Wednesday, September 28, 2011
See the post just before this one and the one about "the first death" and note that I've been in a state of confusion between wanting peace and preparing for war. Still wondering where the war will play out, and if it's inside, when it will die down.
For Sixteen Years, My Dove Seeking for Peace
|After first of three sessions.|
"I'm not afraid to make friends, and I'm not afraid to extend my hand, first. To walk up to people, extend an olive branch even…"
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Now, from a comment here (credit goes to Lloyd J Hart) in response to the the rhetorical post about "Our one demand"....
The above are good demands but they are not going to reinstate the living wage in America. Demands must also be easy for the public to get behind.
Public financing would be great but American elections are run at the county level where it is very easy to bribe elections supervisors to allow the theft of elections with electronic Jim Crow voting machines.
- Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
- Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
- Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
- Demand four: Free college education.
- Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
- Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
- Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America's nuclear power plants.
- Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
- Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
- Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
- Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the "Books." World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the "Books." And I don't mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
- Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
by Lloyd J Hart
Friday, September 23, 2011
"If I was an inventor, I would invent something not to make money off of it--that's a very sick, distorted idea--I would invent something to better the world, knowing that would come back to me and my own betterment. So that's a completely different value structure, and the best thing I can relate to you is the idea of a family--the idea of what it means to live in a family--and the respect that's mutual in a family where you're not tipping your mother every time she brings you something at the table. It's an entirely new value system orientation, and unfortunately, we have to undo the tremendous psychological distortion that's been created after centuries of this despotic system that is failing right in front of us, and will lead to simply more war, more poverty…." -Peter Joseph
I think we will see the appearance of de-monetized black holes where work still gets done as the monetary system dissolves within affinity groups until they grow. These will be cooperative corporate entities that will grow from the ground up, and provide for all their members' basic needs and their community needs. They will continue to merge until it goes global.
chant/prayer/mantra: We would be one.
agape to all,
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Veruca Salt, Clutch, Old Style, and I Love You
Friday, September 9, 2011
Carved Ivory Sculpture
I believe its not wrong to want one, as long as you're willing to wait until the elephant dies naturally AND you're willing to let somebody carve you up and use yr skull and femurs for art.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Fwd: American Jobs Act
President Obama will present the American Jobs Act tonight at 7pm ET. Remind everybody to watch; forward this message.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Pay attention to birds.
This picture was taken in front of Oakland city hall.
Series title: (this is) not my time to shine. It's your time to shine.
Outshine me. This way.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Scissors-cross in the sky before the light goes out.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
this is the inner world that informs me
I just used a six-letter word in church when my phone fizzucked izzup as I was chimping pictures, in order to post them on facebook and on this blog. "Dizzammizzit!!" just fell naturally out of my mouth, fortunately not loud enough that anybody heard me. I am here at the back of a quarter-full sanctuary at St's Peter & Paul, about an hour after myself and a onie full of chocoloupe got my bake on--good stuff!
i did yoga in the pews. i was alternating between: a) activating my muscles dynamically in static yoga poses; b) stretching and using the seat of the pews to massage my upper hamstrings, and the pewtops to massage around my shoulder blades, and my lower ribs and abdomen; c) gathering myself for prayerful moments; and d) writing personal notes on an old bulletin.
there were some teachers and administrators from the church school up front giving a presentation to the students' parents explaining their program, including how important it was that the students take their studies and their homework seriously, and are always on time with their assignments. overall their pedagogical approach appeared to have a good ethic, well punctuated by giving students 10-15 minutes at the end of each class period to get started on their assignments, for the purposes of momentum and assistance from the teacher.
for the most part, none of the parents really looked back and noticed me, though i think the presenters sitting up front did, though i was trying to minimize myself as a distraction for them. for me, it was an exercise in exploring boundaries and values. i think churches should be open to all and are vastly underused resources. having found a new use for pews presented me with an opportunity to move into my enneagram-8 space, from my usual 5 position. i don't believe i would do this during a regular worship service unless the service were geared toward stretching and yoga (maybe that will be an avenue for me to pursue in my own ministry one day, maybe not).
anyway, after they were done, sister celine came over and said they'd be closing up so everyone had to go. i asked her if i could go into the candle rooms. i went into each of them and cast a spell to bring god's love-light down into those rooms like streams of a waterfall. i think i made her nervous.
in order to be in good interpersonal relations with her, i probably should've checked out my assumptions, but i didn't. i had to ask her her name three times before i had it memorized. we talked about the church a little and about our plans. i don't know if we were having the same conversation however. she was feeling compelled by some force to close down the sanctuary area, and i didn't know what it was, i couldn't discern what it was, and i didn't ask to check it out with her. that would've required asking her if she wanted to be in dialog with me. gosh, i sound like mister spock all of a sudden....
(me, with warm toasty smile, and non-anxious) "hello sister, how are you?"
"good, thank you. we're going to be closing down now that the meeting's over, so i'm going to have to ask you to head toward the exit."
(standing up) "okay. thank you for letting me do my yoga and stretching here. this is a very nice church you have here. the architecture is wonderful. i wish i could spend more time here to get to know the building and the community, but i'm going to be moving to pittsburgh in a couple weeks. my name's joel."
"i said 'my name's joel.'"
"oh, i'm sister celine."
i could've said:
"excuse me, sister celine, if you will, i would have dialog with you."
"i was sensing just now that my presence might be making you uncomfortable, but without checking in with you, that's just my assumption. i am wondering what this might be about. when you came to approach me a minute ago, what was your feeling and your intent?"
instead i just said "thanks for letting me do my yoga thing, do you mind if i go into the candle rooms for a minute," and thought to myself that i was a freak in her eyes and those of her fellow teachers. eh....