Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Brave New World Order of the Mass Surveillance State

The really scary thing about the NBA racist-owner-controversy is that if a rich 80yr old white man can lose everything because of bad things he said in private that went public, then what kind of protection or safeguards against self incrimination does the average person have? None. The fact is fairly obvious that the public has become an extension of the Mass Surveillance State: it may not always be using electronic high-tech applications, but the end result amounts to the same thing. The racist comments of the current popular story are just the tip of the iceberg. The REAL story is hidden inside of it, the part about "leaking of secrets" and the public's ability to do "something" about it. It should be clear now that anything and everything said in private is fair game. Let's stop the hypocrisy and embrace the brave new world order. Let's stop whining about the NSA and admit to what we have become.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Am I Pathologically Cynical?

I might be diagnosed pathologically skeptical, pathologically cynical....if these are even real conditions. 

Tell me if you can relate to this: The other day I watched a video. It featured an elderly grandad and the family dog. The man apparently had Alzheimer's and almost lost his ability to talk. There was a hidden camera setup to document the interaction between man and his dog. In the privacy of the room, with the camera on, the old man started talking, quite clearly actually, to the dog who responded lovingly. There was some nice atmospheric piano music dubbed over the video, a kind of Eric-Satie-meets-William-Zeitler. There were lots of emotional comments, people teared up. Now, what disturbed me about this was my own reaction: I immediately assumed it was fake. I was skeptical from the git-go that any of it was real. I thought that it was staged. I doubted the veracity of the video and presumed there was an ulterior motive. Why am I so jaded? So skeptical? So cynical? Am I low on endorphins, Seratonin and Dopamine? Has my long past drug use finally rendered me emphatically vacant? This isn't the first time this has happened. Have I squandered my belief in the goodness of human nature and spent my fortune on luxury, costume jewelry and trinkets?

Rhio9’s “Astrology Tomorrow-Today”

The sun is in Taurus: Expect to break up with people who worry a lot. Don’t concern yourself with things that aren’t worth your time or money. You’ll probably feel misunderstood, but that’s not unusual. Tolerate discomfort now and at the end of the day you won’t be so unappreciated. Take note: Saturn is not your friend -- you can’t get no satisfaction; you can’t get your questions answered; people won’t choose you to be on their team and you’ve got no ambition. This week, look for an invitation to an important meeting, but if you go -- that’ll be a big mistake. Remember: when a good sense of comedic timing is needed, patience is its own reward. It still gets better: when the sun goes into Gemini there’ll be breakthroughs but first you’ll have to get rid of the odor from your crawl space. Don’t forget: standing water breeds mosquitoes. It’s not wise to believe in “Lucky Numbers”; that’s just a dirty trick. But take heart, dear one: the sky gets darker before it goes totally black.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Collateral Consequences

Obama administration handles Putin and Ukraine threat and unrest exactly the same way it handles corporate white-collar crime in the US: avoid prosecutions of corporations whose collapse (it is claimed) might disrupt world economies. Militarily, the idea is to avoid wars that could be politically embarrassing and costly in manpower, resources and votes. Obama's admin is afraid of the battlefield as much as the courtroom: US foreign policy and its national security interests is decided by corporate lawyers using cost-benefit analysis and risk management algorithms. The Obama Doctrine of Deterrence articulates economy-saving, situational leniency and a bottom-line strategy: "Economic sanctions" are the new "military deterrent" of choice allowing the CEO-in-Chief to defer prosecution of foreign policy from a foxhole on Wall Street.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday driving in an alley, North Nashville 2014

This Easter I’ve heard conversations about the “roots of religious hatred”. I’d like to draw attention to the fact that so-called “roots” of religious hatred is religion itself. It isn’t society that hates religion (although society has reasons to hate it), but it’s just the opposite: first came religion and then came hatred of it. In fact, religion hates anything and everything that give people courage, strength, independence, freedom of thought and action, power, aggression, self-expression and instincts to survive and thrive. The term “religious hatred” has been turned inside out to suggest religion is hated. Quite the contrary is true: it is religion that hates.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Photos with a Lomo Camers, processed on a mobile phone.

Photos processed on a mobile phone.

Economic Sanctions: the weapon of choice against the Little Class

Have you noticed that the first weapon of choice in the arsenal of modern warfare is "economic sanctions"? This is especially true here in the United States: Incarceration. Jail terms for nonviolent first offenders and black Americans. Taxes. Unemployment. Minimum wage. Layoffs. Home foreclosures. Student loans. Inflation......All these things (and more) are the "economic sanctions" in the war against the poor, minorities, the little class, students and people on fixed incomes. It couldn't be more clear. Capitalism also has a negative side.

Easter Sunday Rewrite: Adam and Eventually

I'm rewriting the story of "Adam and Eventually" -- in my story, Adam is lost in the prison garden and Eventually says "There's an app for that!" So he builds a phone and calls it an iArk and puts every gadget and wireless device he can find into the "phone" and thinks he can use it without godparent knowing about it. But godparent created GPS and secret cameras and so He/She/It knows and sees all. Adam gets arrested. Adam hides out inside a foreign embassy. Eventually escapes to Russia. She gets pregnant and has a litter of little whistle-blowers and populates the world with hackers. And then comes the great flood of cheap labor and the rest goes to shit. The End. (Oh yeah, "Happy TGIF" was only "good" for Russian soldiers and nobody else; the same as today in Ukraine.)

North Nashville Neighborhood 4.18.14