Thought Overflow…Golda’s BlogIf memes are like genes, then having a conversation in which you share ideas and come up with new ones is like…?

So my writings here are sort of musings, on the personal side as opposed to the what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-the-world side. I also write as gvelez on medium and as wordmonkey on dailyKos should you wish to subject yourself…

Wrote this for BlogforArizona: https://blogforarizona.net/dirty-money-dirty-tricks-dirty-judges/

How can we get the story out to enough of Arizona to vote these judges out? If everyone really understood, they would be gone…

if you give someone ideas, and they put in the work to bring them to life, it’s like

“It [providence] has shown the heaven and earth to every child, and filled him with a desire of the whole; a desire raging, infinite; a hunger, as of space to be filled with planets; a cry of famine, as of devils for souls. Then for the satisfaction, – to each man is administered a single drop, a bead of dew of vital power, per day, a copy as large as space, and one drop of the water of life in it.
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In every house…this chasm is found – between the largest promise of ideal power, and the shabby experience”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Writings p376

Spending a week in SF, first impression is the beautiful buildings, the busy foot traffic, and the grime. It feels like a city where everyone is pushing to the limit all the time, with clean airy offices but streets too busy for planters, despite the friendly climate. And the homeless. SF is kinder to its homeless than many cities, with the result that they are everywhere on the streets.

I kept thinking, I’d like to go around and ask them, how they’d feel about having the opportunity to clean a bit when they liked, for small payments. Like a nonprofit that supplies cleaning materials and goes around donating to those who keep their area clean, and maybe leave a plant or street garden to be cared for too. In Tucson we have public little mini gardens with edible plants, like in front of the main library. The climate in SF should make those much easier to grow.

I love San Francisco, but it also makes me appreciate the breathing room we have in Tucson. Relaxed co-ops and organizations like Bicas, not having to justify so many thousands in rent or property costs, can help people fix bikes for a couple bucks an hour, or provide shared pottery wheels and glazing ovens.

Of all the flimsy excuses of why children of the rich and powerful should have privileges from birth, meritocracy is perhaps the most blatantly illogical. Divine right of kings is more rational.

to write up properly:

very close analogy – pull from GrannyD’s speech; and the guy on Trevor Noah this week about data-basd and fact-based agencies having most problem with Trump

cancer cells defect in repair = repressing dissent/truth

the pathway to cancer is similar to the pathway to corruption

also humor / comedy as immunization

attacking the immune system

but also uniquely – because fewer heads can be more coordinated in its attacks on people, very systematic

attacks on the schools

Had a really interesting conversation with some long time Russian friends of mine. My friend Inna told me that because of all the discussions about it she decided to read Ayn Rand’s book; she said it was practically unreadable, and really reminded her of communist propaganda pieces.

The thing that both have in common, also with current propaganda about ‘great russia’, is ways to make people who feel low or put down feel better about themselves by feeling like their country or system is somehow great and better than others.
So its sort of a cheap way of making people feel good about themselves, but manipulating them in the process.