a tome of a poem about community

I wrote a poem about community that’s called “Community Autopsy” —pronounce it like psychology because the poem goes on about that, and justice, and our abilities to make life good.

a tome of a poem about community.

This image is a screen grab. Tthe poem itself is so-o-o- long it’s too long for a blog post. 


Blogs are dead, long live blogs

Look at history ruthlessly choosing itself, as if the entity known as Time is sculpting earth and we are mere ingredients, no more cognizant of ‘what’s happening’ than flour understands bread. We could realize that history is our first job, first duty, our first purpose. We could invent ourselves, and forcefully. But we barely recognize self determination.

History threw blogs away, for example. The first personal publishing platform, the first opportunity for a solitary voice to participate in large scale distribution. Before I grew disgusted with the effort, this domain brianhayes.com according to the Quantcast Audience Profile reached approximately 6,176 U.S. monthly people in the summer of 2009, generally attracting a 50+ and very slightly male biased, more educated audience.

And that’s that.


all customers are mayors

▶ Cities Weigh Taking Electricity Business From Private Utilities ◀

stand up and bill like a utility

▶ States look to a “tire tax” to have you pay for the miles you drive. http://www.enotrans.org/eno-brief/transportation-as-utility ← the web often loses pieces of itself

do not plant trees

▶ Increased planting of trees such as eucalyptus, willow and poplar near urban areas for biofuel can lead to human deaths due to increased ozone inhalation.

shake that thang

▶ Solid gold can be deposited in Earth’s crust “almost instantaneously during earthquakes

how to get charisma

▶ Power & Warmth & Toes: People actually learn charisma. http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2013/03/interview-olivia-teaches-charismatic/

the p. u. patent

▶ Pine Oil repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET
http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/patents/patents.htm?serialnum=11777795 and repels ticks as effectively as DEET

power grid telecom mesh

▶ Networks are as important as your country.

well, don’t take it from me.

▶ Corporations told that all their computers have been hacked. http://blog.amitaietzioni.org/2013/03/cyberwar-and-the-private-sector.html

oh the brightly burden

The Independent:

You don’t have to be bipolar to be a genius – but it helps
Study reveals that high-achievers are far more likely to be manic depressives

it’s tough to copy tweets

I think Carter’s karma just ran over Romney’s dogma. via@AnneOnymous670 @JECarter4 

Mitt Romney’s Mom Says his Dad Was On Welfare For Years –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPZPaysBTqk 

#Romney”s mother video on her husband George: “He was on welfare relief for the first years of his life.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPZPaysBTqk #47percent

@MittRomney Your mother says that your dad George was on welfare for years. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPZPaysBTqk #47percent

Hey, #47percent#Romney‘s father was on welfare. Why not see what Romney’s mother says? View at .55 seconds.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPZPaysBTqk 

Dear @MittRomney, It’s worth understanding who pays taxes. Income taxes aren’t the only federal taxes. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/business/economy/14leonhardt.html

people who do not blog will blog

So ftrain fixes our communication frailty: 

So-called “people” on the Internet are writing about how no one blogs any more.

I am one of these no-ones, by which they mean those of us who used to write things on the Internet and post them to our own servers, but have now instead gone over to decentralized services like Twitter and Tumblr and Facebook, where we spend our time—the diaspora of the alienated transformed by convenience into an aggregation of the aggrieved, or something like that. And they think it’s a shame, and it is a shame.

So I took the Blogging Challenge…

the mundane is blown away by awe

thought diffusion… Folks say this 2 minutes is worth the click-through. Well? 

It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs. —Vaclav Havel

Wherever my travels may lead, paradise is where I am. —Voltaire

Dance until you shatter yourself. —Rumi

time for easy blogging

The Thought Shopper has bloggeritis 🙂 
I’ve been using Twitter lately; nearly entirely because the mouse clicks are easier. 

