For 17 years Gene Messick studied and taught Design at NC State University and Cornell. Co-founding the Visual Design Program at NCSU, he established the Photography Program at Cornell, where he taught in the Architecture Department, most interested in experimental structures.
During the first "energy crisis" in the late 70s, he built several attached solar greenhouses, and has been an alternate energy advocate ever since. For 30 years, he's been doing glasswork, focusing now on kiln-fired fused glass at Regeneration Glass. Fusing glass is a technical endeavor. When our Economy went into Meltdown, Gene built his first Website to forewarn folks of dire consequences in their future: http://earthhome.us
Gene now divides his time, living in semi-retirement on Social Security benefits, between fusing glass, subsistence gardening (with seasonal journeys into winemaking) and word smithing: shining light into dark corners. Lightworks was the name of his former glass studio in North Carolina, where he once had a garden in Eden. Light Works.
The Rise of Anti-democratic Democrats
Most of us may think we know what the Democratic Party is about. But these days, organizations outside the Party are causing great confusion, especially one called Progressive Democrats of America. Perhaps this organization is neither Progressive nor Democratic, but flying under a piracy flag of it's own design. Here's more about what PDA is doing to the Democratic Party in North Carolina, a warning for other State Parties.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009(8 comments)
Single Payer Health Care is in Our Future
Americans of all political stripes are rallying around Single Payer Health Care for everyone who needs it. Bills are introduced in both Houses of Congress, and doctors and health care professionals are taking note of this revolutionary idea.
Or is it? No one asked to be born. Why shouldn't government -- elected to serve the people, not profit-making Corporations -- do it's job protecting the health of our citizens?
Sunday, March 15, 2009(3 comments)
View of Obama through Socialist eyes
This is not my Article, and I cannot create a quicklink to it. It was Emailed to me. I am neither agreeing nor disagreeing with what is written. It's presented here for your edification. ~ Gene
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Fallacy of Believing in a War Economy
Every time I hear someone say "FDR's New Deal moved us out of the Great Depression . . ." then followed by ". . . but it was WW II that really pulled us out" I cringe. There's no collective memory in America today of the Great Depression, and very little of WW II. That was the last great Holy War, with God on our side. Every war since WW II has been a mistake.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Obama's Stimulus Package Indicts Bush
As Progressives complain that Obama is not overtly going after GwB for his crimes against America, we're not noticing all the ways Obama is exposing Bush. This is one that seems to have escaped the Internet chatterbox.
Thursday, February 5, 2009(6 comments)
"She's a Whack Job!" said the sociopaths.
This is the 3rd in a Series written for OpEdNews about sociopaths and the consequences that their behavior has in the world of politics for the other 96% of us ordinary folks. I've been away from posting Articles, doing field research on one of the most outrageous examples I've personally witnessed. Report on results of this study is published here.
Sunday, January 18, 2009(12 comments)
Inaugural Train Trip? Are we missing something here?
National media sources are amply covering the historic Obama/Biden arrival in DC by train for the Inauguration. Being a rail buff, traveling by AmTrack many times in past decades, I'm pleased this is happening. But Obama is riding on another great idea. Is the media metaphor of Lincoln keeping us from see it? Are we missing a greater message here?
The 43 Who Helped Make Bush The Worst Ever
Thanks to the folks who write The Progress Report for compiling this list of GwB's Worst Cronies before he exits the White House. Is there any doubt he must be Impeached? It's not too late for the US House to file charges, naming all who can cover for him, including these 43, so that he cannot legally pardon them according to Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution, compounding his ongoing list of horrors.
Thursday, January 15, 2009(4 comments)
Only part of TVA Coal Ash Disaster is Being Told
A flood of Coal Ash from a broken containment wall at a TVA power plant did one good thing: it sunk an absurdly distorted advertising campaign from the proponents of Clean Coal. Millions spent to divert attention from a disaster that the Coal Industry KNEW was just waiting to happen is a crime in itself. But there is so much more to this story.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009(13 comments)
Mr. Obama: Don't close Guantanamo!
