Sunday, February 25, 2018

Arming Teachers: The Darker Agenda

The pro-gun herd has offered their solution to end school shootings: arming teachers. Several solid reasons why this is a horrible idea, but one that I haven't seen mentioned is the real reason behind arming teachers. And that is the changing of school culture overall.

Schools are about education. Learning. Thinking. Working towards goals. Friendships, mentors. Looking to adults as partners in a students future. Of course there is the flip side; being bullied, misunderstood, afraid, those adult educators and staff who have no business around children. And these points can be made about any profession or culture: the good and the bad. Obvious.

But the foundation is built on learning. Discovery. And an agreement that schools (despite the flip side of bullying, etc) are safe places with caring adults who are dedicated to encouraging young people to be excited about learning about things outside of themselves, as well as within.

I am fortuante to work in an elementary school where the staff is supremely dedicated, and this dedication extends to helping children in whatever way they need to be helped. Our school not only teaches academics, but social skills. Our school works with community groups to help clothe and feed those students and their families in need. Our school goes far beyond teaching kids how to do math, or read. There is trust. Love.

So now let's imagine a school where you know half the teachers are armed with guns. This is the new normal. And why are they armed? Why are teachers now fighting machines? Because it's a given that at any time, someone is going to attack your school. They're going to come in, armed, and open fire on your teachers, on staff, on whatever parents may be about, on your friends, and on you.

Each time you go out onto the playground, enter the school building, your subconscious is working overtime in the new knowledge that your English teacher is also armed and ready to open fire in order to 'protect' you.

This innate awareness of being inside a place where half the population is armed with weapons shifts the paradigm. Now we operate in a milieu of constant anxiety.

This is real reason behind the call to arm teachers. Oh for sure greed is the reason, but underneath that insidious greed is a darker agenda. That agenda is to keep us in perpetual fear and prepping us for a eat or be eaten existence. Thrown into this new culture is the mainstream idea of god. If it all gets to be too much pray. But only to the right god of course.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Will the 'Dark Web' Rise to the Top?

Net Neutrality is a thing of the past, unless lawsuits succeed and it all goes away. Meanwhile, the culture stream has been seeding entertainment with the dark web meme, not to mention the hackers, black hat, white hat and terrorists   from everywhere.

Will the dark web rise, replacing the restrictions and censures put in place by various ISPs? If it does, it won't last too long before the dark web becomes washed out to a dull gray before turning thread bare white, and a deeper, darker web takes its place.

Some don't worry about this latest internet news. They think it won't amount to anything, that control by ISPs and corporations is too complicated a venture -- too global, too much of  a hassle. Could be.

Whether that proves to be true or not, the important point is that such a thing came to be in the first place. The POTUS is spewing fascist spittle at us as fast as he can. He's been doing so, he continues to do so. It's not just the POTUS, it's those close to him who do what he dictates and allow him to continue to play emperor.

I get irritated at those who rant at me "How can we let this go on?" and "We deserve this." Fuck no we don't deserve this. I didn't vote for him. I'm not the one allowing him to continue. I'm one out of roughly three hundred and thirty million citizens. Don't put that on me.

So, it will be interesting to see if all these things: the sexual harassment call outs, net neutrality biting the dust, Russia's hacking, etc. actually stops because accountability has been demanded.  More likely, it will simply quiet down, unobtrusively becoming a part of the everyday.

In other words, no matter how much squirming happens before the frog is thrown into the water, it's still a slow boil.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Sexually active students must be reported to law enforcement or state officials, Ore. school district says - The Washington Post

In my state, educators are mandated to report students who talk about being sexually active, as well as suspected sexually active students.

There is an on-line petition to get rid of this "law" which has various Oregon school districts confused as to the validity of this mandate. If it is a mandate.

Here's the opening paragraph from the article; follow the link for the full item.

Sexually active students must be reported to law enforcement or state officials, Ore. school district says - The Washington Post: Teachers and staff in the Salem-Keizer school district — which includes more than 40,000 students — were recently told that if they learn or merely suspect a student is sexually active, they must report it to law enforcement or state officials.

According to Oregon law, anyone under 18 years old cannot legally give consent, meaning all sexual activity between minors is considered sexual abuse. This policy, district officials say, stems from Oregon’s mandatory reporting and child abuse laws. But that seems to be a singular interpretation of the law. The Statesman Journal reached out to school districts around the state and found that not one of them had the same mandate.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Room Full Of Men Decides Fate Of Women's Health Care | HuffPost

Pelosi's comment that the GOP's perspectives and beliefs regarding women would cause the government to make "…being a woman a pre-existing condition" isn't too far off from a looming reality:

Room Full Of Men Decides Fate Of Women's Health Care | HuffPost: Experts worry that if insurance companies are given the option of offering expensive services like maternity care, it will become a race to the bottom where that coverage, once again, becomes scarce.

