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Tweedle-Trump & Tweedle-Dem 2020

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, Jokes, news, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2020 by Drogo

Corporate Politics Has Failed Democracy

Our two party system is like Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee.

This is true more now than ever, as both corporate candidates are Trump and Biden.

 

Candidates paid by companies that interfered in our elections to get Trump elected, will lose to Trump the epitome Capitalist. Our intelligence agencies and corporations interfere in our elections far more than Russia or other foreign agencies; because our agencies and corporations have more control and more money. Bloomberg and Steyer are boring billionaire Capitalists; so although they are richer than Trump, they do not have Trump’s popularity. Trump’s popularity is based on being a corporatist who sometimes talks as a fake populist actor; which is mostly a result of his insane personality and flamboyant attitude despite being deeply flawed ethically.

The best lesson so far from main-stream politics seems to be that there are two primary common traits for being an establishment candidate for president: “Get paid by corporations to show up, and have dementia”! Whether Reagan had dementia during the Iran-Contra hearings when he claimed he “cannot recall” things in court, or whether that is just a time tested strategy for how criminals avoid prosecution is not clear. But regarding Trump and Biden in 2020, it is clear that they are demented in what they say and what they do. So as long as you do what you are told, you can show up and say stupid shit all the time at work, and do stupid things that get you into law suits. Vote for tweedle-dee or tweedle-dumber, those are the options corporations give us, both will do what the bosses tell them, not what we want. It gives us hope that yes anyone can be president, as long as you just do what the people with money want since the parties are identical that way.

Occupy, Code Pink, Extinction-Rebellion, Justice Democrats, and the Sunrise movements are leading the mass progressive charge. True social protesters and environmentalists do not take orders from corporations, political parties, or government agents of any countries. Activists like Jill Stein and Greta Thunberg are our only hope to have candidates for a better future. They may have to run as independents or third party ‘greens’, but it is only by their leadership that public opinion will change society. Our heroes show us that only by standing up against those in power, and taking action for ourselves, will we have power.

Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dumber will always be “the lesser of two evils” options when we leave politics to corporate representatives.

 

Some say, compar’d to Trump

That Biden is but a filthy dump.

Others aver, that he to Biden

Causes the racial gap to widen.

Strange all this Difference should be

‘Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee’!

 

[based on Byrom’s folk epigram 1805, from ‘Original Ditties for the Nursery’]

 

Income, Health, Peace

Posted in Ethics & Morals, jobs, Medical, Politics, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2019 by Drogo

SCOD Political Points – Income, Health, and Peace

These 3 political topics are connected.

INCOME – is the way in Capitalism that most people in the world sustain payment of bills for the basics of life (food, water, shelter), whether by employed work (jobs), market earnings, sales price pay, or grants for being who you are and a living human. Inadequate income leads to zero savings, debt, and homelessness; unless another economic sub-system solves that problem of modern life. Jobs require good health, otherwise people will not be able to do the job well, so they will not even be hired, or eventually be fired. Social Security is worth expanding into Universal Basic Income (UBI).

 

HEALTH –  includes Environmental Health and therefore Ecology. Health Care services require income, even if the money is to pay taxes which go to a public system. Maintaining a person’s healthy body depends on how dangerous their environment is, and how much stress they have (both of those factors are peace related). Prevention and early treatment can reduce health problems and bills. However if people live long enough, they will eventually have health problems which can be eased by medicines and doctors and nurses.

 

PEACE – means peace of mind and physical non-violence in larger proportion to war or disturbance, for more happiness and love. Peace of mind or psychological health depends on enough income to feel that responsibilities can be met, and physical health (of course). Many of us feel that although death may bring ultimate peace, some aspects of life can too when we reduce fighting and promote more tranquility.

 

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SCOD Constitutions

Posted in Legal / Laws, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2018 by Drogo

There have been several SCOD Constitutions written, here are two primary versions: the Conventional Law version, and the Fallout 2020 Fictional version. The main difference being the Conventional one has a president and legal framework, and the Fictional one is governed chiefly by Council collective vote with flexible format.

SCOD Conventional Law Constitution

SCOD Non-Profit Organization BY-LAWS

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ARTICLE I

SCOD Membership and Dues [2015]

Section 1. Any person interested in the purposes of the organization who applies for membership in an appropriate classification of membership and who tenders the necessary dues shall thereby become a member.

Section 2. Annual dues for general members shall be $10.

