Friday, October 29, 2010

Separation of Corporation and State (Elizabeth, North Carolina)
It’s a Democracy, Not an Auction (Eric, Washington)
Stunning Statistics of the Week:

* 149: Number of independent groups that have spent money to influence this year’s elections (according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports through Oct. 25)
* $176.1 million: Amount those groups have spent on the midterms
* 10: Number of groups responsible for the bulk of that spending
* 59.9 percent: The percentage of that money that comes from undisclosed sources
232 – Number of toxic chemicals found in the umbilical cord of tested newborn babies in the U.S.

1 – The number of votes it takes to decide a close election

12 Environmental Facts to Keep in Mind on Election Day

389 – The concentration in parts per million of carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas, in the earth's atmosphere today.

38 – Percent increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration since the industrial revolution.

18 – Number of countries that have set all-time heat records so far in 2010.

82 – Percent decline in U.S. corn, cotton, and soybean production possible under current warming scenarios.

1 – Rank of 2010 so far as the hottest year on record (tied with 1998).

16 – Estimated number of Exxon Valdez-sized spills it would take to equal the amount of oil spilled into the Gulf after the BP Blowout.

4,342 – Total number of oiled birds collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Gulf Coast region.

$68.5 million – Amount spent by Big Oil and its special interests allies this year on TV ads designed to elect pro-polluter candidates.

$514 million – Amount spent on lobbying and advertising by big polluters to stop the Senate from passing global warming legislation.

23,000 – Number of Americans whose lives will be saved in 2010 alone because of the Clean Air Act, according to EPA estimates.

232 – Number of toxic chemicals found in the umbilical cord of tested newborn babies in the U.S.

1 – The number of votes it takes to decide a close election.
Dirtier air. More dirty energy. Greater dependence on our enemies' oil. Fewer new jobs...the Republican Platform
Vote the "Party of NO" - OUT!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A dysfunctional political system is one that knows the right answers but can’t even discuss them rationally, let alone act on them, and one that devotes vastly more attention to cable TV preachers than to recommendations by its best scientists and engineers.
It’s a Democracy, Not an Auction (Eric, Washington)
Separation of Corporation and State (Elizabeth, North Carolina)
If It Weren’t for CNN, I’d Have No Idea What Was Happening on Twitter (Claire, New Jersey)
Keep Your Government Hands Off My Corporate Overlords! (Ken, Washington)
We, the People NOT We, the Corporations (Alan, Colorado)
A Harvard economist, Jeffrey A. Miron, calculates that marijuana could generate $8.7 billion in tax revenue each year if legalized nationally, while legalization would also save the same sum annually in enforcement costs.
Regulators are accepting public comments on the new law’s important “Volcker rule.”
"If You Think Money Is Speech, Try Paying Your Visa Bill With an Essay" - (Bruce, Michigan)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It’s a Democracy, Not an Auction!
"There ain't no revolution, it's evolution..." Duane Allman
The incomes of the top 400 American households soared to a new record high in dollars and as a share of all income in 2007, while the income tax rates they paid fell to a record low, newly disclosed tax data show. - Go to the link below to read more

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rove's Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads groups are running ads around the country which says are "badly misleading" and which simply called "false."
Fascism - all that is required is that we do nothing.
More Americans are hit by lightning every year than commit voter fraud.

Even the politicized Department of Justice under Bush, which spent a huge amounts of time and resources scrutinizing allegations of voter fraud, were unable to locate any widespread problems.

Monday, October 25, 2010

When a stupid man is doing something is he ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. George Bernard Shaw
Good governance requires effective regulation to make sure capitalism doesn’t create tyranny, as well as economic and health catastrophes. - Paul Burke

Sunday, October 24, 2010

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

~ Ray Bradbury
Today's Poll Numbers These races are virtual ties. That means your vote and the votes of your family and friends can absolutely make the difference. Here's a sampling of recent polls:

