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Friday, July 6, 2012


For A Dancer

"Keep a fire for the human race
  Let your prayers go drifting into space
  You never know what will be coming down
  Perhaps a better world is drawing near
  And just as easily it could all disappear
  Along with whatever meaning you might have found
  Don't let the uncertainty turn you around
  (the world keeps turning around and around)
  Go on and make a joyful sound."            

Into a dancer you have grown
From a seed somebody else has thrown
Go on ahead and throw some seeds of your own
And somewhere between the time you arrive
And the time you go
May lie a reason you were alive
But you'll never know.                                     For A Dancer- Jackson Browne


A friend sent me an email link to an online magazine, a 141 page testament to how tone deaf the elites are to what is going on in the world. It is beautifully done and clearly unapologetically directed at the nouveau riche...the truly wealthy would be too embarrassed to be a part of it. The fact that the magazine is named and centered on the "neighborhood" where I live makes it all the more repugnant for me. I live only a few miles from Philadelphia, but for these folks, it might as well be 50 miles. Of course this e magazine could be centered in almost any city, and probably almost any western country. 

I suspect these folks don't see anything out of their ordinary in Mitt Romney. He is their poster boy.  

I doubt that the people involved in putting this magazine have an awareness or an interest in what is happening to millions of people who are suffering in these times. And it is pretty interesting that there is not one person of color in it, but then that is most likely true of their lives. These are the people who appear in pictures in the Society Pages of newspapers. 

It is The Great Gatsby, or maybe The Masters Of The Universe  writ large. 


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