Archive for the ‘why do you let things bother you’ Category

America! America! God mend thine every flaw

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

 

I am fearful that our beloved United States of America is going to follow a path (despite the rules laid down by our founders) that defies to protect us from the fate of Saudi Arabia, China and Russia.  All of those places have no tolerance for intellectual freedom much less freedom of religion or freedom to love. 

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

I love America with all my heart…   her amber waves of grain are being destroyed by pipelinesHer purple mountain majesty is being blown to bits by coal magnates.

amber waves of grain

 

 

Her beautiful spacious skies will again be choked with soot and fear.  Her brotherhood of good From sea to shining sea will have to hide and whisper in corners and alleys.

texas

Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.  Self-control is likened to weakness and liberty to peril. 

I weep, and seek the comfort of the like minded.  I cling to to the lovers of clean food and thought, pristine water and mind, clear air and soul.  Greed is the enemy of all those things. 

America please see what is happening.  Please embrace what our founders saw and tried to keep for everyone after them.  O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years   I repeat –> O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years.  Take that in.

patriot dreams

 

that sees

 

waterfall

 

maine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Till selfish gain no longer stain, the banner of the free!

 

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Save

Save

Save

Save

What are they fighting for?

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

what we can be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“through the cold and dark of the North Dakota winter, with ongoing injuries and arrests, it became obvious how difficult, dangerous, and uncertain it can be to speak truth to power. 

 In the last weeks of President Obama’s term, he protected ancient spiritual places and magnificent scenery in southern Nevada as the nearly-300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument. He did the same for 1.35 million acres in southern Utah, now the Bear Ears National Monument.  State and congressional officials have said they will fight (Our congresspeople are fighting us) both monument designations.” 

We have original Americans fighting immigrant Americans over what is sacred and what can be abused. 

So lets pay attention to this new, crazy US President they wanted because of his promise to bring back jobs.  His “Make America Great Again” chant.  It was his own words that he stated  “…Whadya think our country’s so innocent”.

Take a look at this actual photo of Venice California in 1953… 

what we have been

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell me if you want to go back.  Frankly, I’d rather go forward. 

Lets start by helping and getting behind the North Dakota #nodapl cause.  Read on…

Stephanie Woodard of the Indian Country Today Media Network,  In These Times, and The Native American Journalists Association

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/the-spirit-of-standing-rock-on-the-move-20171224

2016

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

In 2016 much of the news was heart breaking.  My year was excellent.  The good fortune of shipshape health and no cavities.  No accidents, no deaths, no divorces, just pretty much good news.  If I stayed away from any media then, 2016 was very good.

The pages of Facebook friends were full of happy pictures of happy children, a wedding, and new babies and playful pups.  There was some travel to parts unknown (Iceland) and some revisiting with friends and beloved Moms. 

 

10900109_10205516594741027_8254405356214504125_oYosemite National Park, no matter how beautiful the photos are, they don’t replace being there.  New York City, Eureka Springs, Lake Geneva, Camp Douglas (yes… Camp Douglas Wisconsin) and the entire island of Puerto Rico were magnificent.  Making  snow angels and snow people, and sledding in the snow, as well as, riding horses on a beach in Rincon.

 

Yosemite.Fran_

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Olympics was fun.   Simone Biles and Michael Phelps, came home with a lot of bling. Phelps has more Olympic medals than anyone ever. 

phelps.jpg

Yusra Mardini was the Syrian refugee that had the world cheering her on.  Remember her?  Not long before the Olympics she had been in the Mediterranean Sea swimming for her life. 

http://www.sbnation.com/2016/8/6/12393220/yusra-mardini-olympic-athlete-swimming-syria-refugee-team-saved-lives-rio  Yusra

 

 

 

 

 

 

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

People died.  Some were famous and some of those people were really cool and it made us sad to lose them.   People that graced this earth like Muhammed Ali, Gwen Ifill, and Alan Rickman, as well as many many others who maybe weren’t so famous but also graced the earth and left it a better place because they were here.