CA-Sen: 48% Boxer (D), 46% Fiorina (R) (Rasmussen 10/21)
CO-Gov: 44% Hickenlooper (D), 43% Tancredo (C), 9% Maes (R) (Magellan 10/20)
FL-Gov: 45% Sink (D), 45% Scott (R) (Sunshine State News 10/20)
IL-Gov: 42% Brady (R), 41% Quinn (D) (PPP 10/16)
KY-Sen: 48% Paul (R), 43% Conway (D) (Mason-Dixon 10/18-19)
MN-Gov: 44% Dayton (D), 41% Emmer (R), 10% Horner (I) (Rasmussen 10/20)
OH-Gov: 48% Strickland (D), 47% Kasich (R) (CNN/Time 10/15-19)
PA-Gov: 49% Corbett (R), 44% Onorato (D) (Quinnipiac 10/13-17)
PA-Sen: 43% Sestak (D), 43% Toomey (R) (Muhlenberg 10/21)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Polluting corporations have virtually unlimited amounts of money they can spend to influence elections, but they do not have the right vote. Only citizens -- real people, like you and me -- can vote. And I am writing today to ask you to exercise that right.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.

~ Hippocrates (philosopher)
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world

~ Albert Einstein
Even The Wall Street Journal—not exactly a cornerstone of the supposed “liberal media”—just published a survey with some revealing results about who and what is to blame for our nation’s poor economy:

* 86% of Americans believe that offshoring of jobs by U.S. companies contributed to our sluggish economy.
* Nearly 7 out of 10 people—an all time high—say that “free trade” agreements with other countries cost us jobs here at home.
* Over three-quarters of Americans consider corporate profit-seeking a factor in the downturn.

Robert Plant- Music Review

This is a quick one - Robert has a new album out Band of Joy personally I'm not feeling it but that's how I felt about his Alison Krauss release Raising Sand. Loving both of those musicians we ran out and got it right away and it sat after initial listening for a year. I finally took it to the office and really developed an appreciation for it over time. You're not putting it on at a keg party but who of us growing up with Led Zeppelin are throwing keg parties anymore (we had a few monster parties - wow - that I would not want to repeat).

For those of us not willing to buy the mans entire back catalog I recommend these few discs: Sixty Six to Timbuktu - is an off the beaten path collection of rarities (disc two) and not so obvious selections from his solo output (disc one).

Dreamland is a collection of covers which really rocks - you get the idea that if Robert showed up at a coffee house these are the songs he would want to sing. It's one of my favorite discs in a ridiculous A to Z collection any former DJ would have.

Mighty Rearranger - I like this one a lot. If you need to hear Classic Zep put on some Classic Zep. If you want to hear some spacey, rock that slithers and gets down in the gutter but floats along the heavens this disc should get you there. Its not Zep its different but it has a lot of the elements. The production is fine and it has many sonic surprises. It builds and falls like waves crashing slowly on the beach with bursts of energy worthy of any great Zep album. Its a cool, earthy effort and I highly recommend it - after all you want Plant to add to your Zeppelin palate not just keep splashing the same color all over the place.

These four albums will round out your collection quite nicely.

Enjoy the Journey ;)

Poison Ivy Cure

I never had poison ivy my sibling used to get it but it never bothered me go figure. But due to that super human strength and genetic hiccup I had no idea what the stuff looked like or little did I care. Poison sumac, oak, ivy all similar what's the big deal. Well I screwed up. Apparently our back yard is covered in the stuff. For seven years I have been crawling around in poison ivy ripping up shrubs, tearing down trees, replanting trees that nourish the birds, pushing a hand mower, planting wild daisies, jasmine, milk weed and whatever else came out of our container pots.

Then it happened and I still didn't know what was wrong with me just the upper arms. I washed treated the scars with rubbing alcohol and just couldn't figure out what was what. One day I laid my arm down on the hot upholstery of the car at the height of summer - sweet relief I burned the stuff off. Well I don't recommend that. It wasn't a bad case of poison ivy and it eventually went away.

Toodeloo toodeloo blissfully unaware I'm back in my garden next year height of summer, scorching 100 degree heat, shorts and a tank top, sweat pouring off of me and I'm crawling around clearing vines from a pup of an evergreen that had decided to grow.

