Newz To Viewz

I have re-enabled the shopping cart again, those of you that have asked, it should be operational now.

My eye is better, still painful, but I finally got some pain killers to put into the eye. This made a dramatic difference. The first 24 hours were sheer agony. For some reason, the emergency room refused to prescribe any pain medication and I endured the first night thinking rather dark thoughts.

What happened is I tore my cornea while using a power saw (with no safety goggles). I probably made it worse by immediately grabbing my eye and trying to wipe out the debris. When this didn’t work, I tried to flush things out, but could not find my eye cup (strange how you can’t see the very thing you need when this happens) and resorted to a shot glass full of water instead (this is the only reason I have a shot glass, I don’t drink hard liquor).

Eventually, I did find the eye cup and kept flushing things out, but it was already too late. Within two hours, I was ready for the emergency room. The damage was pretty extensive, three scratches, one pretty large and wide. I can’t really describe the pain, other then taking a knife to your eye and twisting it in non-stop. They told me it would get better and it has, but it took a while.

Take it from me — wear your safety glasses. There is a term used by motorcyclist, All The Gear, All The Time (ATGATT), even if you’re just going to ride your machine across the street. This is also true when working with equipment or wherever there is even the slightest chance of injury to your eyes — wear your safety glasses. I have a dozen pairs and was doing a tiny job requiring only two cuts and got lazy and forgetful. This oversight (no pun intended) cost me about a $1000, so “lesson learned”.

Right now, it’s painful, but usable again, so I’m back in business. I “see” the Drudge Report has yet another absolutely useless headline, “No Signs Of Al Qaeda Election Threat”. Of course there isn’t, Al Qaeda is a fiction. The fear-mongering employed by the Republicans is yesterday’s old tired news — but it still affects the ignorant and unwary.

I think the Republican party is extremely desperate right now to be honest. A disingenious story of a McCain supporters being facially disfigured are being spiked in the news. I mean, c’mon, do you really think this is going to make a difference in the (s)Election?

So far, it looks like the (s)Election IS going to happen. It also looks like the Iran fear-mongering has tapered off as I expected. Bush & Co., are indeed making plans for their “after party” of plundering the world as they ride off into the toxic Texas sunset. But what a mess they have made!!! In a just world, they would hung out to dry after being drawn and quartered. And they deserve it too, that and more. The suffering and devastation that they have caused will be remembered for a thousand years if we manage to survive that long. The absolute WORST presidency in American history, bar none.

I’m still not voting, no way. I am withholding my consent to the entire political process as being fair, ethical or even moral. I also do not believe that throwing my vote away is worth doing, or giving the system the credibility it desperately lacks by voting to “participate” and give legitimacy to what I know to be fraudulent. I will be “governed” whether I like it or not and it won’t make a lick of difference by who. Both candidates are for the System and for war, death and destruction and more Empire. Not me, I’m for everything they are not.

A few days back before losing my sight, I did see a program that showed how incredibly hard it was to be involved in the political process (John Stossel show). Groups that were promoting one political party or view are subject to campaign finance laws, which are absolutely immense. Covering a very thick book, they cover all the reporting requirements and restrictions that govern anybody who might decide to promote a candidate (including themselves of course). The book is over 500 closely typed pages long and would span a football field and a half.

I forget which university this was, but a university professor decided to find out if ANYBODY was capable of complying with these regulations and conducted a test. Over 200 people took the test that was set up — all 200+ people FAILED. This is very telling, and Stossel called it correct — it’s rigged to be in favor of the incumbent parties already in office and to keep “outsiders” from participating and having any effect on the system.

Even if your party has zero funding and is all volunteers, you are STILL required by federal law to submit to this monstrosity. Most people simply give up when they get slapped with these restrictions. One lady, who was running an all-volunteer, zero financing campaign, was hit with a $10,000 fine for failure to comply.

It is countless examples like this that demonstrate that our political process is a total waste of time. Trying to reform the system is only a joke for gullible fools who should know better by now. Nobody “reforms the system”. NOBODY. This is a blatant lie and it never works. But every (s)Election cycle, the pundits and politicians keep spewing the same lies over and over and over again, “Change”, “Reform”, “A New Direction” and what do we get? The same old bullshit, over and over again and nothing changes.

