Playing Games Of Awareness

I guess I just wonder most of the time, are people really that stupid* or are they just afraid of what others may do to them if others thought they were smarter than the other? Or, maybe, they are not afraid at all, they KNOW they will get fired and choose to not bother being smart in public to their own harm?

Or maybe they think that what they think is something they should keep to themselves?  Then I wonder why they do not choose to share them?  And then I wonder why I wonder WHY anyone else makes the choices they make?  *tangent*

Or, maybe, smart people keep their smart thoughts to themselves because they think they can leverage them later for a paycheck or something?  that money thing always seems to be a powerful organizer of thoughts here on planet earth, i wonder what would happen if everyone shared their thoughts just because it was what it took to save the planet?

*I KNOW.  I know “stupid” is not “A Nice Word” (as in “use your nice words to say hard things”); yet, sometimes, ‘stupid is as stupid does’ is just the plain truth that deserves no trimmings.


Originally posted on Bruce Atchison - author:

Elvis Costello

This line from an Elvis Costello song is applicable in so many situations. We all have incidents from years ago which still give us pain when we think about them. But must we carry these burdens for the rest of our lives?

At the risk of angering people, I can’t help but notice that the groups which keep proclaiming their grievances seem not to notice that society is changing. For example, the racism of white Americans toward black folks is far less than it was fifty years ago. Yet certain individuals, who stand to benefit from the unrest going on, continue to claim that they’re discriminated against.

Likewise, discrimination against native people has greatly decreased. But though wrongs are being apologized for by governments, particularly the Federal Government of Canada, the race card is still trotted out when native bands are criticized by the rest of society. The recent protests…

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One more shot

Nikohl Vandel:

i could not imagine what it is like to live in a mind where this is how one viewed life. guess that’s what happens when you realize you were birthed in a jail cel. sigh. wow, sigh. #gratitude

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

I live my life in shots. Dark shots of thought, clear shots of conscious, and rushed shots of regret. They stand in a line as far as the eyes can see. As far as my life has been. Do I regret the action of my inaction to stop or instead might I find comfort in finding answers. At the bottom. Finally.

One more shot.


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One Four Challenge – Filtered Light

Nikohl Vandel:

for those who love trees and the many hues of light one may see a forest.

Originally posted on rajivchopra:

Filtered Light. Week 4 Filtered Light. Week 4

I have been late this week. The reason is that I have just returned from Dubai.

For this one, I processed the photo using Topaz B&W Effects. I applied one of the filters from the Van Dyke collection. The Van Dyke process is, it seems, one of the older processes that have been used in the good days of film.

I then applied a very slight Viveza effect to boost the colour. And, that was it…

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Boston Yeti sells goodies to benefit MSPCA’s animals

Nikohl Vandel:

roflol! #yeti

Originally posted on Eideard:

The Boston Yeti is using its newfound notoriety to help some fellow furry friends.

The abominable snowman gained a huge following on social media during Boston’s epic winter by running around the city in costume and stopping to help dig out stranded drivers. Now the unidentified prankster is selling Yeti swag to raise money for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

All of the proceeds from the sales of stickers, buttons and bookmarks will benefit the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

The Yeti told The Associated Press in an email: “I can think of no better way to spin ones popularity than for the benefit of animals in need…”

The swag, illustrated with quirky line drawings of the Yeti by Rhode Island-based artist Jeff Smith, is being sold through an Etsy store appropriately dubbed Boston Yetsy.

MSPCA spokesman Rob Halpin says the animal…

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Small Town Mayors With Unhealthy Egos

Nikohl Vandel:

ok, so, if you were wondering what else i do when i’m not writing poetry, getting hit by BMWs and such, i direct how i want my government to operate. its not close to what i consent to, so i keep trying. #persistence is supposed to be a good human trait.

Originally posted on Occupy City Hall:

in insecure human bodies are something everyone, in general, just wants to avoid altogether.  Those individuals tend to be bullies.  In a public office, that’s not a good thing.  Usually you can spot their personal issues right away.

Don’t elect them if possible, yet if one happens to find one elected, like I did in Palm Springs, this is when the Voice of the People really needs to be the strongest in the community.  If that voice is not, likely there is already a police state in operation or a police state is being empowered.  What makes this threatening to democracy, is that it is easy to sell violent and authoritative resolutions as the way to solve problems rather than make hard policy decisions that empower a more community-based resolution which reduces the amount of authority and power in the government, and those who hold public offices.  People who would otherwise never condone violence…

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Crude Oil Price Gains Despite Another Large Inventory Build

Nikohl Vandel:

fuqin’ with reality . . . when capitalistic measures of markets are manipulated, we do not have a free market we have gangsters and manipulators. #EndFossilFuelsNOW!

Originally posted on 24/7 Wall St.:

186723229The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report Wednesday morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories increased by 8.17 million barrels last week, maintaining a total U.S. commercial crude inventory of 466.7 million barrels, the tenth consecutive week of a higher total than at any time in at least 80 years.

What is interesting is that the price of crude oil fell in the first 15 minutes after the 10:30 a.m. release, but 90 minutes later the price of crude had recovered all of its post-news losses and was back above $48.

Crude prices have gained more than $2 a barrel in the past week, with a lot of the gain due to a weakening dollar. A potential agreement with Iran — which may or may not occur by the end of March — could cause prices to drop sharply again if traders think that a gusher is on…

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