Saturday, March 29, 2014

More Golly, gosh, those libertarians

Golly, gosh, those libertarians!!


Is it spring yet?

Been cuddling under the covers with lower life forms, drinking hot choclate and coffee, and dismissing every blog post thought that came to mind this snowy winter. But we've had two warmish days in a row, the trees are budding, the pollen is attacking, and it's time to show a sign of life, before I get too bogged down in yard work.  Unwritten blog entry titles with funny saved facebook photos will have to make up for last couple months:
* Free Crimea!! - From Ukraine and Russia, if it decides it wants out. But reparations for anyone driven off their land who can still identify it; and either general amnesty or trials for all murdering/torturing govt officials, no matter their party or nationality. (And western world, please stop supporting the fascist Right Sector!!)
* Free RT!! Russia Today TV Network was more fun before Putin became President again in 2013 - but what do you expect Russia to do in self-defense with US imperialist surrounding them with nukes and/or missile defense systems??  Imperialism breeds imperialism.

* Tough to be a woman - say the transgender males to females who fully have transitioned. "I didn't know how much more respect I got as a male! No one listens to me. They blame me for things they guys screw up. It's unbelievable!!" Welcome to the club, former boys...but mess with me in the women's room and you'll get a kick in whatever's left down there now...

* Geez, those sunspots! The number of sunspots is relatively low this cycle (bottom line in purple shows where we are as of March 2014). Nevertheless there are lots of riots and revolutions going on worldwide this fall and winter (not to mention last 3 years since cycle went up again).  Of course, height of sunspot cycles often are followed by big economic recessions, as people burn out from their economic exuberance and going into debt, so we'll see what happens. (The 2008 recession was a result of all the spending G.W. Bush did to get out of the recession after 2000 height of sunspot cycle! So next should be even worse. You read it here - 3/29/14.)

* Free the Republican Party - from the necons and let the Rand Paul-ian quasi-libertarians take over. Then all the Rand-Palian quasi-libertarians infiltrating the Libertarian Party can go back where they belong.
* Missing Malaysian flight - is it about ratings or HOPING terrorists did it? Oh, terrorists are about ratings too - and bigger government, you big-government-regulated mainstream media dummies...
* Never move near a big cliff - Like right below a 600 foot cliff that might collapse any minute and then did. If people speculate it looks like terrorism, you'll get more media than you want for your tragedy.

* Happy Irish Freedom Day!

* Danged Israelis, at it again.

* Danged Egyptians, at it again. Roughing up Medea Benjamin at the airport because she wanted to visit Gaza and show solidarity with the inhabitants of a big concentration camp.

* Danged Obama, at it again. (Should we start a betting pool on how soon after his presidency is over he comes out of the bisexual closet and frees the bisexuals once and for all??)

*Anything else of interest?  (Besides the fear the new necon president won't be so chummy with Putin and thus start World War Three?) Will add if critical. A few fun things in next post.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

It was fifty years ago today...

Well, sometime in the last three weeks, fifty years ago, anyway. That's when I became a BEATLEMANIAC!  At the age of 16, in 1964, I saw them twice in person, in Atlantic City and New York City.  (My younger sister loved Paul; I loved John. Our loves propelled us to get our tickets in a timely fashion.) My story ended up in in the book WE"RE GOING TO SEE THE BEATLES. (See my video below or biography mention. Enjoy my Faux Beatles music creation created before Youtube let you put in copyrighted music; guess I could change it now...)  

1964 also was the year I read Ayn Rand for the first time and rejected the Patriarch God. Of course around the same time, on a spring evening filled with essence of life, I had an experience that all reality was alive and connected. And the Beatles made me appreciate the truth of that. Between the three experiences, that was the end of Catholicism for me! 

Well, who knows how many more years I have in this body. Maybe on this 50th anniversary I'll get my butt moving and get serious about making the revolution. Yoo Ha!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Getting fat and fading away??

Sign of life...The video below reminded me how my life style (housework, pet care, eating too many goodies, watching too much TV and doing too much internet spatting) is turning me into a dull chubby old lady of 65. This video reminded me I'm really a fabulous fashionista with closets and boxes filled with gorgeous thrift shop items that will look so good when I get below 180 lbs. (Luckily my face skin is still gorgeous.) Carol, visualize your new life... and maybe you'll even start sharing those brilliant thoughts you have 8 - 10 times a day with the world! Not to mention kicking its butt into a higher state of consciousness. I want to go back to those tight black pants days! Ooo, la la! Plus a relevant song from my favorite quartet, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse of Love...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Two excellent movies about Israel Palestine Conflict

Never got around to blogging the first one, "Five Broken Cameras" (the story of the protests against the Israeli "apartheid wall"), but after saw the second - "The Other Son" about Israeli and Palestinian boys who were switched at birth, knew the time had come! Trailers below. The first is on Netflix. The second advertised and/or available on youtube. Search around.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Voluntary solutions to world problems rock!

