It’s really interesting to me how the entire flavor and texture of life can change simply by changing the ways in which we engage ourselves in it. Just by writing in this blog again I feel so many parts of myself are opening up in other parts of my life, and I feel like my mind and senses are getting sharpened.
I’ve started working alot in the garden of my 6-person collective house. We’ve been tearing up weeds and digging some paths and then laying down bricks and gravel to make them pretty. Yesterday I helped install a low fence made out of old bicycle wheels dug halfway into the ground. I’m also renovating our greywater system, which recycles shower water through series of sand filters, into a small bathtub pond which then filters the water more, until it is ready to go through a hose and water the garden. It’s neat. Also I’m talking with my housemates more, eating better, being better with email correspondence (including writing to some old friends). I’m applying to grad school to get my master’s in teaching (maybe). I’m more focused at work (sometimes). And I’m more present with my friends, family, housemates, and partner. This blog is some kind of amazing medicine for me. And it’s an addiction. I come home from work and I just want to write in it, but then I stop myself because I realize that I would just be writing about work all the time. So it’s better to pause, think, and wait before I just write whatever.
So, now for some random things I learned today:
-Just read Seymour Hersh’s new article (look, I can do links now, thanks Dave!) in the New Yorker about the administrations shifting foreign policy in the Middle East. Damn. So it looks like we’re covertly siding with Sunnis in order to contain the Shiites, to the point of financing radical Sunnis (like Al Quaeda allies???) to attack Hezbollah, etc…all of this running without congressional knowledge through the Vice Presidents office? Wow! Now that’s sinister!
-Today the socialist president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa (remember, I like this guy), ordered the military to make itself useful by providing for the public good, in an emergency order to build and repair the highway system, using the money that was slated to be used to pay the foreign debt. This is important for two reasons: 1) Because Correa is making good on his promise to prioritize the “social debt” of the country over the foreign debt, and 2) Because Correa is playing like Chavez in trying to integrate the military into a protagonistic, civil role in the transformational process. Very, very smart. Arbenz and Allende fell not solely for lack of military support, but it was part of it, so this is good stuff. By the way, Correa also has insisted on having a woman as the defense minister. Even after the first one was killed in a plane crash, he made sure that her replacement would be a woman. ALSO, he refused to allow anyone call his wife the first lady (primera dama), because he says it is sexist.
-There is an article here about Chavez and his environmental projects. It’s a bit propagandistic, though I tend to like Eva Golinger’s writing. This is a bit much, considering that there are still major critiques to be made of the Venezuelan governments oil projects, industrial projects, and ambitious pipeline projects. Some more perspective, please, Eva.
-Didn’t play any Star Chamber today. I was too tired from work to concentrate. Plus it’s more fun to read the news on the internet.
-Watched the Oscar-winning Melissa Ethridge song on you tube…and I just started crying all over the place. That would be a longer blog post to explain why (the last post can give you an idea, I think). This world is just so, so beautiful and we deserve so, so much better. Does global social transformation really need to be so hard?
Darn you power elite for always being such sticks in the mud!