operative word is ILLUSION

… The operative word is ILLUSION …

The Illusion of Choice … 90% of American Media Controlled by 6 Corporations

08-30-2015  •  http://www.activistpost.com, By Vic Bishop ………………It is worth repeating again and again that the bulk of America’s mainline media is owned and controlled by a mere 6 corporations.

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It’s a novel … though it may well spell set the stage for Arizona’s water future …

… It’s a novel … though it may well spell set the stage for Arizona’s water future …

 

clip_image002Lock and Load – It’s ‘Cadillac Cataclysm’! My Ten Cents – Book Review: ‘The Water Knife’

Disclosure notice: I did not receive a free copy of this book. TheSNWA sent me a copy, but I forwarded it to the City of Phoenixwith my condolences. It was returned, stamped ‘No Longer at This Address’. Along with fellow WaterWonks John Fleck, Charles Fishman, and John Orr, I’m in the acknowledgments. Thanks!

Here goes…

Cut to the chase: Read it! Compelling, frightening, dark. Two books in one: a great mystery, and a water book to boot. 

When I first heard of award-winning (Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, etc.) authorPaolo Bacigalupi’s second novel (The Windup Girl was his first) The Water Knife and its subject matter, I immediately thought of his 2006 short story, The Tamarisk Hunter, that first appeared in the High Country News. That piece mesmerized me and made a deep impression because I read it after leaving my beloved Southwest, home for 35 years, for the greener, wetter clime of western Oregon. I thought to myself that I had made the right decision, although I’m still unaccustomed to all this green stuff covering up the rocks.

So what’s The Water Knife about? It’s foremost a mystery (roman noir, if you will) involving water – Southwestern water. Does any other kind matter?

It’s the near future. The Southwest is being battered by Big Daddy Drought, presumably the ‘new normal’. The USA is in a state of disarray, the federal government is ineffectual, and states are now empowered to control and patrol their borders with their own militias and troops (‘guardies’). Aquifers have been drained. Mexico now has the Cartel States.

The story is loaded with familiar players. Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) loom large, the latter headed by Catherine Case, aka Queen of the Colorado, a Pat Mulroy on PEDs. Ms. Case has an air force with attack helicopters, missiles and troops, should anyone (especially Arizona and its 600-pound gorilla, Phoenix) try to take water that she thinks is SNWA’s, which, by the way, is in the arcology business.

California (the Calies) lurk about, blowing up dams, seeking more water and trying to prevent Las Vegas and others from acquiring more. Texans, New Mexicans and Arizonans (Zoners) seek to reach the promised lands – those with water and some semblance of a future. You’ll also meet swimmers – those whose only future is to be killed, mutilated. and tossed into empty swimming pools, which abound in Phoenix.

Angel Velasquez, former Mexican prison-dweller, is Catherine Case’s top ‘water knife’ – the black ops guy who takes the tough assignments and is amply rewarded with a living permit in one of the arcologies and a Tesla. The term ‘water knife’ derives from his ability to ‘cut’ water for SNWA but one could argue it has several more graphic meanings. Velasquez is very good at what he does. With guys like him around, Case has all the tools she needs: lawyers, guns, and money – and water knives.

Angel swings into action when it appears that there may be some available substantial water rights that are lying around somewhere. Is it true or just some old myth? But others – mainly California and Phoenix – are after them as well. Velasquez fires up (metaphorically, of course) his Tesla and heads to Phoenix, which, despite its own Chinese-built arcologies and economy partially based upon the yuan, is sliding into anarchy and beneath the sands of Arizona.

There, in the Valley of the Sun, he butts heads and other body parts with a variety of characters, most like him – operating on the dark side and capable of doing anything to get what they want. He joins forces with a journalist from the Northeast, Lucy Monroe, out to enhance her stature by reporting on ‘collapse porn’ – the bloody swimmers and others who illustrate the breakdown of society and death of a region.

Suffice it to say that the rumored water rights do exist, so the race is on in earnest. Bodies accumulate at an alarming rate. Gratuitous violence in spades. Fires burn. Phoenix seems doomed. Who gets those rights? Will someone’s ‘good side’ come to the fore, if only for a few moments? Perhaps Angel lives up to his first name. Nahhhh… Read it – you will not be able to put it down.

The book is well-written. Great dialogue. Again, it’s a mystery that involves water, so I suspect that this book might have been enjoyed by the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, who might even have accepted Bacigalupi into their circle.