Section 3. Annual dues for council members shall be $10.

Section 4. Annual dues paid in advance; members more than six months late after payment is due shall be dropped from active membership status.

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ARTICLE II

Schedule and Quorum for Meetings

Section 1. Regular meetings shall be held on the first Saturday of each month.

Section 2. Meetings are led and may be rescheduled by the President.

Section 3. The council (board of trustees) shall meet every month.

Section 4. Three (3) present council members constitute a quorum.

Section 5. Any member that attends meetings can be in the council.

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ARTICLE III

Duties of the Officers and Trustees

Section 1. The president shall have executive supervision over the activities of the society within the scope provided by these bylaws; and presides over meetings. The president shall report annually on the activities of the society, and shall appoint members to committees, staff, ambassadors, and delegates.

Section 2. The vice-president shall assume the duties of the president in the event of absence, incapacity, resignation, or removal of the president.

Section 3. The secretary shall keep minutes, records, and documents of meetings and correspondences; maintain member list, and present annual reports.

Section 4. The treasurer shall be responsible for keeping society funds; maintaining adequate financial records; investments and deposit banking in the name of the society. The treasurer will collect dues, keep annual reports, and handle legal and tax laws and requirements.

Section 5. The council shall have the power to conduct all affairs of the society. It shall select candidates for office, pursuant to the constitution. The council shall decide questions of policy for expedient functionality, and follow the by-laws and regional laws to the best of their ability.

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ARTICLE IV

SCOD Committees

Section 1. The society shall have the following standing committees:

(a) Library Committee. Responsible for collecting; cataloging; publishing; and caring for manuscripts, books, and other SCOD source material.

(b) Tavern Committee. Responsible for ‘Public Hall’ museum, store, library, maintenance, rooms, kitchen, workers, and public communication.

(c) Village Committee. Responsible for finding members, membership drives, processing new candidates, and providing housing options for them.

(d) Project Committee. Responsible for creating and managing programs and projects; and forming sub-groups for supporting productivity.

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ARTICLE V

Parliamentary Authority

Section 1. The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall form the basis for meetings, except in such cases as are governed by constitution or the by-laws.

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ARTICLE VI

Amendment to the By-laws

Section 1. These by-laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting by a two-thirds vote of those voting, provided notice was given at the previous meeting. Or they may be amended at a special meeting called for that purpose, with previous notice and a two-thirds vote. All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing.

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ARTICLE VII

SCOD Name and Nonprofit Policy

Section 1. Name. This organization is the ‘Sustainable Cooperative for Organic Development’, referred to as “S.C.O.D.”.

Section 2. Nonprofit Policy. SCOD shall not be operated for profit, and its entire assets shall be devoted to the purposes for which it is organized (see constitution mission statements), by-laws, and amendments.

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ARTICLE VIII

SCOD Purposes

Section 1. Purposes. The purposes of SCOD as set forth in its constitution are exclusively educational in nature, to wit:

SCOD is an environmental and historical group dedicated to helping humans live more harmoniously with nature.”

a. To design alternative architecture, build organic communities, and support ecological produce (food, art, music, etc.)

b. To think, imagine, design, & create organically together in sustainable ways for environmental and historical education.

c. To love and protect Nature using art, architecture, and technology as stewards.

d. To explore and defend bio-diversity, alternative innovation, history, and environmental efforts.

e. To encourage others in positive, encouraging, cooperative ways.

f. To seek sustainable cooperation for organic dwelling.

g. To seek allies and maintain network communications.

h. To study history, arts, and sciences; and share and trade with many communities.

i. To sustain itself through public forums, communications, meetings, archives, and projects.

j. To handle and settle disputes internally, without involving external parties, for self-sufficiency.

k. To support Nature, cooperatives, environmentalism, history, arts, religious freedom, and peace.

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ARTICLE IX

SCOD Council (Board of Trustees)

Section 1. Election and Powers. The Council shall have custody, control and direction of SCOD, its collections, properties, and other assets. Council Members (Trustees) shall be selected at the first Annual Meeting. Each Trustee shall serve until their successor is chosen and qualified; unless vacated by resignation, death, removal, or otherwise.

Section 2. Number. The number of Trustees constituting the Council shall be not less than three (3) nor more than twenty-five (25), and shall be fixed by resolution of the Council. Majority votes determine members of the Board, may resolve to increase or decrease the number to the extent permitted, provided that no decrease shall shorten the term of any incumbent Trustee.

