Well, looks like Maybe I will Maybe I wont just became guess what I did and I'm proud of it. MAGA. WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!!
He's right about one thing. MAGA. Maga Mistakiosoamundo. Does the man and the people who pushed for the strike on Syria really not get that the people who put him there are largely against going to war with anyone and they voted for him in good faith believing he meant what he said about limiting the military and focusing on building US infrastructure, creating jobs and all that rot? Heck, the betrayal is so bad its even got Alex jones crying, and swearing! On the air!
If you've been paying attention, even just a little in between watching reruns of the Walking Dead and heading for the fridge, you must have noticed that America is continually at war with someone and the purpose is clearly never to win. Rather, as Orwell once warned, "War is not meant to be won , it is meant to be continuous." We are informed at great length of how evil some leader of another country is and then, strangely, off we go to war with his victims, killing them off in rapid succession as if to limit their suffering at his evil hands. This has always struck me as a bit odd. Surely if the purpose were to rid the people of Syria or Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan of their vile ruler, could that not be done more quickly and more effectively on a more personal level than by scattering all of his victims to the winds of the cosmos?
So, putting it to rest then once and for all, yes the war is meant to be continuous. The military industrial complex has to have conflict in order to survive financially let alone to prosper and issue dividends to it's stockholders. Think of the stockholders, man! Conflict or the threat of it is in fact, it's very lifeblood. At the very least the fear of the enemy has to be stirred continually in order to justify the continual suckling at the governmental teat. Yes, it is your taxes which make war possible.
War contractors and others of unscrupulous nature have to justify their existences in some way. Apparently, stealing money from the working class outright wouldn't look too good so some of them devise arguments for it's release. I'm at the point where i think it would be better for the lot of us if our war taxes were simply stolen rather than used as they are. I mean wouldn't it be better for us all to have the taxes stolen than misused as so many of them are? The arguments for the various expenses are becoming more and more insane and frail by the day. You can see through them "like spam in a ziplock bag" Leslie Nielson in "Wrongfully Accused". Somewhere someone is laughing his head off at our gullibility. Are they really going to buy this bovine excrement? That we're doing this because of our moral outrage that Putin might have almost killed somebody in England?? What a gas!!!
Yet the problem is so much bigger than the loss of the sweat of the productive class. When our taxes are used counter-productively, as in the airstrike against Syria, or on a politically useless and perhaps destructive visit to India, for example, wouldn't it be better for us all if the money were not spent at all? The justification for the use of public resources is worse than the theft!!!
In this particular case, with nuclear-armed Russia watching none too lovingly from the north, the stakes are way too high for us to be haphazardly lobbing bombs into Syria's capital .
Like my neighbour is fond of saying, 'No matter who you vote for the government always gets in!"
And gov't is not meant to be a temporary solution, it is meant to be continuous, same as our wars.
We need to rein them in. In a true democracy each individual would have the right to decide at the very least, into which field of endeavour he wants his taxes directed. Wouldn't that make sense? 30% to medical, 20% to education, and the rest to feed to homeless one-legged, one-eyed, BLT refugees from Uzbekistan for example?
Or, at a minimum, we get a vote on where the resources go. See Switzerland for an example of how that works, for example. They get to vote on all sorts of things over there instead of giving the key to the kindergarten to the emotionally unstable. And another thing, they have seven political leaders, not just one! And guess what? It works! Lets try that here!
It is concerning and not just a bit unsettling to consider the effect the last election has had on great white north dwellers. We now have a socialist administration which is apparently bent on leading the world's great charge on gender, farmers, babies, people bent on discussing foreign religions and non-violent gun owners whilst showcasing our prime ministerial dance moves and costume-donning abilities in foreign countries. I don't get it.
The list of prime ministerial oddities is long and amusing and would be sad if not so terribly funny! I've always had a dank sense of dark humor but even with that in full operation, it is difficult to watch the best example-setter Kanuckistan can produce telling a vet who lost a leg that there is nothing more the country can do for him. And not so long after that, chiding a woman for using a gender-specific pronoun, (how dare she???) insisting instead that she use "peoplekind" to avoid the use of that awful millenials-old term "MAN". Proving this was not "meant as a joke" is the later appearance of the directive forcing civil servants to address moms and dads as parent 1 and parent 2. No word yet on which gender gets the number 1 designation. A matter for the courts. Oh right! I just remembered. We don't have genders in Canada. My bad.
