Who sees a fire in their neighbor’s yard and walks off without doing anything? A young white dude who flips houses for a living, that’s who. Who does something? Hint: It was not a white dude.
March 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm (creative writing, culture, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, issues, life, living, politics, random, relationships, Uncategorized, urban life, Writing)
Tags: communication, cooperation, dumb shit people do, fires, Issues, Mexican Americans, people, race relations, real events, relationships, urban living, White Dudes, Writing
December 13, 2016 at 3:40 am (contemplation, creative writing, eating, exploring interconnectedness, life, living, random, Uncategorized, urban life, Writing)
Tags: current events, food, greed, guttonly, holiday season, Issues, monologue, Writing
November 23, 2016 at 8:49 pm (Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, issues, Lakota, life, living, music, Native Americans, nature, politics, random, relationships, searching, Standing Rock Reservation, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", #NOBLACKSNAKEFRIDAY, #NoDAPL, #WaterIsLife, A Tribe Called Red, banks, DAPL, Economy, environment, EtP, Issues, money, music, North Dakota, Oil, police, politics, Sheriff Depts., solidarity, song, Standing Rock, video, Water Protectors, Yes magazine
Make this holy-day season truly meaningful. Stand with Standing Rock. Honor Our Mother Earth. Sing Water Is Life Loud and Clear.
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September 8, 2016 at 11:31 pm (culture, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, life, living, Native Americans, nature, people, politics, random, relationships, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", #NoDAPL, Amazon Watch, climate change, Earth, environment, global warming, Iowa, Issues, Keep the oil in the ground, life, nature, Oil, protest, Standing Rock, video, water is sacred, weather
What can I say when the video says it all. AmazonWatch
This is why oil should stay in the ground.
This is why no one needs another pipeline.
This is why protectors are standing strong at Standing Rock in North Dakota and Iowa to protect water and earth.
This matters to everyone on Earth.
Time out for a laugh track break: a special message from MoveOn.org > Laughter Trumps Hate brigade’s Open Call for Funny People. Really!
August 2, 2016 at 6:23 pm (art, creative writing, culture, entertainment, humor, issues, life, people, play, politics, random, satire, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: call for submissions, competition, culture, humor, Issues, Laughter Trumps Hate, MoveOn.org, political comedy, political satire
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Roll out your own barrel of laughs.
Try out your chops serving up a hearty dish of political satire.
It’s been brought to my attention that comedians are called to duty at MoveOn.org to slice and dice politics as they deem fit.
There is no entry fee. Everyone is welcome to enter–newbies and hard-core satirists alike. Satire is not required but it’s appreciated. You can be just flat out funny.
But time is running out and you must submit a video by August 11, 2016. So get crackin’ all you wise-arses with bells to ring and whistles to blow!
Rules and submission tools at MoveOn.org.
Get your video rolling ASAP!
September 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm (art, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, life, music, relationships, Uncategorized)
Tags: Aldrey, AldreyMusica, entertainment, image, Issues, Look at Yourself, Mirate, music, musica, piano, video, women
Return to blogging round two:
If you enjoyed Aldrey’s high energy up-lifting La Lista — which now has over a million views on the tubes of you–yeah, he got his audience of 80,000 and then some since my first posting of that positive spirit booster–I think you’ll appreciate this song-video about a serious image issue for women–Mirate. Posted on August 13, 2015 this video is racking up some serious views–91,620 as of this posting. If it strikes a chord with you then please take a moment to share it with ladies of all ages in your life.
How can you resist? Hmm? 🙂
Shh, don’t tell anyone what Missouri Gov. Nixon is up to with $6 Million he’s denying to Libraries. What does Nixon want to do with the library funding? Only Nixon–and his cohorts know.
March 28, 2015 at 5:34 pm (art, books, culture, drama, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, humor, issues, journalism, life, people, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: $6 million, 2015, BookRiot, computers, culture, education, electronic access, funding, funds, Issues, libraries, library, Missouri, MO, Nixon, politics, public, REAL, teens, Writing
Choose your own reading adventure about Gov. Nixon’s efforts to defund the public library system:
Okay if you want a nice and polite run down of what’s going on with $6 Million in funds for the public libraries in Missouri — visit this lively link to Chris Arnone’s piece at BookRiot:
Missouri teens got a real fact check in how politicians operate and how much they rate on the Missouri Governor’s value scale on March 18, 2015 when the Governor’s staff lied to them about the governor being out-of-state and threatened to have them escorted out of their offices by State Troopers. You can read all about that shindig at BookRiot.
If you’re pressed for time, Chris Arnone has these suggestions for voicing your support for the libraries without threat of State Trooper escort:
- Sign the two petitions on iPetition and Change.org.
- Call Governor Nixon’s office at 573-751-3222.
- Send letters or postcards to Nixon’s office: Office of Gov. Jay Nixon, P. O. Box 720, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
- Head over to http://www.governor.mo.gov/ and click “Get Involved.”
