A laugh on both sides

So we can take an approach to life to live in our worlds and not disclose the real aspects of life. So the real aspects are or look like this.

This guy David Thoreau made some interesting essays on civil disobedience. AS I read to them you can switch the year 1849 to 2017 and the majority of it still holds. Government is a hinderer to him. Well, in quotes of it being the tool for facilitating, when it is not doing its work, then it should not exist?

Forcing people into wars like machines in the Mexico- America war. Similar to today. Change the name, the structure remains the same.

Remarkable the argument that a vote is not enough. Overall, remarkable because it is true and still holds. The value of man. Like Albert said, “I rebel therefore I exist”. However, and this is a big one, what about all this words, if we know they are true but artifacts have brought more change than essays.

It is a structural change, of course, one is linked to the other. It is a matter of speed. The words create the ideology, artifacts render it in form.

Had Thoreau not written his civil disobedience piece; will I be still here writing in this computer? Will this machine be created. Libertarian essays shaped the minds and ideas of the creators of this technology.

Mental freedom. Capitalism works, or doesn’t work. Works for a few.

Modern day oppression. Restricted thought. Should I go build some machines? or write another oppression message?

A pamphlet!

It is not enough, it is not enough to say and build. Being, it is all external then. A quenched existence for some, to go to bed, despite it all.

Create a song.

Create

 

 

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Energy not so update

6 Sept 2017

This energy update is sponsored by this same human who types.

To make it short, energy transmission and control prices have dominated your rising electricity costs, not generation (US).  Sometimes repeating helps.

Energy transmission and control prices have dominated your rising electricity costs (bill), not generation.

Take a look at the next graph detailing the price per kWh sin 1978. Yes it has increased.

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I did not made this up, I got it from here: https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/APU000072610?data_tool=XGtable

Overall, it has tripled since 1978. Particularly, the increase is prominent in the last 13 years.

OK so let us look at the PPI of this product (electricity)  by PPI I mean: “The Producer Price Index (PPI) program measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output. The prices included in the PPI are from the first commercial transaction for many products and some services.”

The cost of Generation comes here:

Generation

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Did not make this up, got it from here: https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/PCU221110221110

You can see and say : Meehh! it is ok, Mehh is a good thing. Ups and downs to come to about the same place. It remains within the same range.

Transmission and control:

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I did not make this up, it comes from here: https://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet

You can see and say: aha! Eureka, or what ever comes out. The increase on electricity prices is due to the increase transmission prices. So what! So What!

Well it is interesting because an energy provider is investing and charging more for taking electrons from one place to another. Not for generating them. So, I think is time we make our own.

There is a ton of baggage behind this idea. Regulatory frameworks, investment capital, etc, etc. The principle however, is the idea of charging the costumer for an increase in the producer is ability to harness and retain the costumer.

How can I make this more obvious. It is similar to charging you for rain water that I had to transport all the way from where I gathered it. But wait, you can also set up a bucket and gather it. The bucket is very expensive, but you can also use a glass, and help your self a bit, or the palm of your hands and make a scoop and drink from it.

On the same proportion maybe not, but in a community scale …. you bet!

Electricity price should be going down, to the point of zero, in which just like healthy air is civil right. Oh yeah, healthy air.

 

 

 

 

 

It is in the eye lid

It is said that, it is said that. Writing every day helps to release, what ever is in the throat, in this case in the fingers that connect to the mind.

I connect then the fingers to a cherry blossom.

They bring peace and the mind likes them. If yes if not. The mind likes them. If light or in shadow. Shadow here shadow there, the mind likes them.

In 20 years I have seen flowers, I haven’t seen though one like you. Staring. Who likes staring?… me! I like staring. So let us stare. And let us stare. And let us stare. Until the first one blinks the eye. Life begins again. After the blink.

The magic is in the eye lid. New life, more blinking.

 

 

Ipso Facto

The first time I looked at heaven and saw a kite, I though, and the thought became fact and here I am.

Premonitory

I might be young but don’t confuse me, I have no bad intention, I mean no harm.

I can listen to you all than you want, about the world, and its contrarieties, and it is not exciting, because at the end it is not yours, it isn’t your created world. Tell me about your world, the one you create each day, with words, poems, oriented actions, letters, paintings, sweat. Tell me about your dreams and your created world, don’t tell me about the others, it is useless.

The milk is nutritive.

Mediterranean memories, futuristic illusion.

The water is shaped as a ghost of a chair.

The glass is half full. The water is boiling. The wind cools the brain.

