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Friday, December 30, 2016

A Misunderstanding Between Friends (poetry and video)

Some words from scripture:


Ecclesiastes 7King James Version (KJV)

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

Yesterday the coroner came to my neighbors house and took her away.  It got me to thinking.  I've lived here on this street since 2009 and in that time every house except mine has had someone die.  

So I wrote the poem this morning as I thought of the empty house next door and wondered what it all means. 

A condition which is identified by the distinctive and fearsome reality of mortality is best understood in spiritual terms.  At least that is the opinion I hold this morning and the one I have held much of my life.  
















A Misunderstanding Between Friends

Mortality is the wolf dogging our steps from birth
becoming hungrier as the load becomes heavy
and the bones begin to resist,
and the legs are no longer able to dance
and from the heart comes groaning
instead of song.

Mortality is life's instructor,
it's daily inspiration
and in the end the wolf is a good old dog
that always was a friend.    (I changed the last line a little)






Death is a perennial topic of poets, philosophers and artists.  Allen Ginsberg sings "Father Death Blues"

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Leon Russell went home this year.  He left the Homewood Session behind for your enjoyment.

If we had more people like Leon Russell and fewer politicians the world might have chosen a path to a different destination.



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Some Thoughts On Jesus And Government Sponsored Cruelty



Cruelty and oppression represent the operating program of an unjust society.  

Matthew 25:  31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

So there you have it.  Jesus gets pissed, really pissed, when he sees the poor being taken advantage of.  How do you feel about taking advantage of the poor? Are you in favor of it?  

You may not be in favor of screwing the poor but the the State of Michigan has an unsavory track record of not only deliberately poisoning their poor and needy in order to save money but then those not poisoned are accused of insurance fraud when no fraud has occurred. This shit has to stop.  Jesus thinks so too.

What do you think?  Is Michigan the only anti-human state or is it just one of many?  I bet you know of other regions in the world where the government makes efforts to harm the poor and those in need. Jesus don't like that either.  When this is all said and done Jesus is likely to turn out to be an enemy of the state like he was the first time instead of being the lapdog of the government.

Whether or not you believe in Jesus I'm guessing you are opposed to the kind of behavior exhibited by the State of Michigan against it's poor and those in need. 

I'm hoping you are opposed to this kind of anti-human behavior every place you see it.  I hope you do something about it.  Jesus is on the side of the poor. Which side are you on?  
Jesus had few, if any, good things to say about the wealthy who oppress the poor.  He insisted that the wealthy should aid and support those in need. Obviously Michigan has abandoned such an idea about the value of human life when that human life falls below a certain economic level. 

There needs to be justice here.  

What can you do to bring about social justice for the poor of Michigan and those near you? Jesus said to take up his cross and follow him.  Are you willing?

The truth is if you are on the side of the poor Jesus is smiling on yah.  You know how he feels about those oppressing the poor.  Chin up, it's only gonna get worse before it gets better. But it's gonna get better.  Jesus said so.

God bless.  Keep the faith.


As it turns out this is actually a Real News topic.

I also stumbled upon this very pertinent lecture by Eric Metaxes on the topic of the Gospel of Jesus as applied to society.  The lack of these sentiments of compassion displayed by the people who have designed society reveals the anti-Christ anti-human nature of the state as it now exists.  

The Spirit of Christ can save us.  The spirit of the State will destroy us. Let your heart call out to Christ and he will come personally to you and inform you of what you should be doing to bring about justice.  

If you have questions about what Justice is comprised of or what I mean by demanding Justice.  I will let John M. Perkins give you a vision of what Justice is like.  I'll bet you'll think Justice is an idea whose time has come.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Road Trip

Photography taken on a drive from Utah to the Pacific Ocean.  





Enjoy the video






Saturday, December 10, 2016

30 Years Of Pipeline Accidents






I came across an article you can read it to at www.citylab.com by clicking on the title at the top of the page.  In the article you will find a detailed discussion on the safety and transportation of fossil fuels.  Today a report by The Young Turks confirms the danger these oil people present to air breathing water drinking, family raising people. As luck would have it the Trump Administration is unlikely to care all that much for those who breathe air, drink water and give birth.

