ARKANSAS’ NATIONAL FOREST
ROADS IN RUIN
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Report Detailing Forest Road Disrepair Released as Bush Administration is Poised to Change Roadless Rule
Clinton, AR– A report released today
by Taxpayers for
Common Sense (TCS) details the extensive disrepair of the USDA
National Forest road system. The report comes just weeks before the Bush
administration is set to change the Roadless Area Conservation Rule and
shows that the road maintenance and capital improvement backlog has
reached a record $10 billion. Additionally, the report states that
between fiscal years 1998 and 2002, the timber industry received $140
million in taxpayer subsidies for logging and road construction.
Bumps and wobbles...
Anyway, I'm now facing a stack of updates... which it's going to take me a while to work my way through. But in the interim, know that all is well... thanks for your patience... and you'll be hearing more from me again real soon!!!
I know there are a lot of people like me that have questions of "Why do People do the things they do?" If you let people e-mail you with a question that they would like to post on Gozarks and then let people respond and post their own answers.
I guess I just want to understand people more and find out why they do CRAP! But then I think about it again and I think to myself "Why do I need to understand IDIOTS?"
Oh well, just sounding off.
When I read this note -- because I know the writer of it rather well -- I started laughing so hard that I nearly fell out of my chair. I could "hear" exasperation roiling along the edges of her cynical good humor. And, I totally relate to what she is saying.
Why DO people behave like jerks? What blinds them to their (self-serving) displays of lunacy? How can their behavior appear to be so rampantly destructive to me, and yet at the same time be so apparently acceptable to them?
Another email, from a reader I've only just recently encountered, ponders similar questions from a political point:
The whole privatization issue is bothersome to me... I can't believe that any group of people believe that the populace will willingly return to the dark ages, although in their arrogance they might believe that the "sheeple" will fall for anything.
I wonder if they don't see any connection at all between satisfaction of the populace and safety on the streets and in the gated communities. Do they really believe there are no negative consequences to money being sucked up into the pockets of the elite? Worse yet for me is to realize that essentially they want to churn the economy, churn the money flow.
When there are laws passed to allow
privatization of some sort, they'll push as much as possible to get more
passed and extract money along the way (brokers, commissions, fees,
lousy investment guidance, etc.) and then -- when it fails and there is
anarchy in the streets as in the '30s -- revert to another round of
public social security creation and reap money from that process. It
seems they are poised to make more money from chaos, rather than peace
He penned this brief note to me in response
to something I'd written to him, about
nailed the manipulative federal (fear and scarcity driven) economic
Greenspan has publicly admitted to, and I quoted the following from
a Kucinich speech:
All of which brings me right back around the block to the corner where I started, wondering how people can see things so very differently as to end up being polarized as warring camps? I mean really... how many "right" ways are there to treat ALL people with dignity and respect?
And why do some people seem to not care?
Why does any among us choose to NOT look at the "interconnections" among all the various things that wreak havoc and/or foster well-being all across the face of the globe? What will it take to get ALL of us thinking and behaving in accord of the proverbial "Golden Rule"?
In other words, how do we get people to STOP being IDIOTS???
And really, the only true answer I know of is to NOT be one, myself.
PS: I love my new car more everyday...
"Spring Rights Rock 'n'
The venue is the Press Box, 3301 Fair Park Boulevard in Little Rock. All-day admission is $5.00 per person. Featured musical acts include Blind Boy White, Frank Wood, Becky Parkerson, the Amy Garland Band and Ho-Hum. These artists are known throughout the region for their superb songwriting, artistic ability and showmanship.
Doors open at noon. The Press Box grille
and full bar will be open. There is plenty of parking space.
"You won't hear any strident speeches or appeals," said Charlie Smith, chairman pro tem of the Van Buren County Green Party. "That's not our purpose."
There will be brief talks between musical performances to explain the ballot access process. (Gotta do something while the drummer moves his gear!)
Green Party members will be available to provide-on request-information regarding ballot access, as well as information and literature regarding membership and the party's principles and positions.
