Danksagung

Well here I am on the morning of Thanksgiving. I was fixin’ to start whining about something but no. In truth I am indeed thankful. Even though the results of the magnificent work of our ancestors (liberty) has faded at the hands of numerous traitors, and we have, as Benjamin Franklin warned, not been able to keep it. We can yet be thankful for the seeds planted by the colonists, fertilized by the founders and maintained in the years since by America. Seeds which will again sprout and grow true freedom.

The longing for freedom survives, what has passed temporarily, is the willingness to pay the price, which is responsibility. Freedom is truly a two-sided coin and without the responsibility side, you simply can’t have the freedom.

I see abortion as a perfect shining example of the modern, mistaken, sense of virtue. “Freedom to choose” certainly sounds appropriate to the value of liberty but what freedom is actually involved? At what point in life does the value of freedom kick in? We can debate as to whether an unborn child is a human or an unviable tissue mass (???) But if that “unviable” mass is not removed from existence, which it does indeed do (exist, whatever it be called) it will eventually become worthy of the “freedom of choice” those desiring to destroy that “mass” claim to possess.

At what point should we draw the line at which point this virtue of “freedom” kicks in?  In the case of abortion, at least two are involved. Before the line, freedom belongs to one (since the other doesn’t actually exist, apparently) after the line, another somehow enters the realm of deserving “freedom”. In our current society we have no problem with the concept of protecting one another. You have the responsibility to pay for your cupcakes no matter how hungry you are. You have the responsibility to refrain from beating up the neighbor kid, no matter how angry he makes you. You have the responsibility to throw your trash in the garbage even if doing so requires some sort of effort. But you have no responsibility to protect the very existence of whatever you choose to call the “mass” which will become a person once it crosses that line, because doing so infringes upon the “freedom” of the mother?

A complex problem with a very simple solution, the Freedom to choose point was prior to the time at which the aforementioned “mass” came into existence. Mom and dad already exercised their freedom to choose at the time at which this particular freedom was appropriate. A freedom which included the responsibility to accept the consequence of the decision made. There can be no “freedom to choose” without the responsibility to accept the consequence. Simply and certainly. Our founders understood this grand foundation. Thanksgiving celebrates this. And, for this I am thankful.

Paypal? No Way Pal!!

I’ve been a computer junkie since the days of Commodore 64. I was on the internet before Al Gore invented it. On the crest of the wave all the way. I was one of the pioneers who tested the ebay and Paypal waters. Both of these were, and still SHOULD be, magnificent! My ebay activities were revelatory (to me, at least) I was constantly running several items and the Paypal option made it very easy to take care of the money flow.

I became a self appointed spokesman for both. I utilized Paypal as a payment option for personal web sites (ipanic.com, weimaranerhunter.com, and others). I wrote articles praising their operation and tackled opposition on an almost daily basis. My internet presence flourished and life flowed on.

Out of the blue came a full on personal attack, outside of the internet, in the form of an SUV which hit me, going 75 mph. Wish I could remember it. I woke up 4 months later, minus my left leg, sense of balance and memory. In trade I received indescribable pain. As a result of this I was relatively non-functioning for a fair while.

Slowly and against all odds I began to recover. I’m still a long ways from 100%, but I am once again writing, making music, and back on ebay in an attempt to pay for living. It’s amazing how much getting your leg tore off and your brain scrambled can cost!

All was well and good. The transactions flowing nicely until I offered a large Mackie powered sub-woofer. This bad boy was heavy, valuable and not to be cheaply shipped. In the auction I included the shipping costs. The auction went well, the speaker sold to a feller in New Orleans! Perfect location for my old sub. Unfortunately, the payment notification came along with a message that the money was being held by Paypal! Go ahead monkeyboy ship that puppy without money! Had I a history of undependability I could understand but…

I called ebay, not knowing it was Paypal that was responsible for this. The tech looked at my record and said the only thing she could see was a several year gap in my activity. That maybe this was the reason. She referred me to Paypal, saying she expected that in view of my history, they’d simply release it.

Ha ha haaaa…  No such luck. Turns out I’m at fault for listing an Item that I can’t afford to ship. Instead of clearing the payment, giving the purchaser’s money to me, I must wait 21 days… ?? In effect this gentleman who was depending on Paypal to exchange his money, get’s the knife because Bacon2 might be dangerous…

Naturally being the mild mannered biker type that I am, I calmly shrugged my shoulders and said, “oh dang.. live and learn Bacon…” ‘er somethin’.  So… what to do now??

I’ve got it!! I will make it my life’s endeavor to damage Paypal in whatever way possible. Whatever pennies they made from holding on to MY money will be far outweighed by the expense.. So the research began. Turns out the truth about the magnificent Paypal folks should bury them nicely.

Typical of the hundreds of complaints I stumbled onto were:

    •   Limited or Frozen Account
    •   Money removed from Paypal Account, bank or credit card account with no permission. (Me too.)
    •   Money withheld for no apparent reason. (Me too!)
    •   Paypal protecting scammers.
    •   Paypal customer support being rude and condescending. (Me too!!)
    •   False allegations made by Paypal against user.

