Every month I like to throw a new quote on the header for this site. The quote for this month reads, “Don’t just do something, stand there.”
We live in a world where people and events push us to react emotionally, or overreact, all the time. Whether it’s in personal relationships or in the mass media, we constantly find ourselves in situations where we are being pushed to react as quickly as possible – don’t just stand there, DO SOMETHING!!!
We’ve seen this repeatedly over the last year – immediately after a horrific event, emotionally traumatized people, fueled by the media, clamoring for those in authority to do something, do anything, to create an illusion of security against this same kind of trauma happening again.
If you’re in a true emergency, and are a first responder, it might be necessary to do whatever is needed in the moment, but not after the initial trauma is dealt with – not in the aftermath.
We saw this reaction after the tragedies of the Aurora Theater shooting, after the Sandy Hook school shooting, and after the Boston Marathon bombing. We will see it again next time a horrific event happens.
Title – “$1 Hits – Page 27” Dimensions – 5.25″ x 5.5″ Format – mix-media word collage in a handmade book Date – 1994
Today’s word collage reads –
New! Magic Eye 3-D Illusion Video
Remnants of a Superpower
2 Hours of Amazing Animal Struggles for Survival and Dominance
X-Ray Vision Games you can’t Lose
“Get those cameras and microphones out of here,” the guy said.
“I’m not afraid of you!”
Great Values on Cassette!
4 Payments each
$6.24 $2.49 $2.24 $2.24
For many years (the 80’s and 90’s) I was an angry-young-man Libertarian – a position I turned my back on since 2004… now “I’m neither left or right” but I’m not a centrist either – nor am I a communist, a socialist, a Green or an anarchist.
I’m an idealist by nature and I don’t know where I fit in the American political spectrum anymore… and I don’t even know if it matters anymore.
Any way – I don’t like Paul Ryan’s politics and policies because:
I believe in societies with healthy common areas, common goals and working to support the common welfare that hold us together as a diverse people, and makes it possible to create a vibrant economy from bottom to top…Basically the opposite of Paul Ryan’s view.
When I think of Paul Ryan, I think of YOYO Economics – “You’re On Your Own” Economics – sort of like “Trickle-Down” or “Voodoo” Economics, but without the illusion of lifting any other boats.
Here’s a graphic to explain it simply – I call it – Paul Ryan – YOYO King – feel free to share it! (click on the graphic above for a larger version) – the season for political graphics has begun… Enjoy!
Title – “The Grand Deception Star Flies Over It’s Dominion” Dimensions – square format – various sizes Format – digital collage Date – 2012
This is the graphic I created for the new sound collage CD from UFOverdriver called Grand Deception Star.
As you can see, the Grand Deception Star (constructed of all-seeing eyes, a pyramid of deception, a symbol of the International Monetary Fund and rays of light from a Freemason symbol) is flying over it’s dominion, a landscape of illusion.
The lands below are constructed from several charts – one of international corporate control, and one of secret societies and how they interconnect.
A rather famous landmark (hint: it’s located in Vatican City) is repeated three times in the background, and, of course, we have the masses of people underneath it all.
Does it have some kind of meaning? Oh yes, but I’ll let you work it out…
I love the ecstatic humanity expressed in this video, and it contains many of my hopes for 2010…
Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize – we’re floating in space
Do You Realize – that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize – that everyone you know someday will die
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes – let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It’s hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don’-go down
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round
Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize…
Lyrics from “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips
Don’t wait for tomorrow to appreciate and support those you love today. Let them know you realize… and remember – You have the most beautiful face!
The Once In A Blue Moon New Year’s Eve Party – 2009 into 2010
We spent the last hours of 2009 with some good friends at our The Once In A Blue Moon New Year’s Eve Party.
We talked, ate and drank, counted down til Midnight, had the iTunes playing a New Year’s Eve party playlist, cheered with Champagne, ate sauerkraut for good luck and everyone went home safely with a commemorative button in the early morning hours…
Here’s a small selection of photos… A few friends that arrived just before midnight or later didn’t make it into our photos from the night (we set the camera down somewhere and forgot about it…)
We finally fell asleep around 3:30-4:00 in the morning and didn’t wake until noon.
Our dogs, Moseley and Suki, had a great time too and have spent the whole day today sleeping… just the thing to do on New Year’s Day.
Thank you to all that attended our party, we were honored that you choose to spend New Year’s Eve with us!
2009 – Hope, Change and Let Them Eat Cake
I read a bunch of good articles today that did a fine job of reflecting on the sorry state of affairs that we call the first decade of the new millennium… here’s a few of them:
A few weeks ago, Newsweek produced a video, which condensed the major news events of the past decade into one seven-minute mashup video. This interested me! So, I merrily sat down at my desk, queued it up, and prepared to watch it unfold. At the time, I thought: “Oh, this will be fun.”
It was not fun. Not at all. You know what? This past decade was pretty terrible!
…What we had in the 2000s was far, far worse than a “Big Zero.” The last ten years have been so miserable for the United States that a “Big Zero” would be an immeasurable improvement compared to what we got. If we could freeze time and move the country back to January 1999 it would be like hitting the jackpot! With all its squandered wealth, wasted lives, despoiled environment, growing inequality, and a Supreme Court stacked to favor corporate power, a “Big Zero” is a distant, unattainable goal.
Revenge fantasies are durable, reliable entertainments because they allow us to experience actions that aren’t allowed in real life, and that most of us wouldn’t truly want to experience even if given the chance. That would be fine if we were just talking about pop culture. But during the 2000s, the revenge fantasy escaped the realm of fiction. It came to dominate our politics and — for a while — overturned centuries of established U.S. policy and tradition toward prisoners.
…Which brings me to Decembuary 0. This should take the place of the traditional January 1st, and act as a sort of transitional day between the years. This way, you can feel awful and disgusting and piss away your day watching TV in the same pants you’ve been wearing for the past 36 hours without feeling like the new year is getting off to an discouraging start.