Saturday, May 9, 2009

US Politics; Us, Us, Us

I see where President Obama is still choosing political expediency and personal opinion over honor and logical thought. The wealth he seeks is just for himself the a select minority of world inhabitants. The super rich of the world are killing us all and destroying the ability for anyone to even exist in this world, much less thrive and be happy. The sooner the voting public educates themelves to the fact that the miserly payout they receive from being a slave to the wealthy people of this world and the politicians owned controlled by that wealth is nothing compared to the tranquility of leaving this world knowing one's decisions were made with the intent to benefit others and as a result benefiting one's self and honoring one's ancestors with that role. Honor before wealth. Materialistic extremism is strangling the humanity out of this world.

I still ask the question about which US politicians would have helped that Russian school girl having problems with her nervousness, and how many would have used that as an opportunity to stand there and let the girl struggle. Perhaps Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin could provide another public service by authoring a book about decency and honor for the instruction of US politicians who seem lost in their understanding of those concepts.

Cleaning Home and Soul

Although I wanted to release a couple of articles today, it is time to get started on the day's tasks. I have always had a philosophy of minimalism, but have not always exercised that mindset with consistency . I have a father who put all of his faith in what or who he could own or control and have seen how miserable this approach to life has made him in his final days. Not only has he lost a son, he has lost the honor that accompanies the choice of others over self. Humans are constantly tempted throughout life with the choice between self and others. Particularly important is the parental obligation to protect and nurture one's children. That is a basic standard that wild animals consistently honor and many humans consistently reject in their preference for greed.

In my desire to not become my father. I also have to find a way to survive in the world that honors my father and dishonors true charity. My personal opinion is that not human is of lesser value than myself. Though we may have different focuses and may be at different periods in our lives, I refuse any suggestion that anyone is genetically deficient, or somehow preordained to live a lowly existence.

I will try to update this line of thought and be more active on this page. Within the next few weeks I will likely be able to do that. For now, I have to move on to other priorities, priorities which iwll be explained in more detail as time permits. I believe the personal revision and improvement is no longer a choice, but the only way any of us is going to live the best life we can live. More later....

It's All Mine

I have read where H.H. The Dalai Lama names ignorance as the primary obstacle to peace and happiness. I hope I am interpreting accurately, but I think I am correct in that conclusion. I don't know if greed stems from ignorance, but I see the destruction it causes in the USA and it has to stop. I have seen so many relationships destroyed without a thought because that interaction was not reaping the most financial benefit. I have seen families destroyed and ill feelings flourish as a result. This is the case with my own family. My father has lost everything of value in his greedy lust for material possessions. His folly is nothing less than a foolish waste of a lifetime of opportunity, an utter failure.

I write this article in honor of a cute Russian woman I have recently encountered. She has bright shining eyes, a smile that shines like the sun, and a sense of fairness and respect for others that I had thought was long gone from this world. It suddenly occurred to me that this was a reflection of not just her, but of her culture. I received confirmation of that belief when I read how Putin put his entire political reputation on the line to assist a nervous school girl who was struggling to honor him and her nation with a special song. Instead of standing there and letting her sink into shame and embarrassment, Putin sang along and honored himself and his nation, and his people. I am ashamed for Presient Obama and our most prominent politicians to express that I do not believe they would have deemed that as an acceptable political risk. I would also add that they would likely not know the words to such a song. Most American citiznes are too busy stealing from each other to learn patriotic songs.

That is the difference between US government focus and other polticians of the world. US politicans put themselves first, always. Policiticians like Putin are there for their nation and their people, and they do not hesitate to come to the aid of a citizen. In fact, US politicians do not even consider themselves fellow citizens of other Americans. They see themselves as an elite, genetically-superior class. The US needs polticians like Putin. Rather than trying to destroy Russia and it's culture with a McDonald's on every street corner, the US governemnt should embrace much of the Russian philiosophy and nurture a sustainable national culture, instead of worshiping wealth and greed.

Complimenting the previously mentioned qualities of that young lady were an adventurous spirit and a thoughtful mind. Don't believe a word of what you may have read about the Russian citizenry being ignorant and mostly drunk on vodka. Russia has many of the richest personalities and most intelligent people on the planet. Thus, the USA has the choice of gaining a powerful friend or provoking an enemy that could well end in disaster for the USA as a nation. It's the choice of the US citizenry regarding how long it tolerates the current behavior of its governments. It is also the choice of the US citizenry as to whether it continues to bask in ignorance like spoiled children or live in a responsible and sustainable manner, which utilizes the world's resources in a moral way.

