6/6/12

Occupy Congress Until Obama Jobs Bills Are Brought to A Vote


At some point we will wake up
At some point we will see that direct action is essential
At some point we will Occupy Congress
and for relaxation
conduct a vigil outside the Supreme Court
That is my hope
That is my belief
Nancy cannot do it on her own
John Boehner is not being moved yet
What will have to happen to break the jam
Here is what I believe
Boehner remains the key
He cannot now be trusted to do what he says
should he say he will compromise
We need to Occupy Congress with the following demand
Place the Obama jobs bills on the floor for an up or down vote
If the Republican majority stands with the Tea Party
so be it
But if the whole house passes these measures we will have
broken the jam
So the demand is
Bring the bills to the floor
And if Occupy is listening
If people ready to act are hearing 
then act
Go to the Congress and say
Obama jobs bills to the floor for a vote
before July 4



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I put on my Polonius hat for the President


I always thought Polonius got a bad rap
in addition to a fatal stab from Hamlet
He is the author of some timeless if shaky advice
like to thine own self be true
But I sometimes think of myself as a Polonius-sort
a mixed bag as it were
rather too verbose to be taken seriously
In any case I penned the following in November 2010
You can judge if it was salient
I have rescued it from my Yahoo Voices account
which is currently on its last legs

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We are now in a very delicate situation, Mr. President.
The GOP continues to condone a near-criminal assault on you.
The GOP has not repudiated racism.
The GOP Court has made elections a sale item.
And the country does not seem to care.
Self-interest reigns. The government remains subject to criminal GOP attacks.

So what do you have to do to survive?

The first thing Sir is to smile.
That is how John Wayne would deal with a similar indignity. 
But we would know that behind that smile is some raw power.
Smile and exercise raw power Sir.
This is why you have Plouffe at your side. 
He can see the fissures and soft spots.
Stop seeing politics as something stupid people do 
when they are not serious. 
It may be stupid but the GOP does it 24/7 in its sleep. 
And we have to politic back.
So get political Sir.
Have Michelle invite Susan Eisenhower to tea. Show up.
Confuse people.
Use your power.
Make nice to the media. 
Put yourself out for the next reporter who has an illness in the family.
Start publicizing the two hundred things you have done 
from day one 
that no one knows about.
Give exclusive interviews to enemy journalists.
Start having fun playing politics. 
Rub on some FDR dust.
And remember Sir you are just marking time. 
There is light at the end of your tunnel.
That may be optimistic. 
But never believe anything optimistic Sir. 
Assume the worst.



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Cyber-community 101 - Lesson Four Turbines are the future



You can access prior lessons at the link above.

Cyber-communities are imagined settlements of the future
These nested lessons spell out the elements

Cyber-communities are dense enough 
to enable viable economies
Cyber-communities are walkable and sustainable
Cyber-communities possess all elements of city living
Cyber-communities integrate residence work 
recreation health and education

Turbines seem to me the most likely candidates for 
generating the energy needed to make these communities 
independent and sustainable
Turbines can be powered with both solar and wind 
Turbines can be so pervasive and attractive 
they make wind farms look like what they are
a bad and ugly investment

We need to build proper cyber-communities from scratch

Imagine a giant Stonehenge-like matrix whose vertical stones
each house 40 turbines
Simple!
Energy is distributed to all who live and work in the community
Surplus is saved or shared 

Most thought about this is hampered by our worship of oil and car
These retro things dictate current sad sprawl design
Cyber-communities are an evolution to sustainability 
with teeth
and an eye to global leadership
in the thought department 



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The Seven Giants of Creeping Totalitarianism


I see today's world as a series of events that have or might occur
that signal hope or doom
Here are seven of the doom events or signs
There have been many more

1. The Supreme Court installation of George W. Bush
2. The decision to treat 9/11 as a patriotic oil ground war and use of lies to justify Iraq
3. The hallowing of torture
4. The McConnell Anti-Obama Ploy rejecting compromise and poisoning politics
5. Citizens United
6. The emergence of the Tea Party and the 2012 GOP Primaries 
7. The Walker recall fails


Each of the above countered only by 
the hope placed in the ultimate disposition of the American people 
and their will to vote for President Obama
and in the ability of President Obama and Democrats
to confront these giants and help fashion a counter-movement 
that moves beyond oil toward a post-consumer society
based on community rather than selfishness

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I humbly thank John Boehner / For all the good he does

Re-introduced July 7, 2012


 I hope all who enjoy these will join me in beseeching @speakerboehner to pass Obama jobs acts still pending before the house. The examples of rhetoric below were previously published on Yahoo Voices which deemed my writing and graphics at odds with standards set forth in their Terms of Service. 

Irony

I humbly thank John Boehner 
For all the good he does 
When he's out on the grassy links 
I feel a happy buzz

Synedoche

Ship drifting languid 
Filled with wealthy passengers 
Toward the waterfall


Metonymy

Beware the gavel of the ghoul 
Lest it become your guillotine 
You have been played for a rank fool 
Run swiftly from this ghastly scene

Metaphor

Like Cyclops Speaker Boehner comes 
And fixes you with his one eye 
Inside the giant laughs aloud 
Outside he seems to cry 



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