Just say NO!

These things seem to go together for me:

No due process… What country do I live in again? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/senate-votes-to-let-military-detain-americans-indefinitely_n_1119473.html

After reading the article above I read this:

‘If you have to threaten me with punishment because I don’t believe it, it’s not worth believing. If you have to offer me a reward for me to believe in it, It’s not worth believing. And finally, if you have a dictator, you can call him a king, a lord, a god, a christ, or whatever you want, YOU ARE NOT FREE. Not free of choice, or of thought. If its a belief system that does not value freedom, it’s not worth believing.’ Greydon Square

And finally, in line with the above post:

“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world – “No, you move.”” ~ Captain America – From Amazing Spider-Man #537

I know I’m a geek, but after all that all I have to say is: “No!”

 

 

 

Expanding Horizons

In some ways it seems silly and pretentious to write all this out, but given the nature of what a personal blog is I’m going to try and get through it…

First off some direction through definition:

Expanding:
1. To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge: expanded her store by adding a second room. See Synonyms at increase.
2. To express at length or in detail; enlarge on: expanded his remarks afterward.
3. To open (something) up or out; spread out: The bird expanded its wings and flew off.
4. Mathematics To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form.

Horizon(s)

1. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) Also called visible horizon apparent horizon the apparent line that divides the earth and the sky
2. (Astronomy) Astronomy
a.  Also called sensible horizon the circular intersection with the celestial sphere of the plane tangential to the earth at the position of the observer
b.  Also called celestial horizon the great circle on the celestial sphere, the plane of which passes through the centre of the earth and is parallel to the sensible horizon
3. the range or limit of scope, interest, knowledge, etc.
4. (Earth Sciences / Geological Science) a thin layer of rock within a stratum that has a distinct composition, esp of fossils, by which the stratum may be dated
5. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) a layer in a soil profile having particular characteristics See A horizon, B horizon, C horizon
on the horizon likely or about to happen or appear

I put these definitions here to help lay out where I am going with this post in particular and this blog in the abstract. In particular, I am looking at incorporating definitions 1, 2 and 3 from the first, and 3 of the second.

When I first started this blog, in its original inception, way back in time (2001), I had envisioned a place where I shared the things that I had an interest in (writing, art, training, politics, cultural anthropology, comparative religions, etc.), or had a hand in (family “stuff,” writing, art, training, commodity training, etc.).

Over the years it has vacillated somewhere in-between these two poles, even splitting into two separate blogs for a while, one specifically about my training, the other encompassing all the other areas.

A couple of years ago I recombined them back together to streamline my web-presence.

For the last year this blog has been almost exclusively about training. Now, I love training, both for myself and my clients… But my life is bigger than this, and I am feeling “cramped” by the focus I’ve been plying to it. I love helping people meet their physical goals (as well as my own) and am going to continue to perform in those arenas. But it is time to take a much wider focus and reopen the doors to those other fields of enquiry.

I have taken the last couple of months deciding what and where I want to go with this site – especially as I spend considerably more time on Facebook and Twitter micro-blogging than here.

For the for seeable future I am going to be putting posts up on everything from old (and new) artwork, my writing (including putting up new articles that I haven’t found venues for yet), articles and posts on current events, politics, news, etc., stories I love about comparative religion, cultural anthropology, commodity trading, and more…

Hopefully you’ll stay tuned for what I have planned… And maybe tell your friends. 😉

Ciao for now!

Safe Flying

If you’re flying over the holidays try and keep these things in mind:

First: The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Next:

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

And finally:

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

As a people we should be totally ashamed that we’ve let things (and by things I mean our government and fear mongering fourth estate) get so out of hand that we’ve granted the right of search to a company that has less than a (approx.) 25% “catch” rate for anything related to harming us while we fly…

We are all morons and deserve the metaphorical (and near literal) raping of our persons, country and planet…

Lost Generation

A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward.This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward.  Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite.
This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant.   Make sure you read as well as listen…forward and backward. 
              

This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old.   The contest was titled "u @ 50"  by  AARP. This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause.  So simple and yet so brilliant. Take a minute and watch it.