Wonderment

Wonderment #1

Water rushes, tickling feet with sand.
Gilgamesh relaxes by the sea.
Purple Echinacea sends a cone into rain.
Chopin laughs and strokes his polonaise.
A beetle digs the desert, over oil.
Chang sung-up daubs a mystery in ink.

Water trickles down a granite wall.
Lao-Tsu hikes through summer’s offerings.
Yellow lilies waver in the wind.
Tasman lacquers the last board of his keel.
Crystals mingle with Icelandic ash.
Lodi licks his chops, nudge-nudge, wink-wink.

Water batters barns from red to gray.
Burck paints Frida as Leipzig hums along.
Canandaigua feels the White Snake’s breath.
Handsome Lake enjoys a drive-in movie.
Sesame rice lands in a wooden bowl.
Africa snaps a twig and starts to think.

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Genocide, Slavery, Greed, Copyright 2002, Doug Stuber

Genocide, Slavery, Greed

We cry for the slavery that led to such wealth,
This is not just the land of the free.
We witness genocide all over this earth,
What can we do to end greed?

We cry for the land full of modified crops
We must work to save human life.
What will our grandchildren have to live through
Since our appetite causes such strife?

The oil wars that started a decade ago
Have moved toward the Caspian Sea.
We are the dissidents, loud, without fear,
Even if we are cut at the knees.

We cry for the news they keep off TV,
The grapevine could snap any day.
Disinformation is the age we live in
So who’s going to show us the way?

The answer is simple, we grow as a team,
A new brotherhood in the light.
We must build the village, invite all your friends
This is no time to give up the fight!

They have all the bombs, the juntas abound,
Monsanto is spraying the poor.
We must dig our hands into arable land
Or genetics will foul every spore.

Profit mongers have sucked the earth dry,
We must reclaim all that we can.
Industrial China, the last frontier,
Soon money will own every man.

The kids on the streets are locked-down together,
Push a bike and you could get ten years!
All this is forced because we stopped caring,
Yet some offer blood, sweat and tears.

We couldn’t stop bosses from shipping our jobs,
The replacement is for-profit jails.
Our schools are rotting, so teach if you can,
Where it counts, not Harvard or Yale.

The time is upon us, united as friends
We can make anything grow.
Come join the party, sing and dance all the day,
But tomorrow we get out the vote.

We cry for the genocide, slavery, greed
That persists after thousands of years.
It’s late, but there’s time if we really work hard
We can stop the torrent of tears.

 

2002 Doug Stuber

Genocide Slavery Greed, Copyright 2002, Doug Stuber

I don’t usually rhyme. This one just flowed out that way.

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Genocide, Slavery, Greed

We cry for the slavery that led to such wealth,
This is not just the land of the free.
We witness genocide all over this earth,
What can we do to end greed?

We cry for the land full of modified crops
We must work to save human life.
What will our grandchildren have to live through
Since our appetite causes such strife?

The oil wars that started a decade ago
Have moved toward the Caspian Sea.
We are the dissidents, loud, without fear,
Even if we are cut at the knees.

We cry for the news they keep off TV,
The grapevine could snap any day.
Disinformation is the age we live in
So who’s going to show us the way?

The answer is simple, we grow as a team,
A new brotherhood in the light.
We must build the village, invite all your friends
This…

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Bombs Away, Copyright 2002 Doug Stuber

Bombs Away!

A plane that veered off over Cleveland
Still had a one-hour flight,
Before smashing into the building
That has caused the world so much fright.

The air force stood still at Andrews
It is clear they had plenty of time.
The plane hit a segment near-vacant.
Can you solve this riddle in rhyme?

Unocal wanted a pipeline
To run from the Caspian Sea.
Their man is our new Afghan envoy,
We call this diplomacy.

We’ve scrambled jets to bomb the line
Who cares about collateral death?
Our heinous command favors profits
No matter on whom we tread.

Our bombs have cleared the bedrock,
Soon oil will flow through the land.
Our soldiers will stay to protect it,
New sticker: “Free Afghanistan.”

But this place is not like Tibet,
It’s not China that we have to sway.
This time the task is much harder
We must teach ourselves to obey.

Already we’ve gone from a surplus
To $200 Billion in debt.
But somehow this stooge asks for tax cuts,
Increased defense is a sure bet.

