listen to the wind


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Plague Might be good for the economy

  So here is an idea based on historical  precedent. Would not be surprised if Ted Cruz or Ben Carson support this idea. What we need is a plague to  wipe out 20 or 30 percent  of the population think of the jobs it will create

The Black Death may still be making its presence felt 650 years after it ravaged Europe, as a historian claims it led directly to the creation of the pub.
The plague killed an estimated 1.5 million people in England between 1348 and 1350, but in its aftermath, with fewer people competing for work and land, living standards reached a height not matched until centuries later, said Prof Robert Tombs of Cambridge University.
Peasants had increased leisure time and freedom, so pubs became places for playing games, meeting and socialising.
The amount of free time available to 15th century workers was not equalled until the 1960s, Prof Tombs said.

Prof Tombs, speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire, said: “Terrible though it is to say, the Black Death actually had some rather good effects. This was a good time to be alive.
“This was when the English pub was invented and people started drinking lots of beer and playing football and so on. That was in a way due to, or at least a consequence of, and wouldn’t have been possible without, the Black Death.”
Explaining why the century afterwards could be seen as a good time to live, Prof Tombs said: “The population was getting too great, becoming a strain on resources in agricultural society.
“And after the Black Death, things started to look up. People got better off. There was more land to go around. Resources were not so stretched. What was later called the feudal system largely disappeared.
"Serfs became free because they could simply say to their lords, 'Ok, if you won’t give me my freedom I’ll go somewhere else’.
“And they did. So if lords wanted their fields to be tilled, they had to give their peasants or vassals what they wanted, which was essentially freedom and a better life.
“The standard of living people reached in the 15th century was not exceeded until the 1880s after the Industrial Revolution. And the amount of leisure they took was not equalled until the 1960s.”
Although people had brewed ale for many centuries, and drunk in taverns, the late Middle Ages is said to have seen the rise of the pub as would be recognised in the modern day.
“The brewing of ale was usually a cottage industry,” said Prof Tombs, a fellow of St John’s College who was promoting his book, The English and their History.
“Weak beer was the standard drink. But it’s in the early 15th century that you start getting places that are mainly, or permanently, dedicated to drinking beer that are also about playing games as well.
“That’s the origin of the pub; it’s a particular place. It’s not just that Mrs So-and-so brews berry occasionally and you can nip round to buy a farthing’s-worth of ale, but it’s now to become a full-time brewer with a public house one can go to at any time to eat and certainly socialise.
“And that I think is where it starts. In all countries there are drinking places, but I think there is a sense that it’s not just for drinking but also for sociability, not just to get blind drunk and fall under the table.”

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

When we build we also Destroy

Hear the cry of the Forest

The city  is built on the Grave of the Forest

When we build we also destroy

We rush forward determined engines of progress

Paving our way into the future,
Building monuments to our dominion,
Making and deconstructing in the same breath

Losing in that moment the Joy of its presence
And the inner light that makes us Alive.
We must take time out in this modern world,
To hear The Cry of the Forest buried beneath the City Streets.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Old Men want Us to go to war

Old Men want Us to go to war , but they don't want to pay or die

I believe the decision to go to war again should involve all of 

America debating the matter. I'm for a war tax in addition to 

bringing back the military draft. Both the war tax and 

conscription will give everyone in America a real stake in any 

decision on going to war, and force the Political and 

economic powers to think twice before they make a 

commitment to send their Children to war

great weather here in Bozemangeles but cold

Friday, May 8, 2015

Filling up in Billings

Rainbow People 

at the Kum & Go

Asking for spare change,

bought them coffee

and gave them $10 bucks

they named their twin sons 

Romulus and Remus 

and the kids slept

in a van filled with books

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Beers at the Rocking R

May 7 I'm not him

Having a cold beer At The Rocking R

watching snow flurries on main St.

The girls at the table behind me doing shots

and cursing “That Son of a bitch!”

sure glad I,m not him

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Demons walk among us, but we all hold them at arms length


April 16, 2015: Reasons to Survive November, Tony Hoagland

Reasons to Survive November
Tony Hoagland

November like a train wreck—
as if a locomotive made of cold
had hurtled out of Canada
and crashed into a million trees,
flaming the leaves, setting the woods on fire.

The sky is a thick, cold gauze—
but there’s a soup special at the Waffle House downtown,
and the Jack Parsons show is up at the museum,
full of luminous red barns.

—Or maybe I’ll visit beautiful Donna,
the kickboxing queen from Santa Fe,
and roll around in her foldout bed.

I know there are some people out there
who think I am supposed to end up
                in a room by myself

with a gun and a bottle full of hate,
a locked door and my slack mouth open
          like a disconnected phone.

But I hate those people back
from the core of my donkey soul
and the hatred makes me strong
and my survival is their failure,

and my happiness would kill them
so I shove joy like a knife
into my own heart over and over

and I force myself toward pleasure,
and I love this November life
where I run like a train
deeper and deeper
into the land of my enemies.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

First signs of spring the Mormon Missionary's come konocking

 Mormon missionaries at the front door ,

If I was a lost tribe in the Amazon

I'd take their heads 

and make a stew,

but I just muffle the dog 

and mute the TV 

till they go away.