We are in the midst of a fantastic change in human behavior. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know we hear about all the bad stuff on TV and the internet and it can be overwhelming. Here’s the good part. You are paying attention.
Im thinking up new ways to participate in a revolution.
Whats THAT mean?
It means its time to totally reorganize the way we think. Its happening anyway, and its awesome. Think of it this way. You can run to the street, push over a cop car and set it on fire. The result? They now have a reason to buy six more cop cars and enact laws to keep you in your house, cut off your internet, perpetuating the cop business. Rest assured the cop business is big business.
Challenge the popular notions
Some Law enforcement exists merely to write expensive tickets that supports the agency. eg; caught on camera before a legal right hand turn. Stopping isnt enough, you gotta do three seconds or flashy flashy. On the freeway you must stay one cruiser length (18 FT) for every ten miles in speed you are driving. On a day when an officer needs to write some tickets it only who is unlucky that gets to give the highway patrol $180. Forget it if you actually do something wrong.
So that people can eat
Social security is a beautiful thing. but shouldnt looked on as a God given right. I dont know that “I worked hard for it” is true for everyone. Also, I really dont care if you “earned” it or not. There are people who need it, badly.
The world is what and how you eat
Take a look at the area around a fast food restaurant and you’ll see litter. Some poor slob who needs a job is risking their life so you can get a Chalupa at 3am. Do we really need to mono farm russet potatoes that are the right dimensions for french fries? Corn in one form or another is in every thing at these places, even the feed for a hamburger cow. Just like cheap pet food. Purina Human chow. awesome
Can I talk to you about your dog?
A pet is not an acceptable excuse for homelessness. Your pets health care should not come before yours. Your charity dollars should go to people first. Yes, if you are a human, a late night image of an abused kitten might make you want to reach for your wallet. However, even if you are a vegetarian you should question be paying to “rescue” animals that otherwise are mass produced for food. How big can the ASPCA be to run those ads? I am NOT a a parent to my cat. It is not politically correct to say “hey dude, its just a dog.” It’s well documented about the psychological damage done to pets by treating them as human. If skippy or tiger acts a little crazy its because he IS CRAZY. I think I treat my cat like he’s a cat and he’s still crazy, and he isnt getting a trip to the Vets for a tooth cleaning from me. I’ve told him that if he finds the environment abusive he can move to the neighbors house. I’ve heard her talking to him with his “kitten” name.
Non violent action
I saw a documentary on Gene Sharpe last night.
“His fundamental belief is that any power structure relies upon the subjects’ obedience to the orders of the ruler(s). If subjects do not obey, leaders have no power.” -wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Sharp
Some of it will get you jailed, We can do things that gets us out of our comfort zone.
However, Simple change is just makes good sense. Join a club. Buy organic. Go to “church”. skip Christmas, give to charity, use less gasoline, spend less money, cook more at home. Start a garden. recycle. Stop using plastic.compost, volunteer, participate in community events, exercise. more!
You can always blog and say things people dont want to hear. ~Brooke
What percent are you?
I was driving down highway one the other day and appreciating the lovely a place we live in. The sun was shining, an awesome 70 degrees, excellent landscaped freeways, relatively new, something to look at when you experience Santa Cruz seemingly incurable traffic problems. Now picture this: a huge billboard on the hill as you approach the fish-hook. How about one every 50 feet or so to inform you of buying choices in santa Cruz. As far as I know there is only one in Santa Cruz county, on 17 after the summit. One billboard. I like it that way. We also do not have a Walmart, and most of the restaurants advertised on TV. We do, however have 17 Starbucks.
Thou shalt not enter!
Feelings are mixed on the amount of control our county has over business, and there is still grumbling about the lack of hamburger stands and department stores in Scotts Valley. Conspiracy theories abound. Can you be green driving to Watsonville just to go to Target? I’ll be the first to smugly tell you I don’t shop at Wal-Mart, WE don’t have one in Santa Cruz. However, there was one time in Carson City when my sister-in-law took me, it felt like some sort of treat or something, the forbidden store! I can drive by the one in Marina, the bargain market is much more enticing, Local government is protecting me from myself, I might lose it one day and have a double double from in and out burger, if we had one. Going all over in a whole ‘nother direction is communities that are gated to keep out the riff raff, which I have to think is me.
Rules are good
Commerce is good. A Golden Corral restaurant on a Friday night might be good, I don’t know, I’ve never been to one. But if Golden Corral wanted to monopolize the food business, charge us big bucks for bad food and say out loud it doesn’t matter, commerce is king, I and dare I say, 99% of the people would have a problem with that. Could we say that Golden Corral exists only because people like it? I actually like banking a : insert name of:mega conglomerate ruthless, soulless, arrogant bank here. I don’t want to move my banking and by staying with them I’m saying “less lube please!”
Unless its MY rule
The anarchists say that in an ideal world people would just do the right thing. Ironically, you hear some Americans saying don’t stand in the way of business. If you really think that less rules are the thing for America and you trust business to do the right thing then open up the gates. Hopefully you wont mind a billboard for Denny’s in your front yard, in Spanish.