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…except for whole Karl Rove fiasco – you reap what you sow. Sorry to start with this, but I can’t help myself… From wikipedia:
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
Okay Karl – we’ll study this past week and watch the conclusions drawn from Karl’s new role in history as someone who reaps the ‘reality’ he has sown, with all his lies, deceit and projection – especially accusing the Democratic party of ‘voter suppression’.
As a Science and ‘Mystically’ based Progressive Liberal, I’m much more relieved than anything. A Romney Presidency was a much more a grim prospect, IMHO… the continued serfdom of the American worker.
But for all my Red State friends, of which there are many – and as anti-evangelic as I am —( I mean that not as ‘Anti-Christian’ but ‘Anti-I have to convince you I am right about something to the point of annoyance’) — I’d like you to explore for yourself, at least, turning off the Faux News and listening to the Liberal Progressive side for a while. I implore you to do this for many obvious reasons, but the main one is this statement: You have been in a ‘Propaganda Bubble’, and purposely lied to, for YEARS.
For as much as Bill Maher is a pompous jackass in real life, this is a point he has been hammering for the past 2-3 years. This ‘Being in the Republican Bubble’ election results and the Fox News crowd, who have been in this bubble’s reaction proves that he has been right on the money.
So please back away from the Conservative Buffet and at least broaden your perspective.
To prove this point: David Frum is not my favorite person, but he’s out today with a book published and ready to go called ‘Why Romney Lost’. On Morning Joe lon Thursday, November 8th, this former NeoCon of the Bush administration admitted what I just stated in the paragraph above. Watch it here:
After Effects Enables Complex Structure of Thought™ — that we can implement, absorb and grow toward the Positive.
This is an excellent video posted by Jennie Hochthanner about the controversial Troy, Michigan Library debacle. It’s the best example I’ve seen about a positive way to combat the Hegelian Dialectic that confronts us all on a daily basis. And if you are not familiar with the Hegelian Dialectic, watching this video is a must. And this is incredibly important in understanding what is going globally today.
In order to make the larger point and teach an important lesson, the small group of Troy Citizens demonstrate a number of incredibly relevant things, especially now in this complex, woven tapestry of reality we share. I will let you draw your own conclusions about their actions and what they did – but it is brilliant, and I commend their valiant effort.
But Jeannie Hochthanner’s incredible visualization of the events, thru the power of Adobe After Effects and (I imagine) Final Cut Pro – weaves the visual tale in a way that compliments and enhances the explanation of the narrator, even more so than just canned footage of the Participants. Nice Job Jeannie.
This technique is so vital and incredibly needed today. And it is a great example that sets he table for all of us to hurdle barriers that keep us from understanding, on many levels.
We seem to be repeating history in varying degrees because we keep falling for all the same old ‘tricks’ – the most recent Anti-Muslim Film being the latest example. I believe this is because the people responsible for funding and putting out the film are attempting to achieve the desired response of Turmoil and Conflict.
The Smell of Space, plus Ancient Hidden Knowledge, Quantum Physics and New Scientific Data Equals a Hopeful and Exciting way to Perceive what we call ‘Reality’.
A little over two weeks ago, the Huffington Post had an article titled “What Does Space Smell Like? NASA Astronauts Describe Cosmic Scent” This Intrigued me because, like many I’m sure, think that because space is a vacuum, it is void of sound, “air”, taste and smell.
But because of the research I have done over the past few years, what the article says adds to the increasing evidence that the Visible Omnivers™ is made up of electric plasma, and that the ‘Universe is Electric’.
Dot #1: The Hour long program ‘Thunderbolts of the Gods’, produced in 2006, goes into this explanation in detail, and is one of my cornerstone pieces into my theory that Consciousness has actual Thought Structure™. This blurb is from the Thunderbolts Website:Welcome to The Thunderbolts Project
“From the smallest particle to the largest galactic formation, a web of electrical circuitry connects and unifies all of nature, organizing galaxies, energizing stars, giving birth to planets and, on our own world, controlling weather and animating biological organisms. There are no isolated islands in an electric universe”.
