Posted by: graphiclucidity | September 27, 2009

in the waiting line

Some music while you wait.

Apparently this video was made using a “video game animation engine.”

I do like the song though.

Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line

Posted by: graphiclucidity | September 11, 2009

September 11, 2001

AP Photo by Richard Drew

AP Photo by Richard Drew

I remember.

Posted by: graphiclucidity | August 4, 2009

listen to the music

I wondered recently about what an alien would encounter first upon discovering Earth and her inhabitants.

A technologically advanced alien explorer would first come across images and sounds from our media that have been broadcast across the universe in radio waves for nearly a century. These broadcasts would be a first taste of humanity. Streaming bits of history in the form of news, films, television shows, sports, and music.

E.T. would get plenty of music.

Music pouring from everywhere, from the satellites and the radio-waves, the bars and the clubs, homes and cars, businesses and churches. Music echoes from every part of the planet all at once, continuously, creating a symphony of creativity in rhythmic, melodic, sound, that is so unique to mankind.

If they’re out there, I hope the martians have a little soul, and a lot of rhythm.

They’d deserve to hear about the best of humanity in our sound. Music is the art form which expresses, in the most heartfelt and honest ways, the human condition and all the pain, suffering, trials, tribulations, love and joy which that entails. In essence, humans sing & dance to the music of their shared eternal story – the soundtrack of our own lives and the world’s.

We should all share the common love of music more.
Close our eyes, and listen… listen.
No talking, no thinking, no judging… just listen.
Like an alien would.

So here’s one for all the strangers among us.
I hope they enjoy it as much as I do.

Telepopmusik – Breathe
(thanks @davislove)

Posted by: graphiclucidity | July 28, 2009

republic or oligarchy, the choice is ours.

After the completion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 a certain Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin the following question –
“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
Franklin, in his typical wise & understated fashion, responded:
“A republic, if you can keep it.”

Ladies and gentleman, I now ask you to ponder that statement and ask yourselves, did we keep it?

Personally, I would maintain that if we haven’t already lost our republic, we have certainly come close to it and are proceeding towards that inevitable occurrence with every passing year.

This is not a recent phenomenon. We didn’t start down this path under Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41, or Reagan. Nor did our slow jog towards oligarchy begin with the modern imperial presidencies of JFK, LBJ, or Nixon. The  progressive movement beginning with Teddy Roosevelt through Woodrow Wilson and the eventual crowning of Franklin Roosevelt and his quasi-socialist “New Deal” were not the seeds of our current discontent either.

No, it started much earlier, I believe, with the era immediately preceding, during, and after, that most tumultuous and painful of eras in the short history of the United States: The Civil War.

It was during this crucial time-frame that the oligarchic elites of the industrial North and the oligarchic elites of the agrarian South plunged this nation into its darkest & bloodiest years in a battle for control of the seat of power and the reins of control in Washington, D.C. We have never fully recovered from the scars, both social & political, on the national psyche left behind in the Civil War’s wake. And we have certainly never fully regained the true republic we once had before that horrible war firmly placed the primacy of the federal government above those of the individual states, and the rule of law itself.

America lost more than her innocence in 1861; she also lost the entire foundations of her liberty and much of the, until then, well-established framework which kept those liberties intact, and the government, itself, in check.

While the basic elements and hidden power of the aristocratic oligarchy did, indeed, exist in our republic before the Civil War, it was this period that firmly cemented those unseen hands’ control of our nation.

The video below will explain, in much more detail, of what I speak of. It will also clear away the mass confusion we have today over what governments truly are, and what they cannot possibly be.

In essence, we have only two real choices:
Oligarchy = Tyranny.
Republic = Liberty.

Mr. Franklin, it does appear that we were not able to keep the republic that you and your brethren fought to conceive.

Do you think we still have the inner strength and will to reclaim it?

Many thanks to Dollarisdead09 for the YouTube upload and to Carlos Miller @ Photography Is Not A Crime for the heads up.

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