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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Seeking Web Artist

Elena Needs An Artist

In 2009 a white upper middle class suburbanite asked me to write the story of a "seminal life event." I thought he was coming out. Instead he sent me hundreds of pages of emails that detailed his affair with a Romanian Internet Sex Worker and the collapse of their better brothel, Star Studios.  Seventy-five percent true and 60% complete, "Elena, a Web Play for Voices" seeks a masterful web artist.

Like the story it tells, the manuscript “Elena” is a thoroughly modern affair. As such it is meant to be (mostly) read as it was experienced on a computer screen that also displays snippets of fantasy. The finished product will include still pictures, music, video, charts, graphs and voices. At some points the text will fill the screen in the usual manner and be accompanied by silence, music or voices. Most of the time the voices are actresses that play Elena or the narrator or an actor who reads Dan. Because Elena is a literary hybrid---part pornography, part art film, part literature and politics--only some of the visuals are pornographic Most of the pornography includes live sex shows by Elena, other Internet Sex Workers and Dan.

The appeal of this format for 30-40 male computer professionals is undeniable. Most viewers will also be able to see parts of himself in the lead: the man they will be in 8 years.

“Elena’s” art tech format necessitates the collaboration of an ambitious talented web artist. Please contact me if you feel that you/your company is that person.



Saturday, May 30, 2015

Occupy the Presidency; support a platform, not a personality!

Seven Steps to A New Economy

Capital accumulation, technological progress and pollution have brought the global economy to a tipping point. We in the United States no longer need all the labor of all the workers who live here now. Moreover, no regulation can stop the desperate multitudes of other countries from wanting what we have and risking everything to try to get it. 

Only an economic platform that merges the best of capitalism, libertarianism and socialism can take this country and the Earth safely into the new age.  Details below.


1. Abolish Corporate Personhood

All the worst evils begin with a lie. Stop lying. This is the first step in disempowering non-humans.

2. Release All Prisoners Convicted of Victimless Crimes

This is how you stop the worst kind of race-based profiteering.

3. Replace All Entitlements with A Basic Income Guarantee and Healthcare.

The liberal welfare state cannot stop technology and globalization from destroying jobs. A basic income guarantee will provide a floor for the price of food and shelter.  If every citizen gets a Citizen's Dividend, there is no need for the thousands of government employees charged with deciding who is good enough to benefit from the largess that rightfully belongs to us all. Trust Funds for Everyone! When truly freed from the bonds of capital, labor will create the world we all know is possible. 

4. Nationalize the Healthcare Industry.

No compassion for profit. 

5.  A New Tax Code for A New Economy

The tax code should be re-written from scratch. Only by putting everything on the table will every one of the thousands of stakeholders in the 17 volume federal tax code be compelled let go of something and negotiate in good faith. Eliminate all exemptions and credits for a 5 year planning period and suddenly the IRS, and the cost of government gets tiny. What will happen? Who knows? Taxing consumption is a great green ideas--if you adjust the rate based on income. So is a carbon tax. So is setting rates by zip code. Start by erasing the status quo and go from there.

6. Tie the Global Value of Currency Inversely to the Number of Fish in the Sea.

Capitalists love cheap money: the more fish their are, the lower the value of money. No law or regulation no matter how broad or draconian will stop capitalists if there is a profit to be made--when pollution equals a loss of profit then it will stop. The value of currency should be decided by scientists, not bankers.

7. Create a strong Commons to protect the Earth and Nourish Community.

This land trust should be large enough to act as a break on any kind of run away market, especially the housing market. Instead of building single family houses that make low-income families house poor and real estate developers wealthy, the state should build multi-family units and sell them to owner occupants at cost, while retaining the right of first refusal. Low income families, like the wealthy, should have access to capital which allows them to turn a profit while working very little. Ideally these land trusts would be governed by civil authorities based on bioregions, thus giving the Earth a voice in what we do to her.




Saturday, October 25, 2014

If Your Neighbor Had Ebola


….you would beg the US government to nationalize the healthcare industry.  Why wait until it's too late?

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Care.

Why wait till the captains of industry make the same kind of obscene profits from Ebola that they made from the AIDS epidemic? Greed is a disease that can be stopped. Let's make Ebola the cure.

NATIONALIZE THE US HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY, NOW.

Prevention is the best medicine, but there's no profit in it.  No one can quantify how many fewer people got sick because they were taught the basics of disease transmission or went to a stress reduction class or didn't get pregnant. And it wouldn't matter anyway. In America, the cash register doesn't ring unless someone is sick or afraid of getting sick. 

The best healthcare systems in the world are socialist systems. Our capitalist healthcare system is barely able to distribute flu vaccines—what would happen if we were to be hit by a major epidemic? More forms, more lines, more rationing, even less compassion?

If Your Neighbor Had Ebola

"Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these" Mark 12:32

Now, when a truly excellent healthcare system would be gearing up to prevent the spread of an awful disease, the true leaders of our healthcare system are estimating how much they are going to make off of this little problem and trying to take our mind off the problem. My money says the media's preoccupation with sexual violence is a diversion tactic meant to take our attention off of how very unready we are for an epidemic.

