Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sun Ra Equation

I wanted to do this story for a long time, but didn't know how to write it.
Many peoples view of Sun Ra was not so good at the time but keep in mind
they where judging him from a time of non enlightenment, look now into
the 21st century with him he is norm!

"In October 1942 Blount received a selective service notification that he
had been drafted into the Military of the United States."
"Blount responded that if inducted, he would use military weapons and
training to kill the first high-ranking military officer possible.
The judge sentenced Blount to jail (pending draft board and CPS rulings),
and then said, "I've never seen a nigger like you before";
Blount replied, "No, and you never will again."

When one knows of ones destiny or know they are needed more than to
be a pawn in a war. (Make others fight the war for you!)
you tend to stand up for yourself and it does not make you a crazy.

"Psychiatrists there described him as "a psychopathic personality [and]
sexually perverted" but also as "a well-educated colored intellectual"

Sexually perverted? That depends what time you are judging him by.
The 1940's you where a perv if you where a sight bit off, but in the 1960's+
you where norm as things go higher and more norm with education as you
recognized things for what they are.

But more likely he did what Jimmy Hendrix did to get out of the draft,
he ran around in his underwear and kissed the colonel on the lips
and that got him out of it. A few did stuff like that to get out of the draft!

So the point don't judge Sun Ra without thinking about things!

~~~~~Sun Ra
Controversial because of his eclectic music and unorthodox lifestyle, and claiming that
he was of the "Angel Race", and not from Earth but from Saturn, Sun Ra developed
a complex persona, using "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a
pioneer of afrofuturism. He preached awareness and peace above all.
He abandoned his birth name and took on the name and persona of Sun Ra
(Ra being the Egyptian God of the Sun), and used several other names throughout
his career, including Le Sonra and Sonny Lee. Sun Ra denied any connection with his
birth name, saying "That's an imaginary person, never existed.
Any name that I use other than Ra is a pseudonym."

Finances and his increasing sense of isolation are believed to have been factors in
Sun Ra's leaving college. Perhaps more importantly, he claimed a visionary experience
as a college student; it had a major, long-term influence on the young pianist.
In 1936 or 1937, in the midst of deep religious concentration,
Sun Ra claimed that a bright light appeared around him, and, as he later said:

My whole body changed into something else. I could see through myself.
And I went up. I wasn't in human form. I landed on a planet that I identified as Saturn.
they teleported me and I was down on [a] stage with them.
They wanted to talk with me. They had one little antenna on each ear.
little antenna over each eye. They talked to me. They told me to stop [attending college]
because there was going to be great trouble in schools.
the world was going into complete chaos...
I would speak [through music], and the world would listen. That's what they told me.

Sun Ra said that this experience occurred in 1936 or 1937. According to Szwed,
the musician's closest associates cannot date the story any earlier than 1952.
(Sun Ra also said that the incident occurred when he was living in Chicago,
where he did not settle until the late 1940s). Sun Ra discussed the vision,
with no substantive variation, to the end of his life.

His trip to Saturn allegedly occurred a full decade before flying saucers entered public
consciousness with the 1947 encounter of Kenneth Arnold. It was earlier than other
public accounts: about 15 years before George Adamski wrote about contact with
benevolent beings; and almost 20 years before the 1961 case of Barney and
Betty Hill, who recounted sinister UFO abductions. Szwed says that,
"even if this story is revisionist autobiography. Sonny was pulling together several strains
of his life. He was both prophesizing his future and explaining his past with a single act
of personal mythology."

****This sort of points to something like Gospel of Judas.
'The author argues that God is essentially a "luminous cloud of light" who exists in
an imperishable realm.'

Or it could be just a plain 80's type of OOBE?

Looking at this with eyes like the 21st century he might of went there!
Anyway you see it, I hope many get interested in Sun Ra!
Well life is short so get reading about him!

"Sun Ra thought avant garde musicians typically took themselves far too seriously."

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nobody rides for free!

In life, nobody rides for free!
Walking in your road of life you might of realized nobody rides for free.
There is no riding on the coat tails of a famous family members or anything
like of the sort. You earn your way through life for yourself and for others.
Don't fear failure that is what you learn from.
You can't have the good without the bad, because with no bad you
would not know what the good was.

So learning that road you where on is fail you take another ride on another road
and see where that takes you and no one rides for free as you learn and earn
your way there.