Bamm, poison ivy - hey what's this stuff I got it last year. So I don't know everything (hardly) anyway. I dealt with the minor outbreak, laughed at myself for crawling around in the stuff for seven years pores wide open, and forgot all about my new allergy.

Boom last week, crawling around yet again in the back garden and weeds planting well now I'm a pro at catching the stuff and still blissfully unaware. But I think I've found a home remedy that I wanted to pass on.

For minor poison ivy sufferers I recommend Fels Naphta. It's an old fashion laundry detergent soap from the late 1800's. Invented in Philadelphia.

I tried all the over the counter stuff and it was bunk.

Shower your infected areas with the soap. Apparently the poison ivy fests on our body oils so the trick is to dry those oils out. Here's what I do. After my shower and drying off I grab the hair dryer and aim it at the infected areas.

You're going to dry your hair right? Take a second or two and balst the poison ivy on your skin. You can literally see the oils weeping out of the scars. Then after I'm done with the dryer I wet a bar of Fels Naphta just on the edge and spot apply it to the scars, cake the soap on and leave it there. It dries in seconds. Now the Fels Naphta can get kind of slick and messy so just store it in a plastic baggie under the sink.

Between the hair dryer and the Fells Naphta I have been itch free from day one of the outbreak, and slowly watching the scars disappear. I hope I remember to wear a freakin' long sleeve tee shirt next time I'm digging around back. But absent short term memory loss I think I have found a sure cure to speed the poison ivy outbreak along and neutralize the itch.

The hair dryer is key. Be careful not to burn yourself but take as much heat as you can stand. You'll see the oils weep out dry that off apply the soap and enjoy your day. Never mind the occasional flaking of the soap throughout the day its minor compared to poison ivy.

And go enjoy your garden.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Religion Creates Arrogance (republicans)

Got into a little discussion on religion out at Digg - thought I would share - just jump in the deep end its okay.....

"The truth is what Jesus proclaimed" (from another poster) - My response is what follows:

.....that truth as to what Jesus proclaimed is up for interpretation since it was over a hundred years after his death that the first books of the bible were written....and if Jesus existed in the flesh and blood why are there no artifacts - where's his cereal bowl - his cloths - the crown of thorns - where is his tooth brush - anything. If such a remarkable being actually walked on water some people might have actually saved his sandals - a lock of his hair...heck we have the horse hair from Stonewall Jackson's Horse Little Sorrel...and Jackson was a Confederate - you see what I'm saying - we have Caesars coins but nothing from the most amazing man of all time?

Now the truth my friend is this - we live on a planet- it is the only one we have and if we value money, and power more than the earth itself we have our priorities dangerously wrong and we are in the fast lane to extinction. We can not survive without the planet. We can survive without money and personal power.

Religion was just the first attempt by the powers that be to set up codified law to control peoples behavior not only to bring order but to solidify those at the top their control, authority, power and money.

I for one do not need a myth about a man walking on water to realize that this planet - floating in space - is a flat out miracle of creation. All I need to do is look around and see "ALL" that was not made by man's hand.

Religion creates arrogance - "the beast are here to serve us..." really - or is that just a written justification authored by a human being to somehow excuse our violent tendencies to slaughter and tear down everything and each other.

No all written dogma, books of religion written by men have at their heart an agenda for control, power and money. The truth - whatever you proclaim it to be does not need to be written down. It is there plainly to see for all of us every day - there is no need for a book - we have the stars, and all the world around us.

Creation and the act of creation is our god- we destroy it and ourselves because we have abandoned common sense and follow men - whose agendas may not be so noble as life itself.

We need to stop pushing dogma on each other and live sustainably on the Earth. If we can't get that together we don't deserve to be here because we are idiots. We have been given brains use them. At the end of the day belief is just that - whole sale acceptance of the unprovable as if what is provable is any less miraculous.

Ho hum we live on a planet spinning in space whats so special about that - hey Peter, Paul - how about a guy walking on water - now that would be cool....what the heck we're spinning in space, there's dirt and mountains and things grow right out of the ground - you really need to up the ante?

