Archive for November, 2014


Suckling at the Teet of technology


Life in the air age
Isnt all the brochures say
Life in the air age
Its too dangerous to stay
Beepop Deluxe  Life in the Air Age

  A few weeks ago the internet blasted the news with this picture of Patrick Schwarzeneggar and Miley Cyrus making out. This priceless image was an iconic representation of our times-not because it showed the popular(?) pop starlet kissing the son of legendary bodybuilder/actor(?)/former Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar; what makes this shot so priceless is what Patrick is doing with his hand. He has his cell phone taking a picture of himself as he’s kissing the franchise known as Miley Cyrus. He will now be my poster child for this age of me.
  Back in the eighties (and certainly before then as well) there was a large percentage of theorists who foresaw turn of the century bringing about an age when information would be a big commodity but I don’t believe they knew it would be so plentiful, so overwhelming and so valueless. The computing mode of data and information could have been a boon for a large percentage of humans but instead the instant gratification factor came into play and all of a sudden it seems everyone’s attention span went to being less than that of a goldfish. We eat and crap out statistics at an alarming rate and rarely find time to contemplate what we just finished reading-were too busy going on to the next item on the screen. The glut of data and news thrown in our face leaves the majority of people unable to focus, wanting to do nothing more than stare at images of cute and funny animals. News pundits can take a seemingly small incident that developed in some town we have no direct correlation with and create a nationwide electronic rabble to dull our focus from the periphery. These battles of who’s right/who’s wrong become the caustic jelly which feeds our neurons with a jolt to keep us going but more often than not, the injustice reported on any event goes unresolved and we slip into the stream of another news frenzy. The day Europeans successfully landed a rocket on a piece of rock in our galaxy the other edge of media decided they needed to publish pictures of Kim Kardashian’s ass..this drips of something straight out of a Vonnegut Jr. novel.
  So what do I suggest we do? Try to slow down the amount of sinformation you take in-a big percentage of the shit being reported is pure flotsam, another portion of it is not of your real concern because in spite your feelings, you really don’t have a tangible dog in the fight and last, slow down and savor the information you do read. The internet is a remarkable resource for study but it will bombard you with information overload if you allow it. Swallow slowly while suckling the teet of technology, don’t gulp it down or you’ll choke. Acknowledge that most of us do now exist in a dichotomy of real world flesh and blood persona and the ethereal online persona. Both are valid but don’t allow the technological essence of you overthrown the real world flesh and blood body. We all seem starved for attention online and want so badly for more and more people to hit that like button to bring content feelings to our psyche but have you forgotten how good it feels to have a real world like given to you? Spend an evening out with friends-meet new ones while you’re out. You can make it a fantastic time without having to chase down the latest meme to post online. Use your tech sparingly and for Christ’s sake, if you ever ever ever get the opportunity to touch tongues with Miley Cyrus, put the fucking phone down and enjoy.


Do the Expected Behavior Thing


Well they did it. The verdict came down in Ferguson, Mo. and it wasn’t easy. While the eye of the world watched, a group of disgruntled locals threw a big temper tantrum and burned the placed to the ground. They took a shit in the pool so now everyone has to get out so it can be cleaned. What a disgrace.
Regardless of how the verdict on the Michael Brown case turned out his family and those with cooler heads pleaded with the public not to react with violence. They were proponents of protest against what they saw an injustice within our system but once the news honed in on those who had been worked up through media reports and gun sales jacked up in Ferguson, they quickly went to the news to emphasize advocacy for peace in the streets. That apparently didn’t take with some folks and when the courts decision hit the news, the riot began. Stores were demolished, looting and fires leveled the town and after some time Ferguson looked like a Lebanese shell shot neighborhood.
My disappointment came from this aftermath response; the decision that some people didn’t agree with. Its not enough that Officer Darren Wilson will be a moving target for the rest of his life (however long that ends up being); some people became engrained with a blood red anger that had them strike out at anyone and anything, ruining innocent lives and years of investment into their community-all gone in one evening. If someone punches you in the eye, what justification do you use to go hit someone else? The effort is pointless and you become more of a monster than the one that originally started the situation. Where do the folks who owned small businesses in Ferguson go from here? What encourages them to carry on or even want to put back into the community? This mob mentality destruction could take it all away again at any moment so why give them fuel for the fire?
A year from now (or perhaps less) the media will slink back into the streets of this St. Louis suburb and throw a few choice photos on the internet to gaze at and say oh yeah, I remember when but nothing will be done to examine the feral anger that brought so many to tear a town apart. The hope of making a better Ferguson for the future was set on fire that day and these thugs who decided to piss where they drink have left a mar on their hometown which may never go away. Michael Brown wasn’t the only one killed in Ferguson folks-the whole fucking good spirit of the town died too.


Mitch McConnell; Casting Pearls Before Swine


I had initially started the day feeling pretty good. This was the day we Americans go to the polls and cast our votes for the candidates of our choice. We pride ourselves on the democracy that made this country a symbol of freedom and hope for a brighter future and try our best to weigh the issues, make sensible selections and abide by the rules of the vote. Then I made the mistake in the early evening to look at some results online and saw the incumbent Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) kicking ass on the Democratic candidate, Alison Grimes. That’s when I reached for the bottle of whiskey.
What the hell Kentucky? What the fuck is wrong with you? What the fuck is wrong with any of the states out there who continue to let these slimy good old boys get re-elected into office? I would love to go down there and take a census from people coming out of the polls and ask 1: did you really vote for Mitch McConnell and 2: What the hell made you vote for Mitch McConnell? Far be it from me to want to do away with the democratic process but creeping Jesus, Mother and Mary. If our society continues to let monsters like this stay in office, we are certainly all doomed.
People like McConnell are what keep Democratic/liberal individuals away from the table to even want to discuss politics with Republican voters and Republicans know that people like this mint julep sipping cracker piece of flotsam is not representative of what the Republicans stand for. Somewhere along the way between Barry Goldwater and President Ronald Reagan (note I categorized that period of Ron’s life because his term spent as a Governor are a totally different chapter altogether) the GOP took on a salacious approach toward Joe and Jane Average and began to put their stock into business rather than people. Little by little we’ve been duped into believing all our nations problems are being caused by the unemployed and the underemployed and the tidal wave of welfare recipients sucking off the government teet….and the Mitch McConnells of politics continue to harvest our money and oil the campaign machine in a covert method so devious, so elusive that many don’t even think to suspect it. Not possible you say? You think the majority of citizens are too smart to let something like this happen? Remember folks, you’re talking about a country which boosted Kim Kardashian to the stellar point of stardom she now holds, regardless to the fact that she gained notoriety for being screwed on tape. We allow hillbillies and beauty contestant parents to rule our airwaves and keep the masses entertained with what some refer to as entertainment. I think its slowly been dumbing our nation to the point where we now hold less an attention span than a goldfish in a bowl.
So feel proud you get to vote Kentucky, you let the bastard keep his job. Now you can continue to lead the nations way in unemployment while television pundits of politics use sleight of hand before our very eyes and insist it’s the part time worker at McDonalds which is causing this country to collapse. You people probably deserve McConnell. Go ahead and continue to peddle your meth and watch Duck Dynasty or whatever distraction they throw on the screen. Then none of us will have to worry about foreign powers marching down the streets trying to take over America, because by then they will own all our land.
Thanks Mitch.

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