years. I think the fresh air might add a couple of years to my life, but who knows, some of the crap we burn might be toxic. Happiness in itself though, is different for all of us. My life is chaotic, and cyclic, way too repetitive, and that's always bothered me, but I'm at peace with it. I guess, for me, being at peace, accepting the chaos, leads to happiness. I've fantasized, once, twice or thrice about just walking away from dealing with all the craziness, but I'd be a miserable slug if I took that path. I get a sense at times, that there's a lot of unhappy people, they don't have enough money, their health is poor, they've got legal entanglements, or whatever other obstacle life throws at them. I don't know what to tell those people, but I've found I'm the happiest when I'm able to spend time with Theresa, when my kids are around, my grandkids, and as I write that, I'm struck by the fact that it's not things that make me happy, it's people, especially loved ones, so it just might be I'll live a long, chaotic, repetitive, happy life.
And it probably ain't secret either. Look, I'm all in when it comes to technology, and yeah, I don't see nothing wrong with digital voting, except for when that technology fucks us, or even has the potential to fuck with us. Reading this article about those who are supposed to safeguard our Democracy, those who build our voting machines, well, I'm left feeling fucked. I mean, Holy Shit, our Government just doesn't seemed concerned about the potential for abuse, even where that potential is sending out volumes of red flags. I don't understand Republicans claims that the problem is the result of Democrat misdirection, there's way too much evidence to support the conclusion that our voting machines are susceptible to abuse. Hell, a bunch of hackers got together and hacked into a bunch of voting machines, changing votes, and Republicans think Russians can't? But wait a fucking fast second, they already did according to Mueller's report, installing Malware on some companies voting machines, along with hacking into state databases. So fuck yeah, I'm concerned. When I walk into that voting booth, my vote should be my little secret, and it should be held sacred, like I hold my Democracy sacred. I'm tellin' ya, I just got a bad feeling about this...
Dammit, I like Elon Musk. The world needs more people who can think outside of the box, and ain't afraid to put those thoughts to action. Space X, Tesla, Hyperloop, Neuralink, Open AI are all visionary, and I dare you to show me someone else with an eye on the future of that scale. You can't. Christ, he's got so much shit going on, it's hard to decide what topic he's involved in that I want to write about, but I'm going to settle in on his thoughts about Artificial Intelligence. I'm a bit confused as to how Neuralink and Open AI are all that much different, but one things clear, Elon took the movie 'Terminator' to heart, and he's concerned about the coming AI Apocalypse. So much so, that one of the reasons he's interested in going to Mars is to have a back up planet for when the machines take over. A safe haven for humanity. Open AI is dedicated to the safe progress of AI, and to insure it benefits our species, Neuralink on the other hand is a company designed to let us interface with AI. Now, a lot of heavy duty free thinkers about human evolution believe the next natural evolutionary step of the human species is to become one with our machines. I'm guessing that Elon is such a visionary, that he believes the only way to stop the AI Apocalypse is to become the machines, and his backup plan, if it doesn't work out, is to run for the hills of Mars. Like I said, I like a man who has a plan.
I don't buy into the belief that a bunch of guys dressed in military garb are there to help our border patrol. Sorry, I don't. They're there to play army, and if there wasn't a problem at the border, they'd be running around in the woods playing with their guns. With that said, we live in a nation of laws, and these guys aren't deputized, aren't trained, and answerable to no one, which is a perfect storm for something terrible to happen. Here's an example, last week, Mexican troops ventured over the border and detained a couple of trained solders who were smart enough to deescalate the situation. I imagine if the Mexican soldiers had came across the militia doing their thing, the situation would have ended different, much different. I get we have a porous southern border, we always have, and a lot of that is because of our history with Mexico; people in the Southwest have always had close ties with Mexico, coming and going as if there were no border. What's different today is the migration pattern. Where people in Arizona might have family, or friends on the other side of the border, people up this way don't, and it's viewed as intrusive.
Easters a strange holiday for me. For instance, it's not a federal holiday, because it's a religious holiday, yet Christmas is. I've also always wondered how a rabbit, and eggs came to be associated with the Resurrection? Then there's the question of how a pagan celebration became one of the most revered Christian holidays of our modern times? I'm not a practicing Christian in the sense of being a Sunday church goer, but I get why the resurrection is celebrated, but damn, if I get the role of the Easter bunny! So I'm going to settle on the belief that it's a dual holiday, one for us heathens, who like candy and colored eggs, and another for believers in He who rose from the dead. But then I have to think about those who go to church, and then come home and have Easter egg parties. You can't be a pagan and a Christian both, or can you? Like I said, strange.