Donald Trump is A Swamp Monster

So now there’s proof that he is in fact an actual Swamp Monster.  I was watching an Episode from Season 7 of Supernatural, wherein a spunky and hilarious hacker, played by new Mom to be, Miss Felicia Day, hacks into personal emails belonging to the leader of the leviathans, Dick Roman.  He has dug up an artifact that if kept out of the Winchester’s hands will firmly cement their rule over all of humanity, and our use of us as livestock.  There is an email saying that the artifact is being delivered by use of a private jet supplied by none other than Mr. Trump. Coincidence?  I think not. “I knew it!” I couldn’t help but yell at the screen.  Of course this show is a fiction, but Season 7 was particularly spot on about the way the wind was blowing with the Good Old Party, including a far less than subtle jab at Monsanto, among other things.

Check out the show in its 11 and a half season glory, if you have yet to.

Look out they’re on their way….

I’ve Been Quiet, I know..

I’ve been quiet on here, if anyone might have noticed. But all this hoopla leading to the election, the election itself, the filling of the swamp that was apparently gettting drained, the electoral college and their dumb vote which keeps us from true democracy, Christmas, and being with the ones we love. I just wanted to live peacefully for a bit before the shit started to hit the fan. And Christmas is such a lovely time to spend with loved ones. Unless you are Donald Trump and get visited from three “rude” ghosts, one of which is probably really “yuuge.”  Just be glad 2016 saw such a great punk resurgence from some of the best punk bands that still exist.  The Pixies’ Head Carrier among them, can help us gear up for the fight of a lifetime.  Nazis and White Supremacists will soon inhabit the highest echelons of the American government, which is meant to be by the people, of the people and for the people.  I know the government has never been without its flaws, without its absurd protection of evil corporations as if they were individual people.

I’m sick of all the special snowflake nonsense that keeps floating around.  Our generation continually works their butts off to have their dreams slide down the waterfall and get dashed into pieces on the rocks again and again, without even mentioning the little amount of money that ever ever manages to find its way into our wallet. Sure, our modern world is full of unneeded expenses that previous generations didn’t have, like smartphones, unlimited internet access, social media mind traps, etc.  But the rise of the technology has not only helped make some people too numb to the world, but it has developed a dependence that was unforeseen.  Movies in the cloud, companies updating their info only on their fb pages, and needing the internet to get discovered as an artist anymore. It’s not fair certainly, but it does have its perks sometimes. If the masses can just get their heads out of their new asses known as snapchat for a few minutes, they will no longer be crippled by the technology that has developed a bizarre symbiosis with them.

Speaking of the music biz being the way it is, I will never stop buying records and CDs because the joy isn’t so readily available if I just download anything and everything. The thrill of opening a new cd, putting a newly acquired record under the needle, or the clicking noise a casette makes after it rewinds. The pop and the hiss, the electronic blips that CDs make, the hassle of respooling a messed up tape, beyondthe lyrics, or the sound of the vocals, or the unique sound of the instruments is really what makes listening to music and acquiring music a true joy.  Nobody savors a new single from a favorite band anymore, they just move onto the next new artist and leave it forgotten on the cutting room floor.  Not enough people buying albums or understanding the beauty of listening to it from the first to the last track. We need to increase our attention spans, grow our minds, become the person we have always been, instead of the person we don’t want to ever be just to get by.  Balance your work and your life, get back into music, listen to a new song daily, a favorite album daily, share a favorite band with someone daily. Give a complete stranger a mixtape, regardless of how they look at you.  Our art revolution is fun, and truly improves quality of life as well.

We aren’t robots, and we can’t afford to live in apathy right now.  So *gasp*, open a book, watch a movie more than ten years old, physically hold an album in your hand, do what you like and not what you don’t. Educate yourself against those who would take your rights away from you, so as not to willingly give them up. Learn about climate change, pay attention to the signs. Understand that fracking fracks up everyone’s drinking supply, it is poisoning our own well. Do your best to toss aside intolerant and discriminatory feelings. Empathy is key.  Put yourself in someone else’s shoes if it is the best way for you to see every side to a problem.

Let your voice be heard when you see injustice in all its forms. Don’t be led astray from your own deepest convictions. And if you have a dream, this is definitely the year you should seek it out.  These are the most uncertain times we have yet to experience, so let us experience it not with fear, which is a means to our control, but with hope, which is where true freedom is born….

