Sunday, July 15, 2018

Here's Irony For You

Maybe the prospect of not having coffee any more will finally get you to

WAKE THE HELL UP.

Nothing else seems to be working. Not even the prospect of no further circulation systems in either the oceans, or the atmosphere; at least not proper ones anyway. And all you are left with is a lot of water, and air, that just sits there and does not move things to other places, in anything even close to what it use to do; other places that might need the rain, or nutrients, such circulations used to distribute about the globe. And certainly the temperature will likely be moved to some extreme of hot or cold, as the new ambient, because there'll just not be much of any way to provide for variation again; excluding any major new input of change by other means. And just as certainly, if we don't have our coffee, how the hell are we going to be able to figure anything out after that? Especially when the withdrawals cause us the migraines from hell.

Colombia's coffee is in danger. These scientists are fighting to save it.


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Monday, July 9, 2018

You Have To Understand That This Is About More Than Just One "Reckless" Company

It's about a system that no longer cares of about what matters to people. It only cares about the profits of a few and feeding an enormous waste engine. That engine is what we ordinarily refer to as the American economy.  An engine that always craves more power for precisely that reason. And it doesn't care where it gets that power, or what the long term effects of it might be. Only that it feeds the beast for the moment, and the profits can keep coming, and the few can continue being the swinging big dicks they picture themselves to be. In supposed control, and on top. And all they want from you for is to be quiet, do what your told, and be thankful your betters give you what they do give you; however little, or demeaning it might be.


THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE WORLD


"I'm not against the US making progress, but not at the price of ruining our water. Water is the most precious thing we have."





Saturday, July 7, 2018

Pain, Unfortunately, Also Lives In A System

That makes it an excellent source for the commoditization of everything, and everybody, who can hope to find another way to make money. And they can come to care less and less about letting go of ever smaller pieces of their own humanity in the process.

I know about this process because I have had to have spinal fusion surgery. Way back around 1999. I broke a bone in my very lower spine, earlier in my life, that helps keep the last vertebrae in place. I did that because my old man was unable to afford to hire professionals to trim what was essentially, though not completely, a dead tree on one side of our house in Burien. One branch that didn't look quite as dead as the others, and which seemed likely to hold me, gave way and I came down hard on my butt; probably six or seven feet of fall easily, some of which I staved off some of the impact of by bringing my hands down to help out with, but still... I couldn't talk for a full minute. And of course we couldn't afford insurance at the time. So the only question my old man had was: "can you walk?" To which I was, after I got my wind back, able to do. And I was in a lot of pain, but I was used to that by then because my knees were also found out to be amazingly able to pop of the sockets, so to speak, at the oddest moments of trying to run, or dance, for that matter. And we couldn't afford to fix them either. Any more than we could fix any of the emotional pain that was a great deal worse (this is the house we lived in when my younger brother died--maybe a year or two after the tree incident, because the only doctor authorized to deliver babies, four to five years earlier, was too drunk to do it--or so my father always claimed--because he was probably trying to deal with too much pain too, so my brother got caught up in his umbilical cord, and had brain damage).

In any case, though, it is at least somewhat ironic that having to be forced to become pain tolerant early on would make for a great way to save money in my retirement.  In a civil, and human, society, however, this cannot become any kind of ideal. Not only is it not a very good way to live, it's a fool's savings more often than not, because trying to not listening to pain because you can't afford treatment is actually more likely to cost you more in the long run because what should have been treated sooner wasn't (I have just been inordinately lucky so far that things haven't gotten any more serious). Which ends up, then, being a sort of tax on everybody as the hospitals have to spread non payment accounts around to those who can pay, by jacking up prices on everything they can. What else can they do, after all, and stay afloat if the Government won't help anymore either?

A proper pain management process, though, would want there to be lots of very involving, and meaningful, ways to be so engagingly occupied, that you can take your mind off of the achs that you know inflammation can only be dealt with so much with drugs, or invasive procedures. Sometimes you have to either stop being quite so active, or be willing to deal with a bit more pain if the activity is truly worth the effort. But all you are talking about then is simply having more balance in all of the things you do; whether it's to avoid pain in the first place, or use all appropriate avenues to help manage it. To do all of that, however, would require having a system in place that valued balance at all, let alone one that might be willing to admit that it has been too much of a source, for far too many kinds of our pain, and for quite some time now. Bad choices are certainly also a part of this, but how can you make good choices if you aren't taught how to, and you aren't taught how to precisely because too many of those who might teach us are still trying to deal with not being taught by their parents, who also had a lot of pain to deal with, and so on for too many generations.

Where pain lives





If We Have Full Employment, Will It Save Us?

We have to be clear from the start, of course, that less unemployment is a very good thing. And the more that people are wanted, and wanted to be placed in meaningful jobs, the better. Which not only means jobs that pay a living wage, but also aren't just feces jobs that nobody wants to be stuck with. Jobs that do something that helps your community for instance, rather than, say, make huge profits for somebody else, as well as questionable side effects; which we will likely never learn about down the road because media concentration, and business concentration in general, will make such "embarrassing" facts seem to be just magically disappear.

