I think that is good, now all I need to know is what the animals eats, so us meat-eating-persons can be careful. This however, does not accommodate our Vegetarian friends. I am hopeful that with the GMO awareness, which was in our reality for weeks, many of us will trade with local stoople are very nice there, I sit and sometimes catch part of a conversation and, being who I am, I make no qualms about butting in. So it was that day. The conversation was about things and people feeling really weird. The place was pretty busy and everyone was sporting their tattoos. We wondered what the stories and motives were behind the tattoos. It appeared people were walking billboards and displayed their hopes and dreams on one body-part or another. I mentioned I had just left TCTV (I am fairly well known in the area, since I am on TV three times a week, people feel they know me) and we were re-airing some old shows. There are new people at the station and it creates a new environment for me. I like it and need the interaction of the young producers, in thought and creativity they are so far removed from the original people I dealt with, I marvel at their work and their attitude toward me, the Person of High Strangeness. The older shows are wonderful inasmuch as they show how much things have changed....yet not, just different and more advanced.... and how we have become a different people. America has two different realities, like stepping across an invisible line and try to function on either side of the line. It is rather noticeable to me when I step out of my house and mingle with the hustle and bustle of the daily activities in town, some days I am unable to tell if that is real, or my life and thoughts within my four walls. People are in their own hectic, uncaring world, which has become the norm, and one wonders if it has always been like that or the multitasking, sleep deprived behavior of people is the real normal and I missed the changing of times. Our world is so different than it was in November 2011 that for the people, who were waiting for the end of the world in 2012 were highly disappointed and no one noticed the world changed so much, it is like we slipped right into a new age without realizing it, because the world did not end, it CHANGED!
And so I sat....surrounded with all the “stuff” which makes me feel at home.... thinking how I was going to summarize the last Newsletter of the year 2013 and things started to happen.
An Earthquake ridden Philippines was hit by one of the largest Cyclones ever recorded on the planet. I have mentioned before, that when we name the storms they take on the personalities of that name.
Petrel is a type of sea bird and Haiyan is the Chinese name for petrel. Haiyan is not a popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name. People having the name Haiyan are in general originating from France.
Yolanda according to nomenology is unprejudiced and careful her better judgment is not swayed by the intensity of her passion. She addresses the heart and Yolanda represents a compassionate, calming female. I am assuming it could have been worse...if that was possible... had the cyclone not been named Yolanda. The resilience of the people of the Philippines is astonishing to me, I have never seen anything like it, especially the loyalty to their employment.
I watched 3 seasons of TREME (HBO series about the aftermath of the Katrina survivors available on Netflix). I would recommend it since it is a great way to familiarize yourself with what comes AFTER a disaster. The Music is outstanding and buffers the enormous human suffering to the viewer, while still involving you in the everyday struggles of the people living in New Orleans. A Masterpiece of film making....in my opinion.
I expect this winter will be as brutal as we have not seen in maybe forever, please remember we cannot control things beyond our control and have to make wise choices as to what is important and what can wait.
Whoppi Goldberg presented a special on HBO about our beloved Moms Mabley.
I appreciated the program so very much because it shows the young people how we all struggled to make America a better place. Each person used the gifts they were given for the betterment of all of us and some heroes were busy in the strangest ways.
The dispute about “Obamacare” continues in the most hateful, fierce way. I am grateful that our lawmakers in Washington State decided to go forward and implement the Affordable Care Act. This is what I received in the mail:
Washington Apple Health
Effective January 1st, 2014, these benefits Change Due to legislative Action
Restore dental care for adults.
Remove limits on mental health professional services.
Cover the Shingles vaccination for clients age 60 and older.
Covers screening for Autism for children up to 36 months of age.
Covers screening, brief intervention, and referral for treatment (SBIRT) for substance abuse, including alcohol and drugs.
Cover ORAL Contraceptives prescriptions for 12 months at a time.
In most Kingdoms, Empires and Countries citizens are respectful and loyal to their leaders, at times to a fault. This is not the case in this time and space. Here is a post from my Facebook: From Tim Hall in reference to our behavior towards our president:
“Stopped the second world depression, saved the auto companies, took the stock market from 6,000 points to over 16,000, got rid of Bin Ladin, ended the Iraq war, putting an end to the Afghanistan war, solving the health care crisis and solving nuclear crisis in Iran. Just think what he could have accomplished (yes more than the 300 plus) if the Republicans were out of his way. Obama some day will go down in history as one of the best Presidents ever had.”
On November 23rd 2013 Harry Reid Goes Nuclear, Senate Democrats End 60-Vote Filibuster For Most Nominees. With that he eliminated a tool to further hold the country hostage to obtain unreasonable demands and in the process hurt the people. I assume it will present a problem when the minority changes but..... I always thought 51% at anything was a majority vote.
After 30 some years in a surprise announcement a deal was made with Iran in reference to their nuclear program.
3-decade gridlock broken: The nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva ...
This was welcome news to many countries, unfortunately the leaders of Israel and a fraction of our Right Wing, as always, disagreed.
Some of you asked me to comment on the movie: 12 Years A Slave.
It is hard to answer with I liked it or I did not like it due to the subject matter. So here is my personal opinion:
The movie was based on a true story and if I am not mistaken taken from writings of the actual Freeman whose experience it was. I am so very glad that some of the new film
makers, in this case Steve McQueen, present stories historically correct, it is time. The scene which occupied my mind most was the punishment. It showed him bound and hanging from a tree in such a fashion that death could have been imminent. The way his body was situated, it left a very small space where he could have easily executed himself by choice or simply by becoming tired and relaxing his body. What he did was constantly rotate his toes to even out the ground beneath his feet so the mud his toes came in contact with remained even, therefore preventing the weight of his full body from hanging himself. This went on for many hours before he was cut down and rescued. Children were playing around him, unaffected since they were used to treatment like this. They were so desensitized since to them it was NORMAL to have a human being hanging from a tree fighting for his life. The scene stayed with me for weeks.
Not to change the story line and compare us with this event. We are so politically correct that it is almost impossible to make drastic comparisons in history. I thought about how this applies to us in our time frame. For those of you reading this in 2023 you will have the answer in historical context. It is the normalcy and desensitization I am making reference to, inasmuch as to the lesson. We have to change our line of thinking as the people of the Planet Earth rather than shuffle our toes so we don't choke to death.
Love and Light
Here are the predictions for 2013...... see where we have been and for 2014 to see where we are going. Also a video produced by a friend in the Philippines after the Cyclone.