Section 3. Classes. Each ‘Trustee Term’ is three (3) years, but council members can serve infinite consecutive terms, unless voted out by the Council.

Section 4. Vacancies. In case of any vacancy in the Council, a majority of the remaining Trustees may elect a successor to fill the unexpired term, and to serve until his or her successor shall have been duly elected and qualified.

Section 5. Absences. If any Trustee shall fail to attend three (3) consecutive Council meetings without excuse accepted as satisfactory by the Board, such Trustee shall be deemed to have resigned and the vacancy shall be filled.

Section 6. Removal. At any meeting of the Board of Trustees duly called, any Trustee may, by vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Board, be removed from office and another may be elected by the Board to fill the unexpired term of the Trustee so removed.

Section 7. Meetings. The Annual Meeting for Council Membership decisions, shall be held in the first month of each year on such date and at such time and place as may be fixed by the Board of Trustees and named in the notice. Regular Meetings shall be held on the first Saturday of each month.

Section 8. Agenda for Regular Meetings. The agenda or order of business for each Regular meeting shall include the following:

(a) Call to order
(b) Roll Call
(c) Approval of Minutes
(d) Financial report
(e) Reports of Regular Committees
(f) Reports of any other Committees
(g) Report of the Director
(h) Old business
(i) New business
(j) Adjournment

Section 9. Notice of Meetings. Notice of the time and place of every meeting shall be sent not less than ten (10) nor more than twenty (20) days before the meeting, but is not mandatory if it is a regularly scheduled meeting.

Section 10. Waiver of Notice. Notice of a meeting need not be given to any Trustee who submits a signed written waiver thereof, whether before or after the meeting, nor to any Trustee who attends the meeting without protesting, prior thereto or at its commencement, the lack of notice.

Section 11. Quorum. Three (3) present council members constitute a quorum.

Section 12. Action Without a Meeting. Any action required or permitted to be taken by Council or any committee thereof, may be taken without a meeting if all Council members or the committee consent in writing to the adoption of a resolution authorizing the action. Such resolution and the written consents thereto by the members shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings.

Section 13. If SCOD dissolves, assets will be distributed for an exempt purpose as described in section 501(c)3 for a public purpose; such as donations to a local homeless shelter or soup-kitchen.

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SCOD Fallout 2020 Fictional Constitution

We the members of SCOD, In order to form a union, seek justice, provide protection, and promote welfare with the blessings of liberty; do ordain and establish this Constitution for our Sustainable Community for Organic Dwelling (SCOD).

We have a round table council of members who act as stewards whose main ranks are based on seniority, skill, duty, and popularity; but are mostly equal socially with basic rights with no king, president, or mayor. When requested we can appoint figure-head representatives and commissions relative to the negotiation or investigation needed. For absentee or abstained votes that result in a stalemate, the Council may select temporary members to cast a tie-breaking votes. Children can partake and have their own ‘kid councils’. Procedures may be conducted by any member who wishes to run a meeting, accepted by a majority, and any can propose voting at any time (needs a ‘second’), unless a temporary vote sustains more formal procedure.

The powers of SCOD council are to allocate functions, share information, to hold court meetings, to judicate group decisions, to write and enforce rules and rights, and to protect property, archives, and treasuries. Meetings should only be a frequent as is reasonable for the group.

to allocate functions – functional positions can be randomly addressed, rotate annually, or be held by vote for conducting: information; meetings; justice (defense); and preservation (architecture, archives, treasury).

to share information – Public bulletin boards, relay of messages, reminding of duties, and monitoring, notices, and reporting of general well-fare and council projects should be kept by a secretary. Also to keep libraries and appoint mentors (teachers) and journalists (reporters) for making general knowledge available in public lectures or archives.

to hold court meetings – SCOD council may act as a jury court for public or personal disputes, as best suits each case; or may appoint commission courts or temporary independent courts. When decisions affect people, those people should be present if possible to have a fair and open hearing.

judicate group decisions – Regular voting is to be conducted as democratically as possible, meaning direct and equal votes by all members within reason. A most neutral or wise judge may be appointed temporarily to run a case proceeding, but in most cases the council can act as a jury of judges for verdict and sentencing. Philosophy of fairness should be studied for justice.