If "Just in for one term" is to be congratulated for any one specific thing, it would be for his stunning ability to ignore the naysayers and press on with his own peculiar, (not to use the forbidden word queer) agenda in the face of a full frontal assault by those stubbornly holding to the most basic forms of common sense. How does he do that? How can he ignore so much opposition while remaining unphased? Most of us would have backed down months ago in discouragement and gone with the general flow of thinking of those who elected him, but apparently, his upbringing has led him to believe that the way to run a country is to show 'em who's boss, plunging ahead and never to be deturd! And for this there are plenty of world leaders to emulate these days, men who don't take nyet for an answer: Erdogan, Sisi, Kim, Duterte, Zuma, Merkel, May... Plenty of examples, in fact too many, way too many!!
Yet it's all just a bit confusing too. Our PM is doing all this to what end? Sort of like watching an intoxicated sailor stumbling this way and that, puking occasionally in between propositioning the onboard dames, completely unaware of his slurring speech and putrid smell. Because It's one thing to take charge and show em all who's de boss. But quite another to be able to plot an acceptable, honorable and worthy course for the nation you are leading to work towards.
And this message is for the liberal party of canada whom i do not support and will be forever unlikely to support but still you peoples here it is, my precious notion: If you entertain any hope whatsoever of retaining your tenuous grip on political power...do something and do it right now rather than now. Distance yourselves from this spectacle of a peoplekind, or she will drag you all, kicking and screaming into a permanent abyss of gender-confused, financially irresponsible, farmer-hating, free-speech gagging, dope-inhaling political hell. She may have gotten you into power, you've got your use of her, now its' time to cow-people-up and listen to the men and women who put you there.
The ever-level-headed and mostly imperturbable Conrad Black, in a recent piece in the National Post, opined that: "Costumed naval-gazing.. and robotic repetition of the pieties of gender equality were not what inspired the builders of this country." (partial quote)
And i'd like to chime in stating I think that would be a fairly safe assumption!
The Canadian Pacific Railway, for all its difficulties, was not plagued with a lot of hand-wringing concern over which of the 32 genders the builders selected for themselves. Gay parades were "infrequent at best" and Prime Ministerial costume balls, almost unheard of.
I really shouldn't comment on the amount of dope the workers consumed, although doubtless there was some. But judging by the quality of the construction of the completed cross-country railroad and the excellence of service it has rendered these many decades, it is pretty clear that most of the brain cells of the designers and builders had to be functioning at a fairly acceptable level of operation, a level which our current leadership can only hope to eventually attain.
Personally, I am not against the legalislation of marijuana, or for that matter, the legalisation of a great many other freedoms we have regularly been denied. We are being regulated into full servitude by governments all over this flying rock and any loosening of the necktie, even involving something like the legalization of dope, is surely a "breath of fresh air" if you'll forgive the pun.
However, its another thing entirely when your leadership thinks its a great idea to harness the nations sweat and use it to establish a brand new dope-selling industry!! What exactly is that in your pipe, Justin? Oh sure, I know, 500 million might not seem like all that much money to most of us , but you know, half a billion here and half a billion there and it starts to really add up!
And the great payoff of this investment will be what exactly?
Increased employment for addictions counsellors. Just. Great. How did we get along without that so long, eh?
And here it might be apprope to mention a whole bunch of probable negative effects of expanding the use of hallucinogenic drugs in Canada and we probably should: increased accident rates, low job performance, increased time off work, added addictions counselling, potential for law suits against the state... should i continue?
Children not receiving adequate levels of care, damage to private and public property, increased violent crime required for obtaining the money to buy the drugs, legal or not...and this: unemployed drug dealers! What to become of them??? What about that guy in the nondescript black Lambourg who was happily making his way through life hawking all those little green bags? Whatever will he do now?
And do we suppose the old-school dealers will all quietly fold their businesses and take up knitting sweaters? With what will they replace their incomes then, or do we expect them to simply all disappear in puffs of bluish smoke? Or perhaps they will ramp up the "quality" of the material they push, to a new illegal level?