I've got news for its the natural Earth that's sacred and all of man's institutions pale immensely in comparison - including organized religion and its pedestrian fear and saber rattling ....puhlease....

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

~ Anais Nin
You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'

~ Dave Barry
The Scary News: In California, big polluters are spending millions to promote a cynical ballot initiative to kill that state's landmark climate bill – and recent polls suggest a close vote.
The Bad News: Environmental issues are barely registering in this year's midterm elections – and in many races, candidates are openly running against existing environmental protections.
The Good News: A Pew poll last month found that 81% of Americans favor tougher environmental standards.
Breaking News: Fox News' parent company has written another mega-check to the Republican Governors Association.

Regan Our Savior Governement Bad

I think we should return to trickle down economics and not tax the richest 1%. They are the most wonderful people on the face of the Earth and gosh aren't they so special in their secluded neighborhoods, yachts and secret, private special clubs. They should live in this country for free. I think more of our children should die horribly for them so they can further their profit only empires.

And more deregulation please, please, please I love my savings wiped out every boom and bust cycle. Government is bad, bad, bad, filled with awful laws like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Ben Franklin was a complete idiot he spent all that time reading and writing and using the scientific method to discover actual facts about our world. He should have been watching football and campaign ads then he would have been told what to think.

Trickle down economics has worked wonders for the past three decades. Ronald Regan was the smartest man who ever lived...

Ohh wait the country is completely wrecked because of deregulation and the money is hoarded at the top and not reinvested. Why that jerk Obama its all his fault didn't he fix everything he had two whole years? Hang him...

What a bunch of dupes people are complete and utter dupes. You can't see the forest from the trees and Rove and Cheney laughing all the way to the bank. Dear god how could you have missed the sneer on W.'s face for eight years? What a bunch of imbeciles you deserve to be ripped off by the wealthiest in complete and utter control of your country, media and banking.

The republicans do not get a pass for voting no on everything, abuse of the filibuster and anonymous holds.

Vote your own pocket book people big business isn't going to save YOU. They want to rape you for every last cent they can get away with. Their marching orders are to maximize profit at any and all cost. They don't give a rats ass if your drinking water is polluted, your town is buried by a mountain top and you get cancer. They're invested in the cancer medicine on the side geniuses.

Government is the only cop on the beat we have the only one capable of leveling the playing field for innovation and new technology. The only one big enough to sue Goldman or they're the enemy - oh them and the trial lawyers. Now who told you that? Seriously who told you that hmmmm....big corporate media, funded by big business and their think tanks and puppet politicians?

What a bunch of idiots people are they don't know what side their freakin' bread is buttered on. Hey lets give it all to the rich people they'll let us wait on them in their country clubs....while they get rid of the minimum wage, outlaw class action law suits and bust our unions....oh wait they're wavin' the bible - they must love us.....freakin' morons.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hey Eric H. Holder Shut the Hell Up!

Eric Holder the man who doesn't have the balls to go after war criminals who purposely defrauded the American tax payers out of billions of dollars wants to prosecute the state of California for trying to "govern" practically.

Holder who hasn't even cleaned house of the Bush DOJ attorneys who on orders went after political opponents of Bush and Rove has zero credibility.

Eric Holder who doesn't have the guts to close Guantanamo Bay or try alleged terrorist in Federal courts is going after pot heads, and the end of the underground drug economy that only benefits criminals.

Eric Holder who doesn't have the balls to prosecute the perpetrators of an unjust war on ginned up charges of weapons of mass destruction which lead to the dumping of tax payer dollars by the truck load, unaccounted for, into the heart of the Mideast and into the pockets of Bush, Rove and Cheney's friends has zero credibility.

Eric Holder who's refusal to look into the actual shooting of a man by the Vice President of the United States wants to perpetuate the humongous waste of tax payer dollars in an illegal and unnecessary drug war locking up millions of non-violent recreational drug users has now spoken up.

This is your goddamn issue Eric Holder after the violations of the Geneva Convention on torture, after the politicized witch hunt by people still in your employ, after an illegal war based on lies and media manipulation for the profit of a few.

