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One Year Ago on My 360 Yahoo Blog — Still Germane   Leave a comment

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Raising Both Affluences and Equality

This entry is a follow-up to the January 30th entry, “Greed and The Stuff We Have,” Greed, Entry for January 30, 2008 in which I encouraged the reader to become familiar with Julian Edney’s series of essays on greed in an effort to explore ways of raising both affluences and equality. Ideas are everything.

Most of the time, questioning creates ideas. As children we seek knowledge through questioning. As humans, we tend to possess a very inquisitive nature. For many of us, as we mature our inquisitiveness becomes less credulous and more skeptical. We become “Gadflies.” Whether you see value in being a gadfly or not, you will find interesting the debate, “The Value of Skepticism: Is Skepticism a Negative or a Positive for Science and Humanity?” – Deepak Chopra v. Michael Shermer.

Michael Shermer is probably today’s best know skeptic. He is founder of The Skeptics Society and editor of its magazine, Skeptic. Recently, Shermer has been writing on evolutionary ecnomics, which explains why irrational financial choices were once rational. His current book, “The Mind of the Market,” and in a recent Scientific American article of the same name, he states, “Just as it is a myth that evolution is driven solely by ‘selfish genes’ and that organisms are exclusively greedy, selfish and competitive, it is a myth that the economy is driven by people who are exclusively greedy, selfish and competitive. The fact is, we are equitably selfish and selfless, cooperative and competitive. There exists in both life and economies mutual struggle and mutual aid. In the main, however, the balance in our nature is heavily on the side of good over evil. Markets are moral, and modern economies are founded on our virtuous nature.”

In January, Michael Shermer discussed his book as part of the Authors@Google series.

Ideas are everything!

kenne

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Greed and The Stuff We Have

Thomas Aquinas said of Greed: “It is a sin directly against one’s neighbor, since one man cannot over-abound in external riches, without another man lacking them… it is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, inasmuch as man contemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things.”

Remember, “…our stuff is somebody else’s shit,” to paraphrase George Carlin. The idea that our stuff is somebody else’s shit is a reflection of our greed, because we have more stuff than ever before.

What Role Does Greed Play in American Life?
Does money determine our friends?
Are we a society long fueled by greed?
Is our economy a “zero-sum” economy?
Does our nation run more on wealth than justice?
Is materialism natural? Is it good?
What is the “language of control?”
Are we marching toward greater inequality?
Is competition good for all?
What is the relationship of greed and global warming?
Is an obsession on growth the reflection of our greed?

If you are seeking to answer these and other similar questions on greed, materialism, environmental pollution can be found in a series of essays on “Greed,” by Julian Edney.

These essays are written in a Thomas Pain style of pamphlets, which he utilized over two hundred years ago to help educate the common man on important issues. Take the time to read them — read them more than once.

Also, take the time to watch the video, “The Story of Stuff,” by Annie Leonard. You will find it very educational in becoming more informed on the results of our behavior.

kenne


Posted February 20, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Commentary, Economy

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360 Revised, Ezra Charles   Leave a comment

 

Ezra Charles & the Works, Entry for May 26, 2006
Joy’s sister Jeri is visiting us and tomorrow night we plan on going to the Corner Pub to see Ezra Charles, so I thought I would revisit a May 26, 2006 posting on my 360.Yahoo blog.
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Photo: A blend of two photos taken May 25, 2006, in the Market Street Park.  More photos can be found in Photos on page one of this site, select Ezra Charles & the Works, 5.25.06, then click Review Photos.    

Ezra Charles Turns Thursday’s “Jazz in the Park” into “Blues in the Park”

What a great change of pace for Market Street Jazz in the Park fans.  The normal sounds of “Smooth Jazz,” which for many is just another name for “elevator music,” came alive with the Ezra Charles and the Works rocking blues.  Ezra, a long-time gulf-coast favorite, wasted no time letting the hundreds of people in the park know they were in for an evening of blues, southeast Texas style, not smooth jazz.  This bluesman also told the audience that he listens to the Sunday blues on 90.1 FM, not Smooth Jazz on 95.7 FM, the major sponsor of the Jazz in the Park series.  Way to go Ezra!  