The boat is loading. Unloading.

The sun is shining, covered behind clouds.

The rain is falling.

Bells toll at a distance.

An unfriendly person pops open a beer in the middle of the street and catches the attention of the whole middle block.

Smells like a recollection of history in a bounded space.

A hooka meeting takes place. Discussing the discussion of our discourse.

Water falls from distances apart.

A Rally took place in the not so forgotten town.

Dinner is ready.

 

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Beyond technology

Does technology drive history?

Short answer:

No.

Long Answer:

There are a series of factors at interplay in opening technological tools to bend the course of history. Culture, politics, economics, industrial systems and fundamentally, individual preferences. A set of essays on these issues encompassing centuries of development of societies unveil some important information. By development I mean the interaction of societies, their ways of life, their materials transactions (technologies) across time. It is different from progress. Development is far from progress. For example, you can develop a set of theories that will bring change but since they are not rendered in action they are not progressing. In short, development of the societies has registered a set of characteristics that are worth noticing.

In China, for more than 6 centuries, yes, 600 years, there was a plateau of technological innovation and application. Despite the tangible access to new types of crop rotation, circumvent approaches to rise the intensity, and yield; agriculture stagnated. An underlying factor for this behavior was a complete disconnection from peasant and landlords. The trend in use of technological means that could change the dynamic of fields and agricultures was set in motion after Mao, in an attempt to homogenize masses and to distribute his ideas evenly among peasantry ( and by default land lords), ended up achieving the contrary of his purpose. He enabled the minds of the people to question the purpose of autocratic regime and causes of oppression; peasants started to inform themselves a bit more about ideas and counter ideas of their situation. “It came, ultimately, from millions of peasants who seized opportunities finally offered to them when the state lifted Communism’s dead hand”[1]. With the aim to raise against the lid of oppression honed by the state officials’ inclination to dictate the use of land (the how) technologies in the fields are used, peasants’ behaviour toward technological innovation changed. It started as a suggestion not as an imposition.

I truly believe in the idea that the brain dislikes and completely rebukes orders. It only accepts sensitive suggestions, indications.  Even if they imply performing the same action under the same energy intensive framework of an order. The way ideas are stated, toned, and framed makes a total difference for the receiver to perform and action.

Impositions: No way!
You must rotate fields:  No way!

Suggestions: Of course!
Field rotations enable new productive possibilities : Of course!

In Russia, the peasantry was reluctant to use cast iron plow that was being implemented in other areas of Europe. The innovation was clearly a tool that promoted land use techniques for increased yield, specially, taking in consideration the short periods of time in which land could be worked (Russia = cold). Landlords tried to force the ways of Europe into the peasantry and they found a wall. They could say anything they pleased about the peasantry; lazy, dumb, stubborn, ignorant, the peasantry, would not do it. In fact, peasants were protecting, intelligently protecting themselves by  using the proletariat techniques, slow motion, low efficiency, accidental events. In short: Go fry some asparagus, landlord! “It is the ignorance of the native elites about their own society, the elites were so far form peasant life they did not know how to transform it” It changed, however, when the peasantry started to see the oppression of the tsar and the lavish approach to spending sweat of peasants. And then, some liberals that understood the dynamic of power, signed the emancipation of the serfs, which led to a psychological revolution, the serf can now have liberties denied to them such as land, marriage, business etc. “The true determining factor is the social environment, not the technology itself” [1]

Impositions: No Way!
You must use the plow, in my land under my conditions, I am the landlord: No way!

Suggestions: Of Course!
Now that you have your land and can do whatever you want with it, using the plow will make you have better returns:  Of course!

This is a very dangerous mechanism that can be used in both ways.

Impositions: No way!

You must disclose your personal information in your phone : No way!

Suggestion: Of Course!

When you disclose your information you have access to wonderful technological options: Of Course!

The clarifying fact among all the discourse of technological innovation, power, energy and its interactions with society, is that, adoption comes from a stance of psychological acceptance. In the form, usually, of personal liberties, or the illusion of so. New technology does carry immense power alteration, and its response, its resistance is evident in present political discussion. However, it does not drive history. It is then a disposition of society (a reception) that enables the implementation of new inventions. [2]

Impositions: No way!
You must do this way: No way!

Suggestions: Of course!
How about, you do your way?: Of course!

[1] Technological determinism in agrarian societies, Peter c. Perdue

[2] Read as many books as you can related to history and technological revolution

[3] Governing the world: The history of an idea, Mark Mazower

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A protest against our own worst nature

I went to Washington DC to the Women’s march.

