My sweet yet tough mother Georgiana, who passed just a painful 24 hours ago, loved her me, the oldest, and my eventual two brothers with the courage of a lioness.
My Korean War veteran father was a wonderful man most of the time, but he was born of an era where men were encouraged by the Catholic church and an unchallenged white patriarchy to rule the home in sometimes violent ways. But always, after retreating to safety of her sisters where Mom could lick her wounds, she would return home to care for and love us all, Dad included, unconditionally.
She repeated this feat of love many times for 30 years until all three of her sons were raised and then she swiftly divorced my father to begin a new life with my stepfather Nick, a kinder gentler man, who passed before her 5 years ago. They would enjoy three happy decades together until a terrible stroke took the Navy WW2 vet and her fellow lover of Vegas life.
For the last few years of her 94 years on the planet, Alzheimer’s began to rob her of her memory, but with a bit struggle, Mom always knew who I was and loved hearing from me. On what would turn out to be final call few weeks ago, I am glad I told her I loved her, as I’d done all through her hospice, and that if she passed before our next call now much I appreciated all she gave me in this life.
Yesterday, I felt the urge to call Mom in her Wisconsin nursing home, where she was in hospice, on a weekday, when I normally call on weekends. And the gently nurse told me Mom had just passed an just hour earlier. The sweet nurse spent time telling me how much the staff and patients had come to enjoy Georgiana; always quick with a joke or an affectionate poke.
Mom lived to see me happily married to my amazing Elizabeth, at the tender age of 67. She loved Elizabeth like a daughter, always asking me to give Elizabeth a hug for her even to our last phone call.
My mother will be missed terribly by many. I sometimes wonder why she clung so desperately to life in the twilight of her battle with Alzheimer’s and would even ask her what still gave her the will to live on in what was a strange agony. She never could pinpoint an answer for me. But my beautiful mother the lioness loved and cared for her cubs to very end. Perhaps that was enough.
Farewell, sweet lioness and welcome back to the unborn.
Greetings fellow football and meditation fans, and welcome to Dream Shield Planetary Meditations, where we explore the infinite wonders of the universe through craeting the coolest meditation ever. Today, we delve into the mind-bending world of quantum entanglement, using the example of the 32 NFL teams and the Super Bowl.
Imagine, if you will, that you are a Green Bay Packers fan, like most of my Wisconsin family, devastated by your team’s failure to make it to the Super Bowl LVII. But what if I told you that in some alternate reality, the Packers did make it, and in fact they won the big game? That’s the magic of quantum entanglement, dear reader.
With 32 teams in the NFL, the number of possible outcomes for a single Super Bowl game is an astonishing 1,024. But in the quantum world, every single one of those outcomes exists simultaneously, each one a unique expression of the infinite possibilities of the universe. So while in this reality, your beloved Packers may have fallen short, in another reality, they emerged victorious.
As we contemplate this infinite expanse of potential, let us recognize the balance of infinite win and infinite loss that it holds. Every victory is matched by the potential for defeat, and every decision that we make holds the power to shape the universe in ways that we may never fully comprehend. But by embracing the boundless potential of the quantum world, we can tap into the power to manifest the outcomes that resonate with our deepest desires.
So let us open our hearts and minds to the infinite possibilities that surround us, embracing the balance of infinite win and infinite loss and recognizing the limitless potential that resides within us and all around us. Whether you’re a Packers fan, a Patriots fan, or just a lover of the game, let us be inspired by the boundless potential of the quantum world and empowered to create a reality that aligns with our highest aspirations. Remember, in the quantum world, anything is possible – even a Packers Super Bowl victory in some alternate reality.
So here’s a Packer Backer Meditation you do whenever the game gets you down. Change the name to your NFL team or some other aspect of life where you are invested in stressful thinking.
Begin by finding a comfortable seated position, put on a cheese hat if you have one, and take a few deep breaths, inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly. As you breathe, allow yourself to relax and release any tension of wanting outcomes in your body.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a state of quantum entanglement floating above the 50 yard line on Lambeau Field beside the spirit of Vince Lombardi, where all possible outcomes exist simultaneously where in every superbowl that’s ever been played for the past 57 Green Bay wins. Allow yourself to simultaneously feel the infinite potential of the quantum field, and release any attachment to a specific outcome in a quantum universe where Green Bay never won or will ever win a Superbowl.
As you continue to breathe deeply, imagine Greenbay winning and losing in one of the infinite realities. Visualize this outcome with all of your senses, feeling the joy and excitement of the freedom of letting go of outcomes.
Allow yourself to fully immerse in this reality, feeling a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the experience. Know that this outcome exists in the quantum field, and that you are entangled with this reality.
As you release the stress of worrying about winning, you open yourself up to a universe of infinite potential and possibility. Trust in the universe to manifest the best outcome for you, and allow yourself to surrender to the flow of infinite possibilities.
Take a few more deep breaths, inhaling peace and exhaling stress. When you feel ready, slowly open your eyes and carry this sense of peace and calm with you throughout your day by doing your best in all things but letting go of outcomes, particularly around sports of all kind.
Remember that as you release the stress of winning, you tap into a deeper sense of quantum peace and serenity. May you continue to bask in the infinite potential of the quantum field, and may you trust in the universe to manifest the best outcome for you. Om shanti, shanti, shanti.
