Capitalism ?

July 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

The following RT video with Professor Wolff was brought to my attention on China’s stock market dive.

An excellent analysis of how China’s state capitalism suffers from the same problems all capitalist economies suffer from. That they will eventually eat themselves alive no matt how much you try to regulate and control them.

One need only look at our only history to see that this is true. The republican hands off approach of the 1920s lead to the predictable crash of 1929 and depression of the 1930s with the stock market eventually hitting near zero and the entire economy flat lined. It was and is common belief to say that the New Deal legislation of FDR was responsible for getting us out of the depression but the minute FDR tried to balance the budget, the economy nose dived again. It was WWII that brought us out and make no mistake…

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If You Change

July 12, 2015 § 1 Comment

If You Change

If you could try, tomorrow
to be everything you could be
for me
for you
for us
for everyone

Would you?

How many hours before it would become all about you

If you had tried, today
to do everything the right way
for me
for you
for us
for everyone

What would be different?

How many hours today did you even try to do anything

If you had tried, yesterday
to do everything the right way
for you
for anyone

Would I even know you now?

Do you remember yesterday at all or is it just a
blank page
like today
and tomorrow

Nothing written, nothing done
Just another moon, and another sun
Nothing changed, nothing gained
One day sun, one day rain

How many days pass
with the same refrain
How many nights pass
both feeling pain

This must change

The wrong lizard might get it …

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

The South Will Rise Again Eli Braud – flickr creative commons

“On its world”, said Ford “The people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.” “Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.” “I did,” said Ford. “It is.” “So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”

“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”

“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?” “Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.” “But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?” “Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?” “I’ll…

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The Difficulty of Being A News Junkie

June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment


This is interesting from Trope

Originally posted on Elusive Trope:

Over the years I have moved up and down the spectrum of  being a news junkie to being completely out of the loop. One of my core beliefs and ideals about how to live is one should know what is going on in the world down to the local level. Yet time after time I have walked away from attempting to achieve this ideal. This an impossible ideal since there is so much happening in the world there just isn’t time to day to know everything that is happening, and especially want to delve into the event beyond reading some summary. Below are some of reasons why being a news junkie is a frustrating addiction.

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June 14, 2015 § Leave a comment


This is really interesting about Irish slavery in the New World.

Originally posted on peoples trust toronto:


They came as slaves: human cargo transported on British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. Some were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.

We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade.

But are we talking about African slavery? King James VI and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s Oliver Cromwell furthered…

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A Tale of Two Cities

May 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Butternut House construction

This is a tale of the two main places or areas that had the most effect on my up-bringing. And likely moulded my personality and views. The first 14 years of my life were spent in North Easter Ohio, in the township of Burton in Geauga County. Initially in the first house my father built on SR87/Kinsman Road. Close to the West Branch of the Cuyahoga River. Even here on what was considered a main drag, there was only one other house near by. The other side was two large fields and a couple of lots across the street. This was a very rural area and pretty much middle class. No rich folks that I was ever aware of. The rich people at that time live much closer to Cleveland in places like Shaker Heights and Hunting Valley. There were poor folks but no trashy areas…

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Not Suitable For Balloon Lovers

May 11, 2015 § 8 Comments

Both my DSLR and my little digital portable camera are currently out of commission. The reasons are various and inconvenient and not worth mentioning here.

The reason that I am so bummed that both my DSLR and my little digital portable camera are currently out of commission is what drives me to write this post.

The reason being twofold. The reason being this:

There is a balloon bouncing in the breeze, nearby.

This balloon is silver, white and blue foil, partially deflated, and tied to a short but sturdy bit of ribbon which is, apparently, tethered to something on the ground. A dead branch, a rock, who knows what it is, but something is keeping the twelve inches or so of ribbon tied to the ground near a nearby neighbor’s tree and the balloon is bobbing up and down about a foot above the ground in the woods near my nearby neighbor’s property.

And the sight is arresting me, for two reasons.

One, it makes me immediately recall a scene from one of my favorite films, “American Beauty”, the plastic bag scene.

Two, it makes me want to film a short clip of the balloon and then make a mock ad that would go something like:

WARNING! This film is not suitable for Balloon Lovers. This film contains footage of an actual Balloon struggling to free itself from a trap. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR BALLOON. Balloon Lovers everywhere are encouraged to follow safe Balloon Loving practices and keep their Balloons indoors, loved and inflated and…free.


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