Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bill Got out

I lost a friend today,
“Some day I'm gonna leave this dirty little town”. It is a line from a song, it is a state of mind, it is an unavoidable truth. The Song was written by Kieran Kane and is one of my favorites when played by my friend Bill. He had already left it in his mind and my friend left this dirty little town for the last time some time in the night.

It has been a while since I have written about Death, 3 years or so if you want to look back. I am so very proud of the people that helped get my friend to the end. We don't care for people as a community much any more I am told. We were able to help our friend be at home and retain his autonomy and I am thankful to be part of a community that does do that.

I will miss my friend and that saddens me but Bill didn't have to die and that angers me. We need a single payer healthcare system that works. We need to remove every vestige of capitalism from health care. Bill Had insurance but could not find a doctor that would accept the poor pay of medicare. When he did find a physician the war on pain patients conducted by the DEA drove that doctor out of medicine.

I am thankful for the care that Hospice of Humboldt provided for Bill. They are kind, compassionate and provided the kind of pain relief that if he had been afforded it earlier might have led to a better outcome.

At the end of life the vulture capitalists create a system to commodify and profitize death. The system killed my friend because they had worked him to the point of uselessness, (Only in their eyes). Now they were going to have to pay retirement benefits and that eats into profits. Life expectancy is still going up for the wealthy but it is now going down for the working class.

We are going to have a tribute to my friend soon. Some people will play some music and we will remember our friend, a good and talented man, We will also remember the system that hastened his death. In the mean time here is a medley from a Cotton Day concert.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Crescent Remembrance

We took a ride to the north, a group of activists concerned with human decency. We went to mark a remarkable event. On this day in 2013 over 30,000 people in the prison system of California went on strike. Other states had prisoners join in to make it the largest prisoner strike in history. They were and are fighting for their humanity. Their right to not be tortured by the state. Their right to be fed decently. Their right not to incriminate themselves by debriefing.They were demanding that they be treated as human beings. We came to remember that day and to tell those that remain entombed in that dungeon that they are not forgotten, their struggle is not in vain. We were part of actions around the state. for more info go to this blog

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Fifth of Fair Wages

We put on Another Full Day of music and education out in front of the Gazebo. Thanks to Jessie and Robert and Turtle and Guitar Dan an Sarah Torres and Electric Bill for providing the Music. All local musicians that give of their talents to help improve the community, thank you. Thank you also to the people that helped table and register voters and just hung out and talked. It was a long weekend but a fun one.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fair Wage Fourth

Went fourth into the darkness to bring music and entertainments to the masses at the behest of the Fair Wage Folks.
We had a concert in old town with good music and good fun. A few dirt bags here and there but we had fun. We helped one little boy find his mother and one care giver find a little girl that wandered away. Is there anything the Fair Wage Folks Can't do? Hope to see people out at Art's Alive Saturday.