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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Once upon a time
Not too far away
And where many people you know have visited,
There was a conundrum over what was true.
This is what happened.
A man became very powerful by telling lies.
He made his lies very funny, and people laughed.
He made his lies in naughty language, and people cheered.
(You see, the people had been told naughty language was not to be shared in public,
And this man told his lies very loudly in public.)
This might have been shocking,
But it became a joke. But his being a clown was just part of his show of lies.
Others copied him, telling loud lies and jokes at the expense of other's feelings.
It became an ok thing to do, though I think many of the people who laughed
Went home and still taught their children not to lie, and not to use naughty language,
And not to hurt other people by saying mean things.
But an accumulation of lies became a pyramid built on a very shaky foundation.
And another powerful person enjoyed doing much the same thing.
These two became friends, finding the humor in how they duped so many people around them.
The second powerful person telling lies, decided that he could get his armies to invade
A nearby country that had some things he thought he wanted. So he told the lie that the people
In that other country really belonged to his country and wanted him to come free them.
Funny thing, the people in the other country didn't ever hear his lies, but they did
Hear his soldiers and bombs.
And they fought fiercely for their freedom from the lying powerful war-monger.
And some of the people in the first liar's country were sorry to see that the smaller country
Was being invaded by a lying powerful bigger country.
So they sent help in the form of guns.
They didn't send soldiers though.
The smaller country was able to push back the larger one's army, and they held on
For much longer than that larger powerful country had thought.
Then...the powerful liar in that war decided to get more of his people to fight against them.
And he made up another lie. He was going to send some of his people into
The area of the smaller country to hold a fake election, a referendum.
The outcome was totally faked, and would show that somehow all the people
Who lived in that small area wanted the larger country to come in and
Defend them from the army of their own country!
This is how a liar becomes a puppet-master. He can pull strings of
His own government, his own country's army. Then he
Imagines he can set up the smaller country with more lies.
What do you think happened next?
Well, it's September 22, 2022, and Vladamir Putin is planning to move more
Russian troops into the Ukraine where the Russians have just been pushed back.
He has made no secret of his planned fake referrendum. He did this before in
Another small country.
What about the other powerful man who used lies to get into the highest office in the
United States, where he closed down areas of government he didn't like,
Where he fired people who were experts at doing their jobs and put his
Closest "lie-suckers" into those jobs?
There are enough Americans who don't
Believe his lies.
They never did.
And they have been telling the truth about what he has been doing.
There is an ongoing Congressional Investigation into
His suckers' actions on Jan 6, 2021 when people died and much damage was done to the
The Big Lie was that even though he had no evidence, he decided (even before the election was held)
He should have won the election.
The Big Lie was loud and full of very naughty words that he convinced
Many people into
Denying the results of that election. They are called Election Deniers.
He is a bully and these people may not really want to do what he says,
But bullies threaten others' to get their way. A man will do what he needs to for his children,
For his job, his wife.
The threats that the Big Liar makes are that to side with any issue (anything he disagrees with)
Means that they will suffer incredibly. He makes up many awful things to get people afraid.
So they vote with him, stand in crowds and yell with him,
And hope that way they can maybe someday have happiness.
When Putin makes up lies, he has people beaten and arrested if they disagree.
So far this has not happened in the US.
But if the Big Liar has his way, he'd be more than happy to do the same thing.
And that's the truth.
One more important part of this story is that the cost of everything anyone needs to live on
Has risen higher and higher in the last few months.
It is common knowledge that big business corporations are behind this, since their reports
Show how much profit they have made during the very same time.
Raise the price of one thing a penny, that everyone uses and can't live without,
And do you know by the time a few million people have had to pay that
There are a group of rich people getting all those pennies.
Why is this able to happen?
For one thing the Liar has set up a system where the government doesn't get tax from
Big Corporations. So the government runs on all the smaller entities.
And Big Corporations also represent those who support
The Big Liar - he's giving them these bonuses for having put his choices of friendly
People into positions of power, like the seats in Congress which make the laws.
He even has the seats on the Supreme Court deciding in his favor.
His aim is to have autocratic control of
the Executive branch/Presidency,
and the Legal /Court System,
the three balances of our Constitutional government.