And all of this this is the smokey vision our Prime Minister smilingly advocates for helping Canada recover from our "extremely poor" record of managing our public finances? Allow me to humbly suggest that if we think increasing the amount of marijuana consumed in this country is going to add a single doubloon to the collective till, or in any way shape or form increase the standard of living in Canada, we need to do a whole lot less of our own product testing!!
Come on Canada! Surely we can come up with a better "Vision" that!
The rigging hangs limp
The sea is flat oil
The sailors lie about
Weary of their toil
The anchor line drags
From the side of the ship
The frayed end of it torn
As the aged hull lists
Nations like ships can suffer becalms
Directionless, purposeless hopeless and dull
People need purpose, direction and plans
These are the things that fight the doldrums!!!
South Africa: Could It Happen Here?
Jacob Zuma the beleagured president of South Africa has openly called for the legal confiscation of white-owned land in South Africa, following on the heels of the events of Zimbabwe, where this was done and the white farmers were invited back after disastrous hyper-inflation and other maladies gripped the then impoverished country.
I am not a white supremacist. I don't personally believe in "races" at all so much as individual family groups on a larger scale. Not to put it too crudely, but if you took a few dachshunds and salted a remote island with them and returned in thirty years, what would you expect to find? Rottweilers?
The same thing has happened with human families, isolated as they were for millenia without internet, airmiles or other travel and informational aids. They intermarried locally, for the most part and the result was familial characteristics becoming more pronounced in certain regions. Now, however, it seems we're all going on about how one race abused another race and how such a race is a victim of another race and besides that we are all vicitims anyway...
Well, I'm not buying into that fertilizer factory. I think a man should be judged on what he produces in this life; what he produces which is of temporary or lasting value should determine his worthiness.
"Whites have built buildings and so have "blacks" and people of every "race" you can name. To suggest that "white land" whatever that is, should be confiscated because it was taken from "the blacks" is patently absurd. When a settler moved in, the locals for whatever reason obviously welcomed him. Maybe he represented employment opportunity, or maybe he entered the area as a servant and so was accepted. He and his family may have produced more from their farming than they consumed and traded the rest for goods and services and prospered, largely no doubt through the process of getting up in the morning and doing something productive. And now, generations later, someone wants that for which others have toiled, without compensation, because of some perceived disadvantage due to the color of their skin?
Jacob Zuma should be set aside for retirement purposes by his own "black" people! How condescending of him to suggest that his family group is not capable of productive activity without the aid of governmental regulation and violence against the whites!!
Lets put this in Olympic terms, just for fun, shall we? If the Germans won all the medals, someone from Canada might stand up and suggest the only way for his fellow canadians to win a medal would be to eliminate the Germans from the Olympics. Thereby indirectly suggesting that a) the Germans are much too good at sports to be defeated, and b), Canadians can't win without resorting to trickery and violence. I would hope that Canadians everywhere would cowboy up and yell in defiance, "what do you MEAN, we cannot win against the GERMANS"? HOLD MY BEER!!!"
And I hope the "black" South Africans do the same! I have every confidence they can succeed as farmers, doctors and all the other trades without the help of a 70 something racist.
THE STRANGE CASE OF LAURA PLUMMER
Ever hear of Laura Plummer? I bet not. And you likely never would have if it were not for a peculiar set of circumstances which placed Laura in a most unenviable situation.
Laura Plummer is a British citizen who, while travelling abroad, became involved with an Egyptian man. They fell in love and so on and according to several reports, he had some back problems which were troubling to them both.
On a trip to Egypt Laura, a shop worker, thought to remedy the situation a bit by bringing her friend 290 Tramadol pills. Unbeknowst to Laura, the trap was set when she packed them in a clear plastic bag and placed them on top of her things in her travel bag, a trap which would lead her to a mandatory 3 year sentence in an Egyptian prison.
Her innocent act of kindness turned into the worst nightmare imaginable as life in an Egyptian prison does not bring with it the benefits we have come to expect in western jails, Satellite tv, 3 meals a day, regular exercise, a bit of sunlight perhaps, a modicum of privacy? Forget all of these. Instead, Laura finds herself today in an overcrowded jail, without a bed or a blanket, using a pack of sanitary napkins for a pillow on the floor, and she depairs knowing she will be spending the next three years of her life in this deplorable state.
