Turtle Liberation Front
Actions in Mexico
South Baja Region
Build That Wall!
With Comrade Mary we are outraged by gringo actions against the turtle nests.
They relentlessly drive up and down the beaches in trucks and ATV’s for their leisure and pleasure crushing turtle egg nests.


As the President speaks of walls to keep “them” out, I see a need to build walls in Mexico to keep the Gringo’s corralled. These man-boys, (actually 60 years and up) buzz up and down the beaches too lazy to walk, indifferent to the environment they have moved to, willing to leak oil and crush an endangered species’ nests. My comrade said they remind her of the retirees in Florida in their golf carts, only these guys can play macho in an ATV. It smacks of colonialism and entitled white maleness. I had a dirt bike as a teenager, so I remember that energy of raging around anywhere, a sort of lawlessness, hell, I used to go out at night and ride around my hometown in Iowa until I got a cop to spot me and then I ditched them going off road through backyards and through parks and creeks, but I was a teenager. I crushed some grass and weeds, not endangered species.

We consulted with a local Mexican businessman and boyeee he is pissed at the Turtle killers, spouting off stats on the thousands of eggs that are crushed each year. He is one of the only locals speaking out against them. His business is getting vandalized and boycotted by many of the invasive gringo species as he struggles to make ends meet. The TLF sprung into action that night.


What kind of sociopath runs over these little buddies? https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g150777-d3328607-Reviews-Tortugueros_Las_Playitas-Todos_Santos_Baja_California.html#photos;aggregationId=&albumid=101&filter=7&ff=369299411

We started with a simple line in the sand, with boulders.

Or, my knees hurt, I can’t walk from the parking lot to the water, or The Mexicans drive on the beach too. I am okish with the locals doing it, not the northern white devil’s though. And, well yer not driving on the Santa Monica beach, or Santa Cruz or Venice or San Francisco’s Ocean Beach or Big Sur, so why it is ok to do it in another country??


We built these walls, they are token walls really, we lugged the boulders up from the waters edge and made a wall in the sand. Two days later a small opening was made in it, I filled it back in that night.

The morning we left Baja the TLF struck again! We climbed a favorite hilltop that overlooked the region. From the ocean to mountains. It bugged the hell out of me that the trail up the hill had been turned into a rutted and dug up 4-wheel drive, ATV and dirt bike trail. Trashing the hill, beer cans and all.
Walking down that last time at the foot of the hill we piled a row of rocks and rubble across the entrance to the hill.
Boys with toys can get over these walls depending on what they are driving, but, one hopes it will give them some pause or a pain in the ass having to lug the rocks out of the way……..


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Of all the funny, strange, and backwards myths that need undoing in America, none is more deeply ingrained — and hence more fiercely held — than this one. Capitalism makes us rich, and socialism us poor!! Hence, if I say “socialism”, many Americans — maybe even you — probably see an image of a bedraggled person in rags, wearing sandals, walking down an unpaved street, in a dust, decrepit, ruined town. And yet one of the simplest and truest fact in the world today is this.




I write this so the “left” and “liberals” don’t keep making the same mistake every 4 years. I remember Nixon. Obama’s voting record is comparable to Richard Nixon, one of the most despised of politicians of all time. I know, Republicans were racist goons who fought him at every step. SHOCKED! SHOCKED I was, politics in Washington. Politicing, after all, is zero sum. If you win an election, that means I’ve lost it (no wonder 1/2 of the U.S. doesn’t vote). Obama did have the full house and Senate when he was voted in in 2008, just as The Trump does now. What did he do those two years before he lost all of those seats and momentum????
YES, YES, OBAMACARE WAS A FEEBLE START. I qualified for about a year before they kicked me off. I made 26 K last year! No health care for Kal this year, just a fine. Bad Kal.


Democrats have backed themselves into a corner of voting for a very handsome, fantastic speachifier right winger. He didn’t have the guts to listen to Occupy, Arab Spring or even Black Lives Matter, he listened to corporations. His deaf ear to the trauma circumnavigating the globe handed the election to Trump, heretofore to be known as the Orange Cheeto, and we will pay dearly. And WE will pay, Obama won’t, won’t pay, he’s a millionaire. He will give speeches for the rest of his life raking in hundreds of millions of dollars. I wanted to like him! The first black prez! WOW. America grew up a little bit 8 years ago. Even if I didn’t vote for him, I saw through his neo-liberal charade from the git go, though I was hopeful. We MUST acknowledge the shortcomings, corruption and betrayals of those who were supposed to represent us if we are ever to change anything.

I abhor The Orange Cheeto. He is mentally disturbed and couldn’t run a papar route. Obama and everyone who voted for Hillary handed the Orange Cheeto the election by backing a horribly flawed candidate based on Identity politics. She sat on the board for Walmart!!! She and her husband have received 200 million dollars from the banks for speeches and related “work” over the last 15 years. She refused to release any of the transcripts of those speeches. We know that Bernie and any number of candidates would have trounced Trump. You have only the DNC, Hillary and anyone who voted for her to blame. Hillary’s voting record is equal to Bush Sr. At this rate Democrats will be running their own Trump in a couple of elections. If Dems. truly like policies that bail out the rich and promote endless wars, why don’t they just take back the Republican party?? How were they allowed to take over the Democratic party? I hope The Orange Cheeto is the bad tasting medicine that finally awakens “liberals”.


See you on the streets Jan. 20th and for the next 4 years, this is going to get real ugly.

Art wins every time, and I for one am doubling down on film making, poetry, robots, drawing, photography, you name it, the magic works. Hell, if’merica can make this then there is still hope!! This Saturday.  http://anglimgilbertgallery.com/rigo23/#ms-3933

To some degree it matters who’s in office, but it matters more how much pressure they’re under from the public. -Noam Chomsky

In the end it is economics, boycotts and going on strike. All fascists and the corpatocracy cares about is $$$. Mess with that and they will react. I worked on the divestment actions during the 1980’s during the apartheid regime in South Africa and it toppled them.
Stay tuned, don’t check out, pay attention, get involved … spread love and weirdness and joy.

Mssr. Obama, you still have a chance to do a couple of things right……Pardon Chelsea Manning, Leonard Peltier and all marijuana convictions.

Here is the City Lights Resistance Reading List for further research


Obama’s Legacy;



















He promised to pull US forces out of Afghanistan and Iraq and to shutter the Guantanamo Bay base.





The Oakland Fire
there is a LOT of misinformation out there, people love living this way, even if it is compromised, try and watch the whole clip…. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/RAW_-Two-Survivors-of-Deadly-Oakland-Warehouse-Fire-Describe-the-Scene-Inside_Bay-Area-404676316.html

please bring this up! Call out city leaders, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, etc., Google, Apple, Facebook and all of the other corporations that continue to expand but refuse to help with housing pawning it off on S.F., and Oakland.

Right now I don’t have words to express the fire tragedy in Oakland, I do know
It Could Have Been Any One of Us.
If you can help please do, I know the majority of artists who live in impoverished conditions can’t afford to contribute.




Whether or not you have the funds to donate to these fundraisers, sharing links to them on social media outlets is another way to show support. Hopefully, through funds donated, some of the financial burdens experienced by survivors and victims’ families can be relieved.

It Truly Could Have Been Any One of Us

If you can’t afford to buy a million-dollar home, then you can’t afford to live in the Bay Area and almost any major city in America, unless you’re willing to risk your safety. And that’s unconscionable

I have crafted a life in the arts because of artists like these — scrappy believers who sacrifice everything to live as artists and to find community, whether or not the so-called art world ever takes note.

“It’s really insufficient to look at the situation and not look at the structural problems that we have. If you can’t afford to buy a million-dollar home, then you can’t afford to live in this city unless you’re willing to risk your safety. And that’s unconscionable.”

The American artist has in many cases been reduced to being a squatter in order to survive and still make art. Some throw parties in order to pay the bills. Americans need to rise up and support their artists, putting aside a percentage of your earnings to purchase art by local artists. Otherwise, our culture is toast. Long live The Ghost Ship of American Art. RIP

those that reside in the margins: the queer, POC, anti- establishment, mentally or learning ” disabled”, artists and creatives who are economically insecure have no where to go! So they build their own versions of a home and community however they can. To just have a roof over your head, a person to share a meal with, a place to express yourself, a place where you feel included, is miraculous and prob took all your energy and resources to create. In creating these spaces, how often is there money, resources, and/or ability to deal with mainstream bureaucracy to install fire alarms, sprinklers, and get things ” up to code”?
Folks are just trying to survive and stay free in the process.

at this rate capitalism will make the arts extinct.


The new Fuckedupness. Massive poverty/economic disparity, police brutality, housing prices through the roof, the Democrats have turned into Republicans, Endless wars all = Constant Crisis.  Endless wars, drug epidemics, mass shootings, health care collapse, mass incarceration, housing crisis and costs, you can’t even get 2% interest from a bank.But, Sooner or later you will have the opportunity to elevate the game….

More and more I see the uber-rich the same as I would an alcoholic or a meth-head. They’re addicts, pure and simple. The first million was a rush, but then they need more. Bigger and bigger hits. Its never enough.

If only we could arrest them and force them into billionaires anonymous meetings.

















Constant Crisis
This is going to be a long haul.
Saving what is left of the environment is one if not the biggest calling for these times, please learn and do what you can.





Your anger is a strength!

