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The Bridge

February 23, 2007

 

 

 

Liongs Gate Bridge

The Lions Gate Bridge [1937]

First Narrows, Vancouver

 

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How It All Came To Be

February 23, 2007

 

WARNING –

If the contents of this message do not make you angry –

IT SHOULD MAKE YOU SCARED!!

There comes the inevitable question of WHY? How is that one person seems willing to muster all the resources to hand, even take the time to gather the information, the time to assemble it all and put it out there.

The motivation for this all comes from an incredible frustration of dealing daily with the same issues over again, the ones dealt with and resolved the week before, and the week before that.

There is required a Sea Change in the way things are done, a Massive Change [LINK] in fact in the way things are accomplished. I benefit from the ability to wake up each day, thank the Creator for the granting of another day to make progress and carry on with my agenda, an agenda I speak of, sometimes lucidly, on these pages.

I come to this from an interesting place, one that is far from the conventional. The profile, while in the Public Domain [LINK], is password protected and I ask that you request it from me.

I count as the root of my inspiration a mentor in the person of the late Donella Meadows [LINK], her inspiration being represented best, at least for me, in her two Treatise’s – Places to Intervene in System [LINK] and Dancing With Systems [LINK].

 

There remains the frustration with those whose agenda appears centred around their need for perpetual status quo, the protection of their domain with Fear as Their Ally. But the is hope, people growing ‘Mad as Hell’ [LINK] and the words of Edward R. Morrow’s [LINK] speaking at the 1958 RTNDA Convention [Full Text], words ringing truer today as they have ever been.

 

And, with my own piece of rhetoric thrown in, we live today in a society rapidly advancing in the ability to embrace the latest trend in technology, yet too often lacking in the simple skills, less literate than ever, with the text of the technology becoming too often the language of daily life, while those left on the margins, analyzed and categorized into a stupor Speed Up to Catch up and in the process blow their minds.

 

If at the end of the day, on more life is redirected from the abyss, then the work will have been worth it. Yet, I suggest there is coming that Massive Change, people ‘Mad As Hell’, and the prospects for the future better than they would seem. There remain those who in support of the status quo, trundle out the classic, yet stale, arguments to perpetuate their own positions once again yet not bothering to look down the road a piece to see the load that is coming.

In 1966, Arlo Guthrie put pen to paper and created a monumental treatise for the time ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ [LINK] with its Call to Arms, of a sort, therein:

 

And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a study in black and white of my fingerprints. And the only reason I’m singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a situation like that there’s only one thing you can do and that’s walk into the shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say ‘Shrink, You can get anything you want, at Alice’s restaurant.’. And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day walking in singin’ a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.’ [(C) 1966-1968]

 

In the Immortal words, spoken in what became eventually the longest Anti War demonstration in memory, words indicating the issue and how endemic it became – ‘Attention. Attention, camp compound. Corporal Judson has informed the colonel’s office that three cases of Amphetamine Sulfate [DEF] are unaccounted for again. This is the third occurrence of this type in the last month. It must stop by order of Colonel Blake’s office, 4077th M*A*S*H unit.’

 

If what you have just read does not make you angry, I suggest you are asleep

 

ERODING THE MIND – Researchers have mapped brain decay caused by Methamphetamine use. The damage affected memory, emotion and rewards systems.[JPG]

 

MATH Not METH – The Urban Incursion

February 22, 2007

MATH Not METH is based on a premise developed in 1994 to break a cycle of Heroin addiction within an institutional setting. The premise was a simple one – If you can divert the attention of an addict away from the ‘Game of Getting’ and focused on the ‘Game of Knowledge’ the Pleasure associated with the ‘Score’ followed by the inevitable disappointment in the High, is replaced by the quest for Knowledge.