What’s wrong with mass transportation?
Or small cars: NO MORE SUVs!?
Oh yeah, that might hurt the profits
Of Exxon, Mobil, BP!

Before the planes hit the buildings
The pilots caroused the Las Vegas Strip.
Does this seem like holy Muslims,
Or agents out to get their last kicks?

You may say I’m some type of cynic,
But our track record is clear.
If you stand in the way of our oil-men
There will be plenty to fear.

Uganda, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Know how deadly this game can be.
Economies crumble below us,
Soon, we will fight to be free.

History holds many lessons,
Those in power fall from their greed.
We are not very good Christians:
We always take more than we need.

The rich get their education,
The rest of us learn for ourselves,
That for-profit domination
Soon leads to a permanent hell.

Genocide Slavery Greed, Copyright 2002, Doug Stuber

Genocide, Slavery, Greed

We cry for the slavery that led to such wealth,
This is not just the land of the free.
We witness genocide all over this earth,
What can we do to end greed?

We cry for the land full of modified crops
We must work to save human life.
What will our grandchildren have to live through
Since our appetite causes such strife?

The oil wars that started a decade ago
Have moved toward the Caspian Sea.
We are the dissidents, loud, without fear,
Even if we are cut at the knees.

We cry for the news they keep off TV,
The grapevine could snap any day.
Disinformation is the age we live in
So who’s going to show us the way?

The answer is simple, we grow as a team,
A new brotherhood in the light.
We must build the village, invite all your friends
This is no time to give up the fight!

They have all the bombs, the juntas abound,
Monsanto is spraying the poor.
We must dig our hands into arable land
Or genetics will foul every spore.

Profit mongers have sucked the earth dry,
We must reclaim all that we can.
Industrial China, the last frontier,
Soon money will own every man.

The kids on the streets are locked-down together,
Push a bike and you could get ten years!
All this is forced because we stopped caring,
Yet some offer blood, sweat and tears.

We couldn’t stop bosses from shipping our jobs,
The replacement is for-profit jails.
Our schools are rotting, so teach if you can,
Where it counts, not Harvard or Yale.

The time is upon us, united as friends
We can make anything grow.
Come join the party, sing and dance all the day,
But tomorrow we get out the vote.

We cry for the genocide, slavery, greed
That persists after thousands of years.
It’s late, but there’s time if we really work hard
We can stop the torrent of tears.

 

2002 Doug Stuber

Broken Humans Mend

Broken humans mend
as yang-tilted earth erupts
in war after war.
Grapes, resembling testicles
bunch on a

plate as she,
channeled, returns to
proselytize that all
I have to do is
pray, and life will be

good, not only in
my heart, but those around me,
if I can ignore
all the bad, let it flow by,
make myself

better, stop
crying, worry no
more about my son’s
future, reach for my
dreams, and chant.  Of course

this will work
as long as I don’t mind a
life made by,
for and of others.
If I could focus

on just me
and fix my heart, and find a
happy life
no matter where or
how, but by God, now.

And here’s the chant you are supposed to repeat a ton of times a day:

Mu il mu sang

yeong sang beop bul

sin in hap il

chun bu gyeong

Follow Your Dreams

My family lived in the Haudenosaunee “Chosen Place” in the summer. It is called Canandaigua. In that place many tales from the past continued. The tale of the Great White Snake, the Tales of Handsome Lake, the spiritual leader who preached a way for Natives and Europeans to get along, and some of the rules that were sacred to the Native Americans the French labeled Iroquois.

One rule was that all major decisions were “tossed across the fire” until everyone agreed that the right decision was made. It meant that a 12-year-old, lacrosse-playing novice could be the lone hold out about a major decision, and until his mind was swayed, the decision was on hold. This type of consensus may be impossible in today’s “democracy” but what’s going on in democracy in the USA is a long way from the Federalist Papers idea of democracy.

The US System of government, was, in fact modeled after the Iroquois version, in which tribes, clans and individuals could petition the decisions.

It’s been a long time since citizen Ralph Nader or anyone else, like Mr. Brady (see failed anti-gun legislation) was taken seriously by government, if their proposals meant even the slightest less profit, and even the slightest more sharing of wealth, or preserving the environment, or bringing back mass transportation in the 70 cities in which GM, Firestone and Standard Oil conspired to buy up the local trains and replace them with busses (eventually of course, cars became the nearly exclusive transportation vehicles.)