At first glance, many of the audience looked like deer in the headlights as they began to reprogram their smooth jazz expectations.  It didn’t take long for the music to begin reaching the rhythms in each of us, the depths of our soul.  

After the first song, it may have been obvious to Ezra that most in the audience was hearing him for the first time, he ask for a show of hands.  More hands than not went up and Ezra responded by asking, “Where have you been, under a rock?”  — Never one to hold back what he thinks.  With that, Ezra and the band went into playing some of his new music on the new about to be released CD.  It was clear that this Beaumont product saw the perfect “teaching moment” and spent the next three hours increasing everyone’s knowledge and appreciation of blues music, southeast Texas-style.  

I have had the privilege to hear Ezra on many occasions and have long loved his music and entertaining boogie/piano-style, but this was one of those raw times parallel universes crossed resulting in an evening to remember.  (Ezra’s mother, handling the sell of CDs, ran out for the first time ever.)  You can help create the crossing of parallel universities by taking in live-music in the greater Houston area regularly and inviting a friend.  

If you are interested in learning more about Ezra Charles and the Works, visit  http://www.ezracharles.com/

If you are interested in hearing and seeing soulful-blues at its best, then don’t miss Grady Gaines & the Texas Upsetters, with The Calvin Owens Orchestra opening, next Thursday, 6-9 pm at the “First Thursday Free Concert Series,” Heritage Park in Downtown Conroe.  Tell your friends!
http://www.gradygaines.com/

kenne

Posted February 6, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Blues, Music

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360 Revised, January 29, 2007   2 comments

Hello Darkness, Entry for January 29, 2007, on 360.yahoo.com/kenneturner
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“Darkness”

“Hello, Darkness My Old Friend…”

“Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again,” is a line from the Simon and Garfunkel song that frequently streams through my mind. It is in those moments of darkness that I ponder what it is that continues to influence the way I think, the way I perceive the world in which we live.

“Because a vision softly creeping left its seed, while I was sleeping,” that I look back on the early formative days of my life, a time now that seems as if I was sleeping. But the vision, which became the moral fabric of my spirit and guiding light, was formed.

“And the vision that was planted in my brain still remains within the sound of silence.” A vision built on principles and truths that guide me, which today are preached, only to become somebody else’s lies in the name of freedom. How can we believe in freedom, let support systems that enslave some for the freedom of others? – No one is truly free unless all are free.

“In restless dreams I walk alone, narrow streets of cobblestone” yet I remain restless as I walk through this land of dreams, with its narrow streams of conciseness and watchful eyes.

“I turned my collar to the cold and damp, when my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light,” serving to numb the spirit, only to “…split the night and touch the sound of silence.”

“And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more,” none together, separated by their own silence, giving rise to more lies, cultivated by and for fear.

“People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening,” as the silence only serves to drowned the anguish of the suffering to be replaced by corporate voices. Let, many continue to “…write songs that voices never shared, and no one dared disturb the sound of silence,” in a propaganda system intended to cause people to feel helpless.

“’Fools!’ said I, ‘you do not know, silence like a cancer grows,” in a terminal phase of human existence, where the only cure is democracy and freedom. But for this cure to work, our basic institutions must be under popular control, not that of a privileged controlling class.

“Hear my words that I might teach you, take my arms that I might reach you,” for it is only the people that can impose moral principles on the gods of fear. “But my words like silent raindrops fell… and echoed in the wells of silence. And the people bowed and prayed to the neon gods they make,” to demonstrate commitment to their gladiators, the gods of war.