Until the left looks at went wrong, they will continue to repeat the same mistakes. Maybe it is too soon for you all. Not me, I am ready, we have done this before. I am not afraid of Trump or his goons. As the world changes we HAVE to adapt.
I grew up in the midwest. I was a freak/punk in the late 1970/80’s. We wore steel toe boots to protect ourselves. Really. And they looked cool. It helps to look cool. The bully goons knew what our boots were for,  for defending ourselves. After Reagan got elected we did 100 pushups a day, took karate and self defense classes. The goons were empowered, loudmouthed and violent, just like now.
I know these bullies, I grew up with them, I almost became one. They NEVER pick on someone their own size or by themselves. They are real tough with their guns. Really they are cowards. They freak when you scream at them. But you don’t want to tangle with them, they like violence and they practice fighting. Keeping moving back and scream if they get close to you. This is all in generic self defense classes. Take one! really.
In the 1980’s skin heads, jocks and country boys were all lookin to kick some fags asses and they were all over the U.S. New York, Austin, L.A., Berlin, San Francisco, everywhere I lived they were there. They HATED punx. We were all fags to them, many of my friends were fags and dammit we fought for them too. “They” were Real fascists, we beat them before and we will beat them again. I remember people pooled money together and paid the H.A. to get rid of the skinheads once. Whatever it took.
We used to go out in groups, not go to certain neighborhoods, walk in the middle of the street, literally walking in the middle of the streets. We lived in some very rough neighborhoods, but they were cheap and FUN neighborhoods! But the streets were dangerous and we were targets. We got to know our neighbors and helped them with little chores. We gave each other crappy “scary” buzzcuts to look tough. We would cross the street to not walk in front of certain bars. Run from place to place we were going to. Really, we would run for miles sometimes. I was in the best shape of my life, a nice payoff. We sure didn’t have cab money.
At one point in S.F. all of my women friends wore caps, (never one with a logo some guy may try and chat you up about the team or whatever) tucking their hair into it, also wear large frame safety glasses. This masked their femininity and provided cover. I remember once being at a party in the Mission, all guys, sorta boring. As my women friends came in, they took off their weird glasses and hats, shook out their hair, a buddy of mine from Iowa was visiting, he was dumbstruck. Wondering why all of the women were in drag? Undercover? anti-feminine? But when they took off their outfits!? I explained they walked, took the bus or bicycled here, not safe on the streets and they pass this way. We all would trade stories on how we got out of scraps, (I have a hundred of them) ignoring the perp, screaming at them, acting crazy works great! No one wants to scrap with a lunatic.
We wore leather coats in case we got knifed. Some of my friends would wear 2 at once(Tom!). We would put our keys in our palms with the keys sticking out between our fingers. Carry a bottle in a pocket. Pepper spray. knives. On and on. If it gets to this level, which it can real quick, we have to adapt. It’s not the end of the world. It’s not like we are getting bombed (like the U.S. Does in the middle east) And you have to adapt fast. It is better to be ready than not.

We beat this before and we will again. Don’t panic and don’t psych yourself out.
Most communities have free self defense classes. Go with a friend, it’s fun! REALLY. If you are a woman take a women’s only class! I volunteered with/for a girlfriend who taught free classes for women,  I used to get the crap beat out of me. Try City Colleges, The Y.

This one has a happy hour and is free! http://sf.funcheap.com/free-defense-class-happy-hour-mission/

Practice moves like this with your friends and family!! Or have a get together and practice with your posse.


Claim your space, occupy and hold it, let’s be the supportive badasses we are.

This isn’t perfect but they NEVER are.


San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters

November 8, 2016 Voter Guide

I want to personally urge each of you living in San Francisco to vote Yes on Proposition S when you go to the polls. Proposition S is a critical (and currently unopposed) measure that reinstates the San Francisco Hotel Tax to its original intent: to allocate funds to support the arts across the city, and to secure housing for low-income families and people experiencing homelessness.

Find your power!
Last week, thousands of female employees across Iceland walked out of workplaces at exactly 2:38 p.m. to protest against earning less than men. One headline read, “Women in Iceland protest country’s 14 percent pay gap by leaving work 14 percent early.”
The poetician says: “maybe, you know, the American people could do something historical, and, collectively, everybody that’s not happy with Trump or Clinton to vote for a third choice.”

we’re not really an anarchist party, because anarchism, in the minds of many people, is about black blocs or whatever. We are more about citizens’ engagement, to facilitate ways for the general public to take responsibility in society and to help facilitate change and to draw from the wisdom of the masses what is needed to do in order to prioritize how we run our society.

I am truly curious how people think voting Democrat will help? If you live in a non swing state, convince me you are not wasting your vote by voting for Hillery? My question is, WHY wouldn’t you vote for a 3rd party? With all due respect, it is not about beating Trump, it is about opening up the system.  

If you do not live in a swing state and are a “progressive” than it is critical for you to vote for an alternative or even, GASP! A third party candidate. For this is the only option for alternative candidates and change.
I am sure everyone has heard of the ELECTORAL COLLEGE

I hear the SCOTUS rap every 4 years. The same judges who placed  GW Bush in power and gave corporations human rights. Believe you me, Hillery is NOT going to nominate progressive judges.

‪Margaret O’Brien‬ Look, Clinton is going to win California. The question is whether she wins with a mandate to do whatever the fuck she wants or she sort of wins and a bunch of other people win a little bit too and it might cause Washington to rethink the neoconservative path that is is on, regardless of which party is in office. Maybe it will scare them into thinking about our concerns during the next election. Maybe not. But voting for Clinton when you don’t have to isn’t going to change Washington at all.

The wars we are fighting are the single biggest problem with the US today. Besides hurting our security and our economy in obvious ways, the wars also hurt us socially. All that war excess coming back as tanks being given to police forces is installing a police state that has no issues with killing Americans for selling cigarettes illegally. It’s all related and it is all bad.

LOUNGE MUSIC BREAK, https://youtu.be/mB9T7eQXAdI?t=838

But what about creepy clowns!?

‘Creepy clown’ spotted on Muni bus amid nationwide craze

Here is what the Right Wing Democrats are bringing us-
Billionaires sinking castles!??

“a modern-day La Brea tar pit”


If you do not live in a swing state please consider voting 3rd party. The presidential nominee of each party that receives 5% of the vote may become eligible for a public grant of $20,000,000 plus federal fund matching. We would be way better off having more options than the 2 party system(aka one party system).




There is a fantastic opportunity to change the electoral process these season, do NOT waste your vote.
You are literally wasting a precious vote for Democracy if you live in a non contesteded state (see Electoral College)
This Election is essentially over.

If you do not live in Florida, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina or Arizona Do not Waste Your Vote.
I had three choices: vote for the turd sandwich, the giant douche or accept what everyone else wanted. In California Clinton II should win by several million votes. My vote is irrelevant at that point.

As polls show Hillary Clinton closing in on victory, Official Washington’s neoconservative (and liberal-hawk) foreign policy establishment is rubbing its hands in anticipation of more war and more strife, including a U.S. military escalation in Syria, a take-down of Iran, and a showdown with nuclear-armed Russia.

Washington’s New Lock-Step March of Folly

She has done nothing but back corporations, wars and perpetuated poverty. Our own Maggie Thatcher……I am mortified what will happen. They are already ramping up The cold war with Russia for her. Please do not waste your vote. ‪https://consortiumnews.com/…/washingtons-new-lock-step…/‬

“People want mementos. They want to touch the hem of the garment.”

Sooner or later you will have the opportunity to elevate the game….


This is a truly disturbed creature…‪https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgcd1ghag5Y

The media wants you afraid, clicking and delusional.



The Donald nah, he will be launching….a resort with it’s own survival games and cruise line TV shows.

The country is living like we aren’t in the middle of a collapse. We are in a state of Collective delusion. We all pretend this isn’t happening.
Wages haven’t risen since 1974
The environment is all but dead.
Jobs and unions are a joke.
Workaholic/overworked populace.
Corporations run the planet.
The U.S. is at constant war.
Massive homelessness.
Blacks are still hunted, jailed and killed daily.
Rents and housing are at astronomical highs.
Education costs a fortune.
Gainful employment in utterly useless professions is considered a worthwhile aspiration.
Healthcare can bankrupt you.
Products are made to fail/planned obsolescence.
Professions ranging from taxi driving to equity-fund managing are being replaced by automation and algorithms.
Tried to open a savings account in the past 5 years? There are no savings rates to pay you giving banks your money.
Drug wars and it’s epidemic rages on.

And yet some go on like Hillery and the Democrats will fix things,


“Hillary Clinton is Mitt Romney in drag. She and the Democratic Party embrace policies—endless war, the security and surveillance state, neoliberalism, austerity, deregulation, new trade agreements and deindustrialization—that are embraced by the Republican elites. Clinton in office will continue the neoliberal assault on the poor and the working poor, and increasingly the middle class, that has defined the corporate state since the Reagan administration. She will do so while speaking in the cloying and hypocritical rhetoric of compassion that masks the cruelty of corporate capitalism.” -Chris Hedges

The status quo gets you nothing but more status quo.

The right wing (Democrats) are endlessly hectoring progressives to back their pro business pro war candidates.

The Presidential contest is basically over by the time it hits Missouri anyway- California’s vote is NEVER counted. The downticket, voting third party and local stuff is IMPORTANT tho.




This French philosopher is the only one who can explain the Donald Trump phenomenon  https://thinkprogress.org/this-french-philosopher-is-the-only-one-who-can-explain-the-donald-trump-phenomenon-47afad40647c#.2vs61gy75


At the rate the Dems. are going, Obama’s record is = to Nixon’s, Hillary=Bush Sr., in 2 more elections they will be nominating a Trump. Mark my words.



Sun Ra

Here comes the whitewashing as he winds down one of the worse presidencies of all time. “It has taken a while, but the real toll of decades of economic decline culminating (so far) in the 2008 crash is finally emerging to the visible surface of social and political debate. The Obama years will be remembered as a meaningless parenthesis in which this calm, slick, well-spoken Harvard Law School graduate and first black president , with his sleazy economic advisors (Tim Geithner, Robert Rubin, Larry Summers), restored, for a while, the appearances of normalcy, at least for Wall Street. Meanwhile, tens of millions lost their homes and were ground down economically, record numbers of undocumented immigrants were deported, 4700 killer drone attacks were authorized by the White House, one-third of young people, into their 30’s, have been forced, with crushing student debt, to move back in with their parents, the electronic police state revealed (for any remaining skeptics) by Edward Snowden was further consolidated, the militarization and the sickening proliferation of American flags in daily life continued apace, and America, with military installations in 110 countries and a defense budget equal to those of the seven next largest armed forces combined, plays with fire and a potential major war in the Middle East, Ukraine and the South China Sea. Or even better, the Obama years may well be remembered as the parallel to the 1929-1937 period, during which a lame state-sponsored recovery from the crash ran out of steam and gave way to preparations for war, and then to war itself.” – Loren Goldner

The “election”


I am sure everyone has heard of the electoral college.
And swing states.
If you do not live in a swing state and are a “progressive” than it is critical for you to vote for an alternative or even, GASP!, a third party candidate. For this is the only option for alternative candidates and change.
The status quo gets you nothing but more status quo.