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Scientist/ Philosopher Carl Sagan once wrote, “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.” Yet, despite our tiny place in the grand scheme of the universe, we have managed to exert an immense and often devastating impact on our planet. From climate change and pollution to deforestation and resource depletion, we have pushed our planet to the brink of collapse. If we are to survive and thrive in the future, we must fundamentally update our economic systems, particularly capitalism, to ensure they promote environmental sustainability and social equity.
Ten years ago, I dreamed Sagan big in Antarctica near the end of the Mayan calendar on 12.12.12 and created The Coolest Meditation Ever film. The goal: set 24 quantum intentions for shifts to human evolution into the collective consciousness in the pristine energy field of the south polar magnetic fields. Yeah, I know. Big stuff. But, you see, I learned long ago as the maker of films and skyscrapers dreaming big is what stirs our souls. Here in the 18th of 24 paradigm on meditating on shifting meditation greed to generosity in our collective consciousness.
At its core, capitalism is based on the pursuit of profit, growth, and individual wealth. While these goals have driven much of the progress and innovation of the modern world, they have also led to environmental degradation, social inequality, and an unsustainable use of resources. To truly address the challenges of the 21st century, we need a new economic paradigm, one that prioritizes sustainability and equitable distribution of resources.
The first step in updating capitalism is to recognize the true cost of our actions on the environment. Too often, companies and individuals are able to externalize the environmental costs of their actions, pushing them onto future generations or onto vulnerable populations. We need to develop systems that hold individuals and corporations accountable for their environmental impact, through policies like carbon taxes, polluter pays laws, and regulations on resource extraction and use.
Additionally, we need to invest in new technologies and innovations that promote environmental sustainability. This includes renewable energy, green transportation, sustainable agriculture, and clean manufacturing. By prioritizing these industries and creating economic incentives for their growth, we can not only reduce our environmental impact, but also create new jobs and industries for the future.
But updating capitalism also means promoting social equity and justice. Environmental degradation and resource depletion often fall hardest on marginalized communities, particularly in the Global South. To address this, we need to ensure that economic policies promote social equity and justice, including living wages, worker protections, and social safety nets.
10 years post the Antarctica meditations humanity has the new tool of AIs to help humanity see the forest for the trees in ending greed. And so, using my human experience of serving corporate America for my decades, a simple yet challenging question:
ChatGPT, please design a program for creating an incentive for corporation to put the general public’s concerns on a mpre equal basis to its shareholders and here’s what it came up with.
Creation of the SRIF: The government could create a publicly-owned investment fund that focuses on socially responsible investments. The SRIF would be managed by a team of financial experts who would be responsible for selecting investments that align with specific social and environmental goals.
Investment Criteria: The investment criteria for the SRIF would be focused on promoting positive social and environmental outcomes. For example, the fund could invest in companies that have a strong record of reducing their carbon footprint, promoting workplace diversity, or investing in local communities. The investment team would also evaluate the financial performance of potential investments to ensure that they are financially sound and likely to generate a profit.
Profit-Sharing Model: The profits generated by the SRIF would be shared between the government and the general public. The government could use its share of the profits to fund public programs and services, while the general public could receive a dividend or other financial benefit. This profit-sharing model would ensure that the financial gains generated by the SRIF are not limited to a small group of shareholders, but are distributed more broadly to benefit the public.
Transparency and Accountability: To ensure that the SRIF is operating in the best interest of the general public, it would be subject to strict transparency and accountability measures. The investment team would be required to regularly report on the fund’s financial performance and the social and environmental impact of its investments. The SRIF could also be subject to regular audits and independent evaluations to ensure that it is meeting its stated goals.
Overall, the SRIF would provide a profit incentive that is aligned with the public interest. By investing in socially responsible companies and sharing the profits with the general public, the program would promote positive social and environmental outcomes while also generating financial returns.
I find this solution rational and practical by the AI because it does not subtract from how capitalism works. Rather the AI adds a new player to the board room table, we the people. What do you think of ChatGPT’s SRIF idea?
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Lately, blaming the Baby Boomer generation (born 1946 to 1964) for the current troubles of society from climate change to racism, economics to the breakdown of civility has become a favorite pastime on social media by some members of Gen x to Gen Z. One need only witness the placating use of the term “OK Boomer” to see the unexpected depth of hostility that erupted towards Boomers deemed as the most selfish generation in history. That this animosity conveniently blossomed during Covid, an illness that plagued Boomers disproportionately, is as disturbing as it is highly suspicious.
Newfound Boomer hostility is so unfair and potentially dangerous to senior life and limb at the extremes, it is perhaps engineered by bad foreign actors like Putin seeking to further divide our fractured nation and our youth from its elder wisdom. The attack on seniors also seems in fact so conveniently timed as to have been fostered by a small but well-funded cluster politicos on the extreme right seeking to end Social Security and Medicare. Yeah, I am looking at you Boomer-sellout Rick Scott and those in GOP being less than honest about their true motives.
Fact is, the Baby Boomer generation was raised in a world that was vastly different from the one we live in today, and they have done the best they could with the information and resources available to them at the time. For example, the Baby Boomer generation was subjected to a heavily biased media that often downplayed the importance of issues such as racism, climate change and rights for women. In the past, mainstream media outlets were largely controlled by a homogeneous group of white males, who often had a narrow Christian perspective on the world and a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.
