I often wonder, why does most of humanity feel the need for a spirit that, in their minds, is all-seeing, all-knowing, yet only answers certain prayers, but they choose this entity to rule their lives and their thinking. I just don't get it.
I feel I have lived a good and decent life, helping others along the way. But I never felt the need for some unknown entity to help me. I made my decisions and suffered the consequences of them.
So of course, with me being an atheist and all, I have to wonder how people come to believe in their own "god"? I mean there are probably about 1500 or so "gods"! How did you chose? Was it what you were taught by your parents, that their parents taught them, and so forth. I wonder!
I don't spend all of my life in fear of heaven or hell, simply because of someone who went to a bible college and says he communes with "god" and you will go to hell if you don't listen to him!
I will enjoy what life I've had or will have in the future without living in fear every day and guiding my life because of it. No thanks!
Peace be with you all in the new year!
I haven't written much lately because I have had a lot going on, but as usual things cross my mind.
With all the goings on in the country, I have a tendency to think too much, especially at night.
I am pleased to finally see Articles of Impeachment, but it brings me to what I had going on in my head. We need to turn Republicans as well as fence sitters. As much as I despise what the Republican Party stands for in this day and age, we still need everyone we can get to vote against this mob boss and his cabal. Many you will never reach, and I understand that, but there are others that are becoming disillusioned with what he is doing. Those are the ones we must reach!
Therefore, I will enter into NO shouting match, name calling, (can't guaranty no rants) or otherwise nasty rhetoric that they love to spout, like, go home (I am), love it or leave it (that goes both ways), don't protest a valid president because you lost (he's not valid by 3,000,000 less votes, but the electoral college and the moneyed interests), And a lot of other shit.
I will try, knowing it's nearly impossible, but I will try.
So I extend my hand to all to talk or discuss calmly the ramifications of what will happen if we don't turn this train around.
As always, love to all in this season and may peace be with you.
While watching the impeachment hearings today, I couldn't help but notice that when you have an honest and competent witness, the Republicans don't know what to do. So they attack and repeat the same bullshit over and over again. They have no original ideas, they know he's guilty as hell and they have no defense. I would find it amusing if not for the fact that they are facilitating the destruction of the United States and killing many people in the process in foreign countries.
This is no longer humorous! We are in the midst of the worst crisis America has faced in it's history. We have a renegade President causing great harm just to satisfy his enormous ego and you have a Republican Party that only cares about protecting themselves and their benefactors and donors. We can't survive this if something isn't done soon.
We are turning on allies, we are abandoning allies on the battlefield in wars we should not be in and they see it. They are losing faith in this wonderful country. Is this the way you want it to be? Are you that shallow or ignorant? Think of your children and grandchildren, do they deserve this?
Impeach and convict this miserable bastard and all his enablers, the world will survive it. What it will not survive is the takeover by Republicans!
I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I am an independent, have been most of my adult life. While I identify with the thinking of the Democrats, I still will not belong to the ideologies of a particular political party.
You can deny all you care to, but we are in serious trouble and the only way out is a revolution of ideas. The democratic socialists have the right idea, because capitalism is not working for the masses, it's only working for the billionaire class.
Open your eyes, open your mind to new ideas, open your mind to truth. It's liberating!
As always, may your life be good and peaceful.
With the situation here in the states being what it is, I hear a lot of people comparing the US to Canada, as in " if it goes south here, I'm heading for Canada"!
I have a friend in Florida that I was talking to last week and she is from Canada, a snowbird. Of course the conversation drifted to the difference in healthcare, government and politics in general.
A lot of people think of Canada as a utopia, where they have universal healthcare, cheap drugs and a stable government, which they do.
But in talking to a Canadian, it's not all sweets and honey. They have problems with wait times just like we do, but there is a difference between the two. In Canada, the wait times are caused by prioritizing their medical delivery system to care for the sickest first. Elective surgeries do not take precedence over emergencies. Mediction does not put you in the poorhouse or bankruptcy.
In America it's what is in your insurance, does it cover this or that, with the insurance company trying to see what they can deny, and then how cheaply then can get it for. The Pharmaceutical companies want extortion rates on drugs that the US pays for and then gives to the insurance company to gouge us for 20 years by issuing a patent.