Nader’s Environmental Protection Agency has become a politicized laboratory doing testing on animals. Ooops.

1) FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS : there was only one crime I know of that was punished by banishment from a tribe (a de facto death penalty) back in the day. And that was against those who failed to follow their dreams. Compare this to today’s corporate culture in which following your dreams (except in the most enlightened places) is pretty much disallowed. Why was this so important? Because those who do NOT follow their dreams become a drain on society. They are bitter, angry and maybe even become insane when their dreams are denied. And why would one deny their dreams in a culture that hardly had money at all? Who knows, maybe for love. Maybe they fell in love with someone who INSISTS that they follow not their own dream, but their lover’s dream. Well both could get kicked out then I guess.

We live in a time when form the first day of elementary school, students are taught to pass a test. A test developed by corporations who need people to think the way they do. And that means, be greedy, work for the profit on ONLY their company, do little to help others outside the company, etc. Which university you get into depends on how well you follow the edicts of THE CORPORATIONS’ tests, and then which university you graduate from has a lot to do with where you will work. and in the USA not even 30% of the people have a bachelor’s degree. And their job prospects have dimmed considerably since so many skilled and non skilled labor jobs have been shipped to low-paying countries, like China.

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2) Making love is the highest homage to God. This is because to make a baby completes the Creators dream of seeing how well human beings will do with the earth he has given us. Oh? Then at least we are not doing very well. Unlike the Christians, who profited immensely by killing Islamists in the Crusades, and then quite a bit more so by creating genocide in North and South America (3000 cultures were wiped out, and many of the languages are gone now too) who felt that love making was not a holy experience (unless I guess you want to count the Catholic Priests who must believe homosexual rape of choir boys is holy, but since no baby-making is likely, then NO THIS IS NOT HOLY).

3) Make everyone in the tribe feel that their contribution is the MOST important thing for the tribe. The chief used to visit the lacrosse-stick makers every day. These wee people who maybe were not as smart, but gifted with their hands. Maybe not warrior material, but so so so important to the tribe. Without those sticks, how could men train for war? without being ready for war, who knows when the next Mohawk attack could come. (Of Course the Peacemaker, a Huron, once came into Haudenosaunee lands and convince the five tribes, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onandaga and Seneca, to create a peace, which they did, and it lasted 3500 years apparently).

So, when everyone feels like their contribution is equal and very important, they are happy.

4) Grow beans corn and squash.

5) Never hide anything from children. Let them play and find out about nature on their own. They will learn what they need to learn by asking elders and by observing. Do not force one way of thinking on anyone.

6) Always learn from those who live life a different way. This is how the Natives were predisposed to helping the White Folks who showed up and would have certainly perished in the early winters.– hence Thanksgiving. Some thanks the tribes got later on.

So, when you have a friend or meet someone who goes through life acting like a fool, take the time to find out WHY they are acting like a fool. You may soon realize they have a good reason for acting like a fool, and it may cause you to be more foolish yourself. Well, nothing like a fool to brighten up a meeting.

7) Always gives thanks to the creator when eating another animal or even dandelion leaves. THANKSGIVING for what we have. Without this, some will take advantage of this earth for their own profit.

8) People over profit.

9) Everything is its own God.  The Creator gave each living thing, from a blade of grass to a human being, innate abilities to thrive, not thrive, or perish.  If one Oak tree grows higher than another, it is a sign that the tree wanted to get more out of life, thus no two things are the same.  This principle is vital to understanding Haudenosaunee culture, and that of many Native American tribes.  If each thing has been given certain powers, some limited, others vast, then it is up to the individual to make the most of what the Creator gave them, and this leads to more principles.

10) Do not rely on others to solve your problems. Doing so is an afront to the Creator, and creates problems for the tribe.  In certain situations of course, there must be a team effort to make the best of a bad problem.

11) Delight in the idiosyncrasies of others.  Instead of being judgmental (we’ll leave that to the Creator) learn form the different ways people live their lives.  Their is no reason to belittle someone just because they go through life a different way.  In fact, delighting in, finding humor in, and learning from other people’s ways only increases your ability to follow your dreams.  Having met an unusual person, you may realize that parts of their ways would improve your own way of doing things.

