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The Great and Terrible Machine of Human Civilization

We, as a species, have built a great and terrible machine. It is a planetary behemoth which uses everything in its reach to make itself more great and, sadly, more terrible. I do not believe that the terrible part is an intentional design – for the most part – though there are some who at times wield great influence over the machine with intent that can be characterized as nothing but evil. Of course, evil must be defined. In this case, it will suffice to be defined as hatred or malice against the innocent; working towards the destruction, suffering, or eradication of entire populations. That is evil. The machine has also been, on occaision, been harnessed and directed toward good – the oppossite of evil. Good is the uplifting, relief, and protection of the entire population – as a whole. Good benefits all of humanity. Evil benefits only a select group at the expense of the rest. These are the definitions of good, evil, and the definition of the machine is simply the totality of human civilization as it exists at any point in time.

I do not think we can smash the machine, I do not think we can destroy the machine, I do not think we can be rid of the machine. The only way to do so would be to eradicate our species from the universe. We are a social species and so long as there are three humans there will be a machine. If there are less than three humans, our species is eradicated.

The machine is broken. It is badly broken. The chain of human events which have led to the current incarnation of the humanity machine are immutable. We cannot change the events of the past. At the moment, the machine propogates evil intent by placing maximum conditioning and stressors upon as many individuals as possible. For example, a man works to fuel the machine. In return, he is rewarded with the means to fulfill his needs. The same is true of woman. The joining together of man and woman should create an excess of resources and reduce the need to work but the machine does not benefit from leisure time. The machine benefits from maximum output from every individual, so it raises the cost of fulfillment while reducing the benefit of work. If the man and woman have a child, the cost of fulfillment is more than tripled and by necessity the man and woman must each work longer hours while the child must be cared for – the machine offers school – an indoctrination and worker training program. School allows the man and woman to work longer hours and gives the machine the chance to prepare and condition new workers. After school childcare is a means to keep workers working and create work for new workers. The machines demands production and for those who chose not to produce, the result is punishment in the form of homelessness, incarceration, no health care, and ultimately death.

Once you become aware of the machine, despair can easily set in. When you see the machine, you see how futile is our existance. What reason to live, work, rear children, save, and die? None. Only the machine. The machine does not love you, the machine does not care about you or your future, the machine does not respect you. You are nothing to the machine. You will disappear and there will be no memory of you. You do not matter. Nothing you do matters. You are only fuel and replacable fuel at that.

You cannot drop out of the machine. You cannot escape from the machine or opt-out of the machine. The machine owns you and controls you – you and every other human being on planet earth. The machine has billions of back up systems just like you and more are being made, conditioned, and prepared every second.

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America Politics

The Untenable Nature of Our Current Civilization

Consider the untenable nature of our current civilization. Perhaps the most amazing thing about our current world civilization is the fact that it does not crash. This ridiculous house of cards seemingly only held together by brain washing and threats of force. An arrangement which benefits an extreme minority and disadvantages the extreme majority. How in the world is our current system still standing? Why have the common people not risen up and destroyed it or at the very least demanded something more favorable? The answer, is democracy. I’m not saying that democracy is good, far from it, I’m saying that democracy allows the control of the masses. We all know that politicians lie and that campaign promises are rarely kept, and yet we continue to extend our votes and our trust and our hope …and to be disappointed. Meanwhile, the engineers of this system continue to fine tune their control through distraction, stress, and misinformation. The dissemination of information, the requirements of capital, and the politics of voting – all of these are distractions from the true issue. We are not being allowed to live the lives we were born to live. Were you born to commute? Were you born to have a job that doesn’t fulfill you? And even if you have a job you love and a commute you enjoy – were you born to fill out forms for health insurance and continually worry about things which have nothing to do with the veracity of your existance?

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It Might Be Time to Retire My Past

I know it’s not entirely possible in this day and age – the past follows you to the grave, but in my case, I can perhaps unpublish my blogs and books and clean the slate a little. It’s been a good run, but none of this stuff is making money and as time goes on, it is probably like wearing an albatross around my neck. I’m on the hunt for a platform to express myself – I’m pretty sure that the platforms I’ve been using these past two decades are no longer the ones I want to use. I’ve already said goodbye to Geocities and Yahoo Groups Lulu and Friendster and a hundred otgher forgotten and forgettable platforms. Now it is probably a good idea to say goodbye to WordPress, Facebook, Createspace, Twitter, and Google Plus – it’s a shame about Google Plus – it was and still is a better platform than the rest but its days are numbered. Yes, it’s going to be hard to give up the $48 dollars this site earns each year – but I think I will manage to get by. Will the world though?