“And the sign flashed out it’s warning,
In the words that it was forming,
And the sign said,
‘The words of the prophets are written
On the subway walls
And tenement halls.’
And whispered in the sound of silence.”

I apologize for any perceived misuse of the great lyrics from the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Sounds of Silence.”

Today, January 29, 2009, a whisper in the sound of silence was heard — Hello Jean, my older sister! A new voice from the past.

kenne

Posted January 30, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Family, Life

360 Revised, May 24, 2006   1 comment

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Photo: #9 in a Series

“The more horrifying the world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.”
— Paul Klee

Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature. I prefer to see with closed eyes.”
— Josef Albers

kenne

Posted January 13, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited

Kiko – May He Rest In Peace   8 comments

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Kiko and the Lavender Moon — May 1992 to December 2008

In May of 1992, Katie and David gave us Kiko, a half-breed Siamese and Himalayan, but mostly Siamese in personality.  For sixteen years, eight months, we were his equal, sharing his life and his home.  Now he is gone, leaving us his home, his love, while taking only what was his – well, not meaning to, he took a lot of our love. What made Kiko so special was his uncanny ability to share space without being in your face.  He never wanted to be on us, but with us.  If I was sitting on a bar stole, he would be sitting on the stole next to me. He knew how to share – our bed was his, unless we were in it.yard-photos-3860-kiko-web

The last year and half was difficult for Kiko.  My attention to his every move was more on alert, as can be witnessed by three blog entries over a five month period. (Post note: these entries no longer exist since they on my old 360 Yahoo blog, which Yahoo has taken down.)

Kiko, Entry for August 02, 2007
Not of a Clower, Entry for November 24, 2007
The Warmth of The Sun, Entry for December 10, 2007

Visits to the Vet became routine, always talking to everyone and calmly staying on the reception counter as I took care of business. He was secure in my presence, and he always will be in ours.

“Nobody can see
And then he waits
And then he fakes
And then he bends
And then he shakes
He plays and plays
Still playing till he
Goes off to sleep”

kenne

Kiko has a place next to the Zen fountain. I think I knew that when creating this special place in our yard near the deck, his favorite place outside.
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Posted December 22, 2008 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Family, Friends, Life

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360 Revisited — Tom Russell   Leave a comment

First Entered December 8, 2005

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My Recommendation for CD of the Year!
Although times are rare when I’m not listening
to music, or when it’s not the sound in my space,
2005 has afforded little opportunity to review
and purchase new music.

I could blame it on my iPod, now containing
my complete collection of CDs making for
easy listening. Whatever the reason,
I still feel qualified to share my pick
for album of the year, Tom Russell’s
“Hotwalker.”

Tom has written and produced a
Ken Burns-style audio journey in an
America where misfits, the other side
of Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wraft,”
troubadours, lost heroes, street people
and poets, bemused by corporate America,
provide a scene of what remains of our soul.

A soul trying to exist in “ . . . a system
where our guts and heart and creativity
are wrenched from us and we become
a nation of domesticated animals.”

kenne

Post Script — December 19, 2008

The Hotwalker release was the second part of a planned
“Americana trilogy”. The first part was “The Man From
God Knows Where”
released in 1999. Recently, Russell
released, The Tom Russell Anthology – Veteran’s Day,
and as it did with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one song again
rang true to my ear – “Man from God Knows Where.”

“I’ve always said the real poets in this country are the folk
singers like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash,
Bob Dylan, John Denver, Tom Russell– not the poets of
the written word. I’ve just listened again to your
“Man from God Knows Where,” and it’s a true American classic.
It’s the real voice of the American experience, down on
the ground, sounding through old time America.”

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The song tells of Tom Russell and the 1798 Rebellion.

Oh, they hung me in Downpatrick,
Up near St. Patrick’s tomb,
But my ghost rose up in the peat fire smoke
Toward the rising of the moon.
Now as I drift through your villages,
All the maidens stop and stare,
‘There goes old Tom, the vagabond,
The Man From God Knows Where.’

