Oops a daisy

July 21, 2021

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“Just when I thought I’m never gonna win, I picked myself up and started over again. Oops a daisy, oops a daisy, drive me crazy, oops a daisy”catfish kings

I found this song when looking for music for my story on Facebook. I think it’s kinda funny…anyway, I couldn’t find a stand alone video for it, so if you click on the link click on the video for oops a daisy. There is one part that goes something like “found a girl that liked rock and roll, but she knew nothing ’bout birth control”. It’s a jitterbug type song, and now I’m gonna have the song stuck in my head all day. But that’s okay! Could be a worse song, like the song that never ends! LOL

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I like that old time rock n roll, that kind of music just soothes my soul

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I’m not antisocial, I’m anti-stupid

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Do the universe a favor. Don’t hide your magic.

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Another day in paradise

July 20, 2021

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Photo made July 10, 2021

“If we all did what we should, we would wake to find ourselves in paradise.” Deborah Harkness

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“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

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“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi

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“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” William Shakespeare

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the power of distraction and manipulation

July 19, 2021

I came across this on FaceBook, and thought I’d share with you today… the following are not my words. If you prefer to skip this, I won’t hold anything against you. Promise!

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Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.

~ Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky – “10 strategies of manipulation” by the media
Renowned critic and always MIT linguist Noam Chomsky, one of the classic voices of
intellectu
al dissent in the last decade, has compiled a list of the ten most common and
effective strategies resorted to by the agendas “hidden” to establish a manipulation of the
population through the media.

Historically the media have proven highly efficient to mold public opinion. Thanks to the media,
paraphernalia and propaganda have been created or destroyed social movements, justified
wars, tempered financial crisis, spurred on some other ideological currents, and even given

the phenomenon of media as producers of reality within the collective psyche.
But how to detect the most common strategies for understanding these psychosocial tools
which, surely, we participate? Fortunately Chomsky has been given the task of synthesizing
and expose these practices, some more obvious and more sophisticated, but apparently all
equally effective and, from a certain point of view, demeaning. Encourage stupidity, promote a
sense of guilt, promote distraction, or construct artificial problems and then magically, solve
them, are just some of these tactics.

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“Governments will use whatever technology is available to them to combat their primary enemy – their own population”

~ Noam Chomsky

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  1. The strategy of distraction
    The primary element of social control is the strategy of distraction which is to divert public
    attention from important issues and changes determined by the political and economic elites,
    by the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information.
    distraction strategy is also essential to prevent the public interest in the essential knowledge
    in the area of the science, economics, psychology, neurobiology and cybernetics.
    “Maintaining public attention diverted away from the real social problems, captivated by
    matters of no real importance. Keep the public busy, busy, busy, no time to think, back to
    farm and other animals (quote from text Silent Weapons for Quiet War ).”
  2. Create problems, then offer solutions
    This method is also called “problem -reaction- solution. “It creates a problem, a “situation”
    referred to cause some reaction in the audience, so this is the principal of the steps that you
    want to accept. For example: let it unfold and intensify urban violence, or arrange for bloody
    attacks in order that the public is the applicant’s security laws and policies to the detriment of
    freedom. Or: create an economic crisis to accept as a necessary evil retreat of social rights
    and the dismantling of public services.
  3. The gradual strategy
    acceptance to an unacceptable degree, just apply it gradually, dropper, for consecutive years.
    That is how they radically new socioeconomic conditions ( neoliberalism ) were imposed
    during the 1980s and 1990s: the minimal state, privatization, precariousness, flexibility,
    massive unemployment, wages, and do not guarantee a decent income, so many changes
    that have brought about a revolution if they had been applied once.
  4. The strategy of deferring
    Another way to accept an unpopular decision is to present it as “painful and necessary”,
    gaining public acceptance, at the time for future application. It is easier to accept that a future
    sacrifice of immediate slaughter. First, because the effort is not used immediately. Then,
    because the public, masses, is always the tendency to expect naively that “everything will be
    better tomorrow” and that the sacrifice required may be avoided. This gives the public more
    time to get used to the idea of change and accept it with resignation when the time comes.
  5. Go to the public as a little child
    Most of the advertising to the general public uses speech, argument, people and particularly children’s intonation, often close to the weakness, as if the viewer were a little child or a
    mentally deficient. The harder one tries to deceive the viewer look, the more it tends to adopt
    a tone infantilising. Why? “If one goes to a person as if she had the age of 12 years or less,
    then, because of suggestion, she tends with a certain probability that a response or reaction
    also devoid of a critical sense as a person 12 years or younger (see Silent Weapons for Quiet
    War ).”
  6. Use the emotional side more than the reflection
    Making use of the emotional aspect is a classic technique for causing a short circuit on
    rational analysis , and finally to the critical sense of the individual. Furthermore, the use of
    emotional register to open the door to the unconscious for implantation or grafting ideas ,
    desires, fears and anxieties , compulsions, or induce behaviors …
  7. Keep the public in ignorance and mediocrity
    Making the public incapable of understanding the technologies and methods used to control
    and enslavement. “The quality of education given to the lower social classes must be the poor
    and mediocre as possible so that the gap of ignorance it plans among the lower classes and
    upper classes is and remains impossible to attain for the lower classes (See ‘ Silent Weapons
    for Quiet War ).”
  8. To encourage the public to be complacent with mediocrity
    Promote the public to believe that the fact is fashionable to be stupid, vulgar and
    uneducated…
  9. Self-blame Strengthen
    To let individual blame for their misfortune, because of the failure of their intelligence, their
    abilities, or their efforts. So, instead of rebelling against the economic system, the individual
    autodesvalida and guilt, which creates a depression, one of whose effects is to inhibit its
    action. And, without action, there is no revolution!
  10. Getting to know the individuals better than they know themselves
    Over the past 50 years, advances of accelerated science has generated a growing gap
    between public knowledge and those owned and operated by dominant elites. Thanks to
    biology, neurobiology and applied psychology, the “system” has enjoyed a sophisticated
    understanding of human beings, both physically and psychologically. The system has gotten
    better acquainted with the common man more than he knows himself. This means that, in
    most cases, the system exerts greater control and great power over individuals, greater than
    that of individuals about themselves.