How could this happen? In short, not all legal systems function alike. And this is one of the risks everyone should be aware of when visiting some of the more human-rights challenged lands on the planet. If you find yourself, like Laura, in a prison such as this one, what options do you have? The decision to show you mercy does not rest with your parents, or your friends, or even the political leaders of your birth country. It lies entirely with the authorities in the country where you, whether inadvertently or not, breeched the law. And the possible punishments are not limited to the humane as they are in the west. Some offences for instance, carry the death penalty. No doubt in Egypt, it will be argued that Laura deserved far worse than the 3 year sentence she received!
The problem lies in the way medications are treated differently in terms of legality in various countries. According to wikipedia, for instance:
"Effective August 18, 2014, tramadol has been placed into Schedule IV of the federal Controlled Substances Act in the United States. In addition, many states, including Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wyoming and the U.S. military have already classified tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance under state law.
Tramadol is classified in Schedule 4 (prescription only) in Australia, rather than as a Schedule 8 Controlled Drug (Possession without authority illegal) like most other opioids.
Effective May 2008, Sweden classified tramadol as a controlled substance in the same category as codeine and dextropropoxyphene, but allows a normal prescription be used currently.
The UK classified tramadol as a Class C, Schedule 3 controlled drug on 10 June 2014, but exempted it from the safe custody requirements."
Egypt, apparently frowns on this particular drug and so, whether Laura was trying to bring it into Egypt openly or attempting to hide the fact is irrelevant. The law was broken and punishment must ensue. Tramadol is in fact an opiate.
This case illustrates the tragedy of laws with minimum sentences, with no regard to the intentions of the perpetrator, in this case noble, trying to allieviate her friend's pain. Even the fact that she made no attempt to hide the pills but deliberately exposed them to authorities makes no difference in this case. One would think that showing them to the border officers could have been seen as a request for permission to bring them into Egypt rather than an attempt at smuggling them, but no. If it had been seen as a request, perhaps a simply shaking of the head together with a destruction of the pills would be adequate.
As it now stands, the family, the boyfriend, her other friends and of course Laura herself have no choice but to endure the sentence, the pain of separation and possible injury or death in an uncontrollable environment. And perhaps the most pitiable part is that Laura is a young and beautiful girl with her life ahead of her. Should she really have to endure such suffering, all for the crime of attempting to alleviate the suffering of her friend in a world where caught-red-handed murderers are routinely set free on the defense of insanity? In a world where terrorists like Omar Kdhar are given 10.5 million dollars as a settlement for their pain and suffering by the Canadian government?
Donate to her fund. Pressure your politicians. Perhaps common sense will rear its ugly head and bring about the desirable result for a change... the release and full pardon of Laura Plummer. I'm sure she will never make such a mistake again, and neither will anyone familiar with her story. And dear Egyptian authorities: your point has been made.
And here's a recent clip of a conversation with Laura's sister Rachel:
" Laura had with her a mixture of painkillers packed in her suitcase all in original boxes in a pharmacy bag, 290 tramadol and 114 naproxen, just a bag of painkillers to Laura but to egypt she may as well of brought heroin in because that’s what the class Tramadol as! The naproxen is not a banned drug so these where no a problem, but does that not tell the world that she was really just bringing them for pain relief? She doesn’t know anything about tramadol or naproxen for that matter , all she knew is that they where a good painkiller for back pain."
Recent development! Laura has been moved to a less crowded cell , she has food and water and a bed for the first time since her arrest! She is in the same cell as another British woman and they are getting on great together,,Her message to us was not to worry about her!
February 15, 2018
It appeared for a time almost certain that Laura would be shown mercy and released, however, after an agonizing wait the family learned this would not be the case! The emotional torture continues for the family...
Imagine a world, if you will, where broadcasters create the news, rather than merely reporting it, a world where acceptable thought is dictated to the people, and any annoying disidents are silenced by the sheer numbers of the daily brainwashed.
Is it possible that a world filled to the lid with dishonesty, could find the voice of a politician who is brutally honest about what he feels, refreshing?
I believe this is the core reason for the election of Donald Trump. And love him or hate him or schizophreniclly both at once, you have to admit that there is a certain segment, a certain very large segment of the American population who wanted a man in charge who dares to say unpopular, incorrect and abrasive things from the halls of political power. A demographic who is ready to revolt against the flowery language or fake, plastic, politically correct speech without the reality of a dirty-handed caring example of a life to go along with the voice.
