September 5th, 2013
October 30th, 2012
I was just thinking how long it has been since I have seen your face, and it brought me nearly to tears.
June 9th, 2011
When I have something good to share, it is then that I miss you most
October 15th, 2009
|09:53 am - Writer's Block: 1, 2, 3, 4, Journaling can cool earth's core!|
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Over the past few months there has been much press time devoted to the issue of national health care. While I believe that this is an important issue and that national health care is in need of a make-over, this article is not about health care. Nor is about all the other topics of today, the economy or the war. This is about something that is in fact much more important. So important it makes all these issues non-issue. The environment.
According to the New York Times on August 10th in an article titled Climate Change Seen As Threat To US Security by John. M. Broder, I shouldn’t despair, at least some portions of government are giving time to the environment. Apparently studies at the National Defense University have finally taken into account what scientist have been saying for decades. That global climate change is happening and that it will have profound effects of the world. Thanks N.D.U for finally getting on board. The article goes on to discuss how areas “particularly sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia” will be unstable. If you look at those areas and then compare them to what is generally defined as the ‘Muslim World’, you will see a striking correlation. A double wammy, adding insult to injury. Not only has the Defense department finally decided that we haven’t all been raving for years, but now they are using that every information to insinuate that we need more military to protect ourselves from, and offer “assistance” to the areas previously mentioned.
As I often do, I checked out the comments section to see what my fellow citizens thought. Now, it’s important to note that the New York Times is by no means a cross section of society. Catering to mostly elite, mostly liberal, mostly white readers they are too limited to be called the voice of the people, but they are the voices of some people. Presumable elite, liberal, white people, and so I was curious to see their responses, as they are often one of the only groups whose voices are ever heard.
Three people out of the first ten either denied climate change was happening, or dismissed it as ‘no biggie’. And here I was pretty sure that we all had agreed on the facts, just not on the response. True the name Global Warming is a little confusing when temperatures over the summer have been record low, which is why I prefer ‘climate change’. What is currently happening to our climate is not limited to warming, though that is the overall trend. In some places it will cause deserts, in others rainforest, snow may fall where it never has before. Western Mass may look more like Oregon than any of us ever had planned on.
Severe weather is likely to become common fare as global warming worsens. The contrast between those denying the effects of climate change and those living with them is stark. Such a disconnect between facts and opinion can be deadly.
The fact that some people still consider global warming to be a hoax, a left wing conspiracy is frightening. Refuting the facts at this point does not portray the naïve ignorance of the uninformed, but a stubborn refusal to accept the truth.
That ignorance will prove to be our downfall if it prevents us from taking seriously the issue at hand. Though to some extent I can rationalize the apathy of a generation who will not be alive to see the effects of their actions, by that same reasoning I cannot comprehend the apathy of the present generation. These are the issue we will be dealing with, that we are dealing with. It is our actions that can break the cycle of pollution, exploitation and destruction.
Obama has proven to be disappointingly lackluster in terms of environmental policy. Instead of the change he promised we have a new policy riddled with loop-holes for corporations to jump through. The fact is without a planet to support us it isn’t going to matter if there’s a public option, or what the deficit is. It won’t matter if we are attacking countries for the right or wrong reasons, or even if there are countries. If our environment ceases to be able to support life as we know it, its going to make all the socio-economic-political problems of the day moot points and the actions taken to protect corporations, to preserve profits, will seem very hollow.
We should be investing in alternative energies, in sustainable development. We should be view environmental challenges as opportunities for alleviating some of our of our economic and health woes. How long are we going to sit idle and wait for somebody else to take action? Realize that if the government won’t take action we still can. Little actions add up, we can all have an effect. Live sustainably, boycott companies that contribute to the problem, lobby for real change not lip service. Apathy is the ultimate act of selfishness.
November 6th, 2008
|03:47 pm - Best Election Ever|
WE WON!!! HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!
FUCK YES! Obama WON! and Question 2 PASSED!! Take that popo! take that.
Whose the "real America" now bitches?
We watched it go down in the student union on the big screen, when he won people were jumping up and down and screaming and hugging each other. I wanted to riot, I'm serious, I was so excited, lighting a trash can on fire really would have expressed my joy. But Fiz was keeping his excitement on the down low. He confessed that though he was glad he was skeptical and worse worried about Obama. Keeping his fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly until January. There was a good deal of bitching about the electoral college too.
I took it as a moment of victory the likes of which I didn't believe would happen and which I have never seen.
October 6th, 2008
|01:57 pm - Wake up call?|
despite the fact that everyone is in a panic about the whole wall street/dow jones point dropping, lead ballon, into the blood fucking red zone issue. I can't help but wonder to myself if this is really a blessing in desguise for all teh rest of us. If you don't have all your saving or retirment in teh market then maybe teher might be some good in this.
Maybe this can be a catalyst for change. maybe this could shake thinsg up enough that they keep shaking. Maybe this can break us out of this fucked up backwards man eat man, money is god system and bring us back to somthing worthwhile.
maybe, this is a sign to hope for something better, cuz this system obviously isn't working.
Current Music: Talkin' Bout Revolution- Tracy Chapman
September 4th, 2008
|03:28 pm - uuggghhh do I have to do this?|
I am feeling impressively despondent. I suppose from a observers point of view this is because I am really tired adjusting to a whole lot of change and going off of hormonal birth control for the first time in 6 years. All these things lead me feeling a mix of numb angry and sad. I am hoping it will pass.
The things that ill not pass however are Umass and my pressing need, despite lack of desire, to finish my undergraduate degree. Lying on the acupuncturists table the other day I had to actually face that what my tarot reader years ago had told me was true, Umass has gotten me off track. Though I suppose that isn't true in these sense that had I never come here I would never have been who I am today, who never have met the people I met ect. Now as me, with those people I would like to march off in the direction I had intended. The only thing is now I need to finish.
I hate being here. I feel like I'm in a cage and by the end of the day I want to cry. I realize and appreciate the value of an education, and after traveling this summer know what a privilege it is that I as a woman can even get a degree. But that does not change the fact that I am here because my mother wants me to be and would not be otherwise. This is not me and only serves to confuse me.
Being here makes me feel alienated from myself from those I love and from what I want to do.
I miss summer already. Though being in my own space is nice and had I been in a dorm this would all be so much worse. The fact that the house in Leverett is currently sitting unoccupied makes me sad.
Hafiz for one is glad to eb out of it, I think it had too many memories for him and he seems more relaxed now.
I realized that I was who I was all along, but until he came along I never really was able to be that person. He is the eggs in my cookie batter, he holds it all together. Its subtle. Its, in comparison to my last relationship, calm. Though it is deeper than anything I have ever been in before and I can't help but feel like I am home when I am with him.
Classes are classes and history is intellectual as always. I need to start doing yoga.
Took a job at the D.C to hold me over so I can still pay the rent while I search for something more to my liking/needs/ect.
Hope your semesters/falls all are off to a more upbeat start. Though feeling down seems to be in the air.
April 3rd, 2008
So, there's this wood circle in the library courtyard that people like to sit around on the rare occasion that the courtyard is open to the public. There is a stone grouping elsewhere on campus. I find it amusing to think that Stonehenge and the like we nothing other that public beautification projects. Wonder if there really was no purpose? They just looked good. It really could be that simple.
March 7th, 2008
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February 21st, 2008
* the mechanics are German
* the chefs are French
* the police are British
* the lovers are Italian
* and everything is organized by the Swiss.
* the mechanics are French
* the police are German
* the chefs are British
* the lovers are Swiss
* and everything is organized by the Italians.