But despite its fictional designation The Water Knife has terribly unsettling elements of reality and a future devoid of any beneficent authority to keep the lid on. It does have a healthy dose of discussions on ethics and morality (wonder what Chandler and Hammett would say about that?). For a WaterWonk who spent most of his adult life in the arid Southwest, the picture it crafts cuts much, much too close to home.

It’s on my bookcase between Collapse and The Sixth Extinction.

Paolo Bacigalupi’s novel doesn’t cut like a knife. It mutilates like a machete.

Read it. You’ll great two great books in one.

You know, this would have made a helluva graphic novel. I’ll wait for the movie.

‘Send lawyers, guns and money    The shit has hit the fan’

 

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Is this supposed to be some form of comic relief … Virtually all of the “regulators” on our Corporation Commission are beholding to “dark $$$” and from those utilities they regulate…

clip_image002… Is this supposed to be some form of comic relief … Virtually all of the “regulators” on our Corporation Commission are beholding to “dark $$$” and from those utilities they regulate…

 

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WHAT HAPPENED TO “FREEDOM OF SPEECH”… RIGHT TO ASSEMBLY

I AM CONFUSED … WHAT HAPPENED TO “FREEDOM OF SPEECH”…

RIGHT TO ASSEMBLY… ?

Protesters have no free-speech rights on Supreme Court’s front porch


https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/182467-2015-08-29-protesters-have-no-free-speech-rights-on-supreme-courts-front.htm?From=News

The Supreme Court is designated as the ultimate protector of constitutional rights, but the guarantee of protest and free speech ends on the steps to the plaza in front of the court’s grand marble temple, a unanimous federal appeals court panel ruled Friday.

Demonstrators are allowed on the sidewalk in front of the court but not any closer to the famous portico promising “Equal Justice Under Law,” three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided.

The fight over where protesters get to protest has been going on for years.

The appeals court judges upheld a 1949 law that forbids demonstrations on the grounds of the high court, on the premise that protests at the court’s doorstep might lead to the perception that the justices are swayed by vox populi rather than the dictates of the law.

“Allowing demonstrations directed at the Court, on the Court’s own front terrace, would tend to yield the opposite impression: that of a Court engaged with — and potentially vulnerable to — outside entreaties by the public,” wrote U.S. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan, who argued often before the court as a lawyer and is sometimes mentioned as a future ­Supreme Court justice.

[A question of where protesters take a stand]

On days when controversial cases are argued and decided, the 50-foot-wide sidewalks surrounding the court are filled with chanting, flag-waving, ­bullhorn-toting protesters of all stripes. The Supreme Court itself, in 1983, ruled that these sidewalks — on First Street NE, just across from the Capitol — are open for protests.

But demonstrators are not allowed any closer. The court in its 1983 decision did not address the protest restrictions on the court’s grounds, which include the 252-by-98-foot oval marble plaza, with its fountains, benches, flagpoles and steps leading to the court’s iconic, six-ton bronze doors.

Critics have found the no-speech zone around the Supreme Court ironic if not hypocritical. The current court considers itself a fierce protector of political speech, knocking down restrictions on corporate spending on elections, for instance. The justices also struck a Massachusetts law that limited speech around abortion clinics.

In 2010, because of security concerns, the court said the public was no longer allowed to enter through the massive front doors. Visitors must go through security checkpoints on the ground floor, although they may exit via the court’s front porch.

The 1949 federal statute makes it unlawful to “parade, stand, or move in processions or assemblages in the Supreme Court Building or grounds, or to display in the Building and grounds a flag, banner, or device designed or adapted to bring into public notice a party, organization, or movement.”

In 2013, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell struck down the restrictions. “It cannot possibly be consistent with the First Amendment for the government to so broadly prohibit expression in virtually any form in front of a courthouse, even the Supreme Court,” Howell wrote in a 68-page opinion.

Within days, the Supreme Court instituted its own rules that essentially kept the restrictions in place, and the legal fight has continued.

Howell was considering a challenge brought by Harold Hodge of southern Maryland, who was arrested in January 2011 for standing on the plaza wearing a 3-by-2-foot sign that said, “The U.S. Gov. Allows Police to Illegally Murder and Brutalize African Americans and Hispanic People.”

Hodge was represented by the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties group that denounced Friday’s ruling.

“If citizens cannot stand out in the open and voice their disapproval of their government, its representatives and its policies without fearing prosecution, then the First Amendment is little more than window-dressing on a store window — pretty to look at but serving little real purpose,” said the institute’s president, John W. Whitehead. “Through a series of carefully crafted legislative steps and politically expedient court rulings, government officials have managed to disembowel this fundamental freedom.”

