Archive for March, 2010

The Velveteen Touch of a Dandy Fop (Warm & Mandatory)

Posted in Art, food, health, Kaleidoscope, politics with tags , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Here are some new kaleidoscope images and a sketch comedy skit (http://tinyurl.com/yjdp97t) from a Mr. Show episode that inspired the post title.  Sadly, the concept behind the bit, “Coupon: The Movie” isn’t too far off modern times, where Americans have now been ordered to purchase a commodity from a private entity.  Yes, I am speaking of health care reform.  The federal government is mandating people purchase private insurance from companies, whose behavior during the last decade plus has been unethical and, in some cases, criminal.  Sadly, they will be further enriched by this pathetic excuse for health care reform .  Some don’t view me as a trusted source of reason due to my radical beliefs, many of which are only radical in a climate where corporations profiting off the wealth of the earth and the labor of others .  Enriching themselves while impoverishing others and destroying the earth.  Unfortunately, a side effect of poisoning your environment is eventually the environment poisons you.  There is no avoiding the toxins as hard as you try.  Having been pumped into our land and water, they find a home in our bodies through the water we must drink to the plants and animals we eat.  However, pollutants are only one source of containment.  The pills people take are flushed through their systems into the toilet and back into our water.  Filtering out all the parts is supposedly too costly to do.  Municipalities poison their citizens by adding fluoride (http://www.fluoridealert.org/50-reasons.htm and http://tinyurl.com/yhao4ql), more and more of which is being imported from China, from toxin scrubbers.  In other words, this fluoride is industrial grade quality material that contains toxins, including heavy metals, and it’s being added to the water supply.  Problems are starting to be noticed (http://tinyurl.com/yz8eda7), but these problems shouldn’t come as a shock because the chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water (fluorosilicic acid, sodium silicofluoride and sodium fluoride) are industrial waste products from the phosphate fertilizer industry.  Even worse, adding fluoride to the water supply doesn’t accomplish anything, at least in America.  Fluoride is effective as a topical agent, thus it is a component of toothpaste, much of which by the way is chemical crap that you are applying directly to your largest organ and your blood stream.  Fluoride can also be found in our food due to pesticide use.

Anyhow, that was a tangent, though I’ll have to admit a pretty well-written one.  Back to the initial topic of health care reform, which thankfully passed; a Republican political victory would have been disastrous.  Still, what was passed is a joke lacking truly radical, and needed changes.  Radical as defined as: Arising from or going to a root or source; basic.  Please don’t confuse the word radical by applying the modern day misinterpreted Fox News/Mainstream Media/Beltway Political Class way.  A radical to many of them is an individual who doesn’t think it’s correct for corporations to profit off the exploitation of the land and people or have the government aid them in their pillaging quest.  For example,  drinking raw milk, as I started doing recently (morning fruit/milk smoothies are a tasty way to start the day), could be viewed as a radical act.  It is certainly one that scares Big Milk, which doesn’t want to see its’ customers find out the truth about its’ product and risk having money jump ship.  In many states, it is illegal to buy raw milk and Big Agriculture has attempted in the past to get the federal government to declare raw milk illegal nationally.  But what do you expect when the same people running the regulatory agencies regularly jump back and forth between the private and public sector.  Obama appointed his fair share of corporate stooges.  Sadly, one of them, Michael Taylor a crony of Monsanto (http://tinyurl.com/lujy9l), is in charge of food safety (http://tinyurl.com/knhq4b).  Watch out for your health and safety; it’s not a conspiracy theory the federal government cares more for corporate profit/gdp growth than it does for the health and wealth of the American people and the bountiful land, which we so charmingly stole from the Native Americans.  Just another great stop on the juxtaposition of American deeds versus American rhetoric.

Sorry, another tangent.  My brain jumps around quickly once the neurons are properly firing,  Parts becomes the whole, which defines the part.  Since, I come across as a bit unhinged, check out what the widely respected Bill Moyers had to say here (http://tinyurl.com/yznlbsy) and check out some video from his program here (http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/03052010/watch3.html).  And with that, I will end it abruptly and with images.

My Neighborhood

Posted in Photos on March 22, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Here are some photos from around Queen Anne.  January and February were warm enough for mushrooms to survive.  I didn’t notice any others out, but I haven’t been going on walks in more scenic places, where rotting fallen logs, wood chips, appropriate moisture retention and other hospitable fungus environmental factors are more commonly found.  The mossy area in the back is a good location; there is protection from the wind and moisture retention due to the moss.  All these pictures are from my neighborhood, which is a lovely place to live.  Quiet, peaceful, centrally located with good busing, close to two bodies of water and many locations to purchase quality raw or cooked food, Queen Anne is a great place to live for what I currently need.  There are also many stairwells.

Harbor Steps

Posted in Art, Photos, Seattle with tags , on March 22, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Lying low all weekend, I took in a good amount of March Madness, despite the fact the games start so early on the west coast.  Early, at least, in relation to bedtime, which has been later recently.  Anyhow, I was out running errands on Friday and here are some pictures from the Harbor Steps, which are located in downtown Seattle.

Center of the Universe (Stone Dancing)

Posted in Photos, Seattle with tags , , , on March 19, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Here are some pictures from the Fremont neighborhood, home of my favorite grill cheese sandwich and Paseo’s, the amazing Caribbean/Cuban food spot.  Ziggy Stardust pops in for a visit, as does Benny the world-renown rock balancer.  This summer I’m sure I’ll spend some time up in Fremont and will have to get some pictures of his marvelous creations.  For some information on the art of rock balancing, check out http://www.rock-on-rock-on.com/community.html.  For some information on Benny, check http://rocksandsoul.com/.

Gray Fur/Blue Sky

Posted in Photos, Seattle, Stella with tags , , , , on March 19, 2010 by trapperKeeper

A couple more of Stella and the blossoming trees in the back from a few weeks back.

Optic Breakdown

Posted in Art, Photos with tags on March 19, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Reflections

Posted in Art, Photos with tags , on March 19, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Some more pictures, based on texture and reflection.  Lately, photography has been coming easier.  I still take plenty of mediocre ones, but lately it seems like I’ve found my way back to the flow state.  Winter ends tomorrow.  I’m excited even though this was perhaps the best winter I’ve experienced.  In addition to nice weather, I didn’t even really battle the usual seasonal affective disorder. Perhaps, the therapy light did what it was supposed to do.  Through the years, I’ve become a lot better at handling the dips of life, especially the lows of wintertime.  This winter I’ve barely had to deal with the hardcore blues, despite the horrible state of affairs in the world and the current, at least superficial, stagnation we are dealing with.

Dramatic change is happening, and we can see some of it already, but a lot of it is going on in the underground currently because the governing institutions of our country are way behind the times.  But time catches up to all of us and the stench of reality cannot be avoided forever.  The time draws nearer as the unemployment lingers (and will continue for years, barring America revolutionizing some field and exporting the technology around the globe), and the tax and consumer base shrivels up as the rich continue to grab for more of the wealth, even though they have the largest percentage of it in American history since wealth started being recorded in the late 1920s.  While I care little for the illusion of money, I recognize it’s practicality and importance in the modern world; however, I find the greed of the exploiters, whether of people or land/air/water disgusting.  The only thing worse than their greed are their lies.  Anyhow, I’m working on avoiding getting to worked up over the situation of the world, so I’ll stop while I’m ahead.  Enjoy the photos, there will be more soon.