Free Form Planet Earth, 2.0: Reboot in 3… 2…1…

unnamed-11Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Uganda.

Hey, Dorothy, you’re not in the Kansas House of Reps anymore.

Putin on the Ritz.  Michael Sam’s media blitz.  Yanukovych on the fritz.  Duke Energy, in the ditch.

The world is on fire, folks.  Tongues o’ flame.  And as per usual, Pussy Riot gets the blame.

Hate vs. Love.

Heterogeneity vs. Homo Erectus.

Greed vs. Share.

(Don’t get excited, E-Trade Baby, not that kind of share.)

Orwell’s pigs, Gordon’s Gekko, Ken’s Ham, and Boehner’s pachyderms amok in the muck.  All ears attuned to what Ailes’ Fox says.

Meanwhile, gold futures prices ended the U.S. day session trading weaker, with spot gold on the rise.  This just in:  Canadian curlers win the gold!  Steady now, the Golden Rule holds at $.

Bouazizi.  Name sound familiar?  Splash o’ gasoline.  Strike a match.  Fire spreads to Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan.  An Egyptian despot is overthrown, then another, and another, and another.  Cairo whack-a-mole ad infinitum.  Anonymous in a hijab.

Don’t give in.  Stand your ground!  Michael Dunn.  Zimmerman.  Black is the new “Floridian lawmakers don’t give a shit about you.”

Fear not, citizens!  This isn’t going to descend into a Billy Joel song.  (Really, 17.5 million views?!)

Instead, there’s a new video by bling-bling entertainers Eminem and Ice Cube calling us all to revolution.

Yeah, the 1% rapping the part of the 99.

Oh, wait, I forgot about Korn.  There’s a kernel of truth in that.

(Nice ad for Sabian, by the way.  I’m sure that was an accident.)

Tick-tock, tick-tock.  Just 255 shopping days to the 2014 November Elections.

Civilization in the balance.

If we can only make it to 11-4.  JFK didn’t.  Neither did RFK.  Nor Malcolm and Martin.  Malala dodged a bullet.  But Gandhi didn’t.  Nor Honest Abe.  Strawberry Fields.  The Ides of March approaches, but maybe Caesar had it coming.

“And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change…”

(Thank you, 42.)

Jesus.  Still feeling bullish on that Golden Rule.

Hey, folks, sorry to interrupt, but I just looked out the window.  NSA!  Not Snowdening Again!  Sorry, Polar Vortex Part III.

Folks, the Revolution starts in 3…2…1…


We are the hollow men / We are the stuffed men

Genesis.  Rebirth.

Egg Drop Soup, JasDye.

Folks, if you thought that was bizarre, consider this:

You live in a country where 24 Governors refuse to expand Medicaid, at the cost of many thousands of deaths per year.

You live in a country where the mascot of the NFL team in the nation’s capital is a racial slur.  Seriously, though, is that any worse than the fact that the 20 dollar bill features a U.S. President nicknamed “Indian Killer”?

You live in a country where more than 2,200 people were murdered by robotic drones in the past decade.  Don’t worry, though:  only 400 of the victims were innocent civilians.

You live in a country where one-quarter of the population doesn’t even know that our Little Blue Planet orbits the sun.

You live in a country with the highest incarceration rate on Planet Earth.  U.S.A. represents 5 percent of the global population yet sports one-quarter of the world’s prisoners.

WTF.  Smile!  God Loves You!

I pledge allegiance…


Arik Bjorn

Arik Bjorn lives in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the Democratic Party / Green Party fusion candidate for U.S. Congress in the 2nd Congressional District of South Carolina. Visit the archive for Arik’s campaign website, and check out his latest book, So I Ran for Congress. You can also follow his political activities on Twitter @Bjorn2RunSC and on Facebook. And be sure to check out more from Arik in his archives!


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