Dot #2: This is what makes the Huffington Post article so exciting. As the Astronaut Don Pettit describes in his NASA blog entry in 2003:
“It is hard to describe this smell; it is definitely not the olfactory equivalent to describing the palette sensations of some new food as ‘tastes like chicken.’ The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation. It reminded me of my college summers where I labored for many hours with an arc welding torch repairing heavy equipment for a small logging outfit. It reminded me of pleasant sweet-smelling welding fumes. That is the smell of space.”
From another article about the “Smell of Space,” NASA astronaut Kevin Ford said from orbit in 2009: “It’s like something I haven’t ever smelled before, but I’ll never forget it,” [Space Sights and Smells Surprise Rookie Astronauts]
LIBOR and Penn State Scandals — More than just
Coincidental Negative Thought Structure™
There are a few conclusions society can draw about how both these very ‘different in theory’ scandals have more than a few similar puzzle pieces that make up their ‘big pictures’.
• ‘Cartel’ Mentality. Like all outed conspiracies, there has been a concerted effort to minimize the damage by “sacrificing the damaged ‘player’ to protect the ‘game’” so to speak. But here are some very poignant similarities in both cases that show these scandals come from the same frames of mind, or ‘Negative Thought Structure™’, that perpetuates this very abusive behavior.
In both cases the powers that be circled the wagons, and everything to protect the ‘Programs’ themselves was done. This abuse was an exception and not the rule, supposedly.
In the LIBOR case, base borrowing permeates every aspect of our lives, and affects all of us in one way or another. Supposedly, these financial companies, if not directly involved, knew the true nature of this abuse, but would never let on that they know about it and would plea ‘Plausible Deniability’ if asked.
It is very sad to say – and it’s evident by the Evidence and Judgement handed down by the NCAA Monday July 23rd, that same Negative Thought Structure™ is what infected the entire Penn State Program – and permeates many “Holier Than Thou” institutions, organized religions, corporate cultures – the Abuse of Power at its core. And this ‘molestation pattern’ exposed at Penn State, it is very sad to say again, is just the tip of a much bigger iceberg underlying many of these aforementioned examples.
A better analogy than ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ is ‘Just One Tentacle of a much Bigger Seamonster’ – a Vampire Squid, if you will. But like a hit song that gets played to death, Matt Taibbi uses in his analogy of the banking system that even he is now sick of hearing about.
• Oblivious to Wrongdoing. If you listen to Sandusky’s uncensored interview with Bob Costas, Sandusky projects a trivialization of his actions by famously calling it ‘Horseplay’. He also projects an air of invincibility regarding his place as a “sacred cow’ of Penn State Football. When you listen to Dennis Kelleher, who has a track record of working with the perpetrators of the LIBOR scandal, he sums up the same “air of ‘Untouchability’” that these 16 bank reps have regarding their ‘Horseplay’ with their lending rates.
• Isolation from the ‘Real World’. It has only recently come to my attention that Happy Valley is incredibly isolated in the state of Pennsylvania – hard to get to and out from. It is easy to see how the the PSU hierarchy, literally being ‘The Only Game in Town’, would think that normal rules really don’t apply to them.
It doesn’t have to be pointed out how this mindset applies to the ‘Too Big to Fail’ banking establishment, their self-perception and how they exist in this world and within their similar bubble.
• Bizarre Love Notes. Sandusky wrote to his victims, the LIBOR perpetrators wrote to each other, but both expressed very odd affections toward each other, further evidence of the insulated, delusional behavior they were involved in perpetrating.
• Second Mile+Adjustable Rate Bait=Complete Disregard for their Victims. The initial connection might be a bit of a stretch, but Sandusky is a founding member of Second Mile, a place where many troubled kids found ‘mentorship’ and guidance. In retrospect we now know Sandusky used this admirable charity as his own personal “feeding ground” for his victims. This is much like Florida Congressional Representative Foley being on the committee of missing and exploited children… putting the foxes in charge of the hen-house happens more often than not in our society.
