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This may be worth noting: [May. 5th, 2015|10:53 pm]
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It is apparent to most people across the globe that organizing political and social behavior around the dictates of the marketplace has proved to be a disaster for working men and women. The promised prosperity that was to have raised living standards through trickle-down economics has been exposed as a lie. The corporate state, understanding that it has been unmasked with the rise of unrest, has formed militarized police forces, stripped us of legal protection, taken over the legislative bodies, the courts and mass media, and built the most intrusive system of mass surveillance in human history. Corporate power, if unchecked, will suck every last bit of profit out of human society and the ecosystem before collapse. It has no self-imposed limits. And it has no external limits. Only we can create them.

Chris Hedges, here:
http://www.truthdig.com/report/page2/make_the_rich_panic_20150503

Not agreeing with all of his specifics, but the general principles, yeah. Re: specifics, for example: unlike Hedges I am somewhat more optimistic about changing parties from within (i.e. if Sanders actually wins, that would be friggin awesome, & I am not entirely convinced that Hilary couldn't transform into a good candidate who would be a sufficiently good president under the right circumstances*).

(Parenthetical Addendum since I didn't post this when I wrote it, which turns out to be a good thing:

GO NDP IN ALBERTA!!!!!!!

Thankfully people in Canada are less easily manipulated than Americans, and don't vote based only on who the media tells them can win, and would rather spend their energy investigating reality & see good policies enacted than spend on all their time justifying why had to vote for who the media told them to or else someone even worse woulda won.)


Also wanted to point those who, like me, find the general discussion of the election to be almost entirely couched in completely useless horse racing terms (and I like horse racing, but this is not the point, elections are not horse races and have an entirely different set of consequences, or at least should and if they don't, that's something that needs to be changed immediately, or else quit pretending and quit having them) like "will the changing demographics that favor the democrats win out over the one party fatigue that favors the republicans?" or "is Hilary** likable enough?" (cos ... she's not but Ted Cruz is? oooookaaaaay . . . ) toward some places that cover actual issues.

My personal favorites at the moment are Ian Welsh & Naked Capitalism. Anyone else wanna recommend anything?*** & ****


*Disclaimer: I am highly, highly unlikely to vote for Hilary unless she runs a very different campaign than I expect. Vague platitudes in the right direction will be insufficient. (see: Obama's last 8 years. If you think these have been a good eight years, I . . . will refrain from saying what I actually think in case someone I actually like has not been paying attention) What is needed will be a commitment to several courses of action I feel necessary, with some actual specifics, that is so firm it will be more or less impossible to back out of without an immediate fall from grace. I do not expect this to happen.

** Further Hilary thought: When I read the people who don't like her, I generally think they are stupid & awful & highly sexist and it makes me want to defend her. When I read the people who support her by way of trashing all possible other ways of voting, I think they are stupid & awful & it puts me in mind of less enthusiastic but equally nasty Obamabots from 2008 and it makes me think nearly everyone is hopelessly stupid and easy to manipulate. The majority of both groups make wonder if the dude who got on the plane at the end of 12 Monkeys had the right idea. Don't be one of those people.

*** If you are not American, neither is Ian. & Naked Capitalism covers Europe quite a lot, in addition to the US.

**** It should go without saying that I am not in lockstep with either place, or any candidate, and do not endorse everything said by anywhere, but the world being what it is these days, maybe it needs to be said. So, said. There.
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Oh, it's Earth Day. [Apr. 22nd, 2015|02:31 pm]
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Kinda sad that we need such a day. Okay, sad is woefully inadequate, even when used as deliberate understatement. Tragic? Enraging?

In other thoughts on the state of the world . . . doesn't really matter where you go, tragic and enraging are prominent. Along with inspiring, but most people focus way too much on that and then spend their energies avoiding the other. I get that life sucks for lots of people and it's a nightmarish struggle just to survive, and they need breaks from the suckitude where they can get them just to get through their days, and I'm not talking about those people. Other people spend a truck load of time actually doing something worthwhile, and I'm not talking about them, either.