Even those already isolated in their shiny towers and gated communities must breathe air and drink water. In the global age, we all truly belong to the same tribe. Today's epidemic is not transmitted by insects, but what about tomorrows? What guard or fence can stop a mosquito and what horror will the 1% unleash trying to stop it?

If Your Neighbor Had Ebola

Would you want a doctor in a hazmat suit to verify coverage before taking your sick brethren to the hospital, clinic, homeless shelter…or nowhere at all?

NATIONALIZE THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY.

Now, before it's too late.




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"Our goal is a society that prioritizes the needs of all before the profits of the few." passed by Occupy Boston General Assembly 11/29/11

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Throw Open the Borders

It is useless to try to hold back the tide of weary, desperate people seeking a better life. Let's get real: no one is going to stop a hungry child from jumping on the top of a train and looking for higher ground. Why not just let them in? All of them ? Yes, all of them.

 

A Problem Correctly Defined is Half Solved

 

We don't have an immigration problem, we have a poverty problem. And the problem is not that we as a country don't have enough money to solve poverty. It's that we put our money into the wrong pockets Allowing anyone who wants to enter the country to enter is feasible if it is one several radical changes to how the government regulates economic fundamentals: labor, property and taxes.

 

Replace the all entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) and health care.

Shred Title 26: A New Tax Code for a New Economy. *

Triple Decker Housing Trust Fund

Throw Open the Borders.

 

You're Going to GIVE Immigrants Money?

 

After paying taxes for 7 years, everyone residing in the US should be eligible for a BIG of $21,000/year. For most "Born Heres" that means starting with an after-school job while in high school. On the other hand, if you started living off your trust fund at 16, you might never qualify.  Poor baby.

 

How will you pay for that?

 

Replacing all entitlements with a basic income guarantee doesn't just mean eliminating programs like unemployment insurance, food stamps, fuel assistance, and Section 8, it means eliminating the bureaucracy that administers those programs. If no one has to apply for "social security"—because you already receive it (after paying taxes for 7 years)—checking eligibility is a piece of cake.  Ditto for hundreds of other government programs that now soak up millions of dollars in administrative expenses. If on top of it you radically streamline Title 26, suddenly the money appears.

 

Current Immigration Policy

 

Besides militarizing the entire southern half of the country, protecting our border also prevents employers from hiring the best person for the job and within a capitalist system the best person for the job is the person that will work for the lowest wage. The economy and employers are better off paying Manuel Labor, father of ten who has three other jobs, than they are employing someone who thinks s/he is too good to wash dishes.

 

The Slacker Problem

 

The "immigration problem" highlights something that no one, liberal or conservative has adequately addressed: some people won't work.  Ask conservatives about the shortage of "Born Here" dishwashers and they'll start babbling about whatever it is they babble about. Ask liberals about unionized deadwood and they'll claim it's not a problem.  But it is and there is no better description of it than this classic New Yorker article about teachers being paid not to teach:

 

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/08/31/the-rubber-room

 

Liberals don't want to talk about this or the other ways that entitlements make it more sensible to game the system than to look for work. This is because at the heart of liberalism is a kind of paternalism that assumes that poor people don't know how to run their own lives.  A better conclusion is that the government doesn't know how to run peoples lives.

 

(For the record, this editorialist doesn't believe in laziness. People who don't want to work usually have a good reason for not working, one that no one else can really understand or change.)

 

 Mom and Pop

 

Gov: "You spent all your allowance?  Too bad, you'll do better next week."

Gov: "What, spent it again? Talk to your mother."

 

Replacing all entitlements with a BIG doesn't mean the end of charity, it means cutting out the middleman. No matter what "The Dad" government does or does not do, there will always be people with large soft hearts who will give anyone another chance. G-d bless them.  Everyone needs and deserves a mother.

 

Increasing the tax break for private charitable donations; eliminating the need for charities to apply for government contracts and having all donations go directly to the charity chosen by the donor will make private charitable organizations more effective.  Let's retire the Nanny state and let Mom do her job.

 

It's the Economy Stupid

 

Putting enough money to live on, albeit not well, into the hands of people who then are free to make economic choices is a better way to help people and a better way run an economy than putting it into the pockets of government employees. Since there are no strings or income limitations on the BIG, people can slack when they can't work and make as much money as is humanly possible when they can (corporations are not people and thus not eligible for the BIG). Whether those people are Born Here or Born Somewhere Else is irrelevant to the economy and should be to everyone else.

 

Throw open the borders. In the age of globalization we are all citizens of the world. It's time to start acting like it.

 

For the Earth,

 

Aria Littlhous

 

*For more on these initiatives go to: http://arialittlhous.blogspot.com/search?q=dissenting+opinion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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"Our goal is a society that prioritizes the needs of all before the profits of the few." passed by Occupy Boston General Assembly 11/29/11

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cell Phone Texts about Demos

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