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Rob Paxton

Social Commentary and Satire, the likes of which you won't find elsewhere.

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Inconsequential

What you believe

What you think

What you know

 

Unless you’ve happened

Along some great truth

You’d care to share

 

I’ll share

Chances are

you’re wrong

Never listened

Never learned

All you got

Is what you’ve

been told.

 

Parents, Friends

Relatives, Politicians

God

All profound truths

That pale in comparison

to thought, to knowledge

to action, to compassion

to Experience.

 

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.

 

Their truth.

 

 

Better Toys & Sex

I'm not surprised sex toys are front and center at the Vegas Tech Show, after all, when it comes to tech, porn is at the front of the line, always pushing the limits. Hell, you can stream porn these days in VR, but jerking off to it in those goggles is kinda weird. If you still question the popularity of porn, goggle their site rankings on the world wide web, that will tell you all you need to know. Of course, you're thinking old style toys, dildos, cuffs, rubber dolls and the like, and you're wrong. These toys are state of the art, from robotic hands to AI, to strippers dancing on your phone in a virtual world. Funny, our toys might change, but we never do, and I'll leave it at that.

Better Toys & Sex

I'm not surprised sex toys are front and center at the Vegas Tech Show, after all, when it comes to tech, porn is at the front of the line, always pushing the limits. Hell, you can stream porn these days in VR, but jerking off to it in those goggles is kinda weird. If you still question the popularity of porn, goggle their site rankings on the world wide web, that will tell you all you need to know. Of course, you're thinking old style toys, dildos, cuffs, rubber dolls and the like, and you're wrong. These toys are state of the art, from robotic hands to AI, to strippers dancing on your phone in a virtual world. Funny, our toys might change, but we never do, and I'll leave it at that.

Friends, Divided by Enemies

When it comes to historical figures, it's the smaller, lesser known stories I appreciate. In a way, they say more about who they were as a human, then the over arcing, broad sweep of historical importance. We know why Ulysses Grant is held in high esteem, but who was he as a person. I was totally unaware that Grant really pushed to grant American citizenship for Native Indians, perhaps rooted in his personal friendship with Ely Parker, perhaps because he had seen the misery our Government had forced upon native Americans. Just as interesting, the disintegration of their friendship caused by those opposed to Grants beliefs of citizenship. Somewhere here, there's a moral for what's happening today, it might have to do with political forces corrupting the right, moral thing to do, but that's just my takeaway.

Privacy? It's Complicated!

I'm basically a private person, but I'm smart enough to know that my right to privacy only extends to my neighbors, family and friends, unless they go out of their way to find out more about me. They can do it, because we live our lives online, intentionally or not. We take a picture, Google archives it somewhere before you can delete it. We make a comment, it's there forever, and then there's personal financial data, legal data, it's all available, like it or not. We might not like it, but it's our lives. Privacy is also very complicated, because we do have a right to that information being correct, and safe. How does Google verify a link in some newsbit that refers to you, as being correct? If someone makes a non factual comment about your gender online, do search engines carry the responsibility to verify it, especially if there's a link to it in some blog? I don't know where the futures going with privacy, but there's a lot of people demanding answers through legal means, and I'm hoping for the best, because I do have some embarrassing stuff out there, somewhere.

Through a Mirror, Darkly

Scientists have to be careful. People don't read articles, they read headlines. When you title a research paper, 'Mirror Universe Possible' people are going to think 'evil Spock, good Spock'. That's just the way it is. Hell, chances are no one's read this far, and if you have, you're probably the odd one out. If by chance you are the odd one, explain to me please what the article is actually about. Especially that part about a second universe being created, traveling backward in time. Does that mean people start out old, and end their lives in their mothers womb? Do people walk backward? How do you pronounce htraE? The questions are mind boggling, and they need bigger minds then mine to answer them. In the meantime, it's nice to know that there's a rich version of me walking around in some alternate Universe, and I want him to know, I'd share if our positions were reversed.

On the blog

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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.

Short Fiction

With all the pieces laying around,

why is life so redundant?

GO!

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.