Forgive the unpleasantness. I am just kinda freaking out that I come on live journal today during downtime and find pretty much nothing on this subject. Western Black Rhino just went extinct, who cares? Northern White Rhino about to, who cares? Honeybees & Monarch butterflies disappearing like ice in July, and we more or less know why and are actively avoiding doing anything about it? Fracking here, fracking there, oil drilling heading for the arctic thanks to the prez that democrat partisans will frequently defend to the death, who cares? California running out of water, 80% of that water being used for agricultural purposes, a huge chunk the produce grown in the US coming from cali, and a whole bunch that is shipped elsewhere, sinkholes popping up hither and yon, a short term only solution would be to drain lots of rivers dry that would cause many many species to go extinct right away and only postpone the inevitable briefly but here one does have to care lest one mention that the planet has way, way, waaaaaay too many people on it, cause in some parts of the left saying this is considered a bad thing? Because some idiots claim the entire world population could live comfortably in India if we all did it right? (I've also seen Indonesia used for this purpose, tho that is probably someone being confused about sources. Not that either source makes any sense AT ALL. Those places are overcrowded NOW and species are going extinct like wildfire there NOW, you fucking idiots)

I shall rant more later, maybe. Or not.
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Post script to f-locked entry [Apr. 18th, 2015|01:51 pm]
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Just finished a book in which identifying people's greatest fears was very, very important. (not saying which book because it's kind of a spoiler just to say that next to the title)

There really is nothing else that is worse or more to be feared than failing those you care about. Seriously. Nothing. Drowning/suffocating/falling from a great height/burning to death etc? However awful those would be (and I have a very good imagination and a humongous fear of heights and have been worried about making it back to the surface in time whilst swimming alone and once woke up unable to breath, so a fair idea to base my imagining on for some of these things), not even in the same ballpark. Not close.
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And then there were two [Mar. 28th, 2015|01:57 pm]
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Or none, depending on how one is counting.

Marley is gone as of yesterday afternoon. She deserved better and I feel like I let her down. She was one of the sweetest, most sensitive and loving dogs ever. Pits really get a bad rap. If they are not abandoned or abused (and oft times even if they are), they could not be more affectionate and caring. Despite my mentioned concerned from a couple of days ago, I really wasn't that worried about her. At some point I shall explain why.

Life is a cruel cheat and a nasty trick. If anyone is orchestrating certain sequences of events, retribution is in order.
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And yet more vicissitudes [Mar. 25th, 2015|01:21 pm]
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Not posting this just to vent, I swear, but to explain why in case I disappear again for a while and/or never get around to posting anything meaningful.

One day I might go into more detail about everything--well, a lot, at least--that's going on in a friends only entry. Maybe. But the problems keep piling up in a genuinely crazy way. Most recent (until this morning, when a coworkers family health problem spilled over into me covering for him for a few hours, which is done, for me, tho his family member's remains ongoing) was somehow either tearing a muscle or breaking a rib (listed in order of likelihood) while sneezing Monday. Said muscle/rib had already been inexplicably sore for a about a week. Possibly has something to do with a chronic cough. (this, btw, not the sort of thing I've been complaining about. Unless it turns out to be bone cancer or something this is just annoying, not life-threatening, and mostly problematic because it hinders me when I need to be hitting on all cylinders and am already fucking exhausted on a pretty much constant basis, not due to medical problems but due to the sheer amount of stuff that must done, much of which I am not getting to) Having a muscle/rib problem that makes deep breathing and most forms of movement painful while you have a stupid cough that is refusing to go away and a job that requires driving people around for many hours at a time is not a good thing. Ditto not being able to lie down in nearly all positions without making-rest-impossible pain, etc.
Actually, it's not a good thing, period.