The LIBOR correlation is offering ‘too good to be true’ adjustable rates to those people who could least afford it. This does put a measure of responsibility on those who accept these conditions, but now we are learning that the small kabal in charge of these rates were and are manipulating them and making the adjustments at their own whims for the most selfish of reasons ( as the LIBOR “love note” emails reveal ) show that this whole thing could be just a ploy to suck victims into the system for harvest, like Sandusky did with his select choices of his “Charity”.
The Banksters are much less victim selective, of course – but again, the victims in both cases turn out to be part of modern society’s most vulnerable people.
I’m sure there’s more – in both cases, we only have what mostly mainstream media has reported. But the conclusion drawn is that molestation exists on many levels in our society. Of course, sexual molestation is the most shocking.
But the same mindset sits behind what is being done to all of us with this LIBOR scandal.
We should be just as outraged as we would be if it were our own child, approached by any adult with Sandusky’s ‘Horseplay’ in mind.
Let’s hope that a similar punishment and judgement will be handed down to the perpetrators of the LIBOR scandal, as the NCAA has done with its judgement handed down on Penn State.
I heard about this for the first time yesterday – but I am just seeing it in the Main Stream Media today – here’s a link to the story. This is a direct, manufactured attack by this newly-elected leadership in the Republican majority in Wisconsin. This is a direct result of the recent supreme court decisions made by the Citizens United Case… which is a 1984 Double Speak if I’ve ever heard of it.
I’m Sorry, but the interests of the Ruling Class are not going to be happy until they turn this country into Bangladesh and we’re all scurrying for scraps of wages of pennies on the dollar! Never mind the Invisible Tax on the poor called Inflation, which is ramping up quite nicely right now, thank you.
From what I have heard from Progressive talk radio, this is the 6th day of protest, with the numbers growing every day… and the MSM is going to ignore this story unless people start talking about it. So Please click on the link below and feel free to share, tweet, talk to your friends and relatives about what is going on here.
My spin on this is – ‘Isn’t There Enough Pie for All®?’ To what purpose is it to rob from those who make barely survivable wages to give giant corporations and their boards of directors huge tax breaks? To Paraphrase Ed Schultz: ‘This is the blueprint for the Corporatocrasy to suck even more wealth from the working people, from healthy pensions that have funds for years to come so that they can get their hands on the worker’s money’.
George Carlin, who is not only one of the greatest Comics but IMO a modern-day Prophet, predicted this Exact thing almost 10 years ago –
As George Said – ‘They’ve got you by the balls…! They’re coming for your Pension! They want it Back!’
‘But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason it will never … ever … EVER be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got. … … … BECAUSE … THE OWNERS, OF THIS COUNTRY, DON’T WANT THAT! … …
I’m talking about the real owners now … … … … … the BIG owners! … … … The Wealthy … … … … … the REAL owners! … The big wealthy business interests that control things … and make all the important decisions. … … … … Forget the politicians. They are irelevant. … … The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice . . . … you dont. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU.
They own everything. They own all the important land. … They own and control the corporations. Theyve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. … They got you by the balls. … … They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying … . . . lobbying, … to get what they want . . . … Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else,
BUT Ill tell you what they dont want . . . they dont want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. … … They dont want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. Theyre not interested in that . . . that doesnt help them. Thats against their interests. Thats right. … … They dont want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly theyre getting FUCKED by a system that threw them overboard 30 FUCKING years ago. … … They dont want that!
You know what they want? They want obedient workers . . . Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. … And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now theyre coming for your … Social Security money. … … … They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? … … … Theyll get it . . . theyll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this FUCKING place!
Its a big club, and you ain’t in it! … … … … You, and I, are not in The big club. By the way, its the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care!
Good honest hard-working people . . . white collar, blue collar it doesnt matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means . . . continue to elect these rich COOK SUCKERS who dont give a FUCK about you. ( Hello Wisconsin… Are you Listening? ) They dont give a FUCK about you . . . … they dont give a FUCK about you. …. …. They dont care about you at all . . . at all . . . at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.
Thats what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick thats being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. Its called the American Dream, … cause you have to be asleep to believe it . . .”
This is EXACTLY what is happening with this Country, RIGHT NOW. We have Let the powers that be choose this direction of ‘To Hell with the Middle Class, with Working People’ ( Thom Hartmann pharaphrase ) and the only thing that matters is the whims of the Ownership Class.