The American mainstream media, controlled as it is by a few ultra-wealthy individuals, is having a hard time grasping the fact that flowery, politically correct language does not appeal to the average trucker, welder or carpenter. That there are people walking amongst us who actually believe that people from different cultures who are, in fact different, that there are only two genders, and that not everyone gets excited enough for a stripey piece of cloth to die defending it.
I never even heard of Barack Obama until he suddenly appeared as a candidate, and I never heard of Donald Trump until he began his run for the presidency. But the idea that he had his own wealth and didn't have to bow to the masterminds behind the US political system sounded appealing. Surely someone like him, with his strong opinions and business experience would be just the man to start the country back in the direction it needed, if not necessarily wanted, to go. And the motto, "Make America Great Again", held appeal as well. The genius of the slogan, by the way, is that everyone who sees it interprets it differently, for greatness means different things to different people. One interprets it to mean a peaceful and harmonious society while the next sees greatness in terms of military dominance. Also, who doesn't want his homeland to be "great", after all?
So, we have this man ostensibly in charge of what is still perhaps the most significant military power on the earth. And we watch as the bought media reels from one side of the ship to the other attempting to discredit everything he does, from feeding fish wrong, to drinking his water wrong, to pointing out every act of subtle insurrection within his chosen ranks. Its pretty clear the owners of most of the major outlets, as well as many of the reporters enjoying their salaries simply hate the man! It's as if, in fact, the term "unbiased reporting" is a phrase to which they have never given the slightest consideration!
On another note, I admit I remember a time, when "the news" consisted of tightly packed stories of car crashes, plane highjackings, apartment fires, floods and the like. These days, shocking occurrences like the latest Vegas shooting rate barely a blip on the mainstream radar, and immediately we're back to the antics of Mr Trump, or the latest "allegations" from "sources".
Its almost as if the owners of the outlets are directing the writers and producers of "the news" what to say and how to say it and for how long to say it. For the next three months you're going to talk about sexual harassment, and then we're going to shift to the latest developments in Jerusalem. Imagine a world, if you will, where broadcasters create the news, rather than merely reporting it, a world where acceptable thought is dictated to the people, and any annoying disidents are silenced by the sheer numbers of the daily brainwashed.
Well, here we are nearing the end of 017 and Trump has just announced that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
If Kim Jong Un were to announce that Calgary was the capital of Canada, what would we think of that?
Donald Trump is a tornado in a junkyard. You never know what he is going to stir up next, but he sure does know how to capture attention!
"The difference between capitalism and socialism is that capitalism is mans exploitation by man and socialism is just the other way around."
So it would seem. There is however a glaring difference. The capitalist is doing what he does for the purpose of generating a profit for himself and perhaps his shareholders while the socialist has no such desire. The socialist sees life a little differently and instead of trying to invest in property and activity which will increase the wealth, is more focused on re-distributing the wealth which the capitalist has created. It seems somehow unfair to the socialist that the businessman has been able through hard work and opportunity to amass wealth for himself. This is judged as being selfish in consideration of the fact that most people aren't so successful in accumulating wealth. The socialist therefore, taking his cue from Robin Hood, is ready and willing to even the score.
If individual property rights were totally withdrawn, worldwide, and placed under the authority of a central world government what would we have? Some benefits for sure! International borders could be eliminated. Currency exchange fee could be eliminated overnight. All wages equalized. Freedom baby! With all that wealth available for redistribution no one would have to work again! Well, not quite so fast...
Roofs still leak, people eat. They need transportation. In fact, all needs and appetites go on as before under our newly-formed One World Gov't. And so, very quickly conscriptions would be ordered forcing the able- bodied to mow the lawns, fix the roofs, farm the farms and haul the travelers to their destinations. Not for profit, mind but just because. In effect, we now live under a new form of oppressor, only now the oppressor is the central govt and those he appoints beneath him. And, and, And, not one of them will have the slightest clue about how to handle wealth and turn it into more wealth. Instead the economy will be a spending economy. Slowly ridding ourselves of the wealth the free market managers of the past created. A little like taking the piano away from Mozart and dividing its component parts among the masses. Wherever did the music go?