Nothing ever will because the root causes are always unaddressed. They are taboo, fault lines in the foundation of our entire system. We quickly cover them up and marginalize anyone who dares reveal their dangers. This is too bad, because the world would be a better place if we would just be honest with ourselves and come to grips with what is really at fault in our society.

No matter, wishing for something like this in one hand and ten cents in the other still won’t buy you a cup of coffee.

Not unrelated:

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest. Police Prepare for Civil Unrest

I call this fear-mongering “bullshit” too. There may be some protest, but riots? Yeah, right. Only if somebody shoots Obama or they catch McCain with his hands in the cookie jar (rigged election) or something like that. But I doubt it very much. Sounds like a great excuse to practice or deploy martial law and for the the tech toys to be brought out into the light of day.

Like everything else America does when it comes to stoking fear, this is yet another gross overreaction by our “leaders” (idiots in charge). I suspect that a lot of these “riot police” will actually be deployed at election booths, which I thought was illegal. Fear and intimidation works.

Here’s how to avoid “riots” and civil unrest for our elections: Conduct a fair and honest election (versus (s)Election). Allow qualified candidates to run for office that actually represent the will of the people. Eliminate lobbyists and electronic voting machines. Provide paper ballots and accurate, timely recounts where necessary. Bingo — no riots, no unrest.

There is a reason that they make things so complicated these days instead of just using common sense. My comments about campaign finance laws are an example here. By making things deliberately difficult, they can make sure that you are never accurately appraised of what is actually going on and remain basically uninformed of the real truth, nor can you ever hope to have any effect (reform) on any of it.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again — the entire System is rigged from the get-go. It will never be fair, honest, ethical, moral or just, because it can’t. Not because the people do not want it, it is because the people that control it make sure that it will never, ever happens. The tiny “victories” were justice is served or honesty prevails are minuscule compared to the injustice that is actually delivered day in and day out.

This is why voting does not work, reform does not work or even ‘participatory democracy’ does not work. The System is terribly lopsided and rigged to favor those in power and it will remain that way until it is brought crashing down.

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4 thoughts on “Newz To Viewz

  • October 23, 2008 at 7:27 pm
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    Hi John, glad you are feeling better. I read today in the NY Times that the city council voted to strike down a 2 time voter referendum on term limits. If I get this right, the voters in NY voted twice for term limits, and the city council just said fuck you we will do what we want, because Bloomberg has all the money and wants to run again. That’s just like what the house and senate did with this bailout. Over ninety percent of the people called or emailed their reps against the bailout, but fuck me anyway. For the first time in my fucking life, I am truly ashamed to be an American. For now, I can’t wait for the collapse, plenty of food, plenty of ammo, good to go.

  • October 24, 2008 at 7:35 am
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    Admin,

    God I’m so glad you’re ok. I think your story of eye damage resulting from the failure to wear eye protection only for a minute is a good one. Chain sawing is the single most dangerous work I do. I proscratinate doing it because of the danger involved. When I do chain saw, I alwasy wear eye and foot protection and have been eyeing a pair of chaps which would essentially complete my chain saw apparel.

    I have had situations where the chain has broken and wrapped around the log I was cutting and have noticed myself holding a branch where my arm was directly below the chain saw. Yikes!

    I only chain saw for no more than an hour at a time. If I feel the slightest bit tired, I stop. Just can’t risk the danger.

    I am so happy (overjoyed) that you have survived this incident. I have torn my cornea too (changing out contact lenses with fingernails that were too long), but I’m sure that your accident was far more serious. Glad to have you back and operating.

    On another note, I visited your state two weeks ago. Had work I was doing for a company in Boise and drove over from Kansas City. It was a great drive – spent some time in the Badlands, the Black Hills, went to the Little Big Horn, drove across the Beartooth pass from Red Lodge to Yellowstone, spent a day going through the park and into the Grand Tetons and finally ended up in Pocatello, Idaho.

    One of the things I’ve noticed is that as I’ve grown older, I’m often able to place my trips into more historical perspective. For example, I could not believe how the Black Hills have been trashed, with all sorts of tacky tourist BS lining what could be spectacular and beautiful roadways. The Badlands on the other hand was wonderful – isolated, romantic, and incredibly beautiful.