Growing up, Boomers were fed diet of TVsteady staple of white as snow shows like THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, set in the deep south without a single black member of the cast. This meant that many important issues, such as racism and women’s rights, were either ignored or dismissed as unimportant. As well, nightly news was highly sanitized to focus attention away from social issues like climate change and overpopulation that were already well known in science circles the 60s.
Additionally, the Baby Boomer generation grew up in a time when access to information was quite limited, and the internet and other forms of modern technology were not yet available. This made it much more difficult than today’s internet era for people to seek out diverse perspectives and understand the true impact of the choices they were making. In an era when most people relied on whitewashed television and newspapers for information, it was much easier for the establishment media to control the narrative and shape public opinion.
Of late, conservative-Fox-News-Trump-loving-brainwashed-Boomers have made things more difficult for liberal and independent Boomers because of racist and sexist disinformation programming. For over 7 years Trump, a Boomer himself, has done an epic job of tarnishing the Boomer image almost single-handedly. Indeed, all the hate filled Trump inspired programming has even produced a group of people of color working against their own best interests. A fact which we saw horribly come to light in the recent killing of Tyre Nichols at the hands of a Black squad in Memphis.
It is difficult to determine an exact percentage of Baby Boomers who are liberal versus conservative. Political beliefs can be complex and can change over time, and different surveys and studies may produce different results. However, in general, Baby Boomers are thought to be a fairly evenly split generation in terms of political ideology, with some leaning towards liberalism and others towards conservatism. This balance in left/right voting power has canceled out some of the politcal power of the Boomers. Nonetheless, Boomers remain a large voter block and it’s important to note we’d never have had a President Obama or President Biden were it not the more liberal minded half of the Boomers.
The Baby Boomer generation has faced numerous challenges in their own right, such as economic recessions, racial awakening, a sexual revolution, equal rights for women, political upheaval, and technological change. Despite these many thorny challenges, Boomers have worked hard to create a better world for future generations and opened the way for future generations to take up where they left off. Many Boomers were, and still are, actively involved in the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, and other important social and political causes. They have made sacrifices and taken risks to make a positive impact on the world, raising the best educated generation of progeny in history.
Please take moment to appreciate this small sampling of Boomers accomplishments efforts to make this a better world. Let’s start with inventions that are allowing you to enjoy this tribute to Boomers.
Technology Achievements: Here are just a few of the many important inventions and technological advancements that were developed by individuals born within the Baby Boomer generation.
Personal computer: The first personal computer, the Altair 8800, was developed by Ed Roberts in 1975.
Internet: The concept of the Internet was first developed by computer scientist Vint Cerf and engineer Bob Kahn in the 1970s.
Global Positioning System (GPS): The GPS system was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1970s and 1980s, and became fully operational in 1995.
Compact Disc (CD): The CD was developed by Sony and Philips in the 1970s and 1980s, revolutionizing the way people listened to music.
Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI research was conducted by computer scientists and engineers in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, leading to the development of expert systems and machine learning algorithms. Used to assist in this blog.
Mobile Phones: The first commercially available mobile phone was developed by Motorola in 1983.
Video Games: The first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, was developed by Ralph H. Baer in 1972.
Genetically Engineered Crops: Genetic engineering of crops was first performed in the 1970s and 1980s, leading to the development of crops that are resistant to pests and diseases.
Barcode Scanner: The barcode scanner was developed by Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Social Accomplishments: The Boomers were the generation that introduced America to new and at time dangerous forms of protesting. Many Boomers of all races, genders and creeds sacrificed their very lives in these great causes.
Civil Rights Movement: The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s saw significant gains for African Americans, with many Baby Boomers actively participating in protests and demonstrations to end segregation and discrimination.
Anti-Vietnam War Movement: Boomers were at the forefront of the anti-Vietnam War movement, with many of them participating in protests and demonstrations against the war.
Counterculture Movement: The counterculture movement of the 1960s, also known as the hippie movement, was largely a product of Baby Boomer youth, who sought to challenge traditional societal norms and values.
Women’s Rights Movement: The Women’s Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s saw significant gains for women, with many Baby Boomer women advocating for equal rights and opportunities.
LGBTQ Rights Movement: The LGBTQ rights movement also gained momentum during this time, with many Baby Boomers advocating for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
Space Exploration: The Baby Boomer generation saw significant advancements in space exploration, with the United States landing astronauts on the moon in 1969 as part of the Apollo program.
Robert C. Springer – American astronaut who flew on four Space Shuttle missions, including the first night launch and landing of the Shuttle.
Jeffrey A. Hoffman – American astronaut who flew on five Space Shuttle missions and was part of the crew that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope.
John M. Grunsfeld – American astronaut and physicist who flew on five Space Shuttle missions and was part of the team that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope.
Kathryn D. Sullivan – American astronaut and geologist who became the first American woman to walk in space.
Jerry M. Linenger – American astronaut and medical doctor who flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour and spent over 115 days aboard the Russian space station Mir.
Ellen Ochoa – American astronaut and electrical engineer who flew on four Space Shuttle missions and served as the first Hispanic woman to go to space.
