Someone is looking at whatever you do, so always present your most charming you ~ FlyingSnail graphic by C. Spangler ~ Open Flying Snail Views in new tab or window
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth
becomes a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell

Is Daylight Savings Time Dangerous?

Paul Krassner ~ The Realist, Investigative Satirist

‘REVOLUTION The Legacy of the Sixties’ A Feature Film Documentary via Kurt Max

Feral Government Shuts Down

Feral government is government by the corporation, for the corporation and descended from domesticated individuals. As with any introduced species, the introduction of feral government to non-native regions has disrupted ecosystems and contributed to the extinction of native indigenous species.  A common example of an animal with feral populations is the pig ...and... never let politicians invest your Social Security with their criminal friends on Wall Street!

Senator McConnell Objects to Military Pay Protection

McCaskill plays key role in sending surveillance bill to Trump’s desk

Nobody will establish Peace during our times, feed the hungry, care for the sick,
and believes None of the Above should be a valid choice on Voter Ballots.

No pizza for anybody
via 2DeadMoose

GOP: Let’s have pizza. ~ Dems: Sure ~ GOP: We want it to be pepperoni. ~ Dems: Sure. Sounds good. We want olives. ~ GOP: We hate olives! ~ Dems: OK, let’s just get olives on half. ~ GOP: OK then -- NO PIZZA for anybody! You hate the country and are trying to keep everyone from having pizza!

How It Could have been, had it not been for
Debbie Democrap & her Vicious DNC Band

Mr Sanders and his family in the White House

Nobody for President

Make None of the Above a valid choice on Voter Ballots!


Congratulations Philadelphia EagleS !!!

Now ;-) can we stop showing the Eagles fan who 'gets wrecked by the pole' ?

What conspiracy theory do you
100% buy into and why?

via Dieschwarzesonne @ Reddit

GOP thinks what?

Steven Leech ~ Boptime + Legends of Wilmington Jazz

Even Steven's Boptime

On Saturday's Boptime after an hour of oldies at 6am (EST), on the station’s automated system, it’s Rockabilly Ridge with Michael Ace at 7am (EST). At 8am (EST) we head back to this day in 1962 and play some hits from this day in that year from here and in England. At 9am (EST) it’s Mary Lou’s Dream Hour with the tunes she’d like you to hear. ~ Steve

BOPTIME: Saturday, 6 AM Eastern time, 3 AM Pacific time
Go To:
Click on a listening link below the WVUD logo:
WVUD 91.3

2Cellos Highway To Hell 1080 HD via Rive Video

The Wall

Pink Floyd ~ Another Brick In The Wall via Yoly


Net Neutrality

Corruption is Legal in America via Doku Mentor


JACK DENTON, 15 HOURS AGO, Pacific Standard Source

On Tuesday, 22 state attorneys general filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission in response to the agency's repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulationsthe Hill reports. Last month, the FCC rolled back rules, in place since 2015, that prevented Internet service providers from blacklisting specific websites or charging different prices for faster loading speeds.

"In repealing the net neutrality rules, the FCC ignored consumers' strong support for a free and open Internet," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement, echoing the backlash of the widely unpopular December repeal. "Internet access is a utility."

The lawsuit follows senate Democrats' announcement on Monday, reported by the Washington Post, that 50 senators have signed on to a Senate resolution that would overturn the FCC repeal and restore net neutrality rules. However, even if the necessary 51 Senate votes are secured, the bill is unlikely to pass the Republican-majority house or be signed by President Donald Trump.

The Senate’s push to overrule the FCC on net
neutrality now has 50 votes, Democrats say

Addendum: The Patriot Act ~ When Truth Becomes Treason

Addendum: Voted for War

Are Lobbyists a scourge or plague on Democracy?


World 'At the Very Edge' of Nuclear War, Warns Pope

U.S. Navy veteran's mom denied visa to attend son's funeral in Arkansas

Native American veterans to have memorial on National Mall

Two Activists arrested and face charges for feeding homeless people in El Cajon, California park

Addendum: Reddit Comments

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

How a man’s first tweet, about Obama’s respect, proved more popular than Trump’s bluster

HIDDEN CAMERA: HUNDREDS of Twitter Employees Paid to View “Everything You Post Online” Including Private “Sex Messages”

Marijuana legalisation causing violent crime to fall in US states, study finds

R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan

Shock and sadness greet sudden death of Limerick's Dolores O'Riordan

Linger by Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries via Radio Flashback FM

Group Hallucination, from Psychedelic Trips For The Mind by Paul Krassner

51 Years Ago,
January 14, 1967,
A Milestone Was Reached,
...Then Forced Into Apathetic Decay,
Accepted By The People and now Called Today!

by C. Spangler

On January 14, 1967 I attended the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Here is a story I wrote about that day which was published by Paul Krassner in his book, "Psychedelic Trips For The Mind."

Paul Krassner
Paul Krassner and C. Spangler ~ Photograph, Dwight Dolliver

[Ed. Note Regarding, "WTF am I doing?": Photographer says to Paul, “I wonder where all the other warriors are today?” (referring to those brave enough to stand up against any form of injustice) and I lift my t-shirt to reveal a Maasai warrior belt (ref one, ref. 2); not to be confused with marriage belt, which has diamonds.]

Chapter 3, The Grateful Dead, Page 82:

Group Hallucination

by Curtis

San Francisco, 1967, the Human Be-In.

Something odd happened at this Gathering of the Tribes that still permeates my mind. I have confirmed that I was not the only one who experienced this.

Right before the Grateful Dead played, there was a "gentle person" from India who offered blessings from the stage. While this was occurring, a group of folks in the back of the crowd started screaming, "Fuck you, bring on the band," and other derogatory comments.