Man's Worse Fear

I suppose each of us has our own personal phobia. Being trapped in a public bathroom is pretty near the top of my list, I've seen some pretty horrible bathrooms in my day, because of my profession. I suppose though, if I had to be stuck in a bathroom, Burger Kings are generally clean, and I know I'd get a free meal out of it. A free meal, every day, for life would even be better, so thought Mr. Brooner when it was offered up as apology, until Corporate changed their tune, and said nuff is enough. I don't know how the legal aspect is going to turn out, I 'spect Mr. Brooner's going to win, unless we find out there was some nefarious shit at play, and that might very well be the case, because I keep wondering about peoples motivations. You know, things like using a public bathroom, because if you knew what I know about how bathrooms are cleaned, you'd hold your shit in till you got home.

The Big Lie

I must be doing something wrong! According to economic indicators as reported by our media, it's a great time to be a working class Joe. Apparently, everybody is getting rich, making piles of greenbacks to spend, hell, it was the best holiday shopping season ever. I woulda thought, by now I'd have figured out the secret to success, specially because I consider my self smarter than most, and I haven't, and that's disturbing. I mean, don't people have bills to pay? Christ, after I pay my heating bill, there ain't a lot left. In fact, to save a buck or two, I changed up my Internet and cable access, and after I was promised lower bills, they're actually higher. How's that work? And since I like to eat, I spend money on food, ground beef that is, cuz a good steak is reserved for rare celebratory purposes. To be honest, I ain't completely broke the Thursday before payday, but I am seriously hoping my wife didn't write a ten dollar check, and didn't tell me. Like I said, I missed the train to success city, and I guess I'm the only one to blame for listening to my old man, who always told me, 'just work hard, and you'll be OK when it comes to being old'.

Winter Blues

Winters a rough time here in the great north. Holidays are over and the only thing to look forward to, is spring, four months away, as god breaths slowly the breath of life back into the world. It's a time of forsaken miserableness, gray days and freezing cold that make teeth chatter for hours on end upon coming inside. Adding to the agony, is knowing that the rich and beautiful are having fun on some sun swept beech somewhere, frolicking in their speedos and string bikinis. Come mid February, when it's too damn cold to even pass gas, I get a bit jealous of the people down south, wishing I was there, and they were here, and by March, I'm thinking I'm going to start packing. Then April pops up, the sun comes out for a day a two, the snow starts dripping off the roof, and I start thinking about opening my little lot up, remembering the oak burning from the last firepit. Then, just like that, around mid to late April, old man cold comes back with 20 inches of snow, and I'm staring out my window, mumbling like a blithering idiot.

It's the First Friday

after the holiday season and the first Friday of 2019. What comes our way, we can only imagine.

 

 

Bet it's going to be interesting!

On the Dark Side

A while back, I had a really strange dream. I was floating in space, above the dark side of the moon and spread over the cratered surface, lights sparkled, city lights from a large crater. And then I woke up. All in all, it was one of those memorable dreams, one of a few that I remember out of millions. I don't know why, but reading about China's recent success of landing a probe on the moon made me think about the dream, and it's meaning. We know about as much as the dark side of the moon, as we do about our oceans, and there's a common belief that what we study and probe, is that what we see, and every time we learn something, new doors open up to possibilities, increasing our field of vision, whetting our appetite for more. In that light, I've always wondered why we never returned to the moon, why we never bothered with the dark side ourselves? It's like explorers landing on a beach in the Caribbean, and just stopping, not taking a step into the interior. I guess I wouldn't be surprised if China's Chang'e 4 sent a image back with city lights off in the horizon. Sounds as logical as floating above the dark side of the moon.

Diversity, it ain't Going Nowhere

With the 116th class of Congress being sworn in today, the story of note is the diversity among the Democrats elected to serve. I don't have any doubt that there's a lot of people that are just plain bothered by that diversity. Most of those people bothered, are those old white folks who've been setting on the same bar stool for the last forty years. Fact is, America's always been a melting pot, that's where we get our strength, the influx of new ideas, our ability to think outside the box. The best analogy I can come up with is the best soup in the world is made up of all kinds of good stuff, and just before you're ready to dish up a bowl of that soup, it has to simmer and boil a bit. That's where we're at, simmering and getting ready to boil. Unfortunately, there's always someone who just refuses to even try a delicious bowl of stew or soup. The rest of us, we just kinda have to put up with 'em.

 

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