Then he would also be a puppet-master like Putin.
Unfortunately the Liar actually has become represented by an entire party of our government
And no-one is able to separate from him.
There have been a few conservative people who didn't agree with him
And they ran in primaries against people that he sponsored.
Most of them never got any further.
But in one state, Kansas,
A very important issue came up for women to choose when and whether they have a baby,
The people voted against having a law tell half the population (the women)
What the women could choose to do.
And that's the truth.
So the conundrum is figuring out where the lies are
And speaking truth such that the frightened people who may repeat the lies but don't really believe them
Will be able to stand up and find the truth also.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
I've moved all my links over to Living in Black Mountain.
Just because today you've again let me open blogs in 3 seconds again, and I can make replies to comments, and most of my friends aren't shuttled to the spam area, and I can actually work on my layout again and make new gadgets.
Look on other blog for updates1
Monday, September 19, 2022
If Blogger has somehow become bogged down on this blog site...I'll just take my business elsewhere.
I've noticed before that some blogs take longer to load...not just WordPress kind, not just those with big wonderful photos which must have huge files...
So I'm sending you over to the blog that I have not been using since the spring...
And I'll try to open your blogs from there, so I can still make comments. I'll be looking for your comments here, and may make replies. We'll see how much time that takes!
In 2012 my anniversary of When I was 69!
I started this blog as a place that would be separate from my life as a potter, where I could dip into the lives of gardeners, photographers, and writers who blog, and maybe share something different with/from them.
Now I'm leaving it...see you over on the other one!
And I left pottery about the time COVID came along...2-1/2 years ago now.
Comment on 9/20/22 - finally blogger is loading this blog in 3 seconds again. Too late.
I'm over at Living in Black Mountain! Come on by, put me on your list, and comment if you'd like!
Sunday, September 18, 2022
The Donut Hole model...I've always loved non-linear thinking. Please enlarge so you can read what each diagram describes.
Donut Economics:What is the Doughnut?
Quantifying the Doughnut
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Blue Footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) is such a dear little bird! I can't help but smile when I see him.
Friday, September 16, 2022
Thursday, September 15, 2022
My latest read...
An enjoyable audio book, which focused on two time periods intertwined throughout the book, the 1830s and the 2000s. The early dates were about a sinking of a ship going from Savannah to Baltimore, off the coast of North Carolina. The later dates were when a museum in Savannah held an exhibit of the artifacts and how that exhibit was researched by three of the main characters.
I always enjoy historic novels...and this one did not disappoint. Callahan is an author I recently discovered in her two works about C. S. Lewis and his family. I wondered how she would work with this very different subject matter.
I have no way to critique the historic aspects of the story, which all seem quite realistic for the period, while slavery was still alive in the south, but soon to be outlawed. The extreme wealth as a result of slave labor that wasn't paid was obvious in the artifacts which were found from the recent discovery of the wreck of the ship in 100 feet of water off North Carolina's coast.
Calahan had already started to research the wreck and the families of Savannah when that discovery of the wreck occurred. In her author's notes following the narrative, she mentioned how that was an extra incentive factor. Much of the book is a discussion by the various characters, modern and ancient, in the questions of fate, luck, and major life changes that happen by catastrophic events.
The question of surviving the survival was a new one to me...that not just returning to one's old life happened, but that each person had major changes, including one young man who went from being a heroic caring person to becoming a slave trader known as the Red Devil.
Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others. -Ellen DeGeneres, comedian, TV host, actor, and writer (b. 26 Jan 1958)
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Bravery can never be measured by a lack of fear. It takes guts to tremble. It takes so much tremble to love.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
OK that last one isn't exactly funny. More along the lines of Matrix.
Thanks to FaceBook friends for posting most of these.
And today is a special woman's birthday, my granddaughter in Florida. Have a very happy day, and many more to follow!
Tomorrow, I will continue to be.
But you will have to be very attentive to see me.
I will be a flower, or a leaf.
I will be in these forms and I will say hello to you.
If you are attentive enough, you will recognize me,
and you may greet me. I will be very happy.
—Thich Nhat Hanh