And therein lies just the start of the problems that continuing with this outdated monster will continue to present us with, even if it does get all of the wet ware working. And even if they are meaningful jobs to a significant degree. And even if the potential for accumulating disasters doesn't put a quick fallout to the current "fever dream" of escalating economic activity, would we really want everybody suddenly demanding more consumer goods? All across the boards, for all developed nations? Knowing not only that so many of these processes are toxic, in one way or another, to our health, and the health of the planet, but also because it would only serve to increase the dangerous competitions for the very increasing markets, and the resources that everybody is having more difficulty finding as well? Does that really sound all that more sustainable to you?

It does not sound all that sustainable to me, but then I'm just a crazy old, humanist dreamer. To me it just sounds like we are all keeping a good deal more busy, and distracted, because a good portion of us will have marginally more money to spend on a still sinking ship. Oh happy day.

Say Hello to Full Employment






I Am So Glad That Others Are Finally Getting On This Bandwagon

And I am really looking forward to seeing this movie.


BOOTS ON THE GROUND


The Coup rapper just made his first movie, "Sorry to Bother You," about the ravages of late-stage capitalism — and it's poised to be a hit.







And Now A Dangerous Competition Becomes Outright War

So far, luckily, we're shooting only imposed price penalties, and things bought, or not bought, at each other. But that doesn't mean there won't be casualties to follow, though, within the collateral damage of who gets caught in the economic crossfire, on either side. And on that I think we can be assured of some pretty significant probabilities for this to hurt working people on both sides, because what starts as BS at the top of one political hierarchy so often ends up becoming the poop that rolls down hill for the rest of us to have to deal with.

The real, terrible potential, here is that the harm this ultimately causes to the working people that some leaders pretend they are the champions of, will be twisted around, by outright lying naturally, to be the work of our supposed competitors, when it was, in fact because some leadership regimes can't seem to do anything but shoot themselves in the foot, or their own ass, or whatever. But they will try to twist it around, and they will try to make the very working people this affects think that it is all the fault of the other guy, when it's really a dance to death com 1 that didn't need to start in the first place.

Even sadder still, though, is the knowledge that these competitions don't have to be nearly so dangerous at all if we could only realize that the economic operating system everybody is relying on now is the real problem. Not that every nation needs stuff and has to find ways to get it, but that huge sums of money must be made in the process as well; and most usually for the benefit of a very few; who, interestingly enough, are the very super rich one particular leader claims to be a master "dealer" in. A leader who also seems to be able to get capital now only from one prominent source of "Criminal Capitalism Inc."

Wouldn't it be interesting if we could just do cooperating in helping each other get the things we all need? You do one thing really well, and we do another well, and we could trade these things to both or our benefits. We could also partner on better ways to make a cleaner fuel. We could partner on how to create a means tested, world logistics system that could get what everybody was good at making to everybody else who was good at making other things, so that everybody could trade more. And you could also make it possible for a person to do "voting with their feet" a practical matter. One where, because we decided to also cooperate on creating new habitat, we could find, much more easily, new places for displaced people to go, so that they too could help in doing the other things we desperately need to do if we are all to survive at all. Something else you'd think we'd be a little more concerned about now than just pandering to "Standing Tough On Trade," or "Making America Strong Again," with more weapons, when you can't shoot your way out of a planet dying out from under you. All of this if money wasn't involved, and we could figure out a new way to redefine work.

Just more things to think about as you approach what will become some of the biggest decisions of not only your life, but the life of this nation, and of the rest of the nations on this planet. Think it through carefully folks. We really do have a lot riding on what happens in the next 2 years.

China deploys army of farmers in tit-for-tat trade war with U.S.



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Thursday, June 28, 2018

If You Are Not Talking True Revolution You Are Trying To Fool Yourself

Fool yourself into thinking that further, insane, commoditizing can be made humanistic in an ever more competitive race to control the main channel, whatever channel that evolves to be, to the brain of each individual working class consumer (salaried or hourly). What the Marxists used to call the "lumpenproletariat." And whether that competition is to further just more economic power, or political, or ideological power in general, hardly matters. Controlled consumption of something is what is at stake here; consumption not done by any form of real, "informed" consent. Because money has been electrified, along with information, and it moves now as electrons do, at the command of algorithms written with ever less human intervention, because human intervention is too slow; and because electrons are always seeking the path of least resistance.

It seems to me that it is much like the absurd notion that Liberals still have that Capitalism itself can be saved if only we had the right legislation to do it with; which of course you can never have be created inside the very system that will never allow itself to be changed too much. Not if we stay with an absurdly outdated operating system in any case.

This is also another example of how no real change can occur if you don't first stop "Business As Usual" at its very source. Because you have to start over in order to fundamentally change all of the assumptions available to start figuring out a new, and better alternative. An alternative that can be designed from scratch to address the realities of much more powerful new means to instrumentality; new ways to ways to see, envision, and effect. So powerful, in fact, that allowing their use, willy nilly, according the whims and wishes of a very few, can no longer be tolerated by life in general, the planet as that life evolved to know it, and the rest of us.

The individual has rights. There can be no doubt about this. But the rest of everything else has rights too. And now we must figure out a way to balance these things on an ongoing basis. Through perhaps what will be at least a century of great difficulty for the entire world. And that's assuming we get the world organized to start doing something about the coming catastrophes. Because if we do not act soon irreversible changes may happen to too many critical circulation systems. And that will be the end of us.

I have outline a starting point for this debate. But let's first accept that we absolutely must have this debate as a Nation, and as a world population. We can go from there after that if you like.


WISING UP


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