Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2013 Full on Flux


I'm moving through the main stream as an observer. Not an intellectual or a true pure creator I am a borrower and sometimes a reflector of the humans around me. An inquisitor but I try hard not to be judicial my query is more to be an arbiter rather than an executioner. I am not right only the power over all of us can be right and this is not human power which I see is often misguided and unjust but the laws that govern all of us I would say the laws of nature rather than use the amorphous terms that you are used to. I see the pain of so many and it is doubled through people bringing this pain on themselves through dealing pain to others as righteous as they believe themselves to be. Do not be smug and think you are immune to the laws because you have a belief in this or that. You and I are only humans
prone to gross errors and imperfections our only salvation is to see that we are just that humans and in this space and time of are little consequence by ourselves. Yes some can and do affect and influence other humans but this is not that great a feat a much greater challenge to you is to understand that we are very very small and through this understanding we can and do achieve greatness. This view that I have of us is not one of divinity nor is it brought to me by the great flying spaghetti monster
or any other faith based belief system at the same time I think perhaps our scientific community is falling and failing in some aspects of the information given to the public as fact. I am disheartened to hear scientists say "that is the way it happened" with little more solid proof than someone citing a chapter from a book of dubious origins.

But this is getting away from where I was going with this post, perhaps I should stay away from beer when writing, no I am here to express my concerns over the growing gap between the reality of need and the need of want. It seems that we are continuing, largely through the unreporting by MSM and the internet, to the plight of people in general. 
We are social animals with strong emotional triggers and like other animals are naturally empathic but I think we have developed empathy to the point where we perceive wrong and react in a knee jerk fashion to this or that wrong which tends to lead to polarization which leads to a break down in true dialogue. I would have thought that with the free exchange of information we would be farther along than where we seem to be. Now this is my narrow view of what I see through facebook. Something so powerful yet in that power it becomes derisive, I assume I am naïve or overly hopeful of my fellow humans but this is what I see in a macro overview of the social media user but to even bring up the idea that a cause to be championed maybe better left to another time is a form of heresy and met with a somewhat cold shoulder. 
But this is only part of the post in general the behaviour of people on the internet mixed with a cause can do good things but in the case of the "Ice Bucket Challenge"
I wondered if all of this money could be put to better use in say Sierra Leone? The problems faced by the health agencies who are left on the ground is dire made that way by the ravages of Ebola.     
Or an air bucket challenge for peace? Seeing the smiles on the faces of kids from far off countries, who seem somehow to always draw out the assholes in thought and religion, that know peace costs way fuckin more than the challenge could ever raise but the medical supplies are nice.
I am not naïve I do know that all of these maladies are more complicated than what seems to be given as information. There are all sorts of concerns when whole groups of people are being systematically slaughtered or moved on what is a proper motive. I'm sure that is running through the mind of every shell shocked inhabitant of Gaza. As fathers and Mothers race through the rubble holding the broken remains of their children the last thought they have is that this is all for the security of Israel or for the furtherance of Hamas truly they see their meager life destroyed by a largely faceless destroyer
 


I love the endless parade of humanity that run before us everyday in our comfortable western civilization. Both the formal and informal are rooted in passion  but these can all be distracring and setting us to debate hot topics rather than fully focus on issues which are setting us at a social crossroad. Basic stuff that affects all of us.    



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It.....

We all have a feeling that something is "wrong". It's true I see even the happiest of persons having a feeling that things in the world today are somehow off balance there is a sense that the bubble they are in is fine it is the rest of the world which has gone off it's axis.
For a large portion of the population the drone of the tv set drowns out the buzzing in their head and makes everything aok and they are not at fault in anyway for not really getting it.
What is it ?
It is that people have started to replace interdependence with independence. From that they find most happiness when they have the upper hand and so are involved in game playing with the goal of getting something for less. 
It is coming to grips with our economic model which is flawed.
It is the idea that the centralist systems which accountants love really make no physical sense but only an economic one and limited sense at that.
It is understanding that the media in this world exists solely to make money which is not in your best interest.
It is looking through what seems to be doom and gloom to see the faint light of hope that some others might get it.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's been along time

So I have been away on an extended vacation of sorts I've certainly vacated the blog world this hiatus brought on because I have been living out of suitcase for the last 6 months. Well here I am settled more or less in Lethbridge....Alberta....it's in Canada!
Why Lethbridge you ask, I have probably mentioned that my kids and grand kids are here but this is not the only reason that I have been drawn here.