- Use the hashtag #SaveMOLibraries on social media.
Now for the not so nice and not polite reading adventure.
Damn how I love being able to connect with people everywhere via the internet. I’m lucky enough to have my own damn computer and private access that I can use any time I want 24/7. I’m also aware that there are many people in my local area who are not so damn fortunate. I’m reminded of this fact every time I visit the Kansas City, Missouri Public Library and see a fully packed computer room offering access to the internet for people who are not so damn lucky as myself. There’s always a waiting list and there are always people waiting for their online time. Many of them are looking for employment. Someone is always using the computers designated for creating resumes. Others are doing the exact same thing you are right now without giving it a second thought–enjoying surfing the net and flying around in cyberspace. In addition to these people there are those who bring their laptops to take advantage of the wireless access on site. My award wining public library is one damn electronic hot spot.
Why would anyone who values an informed and literate population want to deny people access to electronic information?
Yikes–conspiracy theories abound! 1984 anyone? Hmm? No need to ban books, just deny internet access.
For now I’ll fly with the people who deny access to others are people who prefer an ignorant, uneducated, uniformed bunch of dumbed down voters who are easily manipulated and controlled.
Am I suggesting that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is this ilk of politician?
Well why else would he deny first $2,789,225 million in 2014 library funding then follow that up with withholding all of the state appropriated library funds of 2015 to the tune of $3,109,250 million?
Those funds provide libraries with everything needed for remote electronic access aka the REAL Program.
Imagine your life without your electronic connection–the very one you are enjoying right now as you read this on your internet connection of choice wherever you are.
What the fuck is Gov. Nixon up to with these millions of dollars? Does he have a fundraiser in mind? Who is he paying off?
Maybe his staff would like to monetarily thank the Missouri State Troopers for their on call assistance for escorting NON-professional, NON-corporate lobbyists out of their offices when they come, with appointments, to discuss their concerns about what’s really going on in Nixon’s brainbox?
Perhaps Gov. Nixon just can’t stand teenagers with fully functioning minds enabled by equally concerned adults snooping around the state capital looking for some answers and questioning some “family” values.
Aside: Last week I had some of those nice people who like to share the good word door to door. I told them they should go to the state capital and share their words with those folks. The older gentleman escorting and mentoring the two very clean-cut young whippersnappers practicing their word sharing said, and I quote: “They aren’t interested in listening to us.”
Hmm, according to Arnone over at Book Riot some elected officials were interested in hearing what was on the library supporting teenagers’ minds. I guess those might have been the ones who realize these young people will be voting in a few years and possibly becoming engaged in political issues as adults.
Clearly Gov. Nixon doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what book reading, literate, computer savy teenagers think or do–unless it involves sex education,. Oopsy daisy–can you get that kind of info on the internet? Hell yeah, you can.
Shit! The clock is ticking and I have an event to attend at the local library branch where, in addition to the wonderful group of people who work there, I’ll meet some of the other people who participated in the adult reading program face to face. I’ll come back to cyberspace later–after library hours, in the wee hours of the morning or late at night or in the middle of the day. Any time I want electronic access I’ve got it. Not everyone does. They ONLY get it from the public library.
What are you up to with all those millions that belong to the public libraries, not just the big ones but the little ones too where someone is searching for everything libraries offer in this electronic age, Gov. Jay Nixon? Hmm? Nothing good, says my cynical mind, nothing good at all.
Please share the word about this monetary crisis threatening the public libraries in Missouri via your electronic devices and favorite social media vices. You don’t have to live in Missouri to share the information. Heads up, your public library funds may be on the funnel tunnel to somewhere else too–if they haven’t already gone done that pipe.
Visit the Kansas City Public Library at http://www.kclibrary.org/ to get a gander of what they’re doing soooo very very right.
Thank you for sharing.
I’ll be back.
Yeah, Bear, I will. 🙂
October 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm (art, culture, entertainment, ethics, films, food, humor, issues, life, music, people, random, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: alt-J, aninmation, Bear, Birds of Tokyo, black and white, Bob Wayne, entertainment, Feed Me Seymour, Hunger, Hunger In My Soul, Hunger of the Pine, Issues, Little Shop of Horrors, MadArtistPublishing, Meatloaf, music, random, short film, theme, This Fire, Turkey in the Straw, video, Who's Hungry?, World Food Programme, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, YouTube
Yeah, I’m a running a tad behind with this round of theme music, Hunger. These things happen when you don’t pay attention to what day of the week it is AND you leave your timer somewhere out of sight so you can’t press the set hour time alarm button. I have no idea where the little green device is–except that it is somewhere in the house. Somewhere being the operative word. Time seems to be what I hunger for the most lately. As for hunger for food–don’t get me started. Other hunger costs more than a quarter a day to satisfy.
alt- J ~ Hunger of the Pine ~
Bob Wayne ~ Hunger In My Soul from Till the Wheels Fall Off
As soon as I read Bear’s theme choice was hunger this song came to mind–so here it is, complete with a fun fan compiled visual handbook . . . . hmmmm, yeah.