 

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Micro-Dust Bowl Copyright 2014 Doug Stuber

Micro-Dust Bowl

Micro-dust flies in the breeze,
A consistent spring reminder
That if you are to fall in love,
You must look hard to find her.

She will be smart, and don a mask
To prevent malicious thyroid cancer,
But you do not have to google far
To ask well or find the answer.

In case, by now, you didn’t know,
We’ve polluted ourselves to death.
Extinction beckons like a nymph
On a double-dose of meth.

So frolic as dioxide
Expands your mucus membranes.
Duck into a room when your mouth
Explodes its blood and phlegm stains.

It only took four decades
To turn paradise to dust
Or floods. So many never parent
Children, afraid of what may or must

Be the brave and lonely road
That, though scorched, lies ahead.
If only we could turn back greed
To rid this nightmare’s dread.

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12 Koreans Murdered in Philippines

“Philippines Unsafe For Koreans” was a recent headline in the Korean
Times. The story went on to point out that 12 Koreans have been
murdered in the Philippines this year. It said the Koreans love to go
to the Philipppines to retire, to go to “school,” although one wonders
which subject is favored most among Korean high schol and university
students ostensibly learning English and other academic areas, to pay for “romance,” and to meet, for the first time, a new wife purchased on the internet.

Isn’t it reasonable to guess that Koreans in the Philippines also 1)
find “romance” of the non-paid variety in Manila, or Cebu or Bohol, and having found such
romance, also father children? Isn’t it possbile that some visitors
actually pay for romance? Isn’t it possbile that the local reaction
to this wave of love is not so positive?

It’s also an unproven rumor that rival Korean gangs hire Filipinos to create crimes and that the implication that some of these deaths may be deaths-by-hired-hands is another one of those hidden rumors that rarely come out, but there they were in the Korean Times.  If this is true then the true story behind the murders may have nothing to do with one culture not liking another. It may simply be another case of one culture hiring another.  In general the place that has the more money hires people form the countries that have less for the simple reason of saving money.  (See Globalization and Free Trade Blogs, right here, and elsewhere).

But before we suggest anything without digging to find the facts,
let’s look at how Pinoy workers and wives fare in Korea. Here I know
a lot of facts, as the cultural similarities between the Philippines
and the USA are closer than Korea and the USA after working hours, and I’ve made a lot of friends here that are fun-loving Pinoy.

No names of course, but each and every one of these stories, except
the imported wife that is dead, came from the people themselves.
These stories are ALL about Filipinos’ experiences in Korea. First, why won’t Korean women marry men of lessser means, even if they come from lesser means? How many Korean women must, thusly, end up unmarried due to pickiness?
Story 1) a woman is stabbed to death 60+ times. Her baby receives 30
stab wounds and also dies. This was in Daecheon. The police never
suspected the Korean husband but blamed the murders on a “passing
drug addict.” The problem with this story, for me, is that there are
not many transcient drug addicts in Korea, no less Daecheon, and that
drug addicts need what? MONEY. So, there is a chance that if they
can’t rob or steal money from a potential victim, they will move on
and steal money from someone else. There is also a chance a drug
addict could kill someone for money. But 90 stab wounds? Even an
amateur detective might make a case that only someone ENRAGED at the
victims could stab them that many times.

Sheer speculation: but what if the Pinay wife had a hard time
learning Korean? What if she was talking to the child in Takalog all
the time? Or if she had a hard time with her husband’s mother?

The myth is that wives from China, Vietnam or the Philipines, who are
in Korea mostly to make a better life for their children, marry
farmers. I personally know a lady from China married to an artist, a PInay
lady married to a banker (ok he’s older) and a factory working mom who
married a 40+ year-old who had never worked a day in his life.

Story 2) A labor leader among Pinay factory working men in
Joellanamdo made everyone aware of a new rule effecting factory
workers form overseas. Previously the governments of the Philippines
and Korea had an agreement that a worker’s contribution into the pension system could be taken as a lump sum once the workers time (often limited to five years) was up in Korea. This can be an awful lot of money in Philippine terms, and helped workers start profitable businesses once they returned home. But this was taken away, and the money earned by workers now gets sent to the famously coirruipt Philippine government and they “promise” to pay to the workers when they turn 65. This small change hurt those who work theDDD jobs that Koreans don’t want to do. Many were counting on that
money. Many have been injured or killed working such jobs…but that
doesn’t always make the news in Korea.

