We, the Disenfranchised

It has been quite obvious to me that “We, the People” are no longer in control of our government. The sad irony is that the government is supposed to be “We, the People”, and somewhere along the line it became us vs them. What I think we have in the USA, is a civil “cold” war going on between the Left and the Right divisions of our society. Somehow our government has divided us into two camps, and through controlled media, class warfare, racism, hatred, and outright LIES, they are making you and I fight against each other. All the while the men behind the curtain are pulling levers, and pushing buttons.

I think it may be time to stop this civil war that we’ve had going, and learn more about our true enemy. Is anyone with me on this one? Can we please, for the love of our children, get on the same page here? There seems to be two different philosophies going on; yin and yang, darkness and light, black and white, and so on. What we fail to admit is that both of those parts are in all of us. We all are both evil and good, and always have the potential to make decisions, one way or the other. Black and White, or Blue and Red are the extremes. The “fringe”…the fanatics, if you will.
I have found that it’s better to realize that between Black and White, there are almost infinite shades of grey.

We have become an emotionally driven society, who are trained to react a certain predictable way to media and social stimulus. We have become Pavlov’s dogs, salivating when the bell is rung. We use our social media profiles to make “friends” with people, so we can text them messages on their phones while we are in the same room with them. Why don’t more people realize that the global village we have now, is the answer to how to have a peaceful revolution? Yes, I am crazy enough to believe that a world-wide peaceful revolution is possible. As a matter of fact, it is the only revolution that IS possible! Violent revolution, or just war itself, has already played itself out. Where can you go from “Mutually Assured Destruction”? In my opinion, nuclear weapons are just the modern equivalent of the fecal matter that we apes are still throwing at each other. I wish we humans could evolve, already…

I think one of the most important facts of this past election is the fact that 47% of the people didn’t even bother to vote. And you know what, I am proud to have been a non-voter for the past two elections! Most people say that if you don’t vote, you have no reason to complain. I totally disagree! If we keep choosing the lessor of two evils, and settling for the same old crap lies, and dog and pony show, and voting in the jerk-wads… THEN we have no reason to complain! WE the people elect these losers! Remember that, please. I would love to see next year be the majority of 51% of the registered voters NOT VOTING as a PEACEFUL protest against our current election, and over all government “system”. Vive la Revolution!
In a true democracy, if 51% of the people refuse to participate in the sham, shouldn’t that mean anarchy?

A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.
Absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.

This proves the point that Democracy is just an illusion. If 51% of the people refuse to vote, it wouldn’t change a thing…would it? If voting really worked, we wouldn’t be allowed to do it.

We, the disenfranchised, in order to form a more peaceful and productive society, reject the current government of the United States. No longer shall we settle for the lessor of two evils in any branch of our government. By not voting, we intend to pull the plug, and drain the swamp. Our goal is to make America (and the world) great, for the first time in history! No more profits over people, and we reject your Money God that even atheists must bow before. We dare to call upon Pandora to open her box and once again let us have hope, to help counter-balance all the other evils that have been unleashed into this world.

You see things; and you say “Why?”
But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
~George Bernard Shaw~

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Poison Pen Letter

Sticks and stones can break your bones
but words can break your heart
If you dip your pen in poison
it will be black from the very start
We all have our dreams, wishes,
hopes and fears
And they get taken away from us one by one
over the procession of the years
To hope is only a cruel joke in the end
It’s rigged against you
there’s no way to “win”

So I stab at thee, oh despair and whoa
With both hands I plunge my poison pen
deep into your heart
The black ink death-blood spills from you
and then the ice begins to start
The darkness starts to spread out before you
staining the mosaic emerald tile
But as I look up into your eyes
there is nothing but a wicked smile

What is love, that it should be so entangled with hate?
What is this life for, if there is nothing you can do to change your fate?

As the poison flows from my pen, I feel this is my
own virtual suicide
They may just find my corpse somewhere on a beach
that drifted in with the tide
It’s not like it matters any longer
once your dream becomes a nightmare
Mother nature can be a very cruel bitch
Life goes on, and nobody cares

So now I stick this poison pen into my heart
and spill my blood on the page
and now I bleed heartbreak, pain,
depression and rage


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Bipolar Bear


Being Bipolar Is a Bear!

