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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Halloween and Morphine Dreams


JfZ having Morphine Dreams

Happy Halloween!

I found this photo of me, just the other day, while I was searching through some digital archives for something else.  I thought, what better way to frighten small children and adults alike on Halloween than to put a scary photo of myself on the blog?

I think the barely undead look on my face is very appropriate.  Despite the pain and drugs, it says, "Thanks for taking this photo of me!"  Is it only a man's instinctive reflex to cover his crotch when he faces an assault?

It's very appropriate for Trick-or-Treat, too.  It shows me only a few hours after some reconstructive surgery to try to repair my shattered leg bones.  All the titanium and screws was some trick of orthopedic surgery.  The treat is that little, bright blue box hanging on the IV pole on the left side.  That little treat was a morphine drip pump, and it was very best friend until they kicked me out of the hospital.

Morphine Dream or Halloween Haunting?

I just woke up from a nap I had taken after dinner, this Halloween night.  I know I don't normally do this on Thunderstorms, but bear with me and I'll promise not to be too tedious about it.  I had a very unusual dream while asleep on Halloween night.

It was night time. I was in the car with my mom. We had just left from visiting my grandma who lived in some gated community. The car headlights shone on the guard shack. The guard looked at his watch, made a note, and lifted the gate. As we travelled along, I was lying down in the backseat. I watched buildings and sky pass by my view, from that odd angle of lying in the backseat. I thought maybe it was a childhood memory. Having my mom and grandma in the same place mostly happened only during my childhood.

 I watched the buildings. I saw a set of barge cranes. It made me believe I was in New Orleans, where you can look at a row of buildings and there will be a water canal just a block or two behind them. We passed a very tall set of commercial buildings. I thought to myself, "Wow, I hadn't seen those buildings on this route before."

I thought it was fun travelling around through the city and seeing new things. It's fun, even when someone else drives. As a child, you don't really have much control over where you might be travelling in the car when your mom drives, but you can just enjoy the ride and the discovery of new scenery. But, then I said, "I wish I could drive again. It's so god-damned depressing." This put my dream in the present, or at least not in my childhood. We were driving in the pre-dusk evening.

After some time, I sat up in the middle of the back seat. I could look ahead through the windshield. I saw there was a man in the front passenger seat. He looked to be about my mom's age. I didn't know who he was, but I wasn't concerned or alarmed by that.

At some point, I asked the man about something. He showed me a photo, or something with a photo on it. He passed it back to me to look at. I can remember struggling to see what was on the card sized envelope, at first. I tilted it one way and then another trying to get some light on it.

He spoke, but only half of the words were understandable. I kept asking, "What?" It was like having a conversation with someone who has limited english-speaking skills. I don't know if it is some strange kind of lucid dreaming skills that happen, but I remembering trying to see what was on the card and trying to understand what he saying. But, it was difficult.

The card had a photo on it, depicting the man sitting casually outside, wearing some funky-looking jeans with a deliberate pattern of bleach spots, or something. He explained to me that someone had given the jeans to him as a parting gift from a workplace. So, after some amount of time had passed, he took a photo of himself in the jeans, printed the image onto a card, and planned to mail it to his past co-workers. I don't remember if he actually explained this verbally to me, or if it was just one of those dream explanations, where you just understand something.

The image was weird though -- like it was a micro-thin LCD screen, or hologram image. I thought to myself, "this guy must have a very cool printer, if it can print out holograms for him."

At some point, my mom got nervous driving. It was now afternoon. There were storm clouds visible outside to the side of the car. I think it started raining lightly. She turned on the headlights and windshield wipers for a short time. I remember telling her not to be nervous, and reassuring her. I did a lot of reassuring and calming my mom in real life, when I moved in with her to take care of her.

We arrived somewhere pleasant. It had stopped raining, and the sun was shining. It was daytime. I don't know if it was her house, or the man's house, or even my house.

Then, I abruptly woke up.

So now, sitting here awake, trying to remember WTF happened in my dream and typing this, I have some questions.  It is strange to me that the dream seemed to progress backwards in time -- going from night, to evening, then afternoon, and then mid-morning daylight.

Other strange things: I very rarely dream about my mom or grandma.  They're both quite dead.  Who was the man in the front passenger seat?  Could he have been my father?  Did I have trouble understanding him because I never met him in real life?  Was my dream a dreadful omen -- or is my life in danger -- having travelled along on this road trip with dead people, backwards in time? While I didn't see any Sixth Sense red doorknobs, my dream was a little bit unnerving.

Do spirits visit you in your dreams?

Was my dream just a Halloween trick-or-treat of my mind?