The person on stage stopped for a moment, kind of gazed in the general direction of the comments, bowed, and something that looked like a lightening bolt left him, and struck in that general area, illuminating it with light. This in turn seemed to swell the energy to even greater heights, and I heard the words, "Don't freak with a freak" come from the Cosmic Kitchen.

It was only a matter of moments before the Dead were (chuckle) tuned up and playing. This is when the oddity took place. I think the band was playing a song called "Alligator." The audience energy was swirling in what appeared to be a circle and gave the impression of being on a gigantic carousel. This swirling re-formed into this incredible egg-like shape of light that appeared above the stage, and everyone's body seemed to dissolve.

What happened next is hard to describe. It was like the light had joined everyone there together, and the realm of individuality was gone. There was a mutual chill of excitement that filled the air, and I began to hear comments like: "I think we made it." "Are we here?" "This is it!" And "God, isn't it beautiful?" For a moment there was absolute silence. We were all stuck in this "egg of light," and it was beyond any beauty that I could describe in words.

It was at this point I heard the words "Where do we go from here?" come from the Cosmic Kitchen. Almost instantaneously, I heard hundreds of responses come from the crowd, and very few were identical. The light began to fade, and in a flash we were back to the stage and crowd. I did hear folks asking one another, "Did you experience that?" among other questions, and the answer was yes.

When everything came back together, something new was present. It no longer seemed that we were one big family. It appeared that we somehow had resettled into smaller groups that were perhaps now driven by ego. Coincidently, this sort of shows up in successive events pertaining to the history of Haight/Ashbury and that culture.

This experience at the Be-In kept running through my mind. In the early '70s, Ram Dass and I discussed this at length, while sitting on the roof of the Palace Heights Hotel in Delhi, India. We came to the conclusion that this incident, which occurred in Golden Gate Park, was the beginning of what we termed the "Social Karma Ego Dharma Games," or a point where people started growing apart, rather than growing together.

Alligator ~ Grateful Dead ~ August 5, 1967 via The Grateful Jams will be 20 years old on January 28, 2018

Los Muppets cantan Bohemian Rhapsody via Iscander Aiguinine


School board president: Everybody wants to take the side of the 'poor little woman'

Superintendent of Vermilion Parish Schools Jerome Puyau:
Vermilion Parish School District
220 S Jefferson St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 893-3973
Fax: (337) 898-0939

Vermilion parish teacher gets arrested at Vermilion parish school meeting

NOAA 15 Thermal Image ~ 201801.12

Thermal Image ~ NOAA 15 (CH 3-4, southbound 58 W) at 2018-01-12 15:21 UTC
Thermal Image ~ NOAA 15 (CH 3-4, southbound 58 W) at 2018-01-12 15:21 UTC


Top U.S. Government Computers Linked to Revenge-Porn Site

Exclusive: U.S. Justice Department blindsided banking agency on pot policy flip - sources

Should voters who don’t vote stay on voter rolls?

Native American tribes file federal lawsuit against opioid industry

Pfizer, pocketing a big tax cut from Trump, will end investment in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research

Kansas Rep. Steve Alford claims African Americans’ character, genetics make them susceptible to marijuana use

Blue-state Republicans could become almost as rare as white southern Democrats

Instantly, Oprah 2020 erupts

Steven Leech ~ Boptime + Legends of Wilmington Jazz

Even Steven's Boptime

Announcing some important content changes to Saturday's Boptime. We begin at 6am (EST) on the station’s automated system. It’ll still be Boptime but you’ll hear an hour’s worth of back-to-back oldies that you can follow along with from our website: The good news is that you’ll hear more Rockabilly Ridge with Michael Ace at 7am (EST) on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Saturdays. On this Saturday's Boptime, and every 2nd Saturday afterward, you’ll hear The Secret City of Jazz or The Legends of Wilmington Jazz followed by Clifford’s Corner at 8am (EST) with co-hosts Larry Williams and Kitty Mayo. The Morrie Sims Show, The Delaware Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Beatlemania!!!, and The Club Baby Grand segments remain in their regular slots. ~ Steve

BOPTIME: Saturday, 6 AM Eastern time, 3 AM Pacific time
Go To:
Click on a listening link below the WVUD logo:
WVUD 91.3

Steven has also provided Genesis and Harbringer.pdf; part of Dreamstreets #56, located at:

Breathe // An 8K storm time-lapse film // Music: Breathe by Ex Makina via Mike Olbinski

Something One Can Get Behind =;-) Of Course, With Slight Modification

jcdulos over at reddit [source] posted the following:

Meme saying, "Trump's interview in Mueller Russia probe should be a pay-per-view event with all proceeds going to the rebuild of Puerto Rico" by mrewokone.

saying, "Trump's interview in Mueller Russia probe should be a pay-per-view event with all proceeds going to the rebuild of Puerto Rico." by mrewokone.

We agree with jcdulos, but with slight modification. Put Mr. Trump & Mr. Mueller in dunk tanks similar to this:

Dunk Tank

Wire the dunking trigger to national dial-up lines, but include international dial-up lines to get world opinion.

If public feels an answer is false, Mr. Trump or Mr. Muller get dunked, and both National & World results are displayed ?


Vermilion parish teacher gets arrested at Vermilion parish school meeting

It’s Raining In Antarctica – Scientists Are Extremely Worried

Trump Administration Waives Punishment For Convicted Banks, Including Deutsche — Which Trump Owes Millions

Reddit Comments:


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Feetlines From Yesterday

Vermilion parish teacher gets arrested at Vermilion parish school meeting

Apple investigated by France for 'planned obsolescence'

The Google engineer fired over his controversial 'diversity memo' is suing the company, alleging discrimination

Evidence from the [Google] lawsuit via _Mellex_ ~ Source:

Employee given a monetary bonus by another employee for arguing against Damore

Google SRE Director talks about silencing speech

Claim that Google has an internal blacklist that won't allow certain people on their property based on a person's ideology.

