put up or shut up

Though less than 60 days into the year 2009 we awake to a world facing challenges inviting each of us to contribute to creating solutions needed to solve each of these challenges honestly and equitably. Not easily done when for the most part we do not as yet even know the true nature of these challenges as we have been content to be treated as nothing more than a crop of mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed a constant diet of genuine bull shit. If “we” really want to be part of the change this paradigm must change and change right now.

In Arizona we can begin by querying all government from a position of full open disclosure accepting nothing else what are the facts on issues of education especially – K thru 12 – and asking college students if given an honest choice would they support less fun and games, less college football and hoops, investing instead in those courses which they determine will give the best chance in our changing world economy…?

Laying out with no fingers crossed our current Arizona state water inventory and to the extent we are able delineate equitably how this water is to be used today, tomorrow and with whatever crystal-ball we evoke the future too.

What’s the real status of our air…? How polluted and what’s in it, do we even know…? What does it take to clean it up and how quickly can it be done…? Yes, there is a cost and we need to know..?

I read or think I do but quite frankly I must confess for me all I see is an Arizona economy intrinsically tied to simply building houses and not much more. This does not appear to me to be fundamentally sustainable in desert environment with limited water resources, but may be you can prove me incorrect…?

In the movie … The American President … Michael Douglas plays the role of Andrew Shepherd, as President of the USA and speaks these edited words at a press conference setting in the movie … I’ve been here three years and three days, and I can tell you without hesitation: Being President of this country is entirely about character … Why would a senator, his party’s most powerful spokesman choose to reject upholding the Constitution? If you can answer that question, folks, then you’re smarter than I am …. America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. . I’ve known him for years, and I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason he devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. His problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it. His problem is that he can’t sell it! We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, he is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and character … We’ve got serious problems, and we need serious people, and if you want to talk about character … If you want to talk about character and American values, fine. Just tell me where and when, and I’ll show up. This is a time for serious people”…

The fundamental question on the table waiting for us to answer individually and collectively is … are we serious about change…? If “we” want change are we willing to get off our couches and off our butts and get involved, not be willing under any conditions to let anyone to pull the wool over our eyes..?

Are “we” serious people or are “we” that crop of mushrooms they’ve grown use to cultivating…?

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… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

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Website address for Paul F. Miller’s blog …. http://waterman99.wordpress.com/2009

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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

Mo believed in disclosure to the people

WRRC Conference Focuses on Stakeholders in Water Planning …UA Water Resources Research Center …Former Interior water official Betsy Rieke will deliver the keynote address. …By University Communications … February 11, 2009 …Stakeholder engagement in water planning is the theme of next month’s Water Resources Research Center’s annual conference. …The March 17 conference will be held in The University of Arizona’s Student Memorial Union Ballroom. ..This year’s topic, “Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in Water Resources Planning,” addresses the need to involve stakeholder groups and the public in the key water resources decisions that will affect their future. ..The conference was organized in collaboration with the Morris K. Udall Foundation and The Arizona Water Institute and is geared for anyone with an interest in water planning. … Participants can choose among three workshops: one on experiments and innovations in stakeholder engagement; a second on experiences of planners and stakeholder with integrated water resources management; and third, a special discussion session, will focus on ways to get people engage. Participants will be encouraged to share experiences and craft new ideas.

Will focus on ways to get people to engage … this particular phrase from the conference referenced above caught my attention as it articulated for me one of the fundamental diverging attitudes separating government, academia, private industry and “we” – the people, the citizenry, the voters, the governed, the regulated, the tax payer. I have no doubt this conference scheduled for March 2009 at UofA in Tucson will be well attended, though I would speculate the audience will at best have a mere handful of “we” – the people.

It has been my experience in the last 30 years in Arizona that conferences such as this are scheduled for the convenience of government, academia, private industry and most often not even a modicum of attention is honestly given as to whether the time or date would even remotely be seen as an honoring invitation to “we” – the people.

It is telling this conference is held reputedly in conjunction with the Morris K. Udall Foundation, a southern Arizona congressman of integrity who was by most everyone’s estimation a man of the people and for the people.

You really want to engage “we” – the people – then be square with us, treat us as equals, treat us with respect, seek our council and our wisdom and when provided don’t summarily discount it because it does not fit into your preconceived box like environment. Know this engaging us is “messy” and time consuming because unlike the bulk of you attending and getting paid, we can’t always get away from our jobs, homes, family, and still put food on the table and pay the bills. And the answers you give to us need to be clear, concise, understandable leaving some of your convenient jargon at the door. No we’re not stupid but we don’t necessarily talk your “stuff” every day so bear with us when we need you to simply explain, OK..? And it may take more than once.