 


Monday, October 30, 2006
Tag Board Archive - Sep Oct 2006


Everyone!  Into the pool!!
So ... why?  Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries.  Mainly, I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new tag.  When it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly.  My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.


The second rule: if the entry was older.  But, the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories.  So, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).

Then, the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al).  These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?"  So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.

So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.

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Read 2004 Archive: [Dec][Nov][Oct][Sep][Aug][Jul][Prior to July 2004]


anjelle Back at ya, buddy! *fairy kisses*
Authenticia Hope you are doing well!
chrysalis Cool, thanks for the phaves! They are indeed good ones
Deirdre Thanks for the book info! I'll check that out. *hugs* and *stuff*.
spacenoodle boing
Xaos i'm hot-sticky-sweet... *sings all over john's tagboard*
Xaos i'm hot-sticky-sweet... *sings all over john's tagboard*
Rita Hi JFZ, Congrats on the "feature".
Cari Hey Just wanted to peek in and say hello while I had a moment!
Cari Hey Just wanted to peek in and say hello while I had a moment!
chrysalis Right back at ya John!
Duo Lon Hi...Woa!! o o... you have a very very very interesting blog
Candy Only if they have pawprints on them
J f Z Hi Chrys! Hi Jude! Thanks for the comment. I think I saw on the main tag board that Helpee was working under the hood at BD.
jude John, I left a comment on your entry: "Iraq: Denial and Disconnect" but it may've been lost in the cybersphere. BD seems to be twitchy again.
chrysalis You're addicted to YouTube too, eh? I need my daily fix too ...
evie bloghopping this way
Sinja *dangles a Dove bar*
Brandon Starr Thanks for pointing me to the Colbert clip about the new science advocacy group.
love bitch who wanna fuck me?? I'm so horny
Jude Heya, sweet stuff...holey moley, have I got some catching up to do!
Xaos hiya
Mervin Hey John -- thanks for leaving a comment at Aria. I've been reading Thunderstorms daily. I've told quite a few people about it as well.
kj wheres my hug??
chrysalis Greetings from suddenly-sunny Germany, JfZ ...
Xaos i've really got to link you.
Deirdre What's up?
Cari Hey I'm back from vacation! Just checking to see how you were doing!!!
Carmela blog hopping... Enjoy your weekend!!!
Benok nice blog!!!
Authenticia A link for you http://www.illwillpress.com/vault.html I think you will like it!
Deirdre Thank you for your comments. *hugs*
cutepsycho hop hop hop
melicious So not only Yzerman but Shanny gone too *sniffles* and rumor has it Lindstrom is the new (c)..... (psst this one is a real url but no more Tom Jones ~lol~)
cari Here's my checkin on your part of the world!


spacenoodle hi!
chrysalis Glad to see I'm not the only one who reads the Federalist Papers!
jude Heya, big guy. Wanted to let you know I'm still here...been fighting another cold bug, but will be back to read, absorb and comment as soon as my brain reboots.
Deirdre Hey J. I've been thinking of you.
cari hey again! just peekin in to see how things are going!
cm purty.
cm hey. new header.
Jude "meh. fuck the kid." Ah, John...this is one of the many, many, way-too-many-to-state-here reasons why I love you.
Authenticia Ah-ha I found you and now I am gone!
Zombie And a big giant howdy to you too.
Lyly Long time no.....
spacenoodle *prods* are you being groovey? *prods some more* eh??
Tigerrr hmmm, I see, there is no spoon
cari whooot im back and running strong!
flash-ko flash games blog
jerski hi from croatia
chrysalis 10 & Inkster -- cool. I used to turn on that corner every morning on my way to work!
J f Z That's normal, Tigs.
Tigerrr hi John! lots of political stuff i see...**coughs**
Xaos okay, either i'm stupid or you're being coy. but i totally didn't get the "hand mirror" thing. i'm intensely curious. please elaborate.
Xaos touche.
aenonima Hullo
jude I replied in the forum...I think I had her brother. So to speak.
jude *cracking up!* John's pussy...this I have GOT to see!
cari hmmmmmm... so whats new
Kelly *Stab* I miss you
Jagged Hey you! Um....elections are shaking...my confidence in humanity, that is.
ArmlessJohn yeah, bro!
ArmlessJohn
walltwindsor Man, nice blog!!!! NICE!
JfZ thinks aloud <-- Jude: I already invited people to "look at my pussy." You naughty girl.
J f Z You FWB! I just clicked that thinking you bought a domain!
melicious What happened to YCMTSU????
jude official request: I would like to see a pic of Skiddy, please.
Cari hulo hulllo!
J f Z Spammers often take over the URLs of popular blogs when they are disowned. So, yes, normal.
Mirror Ball Hey J f Z -- I deleted mervinesque several days ago and -- wonder or wonders -- somebody else's post has materialized there (?) Is this normal?
J f Z I'd prefer tasty treats to torn-up tree, I think. Thanks.
The Only Jessica I think I need to head a few hours north and whip up 40-50 baggies of tasty rice and meat dishes. Either that or drive into a tree somewhere.
Static Brain Hey JFZ I liked this so much I published it at progressive blog wire and left a link to you and also on unspunblog.com Click my name for the link to progressive blog wire
Tigerrr well, im online now Its kinda confusing not knowing when people actually are online....
ArmlessJohn
Authenticia This is a Hug 'n Go!
spacenoodle chocolate brownies or brownies dipped in chocolate? crunchy either way!
Cari just peekin in again!
KOZ hey thanks! i didn't think ne one still poppin in on my blog! word! i need up date
darlingsweet You have a cool website JFZ.
darlingsweet Your welcome JfZ.
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darlingsweet hey
chacha yeah, i shouldn't be that stupid to accept the offer. but i prefer shopping with my best friend rather than going alone.
Cari Thanks!
plh }}}HUGS{{{



