The Best of Global Outrage/Musings of an Educated
The moon bares witness to the folly of coming night as stars play their masters and children dance on coals.
November 21st, 2008
With the economy spinning out of control and unemployment climbing to heights not seen in my lifetime, I have been finding myself thinking of the Dow Jones and S&P 500 as a limbo party on board a cruise ship, where the destination is unknown, and we have no captain, no map or course to chart. I see us continually dancing along, our hands waving in the air and some, some of us falling to our knees, tears streaming down our cheeks and praying for whatever it is, to come, to spare us and lift us far far away from here. Meanwhile, others go along without a care, not wanting to face the mirror that has become our feeble existence.
Maybe it will bring the revival of simplicity. A rebirth to the ways of myth and legend. A life where we find meaning and hope in what we do in our everyday life occurrences without question. Seeing the wonder and the divine in the most mundane circumstances; just try brushing your teeth with your other hand sometime.
Maybe the revelations of realization that we should only want we've already got or been given will return to our natural tendencies, and only making purchases in the extreme necessity would somehow bring us back to reason.
Maybe it's all created fear and hysteria? Maybe what we should be doing is packing our things and violently storming the gates of our nation's Capital and demanding that the seven hundred and fifty billion that we've loaned to the soon to be nationalized financial institutions be given back to it's rightly owner, the American People. Maybe we should be more outraged and be asking what the.......?
November 30th, 2008
We all were spending beyond our means and now it's time to pay the piper.
Responsibility is growing up.
It's not fun, but it is necessary.
That plasma flat screen cable t.v is just going to have to wait.
Reading a book sounds great, or maybe just taking a walk outside.
No head phones, no Ipod.
Nothing to listen to except myself, and I think way too much.
I know Karla. I hear ya.
It is time to embrace what have. Instead of reaching for things we want, reaching for things we need.
December 9th, 2008
Does anyone know this? That during the Stock market crash of 1929, the stock market didn't regain it's highs of 1927 until 1954!!!! 1954!! I know that it is all cyclical and that every generation looks back on the one before and thinks, yeah, but that was different, and these kids today?? What's with them and their crazy clothes and music? Is it all just a little bit of history repeating?
December 20th, 2008
It wasn't meant to be, the thoughts in my head,
placing me where I shouldn't be and changing my mind instead.
I now find myself heading on the correct path in the right direction.
A teacher I will become, learning never to cease,
but knowledge will always encompass and I will impart it to my students,
so that it will ever increase.
December 29th, 2008
It is amazing that 2000 years ago, St. John of Patmos would write the book of Revelation and would predict the end to come at the town of Megiddo, just outside of Jerusalem, and for this area of the world, because of it's embrace of three major religions would still remain relevant to this day. Is it all just a means to separate us from each other? Why did God have to pick that part of the World for Yahweh to be feared, Jesus to die and be resurrected and Muhammad to ascend to heaven? Is there a shadow group of elites since the dawn of time, that has only continued to propagate these "myths" or "facts" so that they will continue to have a means to divide and conquer the masses? Or maybe I simply think too much?
January 1st, 2009
2009 is here and as year's go, it shouldn't be any worse than 2008. 2+9 equals 11, and 11 means new beginnings. 9/11 equals, 9+1+1=11, that's why it happened when it did. They planned it that way. The twin towers, two big erect 1's, fall down, the end of an era and the beginning of another. Call me crazy, I can live with it.
And I'm telling you, there is something fishy about the government's need to push everyone into digital television. They are giving us money to go and buy converter boxes. They want us to go out and buy more stuff that we don't need. They don't even do this type of thing to encourage people to get registered to vote. I'm just saying. Call me crazy, I can live with it.
January 3rd, 2009
There Should be Sparks
that struck me once before
has seemingly left the storm,
and all that I saw
when I approached her
was the consolation
of a wet blanket
that once was warm.
