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Fat Albert took a fall…

November 20, 2014
By ichabod
Fat Albert took a fall…

I first heard Bill Cosby telling a story about Noah building an Ark in his driveway, listening to his taunting neighbors who thought he was crazy.  A few years later Fat Albert and his antics came on the scene.  I was young but remember Noah and his Ark as depicted by Bill Cosby and laughing myself sick.

Bill Cosby had a talent that made him a lot of money through the years.  I am not naive, expecting perfection knowing well no one is perfect, however he seemed to fit a certain role, now he is accused by 13 or so women for being less than virtuous and more in line with being a rapist.

I am not a judge, and although disappointed in what I am reading about Bill Cosby’s alleged acts, I am wondering why it is all hitting the news now.

Thirteen women are coming out claiming crimes which occurred almost 40 years ago?  Bill Cosby was once reported as having earned $85 million a year, which makes him prime lawsuit pickings.

Maybe the women are truly victims, maybe not.

Maybe Cosby is a monster, maybe not.

However his image is not unaffected. Damage is done.

We often discuss Karma and the Ethic of Reciprocity here.  Bill Cosby is a good example that past actions, if true, have a way of coming back to haunt.  It happens to everyone.

 

 

 

Hole

November 19, 2014
By bouzouki

There is a fencepost, a remnant of our backyard fence, with a bolt hole that I can see when I sit in one spot at my kitchen table.  I can see through the post, even though it is about 3/8 of an inch.  I saw it a few years ago while I ate a meal.  If you came here I could show it to you.

When I see the hole, that sensation sets off a combination of thoughts, different each time, that usually takes me into a mental exploration of whatever mix of information is clamoring for attention in my mind.  I might be rational, or mystical, metaphoric, euphoric, depressed, tired, happy, confused, or otherwise occupied and seeing that hole changes my view of the whole.

These days, (Jackson Brown song), I have been slowly working on reading a book about dark matter.  So far, I don’t know anything about it other than it is present and we know little about it.  I find it amazing and fascinating to consider things beyond, or surrounding this tiny planet circling a star that is spinning around a galactic center surrounded by galaxies, etc.  Or to consider matter from Hydrogen stars imploding and creating elements made of atomic structures of tinier stuff, and the Quantum concepts that may bind all this together.

Humans have discovered a huge amount of information about elements, their chemistry and physics, and we have used that information to rearrange how we live on the planet, and we don’t want to have to change that living arrangement, even if we push the biologic systems to a point where we have to change how we live.  I can write this, and you may deny it, but it is like the place where I can see the hole, it is there if you look right through it.

That hole also reminds me of the space inside our minds where reason and logic cannot go.  It is the bedrock of belief, faith, and it breeds a certainty that we often bolster with sacred texts, or we use our opinions and biases as the starting point from which we dare not waver.  That is like believing in a Big Guy sitting on a Throne of Heaven, or believing in a Free Market that fixes all our material wants, or a political system based on”…nasty, brutish, and short…” or “democracy”, or theocratic rulers, or money, all of which refuse to admit there is a hole, a black hole deep in the basis of our belief.  It could be that the discomfort of seeing the hole is such that we would all contort ourselves to avoid looking for the hole in our belief.  We could kill, intimidate, or otherwise force others into agreeing that there is no hole, no distortion in the way we hold tightly to a lifestyle that ignores anything outside the comfort zone, no matter the amount of energy it takes to maintain it.

It is dark and empty in most of the universe, except that dark matter is present.  It is dark and empty when you first sit, silent inside, no jabbering mind to keep the illusion intact, taking a breath and exhaling.  There is a constant din, in the world of humans, trying to shut out the places one might see through the hole.  We may revere someone that can effectively show us something beyond our reason and our senses, or we may rather want to kill them for showing the hole.

Arctic Passage

November 16, 2014
By bouzouki

I just read about the number of countries that have a “finger in the pie” that encircles the Arctic.  Its due to the routes through the Arctic from the two other oceans adjoining the Arctic Sea, the Atlantic and the Pacific, (for the geographically challenged).  Now my high school history classes all mocked the Myth of the Northwest Passage, because it didn’t exist.  I write “didn’t” because in the last couple of years, commercial ships with icebreakers and other ships have made it through the Northwest and Northeast passages.

Somehow, climate change has happened, and it is happening in the Arctic, and it is changing during our lifetime.  The trade routes are contested by the corporations of countries, and the military’s of countries, giving us a chance to use diplomacy and cooperation, or conflict as we change the climate.

