Jungle Hermit 101

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A dear dear friend of mine is festering a meltdown in #Egypt. Recently, he returned to his homeland after living in Brazil for over two years. He is a political writer and a stone merchant who is exceedingly over educated (English Literature, Univ. of Cairo) and has lived as both a pauper and a millionaire. My psychological profiling is he is suffering from culture shock. He no longer has any identity with his contemporary homeland. There is nothing in its current format of #Sisi-land he upholds, respects, or can feel connected to in Egypt.

When I go to alien nation #America, I try and focus on the joys of my family and different bird habitats and turn away from the invasive geography of nowhere and chronic consumerism. We go to museums as a family, church, celebrations, and so forth. I sit and talk with my brother about ideas and concerns. He and I go out on the lake in his boat for a entire day and barely talk because we are comfortable with each other = and we remember Capt. Arthur. I visit with friends and we talk about food, art, music, birds, freedom, gardens, books, movies, inspiring concepts and how to make the world a better place. What I do know is each time I return to my homeland, i am becoming more and more a stranger in a strange land called faux America. My beautiful family are secure and blessed. They operate in an intelligent universe of success, goals, and love.

It appears to them I am living as a semi-happy jungle hermit although my brother gets on my case for not painting. This is mostly true, residing here on Finca Vigia has not dramatically altered my focus only intensified it, yet, hopefully cleansed most of the caca inserted into me by a home culture wrongly based in corporate state big, bigger, and biggest.

I tried for years to change the systemic rotting core from inside the body politic at a local to state level in Gringolandia. I worked 100-hour weeks to create and build small businesses that exemplified aesthetics and a political and social philosophy I think was meaningful. My class act attorney husband was there to support me with his maturity, compassion, and wisdom, and I supported his efforts every which way possible. We accomplished in love a lot, and then we became moving targets.

Close friends have heard me tout, “I know I have one more run,” meaning I have one more long term attempt to maybe leave a crisper legacy of joy and accomplishment. This epilogue attempt will be more finely based because civic virtue, ethics, and mystery are better integrated? See, i can clearly envision the principles of this next book, yet I have only a budding clue where or with whom. I learned some globally handy stuff out there in the community of a small seaside quaint town while serving superior espresso, planting gardens, birding, politicking, designing, boating, and fishing. My closer buddies usually look around where I am and roll their eyes, when i chatter on about what I label – my last lemonade stand.

Residing in a healing paradise and my serene life is the envy of the world. I dunno. Maybe, I need to be challenged to feel fully in tune with Pachamama? Here life is Pura Vida. Why can’t the rest of humanity on this planet know the oneness I experience without even trying? Although I suffer no pangs of guilt, my heart screams out over the horrors we inflict upon each other and Earth.

Here at Finca Vigia, oneness rolls into view, it produces glorious nature happenings – it flies by, it scents up the garden, and it constantly reminds me how elegantly simple is life when in harmony.

The truism is apparently correct – we are not meant to be alone. We are humans who turn moonbeams into our holy communion with the cosmos and clouds into dreamy dancing elephants and giraffes. We seem to need, but not needy, to deploy the toggle and tussle of others so we groan and grow.

On October 26, it will be one year since my husband’s ashes went into the drink (the Atlantic Ocean) off Montauk Pt., New York, in one of his favored Striped Bass angling spots. The upcoming anniversary is the closing of a fantastic chapter and verse of a life well lived. What happens next is a fresh start.

Learning how to let go, so the Creator takes the helm, is probably going to require a few more spins on the dial.

Same End-the-War Rant – Barely Any Different Spin – http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/0814_iraq/

US of Constant Wars is the number one terrorist entity on the planet? The lawless western war mongers have no moral values? Incoming blowback is on its way to feed the extremists?

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Bombings by the western war machines are to protect western corporate oil interests, support the arms manufacturers and the fiat monetary global casino, and wreck havoc with civil disorder so one more foreign population of citizens are forced to become refugees from chaos. End this insanity by calling for a non-violent revolution and overthrow the American corporate state.

How many more babies are to be destroyed? How many more homes to be blown up? How many more innocent become the fodder for this latest war, and the next, and, the next? I also have no support for the greedy prick Sauds who have no idea what human rights entail. I am a noisy peacenik who does not have one ounce of faith left in the international orgs such as the UN or The Court in the Hague – such stages are screen plays put on by the corrupt Lords of Hypocrisy.