So we have two stories about how Filipinos are treated in Korea. But
we should have more to get a better picture. I mean maybe the stories
from Korea have skewed Filipino’s opinions about Koreans. Koreans, in
my six year experience have been welcoming, non-judgmental, fun-loving
and hard working. But I am a professor, so maybe this has some
advantage the wives and workers from outside Korea who are not
educators don’t have.

Story 3) A Pinay wife has two children with a man who lives at home,
and due to a disease, does not work. He has found work since, perhaps
inspired by his wife. But before she was allowed to work outside the
house (it took years for the husband’s family to relaize her
university degree meant she could work at a Hagwan) she was not
allowed to leave the house even one step into fresh air except to go
grocery shopping with her mother in law. She was geographically
enslaved, worked hard at the family’s business, and raised two
children fully in Korean, as expected. She was also yelled at, had
furniture broken over her head and back, had a husband addicted to PC Games, and inattentive to his own children, and, and, and… she finally ended up in 60-70 hour factory work, on top of 100% of the work at home, while the
husband, who has had jobs on and off, remains aloof.

Story 4) A Pinay woman has three children with her Korean husband and
is beaten nearly to death. She never explained why, but the
photographs from the hospital were so freightening that her husband
never showed up in court for the divorce proceedings. But he was
never imprisoned either.

Story 5)  A very young Pinay lady marries a man twice her age, but close to three times her age.  They have two children.  He is rich, and living in Seoul.  Well, kind of living in Seoul.  After a few years he disappears, and visits his own house about one or two days a month.  Otherwise the mom has an allowance, and has her children, and, well, that’s one of the BEST stories of multi-cultural arranged, or purchased marriages I can find, when the wives are purchased from overseas.

We have to look closely at just how similar these cases are to
slavery. Let’s face it, then men PAID for these baby-producing wives,
and as such, might easily see them as property. And when property is
not living up to expectatoins, property could be mistrteated (note the
movie of the year “12 Years a Slave” for more examples).

Of course, I am repulsed by the agencies that display women on the
internet that can be bought as wives. But this is a result of a world
economy so out-of-kilter that extreme wealth and poverty rarely live
side-by-side anymore. A world in which, in Europe the rich are
downtown and the poor in the suburbs, and in the USA, the poor are
downtown and the rich are in the suburbs, and in Asia, the
mega-rich build towering condo buildings heading out Airport Road in
Beijing, while the poor huddle in Hwa Wei and sell antiques, but still
have midnight dances on the streets. I mean waltzes and all ages.

The financially disadvantaged DO KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN, because they’ve
earned it, but when the rich take advantage of the poor, not just in
factories, but as wives…not just with farm subsidies that make it
impossible for South America or Africa to compete with agricultural
products, not just by having the IMF sink their economies to make the
world safe for American industrialists (by creating 50 to 70%
unemployment, and then moving factories in, and then passing free
trade agreements so the products are not taxed as they flow to
countries that can afford them, even with their 5000% mark-ups from
cost — see Nike sneakers built in Indonesia, please go see that in
process Michael Jordan as you promised you would for years). Yes go
Michael “$40 million a year in advertising endorsements” Jordan, or
not, just play golf and smile.

So I’m not blaming ANYONE for trying to make a better life for their
children, but when Koreans get murdered in the Pihlippines, we should
know what might be motivating such attacks, not just report about the
attacks to warn Koreans. Heck, many will retire, vacation and “find
romance” in the Philipines, due to how far the Won goes there, or Thailand and anywhere else in the world where impoverished victims of globalization turn to selling themselves. Oh it happens everywhere. Not to pick on Asia, the USA and Europe are replete with drug addicts, many of whom started in on drugs when no one would hire them.

My hometown, Gwangju, is literally chock full of romance come spring
time. Most is the normal boy-meets girl, they fall in love, they start
a relationship, and after graduating and starting careers, they get
married.

The city is preparing for the Univisiade in which many university
students will come to Gwangju to participate in sports. It’s going to
be great. These visitors are not at all having to submit to harsh
jobs or harsh treatment to experience a great time in Gwangju.

