creative piece of writing, Anna. Thank you. Honestly, what concerns me more than anything on a daily basis is hacking and identity thieves. I'm waiting for the day that I really need to use a credit card and it won't go through. Months of phone calls, written letters and forms to fill out because some college kid with time on his hands and a hacker's program wiped out my credit history and my bank account. If the NSA wants to spy on my emails and phone conversations - let 'em. They'll need a handful of No Doze and a strong pot of coffee because my daily life is a total snoozer. The most exciting thing I look forward to is my son's baseball games and checking out dead.net. And with the inevitable advent of drones it just seems like there's no privacy anymore.....anywhere, indoors or out.
I like what Gustavo said to Walt on Breaking Bad, "I hide in plain sight, just like you." It's pretty much the only option left.
* But you get the awards for not having quite turned into sheeple yet!
Bahhh-ahhh. Maaaaaa-aaahhhhhh. Naaaahaaahhhhhh!
let this be a lesson to all, stay off of Facebook, Twitter and especially Dead.net! Make sure all your "gardening supplies" and GD tickets are paid for in cash only and if you drive a 19 yr. old piece of shit like I do that's lucky to make it out of the driveway, much less to my destination, you don't have to worry about car computer surveillance.
On second thought, they can have my car - their loss, not mine. I'll just hop a ride on an Amish buggy since I get stuck behind them quite often anyway.
With all of these new and exciting revelations of big brother electronic shenanigans, the Amish simply don't know what they're missin'. :))))
Anna, please tell me this is a joke. Do you have a link to an article or something I can read regarding this nonsense?
With a speech by Obama to the largely unemployed youth of Ireland and Europe saying "We in America had a different approach to austerity that has not involved so much suffering for the working and middle class.
It is laughable. The American view is always short term. If we bail out investment banks and every company "too big to fail" while printing vast quantities of paper money that other countries continue to believe has worth and concentrate that useless paper in the hands of corporate treasuries they will indeed continue to grow jobs as long as the huge pile of surplus cash is spent slowly and wisely enough not to create inflation and bring in reasonable profits, quarter to quarter, as far as the eye can see (and the dollar and bond market remain afloat.
Give the money to the rich elites. They know what to do with it. Until they don't. And what we could have done? Well, let's not talk about infrastructure and arts and social programs and health care and the environment. They aren't important.
Fracturing and raping the Earth to employ the American working class outweighs all else.
Immigration reform? NSA omni-surveillance? Please, don't bother me. I have to check the box to put 10% of my paycheck into a 401k from which I'll draw a .05% profit from, after the tax break and company match. Medicare? A fading memory after Obama gives tax dollars to health care corporations.
So listen up 56% of unemplyed youth in Europe, WE'VE got it fright! I mean right! Err - ughh, we see the light!
In states where registered Republicans outweigh registered Democrats and Independents, the industrialist group ALEC and LE are sponsoring and supporting laws to force those identified as "deadheads" to giver up their driver's licenses at age 65, despite meeting all other legal criteria.
Citing such facts as their former and current self-admitted use of psychotropic drugs; their ticket purchases to any Grateful Dead related events; purchase and trading of Grateful Dead music; past criminal history for use and possession of psychedelic drugs, even within the Native American Church, and trolling for like information on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, ALEC has asserted that there is enough research to prove that "flashbacks" and current use of psychotropic drugs by this category of people creates a risk magnitudes of order higher regarding the incidence of serious road accidents than those who simply use all the current devices available as options in the most expensive latest model of car (including voice activated phone and internet) such as GPS and texting, to name just a few.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is quoted as saying that "It is time to round up all the known and suspected deadheads as menaces to the public safety by their current and past drug use. We don't need to know anything more than how Art Linkletter's daughter died or Leary's last request for 500 super-humans to take off from Earth in a spaceship to star-seed the universe to know what a public safety risk we are facing from this segment of the population now turning 65. If they don't voluntarily give up their privilege to drive it is time to take it from them and lock them up!
