October 2nd, 2008

fish jumping

Good Morning!

The fog is wet today, enveloping and yet it is clear enough I can see across the valley, though not to the top of the ridge.  The plants, ground, and I are grateful for the moisture.  I hear a Muir Woods call.   If we begin to get some rain, the creek will break through to the ocean, and maybe this year the salmon will come.  

Yesterday Zach and I again went to the bay and saw a dead seal and a dead cormorant.   We sat by the seal a long time.  It was almost in two parts and was missing its head.  There were holes and Zach was fascinated to peer inside.  The bees and flies were going in and out.  I made an attempt last week to explain life and death, since we had crabs that tickled, scampering across our hands and then, those that were still, but I could see yesterday that I had conveyed no concept of life and death, and after sitting there with Zach, watching all the activity around the seal and considering the openings which seemed quite exciting and refreshing and there was no smell, and though I talked about the elements and breaking down and recycling, which reminded Zach of the garbage truck, yet, somehow caught in his fascination, non-judgment and acceptance of the event, and awareness that the seal would go back to the sea when the tide came in, assuming there was something left, somehow I took on Zach's viewpoint.  There is no death.  It felt so clear as we sat there, hand in hand, and he listened to my made-up song about the seal, it was so clear that there is no death, and the clouds were dark, and there was one hole, for the sun, that was like an eye, and Zach said that's where the rocket ships pop through and then he asked what was on the other side.

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I have not been able to bring myself to click on the news this morning, something I usually do first thing. I was up most of the night, meditating, absorbing the book A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill: Happiness by Matthieu Ricard, and trying to move all that is happening through my mind-body-energy field and hold it with love and light.

Yesterday, while driving, I heard Naomi Klein speak. I checked out her blog at:

I contemplated that Lehman Brothers gave out $5.7 billion dollars in bonuses in 2007. It seems there is a question now as to whether the top people were distributing the wealth among themselves before the collapse. There may be legal action on that.


Naomi said that the Bushies began their war on history after 9-11. They said there would be no more pre-9-11 thought and that is the best way to destabilize a nation, a government.

Milton Friedman first said in 1962:
“Only a crisis—actual or perceived––produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. . . . Our basic function [is] to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible”—by which he meant enacting radical deregulation, privatization of national industries and public-sector programs, and deep cuts to the welfare state— “becomes the politically inevitable.”

She then went on to speak of Argentina and the parallels here, and how Palin has three words and one intention, "Drill, Baby, Drill."

Also hurricane Katrina was the perfect vehicle for them to place their ideas of suspending a living wage, knocking down housing for the poor, and giving vouchers for schools. She said this is the McCain platform even now.

She said if you think back to the Republican primary debates, drilling offshore and in the Alaskan Refuge was not mentioned. It began in May with Gingrich who created a poll where if you heard the question you, too, might answer yes, to drilling. She read the words. It went out to 1000 voters. That poll convinced the Democrats to cave.

And here we are.

Naomi Klein will be on The Colbert Report tonight, so we can watch or listen to the debate and Colbert.
laurel and hardy

Exercise for folks over fifty -

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.   After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.

Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.


barack obama

An obvious choice at this point -

Nixon, Bush, Palin

Published: October 1, 2008

In 1970, in the midst of the longest bear market since World War II, President Richard Nixon declared: “Frankly, if I had any money, I’d be buying stocks right now.”

The market soared.

Now, I’ve been asking myself, just for the heck of it, what would happen if President Bush tried his own jawboning of the market and said: “Frankly, if I had any money, I’d be buying stocks right now.”


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barack obama

My Opinion -

I watched KQED and thought Biden did great.   Perhaps it is watching too much of Palin's folksiness on youtube but she did not work for me in light of the extremely difficult times we are in and I have plenty to eat and money to drive my cars and heat my house.  I would not think she was cute if I was desperate.   I think the last week has moved us past cute.

I was surprised to see a commercial for Chevron come on as soon as the debate commentary finished.  All seemed "fair" to me and it struck me as odd and partial  timing.

I am pleased that Biden did great, and came back to the main points, answered the questions, and presented Barack and himself well.  I was surprised and touched that he teared up after all this time at the death of his first wife and the raising of his sons alone.  

Well-done, I say, and I'm glad Palin did not embarrass herself, and I actually did feel sorry for her in having to defend McCain, and, as I say, her going to the folksy act does not work for me.  

I want strict leadership and I want it NOW!!

No more cute!   No McPain!!