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Pictures

There are pictures in my closet which spend most of their time in darkness - behind closed doors in small rooms with no windows. They are pieces of history, fighting the currents of time.

One day I will open that closet and the past will come alive.

My father has thousands of photos. Not much manages to escape his camera. In his home there are shelves and bookcases full of snapshots and fridges full of un-developed film. There are scanners and printers and posters. There are negatives and slides which fill boxes stacked to the ceiling in his garage. There is history captured in the net of his lens which stretches on for decades.

There is time brought to a halt. Time mastered by my father.

We sail the river of time and some might say our actions determine our destinations. Others might claim there is no destination. I've learned from my father that either way, it's important to remember where we've been. And so I will keep my pictures safe in my closet, and I will visit them from time to time. And I will steer my ship as best I can with the knowledge that all the good times are only a doorknob away.

And I will mark my progress through the lens of my father's camera.
-jw

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Racism and bigotry are a toxic mixture of hatred and ignorance.

They never build, they only destroy.

Treat them accordingly.

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"Justice" is merely a middle class illusion.
The rich know better, the poor know better:
each from opposite directions.

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Many people I encounter are so brainwashed by media that they can't see two inches in front of their noses, and if you ever challenge them on the propaganda they find there, like Pavlov's dog they will call you a conspiracy theorist. They will then turn up their nose and walk away with a heightened sense of superiority.

The term "conspiracy theory" is remarkably adept at turning off all critical thinking like a light switch in a large portion of the people I have personally met…

Conditioning the public to react this way has to have been one of the most effective PSYOP's ever pushed onto the general population.

It is equal parts diabolic and brilliant.
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Many CEOs sit on each others boards and vote themselves higher pay at the expense of their workers and shareholders. Every year their pay packages balloon a little more, with each new high watermark in compensation raising the yachts of all executives (because in CEO land, pay is based on what the other CEOs get) while the boat-less employees get left behind decade after decade. The corporate controlled media then jumps in and trumpets how valuable the executives are based on their completely engineered salaries (because gosh darn it, if the CEOs weren't worth that much they wouldn't be getting paid that much) and people like Jim Cramer jump to their defense like a loaded spring when those stories are challenged for being the propaganda they are.

In 1950 CEOs made 20-1 the average worker. In 1980 it was 42-1. In 2000 it was 120-1. In 2014 it is 204-1.

This did not happen by happy accident.
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Asset Forfeiture is in total violation of the Fifth Amendment which states that the government cannot take property without due process, ever.

Most think that robbing someone under the color law this way is a violation of the Fourth Amendment—it’s not. The Fourth was 100% gutted the moment they saddled it with the ‘unreasonable’ clause. Subjectivity is anathema to the entire point and purpose of a right.

If the lawyers had challenged Asset Forfeiture on Fifth Amendment grounds instead of Fourth from the outset, a strong case can be made that Asset Forfeiture as law would likely have never made it very far passed the first government theft.

Hey, Law Enforcement Officers: when you engage in Asset Forfeiture you are breaking your oath to defend and uphold the constitution. You are also stealing from a fellow human being, and what's worse, you are stealing under the color of law, which makes you lower and more base than the criminals you are fighting.
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It occurs to me that this whole game of characterizing people who are against mandatory vaccinations - and the vast erosion of personal liberty that entails - as, "anti-American" or unpatriotic, is really something that should be met head on.

I completely reject the notion that my being against getting injected with something against my will makes me a bad citizen.

I am pro-American. Those who wish to violate my bodily sovereignty are anti-American, because they are against the core principles that the country is supposed to stand for - a democratic republic, an open society with due process and the rule of law, a humble inward looking government constrained by checks and balances, a bulwark justice system more than strong enough to keep the tireless wolves of government and corporate tyranny at bay...

