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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]

 

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