In the 24/7 meantime the aging infrastructure in America crumbles and half the population become paupers but hey we got those bombers up and soon of course there will be boots on the ground no matter what spews as contrary from the oval office. This is the modus operandi of the US of Constant Wars – spy, drone, spy, bomb, spy, send in the Marines and the Navy Seals, spy, bomb, spy, send in the grunts.

In the 1776 revolution of American Independence, 40% supported the break from the *English Empire, 20% were Tories*,and the rest where undeclared. As the war for independence went on for several years (read nothing is instant if worth it) those who were undeclared joined the ranks of the revolutionaries.

Today, we do not need a war of killing and destruction in America to change the ruling paradigm. We merely have to stand up, IN SOLIDARITY, and say no to the madness and vote the bought and paid for basturds out of office and vote in a new batch of representatives who act with principles, integrity, and compassion. The Dims who became GOPS under the Clinton administration with the lunatic fringe of the far right GOPs becoming the other party are a waste of time as they are owned by their keepers. I know, I was a Democratic Party Committeewoman during many election cycles. I never supported Clinton, Obama, or Pelosi.

Do you want to change the reality of wars festered and supported by the still happening precepts of the Kissinger methodologies of business as usual? Do you want your iPad, droid driven kids to live in a faux society so mind managed and controlled by fear they march right into war after war?

I could go chapter and verse on the systemic problems of the body politic or go way entrail with neo-socio-psychological intellectual blabberings as to why we are in this forsaken horror show of war after war. The imperial basic is this – Americans stand idle. They have a comfort zone and/or a stupidfying field of no dreams.

I dunno. Maybe it is the chem trails, the toothpaste, and the GMOs crap masquerading as food while force fed nothing but paranoia bent lies from the propaganda machines.

To change the operating master’s game you have to now (not later, because there is fast approaching a climatic induced no-tomorrow scenario for our species) participate in a meaningful and kindly way to steer the narrative out of the shadows of the false flag waving.

Freedom and democracy has never truly occurred in America. We yammer on about same, yet in truth what passes for a so-called democracy/republic is nothing more than a lame version of what the principles of freedom and justice are suppose to be. The scripted reality TV show emulating from the silly city (Washington, DC, the Pentagon, Langley, etc.) has not been a beacon of sanity for some time.

I found this video (see below) on the quasi-edge of fuzzy lunacy, yet maybe we need to dangle off the perimeter of the bursting bubble to begin to think with critical mass?

Hedges on the mythology of the wealthy (see vid below). Me on the same crap.

I grew up in Napa Valley, California in a professional business class where my mother was the only female executive in a male industry. She was born to the upper classes. I excelled to upper middle class and from 1990 until 2007 lived in one of wealthiest enclaves on the planet – the Hamptons, NY.

My schooling was 100% public education but in upscale areas with college degrees from the University of California. My deceased husband never attended anything but private schools including grammar, prep school, Leigh Univ., and a law degree from NYU. He was the only child of two Manhattan working parents – his mother working in book publishing and his father owning a television production studio. College education of excellence is the keystone along with a developing vision of how you see yourself contributing to your culture not just your community.

Roots are also tantamount to establishing stability. I am the bohemian in my family, although my niece with her MFA, art studio, and university design professorship would probably say she is in this category. She is not. Why? A bohemian possesses a reclarient worldview where political, social and creativity melds. Her missing component is the civics of politics. I am explaining this personal heritage to flesh out who I am and what my mission is here on the blue marble. I respect and honor my familial heritage yet i reside outside tradition.

I am an ex-pat with a small eco-footprint residing on a glorious nature refuge in paradise. A multitude of trappings of what i formerly endured inside the consumer society was edited out in favor of a nearly pristine habitat. The expense and incessant stress of being a high roller faded into oblivion. The current homeostasis is not the final curtain as more is yet to be revealed. I am also a die heart poetic romantic who flows with the river even during flash floods.

Seeing death and being one with life is the same coin of the realm of a conscious radical. I played a good game – i won some hands – i knew the recognition and distain of my peers. My life is secure, whole, integrated, unique, and gentle yet i could do with more fun and a sense of actual community of creatives.

As a loner as a widow as a writer as a birder as an activist as an empath as a thinker as a curiosity seeker and a woman of faith i have no projections but i have an abundance of dreams. I am grateful for any forum of expression, as no creative can evolve in a vacuum. Stimuli and impetus arrive as signs and signals. The trick of emotive assimilation is to let manifestations in without being taken hostage.

