Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Republicans are blinded by greed, cruel, devoid of any principle. The Democrats, on the other hand, are weak foolish, and mostly merely posing as an opposition, opportunists of the American political void.

They pose as trying to force Bush to stop the Iraq war. They know it will go nowhere, that it takes more than that. They can just deny to fund the war and it will be over. But they won't do that.

Bush has been actively campaigning to make his veto on the Democrats war-funding-and-war-stopping bill look like a weak play for politics. They simply won't oppose with a counter-attack. All they have to say is this - there will NOT be another funding proposal without a condition to start winding down the war. Bush can commit to end the war his way, or the Democrats, backed by the majority of Americans, can just tell him they are sick of it by pulling their money out of it.

However, Big Oil Inc. is the real boss, of both Bush and the Democrats, and nobody faces them down. They will never allow any politician to really give up Iraq, or their career is over, they will investigated, sex scandals starring them will appear, and they are gone.

But if they really wanted to end the war, they would just end it, and if they lose their job, so be it, that's no big deal compared to all the people, from all sides, dying and getting their lives ruined.

At the end of the day, all these politicians and business people are talking about their investments, their careers, reputation, prestige, votes, etc. All their interests.

Nobody really gives a damn about all the people stuck in the firing zone and crossfire.

Hillary? Obama? They're not going to do a whole lot either. They will hire better skilled public relations firms than the Republicans, of course, to make it look like they had no option, for the good of all involved, especially "the troops", they need to stay in Iraq. Or to get the Iraq war out of the newspapers. Something, but not stopping the war.

Whenever the American public decides to take their stand, much more than just vote out a few right-posing scum to replace them with left-posing scum, THEN something will happen.

We should all have a "liberation occupation" in the offices of all our congress people, until they vote something to put the Department of Defense back in defense, rather than go invade and occupy other countries which have nothing to threaten anyone with, and respect their basic rights to exist and govern themselves. And sell their own oil, their property, as they wish.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Protest everyday, with everything you've got.

At all moments in life, you are choosing, making evaluations, selecting, turning one way or another.

Buying something from someone is a vote of confidence in them, and it's giving them money.

Not buying from someone isolates them and takes away their money.

Every time you have a conversation, you can pick any subject you want. You can make it informative, reading more things, and talking about them with people.

Every time you go meet people, you can choose to see one group of people or look for another, go one place or some other. You can look for more informed, involved and interesting people, or less. People with a meaner, harsher attitude, or more considerate, kind-spirited people.

Think about your choices, study the impact of your choices, reflect on your choices.

Talk to more people about what you do in this world, to get more people aware of what they do and who they are.

You'll be having an impact every day, and multiplying it among many people, over many years of your life.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

"Be all you can be." - Be what? A fool?

"Be." Be WHAT? All you can of what? That doesn't say anything. Killer? Fanatic? Sucker?

Does that mean neurosurgeons, inventors, astronaut scientists, aren't being all they can be, and they should be Marine-trained killers, ready to die for George W Bush and Exxon?

What nonsense. And most people are too blind or afraid to question it - because it is military nonsense, and anything military is good, they've been told.

I'll tell you how many ways a kid who gets his ass kicked by a drill sergeant and beat up by military buddies is no genius, just a fool.

The military and "his country" don't actually give a damn about him, his life, or well being - it's all just blah-blah, empty speech and lies, so he will go, and everyone else will be in favor of it, and help too, asking no questions.

Wars are all fought full of lies, and the truth is usually known, but not recognized widely. Iraq? What could it be for? Bush & Co. is oh-so-concerned with the Iraqis, who don't have a functioning democracy? Really worried that country will invade the US, but not so much worried about the billion other Muslims they verbally abuse in the press, daily?

And these kids are told they are giving their lives for "patriotism", for "freedom", and similar lies. It's not- it's for corporations, worse actually, doing the bidding of the rich people that run and own them.