As luck would have it I was sent by Google this link to some revelations from the past by Rant! James Ambas youtube channel  which are relevant today. It's long so take off your ostrich hat and sit down with a drink or a joint and listen to it.




In the article you will find some informative and at the same time distressing maps showing all the accidents over a thirty year period and you will also be able to see the results of the accidents. One map has red dots that appear everywhere there was a fatal accident.  It will probably make you sick at heart as you watch the dots appear. But then you may be encouraged to be decisive enough to take a stand against such foolishness. You could be next.  You have as much to fear as those already slain had to fear.  Meanwhile, KARMA visits Corpus Christi Texas and poisons its water with unknown petroleum contaminants just before Christmas causing great hardship on the locals.




A while back I made a blog post about an ecological catastrophe caused by a corporate agency.  It's humorous, a tongue in cheek  News From The Future report on the fire at the fresh air works in Pistol Whip.  It's an ironic look at the way the corporate state responds to environmental collapse and the poor souls on whom it is collapsing.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Reconsidering The Topic Of Fake News



Here is an alternative point of view from a youtube channel titled, of all things, "Truthstreammedia" on the topic and scope of this FAKE NEWS bullshit. Take a look at the video. It's not that long. Is this report bullshit? Or do you think there's something to it?  Before you go here's a report from Boiling Frogs Post on the topic identifying those whose actively promote fake news with terrible consequences.

The freedom to criticize the government or perhaps some businesses may be rescinded if some kind of limitations on speech follow.  A case in point I found on AMTV. 

That's the danger.

Really! Do you need someone to explain things for you?

Are you that stupid?

Someone thinks you are not able to decide for yourself. Someone who wants to make sure the news says the 'right' thing.

Let me give you an example. If you learned that North Dakota had suffered from 85 pipeline failures in the past 20 years would you be persuaded that pipelines were necessary and above all safe?  It's true.  Since 1996 there have been 85 pipeline failures in North Dakota alone.  Ask yourself why it is the Water Protectors who are getting the heavy handed treatment? Come on. You know.  Talk about it with your friends and neighbors. Water is important, we can live without tar sand.

Fake News can consist of simply not reporting the news.  You did not know of the 85 pipeline accidents in North Dakota.  The Fake News did not inform you.   

Frankly I've been told the 'truth' by religions which turned out to be untrue and I've been told the 'truth' by governments that turned out to be untrue.

When it comes down to picking the right liar in order to find out what's going on it really improves your chances of becoming totally confused and easily manipulated. That's the purpose of FAKE NEWS.

As a result the best approach is don't start off as a believer. Begin the reading of the daily news with skepticism and make your own decision. That makes sense doesn't it? 

Another thing. Begin to question authority more frequently. In a republic like the U.S. the citizen is the boss the government always wants to alter that relationship.

One positive mental exercise is to trace back your opinions to their sources. What mental effect have accessing those sources of information had on you? 

Getting a grip on things like this can help you get back in charge of understanding information. You've got a brain, you've lived a life. You should be able to understand the news all by yourself.

There is more than one opinion on this topic of FAKE NEWS. The only one that matters is yours, because it is your opinion that makes your world. 

Don't let some jerk talk you out of having a good day.




Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Foreclosure On A Sunny Day (poetry and photography}

Foreclosure On A Sunny Day
a poem by David H. Roche






Foreclosure on a sunny day
a place no more my head to lay,
weary body, weary soul,
life indeed does take its toll.



Walking by the river deep
wishing for a place to sleep
I found a bed with cold water blankets 
to cover my head.




Now the dungeness nibble 
and sea lions thrash about
octopi gather 
plucking off my snout. 

I don't feel cold
the cold water blankets are warm,
tonight I sleep, 
but tomorrow no dawn.



Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Taking Stock: December 6th 2016 (life in these states)

I sat down to write a poem and ended up writing this.
___________________________________________
The 6th of December

Taking stock :
I think I can limit myself
to two cups of coffee a day
or none...I have plenty of hot chocolate.