SRE Manager doesn't care about cis white men, and also white knights weigh in

Above "cis white male's" manager says he will get in trouble for not towing the sjw narrative

Don't speak at conferences if you're white and there's already a white guy

Being racist against white people is actually highlighting the need for diversity says HR Department

Irony beyond human measure

Anonymous Google employee tells someone to look into joining Antifa

We should fire all people accused of things, based on the accusations alone

Your sources aren't relevant to my reaction

Do not question the exact details

We need to prevent people from ever getting a job in tech again

Israeli PM's son sorry over secret tape

Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

Pennsylvania Republicans fret their feeble nominee will blow March special election

Pennsylvania/March, Pennsylvania/March, Pennsylvania/March

By Daily Kos Elections Wednesday Jan 03, 2018 · 5:00 AM PST ~ DAILY KOS Source

It's been a familiar story this cycle: Republicans, facing a special election for Congress, choose a nominee who's either underwhelming (Ron Estes), deeply flawed (Greg Gianforte), or downright unelectable (Roy Moore), jeopardizing if not dooming their chances. Now the latest source of worry for the GOP is state Rep. Rick Saccone, the party's choice in the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th District, even though Donald Trump handily carried it by a 58-39 margin.​

According to Politico's Elena Schneider, unnamed Republican operatives are fretting about Saccone's fundraising, but his inability to bring in the bucks was well-known long before local officials tapped him at a convention in November. As we noted at the time, Saccone had been running for Senate all year but had only amassed a pitiful $52,000 war-chest, yet Republicans selected him anyway. Either they were totally incompetent, didn't have better options, or were simply hoping Saccone's finances would pick up once he became the party's nominee, none of which exactly project strength.

Speaking to Schneider, one nameless GOP strategist went even further, saying, "There's enough out there with Saccone to make him so wacky that Republicans—particularly moderate Republicans in the suburban areas—say this isn't my cup of tea." That was a key part of the brew that sent Moore down to defeat. Is that same Darjeeling percolating now? It may just be, especially since Democrats have rallied around a strong candidate of their own, former federal prosecutor and Marine veteran Conor Lamb.

Indeed, fears about Saccone are apparently so grave that two unnamed GOP sources tell Schneider that local Republicans are trying to get state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler to run in the regularly scheduled election this fall instead. That could, however, prove extremely awkward. Reschenthaler lost the nomination to Saccone on the second ballot at November's gathering, but if he wants to try again, he'd have to file to get on the ballot by March 6—a week ahead of the special election. What's more, Reschenthaler would have to start circulating petitions well in advance of that date, so the specter of a replacement candidate would hover over the race for weeks.

Reschenthaler himself isn't commenting, and perhaps this is part of an effort to lower expectations for Saccone. If so, though, Republicans are doing an A-plus job poormouthing their D-plus candidate.

R.I.P. Ray Thomas, former member of rock band, The Moody Blues

Ray Thomas

29 December 1941 ~ 4 January 2018

The Moody Blues: For My Lady via Mike Neumann

"For My Lady" is a 1973 song by the English progressive rock band The Moody Blues. It was written by the band's flautist Ray Thomas, and was first released on the 1972 album Seventh Sojourn. It was later released on the B-side of the single "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" in 1973.

"For My Lady" is one of Ray Thomas's better known songs for the Moody Blues. It prominently features Ray Thomas on the flute and lead vocals.

Due to the complex nature of the song's recording, The Moody Blues can only perform the song live when they are backed by a live orchestra, since Ray Thomas cannot sing and play the flute at the same time.

A Former Facebook VP Says Social Media Is Destroying Society. And He’s Right.

by Brad Jones on January 5, 2018 ~ Futurism Source, Video & Images @ Source

IN BRIEF Chamath Palihapitiya, the former vice president for user growth at Facebook, has spoken out about social media. While platforms like Facebook and Twitter can bring people closer together, they can also have the opposite effect.

Feedback Loop

Speaking at a recent event at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Chamath Palihapitiya – a former vice president for user growth at Facebook – expressed a concern that social media platforms have become “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

Palihapitiya brought up the example of a WhatsApp hoax campaign in India that led to a string of lynchings. However, new technology is also having more subtle effects on the way that we interact with one another.

“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” said Palihapitiya, according to a report from The Verge. Interactions such as ‘liking’ a photograph or ‘favoriting’ a tweet are perhaps more about short-term gratification than the basis for meaningful communication and relationships, Palihapitiya suggested.

“I think that Pallhapitiya points out a very real issue regarding social media and immediate gratification,” said Lizbeth M. Kim, a doctoral candidate in social psychology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Penn State whose research looks at social media, to Futurism. “I view his message as an important reminder of the part of the picture that we may often willfully ignore.”

She emphasized that today’s social media platforms allow for anyone’s message to be heard, amplified, and given credibility. This can allow for anything from small-scale cases of cyberbullying to much broader harassment campaigns to take root.

We’ve seen that terrorist groups have used the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube in an attempt to attract new recruits. Smartphone usage has been linked to teen depression and suicide, although there are now attempts to use artificial intelligence to watch out for users who might be at risk.

Like any kind of new technology, the impact of social media is a reflection of its user base. There’s always a capacity for people to misuse the tools that are available to them – but there are also very real benefits if used positively.

Social Hierarchy

“While there is increasing public attention placed on the ‘dark side’ of social media, in my work, I’m curious about what happens when people try to use social media platforms for the greater good,” said Kim.