To learn more about Russell’s first “folk opera” read
Bill Nevins’s 1999 interview with Tom Russell.
then listen to Phil Coulter – The Man from God Knows Where –
Tom Russell, 1798 Rebellion.

Tom Russell still remains one of my favorite folk musicians
and even more during these times of challenge for so many.

Here’s one of Russell’s latest songs: “Whose Gonna Build Your Wall.”
For Russell’s Houston fans, he will be at the Mucky Duck, February 7, 2009.

kenne

Posted December 19, 2008 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Information, Music, Poetry

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360 Revisited, December 4, 2005   1 comment

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Don’t give up your power to think!

You may care not to admit it, but we all spend time thinking about our relationship to the universe, and all things that are connected with that. However, because of divergent forces inside each of us, you may spend time running from yourself.

Some of the ways you run from yourself are becoming focused on vicarious experiences, such as reading a mystery novel or playing computer games. You might also join a religion or political movement.

These acts involve little to no risk since there is little chance of your connections with others becoming an objectification of who you really are. There is much evidence to show that running from self-behavior is the result of an attitude managed by the dominant side of your brain.

You’re probably beginning to think, “. . . now we are going to get some of this right brain/left brain b— s—!” Don’t worry, no brain theory this time.

However, call it what you may (left brain/right brain, head/heart, male/female sides, yin/yang, intellect/intuition), we all have exhibited behavior based on attitudes of self-associated with the “head” — analytical, systematic, logical, objective, or intellectual. In our culture, organized groups (institutions) reinforce this behavior. You are told how “smart” you are; how “orderly” you are; how “logical” you are. You are considered well grounded — what better for group identity!

On the other hand, if your behavior is considered coming from the “heart” — impulsive, artistic, romantic, creative, daring or intuitive — your behavior is looked upon as being unrealistic, unreliable, unstable and unfocused. “She’s not a responsible child, but she’s happy and a lot of fun,” people would say.

The point is that an enormous number of forces exist inside of you between the head and the heart, which are struggling for control of yourself. These forces can cause you to take the path of least resistance — allowing one side to win over the other. For instance, the dominant side will choose between opposites in a two-dimensional relationship. One can represent harmony, the other conflict; the two basic forms of human interaction. Selecting between these two opposites results in zero communication and the desolation of self.

On the other hand, you can take the path least traveled — pushing the head and heart together, not allowing one side to win. The result of pushing harmony and conflict together is the creation of a third dimension, which represents autonomous and creative communication among others and the true development of self. By allowing one side to win over the other, you draw a line between “what you think” and the “power to think.” The power to think only exists in this third dimension.

kenne
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Left Brain, Right Brain Magic:

While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number “6” in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Why? It’s a mystery!

360 Revisited – Two Entries from December, 2005   Leave a comment

(This photo art hangs in place of another.)

SUBSTITUTED BY ANOTHER

Skyline is its name
Substitute is its game
Created for one desire
Substituted by another.

Today’s desire
Substituted by another.

Sharing good times
Squeezing small limes
Twisted for one taste
Substituted by another.

Today’s s taste
Substituted by another.

No one to contact
Love becoming an act
Time with a friend
Substituted by another.

Today’s friend
Substituted by another

Morning walk in the woods
Considering all that could
Each moment of thought
Substituted by another.

Today’s thought
Substituted by another.

Climbing up the hill
Stimulating the will
Creating the next option
Substituted by another.

Today’s option
Substituted by another.

Reality is its name
Substitute is its game
Created for one belief
Substituted by another.

Today’s belief
Substituted by another.

— kenne

THE OTHER . . .

my stardust memories

past, resisting replay
but for stardust of yesterdays

yesterdays, imparting time and place
gently massaging forgotten dreams

dreams, giving clues to
my stardust memories

memories, fading for now
only reborn to imagination

imagination, touching the soul
engaging new moments

moments, experiencing rapture
in the joy of our love

love, living yesterday’s stardust
the music of today’s legends

legends, lighting our essence
upon which the future exist.

