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Just a few words about the thing, that thing that happened…

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That thing, that thing right over there!

That thing happening right over there…

Hey, remember that thing that happened, that thing in the news, that thing in the news you read a couple of articles about?

Yeah, that thing, those articles you skimmed through looking for items, opinions and maybe a couple of facts that agreed with the opinions you feel very strongly about, opinions you formed from reading a couple of other articles about similar things a while back.

Right, and remember how you sat down to your favorite bit of online social media to write about the thing, to make sweeping generalizations about the people involved not only in that thing, but in things like it in the news over the past months, years, however long, things you also read a couple of articles about at the time…you think, pretty sure you read about it, and oh yeah, you heard something about it on the radio once, and maybe your favorite podcast or pundit platform: after all, that thing is really big in the news right now.

Okay, well, just a suggestion, but maybe turn off your computer before hitting enter on that thing you’re writing and go out to have some conversations instead.

I can’t say this for sure, but chances are there is a lot more to this thing than you know (even with those articles you read or words you heard on the television and radio), and what you’re about to post, this will really only resonate with people who have also not had conversations, nor any real first hand knowledge with things like this, and if those people are the only people who will, in fact, hear what you have to say about that thing, and will then write more sweeping generalizations in the comments section to the thing you wrote, who does this really benefit?

Does it seek answers to the thing, or is it just a confirmation to how you feel about the thing that happened, while adding nothing to any sort of resolution?

Writing like that about these kinds of things is kind of selfish and self interested, if you think about it…and maybe with less generalized writing and more conversations in real life, there could be less of those things happening, period. Hell, maybe with more conversations in real life, and fewer diatribes on social media that don’t really say a whole lot about the thing, instead saying much more about the person writing the thing they read something about, once or twice, we could live in a better world where conversations take the place of things entirely.

It’s just a thought…

Have a nice day, or something.


Written by Drake Toulouse

August 15, 2016 at 9:49 AM


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I’ve mentioned this before, but it can be really irritating to look up from the Loop and see Trump stamped on that skyscraper right across the Chicago river. It’s always been ugly, but even more so now that this name has become a campaigning symbol for bullshit, for hate, for fear, xenophobia, racism and so much else of the ugly strain on society that politics can provide. I’m not much of a fan of Hillary either, but Trump is significantly worse, especially (I would imagine) for a group of Muslim men and women who have to look up, same as we all do to this craven stain in the sky…

Have a nice day.

– Drake


Written by Drake Toulouse

July 13, 2016 at 6:56 AM

Of Course It’s Political…

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This isn't about me America, and it's certainly not about money, this is about the audacity of...oh, what was, hope, yeah...the audacity of hope.

Imagine a country, a place where an oil spill fouled a major body of water off five states. The ensuing damage threw thousands out of work, threatened an entire ecosystem, a culture, killed thousands of birds, fish, sensitive marshlands. The company promised to do everything to make things whole again. The government stepped in and held that company to task while spearheading the greatest mobilization of resources in history, quickly realizing that to not do so, would be to not only give up on five states but in turn, give up on the country as a whole. Every tragedy was mourned. Every success was met with praise and only emboldened further, more focused response. Information was shared openly, honestly because everyone in charge instantly realized the best minds were needed on this and open communication is the best way for those minds to come together, to think outside of the box to fix this thing.

Yeah, too bad we don’t live in such a place…oh, and by the way, did you know the midterm elections were coming up?

University of New Orleans Poli-Scientist Ed Chervenak says, “This has not been probably the best period of time for the Obama Administration. His numbers are down a bit. People haven’t really have a positive perception of his handling on the issue. So his people would just like to put this behind them and focus more on the Mid-term election.”

Yeah, ya think?

Ever since they capped the Macondo well, we’ve been treated to essentially the same story in the mainstream media, especially those media outlets not located in the Gulf Coast…The oil is gone. The dispersants used were no more harmful than dish-soap. We don’t even need skimmers anymore. British Petroleum executives and government officials sing their new tunes while the media marches in, lockstep, arm in arm…everyone grinning like a 70’s era Coca-Cola commercial.

Yeah, this is money, PR and politics.

But to say that provokes a reaction. After all, didn’t we leave the Bush-era behind? For people to maintain any political underpinnings to the response and clean-up, well that just reeks of cynicism, and we traded all that in on hope, so get with the program.

Course, then there’s this: White House sends 2012 rescue team to Florida.

This rosy scenario that’s being pushed on everyone is false. British Petroleum is trying to improve their PR and save itself some money by scaling back clean-up operations, and Obama? He’s got other political fish to fry. The better that any spill affected politician is able to make the situation appear, the more it will help in the midterm elections. Bobby Jindal’s no saint either…the stupidity of his sand berm plan, and the continued helicopter views with the networks along for the ride is just more of that same 2012 presidential…bad science, money and politics.

The story in the Gulf Coast rages on as the reports keep coming in: fish kills, dying marshlands and oil in the passesreports of oil under the barrier islands’ sand , even interviews of EPA whistle blowers who tell the truth about Corexit and it’s toxicity.

BP, Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal and too many in the mainstream press would love for this all to be over so they can move on, but no matter their political and financial aspirations…it isn’t.

You heard that, right Florida?

Read the article:

Political concerns regarding the oil spill cleanup

Have a nice day.