“The United States is essentially a one-party state. It has two factions of the business party.”
– Noam Chomsky

NOW, more than ever, vote 3rd party.
In neo liberal circles needing to prop up these end times of late capitalism, I rekon they will demand we vote for their corporate stooges. Obama’s voting record is like Nixon. Hillary will be Bush Sr. At this rate, by 2024 the Dems. will be fronting their own Trump style candidate.
The right and left have abandoned the middle class, and this is what you get. People are poor and have given up on the “system”, and they are desperate to try anything. You reap what you sow. I blame the democrats (Hillary and Co.) and Republicans for abandoning the 99%.


From the esteemable John No
“PLEASE NOTE: If you are going to comment that my disapproval of Hillary Clinton as a candidate translates into a vote for Trump in literally any way, please just stop now. It is a ridiculous assertion and makes a mockery of the entire democratic process. If the Democratic Party decided to nominate a candidate who is so weak that she can’t beat a pathologically lying, racist, xenophobic demagogue neo-fascist then that is the fault of the Democrats, not me.”

I remember when Bill Clinton campaigned for Gavin Newsom here in SF, on election week and night and helped him clinch an extremely close race against the most progressive mayoral candidate we’ve had in many years, Matt Gonzalez. So, it is fair to say, Clinton has had the effect of making SF a much more corporate city.

Glenn Greenwald: Hillary Clinton Has Embraced Some of the Most Brutal Dictators in the World

Hillary Clinton Promises A More Muscular Foreign Policy As President
From Iran to Syria to Ukraine, Clinton wants the U.S. to be more aggressive.
59 Journalists Murdered in Honduras Since Clinton-Backed Coup

I am not a Democrat, never have been never will be. They do not represent me. Bailing out millionaires and endless wars are not policies that I stand behind. Choosing 2nd best is not in my DNA.  Living in California, a Blue State, many of  us have the option to propose other candidates you know, someone who actually represents you and that you like, and presenting this concept to the rest of the country, lets just call it an alternative vote.

Your sense of reality is marred by your very high opinion of your beliefs.
The revolution in your own mind is getting tiresome

Trump is once again, breaking the game. Doing whatever he wants and staying on top of the news cycle. He is a master at this. And, stays one step ahead of everyone else. He outwits and outplays at every step. How will the game play out when he is toe to toe with Hillary?
The GOP has created a public relationship with America that demands *our* management and mitigation of *the GOP’s* abusive behavior.

It is Hillary’s job to get u to vote for her. It is not our job to vote for her. I say this mantra like every 4 years to all Rebuplicrats.

Thelonius Monk; They tried to get me  hate whit people, but someone would always came along + spoil it.

Walking While Black

Walking While Black

Policing is a Dirty Job, But Nobody’s Gotta Do It: 6 Ideas for a Cop-Free World
It’s time to start imagining a society that isn’t dominated by police



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We are at a crossroads, nations on one side, corporations on the other, and since we’re all connected, which law is the one that rules the world we’re living in? It’s like living in the Far West, we are at the beginning of a new era, where everything is legit, even NSA controlling everyone at every time. So its far more subtle than Orwell’s society, as we believe that we are free and that we decide independently, while every choice we make is registered and sometimes steered: data today value much more than gold.

Class in session

This demand for respectful silence in the wake of a public figure’s death is not just misguided but dangerous. That one should not speak ill of the dead is arguably appropriate when a private person dies, but it is wildly inappropriate for the death of a controversial public figure, particularly one who wielded significant influence and political power.

I adore him like the Jewish uncle I never had. I just want you all to get a good education. And go to the doctor every year. And, well, everyone stop fighting! No wars.

Here’s the Thing So Many Americans Can’t Grasp About Bernie Sanders

It repulses me that she is now using the term progressive…..How the left-wing party establishments try to discredit candidates like Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders


Anyone who shrugs and claims that change is just too hard has crawled into bed with the billionaires who want to run this country like some private club.” -Elizabeth Warren


Watch Hillary Clinton get booed in 2002 for her anti-gay marriage stance


Billery couldn’t beat Obama. She was on the board of WALMART! And is funded by the banks and Wall Street. I will vote Green Party before I would vote for that shill.
















View at Medium.com

A Feminist’s Guide to Critiquing Hillary Clinton

The differences are so clear. I suppose if you are for corporations hoarding all of the wealth, Endless War and a Surveillance State then the empire of Republicrat Clinton’s are your choice.













Posted as of 10/24/16


I have never had someone I voted for in a presidential election win in my 36 years of voting. Since the Democrats have never represented what I want and I do not vote for the lesser of two evils. I do not live a life of choosing the lesser of two evils.
If you do not live in a swing state and are a “progressive” than it is critical for you to vote for an alternative or even, GASP!, a third party candidate. For this is the only option for alternative candidates and change.

The endless wars.

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Some days you have to turn off the news
and listen to the bird or truck
or the neighbor screaming out her life.
You have to close all the books and open
all the windows so that whatever swirls
inside can leave and whatever flutters
against the glass can enter. Some days
you have to unplug the phone and step
out to the porch and rock all afternoon
and allow the sun to tell you what to do.
The whole day has to lie ahead of you
like railroad tracks that drift off into gravel.
Some days you have to walk down the wooden
staircase through the evening fog to the river,
where the peach roses are closing,
sit on the grassy bank and wait for the two geese.
“Some Days” by Philip Terman

California poll: Trump’s numbers dropping into ‘uncharted territory’

“Pious teachers say that Buddhism helps us in every possible way, but think: how can it help the blind, the deaf, or the dumb? The blind cannot see the teacher’s staff that is raised before them. The deaf cannot hear the teacher’s words, no matter how wise. The dumb cannot ask their questions or speak their understanding. So since we cannot help these people, how can we say Buddhism helps in every possible way? What good is it?”
Many years later a monk asked the master Ummon to explain these words of Gensha. After making the questioner prostrate himself and then rise, Ummon swiped at him with his staff. The monk jumped back.
“Ah-ha!” said Ummon, “I see you are not blind!” Then he told the monk to come forward, which he did.
“Ah-ha!” said Ummon, “I see you are not deaf!” Then he asked the monk if he understood what all this to-do was about. The monk said he did not. “Ah-ha!” said Ummon, “I see you are not dumb!”

Don’t waste your Blue state vote!
Living in California, a Blue State (OR NON SWING STATE), we the option to propose other candidates you know, someone who actually represents you and that you like, and presenting this concept to the rest of the country.
The status quo gets you nothing but more status quo.
Here is what we got from Obama it will be worse under the Hillery;
“The United States is essentially a one-party state. It has two factions of the business party.”
– Noam Chomsky

I disagree that voting 3rd party hurts. I could just as easily say voting Democratic hurts. I am interested in introducing the concept to people stuck in red states, for instance, as I was once. That their are options, that things can be better. If folks see no options they often give up (1/2 of all potential voters! or even Trump voters). My sense is the opposite of yours, as 3rd parties grow people will demand more from the mainstream, they can cross over when the mainstream does as well.

With all due respect, it is not about beating Trump, it is about opening up the system.  Either you want more options or are OK with the status quo (wars, poverty). I still am looking for the answer why people are wasting their vote on Hillery in non swing states?
Are we all driven by fear and not logic?

I appreciate that, and have heard the Vacc. defense before. I am clearly stating Blue/non swing state (I hope). I am just going on Hillary’s record as far as not liking her. I am under no illusion that 3rd party voting will swing Ca. to a red state. Nor is that my goal.

I am truly interested in how to break out of this gridlock. I know that some folks are sentimental for the Democrats.

Let me see … he’s lied about every other issue … extended the wars to 7 countries … is letting the banks/fed/wall st. get away with robbery while putting their VPs in his cabinet … ACLU think he’s ‘worse than Bush’ on civil rights

Power never cedes power willingly.

I am always intrigued that every 4 years “Democrats” (actually right centrists) INSIST that I vote for THEIR candidate.
I am not a Democrat, never have been never will be. They do not represent me. Bailing out millionaires and endless wars are not policies that I stand behind. Choosing 2nd best is not in my DNA. Never has been never will be.

“But I am just some guy on the internet.” -Me

It is circular logic to say no one will vote for them.

Must be Republicrat voting time!
EVERY 4 years I go though this, since I could vote in 1980.


via Tristan Ursula: “Two nights ago I was driving home, alone, after a day in the Santa Cruz mountains. NPR was reporting live from the Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn. She spoke of shattering a glass ceiling. She spoke of her mother’s struggle. She spoke of women fighting against all odds to survive in a world made for men. She spoke of tearing down xenophobia and lifting up all Americans. She spoke of accepting gay love. She spoke of fighting racism. The crowd cheered but I wept.
For 30 minutes I wept on that winding road between Santa Cruz and San Jose. I wept because I remembered Honduras. I remembered the women and gay people I saw on the streets of Tegucigalpa. I remembered the resistance movement they lead against a fascist coup. I remembered the paramilitaries roaming the streets. I remembered being followed. I remembered when my partner-at-the-time and I were detained by armed paramilitaries for our support of the thousands of Women, Trans people, Gay people, Indigenous farmers and students who were struggling to free themselves from the authoritarian right wing government. I remembered when the gay men and trans women began disappearing. I remembered when the trans women and the gay men who stood up against the fascists were being kidnapped and murdered by the paramilitaries. I remembered when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly and privately supported the coup. I remembered when this woman, who was now speaking to millions of us about feminism and gay love and progressivism, helped murder the women and queer people I marched with in Honduras.
I wept for them. I wept for feminism. And I wept for the millions of well meaning people who were duped by this fraud.”


Never vote for someone who hates you.

Time for a break-
From the Stage of a great artist;

As an artist I chose a life of no compromise, I am sure not going to do compromise in the privacy of the voting booth, I vote for the person I want, not the 2nd or 3rd one I don’t really want.

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”
–    Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

After (presumably) years of abuse, it’s inspiring to see the oppressed rise up against their oppressors, which they have outnumbered all along. It’s also encouraging to see how the group gets unceasingly emboldened, when hey realize how vulnerable the oppressor is. Thank you for the ever-so-clear lesson, lions!

What have the Republicrats gotten me? I am sickened by the corporate bailouts and endless wars. I fear Democrats’ Stockholm Syndrome with their party. I still vote with my conscious, sadly my whole life the Dems. have been a let down…. Voting 3rd party or for whom you want IS exercising democracy and freedom of speech. It is incremental steps towards what that person wants. MAYBE a candidate like Kucinich or Sanders or Nader or John Anderson will get elected to a more powerful office eventually because of constant slow pressure. Maybe not in my life, but I am trying. All real movements happen this way: politicians can’t do it without pressure. Why will not the people pressure?