But those who would force this upon us... They corrupt all of that by defending the indefensible all the while hiding behind a cloak of faux patriotism. Those guys nauseate me. Really.
-Adapted from a Comment On Techdirt From Back When That Site Stood for Something Meaningful

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Hmmm... so this coronavirus with a 99% percent survival rate can only be defeated by:

The consolidation of state and corporate power

The stripping of personal liberties

The mandating of masks, social distancing, and stay at home orders

The outlawing of criticism of public health officials

The deification of science, and the banning of debating or questioning it

The proliferation of contact tracing digging into the communications, associations, and actions of all Americans

And the forced injections of untested gene altering concoctions into the veins of every person on the planet?

The hell with it, I'll put up with the virus, thanks.
-Adapted From Yet Another Comment On Techdirt From Back When That Site Stood for Something Meaningful

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As far as i'm concerned patriotism has only one useful connotation: Loyalty to your fellow human beings. This means that you treat others with respect and that you do not exploit them.

To all you vulture capitalists who ship your jobs to factories abroad in order to access slave labor from impoverished souls while leveraging their lax environmental laws so you can offload the cost and consequences of your pernicious externalities onto them: YOU are traitors.

Forget borders, race, creed, gender, or color: we are all one people, and those who would knowingly and maliciously exploit our ignorance or desperation for personal profit are traitors to humanity.

That is the true nature of patriotism: it transcends the petty trappings of tribalism. It is not blind allegiance to your imaginary state, but loyalty to your fellow human being - regardless of where they live - and to the biosphere which sustains them and makes their lives abundant and possible.

Would you work or allow your children to work for hours on end in sweatshops for peanuts, breathing in - up close, day after day - the same toxic chemicals poisoning your home and farmland while the profits of your labor are funneled to the executives of the very corporations exploiting and poisoning you, your loved ones, your neighbors, your friends? If your answer is "no" then you have no right to ask or expect anyone else to do the same.
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"I hate patriotism... I can't stand it. It's a round world last time I checked."

-Bill Hicks

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Don't tell me the sky is the limit,
when there are footprints on the moon.
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I've seen my buddies ambushed on the left and on the right
And their youthful bodies riddled by the bullets of the night
Where all the rules are broken and the only law is might

With our sweat we took the bunkers, with our tears we took the pain.
With our blood we took the mountains & then gave them back again.
Still, all of us are soldiers - we're too busy to complain.

When I reach my final campground in that land beyond the sun
And the great commander asks me, "Did u fight or did u run?"
I'll stand both straight and tall stripped of medals, rank and gun

"Sir, I followed all my orders and I did the best I could
It's hard to judge the enemy and hard to tell the good
Yet there's not a man among us who would not have understood

We took the jungle village exactly like they said
We responded to their rifle fire with everything we had
And when the smoke had cleared away a 100 souls lay dead

Sir, the soldier that's alive is the only one who can fight
There's no other way to wage a war when the only 1 in sight
That you're sure is not an enemy, is your buddy on your right

When all the wars are over and i'm nothing but a ghost
Count me only as a soldier who never left his post
With the right to serve my country as my one and only boast

When all the wars are over and the battle's finally won
Count me only as a soldier who never left his gun
With the right to serve my country as the only prize I've won"

As we go marching on
-C Company Feat Terry Nelson, Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley

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If you're not ready to die for it, take the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary.
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And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward. ― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn , The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

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Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.
-Julius Caesar

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Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men decay
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There was a time once when 'knowledge' was seen as a rung in the ladder which leads to the floor where they keep the wisdom. Although evidently, there are some people nowadays who try to chop up the ladder - so they can feed the little fire they warm their hands over...

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Future generations will look back on TVas the lead in the water pipes that slowly drove the Romans mad.
-Kurt Vonnegut’s

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The wise man knows that he does not know.
And the prudent man respects what he does not control.

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Respect is not given.
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After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done.

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When the rich rob the poor it's called business.
When the poor fight back it's called violence.

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Words like "pandemic" and "terrorism" are keywords used by politicians and pundits to manipulate the populace, in the same way and for the same reasons i use the word 'milkbone' to manipulate my dog.
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Neoliberalism in a nutshell:
Let us exploit you or we have no use for you.

But fear not. I've been assured by the .01 percent that the new company store will have a kinder, gentler machine gun hand.


