The Human Race to the Bottom

Are we the only species to war with one another in huge numbers?

I inquired Ms. Google today to better inform me before I wrote this little diatribe against man. Turns out, there are some ferocious scenes in the insect world with ants raiding other colonies to enslave fellow ants and wiping out termite colonies as well. There are hornets that can lay an entire bee colony to waste in a matter of minutes leaving poor sweet bee carnage everywhere.  Check it out:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160130-animals-insects-ants-war-chimpanzees-science/

But nowhere could I find any sign of one species going into a private space for sport hunting where other species are kept in a confined area so that dumbass humans could go and shoot them, then hold them in their arms as a trophy. Only humans go out into nature with a six-pack and a Ruger, Nosler, or a Remington to laugh and shoot innocent animals that are just trying to live a life on this beautiful earth. Nothing sickens me more than this about our species:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/08/06/the-trump-sons-go-hunting-again-will-more-trophy-photos-follow/

This image of these two profligate sons of a man whose hatred has denigrated the moral compass of this country sits deeply upon me today like a blood stain that you can’t wash out. This election has put Trump and his boys with their ugly spew of vitriol and terrible activities at the top spot in all of our media outlets. I awaken every morning with a sick feeling in my stomach like a bleeding ulcer. This family cannot represent America. The Trump way will bring about an all-out war between nations. He is a man that questioned why we don’t just USE our nuclear arsenal on our enemies. Although his wingnut spokespeople are now out there passing around more lies. Here’s the latest from the ugly Texas Libertarian Alex Jones: “U.S. Diplomat Warns that Hillary Will Start Nuclear War with Russia and China.” See how they do? They take everything that their crazed candidate says and spills it on Hillary like the bucket of pig’s blood in Carrie.  Take a gander at the link on Alex Jones and his “about” page to catch my drift.

Here we are: at the crux of the end of the grand experiment. Humans who love to kill one another are doing their best to take over in every major country so that these men (They are not leaders but rather cowards.) can swing their big nothings around and piss on the rest of the human race. You’ve got a man (not even sure he’s actually human anymore) who is potentially 50 days, 16 hours, and 10 minutes from having the ability to not only ASK this next question but to try it out in little tyrant Kim Jong-un style:  “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?”

Here is a great song and video by Alan Parsons Project: Games People Play to end this Sunday morning missive.

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Language – the Original Social Media.

This morning I awoke to the first sunny day in the Sunset district in nearly 40 days. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the fog with the clean, misty air. But after 40 days of gray mornings, it’s pretty darn cool to see the vibrant colors of the park out your window. Today won’t be another black & white movie!

I made my coffee, grabbed a couple of my writing books and also picked up my copy of Bernie Krause’s Wild Soundscapes for some inspiration for my Sound for Visual Media class on Tuesday. As I walked out the entry gate and cleaned off a few steps for my bottom, I couldn’t help but notice and hear two SF Park & Rec workers standing across the street speaking about something.  The male worker took off in his truck that was idling in the street leaving the other with her truck parked. She looked over at me.

“Everything OK?” I asked.

“Locked key in car.” She answered.

Oh, no!  It’s a long holiday weekend.  She sauntered over to my stoop and sat down. She explained that she had to wait for the Supervisor who is the only person with a key to the trucks, but he isn’t working today. So, we engaged in a good chat about all kinds of things in a slow manner to accommodate her limited, but quite good communication in English. She kept trying to explain with, “Sorry, my English not good,” but I told her that she spoke very well. She is far more advanced than she is giving herself credit for. I told her of my experience several years back with some wonderful Chinese students in my class who had come to our program to learn audio and video for 2 years. When I first met them, they were quite shy speakers of the language, but they could read and write very well.

When I told her that I teach at City College, she beamed: “I take classes to learn English there!” We talked about some of her excellent classes as she explained that in China they learn to read and write English but it’s very difficult to learn to speak and understand. She spoke in particular about her teacher named Frank who was always so happy and excited. “He have lot of energy!” she informed me. And she said even when class is very tired at night, he always made them so happy and awake that it was sometimes hard to go home and go to sleep. I was imagining all of these wonderful people working diligently at various jobs they had and then going to classes at night after work to improve their skills with the language.

