Samasiam's Blog

Musings from a guy who's problem is he sees too much…


LA'ish, California,
June 01
"All change has to start with someone, somewhere, doing something differently and others observing the results and choosing to follow suit. What influence anything may ultimately have, is not predictable, but what is predictable, is that acting on the intention to do so, will always be a cause which initiates every change that will ever occur, no matter how large and immutable the existing paradigm and the attitudes which support it may appear to be. Everything is a choice."


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FEBRUARY 28, 2014 4:53PM

Why Paco?

With his extraordinary skill and dedication, he found in that instrument, the purest, most distilled essence of emotion and empowerment.

Then he played, to grace the rest of us, with a vehicle to discover our most intimate selves.

The profound loss this news brought to

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JANUARY 29, 2014 2:58PM

Politics in The US Today

You wouldn't want to waste your vote on a "third party" when you have two perfectly good ones to waste it on already, would you?

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It was 20 years ago today, Mother Nature taught LA it was gonna' pay. It taught me a few things, too.

I learned a lot, that January morning 20 years ago, during the greatest disaster

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JANUARY 15, 2014 5:51PM

SERIOUSLY: Who's on First?


Whos on First


One of the tragedies of human communication is how much we assume we understand, instead of actually asking and confirming, what it is that someone else is trying to say, or let us know by their action or inaction.

It results in people living lives where theyRead full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2013 5:21PM

Proudly, We Believe

Believe it Or Not

 After all the official systems have had their say, the most powerful system in the world will have the last word... Unless you take the opportunity to do something about it.

So... This was a week where the medical system, as represented by The American College of Physicians,/… Read full post »

No, you do not get to hang onto your most favorite, very special, carefully crafted and eloquently espoused prejudice, in the face of facts, without also being willing to admit, that you care more about getting off on it, than you care about other human beings.

No matter how long and/… Read full post »

People love to compare their own economics with government economics, in that lovely little common-sense-that-makes-no-sense manner. A rowboat may be fine on a lake, but don't try and transport thousands of people or tons of goods across the Atlantic using that design. It's going to take a bit more cRead full post »


Balance is not loading up both sides of the scale with people who agree with you.

Considering context doesn't make rhetoric as rewarding, as spouting inflexible platitudes about whatever makes the other guy wrong, but it does provide an opportunity to be rational. I understand that

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Rape Whistle
Everything is a choice - But who gets to decide what choices you get to make?

Honestly, no matter what you say you feel about guns, how does that picture make you feel? As the saying goes, "When nothing else will do,/
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 1923: A row of five postal clerks testing the Gehring Mail Distributing Machine in the city post office building in Washington, D.C. What replaced them and it?  What replaced that?...

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Girl Hands Over

Is this what happens when we have it too good?  When there's so little demanded of us to survive, that there's all the time in the world to go from one obsession about one's self,

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Both images under license from Wikimedia Commons
Both Images via Wikimedia Commons
In his article Supreme Court Sets Radical New Precedent, David Sirota makes an incredibly valuable point, one which goes beyond this case, and in fact, beyond the issue of an independent judiciary. The Founders created a Constitution and a Bill of Rights in
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When does the absurd become so overwhelming and all-encompassing and that it completely redefines itself? When you look at what Barack Obama says he is and what he actually does? No, when you look at how his defenders turn a blind eye to it. Just as he positionedRead full post »
MARCH 8, 2013 1:49AM

Sequester Seconds

A Million... A Billion... A Trillion. The numbers we hear thrown around every day about budgets and now, the Sequester. Turn those numbers into seconds instead of dollars and you'll realize how limited the ability to comprehend them really is.

A Million seconds is: Eleven and a half DAYS
A Billion seco… Read full post »

"Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government."

But he also said: 

"We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience."

What would he say today?
With everythin
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 As we rise from the primitive, it it towards illumination or immolation?
As we rise up from the primitive, is it towards
illumination or immolation?


In his essay about remembrance and responsibility, Walter Sinchak-Truax a friend and former co-worker, raises many valid points, but the most important one is the fact that nothing stands alone, ev/…

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How Dimly Diogenes Lantern Burns in
The Season of A Billion Lies 

 As we enter the torture of another Presidential Election season, I can think of no more appropriate time to post this excellent guide to the nature of fallacious arguments. Please apply it, to all the politicians, incRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 30, 2012 2:50PM

Foie Gras Fat Heads Face Finality

Some former friends: Rescued critters living a good life.
Some former associates

Since recent research indicates that eating saturated fat damages brain function, perhaps we can add that to our understanding of this cultural phenomenom.  California is the first state to ban foie gras. While they do some very questionable things here, this
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 Andy Clark/REUTERS Niketown protected during the WEC 1999
Niketown:  Seattle protesters like to break glass... 
(photo Andy Clark/REUTERS)
My favorite comment ever on "urban reblightilization" (it must have been, it stuck whole in my memory) was a poem written by Seattle pundit Bill Radke, on the occasion of Seattle holding a… Read full post »
MAY 23, 2012 1:50PM

Are you living a life you love?

Desire, Distraction, Denial

Incalculable moments of wanton desire
The seconds that tick by as you feel flames rise higher
What does it all mean, why won't anything stick?
Is the distraction enough as the seconds still tick?

To capture the mind, there's a connection somewhere
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 Derivatives: The Unregulated Global Casino for Banks


Herein lies the truth of the matter: Truth is irrelevant, if you can't understand the concept… Read full post »

One decade ago, for the thirty one day period preceding this date in 2002, the Federal Deficit was $ 64.2 Billion Dollars.
Federal Deficit for the last 31 days: $ 198.2 Billion Dollars*

One decade ago, for the thirty one day period preceding this date in 2002, the Medicare Outlays in the Federal/… Read full post »

Well worth the read.  An interview with Morris Berman, author of "Why America Failed" on the culture I've referred to as "Amway America".  WhyAmericaFailedBookCoverHis observations and conclusions add subtance to the idea that "fixing" what we've always had in America is not going to happen and it's not goin… Read full post »

Crediit: Eva Russo, Richmond Times Dispatch  
A good friend sent me an email 
about cops in riot gear showing up to confront abortion rights protesters on the steps of the Virginia Capitol. She said, “I’m amazed that women’s rights activists are seen as such threats…..this militarization is prettyRead full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 12:22AM

The Great American Bendover Continues...

There's little more to say, Naked Capitalism tells it all too well.  They want you to smell the roses but all you're going to get is a nose full of fertilizer... full post »