Social media has all kind of benefits, like making useful information available to the general public, helping to build communities, and allowing for links between different social groups. However, people’s overt behavior on social media is only one part of the equation – the reactions to that behavior should also be taken into account.

Kim performed a study where subjects were shown a fictitious comment thread where one user confronted another for making a sexist comment. Responses to that thread proved to be different depending on whether the person doing the confronting was male or female, with the latter being perceived as less likable and more angry.

“People who saw the female confronter perceived the sexist perpetrator as more credible compared to when seeing the male confronter,” said Kim. “So, the same altruistic online behavior can be perceived differently based on subtle cues and stereotypes about identity and credibility.”

There are distinct differences between the way we interact with one another in person, and the way we communicate online. When we can disassociate the individual from their social media account, it’s easier to mistreat people, ranging from minor misdeeds to more serious transgressions.

“It is difficult to make a singular claim about the effects of social media on modern-day relationships,” said Kim. “As time goes on and more research is done to examine this, I think we will have a more nuanced idea about the specific features and activities built into websites like Facebook that are contributing to these positive and negative outcomes.”

It’s important to remember that social media is still a relatively new phenomenon, even though it’s become a huge part of everyday life for lots of people. We’re still learning about its effect on society at large – and it’s important that we consider both the good and bad that come from it.


Mounted gaming systems via Panda_911
Mounted gaming systems via Panda_911

WDMyCloud <= 2.30.165 Multiple Vulnerabilities

Net Neutrality

Keep Our Net Free

To protect net neutrality, we need internet infrastructure that isn't owned by big telecom. A group of developers are building a new decentralized internet that cannot be censored, throttled, or surveilled. ~ self.KeepOurNetFree

via NarwhalAmongUnicorns ~ Reddit Source

We all know that the FCC rollback of net neutrality will severely worsen the current internet leading to more corporate greediness, privacy issues and censorship. To combat the corrupt corporations and governments that want to limit the internet and our freedom, a completely new decentralized internet has been developed, with the ambition of having a peer-to-peer internet that cannot be censored, throttled, or surveilled.

Skywire is a subproject of Skycoin and its goal is to create a decentralized internet built on top of a mesh-net infrastructure. The project has been in development for 6 years and its rollout is planned for this month. They are going to ship the first 300 hardware nodes to individuals around the world to jump-start the test-net. Though anybody can run a node and there are already hundreds more that will DIY their own nodes. Running a node essentially means you are selling bandwidth, therefore anybody can become a “Mini-ISP”, and will be rewarded per bandwidth sold. This solves the issues with other mesh-net initiatives as it incentivizes users to run the network.

If you want to read more, this article explains how the new decentralized internet will work:

The more people that see this the higher the likelihood of this being successful. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PROJECT BY SPREADING THE WORD.

For the tech savy: If you want to set-up your own node, check out their github:

Dahbud Mensch ~ Stuck in the middle with who?

Lying Corporate Futher Muckers Do What?

Comcast fired 500 despite claiming tax cut would create thousands of jobs

AT&T sued over layoffs after promising more investment because of tax cut

Intel CEO sold $39 million in company shares prior to disclosure of CPU security flaws

U.S. government-backed institute warns that the Intel chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems.

Telecom Crimes

Violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

Violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution

Unlawful electronic surveillance or disclosure or use of information obtained by electronic surveillance in violation of 50 U.S.C. §1809.

Unlawful interception, use or disclosure of Class communications in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2511

Unlawful solicitation and obtained disclosure of the contents of communications in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2702(a)(1) or (a)(2)

Unlawful solicitation and obtained disclosure of non-content records or other information in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2702(a)(3)

Violation of the Administrative Procedures Act

Violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers

Cartoon of government wire taps on U.S. Citizens from Cagle Cartoons
Telecom Punishment

Congress votes to immunize lawbreaking telecoms, legalize warrantless eavesdropping

Yet again, George Bush and Dick Cheney get everything they want from the Democratic-led Congress, this time to put a permanent, and harmless, end to their illegal spying scandal. By Glenn Greenwald, Wednesday, Jul 9, 2008 11:11 AM PDT, Continue reading @

Net Neutrality

Government of the people by the corporations for the corporations will not perish from 'this' earth

The FCC Cited Zero of the 22 Million Consumer
Comments in its 218-Page Net Neutrality Repeal

"Despite the millions of comments, letters, and calls received, this Order cites, not even one consumer comment."

by Jason Koebler, Jan 4 2018, 4:32pm, Vice Source

The public can plainly see that a soon-to-be-toothless FCC is handing the keys to the internet over to a handful of multi-billion dollar corporations. Despite the millions of comments, letters, and calls received, this Order cites, not even one consumer comment. That speaks volumes about the direction the FCC is heading. That speaks volumes about who is being hard at the FCC. ~ Mignon Clyburn ~ [ Continue Reading ]

7 Things You Can Still Do On
The Internet After Net Neutrality

7 Things You Can Still Do On The Internet After Net Neutrality
Ajit Pai Thinks You're Stupid Enough to Buy This Crap [One of the 7 Things Is Dancing With a Pizzagater]

I think it’s important to stress that the FCC is opening the door for ISPs to interfere with U.S. citizens’ first amendment rights.

Limiting our access to certain websites and certain media makes accessibility of the rights granted to us by the Constitution more difficult and here’s how:

They threaten our freedom of speech, by not allowing our voices to be heard on a platform (social media) where millions could be reached, effectively silencing us.

They threaten the freedom of the press by limiting their ability to disseminate information necessary for the public to assess the government.