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When Jonny comes marching home again he's unemployed, homeless, and suffering PTSD.

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You strap on a gun and go strutting around some other man's country, you better be ready for some action, Jack. You better be ready for some action. People are touchy about that sort of thing.
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When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why i dismiss yours.
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A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum proves that faith does not prove anything.

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Going to church makes you a Christian no more than going to a garage makes you a car.
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But I mistakenly went fifth, and won a toaster instead.

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Economically speaking, it doesn't matter if it's moral or amoral.

Morally speaking, it doesn't matter if it's legal or not.

Legally speaking, it doesn't matter if it's right or wrong.

Realistically speaking, it doesn't matter if it's moral, legal, or right.

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Strength is being able to crush a tomato.
Dexterity is being able to dodge a tomato.
Constitution is being able to eat a bad tomato.
Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad.
Charisma is being able to sell a tomato-based fruit salad.
A tomato based fruit salad is salsa!

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The propeller is really just a big fan made to cool down the pilot in the cockpit.

You can tell this because when it stops you can see the pilot start sweating excessively.

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If you have a barrel of sewage and add a teaspoon of fine wine, you get sewage.

But if you have a barrel of fine wine and add a teaspoon of sewage, you still get sewage.

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I met her when the world began.
Or was it last July?

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Ill sit and laugh with my friends at what we've all been thru,
but i still catch my breath when someone mentions you.

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Once there was a boy who gave a girl twelve roses. Eleven of them were real, one was plastic. Then he told her he will love her until the last one dies.

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'Go to father', she said, when I asked her to wed.
She knew that I knew that her father was dead.
She knew that I knew what a life he had led.
She knew that I knew what she meant when she said,
'Go to father.'
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You have to run as fast as you can just to stay where you are.

If you want to get anywhere, you'll have to run much faster.
-Lewis Carroll

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I know... no one lives in the slums because they want to. It's like this train. It can't run anywhere except where its rails take it.
-Cloud Strife, Final Fantasy 7

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Is there a cure among us
From this processed sanity?
I weaken with each voice that sings
Now, in this world of purchase
I'm going to buy back memories
To awaken some old qualities

Have I got a long way to run?
Yeah, I run
-Collective Soul, Run

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(Don't stop to speak or look around
Your gloves & fan are on the ground
We're getting out of town
We're going on the run
And you're the one I want to come)

Not to touch the earth
Not to see the sun
Nothing left to do but
Run, run, run
Let's run
-Jim Morrison, The Celebration of the Lizard

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There might be peace on the other side
From your memories on the other side
Nothing to lose on the other side
You might not fear on the other side
Light might be there on the other side
The world is new on the other side

So deep breath in
You've waited for this
Everyone wants to know
If this is the answer they've been searching for
All eyes on you
So much to prove
Whoever you were back then
You won't ever be again
Remember how far you've come
Don't think just run...
-Beth Crowley, Don't Think Just Run



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We no longer know the meaning of freedom. We have traded away everything to a false prophet. We refuse to see that belonging to a government is a fate far worse than any terrorist can reap; than any madman can sow.

The word of a terrorist has no power over us. The government's word is law.

In the name of security we will lose our security. In addition to the terrorist we will have the relentless uncompromising gaze of the government.

The power of the people is born from its freedom, and it is the people who must be the guardians of that power. It is from our freedom that we draw the authority to force our government to abide its boundaries. Through the guise of security we are slowly allowing our government to relinquish that authority, and ultimately, the government will know no boundaries.

Once we allow our freedoms to categorically run dry, we, as a people, will no longer have the authority to stand up to our government.

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9/11 was a horrible thing, and every single freaking thing done in its name has been much more horrible. The fact people keep accepting it as an excuse for unacceptable things is very sad.

As soon as someone tries to use 9/11 to justify yet another thing to encroach upon and destroy public rights and liberties (which is all but guaranteed anytime someone invokes 9/11), call them what they really are: terrorist sympathizer and abettor.

Remember, the entire purpose behind terrorism is to instill a sense of panic and fear in a population, in order to get them to act in a certain manner, so that said...