Eileen Collins – American astronaut and military pilot who became the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle.
Linda M. Godwin – American astronaut and physicist who flew on four Space Shuttle missions and spent over 34 days in space.
Robert L. Curbeam – American astronaut and electrical engineer who flew on three Space Shuttle missions and has logged over 45 days in space.
Rex J. Walheim – American astronaut and veteran of the United States Air Force who has flown on three Space Shuttle missions and has spent over 47 days in space.
Note: While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were not technically baby boomers (born in 1930), they are often associated with the Baby Boomer generation due to the timing of their historic moon landing in 1969, during the peak of the Baby Boomer years.
Medical Advances: Here are some scientists and medical professionals born between 1946 and 1966 (within the Baby Boomer generation) and their notable accomplishments:
Dr. James D. Watson: Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist who is best known for co-discovering the structure of DNA in 1953.
Dr. Jon Spence: Spence is an Australian-American oncologist who has made significant contributions to the field of cancer research. He is best known for his work on the genetic basis of cancer and the development of targeted cancer therapies.
Dr. Joanne Liu: Liu is a Canadian physician and the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), a humanitarian organization dedicated to providing medical aid in conflict zones and other areas of need.
Dr. Anne Warren: Warren is a Australian psychologist who has made important contributions to the field of child development and is best known for her work on the cognitive and social development of children with Down syndrome.
Dr. David Baltimore: Baltimore is an American biologist and virologist who has made significant contributions to the fields of virology and immunology. He is best known for his work on the replication of retroviruses, which are the cause of many serious diseases, including AIDS.
Dr. Robert Gallo: Gallo is an American virologist who is best known for his role in the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the development of the first test for AIDS.
Dr. Richard Schlegel: Schlegel is an American gynecologic oncologist who has made important contributions to the field of reproductive health. He is best known for his work on the development of new surgical techniques for the treatment of ovarian cancer.
Dr. David Helfet: Helfet is an American orthopedic surgeon who has made important contributions to the field of trauma surgery. He is best known for his work on the surgical treatment of fractures and traumatic injuries to the skeleton.
Medical Advances: There were also important advances in medicine during this time, including the development of vaccines for diseases such as polio and measles.
Environmental Accomplishments: Your author, a Boomer himself, was making posters to convince people to use mass transit in college. The environmental movement gained momentum in the 1960s and 1970s, with many Baby Boomers advocating for greater protection of the natural world and raising awareness about environmental issues.
Al Gore: American politician, environmentalist, and climate change activist who served as the 45th Vice President of the United States under President Bill Clinton. He is best known for his work on climate change, including the award-winning film “An Inconvenient Truth” and his advocacy for sustainable living.
James Hansen: American climate scientist and former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He is widely recognized as one of the first scientists to raise public awareness about the dangers of climate change and is credited with being one of the earliest and most vocal advocates for action to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
David Suzuki: Canadian scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster who is best known for his work as a science writer and broadcaster. He has been an outspoken advocate for environmental causes, including action on climate change, and has received numerous awards for his work in raising public awareness about environmental issues.
Van Jones: American environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney. He is best known for his work on environmental justice issues, including the Green Jobs Act, which aimed to create jobs in the clean energy sector.
Tim DeChristopher: American environmental activist who gained national attention for his actions in disrupting an auction of oil and gas drilling leases on public lands in Utah. He has been an outspoken advocate for action on climate change and has been involved in a number of other environmental campaigns, including the Climate Disobedience Center.
Bill McKibben: American environmentalist, author, and founder of 350.org, an organization focused on fighting climate change. He has been an influential voice in the environmental movement and has been recognized for his work in raising public awareness about the dangers of global warming.
Lester Brown: American environmental analyst and founder of the Earth Policy Institute. He is best known for his work on issues related to sustainable agriculture and the environment, including climate change and the transition to renewable energy.
Michael Mann: American climatologist and geophysicist who is best known for his work on reconstructing past climate patterns and studying the causes of climate change. He has been a vocal advocate for action on climate change and has been widely recognized for his contributions to the field of climate science.
Katharine Hayhoe: Canadian climate scientist and professor of atmospheric science at Texas Tech University. She is a leading voice on the issue of climate change and has been recognized for her ability to communicate complex scientific information to a broad audience.
Rock and Roll: The Baby Boomer generation had, and still has, a profound impact on popular culture and shaped the music industry. Here are but a few Boomers who brought us music that will one day be played on earth space ships exploring the galaxy one day.
The Rolling Stones
The Grateful Dead
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Authors: The counterculture movement of the 1960s was reflected in the literature of the time, with many Baby Boomers writing works that challenged traditional societal norms and values. Boomer writers such as the following explored a deeper knowledge of the human psyche.
David Foster Wallace
Mary Higgins Clark
Film Achievement: The film industry saw a significant shift during the Baby Boomer generation, with the rise of the “New Hollywood” movement, which saw a new generation of actors and filmmakers producing films that broke from traditional norms.