In other words, US citizens have got to stop treating the rest of the world like it owes the US citizenry a privileged existence, or behaving like the US citizenry is somehow superior, because they have more"stuff." In fact, the US citizenry is weakened by all of their "stuff." The world belongs to everyone, and the US citizenry needs to rediscover the superior nature of the wealth of character, versus the current line of thought that the best people have the most expensive and desirable "stuff." The religion of materialism must be purged from American society, before it destroys the US nation and its inhabitants.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Will State Employees Replace National Guard?

As millions of Nation Guard troops are misused and abused in foreign wars, there is a shortage of personnel to fulfill their intended role, service during US domestic emergencies. A little bird has suggested to me that state governments are quietly enlisting state employees for emergency service. If that's not a draft, I need to brush up on my definition of involuntary service. Another wrinkle that has not surfaced yet involves state employees with prior military experience. I'd be willing to bet a few brain cells that those folks are going to be assigned more than just handing out blankets and water.

Did someone burn the US Constitution when I wasn't looking?

President Obama; Two-term Wonder or One-term Blunder?

President Obama has been quite a disappointment for me. He seems more than willing to continue George Bush's strategy of governing by fear. I am ready for the change, anytime President Obama is ready to deliver. I've remained silent until now, but the situation is becoming dire. Obama's condescending attitude towards advocates for decriminalizing marijuana is more than a little alarming. Again, if Obama is a Drug War advocate, where is this change we were promised?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

First gym work in 6 weeks!

Well, that couldn't have gone a lot better. After pushing my luck and straining my left shoulder, life appears to be getting back to normal. After 6 weeks off, I had a great return yesterday. It wasn't perfect, but I'm feeling soreness exactly where I should and it went very well, very well. Everyone thought I'd quit like many of the New Year's crowd. Nah, I'm there, good or bad. I kept trying to rush my recovery and making it worse so I just backed off completely. I was surprised that I don't feel any tweak or sharp pain with full weight on the shoulder during pushups. I was about perfect and Saturday afternoon was a great time to have the gym almost empty. It was very therapeutic to not have to hassle with people. For some reason, people think it's OK to stare in a gym. It's not. If someone is busy, don't eye f*&* them. They don't have to stare, I AM in great shape for my age, and they HAVE let themselves go.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dropping US Consumerism

I just tried to get pricing information for Comcast internet service in my area. Their attitude is to just sign up and worry about costs later, and to pay pay services you don't want for a "better" price on an internet connection. It's crazy. Corporations have destroyed our nation. All I want to see are rate plans in my area.
My decision, to drop my internet service entirely. I'll miss it, but I'll be damned if I'll keep being sucked dry. Back to reality for me. I'll use what free services I can manage to find, once my 2 year contract runs out. There is no sense or moral argument for the US government ot allow corporations to bleed customers dry. The US economy is based on criminal relationships between corrupt politicians and corporations, NOT capitalism and free competition.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Economic sanction madness has to stop; Cuba

A good reminder of how cruel US foreign policy is. Economic sanctions are seen as moral and peaceful alternatives to military action. In reality, economic sanctions are pure evil. The purpose is to torture innocent citizens into rebellion against the current government, which is often supported by that the majority of that same citizenry, by starvation and making the lives of innocent men, women, and children as miserable as possible. It is barbaric. What's worse is that economic sanctions on Cuba, like other forms of torture, do not work.

No Cuban products or raw materials may enter the US US companies and foreign

Subsidiaries banned from trade with Cuba

Cuba must pay cash up front when importing US food

Ships which dock in Cuba may not dock in the US for six months

US citizens banned from spending money or receiving gifts in Cuba without special permission, in effect a travel ban

Americans with family on the island limited to one visit every three years.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Mind your own business!!

Americans seem to have so much leisure time that they are bored with the details of their own lives. As my nomad post describes, my strategy over the next several months will provide me with a complete retrenchment of all material possessions, and provide the ability to move several times a year with minimal effort if desired. That should give landlords something to keep them busy, other than snooping into the lives of their tenants. I relish the demise of personal wealth in America. It's corrupted the core of freedom. Once the government has lost the carrot of easy living to dangle in front of the populace, control is lost and the DNC and RNC will finally crash into history as failed efforts of corruption. We'll see. Karl Marx isn't looking so crazy anymore.

