Our Government Is What We Used to Call a Pot-Stirrer – Fight Back With Joy, Hope, Brains

Saw this New York Times article

on November 15, 2014 and wrote the following:

Face it. Our government is all in our s*** . Not that I am surprised. To be clear, I had already read from other sources that our government infiltrates peaceful law-abiding groups that it decides are potentially “troublesome” and FACILITATES THE TROUBLE by gaining trust and then instigating more extreme behavior. This hastens the demise of the group. Fits perfectly with what I have observed over the decades.

But wow anyway. This article assumes that and goes WAY FURTHER. Itreally hurts to see it right there in the New York Times. It’s a good hurt though – because it pushed me to a realization of sorts.

Look, few are going to take action to stop this. Since this is the case, articles like this in the corporate media intend to sow seeds of distrust between US, a fear of the covert part of our government and of being misunderstood and subsequently targeted by it. This affects how free we feel to question or disagree with current policies (uh, not very).

This issue spans the political spectrum, from right-to-lifers to pro-choicers, from climate changers and climate deniers, veterans and current reservists, nutrition or medical establishment reformers, those with geo-engineering concerns, just about anyone with a beef with the status quo!

So: I am going to launch an all-out personal empowerment and positive campaign and encourage others to do the same.

To me, this does not mean only happy news, folks. I believe that focusing only on happy goings-on is flat-out abandoning my brothers and sisters. I just won’t do it. That makes me too sad! So I guess that makes me some kind of activist. I don’t think of it that way at all though. Maybe someone else has a better word for when you refuse to ignore injustice in order to reduce the anxiety of the “sunshine and daisy police”.

What I will do, though, is reaffirm that the focus of my life is to remain joyful that I am still able to take action and support others, remain hopeful NO MATTER WHAT and never give up. I am so happy and appreciative for so many aspects of this world and those who inhabit it with me.

I believe there is still mystery, and still solutions to be found. As Einstein said, “”No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” So we continue to remain open to getting smarter in the deepest sense and to the unknown both within and without.

Essaouira Fish

A long time ago, when I was 15, I ran away from home. I certainly had my reasons, but my sister and her friends had also afforded me a rare opportunity. My decision was encouraged by the fact that I did pretty much whatever I wanted anyway, and as well, I had, quite literally, dreamed it would happen, during the year before.

So I was gone for a year and a half, and during that time, I spent about 6 months in Morocco, living as the people lived there, sleeping on pallets made from forest materials (a sleeping bag was cheating, but I had one), cooking over fires, baking in clay ovens. A fair bit of this was done in the most beautiful place I had ever seen: a village called Essaouira. I’m taking off a few pounds right now, and in my quest for appetizing recipes, I ran across one for the fish they made there. It fits perfectly with my diet! So I thought I would tell that piece of the story and post it. I will let you know how it turns out. It smells real nice though.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Oqc3xWuqQ8