Fidel Castro finally died.  Luckily he never proved to be the powerful mastermind of world domination he was originally reported to be.  He was just a dude with a plan on a mountain.  He successfully carried out his plan and it pissed off a lot of people for a long time. 

Justice Antonin Scalia died and the President (Obama) quickly planned a replacement, but, Congress halted his choice by refusing to vote for a new justice until we got a new president.  (that sucked). 

A lot of black people died after being shot by white policemen.  Then a lot of white policemen were shot and the nation started taking sides.  (that sucked too)

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Some of the worst news in the US…

Flint Michigan knowingly allowed lead in the public water supply.

Roger Ailes got $40 million and an early retirement for sexually noodging and intimidating women.

The assault on the planet planned by the incoming US president to improve the economy.

If I didn’t care about clean water, clean air, and a happy planet I’d be in a great mood.  I’m not in a great mood. 

 


 

“The truth is that people in every age find reason to believe that their best times are behind them, and all that remains is decline and despair — that note of lament Cicero hit in 63 B.C.: “O tempora, o mores!” But far from uttering a generalized moan, the orator was castigating the corruption of his age as expressed in one man, Catiline, the author of a plot to seize power in Rome. The historian Sallust described Catiline as “reckless, cunning, treacherous, capable of any form of pretense or concealment. Covetous of others’ possessions… He possessed little discretion. His disordered mind craved the monstrous, incredible, gigantic.”

Historians can be so judgmental. I’m sure Catiline just wanted to make Rome great again.

This guy Sallust hung out with Julius Caesar and uttered his words, which were reportedly recorded in 63 BC, in a works he called Catiline’s War

It appears to me, therefore, more reasonable to pursue glory by means of the intellect than of bodily strength, and, since the life which we enjoy is short, to make the remembrance of us as lasting as possible. For the glory of wealth and beauty is fleeting and perishable; that of intellectual power is illustrious and immortal.

So Sallust was right.  It has been well over 2000 years since he spoke Italian words that have been translated to English.  I’m not sure who translated for us and from what book, but, that said, — until the world implodes or we blow ourselves up in fury we’ll know this guy and his wise words.  So — if you and yours are happy, safe, healthy, cavity free and comfortable then it has been a good year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is a scrawny pup saved from a certain death at the dog pound.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

US Chamber of Commerce and Mr Donahue

Monday, November 28th, 2016

What is it? and who is he?

The US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) is not a part of the government, although, it was created by President William Howard Taft  around 1912 to go against the Labor movement which had become organized and powerful.  

Tom Donohue became head of the organization in 1997. 

He disliked the idea of healthcare reform that involves providing healthcare for every American regardless of income or ability to pay.  

Mr Donohue disagrees with the scientific consensus that climate change is enhanced by human energy use. 

He opposed Dodd/Frank legislation and portions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act which was signed in to law by George W. Bush after the Enron and Worldcom scandals and arrests.

He thinks a company should be able to sue a country.  Phillip-Morris vs Uruguay was a case where a tobacco company actually sued the country of Uruguay for implementing strict measures to prolong life and promote health through organized efforts to get tobacco out of the country.  Monsanto is suing countries that are disallowing Monsanto products due to health concerns as well.

Well, now the USCC is the largest lobbying organization in America.  It’s current agenda includes –>

  1.  Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017.  Why would he care about the congressional budget?
  2.  Providing for congressional disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.
  3.  Disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone”. clean air and water are too expensive to maintain and do a profitable business I guess.
  4.  Providing for congressional disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed and existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”  He wants to keep oil, gas and coal
  5.  Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary”.  I wonder what is wrong with the term Fiduciary?
  6.  EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015.  Is it possible to reform science?
  7.  There are more, I just listed the first few.  They have their irons in lots of pots.

$79,205,000 has been spent on lobbying in 2016.  They spent $84,730,000 in 2015 so they may surpass that come January 1.  Whoo boy there is a lot of money in money isn’t there?  Not much money to be made in healthcare for all I guess.  Healthy, vegetable eating, non-smoking, solar powered masses are bad for the economy.  Mr Donohue, I think you are bad for the planet.