Constant pressure started and changed: women’s rights and suffrage movement, civil rights/black rights battles, voters rights for women and people of color, it stopped the Vietnam war, Support for AIDS victims, South African Boycott against Apatheid State.Throughout history all of these battles were won by constant pressure (politicians ran away from these issues) and, well, hitting the streets with protests and demonstrations. None of these would have happened without some visionary starting to work for some change.

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. – Noam Chomsky

This pro Obama/Democrat talk is complete bs. He voted for everything Bush put out when he was a Senator … he turned his back on Dem values … I never voted for him and don’t regret it. You all should regret it and ‘move on’ … otherwise, based on the facts of our situation regarding the climate and environmental pollution alone we are so f#*%d it’s unbelievable.

Andrew Levine tells us the reason for the betrayal of liberal principles: Obama is not a liberal and never has been; he is a libertarian. (Others have noted this, e.g. Paul Krugman -“More and more it’s becoming clear that progressives who had their hearts set on Obama were engaged in a huge act of self-delusion. Once you got past the soaring rhetoric you noticed, if you actually paid attention to what he said, that he largely accepted the conservative storyline, a view of the world, including a mythological history, that bears little resemblance to the facts.) Realizing that Obama is a libertarian explains a great deal, why, for instance, in the debate over “Obamacare”, the “public option” was dispensable window dressing, while the “private option” was never in question. It explains Obama’s readiness to let Wall Street call the shots, and his attack on business regulations. It explains why Obama is so eager to get the most shameless corporate types into his administration, and why, on matters of war and trade and other issues of immediate concern to capitalists, he can’t do enough for them – to the detriment of his core constituencies. These are not just political maneuvers or expressions of unrequited partisan yearning, and neither are they concessions to ineluctable constraints.The are misgjuided but principled positiions that actually make conventional liberalism look good. . . . Just as “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” neither can a Reagan-besotted executive committee of the entire ruling class.”

“They’ve been down there four years. And all other legislation they’ve wanted to bring up they’ve brought it up and got it out of the way and now they bring up you. Now they bring up you. You put them first and they put you last. ‘Cause you’re a chump. A political chump. Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government and that party can’t keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you’re dumb enough to walk around continuing to identifying yourself with that party…aw, I say, you been misled. You been had. You been took.”
-Malcolm X


The answer to right-wing extremism isn’t to have an accommodationist centrist Democrat in the White House, which seems to be this Bernie-bashing writer’s main argument. We need to fight for the equitable, sustainable society we need. And there are opportunities to win over big parts of the Republican base on issues like taxing the rich and regulating Wall Street — which have broad popular appeal even if they’re anathema to the GOP’s donor class.

if the current system works for you, then yeah, why risk anything on a candidate like bernie? a time for revolution will never come in the minds of the privileged.

Never vote for someone who hates you
The richest one percent of the world’s population now own more than the rest of us combined. 62 people own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. Bernie is THE ONLY candidate talking about this.

Trump Rallies are a lot like revival meetings. Speaks a lot in generalities, mostly about how great he is, answers questions form the fans with a bunch of generalities about how tough is is and will be. Lots of persecution of the “others”. Never any specifics or details on answers, lots of blather. The PT Barnum of our age.
There ARE options; http://www.jill2016.com/plan
The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.
– Cesar Chavez
“Whatever the fight, don’t be ladylike.” -MOTHER JONES

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An American businessman is on vacation in Mexico. Every day he sees aMexican fisherman go out at dawn and then come back with a boat full of fish at noon. The fisherman then unloads his catch and quits for the day.

The American approaches the fisherman and says “excuse me, but I’m really curious. What do you do after you bring your boat in at noon?”

“Well”, says the fisherman, “I go home and have a big lunch and then I have a siesta with my wife and family. Later on, when it’s cooler, I play outside with my kids. Then in the evening, I go into town and sit in the square with my amigos and we drink wine and play the guitar and sing songs.”

“But why don’t you go out for a second catch?” says the American.

“Why would I do that? asks the fisherman.

“Well,” says the American, “you would earn a lot more money.”

“And why would I want that?”

“Well, eventually, you could earn enough to buy another boat. And then you could hire other fisherman to work for you.”

“And why would I want that?”

“Well, you’d keep making more and more money. And eventually you would have an entire fleet of fishing boats”

“And why would I want that?

“You’d be so rich you could retire. Every day you could have a big lunch and a siesta with your wife and family. Then you could play outside with your kids. Then in the evening, you could go into town and sit in the square with your amigos and drink wine, play the guitar and sing songs.”

I’m not not violent. -Nina Simone


“The United States is essentially a one-party state. It has two factions of the business party.”

 – Noam Chomsky, on Charlie Rose Show

Voltaire nailed it in Candide – the simple superficial man won’t recognize the real El Dorado because he will always seek the promise of more gold beyond his grasp.




Whenever there is a mass shooting, especially when one is done at a grade school, the national news should show the slaughtered children, all of them, up close. Really show what is happening. Hell I don’t even have kids, funny I should care so much.
The Right’s false historical narrative that the Founders wanted an armed American public that could fight its own government. News & Politics. A big obstacle to commonsense gun control is the Right’s false historical narrative that the Founders wanted an armed American public that could fight its own government.


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STOP COVERING UP FOR THE NRA and Gun nuts. Show what is really happening.

People with guns tend to shoot people and people without guns have a tendency not to shoot people. Its that simple.

The study also found that guns are “disproportionately owned” by those who are more likely to have trouble with anger management and impulse control.

Because its a bro thing..white guys rallying around their oppression..they all just relate…

The NRA, a business marketing corporation aka a lobbying group. , is monopolizing the way guns are distributed in the country- illegally

Statistics show that several orders of magnitude more deaths of innocents are caused by guns than instances where they were used to foil crimes. In fact anyone who hasn’t been trained in combat handgun tactics has no business carrying one in public in the first place. 99% of the time people without training when confronted with a live fire situation, either piss themselves and never draw their weapon, or they do and recklessly shoot the wrong person.


The Right’s false historical narrative that the Founders wanted an armed American public that could fight its own government. News & Politics. A big obstacle to commonsense gun control is the Right’s false historical narrative that the Founders wanted an armed American public that could fight its own government.

Guns are part of the “cult of masculinity” sweeping the nation.
“We’re talking about masculinity in a period of rising feminism and changing gender roles.” Women are leaning in. Hillary Clinton might be our next president. The patriarchy is far from finished, but men on the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum especially are feeling threatened.
For men who look to guns to validate their sense of masculinity, the prospect of restrictions imposed by an external authority is disempowering and emasculating.
the patriarchal system, which privileges a certain set of masculine behaviors, values, and practices, provides men with “a clear and justifiable reason to own guns.” It cements their identity as masculine men.
America’s gun problem has everything to do with America’s masculinity problem

Black Americans Are Killed At 12 Times The Rate Of People In Other Developed Countries

sex toys!

Pro gun Freaks kill each other with….GUNS!




Nation Resumes Complex Debate Over Whether Thousands Should Be Killed Each Year for No Apparent Reason.

We all know the profile of these mass shooters, 20-30’s year old white MALE, middle class and mentally ill. We are in the midst of a mental health crisis and these people have nowhere to turn to for help. Meanwhile They are preyed upon by the NRA and politicians.
There is the self-fulfilling prophesy that the NRA promotes, that the government is coming for your guns so get more guns! White males hoard these guns under the fallacy that they will one day overthrow their government. A government that has drones that can shoot you from 30,000 feet up in the air. A government that has jet fighters and nukes. No machine gun can take on a nuke, jet fighter or drone. Follow the money. The NRA, gun manufacturers and politicians are making bank off of these suckers who then turn into mass murderers. The inventor of the AK-47 has said he wishes he’d invented something to help farmers instead — “for example a lawnmower.”

Toddlers in on the action!

The Birders Are On our Team!

Enraged Birders To Retake Oregon Wildlife Refuge In Dawn Offensive


No other country has these problems





Police chief: I was sleeping when I accidentally shot my wife


Methods That Police Use on the Mentally Ill Are Madness
Why do so many American cops believe that shooting a schizophrenic man dead for failing to drop a screwdriver is an acceptable outcome?


Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing… and it’s not guns

Cop on Cop Violence

More than two a day, according to a Washington Post analysis. That is more than twice the rate of fatal police shootings tallied by the federal government over the past decade, a count that officials concede is incomplete.“These shootings are grossly under­reported,”



So where were the “good guys with guns”?

dog shoots man

Michigan Republican Official Fatally Shoots Self in Eye While Trying to Adjust Bra Gun Holster



Leaves citizens defenseless against government with world’s largest military, vast stockpile of nuclear weapons

Each time these shootings happen, we exhort each other to “let our elected leaders know how we feel.” I would like to point out that this approach, aside from having failed miserably, is entirely inadequate.
These shootings take place on a weekly basis in the US, and the majority of Americans want reform of gun laws to reduce the violence. Yet we cannot act — everyone acknowledges — because of the immense power and influence of one organization in particular: the NRA.
The NRA has a budget of $228 million, almost half of which is garnered from its membership of 4 million Americans.
To combat the organized power of the NRA, we would need to support and fund an organization of potentially comparable size and influence, with an agenda that combats the NRA and works in our favor: promoting the abolition of semi-automatic weapons, stricter identity checks, the repeal stand-your-ground laws, etc.
This might mean backing an organization with which we do not agree on every point of policy or strategy. That’s hard — we all want to be pure and above reproach. But this crisis is ongoing and will not be solved until we act.
The best candidate that I can see to counter the NRA is the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence: http://csgv.org/ There is also the Brady Campaign: http://www.bradycampaign.org/





While one class is being encouraged to try, and forgiven when they fail, a different set – the creative or activist types who aren’t doing it for the money – are being sent the message that they must behave like tightrope walkers, or maybe robots, if they want to remain.


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Kal Spelletich, an early pioneer of Burning Man type kinetic sculpture, says gentrification has decimated his community of friends much as the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s did.

Back in the day, says Spelletich, “I step out my door in San Francisco and there’s a guy on roller skates, in a nun’s costume with tons of make-up and jewelry with a big old beard, and that gave me license to do whatever I want.”