Working out the kinks; Nomad post

On a personal note, I have not given up on this effort. The circumstances of the economy are requiring additional restructuring past what I anticipated. This time, I'm going completely nomad and selling everything I have over the next several months. All I'm going to have to move is maybe a bed and a desk, and a few changes of clothes.

My final strategy is to rent and own only what I can pack into a pickup truck in a few hours and be able to move it all in a single trip. If the bankers want lean and mean, they've got it. In other words, I've given up on ever owning any home or having a rooted existence and have embraced my role as a member of the impoverished nomad underclass of America. We'll see who the bankers loan money to now. They should have been more careful what they wished for. I anticipate a complete transition by July and will resume a more active role here.

Work at home insanity

I see where the snake oil salesmen of the "service economy" are now trying to sell the public on the "Internet economy." They seem to think everyone will be able to type happily on their computers from home and road congestion will be a problem of the past. There's something called market saturation. It is what happens if everyone tries to buy to same stock. There's a surge, then a crashing reset to real value. There is no substitute for producing food, repairing equipment needed for life, and producing ships, generators, water filtration equipment, etc. The world needs less get rich quick schemes and promises of easy living and more nuts and bolts practicality.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Great Opportunity to Redirect US Economy; Dumping the Tourist Economy

Times of turmoil and disorder are often ideal for instituting needed shifts in direction. US politicians have destroyed the economic infrastructure of the nation with their shady deals and inexplicable insistence to ship crucial US jobs to oppressed pools of cheap labor overseas. In other words, citizens are powerless and multi-national corporations are in charge and running the US into the ground with their greed and obsession with profit over purpose.

The US citizenry has got to start acting as a community and not cultural fragments all insisting on only their particular needs and desires. We all need food and shelter and jobs. We all want to be safe and not have our homes robbed. Nobody wants to be attacked physically or emotionally. Let's start there and modify the political approach of this nation.

I hear supporters of the status quo squeal about how important it is to have "experienced" leadership in the US Congress. Well, where has that "leadership" taken us in the last 30 years? I don't care if you're poor, what culture you exhibit, or your sexual preference, we all need to get on the same page before these banana republic dictator wannabes we have running this country destroy us all.

A sustainable national economy can't be based on waste. That approach is nothing more than painting oneself into a corner. I saw a recent article about the Las Vegas economy and was amazed to see the desire for people to waste money there. A healthy economy must be based on sustainability, not some crazy dream for the federal government to throw money around. Healthy and local food sources, existing shelter renovation and repair before new construction, repair before purchase on everything from vehicles to refrigerators, green technology with solar and hydroelectric, water purification and conservation and preservation. That's where the beginning is, not the same stale and broken promises for improved healthcare, education and jobs.

Free healthcare desn't mean much if one doesn't have any clean water to drink.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bosu Trainer and home gym fitness equipment

Core training would be where I'd suggest anyone start with an exercise program. I believe that one reason my joints ache is that I don't have enough muscle structure to support them. The Bosu ball costs about $129, but is worth every dime, in my opinion. The professional version is what they have in gyms and can be bought through Amazon. For my "home gym", I have that and the Gold's stability ball, a jump rope, and 2.5 lb. ankle/wrist weights...everything but the Bosu ball is from Wal-Mart. The Bosu ball and the stability ball each have instructional CDs. That's all there is too it. You don't need treadmills, steppers, weight machines or anything else to get started.

Cantor Has Got to Go

The primary reason Representative Eric Cantor can not remain in a position of influence is that he provided too much support for the most extended assault on conservative values in history by a GOP-led US Congress. Change has to start with the leaders in place. It is impossible to have an improved GOP with the same faces that thrust us into torture, domestic spying and ruthless application of authoritarian domestic policy. It must not be tolerated. The GOP wants to merely pretend that none of it happened...that Boehner never got roller adn that Senator Shelby was too quiet for too long. The only consistent conservative voice among the GOP is the truly honorable Ron Paul, and the GOP, as it exists today, loves to make fun of him.

Matt Drudge's Faux Conservatism; As Soon As GOP Lost Power

I must have missed all of the Matt Drudge articles blasting G.W. Bush, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and all of the other hypocrites who eagerly dug America, and the world, into a deep and dark hole over the last 8 years. World Net Daily has been MIA in that regard also. Suddenly, those GOP shills have remembered the abandoned fiscal conservatives who now often despise the GOP for its icy betrayal of principle and honor. The GOP and their hacks in the media think the GOP can be elected back into power in a year or two. I believe they will be surprised.

