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My previous entry spoke about the need to travel somewhere to seek some solace. Mysteriously, there happened to be a death in my family. Now I’m about to embark on a long journey…

I will continue as the day and access allow for it.

I’ve moved to Tumblr but…

that doesn’t mean that I have abandoned wordpress altogether. Those of you that still have access to this address, you’ll still get to see me post other things that happen to me but to a more limited audience. Of course, this is the internet so a limited audience may not be so tiny!

Anyway, I do plan on exercising my writing chops a lot. Especially, since Tumblr is so painstakingly slow to load. Wassupwidat?!

Right now, the mood is a bit melancholy. Highly atypical for me but I guess this day was inevitable. There are plenty of things that loom in the back of my mind, the only problem is that there is no decent outlet to let the steam out. Since the warmer weather is now upon us, I am considering taking up some kind of activity. Any suggestions?

I’m also considering some traveling – cheap traveling. I’ve seen people with just their backpacks at the airport and money in their pockets. That really appeals to me. Especially when there are cheap fares involved. This was something that I enjoyed doing when I was younger. Spur of the moment type of things. Not taking things to the irresponsible level – I am a family man, after all – but to be able to add some push pins to my travel map would really suit me well. Not to mention being able to record my travels for posterity’s sake. I just need to find a way to do something… Anyone have some places that they like to go to on a whim?

BTW, my Tumblr address is dimplemonkey.tumblr.com

Just changed the theme…

This blog has become my red-headed stepchild for obvious reasons.😉

There are plenty of other places you can “find” me online. I’m most prevalent on Twitter where I enjoy a good rant when the occasion calls for one. Check me out at twitter.com/dimplemonkey

For some reason, I’ve been observing the increased amount of snarkiness on the twitterverse. It’s appealing when used tactfully. The “rant” and the “snark” are definitely kissing cousins.

You can also locate me through Tumblr. I’m having a one sided relationship with these guys. After logging in, I decide to go run a marathon, twice, then come back and just catch the Dashboard screen come up.

OK, enough for now since I’ve taken all day to get this entry posted.

EDIT: There are few who care about the environment, there also hopes to be few who profit from it. I was thinking about quoting the source of the article below but then I felt I would get immediately disqualified because of it. But there’s one thing that stands out in all of this for me. You can Google it if you want. Here’s my take: Oil is unpopular, it’s limited, it’s a pollutant; yet, it fuels commerce, produce, and transports medicines, workers, and supplies over large distances. No one wants to waste the time and energy (pun intended) to fund and research cheap alternative fuel sources. Why would big oil want that? It would put them out of business. Why are the environmentalist organizations not keen on suggesting cheap alternative energy? Because they don’t want fuels to go away just yet either! So let’s make up “carbon credits” and just let the rich countries get “taxed” so they can continue burning fuels and let the underdeveloped countries have a chance to use that money. Most importantly, let”s use the UN to rally these countries together and let us handle the cashflow! What a racket! But then again, it is our fault for not being responsible enough on our own to be better stewards of what’s been given to us. Instead, we’re gonna let man’s “worst enemy to the planet” be judge, jury, and sadly, the executioner.

The Multibillion Dollar Carbon Trading System The carbon trading system is a multibillion money-making bonanza for the financial establishment. The stakes are extremely high and the various lobby groups on behalf of Wall Street have already positioned themselves.

According to a recent report, “the carbon market could become double the size of the vast oil market, according to the new breed of City players who trade greenhouse gas emissions through the EU’s emissions trading scheme.

The speed of that growth will depend on whether the Copenhagen summit gives a go-ahead for a low-carbon economy, but Ager says whatever happens schemes such as the ETS will expand around the globe.” (Terry Macalister, Carbon trading could be worth twice that of oil in next decade, The Guardian, 28 November 2009)

The large financial conglomerates, involved in derivative trade, including JP Morgan Chase, Bank America Merrill Lynch, Barclay’s, Citi Bank, Nomura, Société Générale, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are actively involved in carbon trading.( FACTBOX: Investment banks in carbon trading | Reuters, 14 September 2009)

The legitimacy of the carbon trading system rests on the legitimacy of the Global Warming Consensus, which views CO2 emissions as the single threat to the environment. And for Wall Street the carbon trading system is a convenient and secure money-making safety-net, allowing for the transfer of billions of dollars into the pockets of a handful of conglomerates.

“Every major financial house in New York and London has set up carbon trading operations. Very big numbers are dancing in their heads, and they need them to replace the “wealth” that evaporated in the housing bust. Louis Redshaw, head of environmental markets at Barclays Capital, told the New York Times, “Carbon will be the world’s biggest market over all.” Barclays thinks the current $60 billion carbon market could grow to $1 trillion within a decade. Four years ago Redshaw, a former electricity trader, couldn’t get anyone to talk to him about carbon.” (Mark Braly, The Multibillion Dollar Carbon Trading, RenewableEnergyWorld.com, 5 March 2008)

Junk DNA Mechanism That Prevents Two Species From Reproducing Discovered

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091026220018.htm

ScienceDaily (2009-10-27) — Researchers have discovered a genetic mechanism in fruit flies that prevents two closely related species from reproducing, a finding that offers clues to how species evolve.

