Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Standard Speech to Designers and Planners

Hello, my name is Michael.

I'm a human being.

You've heard of human beings before. Most everyone in this room is a human being.

Human beings are a soft and squishy lot and we like to surround ourselves with soft and squishy things, like trees and grass and puppies and flowers and chirping birds. We don't like hard and scratchy things like asphalt and cement and hurtling bits of metal and plastic. When we bump into them, it hurts.

When you're doing your planning and developing, remember just who it is you're planning and developing for. Not for asphalt and cement and hurtling bits of metal and plastic. You're planning and developing for human beings... soft and squishy human beings.

The next time a pot of money is dangled before you, a salary raise proffered, a promotion promised in exchange for some unneeded and unwanted project, remember this:

We don't want your asphalt and plastic and hurtling bits of metal and plastic. We have too much of those already. We already live in a world coated with asphalt and cement, and overrun by hurtling bits of metal and plastic.

We want more soft and squishy things like trees and grass and puppies and flowers and chirping birds. Design a project with lots of those, please.

Remember what Gandhi told us: "There's more to life than making it go faster." Bits of metal and plastic hurtle too fast already. Don't help them go faster; make them go slower. Or not at all.

If you must design and develop something, design and develop something soft and squishy for us. Better yet, find a job undesigning and undeveloping all the asphalt and cement and hurtling bits of metal and plastic.

The soft and squishy world will take over if given half a chance.

Michael
Leona Gulch
Pacific Plate



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It's Liars All the Way Down!

Special Operations Troops and Intelligence: Elite Troops Get Expanded Role On Intelligence - New York Times

Bush executive order creates faith-based community center at Homeland Security - Raw Story

The United States Corporate Theocracy creeps ever closer to the world of "1984." Control of information, "newspeak" and blatant, outright lies carry the day.

Homeland Security? Just another cover name for the God Squad.

US Embassies? Barracks for US Storm Troopers and spies.

Diplomacy? Soften them up for invasion and occupation.

The Neocons continue the grand US tradition of right-wing "Christian" lying, cheating, graft, corruption, murder and mayhem that has dogged the heels of the US government since the 19th Century. What once was created as an undemocratic representative republic has now devolved into a fascist corporate oligarchy, opportunistically playing the God card to gain the support of the 85% of the people of the United States who believe in a god and look to centrally organized religion to solve their problems for them.

No need to worry about global warming when god is coming to take over the world!

War in the Middle East? Hey, that's the way it's s'posed to be! Says so right here in this black book! That's God's country, isn't it? Israel has a right to displace the Native people of that country. They weren't using al;l that sand anyway!

It's disgusting. We humans haven't progressed in the slightest over the past two hundred years. Gotten worse, in fact, as the government has learned how to control the masses of the people and render them irrelevant. 300 million times zero is still zero.

Less than 10% of the people of the United States eschew TeeVee and get their news of the world by reading newspapers, most of them from other countries where the phrase "free press" still has some meaning. It is therefore not surprising that only 10% of the people in the United States are engaged in activist and progressive activities, less than 10% do not believe in a god, less than 10% engage in rational thought and speech, less than 10% know that the United States is not Democracy and less that 10% are engaged in the true process of democracy: daily community decision-making in our homes. neighborhoods, villages and towns with neighbors, friends and family.

The Liar in Chief and his band of Neo-con artists are preparing the way for the next wave of grifters, thugs and feebs to replace him in the Oval Office. Who? Does it matter? As long as God is waiting in the wings, who's to say we're not all in good hands.

Papers, pliss, Citizen?