They threaten freedom of religion by opening the door for ISPs to give preference over which sites moral and spiritual beliefs align with their own.

They threaten our freedom to protest by making it difficult to reach out to each others and organize a formal rejection against the practices of our government.

They’ll argue that they do no such thing, that they do not violate our rights because there are other means through which we can retain those rights without the internet. But this is not an excuse for why they should make our access to these rights more difficult.

This is not just a fight for NN, but a fight to stop these companies from breaching the constitution and stealing Americans’ rights. That’s something that can and will concern every legislator in Congress, and should concern every U.S. citizen. My rights and your rights are being blatantly attacked with the repeal of NN. ~ dmoral25 ~ Source via

Disclaimer ~ #5

5. It is true. As we go through life thinking heavy thoughts, thought particles tend to get caught between the ears, causing a condition called truth decay. So be sure to use mental floss twice a day. And when you're tempted to practice tantrum yoga, remember what we teach in Swami's Absurdiveness Training class: *Don't get even, get odd.*

Nobody for President ~ NONE of the ABOVE should be a choice on voter ballots

10 Ways Our Politicians
Are Screwing Us

by MORRIS M., MAY 15, 2013 ~ Click to read entire article at LISTVERSE source

It's not easy being a politician. The pressure is high, the rewards low and there simply aren't enough hours in the day for screwing the electorate. Yeah, that's right: screwing. For all they claim to be representing us, the truth is our politicians are almost-exclusively looking out for number one. How else do you explain stuff like:

10 Accepting Bribes

Accepting Bribes

Lobbying is bribery for rich people. Only instead of being super-illegal it's encouraged, and instead of letting them bend the law it allows them to simply change it. Take gun control. In the months after Sandy Hook, it looked like there would finally be some movement on this issue. Public support for new laws was over ninety percent, both sides of the house seemed interested and it looked like a vote would sail through. Then the day came and the vote came back 'no'. So what happened? The pro-gun lobby put forward a convincing argument and senators rationally changed their minds, right?

Wrong. In the immediate aftermath of the vote, the Guardian revealed that all but 3 'no' senators had received thousands of dollars in pro-gun money. In other words: they'd been bribed. And, thanks to lobbying laws, that bribe was legal.

Now, lobbying is rarely this overt, but it's happening all the time—usually in the form of Washington's 'revolving door'. Put simply: a senator will align himself with a lobby group, vote their way and—the moment he's kicked out of office—get a lucrative job at that same group. It's about as openly corrupt as you can get in a democracy and guess what? There are approximately zero plans to change it.

09 Taking Welfare

Taking Welfare

If there's one group of people politicians of all colors are happy to piss on, it's welfare recipients. Whether they're talking about 'Welfare Queens' existing on the government teat, Obamacare bankrupting us all or food stamps becoming unaffordable; politicians sure do like to put the boot into those taking government money. So it should come as no surprise that the biggest 'Welfare Queens' of all reside on Capitol Hill.

In 2011, it was revealed that 23 members of congress were claiming farm subsidies. Of those 23, five were sponsored by the Tea Party: the very same Tea Party that opposes all Federal hand-outs. Between them, the Washington Welfare Queens had raked in over $18 million of your money, often while demonizing others for doing exactly the same thing. No matter where you stand on social security, you gotta admit that's pretty low.

08 Robbing the Taxpayer

Robbing the Taxpayer

Remember how I said lobbying was the most-corrupt you could get in a Western democracy? Turns out I lied. Welcome to Britain, where the UK parliament could give Silvio Berlusconi lessons in corruption.

Four years ago, an investigation by the Telegraph revealed that British MPs were using their expense accounts to pay for anything they felt like. And while you or I might be tempted to charge the odd drink or meal to whatever company we work for, these guys were charging for freaking houses. Not only were the charges highly-immoral, they were frequently ludicrous: one politician had the taxpayer pay £1,600 for a duck house and £30,000 for 28 tons of manure; while another claimed £2,200 to have his moat cleaned. As in his actual moat: as in something you only have if you already live in an actual castle. One MP even submitted rental costs for a non-existent property. By the time the dust settled, it became clear the government had been screwing the taxpayer for years, so the whole lot of them were locked in the tower of London and summarily beheaded. At least they would have been if there was any justice in this world.

07 Encouraging Nepotism

Encouraging Nepotism

Nepotism is where useless people get money or power because their mommy or daddy was kinda important. While some families, like that of Kim Jong-Un, take a direct approach—our Western version is more to do with handing out lucrative jobs and contracts to people on the basis of nothing more than sharing a handful of genes.

Last year, the New York Times ran this story reporting on the findings of Washington watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. After trawling through a heck-load of records, the group had discovered 82 lawmakers diverting public and party funds to their relatives, often in the form of lucrative salaries for doing not very much. This included 20 members who used money raised for their own campaigns to campaign on behalf of a son, daughter or spouse. Worst of all, as the NYT editorial noted, the revelations came at a time of eight percent unemployment and worsening poverty: a time when hundreds of thousands of young people were getting thrown on the scrapheap. In other words, plenty of intelligent graduates are being frozen out these jobs in favor of people of no discernible talent—effectively creating a 'political class' with no connection to real life whatsoever.

06 Lying


Let's flip back to the UK for this one. Over there, lying has gotten so routine that two separate stories of made-up government statistics broke in one week. First, an important minister was caught out justifying welfare-robbery by making up facts. Then another high-ranking politician was caught quoting figures from an opinion poll commissioned by a motel-chain, which is about as scientific as it sounds. And that's just in one week: go back even further and you have a guy who was caught speeding on camera and blamed his wife—despite her being at a public conference at the time.