My personal experience in these conference settings like that noted above, is you really don’t want us around nor our input and most assuredly not the questions we will ask. You would much soon plan how to steal our water, have it sanctioned legally as a commodity, the privatize it, and by hook or crook sell it ten times its current price back to us, when it was ours – “WE” – in the first place.

I extend an invitation to you to take whatever action of which you are capable to assist in obtaining and enforcing on a world wide basis the … United Nations Article # 31 … “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” … Were Morris K. Udall alive today this Foundation bearing his name would quickly find he would be one of the first to stand up to champion such a cause, are any of you…?

Now that folks is honestly thinking outside the box….

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… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

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Website address for Paul F. Miller’s blog …. http://waterman99.wordpress.com/2009

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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

Gov Jindal is not alone Gov Brewer joins him on that stage

While the mass media spotlight is directly on how Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal shamelessly fabricated a story to make himself look good and to score political points … What’s worse, he casts himself as a savior, when in reality, when the floodwaters were rising and the people of his state truly did need saving, he was nowhere to be found.” ……….. in Arizona our newest 30 day wonder woman Governor Jan Brewer equally shamelessly fabricates a story to make herself look good and attempt to score political points. ………… with rather caviler and reckless abandon Gov. Brewer throws her predecessor Gov. Napolitano under the closest passing bus. Evidently Jan Brewer the current Arizona Governor chooses to forget or blindly dismisses that HER party – REPUBLICANS – have controlled both houses of the Arizona State Legislature for the past 10 plus years essentially making former Gov. Napolitano – Democrat – dance and bob and wave and threaten and tweak to keep alive a reasonable modicum of education for Arizona students in particular. Not without consequences she would have had to face had Napolitano opt out to become Obama’s Sec of Homeland Security.

There is no question Arizona – today – finds itself in one hell of a money budget mess, but though Gov Brewer will try, she will not be able to lay this debacle solely at the feet of her predecessor – Napolitano – without the specter of Republican patrician politics slapping her in the face.

Perhaps it was fortuitous that Napolitano found an opportunity to bail before the proverbial – shit hit the fan – financially in Arizona, but the fact remains, though Napolitano was Governor to a large degree she was held hostage had her hands tied as she and her party did not have sufficient votes to move their budget through the political process. They were forced during her entire governorship to kowtow to Republican legislative majority whims to achieve and produce a budget which she signed after many tumultuous submittals.

The Arizona economy for the past 20 years has existed almost exclusively on – home building – creating urban sprawl eating up native desert at the rate of more than an acre per hour. Arizona for the past 20 years has lost acreage in agriculture, lost numbers in cattle ranching, lost even its minimal lumber industry, but gained significantly in populations in villages, hamlets, towns and especially “metro” Phoenix and Tucson.

To encourage “clean” industry to create jobs in our state, shamelessly did we give them “breaks” – we’ll give you this, forgive that, what’s the offer from that other town, we’ll beat it. And then we wonder why and how the funds needed to sustain a viable economy – tax base – went to Hell…? The best competition around was not between industry but between communities each vying to out do each other in frantic race to have this “clean” industry based within our midst.

This feeding frenzy has a price – which must be paid – is does not mystically just evaporate and go away. Like the old adage goes … the chicken have come home to roost … it’s time to pay the piper … or you choose one…? For many those were the best of times, and now it may well be these are to be some of the worst only time will tell…?

So I invite you Governor Jan Brewer – choose not to point the finger at anyone, save – self – offer instead a plan that says look in the mirror if you need someone to blame, then set your mind, offer up your time, talents and begin to build a sustainable Arizona economy. No it won’t happen overnight and there will be some angst. But all of us, and I mean all of us, can make it through, if we each just lend a hand. What awaits on the other side is up to us to create.

THEY TOLD US WHAT TO EXPECT . . . .

Back in June, 1991 — The Council on Foreign Relations co-sponsors an assembly Rethinking America’s Security: Beyond Cold War to New World Order which is attended by 65 prestigious members of government, labor, academia, the media, military, and the professions from nine countries. While at that meeting, David Rockefeller said in a speech: …”We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” … it is my fervent hope that President Obama will at some point find the voice to honestly present to the American people truthfully how the Federal Reserve System came into being as well as the infamous IRS.
These two privately developed and sanctioned business ventures have done far more harm to America than other institutions, including our current Congress. We are today held captive to their powerful grip upon all aspects of our economy including those we elect in capacities at the local level. Until “we” – that’s you and me – choose to make the time to chew on and digest today all money is created solely by debt and its implications, we will remain victims to their selfish manipulations.
To attain knowledge requires time, patience and thoughtful contemplation with the TV & stereo turned off, in part alone in part with thought provoking discussion, this is not for the faint of heart. It is truly today … a road less traveled …
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… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted

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Website address for Paul F. Miller’s blog … http://waterman99.wordpress.com/2009
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Respectfully submitted,

Exponential vs. Finite … possible implications

Might it be time in for man no matter where on this planet we call – “mother earth” – he currently dwells to consider the implications of a world population increasing exponentially while relying upon a finite source of water…?