All is not well anywhere any more, but we can at least stop being stupid and allowing these companies to buy our politicians and dictating policies that benefit only them. Washington is corrupt, as are many state legislatures, we all know that.
2101 billionaires own as much as the entire middle class in this country and you think that's OK? Let me sell you a bridge in Brooklyn, NY. Nice riverside view!
Inequality is dangerous, both for the ones who have it and the ones who don't. Mark my words, the next few years are not going to be pretty.
So if you want instant gratification, or feel you should be treated better than the next person because you have money, think again and don't go to Canada, because believe me, they don't want your short-sighted ass!
If you feel you can wait a few months for an elective surgery and cheaper meds that you can afford, put up with an English type government, and be treated with respect, then by all means if the shit hits the fan here, I'm going there, if they will have me. Don't get me wrong, I loved what this country used to be. I remember a simple time, when neighbors helped neighbors. Hell, nowadays, you don't know your neighbor, and you don't care.
I remember a simpler time when you left your doors unlocked because you had reason to trust, you didn't worry about walking home at night, when you didn't have all the technology driving you, when life revolved around the next coule of miles. You had friends and neighbors you talked to.
Life has gotten very chaotic in the past thirty years, mainly due to greed by 2101 greedy people! Don't you think it's feasible that no one needs a billion dollars, much less multiple billions?
Just remember one thing "It's only money". Survival of the fittest will depend upon knowledge of the real world, not the financial world. That money will be worth nothing, to you or anybody else. The only way mankind will stay alive is by adaptation to it's surroundings, and that takes knowledge and planning. Rich people will die off quickly, because food can only be preserved for a limited time, and they know not how to get their hands dirty.
I know I have rambled on a bit, but that's what happens when you live in Maine and have free weed and can't sleep!
But getting back to the US versus Canada, it's not all that different. Yes we have different problems and objectives, but the Canadian people take their country a lot more seriously than we do or we wouldn't be in the mess we're in.
Think about that for awhile!
As always, may you have peace in your life and may you learn to treat your fellow man with dignity!
Warning! This may be a bit lengthy.
I am deeply saddened tonight that our country has reached the point we have. Most of my adult life, I have surrounded myself with good people who I have considered to be good friends, people I trusted, people who I have loved, people who I have shared my life with, only to find that most of them blindly follow the Republican mantra of greed and corruption. I can no longer, for my own peace of mind, continue to tolerate this. I have already lost many good people who I considered family, because of the piece of shit named Donald J. tRump and what we presently refer to as the Republican Party. I am sure many others feel the same about losing friends and family, but politics in our country is corrupt and toxic. We have lost 11 years accomplishing nothing on critical issues, such as climate, energy, infrastructure, etc.
I have tried my best to maintain a modicum of civility towards people of differing opinions. I have tried not to criticize too heavily in conversations. But you people who believe in DJT have .collectively drank the Kool-aid. You don't want facts. You want narratives that fit your mindset. You no longer believe in your fellow man's right to the same playing field.
As you sit in your comfortable home, with heat and air conditioning, with a fridge full of food, you condemn the homeless as lazy, miserable people who should not be helped by YOUR tax dollars, yet you allow the scum in DC to give it all to Big Pharma, Big Oil, private prisons, constant war, malfeasance, graft and golf trips to Florida or other properties
You no longer believe that women should have control over their own lives, that abortion is criminal, yet you take away all benefits to the children after they are born.
You no longer believe that children should have access to a decent, healthy meal each day. You allow children to be shamed because they don't have lunch money, to be forced to go hungry when it may be their only meal that day.
You no longer believe that children should have access to a decent education and future unless it's through private schools funded by tax dollars and run by religious organizations.
You believe that the wealthy should have all the money and shouldn't have to pay taxes.
You believe that you are the only ones who should have access to healthcare, because it may take a bit of YOUR money to support universal care, yet people are dying because they can't afford simple insulin, which costs next to nothing to produce.
You apparently have no problem with corruption and fascism, because the right-wing white nationalists are the Brown-shirts in waiting, with their guns and jackboots, holdovers from the 30's and Naziism. This is no longer a "white country" , it is and always has been a melting pot of nationalities. Get used to it and make friends instead of enemies, because it will continue for the remainder of our lives.
