Light/Breezes

Light/Breezes
SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Monday, March 20, 2017

THE SHIFTS

   While we seem be damned by current political attitudes,  profound changes are right behind us. We ponder views and the attitudes that drive them, after we first fog it up.
 Going over the Santa Lucia pass toward Paso Robles I was struck by how Morro Rock, Mt. Hollister and a couple of other volcanic peaks seem to be adrift in a sea of clouds.
 Fog moves quickly this time of year, one of the wonders of living along the Pacific.
big sur tribute
    As Big Sur remains isolated and inaccessible we are mining the archive to help those of us with a Big Sur jones.
     Fog and Big Sur are like Coffee and sugar-
We feel sorry for visitors who pick a day to drive Highway 1 when fog rules





      It moves quickly, literally before your eyes.


    
   Future posts will feature more of the Big Sur file as we lament its current status of being off limits.

  the political fog
   We should all be troubled by Secretary of State Tillerson's comment he is "not a big media access guy."
     The secretary needs to understand he is no longer a private CEO/Chairman of the Board dealing in a corporate world. He is a public employee, an official appointed by the President but responsible to the American tax payer for whom he works. This job is bigger than him and requires process and transparency.
     Tillerson's refusal to travel with at least a press pool instead of hand picking one journalist is unacceptable. It is wrong and dangerous, even more so given the pronouncements of the irrational liar and lunatic who appointed him.


here comes heart burn for non progressives
    The much maligned millennials are about to have their way. Those who are 19-35, the largest component of the Bernie Sander supporters now number some 75.5 million.
    They are a generation raised on disruption, new ways of working, living and a decidedly socialist cultural and political lean. The same goes for their younger siblings Generation Z who total some 77.9 million-they are 18 and younger but in the next two election cycles will become a force as well. Add them to the 65.9 million Gen X'ers, 36-51, and the tables have not only changed, but it is a new game. 
     Millennials and Gen Z bring such profound change to the political landscape that Boomers and the generation immediately preceding may not recognize the social landscape.
      They are decidedly more egalitarian, color blind, accepting of sexual and gender identity selections and differences, ethnic diversity, in favor of economic equality, globalism, defenders of the environment, suspicious of corporations and to such a degree as to render much of traditional political practice irrelevant. 
      One of them just sold his business to CNN for $20 Million. He has a daily vlog (video blog) with 6 million subscribers and more than 1.3 billion views. He's also been hired to be the front man for a multi billion dollar global corporation's advertising.  Here is a look at  the kind of style, cultural and political attitude that may decide the next presidential election.
      Hear what Casey Neistat has to say to "haters and doubters" and pay attention to the Titanic and Iceberg analogy. Listen to the attitude...and consider their massive numbers. Bye bye trump land..
         See you down the trail.


15 comments:

  1. An interesting symbolism comparing natural fog with political fog.

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    1. Out mutual friend the Catalyst covered Nelson Rockefeller. Reporters used a short hand term when Rocky spoke--Bomfogery...a shorthand for a phrase that he used frequently..The brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God -BOMFOG

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  2. I agree with Casey and will go along with all of it,if Gen X can come up with better music.

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    1. Well, you speak as a former program director who I also know has great taste in tunes.

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  3. Wow!! Great Casey and video observations. Fits more than I'd like to admit to the young people I spend time with on campus in terms of the way they look at life. I'm still struggling to understand them....and I bet, they are struggling to understand me and my ilk.
    Thanks for sharing...and i did pass onto a few offspring and other close friends/relatives with due credit to the smart guy in California.

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    1. I have a hunch that in those times of interaction with folks on campus, the learning is in fact going both ways.
      Thanks for the credit-but I think I more a guy with curiosity than smarts. I still like to ask questions and figure out what's going around the corner.

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  4. That is a vibrant and entertaining video -- although the content is somewhat at odds with a generation that CAN'T quite get moved out of their parents' homes. Oh well, one can't at a time .....

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    1. Thanks for the link below. It's a good look at what some also call a failure to launch. However, I wonder how the still at home numbers would change if parents began to charge a market value rent for that room and board?

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  5. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a0525a0571c74029a723b916ed70b45f/goodbye-empty-nest-millennials-staying-longer-parents

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  6. Interesting to see this from another of my generations professions. You guys did good work, most of you.
    I think my colleagues and I did some good work too, and I was fortunate enough to be part of some of it. But....here we are. The fruit of our labors, apparently, was to generate a populace that would elect this miserable excuse for a president.
    Perhaps the voting world is well rid of us.
    Cynically, etc, yours,
    Mike

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    1. I think our generation had a sense of "call" "duty" or responsibility. We were taught and pretty much lived by a policy of hard work. Hard work may make no sense to those who follow us.

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  7. The garden looks spectacular!!!

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    1. Combination of Lana and rain-wow. Thanks, I'll pass along your compliments.

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