So it’s another month. Whoopee. Looks like I’m on hiatus. Here’s the recap since forever (something like October?): Erika went on a daylong retreat with the women, cleaned the house. Went to church, checked out L&C sound system, went to New Seasons for stuff, painted pumpkins. Trick or treating nearby with school folk. It was our 12th anniversary, had lunch with the wife. The Friends of Rain concert went very well-only a few glitches, and no trainwrecks. Erika had a long meeting Sat., cleaned, church, shop, did t’ai chi with a mom at school, but only once. Had a Dr’s appt.-he says I have labyrinthitis, gave me dizzy meds. We practiced way too much, I went skating before the show, the concert was a rousing success-a full house, standing ovation. Slept late. Erika’s mom has cancer. We had a big cold snap, worked from home. Matt’s surgery went well, but he barfed a lot afterwards so Erika took him back to the hospital. More skating, Thanksgiving laziness, church, rake leaves, clean garage. More raking, trim raspberries & blackberries, grass plants. Rainy, houseguest. Matt to skating party, no church. Cleaning. Dr’s appt. Colin’s having bad dreams, cured by a mirror under his bed. Went to watch the boat parade at a gamelan friend’s. Christmas, cleaning, no church.
Here are a lot of links: Missing: a Vision of Economic Possibility, Our Imperial Vote, Money Fights Hard and It Fights Dirty, A Recipe for Fascism, Outrage Misguided, Corporate Socialism, Living in an Age of Imposed Amnesia, Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion, Eternal Thanks for a Nonviolent Future, Global Plans to Replace the Dollar, Hope in the 21st Century, revisiting-politics-social-change, The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, Redistribution of America’s Wealth to the Few, 15 Charts About Wealth and Inequality in America, Untellable Truths, Middle Class Strife. One last one I got today: Journalism of Appeasement. (I’m trying to go back to where these were originally posted, and I don’t know when they’ll die…) People are talking about the stuff that matters. The problem is that the stuff that matters needs action behind it, not talk. There is some good news-the tax stuff passed, and it was in the middle somewhere as far as good goes-Obama was forced to compromise, and the tax breaks for the wealthy and the payroll tax relief were troubling, and dadt repeal and start got passed, but the real stuff didn’t get done. And the next session isn’t going to be happy.
Listening to: (teh plod returneth) George Clinton, Laurie Anderson, Touch 33, Genesis, John Hanes, Cave, Nick & The Bad Seeds, Steve Story, Celia Bourez, Frank Zappa
Page 23, Sentence 5: “That I am myself the agent in the conceptual process may be an illusion, but to immediate observation it certainly appears to be so.” The Philosophy of Freedom