Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This should be played at a high volume, preferably in a residential area....

One of the patron saints of this blog is Sinead O'Connor - the teensy Irish woman with a voice like a hurricane.

She took a beating back in the day for tearing up that picture of old JPII on SNL when he and Joey Ratzinger were busy slow-walking all those thousands of child rape cases. A ballsy move on the part of Sinead, and one she's never been properly thanked for..
Fire on Babylon  ~ Sinead O'Connor
She took my father from my life oh
Took my sister and brothers oh
I watched her torturing my child
Feeble I was then but now I'm grown 
Fire on Babylon
Oh yes a change has come
Fire on Babylon
She's taken everything I liked
She's taken every lover oh
And all along she gave me lies
Just to make me think I loved her 
Fire on Babylon
Oh yes a change has come
Look what she did to her son
Fire on 
Life's backwards
Life's backwards
People turn around
The house is burned
The house is burned
The children are gone
Fire on Babylon
Oh yes a change has come
Fire on Babylon
Fire, oh
Fire, oh 
Fire on Babylon
Oh yes a change has come
Look what she did to her son
Look what she did to her son
Fire, haha
Fire, haha
Fire, aha
Fire on Babylon
Fire on Babylon


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Anybody want a drink before the war?

"Drink Before The War"

Well, you tell us that we're wrong
And you tell us not to sing our song
Nothing we can say will make you see
You got a heart of stone
You can never feel
You say "oh I'm not afraid - it can't happen to me
I've lived my life as a good man
Oh, no you're out of your mind
It won't happen to me
'Cos I've carried my weight
And I've been a strong man"
Listen to the man in the liquor store
Yelling "anybody want a drink before the war?"
And your parents paid you through
You got a nice big car
Nothing bothers you
Somebody cut out your eyes
You refuse to see
Somebody cut out your heart
You refuse to feel
And you live in a sham
You create your own hell
You live in the past
And talk about war
And you dig your own grave yeah
But it's a life you can save
So stop getting fussed
It's not gonna happen
And you'll cry
But you'll never fall
No, no, no You're building a wall
Gotta break it down
Start again
No, no, no
It won't happen to us
We've lived our lives
Basically we've been good men
So stop talking of war
Cause you know we've heard it all before
Why don't you go out there
And do something useful
Oh listen to the man in the liquor store
He yelling "anybody wanna drink before the war?"
"Anybody wanna drink before the war?"
"Anybody wanna drink before the war?"

~ Sinead O'Connor ~


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I waited

You never came 

You never came.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Burning down the house...

Parker River Wildlife Refuge

In the Empire, during the waning 20th century and the first couple decades of the 21st, conservatives and their useful idiots, conservative Christians, have done their level best to inject just enough doubt about climate change science, that corrective measures have been quite firmly - in the name of Jeebus - set aside. As if adding an exclamation point to their victory - the Junior High School, pussy-grabbing, little rich boy in charge of things abandoned the Paris Climate Accord.

Bully for them.

Bully for fossil fuels.

Bully for the planet too, because in an eye blink - it could be "roll credits" for the Anthropocene Era.

From NY Magazine - an excellent article on the state of the third rock from the sun (bolding mine):
The Earth has experienced five mass extinctions before the one we are living through now, each so complete a slate-wiping of the evolutionary record it functioned as a resetting of the planetary clock, and many climate scientists will tell you they are the best analog for the ecological future we are diving headlong into. Unless you are a teenager, you probably read in your high-school textbooks that these extinctions were the result of asteroids. In fact, all but the one that killed the dinosaurs were caused by climate change produced by greenhouse gas. The most notorious was 252 million years ago; it began when carbon warmed the planet by five degrees, accelerated when that warming triggered the release of methane in the Arctic, and ended with 97 percent of all life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the atmosphere at a considerably faster rate; by most estimates, at least ten times faster. The rate is accelerating. This is what Stephen Hawking had in mind when he said, this spring, that the species needs to colonize other planets in the next century to survive, and what drove Elon Musk, last month, to unveil his plans to build a Mars habitat in 40 to 100 years. These are nonspecialists, of course, and probably as inclined to irrational panic as you or I. But the many sober-minded scientists I interviewed over the past several months — the most credentialed and tenured in the field, few of them inclined to alarmism and many advisers to the IPCC who nevertheless criticize its conservatism — have quietly reached an apocalyptic conclusion, too: No plausible program of emissions reductions alone can prevent climate disaster.

At least the coal industry and its (many) dozens of jobs will have made a comeback.

And (at long last) we'll have a nice bible museum in Washington DC.



2017-07-09 Lowell Mill Buildings 

"Trade in your hours for a handful of dimes."

~ Jim Morrison ~

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Gig Economy

The Gig Economy


Whatever happened to Mary?

2017-07-08 Cape Ann Museum Mary


I love what's not allowed

"Mary, Mary"

[Spoken:] the Hail Mary

No virgin me
For I have sinned
I sold my soul
For sex and gin

Go call a priest
All meek and mild
And tell him, "Mary
Is no more a child."

It's raining stones
It's raining bile
Throw in the luxury
Of your denial

So I don't deny
I don't make do
I'll press alarms
Place bets on truth

I'm so up and down
And I love what's not allowed
I was lost, now I see
And now I'm growing old disgracefully

Whatever happened to Mary? [x5]

[Spoken:] the Hail Mary

I'll spit on floors
And do more drugs
Burn every bill
Get drunk on love

Wear next to nothing
In the pouring rain
Be a bad example
And do it all again

I'll be uncareful
I'll cause such scenes
And I'll never talk
Of used-to-be's

Tattoo my face
I won't go grey
Be a dancing queen
I'm growing old disgracefully

I'm so up and down
And I love what's not allowed
I was lost, now I see
And now I'm growing old disgracefully

Whatever happened to Mary? [x9]

Mary, Mary, Mary, quite contrary [x12]

[Spoken:] the Hail Mary [played backwards]

~ Chumbawamba ~


Friday, July 7, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Clawing its way out

Bradley Palmer State Park


Smoke people

When we were young 


Things were different then..


...they would gather by the sea,
set their dreams afire,
and let them drift
off into the


Fourth of July, 2017

Austin TX

"Wealth and security are hoarded by a few, a vicious tribalism of a country that denies community, the power and dignity of everyone caring about everyone—not just the tunnel vision quest of “me getting mine,” the mean-spirited Social Darwinism that lurks beneath our national platitudes about working hard and fair play. A hollow nation that denies the humanity of all sorts of “others” because of race and religion, but also culls away many at the edges of white privileged—white poor, white working-poor, white working class."

(via AZspot)


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Not Difficult

Evensong with Jizos

"The Great Way is not difficult
If only you do not pick and choose.
Neither love nor hate
And you will clearly understand.
Be off by a hair,
And you are as far from it as heaven from earth.
If you want the Way to appear,
Be neither for nor against.
For and against opposing each other -
This is the mind's disease."

from: "Faith in Mind"
~ Chan Master Sheng Yen ~