But there were few, if any, women at the White House this morning to voice these concerns to the men around the table.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Thursday that the GOP health care bill could end up “making being a woman a pre-existing condition.”

"Paranoia runs deep . . . " not that there's anything wrong with that.Wake UP!

California city confiscates toilets from homeless residents – forcing them to use buckets | US news | The Guardian

From the Guardian. Anaheim, California, home of Disneyland as well as home to hundreds of homeless living along the riverbank. The city and county both removed port-potties that were paid for by activists. No where for the homeless to relieve themselves, or, wash up.

California city confiscates toilets from homeless residents – forcing them to use buckets | US news | The Guardian: But the toilets are sitting unused after being confiscated by the city, and the residents have nowhere to relieve themselves except in the bushes, or in buckets, or in the cramped privacy of their own tents. Activists are up in arms over the primitive conditions in which camp inhabitants are living, and which, in their view, the local government appears to have sanctioned.

“This is a public health crisis for the homeless community,” said Mohammed Aly, a homeless advocate and lawyer who helped install the toilets. Not least it was a case, he said, of providing people with simple human dignity.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Oh Beware the Antifa

Black clad, hooded protesters, with Antifa logos, (very spiffy) committing violent acts. Protesting against white supremicts, fascists, nazi, neo-nazis, racists. And yet, oh wait, the Antifa are as bad, if not worse, than those listed.

It is very worrisome that this obvious, in your face, clearly apparent false flag of a "movement" is exactly that. Of course there are the well meaning dupes who've joined the so called antifa movement -- that's how it works. With any created organization, with just a very few who know exactly what's going on, are the thousands below (the pawns, the down trodden, the well meaning but naive,) who join. And that's all it takes.

Notice how the plethora of the Antifa has become a focus of the mass media since after Trump's, the POTUS, The Orange One, gave his infamous speech about "many sides." And so now, we media and popular culture buying into the false flag narrative that the "antifa" are as bad, as heinous, as morally corrupt, as the neo-nazis, the racists, the ones who murder in the name of bigotry and racial purity.

This is such an obvious ploy, it seems. Unfortunately, most liberals (and yes, I am a liberal) just can't get there. Well meaning and full of goodness, they just can't let their toes touch that line of assumed conspiracy and paranoia. This refusal to see the reality is part of what keeps things going along very nicely and according to plan.

There is no "antifa." Antifa vs. Alt right. Like a wrestling match. Put both sides in such simplistic terms (well, wait, the alt right is exactly that, crazy paranoid violent racist assholes) and we're done. Setting up the two extremes, and the rest of us in the middle, who go along to get along.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Political Views and UFOs

With the orange one now our nation's president, social media is full of commentary from many citizens. Including me. Since I'm involved in UFO and related high strangeness research, many of those comments come from other UFO researchers and witnesses that I follow on social media.  Unfortunately, many of them are conservatives -- and worse. They voted for Trump; their comments are ones that defend and support Trump's policies and behavior. This, of course, fucking astounds me.

It takes a brave soul to put oneself out there as a UFO researcher, or witness, or even an interested bystander. Culture still scoffs, despite para-tainment successes such as Ancient Aliens.

That's a bit beside the point -- my point here is that, given one's conservative, ultra patriotic nationalistic fervor that goes along with supporting Trump, doesn't support UFO research. (This is also true of the other side, though to a lesser degree. Politics in general is a nasty, untrustworthy realm.)

As much as I "believe" in aliens from outer space, I am also aware that many of the UFOs we see are ours, not "theirs." They are classified, top secret. They are covert. Clandestine. Up to no good, most often, for they're weapons and tools used to spy on citizens. Mind control, disinformation, misinformation, crass debunkery, all government created, and inflicted on us hoi polloi. Conspiracies are not fantasies of paranoid minds; they're real, and the facts are hiding in plain sight. RFID chips, tracking devices, implants, staged abductions (MILABS), disclosure/Disclosure, are all government -- and industry -- manipulated events that control the situation. A sloppy control, maybe, but that doesn't stop them.

So why support those politicians whose priority is to keep the global-military-industrial-complex going at all costs, including the illegal and immoral mind fuck games concerning UFOs?