People are a strange struggling necessary backboard in a goofy mutuality. We can live above the pale and suck on crystal pebbles while jogging up the mountain or stay down in the lush valleys where the creeks bubble and the buffalo meander. I am attracted to challenges and intrigue while easily made unhappy with routine and the exclusive taste of vanilla.
Groundhog days repeated over and over are hell for me. Beauty is life as art. Earth is magnificent.

Our species basically sucks. Our treatment of each other and Pachamama is deplorable. We seem to be going in reverse allowing greedy f*ckwits to rule our collective roost. Consequences from our wholesale debacle are wreaking havoc upon the innocent. Yet, the majority of us kneel to the god of ego and fear while praying for relief from a demise we generationally devise far more by apathy than activity. Blinded by the shroud we wrap our souls missing in every instance the energizing of nature and the pure joy of unfettered intimacy with others and ourselves.

Hiding in caves of poverty and victimization, we blame anything but our own inability to face fear with faith. For me, the concept of class warfare feeds the sicko paradigms of us vs. them – the standard of divide and conquer operates in the body politic of the corporate state and douses our inner collective flame for freedom and justice.

Unless you and i pull a whole gargantum of rabbits out of a global magician’s top hat our species will go extinct by our polluting gruel of manipulations, lies, and arrogance.

This is all i have to say beating this drum – resonate with Earth.

Fear is a game set to ruin compassion and turn us against each other. Bombing anything is a total act of insanity in the name of avariceness and paranoia.

I am exhausted from the harangue of media whores pumping a dozen beheadings while ignoring thousands of burnt babies.

Give me liberty or give me death.

Get Up, Stand Up #Gaza – Start the Revolution

Rhetoric is the bane of the intellect. Communications are clear Israhell is an apartheid illegal state of Zionism. What actions to end this regime ASAP are viable? Certainly to rely on the UN or Abbas or Hamas, even if they were on the same page, is a waste as the last several decades produced nothing but horror shows for Palestinians.

Please inform me why there is not an organized civil disobedience revolution of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians? How many more carpetbaggers are going to become millionaires to next rebuild Gaza? How many more aid packets are to be allowed in to keep the people on the strip generation by generation under the boot of organized victimization? Is there not a collective psyche tipping point where the people have had enough tyranny living NGO hand out to hand out between war to war and try at least to storm the closed borders by the hundreds of thousands?

Societal change never happens via the establishment and to expect freedom and independence to be handed to one on a platter is nutso. #Revolution is about the people rising up non-violently and saying in mass enough is enough.

The #Arab Spring failed because the revolution lacked solidarity and astute leadership.

‘Living’ by listening to the constance of #IDF drones over #Gaza is civil society acceptance of what is being done to a culture by an oppressor. This is the definition of mental, emotional, and spiritual bondage. You have to be free within and have faith in yourself to stand up to the shit flung at you and your loved ones. Independence from any imperial power begins by believing in your own empowerment.

A ghetto is not just a physical space, it is a state of colonializing the mind with a collective state of people feeling less than. If #Hamas truly was the resistance they would pay govt. employees and then figure out how to stop the drones. Building tunnels decade after decade is symbolic of a ‘rat mentality’ where people are forced to conduct a black market underground economy. How does such a system become sustainable let alone free of corruption or infuse a society with esteem?

Beyond the symbolism of a warren of tunnels as precious but totally corrupt is the human and limited monetary prioritizing of such over sustainability? How many more martrys? How many more bombs? How many more severed limbs? How many more destroyed lives? Healthy viable political leadership does not sit in the country blocking its access to negotiate when the gates are to be opened for the carpetbaggers.

1.8 million people on the #Gaza Strip either continue dying and suffering in this rigged game, or they organize and together and literally walk into Egypt and into their taken lands in solidarity.

Tunnels are what prisoners construct to smuggle.

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Scotland, the First Country to Vote Against Independence

Finca Vigia, Costa Rica

September 19, 2014

September 18, 2014, was either an orchestrated swindle to divide the people of Scotland into two lots – the pro Westminster Queen throng and the screw the Empire system social media hipsters, or maybe it was the final sighs of humanity’s sense of body politic going goofy?

Today, the day after the #Yes Scotland and the Better Together war, my heart is bogged down with incredulity and torment. There was a primal shot for Scotland to become an independent nation with a collective identity of self-esteem and greenie vision. Could there just be too much whiskey and pints and not enough AA meetings? Is the social psychology review so simplistic – the country needs to sober up?