The area around the town had been marked by the native population at Head Smashed and to the south but not so much where the City of Lethbridge is now. but transient populations  In  town started as a mining outpost then in 1882 The first Galt company mine opened then the railway came bringing settlers to the west. The mining workforce grew to 2000 miners at it's peak with the mines around the area being the largest producers of coal in the north west territories. In 1957 the Galt No8 mine shut down and the end of an era came apon Lethbridge.

Back in the day I lived in what is known as the Castle apartments they were tiny but funky they were also, further back in the day, one of the hotels that sprung up for the migrant mine worker.
If ghosts are possible then this building would have several.

A large part of the visual charm to this city is in the way the original architecture has been preserved.
Blocks and blocks of buildings of the same period. This place is a location managers dream for street shots could be made to go from the early 1900's to present time, with an added feature of having the "bad side" of town just as intact. The dividing line is Highway 3 and in the North end you have the working class housing along with heavy industry. The South has the big houses and little industry it also has a massive park and lake which I live by.
Henderson lake with it's park and golf course is a wonderful distraction from the hum of the city.

Lethbridge also boasts two campuses one for the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge community college. Yes with a campus comes women, guys too but who really cares about guys.
With the collegiate crowd comes the entertainment and for a town so small it has a number of  live music venues that are well used by both local and international talent.
Too the north about a 4 hour drive is the city of Red Deer and it is a sister to Lethbridge in size and distance from a major center but the difference a University makes to the towns culture is evident in the variety of art and dining and in the area so hard to define and that is the buzz the energy that drives a community along. Lethbridge still has the uneasy alliance between education and industry and with it two towns seem to co exist in one border a symbiotic relationship that keeps Lethbridge rolling along. 
Did I mention the wind?




Sunday, September 1, 2013

From a roar to a snore

No this isn't a long teary farewell but a marker a blogger flare saying I am still here but have been too busy or just plain speechless in regards to the news of the day.
My living situation is again an impediment to making comment on the world having no fixed address physiologically takes me out of sync.
To end this I have decided to buy a home in a little prairie town.
Does this mean an end to my ramblin days?
I don't think so. If something takes me from here I'll just rent it out or sell it. Over the fifty odd years of living I have found one constant and it's change. Nothing is permanent.
   

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Imagine that

I imagine a lot of things, I think about how this could be a much more forward moving and societally productive world, they are imaginings not conclusions.

 I have more questions than answers more thoughts than plans more ideas than formula.
I imagine that one day we will come to a realization that truthfully mans potential has been squandered by a measurement system.
That same system has in a very direct way sanctified the rape, murder,and subjugation of millions of people.
We deal with it every day.
I see it even here in this supposed economic oasis in which I live. Accountancy takes over leaving reality and truth in a twisted heap, the corporotacracy has only one motivation and that is the bottom line  and accountancy makes apples, oranges and dildos all the same through categorization, is this wrong or an outright lie, I don't think running the world by dollars is wrong it's just not effective or effective but only in a monetary sense. 
Is this bad????? are all of these crooks evil?

Are the same people who provide you with the latest Iphone, not just the physical box but the means to purchase the latest Android or Apple, the thirty foot boat or a luxury car bad people?
Are they all mobsters of some kind?
Truthfully 99 percent of us are criminal in some way, we all fit somewhere between the white lie and planned murder, we all have the capability to do bad things. So it comes to the degree of wrong or bad and we could go on but it would be horse shit. It would be me trying to shoot smoke....
We know what bad is and we know that these people by and large are not bad. They may or may not be broken souls but they're all part of a system that is broken.
Some of the 99% want to focus there energy on one persons actions and make them accountable and this punishment makes them as a group feel better. It's an Us and Them view while I see my crusade as being one of Us and It.


When it comes down to It 
well
It needs Us 
more than 
Us needs It.





Saturday, June 8, 2013

The McD chronicles pt1

Called the titlewhat it is because they have the easiest WiFi to connect to. I will give the McDs Canadian counterpart Timmies a try but so far The golden arches have given me hours of internet time for free.
Yes the atmosphere is distracting but it is away from people I know and so in this flow of humanity I feel alone but part of something.
Perhaps it's the McDonalds experience that I feel part of, the  spirit of the noble corporation through its golden arches walks the painted corporate clown. He smiles and gestures not to piles of cheese burgers with extra cheese but to the philanthropic energy of the gracious corporation. 
Oh what a horrible fuckin creature I am, how can I suck up this hospitality and still find fault with the faceless, so magnanimous, corporation? 
Keith's burger.

