Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grateful Daze

Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead

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Cruisin Down Memory Lane
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I recently ran into an old friend of mine, and we started talking about old times. We went to Grateful Dead shows together back in the day, so naturally the subject came up.
Talking about those days brought back old memories of piling in my buddies bus and heading off to some far away city to see a show. I spent one of the best summers of my life traveling around the country chasing the band, and becoming part of the circus of fans called Dead Heads who lived for this. Our entire lives revolved around going to Dead shows, it became our way of life. The groove and our way of life came to an abrupt end on Aug.9, 1995, when we found out Jerry died at the age of 53, in a Northern California residential drug treatment center, a victim of a heart attack. The Grateful Dead blended blues, rock, country and folk music with a dash of the psychedelic sound of the sixties counter-culture that grew out of their home base of San Francisco. Over three decades, the dead became one of the most popular concert draws in the world... Well, needless to say our lives were shattered, but his memory will live on forever in the hearts of the dedicated fans that lived for the music and the lifestyle that was created as a result. The day i found out, me and my local Dead Head friends gathered around the campfire to share stories of life on the road, and the amazing, life changing music that guided us through our lives. I wrote this poem the day Jerry died~

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I Was But A Child

I was but a child then,
so i did not feel the loss,
from Jimi, Janis, Pigpen,
i did not pay the cost.
When we lost brother Brent,
it made me weep for years,
but Jerry was ever there to
guide me through my tears.
Now even he is gone,
i feel lost and alone,
i think of what is lost,
and i am frozen to the bone.
How long will i weep now,
will i ever quit?
I drop into the abyss,
black and bottomless pit.
Now i am torn down,
far below how low i can go,
and all of this because,
there will never be
another show....
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Over the years the pain has subsided, and the remaining members of the band, carry on, and continue to play music. Here is a glimpse into the fascinating, magical world of The Grateful Dead :)
The Grateful Dead~1965

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The Grateful Dead~1995
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Jerry Garcia~Ripple~My Favorite Jerry Song :)

Grateful Dead - 6-26-94 - So Many Roads~Las Vegas Show~I was there!!
This is one of the monumental Jerry ballads from the later years. Enjoy this one folks... it will definitely ease your soul. Anyone who knows Jerry's music will understand what this song meant to him. An affirmation and definition of his life and travels....

Grateful Dead - Peggy O - 6-26-94~
A magic moment in time captured in Las Vegas in 1994. This one is pure Jerry, frail yet strong and full of emotion. In my opinion, the solo alone is possibly one of the most poetic and heartfelt of Jerry's later years...

Grateful Dead-Eyes Of The World (3-27-88)
From Hampton, Virginia.... And on and on and on they go!!!!!

Grateful Dead - Iko Iko - Anaheim 1987

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Wild One

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She is a screamer, a dreamer,
a fire in the night.
She is a ball of fun,
wild one,
rock you to the lite.
She's got wanderlust,
she must,
get on the crazy road.
She is a traveler, a rambler,
call the world her home.
Rock in the night,
rock in the day,
rock all the time,
can't wait to play.
Loves to scream,
till her throat's sore.
Give her some time,
she'll rock you more.
She is a rocker,
non stopper,
she will make you fly.
She is a terror,
can't scare her,
and she never cries.
She needs to be free.
Don't stop her,
she'll only say so long.
So lets party down,
to the ground,
tomorrow, she'll be gone.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

How To Destabilize Countries Legally. Economic Hitman

I first heard of this a couple years back, and i could not believe what i was this really how the "greatest country on earth" builds it's empire?
These videos were taken from an interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy them and judge for yourself.....
Commentary from Amy Goodman on Democracy now:
Today, we spend the hour with a man who claims to have worked deep inside the forces driving corporate globalization. In his first book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins told the story of his work as a highly paid consultant hired to strong-arm leaders into creating policy favorable to the US government and corporations, what he calls the "corporatocracy." John Perkins says he helped the US cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then taking over their economies. John Perkins has just come out with his second book on this issue. It's called The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals and the Truth about Global Corruption. John Perkins joins us now in the firehouse studio. Well, before we go further, "economic hit men"—for those who haven't heard you describe this, let alone describe yourself as this, what do you mean?

JOHN PERKINS: Well, really, I think it's fair to say that since World War II, we economic hit men have managed to create the world's first truly global empire, and we've done it primarily without the military, unlike other empires in history. We've done it through economics very subtly.

We work many different ways, but perhaps the most common one is that we will identify a third world country that has resources our corporations covet, such as oil, and then we arrange a huge loan to that country from the World Bank or one of its sister organizations. The money never actually goes to the country. It goes instead to US corporations, who build big infrastructure projects—power grids, industrial parks, harbors, highways—things that benefit a few very rich people but do not reach the poor at all. The poor aren't connected to the power grids. They don't have the skills to get jobs in industrial parks. But they and the whole country are left holding this huge debt, and it's such a big bet that the country can't possibly repay it. So at some point in time, we economic hit men go back to the country and say, "Look, you know, you owe us a lot of money. You can't pay your debt, so you've got to give us a pound of flesh."

AMY GOODMAN: And explain your history. What made you an economic hit man?

JOHN PERKINS: Well, when I graduated from business school at Boston University, I was recruited by the National Security Agency, the nation's largest and perhaps most secretive spy organization.

AMY GOODMAN: People sometimes think the CIA is that, but the NSA, many times larger.

JOHN PERKINS: Yeah, it is larger. It's much larger. At least it was in those days. And it's very, very secretive. We all—there's a lot of rumors. We know quite a lot about the CIA, I think, but we know very, very little about the NSA. It claims to only work in a cryptography, you know, encoding and decoding messages, but in fact we all know that they're the people who have been listening in on our telephone conversations. That's come out recently. And they're a very, very secretive organization.

They put me through a series of tests, very extensive tests, lie detector tests, psychological tests, during my last year in college. And I think it's fair to say that they identified me as a good potential economic hit man. They also identified a number of weaknesses in my character that would make it relatively easy for them to hook me, to bring me in. And I think those weaknesses, I [inaudible] might call, the three big drugs of our culture: money, power and sex. Who amongst us doesn't have one of them? I had all three at the time.

And then I joined the Peace Corps. I was encouraged to do that by the National Security Agency. I spent three years in Ecuador living with indigenous people in the Amazon and the Andes, people who today and at that time were beginning to fight the oil companies. In fact, the largest environmental lawsuit in the history of the world has just been brought by these people against Texaco, Chevron. And that was incredibly good training for what I was to do.

And then, while I was still in the Peace Corps, I was brought in and recruited into a US private corporation called Charles T. Main, a consulting firm out of Boston of about 2,000 employees, very low-profile firm that did a tremendous amount of work of what I came to understand was the work of economic hit men, as I described it earlier, and that's the role I began to fulfill and eventually kind of rose to the top of that organization as its chief economist.

Democracy Now with John Perkins part1:

Democracy Now with John Perkins part2:

Jonathan May-Economic Hitman-1986:
Jonathan May formerly worked for the International Monetary Fund in England.

In the early 1980s he came to America with a plan to release Americans from debt to the banking system by employing the same "credit creating" system used by international banking.

The law governing this system is the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).

May was initially successful. Eventually, however, he was targeted and imprisoned by the banking system.

He is now in a Federal prison in the midwest. While in prison he was interviewed by Lindsey Williams via phone.

This is a talk, given by Lindsey Williams in 1986, and covers the continuing efforts of International Bankers to control the economies of the world through 20:1 fractional lending, gold and oil manipulation, and eventually the setup of one world central bank.

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