This is your big moment to open your mouth - the decriminalization of marijuana?

Well I have one thing to say to your wimpy, ineffective, ball-less soul - SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU ASSHOLE and get back to work on purging your Justice Department of traitors to the Constitution. They are not supposed to do what they did and use your office to gain political power for one party over the other - that Eric Holder is TREASON.

You asshole. You want to come after sensible, practical Governance then you better do something real to protect America from tyranny or shut the hell up. What are we paying you for anyway to cripple a solution to our economic recovery or protect the United States from Fascism?

Get back to work you completely ignorant asshole. You can start by firing those traitors from the Bush regime, and investigate the supreme court ruling from 2000 that stopped a vote count. Start protecting America from being hijacked by those who can and will and have done it - you completely worthless piece of shit.
The increased revenue from restoring the top tax rates would raise an estimated $700 billion over the next decade. This revenue should go toward making investments in job creation, education, health, transportation, infrastructure, and green energy systems.
Republicans = pat answers and poor policy

Friday, October 15, 2010

* Prop. 23 will result in 169 million tons more air pollution, and will increase public health risks;

* It will jeopardize 500,000 jobs and $10 billion in private investment in California clean energy businesses (already we've seen a significant slowdown in the green energy market because of Prop. 23); [1] and

* Increase consumer energy costs by up to $650 per year by keeping us addicted to costly oil.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

EVIL only hath its appearance in the mind, in the shadows, in the fears of those that know not the light in its entirety.

Edgar Cayce Reading 689-1
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. ~ Lin Yutang

CASABLANCA - Movie Review

It has been said that this is the greatest movie of all time and you know what I think they are right. Yes I've seen Citizen Kane. With the romance the tension between right and wrong, fascism and freedom, tyranny and excess, and an outstanding script Casablanca sets the standard for what a movie should be including great music.

The song As Time Goes By is one outstanding piece of music and lyric. Much like the movie it says it all and has the guts to say it.....

I've seen a bunch of Humphrey Bogart movies with Lauren Bacall, Jimmy Cagney and Peter Lore but this ensemble is second to none. We finally watched it again last week and fell in love with the movie all over again. The dialogue is incredible. The movie is a sophisticated look in the mirror at ourselves. There is no toilet humor, no excessive violence, the gun play is proportional to the situation and the acting top notch. Who doesn't love Claude Rains, Sidney Greenstreet, or Peter Lore, Ingrid Bergman and of course Bogey at his most vulnerable but dignified.

You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust.

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Here's looking at you kid.

The microcosm of this film encapsulates all of the human spirit from war and oppression to love and redemption, struggle and survival, drinking and gambling, manipulation and opportunism, fear and happiness, failure and success, luck and not so lucky. They hit every note right knock it out of the park and move on. There isn't a wasted moment, word, look or action. It is so well crafted you can not even tell. The lighting, the sets, the costumes, the camera angles, the mood, tone and atmosphere are all calibrated beautifully.

Watch it again or watch it for the first time and maybe you'll remember how to be and what dignity, and class are really all about. It's certainly not about money and being a jack ass.

Casablanca is a brief glimpse into the entirety of the human condition a snap shot in time filled with eternal truths that fashion can not change no matter how much time has gone by. The movie has a firm understanding of "same as it ever was" and accentuates that reality to perfection. In all its glory, horror, humor, stupidity, and heroics all the world's a stage. Casablanca is the movie of our world and ourselves as it apparently always has been and always will be.

Don't forget the second disc with Carrotblanca starring Bugs Bunny and his Warner Brothers cohorts it's a must see after the movie.

A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh, the fundamental things apply
as time goes by....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Conceive of Nothing While you live And I give you Heaven. ~ Jack Kerouac

Tumbleweed Connection - Music Review

I love Elton John's first few albums; Elton, Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across the Water and Honky Chateau. I got off the band wagon after that. Of these albums Tumbleweed Connection is by far my favorite. I love both versions of Madman Across the Water, Take Me To The Pilot is one of my favorites, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters one of the best written songs ever, but song for song Tumbleweed is outstanding.