It's the food I worry about, I have $60 left
and $50 of it is dedicated to cat supplies.
Tomorrow I will have $16 of food stamps.

I hope the canned beans and dried rice are on sale.
I have pasta and canned tomatoes in the cupboard
and a half a brick of pepper jack cheese and 9 eggs in the fridge. 

If i'm careful I can make it.
I think.
I'm afraid next month will be the same.


Monday, December 05, 2016

Requiem For Mother Earth (a video)



As most sane people know the earth as a living system, and those dependent on that living system are being systematically destroyed by those who place the value of the profit motive over the value of the principles that support life and well-being.   I made the video to respond to the systematic despoiling of the living environment by those for whom profit is the meaning of life. 




In a metaphorical sense those who destroy the earth for profit are motherfuckers.  Why is it these metaphorical motherfuckers are welcome in the offices of our elected representatives? If we could stop these motherfuckers from having influence with lawmakers we might be able to save Mom, the kids and the future. Does that sound like a good idea?  

If the problem of environmental collapse is real it seems that we can solve it easily by forbidding political intercourse between motherfuckers and lawmakers.   We can ban motherfuckers, or we can hire honest lawmakers.  Either of those solutions would offer an improvement over the present "drill baby drill" environment of the motherfuckers. 

Came across this news today.  In case you did not know North Dakota alone has had 85 pipeline accidents in the last 20 years.  About four a year.  So you can see the Water Protectors are not the troublemakers. 

Enjoy this old song.

Conspiracy Vault: the value of FAKE NEWS




Conspiracy vault.  A collection of radio shows with conspiracy researcher Mae Brussell dealing with some of the more suspicious events in American history.  All of Maes work predates the Oklahoma City bombing. Her work, much of it, if not all of it was done before the days of the internet, is the result of painstaking decades and long hours of daily reading and filing and cross-referencing.  It's a treasure of information that you were not taught in most history classes. 




You'll find an assortment of conspiracies investigated dating from the murder of Abraham Lincoln to the Iran / Contra era of  political intrigue.  Produced by ConspiracyScope the Mae Brussell archive is home to 295 episodes.  This kind of information about forgotten events from the past is helpful for understanding what is happening today.  After all, the more things change the more they stay the same. 

After listening to a few of these programs you may find yourself spontaneously cursing at different times of the day for no apparent reason.  



If you're suspicious don't be afraid to speak up and above all don't be afraid of information.  Fake news is not a bad thing.  You don't have to approach the news as a believer, you have a brain.  It may turn out for the best to consider all news fake and make your own decisions.  Believers are wanted, even required, in a society such as American society.  Benjamin Franklin, one of the so called founding fathers, claimed it was the citizens first responsibility to question authority.  If you're a citizen believe nothing, question everything the government tells you.  It's what patriots and good citizens do.  When a government gets antsy when it's citizens begin to ask serious questions those citizens become in grave danger. But a good citizen will STEP OUT OF LINE and SPEAK HIS or HER mind.





Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Wise and the Foolish: God bless the Water Protectors

The situation facing humanity is revealed in the following report by Amy Goodman.  It is followed up in this article by Chris Hedges.  The ability of the earth to keep us alive is under threat by corporate and capital interests which are making huge amounts of money from extracting the natural resources of the earth.  As it turns out we trusted our leaders, fell asleep and woke up in a god damned nightmare such as China finds itself in.



If staying alive and healthy is important to you speak up.  If you would like to save the earth from becoming a slag pile speak up. If you like fresh air speak up, if you like fresh water speak up.  Killing off the earth for profit is a crime against humanity and is the same as spitting in the face of God.


Chris Hedges at this link describes the apparatus supporting this all out attack on the environment. We the people which are inseparable from the environment are also in peril from the forces which are hell bent on extracting carbon from Mother Earth to burn. 12 million people die annually from environmental causes.  

Below is a video I made on the topic of capital and how it relates to the needs of humanity.  Christian literature addresses the problem in Revelation 11.  

Mankind's relationship to the earth is evidence of what he thinks of the God who made it.  

