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.
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.