 

Hillary gaffe?

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Clinton controversially described half of Trump’s supporters as “irredeemable.” Later she put a portion of them into a basket of deplorables. 

Trump earlier this year framed the same idea in a more colorful way; He stated –> “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

Both statements reflect the same underlying truth: Trump enjoys a hard-core support that lies beyond persuasion, utterly immune to even the starkest factual evidence.  His followers are not interested in facts or evidence.  They just like his words –> “great, fantastic, and bigly.

Clinton committed a gaffe because she acknowledged a reality that literally every other person in America, including Donald Trump himself, is permitted to speak aloud.  His followers are irredeemably deplorable.  They aren’t voting for him out of party allegiance. They voted for him because he isn’t Hillary. 

 

Finding Harmony

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

What comes to mind when you hear the term “finding harmony”?  Maybe a movie, a book, or information on business savvy.  The dictionary defines harmony with terms like congruity and peace and conformity.  Conformity? — wow?! — The ideals behind being a conformist are mostly derogatory.  Words like sheep, follower, and herd come to mind.  People who get things done do not conform — or do they?

Business-Model

Being a conformist is likened to submission and acquiescence.  Neither are written in any book about business or getting ahead in a corporate world.  Yet it is required.  It is required to get to work when we follow the rules of the road. Imagine the harrowing experience involved in no rules, no lights, no signs, no yielding to rights of way?  When you get to work aren’t you very very glad thought bubbles aren’t real?  Searching through our thoughts and revealing the right ones comes from absorbing intelligence and etiquette.

How can we embrace Harmony when it is related to terms that convey weakness.  Harmony is not weakness it is acceptance of things not known and of horizons not voyaged.  It is about making friends out of strangers and finding good will and cooperation from those with contrasting views.

Go through an entire day refusing disagreement.  Just refuse to disagree.  You’ll find you keep lots of words in your head and you’ll start to be an example of what is right.  That is Harmony, and it can be created.

 

 

Anger and vengeance and violence are exceedingly easy to access and almost effortlessly unleashed.

pissed off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

we all see that the ultimate goal is harmony; we all need to start by seeing every person as fully human, deserving every day to make it home to the people they love.

 

Travel Trip Seeing Miss Liberty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

all of us have been misunderstood at some point or another.  If we stay kind and authentic and always speak the truth, harmony will prevail. 

 

 

Save

Why is it against the law to say what Monsanto does?

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Shouldn’t we be allowed to say out loud that Monsanto is creating plants that don’t self germinate without fear of being sued? These plants are resistant to the herbicides and bug killers (poisons) also made by Monsanto that kill other plants and critters; known by some as organically grown crops and bees.

 

When we don’t want their plants why would we be sued?

did you know 3

 

Monsanto has actually sued Farmers because their seeds are blowing on to the farms of farmers that haven’t bought Monsanto seeds.  The farmer doesn’t want the seeds but gets sued when they grow.

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/574

God, Nature, the planet, (whatever you believe in) made plants that germinate.  If you study germination it is an absolute marvel of nature that Monsanto has fucked with.  Sorry I just can’t find a better word to describe what they do.

did you know 2

The difference is germination is free for everyone, and Monsanto’s non-germinating plants are for profit.

did you know 4

How can “non germinating plants for profit” be good for the planet and it’s people?

do you eat these

Why is Monsanto allowed to sue people, the media, states and even countries for saying out loud what they do?

did you know

Did you know Michael R. Taylor was named deputy commissioner for foods at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?  This position was created in 2009 and he is the first individual to hold the position.  Mr. Taylor has a law degree from the University of Virginia and a B.A. degree in political science from Davidson College.  Somehow that qualified him to work with the FDA …” to make the changes necessary to ensure the safety of America’s food supply from farm to table.  Positions held by Mr. Taylor include senior fellow, Resources for the Future; professor, School of Medicine, University of Maryland; partner, King & Spalding law firm; and vice president for public policy, Monsanto Company.”  I don’t understand why President Obama wanted him to oversee the food safety of our nation?