to write and enforce rules and rights – Besides voting, SCOD council should record their decisions, and then be prepared for law enforcement and defense of member rights for the sake of justice and preservation. Basic human rights are: the right to life (air, food, drink), liberty (freedoms), and property (breathable air, shelter space, possessions); the right to have weapons and use martial arts for defense, including safe practice space; freedoms of action (work and travel) and expression (speech, art, writing, garb, dance). How to non-lethally arrest an infringing perpetrator who has infringed on the rights of others, presents a catch-22 hypocrisy that should be defined to maintain prisoner survival rights (life) if possible; while removing their liberty, property, and martial defense.

to protect property, archives, and treasuries – Preservation of landscape, architecture, archives, and treasury can be handled best by officers for each of these subjects, over-lapping with issues of justice and information. Financing should be kept conservative, in favor of savings interest income on loans and debt collection with collateral as a communal bank trust.

The potential of the constitution is only as good as the people that use it.

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Commentary on the ‘Fourth Turning’

Posted in Book Reports, Commercial Corporations, jobs, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2015 by Drogo

Critical Commentary about the book ‘The Fourth Turning’ by William Strauss and Neil Howe.

“In spite of their claims being little more than unscientific cyclical theory, they are currently taken seriously by a lot of conservatives and liberals alike, because their theory offers conservatives the hope that society is on the verge of cycling out of the social changes of the 1960s and 1980s and back to the social conservatism of the 1940s-50s, and liberals the hope that society is on the verge of cycling out of the Reagan-Bush era of deregulation and privatization and back to the New Deal and Keynesian economics of the 1940s-50s. But first, of course, society has to go through the Big Crisis that comes along every 80 years and is coming again, soon according to the authors.” – Rational Wiki article

The Corporate Centrist ‘Third Way’ may be the basis for the title of the ‘Fourth Turning’, as it appeals to both neo-conservatives and neo-liberals. ‘Neo’ just means ‘new’, so instead of such a vague title, after the modern period gets named something we should call neo-politians of this era simply ‘corporate politicians’, or something which can be shortened better (corpols). Third Party Libertarians, Greens, and Independents do not agree with the Third Way which is corporate centrism for the sake of lobbyist donors, rather than the majority of the voting population, and therefore does not progressively address our environment, health care, civil rights, or job market well enough.

So yes most of us can agree that history is cyclical, however i do not think that the results are the ‘same’ enough to predict how exactly things will change by simply using logic. Now if they are using a higher power like God or angels as their influence, then sure anything is possible lol. As authorities on generational history i commend the 4th Turning authors, as history indeed repeats itself in various ways, few of which are predictable regarding how vast and major the changes will be, and when they are predictable, they are only predictable in vague ways by a few of us freaks.

Generational cycles have much to do with simply not wanting to obey our parents, besides progressive culture and tech factors. We have WARS all the time because we allow demagogues and soulless corporations to control our governments. It is fun to think that we could actually fit like porcelain-dolls into a cabinet of categories in perpetuity, very Aristotelian; but as most philosophers know such artificial constructs are easily picked apart by later skeptics who examine reality in respect to other important relative aspects.

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An example to enact sustainable changes would be a grass-roots populist national government like SCOD with leaders like Bernie Sanders, AOC, and Jill Stein; with a council of presidents from each time zone. We would fund the national guard more than a standing army, with an emphasis on individual citizens rather than obedient slaves to the system, increase credit unions and decrease bank power, increase funding of public lands and decrease corporate well-fair, and fund education to encourage students to study what they want as long as they want. Next time you hear the word “Entitlements” used to degrade government support of poor people = Please remind people that certainly those that use that word for poor people on government support, should eventually realize that rich people have many more entitlements that are not earned as they are far too grand a scale relative to other humans.

Hippy-Punk

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2012 by Drogo

Hippy-Punk:  having aspects that are both punk-rock and hippy. Combinations vary; some can appear more hippy, but be aggressive protestors that listen to punk-rock music; some may look like skin-heads, but be vegan, straight-edge, and peacefully enjoy hippy music.

I guess im kind of a hippy-punk, but its amazing the animosity that many people, including punks, have against hippies. When i was a teenager I went along with hating hippies, but the more I learned about life, the sadder I felt about the common consensus. I will fight for the right for people to where what they want in America, including myself.

Also people tend to call hippies “smelly”, but I have known many other types of people that have smelled worse than most hippies Ive known, so the myth is complete bullshit. A business man in a suit all day can really stink! Besides I really like the smell of scented oils, even when over-applied I prefer them and do not think they stink. To me bigotry against hippies stinks worse than any hippy I have ever smelled!!! LOL TRUTH.