Scotland has produced, or to put it bluntly, use to produce by the bushel, excellent innovators, engineers, artists, musicians, thinkers, and insightful poets. What was witnessed with this vote, from afar, since I am merely of the Scottish gene pool not a slave to the Brit Empire, was the reigning reflex of the provincial status quo against contemporary futurists of the Arts and Crafts urban-scape.

The lies told were thick and crusty. The swarm of the silent majority bit their brogue tongues waiting to check their paper ballots Nope. It becomes the cranky view from a Shetland pony’s rump why paper ballots in 2014? How easy is it to askew the vote?

If I had been in the country working pro-bono for the Yes movement I would have focused impounding every single ballot with two vetted and trusted persons at every polling place. It would be accomplished with legality and fortitude – what I label the Hillary. When the Hill and Bill show decided to run her for US Senator of New York, they played the game by setting up the classical America movie scene. A heritage estate was purchased (OPM[1]’d) inside the boundaries of the empire State of New York although the amount of time actually on the premises as a couple amounted to about five grains of sand dropping from a micro sized hour glass (Bill likes his hip digs in Harlem). On Election Day Hill’s packs of barking legal beagles impounded every NY State voting apparatus used in the election. This put each NY Board of Elections on notice no hanky panky would be allowed with court orders flung about and an army of observers standing by to pick through any election law oddities as nefarious acts or altered machines.

In 2000, when GW Bush beat Al Gore by 537 votes from a Florida ‘recount’ all biped residents on the planet found out about hanging chads. If you keep fumbling with them, the chads fall off? SCOTUS did the constitution in along with Al in their 7-2 ruling. Bush stole the POTUS joystick with merely 537 votes – enough to control the Electoral College (man oh man what an arcane method needing to be pitched in the dumpster). Bush and his deciders went onto to produce war after war. Gore went on to the board of Apple and a page on Facebook. My Jungian take is no man could ever be elected with the name gore, although kerry is a positive, and well, Bush is sexy self-explanatory.

In our debacle of yesterday, the Scots agreed to paper ballots and one wonders why. Some history, as short as it is not, about devolution[2] in Scotland’s history of never becoming independent of the Empire sitting in its glory in Westminster and Her Royal Poopa in Balmoral Castle along with several other castles in Scotland the Royals fancy.

Under the Scotland Act 1999[3], an ordinary general election to the Scottish Parliament was held on the first Thursday in May four years after the 2007 election because of problems with voter confusion in tandem with a ridiculous number of spoilt ballots[4] in 2007 and because the complexity of holding Scottish parliamentary and local election simultaneously under different voting systems. With this madness the next Scottish local elections were held in 2012 instead of 2011. Are you following this circuitous route? Then the policy decision was contradicted, however, by the staging of the Alternative Vote referendum on 5 May 2011, as well. Labor MP Ian Davidson expressed opposition to the referendum being staged on the same date as other elections. Scottish Secretary Michael Moore stated having the referendum on another date would cost an additional £17 million. The world knows the frugality of the Scots, eh? Thus the paper ballot with one simple question, and you put your x to the aye or the nope.

British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens living in Scotland who were aged 18 or over on election day were entitled to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the 2011 (2012) election was midnight on Friday 15 April 2011, though anyone who qualified as an anonymous elector had until midnight on Tuesday, April, 26, 2011 to register. Are you following?

This vote was held on the same day as elections for Northern Ireland’s 26 local councils, the Northern Irish Assembly and Welsh Assembly elections, a number of local elections in England and the United Kingdom Alternative Vote[5].

The Scottish Labour Party was committed to home rule for Scotland in the 1920s, but it skid from its slippery fingers or agenda in the following years. The Scottish National Party (SNP) formed in 1934, but did not achieve significant electoral success until the 1960s. A document calling for home rule, the Scottish Covenant[6], was signed by 2 million people (out of a population of 5 million) in the late 1940s. Home rule, now known as Scottish devolution, did not become a serious proposal until the late 1970s as the Labour government of Jim Callaghan rightly suffered pressure from the SNP.

A proposal for a devolved Scottish Assembly was put to a referendum in 1979. A narrow majority of votes were cast in favor of change, but this had no effect due to a requirement the number voting ‘Yes’ had to exceed 40% of the total electorate.