Even the Paypal Community Help Forum is full of such complaints and is where I found reference to many anti-Paypal resources.  For example, under the heading “Horrible Idea to Hold Funds for 21 Days!!!” I found 544 comments. These included references to many other anti-Paypal resources:

So what to do…  Well COMPLAIN! to:

There are a host of other avenues as well.

So..  Let’s say you’d like to see an absurdly self centered construct such as this one is, go down the drain, yet you have a need for the type of “service” they “provide”..  Are there alternatives??

Well, as a matter of fact:

and more…

Paypal…  Yooouuurrr  tiiimmmeee iiissss gooonnnaaa ccooommmmeee!  ‘er somthin’.

Support your local businesses this Christmas!!!

Proof that Bacon Does Good Things (sometimes)

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high
gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods —
merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This
year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine
concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift
giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes
there is!It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in
a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates
from your local American hair salon or barber?Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down
the Benjamines on a foreign made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift
receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about
a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this
isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town
Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a
local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is
struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin
their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery
and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave
your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at
your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand twinkle
lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about
fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to
burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion
groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in
your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,
and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,
and isn’t that what Christmas is about?

Jeremy Nivison
NIVISON multimedia
www.nivisonmultimedia.com
(435)363-6336

Egoteneoism

I’ve fought a lifelong battle with the religion monster.  Grew up in a Mormon community. Yes, the real thing. In Utah, and right square in the heart of possibly the purest hard-core Mormon community in existence.  I was around six years old when I first learned that there are human beings in this universe who are NOT Mormons.  I didn’t know it at the time, but I was being raised by some of ‘em.  I’d done a fair bit of wonderin’ about why mine was the only dad in town who didn’t go to church at least occasionally.

Bein’ the rebellious little shit I was, Mormonism never got it’s hooks into me but I did see a desperate belief in most folks.  Even my old druggin’ and drinkin’ buddies tended to grow up, clean up, go on a “mission” and join into the entire cult ure.

Having grown up surrounded by “the truth” I did become curious.  Almost did get hooked in fact, but my curious/rebellious nature led me towards questioning.  My questions led to Satan or an interesting truth, depending upon how you look at it (Mormon or non-Mormon).  I finally came to realize that “the truth” in the case of this religion is not actually the truth at all.  Nevertheless, its believers don’t see the problems that jab me in the eye with a sharp fork.  For them any problems were created and planted by Jesus’s brother (Satan).  I’ve even attended a couple meetings lately and noticed that almost the entire point of discussion during both of these meetings referred to the interesting fact that if things don’t go as we’re taught they will, this is actually proof that the church IS true.  So if things go as taught and believed, the Mormon faith IS justified and true, if not, this proves the Mormon faith IS justified and even MORE true.  Apparently, once you sign up that’s it, no more questions exist because no matter what happens, it’s God’s will, it’s for your best and if you stick with it, you’ll be a God yerself one day…   Really? I hope not!  It’s hard enough just being an ordinary shit-head human.  No desire to be a God here.  And Didn’t the Bible, Torah, Koran and African witch doctor manuals say that you’d better not be plannin’ to be a God and beware anyone who makes the suggestion?

Sorry..  I digress.  The point of all this is leading up to my point. Studying and daydreamin’ have led me to what I think is an important discovery.  Whether we were “created” or “evolved”, humanity has ended up with a nature that is as inescapable as hunger, thirst, sex and fishin’. That nature has many components but one of the most predictable is what I call egoteneoism.  It is this aspect of human nature that causes Catholics to believe the unbelievable with a fervency difficult to imagine, and in spite of all logic or evidence to the contrary.  Some call this Religion.  It is indeed a driving force behind Islam, Confucianism, Judaism, Mormonism or any of the dozens of beliefs in supernatural God beings of one kind or another.  However the same trait exists in all humanity, even those not believing in supernatural God beings.

The irrational behavior of the believers is entirely predictable and appears throughout humanity in the very same way.  For some the God creature is liberalism, for some science, for some the God of evolution disproves the silly nonsense believed by those who buy into the God of creation.  Ecology, hunting, wealth, the Blues, chocolate, marijuana…  any number of things.  Also, there is no limitation on the number of  egoteneoistic lords.  The concept of only one God is a fairly new religious premise, apparently unthought of prior to Pharaoh Akhenaten who might well have inspired the Hebrews who were in Egypt during his reign and thrown out according to the Egyptians, rescued by Moses according to them (your egoteneoism probably has the answer as to which is accurate, and whichever it is, you are right!  Just ask you).  In any case, monotheistic faith is still far from universal, so those who follow multiple “Gods” fit in nicely, in many ways.

It all boils down to what we choose to believe.  Once the decision is made it’s time to believe whatever we’ve chosen, against any and all opposition, since the opposition is “of Satan”, of Reagan, of creationists, of animal rights activists or whatever your particular boglevidian demon happens to be.  We all believe, worship, proselytize, and attempt convert others to following our own true egoteneoism (for their own good).  For me the God is Freedom and I tithe responsibility, which does make my God somewhat supernatural.  And I KNOW I’m right! Says so on https://ibaconi.wordpress.com/ and who could reasonably doubt that??