Some time ago, conservative Alex Jones was in the middle of the road okay, speaking out against government's heavy hand in context of UFOs. Nowadays, he's a screaming fruitcake -- he's the Rush Limbaugh of Forteana.

Are the ETs space brothers, benevolent and caring, compassionate and only trying to teach us love? If so, those in UFO Land who fall into the Trump camp are in for a big surprise. What would ET think about that? Instead of WWJD (what would Jesus do?) ask WWAD? (What would aliens do?)

Or are the aliens, whether from outer space or elsewhere, either indifferent or worse, intent on evil? They win, and the nationalistic fascist orange one and his supporters win too.

I can't put it together; the political mindset of prayer, patriotism, and money with the UFO journey. The very government one supports is the one hiding and controlling and manipulating the phenomena.

It goes way beyond disclosure. There's all the stuff happening now in front of us that no one talks about, let alone cares about (i.e., the general culture) that is scary.

One well known UFO researcher accused me, years ago, of not being "patriotic" when I told him I hadn't reported my sighting to local police, or.. I'm not sure where he thought I should have reported it to. I reported it to him, didn't I? What the hell did "patriotism" have to do with reporting a UFO sighting?

We're human, and so of course we have varied beliefs in all areas; religion, childrearing, music, you name it. Oh, and, politics. Usually it's the left who tend to mock "belief" in things like Sasquatch, ghosts, and UFOs. I like Stephen Colbert, but give a loud sigh when he makes fun of "Bigfoot believers" as do many a liberal pundit. The right either stays away completely from such silliness, or comes out with it. Which only continues the divide: one side mocks, the other gets defensive, attacking the snobs on the left, who attack the uneducated rubes on the right . . . neither are correct.

Meanwhile, "they" -- and I don't mean the aliens -- are in control. They could not give a damn about us.

So instead of supporting people and policies that divide and harm, making it easier for aliens to come and eat us for lunch, why not err on the side of compassion?

"Paranoia runs deep . . . " not that there's anything wrong with that. Wake UP!

Monday, January 9, 2017

MRSA and Institutions

A few years ago I had MRSA. It took a couple of years to even figure out what was wrong with me. Since it was an ear infection -- that kept going, and going, and going, no one could determine what I "really" had. So many rounds of creams, antibiotics… and much pain.

Meanwhile, the school where I worked, had a few MRSA outbreaks. Also, the school district in general. We received an "official" notice from the district that, if we had MRSA, to notify the district. Which I did. I emailed the district, saying I had MRSA, and what was the next step. No reply, other than a "Oh, that's a good quesiont…" but nothing after that. Meanwhile, the district is closing down some schools in order to sanitize them, etc. Well…

After trips to the ER, various health providers, I went to a ENT specialist. He couldn't figure it out either. Back to the ER. And again. Finally, a nurse in the ER asked me if I had ever been swabbed for MRSA. I said I didn't think so. So she did, and, yep. I had MRSA. 

So back to this ENT guy. Who never had tested me for MRSA. I was furious, and frustrated, as I wrote him in a letter. He answered me, saying all kinds of CMA (covering my ass) excuses. Yeah.

I found it interesting that this same doctor is the "official" doctor for the district when it comes to hearing and other ear and sinus related issues. Hmm…

"Paranoia runs deep . . . " not that there's anything wrong with that. Wake UP!

Monday, May 30, 2016

“HEAVEN’S GATE” EXPOSED: Satanic CIA Suicide Brainwashing Cult in Damascus, OR? (Part One of Three) | Oregon False Flags Exposed

Aways suspect of uber-patriot-religious-right sites, none the less, this is very interesting. There is the "oculus" the sculpture in the World Trade Center "transportation hub" near Ground Zero.

“HEAVEN’S GATE” EXPOSED: Satanic CIA Suicide Brainwashing Cult in Damascus, OR? (Part One of Three) | Oregon False Flags Exposed:

The skylights in the architecture, which has been referred to as “a living, evolving, morphing creature,” will now “open” each year only once… on 9/11.