But these are just a handful of examples. Time and again, we encounter politicians breaking election promisesbreaking contracts and just flat-out lying whenever they're caught being racist. These are the same people trying to make a living off their 'honest image': yet experience often shows them to be anything but.

05 Ignoring the Law

Ignoring the Law

It's a cliché to say someone thinks he or she is 'above the law', but our politicians apparently didn't get the memo. Whether it's driving while under the influence, sleeping with prostitutesembezzlement, getting drunk and starting fights or simply being Nixon, our politicians break the law like it won't apply to them. And they're usually right: penniless people who smoke crack get the best part of a decade in prison; rich guys apparently get off with a wrist-slapping six months.

But none of that even begins to touch on the issue of government law-breaking. Put simply, sometimes the entire government makes a law then completely ignores it—as happened recently in England. After a court ruled the government had violated its own minimum wage laws by forcing hundreds of people into near-unpaid labour; the sociopaths in charge voted to bring in another law making them immune from liability. So, to recap: government makes law, government breaks law, government changes law to cover its own ass. There's a word these sort of people need to hear more often, and that word is "guillotine".

04 Looking out for Number One

Looking out for Number One

But our politicians aren't completely stupid: often they simply vote for what would benefit them to begin with, rather than what would benefit the country. Take the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts and the collective hissy fit Washington threw at the thought of a few rich guys paying a little extra each month. But did you ever stop to think who might benefit from those cuts—aside from millionaires?

That's right: politicians. According to the New York Times, two thirds of senators were millionaires in 2008, while the poorest senator is still earning around 3.5 times the average American wage. Then there's the massive $19,000 pay rise they awarded themselves in 2009—in other words, at the exact same time the economy was in free-fall and we were being told the country was broke. Not to be outdone by their American counterparts, British politicians later went one further by voting themselves a £31,000 salary increase—about $50,000. That's a 30 percent increase; seemingly-timed to coincide with devastating UK cuts to public services.

03 Abusing Office

Abusing Office

Earlier this year, the daughter of a Mexican official was refused a table at a Mexico City restaurant, so responded by getting her Dad's inspectors to close the place down. While that case is pretty overt, we here in the West are just as adept at abusing high office—so much so that Business Insider regularly publishes its list of 'most corrupt members of congress', and it sure makes for some ugly reading. Their 2012 edition includes a congresswoman who forced her staff to spy on an opponent; a congressman who used campaign funds to finance his daughter's graduation party; another who offered foreign donors Green Cards in exchange for money; another who allegedly bribed a Federal witness; one who ran a giant Ponzi scheme; several who accepted inappropriate gifts and several more who violated Federal laws. And this list is updated every year with new infractions, new abuses and new redefinitions of the word 'corruption'. In other words, we could give a Banana-Republic lessons in abuse of power, and no-one's willing to do a thing about it.

02 Being Hypocrites

Being Hypocrites

Most of the items on this list deal with some form of hypocrisy—but sometimes, it gets really overt. It may be the moral hypocrisy of talking up God and family values while cheating on your three wives, or evangelizing about raising taxes when you don't pay any yourself, or running your whole campaign on honesty when you're really as corrupt as the rest of them.

But what really sticks in the craw is this constant mantra that we're all suffering equally from this economic Armageddon. We're not: most of us have seen our taxes rise, our incomes shrink and our jobs get a heck of a lot more precarious. Our politicians, meanwhile, have been living it up: installing hundred thousand dollar beds on five hour flights, ordering expensive designer cushions to perch on and enjoying $60 breakfasts at taxpayer expense. Out of touch is one thing, but these guys seem to be living on a different planet.

01 Ignoring Voters

Ignoring Voters

Here's some quick facts: ninety one percent of Americans back moderate gun control measures. Eighty seven percent want the tackling of Federal corruption to become a priority. Fifty percent back legal marijuana. Fifty three percent favor gay marriage. At the time of writing, literally none of those things are being dealt with. Now, I'm not trying to say that majority opinion is always right, or that the government should be ruled by opinion polls. However, when the government consistently supports unpopular measures in the face of hard, scientific evidenceyou have to start wondering who they're working for in the first place. 'Cause, right now, it sure as hell isn't us.

Morris M. is a freelance writer and newly-qualified teacher, still naively hoping to make a difference in his students' lives. You can send your helpful and less-than-helpful comments to his email, or visit some of the other websites that inexplicably hire him. Read More: Urban Ghosts

Remembering Miki Shapiro

December 25, 1929 ~ January 5, 2007

Miki Shapiro
Miki Shapiro

Miki Shapiro, 77; queen grande dame of the 60’s Hollywood scene, died Friday, January 5th, 2007 in Encinitas, Ca. Miki was born Helen Jean McNabb to Addison J. McNabb and Thelma Noble McNabb in Columbus, Ohio on December 25th, 1929. She attended Grandview High School where she was known for her adventurous spirit, non-conformity and wild get-togethers. She followed her brother, Bob McNabb.

Miki Shapiro was a big part of the community here in the early days. She threw the parties, entertained the famous and held a “salon” for the intelligencia of the times. She and her husband, Bennie Shapiro, operated the Renaissance Night Club and the Crescendo on Sunset Blvd, where a multitude of artists performed. Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, Miles Davis, Lennie Bruce and Lord Buckley were just a few of the artists. Bennie left the nightclub life to open his own talent agency, taking many of the artists of the times with him. Being a concert promoter, film producer and entrepreneur led Miki and Bennie to be the center of the most exciting era. The Monterrey Pop Festival was just one of their successful endeavors. The movers and thinkers and celebrities of the time all gathered at the Shapiro’s. Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Alan Watts, Hells Angels, The Black Panthers, The Diggers, Merry Pranksters, Sean Connery, Mikhail Barishkonov, Marlon Brando, Miles Davis, The Beatles, Ravi Shankar, Dylan, Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison, the Grateful Dead, Momma Cass and the Mama’s and Papa’s, Janis Joplin, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Huey Newton, one never knew who they would run into at the Shapiro’s on Kings Road,.