Cheers. Merry Christmas. Probably not the last post, but we’re getting closer.

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Bitcoin – Get Rich or At Least Have Fun Watching the Ride

A few years ago – I set up a bitcoin wallet, but I didn’t really have $100 to spend on something that was probably going to be replaced by something else – I saw the value proposition of Bitcoin, but the interface and use was too clunky. I set up my antique shop to accept bitcoin but in 2013 – in a small coastal Oregon town – nobody was using Bitcoin, not even me. Ouch…

This morning I watched a screaming rally of Bitcoin from $16000 per coin to $19000 per coin. Yesterday, I watched it go from $12000 to $16000. In the past month, it’s gone from $5000 to $12000. This year it has gone from $1000 to the $19000+ I saw this morning. Yeah.

I was actually looking at bitcoin back when it was $13 per coin – I thought it was cool. At that point, $20 was a lot to me. That $20 would have been close to $60k this morning. You know, assuming that I sold it at the high before it dropped to $15k and now it is back to $17k.

Right now, looking at it – I can see that if I buy it at this price, I can possibly double or triple my money. Some people are saying that the bitcoin will ultimately be worth as much as $1 million dollars – and they aren’t crazy fringe people. So, can I really not afford the cost of a bitcoin? Actually, I can’t but a little itty bitty bit of a bitcoin? Like $100 worth? I can do that.

And, a more advanced coin, called Litecoin is no available – it’s faster, more agile for payments, and more secure.

In a few days, the news reports that mainstream futures exchanges are taking Bitcoin mainstream. Some people say that will make it boom further, others that it will cause it to bust. I don’t know.

I’ve bought my hundred dollars worth. It probably won’t make me rich – but stranger things have happened.
I bought at Coinbase Click the link and both you and I will get an extra $10 in bitcoin if you buy $100 worth. At coinbase you can buy Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Etherium. Bitcoin is the rollercoaster right now.

Have fun. I hope you get super rich.

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America

The Poor Door

Here in Honolulu, a developer is asking to be allowed to break the rules and build a bigger high rise. In return, the developer needs to create a number of affordable units. The developer, agreed to that on condition that the affordable units don’t get access to the higher income amenities like the pool, the garden, the clubhouse – and they have to go into the building in separate doors and use separate elevators. The local media here has called it “the poor door’.

I’m sorry, but it’s gone too far. Not the developer, but the whole fucking system. Babies don’t get to choose their parents and frankly – 99% of poor babies will be poor and 99% of rich babies will be rich and if I’m to say it with brevity, all I can say is this: it is wrong. All of it is wrong.

Land ownership, inheritance of power, massive fortunes, extreme wealth, extreme poverty, homelessness, and more. There are answers. There are ways to solve these problems. There are ways to deal with them all. We simply need to be willing to do so and willing to ignore those who tell us that they are not problems.

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Climbing Banyans on Oahu

July 20, 2008

(Posted 7/20/08)
I joined some of my guide friends yesterday for some tree climbing. Banyan climbing is more like it. It was my first time and I am stoked. What a great hobby to pick up. A better work out than the gym, for sure. Below is a pic of me on my way up Tree Beard (82′ to the anchor) and another pic from my phone of Rodolph on belay.
climbing banyan trees in Hawaii

 

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America

It’s Time for the United States to Retire

I think the USA should retire. Make Washington D.C. a state, make the territories into States, and then just end the grand experiment and let the 57 states (I think it’s only six territories) figure out what they want to do. Just close up shop. No more Federal Agencies, no more Federal taxes, no more Federal programs, No more military, no more America. Let’s end it. It’s been done for a long time.

Alaska could join Canada. The red states can make a country from the Midwest to the South, the North East States can make a country. The Blue Western states can make a country. And we can all be done with this fiasco. The troops can all go back to the state they came from or stay where they are if they want to be part of the new military in the places they are. The military resources in each state go to the state they are in. Close the bases around the world. Close the embassies. Let’s just end it.

