Reasoning with Madness
"This is a barbaric yawp, and it will be sounded over the roofs of the world."
Thanks to Oregon, I voted by mail again this year for the primary. Like I have for 24 years, since the first election I got to vote in when I was 18 (I voted for Ross Perot for Prez HA!)
But as I get older - like many of us - I take a closer look at the down ballots, as those have direct impact on my life and surroundings.
Hunter Thompson said politics is the art of controlling your environment. Voting is essential to that process. Lots of local initiatives and candidates to learn about and make a wise choice. Many, not things you want to take lightly or go in blind on.
We all know who the presidential nominee is but I still voted for Bernie, because it doesn't matter who you vote for when the nominee is already chosen. But the local initiatives, mayor elections, etc, those will be the most easily impactful on me. So I vote like a motherfucker in those elections.
Personally, I believe there should be WAY more voting on WAY more shit. Constant voting. Making it easy for everyone. Vote by phone, have an app, send text alerts and updates on ever aspect of society. Sure the beta tests will be ugly, but we refine everything as time goes on.
The reason it was never done before was because the tech didn't exist for the founders to even consider. It's time for an upgrade. Anyone who says otherwise is trying to rig an election in their favor. Vote by mail should be the way Americans cast their ballot. And in the future, we should be able to vote much easier than even that, and far more often.
But I digress.
Thanks to vote by mail, I set aside a few hours a couple weeks ago (long before the deadline) to sit down at my computer and research literally every candidate and measure. I read all the voter pamphlet information, read the local news, went to websites (when there were any) and often ran into a very significant hole in coverage for much of this. Dug into social feeds, forums, financial backing, opposition tactics, who plays clean, who plays dirty, who doesn't even play at all. I studied the advertisement approach of the candidates who spent money (most don't in this smaller primaries) and took note of those who sent nothing out.
I'm not saying everyone should do that. I'm just saying it's nice that we can.
The fact that I could do this research while I'm sitting down with my ballot is the game changer. From the comfort of my own home, with all the time in the world, I could make an informed choice on various measures and positions that will have a very real impact on my environment, based on data and information. And when I'm done, I just toss the paper vote in the envelope it comes with, sign it, and handed off in the mail, and my votes already secured. Sure, I've heard super paranoid people say, "Well how do you know it's really counted?" At which point, if I'm asking that question, I might as well join the flat earthers and fake newsers and check out of reality for good.
But Oregon is in the minority when it comes to mail-in voting. More states still do it the old school way, where you have to rush down after work, or on a lunch break, waiting in line (maybe in the rain, but now with at least a mask on), hopefully before they close, going into a gymnasium or VFW hall full of weird church confessional style "booths" that are being run by old grannies and WWII vets where you would need a cheat sheet with you that you made ahead of time, to make the same decisions.
Yeah. I'm good.
Voting by mail rules. Tell your friends.
And fuck anyone who says otherwise.
For the second time in less than a week the president of the United States has literally threatened violence against his own citizens. And those citizens were primarily black. It has been clear since well before the election that this monster has been racist to the core. Now he is acting on his racism.
This is not Iran. This is not Colombia. This is America.
I fully understand the rage of wanting to burn this motherfucker to the ground. I really do. So many of us have been abandoned, hurt, killed and ruined by the corruption, unbridled hate and staggering injustices of the motherfuckers in power.
And just in the last couple months alone, we've watched the brutal death count of a pandemic out of control, many of us and our own families and friends killed. On top of that the loss of so many jobs, while the rich STILL get richer!
The ugly darkness that has taken over our lives moving at lightning speed, when all of a sudden, the last straw of watching ANOTHER black man murdered by a cop in broad daylight on camera as he begged for his mother, his life and pissed himself before his life slipped away.
I am sickened. I am crippled with rage. I get the fury. I want to scream and break everything too. I've had enough of all this bullshit. It is everything in my power not to go join the people in the streets and burn it all to the ground.
