Have you ever stopped to ask a homeless or houseless person what they could use or have you assumed and acted without inquiry? I have. A recent life event has reshaped my stance on where my time should be going though. So, I asked a local what they needed but weren't getting, and was told trash bags, electricity (to charge phones), and the somewhat shocking request, frozen water bottles (for their coolers). The only ice available to them at local stores is expensive and melts quickly. After melting, that overpriced ice is just dirty water. So the frozen water bottles are actually a multi use solution to a reasonable set of problems, food preservation and hydration. Please consider freezing some water bottles and giving them out. Even better, ask first. It seems like they're full up on food and blankets, yet that seems to be where a lot of people's creativity stops. Do what you can, stay blessed.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Not really, we’ve come to love it. Although some lyrics go too far, the beat is what hooks most people. And if I have to listen to the objectification of poverty, minorities and consumerism, plus the glorification of police violence, gubernatorial overreach, and a certain colloquial term, so be it. Let the beat build.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
What is the most honorable thing you can do? Too often, I get stuck on something. It doesn’t make sense, why won’t the world change to be more like I want, or even what the majority want? A police officer told me, and the group she was speaking to that everyone has the right to feel safe where they live. Being a good neighbor isn’t just about courtesy, it’s about building community. All progress may depend upon the unreasonable ones among us refusing to conform but we can’t lose track of what matters most. Priority is peace. Unfortunately, for some of us, that means captivity.
The fight for what’s right, even if at the moment not at the forefront, will continue.
Don’t bend laws, mend laws. We need to heal. Gratitude is best shown by action.
Love you all.
There’s a problem with apartment housed drug use. Not always, but from what I’ve seen, a disturbance is almost guaranteed. The smell of burning cannabis is not always welcome, I get it. BBQ smoking? Yes please. Chimichurri simmering to the point doors and windows need to be opened? Even they know it's a pass. Broken meth pipes in the same parking lot where the kids play, prison. So here’s my stance, if someone is keeping to themselves, let them be. But when it’s 3 am and people want to sleep, and an apartment neighbor is vacuuming, we have a problem. Now, if you own your home, or at least can’t be heard by others, and the lights are still on in your living room at 3 am, party on player. We need not incarcerate IF there truly is no victim.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Source: US Government and algebra (62% of 6.1M) https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html
Saturday, January 16, 2021
I don’t think I can live an unpolitical life. Politics is the business of policing others. We have undoubtedly gone too far in some areas and not nearly far enough in others. Priority #1 - Freedom. We need to free the unjustly imprisoned. We need to stop policing people that aren't harming others. I believe it's time we change our policies.
If a car is driving 10 miles above the speed limit in the fast lane it's illegal, there's no victim, and the driver gets a ticket! Another car is driving the speed limit but the driver loses focus for a couple seconds for whatever reason and slams into the car in front of him causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage and bodily harm to the two passengers, this is not illegal, there are victims and no ticket! Where is the logic?
I don't think this is the best argument, but I hope it makes some sense. Because what we're doing right now across this nation and the world, isn't making much sense to me and it's time to act. From running red lights to regulating Sugar, things need doing and people need freeing. It's obvious our elected officials don't do what we want.
I have to be political because I wasn’t raised to be a pushover. I wasn’t raised to follow unjust orders. I was raised to fight for what's right. Arturo 2024.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Wake up, consume. Exist. Sleep. Repeat. I can’t do it anymore.
My production to consumption ratio is terribly one sided. For every hour I spend consuming thoughts I should spend at least that producing my own. I don’t know if it’s going to work, maybe the ratio should be two to one (ears to mouth) but I’m certain 100 to 1 (or whatever it is) isn’t ideal for my mental health.
So, I’m back and seven days of posts are already scheduled.
Current idea: alternate hours of consumption vs. production.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
If you want to welcome Latin countries into the first world, legalize one of their biggest and most impactful export, narcotics.
If you’d rather these countries be run by narco-terrorists then do nothing. Babies are murdered. Women are kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Men are tortured and murdered. All so a group of people can maintain control of the drug trade. If US politicians wanted to do something they would have. Is it fair to say they prefer these atrocities? They aren’t doing anything about them, so by default they’re supporting them. Or is that unfair? Maybe they think legalizing narcotics isn’t the solution. Well, what we’re currently doing seems to be making the problem worse.
Either we do something differently, or admit the truth and take responsibility for our actions or lack thereof. We also must admit that the United States is on the Narco-Terrorist’s side. Because if we were not on their side, we’d do something about it.
Monday, May 4, 2020
Tax Payer Funded Care for Airborne Ailments makes sense.
If someone contracts COVID-19, we should pay for that treatment because some people can't afford it. By one person going without treating their symptoms, they can infect countless others who may suffer much worse consequences.
Financially, it's better to stop it as soon as possible as well, maybe not for health care providers who make money per patient. But for the nation, the healthier we are, the more productive we can be.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Bonuses aren't paid in stock.
So while we buy their "dip" in stocks, Corporate Executives (CEs) get cash. CEs pay their Elected Official's off in CASH.
We buy low, while the monied interests expect to sell at lower.
Stock buybacks aren't embezzled in the shadows, they're paraded on conference calls and letters to their investors. Legal means disclosed. By the time we vote with our dollars, they've been made more worthless. Inflation isn't magic, it's designed and created by the financial elite to ensure that their assets increase in value while the time you trade for income continues to decrease in cost to them.
