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Mar 6, 2012

You Didn’t Invent The Universe

2004 37 cent stamp honoring Bucky Fuller

And you aren’t running it. That phrase was repeated over and over to one of my fly-by mentors, Marshall Thurber, by American genius Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller.

I find it important to remember this when I am looking out at our world, stupified, gobsmacked by the hideous things people everywhere are still doing to one another.

After Bucky’s 1930′s calculation of the Earth’s resources, he said that by 1976 we would be able to feed every single human being on the planet. In 1976, while Bucky’s prediction was true, more than 50,000 people died of hunger every day.

Bucky said at the time “”It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a mater of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry.”

Things have only gotten worse in the last 35+ years, and humanity-at-large has proved itself not to be very humane.

It is particularly depressing to me that our nation, with all of its resources, spends most of its time devoted to matters that do more harm than good.

Then again, I didn’t invent the Universe and I ain’t running it. Who the hell is?

Mar 1, 2012

Corporations Are People; Credit Cards Are Employee of the Month

Is there anyone else out there who hates the commercial about the Capitol One card called “Spark” … It is filmed on a construction site, with the boss calling the credit card “Employee of the Month.”
Not his employees, who are working their butts off so he can get 2% cash back, but the G-D credit card.

This country has gone completely bonkers, and this credit card ad is an
insult to employees in an economy barely recovering from a terrible decline. And probably those “construction workers” are actors.
Go F-yourself, Capitol One.

“Employee of the Month”

Feb 16, 2012

WAR. WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis: American Hero

Thanks to reporter embeds and soldiers coming home in disgust, we now know that whether America fights a war that is not ours in Vietnam or in Afghanistan, those in charge will lie about it.

From General Westmoreland to Oliver North to ,yes, even the vaunted David Patraeus ‘truthiness’ rules the day. None of this is about defending our freedom. Read Michael Hastings’ excellent book “The Operators,”
and watch for more from Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, loyal soldier now whistleblower:

‘On his second yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis travelled 9,000 miles, patrolled with American troops in eight provinces and returned in October of last year with a fervent conviction that the war was going disastrously and that senior military leaders had not levelled with the American public.

Since enlisting in the Army in 1985, he said, he had repeatedly seen top commanders falsely dress up a dismal situation. But this time, he would not let it rest. So he consulted with his pastor at McLean Bible Church in Virginia, where he sings in the choir. He watched his favourite movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” one more time, drawing inspiration from Jimmy Stewart’s role as the extraordinary ordinary man who takes on a corrupt establishment.

And then, late last month, Colonel Davis, 48, began an unusual one-man campaign of military truth-telling. He wrote two reports, one unclassified and the other classified, summarizing his observations on the candour gap with respect to Afghanistan. He briefed four members of Congress and a dozen staff members, spoke with a reporter for The New York Times, sent his reports to the Defence Department’s inspector general – and only then informed his chain of command that he had done so.”

Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/in-afghan-war-officer-becomes-a-whistle-blower-173608&cp

Feb 15, 2012

Memo to Charles Murray

Could you be more white?

Charles Murray, an old white guy, has written a book about white people in America between 1906 – 2012. I wonder if it is as offensive as his book about “The Bell Curve ?” I am not interested in finding out, but I did observe him saying that the middle to lower classes watched tv all the time, and the upper classes either didn’t have a tv or watched Masterpiece theater.

I’d like to see his research, because I think this is BS. The intellectual classes might watch Masterpiece Theater, but they are not necessarily the upper classes
he talks about. And the thing about the rich people not having a tv: what planet is he living on?

Feb 10, 2012

Ask Not What Your Congressmen Can Do For You…

Ask not what your congressmen can do for you …because it is abundantly clear that they have no intention of doing anything for you.

Instead, ask what you can do for your congressmen. You elected them. They are screwing all of us. It is time we came to their aid. I have been thinking about this for some time now, and I have a few suggestions to offer.

Catch them doing something good: I list this as the first option because it will require the least amount of time. In my view, this is an utterly impossible task, so move on to…

Sue them for “taxation without representation”: This is a job for David Boies and Ted Olson. Someone needs to sign on as the complainant and then you will have the biggest class action suit in history. This should make the Tea Party very happy. The 99% can finally get their due. The Occupy folks can come in from the cold. The cops can put away their tasers and their pepper spray and go solve some actual crimes.
While the suit gets underway, on to smaller ideas which are nonetheless important to the task of understanding what you can do for your congressman.

Tell them to keep the dirty laundry at home: Congressmen who disrespect the President should be required to wear a dunce hat to any public event they attend for a minimum of six months. Hear that, Mitch O’Connell? You’ll be the first dunce. You already are. Disrespecting the office of the President is something so stupid that you should be ridiculed in the First Degree (whatever we decide that is). It not only makes you look dumb, it makes our country look dumb to people who hate us (and people who like us) the world over. You especially should not do this if you are very ugly and pretty old.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.



Gloria. Circa 2012.




Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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