“As I lose my friends and family, it’s not like they get replaced by other artists and freaks, it’s a net loss. For a 50 year lineage of radical art to just stop – it’s devastating.”

“The saddest thing is that when I used to hang out with my friends everyone was talking about their creative projects, the poems they were writing, the opera they want to make, the crazy robotics project … now the people who are left are so scarred they’ve lost the magic and poetry and fun rebelliousness of making art and they’re all stuck in an endless dialogue about displacement.”

pete seeger

My dear friend lost his uncle this week.
He sent me this photo today, that he took just this past year.
Goodness, a true pillar of strength.

Few have moved so many mountains.
I aspire to just an iota of his accomplishments…..

Many many people rolled over for HUAC, The House Un-American Activities.
Cowardice and bullying at its worse.


I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent this implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, or I might be a vegetarian, make me any less of an American. I will tell you about my songs, but I am not interested in telling you who wrote them, and I will tell you about my songs, and I am not interested in who listened to them.

What other field would people work at cafes and bars so they could do their own work? Would the terrorist bankers who just destroyed the world economy work in poverty at odd jobs just so they could gamble the worlds capitol at night and on weekends, on their dime?
Hence we know they are not on their real path. You know you are on that path when you will pay to do your work. This is one reason people attack art, it proves just by doing it how important this work is.
And, we are doing a workaround capitalism.

Nelson Mandela changed my life.

The 1980’s were my university years. By 1985 the divest from South Africa movement was gaining energy. I was living in San Francisco and Berkeley was jumping off. They were running protests and demonstrations. They built a shantytown. And there were running battles.

I moved to Austin Texas to go to grad school in 1986 and the divestment movement was taking off there as well. More shantytowns and demonstrations and it drove the cops and University officials CRAZY. The racist frat boys on campus couldn’t stand it. There were running skirmishes, the shantytowns were attacked. There were massive demonstrations to get the University, hell, the whole world to pull their money out of South Africa’s racist apartheid regime. It seemed like it would never ever work. College kids making global economic demands. There were constant warnings from the mainstream press that we were hurting the people we were trying to help. Pulling money out of their economy would be a disaster. That the country would spiral into a civil war and utter disaster.

Eventually most Universities got on board, faculty were supporting us.

Suddenly, one by one, the schools pulled their endowment money from the corporations based or doing business in South Africa. Then corporations did the same. We couldn’t believe it. The old saying, follow the money was true. Once enough schools pulled out, businesses started to do the same. It seemed in no time. Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. South Africa was a mess, but we felt like our actions helped free their leader and started the election process there which led to Nelson’s election to president.

We won. Wow. Civil disobedience works. We were empowered. The horrific Apartheid government was toppled and hope and true change was in effect. He was a radical but he was peaceful, not out for vengence. He didn’t allow revenge killings. So noble. He helped free the whites of South Africa, from the impossible position they were in.


These were not my first protests at all…… But something was different. It ended how we wanted it to. All of the Anti-war demo’s, anti-violence, anti-gentrification, workers rights, etc. actions….have never seem to amount to anything since then.

He was so brave, all those years locked up. Noble. Proud in the face of such horrors.

If I learned anything, you can remain compassionate and humane in the face of brutal sociopaths. It throws their ridiculousness back in their face.  And, follow the money. The corporations run the governments, all they care about is money. Hence, boycotts work. Joe Mangrum…..boycott Walmart? Though I have never bought anything at a Walmart so, I already am.

I reckon I keep going to demo’s and trying to be an activist hoping we can have such a good results again……and there was nothing like running battles/skirmishes to get you to come back the next day.

I used to sing this song in my head when we were running from the cops or being beat on or while i was handcuffed waiting interminably forever to be booked, unloaded from a police bus, car or cell; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xjkxYaUD9E

Countless intellectuals and activists likened the Palestinian struggle to the South African struggle……it is essentially the same black hole.


Walking BB-Q

Walking BB-Q



When I decided I wanted to be an artist in 1980, I was seeing it as a
sort of underground coalition of interesting people and freaks with
great ideas, who hung out together in bars, basements and coffee
shops, forming a hugely interesting community of creative thinkers and
doers. There isn’t much time to hang in coffee shops and bars now. Now
the running dialogue is a reaction to the corporatists and
capitalists. We don’t hang and talk about the revolution or our
exciting new piece we are working on any more. The wind has been taken
out of our sails.  We react to the corporatists and capitalists, we
are not proactive. Our dialogue has been taken from us. I feel like we
have played right into their hands in more ways than one. We engage in
their scarcity of housing dialogue. We try and engage a discussion
with the landowners, why would they pay attention? From what i can
tell their art form is eating over-priced food.

It is so sad as everyone moves away and the scene is decimated. Maybe
that is being proactive, moving away and not trapped in the racket and
scam that housing has become here. The head fuck, stress and wasted
energy. I do know i am so sick of this discussion, there is nothing
poetic or magic about it. And I do not see any answer for it in the
Bay Area.

addendum 12/4/2013;


Helloo All,

Life during wartime.

First off, I do not own property, anywhere in the world. All of my family has moved out of SF. The wind has been taken out of the sails of San Francisco artists. Maybe that happened a long time ago. It disheartens me for such a vibrant scene to die off on my watch. A watch I started in 1979.

As far as housing, it has been like listening, living watching BAD news for over 25 years, We all have PTSD from it. I truly believe this. We live in fear of losing our homes, family and friends, hoping for a natural calamity to save us (earthquake) that is sad if not pathetic. We react to the enemy (the landed gentry) we are not proactive.

There is a genre of artist, the activist/housing one that is born from this calamity…… thriving from the negative. This is not positive energy. I remember folks like this developing bodies of work during the Gulf wars, reacting to the power brokers’ moves. Granted they are reacting to their times.

This is the constant main topic in my scene and has been since 1998. Yet a taboo subject in some ways. See below  for a bunch of answers I was asked for an article in a local paper that was never run.

May we all segue gracefully when it is our time to move on.

well, things will only get worse before they will get better; http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-nations-gentrified-neighborhoods-threatened,2419/?ref=auto



addendum #2

Meanwhile, Back to my original thoughts;
today i spent many wonderful hours in my studio, working on an op amp for an interface that can read your “auras, vibe or character”.
Can hardware/interfaces sense peoples’ unique auras and interpret this? Can I harvest a unique signature from volunteer/participant so robots respond uniquely to the individual? Can a robot respond to ones individuality?
I see a way to tackle the relationship between religion and belief,
technology and science……. Can technology do spiritual work?

Can a praying robot help? Why do prayer wheels or flags work?
(components of buddhism). Is spirituality quantifiable? Why is an
atheist interested in this? Can I scientifically conduct experiments
on wether this works? I see it as very open ended and fluid, quasi scientific….. Are spirituality or souls quantifiable? Can I crowd-source energy to trigger my robots?

What are robot best at? What are humans best at? What about the grey area where these two things are evolving?

So many questions. I believe I can do all of this with my work and
have seen it manifested to varying degrees before. Also today I started a robotic hand that turns palm up and touches the middle finger and thumb together, then opens its fingers and the hand simultaneously spins down. I also watched the grey rainy skies for a bit.
AND; here is a funny video of some of my work;




The corporate state seeks to maintain the fiction of our personal agency in the political and economic process. As long as we believe we are participants, a lie sustained through massive propaganda campaigns, endless and absurd election cycles and the pageantry of empty political theater, our corporate oligarchs rest easy in their private jets, boardrooms, penthouses and mansions. As the bankruptcy of corporate capitalism and globalization is exposed, the ruling elite are increasingly nervous. They know that if the ideas that justify their power die, they are finished. This is why voices of dissent—as well as spontaneous uprisings such as the Occupy movement—are ruthlessly crushed by the corporate state.



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This is the Faustian bargain that comes with being a 21st-century American. We are a nation of stubborn individualism and lethal gun violence. It is hard to pin down exactly when Americans made the collective decision that periodic massacres of the innocent are the price that we supposedly pay for our liberties.

Maybe it dates back to the late19th century when Americans in peaceful communities embraced the myth of the Wild West and the gunslinger. Maybe it partially reflects the tabloid fascination that accompanied the gangster era of the 1920s and 1930s. Maybe it has something to do with the way that movies—that most American of art forms—have successfully turned mass violence into a mass commodity.
The NRA and ALEC are allowing the mentaly ill to hunt and kill our children. The NRA preys on mentally ill people to cash in. Follow the money. We are living through gun corporations fantasy and our nightmare……..
the big one hasn’t even happened yet……..we are literally, as a nation, staring down the barrel of a gun.

This is also our failed health care system in action.

We are being held hostage by politicians and a bunch of scared white people and it will not end until something major is done though it may be to late….

The US needs a massive mental health care discussion and help.
And anti-depressants are not the answer and may be the problem.
Who in his right mind wants to live in a country where maybe twice a year a crazed individual guns down dozens of people in schools and theaters?

The 2nd amendment calls for a well regulated militia. So, REGULATE IT!


Ladies and Gentlemens,

The 411 people running for president in 2012.

Take a good hard long look…..







Hey Kal,

I’m writing an article on the effects of the economy on the arts in the Bay Area for XXXXX and I’m asking a handful of artists/writers, arts administrators, and arts supporters who I believe would provide interesting and insightful perspectives to contribute by answering the questions below. The piece will be published at the end of March 2012.

I hope you’ll participate! If so, please return this to me by February 29th.

Let me know if you have any questions.

6 months ago I was asked for some answers to some questions for an article. I think they didn’t like my answers seeings how they never ran the article.

The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life. If it be true that optimism compels the world forward, and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to propagate a pessimistic philosophy.
– Helen Keller


In general – have you felt a change in the economy in SF?

YES!  Very much so. It is time to rethink the old paradigm. This is as bad as it has been in my 23 years here. At least in the late 1980’s early 1990’s it only cost $250.00 a month to rent a room and a burrito was $2.50. My wages sure have not increased on par with the cost to live here. You have to get more wiley.

What have you observed? How has it/is it affecting the arts community?

It is destroying the community.
SF is over as a cultural capitol. Oakland is on the rise. I reckon the trust fund kids will be the only “artists” left in SF in a generation. So, artists need to show their own work beyond relying on just mainstream venues. Show in your garage, backyard, front porch, garden, kitchen. Get a posse together, 3 people are a movement!

