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Abuse of Power

©2014  by Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_2757" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Fire Eye © 2014  r.a.kukkee Fire Eye © 2014 r.a.kukkee[/caption]

 How Quickly things Change

This very morning I wrote about  the phenomenon we call  the  'calm before the storm', typically  the dead quiet that occurs before a heavy rainfall,  not a poplar leaf moving, the sudden downpour, and power outage. Lights out. The seeming absence of power,  the power vacuum, and then, above all,  the abuse of power.  The eerie sensation, the  unease that sits heavily on the mind.

 Pacing and Shadows with Teeth

The dog T.T.T.  was psyched out, pacing back and forth, sticking to my heels like a nervous shadow with many teeth.  She does that, (that would be typical  Tilly the Tall  dog stuff )    No problem, the deluge came and went, the poplar leaves once more began trembling as they usually do, and the the sky was still dark, dull, heavy,  you know the routine. The dog fell asleep.  No matter.

 The Calm before the Storm

This reminded me of the silence out there  that typically takes place before the SHTF, and yes, I despise unnecessary 4-letter invectives do not like that term as it seems unnecessary, but it is a fine visual description of what happens with the abuse of power. Just as there are increasingly strange and dangerous events in global weather, there seems to be an inexplicable increase in the abuse of power at all levels of authority. Whether it be at the level of local authorities, police, politicians who are supposedly elected to represent the people but do as they wish,  or the "leaders" of  dictatorships "democracy".  The abuse of power,  self-entitlement,  corruption, and the pursuit of private agendas  is clearly on the rise. Read the news and weep for the trodden, the upstart, the undeserving masses, the silent, who will wake up  and see what is being done to them rather than for them. Apathy is the calm before the storm.  Meantime, abuse of power continues unabated. Another maniacal social science experiment in the making. We smile painfully  and watch the predicable,  as those who have learned nothing from the past inexplicably  insist upon making the same willful  mistakes. What about empowerment of the incompetent?   What about the fanatics, the greedy, the corrupt, authoritarian abusers, big money, the corporateaucracy,  political power-mongers and the pathetic and ridiculously failed leaders?

Which part of "The abuse of power ultimately causes the failure of government  and authority"  do these people collectively not understand?

In observation, we generally may be at peace of mind,  but what about them? Can apathy be offered as an excuse?   Are we, instead, responsible for their failures because we enable them?  We do what they tell us.  We buy their products. We vote them into positions of power and responsibility they clearly cannot  shoulder.   We allow them to make terrible, illogical decisions, empower and fatten their slush funds, and exacerbate their incompetence.  We remain toothless, unlike the shadow.

Bottom Line...

Are we guilty? Of course we are.  Smile kindly, be generous of heart —and think about it. 


Is that Incoming I hear?

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Christmas: It is great to know that…

by Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_201" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Christmas 2012 Christmas 2012[/caption] With the hectic holiday season and  Christmas fast approaching, here at Incoming Bytes  I think we are wonderfully blessed.   Some things are especially nice to see. It's great to know that:
  • We awoke to see another day!  The bones weren't objecting too badly
  • The mind is working just fine. The muse is chattering away, and no wonder, because
  • it's snowing gently and  beginning to look a lot like  Christmas,
  • Everyone I know, care about and love  is healthy and still kicking
  • The pups are happy. Tilly the Tall and Ebony the Short found bunny-tracks out on the walking trail,  but not the bunny.
  • The walking trails are still passable with only a couple of inches of snow
  • Snow falling on the snowman out in the yard will ensure he won't melt
  • The end of the world isn't happening quite yet, it's still a good idea to plan for next year.
  • Somewhere in the dust of time, there's a seat for that fancy Mayan unicycle wheel everyone thinks is a calendar
  • The universe is unfolding precisely as it is supposed to do
  • People at the malls respond-- if we are brave enough to smile first
  • Pretty, gracious ladies, young and old, do appreciate doors opened for them
  • Children are laughing and happy
  • Beautiful poetry warms the soul at Poetic Parfait with Christy Birmingham
  • Seed and flower catalogs are already here to dream about while watching those snowflakes gently floating down
  • Old St. Nick didn't get stuck in the chimney last year
  • There are reindeer tracks all over the back field
  • The Muse hasn't become overwhelmed with Christmas 'music'
  • Morgidoo's Christmas Carol, my Christmas classic  eBook, still warms the heart
  • We remain capable of expressing love of our family and friends wherever they may be
  • Mother Nature has been kind to us, we are surviving, blessed with food and what we need, even if we don't always get what we desire
  • Our faith in the basic good within humanity persists, --surprisingly-- in spite of horrific global events and human tragedies.
  • Our belief in God allows us peace within. Above all, it's great to know that......
  • There's more to Christmas than getting gifts. Let us celebrate the true meaning. 
  • I can hear bells ringing....
Merry Christmas, everyone. *Wherever you are, whatever you are doing. Stay safe, and please do not drink and drive.   Is that Incoming I hear?   [subscribe2]
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