Monday, May 22, 2006


apparently there has been a norovirus outbreak at OSU. norovirus gives one nausea and diarrhea, among other symptoms. I don't know if I have norovirus but my gut feels a little imbalanced. Haven't puked yet but had the runs the other day.

I'm going to try to affect the outcome by chalking it up to too much popcorn and pop.

Went to see the Da Vinci Code last night. It was fun to watch and remember the story, but of course the book was much richer in detail.

So, I don't really see the big deal about whether or not Jesus was married and had children. Like most religious questions, its something that can be argued about indefinitely. I do recognize the effects of the oppression of the sacred feminine in our society and civilization. We seem to be dominated by (mostly) white males.

Here's an idea that just flashed into my head. a direct action of bowing and scraping to some person of elite wealth. I mean, really people, we had come so far from the dark ages where lords lorded over the land. Do we really want to go back there? Didn't the geniuses who founded this country say everyone had a say in how the pie gets sliced? By demonstrating the true relationship of social classes perhaps people will think twice about the reality of the situation as I see it. Which is to say, the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. I'm not blaming them perse, they seem as much cogs in the machine as anyone else. Looking at the situation from a different perspective, as a system, the capitalist system inevitably tends towards ever concentrating control of capital. It is the nature of the beast. What was great and is great about socialism* is that it is the People, standing up and democratically saying, "its time to restore the balance." "Not only is our population obese, but perhaps our economy is obese as well." "And while we're on the subject, we need to talk about how much growth is too much growth and whether or not increasing growth indefinitely is a wise policy."

*this word was considered for edit due to fear of government surveillance and/or political retaliation but re-instated out of disdain for cowardliness and too much foolhardy optimism/courage? and faith.

Socialism is not Communism ala Soviet Russia. Socialism is as American as apple pie. People, working people in America have led the world in improving the position of the worker in the capitalist economy. I believe that individuals should be able to have a brilliant idea and profit from it in a free market. But I also believe that we live in a society and we are not in the dark ages again. Its time to wake up people. Its been time for awhile now.


WAKE UP America!

Monday, May 15, 2006

local business incubator email

Thanks for an interesting read.

Here's a brainstorm idea I've been kicking around. A local business incubator, initiated by the corvallis alliance. The idea would be to close material flow loops (ie recycle), pay living wages, prepare for peak oil, let workers control the business democratically, and otherwise strengthen the local community. I don't have much business knowledge, except for economics, but I'd like to see progressives put their money where their mouth is in terms of giving me a job. Of course, given recent trends of ever concentrating wealth, perhaps we are a relatively poor lot and we don't control much capital, but I do see a lot of new volvos, subarus and hybrids with some cool bumper stickers.

I apologize for being out of the loop but I'd like to attend a reconvergence of the corvallis alliance.

Thanks, enjoy the hot weather.


Sunday, May 07, 2006

May Day

Thanks to all the people who made may day happen this year. I had a blast and am looking forward to next. peace