In the preceding days, I asked myself: why people protests? and if my presence in such event will make any difference at all.

Protest is a space for expression of emotions. A space for release. However, they do not necessarily resemble a viable and tangible change. If we circle back in time, we can identify countless occasions and instances of protest. The news are very good at documenting inconformity. However, I still did not feel I had a big underlying reason to go.   The political deception sparked all sorts of positions and actions, but still, I found myself without the inner fire to be enthusiastic about a protest in which there was a reference to a different group in society and, on top, did not see any derivable tangible action

My motivation, instead, came from the words of Václav Havel. In one of his books he states that our biggest enemy is ourselves. Our indifference to the challenges that we face and other humans experience. That indifference to the common good, he declares it to be our own worst nature.

So I got rid of my worst nature, indifference, and went.

In all earnest, we have continuously ignored the woman’s role in society and its potential to soothe conflict. I’ll bet you, if in that march there were equal amount of men, the likelihood of an aggressive act will be a certainty. The vibrations and emotions emanated from a confluence of evident discriminatory traces and oppressing ideas was hard to bear. For a more detail description of large group dynamics I recommend the book Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti. It is an interesting case to see how well woman respond to such dynamics.

Additionally, the call (in the march) was to not only present ourselves physically in the march as a discreet event in time but also present ourselves continously in the challenging aspects of everyday life. And that is the message that is actually going to make a difference. I agree. The battle is in our day to day decisions. I am very glad I got to be there and be reminded that, although the march will not create an immediate change, daily action, devotion to a cause, in our day to day becoming, will ultimately create the environment for change.

I have a lot of reasons to keep working day to day on myself. And protest against my own worst nature, everyday.

As a final remark, at some point the stream of people swarming the streets pushed me to a large crowd in front of a hotel tower owned by a business men, who now runs one of the largest enterprises in the world, and we exclaimed at full power, at full vocal, lung, and human capacity: Shame!!! Shame!!! Shame!!! Shame!!! Shame!!!

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Nieuw Amsterdam

Every time I go to the Dali’s museum at Saint Petersburg, FL I leave fascinated. It is the same museum. I have been there four times. Each time I highlight either a new perspective, piece, interactions that I have not seen before or become more fascinated about a painting previously examined.  The Dali’s pieces portrayed are monumental in scope and ambition .

The museum of Dali at Figures, Spain, also has some remarkable features. It has Dali’s essence in terms of the bast collection of earlier works, it has his signature since he allowed the space himself and it has his grave. I can not compare both museum’s. They have different works and structures.  The  Mae West Lips Sofa exhibit submerges completely the viewer in his surrealist piece.

This time, the one that struck me is Nieuw Amsterdam. This a very symbolic criticism to the way merchants valued what today is Manhattan – a string of beads. That is XVII century and heaps of unimaginable events and conditions lead to this transaction. From this perspective it was one of the first valuation attempts made from the Colonist. The lowest price. And for the natives, who knows what kind of confusing thought pattern ( confusing for me, clear for them) led them to give away land. Maybe they thought it they were welcoming good spirits, who knows? who really knows? What we do know is what remains today. And if we look at the landscape of New York and compared it to the one 400 years ago. Have we taken any good care of the land?  What have we produced?

When the world was at war Dali escaped from  Spain and came to the US and settle for a while in NY. There he painted some of the monumental paintings that are now exhibited in St. Petersburg, FL. It is all interconnected. White Eagle a spiritual leader of the Poncas represents one of the last leaders of Native American to oppose the Bureau of Indians Affairs dictamen to move to all tribes into confinement in reservations. It is all interconnected.

From the beginning to the end the intervention in the bust fills with critique the passage of time and the actions of those represented in them. The first valuation of the land, and the last persona fighting into and against confinement. A very interesting message.

In times of public deception, creativity and pieces of art that make evident what is forgotten are valuable. It is a call to enact dialog in terms of what we are truly pursuing with our thoughts, arguments, positions and in general, way of life. This perspective of making evident with expressive techniques the complexities, paradigms and contrarieties of our world is a peaceful, creative and beautiful position to cherish.
What else is there left for us?
But to create

Without indifference
Without vanity
A new world

A peaceful eve
Ushers warm nights
Befriends cool days

Create a new one
A new expression
An old story
An old lesson

A new lesson

Bring value to life
To our world
Learn
Create

Release the tension
Unify the colors
Shed some light
Jump into darkness

Let in the rain
Let in the wind
They left
We have not