Anytime someone tries to invoke a sense of fear in the public, in order to pass some new law or legislation, they are doing the work of a terrorist.

Anytime someone tries to use 9/11 to keep people afraid, to justify what is being done 'to protect people', they are doing the work of a terrorist.

Anytime someone tries to claim that 'combating the terrorists' or 'protecting people from terrorists' justifies trampling all over basic constitutional rights, and the rights of the people, they are doing the work of a terrorist.
-Techdirt Forum Post

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When someone declares "people will die" as a justification for curtailing liberty, the correct response is "what are you suggesting - that liberty isn't worth dying for? That those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms made the wrong choice?"
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Hmmm... so the terrorists can only be defeated by a consolidation of state and corporate power, the stripping of personal liberties, the militarization of the police, the proliferation of secret courts and watch lists, and the creation of an unconstrained surveillance state suspiciously prying into the bank accounts, communications, associations, and actions of all Americans?

The hell with it, I'll put up with the terrorists, thanks.
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It occurs to me that this whole game of characterizing people who are against U.S. government foreign policy and the erosion of personal liberty as "anti-American" is really something that should be met head on.

I completely reject the notion that my being against all of these wars of aggression, the torture, the emerging unaccountable militarized secretive thug police state, the secret courts and watch lists, the blanket warrant-less surveillance, the parallel construction and asset forfeiture -- I reject the notion that being against these atrocities makes me "anti-American". No, I am pro-American. I am in favor of the values expressed in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. Moreover, I am in favor of all the positive things to have come out of American culture: Hollywood's Golden Age of Movies, jazz music, Bob Dylan.... Writers, poets... the culture of open source software. Those things are all quintessentially American and I am in favor of them.

So I am pro-American. People like you are anti-American, because you are against the core principles that the country is supposed to stand for, a democratic republic, an open society with due process and the rule of law, a humble inward looking government constrained by checks and balances, a bulwark justice system more than strong enough to keep the tireless wolves of government and corporate tyranny at bay...

But people like you... You corrupt all of that by defending the indefensible all the while hiding behind a cloak of faux patriotism. You guys nauseate me. Really.

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AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion 2011: (5-4) A corporation can force you to sign away your right to sue them in a class action suit. In addition, a corporation can force you to resolve your disputes through Mandatory Binding Arbitration (which they fund), instead of a regular court.


Kentucky v. King 2011: (8-1) Police can now search your house without a warrant.


Kelo v. City of New London 2005: (5-4) The government can now take your private property and give it to a private business to build a shopping mall or any other type of development.

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Terms Worth Knowing

PATRIOT Act 2001/2010 - Too many constitutional violations to name, click this entry to find out more.


NDAA: National Defense Authorization Act 2011 - The government can now indefinitely detain its citizens without trial.


FISA: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 2007 - Congress grants retroactive immunity to telecoms for illegally spying on American citizens.


FISC: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court - Secret kangaroo court where mass spying of American citizens is rubber-stamped without any visibility to the American public and no adversarial component: only the government's side of the story is ever told ... to the government. (It's a bit like the farmer asking the fox his opinion on whether they should have chicken for dinner.)


ALEC: American Legislative Exchange Council - A group of corporations and special interests which write most state legislation.

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A Few Negative Human Impacts on the Environment

Smog in Shanghai, 2014
BP Gulf Oil Spill, 2008
Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, 2011
Dangerous air pollution in Shanghai, 2011
Cuyahoga River catches fire, twice. 1969
Top ten most toxic places on earth, 2011
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Yossarian comes to realize that Catch-22 does not actually exist, but because the powers that be claim it does, and the world believes it does, it nevertheless has potent effects. Indeed, because it does not exist there is no way it can be repealed, undone, overthrown, or denounced. The combination of force with specious & spurious legalistic justification is one of the book's primary motifs.
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...There is that wonderful story in the gospel of John where the scribes and Pharisees brought to Jesus a women taken in adultery, and attempting to trap him, asked if the women should be stoned according to the law of Moses.