"Some voters may not understand that
signing a party's ballot access petition is not an endorsement of that
party's candidate or platform", according to Smith.
Directions: Take the Fair Park Boulevard
exit off of I-630 and go south (in front of the La Quinta, not the zoo)
to 32nd street. 3rd building on the left past 32nd. For more info,
contact Charlie, 501-745-6910, or Anita
That is, knowing that this fate was sealed, I decided to take the plunge and -- for the first time in nearly 30 years -- do the lock-step deed with a finance company to procure for myself a new vehicle, which I invite you to have a gander at in the photo below:
I consummated this illustrious deed rather quickly and very pleasantly, managing to get the transaction done prior to the new sales tax going into effect, due almost entirely to the professionalism of Caldwell Toyota sales specialist, Kyle Phillips -- to whom I extend apologies as it had been my intention to post a photo of him and myself shaking hands next to my new wheels... but I looked terrible in that photo and my ego wouldn't let me post it!!! Anyway...
ITEM #2 (or is it #3?)
I feel like there is a big wave, a tsunami, just over the horizon. Examples of this: I have been keeping a community events calendar on Gozarks for (almost) 4 years, and I have been (what many would call) an "altruistic activist" for longer than I've known how to put my feelings about my penchant into words. Which is not to say that I've actually arrived at a conclusion to this, but it is to admit that I have begun to start. <<<grin>>> Anyway...
For four years (and longer) I've been tracking the quantity and quality of local, regional, national, and global happenings as these are (imho) related to the universal establishment of well-being and peace. And for four years (and longer) there has been (what has appeared to be) little more than a trickle of such activities.
At the same time, it seems that the world has grown increasingly violent. Social injustice and corruption hold the fix of our public airwaves and mainstream media like a hostage as the "might makes right" hierarchy seems to bulldoze everything in its path.
Yet at the same time there has been a steady rhythm. An incessant and almost imperceptible "lub-dub," reverberating with a like-minded pro-peace theme. And now it seems that, with the effervescence of bubbles in a freshly poured glass of Champaign, these spirits are cascading to the surface of human events, gathering gusto as they rise. Thus what I sense is coming, and in fact is now at hand, is as a tsunami of unity amongst those of us who are dedicated to one simple thing:
An afternoon picnic in the park with loved ones, spread on a blanket of global well being and peace.
And I assert that this actuality is, in fact, cohering among us, right now at this very moment in time. I make this prognosis based on a multitude of reasons, factual evidence for which abounds.
For one thing, take note of the dramatic amount of pro-peace enthusiasm on the Internet. Google the term "pro-peace" and you'll come up with over 22,000 references.
Secondly, because this virtual activism is surging forth in the form of (truly grassroots) political rallies and civic events all around the globe and seem to be sprouting up like Jonquils right here in these blooming Ozark hills!!! And if you don't believe me, take a look at this list.
Thus I am hopeful and I hope that you are, too. Because hopefulness is a vital commodity and an essential component of peace. However the cost is admittedly high. Because to be truly hopeful one must be willing to sacrifice every trace of fearful behavior, and this requires an act of courage so powerful that it evaporates the (superimposed and culturally addictive) "need" for fear.
Anyway, that's my hodge-podge of the moment, except to note that some new links have been posted to the Voter Education index (on the right side of every Gozarks page), and to share with you the most recent news release from the Arkansas Kucinich camp:
Voting Your Beliefs: It’s
Not About the Polls
SEND YOUR CANDIDACY ANNOUNCEMENTS TO firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, I'm wishing all of us a life worth living, filled with all those things we prefer, desire, wholeheartedly celebrate and richly deserve to enjoy.
Hey! Come visit us at SassafrasWilds!!!
I'm serious... Dennis J. Kucinich, Democratic candidate for President of the United States of America, supports single-payer universal health care for all, no more nukes, regulating marijuana like alcohol, free education for all (including college tuition), organic farming, no GMO's, Veteran's benefits, and the end of the WTO, NAFTA, the SOA and the Patriot Act. I mean really folks... isn't this what we're "saying" we want...???
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