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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hunger is the best spice...


"Quando tienes hambre....no hay pan duro."

-Alejandra

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ando Simpson does Snowbiking..."Dats me Pops"

The Snowbike is an innovative approach to snow riding, and has found a perfect fit with my father. My father, as we all know and love as "Ando," unfortunately has knees that have been perpetually bad to the point where he sadly had to give up the passion of his life, skiing. Luckily, a new concept has been developed called the snowbike...take a look!!!!

Is the Press Scared of Obama?!...The People Arent!

After the Republican Primary in South Carolina, where John McCain emerged as the new GOP front runner, I noticed a tremendous amount of press attention dedicated to this new development. However, after Barack Obama cleanly swept through South Carolina a week later, only mentions of him winning were in the press, I saw more interviews with Rudy Guliana and Hillary Clinton on the Sunday politics shows like Meet the Press and Face the Nation. In our media that attached to the old regime? Are the voters that confident to vote for Obama? When will the media take note of a potential drastic change...Which brings me to my other topic, change...we all hear the word change way too much now, and it has become the satirical buzz word. However satirical one may use it, I hope that Americans, especailly non traditionally voting Americans, can make a statement during this primary season. Voters like the friends I have made here in the Bay, of different ethnicities and origins, 2nd generation Americans, yet hold strong to their heritage and culture. Yet they are born raised and educated here, it is their home, our home, and now we have found a true candidate to represent the people...thats right for the first time since Kennedy, America can be a real nation, united under a true leader an innovator and someone who can unite a country that has not been United in far too long. Maybe it will exile all the old cronies who have been in power, media included, so if their short and scathing tactics cant overpower the voters, then maybe they will be forced to embrace..think about rating then!!!


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Trent's Dictionary

The world is a crazy place these days, internet, TV, underfunded public schools, extremely expensive universities, globalization and generally originality have provoked me to develop a working dictionary of the words I encounter, use, write and hear in the world we all live in. This in some cases not to seem too pretentious, but for example like on Meet the Press or the Debates, I hear all these politicians using large words that become sheer nonesense because I feel that most americans dont even understand their rhetoric. Thus, their language is needed to become dumbed down in order to appeal for the voters, but when you have an actual discussion with a coherent individual, it doesnt add up.

Political Words:

Egregious:

Origin: John McCain

e·gre·gious /ɪˈgridʒəs, -dʒiəs/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[i-gree-juhs, -jee-uhs] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–adjective
1. extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
2. Archaic. distinguished or eminent.

Audacity:

Origin, Barack Obama's Book: The Audacity of Hope

au·dac·i·ty /ɔˈdæsɪti/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[aw-das-i-tee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun, plural -ties.
1. boldness or daring, esp. with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions.
2. effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness: His questioner's audacity shocked the lecturer.
3. Usually, audacities. audacious acts or statements.


Pop Culture Words:

"Pologize"

Definition: To say "Im Sorry" a little too late after it has lost all merit and thus is irrelevant,

Origin: One Republic on Timbland's "Apologize"
"Its too late to "pologize." said it too late..."

Friday, January 25, 2008

Somewhere out there...

I finally got a new computer...so I got some of my pictures most of my music and a little bit of writing off of my old computer, not everything thought, which is sad, but maybe one day it will find a way back into my hands. From lost backpacks full of letters, clothes, gifts and personal items, to old boxes of used up notebooks from college class, to long lost love letters, to kitchen spices and funny items from the dollar store...many of my personal belongings have found new homes, lost in cyberspace and in someones stairway storage space. From computers erased to a backpack misplaced. From pencils erased, to water damage erased. I write this blog to an open audience, not knowing who anyone is nor for that matter who I am, but at least for some things, things that I decide to potentially share to the world at one time or another, and think openly on the items I no longer have, the content and siginfigance they contain or once had. Its tragic in a sense to dwell on those things, but in another light its almost refreshing to know that somewhere someone, whether it be disintigrated into the air so our earth can breath the energy or lost in someone's closet, waiting to show itself to its rightful owner once again...

To all my lost poetry, both electronic, hand written or in m head that never made it out...may they all manifest themselves in the way they were meant for this world!