How are these changes affecting your life as an artist and/or arts administrator/supporter and your work?

Oh, it has always been a rollercoaster ride. Ups and downs. Things have always been hectic. Especially if you are doing noncommercial non-consumable art. Most of my economic support has been abroad, mostly in Europe. Even India and Africa. Those places andUniversity gigs here and abroad as a guest lecturer and visiting artist. The past few years everything is drying up. You have to work harder and better.

Do you see any benefits resulting from the economy in the Bay Area? If so, have you benefited?

Less commercial mainstream art! YAY!

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Do you see changes in the work being created – are there trends that you see connected to the economy?

We have a power that terrifies the corporate state. Any act of rebellion, no matter how few people show up or how heavily it is censored by a media that caters to the needs and profits of corporations still chips away at corporate power. Artists have so much power and strength. There is movement. It is starting, again, to be actualized beyond the classical/traditional venues. If artists are willing to pay for it themselves, essentially be their own Medici’s, then we can not be stopped, are anti-capitalist and self-sustaining. We can do whatever we want.

San Francisco is ranked #5 in wealth in the nation (Capgemini). Given that the Bay Area has a vibrant artistic and socially progressive history and an abundance of financial resources, yet artists and arts organizations here are still seriously struggling, what is your experience with and thoughts on for-profit companies investing in the arts in the Bay Area? What do you believe drives the focus of their support (if you’ve observed/ experienced this support)?

What a farce, pure capitalism does not give a shit about culture. Is exists for production, consumption and the quest for capital. This is a form of fascism.
But in a way, it is the same. There was never money here for non-commercial experimental non-gallery art. There are a bunch of silly over-priced restaurants in the Mission! Look at those yuppies eat!  There goes a boatload of money every night.

You know you are on the right path when you will pay to do your work. To make your art. Write your prose. Do you think those Banksters would have worked at a coffee shop, a bartender, construction worker or waiter so that at night and on weekends they could destroy the world economy for free? That is what makes art so powerful, threatening and confusing to non artists, corporate pariahs and especially politicians. We have found our passion, our reason for existence and we will pay to do it. The only reason most people ”work” is for money. Period. So, the ones who were in art for money will, gladly, now go away.
Art is not a luxury, not akin to an overpriced bottle of booze you buy instead of paying the electric bill. Art, in all of its facets, is a necessity in society. Otherwise what do you end up with? The quest for capital. As bad and as hard as the 1% have tried to manipulate art markets for a 1% of the artists who actually sell, they will fail in the end.
Predatory financial Capitalism is warfare…. It operates like pillaging armies, seizing land, infrastructure, other tangible assets, and all material wealth. In the process, countries and ordinary people are devastated.

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work body and soul.
– Charles Buxton, 1823-1871

What do you think about the Occupy movement – nationally and locally?

I have waited for this my whole life; when the people wake up and realize we are a nation of sheep run by wolves. Well, it has started. Will the people get behind it is the question and not expect/rely on the usual 1% of activists who take all of the lumps for the 99%?

Oakland is NOT Manhattan, and its issues are not the same as anywhere else in the country.

What kind of resistance will be necessary to alter the trend of corporatization of public institutions of art? It seems like Anonymous and Wikileaks are the only forces we have besides human bodies against the plutocrats. We think we’re supposed to work for free until someone hits the jackpot, but that’s just because of the way our system is built. It is about time artists woke up and took control of their lives and didn’t sit around waiting to get picked to go to the cool kids’ party aka; the SECA Awards or some such other awards system akin to the Oscars. It is time to hit the reset button and imagine our utopia and then set out to realize it.


Thanks for asking XXXXX!

peace out,





If the radicals should frighten the liberals as little as possible, surely the liberals have an equal obligation to get fiercer and more willing to confront — and to remember that nonviolence, even in its purest form, is not the same as being nice.

I have waited for this my whole life; when will the sheeple wake up and realize we are a nation of sheep run by wolves, well, it has started. Will the people get behind it is the question and not expect/rely on the usual 1% of activists who take all of the lumps for the 99%?

I would think the militant pacifists would just do their own demonstrations that are “peaceful”, instead of glomming onto the more activist demonstrators…..and worrying about what they are doing, sorta like armchair quarterbacking, yelling at the players from the sidelines. Being to busy and then then complaining is a lame excuse.

Anticipate resistance as much as you can, and do whatever it takes to steer clear of known sources. If surprised, find the flow and go with it. As an Aikidoka friend once put it: If someone attacks you, lean into them. Become part of their attack. And then: become the part that goes horribly, catastrophically wrong.


police attacked non-violent protesters.

Ben Fürstenberg

Sabrina, you’re falling into the mental trap of the liberal’s need to pretend to themselves they have any meaningful influence within the deeply corrupt system or control over its capacity to deploy violence. Liberals suffer many types of cognitive dissonance…

In the first case you’re reversing the order of events. Kal is spot on: first, we were non-violent, and in response to that the corporate state violently cleared out all the Occupations. You’re subtly blaming active resistors for the violence of the police, when in fact State violence always *precedes* its resistance, e.g. what the police are now meeting. The State will administer violence as long as we visibly raise issues of class and economics, reaching out inclusively to other discontents, contesting capital’s legitimacy and power to control public space, resources, production, distribution, and expose the illusion that it exists to serve the public interest. It will meet us with violence if we’re non-violent, because that threatens their narrative that we’re a danger, a contaminant and the public needs them to protect health, safety, order. No amount of public outrage that can be mustered will stop it, until the State is dismantled (and Egypt is discovering there are many layers to fight through until a revolution is real.)

Occupiers, somehow, in our non-violent occupations weren’t non-violent *enough* to appease the State, to keep it from beating and gassing us out of public view. You treat state violence as a fact of life to be accepted, naturalized, fait accompli. You’re right, it’s part of the very definition of the State: the monopoly on the legitimate use of violence. You don’t direct your arguments to it, to challenge its violence, only those who fight it, blaming the victims of state violence for being too provocative. Like blaming a rape victim for fighting back, and wearing that provocative black sweatshirt.

You’re also treating as a real thing a mental constructs like “mainstream America” (along with “public sympathy”, “public opinion”, “eyes of the public” et al) which is homogeneous and monolithic, includes no one who can see state violence for what it is and who might respect those who resist and defend their bodies and their rights. You mistake these occasionally useful maps for real territories. The occupations were cleared and silenced — public outcry, such that it existed, was utterly insufficient to protect even this modest outcry and attempted exercise of rights. That tactic failed. It doesn’t matter a rat’s ass what “the public” thinks about Black Bloc tactics, because the public in aggregate is apathetic, reactionary, brainwashed, naive etc.

It’s interesting, your imaginary “public”, with its delicate tastes and fickle sense of morality, doesn’t speak or act — instead others speak for it. Sometimes this is the corporate media, or the State, or institutionally embedded experts. In this case, you speak for it and claim to understand what it thinks and will say and do if we just do what we’re told — but that is in your mind. It’s a kind of superego that you’ve internalized through enculturation, through officially-mediated, mythologized representations of historical movements. As a mostly imaginary psychological mechanism, and as a rhetorical trope, it’s nothing to form a political movement around, to base your whole strategy on appeasing the public tastes and “morality”. What country have you been living in!? That might work for gay marriage over 4+ decades, which doesn’t actually threaten profit; it will not work for a movement that challenges the elites’ right to have everything they want.

Before WW2, people who saw fascists for what they were, were labeled “premature anti-fascists”. Their modern equivalent are people who see the police and the larger system for what it is — a corporate/military fascist police state that’s consolidating its grip on the economy, political system, media, criminalizing dissent, militarizing the police, disappearing whistleblowers and “associates of terrorist organizations” with indefinite detention or “extraordinary rendition” to be tortured elsewhere, etc. These people know to start fighting back, once non-violence fails, as it has. Others, your counterparts leading up to WW2, tried to *appease* Hitler, by making deals, allowing Axis to grow stronger, until it was too late and war couldn’t be avoided.

People such as yourself fundamentally misunderstand the ecology of resistance necessary for a mass movement. You don’t understand the historical context of an MLK or Gandhi, because the received history of Civil Rights, or Labor, or Indian independence movements is dumbed down and distorted. MLK supported the right of the Vietnamese people to fight back militarily. The civil rights movement always contained factions who prepared themselves for self-defense. America was made to see the advantage of listening to King so that they could avoid Malcolm X. And what the actual struggle looked like has been sanitized into an ahistorical image.


Similarly, Gandhi was part of a movement that included active resistance that countered colonial violence and forced the British to listen to Gandhi who they’d have happily ignored. Please watch the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NK4LCxyRLg





Great post from David Taylor about the criticism of Occupy Oakland this weekend:

“After talking to folks and looking at a lot of raw footage it seem pretty clear to me that what went on Saturday was OPD gone wild. If you were surrounded by police on all sides and tear gassed and beaten while being contained I bet you might tear down a fence or try and get into an open building for safety. I find it pretty upsetting that many activist friends are more upset by a model in city hall being turned over than by marches being mass arrested and reporters with press credentials going to jail. If you don’t like building occupations as a tactic, which I think are a good idea, that is fine, organize something better, but don’t mistake that tactic with police reports of unfocused rioting.

“What happened on Saturday was a failed building occupation that then turned into a march that got attacked with massive force for hours by the police and after getting beat up for too long some kids got pissed and did some stupid shit. Kids have been doing stupid shit in social movements for a hundred years an will only stop when we organize well enough to give them a tactical alternative as opposed to just tell them to play nice after they get their heads smashed in all day. I blame myself and an older generation of experienced direct action organizers for not putting in the hours to create strategically tactical alternatives that can capture these kids imagination and make it clear why movement discipline is important. We have not done that so I don’t think we have any grounds to lecture them like stern parents. We know that building occupation was a disaster but we have yet to organize a building occupation that makes tactical and strategic sense and tells a clear story about access to resources and corporate control over our communities and lives.

“If we think it is ever okay to march without a permit we have to look at Saturday as serious police escalation that we need to stand up against and not a case of anarchists gone wild. And if we think that the tactics of the protesters were stupid we need to not condemn them, because frankly they don’t give a shit what we think and all we are likely to do is drive folks underground where they are going to do something really dumb, remember the Weather Underground. What we need to do is ORGANIZE something smart and powerful that captures everyone’s imagination.”

keep it fun, that is the irony of Saturday in Oakland, it was so fun at the beginning, balloons, beachballs, 70 degree weather, marching band, dj sound system, so positive and happy…..