Stories are leaking out that one of Obama's first acts as our President will be to close down Guantanamo. At first glance, this appears to be a powerful statement toward righting the unacceptable abuses of power of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Administration. Obama knows he must tread lightly, appearing not to slap GwB in the face, and this is one of the ways he's chosen to do it. But here are some alternatives to closing Gitmo.
More about sociopaths in American politics
On 11 December I wrote an Article for OEN about this: Opportunities to deal with sociopaths in American politics. Since then, I've been collecting examples to prove my point. Just recently I discovered one of the most egregious examples to date.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009(4 comments)
Stop Bailing Out Big Tobacco
With all the billions of dollars Bailing Out Wall Street, Bankers and Automakers, here's one Bailout that can be stopped immediately by Congressional action, with a huge savings to the American taxpayer, not only in money, but in health costs as well, from this leading cause of preventable death.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009(2 comments)
How to Bushwhack Bush
In all probability Presidential Pardons will be falling like winter snow as GwB exits the White House. Can he get away with this? What other options are available to hold his corrupt Administration accountable? And most fascinating of all, will he, once again, shoot himself in the foot?
Sunday, January 4, 2009(6 comments)
How can you visualize a trillion dollars?
With GwB and his NeoCONs gifting Americans a National Debt which surpassed $10 trillion on 30 Sept 2008, how does it make sense that it will take "generations" to pay it off? Just how large is this, really?
Saturday, January 3, 2009(2 comments)
Proposal: A great deal on a New Deal
As the Obama Administration for Change takes office in the worst Economic times since the Great Depression, there's talk of jump starting our Economy with employment in new public works projects reminiscent of FDR's New Deal. Here's one that's ready and waiting to happen on land that already belongs to all of us.
Thursday, January 1, 2009(3 comments)
How to Unplug from your Toxic TV
January 1, 2009: You make a New Year's Resolution: "I'm gonna stop watching so much TV." But how do you make it stick, instead of letting it evaporate like all the others you made in years past?
Friday, December 26, 2008(2 comments)
Your funny money, and profiting from scarcity
Christmas Day 2008. On this day of gift giving, I decided today's as good a day as any to re-gift research I've been doing about our money. Not the Money Supply or lack thereof, nor imaginary Dollars your government creates, now by the trillions. This is about the pieces of paper you use to pay for things, and some information you might want to know to protect yourself in these troubled times.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008(7 comments)
Why a Depression Will Be Good for America
Who welcomes our Recession changing to become a full blown Depression? There are some: those capitalists who always make fortunes off of human suffering. But what about the rest of us ordinary folks? Failing to go thru another Great Depression could actually be worse than avoiding it. Here's why.
Is the Honeymoon Over Even Before Obama's Inauguration?
Cruising various Progressive blogsites these days is truly disheartening. Courtship was successful, their candiDATE agreed to engage them. But even before a marriage can be consummated with Inauguration, Progressives are having morning after blues.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Why are you the Victim in a Consumer Society?
Christmas Carols beckon shoppers into malls. Failure of our Consumer Economy will cause collapse of numerous American Corporations this Holiday Seasons, and economic pain for most others. Why? How did this happen?
Saturday, December 6, 2008(4 comments)
A Plan for Democracy Restoration
A month after Election 2008, Campaign finance totals are proving that more money was spent to buy political influence than ever before. About all the billions spent on Campaigning, one lady said, "how many children would that feed?" Is it finally time to bring sanity -- and democracy -- back into our Elections?
Facing Socialism in America
Many Americans think Socialism is some totalitarian horror found in foreign countries, to be resisted at any cost. Socialism is not only alive and well in America, but our lives would be far less productive and enjoyable without it.
Friday, October 31, 2008(16 comments)
Why hasn't anyone been arrested?
We're barely a month into the 2nd American Revolution. Life as we knew it will never be the same. As we struggle to understand how we got to this place, a lot of questions need answers. Here's one of the more critical inquiries.