But before we welcome them (are there enough rooms in town for all of
them to stay?) we should stop and welcome the many foreigners who are
already here. More opportunities for Koreans to befriend
Internaotinal residents should be set up. Once a year, in October,
there is an “International Day” but not enough Koreans build
friendships off of that day.

Since, reportedly, about 20% of all marriages in Korea in 2013 were
multi-cultural, it is high time more Koreans actually spend their free
time having fun and socializing with international residents. Since
Korea is becoming more and more muilti-cultural, it makes sense that
if Koreans are friends with their foreign neighbors, the society will
function better, and with less crime. If a Pinay or Vietnamese or
Chinese wife and her husband have a lot of Korean friends, then the
chances for abuse go down. Proof is in The Netherlands, which has a significant Morrocan populaiotn that has nevcer been assimilated. ANd has been causing problems, like the murder of Van Gogh’s Grand nephew, for decades now.

The Gwangju International Center offers all types of events, including
a Saturday talk at 3pm, a book Club, a Vietnamese class, Korean
language classes, and art gallery, a library and many chances for
Koreans to get to know how nice their ex-patriot neighbors are. Hope
to see you there soon. Saturday at 3pm is the best time for sure.

Many multicultural marriages happen when foreign educators marry Korean wives or husbands.  These are wholly different, far less often end in divorce, and rarely have any abuse involved.  This might be a foreign lady and Korean man (15%-20%) or a foreign man and a Korean lady.  At least two of these around Gwangju found the couple moving to the westerners home country.  In other cases, the westerner is able to enjoy the good life i Gwangju due to excellent pay and low rent.  These couples may live in Gwangju the rest of their lives, and have famously formed an “F-1 Visa Club” that helps folks find extra work, has picnics and enjoys free time as “extended family time.”

The Successes and Failures of Barack Obama

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Successes and failures of Barack Obama

Success #1, he beat Hillary Clinton in the Primaries before the 2008 US Presidential elections to become the Democrat Party Nominee. He did this with 62% of his campaign funding in the primary stage coming from registered Republicans. He succeeded again in defeating John McCain and his ill-thought-out running mate Sarah Palin. This pick was as if McCain did not want to win. Success #2.

But the pick was not nearly as disturbing as Barack Obama’s pick of Joseph Biden. Why? Because Biden had been the MOST pro-War democrat in the house Foreign Affairs Committee ever. And he led that committee to steer votes in favor of huge military overspending and unwise and unnecessary wars throughout his career.

Failure 1) (F-1)Obama ran on a platform of “We’re Going To Change Washington” and he not only failed to change Washington, in most cases he did…

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How to Live a Happy Life Outside Globalization

How to live a happy life outside Globalization

Admittedly I have not achieved this goal in full, but as a professor, journalist, artist, musician and poet, I try to put on a good show that educates, entertains, and thrives while contributing as little as possible to the profit-lords that control the lives of so many, for the benefit of themselves only.