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Friday, October 27, 2006
Phriday Night Phaves


It's Phriday Night!  I decided it might be fun to have a Phaves feature since I added GooTube Twosday.  If you have a active blog here on Blogdrive and your profile linked to it with an image, you might be a future Phriday Night Phave.  It's very much like Blogdrive's main page of featured subscribers and profiles, except that I get to add my comments about them and so do you.  There are thousands of very interesting people on Blogdrive, so I am just going to highlight a few at a time.

brianrobb

PROFILE: brianrobb
LOCATION: Fort Stewart, GA
BLOG: Off the Air
CREATED: 9/29/03

While I didn't read all of brianrobb's 600+ entries, I feel a certain empathy for him.  I also spent more than a long hot summer at an Army base in Georgia.  He likes music, big toys that go BOOM! and Southern Comfort.  Give him some love while you can, ladies.  He's going to be deployed to battle very soon.


kandi

PROFILE: kandi
LOCATION: Atlanta, GA
BLOG: Kandi Kane
CREATED: 1/19/05

Kandi is smart, pretty and talented.  She's into pursuing a master's degree and acting.  While I wish she would insert a paragraph break into some of her longer entries, I am impressed by anyone who can say, "Karma is a mutha shut yo mouth. If you don't believe in karma it will kick yo ass until you straighten up and do right. Remember my baby daddy? No, not Tyler the real one." and have it make perfect sense.


mirrorball

PROFILE: mirror_ball
LOCATION: Austin, TX
BLOG: Aria
CREATED: 5/4/05

Mervin Malone Jr. aka Mirror Ball is known for his disco fetish.  I don't hold that against him, as he tends to educate me on the history of music on his blog.  He's also politically aware and active.  Growing up in Detroit, myself, I feel anyone that lists Rosa Parks as one of his personal heroes is someone I can appreciate.


hearts-killer

PROFILE: hearts-killer
LOCATION: Saint Petersburg, FL
BLOG: girl, Im doin it.
CREATED: 3/3/05

June is a hearts-killer.  She's young, pretty and poetic.  Her blog is mostly personal and displays that feminine paradox of violent femmes.  She's girly pink, but not to be messed with.  I feel that if she spent an hour painting her toenails, she would not think twice to wreck them by kicking you in the nuts, if you made a rude comment.  I enjoyed these Tank Girl hairstyle entries: here and here.

 


Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Media: The War on Terror


Manufacturing Consent aka Propaganda
Why have I been ranting about the Matrix, 1984 and the CIA lately?  First of all, the themes of a constructed reality in the Matrix is something that many people may be able to mentally process and digest, since they may have seen the film.  Meanwhile, probably only a portion of college students have actually read and discussed George Orwell's novel, 1984.  Even fewer would have been exposed to Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent to understand the mechanisms of propaganda in the real world.

I call it proganda because news is fed to you like a drive-thru meal at McDonalds. You have your busy life.  You just want something to eat.  McDonalds will fill your stomach, but we'll put off worrying about that inevitable sudden death by heart attack some other day, when we have more time.

News that comes to you via cable news in 30-second videos while you try to inform yourself about the world around you is easily manipulated. There is an infrastructure of propaganda behind the curtain of that pleasant news anchor.

During the political season that is upon us in the United States, it's easy to watch a candidate's TV advertisement and imagine that their message is basically as valid as a used car commercial, in many cases.  It's harder to understand that the political propaganda infrastructure doesn't go to sleep in between political elections, simply because their message is not so brash and obnoxious.