Tommy Lee Jones
Michael J. Fox
Robert De Niro
Francis Ford Coppola
Brian De Palma
Meditation and Yoga: Here are some of the names of Boomers who led the growth of the meditation and yoga culture in America.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
K. Pattabhi Jois
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Ram Dass (formerly known as Richard Alpert)
Sharon Gannon and David Life (Jivamukti Yoga)
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (The Art of Living Foundation)
John Friend (Anusara Yoga)
Gary Kraftsow (Viniyoga)
That’s just a small sample of our most famous Boomers, or people on the cusp of the true Boomer birth years but who contributed to society during the peak of the Baby Boomer generation’s primary influence, who have worked tirelessly, often at the risk of their lives, to make this a better world. Boomers are a generation that certainly deserve to be treated with a greater degree kindness and respect than they’ve been granted of late. So the next time you see a younger person make attack on entire generation, on that like any other is mix of good and bad, I hope you refer them of this story by a Boomer who has been fighting for climate change, peace and other daunting social issues since college.
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10 years ago I was in Antarctica for the 12.12.12 meditations, which began precisely at 12:12 PM, to perform quantum meditations. The meditations were ET inspired using my Hollywood trained imagination to gain perspective on the human race. For me channeling ET spirit guide Ohom, short for Open Heart Open Mind or One Heart One Mind or Oscar Harry Orion Max, your pick, is similar to method acting where I enjoy not worrying whether Ohom is real or not.
Healthy skepticism of my visions aside — beware of storytellers and chanellers who present spirit work too confidentially as literal fact — what I do happily know, is the clarity or some cool boon of GAIA, gained via my channeling of Ohom, brought love into my once lonely life in the form of my beautiful wife and partner in all things in, Elizabeth. You can learn more of our ET inspired love story and cool new business where we are bringing cool New Age alternate health products to the mainstream at this link
Enjoy the meditations!
Stop back because I’ll post all 24 planetary meditations and share how far I think we’ve come to their becoming real and how far we still have to go in achieving the quantum intentional shifts. Roughly 40 years if you believe what my spirit guide told me. We make these dreams real. And Ohom warned me it would not look like the meditations I did in Antarctica — and in many place like Egypt and the first Woman’s Day March in DC after the Trump Inauguration and more to come — will not look like they are working. I hope to live to 2060 to see them all come true. Ohom’s promised I will. And I’ve requested to Ohom that I be vital and young at 108. Always wise to be specific when manifesting your dreams.
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My wife Elizabeth and I had already made reservations at our favorite hotel in Santa Fe for an intimate Thanksgiving, also our 7th anniversary as a couple, when tragic news of the Club Q shooting reached us. It was the second mass shooting that week.
Since we’d be passing Colorado Springs on our way to Santa Fe we decided to make a stop to pay our respects to Club Q’s fallen. As we left the freeway and headed up Colorado Springs’ main drag, Academy Boulevard, experiencing what has to be one of the largest run of fast food joints and strip malls in ‘Merica, I said to Elizabeth we had to be prepared for possibility of a drive-by shooter. Elizabeth agreed we should not be deterred by fear.
Soon we spotted the temporary roadside memorial that has appeared in front of the strip mall that Q is part of on its backside. After circling the block for parking we pulled into the neighboring Walgreen’s lot. Walking the 100 years to the tragic site we joined about 30 people gathered in the little slice of road space delineated by a concrete barricade. On this day before Thanksgiving sadness hung in the air like nothing we’ve ever experienced but it was balanced by a deep feeling of so much love and respect for the five young LGBTQ people whose lives were cut short by hate and gun violence.
As someone who has reached his seventies and loved life, the good with the bad, I wept at the thought of these young people’s lives snuffed out by an angry stranger drunk on MAGA lies of Q of another and far dark sort. All for what? Trump?
Despite an angry white driver revving his grotesquely oversized white Ford pickup truck noisy motor as he waited at the light in protest to the show of love for the Q fallen, I said a meditation that humanity find a way out of all this maze of unbridled hate for anyone not conforming to outmoded religious prejudices that have lost their way in modern times.
I found Elizabeth talking in the crowd to a middle aged man and a woman from the Billy Graham institute. They seemed both out of place in their mission to spread the “good word”. Despite my reservations, I hugged them as a confirmation to my meditation and Elizabeth and I continued onto Santa Fe for our Thanksgiving. A Thanksgiving the fallen in the Club Q mass shooting were tragically deprived of.
All this fresh sorrow over the Club Q mass shooting took place less thanone year after a horrific Denver mass shooting took away a family friend. Alicia was head of Denver group called Sol Tribe. She operated a tatoo parlor just one-small-storefront-away her dear friend and business neighbor of my wife’s niece, Erika Righter. Alicia was one of four people killed by another rabid White Supremacist in a case that also garnered national media attention without a change to gun laws.
Here’s Erika’s recent op-ed in Westword where she discusses why we have to be much more careful to whom we donate money to after mass shootings and other tragedy’s if we want our contributions to reach the victims and the extended circle of traumatized survivors.
Fed up with billionaire Musk’s racist hate fueled incarnation of Twitter, famed comic Jim Carrey, despite a following of millions of fans, quit the failing site November 30th. This was just two days after yours truly felt the need to walk away from 13 years of tweeting for the same exact reasons.
I mean, Musk Tweeted yesterday that he has vital info about Hunter Biden’s laptop? Seriously? I am far more interested Ivanka and Jared’s billions they made under Trump’s 4 year reign of stupidity. A reign he posted on “Truth” Social and rewteeted on Twitter yesterday that he wants to reinstate by disbanding the US Constitution!
