Crazy Will Only Let You Down.

Swing…

Dirty Laundry…

Mess Around…


Winter days are here at last, still it seems too soon. The past few days have been filled with getting all the produce in from the garden. Boxes and boxes on every available counter-top in the kitchen. Cooked my first fall soup. I’m calling it Morel Madness: It’s a mushroom barley concoction, a base of creamy garden tomato and fresh herbs with body of parsnips, carrot, and purple potatoes. Was going to blog a bit more but find it’s late, more later.

We Needed To See.

Rootless Tree…

9 Crimes…

You’re the Meanest Man I Ever Seen.

Black Eyed Dog…

Be My Husband…

At the Chime of a City Clock…

Personal Jesus…

Couldn’t Love You More…

If I Had a Voice I’d Sing.

Yellow…

Lullaby…

Hymn For Her…

Hymn 4 Him…

In Your Eyes…

All Yours…


Now’s the Only Time I Know…

This Woman’s Work…

Mercy Street…

Where you’re inside out…

Mercy Street…

If I Had a Heart…

Now’s the Only Time I Know…

Looking for Mercy.

When I Grow Up…

Comprised.

Breathe…

Alright, so, I read an article this morning that reframed my understanding of Occupy and appeased my fret about what Occupy seeks to accomplish.

Why Corporate Elites Should Be Petrified of Occupy Wall Street

By Chris Hedges

 

It’s a good read. Thank you Mr Hedges for clarifying for me.

On a different note. I wrote something in an email earlier today that also crystalized an interesting thought for me:

At one point I was involved and very active in the local kink community, unfortunately I came to realize there was a great deal of gossip and drama in its group dynamic (at the time), not to mention a lot of pressure to conform to group ideals and expectations. This resulted in there being an assortment of cult-minded individuals rather than a supportive and compassionate community of kinky people. (A shame really, as what I enjoy the most about kink is the intensely intimate connections that it often creates.)

The kink world, like SLC, is a small world, after a while it’s impossible not to know people by reputation if nothing else. I have learned that a person’s character is different than a person’s reputation. Character reveals itself in what you do, while reputation is merely what others’ have to say of what you’ve done. Your character is what’s important to me. And perhaps more importantly: character is something I prefer to judge for myself and to that end I avoid (wherever and whenever possible) being biased ahead of time by playing the name game or entertaining rumor.

Here’s the thought clarified:

Character exists: born in the present. Reputation is only manifest in the present when created by the secondhand-past.

Killing Moon.

Unstoppable…

I Have the Touch…

More Than This…

Antichrist Television Blues…

Hey You…

The Killing Moon…

Listening to music.

Snowed in the mountains yesterday. October weather.

Had the most lovely afternoon with Miss Jane and her little slut. Champaign and Rosemary & White Bean Soup. The naughty-wanking-slut bound-up from the kitchen corner ceiling beam. Doesn’t get much better then this on a rainy fall day.

Fellow Feeling.

I like Canada’s responce:

Manifesto

We are ordinary people. We are like you: people, who get up every morning to study, work or find a job, people who have family and friends.  People, who work hard every day to provide a better future for those around us.
Some of us consider ourselves progressive, others conservative.  Some of us are believers, some not.  Some of us have clearly defined ideologies, others are apolitical, but we are all concerned and angry about the political, economic, and social outlook which we see around us: corruption among politicians, businessmen, bankers, leaving us helpless, without a voice.
This situation has become normal, a daily suffering, without hope.  But if we join forces, we can change it.  It’s time to change things, time to build a better society together.  Therefore, we strongly argue that:

  • The priorities of any advanced society must be equality, progress, solidarity, freedom of culture, sustainability and development, welfare and people’s happiness.
  • These are inalienable truths that we should abide by in our society: the right to housing, employment, culture, health, education, political participation, free personal development, and consumer rights for a healthy and happy life.
  • The current status of our government and economic system does not take care of these rights, and in many ways is an obstacle to human progress.
  • Democracy belongs to the people (demos = people, krátos = government) which means that government is made of every one of us.  However, in Canada most of the political class does not even listen to us.  Politicians should be bringing our voice to the institutions, facilitating the political participation of citizens through direct channels that provide the greatest benefit to the wider society, not to get rich and prosper at our expense, attending only to the dictatorship of major economic powers.
  • Lust for power and its accumulation in only a few; create inequality, tension and injustice, which leads to violence, which we reject.  The obsolete and unnatural economic model fuels the social machinery in a growing spiral that consumes itself by enriching a few and sends into poverty the rest.  Until the collapse.
  • The will and purpose of the current system is the accumulation of money, not regarding efficiency and the welfare of society.  Wasting resources, destroying the planet, creating unemployment and unhappy consumers.
  • Citizens are the gears of a machine designed to enrich a minority which does not regard our needs.  We are anonymous, but without us none of this would exist, because we move the world.
  • If as a society we learn to not trust our future to an abstract economy, which never returns benefits for the most, we can eliminate the abuse that we are all suffering.
  • We need an ethical revolution.  Instead of placing money above human beings, we shall put it back to our service. We are people, not products.  I am not a product of what I buy, why I buy and who I buy from.

For all of the above, I am outraged.
I think I can change it.
I think I can help.
I know that together we can.I think I can help.

I know that together we can.

–www.RealDemocracyNowCanada.Wordpress.Com

 

PreOccupation Troubling Me.

After some internal deliberation concerning Occupy Wall St, here are my thoughts, questions, and apprehensions:

What is it that Occupy hopes to accomplish? What is it likely to accomplish?  I worry Occupy will be nothing more than the preoccupying of participating individuals when perhaps we would be more effective by changing specific behaviors and addressing specific situations. Similarly, is the manner in which we live contributing to the dysfunctions of our country? Are we as individuals living in accordance with our values?

Many socialists and anthropologists believe what we say we do, and what we actually do, are two very different things. Many of us have beliefs: many of us struggle to act in accordance with those beliefs. Kind of like the difference between Ethics and Morals. Or the difference between Strategy and Tactics.

For instance, I believe Main Stream Media to be nothing more than a propaganda machine for the Corporate/Political Powers that Be.

“The word Propaganda has… evolved to mean mass “suggestion” or “influence” through the manipulation of symbols and the psychology of the individual. Propaganda involves the dexterous use of images, slogans, and symbols that play on our prejudices and emotions; it is the communication of a point of view with the ultimate goal of having the recipient of the appeal come to “voluntarily” accept this position as if it were his or her own.” –Age of Propaganda: the Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion.

Specific behaviors I employ in accordance with this belief:

I avoid consuming MSM by not having a TV, television, or cable TV. I rarely purchase magazines. I avoid purchasing or reading newspapers. I try to avoid commercials whenever possible; unfortunately advertising is ubiquitous and unavoidable. (Like trying to avoid billboards when you drive on the highway). I don’t listen to commercial radio and rarely to public radio… I educate myself when ever possible with the most credible information sources I can find.

Trouble is as Trouble Does.

I’m something of a behaviorist at heart. I believe if you do the same thing you’ve always done; you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. I believe in rational, natural, and logical repercussions. If I find I dislike, or have been hurt by something in my world;  the first thing I do is ask my Self, “What have I done to enable ______ to happen?” or “How have I contributed to ______ .”

Sometimes, the force of circumstance being what it is, I am simply at the wrong place, at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing.

At other times I find that there are very specific behaviors of mine that directly effect outcome. When I encounter a problem I focus on those things that will help me either accept a situation or specific, doable things to address the problem, find a solution, and implement corrective measures.

There are moments when I feel overwhelmed and powerless in the face of our current political, economical, and social crises. I find myself struggling with hopelessness. With knowing which actions to take. I suppose we all do.