Fall

Fall is always my favorite, so I was happy that Autumn this year is an actual thing, even with some weird hot days in the mix. I got to eat pumpkin flavored stuff, pick apples, and peep at leaves, like I always like to do.  I love being able to bundle myself up in hats and scarves, and my awesome glove/mittens.  As hot as it was for much of the summer, it is welcome to just be able to put on my hoodie which I couldn’t even do at night much at all this summer. And now here we are, the final week of October, Halloween coming up on Monday, and the air is full of winter chills. And I already got the jump on creating more Christmas ornaments for this year, I think it’s already too late to rent a table at a craft fair or Christmas bazaar, but depending on how many we can make, this might just be the year we get to sell these delightful shiny baubles to all the festive folks that are still out there. Moan and groan all you want, but Christmas doesn’t make you feel good?  I find that hard to believe. But once the election is come and gone, if Donald Trump wins we need all the joy and peace on Earth y’all can muster, or he wins more than just this election.  The nation is hanging on with bated breath, dreading such an outcome. And we will be hanging by our last thread if we aren’t careful in the coming days, so bring your A game in compassion and love, or people like that will win.

Happy Halloween to all.

Snowden

Oliver Stone’s film about Edward Snowden truly sums up what it’s like to be a young American growing up in the wake of 9/11.  Must of us formed our political opinions from that event, and besides some like me caught in the middle ground, we went to either one extreme or the other in our opinions of this country and the state of it at the time.

Joseph Gordon-Leavitt’s portrayal of Snowden is terrific, and paints a great picture of the man, who went from an Army boy, who got injured at training and had to take his leave, who finds himself working for the CIA and the NSA, creating computer programs that he imagines will be for the betterment of the world and the security of what he believes to be the “greatest country in the world,” and which instead are used to create a global network of fear, paranoia and alienation.  Obsessed with numbers and figures, it takes a while for him to burst free of his own bubble, and do what any true Patriot should do, following the tenets that this country was founded upon.  That is to tell the truth to the American people.  If there is no truth, there is no trust.  Without trust, there is no America.

We should never be afraid to do what we like and like what we do, without worrying about big brother reading every personal email, listen to every personal call, and to watch us on our webcams that are supposed to be off.  If you are reading this, I hate to break it to you, but your ostracized companion is and always will be an American hero.

And everyone else, please check out this movie, it is probably one of the most important things you will ever watch this year.

Debates

Did I watch the debate last night?  Of course not.  Besides, I had work last night.  If the political process is so pivotal to us, should we like have it off or something?  Why not?  Also, I already have made up my mind, and that’s that.  Also Trump isn’t funny anymore, and afraid or not of President Trump, it won’t help me to watch him do his thing yet again.  It’s gotten old.

And In Regards To My Last Post…

My latest netflix binge is The Walking Dead.  I know what anyone reading this might be thinking:  Where have you been for the last five or six years?  I haven’t been anywhere other than in a world where I have yet to watch this show.  TV is watched differently than it used to be, now that everything can be streamed downloaded, bought on DVD.  If you don’t have cable you don’t watch most shows until they’ve been on for a while, and if you do have cable, you probably end up having to download it and watch it later anyway right? Or DVR it?  I don’t have cable, so I usually just wait to watch things all in one go when they appear on video, digital download, or streaming services such as Netflix.

If a show is hyped up to an extent that this show is, it’s harder for me to take the time to start watching it, or to get into it.  I’m too worried about what others’ reactions might be if I end up hating their beloved show, or if I end up loving something as much as someone else hates it.  TV seems to be a polarizing topic these days, more than actual issues.  In an election year, this probably isn’t a good thing, but that has nothing to do with what I’m writing about.

The Walking Dead is good, but I feel like the first couple episodes are a bit on the slow side for today’s average TV watcher.  But I”m glad something this edgy, this gritty, this violent, can become so popular.  Genre Television has never had such a good chance as it does these days to prosper.  And this show has everything: comedy, car chases, blood and guts, touching family drama, medical procedures gone wrong, people struggling to survive after the end of the world, and gorgeous scenery.

Zombies are all the rage, so it’s no wonder that the zombie phenomenon that keeps building momentum with no end in sight is crafted with quite the clever amount of brain work.