Thoughts of the Week Blog

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Stop Sanders!

The major players of American “neo-liberalism” — which might be more accurately called “neo-corporatism” — are panicking. Thanks to their abject failure to provide “Change You Can Believe In,” their failure to stem the tide of angry right-wing extremism, and their systematic “free trade” evisceration of the middle class, the Clintons, Joe Biden, and Barack...

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SB 50: How Wall Street Speculators Plan on Destroying Single-Family Homes

Anyone who lives in or visits Los Angeles can see we have a humanitarian crisis on our hands. More than 60,000 people are without homes, and the numbers grow every month. The allegedly booming economy has trickled up to the rich; meanwhile many working people experience the ravages of downward mobility. Priced out of increasingly...

Bold Predictions for 2020

We’ve consulted the elves, fairies, and ancient spirits flitting around our garden, and they’ve offered some insights into the future. We predict: + A cataclysmic environmental disaster on the scale of the 9/11 attacks, such as the entire continent of Australia going up in flames, will spark a global revolution of unprecedented size and impact,...

One Humble Way to Make America Truly Great

Here’s how: Instead of infecting young minds with mythic propaganda offered in the standard American History curriculum, texts that downplay the immorality and barbarism of our nation’s founding, expansion, and ongoing operation, we could offer future generations something much more like the truth. Instead of telling stories that celebrate slaveholders, murderers and pathological psychopaths, we...

An Artist’s Take on Reality

“What the ancients knew, we are slowly re-discovering. Subtle energies that exist in the individual, exist in all of us; from the humblest grain of sand in the ocean to the massive galaxies mirroring a non-local connection, where language or math is different but the universal archetype is the same. This physical world that runs...

A Holiday-Worthy American Hero, in His Own Words

This week, many of us will enjoy a day off from work, as well as the occasion to pay reverent homage to someone we’ve been taught is a genuine hero: brave, courageous, and diligent, a man whose singular accomplishments made life for all us holiday takers possible. Grand parades will proceed down festive avenues, and...

An Open Invitation to Anyone Who Continues to Fear the Cannabis Plant

It’s harvest season here in California. The last full moon of September has waned; while the new moon forms, thousands of perspicacious growers are hurrying to cut down their flowering bushes and trees, their cannabis indica and¬†cannabis sativa,¬†eager to hang the pruned plants to dry and cure. A week or so later, if it’s not...

Idling Trucks: The LADWP’s “Green” Problem

9/15-21: CLIMATE WEEK AT MICHAELKONIK.com The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s main public relations initiative — when it’s not justifying secret expenditures from a union slush fund — is to convince the world that it’s a “green” company focused on renewable energy sources. That image plays slightly better than “mega-polluting utility contributing daily...

How to Keep Runyon Canyon Completely Free of Litter and Dog Poo Without Spending a Penny

Runyon Canyon Park, a unique wilderness area in the heart of Hollywood, is currently under threat. Expensive studies have been commissioned, catastrophic problems identified, and Strategic Plans (many of them wildly expensive) formulated. The standard narrative promulgated by those with political and financial interests: Runyon Canyon is being “loved to death.” It’s crumbling from too...