Ben Fürstenberg

The police lie lie lie. The local corporate media are eager accomplices — watch them help craft the police story for maximum troll effect You cannot make a public display of civil disobedience to the 1%’s corrupt system, no matter how non-violent, without the police zombies beating you, inflicting chemical torture, locking you up for daring to speak up, and the media zombies saying you had it coming. Let’s be clear who the violent ones are.

At nearly every turn of this movement, people have emerged saying that our actions are “alienating” to some putative group out there. I tend to regard these claims with a great deal of skepticism.

Alessandro Morosin says: heavens no, a “confrontation” with the police that is “intentional?” when the OPD “intentionally” guns down unarmed people in the streets, time after time, these are just bad apples in our democratic system, and I don’t lose faith in that whole system. but when protestors start scaring the hell out of the mainstream establishment, i disassociate from the whole movement. The protestors in Egypt and Tunisia should have never “confronted” their own regimes, either. They should have just peacefully complied to a violent status quo of rigged elections. Better to have U.S.-backed capitalist dictatorships in power than to have the oppressed people rocking the boat. signed, a liberal Democrat

Good Morning! Love that people are so engaged and care so much. That is what is all about. In the end, if you truly want change, you have to get engaged, get active and be………… an ACTIVIST! This would mean volunteering your time. I know, no one has the time or money to do this. But sitting on the sidelines and barking at the players on the field never gets much of your vision accomplished.

Ted, the police choose where to allocate their troops, see above. If YOU wan to help change the world, git off the internets and out into the world and engage. One reason their is an uprising is because of the cutbacks because there is no money because some thieves took all of the money. The 1% needs to learn how to share.

If we are an alternative to the status quo and deluded ‘follow the rules’ kind of life, why would we want to spend our time bashing our own because they’re black blok? I’m sick of hearing about those bad boys. Let’s focus on the bad boys that are loyal to the STATE, who are costing millions and who are REALLY hurting people. More folks supposedly interested in Occupy are hung up over BB than the OPD. Shit that’s stupid. Also, just think, our cops could walk, refuse orders all at the same time. Other countries cop do it. Instead, who are they loyal to — government! When cops protect the State against the people’s wishes that’s fucking fascism. It’s might be textbook fascism.















Wasn’t the use of chemical weapons against his own people one of the reasons it was felt necessary to remove Saddam Hussein from power?

We are the 99%

We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.

We are the 99 percent that does almost all the work in America, yet gets only a tiny share of the wealth. We are the 99 percent that holds America together, but gets shut out of the political discussion in Washington D.C. We are the 99 percent that keeps on being asked to take all the sacrifice, while the top 1 percent gets more tax breaks and subsidies. We are the 99 percent, and look to the streets – because we are not going to lent majority any longer. Economic justice is overdue!!!!!!!!

pepper spray olympics:

sadist tactics:











UC Davis:







Ben Fürstenberg via Gabe Pinar

Weird scene. Chemical weapons are cruel and unusual and weirdly sadistic, especially used in this kind of premeditated way on non-violent people. If they’re going to drag them into arrest anyway, I do not understand why they needed to pepperspray them (but frankly don’t care to hear whatever fucked up rationale they had for their inhuman actions).

This touches on something I’ve been thinking about: counter-psyops to the psyops that militarized police have developed to intimidate, even terrorize the public attempting to actually exercise alleged rights. The cops certainly seemed confused and collectively ashamed, huddled like a cowering dog who knows he’s gone too far, and the crowd manages to create a moral victory for itself rather than feeling defeated. Interesting.

Teargas Nation

Something is horribly wrong here. This is happening all over. Our militarized police (look at these goons) have been given a green light to go psycho on the nation in a horrific way. This is some sick shit. And a way to terrorize people into silence and submission.



UC Davis:









UC Berkeley







New York:





there are many many more.

new rocket:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2063117/U-S-Army-tests-hypersonic-weapon-travels-times-speed-sound–ANYWHERE-earth-30mins.html




The 1% and their paid operatives–local city officials–are striving to protect an unjust, inherently dishonest status quo. Lacking a moral mandate, they are prone to the use of police state forms of repression.

Because any exercise in freedom makes people in our habitually authoritarian nation damn uneasy…a sense of uncertainty brings on dread–the feeling that something terrible is to come from challenging a prevailing order, even as degraded as it is.

i envision city centers with large permanent occupies, sheet metal walls, all road warriored out, barb wire, burning trash cans, picture 1996 burning man

i think “they” will never stand for real estate being occupied. that is how they destroyed the world economy and indebted everyone. It is all they got. How about putting grandmothers and their families back in their homes that were foreclosed on…..it would go a long way to healing and it is the moral high-ground.

December is get people back into their homes month who were swindled out of it! Grandmothers with children FIRST!

“We had 50,000 people in the streets yesterday demanding the redistribution of wealth. If the media is so intent on reporting on broken windows instead, I’d like to take them to some streets in East Oakland, where there are rows of empty houses that Black and Latino people were foreclosed out of, with dozens of broken windows and rats living where families used to thrive.” Maria Poblet of Causa Justa Just Cause

It’s really not worth getting in a tizzy over a few broken windows. Putting the emphasis on the perfect behavior of ALL demonstrators, rather than the perpetrators of our barbaric “civilization” is to fall into a dead-end trap. Once you go there, you’ll spend the preponderant amount of your time and thought trying to police others… There will be more property damage and probably more skirmishes with police in the days and weeks and months to come… get used to it. it’s part of the process. That said, it’s fine to have a commitment to creative, pleasurable, subversive actions, but don’t waste your time trying to control everyone else…   by: Chris Carlson

It is funny, i study Zen. I sort of sometimes think of myself as a pacifist. I really do not believe our country has any moral high ground to be involved in an military events beyond our immediate borders. Way down in my heart something tells me a little of this is nececarry.

I am conflicted obviously.

But, anyone who was there last night, or any time they have seen the police riot knows deep in their soul how sick some of the police are. I mean mentally handicapped. Sadists. Sociopaths. They represent a part of our society that is also ill. They were put in their small position of power by that sick part of our society. That sick part needs to be slapped sometimes.

Anyone who has gone to demos for the past 10 years, or hell, for 40 years on my part, knows how armored up, militarized and robo-copped the police have become.  It is reason enough alone for the people to rise up and break something. I also believe, any true activist should get arrested…… several times. Just to have an inside look at our justice system.

You will come out a changed person.



And, agent provocateurs need to be outed and dealt with in an appropriate manner.

the backlash against predatory lending, home foreclosures and the federal bailout of the big banks most responsible

FDR bill of economic rights


apartheid tactics


Of course the notion that this is all a media fabrication is ludicrous. Dylan Ratigan didn’t invent four million people in foreclosure, he didn’t invent ten trillion dollars in bailouts, and he didn’t invent Wall Street’s $160 billion bonus pool the year after the crash of its own creation.

People not normally engaged in politics are coming out of the wood work so it raises a question of how we engage them more substantively and long-term


Emergency support/rapid response

The campaign has three primary legislative goals to break the cycle of corruption in our political system:

  • Reform our campaign finance laws to limit the impact of special interest money on policy-making;
  • Reform banking and Wall Street oversight laws to protect everyday Americans; and,
  • Transform our tax code to reduce our debt and enable lasting economic growth.

Protestor demands

1. Demand infrastructure investment

2. And a works program like the tried and true WPA.

Employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects,[1] including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing.


3. Ending corporate personhood

4. Reinstate Glass-Steagall

In response to the Great Depression, Congress passed the Banking Act of

1933 to separate investment banking from commercial banking.


Protestor demands:

1. I suggest that protesters demand infrastructure investment

2. A works program like the tried and true WPA.

Employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects,[1] including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing.



Religion is what keeps the poor from killing the rich -Napoleon


vote with you dollars, however few they may be!

You do a work-around, we live embedded in a BAD system, live your life free-

embedded in a bad system indeed.. be free live life by example take risks..push for breaking the two party system, demand debate! when we cast a vote for the least worst..we may as well shoot ourselves..until the two party system is broken we will never have a non-corporatists …call them out.

speak truth to power

Be brave.


Good Work Egypt!!

Now make sure the military hands off power to the people!


My beef with Beck is not with his obvious promotional skills (he rakes in $35 million a year from various ventures), but with his disdain for truth and his distortion of history for profit.


“Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to…the general prey of the rich on the poor.” The wealth of the richest 400 people in the US grew by 8 per cent in the last year to $1.37 trillion.  Source: Forbes 400: The super-rich get richer, September 22, 2010, Money.com The rich talk about the rise of socialism to divert attention from the fact that they are devouring the basics of the poor and everyone else.  Many of those crying socialism the loudest are doing it to enrich or empower themselves.  They are right about one thing – there is a class war going on in the US.  The rich are winning their class war, and it is time for everyone else to fight back for economic justice.

The corporations, and those who run them, consume, pollute, oppress and kill. The little Eichmanns who manage them reside in a parallel universe of staggering wealth, luxury and splendid isolation that rivals that of the closed court of Versailles. The elite, sheltered and enriched, continue to prosper even as the rest of us and the natural world start to die. They are numb. They will drain the last drop of profit from us until there is nothing left. And our business schools and elite universities churn out tens of thousands of these deaf, dumb and blind systems managers who are endowed with sophisticated skills of management and the incapacity for common sense, compassion or remorse. These technocrats mistake the art of manipulation with knowledge.




Happy May DAY

get out there and march and agitate-

The origin of May Day is indissolubly bound up with the struggle for the shorter workday – a demand of major political significance for the working class. This struggle is manifest almost from the beginning of the factory system in the United States.





Let us divest from the Apartheid State of Arizona.

Which is really just an extension and bailout of the Industrial prison complex.

Not that there is a whole hell of a lot I purchase from there.



Wow, I always thought the workers were zombies and cult like at Cafe Gratitude!


the laughingstock of 70’s & 80’s new age-ers!


this place needs to be boycotted

Café Gratitude espouses a raw food diet and a philosophy of self-transformation. But some current and former employees say it’s left a bad taste in their mouths.







Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and the creation of an egalitarian society.