Meatloaf ~ You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)~
I couldn’t resist–sorry. Not.
Feed Me Seymour ~ Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors © Geffen Company / Warner Brothers
Sung by Rick Moranis as Seymour & Levi Stubbs as Audrey II
Reality Checks In:
Birds of Tokyo ~ This Fire
What can you buy with twenty-five cents? One answer is at — The World Food Programme’s 10 Hunger Facts for 2014:
I’ve spent some time on the fence arguing with myself about including this dark hunger story from MadArstistPublishing. It’s here, enough said. Right?
music = Turkey in the Straw
October 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm (books, culture, drama, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, life, living, Native Americans, people, politics, quests, random, relationships, satire, searching, thinking, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: art, Buzzfeed, Colorado, Columbus Day, creative writing, Democracy Now, dialogue, dramatic dialogue, education, exploring interconnectedness, fact, history, Howard Zinn, Indigenous People, internal monologue goes external, Issues, journalism, lie, media, Mexican American Studies, mind control, Native Americans, Noriega, poltics, protests, Sandro Botticelli, satire, Writing, Young Turks
~In 1482, Columbus sailed the ocean blue~
He was Bad News for the Taino People ~
But some people don’t want to think about that reality.
Because then they’d have to learn a new history.
~Ooops–but isn’t history supposed to be true and honest?
Depends on who is using which facts to support which version of what happened.
~Are you saying people manipulate facts to suit their own agendas?
Me? Why would I ever say something like that? It might be politically incorrect, and we can’t have that, can we?
~Hmm, but what’s Politically Correct for one group isn’t necessarily PC for another group. And people do have a tendency to abuse PC everywhere in order to create conflict and sometime even abuse other people who had no intentions of abusing anyone. There’s been some very rough irony involved in demands for PC over the years.
No way! Who would do something like that?
~Who doesn’t? Come on, look at the conservative media, the scared shitless media, the controlled media, the alternative media, the foreign media, the underground media, the social media–everyone spins everything to suit their vision of reality, right?
Do you think that’s what pissed off those high school kids in Colorado so much that they pretested in the streets about changes in what history would be taught?
~What do you think?
I’m not sure yet. But–I do recall what happened in Arizona with the Mexican-American Studies program being shut down because it presented a different viewpoint of history than what the TPTB wanted taught in schools.
~Hey, are you saying there’s a conspiracy to teach lies in American schools?
Look, I don’t go in for conspiracy theories. But I don’t think this is a coincidence either. Maybe it’s just like minds acting out in similar ways. Or not.
~ Like minded people, right. Ah ha.
Lie. Lie. Lie.
Deny lying and lie some more.
Because if the truth is known the people might rebel.
There’s a very good chance they’ll refuse to be cannon fodder.
They might even learn other languages in order to talk to the rest of the world about issues that affect everyone.
Howard Zinn on Honesty In History
Humor ~~ Warning! Contains Sarcasm, Irony and Questioning of Authority
If you’re still in the dark about the history curriculum issue in Colorado:
As for the Mexican-American Studies Program in Arizona, check this out from Buzzfeed’s David Noriega:
Am I spinning the facts? Me? No way. Why would I do something like that?
A few of the many Italian things I really like:
Friendly Italian people
Sandro Botticelli, artist ~ http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/botticelli/
~~No, I’m not going to talk about the Pope or the Vatican. One should never discuss religion. It’s very Un-PC. Or it used to be. I’m not sure anymore.
May 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm (culture, eating, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, food, issues, journalism, life, living, people, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: 2014, Burger King, burgers, business, CEOs refuse to pay living wage, Democracy Now, Economy, exploitation, Fast Food, Fast Food Workers Strike, fries, greed, independent journalism, inequality, Issues, low wage jobs, May 15, McDonalds, media, money, news, RT, strike, unions, wage theft, Wendy's
While I am not a fan of fast food– I am a supporter of workers earning a living wage and their right to unionize.
Exploitation is Exploitation is Exploitation.
Greed is Greed.
Without the workers there would be NO fast food.
Who makes your burger and fries?
Not the rich CEOs who refuse to share the billions in profits with the people who do the work.
Who makes $9,220 per hour?
Some fast food workers LIVE on that amount of money for an entire year while working FULL time.
Can a CEO flame broil a burger or anything else? Would they ever work for the wages they pay their employees? I doubt it.
From Democracy Now! news coverage today, May 15, 2014.
Fast Food CEOs Oppose Worker Raises Despite Making 1,200 times More Than Average Employee
Democracy Now!’s web exclusive –Workers Charge McDonald’s With Wage Theft
Discover more Democracy Now! independent world wide news coverage –> http://www.democracynow.org/
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