I like this ad because it speaks to the bigger picture and not just who will be in the White House in 2012. We, as the middle class, need to find a way to walk back the policies that have been introduced gradually during the last forty years but to be honest by both sides of the political spectrum. Perhaps in the beginning the favoritism of the global corporation over the middle class interests was due to lack of foresight, but after the huge paydays the upper echelons reaped because of these policies, there was no turning back and the policies were knowingly adopted to keep the rich, richer at the expense of the middle class as a whole. We need to change campaign financing, kill Citizens United, bring back all the financial regulations from the New Deal era, eliminate any tax credit for outsourcing jobs, manufacturing gets number one priority, unions all around stop being punished for every imagined slight, public education gets priority and the list goes on. I think that we are going to see more and more progressive groups protesting and organizing, who knows we might have our own amber revolution?
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How are we the American public supposed to interpret this? Let’s see if I get this correct. Not only are a few Attorney Generals being pressured by the government to accept a settlement from the banks instead of going after them and finally achieving what should have happened at the outset, a loud crystal clear judicial condemnation of what the banks had done and thus would never be able to do it again, Matt Taibbi reported that the S.E.C had shredded thousands of documents showing Wall Street’s fraud and the Fed secretly lent the banks 1.2 trillion or is it billion, I can’t remember but it’s a lot of zeroes. What am I supposed to do with this information? I can’t vote them out. It’s in the “news”, contact my senator and my house rep’s, that will accomplish nothing. The lawmakers have decided that austerity for the rest of us is okay and supposedly it will get the economy back on track. They must think that we are dundeheads, because once you know about the arrogance and criminality of Wall Street, how can you believe that austerity is the answer. Why didn’t austerity apply to Wall Street and the big banks?
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I am too aware that I’m supposed to think of nothing. I can feel my eyelids fluttering, I can also feel my mind in my brain, if that makes any sense. Thinking of nothing is really hard. I could try to take a nap but that won’t work because I often think myself to sleep. Forget about the dream state, I often wake up feeling exhausted from all the dreaming I engage in during the nocturnal hours.
I used to do yoga once a week and at the end our, practitioner would lead us through a relaxing meditative state, and that would be the closest to nothing my mind will probably ever find. I would often drift away to sleep without knowing. Being woken up by the movement of people getting ready to leave was always unsettling, I always felt abruptly plucked out of a safe place. I know that I should get back to yoga, it is a fantastic gift to oneself. In terms of mind, body and spiritual exercise, I can’t think of anything that compares. I’m not going to nag myself, but perhaps during the winter, I’ll start again and bring my daughter with me, she has expressed an interest and it would be a nice bonding experience for the both of us.
My experience with thinking of nothing being so limited, makes me wonder about how necessary is it for one to think of nothing? Is it a good exercise for your brain/mind to be able to turn off and rest your mind almost completely? Steve Colbert is a wonderful political humorist, who features many authors at the end of his show. You can find his program on Comedy Central at 11:30 p.m. He had a guest, a neuroscientist, who had written a book about the brain and all the different parts of your subconscious that battle it out everyday, it was fascinating. His research shows that your mind/brain is never off. They didn’t broach the practice of meditation, they were more or less engaged in a battle of wits regarding the mind and whet my appetite to learn more. If I have the time, I will endeavor to get a copy and let you know if thinking of nothing is truly possible and if it is, does it do any good?
Right now, I am going to engage in relaxing t.v viewing where my mind will be passively engaged by something and then finally lulled to sleep.