Although it is expected that the ACLU will take up the deadheads cause there will be little opposition to the laws in red state legislatures or, ultimately, the Supreme Court. These assemblies expect their LE to make wide-ranging requests for information from the Utah Data Center that will lead to arrests using tag-data scanning software programs loaded into LE car computers when Grateful Dead related events come to towns in their states as well as confiscation of vehicles belonging to this class of drivers.
An ALEC spokesperson smiled as he said his group could use the funding wisely to expand it's outreach to other areas of drug-induced music.
Grateful Dead spokespersons were not immediately available for comment as they were out "clubbing" for the night.
The Obama Administration today announced it has concluded that Syria is using chemical weapons. The next logical step is arming moderates fighting Assad.
The following logical steps involve a lot of people being killed...
McCain is going to take the karma for this one. How do people, like him, angrily accept responsibility for leading the charge? I guess, for McCain, it's easy after he tells a mother whose child has died of gun violence that there will be no ban on assault weapons - not in His Senate, not on His watch!
Brutal, just brutal.
still got the t-shirt, though it's pretty threadbare...
Well, Parkas, you might want to consider that there is quite a debate around these parts (dead.net) as to what hippy deadheads stand for, politics wise. Jerry Garcia was definitely of the opinion that, as I paraphrased, electoral politics was THEIR game and that we (deadhead hippies) should have nothing to do with it. So, in Jerry's time, the deadheads were pretty apolitical.
But, as I have pointed out many times to many people, the Grateful Dead played many benefit gigs over the years that supported very radical, even revolutionary causes. The Black Panthers, the White Panthers and AIM (the American Indian Movement) are the three revolutionary ones that come to mind but there were many, many others such as the Pacific Alliance that supported the total ban of nuclear power, especially at Diablo Canyon. In 12/12/81 there was the Dance for Disarmament with Joan Baez that I attended at San Mateo. There was a slew more. Like all good hippies they supported what was radical and hip at the time. They didn't support candidates for office though (and neither did I) for as long as Jerry was around. Only in 2008 did Bob & Phil get behind Obama and there was a lot of chatter from old hippies saying this wasn't kosher, Grateful Dead-wise. More folks said they were entitled to do as they pleased, though it was dissonant to see Bob & Phil playing Obama's Inaugural Ball in tuxedoes.
But I would say you are correct in that there were a lot of hippies out there who composed the anti-war movement and such who weren't deadheads. The Grateful Dead didn't have a monopoly on hippie-dom. Lomg hairs were often times the organizers. I should know. I was one of them for a long time (no time-cards, no rubles!).
There are a lot of people out there who went and cut their hair and changed their politics and made compromises as marriages and kids and inheritances and responsibilities came down the pike. I live in a place where a lot of counter-culture types moved to from Boston and Philly and NYC and points south and west. They moved back to the land and started communes and tried to do the self-sufficient thing. The best of these became artisans in some way and survived the breakup of communal idealism to live with their values intact. You really do have to have your act together in a big way to get off the grid, recycle, compost and live to scale while still involving with political activism. If it was easy a lot more people would be doing it.
But, alas, it's not easy so when you find those juicy people who have kept it together all these years salute them! They are winning the nonviolent revolution every day - imho...
Anna, I think the majority of America has absolutely no idea what their Senators--much less their Congress(wo)men--do or what power they have. After the last twelve years, they appear to be under the assumption that all decisions lie in the lap of the President. The Senators and Congress(wo)men merely comment as to whether or not they like the ideas.
I want to smash my head through a stack of bricks whenever I hear people complaining about the state of the nation and blaming it all on Obama when he's just one part of the trifecta. Chances are it's their other elected officials that are to blame, but they're too stupid to make the connection. I mean, what happened to the generation who actually paid attention to what was happening in this country? The bra-burners and the proud hippies who stood out in the streets to fight for the rights of others? This country has become a Shakespearean comedy; those who pounded their chests and said, "I will not become a sheep like my parents' generation!" have gone and done just that.