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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Litany of the Poor and Oppressed: a poem by David H. Roche


"Litany of the Poor and Oppressed" is a poem by David H. Roche made into a video utilizing his art and political consciousness.

The line before the last line has a 'freudian slip in it' which I left in because it 'works'. 

The first word in the sentence is spoken "May' but it is written 'My'.  It should be 'My'. I like it saying 'My', and if you do wish to reproduce this do so at no cost to yourself as long as you change nothing and give me credit for the art and poem.  

 "Power to the People."  We're all in the same god damned ship named the Pequod with Captain Trump, republican and democrat, at the helm taking us to our fate.  

Why do people hate foreigners who invade their nation and kill their families?  Why do the brutalized become brutal? Chris Hedges produces a scenario to help you understand.  

What would you feel inside of yourself if someone you didn't know just came in and murdered your family for political purposes? This is what we're talking about with the lack of evidence for WMD's.  At one moment in history it has been claimed the invasion of Iraq was a war crime. 


Many still believe it was a war crime


Thursday, July 06, 2017

An Introduction To Free Speech




I got my introduction to the notion of political free speech in 1964 while watching the evening news. There was a time when the news was not entirely propaganda. Click the link and hear Mario Savio deliver his famous speech. It may inspire you.

Around the supper table watching the evening news with my parents I witnessed all this happening, not understanding what it was all about. I was still in high school. I would be drafted within two years and expected to shed my blood in Vietnam. I was clueless. Just the kind of draftee the government wanted. 

The rebellion of the students in Berkeley, based on the principle of free speech lead inexorably to protesting the Vietnam War which was at that time being set up and established under false premises by the U. S. Government.

Below is a video of Fourth of July fireworks at a family picnic. We had hamburgers, goodies and beer. We also had pot. I live in a marijuana legal state.  A good time was had by all and not a soul died. 




The Pentagon Papers establish beyond a doubt the outright lies of those government officials who wished to attack Vietnam. Yes, it was all based on an 'official lie' as was the Iraq war and the subsequent mayhem and anti-human activities being carried out in the middle east at the present with American made weapons of mass destruction.

As long as the impetus of government is as it is now we can only expect war and horror for the foreseeable future.  It has been promised to us by the politicians.




Well people, it's in your hands.

Are you going to give in?

It's up to you!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ducklings And Mallard Hen At Dusk (video)



Last evening my neighbor called and asked if I had seen the Mallard hen and her ducklings that evening. She was, he said, quacking up a storm. So I grabbed my camera and tripod and what I discovered on the other side of the street is in the video below.

Enjoy


Friday, June 23, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Syria: some thoughts and some art


I'm appalled at the willingness of humanity to display such anti-human characteristics. In a spiritual sense war is fratricide because in a spiritual sense we are brothers and sisters of one another in a worldwide family. Our fate, at present, is in the grip of principalities and powers that not only lack love but are the enemy of love. Jesus said, "Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye." verse 25 Gospel of Thomas Nag Hammadi Library.









The ever expanding and ever increasingly unacceptable plague of war spreading over the middle east has a couple prominent explanations.  



One: it is a 'pipeline' war.  


Two: "The massive, direct and immediate power interests of the US war state -- not the determination to ensure that a pipeline would carry Qatar's natural gas to Europe -- drove the US policy of participation in the war against the Syrian regime."

Whichever of the two plans is at play is virtually meaningless. The atrocities directed against human beings are the same whether it be pipeline or power. How you define it is meaningless at that point.





My question is when will the majority of us forbid this kind of behavior by the so called elected democracies that are so much in the vogue these days? 








I am sickened at the Spirit of the Age which requires this kind of behavior.

People are being mistreated, driven from their homes, separated from their families 
and finally having their lives taken from them.  


So I speak.  



Enjoy a bite of a strawberry from my garden.









Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pond Scum Meditation



Sometimes there is recognized by those whose minds have encountered the ordinary on a personal basis a subsequent realization that they have encountered the ultimate at the same time. 

I simply set up my camera on my tripod and began to video the interaction of the wind in the middle, the sky above and the insects in front of me. 

The pond becomes a metaphor for the earth which is mostly water. The insects represent us the life that was instructed to be fruitful and multiply. 







all photography (C) 2017
by David H. Roche

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