But Again, can’t we make it to where there are no losers in this reality, and to a certain degree ‘Can’t Everybody Win®?’
‘Isn’t There Enough Pie for All®?’
First of all, if you don’t follow the title, you can read part one here — that will get you up to speed on this particular post. Because of new opportunities on the horizon, I am rushing to complete many projects I have had on the back burner.
And my motivation for writing this ‘Part II’ is that many of my friends and colleagues have asked me how I completed ‘Dawn in Leonardville’ in such a timely fashion. Looking back, I am amazed that I was able to do it at all, and as quickly as I did. It was the biggest piece I have done to date, and I did it while I worked full-time.
I’ll just say this — setting a deadline with a financial boost for completion by that date helped a great deal. Also, FEAR of not hitting that deadline is a GREAT motivator as well.
This commission and the completion of another piece of mine has led to me landing a Solo Show this coming April, here in Chicago’s Wicker Park. With that ‘Plug’ for myself being said, I am going to be super busy in the next 8 weeks preparing for the Sunday, April 17 opening at People Tapas and Lounge, 7-10pm — if any of my loyal readers are in Chicago or want to plan to come up, any and all are welcome. I am planning on having a few new pieces up and pesky unfinished pieces completed for the show, including ‘King of Procrastination,’ which I have been tweaking for the past 12 years. In finishing it, I might implode into a wormhole vortex… maybe it would be a good idea do finish that later.
So Let me explain my approach to starting ‘Dawn in Leonardville,’ which was the title I thought of about one fourth of the way thru completing the piece. In part I, I mentioned that I convinced my Patrons who commissioned the piece that for shipping purposes and a variety of other reasons, executing the painting divided into 6 two-foot square canvases was the best approach. In my mind this was a logical, inexpensive and smart way to achieve their goal of an atmospheric art piece, the large size they desired, for what turns out to be a combination formal dining room and library.
Anyone out there have friends who send you emails to justify their position and belief system? Trying to convince you, you of the opposite ilk, to come over to their side of the coin?
I do… And feel free to share your own experiences as comments on this post. Since I suppose I am a part of the ‘silent majority’ per se, and one that speaks out more often than not, with opinions I have formed from my research and investigation, I have certain pals that occasionally and consistently, mind you, send me emails with assorted links of videos & snail mails even – with articles cut out, highlighted and personal notes stating their opinions.
To me, this is the healthiest of activities, and one aspect of what life is all about. If I have an opinion and have held it all my life, and something new comes up to refute that, I am happy to hear any new knowledge with an open mind. And in the United States today, I believe we need much more of this honest, truthful and factual dialogue, minus the hidden agenda and preconceived prejudices.
Two examples – and I’ll lead with one that is cultural and really pretty hilarious, because this particular pal o’ mine, whom I have genuine affection for, not only hammers me on a regular basis for just about everything I think & believe, but is also very good-natured about it as well. I recently completed a painting I call ‘People – an Homage to Hopper.
Self Promotion aside, I like Hopper… he has his shortcomings, his human side, flaws… but he did what he loved and stuck to it besides the pressures from the art world at that time.
Needless to say, my nameless pal sends me this email with this link, paraphrasing it down to a PG-13 language:
edward hopper sucks…: http://thesmartset.com/article/article12141001.aspx?parm1=value peace and love, anonymous pal
There’s a Blog I enjoy very much called ‘Ethics Alarms’ that I have been following over the past 3-6 months… and I enjoy it because I don’t always agree with what he says. As a matter of fact he’s very right of center. The big difference in what he writes is that he calls people to the carpet on either side of the aisle. I stumbled upon his blog after a google search of ‘Ethics’ – and I have been a subscriber ever since.
This Blogger, named Jack Marshall, pumps out maybe 5-10 posts a week… a volume that I find hard to fathom. It takes me forever to get rolling on an entry, but since I contacted him to ask permission to talk about this particular exchange he’s written 4+ postings. But there is a particular post in which I am completely at odds with his opinion, to the point of where we both think each other is completely wacky for each’s respective perspective. Read the rest of this entry »