Dreamer’s World July 31 2016 – Update On Project Fi And Writing Again After A Self-Imposed Break

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Friday I finally made up my mind that I am fully committed to nProject Fi for my cell phone service. I have paid off the balance on my equipment from my current provider and am waiting for the billing cycle to close before canceling my service. I underestimated how much I would save by switching to Project Fi, so this really became a no-brainer decision for me. The upfront cost will be offset in just a few months by the savings I will accrue.

The fact that I am going through with this says a lot about Project Fi and how pleased I am with it. The thing is I was very satisfied with the service and support from my old carrier, but the cost each month was getting ridiculous. I can put the money spent on cell service to much better use.

I don’t feel that I have necessarily been screwed over by this because technology constantly evolves and Project Fi is the new standard that the carriers should ascribe to. Project Fi has the advantage of not being a traditional carrier, so their overhead costs are much lower. This allows them to pass along those savings to the consumers.

As of Friday afternoon, I am 100% onboard with Project Fi. I feel as if a weight has been lifted (and it has) in terms of the bill that I was paying each month. I underestimated how much I will be saving, it will be over $200 per month as a result of the switch!

The relief that I feel now is palpable. I know that I will have that extra money to take care of other things from now on.

As for the weekend, it has been a quiet one. I am debating whether or not to go to brunch. Part of me wants to, another part says why bother since I would be on my own and I really don’t enjoy sitting around groups of people who planned to get together as I sit alone. Perhaps I will go somewhere for more fast-food this afternoon rather than deal with the depression of brunch.

I suppose that Burger King counts as “brunch” in the widest definition of the term. At least I avoided the uncomfortable situation I mentioned above. The trip did get me out for a while since Hal (person) is at work and won’t be home until early this evening. FOr the remainder of the afternoon, I will probably be here at home spending time with The Stooges and resting.

I am continuing my boycott of the news. My mood is better as a result. I have taken the steps of blocking those on social media who have nothing constructive to say about my choice to support Dr. Jill Stein in the election. It is quicker and more appropriate to just block those people who accuse me of supporting the dumpster fire from the republiKKKan because I will not pledge allegiance to the corrupt and ineffective democratic candidate. A walnut or a damp mop should be able to beat the dumpster without any trouble, and the fact that Clinton seems to be having trouble in this case is an indictment of the democrats and their rigged primary system rather than of my refusal to be complicit in their charade.

The evening is here, and another weekend is gone far too soon. Let’s make the upcoming week a great one!

Dreamer’s World July 26 2016 – Slow Down

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As I began work this morning, I was startled to hear a sickening crash outside my window. Without even thinking I began to replay the events in my mind.

We live across the street from a fire station. It is a regular occurrence to hear sirens as the ambulance and fire trucks announce their arrival at the intersection in order to get onto the main street. Most people heed these warnings, but there are always those who will try to get through the intersection just before the emergency vehicles begin to make their way onto the street.

I heard the siren this morning, but it is such a regular event that I tuned it out. It was during this that I heard the crash. It was the out-of-the-ordinary sound that drew my attention. Since there is a beautiful old tree that blocks my view of the intersection, I immediately grabbed my phone and headed downstairs, out the front door, and down the hill to see the intersection.

I was greeted by the sight of two cars that had indeed crashed. One of the cars was sitting immobilized in the middle of the intersection with the ambulance that had been responding to a call instead having to deal with injuries. The second car had been knocked off the road and into a support pole for the traffic signals. The ambulance was still at the intersection and was NOT involved in the accident, but was having to respond to what had happened right in front of them.

The EMTs were responding to both vehicles. They had brought out stretchers and were removing one person from the car that had crashed into the traffic light pole. I didn’t linger because I didn’t want to be ghoulish and I also had to get back to start work. I hope that no one was seriously injured in the collision.

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After I completed my usual morning rush of email responses added to a problem with my laptop that required a phone call to corporate IT, I began to think about what had happened. What is it that makes people so blatantly disregard the things they see and hear all around them?

What were these drivers thinking? What could possibly distract them so much that they either didn’t hear the ambulance, or that they would think that they were so important that they could get through the intersection first?

Aside from the obvious cautionary tale about being alert when driving, what else does this accident say about us? We have become so self-absorbed that we ignore the world around us and the people in it. Our humanity is disappearing every day. We have become so callous to others that we demand the world accomodate our needs alone, and to hell with anyone else.

I thought to myself, what was the emergency that the ambulance was responding to? I am sure that the person who called the ambulance was not interested in this accident. Did the delay in dispatching another ambulance result in still another tragedy? I have no idea, but I hope that another ambulance was available right away.

Take some time to THINK! Each and every day we make decisions that affect not only us, but others around us. Try to show a little more concern about the world around you and a little bit less about the things that only affect you.