No further constitutional reform was proposed until Labour returned to power in 1997, when lo and behold a second Scottish devolution referendum was held. Clear majorities expressed support for a devolved Scottish Parliament. This new parliamentary entity would levy the basic rate of income tax. The Scotland Act 1998 established the new Scottish Parliament, first elected on May 6, 1999, to legislate[7] on unreserved matters within Scotland.

With this under our kilt, we see much of the recent history of voting in Scotland is fraught with confusion and distrust as home rulers sought to take the Empire on and the voters of the borders attempted to discern what was all the scuffle about. The paper ballots of the election of yesterday, simple as they were, was a slithering setup. As a long time Board of Elections poll worker, a Democratic Party poll watcher (administrator) and voting myself in America in three different states (not at the same time) in a multitude of election cycles, I confirm how confused and tired poll workers are at the end of the day. The Scottish polls were open from 6 AM until 10 PM, yesterday, to further extend the day’s laborious term along with a record turnout.

Am I saying the vote was tampered with? Yes. The use of paper ballots is about as fourth world as one can get except in foreign country elections where a multitude of NGO observers are in place to hopefully provide an environment of integrity for democracy to unfold. In the last election held in #Egypt none of this happened. It was a horrible turnout two-day election with results fraudulent in favor of the despot El #Sisi. The Sisi is John Kerry’s nightmare, the mouthpiece for the war machine, oil depot desert princes, and a wanker of a certain Russian who is the richest guy on the planet, plus the Coptic #Sawiris family billionaires. Sisi is the king of horrors to sustain a poverty sinking Eyg while the Nile goes sick with dead fish, the Sinai blows up, the border to #Gaza is closed, and the hope of a revolution whithers.

Possibly, this crap is the controlling pattern beginning with the fiasco of the Bush and Gore election of 2000 to the one yesterday in Scotland? The elite Empire ever fearful of the awaken people actually coming to the polls and voting against them tampers and violates the process to subjugate and carry forward an agenda of obtuse slavery. Yet, in every instance the domination by dirty oil and its global casino rears its psychopath reality apparently based on their acting out a death wish for our entire species.

What the Nope vote is actually about, if one carries enough to review the route of the sociopaths.

Scottish waters, consisting of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, contain the largest oil resources in the European Union. Scotland is the #EU’s largest petroleum producer. Oil was discovered in the North Sea in 1966, with the first year of full production taking place in 1976. With the growth of oil exploration as well as ancillary industries needed to support dirty oil, the city of Aberdeen is the center of the North Sea Oil Industry, with its port and harbor serving many offshore oilfields. Sullom Voe in Shetland is the site of a major oil terminal where oil is piped in and transferred to sea going tankers. Similarly, the Flotta Oil Terminal in Orkney is linked by a 230 km long pipeline to the oil fields in the North Sea. Dirty oil related industries are a major source of employment and income in these regions. It is estimated the industry employs 100,000+ workers (or 6% of the working population) of Scotland, and then you can spin off from this economic generator the service sector necessary to keep those who work to keep dirty oil pumping.

Although North Sea oil production is declining since 1999, an estimated 920 million tons of recoverable crude oil remains. Over two and a half billion tons were recovered from #UK offshore oil fields between the first #North Sea crude coming ashore in 1975 to 2002 plus most oil fields will remain ‘economically’ viable until 2020.

Scotland is also endowed with some of the best energy resources in Europe and is a net exporter of electricity with a generating capacity of 10.1 GW primarily from coal, oil, gas, and nuke energy generation. Currently renewable energy sources provide Scotland with 35% of its electricity production, with onshore wind generation making the largest contribution, and supporting several thousand jobs. There are many wind farms along the coast and hills, with plans to create one of the world’s largest onshore wind farms at Barvas Moor on the Hebridean island of Lewis. For the record, I am against all wind farms, what we birders call the Cusinarts of the airs.

The back-story is yesterday the majority of Scots supported what they know – not what they could envision or sustain from a green or even a blue economy. They were sold a bill of goods by the Empire, as the media supported the Nope vote. The Empire forever driven by its dirty oil global fiat monetary system spent whatever was necessary to protect its dirty oil profit. Margins necessary for MENA (and soon Africa) wars to consume the resources to drill baby drill to make the machinery to drill baby drill. It is the total closed system of ruler economics protected by its slaves and ignorant overseers to keep the ponzi game going no matter how many Arabs are murdered or how many babies are burned alive by Israhell’s chemical bombs dropped on the civil population of trapped Gazans (also known as Palestinians, am I correct Dr. Hani?).