And they are told they will be taken care of. In fact they will sacrificed - the only concern with keeping them alive is for the press, public opinion. Once they're alive and on US soil, most are quickly discharged to get them off active duty benefits and treatment, making them veterans, pleading for help, and dumped in a nursing home, with their oh-so-honorable wartime head injuries making them into slobbering brain-damaged diaper wearers. Statistics: one less dead, merely another wartime injury. He's almost as good as dead, though.

If he's not that bad off, having merely lost a leg and an eye, he can now put out his resume and look for a job. If his post-traumatic stress isn't making him rant and beat up everyone from his boss to his girl.

There are some 3000 American kids dead, some 30,000 injured. About 700 Billion dollars spent. As if they didn't count, as we are always told, merely some 600,000 Iraqi "war casualties" dead.

For Exxon. Oh, and we must not forget to give our respects to the soldiers who sacrifice so much to help in all this.

Sorry, but they are mere fools, pawns in a giant geopolitical game, sacrificed and forgotten at the feet of God for Corporations - money.

They don't deserve respect for heroism - at best, pity for being such foolish suckers, and having their life stolen from them. At worst, disdain for helping pursue the death and violence of others, for the own benefit, profit, agenda, or sick pleasure of violence.

No, I will not "respect" military. Americans, like any country dominated by military methods and agendas, are fooled into thinking their military people or establishment is somehow grand, prestigious, and deserving help and respect. There are hundreds, thousands of examples in other countries and in history, where people see clearly their own and other military groups represent violence for all, not much better. There are a few examples where they actually do what they claim - defend peace, rather than kill it. But these examples are the exception.

People who want peace say just that - I want peace. That may be complex to achieve, but the objective is not.

If you say you want peace, but first you want war, so via some circuitous twisted path you will eventually arrive at something which you say is "reasonable peace", "possible peace", "pax americana", "balance of forces", or some other such confused, twisted propaganda and lies, you simply don't want peace, but rather, war and violence. And most likely you believe it's somehow in your own benefit and interest, and at someone else's expense.

In truth, it is more likely you are simply foolish, naive, or cowardly, and aren't capable of just saying you'd rather have peace.

Ask a few soldiers who lost their legs and families who lost people. Perhaps you will build some courage to say you'd like peace.
How to tell if you are a freelancer/contrator...

The apparently simple form question "yearly income:" gives you anxiety - it has space for a number. You'd prefer a dissertation, a spreadsheet, an equation, a prediction... anything but a number. Finally you guesstimate a totally random number.

The question "what do you do?" doesn't get a simple statement of profession - it gets you started on your sales speech routine, reminds you of the need for cllents, makes you size up the potential client, and pull out your business card.

There are times - hopefully not too many - that you are not quite sure whether you're incredibly overworked and successful or a proud unemployed foolish sucker.

Your yearly tax returns bounce randomly anywhere between 100,000 a year - and 0,00 a year.

You're not sure if some people think you're a genius or a great bullshit artist. You fidget with the bottom line of the invoice on that. One thing is clear - they pay it.

You often answer your cellphone and say in a very-concerned voice "that's really important", "I'll do that right now", and "I'm working on it at this very moment." You hang up and go back to eating, watching TV, and sleeping. Or you'll freak out completely and hold everything - later.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

This society is well set up.

To destroy people.

If you have a job, you most likely think it meaningless. If you don't, you - and others - think yourself meaningless.

If you think other people needs help, you are accused of soft, foolish, naive. If you're lucky, put on a pedestal as a "good person" - then left there alone.

If you work hard, you may get next to nothing in return. If you don't, you get pushed around, smothered, accused of lazy.

If you are lucky and get something for your work, you face envy, theft. And worse, your own realization that it doesn't get you what you need, wish, or want - something inside yourself, some meaning, is just not there.

I'm sure someone 3500 years ago had the answer to all these things and dared to speak about it, and was marginalized or killed because of it.