Spare yourself, dear reader. Follow Jim Carrey’s lead and give Musk’s Twitter the bird. If you are like me you will find it easier to distance yourself from the hate on Twitter by hearing our media restate Musk’s disinfo nonsense with some editorial by the news announcer rather than getting it raw, which is far more triggering. Take my word for it, you will miss nothing without doom scrolling on Twitter except higher blood pressure.
Animator Jimmy Hayward, in collaboration with Jim Carry’s artwork of a wild Scottish lighthouse keeper, have truly made a powerful quantum intentional tool here as Carrey’s Scot calls on the angels to bring light to the darkness of Twitter.
FYI, fans of our blog have met my wild Scottish hero Angus McPherson, a time traveling Scot from the future here to help bring about a cooler tomorrow. This for me is confirmation Jim Carrey is a spirit brother who I hope to meet and meditate with some day.
Millions of people and hundred of advertisers are also giving Twitter the bird as Musk allows banded accounts from the likes of Kanye West and Donald Trump back on the site. Here is mega musical artist’s Moby’s last tweet.
Join Jim Carrey, Moby, millions of ordinary people like meand advertisers leaving Twitter in order to speed Musk’s hate-soaked version of Twitter to its 404-demise and #GiveTwitterTheBird
Twitter was already a cesspool even before Musk overpaid $44 billion for it and took control as the Chief Twit on October 27th. But with a rapid succession of what can only be described as either sabotage of the biggest political social platform on earth or downright stupidity, and I fear the former, Musk has nearly bankrupted Twitter in less than 30 days. All made the worse by firing half of his staff, mostly women in the purge.
Hey Elon, Hate is not a commodity! It’s a time bomb! Wake up and get a new CEO and back away from the vehicle!
But unwilling to wait for such a miracle, as a Thanksgiving gift to myself, this Twitter addict officially gave Musk’s Twitter the bird and deactivated his account. The bright spot in all this, besides starting to kick a Twitter habit taking up far too much of my time and creativity, is that Musk has completed the job for us all, started by billionaire buffoon Trump, of demonstrating that ego maniac billionaires must be reigned in to put an end this modern-day gilded age.
Many people with followings far greater than my humble 8,040 and over 10 million impressions of my Tweets, garnered thanks to some viral short videos, have left Twitter too. I’m also in the company of 50% of Twitter advertisers who have left Musk’s growing ever more unsafe and chaotic Twitter universe for greener pastures. I even made a hashtag for the occasion I invite you to share #GiveTwitterTheBird.
I utilized Twitter from 2009-2022, but I really got hooked in 2015 when using Tweets to join the fight to put the brakes on Trump’s 2016 run for president. All the while my Twitter mission was to bring some perspective to fellow voters that there is a middle road between the overly bureaucratic ways of the Democrats and the “look Ma no government” approach of the Republicans.
In the end, unwittingly subject to sneaky Russian disinformation, I voted for neither Hillary or the Donald. So even this politics junkie, who produced and directed a 2000 PBS special called A KID’S VIEW OF THE US, that aired as the lead into the presidential debate, and which garnered raves from The New York Times, Educational Magazine and Reuters and who again took to the road to in 2008 for KIDS TALK POLITICS to cover Obama’s win over McCain, to produce a hit web series with over 11 million views on YouTube, was effectively neutralized as a 2016 voter.
After Trump won I naively hoped, thanks again to shitload of Russian bot fueled disinformation fostered by the GOP and a billionaire owned complicit media, which America was as yet not fully conscious of as yet, that Trump would rise to the occasion of the office the POTUS. And so I traveled from sunny Sedona Arizona with my beautiful wife Elizabeth to the gloomy Trump DC inauguration. My mission was to film a series of meditations visualizing a term that would somehow Trump would miraculously, I had no delusions about Trump’s inept brand of pettiness, serve the planet’s best interests, even if unintentionally. Yeah, we dream big at CoolestMeditationEver.com, Antarctica big But before my producing partner wife and I even packed up our cameras to exit DC, Trump showed us with his rolling over the Standing Rock tribe with DPAL, what incredible optimists we were for getting sucked into covering the start of the launch of Trump’s “American Carnage” shit show.
Thankfully, my wife and I had also come to DC to cover the very first Women’s Day March. We saw firsthand that the crowds of passionate bright women, and the men who loved them, protesting Trump’s election far outnumbered the angry Trump inauguration crowds of the day before. Yeah. You heard me, Sean Spicer.
Within the course of his first catastrophic year in office Trump’s constant pressure on the desperate for power MAGA/GOP evolved it from a party I once loved as an independent choice into an openly racist, anti-vote, anti-abortion, pro-gun, anti-LGBTQ, sausage-fest nightmare.
Flash forward to 2018 and despite the growing toxicity of Twitter, and I decide to do penance for my 2016 gullibility. As Covid ravaged the country in 2020, under Trump’s disgusting ruler-ship, I used my Twitter following to promote a dark science fiction comedy about a Trump from a parallel universe handling Covid even worse than our own Trump on this meditation blog. But the tales are so dark I’ve moved it to it’s own web page TrumpsFeverDream.com. It has 12 work in progress chapters, seven reposted so far, complete with a scratch score voiced by my talented wife and I who play all the parts. Check it out some time.