Each year, the public will symbolically “experience a subtle sense of man’s vulnerability, while maintaining a link to a higher order.” 
This is leading up to the strange house in Damascus, Oregon, dubbed Oculus Anubis. Many think it's a cult, others a CIA front. Shadow factions up to no good. Or the slightly askew whims of the owners who are obviously monied, or an "Eyes Wide Shut" scenario, Vatican/NWO/Global Cabal drill. Could be all, some, or none of those things.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A.L.I.C.E. Training Part 2

The Training
Well, I did it, went through the training, though I opted out of the drills. We were assured there would be no guns; not real, fake, or otherwise. Instead of the "shooter" holding a gun, he had an air horn.  Speaking of opting out, the officer presenting the material made no mention of opting out, not at first. We were told many times that the chances of an active shooter intruding into our schools were very low, much lower than an earthquake or various other disasters. So naturally, one wonders why we'd have such training at all. We were also told that during the drills, we were not to throw anything except the little squishy Nerf type balls that were supplied. Reassured we were perfectly safe, we were then told that we had to sign a waiver, which got passed around as we were sitting there listening to the presentation. (Which included an audio and video of a teacher at Columbine during the shooting.) I couldn't see everyone of course but as far as I could observe, no one flipped to the cover page to read about what they were signing, and everyone happily signed. I did read the cover page, which said that I wouldn't hold the district or the police, etc. responsible if something happened to me.

Opting Out
As the officer was winding down his presentation, he did say something about opting out. The disclaimer on the waiver form also had a bit about us having the choice to opt out. Out of all the people there (roughly a hundred people, I'm guessing) only three opted out. Myself, and two others from the same school where I am assigned.

As we were sitting there in the staff room, a woman from the district human resources department came in to debrief us. She was with us the whole time, explaining what the drills were about, which ones meant what, asked us questions about our building, what we would do, did we have any concerns, etc. We could hear the air horn and announcements over the speaker as we sat there.

Homeland Security
I still hadn't received a clear answer on whether or not the training was mandatory. So I asked -- it is. In fact, this is how it plays out: via Homeland Security (aha! knew it) FEMA,  then the Justice Department, trickling down to the Education Department, and finally on the state level, something called the School Safety Act was implemented. This included mandatory training school districts have to provide to staff. I think, from what the woman said, no money was provided for this training -- school districts were on their own for that. Many chose A.L.I.C.E. for this mandatory training, but there are other programs available. The point is, mandated anti-terror training comes down from Homeland Security.

Sitting Ducks
Old school lock down procedures always bothered me. Turn off the lights, be quiet, lock the door, huddle against the walls away from the door, and hope for the best. Always seemed pretty hopeless to me.

I did like the A.L.I.C.E. focus on protecting oneself. Made sense. I have no issues with that.

The Shooter Comes
The debriefing was over, and the person from HR had to leave, as did my two co-workers. A drill was still going on, but I was assured it wouldn't affect me. I was to make my way back to the cafeteria, where everyone would soon reconvene. I didn't know my way around this particular school, not having been in the building before, so I wasn't sure how to get back to the cafeteria. An officer led me to the gym door, which was open. The cafeteria was on the other side of the gym, which was empty. As I was walking, an announcement came over the P.A. system: "Shooter in the gym." I heard the air horn. And this is what was both interesting and frightening: I actually felt fear. Somewhere in my head I knew all of this was fake -- hell, I could hear that stupid air horn after all -- but my entire body was in fear/flight/fight mode. I made it into the cafeteria, and my only thought was to get out of sight and grab hold of some objects to throw at the "shooter."  He comes through the gym and up to the door, but I couldn't see him. After a few seconds he left.

This mechanism -- fear and response replacing the staged scenario -- is what is being manipulated by the powers that be.

Meta Views
It was clear the officers who put on the training were dedicated and sincere. It was helpful to learn strategies to protect yourself and others in these kinds of situations. Staff who were there had good intentions. On a practical, immediate level, this training was useful.

But on another level, there's a whole lot wrong with this. Training is fine, but so are other measures that would thwart acts of violence. Yet none of those are in place. It's left up to individual entities to implement these things. Such things cost money, which is not provided by the infrastructure that mandates such trainings and measures takes place. There is no cohesiveness and there is no funding. At the highest level, "they" know this very well, and "they" do not care. They are well aware most people are happy pawns (not reading the waiver, signing it without a thought) and play on the fact people very easily get carried away in the roles placed on them. "They" manipulate our reality, and most people -- all those happy pawns -- don't know it. Knowing that most citizens want to do the right thing (after all, who doesn't want to protect children?) "they" foist mandate after mandate, role after role, adjust our realities, play with our minds and emotions, and implement contradictory, endless loops of Kafka like scenarios that must be enforced.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Beware! "Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously."

This from James Pinkstone at Vellum, on his Kafka-esque experience with Apple deleting his music -- his own music he himself had composed -- as well as his playlists.

Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. | vellumatlanta: I had just explained to Amber that 122 GB of music files were missing from my laptop. I’d already visited the online forum, I said, and they were no help. Although several people had described problems similar to mine, they were all dismissed by condescending “gurus” who simply said that we had mislocated our files (I had the free drive space to prove that wasn’t the case) or that we must have accidentally deleted the files ourselves (we hadn’t). Amber explained that I should blow off these dismissive “solutions” offered online because Apple employees don’t officially use the forums—evidently, that honor is reserved for lost, frustrated people like me, and (at least in this case) know-it-alls who would rather believe we were incompetent, or lying, than face the ugly truth that Apple has vastly overstepped its boundaries. (James Pinkstone, Vellum)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ALICE, Part 1

Alice, as in down the rabbit hole? Yes, in a way -- we are certainly dropping fast down this particular hole. Here I mean "Alice" as in A.L.I.C.E. Training. Your national propaganda terror in the schools program that teaches staff and students to be prepared. ("I'm Not Scared, I'm Prepared!")

A.L.I.C.E. : Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate

Propaganda, mind control, social engineering, anxiety buzz kept at a barely audible but nonetheless effective level by the post 9/11, totalitarian state. It's fear mongering, it's rabid patriotism verging on religious fervor. It's contradictory. It's another for profit organization reaping its money via the educational infrastructure. And, as usual in these scenarios, has nothing to do with students in the context of learning or needs.

Do ALICE training tactics put students, teachers at risk? - School SecuritySchool Security: These and other examples have left a number of veteran school security, psychologists and law enforcement professionals with serious implementation concerns, doubts and objections to A.L.I.C.E.

Police officers cannot answer age, developmental, special needs, or policy questions
In two spirited workshops at a state conference in Wisconsin earlier this week, police officers advocating for A.L.I.C.E. or similar models remained unable to answer questions about how, if at all, these training programs account for age and developmental factors, special needs children (autistic, mobility impaired, behavioral and emotional disorders, etc.), and other child-centered and preK-12 school-specific concerns. (School

And so, this drill, this "training," is coming to my school district. As an employee, it is "expected" I take this training. Other near by school districts come right out and say it is "mandatory" but mine, so far, nothing on that word. No one has asked either, as far as I can tell. Some assume it is mandatory, confusing "expected" with mandatory. Yet our district doesn't have anything up on their website. Other nearby districts are more specific and direct. It is mandatory to take the training, and there are descriptions about the training on their websites.

. . . elementary schools across the state received copies of “I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared,” and the accompanying activity workbook, in an effort to provide these schools with materials to better prepare elementary students for violent intruder situations. [underline and bold mine] (

There's another reason this training bothers me, and it's very personal. I have severe anxiety and some PTSD -- like many of us. Just thinking about thinking about this I can feel the anxiety rising up within. I don't know if it's worth the anxiety and hassle to fight against this, or attending while opting out of the "active drills." What of those who have worse issues along these lines than I? A.L.I.C.E. (and districts, apparently) don't appear to consider this.

So I thought about taking that day off, but decided to attend for research purposes. A.L.I.C.E. assures staff we can "opt out" of activities, but need to be present for the "debriefings" afterward.

Aside from the above listed reasons for my objections about these kinds of so-called anti-terrorist (be they domestic or otherwise) "trainings," I also have pragmatic ones. If the players behind the scenes of the post 9/11 fear state were truly concerned with students and the educators who work with them every day, we wouldn't have things like A.L.I.C.E.

  • My district will not pay staff to take first aid training. We are "expected" (though not mandated) to pay for the training ourselves, and do it on our own time. Having everyone certified in First Aid training is far more useful and reasonable than being the pawn in para-military games that are paid for -- I will be paid to attend the training. And, obviously, the trainers are paid by the district.
  • Spanish lessons. Yep. In my area, we have a large Spanish as a second language student population. It would be wonderful to be able to communicate more effectively with students -- and their parents and families -- if staff could speak student specific Spanish.
  • Metal detectors. Oh this is a hue and cry, an outrage, an intrusion! I hate it too. But, if we are supposedly serious about ending school shootings and protecting the children, then metal detectors at the office doors should be the norm.
  • Be a hall monitor, like a boss, like a nerdy meanie. Schools are lax -- after all, we want to be welcoming and supportive. But letting parents walk through back doors in the mornings as they bring their kids in to school is weak security. Anyone can come into the building.
  • Bullet proof glass. Is it? I love the airy, bright open plans in the newer buildings in our district (I can't speak for all)  but there is a lot of glass exposing the students and staff. We're fish in a fish bowl.