 

 

 

We The People Petition the Government

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Drogo

For A Redress of Grievances

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

-The First Amendment, United States Constitution

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The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. We the People provides a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.  – White House Website

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Visit and Vote on “We The People” Issues at the official White House Website Link:  CLICK HERE

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Issues have included:  Legalize Cannabis, Stop Puppy-Mills, Legalize Gay Marriage, etc…

 

(4) History & Politics

Posted in History, Psychology, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Drogo

Introduction to SCOD History & Politics

 

The History of the World is important because it helps us to know our place within it. We design and build architecture to shelter ourselves and future generations, so we must plan accordingly. Although we cannot know the future for certain, we can learn from History and see patterns of floods, famines, droughts, plagues, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wars, and revolutions. We can use this knowledge to be wiser in our decisions about where to build, when to build, and how to build. We can only hope that some of this wisdom is used in politics, but history has shown we can be doubtful of that.

The Ancient World had two Empires that our Modern Empire is based on; The Greek and Roman Empires. Both of these Empires achieved more than any on record before, and both of course fell after a few hundred years to barbarians and political strife from within. There were many people living within those Empires that believed their Empire would never fall, but fall they did.

Modern History teaches us that Corporate Industries are like Kingdoms that fund our Empire. They lobby our Representative Politicians with money, and so they cannot be replaced by informed democracy, because in a Commercial Capitalist system, money is power. This Oligarchy promotes fear, greed, and entrenched corruption. If Big Business is the basis of our new Empire, we should not submit to them entirely, for they will fall as History has shown us. The will of the people is subjective to propaganda, to their advantage or against it. Currently the dominant Commercial Propaganda is against the good of individual rights and liberties. We should design to retain some of our independence, so that when the time comes, if it comes within our life-time, we better prepared for the collapse of the system.

SCOD Thesis: History & Politics (general and modern movements) Audio Recording

SCOD Great Debate ShowTotalitarianism Vs. Humanitarianism part 1

SNU – Peace Vs. WarMilitary Spending Interview

SCOD Hypno-HistoryAncient Classical Philosophy

Two SCOD Constitutions

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2010 Midterm Elections

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by Drogo

I guess according to the press voters think we need another Iran-Contra deal, like the shit they pulled after President Carter, to make it seem like caution was bad, creating mega-bubbles in the economy. I remember the 80s, and it was a wonderful fairyland based on greed.

Radio and TV News is making it seem as though the Republicans and Republican influenced Tea Party are going to gain control over the House and the Senate, under President Obama. It seems very sad that they did not want such a ‘liberal’ president, and they thought Bush was better. Even though the Great Recession started during Bush’s second term. It was during that time I was forced by circumstances to join the US Military, because of political pressures that stopped me from working other available jobs. There were very few green jobs around where I lived, and I was not in a position to move, without being homeless.

O well, it’s like voters are once again saying, “Fuck the future!”

Imagine if everyone voted for their favorite candidate or leader, and not just for the 2 main options presented by the 2 parties of stalemate. I know, it’s too radical. ^%(^%(&%(&^%(&^

Environmental Slogans

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Environmentalism, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by Drogo

Tired of only hearing one-sided political slogans against our Natural World Environments? Well then please help to spread good environmental slogans to counter oppositional propaganda that has dominated the scene for generations. There will always be propaganda, so take your pick what you want popular propaganda to support!?!

Switch to fuels that can be produced from rapidly renewable or constantly renewed resources. Let’s get alternative energy, from the natural sources.  Build the alternative systems into the mainstream by mass marketing, and they will consume. It must become more than trendy, it must become as sexy, fun, and patriotic as joining the military during World War II.

Some of these green slogans are in response to existing ignorant slogans like “Drill Baby, Drill”, but please add new ones to tip the scales!