The answer to the question "Why?" is at this link.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

U.S. To Become A Total Surveillance State On December First Unless You Speak Up

I made a picture about the Security State legislation which congress is about to mandate rendering all your personal communication open to the purview of the state. This will take place on December first unless the bozos in the legislative halls can be convinced it is not a good idea to spy on all of us in every area of our lives.


if you don't like the prospect of total state surveillance, email someone, or call someone in the lawmaking business and bitch. Let-em know you don't like the idea. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is against it too.  You can sign a petition here at this link.  


Total surveillance is an obscenity to the American spirit. Saying 'fuck you' to surveillance is a totally American response to the misappropriation of authority by the state. I suspect it is also a human response as well.

This phenomenon is not a purely American phenomenon.  What we are seeing is an international cabal of spies for whom the citizen is the target.This report from the UK reveals the claims the international state apparatus has on your individual thoughts and feelings and dreams knows no boundaries. The state possesses no couth.


The concern over 'fake news' is justified.  However I'm just as concerned about those who are supposed to be the ones who decide which is fake and which is not fake news.  It was the fake corporate news that lied us into the scenario of endless war as this Corbett Report reveals.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"Angst" an artist considers the thought of a Trump Presidency


Angst








How could a nation of otherwise sane and decent people elect this individual as their savior? The answer is the old maxim that the pen is mightier than the sword.  This is exactly the role the electronic disinformation outlets performed to promote the two most unsatisfactory candidates in American political history for the highest office in the land. Next time around remember they're telling you lies other people are paying them to tell and we can avoid this catastrophe. We're stuck with this guy and his entourage of nutcases now.  Between now and the next time we vote we must learn how to avoid being suckered by disinformation or we'll do it all over again.

Have a nice day and for God's sake wise up before you vote again.  By the way.  I voted for Jill Stein, the blood of this earth is not on my hands. 






Jesus save us!




Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Final Thoughts On Clinton And Trump: Good Luck America




The election of 2016 has been a rollercoaster ride of insults and corruption and displaced moral outrage. Much has been made of Trump's personality and his failures as a decent human being.  But little has been said substantially by the mainstream media about the corruption of Clinton and her relationship with her big dollar supporters.




Let's take one issue, the North Dakota pipeline and examine each candidates sentiments. The most significant issue facing mankind today is environmental protection from energy producing companies such as those involved with the construction of the pipeline. 

Trump's feelings on the pipeline are revealed in an article in the Guardian: 


"Trump’s financial disclosure forms show the Republican nominee has between $500,000 and $1m invested in Energy Transfer Partners, with a further $500,000 to $1m holding in Phillips 66, which will have a 25% stake in the Dakota Access project once completed."


Where a mans treasure is you will find his heart. With his heart set on producing a product which is certain to strike a blow to the bio systems which support and sustain life on earth we can dismiss Trump for those decisions alone. 

Now how about Clinton? Where can we expect Clinton's loyalties to lie when it comes to the pipeline? The website Common Dreams reports:

"Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton released a statement on Thursday about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) fight—and it says "literally nothing.""


Those familiar with the track record of Clinton will see this as part of a pattern with her behavior. Traditionally Clinton has only sided with those who have been in power and making the decisions as this June 6, 2016 Salon article reveals.  Her association with the Bush cabal of (see Mother Jones article at link) neo-liberal advisers is something which should not be overlooked when assessing the impact her leadership will have on the nation and the future of the American people.

So we've come down to the end of the election propaganda season here and thanks to WikiLeaks and reporters like H.A. Goodman we have the straight dope on how to correctly assess the problems a Clinton Presidency would create for most of us in the country.  This segment titled: WIKILEAKS 1-30: Podesta's Devilish Spirit Cooking Dinner and Hillary's Faith in God and Bible"   

If you are not familiar with Hillary Clinton's religion here is an article that explains her faith and subsequent worldview.  She worships with a theocratic Christian group named "The Family".  As revealed in the Alternet article at the link.

