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Sunday, May 31, 2009

George Orwell winks at Us!...


Well, congratulations, people!... We are constantly turning our society into a perfect copy of the "1984" nightmare!...

Well done! Doublegood done!...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Time and Time Again...


During the Middle Ages, two thirds of Europe were annihilated by the "Black Death"...

During that time, people, panicked and lead by their ignorant and fanatic priests, were killing cats en masse because they believed that the disease was brought by "The Devil" and cats were (of course, at the time) "The Devil's minions"...

What they did, in fact, was helping the disease spread all the more...
Why? Because the disease-causing bacteria were carried by fleas, who were riding rats...
And what do cats do? They hunt rats!... So, by killing cats they were helping the disease!...

Funny, huh?
Does this remind you something? Something recent?
I'll give you some hints: Recess, Climate Change, Capitalism...

You figure out the rest!...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Crisis of Judgement


One of the "safety nets" of the "free market" and free Societies, in general, is the judgement of the citizen, consumer, person. The ability one has to tell right from wrong, wholesome from harmful.

But, what are the factors that shape one's judgement? Who teaches you (or should) how to tell good from bad?

Let's account the three that come to mind: Family, School, Church.

In today's society, the Family has been integrated to the production process of the market. Family has become an institution that feeds and helps people face everyday challenges, as well as breeding new "pieces" of the Machine.
Parents have no time to Guide their children and their role has been diminished to mere material providers.

Schools? What do schools offer? They can certainly give education, but do they produce Culture? Do they foster responsible citizens or just "information banks"?
Do schools spread Knowledge (and the love for It) or they just bend "cogs" to the proper shape?

The Church, supposedly, is the voice of God in the World... but, wait a minute! If that's true, then either our Planet is how God intents it to be, or the church ought to have been outlawed!...
Or, Religions just don't do what they are "supposed" to!...
When did the organized Church stood up against injustice and for the rights of people? Except if there are no unjust regimes!...

The conclusion is that today's people have lost their sources of "judgemental education". There is noone to teach them how to appreciate whether something is good or bad... and we are left to the mercy of the profit-seeking Corporations and the various advertisements...

What we need is the reinforcement of a Factor (call it whatever you want) that will make us stronger as Persons!...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Brother




You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
or report from 29 districts.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion.

Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and
women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock
news and no pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,
Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be right back after a message
about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.

-Gil Scott-Heron

Sunday, May 3, 2009

No Employers, no Employees: A Working Model


I was thinking the other day... this employer-employee relation is totally unfair, wrong and unworkable!...
Employees should not have a salary, but, rather, be pain by percentage of the company's revenue!...

Picture this: You have a capital and you open up a business. Instead of paying people to do the needed job, you hire them as partners!...
Can the business work without them? No.
Can they work without your business? No.
So, if they were paid by percentage, then they would be a lot more dedicated to their job because the more prosperous the company, the more money they would get!...

The percentage given to each "level" of participant to the company would be defined by the State, as would be the accounting of the company.
No company would have its own accountants. There would only be civil servants managing each company's books and making sure that everyone would be paid their fair percentage...

That's NOT Communism. The company is still yours to do as you will!...
I also don't know if it's a form of Socialism...

But it's a fair and workable way to do business...


Of course, money-holding capitalists don't care anything about fairness!...

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