There's a three song sequence I always played on my old radio show. I couldn't get away from it even after I was painfully aware it was my go to set and tried to change up. It starts with Where to Now St. Peter, Love Song, and then Amoreena.

This is what I wanted from commercial radio and now even satellite radio (during drive time) but somethings changed in the world - its apparently hip to be shallow, stupid and un-inquisitive, don't ponder and stop thinking so much, just watch television and read people magazine we'll tell you what to say and buy. Sorry for the digression but its just killing our Country and World.

Come Down in Time is another beautiful song on Tumbleweed Connection that just reaches me. I think at this point Elton was still trying to be a poet musician instead of just a pop star. Anyway I prefer my life deep, dripping with meaning where coincidences knock your lights out because there is no such thing as a coincidence. Its reflected in the music I listen to and play. I like fun too and there is plenty of upbeat sonic adventures on this album.

But when push comes to shove Love Song may have been the best thing he and Bernie ever did together. I'm not talking sonically because the next tune Amoreena has a great sonic tone, but for just putting it out there Love Song stops all the bull shit and does what we always said we all loved back in the day and tells it like it is. After all that's how I want my life, love, country and world to don't waste my time if you don't have the courage or ethic to "tell it like it is..."

A great, great, great album when albums were made from beginning to end as a whole continuous event the sum greater than its parts and when movies and music still tried to create art and not just distraction.

I hope I live long enough to see meaning come back to being valued at the top of our "pop charts" along with fun and that meaning comes back to our literature, and art, music, literature and theater get reinstated in our schools. Because without them life is just a banal existence, an unexamined distraction fearful of challenging our pre-conceived notions. That to me adds up to being a waste of an opportunity and flat out boring. And someday soon I hope that entertainment gets banned from the news and politics and we get back to creating a meaningful existence for the societies we live in and realize a renaissance in our civilization. We are falling way short of the mark.

Tumbleweed Connection is a great album by any standard. Enjoy and don't worry - that thing you feel stirring is your soul.

Tully - Movie Review

Get this one - rent it on netflix. If you are tired of what passes for thoughtful, introspective, heartfelt movie making, tired of the shoot em up or same old same old situation comedies or dramadies, if you want a movie to remind you what exactly character development and movie making is supposed to be about, if you have an attention span more than a nanosecond, if you like the slow unfolding of life and love then I highly recommend this movie. If you don't like any of the aforementioned you quit reading a few syllables ago.

Julianne Nicholson is the moral center of this movie and I can not gush enough about her role, what the writers wrote for her and her delivery. The story centers on a father and his two sons and their Nebraska life on a farm, in a small town. There is something at the root of all of us when it comes to living off the land something in the DNA that just connects. Its part of our being. Careful not to romanticize that reality Tully distills the feeling and the mood and wraps it all up in simple truth and the complexities that can be fall us all. How you deal with what life throws at you is after all the journey. I just loved the last scene, line and shot of the movie.

This is a good one - I loved it the first time I saw it years ago in 2000 and yet again a decade later last week. It's rare that I watch movies more than once.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Stunning Statistics of the Week:

* Amount expected to be spent on the upcoming midterm elections: $5 billion
* Amount expected to be spent on TV ads this election cycle: $3 billion
* Amount spent in 2006 election cycle: $2.8 billion

Friday, October 08, 2010

Life finds its purpose and fulfillment in the expansion of happiness ~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Let’s say that you have an affair while your wife is suffering from cancer, and that you visit your wife in the hospital, while she is recovering from surgery, to discuss a divorce. That seems dishonorable.

I didn’t do that. Newt Gingrich did.
Let’s say that the House of Representatives votes 395 to 28 to reprimand you, and fines you $300,000 for an ethics violation. Now, that’s a disgrace – a public disgrace.

That didn’t happen to me. It happened to Newt Gingrich.
Let’s say that you write a bad check to the IRS for almost $10,000. That seems dishonorable.