The accompanying photo is from her house in Yelapa at her daughter Michele's Birthday Party that has Tabitha (7 years old) Sam, Tom and Catherine, Michelle, Marc, Orange Charlie "Chicharro", Joan and Cali and Joe, Electra and Jorge . 1987 Casa Suenos, Yelapa ~ We Miss You Miki ~@~

Daylight Saving Time Is Obviously Evil

Are Politicians Trying To Kill 'The People'
By Keeping Daylight Saving Time Active?

Read-It ( ͡ʘ ͜ʖ ͡ʘ) Is Daylight Saving Time Dangerous? ( ͡ʘ ͜ʖ ͡ʘ) Read-It

Proof Daylight Saving Time Is
Dumb, Dangerous, and Costly

The case against changing the clocks keeps getting stronger
By Ben Steverman March 10, 2017, 3:00 AM PST ~ Bloomberg Source

Steven Leech ~ Boptime + Legends of Wilmington Jazz

Even Steven's Boptime

On Saturday's Boptime we begin at at 6am (EST) with the Broadway musical Carmen Jones from this day in 1944, including some selections from the musical One Touch of Venus. We continue with music from this day in 1944 in the 7am (EST) hour. At 8am (EST) it’s the Morrie Sims Show followed by the Delaware Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as we play selections from Snakegrinder, including one fronted by Jim McCarthy, then three local bands that spun off from Snakegrinder: Amazin’ Space, Dick Uranus, and the Voltags. On the Club Baby Grand at 9am (EST) we start by going back to the early 1940s with Wilmington singers Daisy Winchester and Betty Roché, then some early recordings from Clifford Brown and Lem Winchester, Followed by recording from present day jazz artists, Don Glanden, Gerald Chavis and Ernie Watts. ~ Steve

BOPTIME: Saturday, 6 AM Eastern time, 3 AM Pacific time
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Into the Mystic

Space Oddity, David Bowie via Andrew Ruttan

Hearing in the Bardo via Isaac McCardle

Into the Mystic, Van Morrison via Scott Wright

December 2017 Archive

Disclaimer ~ #6

6. If we want world peace, we must let go of our attachments and truly live like nomads. That's where I no mad at you, you no mad at me. That way, there'll surely be nomadness on the planet. And peace begins with each of us. A little peace here, a little peace there, pretty soon all the peaces will fit together to make one big peace everywhere.

Nothing else matters, Metallica arr. Karianne Brouwer violin, Maaike Schoenmaker cello

Notes from ~@~ Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Blue flowers and a Pink flamingo, Flying Snail Ranch's garden

Carlin Step, DJ Steve Porter & Eli Wilkie from Roland Kardeby

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) from R Smittenaar

Beautiful Child

One Day, Matisyahu from 100%

Unsung Hero from Rattakarn Srithavatchai "Garn"

On the Bus, Carolyn Mountain Girl Garcia from vimeo

Freedom of expression and freedom of speech aren't really important unless they're heard...It's hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only attainable through war. And there's nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action. So I dedicated this Emmy to all the people who feel compelled to speak out and not afraid to speak to power and won't shut up and refuse to be silenced. ~ Tom Smothers

Nobody wants to know

Amestizo [Randy CrazyHorse] ~ Shaman

Chaco Culture National Historical Park via Wikipedia

The Siege of Chaco Canyon - Indian Country Media Network ~ Stop Fracking New Mexico Petition - Native Voice Network ~ Fracking Versus Ancient Astronomy in Chaco Canyon ~ Fracking and drilling near Chaco Canyon challenged by Begaye, Nez ~ Frack Off Greater Chaco ~ Don't Frack Chaco Canyon ~ The Treasures of Chaco Canyon Are Threatened by Drilling ~ River Healers: New Mexico Chapter ~ Fracking Boom Surrounds Sacred Chaco Canyon ~ Fracking threatens the Chaco Canyon World Heritage Site ~ Will Fracking Be the Demise of Chaco Canyon National Historical Park? ~ Fracking Boom Expands Near Chaco Canyon, Threatens Navajo Ancestral Lands and People ~ More than 165,000 Deliver A Message to New Mexico Politicians: Stop Fracking in the Greater Chaco ~ Written on the Landscape: Mysteries Beyond Chaco Canyon ~ BLM Defers Fracking Near New Mexico’s Sacred Chaco Canyon

Karl Cohen ~ Association International du Film d'Animation SF Newsletter


Mike Wilhelm ~ Charlatans, Flamin' Groovies, Loose Gravel, and more

Mike Wilhelm Interview ~ December 2001 via Jesse Block

The San Francisco Rock Band
That Was Too Wild For the Sixties

by Ben Marks ~ July 19th, 2017 ~ Article Source

George Hunter of the Charlatans never shot Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, not even once. But in the spring of 1966, on the grounds of Rancho Olompali just north of San Francisco, Garcia had reason to believe Hunter was gunning for him, causing the great guitarist to royally freak out. The misunderstanding unfolded when Hunter decided to drop some LSD and bring a loaded .30-30 Winchester rifle to a party at the Dead’s new Marin County hangout. Hunter never intended to strike fear into the heart of his genial host, but when he did, he was so high that he began to panic—perhaps he had accidentally shot someone, if not Garcia, after all. It took a long bummer of a night, and three of Hunter’s closest friends, to shake that demon thought from his troubled mind.