Imagine this: as heat is trapped and absorbed, as the ice melts on the continents and in the Arctic, it starts to make oscillations in the weather, hotter, and colder, dust in the Sahara, and huge storms in the Pacific.  I am not surprised that it is cold outside today, I am surprised that the three storms that hit us in the last week did not deliver much moisture to this area, which is; no visible snow on the nearby hills, and no moisture at all in this valley.  I recognize the difficulty of predicting the weather here, typical means unpredictable here, but to see Anchorage, Alaska warmer than Denver, Colorado is odd.  There is snow and cold to the east of us.

i sit here, inside, thinking about how sociopathic and narcissistic rulers and leaders, along with oligarchs holding most of the cash, and probably all of the debt, are happy to exploit the “change in the weather”, but they are also capable of reacting like “The Family Feud” of 1914.  11/11/1918.  Poppies.  Never forget, “We will never go to war…”, oh, excuse me for forgetting.  War is one of the best and easiest ways to ignore the biosphere and the environment.  Is the Arctic Passage a way to war?

A Clash Of Religions?

November 16, 2014
By bouzouki

I saw a short clip of Soylent Green yesterday, a movie made in 1973.  Two characters were talking about the rising temperature from greenhouse gases.  I found it interesting that a movie about cannibalism would have greenhouse gases as part of the plot.  In 1973, I did have fears of environmental crisis haunting humanity, and eventually I read about much of the climate science that I could understand (and plenty that is hard to understand) over years.  The addition of carbon in the atmosphere and the water has made significant changes in the environment.  Many detractors of climate change deny that humans can have a serious effect on a global system such as climate and often economics is used as a reason to ignore the science behind climate.

I recently read an essay that cited French graduate students in economics complaining that their studies of economics does not coincide with economics in the lives of people.  The science of economics is full of numbers and mathematics that warrant Nobel prizes, giving justification for austerity policies, low taxation for financial transactions, using a Keynesian model for military spending while reducing reducing government spending for infrastructure and reduce spending for the poor.  The science of economics cannot predict when the next bubble will pop, but it is an article of faith that “free market” economics is how the world works.

Economics is driven these days by cheap energy, fossil fuels that are used in agriculture, factory farming, fertilizing soil and transporting.  Economics does not usually add the cost to the environment as part of the price.  If we understood that microbes are absolutely necessary for life, not only in our guts, but also in the soil, and especially in the oceans, and we added the repair of dead zones in the oceans, along with the wanton killing of creatures throughout the environment, our cheap energy driven economic model would not be so cheap.

I find it interesting that a group of people that profess to believe in God, also believe in an incomplete economic model that uses mathematics to justify economic oppression, and calls climate science to be a hoax.  One of those people will be the head of a senate congressional committee on the environment.  I wonder if he could stand in an Oklahoma cornfield and split a tornado in half as it speeds toward him?  That would force me to change my foolish notions of being in and of this world.

It’s a Parable

November 15, 2014
By ichabod
It’s a Parable
A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson
I feel like the prodigal son, a rather well known story told in Luke.
I moved into the house yesterday.

It is a nice home, beautiful yard, quiet and serene.  My motor home is parked in the driveway.

It is not about what a person has or doesn’t have, it is about things we do not understand.

When I arrived in Vancouver, I realized how close I was to the bottom.  Did not even have a roof over my head, rented or owned.  There were a few times in Mexico I couldn’t pay for the room, they put up with me as no one else was in the hotel and I told them the money was coming and I was fortunate they believed me.

This all happened four short months ago. I was a pinch away from being on the streets, with no communication or coin in a foreign land.  I was down to 155 pounds.  I weigh 195 pounds now.

I have much to be thankful for.  My family ties are getting stronger.

Logic would tell a person all of this is not possible this day and age in such a short time, especially for a man in his sixties with no money, yet it is.  It is not by my hand or brain that this was made possible.

I thought I would share this with you.  There is always hope when God is with you.

USS Donald Cook, feeling omnipotent, Knowing fear….

November 13, 2014
By ichabod
USS Donald Cook, feeling omnipotent, Knowing fear….

I read a lot of comments and opinions.  I am always interested in what Main Street has to say.  They represent the soul of a nation to some degree.  If kept in the dark long enough, or lied to, reasonably intelligent people can take unrealistic assumptions.

Ebola was an example.  Something didn’t smell right and when I questioned it on some threads, was quickly shut down as being ignorant.  I haven’t heard anything about Ebola except that it is no longer in the USA.

The military is another example.  People are convinced because of the money’s spent and the massive visual might displayed that America is pretty much invincible and can take on any comer and hold its own.  America forgot its past, particularly with the war against the British.

America has more air craft carriers than the rest of the world.  My thinking is that the all mighty air craft carrier is no more than a sitting duck waiting to get sunk.  I am not a military person, but I cannot see a craft like that surviving an intelligent attack.

