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Living in the Clouds

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ecently purchased a new computer; nine months of lust, loss and lethargy coming to fruition. My other computer has died as the aged should die -- quietly and at peace. She was a veteran of the wars and continents. She was with me in Freedom Plaza with Stop the Machine and Occupy. Through her, I stayed alive as my world fell apart in frozen nights, down twisted main streets. For a man with nothing, she was everything. For a man lost, she was the road home.

My new machine arrived loaded with all the latest, greatest, technology available. Curiously, the instructions were found on four small pages of flimsy cardboard stock. Of course, the answers are all to be found on the Internet! As I powered up, there was a preloaded EBay icon and Amazon, MSN and Toshiba too! All preloaded for my viewing enjoyment. I could read about Kaitlin Jenner or the Kardashians. MSN asked, "What ever happened to the cast of the movie Wedding Crasher; where are they now?"

Perhaps, I pondered to myself, perhaps this was a great film work which I had somehow missed. I checked the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 films of all time: Citizen Kane, Casablanca and The Godfather. No Wedding Crashers to be found there; in fact, the last new film added was nearly two decades ago. Some might suspect a Hollywood, liberal, media bias, but isn't that about the same time computer generated graphics emerged?

Automobiles turning into alien robots replacing the stories of underworld mafia dons. What relevance could the public find in the film Citizen Kane today? An unscrupulous media tycoon twisting and misrepresenting the news to a gullible and trusting public. Scenes of obscene wealth and consumption in a man so driven mad by power, so lost, so alone that the only thing that mattered in the end was "Rosebud." Admittedly, this isn't nearly so visually stimulating as Batman, Spiderman, Superman or Rocket Man soaring through the clouds battling black-hearted blaggards or dastardly, costumed evil-doers, all to save Mary Jane and to preserve Truth, Justice and the American way!

You see, Rocket Man isn't the only one flying in the clouds. Do you know what they would call an African-American Superhero in the United States? Dead Man! The scene opens as terrorists have taken over a subway train. As the train emerges, speeding from a tunnel, Afro Man in grey tights flies to the rescue, saving the train from careening off of an overpass. A woman in the crowd below shouts, "He's stealing that train! Someone stop him!" Police open fire on Afro Man, but he's immune to their bullets. This is after all fantasy. I'm nearly certain resisting a policeman's bullets is a chargeable offense; as is taking a Port Authority train without permission, trespassing, public endangerment, flying in controlled airspace and scaring white people. These are children's stories from the clouds sold to adults living as children. We wonder where racism comes from. The only black super heroes are Darth Vader and Lando Calrissian. Vader is evil incarnate, but answers to a white emperor and Calrissian was a traitor.

We're living in this cloud based society; the internet revolution is over and the real estate is all deeded out. You may need help in finding Amazon and EBay, so we'll preload them for you; but changing your home page from the Mindless Syrup Network" you're on your own. Painting the clouds, altering the perspectives, full media suppression in full media regalia, resplendent in colorful Disney goose-stepping force.

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I who am I? Born at the pinnacle of American prosperity to parents raised during the last great depression. I was the youngest child of the youngest children born almost between the generations and that in fact clouds and obscures who it is that (more...)

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