I sat there, joyous in the knowledge that I belong to such a fantastic public education institution that helps people like this particular SF Park & Rec staff member learn to communicate to put her skills to use in a good job. She mentioned that Frank wrote her a…a…she couldn’t remember the word: “You know when people do good and you want to tell others.”

“A letter of recommendation!” I shouted.
“Yes, a recomm-commen-dation.” she repeated, smiling. “It help me get job.”

We spoke more about how much she has learned since she came to the United States in 2010. She then looked at my book and asked: “Do you like natural?”

I asked, “Natural what, like food or…”

“No, like that,” she pointed to the 4 pictures of different animals on the cover of the book.

“Oh, yes!  You mean nature like trees and animals.” I stated happily looking at the park and up into the sun.  “Yes! Outside. Nature!” she exclaimed. Then she repeated the word nature a few times teaching herself the noun.

“I come from farm in south China with lots of nature. I like nature.” I couldn’t help but think how amazing it is that she works for SF Park & Rec clearing nature from the pathways in the parks, etc. I was happy that as a citizen of this city, I get to meet someone who is so content with her job and thankful as a working citizen of and for our city who makes our lives in the park a great experience. This is a momentous day. I explained to her that this particular book is all about the sounds of nature and that this man traveled all over the world to record the voices of animals and the sounds of the places they live. She pointed at the pictures again: “Bird, wolf, bee, and…frog!” she hesitated for a moment as she remembered the word for the cute little amphibian and seemed pleased with herself.  “Yes. They all have their own language too, like you and I speaking now,” I said.

She pulled out a piece of crumpled paper from her pocket that looked like she reads it every day. She asked if I could help her understand the meaning. It comes from a book that she was reading.  It was a profound statement about culture and life and how much of culture is hidden especially from the inhabitants of particular places where lots of culture exists. (Something like that.) So, we got into a discussion about culture as I tried to explain what I thought it meant and that culture really depends on where one lives in America. We spoke about this for some time. The culture in San Francisco, for example, is vast and wide and there are so many different people from all over the world living in the Bay Area. This is why I love it here so much.

She spoke about how lucky she feels living in San Francisco. I told her that I feel lucky too.  We are two lucky souls who shared a bit of gratitude today about life and our jobs and nature. She said that she is part-time and on call right now for this job so she could not take more classes this semester. She said she misses CCSF and will return when she has a regular schedule. She wants to pass ESL 150 so that she can take ESL 160.

Today, I met Jenny. She is the first generation of a family in China to move to America. I explained to her that my Mother was first generation American; my Grandparents moved here from Russia in 1918.  We spent about an hour talking as she was waiting for some help from the main SF Park & Rec office. I made a new friend. Two people from other places who have the luck of the human draw to get to live in the Bay Area. Yes, the America that includes everyone from the immigrants who moved here from somewhere else to the Native Americans who were here first. We are all here together building our lives.

Speaking of language – it is truly a monumental force. Learn language. Live language. Take a class in a new language to discover how others communicate. Brush up in a language you learned a little in school long ago. Share with everyone you know that there is a wonderful home for this at City College of San Francisco in our English as a Second Language department and our Foreign Languages department. 

Language is the original social media. Live it. Learn it. Be it.  Thank you CCSF for making it happen!

CCSF Foreign Languages Pin

 

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(Gracias a Kelly Walsh and EmergingEdTech for the borrowed “Hello” graphic above)

One minute video of icons of San Francisco, CCSF, and language.

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Wealth in Water and Air

What do we mean by calling rich people wealthy?  Is it because they can afford to do anything, go anywhere, choose not to work, eat whatever they wish, and live a frivolous life surrounding themselves in material things?

I realize in my every day that true wealth comes from one’s access to fresh water and air. In that description, I’m wealthy because I breathe fresh Pacific Ocean air untainted by the city in my living just 25 blocks from the beauty of her shore, waves, birds, and wind. The FOG! It enwraps me and tickles my nostrils and keeps me cool when others the world over suffer from too much heat in their summer months. Is it not wealthy to be naturally cooled every day without the expense nor the wasteful use of electrical conditioning to cool one’s air?