RT @davewiner: Here’s what Woz really thinks about Kim DotCom. http://t.co/MY4GC2NF
via @rwchambliss: The secular Day of Judgment: when all externalities are finally internalized.
There’s an extra billion people on Earth – if all are as #fat as Americans. – http://t.co/rr2aMtIm
“For some rea­son, these and most other rela­tion­ships never quite blos­somed the way we’d hoped…” – http://t.co/3rcFZcvm
RT @Nancy_Baron: Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get:Twain. Now – Climate is what you affect, weather is what gets you.
“Creditors demand citizens take losses in creditors’ place.” – http://t.co/1fM7oILG
Food stamps are really a ‘food and energy’ program– frees up household cash for gasoline. – http://t.co/DMCxZp31 #poverty
Look at the car dependent regions as they are emblematic of post peak-oil economic breakdown. – http://t.co/DMCxZp31
RT @davewiner: Drone Used To Spy On Miami Partygoers. http://t.co/NHlpa1X7
#danger – Fueled by elites, demonizing opponents is out of control and a prime cause of #war. – http://t.co/n1VEnVKD


is tomorrow a beginning?

Is it Monday or Numbday? 


“All of that innovation comes from the simple process of letting the kids play and getting out of the way. Which, as you are aware, we are working as hard as we can to prevent, now, completely.

“Increasingly, around the world, the actual computing artifacts of daily life for individual human beings are being locked so you can’t hack them.

“The individual computing laboratory in every 12-year-old’s pocket is being locked down. If you prevent people from hacking on what they own themselves, you will destroy the engine of innovation from which everybody is profiting.

“The goal of the network operators is to attach every young human being to a proprietary network platform with closed terminal equipment that she can’t learn from, can’t study, can’t understand, can’t whet her teeth on, can’t do anything with except send text messages that cost a million times more than they ought to.”

More notes at Memex… 
“Eben Moglen’s ‘Innovation in an Age of Austerity’.
If you watch nothing else this week, watch this.”

neato pictures of skin

Your skin —the largest organ of the body— weighs about 9 lbs, releases up to 3 gallons of liquid each day, and sheds about 30,000 cells every minute. 

costs per patient discharged alive

1) The cost per patient discharged alive reflects the times.

2) Since 2001, mortality has been level while the cost per patient has escalated dramatically.

3) The post-2000 era, however, seems to be characterized by diminishing returns, with growth in costs far outpacing reductions in inpatient mortality.

New England Journal of Medicine

rape is our invisible war

1) Today: Lawsuit claims rape, misconduct at D.C. Marine Barracks

2) The Daily Mail: 8 female Marines claim gang rape at Washington Marine Barracks

3) CNN: Female service members sue US Military for alleged rape, sexual assault 

rape in the U.S. military

4) Democracy Now! ‘The Invisible War’ Exposes Rape, Sexual Assault Epidemic Military

5) Reuters: ‘The Invisible War’ Exposes Wide-Spread Rape in U.S. Military

6) LA Times: ‘The Invisible War’ Sheds Light on Rape in the Military 

7) Salt Lake Tribune: ‘The Invisible War’

8) Associated Press: ‘Invisible War’ Examines Rape in the U.S. Military

9) Forbes Women: Republicans Betray Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

10) Invisible War – The Movie

as we learn today’s propaganda

Naked Capitalism writes an exposé about the life work of one of America’s most successful propagandists, Malcolm Gladwell. 

A comment from Goin’ South sums it up: 

“What is truth,” Pilate asked. 

In this age when the brains, tongues and typing fingers of scientists, academics, journalists and ‘public intellectuals’ are for sale, it’s quite a challenging question.

The truth is whatever you can pay to make it.

Yasha Levine and Mark Ames have launched the S.H.A.M.E. Project, which stands for “Shame the Hacks who Abuse Media Ethics.”

Its approach is to provide information about the background and funding sources of well-recognized journalists and pundits so that the public will be in a better position to recognize bias and hidden agendas in their reporting and analysis. You can find a S.H.A.M.E dossier on Gladwell here.