NOVEMBER 11, 2017
Answer #3 should scare us all. And even though I am a canadian, it scares me! oooooooooowwwwww!!!! And it's a valid complaint not only in the US but in a lot of other countries as well. And though certainly thousands and probably millions of pieces have been written outlining the problem, mulitiple huge protests have been formed and endless visits to politicians have been endured all over this blue ball hanging in space over nothing, little has changed. A certain tiny wedge of the pie, representing such a miniscule segment of the population as to be physically insignificant, effectively controls the lives of billions of us tiny creatures, causing us to leave our homes early in the morning hours and work throughout the days of our lives, producing the fuel, which is consumed by the aircraft carriers and the jetfighters whose pilots carry out endless destruction in foreign lands for the purpose of enriching the bulging coffers of the rich.
And with all the digibich that's been done, can we point to any improvement? I think we can! Imagine for a second, if no one complained, if wikileaks had never been formed, Snowden hadn't spoken, if the money crowd had been given free unrestrained control with no accountability whatsoever? How much farther down the destructive road might we now be?
Journalists have sacrificed their very lives bringing the darkest secrets to the broad light of day. Should we forget them on Remembrance Day? Should we only celebrate the lives lost in the pursuit of perpetual warfare and forget those who have lost their lives trying to prevent it or bring it to an end?
Might it be a good day to remember Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, Ghandi and so many others who gave their all in the pursuit of peace?
Is this another article condemning the rich and the powerful and offering jackcrap for solutions? I don't mean it to be. I think the solutions lie within ourselves. The butcher, baker and candlestick makers of this world, all those who feel powerless to change the situation, who are caught in the web of the powerful and have no time or energy left to fight the system. What was it exactly that propelled ordinary people to fight and kick at the darkness til it bled daylight? Wasn't it simply that they reached a point in life of simply not caring about protecting themselves and their comfortable ways of life, a point at which they decided that they simply had to fulfill the purpose for which they were born? They could have taken the easy road, like so many of us disgracefully do. Shh! Don't say that in public! Keep quiet and just do your job. That's none of your business. Just keep that to yourself! Why bring trouble on yourself and your *gasp* children?
No. They decided to abandon caution, to challenge what they knew to be false and evil, to correct ancient wrongs. They risked and risk charges of insanity, lack of patriotism, recklessness and even hostility. They endured opposition such as most of us will never realize exists, and the closer to the prize they got the worse the persecutions became, many times involving inprisonment and torture, even death. And there's no Remembrance Day for them, although they are not forgotten. Sadly though, most of the corruption they fought so bravely lives on. And the reason is they were mainly abandoned and even opposed by those who could have stood and fought with them and overcome! Those who have the courage and desire to fight the wicked are precious, few and far between.
It is ridiculous in the extreme, ludicrous and perhaps obscene to see the great mass of people allowing a microscopically tiny group of individuals control the money supply for their own profit, alter the laws of the land to legalize the vilest of crimes, to protect their own from any and all legal recourse, regardless of the gravity of their crimes. Why do we allow this to go on and on, costing us the very lives of our youngest and brightest and best?
Protests have been tried. But the reality is the normal bloke on the street doesnt have six months to protest. Practical matters of survival soon take effect and the crowd disperses and business goes on as usual. All they have to do is wait us out.
Letter writing campaigns to politicians have been tried. But, come on, logically if youre a pol and a letter hits your desk with no check enclosed and a billionaire makes an opposite appeal and includes a bit of cabbage with the request, who will tempt your attention the most?
A petition? Oh no! Not A petition!!! Again, a petition is just a piece of paper, and it may raise an eyebrow, but ultimately the general population in taxpayer hell is going to bow to the force of authority and the fear of punishment and death as they always do, and they know it.
What gives the powerful their control? Currency. Their legal ability and right to print currency is what gives the owners of the central banks their authority over us all. And to take the point a bit further, really their power lies in our own minds, in our own ascribing of value to those little numbers on the teller's screen and the rectangular bits of parchment and now even plastic which we hold so dear, spending most of our waking hours pursuing! Who controls the creation of currency rules over us all. But, currency itself was invented as a mere convenience, to eliminate the hauling of cows and duck to the city to exchange for wheels for the wagon. Can we live without the convenience of currency? Of course we can!