The big change that all of the snake oil salesmen have forgotten about is the Internet. It's harder and harder to fool the younger generation, when all they have to do is read from those of us who learned the hard way, what the younger generations will discover in 20 years or so, that the political system in the US is corrupt past repair. Most of the citizenry is more than capable of working through hard times. The main problem is a small minority of corrupt citizens. We need to remember that Bush and the GOP lost in 2008, Obama didn't win. The GOP lost because they completely betrayed all truly conservative principles. Cantor, Boehner, and most of the guilty are now promising to behave. I see now where the GOP is praising Cantor for being the only jewish GOP person in the US House of Representatives. Is that all we care about now, quotas? The GOP is supposed to praise skill and qualifications over bigotry also. Just who runs the GOP? It sure as hell isn't conservative constituents.

Taking Out the Trash; Emotional Abuse

Dramatic change in one's life may come from the mere cessation of destructive behavior. Trust me, it can be much easier than the fake reality your abuser has created will allow you to believe. Their influence was so destructive that there was no other choice. What I am discovering is how as little as one month of no contact with that destructive influence has changed my life for the better. Even time away from them with minimal contact was a huge benefit. However, termination of all contact has produced immediate and shocking benefits. Negative responses from that stress were far more prevalent than I had thought. It has literally been decades since I have been this glad to be alive, and this motivated to survive. I can't recall feeling this refreshed and relaxed in 40 years. My immune system is incredibly strong, compared to a few months ago. Even physical wounds heal faster. I'm just much healthier, emotionally and physically. A trait of mine that I had completely forgotten about was how I liked to laugh and my sense of humor. I'm laughing and smiling again, a lot. It'd been so long since I had any humor or enjoyment. Everything was stifled, strictly regulated by my abusers.

A focused human spirit is a remarkable entity. It's stubbornness frustrates even the most intense attacks. There was a brief period of about 2-3 months where I had a version of Stockholm Syndrome and berated myself as disloyal and how I needed to try to return in some capacity to my previous "captors" to continue my support. Yeah, right. No more of that. *laughing*

It's incredible. I'll never go back. I have retained, despite my abusers' wishful thinking, all rights of my birth. I have some great ancestors and relatives. My abusers just made the choice to not be among them. They can't take my blood away from me. One weapon an abusive parent uses is that their blood is in your veins and you are the same as they are....another lie. Abusive parents make the choice to do what they do, just as the target can make the choice to escape.

I don't like posting personal stuff, but there could be someone reading who is still trapped. I think many are like I was, free to leave, but feeling obligated to stay. Obligated to what, being tortured for a lifetime?

GOP, Cantor Schizophrenia

I was reading where the GOP is trying to sell the suggestion that US House representative Eric Cantor is a fresh voice of change. Cantor is the same man who helped lead the descent deep into war in Iraq and every other twist and turn of that rabbit hole known as "policy" of former U.S. president G.W. Bush. We heard no objections from Cantor to reports of pallets of US cash being unloaded in Iraq, no objections to no-bid contracts to GOP operatives, and no objections to the still missing $8 billion US spending on the Iraq war. Cantor blatantly ignored constituent pleas to not pass the $900 billion TARP. Let's not forget that the US Congress tacked on $200 billion in extra spending to the bank bailout in apparent retaliation for constituent objections. The TARP bailout, contrary to recent reporting was still more expensive than the current Obama bailout.

I have personally contacted Cantor's office on several occasions during the first of many bailouts of irresponsible Wall Street firms. The response from Cantor's office was to junk mail me into submission. I received as many as 6-8 identical letters regarding different concerns. I went as far as to email his office information as to exactly what was wrong with TARP, which Cantor and others now say they had no way of knowing how bankers would abuse the bailout.

To put it as politely as possible, Cantor often does not tell the truth until forced into it. It is nothing less than disgusting for someone so contrary to the character of the great James Madison to constantly infer a positive similarity. The last time I checked, James Madison and many others of that day spent much of their own money, risked death and everything they owned to create what they thought was right. To the contrary, Cantor and almost every US politician of this day hide behind lies and half-truths while the only true effort they consistently make is to get themselves re-elected to highly levels of power and influence.