The Brit Sterling churn was substantial, yet where did the money go?

Money underwrites a winning crusade and without it, there is no campaign. Harry Potter female author J.K. Rowling is on the side of keeping the U.K. together; she gave the “Better Together” campaign £1 million. The pro-independence campaign received £1 million from Chris and Colin Weir — a Scottish couple who won a lottery jackpot of £161 million in 2011. All told, campaigners opposed to independence have raised £2.7 million in donations greater than £7,500 since December 2013.[9]

The “Yes” campaign raised £1.8 million over the same period. Those numbers were reported to the U.K. Electoral Commission, which oversaw Thursday’s historic vote (correct, the fox is tending the chicken coop). Nevertheless, the final total spent trying to persuade Scotland’s 4.3 million registered voters far exceeds the £4.5 million recorded so far by the Electoral Commission. Why? Because the commission’s figures exclude donations made before December 18, 2013, individual amounts less than £7,500 (est. $12,218.62 US Dollars) and money given to political parties campaigning for either side.

Shocked? If America has its super pacs and no campaign finance reform, the UK has their version of corrupting politicians and work arounds to put in office the servants and askew any public referendum.

The lead campaign organizations (where there any others?) on both sides — Better Together and Yes Scotland — were limited to spending £1.5 million each during the 16 weeks leading up to polling day, September 18, 2014. But the Scottish National Party of independence champion Alex Salmond supposedly spent as much as £1.3 million campaigning during this period. Moreover, the three leading British parties opposed to independence were allowed to spend about £1.4 million.

Elections are also about crunching voter numbers inside precincts and regions. During a campaign, managers regularly are guided by telephone polls and walking polls to figure out where hearty acquisition is demanded (spend more bucks, get more volunteers, find larger corporate donors, etc.) and where to maintain by a less overt presence (spend less bucks, etc.).

The #Yes Scotland Campaign made some mistakes by not inviting election knights to the round table, but then again, their  enthusiasm and dedication was admirable. The #No Better Together (read gag) Campaign was orchestrated by the pros paid by ruling elite from banksters, investors, and organized labor. I always found it upside down labor was against the independence of Scotland because it would dilute their powers through the empire? What or who was used to buy them off?

The Nope campaign of fear and paranoia spent millions to defeat the Yes Scotties. The Yes folks held on to hope, and I believe if you tallied them this moment, the day after, they would with some reflection continue to be enamored by the ultimate goal of home rule, to be an independent nation from the Crown.

My genetics is pre-positioned for freedom, justice, and bread. I easily take up the shield for democracy as a yapping terrier underdog. It is not only my brain organization it is my subversive world view – unless our species becomes wholly independent from the greed masters Earth will wipe us off the planet to begin again with a more improved model of DNA. Pachamama’s new combo will probably support a biped brainy species where compassion and intelligence out-weigh personal or collective insecurity, greed and fear. If you challenge this supposition, read this pile of caca from the BBC – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-29272728 .

Scotland is not at a crossroads no matter the psychological Jungian icon imagery of the flag. England will march along with the wealthy living off war, the Queen and the royals living in their grand prisons, and the idiots of 10 Downing Street parading across the BBC, while M15 and M16 continue (see https://www.sis.gov.uk/ if you wish to join the corps – they are recruiting).

The media of course, bought and paid for, supported the Nope. Sir Sean Connery supports the Yep, as does Dougie Maclean and in my fantasy world so does Braveheart Mel Gibson. For those on the borders of Scotland you were duped but too late now, I am sure the ballots are burned. For those in Glasgow, you are saltiere beacons of change. The status quo silent majority (although in Scotland I think this is a complete misnomer as our gene pool will discuss politics at any swig of the brew or during the final hole of a round on the moors) won the day for their masters. The Tory chains are secure. The gorgeous waterways, mountains, 31,460 lochs, and lands are ready to be raped more and the seas further destroyed in the name of Empire dirty oil and wars in foreign countries as the propaganda plagued Brits fuss about the next baby Royal.

A statistic of some note is 600,000 of the eligible votes yesterday were from non-native Scots (and, I am not yammering on about invasive vegetation plants). Our turnout total was 96.9% but the piddle stream media states it is 84.6%. Turnout in the election was 51.7% in the constituency vote and 52.4% in the regional vote up from 2003 where the turnout was 49.4% in both the constituency and regional vote.

