I don’t know these folks, but this is basically the exact experience I had going to a Japanese Baseball game. These are SF Giants fans too. The girls with kegs on their back. The crowd going big all game. This just brought me back:
I must apologize to all my website readers, I haven’t been writing much lately. My screen-play has been sitting on page 47 for a couple months, this website was offline for a bit because I didn’t pay for it. I’m sure my traffic is down across the board (haven’t really even been checking that).
But hey, I think I’m getting pretty good at Chess. You can find me on Chess.com (Username: jaktober).
I’ve also been very involved politically. I’ve been focusing on Public Banking in Sonoma County, but have been able to lend some help to the Green Party, Greenpeace, a local Clean Power initiative and a local petition gathering effort.
I also started a new website: sonomacitizen.com
I acted in a Commercial (paid! Haven’t seen it air yet though, but got good feedback from the production company), am playing music “professionally”, have gained a bunch of farming knowledge and am now a pretty competent gardener.
I have found peace with everything, but, as I just found out, Love is still something I have a hard time dealing with. I do not handle heartbreak very well.
We are all tested through our lives, our faith can never been perfect, so events can show us where we are still selfish, where we are still focused on the material rather than the spiritual, where we still have anger with God.
I am conflicted with feelings that we are all directly connected with God, yet, at the same time, there is another connection through sharing love with another person.
I can tell you this though, in all things other than romantic-relationships, I can lead us to a better World. A world without war for profit, without poverty, without material want or need.
Perhaps in that world, we will be able to finally deal with the more internal issues that jeopardize our happiness, and disconnect us with the loving energy of the universe, with nature, and with God.
I thank God for the tests that bring me closer to his Kingdom, and for the freedom to take my time learning from them.
Today (Nov. 23rd for you Gregorian Calendar folk) is the first day of Jaktober, the 13th Month according to my personal, “perfected” calendar:
The idea is a 13-Month year (following the 13 moon cycles) of 4 weeks each (28 days). With the Winter Solstice being New Years and a “non-day” (not Monday, not Friday, not Jaktober, not January, but 0/0/2013).
I don’t have twitter, I don’t have facebook. When I have something short and random I want to say, I just post it on here.
Nationalize the Federal Reserve!
Make it a Public Bank. Put the power of Coining Money back in the hands of Congress (and thus; the People). End the Interest Payments (some $200B per Year) to a group of Private Investors. Make the process Transparent. End Quantitative Easing.
Establish a Bank to create credit off the Federal Reserve and use that to stimulate the economy, instead of taxation and subsidization. Extend loans to small businesses, first time home-owners,
Legalize Gold and Silver as Tender!
In order to further establish confidence in the American Economy, and create balance between the Keynesian and Austrian Economists, we must also free Gold and Silver to be used as money and savings.
We do that by taking away Capital Gains taxes on Gold and Silver and allowing for the payment of Debt with both “currencies.” This means you can pay your taxes with Gold and Silver, and settle disputes in court with Gold and Silver (when you would normally have to give Federal Reserve Notes). As well, people won’t be taxed when they convert their Gold and Silver to Federal Reserve Notes (which they now must do as a Capital Gains Tax).
These two steps are the foundation for the platform of reforms that are necessary to truly avoid the fiscal cliff.
I just took the “ISideWith.com” test for the 2012 Presidential Election. By far the best “where do you stand” test I’ve taken, because of how honest the results are. However, when I grabbed my “share image” it skips the 3 candidates I side with more than the President, and include Romney even though he is last on my list.
Actual list (http://www.isidewith.com/results/30522039):
Also note that I agree with the President as much as I agree with Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party candidate (Christian-libertarian as I term them).
Unless Ron Paul pulls an upset at the Republican National Convention I will be voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. I like Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party, but I feel that in order for the “libertarian” positions on the economy to be taken by the progressives, the environment positions of the “liberty-left” need to be taken on by the Liberty movement. Thus, the challenge within the movement to unify the movement to make the movement capable of winning.
When leaving for my usual canvasing effort on Saturday (a day I’ve found is the best for canvasing) I was talking to my couch host, Appleseed, about my experience with “cold calling” in Boston. Boston is cold. We talked about people who stand on the side walk talking to folks, something I had been trying out here in Boston instead of door-to-door. I would get a few receptive people per hour in Boston. Appleseed expressed his opposition to the occupation.
I typically don’t mind stopping to talk to people who are soliciting attention for their cause in public. Homeless people I at least respond to, maybe give them some change. Even drug dealers I typically thank after declining their services. And political and non-profit folk I usually engage in conversation.
As I was walking down to Boston Common, I passed a few Red Cross volunteers. I stopped to talk to one to ask him if he had heard of the Green Party and the Pirate Party. I gave him some information on both and told him what I was doing, traveling around the county, meeting with different political and non-political activists, learning to farm. I told him I was working on the Grassroots Campaign for Ron Paul and he said, “I like Ron Paul.” I gave him a Super Brochure.
I then had some shopping to do at a local Hemp Clothing store. I started thinking about just going to the vendors in the area that sell products relative to the cause and talking to them about the campaigns, perhaps drop off some material for their counter. I gave the guy at the counter at the Hemp Store a Green Party brochure and Ron Paul brochure, and told him about the four agreements between Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney and Chuck Baldwin. I stopped by a local comic book and record store; bought and CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) Presents: Liberty Annual 2011 comic and left a stack of Pirate Party brochures on the counter.
I took another look around the high traffic areas for street canvassers but saw none. I stopped by a local Gardening Supply store, talked to the vendor about urban gardening, shared the window farm concept, and left a Green Party brochure.
I started to think of canvassing in a different manner. Instead of hitting up 20 people to get a good response on the street, or spend 5-10 minutes at each house to get a higher rate, I was thinking about the “social precinct” tactic of calling your phone book and talking to your friends and family about your candidate or cause. I decided to approach it similar to how I attend various meeting to share ideas and my perspective on how to focus their energies. I’d go to different areas and hit up the local vendor in the industries relative to my political cause. I’d patronize their establishment, buy something I need, as these industries are of interest to me as well. They are more likely to be receptive and are already interactive with the local community, and as established experts, their opinion is heavily weighed.
In politics you get the leaders of relative causes on board to grow a movement.
My cause is community.
I need to talk to community leaders.