To Quote Lee Stringer [LINK] ‘The pathology of a addict is that once he has tasted ‘Heaven’ – chemically induced or otherwise – he relentlessly mine the source of it for more, determined to maintain the sensation all the time. It is the thing that hooks him because it is a metaphysical impossibility, so that each diminished return only inspires him to try all the harder.’

In 1994, before the ‘Highway of Light’ truly came to the fore as a possible force, a tool for change, the tool of choice was the Zome [LINK] a development of Paul Hildebrandt from an invention of Steve Baer in 1966. What was established very early on was this seemingly elementary modeling system was in fact a ‘Model of the Mind’, a too, for change.

Where this came from can best be explained by the recent work of Irving Biederman in ‘Grasping the Pleasure Principle’ [LINK] and his treatese Perceptual Pleasure and the Brain [LINK] together with the work of Edward A. Vessel in ‘A Theory of Cognitive and Perceptual Pleasure’ [LINK].

With the pervasive incursion of Chrystal Meth into communities and resources taxed to the limit in dealing with it, I suggest that the strategy proven useful in 1994 can be expanded upon and an Incursion made into the zone. It is clear that the ‘Just Say No’ philosophy is a failure from the start, and the tendency of Law enforcement to favor a policy of ‘If brute force doesn’t work, you are not using enough of it’. What is obviously required is a radical approach and MATH Not METH is designed to answer that.

The program is very infrastructure dependent, using Grid based learning tools, gridMathematica [LINK] being the primary source with A New Kind Of Science [LINK], and Pervasive Gaming strategies pioneered by IPERG – Integrated Project on Pervasive Gaming [LINK] who developed the highly successful Prosopopeia [LINK] with the translational strategy of MATH Not METH taking advantage of the ‘Techer’ nature of a classic Meth addict.

MATH Not METH is then a work in progress with implementation in the form of an Urban Incursion coming in 2007-09.

You Are invited to PLAY.

A Bridge Over The Abyss – The ABOTA Project – Part One

February 21, 2007

ABSTRACT – It is said – ‘If you give me a fish – you have fed me for a day. If you teach me to fish, then you have fed me until the river is contaminated or the shoreline seized for development. But if you teach me to organize, then whatever the challenge – I can join together with my peers. . . and we will fashion together our own solution’: – [LINK] profound words coming from a young activist, in an increasingly lost generation.

I work Front line on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the Crystal Meth Community. A program developed out of the need for a pro-active solution to the issue. Walkabout is a free standing program which is focused mainly on Crystal Meth addiction. This brings me to a developing issue within our community and I suggest many others. The is a rapidly growing prevalence of the drug in the school systems on Vancouver Island, and given the apparently unprecedented success of the ‘Walkabout’, Ihave now been approached to develop an intervention strategy to take to the schools. While the most logical approach might be suggested as locking down the school and putting everyone on detox for 100 days, a method which has proved successful in custody settings, a less aggressive approach is needed to be approved by the authorities.

Albert Speer – The architect of Adolf Hitler’s mass appeal commented on Methanphetamines as to how successful the drug was in ‘Turning the human into a feral animal which could then be manipulated for the purposes of the Reich’, and yet today it has become the cheap ‘drug of choice’ leaving one to wonder how it all happened.

Coming to the end of what has been more than ‘Such A Night’ as said the great Dr John, lo it has been Such a Year.

 

Remembering my early incursion into the world of Blogs – not used to all the jargon: Not used to all the agendas, at least not in this context. But now, slowly I am warming to the idea of using this medium to get the message out, at least this way if people are ignoring me, I won’t have to look at their faces feigning interest as the try to get out of the line of dialog, going home to their warm comfy lives until one day their son or daughter or an neighbor’ son or daughter or even themselves become afflicted by the scourge

There are those famous lines penned by Arlo Guthrie in ‘66

And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a study in black and white of my fingerprints. And the only reason I’m singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a situation like that there’s only one thing you can do and that’s walk into the shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say “Shrink, You can get anything you want, at Alice’s restaurant.”.

And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them.

