Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#Trump Speech (off-kilter #KennyG)

Let’s say I take a Trump Immigration Speech given in the summer of 2016, but “massage” the text by changing just a few words---

“The fundamental problem with the [real estate] system in our [city] is that it serves the needs of wealthy donors, political activists and powerful politicians. Let me tell you who it doesn’t serve! It doesn’t serve you the [Oakland] people….”

“We have to listen to the concerns that working people have over the record pace of [gentrification] and its impact on their jobs, wages, housing, schools….

“We also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our [city] will be able to successfully assimilate…

Countless [longtime Oakland residents] who have [been priced out] in recent years would [be here] today if not for the open border policies of [The Schaaf, Quan, Brown] administration

While there are many [gentrifiers] in our [city] who are good people, this doesn’t change the fact that [real-estate developers] draw much more out from the system than they will ever pay in.

But those facts are never reported

Anyone who tells you that the core issue is the needs of [those who don’t live here yet, but are able to pay $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment] has simply spent too much time
[in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Wall Street or Trump Tower]

Number one: we will build a wall [around Peidmont, on top of the Oakland Hills! In the San Francisco Bay that should be called The Oakland Bay!)

….& keep out the criminal cartels, and [Goldman Sachs, Google, Uber and Bloomberg] will pay for it!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thinking About a Facebook Post by Jasmine Dreame Wagner

Why does it seem it’s easier to spew hatred and divisiveness in a tweet
While love needs a few paragraphs (of verses) to clean up the mess?

No matter what you tweet, it misrepresents?

You put a tweet up about Trump,
But you better put 6 or 7 up at the same time
For a sense of psychic balance
(maybe then you’ll feel free
not to always post to “weigh in”
and can take a much needed vacation from social media)—

coz you know that tweeting about Trump
alienates some of your “friends” or “followers”
and not because they’re not afraid
of the Goldman Sachs agenda & Bannon’s globalized race war
(Devos and the Carl Jrs. Management Fox Guarding the Labor Henhouse)

but because they came to social media
more for the local struggle
(evictions, displacements, and the cultural consequences)
which will bore those who say NATIONAL TRUMPS LOCAL
and even anger them because despite the mayor’s atrocities
that have parallels to the Israeli illegal settlements in Jerusalem
and the process Spanish missionaries began with the native Californians,
she at least is a Democrat and it's  a sanctuary city (in name)….

Or because they came here to talk and share music
Or because they’re more interested in toppling the technocracy
And others are professional colleagues
And you can’t find the perfect tweet
That appeals to all of them beyond lowest common denominator
(even the selfies of foodies’ food become political)

and you wanna curse specialization again
and you get nostalgic for a time before social media
when you could talk to musicians one way
and to poets another, or the Hillary supporters
one way, and the Bernie supporters another
& it wasn’t seen as a contradiction or hypocrisy

because you weren’t forced to mix it all up
in the reactive mind of “immediate gratification”
as if it “takes too long” for the translation
bridge to be built between social scenes 
that could go beyond the transient 
(that well crafted 3 minute
tune too bulky not to compete with a tweet
and who needs a home if you got a cell)

and though this isn’t contemplative enough
to be a poem, that doesn’t mean
it’s short enough for a tweet,
though perhaps I could pay some geek
at the Genuis Bar to translate it all to 147 characters

(each letter or space a three dimensional one,
and surely somewhere there's a benevolent force
to veer the tragedy toward comedy)….

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Alternatives to ASKGOOGLE?

A 5 year old needs a bed time story, and perhaps I can be an alternative to ASKGOOGLE ™.
50: “Did you know that once upon a time gas prices were much lower?”
5: “Was that because there was more oil back then?”
50: “Yes, look at this football helmet. Isn’t that oil well cute?”
5: “Sure, but I hate football.”
50: “You see, once upon a time America was proud to be an oil producing country.”
5:  “Was that before George Bush said we’re addicted to oil?
50: Yes, back when they called Climate Change Pollution, and back when there were still walking cities!”
5: What’s a walking city, a city with legs?
50: Oh, there aren’t many left. A town where you don’t need a car!”
5: “Like NYC!”
50: And you’re great grandma told me that our town used to be like that, even in the 50s and 60s.
5: Well, I don’t know if I’d like that. The stores are so far away, and I like when mommy drives me places.”
50: “Yeah, but they used to be closer back in the day and we can make them closer again!”
5: “You mean so we won’t be a food desert anymore.”
50: “How did you know we were in a food desert?
5: Oh, grandma told me…”
5O: Okay, so once upon a time….gas stations used to sell gas for 37 cents a gallon.”
5: People got paid less then, so it cancels out.”
50: But even adjusted for inflation, it was still cheaper then. And Not Only that, back in the days most of the stations would wash your windows, and give you roadmaps. Many had free coffee brewing….
5: I hate coffee…
50: Well, you could save up these James Brown Stamps and get free lamps and toys and stuff if you went enough….
5: Wow, they were so much nicer then.
50: They had to be. They had to seduce. Not everybody was convinced they needed a car, and not just for special monthly trips, yet, so the car makers had to destroy the walking cities (and more self-contained small county seats), before they and the big oil companies could raise prices… people were powerless to boycott. Besides, they make America more dependent on plastic…
5: What’s plastic got to do with it?
50: It’s made of oil
5: Oh, but I thought the real reason the price was so high was because of the Arabs, the Muslims got all the oil, and Trump’s gonna kill them and bring oil prices down…
50: He never said that, and he won’t bring oil prices down
5: Why:
50: Because the oil companies don’t have to seduce anymore (especially when they’re secretary of state).
5: But why do they spend billions on advertisements then?”
50: So they can control and censor the content in the mass entertainment media. The news will never say anything bad about them coz they need the revenue. That’s what happened after the BP oil spill.
5: Is that why Google is taking out ads?”
50: Yes, right now the internet is kinda like what gas prices were like in mid-century USA, but now that almost everybody’s hooked, and the pre-internet alternatives largely phased out, it will surely raise prices…
5: they’re high enough now.”
50: In the future, you will look back and see these as the good old (cheap) days (i.e. they’re planning to price you out too)
5: Are you just trying to teach me the meaning of despair?
50: No, I’m leading up to an alternative to Santa Claus called Boycott Claus!”
5: How can we boycott?
50: Well, you can start with your school. Next time they tell you poison is fun, or Lincoln freed the slaves, get your friends together and boycott. The parents got your back….and have some say!

5: But…..what about Draconian Betsy De Vos