Interestingly man, especially in America, thus far has been able to cast aside any invitation to consider the implications of the path we currently walk respecting the finite nature of water. Literally we are able to daily pay no heed as increasingly water is degraded by our acts. All evidence suggesting man plays an impacting role in water’s revolving cycle is steadfastly cast aside disparaged unmercifully.

Yet the fact remains – water – is finite while world population grows exponentially, sustainable this is not. This seems perverse as the two most important ingredients required by man to survive air and water remain off our current radar screens, relegated most often to be fostered by those we tend to view as on the fringe. You know what I mean, those most often labeled, nut-cases, tree huggers, greenies, contemptible environmentalists, obstructionists, do-gooders and all the rest Most often what they espouse, can only be seen through that lens, as those we are asking to receive, can only perceive through one lens that of unrestricted growth.

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… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

I extend an invitation to you to take whatever action of which you are capable to assist in obtaining and enforcing on a world wide basis the … United Nations Article # 31 … “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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Website address for Paul F. Miller’s blog …. http://waterman99.wordpress.com/2009

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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

MAGIC LINE

Increasingly I find myself asking where or if there is a magic line in the sand clearly delineating the differences between a life lived in the community of “I” (alone) as opposed to a life lived in the community of “we” (you/us) …?

We arrive on this earth plane in this incarnation in a nuclear family environment wherein its composition is facilitated through adhering to a family belief in either “I” or “we” as possessing fundamental power. Being born in the USA adds a historical dimension as our public funded education enforces a cardinal belief in the power of the individual.

Notably absent in the education provided, at least in my generation (1943 – war baby) is full disclosure of folks such as John D. Rockefeller, Sam Walton, Phil Knight, John Jacob Astor, John Pierpont Morgan, Charles Merrill, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Edward H. Harriman, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to cite but a few and the business ethic or paradigm they utilized as they amassed their respective financial empires…?

When viewed through the lens of is it I or is it we, in the case of each of those noted above I respectfully suggest they adhere the philosophy is it – I. A trait common to each of them is their insatiable individual appetite so only crumbs remain for the “we.” They are often held up in our educational system as the pillars and the examples to which one in the USA might chose to aspire, and indeed one could honestly note they represent and epitomize the power of the individual. While recognizing their individual prowess no mention is made of how they achieved their financial empire.

Safely off the table for discussion and shielded from prying eyes and ears is any discussion of those they trampled into the ground, abused, crushed, summarily discarded, pushed ruthlessly aside as they rose to the top of the pinnacle of financial success and upon a pedestal placed. Truly they do honestly epitomize the I, while being most cavalier about the we.

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… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

I extend an invitation to you to take whatever action of which you are capable to assist in obtaining and enforcing on a world wide basis the … United Nations Article # 31 … “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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Website address for Paul F. Miller’s blog …. http://waterman99.wordpress.com/2009

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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

AMALGUM OF FEAR

The fundamental mass media message is an amalgam of FEAR be afraid, be very afraid. The message fostered by TV talking heads, many blogs, twitter users, government propaganda messengers is an authentic blatant use of FEAR, reinforced solely with words recession, depression, unprecedented collapse, leading to global devastation…?

And some how receiving 24/7 vestiges of this message in its many forms “we” are to see, feel, hear there is a positive bright light at the end of this tunnel…? I don’t believe it will, in fact what will evolve is folks will stick and bury their heads further in the sand trying anything to get away but knowing not where they can turn.

Americans, I find, are fundamentally afraid of change. We love the word and its attributes but we truly fear what is required of each of us to attain any real, meaningful, significant – change. It’s too hard, too emotional, takes too long, incurs too much pain, so on second thought I’ll just bitch and do nothing.

In teasing taunting manner we are hauntingly shown a path a way out of these dilemmas “we” permitted to be inflicted upon us, but, when it comes to the time to either put up or shut up, we usually choose the latter, grovel and live in fear.

What we face is a recession, depression, collapse based entirely on FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN and nothing else and those manipulating pulling our stings are sitting back laughing their asses off at our individual and collective stupidity.

Forrest Gump was right … stupid is as stupid does …. but we can change all that in less than a New York minute … so what’s stopping us, you guessed it – fear.

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… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

I extend an invitation to you to take whatever action of which you are capable to assist in obtaining and enforcing on a world wide basis the … United Nations Article # 31 … “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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Website address for Paul F. Miller’s blog …. http://waterman99.wordpress.com/2009

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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

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