Quite frankly, you disappoint me. Many of you are good people, but continue to vote against the common worker who didn't have the same opportunities that you had. What has become of today's Republican Party is disgusting. There was a time in my life when I could have voted Republican, because they stood with the people. Not today!
Many of you are a bunch of weak kneed sycophants who are buying into this bullshit because of hatred for what you call "libtards". They have divided us to control us and you don't see it. DJT is not making America great again, he is destroying it from within. You know it but will never admit it.
Those of you in Florida and other beach-side communities can see the damage from pollution, such as red ride or deadly algae blooms, but you seem to take it in stride as natural. The Gulf is dying from oil.spills, yet we continue to tolerate drilling for more. The Galapagos Islands which are a microcosm of evolution, are dying. The Great Barrier Reef is dying. the permafrost in Alaska and Siberia is thawing, Japan wants to dump millions of gallons of radioactive wastewater into the sea from the Fukishima nuclear plant.
I honestly feel sorry for you and the future generations of your children and grandchildren. You will pay part of the price, but they will be so overwhelmed by what we leave them that they will hate our generation for the remainder of their lives, if they even have time.
I know damn well I have not covered everything by a long shot, but I'm sure that I will think of more daily!
In the meantime, enjoy this dystopia you have created, because you don't have much time left!
As always, may peace be with you and may you someday again learn to compromise.
When I started this site, I did it because I was running for public office. With that being finished, I am now writing for myself, either to blow off steam sometimes or to express my feelings about life.
There will come a time in everyone's life when you will lose a loved one, be it a child, parent, spouse or dear friend. It's inevitable.
Tonight I am writing about a life-long friend who has been given a terminal diagnosis. And the reason I am writing about him is twofold, one is to let him know how much he means to me and my life, how much he is loved by his family and friends, the other is to help others who are going through the same thing, mainly families facing death of a loved one.
When we enter this life we are given no guarantees about how long we will be here. Some lives will be long, some only moments.
I know that I too am entering that portion of my life when I live from day to day with no guaranty about tomorrow. But I refuse to let it limit my activities and enjoyment while I'm here.
As to you, my friend, you were there when I was young and dumb and needed a shoulder to lean on. You pulled me through some hard times. We became brothers when you relied on me to help you through rough times. We didn't have that many, but when we did, we were there for each other.
We had many good times, too many to count and mostly at my expense, because you usually got the best of me with your jokes and pranks. We rode our Harley's together and went on camping, hunting and fishing trips.
We raised our children together and you accepted me into your family. And what a wonderful family. I have never met nor will I ever again meet another person who was as dedicated to his family as you are. I have never had another friend as true as you. Nor will I ever have another. I can honestly say to you, "I love you" as a friend and as a brother.
I will be there until the end, but I refuse to have regrets about what we did or didn't do. We lived life to the fullest, keeping others on their toes at all times, and I will continue to do that the rest of my life.
You will be well remembered, by many hundreds of people who's lives you have made better by being a part of them.
To others who are facing the same circumstances, keep one thing in mind. You never question friendship, you live it. Friends will come and go in your life, but true friends are there no matter what, good times and bad.
We all have an expiration date. Some know it, some don't.
Personally, I would rather know it, but that's just me.
The world will continue on as it always does, generation after generation. Celebrate the life you had with that person, laugh about the stupid things, tell stories about the things you did. Think of the ones who went before us, their lives memorialized in our stories, the love and laughter, in a moment of time.
Any thing you haven't said or done, now is the time. Don't wish later on that that you had.
My credo is to live your life to the fullest, because the only thing you're going leave is a memory. Make that memory the best memory that you possibly can!
To all who read this and whoever it affects, I send love and hope that you can carry on!
I know when we talk about slavery, we Americans generally equate it with black people being shipped in boats to American shores to do the laborious jobs that whites didn't want to do on plantations and households.
But that is only the tip of the iceberg. Slavery has existed as long as humans have been alive, in one form or another, simply because humans allow it to exist, whether through fear, monetary insecurity, etc. Which brings me to today's form of slavery.