Of course, the crony capitalists who work with greedy politicians and bureaucrats will try to find a way to squeeze out the voluntary sector (profit or nonprofit) so the 1% can jack up prices.... So many wonderful alternatives like this have been squashed before...

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Why patriarchy is doomed: Nada Al-Ahdal

I didn't hear about 11 year old Yemeni Nada Al-Ahdal's video saying she escaped her parents who wanted to marry her off to old men and moved to the city with her uncle. The I heard CNN and other reports that there were questions about whether she was telling the whole truth. Maybe it was only talk. Maybe she just wanted to be in a girl band and get an education and be free of the restraints of her patriarchal culture.  

Good for you, Nada!!  Nada para los patriarcas!!! (Nothing for the patriarchs!)  There was a family counseling session and the family is moving to the city where she can be assured of being saved from 50 year old pervert husbands. So many brilliant your girls being crushed... not to mention all of us old ones. But we'll keep on fighting anyway. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The confusing message of "Cloud Atlas"

I finally got around to watching the film Cloud Atlas, curious to see how it would play the reincarnation and related themes. It was a tad bit better at making clear it was a reincarnation film than the vastly superior "Groundhog Day."  Groundhog Day made it clear that the process in question was growing and changing. Cloud Atlas emphasized that our actions today affect the whole future of humanity. Both are more true than not...

Of course, I'd have to watch it again to figure out how that happens with the plot and characters. If it had anything to do with one's past lives influencing one's current life, or even the evolution of one's relationships with others from life to life.  

Now a days half the films made have so much whispering and background noise and confusing action, it takes more than one viewing to figure out what is going on.  I think they do it to make you watch the film at least twice to figure out what the heck's going on, bringing in more money to their coffers. Extra benefit, the film doesn't have to be so good you'll want to watch it twice! In this case confusion probably resulted more from from trying to put a big, confusing book into a 2.5 hour movie. This review tries to make sense of it all. And I am tempted to read the novel to see if it's more coherent.

But not if the below quotes - gathered from Wikiquotes - are the rather confused message of the novel, as well as the film.  See my comments about them. Below that a video of the characters and of the "John Galt"-type ideological speech at the end - but blessedly shorter.

We are bound together from womb to tomb. And from before the womb and after the tomb...

* Controlling patriarch says: There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. Hey, big daddies everywhere, there is an evolving natural order and we participate in creating it, by constantly upending the old order.

* Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity, and principles of uncertainty. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, they can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born, and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment, at each point of intersection, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction.  Which forces are these? Some combination of intention and chance, catastrophe and serendipity, pluck and luck.

* All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention, if only one can first conceive of doing so.  Yowza! 
* I believe there is a another world waiting for us, Sixsmith. A better world. And I'll be waiting for you there.  Sure, for a few years on the other side. Til they call a meeting and tell you it's time to go back. And then, may if you helped create a better world last time around, you'll have a better one next time, loose nukes, asteroids and super-volcanoes allowing...
* I believe death is only a door, when it closes, another opens. If I care to imagine heaven. I would imagine a door opening. And behind it, I would find him there, waiting for me. On the other side in the next life, though they may come back as your son or your grand niece or the kid down the block who is a friend for life, or as long as it takes to resolve unresolved issues?

* If I had remained invisible, the truth would have stayed hidden. I couldn't allow that.  Did Edward Snowden read that and get motivated?  I heard, and now re-read, it and say: Get motivated, Carol!!

* Truth is singular. Its "versions" are mistruths.  So let's kill anyone who disagrees! That's today's way, I'm afraid.  The uncertainty principle and relativity and a few other theories suggest there are only different versions of ever evolving truths. And Gandhi said since truth is relative, and we all search for truth, we must resolve nonviolently our conflicts over versions of truth....

* You can maintain power over people, as long as you give them something. Rob a man of everything, and that man will no longer be in your power. Very materialist and determinist viewpoint - unless the speaker is talking about the psychology of most males!

* To be is to be perceived. And so to know thyself is only possible through the eyes of the other. Sounds like a bunch of BS to me. In fact, few people know us as well as we know ourselves. (And if they haven't read my astrological chart they hardly know anything.)

* The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own, from womb to tomb, we're bound to others, past and present.  Oh, so maybe it's not reincarnation, it's just humanistic "we are all connected pay your taxes and vote and you'll be happy." After all "our lives are not our own..."  However, there is an allusion to karma, which exists in so many ways it needs its own blog entry. Or ten.

* Freedom. The fatuous jingle of our civilization. But only those deprived of it have the barest inkling of what it really is. The movie includes several characters enslaved in one way or another and includes this sentence. And yet a major message is "our lives are not our own..."

I'm sure I have lots more thoughts on all this, but this has been sitting in draft for a couple days, so out with it!