Barter, the simple act of trading goods for goods, worked for thousands of years and it works today as well. Nations engage in it and so do individuals, sometimes bypassing all the troubling numbers on the screen. We should be doing more and more of this, not less! What is it about bringing home the paper and exchanging that for avocados that makes the deal so much more enjoyable than simply making a trade, goods for goods?
Another huge barrier to changing the status quo, and maybe the only real one though is
the belief in, the almost worship of the state as a real physical Being who cares and provides for us all, caring for us as a loving mother would from cradle to coffin. The illusion of the state is a comforting apealling one to many of us, and it is an illusion, because the State produces absolutely nothing any of us can eat, sit upon or wear! All it can ever do is rob peter to pay Paul, and the vast majority are quite willing to settle for being Paul and have their needs met at the expense of those filthy souls who soil their hands at the plow and the oil derrick. This is the real problem and gives the state it's perpetual power. As long as the population is provided for at a minimal level of sustenance, who is going to be fool enough to rebel? A comfortable couch, a tv, some beer in the fridge and a game to look forward to on the weekend and what more do we require? So in the minds of many, why change, why complain, why fight a system like that? To many, this is a valid argument. And when one considers the dire straights people in other countries endure, it is tempting to simply drop the keyboard and coast sleepily through life with the crowd.
And if, if... this situation would continue in its present state, it might not be worth the effort of opposing the system now in place in canada, for instance. However, one glance at any chart of canada's economic situation will quickly reveal the waterfall ahead. And we can continue to believe that somehow, ignoring the situation of our trillion dollar debt load will make it go away, but using basic logic, it's pretty clear that those we owe this gargantuan sum to will eventually demand, not request, repayment. Another glance toward Greece or Venezuela, should be enough to convince that every socialist utopia has an expiry date.
Weellll, as for me, I don't owe much of anything, except the continuing debt to love one another, and i've pretty much given up on inspiring my fellow Canadians to rebel. It'g going to have to get a lot more uncomfortable in this country before more than a couple gophers in Saskatchewan are going to organize to fight tyranny. In the meantime, maybe you might consider learning to produce the goods you consume, find some like-minded individuals, if you can, and form local systems of barter and realize, deep down inside, that the fool's paradise we now occupy cannot possibly continue for very much longer.
Thanks for reading and happy bartering!
Like a lot of us these days, my mind has been working a lot on the problem of hatred. One thing i've discovered in my travels through this world, is that hatred can reveal an awful lot about a person. The things i hate in my own life, are the opposite of the things i love! So, when you want to get to know yourself or any person, the quickest way to discover what they love is to find out what they hate!
For whatever reason, people don't readily go around talking all that much about the things or especially the people they love. Probably because it exposes their vulnerabilities. It makes them feel weak and exposed. The same applies to hatred but i think most folks will tell you quite quickly what or who they hate. And from this, it's a short leap to know what they most love.. the exact opposite!
Let's use myself for an example. I absolutely hate and abhor bullying, any violence, emotional, physical or spiritual carried out against a weaker individual who is helpless to defend himself makes my blood boil and when several or many gang up on one, i feel the anger much more strongly. Perhaps because i've experienced being on the receiving end a few times, i feel a certain connection with the victim and feel the pain along with him.
This of course, gives my soul away right there. What do i love? I love to see people helping each other. And the darker the world becomes the brighter shines this light. It really is beautiful to see images of people risking their own lives and resources to make someone's life a little happier, doesn't it?
But the whole question of what love actually is...
Most have heard about the 50 words the eskimo have for snow. It has so many different appearances and because its so prevalent in the far north, people found just the one word insufficient and developed many different expressions for the variations they saw.
Why haven't we done the same thing with"love"?
We love ice cream on pie and we love the ones we hold most dear. We love it when it rains after a long drought and we love it when our favorite song comes on the radio. We love to see a baby take his first stumbling uncertain steps and we love it when our favorite enemy goes bankrupt. And really, there are a lot f times when the word "love" just doesn't cut it. The greatest love is just love, same word.
Aaand on the other side of the river what set of circumstances drives an individual to inflict indescribable pain on others? Does a mass murderer just wake up in the morning with a sudden urge to kill a pile of people he has never met in his entire life? Or is it a feeling that builds over decades based on his own unique set of circumstances? No doubt the driver is different in every case. Jealousy in one. Arrogant disdain in another. Revenge, vengeance. Ugly emotions for sure and the opposite of whatever definition of love you care to use.