Pure capitalism has created a tier system, whereby the moneyed group controls the less privileged through monetary inequality. Today, we are economic slaves. I would estimate that probably 20% of our population is comfortable financially, leaving 80% to fend for themselves in any way they can. That usually means at least 2 jobs, 2 people, at low wages, neglecting your children, simply trying to exist. Trying not to die from the inability to find proper healthcare, trying not to die for lack of medications, trying not to die because you are living on the streets, trying not to die from lack of food.
Yet a good percentage of you continue to believe that Republicans have your best interests at heart and you continue to elect them. When will you put aside your ridiculous fears of losing your white supremacy and learn to love thy neighbor, regardless of what nationality or color of their skin or their facial features. They bleed red just like you, they have exactly the same fears you have.
As for 45 supporters, I will never understand you, I will never agree with you , because you are tied into the same slavery mechanism as everyone else. You worry that someone else may have more than you and how did they get it. It must have been given to them by the government, but not to me.
The wealthy don't care about you, recognize that. The country is now in the control of the billionaires and they will keep you as far down as they can, because if you wised up and used your power, you would be a danger to their status in life. You would realize you have the power, you just won't use it against them for fear of rocking your own boat.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!
May peace be with you and may you rise up against the tyranny that is taking over the world once again before we are all dead, like the Kurds.
I was having a conversation with a friend recently about the situation in our White House and the subject of narcissism came up. We all of course know that DJT is a narcissist of the extreme nature, pathological in fact.
How do you recognize narcissism? Having dealt with several narcissists in my life, I of course know the signs.
It is typical of a narcissist to be a liar, always projecting the blame for things they do onto others and never being wrong in anything they say or do. It's always someone else's fault.
Generally speaking, a narcissist will always take claim to others accomplishments and downplay others knowledge, to allow themselves to be at the top of the story.
A lot are thieves, self-gratification being a main goal, never accepting blame for what they do. Of course this is confusing to people close to them because they never know what is true and what is not.
It is a dangerous trait when it is allowed to rule YOUR thoughts and goals.
It can't be cured because it is part and parcel of the narcissists life, they must have their way!
Again, they will lie to you, steal from you, cheat you, and all the while suck you in to their personality without you realizing it, until you finally recognize that you can't help them.
They are generally master manipulators, constantly evolving their stories like a chameleon.
If you ever let someone like that into your life, be extremely cautious, because they will take anything they can get from you and cast you aside when they are done!
Believe me, take DJT as an example!
May peace be with you.
Yes, let's talk about money for awhile.
Just what is money? It can be in the form of coins, paper, stock, bank transfers, but mainly it's just numbers.
All money is just numbers denoting what it's value is in relation to what it can purchase. We equate rich with being a millionaire or billionaire, yet the ultra-wealthy don't have all their money in their hands, it's all tied up in banks or companies or stock. So again, it's nothing more than numbers, to be shifted from one account to another with the stroke of a computer key.
In our modern banking system, money and it's value is based upon a promise, nothing more, that it is worth what they say it is. That it will buy anything that does not exceed it's value. But who determines that value? We used to be on the gold standard, whereby your money was tied to a tangible good that everyone desired, which made it valuable. Today it is tied to nothing but a promise from central banks, that our government or other governments will honor that promise.
Do you realize how easy it would be to break that promise, by excessive spending or borrowing which we are now doing?
The world debt, combined, I read was over 700 TRILLION DOLLARS. Our entire world economy is built on the accumulation of debt, from one to another. Only promises to repay that debt, nothing more. This country alone is borrowing more than 1 trillion dollars a year because the wealthy got a tax break. Did you see any of that tax break? HELL NO!
The stock market used to be worth something to the average investor, to invest in a company to build our economy and make a buck doing it. No more. It's a casino for the rich, making fortunes off of trades of a quarter of a point. The world today is a rich mans game, seeing who can accumulate the most and to hell with the poor working stiff trying to support and raise a family.
I don't know about you, but I'm getting very concerned that what I have accumulated over the years to finance my retirement will eventually be worth nothing. The banks may fail at any time, like in "29", because certain people are greedy and there is nothing of value to back up our money but promises. HOT AIR! I'm investing in my land and preserved food from my gardens, at least I can eat that. You can't eat money nor can you trade it for other things if it's worthless.