http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/ucm196721.htm

Monsanto isn’t the only bad guy –>  Corrective or preventive measures of some kind are needed worldwide, because increasing corporate control of the seed industry and the associated decline of seed saving isn’t restricted to Canada and the United States. The worldwide commercial seed market is $23 billion, says Hope Shand of ETC Group, a Canadian NGO. It’s mostly concentrated in North America and Europe, and prospects for further growth there are limited. But in the global South, home to the vast majority of the 1.4 billion people who depend on farm-saved seed, the market could be worth another $20 billion or more. No wonder seed giant Syngenta applied for a multi-genome patent in 115 countries that would give it monopoly power over the flowering sequences of some 40 plants.  You can’t convince me that this will make the planet better.  Corporate control of food and water and someday our air is just plain scary.  

Bread and Azodicarbonamide

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

So I’ve been doing a bit of reading about Azodicarbonamide.  It is illegal in many other countries but the USA seems to embrace it.  Bread makers like it because it speeds up the rising process therefore enhancing production and profits.  It is also used as a blowing agent in plastics.  I find that disturbing

 

drowning in styrofoam

drowning in Azodicarbonamide but only in America where profit comes before health

Azodicarbonamide is manufactured by the reaction of dihydrazine sulfate and urea under high temperature and pressure. Why would we want that in our bread? 

When the effects of long-term exposure to azodicarbonamide were studied on dogs –>Most dogs died. Necropsy revealed massive, multiple renal calculi, bladder calculi, and chronic pyelonephritis.

http://www.who.int/ipcs/publications/cicad/en/cicad16.pdf

Azodicarbonamide is a popular dough conditioner. It also bleaches the flour (makes it whiter). It’s considered safe in the US at up to 45 parts per million, but is banned from use in Europe because studies showed it could cause asthma or allergic reactions.  http://www.fooducate.com/product/Holsum%20Cotton%20s%20Large%20Bread/A0BBB30A-043A-11E2-83D2-1231381BA074  Fooducate is a great website that shares best choices when buying at the grocery store.
bread

… “Currently there are eight crops on the market produced with food biotechnology: corn (think high fructose corn syrup), soybeans (are in almost everything vegans eat), sugar beets, canola (have you ever seen a canola plant?), alfalfa (cows eat this), Hawaiian squash and papaya (so I’ll buy them from Mexico). Cotton is as well, but we don’t eat that.”

do you eat these

 

2014

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

How did you spend 2014?  What did you learn and how did you make yourself a better person?

 

Ellen Degeneres took a selfie with Meryl Streep and other very famous and successful actors.  They are just like us, sometimes a bit self-centered, sometimes a bit silly, and sometimes just feeling in the moment.  Perhaps this tweet could teach us to lighten up, be silly, impress yourself sometimes and enjoy the moment.

 

Ellen selfie with celebs

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fight for net neutrality — why should we care and why should we vote for those who care?

“the company that connects you to the internet
does not get to control what you do on the internet.”  

— Public Knowledge

 It doesn’t take much research to understand the importance of speaking loud and often to help our elected politicians understand the need to keep the internet open for innovation and out of the hands of the cable companies and monopolies who might use it for the public bad and the corporate good.
 
 
 
Is the media at fault because we love drama, or are we?
 
Police vs young black men, dismantling Obamacare, beheadings, unfound planes, Robin Williams suicide, and Ebola. 
 
Surely remarkable and intellectual things were happening while we were blasted with a constant barrage of dark and bad news.  The sinister is much too easy to find on TV while we must research the profound and delightful that is all around.
 
 
So much news the rest of the world found to be exciting — why not us?
 
The Scots voted to stay with the UK rather than to become independent. 
Rosetta landed on a comet. 
Pope Francis — what a cool guy he is! 
Mom and Maven went to Mars. 
Matteo Renzi became the Prime Minister of Italy. 
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. reported more than $9 billion in sales on November 11, 2014 (one day).
 