But Srinivasan said the court is different from Congress, where people have a right to protest for political action. The plaza is designed as an extension of the court, he said, and restrictions on protests there need only be reasonable and viewpoint-neutral.

[Read the appeals court decision here]

There is no suggestion that the law is discriminatory, he said: “Demonstrations supporting the court’s decisions and demonstrations opposing them are equally forbidden in the plaza.”

Srinivasan added: “Unless demonstrations are to be freely allowed inside the Supreme Court building itself, a line must be drawn somewhere along the route from the street to the Court’s front entrance. . . . Among the options, it is fully reasonable for that line to be fixed at the point one leaves the concrete public sidewalk and enters the marble steps to the Court’s plaza.”

Srinivasan was joined by Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson and Senior Circuit Judge Stephen F. Williams.

The plaza is likely to remain a place for only tourists wielding cameras and journalists interviewing lawyers and their clients after oral arguments and decisions (cameras, of course, are not allowed in the court).

Whitehead noted in his statement that the decision could be appealed and that his organization is also challenging the restrictions that the Supreme Court implemented after Howell’s ruling.

But there was little expectation of success. “Ironically, it will be the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who will eventually be asked to decide the constitutionality of their own statute in this case, yet they have already made their views on the subject quite clear,” Whitehead said.

 

Right-Wing DC Court of Appeals Uphold Unconstitutional Surveillance
Stephen Lendman

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Food is our drug of choice …we administer it miserably and without regard to health … but that’s another story, right…?

…Food is our drug of choice …we administer it miserably and without regard to health … but that’s another story, right…?

Food Is The Drug Everyone Uses

 

Aug 31, 2015 10:00 am  ……Last week I was watching this documentary with my Beau about obesity and realized in the commentary that there was a blaring truth – food is the drug everyone uses.  Think about it for a moment.

 

Drinking Water And Eating Food Won’t Cure A Hangover

Aug 31, 2015 10:00 am

Drinking Water And Eating Food Won’t Cure A Hangover, Because Scientists Have Found That The Only Solution Is To Drink Less.Hangover "cures" abound — a greasy meal, fish oil, over-the-counter hangover aids, more alcohol, and the list goes on.

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At this stage of the game Obama has nothing to lose … every little bit helps…

…At this stage of the game Obama has nothing to lose … every little bit helps…

OBAMA’S FIGHT FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS "With little fanfare, the Obama administration has been pursuing an aggressive campaign to restore protections for workers that have been eroded by business activism, conservative governance and the evolution of the economy in recent decades." [NYT]

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That first step …Important Deliberate Or idly taken

imageThat first step

Important

Deliberate

Or idly taken

The choice is solely yours…

 

Only hope it is wisely made

Much to see there is

Even more to experience

And so little time —

But time is a thought for discussion yet another day…

Depending upon your frame of mind

The fog can lift or descend

It’s solely up to you

In time you’ll discover you control

What perspective revealed to you

 

What guides

Prompts you along

Impels and propels your motion

Activates your gait

Induces you

To continue

Do you even know … or care…?

 

What you see

What you touch

Who and what you meet

What emotions activate

Surprise

Laugher

Astonishment

Happiness

Or fear…?

Triggered

Synchronized by DNA

Your genes carry

Influenced by what you learned at home

In school

From friends

From church

From TV and the internet

Especially Mom and Dad …

 

If in America you live

Likely to be confused are you

As we only get

Fluff … puff … Easy to digest pabulum

From “talking head”

Drama queens

Masquerading as authentic news commentators

What a sham…!

Those addicted to “FoxyNew$” love it so

They’ll fight with you night and day

And in the end against their own best interest – vote

All because …too hard for them to think…for themselves

 

America dominated – controlled

“Dark $$$”manipulators

Wall $treet “bank$ter$”

And not to be forgotten

America’s military industrial corporate congressional cabal

Our 1% suck up too…!

 

Red, yellow, black, white

People in all colors

Are born

But … lo … to those whose skin is not

Pure “white”

As America clings …

Though we dare not openly admit

To that day & time when slavery held sway

Then today’s uppity “niggers” would know their place

And this “black life has value” crap would simply go away

Cease to exist … Happy days would be here again…!