What has this got to do with anything?  Well if memory serves me right it was George Bush's God that instructed him in the early years of this millennium to begin the wars that have laid waste to countless members of the human race and evoked feelings of hatred and division so great it has destroyed the soul of the nation. Like Bush, Clinton is also influenced by the teaching of the Methodists. Who will God tell her to attack? Is this what one nation under God means?

Interestingly enough people are already considering which are the areas into which war will be extended. 5 Places Where World War Three Could Break Out.  From what you know about Clinton what do you think her Presidency will look like?




I'll be voting for Jill Stein

If you're lucky enough to wake up in a state whose citizens have deemed themselves able to smoke marijuana without losing their minds you will be able to handle the weighty responsibility of dealing with a Trump or Clinton Presidency by following the advice of Bud the Woodland Gnome.  





The rest of you are just out of luck

Monday, October 31, 2016

Pot Is Fun



Be sure to obey all local regulations.

Marijuana once a topic of horror promoted by falsehoods provided by government and law enforcement has had a face change.  Today many states say marijuana is good for you.  On election day 9 more states will decide if their adult population can be trusted to use pot for fun as well as for health. The nice part is that it's the people who will be seizing this freedom back from the same hands that took it from them under false premises in the first place. 

We've come a long way since the Rockefeller laws.  But the fact that these laws have been used to destroy lives for the benefit of society shows us how pernicious, or just plain malicious and anti-human structures of authority and power can become if not kept on a short leash.

Maybe you'll wake up on November 9th a little more free than the day before. And if either the Republican or Democratic candidate becomes President you can get stoned and make the world go away.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Before and After (art and video)



As you know the viability of the earth has been placed in jeopardy by the financial interests of the world and their rapacious desire to extract the earths resources and turn them into consumer items.   At this link is a google search page listing state of the environment reports from multiple nations around the world. Read it and weep. These factors are inextricably linked in a cause and effect relationship at the present time.

All over the entire globe financial backed corporate interests are despoiling the environment and in many cases leaving it unsafe to live in.  Places like Flint Michigan and the jungles of Ecuador have had the quality of life removed.  In the case of Ecuador U.S. courts have agreed that Chevron has little legal responsibility for its actions.

12.6 million people die each year from the effects of their environment. 7 million people die prematurely annually from the effects of air pollution alone. These are deaths caused primarily by industrial activities.  If there were an enemy at war with us killing us off at this rate there would be an alarm raised and the nation would rise up to defeat the enemy. 

That of course is not the case.  We've been trained to trust our institutions so it is with great difficulty we begin to question their veracity.   

One of the most underreported events of this year is the attempt of Americans in North Dakota to keep their land and water in a condition that they can still use it.  

Democracy Now has been doing some first class reporting on this.  If not for their reporting the national discussion on this topic would be virtually absent.  Take a look at the reporting done by Democracy Now on this current attempt to take native land for the interests of capital.

My feeling is that this is a spiritual problem.  It is only a political problem because those in charge are spiritually bankrupt.  But primarily the problem, as I see it, resides in the hearts of the decision makers who have decided to do what they have done.




Well I made a video from some nature photography and art as a citizens complaint about the earth being laid to waste by corporate interests.  You can watch that below.

When you're done take a look at the safety record of pipelines since the beginning of the G.W. Bush administration.  If this track record does not make the pipelines seem as unfriendly interlopers in our environment you can probably never be convinced.  Read it and open your eyes.  Here's what the Keystone Pipeline has managed to ruin this year and it's not even finished.  Below is the video, it is not about the pipeline specifically but about the reasons it is being done. Our way of life is killing us. But we could change our minds if we wanted to. It's up to you. Enjoy my video.



In a sense God provided humanity with a garden and man is doing this to it.  I present this current condition of environmental devastation as evidence of contempt for the Creator. If this was an isolated incident it would not be much of a problem. But it is not an isolated incident it is global in scope and shows no signs of voluntarily ceasing. This means the earth and it's inhabitants are in for a real tough time due to the earth no longer being able to support life.  I guess this current state of affairs is part of what was included in the meaning of the 1960's corporate jingle 'Better Living Through Chemistry'.





 Benjamin Franklin's sentiments seem relevant at this period in history just as they did when he spoke them.



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