A corporation should keep 3-6 months of expenses saved, just in case.
Fuck you! How about you bail me out when I overstep?
No way. Fuck that!
Here's reality: Corps borrow money to make sure they can buy enough shares to hit their target price (bonus to owners). Over time, trillions of dollars go to the pockets executives and owners, not you or I.
So why are we subsidizing their income? Because they've purchased congressional and senatorial influence.
Sunlight, meet bacteria.
Time to disinfect.
Embezzlement is using company money for personal gain.
The elected representatives, CCC, seem to be using government dollars for their personal gain.
160M workers splitting $2.2T is $13,750 each. Where’s the other $11,750 per worker going?
Mostly to the corporate executives who just showed us that they are not to be trusted with money.
What the fuck are we doing?
Monday, April 20, 2020
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Regarding people overbuying to the point where they’re throwing away large amounts of spoiled food, I’m just glad I don’t suffer from whatever it is that they do.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
The impeachment proceedings are evidence that the system is broken. The president broke the law, admitted the act, but because his party controls the senate, he stays in power. Imagine someone could take/offer/initiate/whatever a bribe at work, get found out, admit it, but because enough people back them in that company, they don’t go to jail for the crime and even keep their job. It's a broken system.
I don’t know which way this will go for republicans moving forward but I see a blue wave rising because these politicians refuse to do what’s best for the majority of their constituents. If your party is more important than your nation then your days are numbered. The nation will be here much longer than any party or politician.
If these words resonate, share them.
Friday, December 20, 2019
If these words resonate, share them.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019
- No longer allow cops to use fear for one’s life as a justification for killing unarmed civilians. Shooting someone with a phone in their hand and claiming you saw a gun is 2nd degree murder.
- Unlawful murder settlements will be paid by the police officer, the retirement fund and/or insurance paid for by the fund or officer, not the general public via taxation.
- Cops should be held to a higher standard and do the maximum amount of prison time for any crime they commit.
- Fire all racist police officers and anyone knowingly not turning in a racist coworker.
- The immediate firing of any police officer proven of making a false report and prison time.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
If someone wants to criminalize a drug so that a black market, a cartel, or a gang can flourish, stop them.
Would you rather someone buy a bag of pure heroin in a store for $5, take it home and do it knowing exactly what they’re taking or would you rather them buy something that’s probably laced for $50 on the street and fund the cartels and street gangs while doing so? Because right now, our inaction is choosing that second one every single day. Every life lost, could have been avoided. We saw this 90 years ago with alcohol and mobsters. Newsflash, prohibition doesn’t work.
Two of the last four presidents have admitted their drug use. One claimed he didn’t inhale and the other might currently be on something ephedrine based, according to the contents of his desk.
Children and innocent bystanders are dying every day because of how lucrative the black market from the drug trade is. Theft is higher than it would be because drugs that could cost $1 a gram, cost $100 instead. Families are torn apart and lives are ruined because of prison sentences and criminal convictions that never go away. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its incarcerated population. Are we really that evil?
So what are we doing? Who are we protecting? Is it the addict that needs his fix but has to make do with the fentanyl-laced junk on the street? Is it the child that got hit with a stray bullet from a gang member's pistol? The families who have lost fathers and providers to incarceration? Or are we protecting gangs, cartels, and prison owners?
Monday, November 18, 2019
If your side is clean, but your neighbor's side isn't, then what happens when the wind blows?
Think about how natural it is to give advice to someone but when we're in a similar dilemma it's much more difficult to see the solution. Mirrors have been around for about 8,000 years and some people have never seen a mirror in their life. Before mirrors, we used each other. I can see the speck in your eye and you can see the speck in mine, lucky us.
Of course, sometimes we'll be wrong. A speck that I see may actually be just the opposite. What's the harm? A few wasted minutes. But the benefit, even if I'm wrong, is that the other person knows that I care. A big part of that is remembering it's not what you say, but how you say it.
Sunday, November 17, 2019
If you can see how many tickets have been sold, can value the worth of the prizes, then it’s no longer gambling, it’s statistics.
Sometimes we have to gamble, but most of the time we can wait and the results should be much better. This is one reason why math matters.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Monday, October 14, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Become aware of this habit. Do your best to stop.
You may even need to get help for this. Professional help isn’t the only answer. Getting a friend or trusted acquaintance to be your Accountability Partner can be quite effective.
If you’re past the oblivious and denial stages in your regrettable habit, the next step is to do something about it. Reach out for help if you feel like you need it.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
“Don’t judge others unfairly,” is something I’ll argue for. Imagine living a life without judgment, you wouldn’t last long. You need to make calls from the time your eyes open in the morning to when they close at night.
Fair judgment is based on things like actions and words, where a choice can be made.
So judgment isn’t the issue, the issue is judgement when the other party has no blame in the matter. It’s why people get defensive, especially when they’re in a position of privilege. It’s not their fault, just as it isn’t a colored person’s fault for the color of their skin. Now, the actions that are taken in conjunction with that privilege, fair game. But don’t make the uncontrollable factors a point at all, you can’t win that argument.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019
Sunday, October 6, 2019
They control what’s on the screen, picking what will make us watch the most. Even furthering theories to entice people to act more in the future so that they can create more “news” stories.
The self-creating self-eating serpent. What a world.
Media companies have one job, to get ratings. If they lie for it, so what? If they create narratives that lead us to war, so what?
We have to at least acknowledge that some people value money over human life. What happens when they own the media?