Several times in life I've felt the green eyed monster glaring out of my own baby blues. And i've discovered a solution which worked so well, i continue to use it as needed. I simply consider how nice it must be for the person i envy and rather than focus on myself and how pitiful it is that i don't have what this person has, I get myself to the point where i'm genuinely happy for them! You can't be happy for someone and jealous of them at the same time. Not possible. It's one or the other, brother!
Some few ultra rare couples fall in love with each other, and at the same time, and this must be the greatest thing to experience in this life. We all know it's rare. It's as if some of us are marked for despair and spend our lives hoping it will happen to us, only to be repeatedly disappointed. It's a rare treat given to a rare few, without any guarantee on either side even then. Maybe one falls out of love or a rival catches their eye, or one of them dies or meets some tragedy which separates them forever. Or the daily grind of life and it's inevitable problems wears at the feeling until one or both gives up in despair. Or even turns into the ugliest of results, with one of them taking the life of the other!
Someone once said, "hatred lies quite close to love". Maybe that is true. "Something to ponder" anyway, isn't it? Is it possible that our loves and our hates are not so very far apart? Would you be loved, hated or treated with absolute indifference? At least hatred is interactive while indifference sits there, unamused, uninterested, detached, aloof. And if you've ever had the experience of being deeply in love to the point of obsession with someone only to have them treat you with disaffected scorn, you know there is no worse outcome possible.
From my own experience when i was much younger, there were times i allowed my hatred of certain individuals to control my mind for way too long. And what i learned from the experience is that i really didn't care for the feeling of being in hate with someone. The stomach tightens when you think of them, sometimes almost to the point of being painful. Excellent food has no taste, the sunshine doesn't feel warm, no adventure is any fun, and life is a pale grey as the mind works on resolving the hatred you feel. Gossip fails to satisfy and I can see how thoughts of causing physical harm could come unbidden to the hate-filled mind. Have to turn that one around right there and show it the door!
One teacher suggested the outrageous solution of "loving our enemies and doing good to those who hate us>" Any national leader who made this his foreign policy would be at first laughed to scorn! But has it ever really been tried? On a personal level I have, and in my experience as the recipient of a lot of unkind behavior, doing good to the person seemed to have no effect on her feelings for me. What it did at my end, though was it made me feel a whole lot better about myself than if i had reacted with violence. And maybe best of all, it kept me out of jail and a life-long feeling of despair and regret!
Got some peaches and cream and some eggs at the store and went to the counter to pay. There was this trucker there ahead of me and his perfume must have been essence of pig farmer/sewage technician/I haven't had a bath in forty years!
His aroma filled the front part of the store. It was probably the worst thing I have ever smelled in my life and I have smelled liquified dead hog and dog's who roll around in that, soaking their fur, horse manure (which I kind of like), and horrible rancid underwear (sometimes my own)
He weighed 200 kg if not more. I don't mean to mock the poor guy just describe the odious qualities of the man.
I came near to vomiting and hours later I still had it intact in my mind. I think it was on my clothing as well.
Back home it was all over me still. It took all the enjoyment out of eating the peaches and cream with sugar.
I should have immediately left the store without the peaches. If this man ever had a bath all the fish downriver and every living thing including birds passing overhead would immediately die.
What a walking reminder he is to everyone to change their underwear!
And the weirdest thing is that he is oblivious to his "sphere of influence" extending miles around him in every direction including up! How is this possible??
And Imagine the inside of his truck! His Rolling Accommodation. I sincerely pity any hitchiker he picks up or any mechanic unfortunate enough to have to repair his truck!
I should have had the human decency to tell him, "Sir, you are the worst-smelling object I have met in my life! But all I could think of was putting as much distance between myself and "the source" as humanly possible.
Perhaps no one ever told him but how is this possible? That a man could be that filthy and no one ever hints at it? Yet surely there are clues! You walk into a restaurant and patrons immediately flee and cleaning companies for miles around drop whatever they are doing and dart for the place the moment you walk out the door?
And just imagine his social life, everyone fleeing the moment you appear. What must he think of people when Everywhere you go you see people doubling over, gagging and vomiting! And still it doesn't cross your mind. "Maybe I should grab a shower. It's been forty years"?