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Paranoia or Conspiracy? [Feb. 6th, 2016|08:59 am]
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I don't know if this is me just being paranoid or if it was deliberate. I'm pretty sure I'm just being paranoid, but there was a 100,000 gallon wastewater spill right down the street from the place I talked about in my last post, the place where they are trying to evict 50 low-income families so developers can put in a mixed-use development with high-density housing.

Paranoia or Conspiracy?


[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-08 02:35 pm (UTC)
I would not discount the possibility of intention and clandestine action, frankly. Developers have pulled dirty tricks before to get rid of low-income people. Too bad I'm not Empress of the Universe...things would be different.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2016-02-08 03:41 pm (UTC)
If I had one wish, it would be to make it so that there were no bad people. Magically everyone in the world would want things to be better for everyone and every thing, and they would be willing to pay a bit more and have a bit less so that every thing would be OK.

If I had it in my power to do so, I would happily make you Empress of the Universe, especially if you would decree that everyone should all work together for the good of the world. I have no interest in being empress of anything and I think that you would do a great job.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-09 04:31 am (UTC)
I don't really want to be Empress, because it would involve keeping track of other people's behavior...I would much rather spend my time writing, drawing, making music, cooking, knitting. Controlling others is not my favorite thing (though sometimes it seems like a good idea: if someone's bullying someone else, WHACK.)

Working together (or even singly) for the good of the world...yeah. Do whatever makes things better. As Neil Gaiman said, "Make good art." Grow things, nurture plants and animals and people, feed the hungry, fix up the broken stuff (streets, houses, railroad lines, etc.) so it can be used again, protect the sources of fresh water and clean air. Make beauty, not ugliness. Pick up your own trash and some of somebody else's...sweep up broken glass so nobody gets cut with it...help the person struggling with something (a kid on each hip and a bag of groceries, or mentally ill, or just dirt poor) get where they're going. Realize nobody's perfect, everybody screws up sometime, and use that as motivation for helping, not for looking down on someone who just went splat in front of you.

This mess we've got now, where a naked teenager is shot down...that's just not acceptable. Being naked in public (and apparently mentally ill or at least not in his right mind right then) should not be a killing offense. Force (esp. deadly force, but force in general) should not be the only tool in a law officer's kit. Screaming and yelling at people who are clearly not "there" does no good. (Screaming at my Congresscritter would relieve my mind, but since he doesn't listen to reason in emails and letters, chances are screaming at him wouldn't get through either.)

Anyway: What this society is doing isn't working to achieve any of the goals I want for it, which is a livable, pleasant place for everyone--every race, every religion--to thrive.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2016-02-09 05:44 am (UTC)
But you would be such good Empress.
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