But I must remember this will not fix what's wrong. Violence begets violence. It is not the means to peace.
And I know from experience, change comes from within. Change comes from organizing and unifying. There is a glimmer of hope that some are embracing this mindset, this approach, this goal. To those people, I salute you and I stand with you and as I have always done, I will do my part to create that change we so badly need now.
For those of you reading these words, especially those of you who are praising the violence, I simply ask you to think about what comes next.
It's not what you destroy that defines you, it's what you create.
And finally, if you're willing to set shit on fire, I hope you are willing to take a few minutes to vote.
The fastest way to destroy this hateful mob boss wannabe dictator motherfucker in the White House is to fire his ass.
Please for the love of God.
VOTE THIS MOTHERFUCKER OUT IN NOVEMBER.
It's the End of KROQ Radio.
And that's the story of radio. And why I pulled and broke the eject lever on that motherfucker. I will always love what I got to do in that once grand industry, but I will never forgive what the dead-eyed, soft brained suits did to us. I will never respect what they have done to this industry and the great minds who worked in it.
So many gloriously talented people, flicked off the board like the pawns they were always seen as. The few that are "lucky" enough to remain are still shackled by format, by a litany of regulations and rules written by people who could never do what the wizards behind the mic could ever do, all of them working to build efficiency, doing more and more in less and less time.
Frazzled artistic geniuses running as fast as they can under the barking orders of tightening up the efficiency agenda. An entire life lived by the second hand of the clock.
None of it with the goal to create art or push the envelop, or connect with human beings, but to chase a buck. To sell mattresses and memorial day car sales. And I will not participate. I welcome Spotify and podcasts.
The veils are lifting on every institution, and across them all, in the center of them, we see a cancerous corruption eating it all from the inside out, a rot that has gone on too long to survive much longer. The virus killing its host. Government. Media. Religion. Business.
Truth itself seems to be under audit.
All of the pillars of society are collapsing as the rust and rot has taken it over. We are watching the building of a new society, a new reality.
It is our time now and what we do with it will shape this planet for perhaps the next millennium. It is a time of magick, with the old ways dying off to make way for the new...it cannot be denied, it cannot be stopped.
Death and birth are labor, and with it, there are agonizing pain and suffering involved with both. I welcome the rebirth of our society.
Radio is just one of the tentacles of the Beast rotting away and disintegrating in front of us. It is painful and sad, as is death. But it is part of the cycle. The long tail of the ouroboros, eating itself.
The spiral of all things.
Long live Radio, Radio is Dead.
While I have returned to full time work, I am with this guy waiting for the month of unemployment checks I still have not received. It has been 2 months for me too. I had to call a back line a friend gave me just to get through to this worthless dept to even get my claim filed. I recieved a letter stating my weekly benefits a week later but have still not seen a dime. I drained most of my savings to stay afloat and I'd like to know when the promise will be kept to get my money. Meanwhile I see on the news our governor fighting to keep the lockdown in place, fining hair salons for opening, while ignoring the life raft that most of us need to stay in lockdown. Gov Kate Brown needs to quit the political posturing and help her fucking constituents.
Thoughts are prayers. Words are spells. That's why its called spelling. Every thought is an offering you accept or reject. Choose wisely the thoughts you embrace and the words that you use. They manifest and create the reality you inhabit.
Realize the thoughts are not yours until you make them yours. They are a frequency of infinity and come from the divine realm. We merely receive the thought, much like a radio frequency comes in on a stereo. It is up to us what we do with it from there.
Tune in to the thoughts that make you better, stronger and more resilient. Tune out the thoughts that make you worse, weaker and less resilient.
Accept the thoughts as they are and use them to grow, love and achieve enlightenment.
It takes practice, it takes effort, but it will serve you and those around you, in the long run, to channel your thoughts and words in this manner.
Be well friends.
Who Am I?
I am Ahab.