But it's easy to write about. So, that is the non-informative post for the day. Just to say I wrote something. (it was this or "4 favorite songs from last year" or nothing)
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Recent Reading [Mar. 19th, 2015|04:15 pm]
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Currently in middle of: The Jennifer Morgue, by Charles Stross
Most recently finished: The Mime Order, by Samantha Shannon
Next Up: The Peripheral, by William Gibson

Favorite book read last year (since it's been a while): The Night Circus, by .. I forgot and I suddenly have to go before I can remember will edit this later ooops!
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Meme again, Day 2 (long about 2 weeks after day one?) [Mar. 19th, 2015|01:33 pm]
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Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

From the most basic & trivial but without which there would be no organic lifeform version of moi to that which makes life worth living . . .

(1) Breathe/Eat/Drink/Consume Nutrients
(2) Excrete
(3) Think/Ponder
(4) Read
(5) Worry (I'm pretty sure)
(6) Get angry (I think; maybe I missed a day somewhere)
(7) Appreciate something beautiful and wondrous and just kinda neat. Cause, hey, look around. Even in a city, I expect this is impossible NOT to do. Outside the city, if you notice things and aren't suffering from clinical depression or something, I mean, hell, even if I am depressed and miserable and worried and angry, how is this possible not to do at least a few times every day?
(8) Laugh/Smile/Love
(9) Spend time with my SO and our canine.
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This meme stolen without permission . . . [Mar. 7th, 2015|11:02 am]
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Borrowed without asking from someone who shall go nameless because I like them, and if I ever actually get to #3 there shall be fallout. Cause really, there's a lot of things that piss me off these days. Perhaps I will split that one into multiple rants on multiple days, to spread the anger (both mine and those people who disagree with me, cause there will be)

Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Okay, starting with 10 random facts...
(and this shall be stream of consciousness, cause time)

(1) I am currently in an interesting situation, in the Chinese curse sense of the term. Which doesn't keep it from being interesting in the more ordinary usage. Alas, I shall not elaborate further at this specific time in this specific entry cause reasons.
(2) I like living in the desert, far from most other humans.
(3) I used to be a decent track runner and a very good fighter.
(4) I am now old and woefully out of shape and possibly could not run a mile without stopping, which regression finds parallels in strength and quickness and ability to, say, do everyday movements without hurting myself.
(5) I like non-human animals more than my fellow humans, for the most part (yes, my starting this meme was in part inspired by reading an article absolutely evil in its wrongness, which reading did fill me with a murderous rage, the subject of which was "nature is getting all better yay!" to which I say "how fucking blind, stupid and/or monstrous can you be to print that shit????") Seriously, animals are awesome. From the canine to the arachnid. How some humans can not love and appreciate them is beyond me.
(6) Also very much love plants, of all sorts, and how some humans can not love and appreciate them is also beyond me.
(7) I still read a lot, mostly "speculative fiction" but some lit, crime, & non-fic (the latter mostly about politics, history, or nature/the environment, with a bit of science and philosophy thrown in).
(8) I have had the good fortune to travel widely, meet many different types of people from many different backgrounds, experience lots of interesting situations, and generally lived an eventful life.
(9) I can be kinda moody and temperamental. Also, my wife says I have a mischief demon.
(10) I very much love my wife. Married a couple of decades and counting, very happily so except when fighting. =)
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For your consideration . . . [Feb. 19th, 2015|05:42 pm]
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Probably too late for this go-round, but does anyone else think a Quellist Party would be a good idea?

(For those who haven't read Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs books but are keeping up with current world events, think a very angry version of Syriza. Or the PKK/YPG/YPJ Kobane Kurds, who I absolutely adore and who need aid in rebuilding their city and a united Kurdistan, btw. Very weird that the American left hasn't championed them; instead they get more support from our right. This is weird are quite willing to successfully fight for what they believe in without letting intramural squabbles get in the way.)
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It's Christmas, still, for a few more hours [Dec. 25th, 2012|08:58 pm]
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Yes, still alive. So is everyone else who I post about in this journal. Not necesarily all well, mind you, but alive. Except my cousin Jim, whose death was a mercy. (unable to move; communicated by blinking eyelids, spent the last few years of his life like that. In case you've forgotten or missed those entries).

Not really the energy to post a more detailed update, but in case anyone was wondering or or worried, here's this.

Hope you are all well and happy. Or at least have realistic expectations of such on the horizon.
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