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What’s to write about

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

So… China…

Met with Prez, accomplished; Zero.

Congresswoman Shot; Recovering exceptionally. Gun Control or Ammunition Control Legislation- nope. Wasted time and news grabbing media whoring- sure.

Health Care. Something other countries do better than we do here in America- still.

We’re still at war. J.H.C. I’m looking forward to a show on MTV I hear goes to the area in Afghanistan where the opium drug lords live, and I want to see how the war is affecting them. This should be interesting. Vice Guide to something or other. Strange that when I searched for it on my Tivo the time slot was listed as another show entirely?

Question; Why has the City of New York installed a middle man between the MTA and it’s employees when it comes to transferring funds from our income to the MTA’s coffers? This transaction, formerly known as Transitchek, took money from our payroll and from what we understood- gave it to the MTA. In return we got a small discount on our fares, very small, and a Metrocard that was good for an entire year. Now that money is being deposited into a WageWorks account apparently, and the employees of New York City have to use a pre-paid debit card to go to the vending machine or tellers and purchase our Metrocards ourselves. Something stinks here. Not only does it seem we no longer get our little itty bitty discount- but we also have to go out of our way to buy the damn cards every month. On top of the personal discomfort- it seems also someone is getting paid off for our trouble in the form of playing money-holder-middle-man between New York and the MTA. I won’t even get into how the transit system sucks in every way- timeliness, cleanliness, safety, etc. and is thus way overpriced- or how eminent domain should dictate New York take it over- especially after their general apathy during the recent blizzard crisis where they sat back and put the onus on the city to clear the way for them to come in and make money. I mean thing about it- without me getting too much into it… You and I the taxpayers, pay money to have our streets cleaned and paved and taken care of during inclement weather- right? And there is a company who charges you to then transport you on those same roads you paid to have cleared… Doesn’t that sound weird to you? It does to me. Why am I paying a fare for a service that when it rains or snows does nothing to clear it’s own money making pathways? Why do I pay a fare- when I pay state, federal income and sales taxes already? But I’m not getting into it. Point of this blurb is that now there’s a mysterious middle man put in place, and if I really cared, I’d do more than this, but I don’t, since I believe it’s all going down the drain anyway.

Out.

 

It snowed in New York?

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The city dropped the ball- people in Brooklyn in particular and Staten Island (Staten Island shouldn’t complain- after Jersey Shore they should be glad we didn’t use the island as a snow dump) are in distress.

As you may or may not know I have access to some information about the city’s mood because of my job, and well, those boroughs are well, not happy. Can’t blame them, for whatever reason the response was much less effective than previous times. Of course I suck because I always evaluate all angles, I don’t go across the board and say one thing is right or wrong- and so being big on personal responsibility I do consider the fact that it’s just freaking snow, it can be shoveled, and it does melt- but then you have to be sympathetic to the elderly who depend not only on city services to control the effects of inclement weather- but also the highly ineffective and opportunistic MTA who makes money off of New Yorkers providing transportation as a private company, but seemingly invests absolutely no money of their ever inadequate budget on actual contingency- like having a snow plow or even a budget to hire private contractors if needed- to clear their own routes- god forbid. No, they put the onus on the city, along with charging city employees nearly the entire amount of their fare fees (millions of dollars in revenue). but before I go off on a rant- you have to be sympathetic to the elderly and the infirmed. Their main concern is getting to their health care appointments that sometimes are life dependent, and of course- emergency services being able to reach them. They are in effect, trapped in their homes. In a catastrophe, these are members of the population that are inevitable losses. People who get left behind. They cannot travel, much less, can they run for their lives. Now, this shouldn’t have been a catastrophic event, and this is everyone’s point, because for many people, the conditions were nearly as such.

The Mayor has owned up to the fact that the response was less than effective, and here is where the Mayor, which I support, personally lacks a bit of what New York needs right now.

People want blood. He speaks about accountability, and his business sense though admirable and fiscally effective- is not the Human Resources Politically Correct kind of language people want and need to hear right now. They need to hear “Heads are going to roll”. They need, and want to hear, that the man in charge shares their outrage and that the suffering of the people, is as the suffering of his own children, and that people who are in charge of certain things, will soon feel his wrath on the people’s behalf.

I know, it sounds arcane, but what can I tell you, its the pulse of the people, and although the minority of new Yorkers make the majority of the money and buy the New York Times, most people read the Post and the Daily News, which is dumbed down to a 3rd grade reading level. Needless to say most of them, won’t be reading this blog.