January 9th, 2009
Dire signs and ominous sounds come muttering to us through horrific job reports, local corporate buyouts(Best Buy), and endless wars, frustration and humanitarian crises in the Gaza strip (Israel once funded HAMAS to fight the Arafat led PLO, sounds familiar like the US funding IRAQ to fight IRAN) where the meek are not inheriting the earth, only bloodshed and the loss of whole families. The Happy Holiday shopping and relative greeting season has given way to grim forecasts, limited possibilities and mounting national debt. But, there may be a silver lining in all of this. Hear me out people. Maybe the Global Financial Crisis was necessary as a means for a world shift in consciousness, from the material to focusing on the immaterial, from the self to the whole. History has shown that revolutions only occur when the people find themselves so downtrodden that they will take it no more, and only then will they demand action and results. These may just be the birth pangs of a new global awakening. The poles are shifting. The playing field is being leveled and maybe, just maybe, our aspirations for what is necessary, for what is truly important like good will towards others, no matter their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or social standing will rise above the unimportant complacency of what is not needed, only desired because of its relative ease of past tradition.
On December 21st, 2012 an occurrence that only occurs once every 25,800 years will take place. The Earth will be in exact alignment with the Sun and the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, which scientist's have found has a black hole in the center. What does it all mean? Where are we headed?
January 15th, 2009
It is only fitting that the first of the new century of Global Musings be on the night of his farewell address. I feel empathy for him as I do President Nixon. It has to be the most challenging job in the world, but one that he wanted and maybe stole in 2000?? But I digress. In his eight years as president, we've seen 9/11, the invasion and hopefully liberation and birth of democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq. We've witnessed Guantanamo Bay and Abu Graib. We've been through Katrina and now the economic crisis, and we've left no child behind in the process. They just have to run to catch up.
"Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear." General Douglas MacArthur
"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." James Madison
"It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world." George Washington
January 19th, 2009
I'm very suspicious of the fan fare that has been given to Obama's inauguration. I know that it's historic and that it's a sign of how far we've come as country and I'm proud of that, but I cannot remember there ever being so much media coverage and media dry humping over one man. I hope that he does have some answers to our country's ills, but putting all of our faith into one man is what happened to Germany. It's very eerie to me, to see a special on HBO with a concert for the man, and Bruce Springsteen is there, and Beyonce and Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks, and he hasn't even done anything yet? Am I being racist for simply being cautious? I voted for the man, but then again he was the lesser of two evils and Ron Paul never had a chance, and Paul Wellstone was murdered in 2002. Never before in the history of politics has a man risen so far so fast, and he's already got two autobiographies. Two. If ever there was a candidate for the anti-christ, he would have to be on the short list. Look at all of the power and control that we've got centralized into the office of the President in just the past 8 years. He's had a pretty good set up reliever for him in George W. Bush and his administration; now all he has to do is close the thing out. I hope to God he doesn't. But it does seem quite surreal what's happening nowadays and the falling over each other the way the major media outlets have been to get close to the man. So, I am keeping my eyes on the road ahead with both hands on the wheel.
Is there anyway we can get justice other than watching Law & Order? What do we have to do to have these horrible excuses for human beings get their just desserts instead of desserts, while we get stale bread and salmonella from bad peanut butter? Is there anyone out there who can be the Robert F. Kennedy taking on the Mob? Bernie Madoff is on house arrest for swindling $50 billion from his maybe not so bright investors, and isn't it a crime more serious than selling dope? Is there anyone out there who has the guts to stand up and ask the hard questions to get the results, or are we all too scared to know the truth of the extent to their diabolical plans? Oh no, that would hurt the economy. We can't do that. What the???!! If you have been living under a rock, the economy is already hurting from a financial crisis created by financial firms that create nothing but simply move money from one place to the next and continue to do business as usual and go on with their mergers and acquisitions in order to better position themselves once the long neglected phrase of recession is over. Please, oh please Mr. President, grow the necessary (insert male genitalia here) to do what is right and what is necessary and hold these people's feet to the fire that is burning out of control before we are left with even less than what we've got left and do the right thing, please. Put childish things aside, grow up and grow a pair.
February 13th, 2009
But yet I remain hopeful and confident that this turbulent time will be one of invention, catharsis and growth. It may just be the best time to invest in the market since the mid 80's. If you have 20-30 years to watch shrewd investments develop into retirement funds instead of relying on a soon to be non-existent social security program, the future looks very bright indeed, if it all doesn't end on December 22nd, 2012. Buy low, sell high. It can't get much lower can it? Imagine if they had privatized social security the way W. had wanted? Lehman Bros. and Goldman Sachs in charge of your social security account? Good call. How about if you just wrap those up in some mortgage backed securities if you will? The economy is fundamentally strong". As Thomas Friedman said, "The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones."
