Well it's that wonderful time of year again in the great Northeast we here warmly refer to as "The heating season". That time of year in which people start turning on their house heaters after being off/idle since the last heating season. For most people that have their energy provided by a supplier this will mean that the monthly energy bill just took a sharp rise in cost. Depending upon how cold the winter gets the monthly energy bill could easily quadruple+ in cost for many.
Turning on the house heater is turning on a significant new monthly expense. It's a choice between the lesser of two discomforts. The discomfort of your energy bill vs the discomfort of your house temperature. There is a hidden cost and discomfort attached to the energy bill that too many people seem to not factor into their "Budget".
Artistic expression is an amazing gift for humanity at large. The artist may have had just one idea/concept in mind as they created the expression. Yet march all of humanity through to view that expression and there are almost as many interpretations/connections made by it as there are viewers themselves. It instills a different experience/feeling in everyone.
Now I know when it comes to anti-government, Matrix Illusions, Cher is probably not the first person that comes to mind. And this song of her's was probably not meant to be interpreted this way.
What can I say? In all of humanity you get all kinds? They've always had a problem with me?
Be the squeaky wheel. If you see something wrong, don’t just ignore it. Say something about it, and keep saying something until it changes. Whether this is some process that infringes on your privacy, a job requirement that impedes your health, or another injustice, pursue it relentlessly. Ask questions publically, write letters, and use social media to bring pressure to encourage a change.
Please let me relate a personal experience of mine that adds NATURAL truth and validity to this assertion.
A government that preys upon the young, children, those most vulnerable and least able to cope, is beyond shameful.. it is evil.
Isn't that right Department of Education?
I suspect when most people think of a "treasure map" images of arcane recordings with key landmarks from where to start counting paces to the "X" where the treasure is buried come to mind. The treasure, of course, was something extremely valuable like lots of precious metals and jewels.
I remember stumbling across a treasure map years ago quite by accident. It was back in the 70's the beginning of my professional computer career. I was working as a main frame computer operator. Normally main frame computers are never shut off and run 24/7. It was at the end of a weekend shift we had instructions to turn off the main frame and shut it down. Unlike a PC one box with one button a main frame took almost 1/2 acre, or more, to house it all. There were component cabinets all over the place. To power up or down was a very specific sequence of 20~ steps you had to follow to accomplish it. I had never done it before but not to worry it is all clearly documented in the main frame manual. So I open the manual up to the relevant part and sure enough there is a diagram of the computer room and the layout of all it's components. Attached to component images were circled numbers starting at 1 where you could find all the power switches. Someone had hand written in pen a "Title" at the top of the diagram; "Treasure Island". Sure enough an "X" was marked in the room. Main frame computers sat on raised flooring. All connective wiring and cooling was under the floor. A refrigerator. There could have very well been a treasure under the floor there. A salami.. a six pack.. Such was the irreverence among computer staff long before PC's were even dreamed of.
Those are not the treasures I have in mind here. The treasure here is knowledge, understanding and insight that comes from the "X" itself.
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