You cannot be a leader of the people, and expect the people to behave as you expect them or want them to- and if you ignore how they behave and pretend it does not exist- you lose public confidence (the equivalent of being overthrown in ancient times). As a leader of the people you have to do what you think is best, but you must speak the language of the people. I’m not running for Prime Minister in Japan without gettin’ my karaoke on.

Anyway…

It’s gray slush time here in New York.

Predictions;

If the weather improves, the snow will melt, if it melts too fast, though no one is saying anything right now, the sewers will overflow- the infrastructure, as the operation structure obviously, is lacking. There will be flooding. Transit will be delayed and cancelled. Elderly and infirmed will be stuck again. The media will swarm, as usual, helping nothing, and creating a public uproar that does no more than waste effort and time.

I… will say, I told you so.

Happy New Year everyone.

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City Planning- your guide to New York, and the apocalypse

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Sorry Nation (to borrow a term from Colbert), but today’s, or rather, this weeks Opinion is just about NYC.

I’m crammed in a train today, as most days, and I look out of the train’s window, across to the opposite platform at Times Square station, and I wonder- Did anyone plan on this city being so overcrowded?

Redundant question- I know. The very term overcrowded denotes there could be no planning. No one plans for OVER-crowding. They may plan for crowds, but not an overage. Overage is what happens in the absence of planning, ok, ok. 

So in this millisecond my thoughts move to how ripe this city is for any kind of terrorist attack or natural disaster that would have the highest death toll ever- and from there of course to my over repetitious thought of this being the very case against the free acts of terrorist cells- and how they’re likely controlled by some government source that only releases the hounds so to speak, when the corporate bosses that hold their leashes say it would be conducive to revenue streams.

All of which always ends in the thought “whaaaaaat the fruck ever” I have to get to work so who cares?

Bottom line is, no one planned for this, and people, the ants, or sheep that we are- just wiggle around in the pens made for us, not using any sort of real intelligence to make a better life, or a better world for ourselves* (note- remind me to opine on the difference between the European public, and the American public when it comes to asserting control over their destinies vs. the political regime’s looking to profit from their lives, like a ranch owner would his cattle).

So then I say to myself, well of course- what we need is a reduction in head count here, so the city can be a little more livable. the buildings are built upwards, not outwards, and there is no more ground level space to move around in anymore. People are going to start falling off the platforms in the transit system.

Solution; consolidate housing.

You can’t really consolidate work space- I mean, you can, but I’ll get to that next.

Consolidation of housing means you take the space of two apartments- and make it one.

Yes, there will never be a cessation of greed, so there will never be a landlord, landowner, who in their philanthropic best, will concede to- not losing money- but making less than the overbloated mess of money they make now- and have to then cut back on the equally bloated mess of a privileged life they likely lead. No, that’s not going to happen- but still- this needs to be done- so of course, then the two 2 million dollar spaces for example, will not cost 2.5 million when consolidated, but instead cost 4 million for the one space it then would be- but you tell me- could you have afforded it at 2 million anyway- what do you care? Thats one less multi millionaire taking up space in New York City.

That’s a good thing. 

Instantly (well, instantly after the buzzards are done ravaging the opportunity for construction of these changes) you have half the rich people you had before, living in New York.

I know, this doesn’t make my train any less crowded by much- but it helps. But you have to remember- a one room studio in New York City proper- the island of Manhattan where greed is at it’s worst- costs about $1 million.

Co-ops, average about the same. Sure you can find some pushing up against old New York (poor neighborhoods- i.e. gentrification) for less, but less I would guess to say is maybe a little under half a million dollars, and the maintenance you would pay is about as much as rent up to 10 miles outside the City, in the pre-burbs (my term). The area before Long Island that is the legitimate suburbia, but outside “The City” of New York, Manhattan Island.

We’re talking 2-6 miles inland of Brooklyn and Queens. The immediate surrounding areas in these Boroughs have been swallowed up by gentrification already- the rents and prices of property are in the outlandish bracket- well, outlandish unless you inherited money or were put through school by your parents AND make a little more than a livable wage. Staten Island and the Bronx are anomalies.