The propaganda infrastructure includes think tanks, academia, media, lobbyists, and corporate public relations firms.  Some of the media rely on these so-called experts to give analysis of a news event.  Mediamatters.org monitors radical right-wing propagandists in the main stream media.

One organization that I've noticed growing in popularity is the American Congress for Truth.  It's got such a great double-speak name!  It's headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia -- home to Pat Robertson's Christian media empire.  It's well known that Robertson used his money, influence, and even missions to help the CIA in the past in South America.

Now, let's see who are the people behind the ACT organization.  Wow.  An ex-CIA director.  No wonder they have promoted so-called documentary movies like Obsession, and written Islamophobic books like  "Because They Hate."  They foment fear in the evangelical Christian community across the United States, using religion to promote wars in the Middle East.  They deny the basic human reaction that people do not tolerate foreign occupation.  Instead, it's us against them, baby.  Grab your bible and load your rifle.

Groups like ACT and CUFI worry me because they are not just molding your neighbor's opinion.  They have access to policymakers in Washington, D.C.  The propaganda infrastructure makes sure your local Congressman, Senator, and career employess in every department of government get their message, too.

I call it propaganda because it's the public relations and media effort for an agenda -- in this case, a radical neocon foreign policy warmachine.  Some people go a step further and just call it mind control.  When it concerns the media bubble in the U.S.and the CIA  -- I really have no argument with this label.

Part 1 of 12 - (10 minutes of a 2-hour video).

Click here for parts 2,3,4,5,6,and 7,8,9,10,11 and 12.

I only suggest you watch the entire video. Then, think about this video when you know about something happening in the news.  With the Military Commisions Act as U.S. law, and billions going to Halliburton for the construction of detention centers within the United States, something is afoot, my friends.

It's the government's job to have a master plan.  Whether or not you may like it ... well, that's an entirely different matter.  Maybe you should make a habit of voting, instead of just watching and complaining.


Tuesday, October 24, 2006
GooTube Twosday

A little history of some of the CIA work inside the United States -- just in case you're older and you forgot or just in case you're too young to know what they don't tell or teach you anymore. The Reagan/Bush administration waged a public War on Drugs to the American people while the CIA was actually flooding inner cities with drugs to fund their projects. Study Iran-Contra.  Barry Seal, CIA turned DEA informant was killed.  Gary Webb, the Pulitzer prize winning journalist who exposed all of this tangled web of domestic covert action "committed suicide."

When you think of the birth and scourge of crack, don't think cocaine, think CIA.

As a teenager in Metro Detroit during this time, I knew that all of the highest quality drugs came from people who had connections with the Detroit Police Department or direct connections with Miami. The CIA had been working with south Florida organized crime for 40 years.  Where do you think all those mobsters went when Cuba closed their casinoes in Havana?

As much cocaine that came into the country through Miami during the "Blow" and "Scarface" pre-and-post disco music era of the late 1970's was nothing compared to the birth of crack from the CIA efficiency of mission purpose.

I met some of these people.  It was all very business-like when the risk of being busted for transporting high quality cocaine was worth it for them. The quality was stepped on (reduced) to make more quantity all along the food chain to spread the risk/reward, so that the average cocaine that some suburban housewife did while her kids were at school was about 12-25%.  The CIA facilitated crack.

The CIA turned cocaine, a drug that was used in the past for about 100 years in small and low quality doses up until the Reagan/Bush years, completely upside down.  Now, people would use small quantities of extremely high quality cocaine -- crack rocks.  It's highly addictive at that dose, even for a first time experimenter of the drug -- but who cares?

The CIA was selling wholesale crack to black kids in our ghettos.  America can just put those people in prison.  Even when those kids get out of prison, they'll have a felony conviction, can't vote, and the establishment will stay in power.  CoIntelPro to the Nth degree.  CIA 1 - You 0.  You better wake up and smell the constitution.

I personally enjoy listening to very few rap songs, overall.  However, this one does have some cutting lyrics and the amateur video made for it has a nice touch to it. The video is valued-added content to the music.

You can decide whether or not it is a parody.

If you want something to keep you awake at night: Why did the Clinton administration allow al-Qaeda to re-base in the land where 90% of the world's Opium is grown?  Perhaps Clinton wanted to insert forces in Sudan for those good-guy Rwandan genocide reasons, but knew that drugs and the CIA are eternal partners.  The Taliban nearly eradicated those poppy fields for religious reasons.

He let Osama flee Sudan to another country, but maybe not for the reasons you think. Now, opium production is at an all time high in Afhanistan and even the Taliban are holding their religious noses as they take the money from it.

 


 
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