The water that spills from my tap comes from one of the most cherished sources in California. I use it sparingly due to our double decade drought that we experience in California and the entire southwestern region of the Untied States. (Yes, it’s spelled wrong on purpose…)

Money alone does not make one wealthy. It assists in obtaining the wealth in living with fresh air and water…yes. But money also makes many people unhealthy in their thinking. The greed and cruelty that derives from the rich barons like the Koch brothers and the Walton family; the several new Big Pharma CEOs along with the health insurance titans; the shareholders beholden to the riches of the fossil-fuel industry whose unquenchable thirst to dig deeper into Mother Earth goes to the depths of insidiousness in the Dakotas.  These people are not wealthy. They are sick. They need healing that they will never get because they are wrapped up in the Godless hell of lying to obtain more and more riches. Billions of dollars are no longer enough. Remember when being a millionaire was something to obtain in the American Dream?  That doesn’t even buy you a small home in California these days.

It’s ugly out there in the land of making a profit while gouging and gorging on the consumer. Pop up ads overtake my screen in every new place I seek information on the internet. Connect to an article of interest, but first move that pop up out of the way by attempting to click on the teensy-weensy “x” to close it. Simply talk about something you are interested in and suddenly, five photo advertisements are teasing you to buy now. Just because you can buy now doesn’t make you wealthy.  Wealth is what we breathe and how we quench a thirst with the one earth element our body needs most: clean water.

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(Thank you emaze.com for the graphic. Their logo states: “help cure humans”.)

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Surface Comments

Taking a day of mindful wear and tear into blastoff: Jamed Blond.

Repeated Comments from the Horse Manure known as the GOP HYPOCRISY.

SONG about it

Wells Fargo on Kearny

 

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It’s All Fine

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Another piece of music made with my buddy Alimajor in Transylvania…

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PARTY? What PARTY? She’s Come Undone…

I get letter after letter after email after phone call about this. It’s not just daily, but rather HOURLY at this point. (See the latest email/letter at the bottom of this rant.)

Do any of us know just how much the middle class has been asked to fork over $3, $5, $8, $10, $15, $20 and MORE in Monthly Recurring Donations as the box is checked for you BY DEFAULT unless you notice this and uncheck it? It comes from every part of the Democratic camp and none of them are connected to know that just one-minute ago, you gave to the last survey that suckered you into a request:

  • ActBlue
  • DCCC
  • Hillary Clinton
  • President Obama
  • Senator Warren
  • Chelsea Clinton
  • any Congressperson you ever gave to EVER
  • MoveOn.org
  • People for the American Way
  • BoldPacs

WTF is going on?  You have to infiltrate my inbox with terrorism?  You infiltrate my daily life with fear-mongering that Trumpster Diver might get elected!  Don’t you see that I am voting for you and have donated $172 of my hard-earned money up to this point in the past freaking 7-months of this CHARADE you call an election?

I awaken every day to the horror of this nation going up in FLAMES because of Trump/Pence and the evil RePUGnican Party that has become his whipping child. They allow him all of the vile rhetoric he can bestow on America even though most of the party is at complete odds with him. F’ing SHEEPLES who just want another win. Anything to WIN! The ReTHUGlicans could give a RAT’s ASS about us everyday Americans. They are here to soothe the Koch Bros and to pass their pro-corporate, anti-worker, anti-women, anti-everything-that-is-not-white-male legislation which benefits ONLY white males. This country is very young and is about to go up in FLAMES as Trump-invested NEROites fiddle with his rhetoric as the nation burns.

So now,  I’ve got MY party (I’m 53 and have been a life-long Democrat) invading my life with 15 – 20 emails a day BEGGING me to donate more. I have been BURIED by emails and calls since Feb of this year and I’m sure it will only RAMP UP FROM HERE.

It’s time to UNGRID myself since being a responsible, tax-paying citizen who likes to donate to a good cause now and then has become UNDONE by my “PARTY.”

{The last email I opened before PASSING OUT}:

Dana — this is long but I hope you will take a few minutes and read the whole thing.

Donald Trump’s big speech last night was full of false humility, false promises, false sympathy (for minorities, women, and workers), and outright falsehoods. He affirmed various right-wing tropes for his base, but the speech was — at its core — a naked attempt to con the voters Trump and the Republicans need to sway to their side by November.