I have been in a state of denial, I think. Quite a while back, I was labeled with Bipolar Disorder, and while I am on a positive pole I have so much energy that I start many projects and I feel as though I can conquer the world. This is when I tell myself that I am not depressed, and the psychologists are wrong. I even entertained the thought that it is Seasonal Affective Disorder, because it does seem to come around when winter is on the horizon. For some reason I have always hated Christmas time. I am depressed every year, and quite often spend the holidays alone.

I have always felt things very deeply, and that is a blessing, and also a curse. I am so empathetic that sometimes when I am watching a movie or show and a person gets injured somehow, I actually feel it when they hit the concrete, or get their toe smashed by a hammer, etc. I’m also a musician, and sometimes I will get so into a song that I will just suddenly start crying when I am playing and singing. This can be quite embarrassing in public, actually. I am much more comfortable playing my guitar in the background until the guitar solo, and then stepping back out of the spotlight. It takes a lot of confidence to step up to the microphone and be in the the front man. When I sing, I feel I’m emotionally naked up there. Of course I do it anyways, I just know that I have to avoid certain songs in public. The blessing part? When I’m by myself and I do feel depressed I play and listen to songs that fit my mood, and I get it all out of me. Afterwards, I always feel much better. Then I crank up the heavy stuff, and get energized.

As a teenager I was so depressed I attempted suicide a couple of times, and I’m very thankful I wasn’t successful. One thing that I have developed in my adult years is a will to live. I am not going easily into that dark night. I’m going kicking and screaming, and flipping the grim reaper off with both of my middle fingers! I have a lot of music and words in me that I still need to get out. I’m not done, yet!


So let’s stop with the denial, and confront this bear. For one thing, there is a deep feeling of guilt for me because in my positive energy phase, I start a whole bunch of different things, and tell people I am going to do this and that. Then the negative phase kicks in, and I don’t have the energy, will, or the concentration to do all these things I have started. That’s when the depressions kicks in and I feel like a total loser. It causes me to not follow though with things, and let friends and family down. I avoid social gatherings because I feel too depressed.

So this is an apology to anyone who I may have let down lately, and an explanation for how I am. I really am working on trying to be more stable and reliable. I am making myself write today, because it has been too long.

PS: I welcome discussion with anyone else who may feel as I do. Please feel free to post comments, I would love to hear from you!


Refs: www.mayoclinic.org

Bipolar Dissorder


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The Global Villiage

I am going to go off on a possibly a long blog entry, but I just have to get some of this on “paper” because I feel it’s needs to be said! ….so here goes!

First of all; I think the “smarter” our machines get, the dumber (and lazier) we humans are getting! When I first got onto the internet in 1996, a computer cost $1,500.00 for a cheap one, and $2,000.00 for a 486 khz processor, and 256 Mb of memory. And of course that was on dial-up, 56k modems!….anyways….
Now computers are in people’s telephones, and they have GIGS of speed, and processor power! I WISH I had this stuff years ago!!! I LOVE the stuff you can do on your phone and with a computer twenty first century!

Second; Social Networking, and the “global village” effect is actually having a very profound effect on our society, and I don’t think many people are even noticing how much! Here are a few of my observations:

Radio, and then Television were the origin of this “dumbing down” of the American people. And it was also a tremendous leap from the telegraph, and early telephone system. In all cases, in order to pay for the equipment to transmit, receive and broadcast, not only did they have to build stations , wires and poles, studios, and broadcast antennas, power stations, and also had to pay DJ’s, Actors, stockholders, lawyers, accountants, and so on.

This is all very expensive stuff, and this also means either someone had to fork out a LOT of cash to get a station or “network” off the ground, or it would have never happened! This of course meant these people wanted to be paid back for their efforts, and also expected huge pieces of the profits in the future. so, once people had radios and televisions in their homes, and if they were close enough to tune it a station to listen and/or watch for free!
Well, that is when they thought of commercials, and sponsors, which at first seemed like a great idea! It would create a competitive market to sell products, and stimulate the economy. This would also make the studios do their best to capture the largest audience, so the most popular shows would be able to ask the highest dollar for their commercial air time.
Well….moving ahead to the twenty first century….
Now on TV and Radio, you get to hear 1 or 2 songs you like…or on TV, the beginning of a show starts….and then you suddenly get 20 minutes of commercials that are twice as loud as what you WANTED to listen to or watch, and etc…..Isn’t it infuriating!? The greedy, capitalist bastards always seem ruin everything that is a good idea!

“Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocrities”
~Albert Eisenstein~

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What is “Netiquette”?

The correct or acceptable way of communicating on the Internet.

It’s really quite simple, but a lot of people just don’t get it! In short, the internet is just like everyday life… except it is a “virtual” world. The person out there who is looking at their screen and reading your texts, comments, FaceBook posts, etc. is another human being, unless they are a “bot”… (that is a topic for another story). Things you say and do online can have real consequences, and affect real life people. If you haven’t learned this by now, you must be a beginner on the internet. Don’t worry, you will find out.

I first started out on the internet in 1996, on a WebTV Plus “Internet Terminal” because at the time a computer costed $1,500 – $2,000, and a WebTV was only $200! WebTV did have some limitations though. It had no way to do certain tasks that everyone now takes for granted. This taught me to think “out of the box” from day one, and I learned HTML Code to create web pages to overcome WebTV’s limitations, and eventually I got good enough to build my own “Social Networks” with chat rooms, email groups, message boards, and news groups. This made it necessary to establish rules for people to follow so it could be a decent place where people could get along, and would like to visit, and return again to hang out and socialize.

Some people are just jerks, and there is nothing we can do about that, but to those who would like to behave like civilized human beings on the internet, here are a few tips.

Common Decency
Do unto others as you would wish to be done unto you. This is something we are all taught in kindergarten, but some never seem to grasp. Don’t insult people or embarrass them with stuff you know about them. Treat someone like you would like to be treated. Would you like someone to post that photo of you from last night while you were drunk and in an embarrassing situation? Then don’t do it to someone else!

Screaming and Yelling
When someone types in all capital letters, this is considered yelling or screaming. Some people do this because it is easier to type in all caps, so you don’t have to use the shift key. Just so you guys know…all caps is yelling! 😉

Don’t feed the Trolls!
There is a certain type of person we all know and loathe, you know …the ones who will do or say anything to get attention. A troll is someone who will post comments that are designed to push controversial buttons, and get everyone and arguing with each other. The more drama, the better! The best thing to do, is to just ignore these attention whores. Do not even bother lowering yourself to their level and replying to their “diarrhea of the mouth (keyboard)” posts, and comments. Nothing annoys them more than being ignored. Just make note of their username, and report them to the administrator of the message board or website for moderation. Trolls CAN be banned, and prevented from posting!

This could be a much longer story, of course..but to sum things up: The world, and the “virtual” internet world would both be a much nicer place if people could just be decent to each other, and follow the golden rule… “Do unto others as you would wish to be done unto you.”

“Be excellent to each other……Party on, dudes!”

Bill & Ted

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Life As I see it…

Greetings and salutations, fellow traveler on this information superhighway!
Please allow me to invade your grey matter for a moment, and tell you a tale of a quest for the truth. So often I’ve thought I really knew what the truth actually is, only to be proven wrong. I learned long ago that just wanting something to be true, doesn’t make it so. Wishes are unicorns, and they live in the land of “happily ever after”.

I have been an observer, and participant of this planet’s social experiment since November of 1962, when I was born in a Hospital in Cleveland, and then given up for adoption. I then went for the first six months of my life living in a Catholic adoption agency, and was then adopted by a Catholic married couple who could not have children of their own.

My first actual memory I can recall is when I was old enough to talk (or think I could) and telling my mother that I was too old for naps, and didn’t need them anymore. I’m sure this came out as baby-talk gibberish, but I do remember trying to convey this declaration to my mother. I don’t really remember much else about living at that house, as my father had a house built in the suburbs, and we moved there when I was still very young This is where I grew up, and lived until I struck out on my own at seventeen.

As I grew up, I was very curious and “hyper-active”, as I’ve been told, and I always seemed to be getting myself into trouble. Once I was an adolescent and I started actually thinking enough to start questioning things, I probably drove my parents insane asking “why?”, about everything! This, of course, included the faith that was handed down to me, and that I was forced to participate in just like school. I started to ask questions. Of course, then I was scolded, and told I would get in trouble, and/or go to hell if I didn’t start “paying attention”. The fact is… I WAS paying attention, and I just didn’t want to go along with the program. I then felt like one of the problem children that deserves to be exiled, and sent off to the land of the misfit toys!