~~~~~Everyone Has A HeartBreaking Story, No One Gets A Free Ride
by @ 2:14 pm. Filed under Joe's Rants
The title of this post comes from Brene Brown, a shame and empathy researcher
who gathered thousands of stories from thousands of people.
She makes it clearer for us, after hearing and studying all these stories that
no one rides for free. Everyone you meet has a heartbreaking, sad,
gut wrenching story to tell. No matter if you are the little rich kid from San Diego, CA
or the poor kid in New Haven, CT. There is no free ride.
We all have a story to tell that would break your heart.

I have to say, since moving to CT, I have learned this.
This is one of the richer states in the union and yet it has some of the most blatant
systemic racism, eye opening poverty and some of the saddest stories I have
ever heard from both the rich and the poor. We all have our stories and at the heart
of those stories is our own basic human needs that we are all trying to meet.
The psychologist Glasser in his theory named them as

One of the things that surprises me is just how often we see other people as perfect
or even see them as having little or no problems when in reality, that isn’t the case.
We are all walking around with our own baggage.  The weight and size of the baggage
varies from person to person as one would expect. It doesn’t change the fact, everyone’s
got something they carry with them.  We all have our stories.

Another surprise I find are those who claim to have no story, no baggage and are
quick to tell other what they think is other people’s baggage.
I once experienced a women who could easily paint you a picture of her life being
perfect and explain to you all the things wrong with your life.
Funny enough, that isn’t what I saw when I saw her.  I mostly saw a lonely person,
scared and fighting to own anyone’s story but her own.

I have learned from a few years of doing NVC, conflict management, and mediation
work that not all of us own up to our stories. Brene Brown has certainly given me words
to describe something I have seen for many years listening to people’s “Sides”
of the stories. I notice they want to own the story they believe will pull you to their
side rather than the story that is really their’s.  This of course doesn’t happen all the time
and still, it does happen often enough for me to think to myself, “Stop telling me what
you think I want to hear, and tell me the story that is really your’s”

I have been thinking, like everyone does at this time of year, about my new year,
2011 and what I want for me as a person.   I guess every year for the past decade
I have picked things about who I am and who I want to be and tried to work on them.
I think in this coming year, I want to work on really owning my story and as Brene Brown
says, “living life wholeheartedly” and authentically as I can. I think this mean not saying yes
to things I don’t really want to do. It means not worrying about being perfect,
looking perfect, saying perfect things or worrying if I am good enough.
This also means caring less about what people “think” of me, especially those who
don’t really know me, which I add is many people.