Agnes Whistling Elk vs. Don Juan

In this series, I put Carlos Castañeda's mentor Don Juan up against the female equivalent, Lynn Andrews' Canadian Shamanic teacher Agnes Whistling Elk, in what I will call a good old fashioned, "Searching for the Great Spirit: Spirituality and Insightfullness on Life Off."



"It is the all that all things must be born in woman, even things invented by men."

-Agnes Whistling Elk




"For a Sorcerer, reality, or the world we all know, is a description thats been pounded into us from the moment we were born..."

-Don Juan

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Capitalism at its Finest...Too Soon?






Well, I may be cynical and jealous conspiracy theorist, but I do believe that there exists an island out there with really awesome people who are so famous or popular that their only thing left to do in life is fake their death...and this is done because they are accepted to "The Island"...A place where no one else knows about and the greatest people in the world are selected to live on, and can only be achieved by a highly publicized fake death that leaves people wondering...For example, I believe that 2 Pac, Biggie, Aaliyah, Marley, Hendrix, and Presley are all there among many others...Trent Reznor tried to go, but decided to come back...and now quite possibly Heath Ledger...or maybe not, but look at what consumerism is doing in light of his alleged death...

From email forward and link

http://www.bestweekever.tv/2008/01/23/when-is-a-makeshift-best-buy-tribute-to-heath-ledger-too-soon-the-answer-always/

Yesterday evening, only a few hours after the tragic passing of Heath Ledger, we received this e-mail from reader Don T., who stumbled across a thoughtfully arranged makeshift Heath Ledger Tribute at his local Best Buy in Mission Valley San Diego. A small sign, created by the company’s finest 1998-era laser printer, informs its customers that they should “Remember a Great Actor Through Great Performances”, tastefully suggesting that customers — who may not have even been aware of his passing — grieve the only way they know how: By reliving the romantic hijinx that is 10 Things I Hate About You.

Take a look at this tribute, and then ask yourself: Too soon?




Or my own idea: a Heath Ledger Variety Pill Pack, Candy and Ledger all in one!...Too Soon? Yea, probably...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Clinton vs. Clinton...

I have a dream...Bill Clinton dozes off...



Maybe he needs to take some time off of his wife's campaign...





"As tired as I am...and I am..." I guess they both are...

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sem Destino: Atitlán, Guatemala



I have a feeling that I will be vising Lake Atitoli and the pueblo of Panajachel in the near future. Lake Atitoli sits in the highlands of Guatemala surrounded by three volcanoes. After spending the weekend at Lake Tahoe, I realize the stark beauty of mountainous lakes...put that together with a thriving Mayan culture, sounds like a perfect spot for an International Vagabond...Eu vou...sempre sem destino!





Links from Friendship Bridge, a microfinance NGO in Guatemala

http://www.friendshipbridge.org/

For more information on Guatemalan culture and travel, please visit the following sites:

* www.atitlan.com is a commercial site about the lake region with pictures and travel info and links to other information
* www.atitlan.net gives more information on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala
* www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/gt.html#Intro The World Fact Book 2002 - Guatemala
* www.lanic.utexas.edu/la/ca/guatemala is a broad site of information about Guatemala
* www.artemaya.com contains information about Arte Maya Tz'utuhil, Oil Paintings by Maya Indians, history, textiles, etc.
* www.santiagoatitlan.com includes information about Lake Atitlan and the people who live there
* www.masta.org offers advice on vaccines and immunization.
* www.oanda.com contains current currency and exchange rates for Guatemala travelers
* www.bbc.co.uk links to BBC world news sources
* www.weather.comgives up-to-date information on worldwide and local weather
* www.footprintbooks.com, www.lonelyplanet.com, www.roughguides.com, and www.stanfords.co.uk are all guidebooks for worldwide destinations.

Alchemy by Paul Laffoley




www.myspace.com/paullaffoley

Friday, January 18, 2008

Media Comparison...

Lets use an incident regarding Sri Lanka to directly compare media stories from AFP Ap and the site run by the rebel movement.