 

(Edit: Or how they stop evolving and thus create a new type of species altogether. Someone get me a copy of On The Origin of Species, please…) Have you ever seen a bully knock over some kids play blocks when you were young? Just when we believed that the bully had no equal, here comes someone bigger reminding them that they need to play fair with each other. Will this article ever make it to the mainstream. Sorry. Only those who evolved from the gooey mass (media) will come to this realization. Where’s my eraser?…

Keep in mind, folks, that there is purpose for everything. To believe that you were born to exist only reduces your talent by those who don’t want you to succeed. Do you allow that to be said of you or do you agree with that of others you feel are inferior to you? Are there ants in the colony that just stand around and do nothing? Do worms just live in the ground because they couldn’t grow wings? Show me something that has no purpose and I’ll show you an inability to look deeper into the mysteries of life.

“Well, the “Hope and Change” halloween did not go over as well as I hoped. As I would reach into the candy bags to take candy from the kids to give to other kids that did not have equal access to candy, the kids got upset! Over and over and over. I reassured them that I understood and gave them pocket Constitutions!”

Consider the opposing argument for An Inconvenient Truth, then decide intelligently.

And I feel fine…

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane –
Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn –
world serves its own needs, regardless of your own needs. Feed it up a knock,
speed, grunt no, strength no. Ladder structure clatter with fear of height,
down height. Wire in a fire, represent the seven games in a government for
hire and a combat site. Left her, wasn’t coming in a hurry with the furies
breathing down your neck. Team by team reporters baffled, trump, tethered
crop. Look at that low plane! Fine then. Uh oh, overflow, population,
common group, but it’ll do. Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its
own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the
reverent in the right – right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright
light, feeling pretty psyched.

Those who know what needs to get done, those who serve the Higher Power, those who serve a purpose that’s above themselves, those who quietly get things accomplished without a single note of gratitude, also know that in the end, they will stand apart – vindicated, absolved, and commended.

So with that said, I don’t care if someone talks to my kid’s class and tells him that he needs to be accountable. That he needs to strive for excellence. That he needs to watch less TV and Xbox. That he’s good at something. That he should listen to his teachers. That he can contribute something substantial to society and humanity.

You can even tell him where he is now doesn’t have to determine where he’ll end up. That no one’s written his destiny for him.

You do realize that one man, one speech, one day won’t really make a difference? Just like my little rant isn’t making a single dent in the blogosphere.

BUT, when my son comes home from school. Regardless if he heard you talk or not, he’s already been well versed in these objectives plus more. How? Because I’ve spent practically every day of his life instilling him values, ethics, self-esteem, respect for others, mercy, forgiveness, humility, leadership, humor, honesty, manners, courtesy, and most importantly obedience and reverence to God who’s in control of all our lives. I acknowledge Him as does my misses, as does my boy. We’re in one accord. Sadly not everyone is in one accord but it is a personal decision that everyone makes.

Does this mean my work is done as a parent? Hardly. My boy has his moments just like any other. Does one speech about respecting others mean he will do it from now on? Hardly! I’ll continue to do my part as a parent but Mr. POTUS, you really need to address the accountability of the children through their parents. Once you’ve left the classroom, the building, the state, they will possess an ember which will smolder long enough to last them the rest of the day. Who will properly stoke the fire the next day?

While it may appear that it has been a while since my last post, people who have followed me on Twitter (@dimplemonkey) realize that most of my rants/comments tend to be done in a polite and respectful manner. I do have my moments when things happen in life and my best outlet of emotions without causing too much collateral damage is by posting here. You should see the outpouring of visceral emotions from my fingertips to the keyboard. I really let them have it! Then I Save Draft and walk away. Several reasons why I do this. First of all, it seems that when I finish ranting, complaining, B&Ming, there’s no concluding thought. No viable solution. I’m trying to make a point but then it leave me. (If you could see how far back my eyes are rolling right now!) Secondly, the effectiveness of my hard core rant loses perspective. I see the trees but lose sight of the forest. Sometimes, I get sucked into the instant gratification and classless behavior this society has turned into and fail to offer long term solutions. How am I supposed to be a contributing member of society if all I do is complain like everyone else around here?
Finally, when I return to look at what I have typed, my flawed character will read this and say, “Why’d you type this garbage?” or “Do you even know what you’re saying?” So far, the total amount of saved posts (drafts) are numbering into double digits! There are some doozies but they will be heading to the proverbial digital trash bin and emptied.

So do I care about what I post here? Of course, I do. I understand that while the comments are at a bare minimum, I do know that someone’s reading them. Because of this, I am obligated to make sure you don’t get too much fluff. Quality before quantity. Then again, I do want to help those who need it, so more quality postings should be in order.

Visually stunning. My son loved watching this!

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