7.14.2010

It is time for a new post.

lots has happened since the last posting. We have had Haiti disaster, earthquakes, oil spill, the economy, Michael Jackson's death, Avatar and Justin Bieber, to name a few.

isn't that the way the News is? "11 troops die in Afghanastan and Mel Gibson is is douche."

i'm going to take this blog over to www.kidneythieves.com ~ maybe i'll revive this thing.

a couple of personal things I am excited about:

our album trypt0fanatic came out.
our studio went 100% solar.
i planted an entire garden in my backyard.
my cat turned 16
i believe the children are our future.

Documentaries (Must See):

Food, Inc.
Gasland

Lucy Walker's "Wasteland" - coming soon
Lucy Walker's "Countdown to Zero" - coming soon

Favorite new Film:

Girl with Dragon Tattoo

Favorite New Gadget:

iPad

10.09.2008

fired up. stream of consciousness recap comin’ atchya.



Every year, around this time, a small group of powerful, intelligent, successful women convene in confidence for a very personal, free-flowing discussion. I was fortunate enough to be invited to this one. The objective is not known until we all start speaking about happen-ings, feel-ings, situation-ings… and then it becomes clear.

Everything melded together in alchemical form, where a spontaneous sentence about we females knowing our "great-ness," trusting our "in-stinct," accompanied by the commentary by Elizabeth about the History of 30,000 years, where the feminine was worshipped, as opposed to the past 6,000 years, it has been masculine, and mythologically, how [in a nutshell] the woman with the "fruit of the knowledge" in these recent times is translated as a "bad thing...."

We started to bring those muse-ings into the light of 2008 (almost '09) to realize something prevalent in all of our lives, society as we know it.

(For this blog I am in particular talking about Women):

We are Great. We have powerful instincts. This "fruit of the knowledge" can be used for "bad," as we see with jealous, divisive, scheming behavior…. Look at who the masculine-controlled Government is holding up in their High Regard at this time – a woman who does not have the much real knowledge to run a Country, and/or even scarier, is using an skewed version of knowledge towards a de-evolution of Women's rights. It seems to be OK to have a woman they feel they can "control" for their own gains. So it seems.....

We powerful, Great women oftentimes, at the apex of our "knowing," are surrounded (or sometimes choose to be surrounded, let’s be real!) by the polar opposite: Possibly males who don't want us to exhibit our truest power, who make us question our instincts, put a chloroform rag over our self-esteem. This Opposite can also be shown in passive-aggressive behavior, that leaves us with little question marks above our heads….. We've seen women do this to other women, as well. Ladies: How many times have you had a close friend be jealous and manipulative, because your Greatness makes them feel inadequate….. or a woman's unfounded jealousy tried to put sticks in the spokes of plans, relationships, (bands!), and such?

Divisiveness and Jealousy is the shadow side of our power, and it never comes across as a Lion's Roar, but more as a pathetic, hunger-stricken stray cat scrambling to survive the day.

During our “meeting,”, I also told this story:

One afternoon, I walked by an elderly woman's abundant rose garden, and we started talking. She explained to me that her roses looked better than anyone else's in the neighborhood because of this Secret:

"See, when you trim all these little brown leaves, every day, you're trimming dead energy off that would otherwise take away from the Flower, then the rose bush instinctively knows that 'hey, I have more energy to multiply!'


I didn’t need a hammer to hit me over the head to see this as an Allegory for Life, and what we should do to be successful, unabashedly show and utilize our power in the midst of the shadows that try to eclipse our light: Always trim the dead energy. Never give the dry, brittle, brown leaves any attention.

In closing: This was not an anti-masculine conversation, it was about a new Ideal: Taking the shadow side of masculine out of Ego/Aggressive, the shadow side of feminine out of Jealous/Divisive/Weak, and focusing on bringing BOTH m & f sides into the light where they can work together.

There’s only one way that can happen in our lives: By who we choose to Be and who we have around us.

p&l
fd

4.21.2008

Yeah they really want you, they really do.

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In America, where CGI / Slash-em / Crash-em / 90 IQ dialogue rules the box office (most of the time -- exceptions, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, etc.), i am so refreshed to find such a sweet message in this quirky film.

Ryan Gosling is now one of my top fave actors - his character was PHENOM. The casting was spot-on, (each and every performance superb!!), and this film delves into questioning reality, perception, and *the things our psyche does to work out our parental issues. Hey! We can even be compassionate towards one another!

One of the smartest things is that it wasn't about sex. I don't want porn in my message (or a message in my porn, for that matter).

All this being said, it is not a "touchy/feely" film. Just a chunky homeslice of stellar indie filmmaking.

***

Then, timely enough, a documentary on BBC called "Love me, Love my Doll" was on the same evening.

I saw these people had found an anodyne to their inability (thus far) to work out their "issues." Most of the subjects' issues were plain as day..... but who are we to judge / They're not "hurting" anyone - And don't we all have our "formulas" to escape or avoid pain?

The documentary was strong on the palate, at times queasy on the stomach and I needed a South Park chaser afterwards; however, it's a fascinating deviance to examine.


I can't imagine going through life without the human experience -- but for some -- it is too painful to tread.

12.10.2007

thought for the endslope of the year.

"may we always see and accept the truth about ourselves, no matter how beautiful it may be."

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9.11.2007

a Proposal to Leo DiCaprio.

Leo,

Great movie, the 11th hour. Inspiring. Could help change minds. Here's the issue i have: Most people who saw it are already ON BOARD. we will pay the 12 bux (plus parking) to see a movie that reconfirms our beliefs. Most people are going to spend the $ and two hours watching Rush Hour XXI.

Here's a thought: There are about 25,000 high schools in our country.

