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So many things have happened since 9/11 that it's (really) difficult to decide what to write about in this issue! Within two weeks of the tragedy, I had my own lil' disaster... I was layed off from a job that (looked & felt like it was) going well. It certainly brought home the "snake like" behavior of business-volkz cot up in their own little sales-oriented world(s)... the thing I will remember from that 2 year hell-pit is the (absolute) ruthlessness of those wrapped up in today's (US) "business" culture. The game show (is it still on?) "The Weakest Link" comes to mind; nothing to do with competency, purely the political decisions of weak-kneed political animals who can't deal with truth! Those who speak the truth are singled out for removal... truth is viewed (by the businessmen) as a cancer on the body of the collective business culture in today's Korporate America!
Our arrival back in the Great Northwest was pleasant & energizing, to be sure! Old friends, new acquaintances & the super-charged environs of the majickland of OlyWa only take moments to invade one's spirit (again). We are (marginally) employed at the moment, but not sure how long that will last. At my age, this kind of uncertainty is bound to make me a recipient of Public Health Care in a matter of months.
As usually happens during these times of hard stress, I've been collaborating on more musical adventures, most recently with Bret Hart (as a part of his "Duets" series), & "99 Hooker" with Ernesto Diaz-Infante.
The real question (for me) is... where will all this lead? An age-old (& very unanswerable) question, no doubt. It is not the government's activities against Afghanistan that trouble me so much - as any government official is only an extension of the "business culture" discussed above... there is no consideration given (EVER) to what their actions are doing to "the people", because they have (somehow) become convinced that "the business" is the only thing that matters. My concerns lie more with where all this will take "the people" of America. Will they come out of this identifying more closely with the "other" people around them... or will they wind up identifying with "the machine"? Gourd forbid!
The thing that (most immediately) struck me after the first hours of clinging to the TV insanity that gripped all of us & the announcements/speeches/proclamations coming out of D.C. is that there was (not that I could hear, anyway) NO DISCUSSION on coming up with a program that would, in the long run, benefit us all... Mee-ster Shrub COULD'VE announced (much like John Fitzgerald's "space program") that he was going to devote the business resources of America to an "energy program", the goal of which would be to STOP our dependence on oil by focusing on alternative fuels... how hard would that be? How (much more) admirable it would be! Now, I'm not one who doesn't believe in retribution... IF we can PROVE who DID IT - they SHOULD be TRIED! Problem with that, of course, is George W. Shrub pitching it as some kind of "wild west" thang. If he SAYS "dead or alive", you can BET it will be DEAD! &, THEN, we have no proof!
I realize I'm rambling a bit... who isn't right now? Actually, I think we'll all be going in circles for quite a few months (if not years) to come. So, what is the point of this diatribe? Mainly to say that we should ALL "pull together"... NOT in some ill-fated rush to Armegeddon (as I'm sure Jerry Falwell & Pat Robertson are whispering in Georgie's ear), but in to a MASSIVE ARTS COLLECTIVE that (like totally, man) IGNORES the government's useless campaigns!
On a more PLEASANT note, let me point out that we've added several items to the MAIN PAGE of our site... a DISCUSSION FORUM, a SEARCH thang, a CLASSIFIED AD thingie & the ZZAJ D.I.Y. Ring! Please be sure you visit & participate in them; then TELL all your D.I.Y.'in FRIENDS about 'em, 'k?... got to run...
Till next time....
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