— kenne

Posted September 5, 2008 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Family, Friends, Poetry

360 Revisited: Entry for December 18, 2005   3 comments

 

The Demons of Fear

Like many Americans, my formative years were at a time when communism was our only axis of evil. The reasons for qualifying as evil were many, e.g., starting wars against smaller countries, breaking international laws, torturing people, espionage organizations spying on their own people, controlling information and the building of a giant prison industry to name a few. Such reasons were easy to believe because of the simplistic notion that if communism (them) was evil, capitalism (we) was good. Therefore, we would never, never, never do such things. (Such acts are bad, and, of course, we are good!)

“Never say never!” Even more significant, “. . . don’t make the mistake of believing your own lies.” Of course, in politics, the custom is “Never tell a lie when you can bullshit your way through.”

Truth cannot be found in talking points based on good vs. evil. This is the so-called “cowboy” mentality that our president and many in Congress have bottled and continue to sell to the American public.

Justifying acts based on false dichotomies only falsifies reality. But, the convenient reversal of good and evil is an even bigger sin. One current example is our leadership supporting the nomination of a judge based on his being a strict constitutionist and at the same time authorizing secret acts allowing spying on Americans.

Such secret executive decisions are troubling and represent an attitude of political convenience that considers nothing of treading on the basic liberties protected by our Constitution. Even after Congress passed the USA Patriot Act, which allowed our demons of fear to trespass on our liberties, the President pretentiously felt additional infringements on the Constitution and our liberties were necessary.

Over three years ago Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden (head of the National Security Agency) stated to a joint House-Senate inquiry on intelligence (ref. NY Times):

“We need to get it right. We have to find the right balance between protecting our security and protecting our liberty.” “. . . What I really need you to do is talk to your constituents and find out where the American people want that line between security and liberty to be.”

Can we get it right? Can we bury our demons of fear? Can you! Can I?

For many, the politics of fear generates skepticism, which denies reliable access to an objective reality and “. . . therefore rejects the possibility of knowing how things truly are.” If reality has no inherent nature, then to “get it right,” each one of us must be true to our nature. Truth, like love, can exist only when the tombstones of our demons have been erected.

kenne

Posted September 4, 2008 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Commentary, Information

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360 Revisited — One Year Ago Today Ft. Davis   Leave a comment


After a busy early morning on the 7th, we finally got on the road for twelve days of planned vacation around Janie and Kenne’s (David) wedding in Las Vegas. The drive through west Texas was hot and sunny, but picked up some rain as we drove into the Davis Mountains. The rain moved on as we drove into Alpine and Ft Davis. Having made reservation ahead of time, we arrived at the Indian Lodge an hour before sunset. Not surprisingly, we were ready to relax with drink and food.

The next morning we went into Ft Davis for breakfast before heading up to the McDonald Observatory. Then it was on to the Inn of the Mountain Gods in southern New Mexico. This was our second stay at the resort, having spent a snowy Christmas Eve in there in 1986. Since then the resort has also become a casino with a completely new architectural design. Click here to see a photo set of our first two days.

There’s more to come.

kenne

Posted August 7, 2008 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Family, Friends

360 Revisited — Two Years Ago Today   Leave a comment

Photo: Ken & Joy at Rainbow Falls. (See additional photos.  )

Stopping for Lunch Along the Trail

So much to see, so little time in the eastern Sierra Nevada.  Before leaving the Mammoth Lakes area, Rosalie and Jerry were kind enough to hike with us to the Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls.  There are many beautiful sights to see from the trail, many of which were first seen from the many Ansel Adams photos taken here.   We stopped for a trail lunch at the base of the falls.

kenne

Posted August 7, 2008 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Family, Friends

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