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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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party on!


The Netherlands has a lot of political parties on the ballot, which is solid-gold guaranteed party action. The Netherlands does it differently for sure. They allow anybody to run for parliament (a membership to a political party is required), with almost no rules to start a political party. The parliament has only 150 seats yet 81 parties intended to be part of the general elections in 2017. Only 31 parties registered for the elections and 28 parties made it to the ballot.

By comparison, the 2 party system in the United States is generally B-O-R-I-N-G; the only saving grace to our 2016 election was the 'Trump and the Clown Posse' show.

One of the 28 parties on the ballot is the Niet Stemmers (not Voters) party. If elected, the party will simply leave its seats vacant. ‘No longer will their votes go to other parties; from now on the non-voters will get their own seats’.


What a great country!

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eyes wide shut

The life expectancy of a homeless person is 50 years
    by Gary Lindorff
   
A crow will never peck out the eyes of another crow.
Perhaps that is why they live longer than men.
(Paraphrase from a poem by Shukrulla.)


I am a crow.
Shukrulla is right,
I would never peck out the eyes of another.
We fight each other and sometimes we are rough
But mostly we stick to language.
“Hey, Garbage Wing, can’t you share?
You be the lookout for a change, I’ll work the field!”


Like that.


But we watch some of you combing the dumps
To feed your families
And we watch some of you living high above each other
In gleaming towers with blue water on every floor
That you rarely go in and never drink
But lounge beside in the sun
Covering your eyes with dark scales,
Blaring annoying sounds that seem to make you happy.


Like that.


Caw!
Caw!
Caw!


What am I saying?
I am saying,
We know you
Better than you know yourselves.
We have watched you very closely
For a very long time!

You should watch us
And learn something.
I will never peck out the eye of my kin!
And that includes every crow everywhere.
We are one people, one nation.


Caw!
Caw!
Caw!


What am I saying now?
You haven’t learned very much
With your big heads.
No, you haven’t learned a thing.


I am saying:
You should take turns
Being the lookout and working the field
And take care of each other.
Listen to each other,
And stop pecking out each other’s eyes!