Thursday, January 22, 2009

Still Swinging from the Inaugural Balls

My quick introduction... The name is Jones... Alias Jones. Sure, not as my parents named me, but when I began traveling in March of 2006, I started my website - www.aliasjones.com - so that my friends and family (Mom in particular) could keep up with me and my goings-on and was looking for a catchy name. There's a bit of a story on how I chose the Alias Jones moniker, but it bores me to tell it, so we'll move on. I'll update my blogger profile in the next few days for those who may choose to become fans. I need groupies, man... like real bad.

Onward...

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Contrary to what many Republicans and other so-called "conservatives" expected, its now two days Post-Bush, and the world is still generally intact. At least as to the point it was the day prior. Much has been made over the extravagance of the $140 million inauguration, but its fair to say that many people chose to hold his honorary balls, with no taxpayer money involved. It D.C., they usually put such things on the Corporate Card. It should also be noted that... uh... nevermind. I got my cheap puns in.

Onward...

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I find it interesting to note that on Day 1, Obama instituted a pay freeze for all White House employees. It was much praised by his supporters, but it does beg the question...

Why was that even necessary? Who was it that came to work on their first day on wanted a pay raise? Dude... I want names.

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I tend to write a bit about politics, but don't think for a minute that I believe in the process or support a party, or anything like that. I don't like politicians. Author Tom Robbins told us that "Politics is the science of domination", and after studying this stuff rather in depthly over the past 10 years, I will agree with him. So let's make a deal... I won't spend anytime defending U.S. politics or politicians, and you won't spend any time with me defending yours.

After my last post here..."Inauguration Blues", I received a few emails from readers. By the way, they are always appreciated, even from the knuckleheads. I've been called an anti-semite and other things and sent numerous pieces of propaganda. Allah only knows why. Goddam... Apparently if you even mention the word I*r*el anymore without pledging allegiance to its flag a small band of blood thirsty web warriors - who, I'm guessing, aren't even Israeli citizens - come running for you. They were polite enough to stop when I asked though, so I'll give them credit for that.

Alan Derschowitz hasn't called yet, so apparently I'm not THAT offensive.


And for those curious... I love everybody. People are people, about the same in all of the nearly 30 countries I've visited. The Israelis I've met in my travels have been kind, gentle, generous people. Here in Turkey I've met a few Iranians... kind, gentle, generous people. Last week I met some Iraqi engineers on the ferry who are training in Istanbul, and guess what... kind, gentle, generous people. Turks... guess what... the same. Maybe I'm just lucky.

But somehow, we attach ourselves and our place in the world to these instituions known as governments. We fall in love with our own flag and the the line of fictions about "us and our people" that we've been fed since we were children. Generally, people don't oppress people, governments oppress people, and brainwash us into thinking its a good idea when its not.

World... Keep on turnin'...

Ok... If you want to know my religion, it looks like this... Love everybody, Fear nobody. Those two go hand in hand. I have the feeling that if more people took a shot at this, the world would be very different.

Politics will never change the problems of the world, and indeed, it creates most of them. When we finally realize that and detach from the insane nationalism that grips the world today, and begin to care about each other as humans, we'll do much better.

As I step down from the podium, I'll leave you with these quote from the brillian physicist / philosopher / many other things, Albert Einstein...

"Nationalism is an infantile sickness. Its the measles of the human race."

"Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction."

"A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem."

Back soon... Rock on...

Peace.
~ Alias

Day opening - January 22


I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
Bertrand Russell