Dreamer’s World July 24 2016 – A Quiet Day

Sunday is hot once again here in the DMV. I made a trip to Harris Teeter and am back home to stay out of the heat as much as possible. Hal The Cat is feeling the heat as well, and that makes me feel bad for the time when he was a stray and had no real cook place to go to on days like this. He just followed me when I went outside for a smoke break and almost immediately begged to go back inside where he could lay down and cool off again.

Hal (person) is at work today and won’t be home for a few more hours. I hope that he has a good day on the job but I predict that we will stay here this evening. I really need to get some sleep tonight as well because I have stayed up late for the last 2 nights. I have enjoyed the weekend so far, and I hope for a quiet and peaceful evening later.

The temperature has topped 100 degrees again this afternoon and shows no sign of cooling off much this evening. I think that it is best that we stay here at home and take things easy. Hal (person) agrees since he has returned home from work.

Dreamer’s World July 23 2016 – Removing myself from the News Cycle

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As the first step in my 2-day quest for peace on a personal level, I am going to take the time to write about things that are solely about my life and not as much about the world around me. As I woke up and rolled around in bed this morning I wanted to find a subject that would allow me to do this. Fortunately, the subject/s were right all over me and they are The Stooges.

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First of all, there is Spartacus. He is the elder cat and has been with us ever since he was a tiny kitten. Spartacus is now nearly 16 years old. He has never been mistreated or abused. He has always known love and affection and it shows with him every day.

We adopted Spartacus soon after my Mother had passed away. I chose the name because Spartacus was the runt of the litter. Actually, we also adopted his brother Maxwell at the time. Sadly, Maxwell left us last December due to illness.

Spartacus was heartbroken when Maxwell died. He had never been without his brother, and it showed for about 2 weeks. It was a huge adjustment for him, and both Hal (person) and I tried to help him through it as best we could.

Spartacus has always been more of Hal’s (person) little friend due to the dynamics of things through the years. When Hal (person) retired several years ago it meant that he and Spartacus spent much more time together. To this day even though I work from home now, Spartacus will always find his way onto Hal’s (person) lap before he will onto mine.

Spartacus will be 16 next year and that is an important event because it closely aligns with how many years Hal (person) and I have been together. Spartacus has moved with us multiple times and has always known that home is wherever we are all together. Spartacus has never known anything but life with us, and we love him dearly.

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Next up is the Diva, Stevie Nicks. We adopted Stevie Nicks in 2011 after my wonderful cat U.K. passed away at the age of 19. Stevie Nicks’ past isn’t quite clear. She was about a year old when we adopted her. We suspect that she might have spent part of her life on the street, but we just aren’t sure. She is a wonderful girl, playful and mischievous in so many ways. She became the Alpha cat once she arrived here. Stevie Nicks took time in adjusting to the surroundings with Spartacus and Maxwell. That is because introducing a female into the mix was always going to be rather tricky, but she has fir in nicely ever since. For anyone who thinks that a cat can manage to fit into their name, Stevie Nicks is the diva to prove it.

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Finally, we come to Hal The Cat. When Maxwell died, we went by the local shelter. We did this because we were sad and because we knew that we would adopt another cat in time, but we didn’t realize it would be so soon. Hal The Cat already had his name when Hal (person) ran into him at the animal shelter. Ever since I have had to distinguish between the two when I write 🙂

Hal The Cat was a true stray. He was estimated at 2 years old, He instantly formed a bond with Hal (person). The funny thing was that Hal (person) never bothered to look at the name tag to see who he was so enthralled with 🙂

Hal The Cat took some time to adjust to life with us. While Spartacus accepted him without any trouble, Stevie Nicks turned into raging diva and made Hal The Cat miserable for almost a week before she finally relented and realized that Hal The Cat was here to stay. For the first two weeks Hal The Cat would always look around as if he suspected that somehow everything was a dream. You could see happiness, but you could also see doubt. Since he had been a stray, we believe that he might have been the target of abuse because he is jet black. Trusting is something that Hal The Cat was able to do instantly, but there was some hesitation in him that took a while to lose.

Hal The Cat is a happy member of the family now. He has become my buddy along with Stevie Nicks. Both Hal The Cat and Stevie Nicks treat Spartacus with respect, which is nice because Spartacus deserves his own peace and quiet at his age.

I honestly do feel much better today as I keep my energy focused on things here. This is the peace I have been working for.

Dreamer’s World July 23 2016 – The Quest For Peace

    I am going to do my best to enjoy this weekend. If that means turning the TV off, so be it. I am tired of the shit-storm of a world we live in right now. I am tired of the lies and deceit. I am tired of the self-righteous pricks who would destroy the world in order to please their imaginary god. I am tired of the hatred and the racism that is killing us all.

    I want peace. I want that peace to start with me, but for that to happen I must cleanse myself of all the negative energy that the world produces in abundance. Therefore I resolve to let the fires rage all around me for 2 days in order to give myself that peace I so desperately crave.