The points listed above have to do with immediate matters, logic, the students and staff as mutually supporting each other. Easy to implement. While some cost some money (metal detectors) is it money we're concerned about, or the safety of students and staff?

Well, I will report on the training after this Friday. That's the day it takes place.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GMO Mosquitoes, Zinka, and Previous Testing

Conspiracy theory work is, in part, all about connecting dots, seeing patterns. (No matter how large and crazy the pattern might be.) My first thought when reading about the Zika virus was a conspiratorial one. Suddenly, mosquitoes are causing these tragic birth defects? And yet, this virus has "always" been present?

Remembering something about genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida awhile back, I found this from NPR: Health News from 2015:

[Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring : Shots - Health News : NPR] Experiments already conducted in Malaysia, Brazil and the Cayman Islands have found that releasing bioengineered male mosquitoes can reduce the A. Aegypti population by 90 percent. (italics mine.)
The Zika virus manifests with the following symptoms, according to the CDC:
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes. (CDC.)
Two different things. One, a breed of mosquito engineered to kill off another that carries disease -- not Zika. Another, our current crisis, the Zinka. Seemingly unrelated, and they may be. On the other hand, the links do seem curious.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amazon plastered New York transit with Nazi imagery and nobody is happy

Amazon plastered New York transit with Nazi imagery and nobody is happy: New Yorkers boarding buses and subway trains were surprised with a wall of Axis Powers propaganda, courtesy of Amazon, on Monday.

The e-commerce giant is promoting its new show Man in the High Castle — an alternate-history period piece that takes place in an America ruled by Nazi Germany and imperial Japan — by blanketing symbols of the two fascist governments across buses, subway trains and online ads, as first reported by Gothamist. (Patrick Kulp, Mashable)
Interesting timing, given the psychosis that is the "Islamic State" and the terror they are spreading across the globe.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Spying TVs

Coast to Coast has an item on smart TVs that spy on us. Not new news; this has been known for some time now. But a good reminder of what's out there, or rather, in there, as in, inside our homes:

Smart TVs Are Spying On Us? - Articles - Coast to Coast AM: Reportedly, a new breed of smart TV is actually spying on us!

One of the most popular brands can reportedly track everything you watch and then report them to advertisers, ProPublica reported.

For millions of viewers, the set's “Smart Interactivity” is preprogrammed as a default setting right from the factory.

This Smart Interactivity records a person’s view habits, including what they watched, the time and the channel they were tuned to and possibly what they recorded for later binge watching. (Coast to Coast)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Off the Grid News: "This American City Jails Citizens For Having Garden Weeds (Yes, Really)"

If you are among the 3,000 or so people living in Pagedale, Missouri, you can be fined -- and jailed -- for such things as not having matched curtains, walking on the wrong side of the sidewalk (what side is the right side?) and so much more. Read on:

This American City Jails Citizens For Having Garden Weeds (Yes, Really) | Off The Grid News: Rather than protecting and serving the public, Pagedale sets a revenue goal and then uses its code enforcement powers to achieve it,” House said.
Some of the Institute’s specific allegations against Pagedale include:
Revenue from non-traffic fines makes up 17.68 percent of the city’s budget.
Pagedale actually set a goal for fine revenues in its 2014-2015 city budget: $353,000.
In 2013, Pagedale’s municipal court heard 5,781 cases. The city’s population is just 3,304. (Off the Grid News)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

On-line Game: Flowerville and Veterans

I posted this on my Facebook page today, about a game I play on-line -- "Flowerville." Harmless, silly, and relaxing. But something I noticed that I find disturbing:

"I like to play games on FB, like Flowerville. Harmless, silly, you plant flowers, harvest, etc. No killing or violence. They have different characters that buy from you and award points. One of the characters is "Logan" -- a veteran. Older, gray haired, wears a vest over a tee shirt. Sometimes when he pops up the cartoon bubble says something like "I had too much to drink last night, got drunk, I'm hung over, I need a dozen roses to feel better." Then when you do the rose thing his hangover is gone. Another bubble says something like "I'm really angry, and feeling madder … " so you have to plant flowers so he doesn't go postal. This isn't funny and is in poor taste and very disrespectful to the issue of vets who are suffering and not getting what they need. I am no patriotic flag waving America first kind of person, but come on. Just seems inappropriate in an otherwise silly gentle game. Just what is the agenda here?"