You do the math...


www.afp.com

Jan 18, 2007


COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's military said Thursday its war planes had "completely destroyed" a hideout where Tamil Tiger leaders were meeting, a day after its truce with the rebels officially ended.

The air strike on the northern rebel centre of Kilinochchi also came after suspected rebels killed 27 people in an attack on a public bus in the south.

"Sri Lanka Air Force fighter jets targeted an LTTE (Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam) senior leaders' gathering at Jayapoor in Kilinochchi," the defence ministry said in a statement. "Pilots confirmed that the location was completely destroyed."

The pro-rebel TamilNet website however said the bombs hit a civilian area in Kilinochchi, the main town in the rebels' northern mini-state, wounding seven people and damaging nine houses.

It said the planes "bombed a civilian area with a mechanic workshop," and that the Tamil Tigers responded with anti-aircraft fire.

No independent confirmation of the conflicting accounts of the raid was available. The Sri Lankan government has barred journalists from visiting the rebel-held north.

The air strike came hours after a truce, signed by the LTTE and the government in 2002, officially ended at midnight on Wednesday.

It also came the day after the Tigers were blamed for bombing and shooting at a public bus, killing 27 civilians and wounding more than 60 others, according to a new toll issued by authorities.

Six farmers were also reported to have been shot dead by an LTTE unit in the same area.

The Sri Lankan government pulled out of the ceasefire arguing that the Tigers, who want to carve out an independent state in the north and east of the island, had only used the truce to re-arm.

Fighting has been escalating over the past year, and Nordic peace monitors said late last year that they had lost count of the number of violations of the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire.

The truce monitors pulled out of Sri Lanka on Wednesday, with a warning to both sides that the long-running war cannot be won.

Defence officials in Colombo have spelled out their determination to kill LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, who has been leading a rebellion against the island's ethnic Sinhalese majority since 1972.

In November, Sri Lankan forces killed LTTE political chief S.P. Thamilselvan in an air bombing raid, and the island's military began the New Year with a vow to kill 3,000 guerrillas in the first six months of the year.

Meanwhile the defence ministry said fighting was continuing across front lines in the north, with the military claiming to have killed six more rebels.

Colombo claims it has killed 429 rebels since the start of the year against 20 soldiers killed. The figures cannot be independently verified.







27 killed, 63 wounded, bus explosion in South

From

www.tamilnet.com

http://tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=24302


4TH LEAD

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 January 2008, 03:33 GMT]

27 civilians, including 3 school children, were killed and 63 wounded in a Claymore blast that targeted a bus in Helagama in Buttala DS division in Monaragala district in Uva Province at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday, Police said. The blast comes amid reports the Sri Lankan military leadership was trying to convince the government to shut down schools in the South for extended periods, ahead of major offensives, including bombardments likely to cause heavy civilian casualties, into the Vanni. The 6-years-old ceasefire expires today.

13 women were among the victims, according to initial reports.

The attackers also opened fire on the bus after Claymore explosion, Police said.

The schools in Uva province were closed until further notice.

More than 45 wounded persons were transferred to Monaragala district hospital from Buttala hospital.


CNN.com

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Government soldiers and Tamil separatists fought a series of gunbattles in Sri Lanka's embattled north, leaving 59 insurgents and one soldier dead, the military said Saturday. Separately, police announced new measures to boost security nationwide.


Police check the bags of Tamil fortune tellers at an entry point to Colombo city, Sri Lanka, Saturday.

Troops clashed with Tamil Tiger guerrillas on several fronts Friday in Vavuniya district, just south of the rebels' de facto state, killing 39 insurgents, a defense ministry official said.

Fighting in Vavuniya also left one soldier dead and 21 wounded, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Separate fighting in nearby Mannar district killed 17 insurgents, while three more rebels died in clashes on the Jaffna peninsula, he said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claims because the fighting took place deep in the jungles of the north, and access to the area is restricted. Both sides often release inflated casualty figures for their opponents while lowering their own.

Violence has escalated since January 3 when the government withdrew from a 2002 cease-fire, with at least 267 people killed -- 256 rebels, seven soldiers and four civilians -- according to military figures.