Why don't you burn say, 5,000 DVDs, send them to high schools; record a personal message from you and a personal letter about how the students are the future -- and they can make a difference. Even if a % of the schools set it up to where the movie can be watched in the cafeteria, auditorium, whatever -- it could make a difference. These people will be voting soon. Some will be business owners someday. This could affect career paths. Some will tell their parents. I know you have the $ to do so, and it will also be a write-off. If you didn't want to spend your own money, i am sure a lot of this could be donated! Talk to Bill Gates. ;)

And in a Netflix sort of way, to conserve, have the school mail back the DVD, and *recycle* it by sending to other schools -- maybe schools in the UK, Canada.

Hell!!! Get it translated and send it to other countries!!!!


IN ORDER TO CHANGE THINGS, YOU HAVE TO CHANGE MINDS.

peace.
free


******on another note*****


ARE THESE PEOPLE HIGH?

check out www.ebay.com

why the hell is Fergie auctioning off her Hummer to give $ to Global Green? you have to be sucking on the Nitrous Oxide pump to not see how ridiculous this is.

someone is still gonna drive that thing - and a waste of resources, no matter how small (in comparison to coal-burning, etc.) -- is still a MESSAGE. a HUMMER is NOT a SYMBOL of ecological responsibility. it's like trying to pass off chicken shit as chicken salad / auctioning off a bottle of Cristal to support M.A.D.D. / auctioning off cigarettes to support the Cancer Society!!!

how about auctioning it off, put a diesel engine in it and conver to Veg. Oil?????? OR BETTER YET -- DISMANTLE it, use the materials that you can for other things.... things that HELP.

how about not auctioning off a hummer. now that would make sense.

WTFU peeps!!! seriously!!!

9.10.2007

who you have around you......

this is why i am so happy to have the manager that i have. he not only kicks ass and delivers, but he thinks like this:

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Yellow

I've been thinking about treason recently.

I used to think I knew the meaning of the word as a special sort of "official" betrayal of the state. Of course that definition only applies if the state itself is not guilty of it, like the recent exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson by a member of the white house. See that would have been treason for you , but for them it was an oversight, not treason and besides according to official sources "she was not that good an agent anyway". So already the definition is somewhat muddy. Good thing it was not James Bond.

What about treason like the kind that the American Unions are presently perpetrating against their members by voting against Free trade agreements? This eliminates the access to key markets for the US who already is losing ground to China at an alarming rate. Their motivation comes from arrogance and shortsightedness. Lets not forget that these cretins are the same ones who thought the American automobile industry would always dominate no matter how poor the quality and how high the prices. Using the word "competitive" was treason then, since it was assumed that the American way was the best. Ok so we got our asses kicked. I like someone who gets up for another beating, too bad the damage to our economy is hard to reverse, but oh well it plays in Detroit. Did you know we tried to sell the Japanese cars with the steering wheel on the wrong side? (yup they drive on the left like in England, do I need to elaborate on the success of that brilliant maneuver?)

So now how about the lobbyists and their employers who pressure our poorly educated and greedy congressmen to pass laws that they know are destroying the country in the long run, but driving up quarterly profits; what is that? Is that just good capitalism? See now I'm inclined to think that this is treason.

I see the current crisis on wall street as the actions of people who got rich while knowingly destabilizing the financial markets, as treason. I see it like taking bricks out of a bridge to build your house with, I guess you are ok if your house is not under that bridge, but eventually the bridge comes down.

Come to think of it the music industry is being run just like that. They stop long term investment into quality acts in favor of trendy no shelf life ones. Result good monthly cash flow, zero long term profitability. Oh well the important thing is to have a job next week, too bad if the industry is decimated next year.

Speaking of bridges, what is ignoring structural weakness reports like in New Orleans or Minnesota and how many other places, claiming there is no money, yet having more than enough money to fund a useless conflict in Iraq. I guess its ok if it is not in your electoral state. (Agricultural subsidies anyone?)

I don't really want to go into the Catholic church spending more on settlements to victims of sexual abuse than they have to support the hard working priests and organizations that might actually give a damn. The treasonous acts perpetrated on us on behalf of God fills our history books so I will leave that alone. God is big business and besides my New and improved Garden of Eden island, with cable and intenet is being built for me in Dubai (Next to Rod Stewart's British Isles replica island)

Still as I look, all of these things can be worked out. I fundamentally believe in people if they get the right information and if there are any of us left to make a decision. But that is the catch, did you know that the industrial world has operated on the notion that it is ok to pollute when you start an economy since when it is really working you will be rich enough to put the polluting industry in someone else's country and give them an opportunity to die but make money doing so. That notion, which is wrong by the way, is called the Environmental Kuznets Curve. It does not take into account minor details like irreversible damage (meaning you or critters or ecosystems = dead), extinction of species or the lack of places to pollute. In the case of China, where are they going to go to feed their society? India? I don't think so. The good news is that the Chinese leadership seem very much aware of this and are working a lot harder to find solutions than the US has been.

My point is that the people who profit from and think about this stuff, KNOW about this stuff. They know they are reducing the environment to nothing, if not domestically then abroad, but they KNOW. (Remember cigarettes?) Is that not treason? If not against the state then certainly against humanity, and when you think in terms of treason against humanity does it not start with the basic respect we owe each other?
If we had respect for others, we would not do any of the things I mentioned above.
Can it be that simple?

NAH, now what color Hummer am I going to get to impress my hoes…….

8.09.2007

doin' it 4 da kidz.

it's a great feeling when you make a kid happy. i gave this girl a silver locket necklace. she took the time to make me the most adorable card!

Exhibit A ("aww"):

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Exhibit B (melts):

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Wait: Why does the 9 year old have bigger breasts than me???

no more
Britney Spears for you, little one.


p&l
fd

-i know they are supposed to be puff sleeves.