1) Try to pay as little taxes as possible. Especially in the USA, where tax money is NOT used to pay down the national debt, but used for further wars that benefit precious few, and outstrip the government’s ability to collect taxes, sometimes at a five to one ratio or more. Not paying taxes is easy, if you can live with being poor, or work abroad.
2) Don’t use fuel, use less fuel, save energy for those important ones: your children. Indeed we may not ever run out of energy if the price of oil stays high enough to afford the oil companies a profit on things as complicated to refine as Canadian sand oil. At over $100 per barrel (say $4.00 per gallon in terms of gasoline) profits can be made, hence the Albertan and other sand oil fields are already owned by profit mongers who intend on stripping more of the earth-that-was, in order to create a driver-happy earth-that-is. And the earth that is: it is so full of pollution it would bore you to tears just to list it all.
3) Protect and enhance the lives of wage-slaves and their families at all times. Volunteer.
4) Teach the illiterate how to read. This will be rewarding beyond anything outside child rearing. Literacy councils, and the like are almost everywhere, and they need our help.
5) Teach those who are incarcerated.
6) Befriend an inmate on death row. Some are not guilty.
7) Grow your own food if possible. In Durham, NC, a program called SEEDS allows urban dwellers to have a vegetable garden. The movement of food takes up over 20% of the fuel used every year. The average food item eaten in the USA moves over 1,500 miles to get to our plates. Stopping this absurdity would do great good. Join a food co-operative, and eat non-GMO foods. By this I DO NOT MEAN Whole Foods, who has worked tirelessly and kicked in millions of legislative bribe money to assure that GMO laws will not be passed at a national level. My guess is they will fight GMO labeling state by state now that states are taking up the charge the USA government should have had in place from the get go.
8) Instead, if possible, join the type of farm co-ops that deliver boxes of food once a month, and you pay a monthly fee. The vegetables change with the seasons, but in mid-Atlantic states (I live in North Carolina) you can get a box ten months a year, and it makes cooking fun, as new veggies you’ve never tried show up sometimes.
9) GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms, not only wipe out neighboring organic farms, as the pernicious seeds made by Dow, Monsanto, and others fly in via wind and birds and who knows, and then take over fields. As you know, those farmers who are found to have Monsanto products without paying for them (or wanting them, frankly) are often sued for stealing seed and put out of business unless they are very rich farmers who can fend off Monsanto and others.
10) List of products with GMOs can be found here:
http://thegoldenlightchannel.com/gmo-food-list-to-avoid-monsanto-companies-the-dangers-of-gmo-food/
11) The above web site also provides this:
Doctors Warn About Dangers of
Genetically Modified Food
(NaturalNews) The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has warned that the public should avoid genetically modified (GM) foods, stating, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation.”
A large number of studies and incidents have implicated GM foods in a wide variety of health problems, including accelerated aging, immune dysfunction, insulin disorders, organ damage and reproductive disruption.
For more info, go to: http://www.naturalnews.com/035734_GMOs_foods_dangers.html

12) Then there’s this list of products that don’t contain GMOs:
13) http://www.fhfn.org/over-400-companies-providing-gmo-free-products/
The problem with the above list is right off the top it lists 365. This is Whole Foods brand name, and MANY of their products under the 365 label do, in fact have GMOs. Recent testing showed that 67% of food sold in Whole Foods can be found to have GMOs, which is EXACTLY why they don’t want GMO labeling. In Europe GMO labeling started nearly as soon as the products hit the shelves, and the result has been predictable. Europeans do not buy foods with GMOs, and companies generally stopped trying to sell them there as they were losing money at it.
14) Fully 59% of the United States farmland is growing GMO crops. These crops are patented, and famously DO NOT PRODUCE seeds that can be used for next year’s planting. For thousands of years farmers have collected seeds for the next year, of course. But now farmers, once infected by GMO crops, have to BUY SEEDS every year. A much higher percentage of farmland in India is full of GMOs, and the US Department of Agriculture has been aggressively trying to get African farms full-up with this junk. Here’s the part that’s scariest, even more scary than the reproductive damage and  cancer problems, that occur in laboratory animals, etc.: by controlling who gets to buy seeds, Dow, Monsanto and others can easily control the world’s population merely by NOT selling seeds to say African or Indian farmers.
15) Indian farmers: Since the onslaught of GMOs, over 54,000 farmers have committed suicide. Why? Well, imagine how poor a farmer in India might be, considering that food had better not cost much in India, or even more will be starving. Now take into account the horrors of farmers bankrupted by the GMO goons.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/03/201332813553729250.html