Really think about that as you near retirement, after working for a company for many years and getting nothing in return because what used to be a company that cared for it's people is now owned by a worldwide conglomerate who's sole purpose is to make money for it's stockholders.
There again, you are nothing but a number.
May peace be with you.
When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you really see? Do you see an image of who you really are or do you see an image of what you wish you were? Are you strong or do you wish you were strong?
The mind plays tricks on us constantly, sometimes making us believe something is true, other times, not so much.
We as humans have always been tribal, from Cro-Magnon to Neanderthal to Homo Sapiens. We stick with our selected group that we are born into, because to do otherwise almost always has negative outcomes. Not that being tribal doesn't have it's negatives also.
I guess the point I am trying to make is that I don't think we will ever change, and that lack of ability to mentally change from tribal to communal will be the downfall of us all.
Pretty much all of us have tribal instincts, but many are able to have communal instincts as well. We watch out for our neighbors if we like them, but try to do them harm if we don't.
I am in a conundrum, because many times I completely understand mankind yet am lost as to why they think the way they do.
Man is so easily led by biases, thoughts that only mean something to you but are manipulated by others into making you think you are part of something much larger. The hardest part of being a person like myself is that we see beyond our biases. We don't allow ourselves to be overtaken by fear of the unknown, we relish it. We learn to appreciate others and what they bring to the table.
My favorite mantra has always been " each person who comes into your life comes into it for a reason, good or bad, but is a piece of your life puzzle. If you exclude that person before you discover what part of your puzzle they are, you've lost a piece you will never regain". Think about that before you ridicule that homeless person, it could be you. Think about that when you ridicule anyone because of their situation in life. IT COULD BE YOU! You are not perfect, neither am I. But you can be communal instead of tribal. The world would be a much better place if you would try.
May peace be upon you!
This will be an open letter to the Congress of the United States about medical costs and the damage they are doing to our citizens!
Ladies and gentlemen of the Congress.
You are doing massive damage to our country and it's citizens because you are in the pockets of the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the hospitals and the investors in our medical system as it now stands.
When I go to pick up a prescription for a simple steroid eye-drop and it costs $66 with insurance and $100 without for a 1 ounce bottle, we are being raped by the industry.
When I go to an emergency room because of a motor vehicle accident and receive a printout of what their normal charges are and they amount to $17,000 for approximately 1 hour, that is robbery without a weapon, $10,000 of that being for a CT scan which took 5 minutes and which an insurance company will pay approximately 10%. How do you continue to justify your stance on this?
If I were on my own paying for this, I would already be bankrupt.
So, to sum it up, get off your asses, compromise with others, get out of the pockets of your donors and start working for the people who put you there in the first place.
Just one more thing. My wife had 2 hip replacements and fortunately we have decent insurance, but the itemized bills for those 2 surgeries was over $450,000, of which they received approximately $24,000 from insurance company discounts. That's 5%!
People are dying each and every day from lack of healthcare and all you can manage to do is placate the industries that determine that life or death decision-making by diminishing our healthcare system and kicking people off instead of helping.
I for one am fed up with your lack of caring about anyone but yourselves. I know there are a few of you who believe in universal healthcare, as do many citizens, but as long as these industries control the Congress, people will continue to suffer needlessly and die needlessly.
And they don't care!
May peace be with you.
I had a great visit with my great grandson the past 2 weeks in Florida. Hot as hell, totaled a car, injured my shoulder and back, but still had a wonderful time with Gage. Glad to be home, though.
His swimming is much better, he finally lost his 6th tooth, and he is driving better. He likes for me to take him for his "driving test" where he sits on my lap and steers the car in a parking lot, even shifting gears from first to second and back. We played under the "tent" of sheets on the bed and told stories.
As you can tell, he gives me great pleasure with his curiosity and intelligence. We already have his reservations, together with his grandparents, to come to Maine for Christmas and New Years. It will be his first time for snow and cold, hopefully snowmobile riding and tubing. I just want him to experience Maine in the winter. Every kid should.