FUCK TRUMP. FUCK CLINTON. FUCK TERRORISTS. FUCK RELIGION. FUCK THE MEDIA. Saying those things is the first step towards Enlightenment. Get all that negative energy out of my system. That is the beginning of something new. That is the acceptance of the peace I am seeking.

    I want to go out and take pictures of the wonderful things around me. I want to write about those things without the old shit creeping back in for 2 whole days.

Dreamer’s World July 22 2016 – Another Day, Another Massacre, And The Cycle Goes On

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Once again, the world cannot get through a week without some lunatic/s killing people somewhere in the world. The events in Munich are tragic, but I realize that we only hear about these events when they happen in a “Western” country. There are countless tragedies around the world, but for some reason we only focus on those in the US or Europe. I don’t think it is necessary to accuse the establishment and the media of racism, I think that is painfully obvious already.

Once again the media has gone into a public display of on-screen masturbation when it comes to allegedly reporting on the tragedy in Munich. The first opinions are always that this is the work of Muslim religious lunatics. I think that those who really would love to strike at the West must be laughing their asses off if they had nothing to do with this. It is a reflex action of the media to assign blame without facts, because as with all Conservative groups, facts just tend to get in the way. If this is determined to be the work of some other group, the media will never issue an apology for smearing an entire group of people. We already know that if this is the action of some European or Caucasian lunatic that they will be attributed the the “mentally disturbed individual” or “lone wolf” category since White people are never terrorists according to the media.

This brings up a very interesting and important point. The very notion that a White person would act out individually, and be given the blanket defense of mental instability whereas a non-White would be labeled with a guilt by association tag is extremely dangerous. It attributes lesser humanity to those who are not White. There is a word for this and it is RACISM.

Take the example of the WHITE shooter who killed NINE PEOPLE at a church in Charleston, SC in 2015. The WHITE shooter exhibited the pattern of exposure to RWNJ propaganda and RACIST material and Christian propganda, he posed with Confederate flags and guns. Disregarding this evidence, he was labeled as a “disturbed individual”.

Any time that the terrorist is non-White, any associations this person had are used to lead to the conclusion that they were “radicalized”, especially their religion. “Radicalized” is a new word for people who are non-White. Their motives must be clear to everyone, which infers that non-Whites are less capable of determining right from wrong than Whites. This is a textbook definition of RACISM.

So long as we continue this RACIST and destructive pattern of dealing with people, we will have no peace. The eternal call for vengeance against people who had nothing to do with the terrorists other than they look similar, brings nothing but more hatred and racism and violence.

When the US “accidentally” kills 85 civilians who happen to get in the way of our “righteous” ordnance, we ignore this and instead talk about our “heroic struggle” against terrorism. This conveniently ignores that FACT that we ourselves are committing terrorist atrocities against innocent people. And yet we act personally wronged when someone attacks us. The hypocrisy is staggering once you get our head unwarped from the media BULLSHIT that we see each and every time one of these events occurs in a “Western” nation.

Dreamer’s World July 22 2016 – Religion Fucks Things Up

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     Friday has arrived at last! This has been a week full of hate and bigotry from the republiKKKan party, nothing new about that except that it has been forced down the nations throats by the media. At least today there is no more of the Nazi freakshow from Cleveland, and for that we can all be grateful.
     The most disturbing thing about the republiKKKan Nazi party is how they tie religion to their political agenda of hate and intolerance. This is always a dangerous combination. Just ask the people of Turkey who are seeing their rights taken away by a rush of religious fervor masquerading as politics.
     People who will throw away their freedom in order to please what they thing some imaginary being wants all need to be psychologically examined. They are dangerous because they are never satisfied with living their own lives according to whatever religious sect they belong to demands of them, they want to take the freedom of everyone else away to live as they choose. The religious aspect simply makes them more fervent about doing so.
     Religion is a MINDFUCK, or a cancer, on the world. For all the talk we hear of freedom, there is always as much, if not more, talk about pleasing this god or that god. I find it interesting that for all the talk of “peace and love” that those who profess to be so damned holy are some of the most hateful, ignorant and intolerant people on the planet because their god tells them to be that way.
The whole “hate the sin but love the sinner” BULLSHIT would make Orwell proud.
     If we are ever to move forward as a people, the human race, on this planet, it will be because we reject religion in all its forms. Morality isnt based on religion, religion usues morality and then tries to justify itself as the source of that morality. This is because religion is a human construct, and as such it is subject to close examination because it historically has been used to justify hatred and oppression.

Turkey: State of emergency must not roll back human rights | Amnesty International

President Erdogan’s announcement of the imposition of a state of emergency must not pave the way for a roll-back in human rights or be used as a pretext to further clamp down on freedom of expression and protections against arbitrary detention and torture, said Amnesty International today.

Source: Turkey: State of emergency must not roll back human rights | Amnesty International