Creation requires destruction. Renewal. Rebirth. Strength and courage. Adversity develops character. I hope.
February 21st, 2009
Can we consciously will for the well being of others through concentrated thought, prayer, meditation and by being open to whatever invisible force there is out there protecting the universe and everyone of us in it? Do some of us have more of a heightened awareness of it than others? Is that why some of us heal faster than others? Or Is it just genetics? How do individual cells know to develop into two eyes, two hands, two feet and two ears and one brain? Do our thoughts reside in other places outside of our brains'? Why is there is a sense of attraction to someone or something? There must be an intelligent design or force making these things happen or is it all just blind luck? Do the dead stay behind in the "Field" and can they cause harm or do good after their physical bodies have gone? What is the importance with ley lines and the many sacred sites that have dotted the Earth since recorded history? Is there more reality in our dreams than in the illusion we call our waking lives?
For I believe in the power of the force. The power of attraction through the action and belief of positive thought, and that Quantum physics and the string theory that posits, that all things are connected by a zero point magnetic field, and that we all need to be open to the thought and belief that anything is possible. Because if you can think it, than it is. Maybe not now, but in the future. So if you get the chance, please take a glance, browse a review, or simply read "The Field-The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe ", by Lynne Mctaggart, c.2008.
It can't hurt anything. It can only help. Seriously, and as we all know, the world sure needs some positive thoughts these days.
April 1st, 2009
If I were the Clash, at one time, the most important band in the world, I would be singing my own song, "London Calling". But, I'm not, and only the world's elite will be doing that come tomorrow as they jangle the keys to the asylum in front of our very eyes. The day after April Fools' is only appropriate timing for the people that think of anything other than coincidence, because we've all been fooled again by the masters' that hold the strings, and we dangle, bouncy bouncy bounce for their enjoyment to run like rats in our cubicle cages nibbling for that ever just out of reach piece of cheese that sits atop open hands well manicured and their laughing eyes from their house arrest confinements because they stole and keep stealing billions away from ordinary tax payers. Oh, to be young again. Maybe the G20 meeting in London is a good thing. A plan will be developed for a worldwide recovery from the mess that they put us in. The same people in charge of supplying the solution are the same as those that have given us the problems. Oh, to be young again. There may be violence and there will be outrage and there should be outrage. I was outraged once, and sometimes I was even taken seriously. Oh, to be young again. I am guessing that Mr. Barack Obama will be emerging from his whirlwind world tour as the undoubted king of swing. The golden calf in carmel colored skin with a million dollar smile. He's been on the cover of every magazine for the past year and a half and you have to admit that his inauguration was something almost biblical. The answer man. The man with the plan. At least that's how the major media darlings will portray him. Then again, I voted for him. And then again, look what he was left with. But I digress. And then he will go on to meet with the leaders of the Czech Republic and Turkey and offer them the United States unwavoring support for anything against the still from the viewpoint of the western world, the much despised USSR, China and their threatening quasi-capitalism and Iran and their beautiful yet shrouded women and their unrealistic and unfortunately uneducated clergy, in what may be the first steps towards World War III. Should we be checking his scalp for three little sixes?
Oh, to be young again.
April 26th, 2009
The spring rain is greeting my backyard window pane with the pitter patter of falling feet touching the glass from God's outstretched toes that seem to need their nails clipped, and touching down on the deck and stucco that bounces to the ever greening grass below. Puddles form along the side streets and the brick brack courtyards church bells ring to the drive way behind the house and beyond. And yet I still sit wondering, will I get the Swine Flu? Is this the pestilence that was warned about thousands of years ago by a distant relative on the island of Patmos? Are we hearing wars and rumors of more wars amongst the people picketing against the higher taxes and ever expanding reach of bigger brother's federal government as we slowly slide to a global centralized bank in the hands of a waiting dictator who will have all the power in the world to do whatever he or she may want? Or am I on too many medications like the rest of America and the quickly growing population of the world to notice or to be trusted with knowing the difference? Or is it all going to end on the 21st of December in 2012?