    I was extremely saddened by the Little Big Horn. Of course, as a kid, Custer was romanticized as some historic figure – a fighter for all that was noble and great about our nation. Now I realize just how much propaganda I was exposed to back then. You can see the lies perpetrated by the U.S. government even today when you visit the “battlefield.” In the museum there’s a model of an Indian in full headdress holding a rifle, posed as an example of the Indians who fought Custer. In another area, however, in small print, is the statement that only 200 of the 2,000 Indians who attacked Custer had rifles, and these rifles were only accurate at close distances. The rest were armed with traditional devices like tomahawks and bows/arrows. Custer’s military (like our current military) had vastly superior technology and weaponry.

    When you drive to the point where Benteen and Reno regrouped as they watched the final moments of Custer and his brigade, the road takes you along the high bluffs. I thought about Custer and his men preening along the bluffs in full view of the Indian village below – cocky as hell about their technology advantage – daring the Indians to attack.

    Even the biased accounts of the “battle” state that Custer was trying to keep the Indians from excaping to the north, so in essence he was circling the village. He had Reno attack from the south.

    Very little is said about the numbers of women and children in the village and why the U.S. military would pursue this outright genocide against these people. But we know it had to do with the sacred lands of the Black Hills, the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 (I believe) – where all land of the Black Hills was ceded to Indian control forever – only to be broken by the greed of the whites, who thought the Black Hills were full of gold.

    You can also see as you drive along the ridge the beauty of the area the Indians chose for their encampment. And what did the U.S. government do? Built a freeway adjacent to the place where the Indian village was. Talk about sacrilege. “Let’s protect the area where Custer died – to hell with the village and the area Custer was designated to destroy – we’ll build a highway right through it.”

    In a word – disgusting.

    Yellowstone though was still a wonder – saw grizzly and black bear, moose (and baby), bison, and deer of all sorts. In the Badlands, saw an eagle and mountain goats. Makes you feel good that nature still exists – at least for the time being – in these places.

    Well, I’ve rambled on enough. Glad to see you’re doing better Admin.

    Regards the (s)election, you are right about how impossible it is to reform the system and how the legal system has built up huge defenses against third parties or anything that might add some meaning to the voting process. And we also know that the RepubLICKlan party is mounting huge efforts to deny people the right to vote. Rolling Stone has a great article on it. You can see it here: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/23638322/block_the_vote

    My own personal battle against eminent domain is another example of how the legal framework of the country has become so corrupt that they can deny you the right to property you already own.

    Remember the Billy Jack movie? He says “when lawmen break the law, then there is no law.” We no longer have “law” in this country. Just a form of penalties designed to deprive you of your rights in favor of the rich and powerful.

    Liberty and justice for all? Only in your dreams….

  • October 24, 2008 at 11:14 am
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    I was right – she made up the story about the “Obama” attack:

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter “B” in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.

    http://kdka.com/local/attack.McCain.Bloomfield.2.847628.html

    These people will stoop to unbelievable lows.

  • October 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm
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    I guess you understand the meaning of the phase “It beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick”. This phrase is about to make a big comeback. I have been following the money and the choice in this election represents one of the plateau’s you speak of. Our money is backed by debt that has been leveraged 30 to 40 times and in some cases up to 100 times. The only way to help the economy is to inject REAL worth into it. That could be accomplished through offshore oil drilling, coal development and the use of natural gas. McCain is behind this. As an Alaskan I can tell you that the media has comepletely lied to you about Sarah Palin (imagine that)and she represents a real danger to the status quo. They could put us back on track and buy some time to deal with the long term problems but I think we all know that we would just fall back into our old ways and be faced with the same problems further down the road with no options. Obama is a NWO nightmare! You need only listen to what he says for the proof of that. One party in control will be a repeat of the same mistake we have made over the last 8 years, runaway spending and rapid errosion of our rights, no one is talking about restoring those we have lost. Our chances are slim (McCain) and none (Obama). It is the sudden collapse vs slow collapse arguement. Does our vote even count anymore? I don’t know but the seeds have been sown for civil unrest even if it is. I caught a climpse of a news story that was paying women to have their tubes tied. I wish I had caught more of the story, but there are solutions that could work it just saddens me that you are right and not enough will ever be done. I keep trying, but I never was that smart.

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