On my quest for the truth, I’ve met Atheists, Buddhists, Pagans, Jews, Muslims, and more. I have also learned of many other cultures and philosophies, mythologies, and read with fascination about ancient civilizations. I have opened my mind in spite of how they tried to keep it closed. I discovered that by learning more than just the Catholic idea of reality, the world was much more interesting!

So, life as I see it is a gift. We only get a finite amount of time, and I don’t want to waste any more of it. This is all we know for sure, that we are here, and now.

It was nice to make your acquaintance, fellow traveler.
Thank you for reading!

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Hello World!

“When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.”

~Zen of the day~

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The Democratic-Republican Party

I have been having many online conversations with both Republicans and Democrats, along with the few who call themselves Independent or Libertarian, etc. One thing I have noticed is, the Democrats and Republicans have been getting very nasty to each other online, and also in the “real world”. I don’t believe some of the things I read and hear from people on BOTH sides of the fence! What once was “We, The People” has become “Us and Them”. We have been divided and conquered, my friends. And most of us don’t even know it!

History lesson:
All of our founding fathers were Republicans originally, because they were actually forming a Republic.
Benjamin Franklin, when asked what type of Government they were forming, wisely answered, “A Republic, if you can keep it”.
Mr. Franklin knew the ways of men and politics very well! It wasn’t long before the Federalists wanted to take more power over the individual states.

Thomas Jefferson and James Madison countered the Federalists by creating the Democratic-Republican Party. They could see the influence the aristocracies were having in Government from miles away, and the party was created to to keep Democracy in government. “We, The People” meant ALL of us…and each state would be able to Govern itself, without giving total power to the “Federal” Government. Unfortunately, after Jefferson’s term in office, it all fell apart, and eventually became the Democrats and Republicans that we have to this day. Now instead of working things out within the one party, we fight each other tooth and nail about which side we are on. The results are that now a corporation or person can buy politicians, judges, and just about anyone they want to.

I am writing in the hopes that this will make some of you think, and stop fighting between yourselves! We are letting them destroy our Republic by pushing our hate buttons every day in the media. We argue over flags, gay rights, immigrants, guns, we even argue over which religion is the standard for our country. Meanwhile, in back rooms when no one is paying attention they pass legislation that affects us all….that no-one is even allowed to read! “If you want to keep your job, you’ll sign here”. It reminds me of the scene in “The Godfather” …”Either your signature goes on that contract…or your brains do.”

In conclusion, I’d like to say that in this world of technology, ignorance is a CHOICE!
The next time you see a post on facebook that you agree with, or even disagree with, for god’s sake, at least research it a little to find out if it’s even true before you just blindly pass it on!

A democracy of ignorant people is NOT working!! We must educate ourselves if we ever want to take back our country!

I say, bring back the Democratic-Republican Party, and start talking to each other like intelligent adults!!


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The Sea of Ethereal

The Sea of Ethereal

From cave drawings, to robot airplanes in space
we have embarked on this ethereal sea

Communication, interaction, a distraction…..
sent messages in bottles, with love from you to me

Frequency unknown, your device is not calibrated,
A fatal error has occurred….!

“We no longer accept messages in bottles, nor cave drawings…
this type of information has been deprecated…
rendered now absurd!”

# [chorus]
Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, satellites, drones, and pigs on the wing
I’ve been watching for decades, and humans STILL can’t learn a thing!

Dreamers, poets, artists, dancers, and lovers… all bare and share their soul
for your “infortainment”
….on your own personal idiot boxes

Hypatia, Galileo, King Arthur, Tesla, Jesus… and even Crazy Horse…
none could stop the blind mobs ..
of the gold-toting foxes

# [chorus]
Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, satellites, drones and pigs on the wing
I’ve been watching for decades, and humans STILL can’t seem to learn a thing!

Global warming of the village has been making the monkeys nervous….
and they are still afraid of it’s bright light

The new world order, global consciousness, the eventual fall to grace…
will be truly a miraculous site!