May 9th, 2009
Was the global economic collapse coordinated with the intent of starting over with a clean slate in place throughout the world, to impose the rules of the Chicago School of Economics main theory of "laissez-faire" fostered by Nobel Prize winner economist Milton Friedman?
"that Chile under Chicago School rule was offering a glimpse of the future of the global economy, a pattern that would repeat again and again, from Russia to South Africa to Argentina: an urban bubble of frenetic speculation and dubious accounting fueling super profits and frantic consumerism, ringed by the ghostly factories and rotting infrastructure of a development past; roughly half the population excluded from the economy altogether; out-of-control corruption and cronyism; decimation of nationally owned small and medium-sized businesses; a huge transfer of wealth from public to private hands, followed by a huge transfer of private debts into public hands." Naomi Klein The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007)
Can we say "Bail-out"?? Eerily clairvoyant.
September 15th, 2009
A week ago, on 9/9/9 or maybe it was really an upside down 6/6/6, our young president gave what may turn out to be his most important speech in his young presidency, when he stood before Congress and pleaded for Universal Healthcare. It was as if once again, he was saying to himself, "I've saved the day, for the time being." Even Nancy Pelosi, whose bo-tox hasn't slowed her ability to speak, was fumbling over her own words announcing his introduction, and thank God Biden didn't have to open up his mouth. Whoa, that would've been our Kanye West moment. The Democrat majority in Congress though was very apparent, "but let me be clear," there is much work to be done. Maybe we need a tax on soda pop for our ever increasing nanny state to save the day. We can't get thin without a tax. That's common sense. But for now, the health insurance companies are the boogey man to fear and yet, the financial institutions that helped get us into the mess that we are currently in are continuing to do their own little song and dance and getting away from any actual reform at all. Oh how sweet it was, Lehman Brothers, where are you now? Our President continues to tip toe on the fence, causing our ever impatient media and ourselves to question, which side is he exactly on? What exactly does he want? Does he do this in homage to Lincoln who always kept people guessing? One thing is for sure, he can sure as hell give one heck of a speech. And come on, people, that's what got him elected. He's inspirational and charismatic. A true politician. Now he's trying to be the biggest community organizer the world has ever known, and good for him. We need a community these days, we don't need twitter updates. But, what's to say that your employer won't drop health coverage if a public option is being offered? It would save a lot of money for businesses, and that in the end is the bottom line. Shareholders over employees, unless you want to risk your retirement again on your 401k that's up to you. "It's time to give every American the same opportunity we give ourselves", damn straight. That got a thumbs up endorsement from Mccain. But, instead of drug testing our athletes, lets start drug testing our elected officials. How about that? But where are the death panels? Won't all the senior citizens be considered expendable. We will all be required to have health insurance, just like car insurance. Sounds reasonable, no sending a man to the moon or anything like that. By the way, did you hear, we aren't going back to the moon. Too expensive. Too expensive??? They just print more money. That's all. But maybe we didn't go in the first place? I kid I kid. "Significant details need to be ironed out," chuckle chuckle chuckle from the audience. Isn't that the truth. "I just want to hold them accountable." Yeah, no two page TARP application for those guys. The financial institutions sure got it right in the kisser, didn't they. Oh, wait, his whole cabinet is former Wall Street execs. That's right. Tim Geitner, you did one helluva job as Fed Chairman of New York. Good thing you kept it all in line when you were in charge. Now, you're Secretary of the Treasury, going to DisneyWorld next? Hank Paulsen former Treasury Sec. was former Head of Goldman Sachs, and who got a nice big bailout instead of Lehman Brothers, you guessed it, good old Goldman. Anyhow, everyone sitting on their hands during the speech was old and white. That's the party I want to belong to. Ha. But, hey Mr. President, what happened to getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan? What about shutting down Guantanamo? "Hey, my door is always open," if you have enough cash. Sorry, did I just say that. But Mr. President, please end the speech while going for the jugular, bring up Ted Kennedy, and talk about moral issues for social justice and "the character of our country," while our men and women continue to fight in wars we will never win. "I still believe.....", was it his best speech yet? I don't know, but you have to give us hope in order to cover up for the things that won't be taken care of. Not much has changed from 4 years ago has it? We just substituted a better speaker.
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