You’ve probably never heard of the “Incident at Olompali,” as no one has called it since, and your awareness of the Charlatans is likely limited to seeing the band’s name on scores of vintage rock posters, alongside more familiar monikers such as Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Grateful Dead. [Click to Continue Reading]

Great MP3 Podcasts via Mike Wilhelm:

Hear The People

Sympathy for the Devil

When You Got A Good Friend

Paul Krassner ~ The Realist, Investigative Satirist

The Ten Suggestions

by Paul Krassner, 24 March 2003

1. Stay well-informed and be on the alert for disinformation; besides mainstream media, check out alternative papers and the Internet, especially the international press.

2. Maintain empathy for the motivation of terrorists and sympathizers, bearing in mind that they are victims of their own conditioning.

3. Start saving the world by acting in every aspect of your daily life as though you were a role model for all humankind.

4. Understand and forgive your foibles instead of guilt-tripping yourself.

5. Resist police-state legislation passed in the guise of security.

6. Pro-choice or not, don't abort your inner child.

7. With the stench and sadness of death so much in the air, practice loving those you cherish while they're still alive.

8. Keep feeling hopeful by finding your balance between total despair and the 100th Monkey fable.  As Harry Chapin said, "If we don't act like there's hope, there is no hope."  And remember, placebos work.

9. Pay attention to Godspin, such as, "I never said Promised Land, I said I'd see what I could do."

10. When eating a sandwich at the delicatessen, be sure to remove the toothpick before taking your first bite.

Paul Krassner & Curtis
Paul & Curtis

Paul Krassner: Who’s To Say What’s Obscene? via Dangerous Minds

Sprung ~ Harley-Davidson® Springer® Enthusiast

Mike Wilhelm and Curtis
Mike Wilhelm & Curtis (Sprung)

Ride Free II via Paul Bokhari

Steven Leech ~ Boptime + Legends of Wilmington Jazz

Steven has provided Genesis and Harbringer.pdf; part of Dreamstreets #56, located at:

Heyókȟa ~ Sacred Clowns

Sacred Clowns: The Heyókȟa symbolize and portray many aspects of the sacred, the Wakȟáŋ. Their satire presents important questions by fooling around. They ask difficult questions, and say things others are too afraid to say. By reading between the lines, the audience is able to think about things not usually thought about, or to look at things in a different way.

Principally, the Heyókȟa functions both as a mirror and a teacher, using extreme behaviors to mirror others, thereby forcing them to examine their own doubts, fears, hatreds, and weaknesses. Heyókȟas also have the power to heal emotional pain; such power comes from the experience of shame--they sing of shameful events in their lives, beg for food, and live as clowns. They provoke laughter in distressing situations of despair and provoke fear and chaos when people feel complacent and overly secure, to keep them from taking themselves too seriously or believing they are more powerful than they are.

In addition, sacred clowns serve an important role in shaping tribal codes. Heyókȟa's don't seem to care about taboos, rules, regulations, social norms, or boundaries. Paradoxically, however, it is by violating these norms and taboos that they help to define the accepted boundaries, rules, and societal guidelines for ethical and moral behavior. This is because they are the only ones who can ask "Why?" about sensitive topics and employ satire to question the specialists and carriers of sacred knowledge or those in positions of power and authority. In doing so, they demonstrate concretely the theories of balance and imbalance. Their role is to penetrate deception, turn over rocks, and create a deeper awareness. From Word Worlds, Where simplifying complexity becomes art.

Develop Your Mind, Not Sacred Sites

Develop Your Mind, Not Sacred Sites

In an 1868 treaty, drafted at Fort Laramie in Sioux country, the United States established the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people. However, after the discovery of gold there in 1874, the United States confiscated the land in 1877. To this day, ownership of the Black Hills remains the subject of a legal dispute between the U.S. government and the Sioux.

Cree Prophecy

Only after the last tree has been cut down,

Only after the last river has been poisoned,

Only after the last fish has been caught,

Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.

Nobody for President ~ NONE of the ABOVE should be a choice on voter ballots

Curtis Spangler & Wavy Gravy, Nobody for President San Francisco Rally, October 12, 1976 - Photograph: James Stark
Curtis Spangler & Wavy Gravy, Nobody for President Rally, 197610.12 ~ Photo: James Stark

[Not Work Safe] American Dream [George Carlin] via Ignas Laugalis [Not Work Safe]
American Dream, George Carlin ~ Original post via Ishtar and Audio Alternative via Felly

Nobody should have that much power
Nobody for President 2020 = NONE OF THE ABOVE on Voter Ballots

Oh, I hope that I see you again I never even caught your name As you looked through my window pane ~ So I'm writing this message today I'm thinking that you'll have a way Of hearing the notes in my tune ~ Where are you going? Where have you been? I can imagine other worlds you have seen ~ Beautiful faces and music so serene ~ So I do hope I see you again My universal citizen You went as quickly as you came ~ You know the power Your love is right You have good reason To stay out of sight ~~ But break our illusions and help us Be the light ~ Message by Mike Pinder

Why I Think This World Should End, Brandon Sloan

Without love in the dream, it will never come true. ~ Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. ~ John Lennon

Artist, John Flores

The man whispered, "God, speak to me" and a meadowlark sang. But the man did not hear. So the man yelled "God, speak to me" and the thunder rolled across the sky. But the man did not listen. The man looked around and said, "God let me see you" and a star shined brightly. But the man did not notice. And the man shouted, "God show me a miracle" and a life was born. But the man did not know. So the man cried out in despair, "Touch me God, and let me know you are there" Whereupon God reached down and touched the man, But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Somebody is looking at whatever you do, so always present your most charming you
Don't miss out on a blessing because
it isn't packaged the way you expect!

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