I didn’t do that. Newt Gingrich did.
A modest tax on Wall Street financial speculation could raise more than $150 billion a year -- money that would go a long way toward funding a serious jobs agenda

Jerry's First Time Back with Brent

Well I was dialed up last night and enjoyed a spectacular rendition of Standing on the Moon. It was other worldly but calm, pure, good ol' grateful dead bopping along, floating, as if I was at a show - thousands of stars representing those listening and of course the purple lights but not coming from spot lights rather awash in purple like galactic clouds stretching out from the source.

Listen any telling of this is going to pale in comparison to the right here, right now, conscious but not knowing I was asleep state. If you are lucky enough to have been through that you know what I mean. I was out there among the cosmos and the full band sound with a host of sources was effortlessly flying along, floating along in perfect harmony and timing, unforced, but delivering, flowing and lyrics clear as a bell sung on key.

When I awoke I thought it was perhaps the wheel and spidergawd but dozing back off I realized it had been "standing on the moon" - in that slowed down perfect grateful dead way - only spot on without transition from consciousness into the human realm mind to hands and delivered to our ears. There was none of that this was unfiltered from the source like waves of water flowing from a wide, vast stream.

The ability as a musician to do that is what makes legends...but I digress. Back to the dream as if in a swirling bowl of dark matter, and purple illumination with pinpoint bright white stars swirling around a bed of creativity from which the sound came from - very much a stage in my minds eye. I was in the back on a lip but heard it all as it washed around my head.

Comfortable vibes, bouncing along, floating, pure and then the outro - the crescendoing, crashing but not jarring sustained. A swirling mass of culmination of intensity and purity that astonished me in its clarity, breadth and vortex. Swept along with the music (as always) and it swirled and melded and intertwined like wind chimes dancing on the wind only the full band sound plus more subtle horns and synth like waves upon the shore all mingled together swooping through space and ears swirling in dark matter black whole finishing on a soft clear final culmination and soft uplifting note....then clear as a bell as if listening to a radio broadcast - the voice from the original grateful dead hour (remember him) - behind me - said to my utter astonishment and flash of realization, "how about that outro from Jerry's first time back with Brent" and wow - the flash of understanding. Instant realization, and comprehension and glow I realized I had just witnessed the encore from that reunion in some sort of time warp or rebroadcast because I know they didn't wait this long to orchestrate together. Did I really just get to witness and hear Jerry and Brent lay down Standing on the Moon in the vast reaches of space......I slowly awoke and then jotted everything down (believe me I used those notes here) but now can recognize it and see it as an impression in my mind - the scene - palled in comparison to being there and fumble with words to share it with you to express some how the magnitude - the purity of the phenomenon and to let you know that it is out there and happening.

Sweet recognizable but without the frailty of our human body filter - straight no filter and the easy feeling.

It was so beautiful - Brent working his magic swirling synth sounds and keys Jerry dancing in the back ground adding touches and flourishes - both of them expanding on the sounds that they were able to create here and that voice - clear as a bell, "how about that outro from Jerry's first time back with Brent," whoa nelly. On the other side now momentarily experiencing beautiful beyond music boys and girls and dreams like that - where you wake up and realize - hells bells I've been asleep - well some sort of harmonic convergence is going on and there is more to it all than meets the eye.

The music to try and reduce it to what we know had that Bralove touch too it - think the Infrared Roses Release....that will get you part of the way there.

What a sound what an honor and yeah baby the outro was well oh what the heck other worldly, awe inspiring, comfortable, swirling, not overwhelming but intense, thoughtful, clean, clean, clean and intricate. Greater than the sum of its parts and the parts all illuminated and bigger than the whole swirling through dark matter a black whole, laced with sound and purple flowing clouds and pin prick small brights of light the other ones so to speak ever so slight but bright as all heaven to see and hear the music stirred as with a spoon through airy soup - awake - with a dawning stun - I was asleep and here comes awe and one of those after show moods.

Have a great weekend and as always - enjoy the Journey!