Two lawmakers have been killed already this year, prompting police to increase security measures. Four security guards were being assigned to each lawmaker, up from two, police chief Victor Perera told reporters Saturday.

Opposition lawmaker Thyagaraja Maheswaran was shot dead while worshipping in a Hindu temple for the New Year, and a week later Minister of Nation Building D. M. Dassanayake was killed by a roadside bomb in a suburb of the capital, Colombo.
Don't Miss

* Sri Lanka rail station bombed
* Rebels say they want cease-fire
* Minister dies in bomb attack

Additional policemen were also being deployed to major cities, and authorities were clearing small shrubs, garbage dumps and other places where rebels could conceal roadside bombs, Perera said.

Meanwhile, Japanese envoy Yasushi Akashi was scheduled to begin a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Sunday to discuss the "current situation of the peace process and its future," the Japanese Embassy said in a statement.

On Friday, the government rejected a call by rebels to revive the Norway-brokered truce, saying rebels had used the cease-fire to strengthen themselves militarily.

Japan was a key backer of the cease-fire. Akashi also played a pivotal role in organizing a 2003 donor conference in Tokyo to raise funds to rebuild parts of Sri Lanka destroyed by the war.

More than 70,000 people have been killed since the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam began fighting in 1983 for an independent state for Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority, claiming discrimination by the Sinhalese majority

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Rejuvenation...

Revolutions
in
Revelations
in
Evolution
-and-
(Re)
Juvenation







-TS "Revolutions in Revelation..."
1-15-08

Friday, January 11, 2008

Californiando...Road Trippin Hwy 1

Tomorrow I will get up at the crack of dawn with my trusty California Lonely Planet and head down Highway 1 to see Big Sur, hit some golf balls at Pebble Beach, and do other recommended activities along the way to LA, Orange County and San Diego to visit friends and family. Its good to be a tourist in your own state....


I will take this photo tomorrow...and post mine below upon my return!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fabricating Conflicts, Strategy, the Washington Consensus and US Foreign Policy...

Disclaimer...This is a very unedited free verse open minded segment that I want to add and open up for comments, fact adding and forum for our situation in the world...

Its not a mystery that the US not only fabricates, but embraces and manipulates strange military encounters to justify larger military action. Probably the most famous proven evidence of this is the Gulf of Tonkin incident which seemingly justified an escalation of the Vietnam "war." Thus, the spotlight is on the Middle East again, surprise surprise...with assassinations in Pakistan and false media reports about the morale of Pakistani people reacting to the almost martyriffic (yes I did just make up that word) death of Ms. Bhutto who runs in a family of political strife where her father was publicly hung and other family members openly killed for their stringent support for Democracy. And that right there is the problem my friends...unfortunately I feel obligated to begin to start a movement against the Washington Consensus. I may be a martyr for my own cause by proclaiming this, but I ardently believe that contrary to the Washington Consensus, an accepted belief of UN Member Nations that every nation needs to be a democracy because according to the people who tally up wars and conflicts, no two democracies have ever gone to war with each other. So thus, if all nations are democratic, there will be no war.

Well, lets see...I dont know about that. Its a little too hard to dwell on right now, but Middle Eastern politics does not fit into that mold. For example in Pakistan, Musharraf claimed the position of President, not necessarily by free elections, but has worked hard to broker deals between feuding groups of people that will not rest under a democracy where a system of equality does not work when one is allegedly fighting under the will of God or for ancient and sacred ground.

In any case, as I turned on CNN this morning and there is a new apparent controversy between the Pentagon and the Iranian Government concerning the interaction between US Naval war ships and Iranian Royal Guard Speed Boats...So thus, as one in my position my assert, we should strictly monitor the actuality of these kinds of events in order to know what is really going on...the US is undoubtedly looking for any reason to provoke diplomatic ties and cause an unrest in the Middle East to divert attention from our perriling efforts in Iraq, to pick a new fight against an unnecessary enemy...and Iran claiming that these videos are fabricated...

Here are some videos...