Staten Island should be sold to New Jersey because it’s inhabitants are very strange, if not just as bad as any ghetto peeps, excuse the colloquialisms. The Bronx, has to wait for the island of Manhattan to be completely consumed by gentrification, don’t worry, they’re working on it- they’re up to the mid-100’s streets now. It used to be all Caucasians got off the train at 86th street, but now they stay on a couple more stops.  But the strange thing about the Bronx is that it does have it’s nice areas, but you have to go through the ghetto to get there. As opposed to Brooklyn and Queens where gentrification makes it the other way around.

So anyway, there would be less rich people, and less middle income people, and who cares about low income people like me, we couldn’t afford it anyway, so we keep our commute, only with less shoulders to rub up against on the way in and out.

Now like I said before- the rich don’t all take the train or bus, they drive and take cabs- hello? And Hello? Less cars, less cabs, less traffic, less gridlock, less pollution.

For the landlord greed mongers- less expense. How? Well less people means less water used, reduction in water bills per property- you greedy bastards.

For the city, a reduction in the same, and thus an extension on the already dilapidated infrastructure’s expiration date. More time to reinforce that shyit, or do you not mind the occasional steam pipe burst that takes out an entire city block and cuts tax revenue by repair cost and lost income to the merchants on that block? it happened not too long ago.

Not to mention the lawsuits that come from such catastrophes.

Well, long story short- there are a lot of benefits to this kind of change, I won’t get too much more into it because frankly, who am I in the here and now? Sure, we’ll pack away a mental note for when I can do something about it- but right now I’m too busy with Graffitti Park and other aspects of life to give this more thought than is allowed on a train ride- and then- only because I have to ride a cattle car passing for a passenger train to work.

Most days I just think about how much I wish the world would end so I could never have to go into the subways again, and the woman pressed up against me with the perfect skin and expensive lifestyle would cling to me for survival instead of stand on the other side of the class divide that can be infinitely wide, even while millimeters apart.

Not that I wouldn’t shake her off for holding me back mind you.

(smile)

Thank you…

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks to all who seemed to have found my humble blog of rants… I’m sorry I haven’t been around for a minute, I’ve been working on other projects. I posted a little thing on the Damian Dezign blog about this. You might want to take a look at my other pages, so maybe you won’t consider me the irate unstable fool I come off as here on The O.O.

There are links somewhere on here.

Funny enough, looking at my stats, the most valuable of my few blogs in my opinion is The New Good, because it literally serves the cause of self improvement. it’s there to help people, and of course to begin the ground swell that leads to my cult-like world domination, but really- just to help people… yet it receives no hits whatsoever.  If it doesn’t help people, I know it would at least entertain, yet nada. Take a look there if you don’t mind- who knows, you might benefit from some New Good.

Self promotion aside, let me just ask- why has our Prez got no balls? The rich got richer with his spineless concession on the tax thing. Either he has no balls, or they’ve got him by his balls. And by “them” of course I mean the corporations and conglomerates above them that make the payoffs to the lobby and pull the strings on government. the entities that see the free citizens of the world as their sheep, and not human beings at all. Expendable, in the name of profit.

Have I not been clear on these matters?

K, gotta get my head back in the Graffitti Park game… Oh, you don’t know what that is? Click the link! Find out!

Yemen bomb was 17 minutes from exploding… But it didn’t.

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

MSNBC Article

And they won’t.

Ever.

Until the explosion serves the purposes of the government.

No?

These didn’t go off… how again?

Tips received about their delivery. Voila! Good informants? There is no such thing. Governments hold the purse strings, and approve/ sanction any terrorist explosions that would really effect modern society. Rural society? Who cares- right? They feel the same way.

These reports are just fodder for the fear machine.

Keep them afraid, show them there is a threat- they’ll stay tuned in like the movie of the week.

Give me a break.

Voting; An exercise in Stupid.

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

The announcement says “this train is out of service” – I don’t get on and take a seat expecting to get anywhere.

The bike has two flat tires, I don’t get on and start peddling- expecting to get anywhere, without completely messing up the bike, and looking like a fool.

The machine has a sign on it that says “OUT OF ORDER” – I do not, put money in, expecting to get anything in return…

So why the F… am I going to vote?

The argument, because you can, and others can’t, is not enough justification for me to push smaller people out of the way when I’m getting on that train every day, so how is it enough justification to do something in support of a broken and corrupt system? Do you need three examples of that one as well?