Donald Trump can stay in DC or go back to New York or whatever – just as long as he isn’t where I am and he wouldn’t be. Let’s do it. Let’s end the United States of America. To start, we just all have to stop paying federal taxes and stop voting in Federal elections and stop paying attention to Federal bullshit.

Are we agreed? Okay.

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Sexual Harassment War is Helping Donald Trump

I have no proof of this, I don’t need it – I simply understand it to be true. The current sexual harassment scandals and the ‘war on men’ are improving Donald Trump’s image.

I can hear you protesting and saying it’s just the oppossite. Yeah, I want you to be right, but you’re wrong. Here’s the problem.

Men are biologically driven to use our cocks. It’s a biological impulse that can overcome our ethics, our good judgment, our common sense, and nearly everything else. The only reason all men are not rapists is because most of us are wired to be turned on by a sexual partner who desires us. If our ethical beliefs align with our sex drive then we are good – it’s not the other way around. As a man, I feel pretty certain that the overriding factor is the desire to experience sexual release and if there is a way to do that which fits with societal norms we will use it. For most of us, marriage and relationships provide that release – which is a big reason why we go that route – sorry romantics. I’m not saying there are not other reasons – but this is bigger than it gets credit for.

I’m not sure why the current multiple situations think its okay to ignore this aspect – my guess is that it’s because women don’t share the same compulsion – we can pretend they do, but they don’t – or maybe they have a superior built in control system that works better than ours – in any event – there is a word for a woman who does have the same wiring – nymphomaniac – it’s telling that there is no word for the male version – because the word is simply – man. Men understand this and women simply cannot – just like men can’t understand menstruation or child birth – they are not part of our biology. The sex drive in men, however, is very very real.

There is a gradient, I’m sure. Is there a heterosexual man alive who could not be seduced by the most beautiful woman in the world? Maybe…but probably not. This despite everything he might stand to lose for it – marriage, family, respect, position, money, power – whatever – in the moments when he is being seduced – all rational thoughts of those things disappear. Governments know this, spies know it, and let’s face it – everyone knows this.

If a reasonably attractive woman clearly offers sex to a man – any man – there is a pretty good chance he will take it. Why? He can’t fucking help it. I know that’s not what women want to hear, I know that we all want to pretend that it’s a choice he is making, but it’s not. Unless this is a seriously self-awakened and self-aware and fully conscious individual – he will succomb to the offer.

But wait, you say, that’s different. He is being offered, not using power or position or percieved control to take advantage of a woman. It’s not different. Sorry. If the possibility exists and the liklihood of success is better than the liklihood of failure (or some such metric) then he will go for the sex. Bill Clinton with an intern? He had everything to lose and is arguably one of the smartest men in the world – but he did it. Why? His rational brain was not working. His sexual desire was making up new rationales to make it okay for him. Donald Trump grabbing women and kissing them or grabbing their pussy – same thing, no matter how awful it is. Roy Moore dating teenage girls – despicable, but in his brain – rational. Al Franken – rationalized as okay. Harvey Weinstein – using what he had to get what he wanted. Louis C.K. – brain flooded with desire…And the list goes on and on…Bill Cosby, etc etc

So, am I saying that these things were okay? Of course not. We need to control ourselves. I’d like to think that if I were in a position of power, being the person I am today, I would not take advantage of a known power diferential – but, deep in my man-loins – there is a sympathy for all of these guys because I understand that what they did was find a way to have sex with women they were attracted to – and that is what men are wired to do.

The wider and deeper this war goes – the more it drives men to repress that this biological drive exists and the more that happens, the more they look at Donald Trump as someone who represents them. I know that on the surface – all of this seems damaging for Trump, but in the areas that we men are no longer allowed to let the world know about – it is building a sympathy for him.

I see almost all of this as a result of the artificial and imposed American protestant ethics about sex. In the USA we have some of the most backwards ideas about sex of anywhere in the world. We are more sexually repressed than any developed nation in the world.