“Listen to Your Mom!” – Geothermal Power

“Your Mom is Hot!” – Geothermal Power

“Chill Out, you dig?” – Earth Tubes

“Be Down With Cool!” – Earth Tubes

“Blow Baby, Blow!” – Wind Power

“Get Blown!” – Wind Power

“Get Wet!” – Hydro Power

“Wave Goodbye to Oil & Coal!” – Hydro Power

“Sex it up with Solar!” – Solar Power

“Solar, it’s sexy hot!” – Solar Power

“Juice it up!” – Bio-Diesel Fuel

“Reuse it or lose it, baby!” – Reusing Materials

“Stop Pumping Your Mom!” – Anti-Oil

“Stop Mining Your Mom!” – Anti-Coal

“Dude, your mom is pissed!” – Anti-Pollution

(add more below)

The Truth About Modern Tea Parties

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by Drogo

The truth about modern ‘tea parties’, as with the original historic ‘Boston Tea Party’, is that they are not a single political party. Political ‘tea parties’ are events and projects in reaction to the control of existing political parties. A ‘tea party’ is an act of rebellion, with anti-establishment attitudes towards taxes (not to be confused with traditional tea parties, where you sit down and have tea while socializing).

The ‘modern tea party movement’ was started during President Bush Jr.’s second term. From 2005-2008 rallies and protests were held around the Country out of frustration with unwanted wars, and increasing taxation without representation. Even more people (like myself) became aware of and joined the movement online, using Youtube as a platform for communication and expressive documentation through video, audio, and text collaborations.

SCOD’s involvement with the founding of the Modern Tea Party Movement (MTPM) came by being a member of TPA (True Patriot Action), and TPA collaboration videos that often used grassroots music. Other TPA activists that SCOD worked with during the early years of the MTPM were FreesoulJAH, Witzkeyman, Conkling, Citizenkong, Leafdude, Firemynx, Amandadevik, Coffeedude, Methadone4life, Anarchyclayman, and many other Youtube users. TPA search tags should confirm this article to anyone unfamiliar with the true origins of the MTPM.

I believe that CNN and major commercial news networks missed the underground origins, because they were not following our grassroots (non-commercial, non-corporate) activities. Now (in 2010) big media is only reporting the current Tea Party news, as the movement has grown and evolved. I believe the change in the movement lumping it more into the Republican camp, is due to the fact that many independents involved were Ron Paul supporters and a Democrat is president now. Ron Paul was a Republican before running for President, although the core of his beliefs, as shared by many followers, is free-market anarchy (anti-government). Combine that with a semi-black-liberal Democrat President and you have a ton of disaffected Republicans, replacing many of the independent and green liberals (like SCOD) who were pissed at Bush.

So let us be clear about the origins of the MTPM; we were protesting a Republican President who we wanted IMPEACHED, and we were sick of not being represented in Congress (with the exception of Kucinich, Keeney, and Wexler). Clearly the resentment against our corrupt government run by big Pharma and the Military Industrial Complex, is extended to both the Republicans and Democrats. Resentment of Big Government, and the ‘taxation (often) without representation’ that runs it, is obviously keeping the MTPM alive and well, and perhaps growing and maturing it (according to the press).

Conkling (Musician Ralph Buckley)

http://www.youtube.com/user/conkling&rclk=pc

Ron Paul’s Tea Party 2007 video (Conkling)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlkrSqOCQBI

2007 Ron Paul Tea Party member (joined November 08, 2007)

http://www.youtube.com/user/2007TeaParty

SCOD: “Sabotage Ministry” NWO TPA ReMix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPPE25hkXYA

A Blind Hammer Destroys What It Cannot See

Posted in Film Reviews, Military, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2010 by eposognatus

This week President Obama announced a proposal for a three-year spending freeze on all domestic programmes, with the sole exception of defense spending. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) precisely echoes my feelings on this, saying “Defense represents a significant part of our discretionary spending in this country. The defense establishment needs to be under fiscal discipline, as do all of our agencies… I don’t think defense should be exempt. If there are extraordinary things that occur that require us to respond for national security, we always will be prepared to do that. But to exempt the normal military spending just because it’s military, to me, is wrong.”

The idea that the military and actions conducted by it or in the name of defense should take ultimate precedent over all others is both pervasive and baffling. Senator Cardin was being modest when he said that defense accounts for a “significant” part of discretionary spending, as it is in fact a majority. According to the Office of Management and Budget, military spending comes to about $657 B for 2009, as compared to $584 B on all other non-defense discretionary spending. For perspective, $45.4 B went to the Department of Education, the DOE got $25 B, NASA received $17.2 B and the National Science Foundation… $6.9 B. We can perhaps agree that yes, the military is an expensive machine, and that these costs do not pay solely for guns and bombs, but the livelihoods and careers of thousands of men and women. There is also arguable benefit in national defense, peacekeeping, disaster relief, and other causes…

However, can these pursuits not be met through other, non-military means? I think the answer is a simple and emphatic “yes.” Yet there seems to be a long-standing and strongly socially enforced attitude that the military in some way is privileged to remain faultless and unanswerable even when its function is questionable or ineffective. It is perfectly accepted to put a sticker on one’s car stating that a son or daughter is in military service, but to proclaim “My son is a scientist,” invites confusion if not ridicule.