Or so we think … are lead to believe …

Americans dare not contemplate that world wide

White is minority … Maybe even second rate…

 

And what about how those Europeans act

And all those different languages and customs they tolerate

By damn in America speak English … our way … or leave

Obey our laws or else

As we “whites” sure as hell will not

And all that socialistic crap just has to go …

That “feel the Bern” stuff

Just what the hell is going on …

American capitalism rules the day

Sets the pace the world emulates

“FoxyNew$” would have us believe

We’re #l … king of the hill … top dog … “the man” …

And should you doubt us even for a minute

Our drones have a quick cure for you

And remember there’s many, many more where they came from …

Sitting on their butts in comfy chairs our drone operators are skilled

At “killing” … you …

More acceptable targets … like “Rummy” said to “W” in our premediated preemptive war on Iraq … is what we need …

So go ahead … mouth off … we dare you to …

And by the way just so you know

That goes for you in America too…!

Who dare believe there is a kinder, gentler, safer,

Genuinely more authentic way to live

Than sucking up the greedy Walton family … Koch Bros … and their ilk…

 

If you live in Arizona

Where Governor Doug “EL Douche” rules

A quality education you will NOT get

Nor quality health care either

But employment always available at one of “EL Duche” corporate

Supporter’s private for –profit prison

Providing you can live on 27 cents per hour

And three squares each day of Mon$anto GMO food … if you can honestly call it that

Appropriately labeled … “unfit for human consumption “

Do you really think we care

Guess again…?

 

I’ll bet you heard that Arizona is a desert

Where WATER is scarce

That’s a lie … or so our state water guru’s

Would have everyone believe

Their double secret private word is

       Immediate

Though they choose NEVER to define what immediate is…

Cleverly covering their ass…

But guess what

Immediate

Finally will come

And when it does

Long gone out of town they will be

Audios … as the Spanish say

See ya later … sucker …

 

Now if you are a mine owner/operator … welcome …

Come to Arizona – – please – –

John McCain and Jeff Flake our vaunted US Senators

Will gladly help you rape

Our land … take & pollute our water

Then help you pack and leave in the dark of night 

Your “piggy-bank” full…

 

Now if you are coming to Arizona to run for elected office …

Welcome … remember this

Accept and solicit all the “dark $$$” money you can get

Our governor did … secretary of state … attorney general ….

Corporation Commi$$ioner$ too

Ca$hed in their Koch Bros IOU “dark money” chits did they …

And “we” – that’s the voters of Arizona – never said one damn bad word …

No instead

We elected all of them …

 

Arizona’s landscape thing a beauty…or at least it was

Until regulators allowed the mines to desecrate

One of our national treasures … the Grand Canyon …

As recent toxic “spill” from Gold King mine in Colorado contaminating the water humans – plants – animals – require to live…

It is simply a matter of time … all these mines in Grand Canyon break polluting water serving Las Vegas – Phoenix and LA …

How about that…?

 

That’s OK …

For a real treat and diversion

Bring your youngest children to Arizona where they can shoot and fire a real UZI gun … fully automatic …

You see there is NO age requirement the

Arizona gun advocates and the NRA are happy to say

So even if your children are only ten years old …

It’s OK … pull the trigger fire away …

Accidents happen and they did

Instructor killed … as UZI overpowered an inappropriately too young,  too small …

No $weat … it’s back to bu$ine$$ as usual …

 

Take a trip visit one of the Arizona/Mexico border towns … “The Donald” dares you too …

Taking & placing your life in danger he proclaims …

“Build that dang fence” would he … keep them out or you in…?

 

Stick around for our election in November 2016

See if America’s self-proclaimed toughest Sheriff … Maricopa County’s Uncle Joe …

Gets re-elected at age 84

Bet the “blue-hairs”  retirees in Sun City hope he does … as he promises to take care of them…

Then there’s “dishonest” John McCain who at age 80 covets more attention as our “senior” US Senator though his attention severely wanes…

We’ve gerrymandered congressional boundaries to the point where a Congressman must traverse nearly the entire state

North from Fredonia on the Utah border

South to Oro Valley just outside Tucson …

314 miles long

Yet political experts declare

Those inhabiting this – – incredibly large – – space

Share compatible needs, beliefs…?

Though eons of history note

Incredible differences are paramount

But you really think the so-called political experts give a damn …

Hell no…

 

If in this moment what’s out there looks bleak

Just blink three times

Turn around

And begin again

It’s a journey

You control

No one else…

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“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”  André Gide

“If you fuel your journey on the opinions of others, you are going to run out of gas.” … Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.” …Barbara Hall

“Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations”….Oliver Goldsmith

…HELP MAKE IT A GREAT DAY…

…YOU CAN …