To sing a wrong note is insignificant, but to sing without passion is unforgivable.
– Ludwig van Beethoven


We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
– Edward R. Murrow; 1908-1965

play, “The Crucible”, Rod Serling’s teleplay, “The Monsters Are Due on
Street”, these iconic works of art are warnings of what a few small
incidents can do to destroy a community.

“He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave.”
– William Drummond

“Americans used to roar like lions for liberty. Now we bleat like sheep for security.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre _ the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.
The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
– H.L. Mencken

“Fascism should properly be referred to as corporatism for it refers to the situation in which corporations and the government share power.”
– Benito Mussolini

Assorted politicical quotes

“The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.”
– Abraham Lincoln



Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Republican

Things you have to believe to be a Republican today:
Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden diversion.
Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.
Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.
If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.
A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.
Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.
HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.
Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.
Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.
The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George Bush’s driving record is none of our business.
Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness, and you need our prayers for your recovery.
What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the ’80s is irrelevant.
Feel free to pass this on.

If you don’t talk about this to at least 10 other people, we’re likely to be stuck with Bush for 4 more years. Sound familiar? 4 years later, same old quandry.
Friends don’t let friends vote Republican.



Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
– Mohandas Ghandi (1869-1948)

The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man…it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)




Politicians, like diapers, have to be changed frequently – and for the very same reason.
– Anonymous

Why republicans are scum:




The Census Bureau reported
that there were 37.8 million Americans living in poverty in
2003, an increase of 1.3 million over 2002, and that the
number of people without health insurance rose from 43.5
million to 45 million.

The Bush Administration issued a new rule
that will permit the EPA to approve pesticides without
finding out from wildlife agencies whether the chemicals
will harm plants and animals protected by the Endangered
Species Act.\\

In the weeks following the attacks of September 11, 2001, President Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer replied to criticism of administration policy by warning that “all Americans need to watch what they say, watch what they do”. This challenge to free expression emphasized the climate of war, repression, and xenophobia that continues to run through American society.


A 57-year-old partially deaf Texan veteran with
skin cancer was called up to report for active duty

Senator Pat Roberts, the chair of the Senate Intelligence
Committee, proposed eliminating the CIA, removing the
National Security Agency from the Pentagon’s control, and
creating three new spy agencies governed by a national
intelligence director. The American Civil Liberties Union
warned that the federal government has been using
corporations to carry out surveillance of citizens because
private firms are not subject to many privacy and
civil-liberties laws.


When the Pentagon used Sept. 11 and the war on terrorism in an effort to get its training exercises exempted from eight environmental laws, including the Endangered Species Act, the GOP-dominated House gave full approval. The lame-duck Democratic Senate rejected all but an exemption to the Migratory Bird Treaty, a “compromise” that allows the military to blast rare migratory birds like the American eagle in the defense of freedom. This case illustrates Republican arrogance. The Los Angeles Times reported that an administration lawyer, arguing for military readiness, contended that naturalists benefit when the military kills birds because “bird-watchers get more enjoyment spotting a rare bird than they do spotting a common one.”

positions I’m for…

reproductive choice
stem cell research
national health care
OR: portability of health-care bnefits
portable retirement accounts
balanced budget
public works projects
privacy (opt-in and not opt-out — and I won’t change my position after being elected President)
strong FDA regulation
strong SEC regulation
strong environmental regulation
social security system
gun control
against the death penalty


The Bush administration has announced plans to open 60 million acres of America’s last pristine wild forests to logging, drilling, and mining. It’s the biggest single giveaway to the timber industry in the history of our national forests

[1] http://www.ourforests.org

[2] http://www.ourforests.org/fact/money.html


Israel is a tiny liberal democracy surrounded by a sea of fascist, totalitarian, Islamic dictatorships, where women are property (teenage girls are raped and then executed for ‘adultery’), minorities have zero rights, and an oligarchy controls all the wealth and uses theology as a cloak to enslave their people, keeping them uneducated and in poverty, and these leftists are bosom buddies with these societies, yet froth at the mouth with hatred for Israel. Israel has .0016 the amount of land that the Arab nations have, and have had to defend themselves against four aggressive imperialist wars by the Soviet-armed Arab nations, and yet Israel is the colonialist imperialist power. It’s this issue most of all that demonstrates that there is something very evil going on with these people.

“I’ve often found that if I go down the list of ‘liberal’ issues with people who say they’re Republican, they are quite liberal and not in sync with the Republicans who run the country,” Moore said.

“Most don’t want America to be the world’s police officer and prefer peace to war. They applaud civil rights, believe all Americans should have health insurance and think assault weapons should be banned,” he said.

“President Bush promised America that he would add 5.5 million jobs to our economy by the end of this year,” said Deni Frand, executive director of People For the American Way’s New York office. “Instead, millions of jobs have been lost, and millions of Americans have been feeling real pain because of his policies.”

10 million Americans unemployed.

You should be more afraid of a stupid man than of an evil one.
– Christina of Sweden



people upset about their government not listening to them , and, getting off of their butts and letting them know!. This WORKS.

people upset about their government not listening to them , and, getting off of their butts and letting them know!. This WORKS.




Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Amendment XI
The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.



From 4 years ago, funny how little has changed….

“Republicans: The No.1 reason the rest of the world thinks we’re deaf, dumb and dangerous.”
By Garrison Keillor

Something has gone seriously haywire with the Republican Party. Once, it was the party of pragmatic Main Street businessmen in steel-rimmed spectacles who decried profligacy and waste, were devoted to their communities and supported the sort of prosperity that raises all ships. They were good-hearted people who vanquished the gnarlier elements of their party, the paranoid Roosevelt-haters, the flat Earthers and Prohibitionists, the antipapist antiforeigner element. The genial Eisenhower was their man, a genuine American hero of D-Day, who made it OK for reasonable people to vote Republican. He brought the Korean War to a stalemate, produced the Interstate Highway System, declined to rescue the French colonial army in Vietnam, and gave us a period of peace and prosperity, in which (oddly) American arts and letters flourished and higher education burgeoned-and there was a degree of plain decency in the country. Fifties Republicans were giants compared to today’s. Richard Nixon was the last Republican leader to feel a Christian obligation toward the poor.

In the years between Nixon and Newt Gingrich, the party migrated southward down the Twisting Trail of Rhetoric and sneered at the idea of public service and became the Scourge of Liberalism, the Great Crusade Against the Sixties, the Death Star of Government, a gang of pirates that diverted and fascinated the media by their sheer chutzpah, such as the misty-eyed flag-waving of Ronald Reagan who, while George McGovern flew bombers in World War II, took a pass and made training films in Long Beach. The Nixon moderate vanished like the passenger pigeon, purged by a legion of angry white men who rose to power on pure punk politics. “Bipartisanship is another term of date rape,” says Grover Norquist, the Sid Vicious of the GOP. “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” The boy has Oedipal problems and government is his daddy.

The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk. Republicans: The No.1 reason the rest of the world thinks we’re deaf, dumb and dangerous.

Rich ironies abound! Lies pop up like toadstools in the forest! Wild swine crowd round the public trough! Outrageous gerrymandering! Pocket lining on a massive scale! Paid lobbyists sit in committee rooms and write legislation to alleviate the suffering of billionaires!

Hypocrisies shine like cat turds in the moonlight! O Mark Twain, where art thou at this hour?

Arise and behold the Gilded Age reincarnated gaudier than ever, upholding great wealth as the sure sign of Divine Grace.

Here in 2004, George W. Bush is running for reelection on a platform of tragedy-the single greatest failure of national defense in our history, the attacks of 9/11 in which 19 men with box cutters put this nation into a tailspin, a failure the details of which the White House fought to keep secret even as it ran the country into hock up to the hubcaps, thanks to generous tax cuts for the well-fixed, hoping to lead us into a box canyon of debt that will render government impotent, even as we engage in a war against a small country that was undertaken for the president’s personal satisfaction but sold to the American public on the basis of brazen misinformation, a war whose purpose is to distract us from an enormous transfer of wealth taking place in this country, flowing upward, and the deception is working beautifully.

The concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few is the death knell of democracy. No republic in the history of humanity has survived this. The election of 2004 will say something about what happens to ours.

The omens are not good.

Our beloved land has been fogged with fear-fear, the greatest political strategy ever. An ominous silence, distant sirens, a drumbeat of whispered warnings and alarms to keep the public uneasy and silence the opposition.

And in a time of vague fear, you can appoint bullet-brained judges, strip the bark off the Constitution, eviscerate federal regulatory agencies, bring public education to a standstill, stupefy the press, lavish gorgeous tax breaks on the rich.

There is a stink drifting through this election year. It isn’t the Florida recount or the Supreme Court decision. No, it’s 9/11 that we keep coming back to. It wasn’t the “end of innocence,” or a turning point in our history, or a cosmic occurrence, it was an event, a lapse of security. And patriotism shouldn’t prevent people from asking hard questions of the man who was purportedly in charge of national security at the time.

Whenever I think of those New Yorkers hurrying along Park Place or getting off the No.1 Broadway local, hustling toward their office on the 90th floor, the morning paper under their arms, I think of that non-reader George W. Bush and how he hopes to exploit those people with a little economic uptick, maybe the capture of Osama, cruise to victory in November and proceed to get some serious nation-changing done in his second term.

This year, as in the past, Republicans will portray us Democrats as embittered academics, desiccated Unitarians, whacked-out hippies and communards, people who talk to telephone poles, the party of the Deadheads.

They will wave enormous flags and wow over and over the footage of firemen in the wreckage of the World Trade Center and bodies being carried out and they will lie about their economic policies with astonishing enthusiasm.

The Union is what needs defending this year. Government of Enron and by Halliburton and for the Southern Baptists is not the same as what Lincoln spoke of. This gang of Pithecanthropus Republicanii has humbugged us to death on terrorism and tax cuts for the comfy and school prayer and flag burning and claimed the right to know what books we read and to dump their sewage upstream from the town and clear-cut the forests and gut the IRS and mark up the constitution on behalf of intolerance and promote the corporate takeover of the public airwaves and to hell with anybody who opposes them.

This is a great country, and it wasn’t made so by angry people. We have a sacred duty to bequeath it to our grandchildren in better shape than however we found it. We have a long way to go and we’re not getting any younger.

Dante said that the hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who in time of crisis remain neutral, so I have spoken my piece, and thank you, dear reader. It’s a beautiful world, rain or shine, and there is more to life than winning. (c) 2004 In These Times


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