This is merely a prelude to a question that I have pondered increasingly of late. That if one browses television programming, there can be found a number of highly dramatic, over-the-top “edutainment” shows devoted to the military, warfare, weapons, and combat. There is of course a “Military History” channel, and popular shows go by names like “Future Weapons” and “Deadliest Warrior,” while in contrast the NASA channel features exciting offerings like “STS-130 Crew News Conference” and “ISS Mission Coverage.” Which titles do you figure will draw the attention of the average viewer at home? I think it’s clear, and it’s also undeniable that we all enjoy a good explosion or demonstration of the destructive capabilities of the human species. It’s fun and somehow liberating to see such carnage, but it is invariably dissociated from the suffering, pain, and death they are designed to inflict.

The decision to create shows on certain topics, what their titles are, and their content are all choices. Almost invariably, these choices are made to generate profit, but I am not convinced that these choices are made to meet a market demand. Rather, I feel that the programming drives a market. The reality TV genre is evidence of this, and so to are many products (when did we last have input on the type of car that should be built by GM?). Governments and corporations alike have at their disposal the best and brightest designers and marketeers, and spend a lot of time and effort making sure we buy what they sell. If the same energies were put towards selling science and exploration, I cannot see why the latest developments in aerospace technology, bio-engineering, or space exploration could not be topics of conversation around the water cooler just as much as “American Idol.”

This may sound hopelessly romantic, naïve… even absurd. However, we are faced with an interesting pop culture phenomenon which shows it is not. James Cameron’s Avatar is now closing in on $2 B in box offices sales worldwide, and an ask around will show you this is not because of the story, or the even the spiffy 3-D effects, but because we have been presented with a coherent, believable new world to explore and discover. A new people, a new language – a new frontier. A frontier reached through technological means (whether through spaceflight as in the film, or through new film-making techniques, as in the theatre), yet presenting a world of natural beauty and celebrating its divinity and defense. For some, the excitement of this new world will not extend beyond their 160 minutes of entertainment, for others, it may be a life-changing phenomenon. Some even experience depression at returning to their “ordinary” existence. This needn’t be so, for the wonders of Pandora are real and all around us, and we still have a chance to explore and preserve them. Avatar and its success shows us that people do yearn for other worlds, and that when presented properly, they will gladly empty their wallets to explore them. Why can we not mimic this enthusiasm for reality, which is not so very different when put into the proper light?

In the 1972 film Silent Running, As in Avatar, the Earth is a blighted, ruined place, and here the last of the planet’s trees have been put aboard spacecraft to preserve them. While back on Earth there is “hardly any more disease, no more poverty, [and] nobody’s out of job.” The main character Lowell is incensed by the lassitude of the rest of the crew, saying, “Well you know what else there’s no more of? There’s no more beauty, and there’s no more imagination, and there are no frontiers left to conquer, and you know why? Only one reason why! One reason why! The same reason you three in this room are giving me today, and that is, nobody cares!

Like Lowell’s shipmates, many of us are content to sit back and watch what TV execs think we want, purchase goods from corporations who think they know what we desire, and eat foods with no other care than that it is cheap and easy. We accept that the government will spend more money on the military than our education, and for the most part, do not even concern ourselves about it. Whether 1972 or 2009, the message is the same – the wealth of our world is all around us, and it is worth fighting for. Where might we be if we were as financially committed to destroying cancer as we are to combating “terrorism”? What if we glorified blasting off into space as much as we did blasting holes in the ground of Iraq and Afghanistan? Or in saving lives instead of destroying them? While money cannot solely provide the answer to these questions, it certainly doesn’t hurt, and taking funding away from already paltry budgets of non-military research and development is inexcusable. It may be difficult to see how any one of us can make a difference, but remember, none of us are as dumb as all of us.


Yes, that Peter Schickele.