Department of Defense Video on CNN









ABC News: "Iran Attempts to Provoke US Navy..."


http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4097306&affil=kgo

PS

If you dont think this is very relevant...look at a map of where the Hormuz Strait is...A very strategic location...shit if I were Iran, I wouldnt want that many US Navy Warships chillin there either...and if I was the US, I would love to control that piece of waterif I were plotting an attack...




Do some primary source research at


Gulf of Tonkin Primary Sources

Friday, January 04, 2008

Be the Change!

I dont want to get over excited with the results coming out of Iowa last night...but it looks like America might really be ready for change. Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee (sp?), two candidates whose largest platform is change, won the Iowa Caucuses last night....

I dont want to write too much, lets see how this plays out...but this might actually be worth paying attention to!!!!




ps I thought he was hugging Hillary!

M.I.A.: Awesome vs. Awesome

Bucky Done Gun (Awesome)





vs.


Bird Flu (Awesome)

Awesome vs. Awesome pt 2: LL Cool J "I Need Love" vs. "Hey Lover" (song vs. video)

I remember when my roommate, Derek, and I would somehow manage to get a couple girls in our handicapped room on the first floor of JBKO at GW and put on the instrumental to this song and woo them to death!!!


A:

"I Need Love"


when making your awesome decsion give justice to simply the song for A and the Video for B

or

B:
"Hey Lover"

Nothin better about makin a whole somg about a girl you see at the bus stop everyday...creating a whole reality for her, which may or may not be true at all...I think I might relate to that..and definitely thinking about, "Toning you down wit...uh..vanilla ice cream..."



Which is more awesome, or has more mac...I dont know..
Love and Respek

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Full Moons 2008

Full Moon dates 2008

Year Month Day Time Day of week
2008 Jan 22 13:36 Tue
2008 Feb 21 03:32 Thu
2008 Mar 21 18:41 Fri
2008 Apr 20 10:27 Sun
2008 May 20 02:13 Tue
2008 Jun 18 17:32 Wed
2008 Jul 18 08:00 Fri
2008 Aug 16 21:18 Sat
2008 Sep 15 09:15 Mon
2008 Oct 14 20:04 Tue
2008 Nov 13 06:19 Thu
2008 Dec 12 16:39 Fri

Lets Start Getting Political...

I guess with the Iowa Caucuses one day away, oil reserves at an unexcuseable high and the dollar plummeting to a sustainable recesssion...my political pilot light has been reignited...It pains me to admit how much the US has been screwing itself in the past 8 years...




Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year! Wolrd Wide Day of Hungoverness...

Happy New Year, Im sure the whole world partied hard yesterday, lets take a look at how is going to continue the party....

From: www.pology.org

The World's Hardest Drinking Countries · Dec 1, 04:39 PM



A survey by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development lists 2006’s top alcohol consuming countries as follows:

1) Luxembourg; 2) France; 3) Ireland; 4) Hungary; 5) Czech Republic; 6) Spain; 7) Denmark; 8) Portugal; 9) Switzerland; 10) Austria; 11) Germany; 12) United Kingdom; 13) Belgium; 14) Netherlands; 15) Australia.

The survey apparently accounts for per capita consumption of pure alcohol (as opposed to liters of beverage) from beer, wine, and spirits. In other words, despite appearances, simply having citizens that drink enormous steins of beer won’t land a country on the list.

What’s striking about this list is the absence of several notoriously hard-drinking countries of Eastern Europe. Forbes, which reports on the OECD survey, gives little clue as to the methodology used in gathering the data, but my sense that the “per capita” method is favoring (or damning, depending on how you look at it), countries with smaller, more homogenous populations in which men and women both imbibe regularly in social settings. The article also suggests that low alcohol taxes may help keep sales steady.

Russia, one of the countries not on the list, has high taxes on vodka and a younger generation that frequently favors beer over the hard stuff. This may in part be why Russia appears to have sobered up. (Indeed, while in Russia, I met many young people who were terrified of alcoholism and abstained from spirits all together.) However, the country also has a rollicking black market for those looking to enjoy a zapoi at a lower price. Among the under the table intoxicants not accounted for in the OECD study: samagon (moonshine), mouthwash, and cologne.

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If I were to make my own, the list would probably be different...the whole notion of a shady per capita measurement renders this list null for me...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!