Reading Is Against The Law

Those cute little boxes in people's yards, sharing books? Take a book, leave a book … read a book? Some cities think you need their approval -- paid approval what with fees for permits and fines and all -- in order to read:

Local Governments Crack Down On The Monstrous Evil of Tiny Free Lending Libraries: As The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf explains, local governments in Los Angeles, Shreveport, LA and Leawood, KS have all tried to levy fines and other sanctions against people who put up these tiny birdhouse-like lending libraries. These are just what they sound like: tiny boxes on stilts, where anybody can leave behind a book, or take one of the books that have been left behind by others. They bring pleasure and excitement, and a badly needed sense of civic participation and shared fun, to communities, and most of all, they encourage people to notice and read books. But they violate obscure zoning and other ordinances. (

Control and money, that's what it's about. Reminders that "they" are watching, and we need their authority to carry on. Another attempt to regulate and collect our money for their agendas.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Killings, Fires and Strange Events This Summer in Eugene-Springfield, Oregon

I've hesitated writing about this, because I want to respect the people involved: the living friends and families who are also victims. Often it seems to me that when we start writing about tragic events, a veil of disrespect, a blithe aura, appears that ignores the fact of those most affected. It often just seems so damn exploitative.

But it is all so weird and strange and inexplicable, the summer of deaths in our town -- and other odd events -- that I have to put them out there.

Eugene has a population of roughly 160,000. Our neighbor city east of us, Springfield, has a population of about 60,000. And then there are the small towns all around us, like Junction city, with a population of 5,000. In these relatively small towns over the summer and continuing into September, there have been several murders, suicides, murder-suicides (friends of mine knew one of the victims) and attempted murders and suicides, as well as odd events such as the public transportation bus driver who hoaxed a bomb threat, that is transcends statistical "norms."

So much so that the people you wouldn't expect to say anything regarding the observation that this is all very weird, are saying how very weird it is.

When I first moved to this area over thirty years ago, of course the town was smaller, less populated, less built up, friendlier (despite the psychotic anti-California vibe) and less crime filled. Now of course, the town is bigger, more congested, more populated, less friendly (anti-California vibe still strong however) and a lot more crime. But this summer has seen more than the expected in terms of killing.

From the Register Guard newspaper:
12 Dead in Three Months: A look at this summer in Eugene-Springfield area.

Shooting Victim Lured to his Death

The Seattle Times: 3 Violent Deaths in Eugene-Springfield Area Since Friday

Not just killings, but odd behaviors in general, such as the bomb hoax. Bus driver Alex Reutov, a bus driver for over ten years and with "no history of any issues…" was arrested for his part in a hoaxed bomb threat. 

We also had a 4.2 earthquake in Eugene this summer; June 5th.  I was in bed, awake, when it happened. At first I thought the shaking and rumbling was from a truck going by -- a huge uber-truck, to be sure -- but Jim said "Nope, this is an earthquake!" Things shook, the bed moved… scary for a few moments.

It has also been unusually hot, breaking records for summer temperatures.

Fires. The Pacific Northwest, California, the southwest, have had their share of wildfires this summer. The air has been thick with smoke, ash covering cars, asthma patients have had a very bad time (I know I have, I've never had attacks this bad.) Taking Amtrak's Coast Starlight to southern California in late August I could smell the smoke all through Oregon and parts of California, see it in the air. Very bad. But there were also two sad fire related events this summer in Eugene, just a couple of weeks apart.

June 29th, the historic Civic Stadium went up in flames:
Just two months after a deal was hammered out to give it new life as a facility for kids' sports, a 78-year-old abandoned stadium on the National Register of Historic Places went up in flames Monday in Eugene, Oregon, as onlookers mournfully sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." (NBC News)
August 5th, the Southtowne Lanes bowling alley burned to the ground.

The Civic Stadium fire's cause was arson (though unintentional, it appears. young kids playing around with dry leaves and lighters. So far, the view is that the boys didn't think beyond what they were doing and didn't intentionally set the fire) the bowling alley, old electrical wiring gone bad. Both buildings were old, historic sites the community held good memories for.  To have both buildings go up in flames, and a week apart, destroyed without any prospects of being restored, is very strange.