Thursday, October 07, 2010

“There’s class warfare, all right. But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” - Warren Buffett
The annual economic gain from having the UN headquarters, missions, and consulates in New York City is nearly $3.3 billion.
More than 1,800 American vendors are contracted by the UN for millions of dollars worth of vital services and goods
More than 2,000 jobs for Americans are created or sustained by UN operations;
For every $1 the U.S. invests into the UN, we receive $1.50 in return.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Enjoy every sandwich ~ Warren Zevon
Americans for Job Security: In a Federal Elections Commission complaint, Public Citizen wrote that Americans for Job Security is a "sham front group that would be better called Corporations Influencing Elections...masquerading as a non-profit to conceal its funders and the scope of its electioneering activities." As the Media Matters Action Fund reports, this group's ads seek to mislead viewers to think that clean energy would be bad for the economy.3
American Crossroads: American Crossroads receives significant support from Texans who made their fortune in the oil and gas industry. With donors like these and the support of Karl Rove, it isn't too surprising that one of American Crossroads' priorities is blocking any legislation that meaningfully addresses the very real problems of climate change.2
Americans for Prosperity: A corporate-funded group that is spreading junk science and misleading messages across the country. This year, this front group has launched a $45 million campaign -- including TV ads and phony grassroots events -- in a number of congressional districts to confuse people about clean energy legislation and to promote a pro-corporate agenda. Americans for Prosperity is also supporting many Tea Party groups who oppose clean energy reforms. For example, the group has developed content and planned events in New Jersey, Arizona, New Hampshire, Missouri, Kansas and several other states.1
The U.S. Census Bureau says 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty -- the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.
In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. How many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.
The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001. About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people when they were still in operation.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering.

Arthur C. Clarke

The Republican Flip Flop Isolationism to Imperialism and the Big Sounding Excuse American Exceptionalisim

For decades isolationism used to be the hot conservative concept - screw the rest of the World - Pat Buchanan comes to mind - but ooooppps we built our industrial complex on burning oil and we only have 2% of the worlds supply.

So "now" the complete opposite is being trotted out as Conservative and Imperialism is suddenly excusable and promoted by calling it American Exceptionalisim. That's one helluva flip-flop Republicans.

Apparently we're so exceptional that its okay to trample other peoples rights culture, land and take their natural resources for our own. Baloney, and it makes a mockery of the alleged free market system, Constitution, Declaration, Bill of Rights - you should try reading them some day - and the Federalist Papers.

Modern day conservatism is just an excuse looking for a theory to justify lawlessness, greed, and corruption. It stands diametrically opposed to any thing good we might have stood for one day long ago.

Ask yourself this America: How would you like a Saudi military base in your back yard? Think about it driving by it every day, wondering what they were really doing in there...who at home is actually receiving the pay off for this and what for...whats with all those towers and satellites, and why do they need so many weapons? Don't they just mean us harm and why can't the locals get jobs there? Think about it a bunch of Saudis running around on a military base in your neighborhood on your soil...not too cool huh?

Until the Status Quo with its entrenched power and refusal to get its act together as long as they are making money lets go of its bully mentality as a justification for being too lazy to innovate America will be reduced to common thugs who push weak kids over for their lunch money. Is that what your bible teaches you?

We need to become 100% self sufficient and close all of our money draining bases around the world what a waste of blood and treasurer. We need to worry about protecting our own shores and living sustainably within our own borders and environment.

Ruling the world is for idiots, big stupid, maniacal, sociopathic idiots and reigns down destruction on your own head (see Hitler, Napoleon, Cesar).

We need to get our own house in order and then we can help those who legitimately need it if they ask us, and if they honor the principles on which this Country was founded.

Right now the modern Conservative movement does not even come close to honoring those principles unless lying, propaganda, complete and utter bullshit, hypocrisy, thuggery, tyranny and theocracy are clauses I missed in my reading of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Friday, October 01, 2010

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. ~ Igor Stravinsky
Up to 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are dying every year due to the ingestion of or entanglement in plastic.
Approximately 40 million barrels of oil are used to produce 100 billion plastic bags in the USA annually.
Nationwide fewer than 5% of single-use plastic bags are recycled, leading to choked sewer systems and marine life.
On average, a disposable bag has a useful life of 12 minutes, from the store to your home, to the trash.