I plan to make the next year another one of those years where I continue to grow.
I have spent the past few years working on being compassionate to others, even if I
don’t like them. I worked on being patient, being empathetic, being mindful.
This year I would like to start advocating that same compassion in how i treat myself.
I plan on owning my story and being content with it.

~~~~~How Mistakes Can Set You Free
“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. 
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose for this thing we call 
‘failure’ is not the falling down but the staying down.” ~Mary Pickford

Well, the little blue line was undeniable, and the circumstances unforgettable.
It was Black Friday 2007, after a full day of work during which my nausea rendered
me so useless that my coworkers insisted I buy a pregnancy test on my way home.

And there was a line. But no spouse. No ring. No house. Just a freshly-issued
Master’s Degree and the gamut of emotions that come with an unexpected pregnancy.
Surprisingly, I felt excited to be a mother. But I feared what others would think.
I was not convinced I could manage on my own. And I questioned how this choice
would impact my child for the rest of his life.

Two potential life paths loomed in my mind’s eye, possibilities for my future after
this momentous event: Path A projected a life of pain and struggle, feeling ostracized
from society and working tirelessly to make ends meet while my child fended for
himself and fell in with the wrong crowd as a substitute for his overwhelmed and
unavailable mother.

Path B presented the option of a life where “mistakes” are blessings, and my son and
I could grow close together with the support of a village of loving friends and family while I
focused on our bond and our health, using all of the resources available to me and constantly
bettering our lives. Clearly, “Path A” came from a place of fear and shame.
Until this event, I didn’t make mistakes. I was always the one who was steadfast and
predictable, cautious and planned.
So this rocked my world. Thankfully.

Because that vision of Path A had haunted me and inhibited me for my entire life, in
different ways. Path A was always the worst-case scenario of what might happen if I
veered off the beaten path, whether intentionally or by “mistake.” The possibility of Path
A prevented me from actually living my life.

I was so paralyzed by the fear of that path that I couldn’t even take a step.

Until I stumbled.
And found that I could still keep going. That stumble was life-changing, but it was not

In fact, one might even argue that my life began with that stumble.
It helped me realize that mistakes are manageable and often very valuable.
It helped me realize that my worst fears (i.e.: an unexpected pregnancy) might come true,
but that they may not always be as dreadful as I had imagined.
It helped me realize that a life-changing mistake may actually be a surprise blessing.
It’s easier now for me to take risks.

It’s easier now to go boldly in the direction of my dreams, as Thoreau implored.
Because I know now that if I stumble, I can re-orient myself and move in 
another direction, if need be.
It’s all about attitude and adaptability. It’s about faith. It’s about owning your mistakes and
using them to your advantage.

I believe firmly that there is freedom in the stumble.
Life feels so open without the paralyzing fear of messing up.
And if you could have even a taste of that freedom, it would open your
life up to endless possibilities.
  • What would you do differently if you knew you could handle a mistake?
  • How would you live if you transformed your fears into enthusiasm?
  • What if fear of failure is actually the biggest mistake in life?
Don’t just stand there. Take the first step. And proceed with the confidence of
knowing that if you stumble, you can just brush yourself off, re-orient yourself,
and keep moving in a new direction.

~~~~~Speaking of which: Now there's my third book; another goddamn memoir.
If shit would quit happening to me, I’d quit writing memoirs.)
This one is aptly titled Can’t You Get Along With Anyone? 
A Writer’s Memoir and a Tale of a Lost Surfer's Paradise,
and in it I take my need to know everything to my personal end of the line,
nearly paying the ultimate price when my inner dreads surface with a vengeance.
(Truman Capote had it right: what seemed paradise is mere scenery, a curtain that, 
lifting, reveals pitchforks and fire.)

THE IMPASSABLE BARRIER: Even if you attain realization of the emptiness
of persons and things, this does not measure up to the way of Zen.
Even if you embody complete function and complete perception,
this is still not the essential wonder of Zen.
You must break through the impassable barrier and
get to know the opening beyond.

Don't give up you will get there, kind of like in a instant, it will hit you!

Monday, March 2, 2015

In a world of low pay a 80 MPH moped

As things are going many like me can't get a car new or used, being mostly
the banks underwriter will say "Sorry your income is too low!"
As for me my car only has two forward gears left and that is ok because
it hits 70 in second gear top speed and that is good enough for town but
for driving to another town is out the car only does 70 mph at 6500 rpm now!

So there are options a motorcycle, if you can find something that fits your pay.
I looked for something like a 125cc bike and can't find any.
Then I looked for a 250cc type there are a few but I hope I can find one
in the time it takes me to pay off a loan I have already and to save money
for the down payment. All in eight months.