And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.’ [L]


Too, I am reminded of the lessons of White Rose and Sophie Scholl –
The famous leaflets of the movement [1] – [2] – [3] – [4] – [5] – [6] – [7?] 

 

 

If there has ever been a need for a classic ‘Call to Arms’, that time is now. To quote a famous man from what seems is a long time ago, but is not – ‘The only thing about me is that I am an average healthy human being. All the things I have been able to do, any human being or anyone of you could do equally well or better. I was able to accomplish what I did by refusing to be hooked on a game of life that had nothing to do with the way the universe was going. I was just a throwaway who was willing to commit myself to what needed to be done.’ – R. Buckminster Fuller – THAT TIME IS NOW.

Too often, today people will tend to drop into what will hopefully be termed ‘911’ syndrome, a prevalent behavior before 2001-09-11 yet having become all too pervasive, even institutionalized, today.

By definition, people act out of context of or connection to what is right, either morally or lawfully, imposing their agenda[s] on other regardless and/or with little regard to consequences – However, when they are called on their acts, held accountable for their words, or are responded to in a manner unexpected or heretofor regarded as impossible, they cry foul, become instant victims, especially when those responding were victims, themselves.

I suggest it is incumbent on we, the people, society as a whole to come together with the common goal of defeating what has too rapidly become a scourge. There is, as has too often become the norm, to dissect the root cause of any issue and ascribe blame, and thus abdicate responsibility.
What has happened here, however, it is with blame ascribe, the guilty are wee the people for allowing it to happen. Therefor I would suggest a more appropriate approach would be to accept , of necessity, our culpability and get on with the job of repairing the error.
The first point of entry should be telling those with the ‘Authority’ to change policy within a given operation structure – to STOP NOW. Stop the free distribution of amphetamines to pilot in the AirForces of the world and immediately impost rational Flying/Hour restriction. There will be long and seemingly rational arguments against this, all of which should, of necessity be responded to with ‘THIS STOPS NOW!!
From this beginning, the move should next be made to the civilian sector. Any laboratories found and the buildings containing them should be demolished and the property left clear, with the bill becoming the responsibility and thus liability of the property owner. It should not matter whether th building is free standing or part of a larger complex, the property should be cleared to the boundaries.

Having now brought the scenario to a grinding, yet abrupt halt, the question begs, what to do next. There can be no action justified without constructive solutions to follow. While there will be the fascists who believe that the ‘Final Solution‘, is best, there remain hope that reality, or at least a version of it will prevail and solutions will be found.

That then is the purpose of A Bridge Over The Abyss – to look at constructive solutions.


A Tribute To Albert Lee Jimmy

February 21, 2007

December 11, 2006 was marked with the passing of Albert [Alby] Lee Jimmy. Alby was a person who left a wake wherever he chose to point his life’s canoe. He left an impression, irrepressibly positive, with everyone he met and could be counted on to bring smiles and laughter to even the most depressed crowd, just by walking among them.

Alby was the Joker in a deck of cards, hard dealt, never one to blame anyone for the game of life he had chosen to play. While he had many historical issues which marked the way he was, he bristled with a flash of anger, and then ran at the first sign of anyone trying to coddle him.

His last days were marked with an acknowledgment of the risks that stood before him, and choosing to take that one last stand, taking the chance that he might once again be able to walk the land. But that was not to be, and he died as he had lived, the quiet man.


I share with you a eulogy I wrote for a friend some years back, I often find it fits for many:


THE RANGE OF AFFECT
[A Tribute to Ginger Baker]

The range of affect has been great;
Just as a stone thrown skips across the
surface of a still pond;
As it slips below the surface,
it leaves only you to know it was ever there;

And yet, as the stone settles to the water’s floor;
It changes the surface forever;
Such is the Range of Affect.

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While Alby’s stone has slipped from view, the wave to be felt for times to come, and the wake of his passing canoe leaving pause for thought.