And then we have the USS Donald Cook which discovered reality a little while ago when a Russian SU-24 buzzed it.

The USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is a 4th generation guided missile destroyer whose key weapons are Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,500 kilometers, and capable of carrying nuclear explosives. This ship carries 56 Tomahawk missiles in standard mode, and 96 missiles in attack mode.

The US destroyer is equipped with the most recent Aegis Combat System. It is an integrated naval weapons systems which can link together the missile defense systems of all vessels embedded within the same network, so as to ensure the detection, tracking and destruction of hundreds of targets at the same time. In addition, the USS Donald Cook is equipped with 4 large radars, whose power is comparable to that of several stations. For protection, it carries more than fifty anti-aircraft missiles of various types.

Meanwhile, the Russian Su-24 that buzzed the USS Donald Cook carried neither bombs nor missiles but only a basket mounted under the fuselage, which, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta , contained a Russian electronic warfare device called Khibiny.

As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up – or about to be – with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.

The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft – unarmed – repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.

After that, the 4th generation destroyer immediately set sail towards a port in Romania.

Since that incident, which the Atlanticist media have carefully covered up despite the widespread reactions sparked among defense industry experts, no US ship has ever approached Russian territorial waters again.

According to some specialized media, 27 sailors from the USS Donald Cook requested to be relieved from active service……voltairenet.org and other outlets.

I wondered at the time why a military vessel would allow a bomber to approach it so closely, given the tensions as of late between countries.  Normally they warn them off, don’t they?  Didn’t the navy learn anything from Pearl Harbor?

The above article rings more true than false in my mind.

What does this mean for America?

I think it may mean nothing more than an attitude adjustment.  Stay away from war, there is no need to get involved.  Bring the troops home, close bases and worry about self defense.

Alternatively?

If there is a major war between a worthy opponent, Russia oor China for example, there may be many more casualties than what Americans are used to seeing and the loss of life and military equipment may be American.

There are always the nukes, but they have them too.

Maybe it is best to find a peaceful resolution than using sanctions or threatening force.  If the rest of the world is willing to offer its hand, why not accept?  On everyone’s terms, not just one.

 

 

 

 

 

Value

November 13, 2014
By bouzouki

I value the rain on the ground where I live, unless there is too much rain and I detest the mud every time I go out.  Detesting is my value of the mud, when I am really irritated that I have to go out in the rain, when I want to be comfortable, warm and dry.  I value warm and dry, unless I am hot, and I feel oppressed by the heat, then I value cool breezes.  Right now there is no rain or mud, its cold outside, and I have to unload my truckload of firewood.  I will value that load of wood, along with the other wood I got, and I will burn it in a clean burning stove.  I have a potbelly stove out in my oldest shed, and I really value that old stove, I must, its been with us since before we were married.  I value my marriage, for all the times we have been torn apart, we have repaired, and that has been the hardest work of my life, my valued relationships with my family.  “That is part of my ethos…, I better look it up…,ah, characteristics of a group, but also the ideal elements of a work of art as opposed to the subjective or emotional parts, paraphrasing here, my values are subjective, and that seems to be part of our family values as the ethos of our group.  It is funny to think that we can put an objective value, numerically, upon all we value.  So, is the value of money a “different kind” of value?  Someone puts a value on an Ideal Piece of Art and it cost millions.  I got a great value on a tank of gas, $2.67 a gallon way down from where it was this summer.  It is how we mix our subjective and objective views of the world, this concept of value.  The con of economics must be that my value of rain is somehow different than my value of money.  It is just that money costs more.  We have to give everyone what they are due in my transaction with you.  Once that value is extracted, then you can use it for the next extraction transaction.

Cod fishermen are screaming from losing their livelihood, while environmental scientists say the fishery needs to recover or it will be gone,(along with the fishermen), and we value not believing scientists, and we rue the dodo and the passenger pigeon, but there was no value in them.  There was little value in Ebola until we felt it might value our lives faster than we could place a value on stopping it.  When we commodify and commercialize the world into the value of money, while devaluing humans, other life forms, the ocean, and the soil, the result will require a buy back of what we owe.  When we consider that money is how we currently value goods and services, we can easily believe that money value is the true cost, and the only way to get what you need.  But value swings through a number of continuums and we try to separate one from others, and try to believe that rewarded with coin is the best value while holding on to your virginity is your strongest value, and I know I haven’t quite pulled the right strings here.

If your value is best described as being a parasite or a prostitute and you say you believe in God, what does that mean?  The man who has nothing knows its true worth.  Capitalism wants us all to believe that the money value system is the only system that works.  The proof is that people with the most money have the highest value to the world.  The love of money is a means to an end.  What do you value when you are dying?  I believe it will continue to rain after I die.

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