Nobel Peace Prize Fighters

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Environmentalism, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by Drogo

Why Al Gore Wins Over President Obama

Al Gore and President Obama, have both now won the Nobel Peace Prize. Both men are Democratic leaders seeking to bridge humanitarian concerns in the United States, as well as around the World. They have not only given powerful speeches on human rights, environmental concerns, and the need to help others through peaceful means, they have worked on many projects based on those ideas.

On the flip side, Republicans have done the same thing in their own way. They gave the speeches, danced the dance, and signed a bill here or there for good things. The differences between politicians, lie in the ratio of good to bad ideas as intentions, and the ratio of those ideas to successful plans accomplished with positive results.

There is no such thing as a perfect human, we have flaws. A human with the power of a leader is no more or less corrupt than average humans, they simply have more power granted to them by industrial and commercial complexes fueled by the masses; summarized as ‘the Machine’. Everything a leader decides is simply amplified, through preconceived rituals of law, and obedient communication.

Some leaders are more moral than others, according to popular opinions. Some opinions are more popular than others, at different times. With Al Gore, he is clearly the most moral if you believe that humans have been polluting our own planet since the Industrial Revolution. President Obama is more moral if you believe that we should begin to see past cultural differences, while working within the system. George Bush is more moral if you believe blindly in the doctrines of Christian Churches and Evangelicals since the Crusades.

In this essay, I am arguing in favor of Al Gore over all other well-intentioned popular leaders since Carter and Clinton. Of course this does not include lesser-known, but more valid candidates like Cynthia McKinney, Ron Paul, and Dennis Kucinich (to name a few) who are closer to the earlier role models of Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, in thought and deed. Al Gore is a moral and considerate intellectual in two major fields: (1) the Environment and (2) World Peace.

Gore and Obama are both Centrist, and their popularity is due in part to their ability to appeal to many people while being backed by powerful lobbyists. Gore wins by being stronger in his two strongest fields: The Environment and World Peace.

I post this as a reaction to President Obama’s bold speech defending War (in particular his inherited conflicts in the Middle East), by proudly saying that he thinks they are “justified”. Obama chose to defend these industrial attempts at repeating the follies of past centuries of human violence, just as he said he would while running for President. There was no ‘HOPE’ for World Peace if you listened to what he said. Obama declared early on that nukes would “never be off-the-table”, and that we must always use them to threaten anyone who acts against us.

World Peace under military domination of an Empire, is barely World Peace; and if it ever is, it is spotted with rebel uprisings as Empires always are. To be fair to the devil, tribes have fought throughout history as well, even without empires. The conclusion is that World Peace is no more achievable by an Empire than it is by a unity of Tribes.

Individualism is too much a part of civilization to be stamped out by a combat boot. As Orwell and Huxley knew, oppression is far less stable than control through reward. Here is an excerpt from Al Gore’s book Assault On Reason:

“The pursuit of “dominance” in foreign policy led the Bush administration to ignore the UN, to do serious damage to our most important alliances, to violate international law, and to cultivate the hatred and contempt of many in the rest of the world. The seductive appeal of exercising unconstrained unilateral power led this president to interpret his powers under the constitution in a way that brought to life the worst nightmare of the founders. Any policy based on domination of the rest of the world not only creates enemies for the US and recruits for al-Qaida, but also undermines the international cooperation that is essential to defeating terrorists who wish to harm and intimidate America. Instead of “dominance”, we should be seeking pre-eminence in a world where nations respect us and seek to follow our leadership and adopt our values.”

I encourage everyone who fights for the ideals of Inner Peace, Local Peace, and World Peace to study the writings of Al Gore. We are a part of our Environment.

*Al Gore is a former US Vice-President and won the Popular Vote for President; the quote is extracted from his book, The Assault on Reason, published by Bloomsbury © Al Gore

Politics / Political

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2009 by Drogo

“Politics” as a subject has opposing connotations:

1. Politics: politics as usual; mearly surface gossip, popularity politics, political as an ends unto itself, selfish, ruthless power gain…

2. Politics: higher authority; the workings of government serving the people, a person’s most valued beliefs expressed politcally…

SCOD attempts both Political Indepence as an Intentional Community outlet, but also claims “real world” ties to certain political movements in relation to the individuals active with SCOD.  Youtube has been an excellent outlet for Americans, with channels like TPA (True Patriot Action), JPerryAM, Freesouljah, and Davis Fleetwood (among many others).  It is hoped that as they find time, channels like theirs may post blog essays here, in this Politics Category.