Christ did not answer straight away, but rather stooped down and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he didn't hear them. The Pharisees persisted, and after a time Christ lifted himself up and answered, "he that is without sin among you, let him first cast the stone at her." And again, stooped down.

For me, this seemingly distracted gesture -- the stooping down and writing on the ground -- is Christ accessing the God inside himself. Christ then delivers the line that dis-empowers his opponents - and what an extraordinary remark it is - and then stoops again to re-commune with God.

What Christ shows us here, is that the creative imagination has the power to combat all enemies; that we are protected by the flow of our own inspiration.
-Nick Cave, The Flesh Made Word

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An old Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A battle is raging inside me ...it is a fight between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorry, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

The old man fixed the children with a firm stare. "This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person as well.

They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee replied: "The one you feed."

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There was a group of missionaries who tried to teach Aboriginal children about soccer. Those kids took to it like ducks to water - kicking the ball around all day...

But after about a week, those missionaries discovered to their amazement that the kids had changed the rules of the game - in such a way that at the end of the game, both teams had the same number of goals.

The Aborigines just couldn't for the love of them understand why it was that the whites had to turn literally everything into as race with ten people running - and at the end, there was one winner... And nine losers.

By the way - they see themselves as custodians of nature. And they have been around for a very long time...
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"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'

'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.

'I don't much care where--' said Alice.

'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.

'--so long as I get SOMEWHERE,' Alice added as an explanation.

'Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, 'if you only walk long enough.'
-Alice in Wonderland



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About Learning Lessons

Most lessons in life are hard learned. Wisdom does not come free. You must fall before you can walk, and the blood you spill along the way is sort of a non-negotiable payment to the proprietor of that secret knowledge. But sometimes you can bleed too much. Sometimes the lessons cost more than you bargained for, and the knowledge gained turns out to be poison.

Truth and wisdom can be dangerous, and when the poison of reality infects us, we begin to build barriers and lie to ourselves to protect our fragile egos. This is an automatic self-defense mechanism, almost totally involuntary like breathing or blinking. We avoid the truth the way a skilled knife thrower avoids the pretty spinning lady strapped to the table. But every once in a while your true self is revealed to you, and depending on the strength and length of the lies you have been telling yourself, this unwanted revelation can crash your entire world down all around you. The moment when the knife stops thrilling and starts killing is the moment we all dread. So we live in fear. Always doing whatever it takes to feed the illusion and avoid situations where we must confront who we are... Instead of who we like to think we are.
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About Trust

You never really know someone. Betrayal is always on the table. The ones you thought you knew so well can always stab you in the back. There are no barriers, no shields, no walls, no nets. There is only your trust and the chance that someone you love will cut it into pieces.

Maybe you don't know the true meaning of trust, and maybe that is the problem. When you trust someone, you surrender to them a frail and delicate piece of yourself. You lower your defenses and reveal some of your heart and in doing so leave yourself naked and defenseless against the possibility that everything you think you know about them is catastrophically mistaken and at any moment a flick of their Judas blades can pierce your heart and your good intentions and shatter the world of illusion you had, up until that point, built around yourself like a protective cocoon. And all of this is just a simple matter of action and will. A digital response in a digital frontier: Yes or no or one or zero. And it is their action. Not yours. The very definition of no control. The definition of trust.
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About Perception
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About Misunderstanding And Shattered Relationships

We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions.

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About Love


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About Regret

At 3am when sleep is hard to find there is no distance between the darkness and all of the things you want to forget.

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About Situational Unawareness

If you are going to fly to the sun, flying at night is not going to save you.

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About Balance

One person's "balance" is another's wildly corrupt, morally bankrupt, exploitative society. The use of the word often connotes that both sides of an argument are equally fair, and equally at fault, which is impossible.

Forget balance. Aim for the truth and correct your steering whenever needed.
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About Hollow Ideals


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About Idealism vs Realism

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what they should have for dinner.

Communism is a group of fat wolves harvesting the sheep in between Swedish massages.