16) Try to go solar. Of course many states still offer amazing savings and tax write-offs for converting to solar. If solar is not feasible in your area, see if a windmill would work. The utility companies are one of the longest-standing abuses of the planet. And, as Ralph Nader and others have pointed out, why should humans pay for electricity, television, cellular phone service, once the towers are paid off? Why pay for airwaves? Of course many applications allow free use of the airwaves. Use them.
17) Live and work communally if possible. Urban Communes end up like roommates, but if people would simply LIVE CLOSER TO WORK, and take public transportation or bicycles when possible, a lot of carbon emissions would be reduced.
18) Try to work for a company that is NOT globalized, does NOT use wage slaves outside the US, or INSIDE the US, and definitely does not use PRISON LABOR.
19) Prison labor in the United States. We once got so enraged, as activists, that China used prisoners to make for-profit products (License plates are bad enough). More people need to start local protests about for-profit jails. And protests about the massive profits being made when jails get paid the minimum wage for labor, and then give the detainees such a tiny percentage of the $7.00 per hour. Like 22 cents! Note this web site:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289
Of course this stuff is hard to effectively protest about. It should be added to the list of the next occupy movement, if there ever is one.
20) Tune Out. As John Prine sings: “Eat a lot of peaches, throw away your TV…” Our media, and many around the world, is so packed with propaganda, in so many different forms, all of a sudden reality TV almost seems appealing (except singing shows which have eradicated protest songs from being produced by major labels). Support local musicians who have a conscience. We need about 850,000 Woodie Guthries, 400,000 Pete Seegers, 300,001 Bob Dylans, 300,000 Neil Youngs and 500,000 Billy Braggs to even put a dent in the right-winged lies that most people take as gospel.
21) Dang it the newspaper news, magazine “news” and especially TV news is just all wrong most of the time. Where is the truth? How many Blogs do you have to read, compile and refine in order to get at the truth? How many journalists, like Chris Hedges, still have the balls to investigate wrongdoings? Without those Molly Ivins of the world, the governments are getting away with murder. And wage slavery, and shipping US jobs, and fracking, and Keystone Pipelines, and writing their own laws, and Citizens United, allowing unlimited anonymous donations by corporations.
22) Corporations are not people. This precedent is way overdue to be overturned.
23) Every little step you take to conserve clothes not buy more, every step we take to lend a hand to those who need it, every step you take AWAY from indoctrinating religions (you know who you are), every hour you spend building local resistance to globalization will pay off for your children. Especially since they will see the amount of fun that can be had when MORE TIME is allowed to be with family and friends. Time earned via hard work in the fields, in the candle making, leather-smithing, cobbling, tanning, and outdoor games after school. Me, a luddite? Not at all, just saying that the more fun and work we can do close to our homes, the less we feed into the top 2% that control so many lives already.

More Spring Haiku, Copyright 2014, Doug Stuber

OK a bit abstract, the two ninety degree turns were turns of a cake box the new employee was watching the master accomplish

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Expressionist clouds
add no contrast in spring dust,
your dreams are not theirs.

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Two ninety degree turns as
novice looks
determine expert
status as the day’s
batch of cakes arrive

at Paris Baguette,
the one place
sanctuary is
assured. Sweets and coffee now
qualify

as satisfying respite.
Three Ficus
emit oxygen.
Apron-boy follows
his leader without

doing anything.
Large doses
flow in sugar fiends:
make such luxury jobs a
common sight

in post-war,
post-colonial Gwangju.
Han River,
miraculous, gives
a free life to young

dreamers: three
times more creative pursuits,
eight times more
cars, and micro-dust
suffocating us.

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Peninsula Blues, Copyright 2014, Doug Stuber

Peninsula Blues

The sprouting foam that rises above the sea
Is not from waves hitting rocks,
But practice rounds, artillery
In spring, as in the past, they do not shock

The citizens of the south, even though it means
The north may soon launch a real one.
But the US builds the hill of beans:
War games supersede a chance to heal some.

Again the cease fire turns from history to news
But why do we insist on playing here?
A better game, out on Pacific blue
Would not cause the north to fear.

One day maybe all will understand
Who the real provocateurs remain.
For now the splashes reach the sand
Unlike spring flowers so contained.

But what if one year some maniac responds
With something more than minor mortar fire?
Now culture, language, Gaesong’s iffy bonds
Do not assure that days both dark and dire

Will not return to tear this place apart.
Because there’s money to be made on war
And humans who still have a feeling heart
Simply do not matter any more.

More Spring Haiku, Copyright 2014, Doug Stuber

Expressionist clouds
add no contrast in spring dust,
your dreams are not their’s.

><><><><><

Two ninety degree turns as
novice looks
determine expert
status as the day’s
batch of cakes arrive

at Paris Baguette,
the one place
sanctuary is
assured. Sweets and coffee now
qualify

as satisfying respite.
Three Ficus
emit oxygen.
Apron-boy follows
his leader without

doing anything.
Large doses
flow in sugar fiends:
make such luxury jobs a
common sight

in post-war,
post-colonial Gwangju.
Han River,
miraculous, gives
a free life to young

dreamers: three
times more creative pursuits,
eight times more
cars, and micro-dust
suffocating us.