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I would put a picture here, but it would distract you.

“Look over here, don’t look over there…”

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I will not bow down
I will not comply

I will never be one of your sheep

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Those who can make you believe absurdities,
can make you commit atrocities.

~ Voltaire

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Real things don’t change

July 19, 2021

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“The real things haven’t changed. It’s still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; to have courage when things go wrong.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Spiritual Badass

  1. Sends love to strangers
  2. Finds the lesson in all things
  3. Knows that happiness is a choice
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“Modern man does not expel God in order to assume responsibility for the world. But rather in order not to have to assume responsibility.” Nicolas Gomez Davila

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“I have traveled through madness to find me.” – Danny Alexander

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Change is in the air

July 18, 2021

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“Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to do something or stop doing something.” – unknown

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“Hold a thought for just 17 seconds and The Law of Attraction kicks in. Hold a thought for 68 seconds and things move; manifestation has begun.” – Abraham Hicks

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I live in the garden; I just sleep in the house

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Life ain’t always beautiful . . .

July 17, 2021

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“No, life ain’t always beautiful
Tears will fall sometimes
Life ain’t always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride”

Gary Allen

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“Make friends with birds, for when you do, they will gladly awaken you with sparkling conversations, and lull you to rest with sweet composition that sums up their day…

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“Things always have a way of working out. Never underestimate the power of prayer, faith, and love.”

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birdfeeding station

July 16, 2021

my thoughts for today

It is what it is…

Here’s the latest image of my new bird feeding station…I tried to get a photo with birds, but they flew away. I added a woodpecker feeder to the shepherds hook. For a couple of days we had a Downy Woodpecker (?) coming to the feeders, so I took the feeder from out front and attached it to the shepherds hook with an L bracket and two clamps. And wouldn’t you know that as soon as I do it, the woodpecker stops visiting. It’s still out there somewhere, we just haven’t seen it.

Here’s a cropped version…

There might be a bird or two at the plate feeder, but I couldn’t tell you for sure. Anyway, even though we haven’t seen a woodpecker, the Cardinals and Sparrows seem to be enjoying it. And the squirrels can’t get to it as far as I can tell, so that’s a plus! They can get to the plate feeder, but I’m not too worried about that. They’re not hogging it…

Every morning I have to put fresh feed out as the birds and squirrels empty the plate feeder. Sometimes, around dinner time, I need to put a little more out…but not much since we do have a night time visitor that licks the plate clean. Come dark, if it’s empty or nearly empty I don’t worry about it. I haven’t gotten a trail cam or motion detector camera yet. Since the feeder is pretty much empty by dark, I may not need to…I can, if I just want to set it up to get close ups of the daily visitors. But it’s not necessary at this point in time.

The image above is one I took just after I put up the woodpecker feeder…not the best image, but it shows a Cardinal at the feeder.

I’m thinking about digging up the area where the station is and putting in river rock. As you can see, there are flowers growing…I put the feeders in this spot on purpose. Brings more birds to the back of the house, and gives me a chance to expand that garden. lol
When I first set it up I was thinking we could always move the log and shepherds hook when mowing. But now, I think I just want to dig it up, put rock down and let whatever grow, grow. I can always pull it, clip it or what ever when/if needed… With this heat wave, we haven’t been doing much more than is needed. It hasn’t rained since Tuesday, and even then it wasn’t much more than a tease for the plants. I’m not watering either…well, I do water the tomatoes and squash, but I have a five gallon bucket out there with water in it. What will happen is, I will water the plants and then it will rain…that’s the way it goes right? I use a can with holes in it to water the plants. Considering we’re on a well, we have to be careful how much water we use. We’re not hurting, yet, but we just have to be mindful of the water table, how much rain we’re getting, and how much water we’re using!

Thank goodness for the pool!

image taken from my deck

I think I’m about ready to take a dip! But, before I go…the purple flowers you see to the left are Rose of Sharon – I believe the birds planted it a few years ago – then the leaves are Dogwood, there’s a pole that used to have clothesline wire, now used as “decoration” with a sun suncatcher hung from it. Behind that is a male Holly Tree, Tulip Poplar and Maple Trees, and then thicket area. Around the pool I have mint, ornamental grass, tiger lily, and Hostas. The area between the deck and the pool has wildflowers, Rose of Sharon, tiger lilies, and hostas although you can’t see it all or aren’t blooming at the moment.

I thought I had an image of some green tomatoes I have, but I couldn’t find it. So, this will have to do…
Gonna have some squash soon too!

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“If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden.”

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden


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Ways to be happy

Plant a flower, chase a cloud,
watch a sunset, laugh out loud,
find something perfect to do–
celebrate just being you!

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As our consciousness expands into finer realms
we outgrow attachment to the material world.

~ Still need things (house, food, transportation, communication)
but “materials” aren’t so important anymore

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*all photos were taken with my LG cell phone