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About Choice

The word "choice" tends to be hard to understand beyond a narrow scope. In capitalism (or at least in countries with a version of capitalism lacking an adequate safety net) the choice is: 1.) work, or 2.) starve. Now, that's a "choice," but in a pretty narrow sense. That's why moral and political philosophers distinguish between negative freedom and positive freedom. Both are important.

If you can't choose to opt out of the system (while you, say, look for a better job, or go to school, or start your own business), you don't fully have your freedom do you? The children of wealthy families, for example, always have this freedom. They can go to school without working, take time to look for a good job without starving (or even experiencing discomfort), etc. Hell, they can even screw around "finding themselves" on year-long European excursions.

So, right now, many workers are faced with the choice of either 1.) working at a job that does little more than help ensure you won't starve (with the help of food stamps - a giant subsidy from taxpayers to WalMart), but provides no opportunity for advancement of even enjoyment of life, and 2.) starving. While the privileged few at or near the top, all those fortunate sons and daughters, may never have to work a day in their lives and will always live a life of luxury regardless.

True freedom and choice come in degrees, with those at the top - never a slave to their needs of food and shelter - having the highest amount, and those at the bottom having the least. Freedom is a scale.

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About Failing Empires and Shattered Civility

Our empire will fail. Corporate money and propaganda will engulf and corrupt everything around us, and what was once left of our proud justice system will shatter under the weight of plutocratic tyranny. In the name of security your right to a trial will be rescinded, your natural rights revoked, leaving nothing to stand between you and the feudal slavery of your forefathers and the intoxication of power will be complete.

We will give the fox the keys to the hen house and the rich will plunder it all and our once proud civilized world will fall to ruin all around us, our government will collapse under the weight of its lies, and everything we hold dear will be lost. But we--those programmed barbaric inhabitants of that once proud civilized world--will all be too busy staring at our smartphones to notice or care.
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About The Forlorn Quicksand of Inevitability

Hard times create strong men.
Strong men create good times.
Good times create weak men.
Weak men create hard times.

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About Grievers of Creation

I drove out to the desert.

I looked to the east and there was the night and the city of torment. I looked west and there was the sterile desert and blinding sun.

I turned away from the darkness and as I walked deeper into that dazzling ocean of sunlight and sand, I could feel my memories crumbling into the dust of the yellow sea. And one by one there was no more torment, no more wicked city, no more night.

Step by step i walked deeper, trading away the chains of an uncompromising and brutal world for the stressless promise of the emptiness surrounding me. And as the chains fell away I watched with detached satisfaction as the shadow beneath my feet slowly began to fade on the sand.

This was what I had come for, what I traded everything for: The liberating nonexistence; the catatonic dream. The prosaic oblivion where old memories cannot survive and new memories cannot be made. The soft harmonic whisper of the clawing shackles of a wicked world crumbling to nothing in the invincible face of an endless dazzling desert.

Looking ahead, I spotted God shining brightly on the horizon and I knew He too was searching for peace. And I wept at the thought of a kindred spirit.

With triumph in my heart I ran to Him, but as I approached I began to realize that I could no longer remember who he was...

...And in the last moment before we both faded into blissful nothing, it struck me that God--the griever of creation--could no longer remember...

who I was either.
-jw

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About Heartache and the Loss of God

Let me tell you about heartache and the loss of God--wandering, wondering in hopeless night. Out here on the perimeter there are no stars. Out here we is stoned...immaculate.
-Jim Morrison



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For the angel of death
Spread his wings on the blast
And breathed in the face
Of his foe as he passed
And the eyes of the sleepers
Waxed deadly and chill,
And their hearts but once heaved
And for ever grew still

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Here’s to our fragile mortality,
guarantor of life’s lethality;
both our pleasure and pain
inspire the humane
with the promise of finality.

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My captain does not answer
His lips are pale and still
My captain does not feel my arm
He has no pulse nor will
The ship is anchored safe and sound
Its voyage close to done
From fearful trip, the victor ship
Comes in with object won

But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red
For on the deck my captain lies
Fallen cold and dead
-Walt Whitman, Oh Captain My Captain

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And now here we are
The semaphore ending
Run right along
The future is pending
-jw



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