It's a sad but realistic fact that murders, suicides, attempts at both, fires, earthquakes and individuals going off the track are not uncommon, and happen everywhere. Our area however, has seen an unusual, concentrated madness this summer, and it seems to be continuing. The question is why? Is there an answer? It's been off the charts hot, the fires have contributed to fear, illness, pollution, and stress. Suicides, murders, can, and do, trigger others. But those are simplistic reasons, and, while not unreasonable explanations, don't seem to be complete ones.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Idaho: Drones, Begging Oregon

Idaho has now armed drones roaming the skies:

Five Reasons Armed Domestic Drones Are a Terrible Idea | American Civil Liberties Union: The Daily Beast has reported that North Dakota has enacted a drone bill that permits law enforcement drones to be equipped with weapons such as Tasers, rubber bullets, tear gas, and sound cannons. This is a terrible idea. (
"Terrible idea" -- understatement.

Pot, medical and recreational, is legal in Oregon. This law hasn't stopped many an Oregon county and town in banning legal pot sales. They note that since pot is still illegal on the federal level, these good Oregon citizens don't want to break the law. No doubt these are the same people who blithely ignore federal gun laws and federal gay rights laws. On the Oregon/Idaho border, Idaho has begged Oregon towns to ban pot sales so that illegal pot activity doesn't enter Idaho. Eastern Oregon has agreed.

Back to the police state: eastern Oregon was the site of a "surprise" active shooter drill in the Pine Eagle School district, which scared the bejesus out of teacher Linda McLean. Who is suing. Good for her.

Sunday, August 30, 2015's NOTICE

What is this? It's been quite awhile since I've posted here at Octopus Confessional -- just too damn overwhelmed with the never ending putrid arms of the global Kraken of insanity. So I check in, meaning to post random thoughts on some of the insanity, and see this on my blogger dashboard:

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I manage several blogs, Orange Orb, Orange Orb Tarot and Oracle, Mothman Flutterings, and many others. Here at the Confessional is the only place where this notice turned up. Just odd.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Fostering Creative Thinking:"Another Fake UFO Crash

From England, where they really love to stage these fake UFO crashes, complete with injured or missing aliens, the most recent:

UFO crash lands at Semley School | Blackmore Vale Magazine: Pupils at Semley CEVA Primary School, Wiltshire, returned after their half-term break to find there was a flurry of excitement in the playground on Monday morning. Staff dressed in florescent jackets ushered children into the hall and declared a state of emergency… a space rocket had crash-landed on the school playing field! 
The reason given for these scenarios is to encourage creative writing and thinking in children. Well, at least it wasn't the fake WWIII scenario, or the murdered-in-front-of-students scenario.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

School Lockdown; Armed SWAT Dude

Right here in Eugene, two school lock downs and one "modified" school lock down. The reason: armed man in complete camo seen walking near the schools. Turns out he was a SWAT team member on break from exercises. Supervisor gave him the okay to walk into the YMCA (which is across the street from the high school and a couple blocks down from the middle school) to visit his son.

Police were called, lock downs for 45 minutes, all turned out okay. SWAT team guy "felt terrible" about the misunderstanding.

I'm not so sure. I'm not so paranoid (well, maybe I am) that I think this was intentional, since the man in question visited his son at the Y often and staff recognized him. I certainly question the thinking, or, lack of, behind this whole scene. Didn't it occur to anyone involved: supervisor, SWAT team guy himself, etc. that walking around right in front of schools in full camo and visibly armed might set off some alarms?????!!!! Scary to think the lack of thinking was so entrenched.

From KTVZ news site this interesting quote: "Though it was a false alarm, Hankemeier says officers could tell that school staff greatly benefited from a recent active-shooter training program with Eugene police."

Article in Eugene's Register Guard newspaper does mention the "militarization of police" --- on second thought maybe this was intentional. Possible armed camo dad wasn't aware of his part in this little scene but someone knew the intent was to observe the reactions of the community.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Boulder cops declare ‘rock stacking’ a jailable offense to stop local artist who spent 7 years creating sculptures

Boulder cops declare ‘rock stacking’ a jailable offense to stop local artist who spent 7 years creating sculptures: “For the past 7 years i have been creating this art in and around Boulder, Colorado, USA. nearly every day!” he wrote. “[J]ust this weekend, one police officer has decided that balancing rocks in Boulder, Colorado is now illegal, obscurely referencing two city codes [5-4-8 and 5-4-2] about ‘destruction of public property’ in relation to rocks.”

“So now the police have belligerently taken it upon themselves to write tickets and/or arrest ANYONE balancing rocks in Boulder, CO. and specifically threatened to ticket me and/or arrest me if they catch me in the future,” the artist lamented. “[I] encourage as many people as possible (especially locals) to contact the city council here in Boulder and voice your support for this long standing tradition in Boulder. [I]t is something that an overwhelming portion of the community supports.”