# [chorus]
Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, satellites, drones, and pigs on the wing
I’ve been watching for decades, and humans STILL can’t learn a thing…

The monkeys all play in the darkness and point at the moon…
as they covet it for themselves, for it’s glory and power

Fourty six and two troglodytes notice that it’s cooler in the shade..
depending on the angle of the sun, and the hour

Ten million priests, doctors, lawyers, and jesters who all wore heavy cloaks in the court sun
They petitioned the king, so he proudly proclaimed;
  “The ‘Son God’ is declared no longer the center of the universe!”
…and he immediately commissioned the court masons to build a tower,
and snuff out this annoyance at once!

The tower fell.. (of course) and the king was exiled in shame
and as he sat in the darkness with the monkeys, and fourty-six and two troglodytes
they all started pointing at the moon…

All of the pharaohs and pirates
all your heroes and villains
all your demons and gods
all the wizards and sods
the red and the blue
the left and the right
are all but messages in bottles
floating on the sea in the brilliant moonlight…

of this ethereal sea

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Net Neutrality

What is “Net Neutrality?”

Before I begin, I would like everyone who doesn’t fully understand what “Net Neutrality” actually is, to please watch the video below:

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/video/technology/100000002881329/how-net-neutrality-works.html?smid=pl-share">NY Times Video</a>

[ Ref: NYTimes.com ]

That being understood, your internet connection is currently totally controlled by the Internet Service Providers like TWC, ATT, Verizon, Comcast and etc. They really do have the power to control every aspect of your internet connection, from your connection speed, to being able to block out certain websites, domains, and IP address. This also includes your internet browsing history, and online activity which can be used against you in court. This means it’s up to you to learn about, and practice safe conduct online!

That much power in the hands of the “movers of the packets”, and the “keepers of the bandwidth” sounds almost scary, doesn’t it? In fact, in order to run the network you are subscribed to, they have to control the network traffic to make it work all work. There is no way around it.

To protect our rights, and be able to set standards for everyone to be truly “net neutral”, there becomes the need to have rules set up be make sure everyone plays fair. Agreed?

As President Obama points out in the video below, Net Neutrality is protected under Title II, of the Telecommunications act of 1996.

[ Ref: Whitehouse.gov and FCC.gov ]

This is all well and good, and since there is no monopoly of the almighty bandwidth by any one giant corporate entity, you always have the right to vote with your dollar, and switch ISPs. This forces the ISPs who don’t want to lose their customers to be competitive and honest, and it also keeps prices down for the end user (that’s us!). This is how business is supposed to work in the USA, right?

At this point I would like to steal a line from the late Paul Harvey, and say:

“And now… the rest of the story.”

Tom Wheeler

“Thomas Edgar Wheeler (born April 5, 1946; Redlands, California) is the current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2013. Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry, with positions including President of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).”

[ quoted from: WikiPedia.org ]

At face value one could say that Mr. Wheeler has all the experience needed to lead the FCC, because he understands the infrastructure and how business is done from his telecom experience. The problem comes with if he and the federal government takes more control over the internet, and decided to start imposing federal Taxation. This would shift the power to the FCC over more issues than just Net Neutrality, and may take away the competitive edge for the existing telecom companies. In other words, Mr. Wheeler would know just how to take over the internet, and put it under total control of the FCC. And if he is still a venture capitalist, this would be a major conflict of interest and highly illegal.

According to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson

“We have now, under the president’s urging with the FCC, moved from pursuing a free and open Internet to regulating the Internet end to end.”

[ Ref: Investors.com ]

“Ajit Pai, one of two Republican Commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), inferred in a tweet that President Barack Obama’s secret, 332-page “Net Neutrality” document is a scheme for federal micro-managing of the Internet to extract billions in new taxes from consumers and again enforce progressives’ idea of honest, equitable, and balanced content fairness.”

[ Ref: breitbart.com ]

In conclusion, this reporter believes that Net Neutrality is a very important thing to maintain, but not if it puts the Federal Government in total control. We are net neutral as it is now, and we are currently regulated under a telecommunications act originally from 1934 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and reclassified in 1996 by Bill Clinton. Internet technology has changed quite a lot since 1996, and another reclassification may be in order. But I never like when the Government keeps all the fine print a secret from the public when they pass new laws.

I am going to pass on supporting the reclassification, until we know what is actually in the mysterious 332 secret pages! Total Federal Government Control is the opposite of “Net Neutral”!

Jeff Bechter ~ February 25, 2015

All reprinting rights hereby granted, in the interest of informing the public.
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