If you crunch the numbers, they do not add up. And, so it goes, the world no longer adds up to much more than the next suffering or meta-thud from another 1,000 hectares of the Amazon rainforest going down to meet the demands of dirty oil.

Am I a pessimist? The cynical writer, the burnt out journo, and the aging radical continues otherwise why would I consume the time to research and offer alternative views news?

Current events be damned, my great grandfather sea Capt. William Francis Macomber (a legend in his own time) and my grandfather William F. Macomber, Jr. (inventor) along with my CSPAN junkie mother Fran-Ma (died from an environmental disease) are sitting nearby in my hut in the jungle egging me on to continue to fight for independence.

One specific unrelenting and nearly eternal is when the familial dead call from across the rainbow bridge to ask you to work in life on certain high and mighty principles, one needs to respond. This tome is an opportunity for you to understand and for me to remember how precious is life and love. I honor my clan heritage with this meagerness. May you do the same in your own particular scheme and talent.

God protect the innocent. Free Humanity. Tick tock. Tick tock.

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[1] OPM – other people’s private money.

[2][2] Devolution is the transfer of power to a lower level, especially by central government to local or regional administration. Also known at times in the body politic, as Home Rule.

Home Rule = The right for local self-government including the powers to regulate the protection of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare; to license; to tax; and to incur debt. Home rule involves the authority of a local government to prevent state government intervention with its operations. The extent of its power, however, is subject to limitation prescribed by state constitutions and statues. When a municipality or other political subdivision has the power to decide for itself whether to follow a particular course of action without receiving specific approval from state officials, it acts pursuant to such powers. For example, a town exercises its home rule powers when it puts the issue of allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages within its borders on a ballot. The Peconic County movement of the five eastern townships of Suffolk County, NY, was a fight for Home Rule. I was an advocate and on the committee as an advisor for small business on the Peconic County Now initiative. We won the public referendum to secede from Suffolk County but lost when the NY State Legislature would not allow us to become our own county entity. (For amusement read: http://easthamptonstar.com/Archive/1/Peconic-One-More-Try)

[3] http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/46/notes

[4] http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/may/04/scotland.devolution

[5] The United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum, as part of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement drawn up after the 2010 general election, was a nationwide vote held on Thursday 5 May 2011 (the same date as local elections in many areas) to choose the method of electing MPs at subsequent general elections. The referendum concerned whether to replace the present “first-past-the-post” (simple plurality) system with the “alternative vote” (AV) method. The proposal to introduce AV was rejected by the electorate.

This was only the second nationwide referendum to be held (the first being the EC referendum in 1975) and the first that was not merely consultative; being “post-legislative” and therefore committing the government to give effect to its decision. It was the first time ever everyone within the United Kingdom were asked to vote on a domestic legislative matter which did not involve the affairs of the EC/European Union.

All registered electors over 18 (British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens living in the UK and enrolled British citizens living outside) – including Members of the House of Lords (who cannot vote in UK general elections) – were entitled to take part.

On a turnout of 42.2 per cent, 68 per cent voted No and 32 per cent voted Yes. Ten of the 440 counting districts recorded ‘Yes’ votes above 50 per cent; six in London, and those in Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh Central and Glasgow Kelvin in Scotland.

[6] The Scottish Covenant was a petition to the United Kingdom government to create a home rule Scottish parliament. First proposed in 1930, and promoted by the Scots Independent in 1939, the National Covenant movement reached its peak during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Initiated by John MacCormick, the Covenant was written in October 1949 at the Church of Scotland Assembly Halls in Edinburgh, during the Third National Assembly of the Scottish Convention, a pressure group that evolved into the Scottish Covenant Association.

The petition was eventually signed by two million people (including my grandfather). In the census of 1951, the population of Scotland was 5.1 million. The Scottish Covenant, however, had little political impact, and it was not until 1979 that proposals for a Scottish Assembly became a serious political prospect. The current Scottish Parliament reconvened in 1999.

The name of the Covenant is a reference to the Solemn League and Covenant establishing the rights of the Church of Scotland in the 17th century. An Ulster Covenant was also made in 1912, opposing the idea of Home Rule in Ireland.

[7] http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/visitandlearn/25488.aspx

[8] http://www.exchangerates.org.uk/news/10300/pound-to-euro-and-us-dollar-exchange-rates-today-political-uncertainty-scottish-indefef.html