Dirty politics (hideously incestuous really)

“The illusion of choice in politics is the ground for perception of free will”
Mr Simple


I despair at elections. At one time I was an activist. Then a party supporter. Then I found politics repugnant. Why?  I traced the money funding the liberals and the conservatives and many of the other parties in my country. If you do this you too will arrive at the same families that I did. Every party in almost every country has the same financial backers.

Once you do this, or once you know this, politics becomes a sad illusion.

What choice is there really if the same puppet masters control all the political puppets on show?

Its like saying I’ll buy Cadbury’s over Kit-Kat only to find out both are owned by Kraft (who are in themselves owned by…take a guess).

Yet people take their vote so seriously. Older people especially. Older folks place such importance on their vote. They say that it’s better than living in a dictatorship…but really if every politician owes favours (or much more) to the same individuals then there isn’t really any dichotomy is there…just the illusion of a choice.

Now what if those same few families owned both the media, the education system (through the govt – owned by these families), the police (govt…) and the army (govt…yawn)?

Are you concerned enough to look up from video games (own them too…mostly) and Hollywood movies (they own them entirely) to vote against this? Really… who will you vote for for real change? Before you vote look past party politics and into ownership relationships.

We hold the power. The power is always with the people. When we decide enough the political illusion is over.

Call me when its time. I’ll stand with you.


Waking up on time without electricity

How did it get so late so soon?”
Dr. Seuss

Time is a human construct that is useful in as much as it helps us coordinate with others.

Mostly I don’t care about clock time. If I am hungry I eat. If it is dark I sleep. I don’t own a watch, or an alarm clock and I don’t have a cell phone.

But, I still work some and so I need to get up to catch airplane flights or to be at work on time for an early meeting.

So how do you wake yourself up on time without electricity?

I’d like to one day become a Jack Reacher type that can imagine a time in their head and wake up exactly at that point in the morning. This is somewhat achievable, but needs to appreciated as only partially realistic considering Jack Reacher is a fictitious character in a popular novel series.

Sure you can cheat by sleeping next to somebody with a watch, but what if that person is as timeless as you? Small children certainly help. They are often up very early, but sometimes when they are sick they become extremely unreliable alarm clocks. They also grow up to become unwake-able teenagers so children are at best a temporary strategy.

I’ve searched the internet without real success. I’ve concluded that sometimes I’ll just be late or other times I’ll be excessively early, but I am definitely open to your tips, tricks or suggestions!