To be so open: it is as if my heart
Put on a face and walked into the world.”(-Sylvia Plath)”Nothing is illegal if 100 businessmen decide to do it.”(-Andrew Young)
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘wow! what a ride!’”
(-Hunter S. Thompson)
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
(-Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP)
(-Chumbawamba, 8th April 2013)
Our cruelty based “got mine” culture has been poisoned and permeated by all that Bill O’Reilly cop son tough talk. What if you do not have the desire the demonize the poor, or blame the victims of the prison industrial complex, the defunded public schools, the almost ungraspable promise of a living wage, and become an overpaid blowhard mouthpiece for empire like self-proclaimed “workaholics”, O’Reilly and Limbaugh, still peddling those obsolete, hard worker, Horatio Alger myths, fifty years past their expiration date? Truth can’t be found on your televisions. So many baby boomers and punk era survivors still prefer to cling to their delusions that our government and the corporate elite would never drug, deceive, poison, pollute, cause harm to, spy on, oppress, undermine, or experiment on the population, or even just merely lie for their own venal agenda. Throwaway youth you gotta take a stand. The mortgaged for life college crowd have all been indoctrinated to venerate the rich unconditionally and vilify the slave class, it’s really sick how they transform those poor suckers. The richest 300 people of Europe and the U.S. have the same income as 4.7 billion poor people. I don’t know what the sky looks like in your part of town, but where I live, two or more planes trail something(!) that billows out into chemical, cloud-like formations, until the whole sky is a soupy toxic mess. Probably six days a week, and even at night. I don’t claim to have any scientific facts about what it is they might be up to, just a first hand witness that they are shitting some kind of chemicals from those planes. I WATCH them. We are sick ten months out of each year, I sneeze constantly and my nose runs like a faucet, same with my other family members, but when I mention this issue to my local activist community, they instinctively rehash trite cliche’s they’ve learned to parrot from the media. That they are just harmless con-trails, that the sky always looked like a crazy tic tac toe grid, that I am a kooky conspiracy theorist, that vaccines are safe, and fluoride is good for you, one guy who admittedly works for the government even defends G.M.O.’s, in spite of being a member of the local farmer’s market food co-op, etc.! “Con” Trails, huh? Respiratory fatality was the 8th most common death in 2003. Now, it’s the third leading cause of death. Biden and Feinstein are leading the charge to round-up America’s firearms, while DHS has bought enough ammunition to kill every American six times, and has a growing list of 300, 000 American citizens they have already declared as “terrorists”, or get this new Orwellian lingo:”paper terrorist”, meaning “non-violent terrorists”, or somebody who speaks out against drones, torture, false flag attacks, invasions of other nations for big oil, austerity, G.M.O.’s, vaccines, gun round-up’s, chem-trails, fluoride, executive hit lists, the criminalization of the poor and houseless, the slave labor in these private prisons, the bogus drug war, or Obama’s dehumanizing, pre-crime indefinite detention without trial. Obama has finally come out in favor of the XL pipeline, after signing indefinite detention into law, the Monsanto Protection Act, as well, while oblivious yuppies in this country only seem to care about Michelle Obama’s toned arms, and the first couple’s opinions on Beyoncé. He has emerged as our Gitmo expanding, endless war, drone, oil, gas, fracking, constitution shredder, surveillance, whistle-blower persecuting, fascist, austerity president! Native American protesters were forced to protest the drone prez’ pro pipeline speech from afar in penned-off “free speech cages”. This is who liberals want to give their fire-arms to? Just because he’s part black and pro abortion and reminds them of fresh prince/man in black, Will Smith? The American economy has been intentionally and permanently thrashed by the global elites, while countries like Japan allow the commoners to run little mom n pop businesses out of their houses, on every corner-barber shops, news-stands, little food joints, in America, shadowy business groups like the Chamber Of Commerce and their local politician puppets, “naturally”, require that people have massive capital to pay expensive fees and outrageously expensive food and liquor licenses and have all these strict zoning laws to keep the masses enslaved by the elite few at their own restaurants, hospitals, prisons, and big-boxes.
Even me, back when I had cable, I totally bought in to all the faux liberal, culture wars stuff, I thought Al Franken was gonna make a difference, I was so moved when Pete Seeger and Springsteen played Obama’s inauguration, and I was dismissive of chem-trails and FEMA Camps, because the cable newsmen always told us they were nutty “X-Files” Bigfoot jive, until…I moved beneath a daily aerosol-operations flight-grid and watch them dump that shit over my town, five or six days a week, where we all stay sick year ’round, and saw the former head of the F.B.I. on Youtube demanding an end to the chem-trail death dumps, but most people still cling to their belief that Friendly Ole Obama, the Foo Fighter fan, would never do anything to harm anyone, and if he did, Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart would promptly tell them about it on their flat-screened oversized TV’s. Cable watching Liberals are crying for more gun control in the depopulation agenda/ false flag era, because apparently they think the steroid crazed enforcer class has proven themselves to be so egalitarian and non violent and trustworthy, thusfar. Start demilitarizing the police, first . How many times have we read the phrase, “BOTCHED DRUG RAID” lately? Consolidated media is very selective about which deaths of innocents we are supposed to mourn-never babies in Gaza, or victims of Obama’s drone attacks. Or Amerika’s bogus and corrupt sham drug war. When cops kill a black baby in her grandmother’s arms because supposedly, her mom had dated a drug user not even on the premises….and vain, brainwashed Americans could not care less: the victims’ family will just be demonized by overpaid blowhards on talk radio. The cop gets a paid vacation, it’s shameful, immoral, abhorrent, and goes on and on and on and on each and every hideous day. Who do you believe? Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, or your own eyes, instincts, memories, and first hand experience? I am saddened to hear about the death of Arizona scenemaker, rock critic, D.J., outspoken opponent of the New World Order, free speech and social justice activist and all around rock’n’roll motherfucker, RIKKI X. He was one of the most informed and insistent researchers I ever brushed with, who was always urging me and many others, to read, research, think critically, to dig deeper and look beyond the slickly presented surfaces of consolidated media unreality. If you never had the pleasure, RIKKI X also known as Rick Martinez, and D.J. Essential, was a lifelong participant of our glammy subculture and a Bill Hicks and William S. Burroughs inspired blogger, songwriter, podcaster, party animal, 9/11 truther, boogie soul brother and multi-talented glitter punk charisma-king. Arizona underground music fans remember his early band, CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS, who influenced all those youngish, South West glitter gangs like Crash Street Kids, New Romantics, and Slash City Daggers. A couple of his CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS band mates became the power popsters, Sugar High, while RIKKI X, went on to embrace all kinds of obscure and cutting edge floor genres like rave-techno-bass n drums-dance music. He was a man of excellent taste who loved metal and thrash and goth and hardcore, but never abandoned his passion for all the sleazy glam we celebrate ’round here. Like Demolition 23 sang in “Scum Lives On”, it’s tragically peculiar how all the good guys get sudden infections and die, but the evil architects of genocide and endless war live to be 100. A toast to RIKKI X! He will be sorely missed in Arizona and beyond.