So with that said, I shall go about my day canning tomatoes.
May peace be with you all.
I'm back! Sorry I have been quiet lately, but it has been one helluva past 2 weeks. I took a trip to Florida to visit my grandson and everything was OK until Wednesday of the 2nd week, when a runaway utility trailer totaled my car. I wrote the following the next day, August 22nd.
I don't know about you, but I have come to the conclusion that most of us don't realize the difference 1 second, or a fraction of a second, can make in your life. I was very keenly made aware of that today
I wasn't more than a minute from my home when a trailer being pulled by a truck moving in the opposite direction suddenly started coming across a 5 lane road directly towards me. Being in the outside lane, I had nowhere to go except forward. In less than 1 second, I had to decide what to do. I hit the gas. Had I been 1 second further down the road, I would have not been hit. Had I been 1 second in the opposite direction, I probably would have died or been seriously injured.
I guess my whole point is that too often we take life for granted. We assume our loved ones will always be OK. We don't pay attention to others. We don't agree with others, so we begin hating them. And in today's society, that is what we are becoming. We have psychopaths running the government, and no one will try to stop them.
I fear for the world's future. I fear for my granddaughter and my great-grandson, as their future becomes darker by the day. I fear for the future of the planet itself. I am old enough that I probably will not see the end days, but they are upon us already.
We must rid this country of the cancer that is not only killing our planet, but is not responding to treatment. And that cancer is the Republican party and all that infest the bowels of our government. And that especially includes Moscow Mitch and Lindsey Graham!
Open your eyes, you can no longer get by in denial or ignorance!
Tell your loved ones you care and love them each time you leave. You may not get a second chance.
May peace be with you.
I try hard not to insult people in my posts, but it's reaching a point where I can no longer step around the fact that this man and his supporters don't really give a royal shit about this world and it's occupants! The time has come to rid this country of a cancerous boil who hasn't a clue of how the real world is supposed to work for everyone, NOT JUST WHITE PEOPLE! AND I'M WHITE! No, on second thought I'm pink!
I find the ignorance appalling. This man and his followers have one thing on their minds and one thing only, destroy America and STAY THE SUPERIOR RACE!
Well guess what? You are not superior. Not in intellect, not in
skills. It makes absolutely no difference what color your skin is, if you have the ability to learn and apply yourself you can become what you want if given the opportunity.
I have learned something new almost every day of my life by simply being observant of my surroundings.
Stop blaming others for your own weaknesses and do something about your life.
What this country is turning into is not the America I have lived in for 72 years, and quite frankly I am disgusted. I'm disgusted with you and your petty grievances towards others. Try putting yourself in their shoes for just one minute, you might learn something.
And stop believing the bullshit that idiot spews every day, it makes you look real stupid! They are destroying America as you watch and you go right along with it, joyfully, because it makes you feel strong. Well guess what, you are weak, and it shows!
May peace be with you and may you find some room in your life for others less fortunate!
I was talking to a young man tonight who had just finished a 20 mile bike ride, who had walked several portions of the Appalachian Trail and climbed Mt. Katahdin. We had much in common, but when I started to talk about climate change, he was in full agreement about the situation. Many people (too many) do not believe that it is happening, yet complain about how hot this summer has been. I don't get it, what's not to believe?
We have reached a point in time when we are on the verge of catastrophe and the end of life as we know it on Earth and yet don't want to admit that we have screwed up. We continue to follow the same path to destruction.
The Fascists are gaining control again, like we didn't learn the last time, yet they think they can take it with them, that it won't affect them, just others. That's not the way it works!
The atmosphere dies, we all die!
Supposedly we have about 10 years to make drastic changes to the way we live and the resources we use. In today's political climate, it's not going to happen. In fact, it has already gone beyond the tipping point in many cases. This June was the hottest ever recorded, yet people say it's normal to have these "fluctuations".
Siberia is burning, for crying out loud! What more proof do you need? Florida will be under water in 30 years, as will New York and many other coastal states. An ice shelf the size of Texas is about to break off because of polar melting. Where are you going to live when millions decide to move back north?
I have simply given up on trying to understand many peoples thinking processes.
Ya'll have a great day and may peace be with you the rest of the way.