America has no balls. Some time after World War II America became a mass of media zombie followers. If you can create a catchy media campaign, Americans will follow. After the supposed terrorist attack that brought down the World Trade Center on 9.11.2001 (I refuse to call it 9.11 unless I am OK with disrespecting the memory of those who died that day with the abbreviation all too commonly used by lazy Americans), if you provided the masses enough fear- they followed along as well- or rather- stood by and said nothing as you openly abused the power of the nation to rape an entire country of people to further capitalist needs of a too fat, too greedy country of again… zombies.

The reason I say this country has no balls anymore is because as much as we all KNOW the system is broken- no one – says “No”, like I am- and not putting their hand in the till in support of the exact machine that is broken.

NO ONE!

If they do- they’re not vocal enough, they’re just lazy and using this as an excuse.

With a population like this there is no possibility of revolutionary change- the only change that can fix something that’s damaged to this degree- and no I don’t mean armed or violent revolution- I mean rational dismantling of a system that has needed euthanizing for a long time.

It’s obvious to me- how is it not to you?

This high school drop out, GED sprinkled with a few college credits brown collar aspiring artist worker who has wasted his life chasing love and only a year ago began his journey towards true personal fulfillment can see the obviousness of the national situation- and you, all of you, over educated, over fed and over paid sloven Americans who swear you know so much- can’t! You just keep feeding the machine that the very candidates tell you is broken.

Hey, I’m a drug addict, give me money! No, I’m not a drug addict, but that statement is the equivalent. And you all go vote, you give the drug addict money.

I’ve voted, a long time ago, the first year that I could vote- I voted. But since, I’ve slowly learned, election after election- that no one’s vote makes a difference- when the system itself is broken.

As long as we keep feeding a broken machine, we will be willing participants in our our own victimization.

Does anyone else watch the news and feel misrepresented? Does anyone else watch the Daily Show and wonder how it is the majority population can have one opinion, and the representation seems clueless? That’s a corrupt broken machine.

No vote.

No participation in that.

No thank you.

So in the next two, four, eight years, when I watch the news, I CAN make a comment. I CAN complain, when you would think it would be voting that would give me the right- it’s the opposite that’s true. If you vote, sure, you can complain about your candidate- but that’s my point! I can complain about yours and theirs and theirs – ALL OF THEM! Because I am standing on my point on election day and saying IT”S FUTILE AND BROKEN!

A loud resounding “I TOLD YOU SO!”

Enough about that… I’m sure the response, if one at all, because dismissal is so much easier- right fatso? The response would be “so what would you do then?”

And if you read my sh*t, or know me at all, do you really think I don’t have an answer?

~ If you want true representation you have to take away the possibility of personal gain. Take away- as much as possible because greed is a humanism you can’t take away completely- the possibility of corruption. How do you do this? Among other ways, you must fist do the following…

1. Make service to your country a non-profit occupation. Take away the salary. Hand them an EBT card, and say with that- you pay your rent, you buy your food, you clothe yourself, you send your kids to school and if you need one and can’t use public transportation or we don’t have a government car pool you can jump on, then you can get an economical hybrid or full electric car as well. But you have to show justification.

That’s right- put the fuckers on welfare! Well, a comfortable welfare for sure- but one where they draw no salary from their service to the country. Sure, you can allot a small percentage towards retirement, that’s just fiscal responsibility, but that’s it.

You won’t see a blatantly corrupt- or future-corrupt candidate running for office because they get to keep campaign finance (referred to below*) funds or the residuals from holding those funds- or seeking election for personal gain anymore.

Yeah yeah yeah I know- the incentive for corruption may seem like it’s ignited with that kind of change- but it’s not. The representative is not barred from making his or her own money, but they are most certainly watched like a hawk.

By who?

2. The new DIVISION of (take your pick) an already established agency such as the FBI or NSA, or whoever- charged with the oversight of all elected official’s finances. It’s public service- so disclosure is already required.

*3. Dismantle the campaign finance system and institutionalize it. Contributions can be made in the name of a particular candidate- but they’re made to a government pool that ALL candidates draw from equally. So when company X decides to slather their candidate with green to try and overwhelm the constituency with media coverage and push out the competition by sheer force of consciousness- they know they are actually helping ALL the candidates to spend equally. “EQUAL REPRESENTATION” … SOUND FAMILAIR?????

What we have now is a bought system. If you have the money to buy the media and inform the public of your candidate, over any information a lesser funded candidate can do for themselves- you bought the vote. This would not be true if all Americans did do the work of informing themselves- but what was it I said before? People in this country are fat and lazy for the most part- they wait for everything to come to them, and only the minority actually go out and get informed on their own.