Trump was introduced by his daughter Ivanka, who was completely out of touch with the Republican Party by claiming that Trump would change labor laws to ensure equality in the workplace for women and, especially, mothers. Of course, the Republican Party has firmly opposed those same policies for years, and the federal judges promised by Trump subscribe to an ideology that shuns protections for women — not to mention the fact that Trump himself has called pregnancy “an inconvenience” for business.

Citing the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Trump promised to keep LGBTQ Americans, specifically, safe from Islam … but what they really need is to be kept safe from Republican policies!

Trump’s chosen running mate, Mike Pence, is the most anti-gay vice presidential nominee in memory. He once called for HIV/AIDS funding to be reallocated to “gay conversion therapy.”

This Republican Convention, just days before Trump’s speech, passed the most anti-gay major party platform EVER — including opposition to same-sex marriage, adoption by LGBT people, and protections for transgendered students, as well as support for, you guessed it, “gay conversion therapy.”

And almost the very next part of Trump’s speech focused on the kind of Supreme Court justices he wants to appoint the kind that have consistently opposed legal protections for LGBT rights! (Let’s not forget that earlier this year Trump pledged to nominated justices who were against what he called the “shocking” Supreme Court decision affirming marriage equality as a right.)

Trump also distorted statistics to gin up the anxiety and inflame many of the false perceptions driven by right-wing media lies, over-saturation of sensationalistic news stories, and the violent videos and memes that constantly go viral on social media.

The reality is that, despite recent high-profile, and rightfully concerning, tragedies, violent crime is at historically low levels, and has been trending down, not up. Same goes for illegal immigration. And those are just two examples — Trump also promoted Orwellian notions about our military being “depleted,” refugees not being vetted, and the US being humiliated on the global stage that run directly counter to the actual facts.

As one of my colleagues here at PFAW pointed out, Trump was lying from his very first breath last night, when he said he “humbly” accepts his party’s nomination — clearly, this is not a man who does anything “humbly.” In fact, Trump seems to believe a previous convention speaker’s assertion that he “is sent from God.”

The entire theme of Trump’s speech was that the country is beset by crises of a historic magnitude and that Trump and ONLY Trump can save us. His speech, which has widely been called “apocalyptic,” made the case that Americans are completely unsafe, and are under siege from enemies both within and outside our borders … that the state of the economy is terrible.

He said he would fix all of our problems quickly upon taking office — make the streets safe, bring back all of our lost manufacturing jobs, expand opportunity for young people and minorities, and more — but declined to say how.

He also reminded the crowd that his economic “plan” includes the biggest tax cut of all of this year’s candidates in either major party — weighted heavily for the ultra-rich, of course — but at the same time promised wildly expensive programs, including his infamous border wall — the price tag of which analysts estimate would be at least $25 billion (no, Mexico is not going to pay for it). It’s a recipe for a behemoth deficit … but of course, facts don’t matter … and never have for Trump.

Now, as if all of that wasn’t scary enough, here’s the really scary part: There are many — too many — Americans that will find all of Trump’s blustery rhetoric and empty promises appealing. If there is anything history has taught, it’s that when people are afraid, they will put power in the hands of strongman leaders who promise safety and national glory. We’re even seeing it right now in other places in the world.

Sadly, no one should be surprised to see Donald Trump get a significant post-convention bump in the polls, and even gain on Hillary Clinton.

We need to keep voters’ attention on the GOP’s radical agenda, and on the hate and extremism that were on display all week long at their convention.

We need to ERASE any polling bounce and success Trump gets from last night’s speech.

And we need to DEFEAT right-wing extremists like Trump and many of the other candidates running in the GOP.

If you have not yet given a financial contribution in 2016 to support our efforts, now is really the time to give.

If you have already given generously, there could be no more important time to give again.

Will you chip in now to help us fight back and stop Trump and Trump Republicans?

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ATM Outside

 

 

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Note To Self

Take heed:

  • wake up at full speed
  • follow your dream
  • allow a short scream
  • help someone in need
  • sometimes ya gotta “Let It Bleed”
  • this once was the land of the freed
  • now mothers in colors plead
  • police stop the torment and hell that you breed
  • You imprison citizens or kill them. This is not a Peace Officer following laws. You have taken an oath.  Mean it.

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