Legalized and regulated prostitution and the eradication of the stigma of prostitution would solve a lot of this. Educated, healthy, and well paid prostitutes would create the release valve for this problem. I promise you that if there were a hotel where Al Franken, Louis C.K., and the rest of them could go to pay for sex without any stigma attached – lots of these problems would disappear. You may not like to hear that, but it’s true. And, believe it or not, there are women that would welcome it as a respected and safe profession – again, it’s a matter of stigma. The Courtesans of ancient Persia, the Geisha of ancient Japan, even the Madams of the Old West – these were not considered dirty or befouled or ruined women – and that made the difference.

So, like everyone, I’m watching this sexual harrassment thing unfold – and like everyone, I’m horrified by it. I’m also horrified by the fact that I think it gives Donald Trump a much better chance at winning re-election in three years.

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Perspective

I remember back in the early 2000s when I was living on the island of Kauai – this middle aged guy showed up on the island, wife and two young kids in tow. He was likable enough and hustled non-stop to make deals, set up new projects, and get money. Actually, he came across as a shyster…any conversation with him felt like an attempt to get you to do some work for him without pay – he was constantly setting up deals and partnerships where he enabled other people to do the work and then share their profit with him. Myself and all of my single guide friends – we laughed at this guy behind his back and avoided him at all costs – but it was almost impossible to avoid him – he was everywhere.

Back then, it was impossible for any of us to understand what he was doing. Now though, with a wife and child of my own – and a constant need to hustle so that we can continue to live here in this paradise that impossible rents have turned into a kind of hell – I get it. He was trying to find a way to let his children grow up in a wonderful place. He wanted his kids to have the chance to find happy lives and have happy memories of childhood in a wonderful and magical place.

I wonder what happened to that guy. I wonder what happened to his kids. I wonder what happened to all of my single guide friends. I can tell you what happened to me – I’m a middle aged guy with wife and kid in tow trying to find a way to let my daughter have happy childhood memories of growing up in paradise. I’m doing it while trying hard not to do what that guy did – coming across as a shyster or a person who is trying to profit from other people’s work.

But here I am…with perspective I didn’t have a decade ago.

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The War Against Men

It’s about fucking time. We’ve been degrading women, the earth, children, strangers, animals, water, the air, and more for all of human history as far as I can tell. If there was ever any measure of who should not be in charge of this planet – we, and by we – I mean men, all of us with dicks and balls no matter where we like to put them – we should not be allowed to rule. We do a terrible job of it.

Yes, we are good at some things. Some of us are nice. Some of us are considerate. Some of us aren’t bad at all. Some of us are even good – but the record speaks for itself. Men are guilty of noise pollution, bullying, creating wars, and all kinds of other things.

I for one am very happy to have women step up to the plate and relieve us of our power to rule.

A few words of advice – if I may – ignore or pay attention – it’s up to you.

1) We did it wrong. Coercion and force are not the way forward. Mass killings, mass incarceration, warfare, and vile violence are not the answer.

2) Punishing the Germans after WWI led to Hitler. Punishing men could lead to a terrible backlash…please find a way to do it that doesn’t give power to monsters.

3) Men essentially want three things 1) Praise 2) Blowjobs 3) Sandwiches – it’s the quest for these three things (which all have the most power when they come from women) that have led to all the horrors men have brought to the world. I’m throwing this in because in my experience, most women don’t understand just how powerful they really are. This is it – the secret to controlling all the men and taking all the power.

4) If you can figure out how to exterminate us, it will probably be best – but I can’t help but think that we offer something that can be wonderful – some of us make the best fathers – of course others are only good if they are gone. So, either way, I understand.

5) Focus on those who nurture cooperation and working together – I mean when you are giving power to leaders…because there are some women who are essentially chasing the same motivations as men and those women will only bring you more of the same.

6) This is the big failing of men in leadership – we seem to have always been focused on fixing the external world while the world around us was imperfect and suffering. Start with the woman next to you and make sure she is taken care of before you start looking across the world. A community of autonomous and healthy people where no one is left out – that’s a community that can grow and help others.

But, I’m just another man offering a little bit of perspective from where we were coming from – offer me some praise and you own my soul. Offer me a sandwich and you own my body. Offer me a blowjob and you own my ability to make decisions. I know that isn’t the revolution you have in mind, but it would work.