But there is an "Plan 9 from outer space." A hot rod moped!
In the 80's many people did that all you did was to change the sprocket
to about the same size as the front sprocket so it was equal and that
would gear you to 80 mph! And cut off the header before the muffler
better exhaust flow takes the stress off the piston rings, makes it run longer.
Next is to "Cut back" the spark plugs making more power to handle the taller
gearing. Also cut the speed limiter. It's different in each brand of moped.
I need to note a two stroke is a freak of nature, a wonder of engineering.

Those where the mopeds that would go BLAAAAAHHH slowly when
they would got started down the road. It took them sort of a long time
to wind them up but they went 80 if you seen them in the 80's.
There is a possibly to get one up to 144 mph by the numbers at 12,000+ rpm!
Sort of like...

And would be funny as hell when you pass people. "I think it was a damn mosquito?!"
But the piston rod could snap and at 12,000+ rpm it's a grenade by your legs!
It's only a 50cc engine with small parts!

For me getting a moped would be the last resort, like when all hell breaks loose.
The moped would be a chainsaw sounding kind of thing and when I get off at work
I could just see like in the news paper in the police reports about a chainsaw
being run at night through town!

It happens, I made my car backfire bad once to see if I needed to change the
spark plugs in it, a few days later I seen in the news papers police report about a
shotgun fired in town in that neighborhood I was driving in.

Also in 1984 I had a moped that I ran it with no exhaust at all. I drove it at night
once and going over a hill my friends heard me 10+ miles away in another town.
They knew it was me because I made the throttle go

But really it's my pay being low, and the moped is my last plan I would look
forward to do. I would be laughing all the time with it!
But hell if you have to get one, get one!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Health insurance hinges on Supreme Court case

Being what is at stake if the Supreme Court case about the tax subsidies
goes bad. I really do see a fire.

I am sure you by now kind of see what will happen if they stop the subsidies.
The question is how many will drop their insurance with no more help with it?
That number can go up to the 100 millions+ 300 million if all hell breaks loose.

Just to the fact how much will it cost now to cover all those uninsured if the
insurance companies will still be running from all of their losses of payed customers.
Also how will the stock holders of pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies
react to seeing most walkaway! Will they all pullout their stocks we are talking
about a lot of uninsured here! I would if I had the stocks!

"Furthermore, nearly 160 million Americans with employer-based health insurance
are only a pink slip away from losing their coverage. Every one percentage point increase
in the unemployment rate is associated with an increase of more than
one million uninsured."
But it's the fact they will ask why do I have it I can't afford it or afford to use it.

Or to ask how many hospitals are going to close with most people with no insurance?

If the subsidies are struck down I can see bad like in Oklahoma we would have a
bad competitive advantage in attracting jobs because the labor pool will drop.
Who will pass the background check? Workers do get too poor to work!
Sort of like trying to get a loan. "Sorry your income is too low!"
Impoverished consumers also! And here we go again,
"Why make it if they can't afford it, layoff everyone!" The job losses.

So really if the Republicans are really that stupid then stupid happens.
Get ready to take care of yourself with no insurance! Yes you can!
At least you will get a bigger paycheck, still won't cover the DR bill
or cover the up-going cost of life but really don't fear.

"This year, only 13 states and the District of Columbia have their own exchanges.
People in Oklahoma and 36 other states who buy insurance on the individual market
do so through an exchange a marketplace operated by the federal government."

So there are just too many that will drop and...

"More than likely, Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress would have to get
involved if the administration loses the case, if for no other reason than to protect people
from the law’s penalties for not buying insurance."
(There won't be much left anyway!)

Really you need to take care of it yourself from people that are clueless.
Why suffer to make them go high? Fix it yourself and stay home more
on the weekend, adapt and make it. 

If "The roof is on fire" it's going to go anyway because of the Republicans,
so really I see it as you can't have the good without the bad.
The poor will be ok. The poor like me would just fix it myself sort of like I have already
been doing. And cut bills to get more money to keep going, no more sales!

It will burn in the hands of the Republicans, sort of like the song
when in view towards the stupid Republicans!
Like they wanted it to burn and it will along with their checkbooks more likely!

So take care of yourself and...