I was for Bernie as the 2020 elections got into full swing, but I stuck with Biden when he got the Blue nod. Soon I went all in for Joe’s kinder and more honest (for a politician) approach than Trump’s patented brand of rage. And so I became nearly a full time Democracy fighter on Twitter, offering up quality videos and memes for Tweeps to share as my donation to the cause for preserving democracy!
Soon after Joe won I was one of warning voices, along with my wife Elizabeth a vet 17 years, that Trump was inciting MAGA to violence on January 6th. And sure enough, when the sad day arrived, we watched in horror as our capitol was ransacked by White Supremacists, emboldened by Trump’s lies of a stolen election.
When the dust settled Twitter served a valuable purpose of banning Trump for his insurrection and spreading lies. The Trump Twitter ban showed him mortal and broke a lot of the spirit of the racists who had debased the capitol. So it’s beyond disgusting Musk has undone this ban on Trump in the false name of free speech.
Post J6 has been, and still is, a precarious time while democracy hangs in the balance. Sadly, 2021 was not a time I could walk away from Twitter. Nor is today. But it feels safe enough to shop for a new place to fight. I am exploring Mastodon and Tribel and leaning more towards just sticking to my own platforms. My handle on twitter the last year was KeepItTogetherAmerica and I have reserved that URL. Fact is, I feel so burned by all the time I put into Twitter only to have Musk pig it up so I am reluctant to invest time into any pages except my own.
But I will always be glad I was on Twitter since 2009. There, in addition to my own posts and my wife’s we joyously shared truth from great accounts like Rachel, Don Winslow, The Lincoln Project, Jo, Defiant Dad and more, spreading the word that the vote was not stolen, that masking saves lives, that supporting Ukraine is our noble task as Americans, to name but a few.
Later we shared the posts admiring the competent handling of the Covid plague that Joe was implementing through vaccines, free to all Americans. What a change from Trump who seemed to relish in the fact the virus killed more Black people than whites. And all the while I was making great video content and memes for Twitter fighters for democracy to share. This vital work carried me right through the 2022 mid-terms where I was thrilled to see my predictions of red drizzle come true. Here’s some of my favorite videos I created just for my Twitter fans below.
Critical to keeping me motivated for Twitter work, which reached 6 to 10 hours a day at its peek, was the passion to keep democracy alive for my grand-kids. My Twitter following was modest but potent. Boebert is the most recent confirmation that a little influence can go a long way after she only won another painful 2 years in Congress by a little over 500 votes. Frisch came so close that it us my hope is she’s done after 2024.
But all this Tweeting was creating 12-15 hour work days to create and spread content and still do my marketing work to earn a living. So reaching the tender age 70 this fall I was thinking of quitting time consuming toxic Twitter when Musk snapped it up with suspicious Saudi backing. In less than a month Musk’s ego tripping Right wing mismanagement and his intentional reduction of safety standards sent me packing. I’d almost be grateful but I miss the many friends I made on Twitter.
Trump has yet to tweet again as it’s a conflict with his failing Truth Social platform, but Musk is behaving as Trump’s surrogate, dragging decent, and not so decent people of the Right, deeper down the rabbit hole into becoming puppets of hate. It’s like J6 all over again and we’ve lost a valuable tool for democracy in the Musk hostile takeover.
Good news, a week into quitting Musk’s hate fest and I do not miss Twitter much more than kicking my sugary Coca-Cola addiction back in the 80s. But, LOL, did you know sugar is as addictive as heroin? Yep. I am missing Twitter’s buzz if I am honest. Rubbing shoulders with politicos and celebs is intoxicating.
Musk made a bad situation worse letting Trump, Ye and Greene back on Twitter. He did this perhaps because he thinks, as it certainly has been in past, hate can be a profit center. But my hope is Twitter’s karma lesson for Musk – one he’ll likely never learn as he’s a fish in adrift in an ocean hate flowing from the South African apartheid childhood teachings of an abusive billionaire father – will be that he learns to the tune of losing $44 billion that hate only sells when it’s not the obvious profit point. Hateful racist magicians like Musk cannot show their tricks and last very long.
Looking back on the whole fiasco, the more toxic time passed on Twitter the less I felt like a person in the middle as the right moved to Nazi levels of insanity. I am a proud independent but Twitter’s MAGA made me feel like a liberal when Blue became the only sane choice for 2022. But most of all I am glad I gave up Twitter for my wife Elizabeth sake, who worried for both my sanity and safety. Good news, Elizabeth says I am smiling a lot more since giving Musk’s Twitter the bird.
Who knows? Maybe Musk destroying Twitter at the behest of his Saudi partners could end up as a blessing and sign for all Americans to chill out on politics and religion. Trump used Twitter to drag Evangelicals into the quagmire of supporting swine as saints.
And so I invite you, dear reader, to join me, millions of good people and advertisers leaving Twitter in order to speed Musk’s hate-soaked version of Twitter to its 404-demise. I for one am happy to have more free time for fun with my wife doing yoga, tennis and meditation and more time for developing my many films, screenplays and my coolest meditation ever work, all meant to foster love and compassion for the left, right and center rather than Tweeting for king Musk’s wicked pleasure.