Well it is taking what is offered while pledging no real allegiance to the big corporation. In fact this very evening I had a Boogies Burger........AHHHHH the best burger in Calgary......
THE BEST BIGGEST BURGERS EVER!!!!!


  So this is a pic of my folks I do have an allegiance to them but unlike a corporation they have feelings which I am privy to mainly through their telling me directly. I also use their internet for free but while I may not agree with them I do not deride them, well except in the re-canting of their quirks. I have to hold back my tongue at times but it far less frustrating than living in a corporate environment. Yet I'm not blind to the fact that in some small ways I am beholden to one or more of these corporstrousities but at arms length and mostly for free internet and coffee. 
I've tried the corporate suit on and it works even in tiny corporations, yep the tailored db jacket etc seems to fit in any or almost any corporation. The principles behind these things are remarkably the same and it comes down to there being no person but a unit which is a cost no matter the profit. A world in which numbers seem to rule rather than be just as they are a bunch of facts that can offer an insight but rarely a rule at least not when we deal with humans.
This maybe the reason why I look for the rebels the people who fly under the radar and truthfully I listen to them with some skepticism and that is my true self.
I hate to break it to you but I am a skeptic and this has led to where I am now. Sitting alone in a garage writing drivel about how we should shine as humans but the skeptic says no we would ultimately destroy ourselves if given free reign. 
Bullshit!
That isn't being a skeptic but it is looking at the negative and being fearful and really eating up the crap which corporate media feeds us. Take their free WiFi but don't take their message that somehow you and your family just can't survive without them or by default this concept of money. Yes back to that problem that question of what comes first the dollar or the act.
    

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Downtown Dilemma

So I wrote about being positive while living and working in Fort Mcmurray but so many deride this town that you have to think that there is something to it. These accounts of it being a hellish place haven't sprung from thin air have they?

The problems of Fort Mcmurray are intertwined with the things that make it a great place to live. The very same folk who tout this as being a great place to work and live have to understand that some of them have created the problems that this city has.
The most prevalent complaint is the cost of housing and this is something that is not, as the good people of Ft. Mac would have you believe, driven by forces outside of the town true land has been doled out bits at a time there by creating demand without steady supply but this is not what forces the price of land high at least not by its self. This is simply people thinking that they should get as much as anyone else for their little piece of real estate. This is not an evil thing it is a mild and somewhat justified by circumstance greed.
Greed is the thing that people see here more so than the cities to the south where there is some sense and a bit more control over rental property. The cost of everything is at least slightly inflated because you have to pay your staff more to compensate for the ridiculous rates of rent.
Here is the downtown dilemma: If you work on site you make enough per month where $600-$800 for renting a room is not a big deal, you can afford it. Heck you could and might just rent a two bedroom apartment for $2100-2600 a month and share with a room mate. 
The guy working at Canadian tire for $18 an hour is not going to be able to afford that kind of rent and from what I see the landowners are going to make it impossible to keep an employee. 
I'd love to entertain the thought that this is all market driven but it is not. You have large corporations who control the vast majority of rental space and they raise rents continually but not just when the market has a low vacancy rate it is pretty much a continuous upward curve. 
The next one is lack of service or bad service, read the above and you might conclude that the rent issue has a far reaching effect. 
I know my performance is built on my environment both home and work so I'm sure that the typical stock person at the Superstore is not the happiest of campers when half of his salary goes to rent.
So local business has a very hard time retaining employees and in step the off shore workers, the contract workers. They by and large come here with accommodation arranged and most find it to be so much better than home that the rent is a forgivable evil. These workers also seek the big wages and too often they leave a contract and get duped by some scumbag into working a ridiculous amount of hours and then short you or not pay at all leaving you high and dry. 
Don't get me wrong I truly see the good things in Fort Mac, the surrounding countryside, just get over the bits ravaged or modified for the oil industry, the relatively clean air so long as the tar sands ain't in the wind, the wonderful people so long as they don't end up going crackers and then hustle you.
The problems in Fort Mac exist in some form in any boom town but it is our boom town as in Canada's boom town beyond that it seems that everything about a boom town is disproportionate same with this one.
Traffic jams, murder/suicide rates, crime, wages, EVERYTHING!
So you see I still have nothing negative to say about FM because I'd say the same of any boom town.