Make candidate information equal for all. Make it so that all can make an informed and equal decision. Take ads off TV, put them all in one place, either one channel and radio station anyone can tune into and listen to nothing but candidate information 24 hours a day, and/or bring the candidate information to the public in newsletter form.

What we have now is a god damned circus that makes us all look foolish. A desperate grab of media time that is both intrusive and indicative of the obvious corruption that’s sure to follow.

Finally, 4. Dismantle the party system. I don’t think I need to make this case- but seeing how I do think about this stuff productively and you don’t, obviously, maybe I do.

Either make it impossible for mega-parties to usurp the free public’s voice and needs of government (you’re on your own with regulation), or you dismantle the parties altogether. What do the candidates run on then? what do they run on now? THE F*cking ISSUES. The Platform. The principles, policies, and goals they all run on anyway- just no mega-party affiliation which contributes only to the problems we have now.

Special interests don’t have to come into your community to change your mind- they just have to make a major mega-party contribution and their influence has just usurped your voice. Case closed. 

Something I daydream about all the time- is what would happen if no one voted in protest?

I wonder what would happen, what they would do? Would they listen? If we had a voice and actually used it, rather than following along doing what they tell us to do to keep their corrupt system in place- feeding them- those who are all up in it already. That’s the only group government really works for as things are now, and as you are voting to keep in place today for tomorrow. You are voting to keep the one’s making a living at it- making a living at making it NOT work for the people- employed. Yet if you did the job they’re doing, would you still have your job, or would that position even exist anymore? I think not.

WE, work for THEM, in that sense- and its the worst crying shame that this is what we have allowed this country to become.

 

There is nothing on my mind except…

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

That politics is and are, ridiculous.

American society has become ridiculous. If we’re not too fat, we’re too stupid. We’re definitely too complacent. We like to complain and complain but we don’t get up and do somehting about it. And those that do, like the Tea Party, bad example perhaps, but the only one available- are ridiculed for the beleifs they stand up for. Yes, they’re racist cheap white Amercians with nothing but more complaints and no soplutions, being used by a darker power hiding in the wings… but they are actually at least standing up for something and making some noise.

It’s all just perverse. I read abotu it all the time, all day, every day- a n opinion on politics is like the old sayiong about an opinion on anything- it’s like an asshole, everyone’s got one, and no matter what all it produces is shit.

MyfriendAngelo Rodriguez,may he rest in peace, used to say- “ok, stop talking shit, what are you gonna do about it?” after hearing you out intently and quietly. He left us too soon, and he was right.

The Establishment, is broken. Humanity is perverse, greedy, corrupt, self serving. Too self serving to ever expect that whatever group in power will serve all of the people. Humanity can’t help itself- it will always divide and ostracize. Humanity is insecure, so it has to single out “the other ones” and put them down to maintain its own self esteem. Use god, use money, use skin color, use sexuality- use whatever you like- there will always be something to use and there will always be a human being ready and willing to use it.

There is no governemnt on the face of the erth that seems to have gotten it right. That is, if “right:” means the prosperity of ALL of the people.

If “right” means squashing the less fortunate, and is a perception set forth by those more fortunate, those on the top, the rich, the equivalent of what monarchies were… then sure, it’s working fine. Exceptionally well in fact, since we have no revolutions anymore, since people don’t stand up together and force change anymore- when things are as wrong as they have ever been.

Since people, are easily fooled into thinking what doesnt work, like the present system, is somehow going to work, once the billionth band aid is tacked on.

Fuck Politics.

And I, will be no different than you, in respect of doing nothing about it- other than to do this nothing, honestly, and not pretend I don’t see what’s going on.

Until someone, or some group, stands up and begins the clean up, from the top to the bottom-andisbackedupbyan unyeilding force, loyal to no one and no thing more than the commitment to the cause- I’m going to keep this “opinion” and pont of view- what I think, is an honest one. And pray, in my own non-religious way, every day- that that if it allcant just come crashing down and level the playing field for the have – not’s, and a better society can be put together from the ashes, then that I should get my shot at whatever type of freedom I can attain to live the rest of my life like a big Fuck You to the system, and assure that any proginy I mistakenly and selfishly bring into this unfair society gets the opportunity only to do the same.

Have a Nice Day!