Monday, October 23, 2017

trolls (reruns remix)

for clarification: there are different kinds of trolls. but the uber-indoctrinated and the paid misinformants do have a common goal, to derail any rational discourse that might be happening. they give themselves away by the methods they use to achieve this goal.

do you repeat platitudes and share memes without putting any thought into what it is you are saying?  you might be a troll.  do you prefer your news emotionally charged? do you self identify as a member of a certain group?  do you get upset when the doctrine of said group is questioned?  you might be a troll.  do you only recognize arguments that either appeal to emotion or appeal to authority, rather than reason?  you might be a troll.  are you being paid to forcefeed the public a certain perspective or opinion?  do you hide under bridges and only come out to attack?  you most definitely are a troll.  and it really makes no difference which kind you are, when the end result is always the same.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

question

if you remove all the fallacies from the news, if you remove the divisive rhetoric and the emotional triggers, and the attempts to tell people what to think, is there anything left?

propaganda 101


when it's about divisive rhetoric it's not about facts,
it's about emotional manipulation.
it's about creating an image of the bad guys
to scare us into joining the group to fight the evil.
it's about twisting the facts and presenting them in such a way
that truth and knowledge is no longer a part of the equation.
it's about stirring the shit and keeping us fighting each other
instead of working together to solve the problems.
don't call it facts.
if any of it were truly factual
they wouldn't be telling us what to think,
they wouldn't be hiding information
that might lead some to disagree
with what they want us to think.
if it were true, they wouldn't be so afraid
of anyone doing any thinking for themselves.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

corporate dominance and aggression

we shouldn't have to opt out
the lack of a "no" isn't consent
to assume that yes is implied
is what makes this a rape culture

Thursday, December 29, 2016

February

a black door --
like charcoal
darkest black
burning or burned
not sure.
don't touch!

hidden back
the deepest
darkest corner
(of my mind)
and the sign
on the door 
said "february"

(november, 2013)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

merry-go-round

revolution is just spin.  it isn't about people changing the system, it's about convincing the people that the very same system would somehow be better if different thugs were in charge.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

question authority!

if you never question authority
how would you know if they're shooting you straight?

and if they were shooting you straight
why would they mind being questioned?

Saturday, November 5, 2016

emotional triggers

...dialectic and the illusion of choice
and the manufacture of fear and lies
blame game, self destruct
what they do isn't up to you

Friday, July 29, 2016

lipstick on a pig while the war rages on

neither of them can change a damn thing because of the presidential directives bush passed into law that says new administration is not allowed to disagree with previous admin's policies. so it's just four more years of bush and cheney since nobody is willing to go against the patriot act and other associated bad laws.

...so if none of the candidates will be allowed to end the war(s) started by bush, why should i vote for any of them? war is against everything i believe in.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

who gets to decide?

"the common good" refers to that which is good for the state (as per plato's republic). the state is that which governs. but to be governed is the opposite of freedom. is that good?

who gets to decide?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

questions

why don't they just outlaw the manufacture of assault rifles?
does anybody really need a gun designed for war?
(our grease-palmed lawmakers are too afraid to go there)
why do we tolerate these cowards and murderous thugs?
did that lone shooter kill all those people with a semi-automatic?
with a fifteen-round clip? how many reloads would that mean?
or was he using something deadlier, something already illegal?
do the existing laws comfort the dead, dying, and grieving?
would it be insensitive to point out we've heard this song before?
is anybody listening? or just singing along with the crowd?
if you sing long enough and loud enough will you believe it too?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

we can't afford politicians anymore. they're too expensive

voting is like...
it's like
flipping a coin
a nickel, say
and hoping
it comes up
a quarter
(april, 2013)

voting never did much of anything but convince the public that we might actually have some say in what the government does in our name.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

(they don't know they're like that)

empowering those who have historically been oppressed isn't a threat to anything but your status as Superior to them. get off yer high horse and practice some humanity, for a change.

what are you so afraid of?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

hypocrisy

i'm not sure i follow
how you think it's okay
to berate people for buying
the wrong strawberries
on your child slavery iphone
wearing your sweatshop clothes

Monday, March 14, 2016

dominance talk

why does it surprise me when people's minds slam shut, like they always do?  and why do i always feel like the bad guy whether i back down from the fight or not?  why can't they see it's a game nobody ever wins?  none of the options being presented to us represent any kind of real decision, nor any kind of real change.  and yeah, b'gawd, i did double space after my periods.  because it reads better that way.  maybe we all just need to pause a little bit longer...

we were so close to coming out of the dark alley, they felt a need to knock us all over the heads and drag us back in it. if voting equals good government, explain why there isn't one. argh. they can't possibly believe the stuff they spew.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

off with her head!

they want to believe so badly that the system might actually work if we just elect the right person for the job, unaware that their belief is the only thing propping up the whole house of cards.

Friday, February 5, 2016

another revolution?

it's all the same script,
same roles we've seen acted out a hundred times before.
follow the leader never did get us very far.

Monday, January 18, 2016

celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

how convenient it must be to forget how much you always hate on christians when you quote MLK, leave off the reverend part and call him a doctor instead. your mindsplit is showing, check your programming.

*****


"A final problem that mankind must solve in order to survive in the world house that we have inherited is finding an alternative to war and human destruction. Recent events have vividly reminded us that nations are not reducing but rather increasing their arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. The best brains in the highly developed nations of the world are devoted to military technology. The proliferation of nuclear weapons has not been halted, in spite of the limited-test-ban treaty.
In this day of man’s highest technical achievement, in this day of dazzling discovery, of novel opportunities, loftier dignities and fuller freedoms for all, there is no excuse for the kind of blind craving for power and resources that provoked the wars of previous generations. There is no need to fight for food and land. Science has provided us with adequate means of survival and transportation, which make it possible to enjoy the fullness of this great earth. The question now is, do we have the morality and courage required to live together as brothers and not be afraid?"
last part from The World House, 1967

Thursday, January 14, 2016

just because

voting is like being forced at gunpoint to choose which rope you want hung with. the courts are just another special interest group, and the game is cheat 'til you win. they don't represent me.