a Plethora of Wrong

PoW – a Plethora of Wrong surrounds me. Remarkably misguided steps by leadership capsize the ship that has attempted to guide itself back into calm waters by the steady hand of the crew. We have toiled for years. The unpaid labor by people whose purpose is the betterment of the community. Then along comes someone who flips the table, crashes the dishes, and engages in pretend caring while erasing all the progress of the many years work that precedes him.

What good can come about when there is no pre-planning of major events? I live in a throw it against the wall to see if it sticks type of workplace. The problem is that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of peoples lives are at stake. Not in a life or death manner, but rather in a succeed or stay stuck in one’s rotten lot of never-ending debt and not enough money to be free.

The good people leave to find their workflow happiness elsewhere. The dedicated remain as the foot soldiers trying to make the institution rise up to be the best it can be. But we are thwarted by inept leadership. We are thwarted by a governing body that asks no questions. We are impeded by several who care not that they have pushed us back to the place that we worked so hard to fix.

I am a PoW in the PoW

a Prisoner of War in the Plethora of Wrong

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The Miserable Jigsaw of the Chump Administration

I must admit that David Remnick’s commentary in the New Yorker titled “Little Rocket Man” gave me the impetus to write this and I am stealing his words in my title here. When I read,

The increased military display on Independence Day is hardly the most significant piece in the miserable jigsaw that is the Trump Administration.

David Remnick, July 3, 2019

I thought to myself, “Yes. Those two words, miserable jigsaw describe the past 2 years of his presidency perfectly. This miscreant of a human has proven that the American ideal of a leader representing the most free country and people on the planet is a farce. There is nothing he can do or say that will cause enough alarm for America to say “no more” while he is currently in office. He can turn the entire idea of a constitution on its head, rip it up, step on it, squish it into a ball and throw it into the Potomac River and nothing will be done about it. He has proven how EASY it is for a foreign invasion to occur right before our very eyes. He has proven over and over to be a puppet of Putin without even trying to cover it up. What do we do about it? Read the news. Listen to the news. Watch the news. Then we sip our coffee and move on to the next thing in our day.

This horror show in the White House has proven that America is broken.

(not so) Happy Independence Day, America.

Thank you, https://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/blog/?p=6847 for the image and blog!

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The King of Countermand

He is at it again

The wanna-be-king who has not a clue

The man with few words due to a subpar IQ

The number of which matches the size of my shoe

He brays and he fingers

His stench ever lingers

Betraying his country with every demand

Then moments later…

A countermand

ALL THE MORE DAUNTING

when poking at Iran

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Birdsong in Kahalu’u Bay_Kona

Adventure awaits as I had read in through a text from my friend one week ago! I had no plans to travel to Hawaii in that moment and it took me 1/2-of-a-day of “Oh, wow! Oh, I can’t! Oh, but I must! Oh, but what about…?” to checking flights and jumping in. I’m normally a planner and not someone to hop a plane to a beautiful island in a moment’s notice. Alas, I’m not the normal me anymore because here I AM!

After I exited the plane and drove to my destination, I was in the sublime blue water snorkeling within an hour because my pal, Melinda, is awesome and she was ready to go.

“Here’s the gear! Try this! Make sure this mask fits right. Let’s tighten those fins…”

It’s not even 24-hours since I arrived and we have witnessed gorgeous tropical fish swimming and eating in the coral (and with them, a ton of their spring babies!), recorded morning birds (stay tuned), and visited the local Farmer’s Market. Wahoo!

Here are a few of the morning birdsongs I recorded. They are in 1-ish-minute segments as the morning sunrise from 5:30 a.m. progressed for one hour. Each new segment presents more distinctive birdsongs. The quick flutters are birds flying by the recorder. Put on some headphones and enjoy!

Birds at 5:30 a.m – they are just getting started at the first hint of day
Birds at 5:40 a.m. – gaining some momentum as the light of day intensifies a bit
5:55 a.m. and a whole new crop of songs enter the landscape
And finally at 6:10 a.m. – even more songs though a bit quieter again
Birds sing just beyond this happy foot.
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Diary of Working until Stiff

Working people

do not realize how exploited we are until we have a brief moment to take stock of our time spent in any given “week of work.” This past one for me turned out to be a “weak from work.” I know many, many of you can relate to this. If you’re a CEO or an administrator earning in the hundred-plus-thousands-per-year: move on. This isn’t for you unless you want a serious wake-up call.

What is the difference between working people and their bosses and administrators? MONEY. This isn’t about people in management not working hard nor long hours; they do. This most certainly pertains to the compensation they earn while the rest of us in the middle and lower working classes get zippo extra save for “a chance” to earn a better future through some bogus system of advancement. We have seen plenty of advancements in the form of nepotism and other soul crunching outcomes. Give me a break and not a 15-minute one, but a break like the Europeans give to their workers with a 2-hour lunch, a one-month holiday/vacation, and a year off for new parents!

The person who coined “money isn’t everything” failed to mention that it provides everything from adequate shelter, food, and clothing to transportation and holidays, but it also includes buying:

IF YOU HAVE IT, YOU GAIN ACCESS
  • entrance to the America’s most prestigious universities whether by bribes and cheating or bloodline
  • congressional votes from lobbying efforts
  • Supreme Court judges
  • stocks and bonds
  • boats and islands

Failed Political System

Jennifer Lawrence video on the U.S. failing political system

I am exhausted from the 6-times daily deluge of political asks for campaign donations. How on earth is fundraising in small amounts worth the mind-numbing emails from the DCC and each of the 20+ candidates running for President to cram your inbox with requests? Why does it cost a fortune to campaign for 18-months when that money could be spent on things like poverty, homelessness, hunger, and infrastructure? What are the true goals of a politician? I certainly don’t see them too worried about their constituency unless they are running for office. This spans both parties which brings me to one more point. This two-party systems is archaic and bullshit. It doesn’t work. It hasn’t worked for decades. We need a BIG CHANGE.

Shall we overcome? Really?

Some Good News

The Grand Organ in the cathedral at Notre Dame sustained only minor damage in the fire a couple of weeks ago.



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One More Before the Journey Home

Spring Bloom in the Colorado Desert

Merlin
The Portal
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Spring in Joshua Tree

I’m in the southern California desert on a break from my quotidian work to enjoy the bounty of the earth as provided. Long and lovely rains have fallen on this great state for the past few months. We are thankful.

Water brings and carries life. Huzzah!

Sunset sounds brim with myriad beautiful bleeping, buzzing, and blooing of birds and bugs of the desert. My Zoom H4 is in 120-degree, X-Y record mode. ~Me

Voices of Joshua Tree

Desert Bloom

A wizard exists in all of us. This wizard sees and knows everything. ~Deepak Chopra “The Way of the Wizard”

I have been listening to the vicissitudes of life since I was a wee one spending careful attention to things that fly. They make the most pleasing and curious sounds. They are plentiful here in the sonorous Spring of the southern California desert.

Nature Sings Desert Songs
I am in the midst of pure sonic joy. 
Cottonwood Beauty – Joshua Tree

Cholla!
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