Above is the last video Tweet I made to Twitter to help Warnock crush hate puppet Walker.
None us have ever witnessed a mid-term election like 2022. Our country’s future as a place of peace and freedom, one we all too often take for granted, is on the line as the GOP seeks to end the vote, women’s rights and Social Security all in one fell swoop. American society’s historic challenge is to keep it all in perspective while not being drawn into hate fostered by our mass media. A media motivated to make our politics appear even worse than they really are in a grab for bigger ratings. Simply because bigger ratings mean more jobs and, you guessed it, money.
My two cents, if you’re an independent like me, try not to be too hard on the people who are getting taken down a dark path by MAGA influences. Republicans leaders are lost. But the average MAGA person did not get lost on their own.
Desperate to hold power, GOP leaders succumbed to Trump’s lure of cheating to win at all cost. And one of those ways of cheating was, since 2015 and still is, to use Social Media to unleash all out weapons-grade psychological operations on their own people. It’s beyond cruel and unfair for the GOP to subject their base, and the rest of us withstanding the constant assault 24/7, to unbridled propaganda led by Fox. in order to enslave ordinary MAGAs as a standing civilian army. IMHO, GOP leaders should be tried as war criminals for this horrific action against MAGA and all of America.
Shaming MAGA individuals will not bring them back to the fold. The danger to us all is that unless Merrick Garland has the courage to make arrest Trump and his enablers like Cruz, Greene and the rest, is that the MAGA cult will be pushed to greater and greater levels of violent action. One only need witness last week’s attack on the Pelosi family by a MAGA follower, high on the addictive adrenaline rush of hate. The GOP leaders and Tuckers types making light of this and weaving disgusting conspiracy theories only makes the case stronger for prosecution of war crimes waged on their own people.
I get angry with MAGA sometimes, I confess. Angry they’re so easily swayed by fears of the other to hate on the rest of us. But so far they’ve yet to cross the violent like where we cannot show compassion to ordinary MAGAs when we recognize that conservative society has bred them to be malleable through poor diet, rotten media and intentionally lousy education to dumb them down.
Indeed, we have to work harder to go high when MAGAs go low, as Michelle Obama teaches. It’s not easy. Not easy by a long shot. But try love anyways because love is always stronger than hate.
Now get out and vote. And may the best reality win.
We are all warriors in these stressful times, one side or the other, right or left! Says this centrist ever pushed more left as I remain anchored in who I am while the right slithers further and further right. So let’s be frank.
Things got bad during Covid in early 2020. Super bad. The worst ever. Thousands dying everyday. Trump robbing America blind and making noises about never leaving office. People freaking out about wearing a simple mask. An insurrection. The loss of a great New Age friends who were for Trump. Well, to be honest, fellow warriors. I thought of suicide more than once. But fortunately I learned in 1991 that it’s OK to feel your feelings of sorrow as long as you don’t get carried away and take irreversible action or hurt loved ones sharing too much of your sorrow.
We all have limits and we’re all coping with a lot. America’s tough but nothing is not this tough. People are literally going nuts. I mean lingering Covid that could erupt again any fucking day, the GOP totally gone Nazi, and more and more. It’s lot to fucking handle. Tossing on too much to a loved one about your death fantasies could be the proverbial one straw too many.
You see, we’re kinda on our own, all of us Covid survivors of the right, left and center. And if we are honest none of is will truly ever be who we were before we all lost a million fellow Americans in about two years. It fucking hurts! We rage on Social media like twitter and telegram where it’s cool to cuss. But sometimes that’s not enough so I make a movie.
Any who, back to 1991 as I ramble like all Boomers do. BTW, Joe has made me proud to be a Boomer again. OK, OK, I ramble. Flashback to 1991: I lose it all in a real estate disaster that wrecks my business and destroys my marriage. The double whammy makes me think of suicide for the first time since I was teen, for reasons that are not important to this blog tonight.
And so I stood there on an icy Chicago pier starring into the freezing waters of Lake Michicago one January 1992 night, thinking of the long sleep. But instead of jumping to my doom I stiffened my back and shouted to the wind, “The old Ken dies here tonight! A new me, a me who does as he pleases, follows his artistic dreams is born! And the sorrow about my old life dies with the old me! I am a new Ken!”
Well, it worked for me. That and some good therapy. Dear reader, there’s no shame in getting help when you have too many suicidal thoughts and have fallen into depression. Catch it early. I did it in 91 and I am still in the great counseling I began during Covid. It’s been a life saver.
The number for the Suicide Hotline is 800-273-8255 if you’re not lucky enough to know a good shrink.
Take care, dear reader of the left or right. My fans left, who enjoy my centrist thinking and frankness, you’re important to me, fan or not. – Ken Sheetz, Filmmaker, writer, skyscraper builder, broker, artist, entrepreneur.
PS. I want to get this blog back on track for soothing meditation. My anger with Trump will dominate this blog no longer. All Trump Fever Dream posts are moving off this blog to TrumpsFeverDream.com by end of the year. I’d do it faster but I have to earn a living despite what rich assholes like Ron Johnson think they know what senior life is like for ordinary people. 5 chapters with audio plus up there already.