 
“Should Scotland be an independent country? –>  UK Prime Minister David Cameron reacted elatedly with the following words “it would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end and I know that this sentiment was shared not just by people across our country but also around the world.”  (Here in America we were interested in Kim’s baby bump)
 scotlandgotta love Scotland
—————————————————————————————————————————————————-
 
“In the nail-biting months before the landing, the team awakens Rosetta from three years of power-saving hibernation, manually navigates the craft through unexplored areas of the solar system, catches up to Comet 67P in a delicate cat-and-mouse orbiting dance, and releases a washing-machine-sized lander (named Philae) onto the comet’s surface.”  Rosetta got its stone –> ha, I crack myself up.  http://www.space.com/27690-landing-on-a-comet-is-extremely-difficult-video.html
rosetta comet 67p
 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————–
This persuasive pope has sparked new enthusiasm around the world for the Catholic church and has flexed his political muscles internationally.  He complements the new relationship between the United States and Cuba, speaks out against income inequality,  legitimizes climate change, and slams “trickle-down” economics.
Pope Francis Quote
 
——————————————————————————————————————————————————–
India and US are orbiting Mars with the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mom) and Nasa’s  Maven (stands for something about the atmosphere and volatile Mission), so anyway, –> “The two different spacecraft entered the Martian territory with the sole motive to study the planet and look for possible signs of life”.  We are no longer the only game in town, perhaps it is time to stop shooting each other.
mom and maven
——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
 
“Matteo Renzi has been nicknamed “II Rottamatore” (the scrapper), owing to his decision to amend the entire political system of Italy that is widely inflicted with corruption”–>(Lets watch and see).
Matteo Renzi
 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
That Alibaba record is just scarey –> “This illustrates the growing buying power of the Chinese consumers along with the prowess of E-commerce giant in the online space”.   Care about the world, buy locally grown and produced and stop feeding the corporate business model.
jack ma
 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
How about the planet?  How did the planet fare in 2014?
microplastics that you can’t see are in our oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water.  Tiny specks of plastic that are purposefully used in toothpaste and face wash are accumulating in our water supply and they will never go away.   The good news is smart people are bringing it to our attention and so big companies like Proctor and Gamble and Johnson and Johnson are taking them out of their products.  The other good news is more and more towns and states are banning Styrofoam and plastic bags.  http://www.envirosense.com/plastic-pollution/
rubbish-on-beaches-data
 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————–
U.N. official Anthony Banbury told reporters we will see the number of Ebola cases brought to zero by the end of 2015.  Boy I hope that’s true.  http://thegrio.com/2014/10/07/ebola-ignorance-africa 
The panic was not productive and the misinformation disgraced and vilified the fine people who were working tirelessly to save lives. 

ebola


 ——————————————————————————————————————————————————
and Joe Cocker left this world…
joe cocker
http://youtu.be/hfgwrdYUQ2A
http://youtu.be/4RnjWLVyMps
http://youtu.be/NR-H2uFCQls

A list

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

A listSo I was reading Non Sequitur (my most favorite comic strip) and this reminded me of my recent flight experience. 

The industry of air travel is working fast and furious to separate us into the haves and the have-nots.  Why don’t they load the back of the plane first? Load the front of the plane last? Everyone can just calmly wait their turn.

  As it is now, there is an aggregate of common people (all of us piling on planes are common people otherwise we’d have our own plane) with over sized carry-ons pushing their way onto the plane, presumably to have room in the over head bins for their stuff.  This, of course, happens after those that have paid more for priority seating get on the plane.  You squeeze by them to get to the back of the plane and sit in your B seat between an overweight woman who wants the window seat and her overweight husband who wants the aisle. 

You struggle for a place to put your bag — which winds up two or three rows from where you are sitting — you didn’t want to join the cattle call — or prolong the agony of sitting for hours between two large people — by getting on the plane first.

You can, of course, avoid all of this undignified struggle if you pay much more.  Than you can sit comfortably in front while you watch the strugglers labor on past to their seat in the back of the plane. 

I wish someone would give us back our dignity and allow the back of the plane to be seated first.  I’m not thinking it will cost the airline any losses and may enhance the boarding process.

bottle waterAnother thing I never quite understood

<–

Subscribe to RSS feed