Jim Harper's brain
Pete Seeger

There are few real giants in the world—and Pete Seeger was one of them. Rest in peace, Pete, your song will keep singing forever. Thank you for all you have taught me.

Us versus the monster

The rise in “social media”, especially Facebook, has wrought an amazing change in the ways we interact with our fellow travelers on Spaceship Earth. No longer are we bound by distance nor, oft-times, the bounds of social niceties that have served as a muzzle to vigorous debates in times past. Beyond that, I’m just getting to the point in my life that I have seen wrongs perpetuated for too long by the powers that be to keep silent. For silence and acquiescence to power is the greatest danger to those we hold dear. When I form my opinions on the state of the world, I have found it useful to always “follow the money.” For example, who are the strongest advocates for reducing restrictions on gun ownership? People who make and sell guns (and here is where you need to follow the money to find who funds lobbying groups like the NRA—a vast portion of their funding comes from the gun industry: 74% of over $50 million raised annually comes from gun industry “corporate partners”). Who are the strongest advocates for reasonable restrictions and licensing requirements on gun ownership? Places like the Brady Center, founded by Jim and Sarah Brady. Jim was shot and paralyzed for life because of an attempt on Ronald Regan while Jim was his Press Secretary. Gabrielle Giffords—who was shot in the head while a member of the House of Representatives—and her husband Mark Kelly, have just started a PAC to help curb gun violence. Big business has shown time and time again that it’s only interest is in making as much profit as it can. Corporations are paper constructions, unable to feel remorse or shame. They cannot care who gets sick or dead because of their actions, and yet this is the basic fabric that holds the fragile human society together. All religions are based, at least in part, on a set of rules laid down for the express purpose of fostering a society in which human beings can grow and thrive within a group. This is how humans have survived for millennia without claws, fur, or any of the other protections afforded other creatures. They have worked together as a group for the common good. This is the importance that I see in Facebook and similar social media. Being able to organize and educate ourselves in our planetary society for the common good against the monsters of the current age. Monsters who turn out to be those who wish all power for themselves—and the worst of these hydra-headed monsters always seem to be corporations. What vehicles do we have to get the messages of peace and cooperation out in the face of their overwhelming advantage of media control? Social media. Which is why I refuse to turn it off, and why I take the time to respond with well-reasoned arguments every time someone posts a thoughtless argument for something that I know in my heart will lead to more death. It is my moral imperative as a member of the human race.

Happy Holidays from the Harpers!

Happy Holidays from the Harpers!

Christmas 2012

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OH EM GEE I GOT A GLUTAMINE CD ASDJFAKL;SDJFDSJFLKASJDFLKASJDFLKJ 

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wtf it’s not a CD it’s paper…

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As chronicled by Steve Benen: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/07/13731433-chronicling-mitts-mendacity-vol-xxxiii
How to make more profits.
How to make more profits: 1). Reduce your workforce by finding ways of extracting resources that utilize fewer workers, and fill positions with those who are not unionized. 2). Make sure your workers do not have access to education. 3). Blame the reduction of job opportunities on government regulations. 4). Ignore safety and health concerns and buy off local public officials to look the other way. 4). Give the undereducated workers a sob story that yours is the only way to keep jobs in the region. 5). Create false villains for them to attack to keep them distracted. 6). Continue poisoning. 7). Walk away when commodity has been depleted, leave cleanup to those left behind and to the government you blamed for trying to keep you from poisoning in the first place. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/opinion/appalachia-turns-on-itself.html