Category Archives: Thoughts

Sanders Panders?

facebook controversies over this pic:

Here’s my one-sided account:

I’m really glad Bernie Sanders was talking “down” about Monsanto. They are a company that uses their media ties and copious revenue to continue veiling horrible, obsolete, practices. I find it very likely that threat occurred. It’s happened before, why couldn’t it happen again? Seems legit that in this sensitive election period, he wouldn’t want to pick a fight by talking about it.

It’s logical to think genetically modified (in the general sense) is SAFE forcrissake, we all eat apples and modern versions of food humans have messed with. The people of America (not only Virginia) want to know in the grocery store: has Round Up has been sprayed on this? Did it come from a petroleum-soaked mono-crop? Is a continent going to lose its bee population because of my purchase right now?

I recently saw a good quote from a farmer that was something like “Let me call my product “food” and they can call theirs “chemical food”

If Bernie Sanders is trying to appease people’s desire to address the SUPER-FUCKED-UP MONSANTO MONO-CROP RACKET….then isn’t he only doing exactly what an elected representative is supposed to do? It’s not the just the organic “industry” of his home state…  it’s many people over many states because it involves the entire scope of how people eat (kind of a big deal). Of course it’s infinitely complicated and the information is constantly at odds because the players are family farmers against media-owning companies (no conspiracies! Legit business).

I’ve never heard “anti-science” used outside of a religious base.  To elude that [geoengineering], [petro-poison], and [people who don’t believe in preventative pharmaceutical use] are connected in having an agenda against science…. is nonsensical to me.

Hiring government professionals to represent us, apparently

Are we still referring to “left-center-right” positioning?  Whatever the definitions are for the motives behind each categorical “-ism” on the mythical scale is so skewed and individually interpreted anyway, that it doesn’t make sense to refer left and right anymore.  In fact, adhering to this binary illusion only limits our perception of what has happened, and what is possible.    Abandoning this language in favour of simple truths is what I strive to spread around. In fact, why not try to use unconventional language to re-frame and better define what the hell we’re all talking about here? The only consequence is education and understanding.

So, it’s as simple as this: conscious evolution VS. destruction. Period. Enough time has gone by. Now is when this massive shift has to occur.

Does democracy sound good? Do we want to achieve a functioning democracy? Because what we’ve had so far is deep-rooted disgusting plutocracy.  And let’s not forget the (plutocratic government-funded) CBC provides just enough satire and tidbit “information” to create the illusion and reinforce the myths that make it seem like what we have is working.

I look at it this way: if a government professional is forced to vote the same as her party leader, instead of acting on behalf of the people who voted her in, that is not democracy. As we’ve seen happen in the case of the NDP,  she cannot even voice criticism towards outrageous warring (like in Isreal)!  No. This is not for me. Any party that upholds practices like that, are obviously only interested in upholding the plutocracy that is ruining everything for everyone…everywhere.

Last night I watched a great documentary by Tom Shadyac, the guy behind Ace Ventura, Evan Almighty, the Nutty Professor, and other huge hollywood movies.  The movie included lots of cool behind the scenes shots from his life with movie stars, and also included lots of great interviews with names like Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky. It’s called I Am and it’s on Canadian Netflix now.  It’s worth a watch.

Grateful abundance

In this part of the world, we move through various seasons of change, and every year at this time, we’re showered in food. Literally.  I narrowly escaped an onslaught of pears falling all around me from the arching heavens.

For example, this picture was taken yesterday:

DSCF9975

A huge bag of apples filling the sink, tri-coloured potatoes, onions, shallots, tomatoes, green beans, blackberries, and figs.

All of this food was incidentally gathered or harvested for free.  Not pictured are the other dozens of figs, bags of pears, and bunches of seedless concord grapes which I literally followed my nose to collecting from a vine that stretched over a public sidewalk . We did not need to buy groceries at all this week.

I dwell on thoughts of “why me? And why not them?” referring to my planetary brothers and sisters who are starving. Near, far, wherever. It’s completely unnecessary.  It always makes me think about Buckminster Fuller and his famously rational point  that the technology exists now where everyone can just have everything they ever need or want. We just need to take the power back to do it.

I think about this as I drink my carrot/apple/ginger juice, and spread goat cheese on a fresh fig.  Pairing boozy over ripe blackberries with hunks of smelly parmesan. Popping tiny concord grapes into my mouth rivaling the flavour of every grape freezie I’ve ever had. Everyone should have this. It’s a crime that my privilege has taken me to this place of literally having too much food to eat. Circumstance, or incarnation, or privilege or whatever the cause.   Yesterday, hauling 4 dozen figs away from my friends backyard, I felt rich.  Like I had a loaded bank account, and nothing could stop me. I feel the same way whenever I collect kale seeds.

I receive these blessings and emit in return a positive radiation sent to those who aren’t afforded such wealth.  I hope they feel it.

I started this post initially to brag about all the delicious stuff I get to consume and share and prepare for my family. In a way I have done that still, but I cannot quiet my heart when it hollers out “RICH WHITE GIRL. Don’t even think of adding to the interwebz barrage of unvalidated bragging without acknowledging from whence it came.”

Now that I’ve got it off my chest, I suppose…

This week: growlers of apple juice, berries (on, in, with) everything, tomatoes in the freezer, and bags of basil for pesto-making.  Oh, and grapes. Grapes grapes grapes grapes. The kind of grapes that flavouring tries to taste like, but to no comparable avail.

Those who don’t vote, are still actually voting

I saw a great quote from a guy David Foster Wallace about how our governing has been.
He said “If you are bored or disgusted by politics (like Russell Brand described as reflexive impotence) and you don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched establishments of the major parties” (of which there is no difference whatsoever)

He said “Rest assured they are not dumb. They are aware it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical. By all means stay home on voting day if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting.” He’s talking about the effect mainstream media has on the masses.

In reality there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by going and doing it, or you vote by not going. If you don’t vote, the establishment wins. The establishment that is the root and cause of basically all suffering and harm. That’s right. I’m talking about the corporate rulers. The entire machine that maintains our destructive consumerist ways, and inhibits the progress of natural wild harmony.

There is only one organization I trust to begin undoing all of the damage done.

The GLOBAL GREENS

….and guess what?! EVERYONE’S GONNA VOTE FOR THEM. Kind of like that time in grade 9, at my high school, a rumour went around that at exactly 3:33, every student was gonna drop his/her pen on the floor. All morning and lunch, this went around by word of mouth. Sure enough, the time came and a thousand pens and pencils hit the floor.
The resulting sound of a thousand pencils being dropped, and the consequential bewildered look on the teachers faces was worth the cross-clique co-operation. THIS WILL BE JUST LIKE THAT! Only the results will improve life for everyone on the planet, just like Bucky said we could.

If we want major change, we all must vote green and nothing else. If we do that, and do our part to pass along the rumour, we can effectively take the money out of politics, and save the lands for our great granddaughters.

changeeverything

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are my views about “Strategic voting”:

The idea is to vote for whoever is higher in “the polls” come election time. The tactic here is that by voting for the lesser of evils, we can be rid of Steven Harper’s Government. It was the tactic 4 years ago, right? Well, it didn’t work. Cannot do same and expect different. That’s the definition of insanity. I refuse to act out of fear, and participate in any further insanity here. Enough time has gone by. Let’s have a look at the lynchpin of this conversation in the first place: polls.

Can we just think about what those are for a second? Some graphics on the tv screen? A facebook poll of a fraction of voting population? Colour saturation of plastic bag signs? Your conversations with others?

The variables for botched conduction *and botched interpretation of poll results* are too many for me to trust. And besides, “polls” have just as much influence as an actual vote does…the strategic voter admits. That tells me something about what game we’re all playing here, a rigged one. The playing board is rigged media. Media that has been proven to be almost always slanted fantastical musings of rich white men.

I hope you aren’t missing our Green point: it’s OK to vote according to your actual values this year! No need to compromise your trust by voting for a party of lesser evil. If you feel fed up with this mad paradigm and want lasting real change, the good news is you can actually vote for the *ONLY* one that is really saying “ENOUGH OF THIS CRAP.” The word is out, and the rumour is…… we’re all gonna do it. All at the same time and place…… by voting for the green party candidate in each of our ridings polling stations later this year.