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Here’s a tree.
There, look, a tree.
There’s no tree there.
What do you mean. It’s there, a tree, right there. Look.
You are mistaken, there is no tree.
Look, I know that is a tree. I would know one anywhere. It’s big, has branches, leaves, blocks out the sun and has birds in it. It’s a tree, and it’s right there.
You are mistaken. There is no tree. I can see no tree, and nor can my colleagues. There is no tree.
But you must be able to see it. Right there, in front of you. A tree. Look, I can touch it even. It’s a tree.
I see no tree. My colleagues also see no tree. There is no tree. You are mistaken. There is no tree. You are mistaken. There is no tree. There is no tree. There is no tree.
But…….but I can……….no tree you say. I could swear I saw a tree……….
There is no tree. You are mistaken. There is no tree.
There is no tree. I am mistaken. There is no tree.
Now you see clearly. We will give you something to take so you do not relapse in your delusion that there is a tree, which there is not, correct?
Yes, there is no tree. I am mistaken.
By Chris Goner
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, producer Aaron Russo began promoting rock and roll shows at local theaters while still a high school student. He then worked for his family’s undergarment business, where in 1963, he designed the first ladies bikini under wear. Five years later the twenty four year old entrepreneur opened his own nightclub in Chicago called the Kinetic Playground which became a driving force in the music business, where Aaron helped create the careers of many legendary performers, such as Led Zeppelin. Aaron was responsible for bringing them to America for the first time. He also promoted some of the 60’s most successful rock acts, including The Who, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
In 1972, Russo began his seven year partnership with Bette Midler, who became a superstar during his management of her career. In 1975 he produced the Tony award- winning “Clams on the Half-Shell Revue,” which starred Bette Midler and Lionel Hampton. At the time it was the most successful ten-week Broadway revue in history, grossing more than $1.8 million. While serving as Midler’s manager, Russo created and managed the Manhattan Transfer. Later his roster would include such personalities as David Keith, Frederic Forest, Susan Sarandon and other notable clients.
When Russo turned to producing feature films, his production of “The Rose”, introduced Bette Midler to motion picture audiences. Midler received an Academy Award nomination as best actress. “The Rose” is considered by many to be the classic rock n’ roll film. Russo also produced “Trading Places,” starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, which has become a Christmas classic, and “Teachers,” starring Nick Nolte, Morgan Freeman, and Ralph Macchio.
Over the past years, Russo has received numerous awards for his achievements. They include a Grammy, a Tony, an Emmy for producing the best television special of the year “OL’ Red Hair is Back,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Bette Midler, plus many gold and platinum records. To date his films have been nominated for six Academy Awards, as well as seven Golden Globes. His films have won three Golden Globes, as well as the Image Award.
He is now writing, producing, and directing a new feature film/documentary titled “America…From Freedom To Fascism”. The film is an expose of the Internal Revenue Service, and proves conclusively there is no law requiring an American citizen to pay a direct unapportioned Tax on their labor. The film is very provocative and is receiving standing ovations at its previews.
In 1996 Russo made a political video entitled “Aaron Russo’s Mad as Hell”, which was a hit throughout America. He was asked by the people of Nevada to run for governor and he made the decision to do so. The powers that be in Nevada scoffed at his decision to run for governor but were very surprised when he finished second with nearly thirty percent of the vote, beating the sitting lieutenant governor. In January of 2004, he declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President of the Untied States. At the Convention in May, Russo won the first two ballots, but not a majority. He was defeated on the third and final ballot. He then channeled his energy into writing/directing America: From Freedom to Fascism.
“Freedom to Fascism Trailer” – Watch “Freedom to Fascism ” on Google video
Since this is our blog, we’re going to use it today to make an observation outside our normal limits. This post has virtually nothing to do with politics but rather the general ideology of our time.
Several years ago, there was a problem with tanker trucks and legislation had to be enacted to prevent truckers who carried hazardous materials from carrying anything else. You see, a surprising number of truckers were hauling hazardous chemicals one way and orange juice the other, with a just simple rinse between trips. The fact that laws had to be made to make this activity illegal is appalling to us. When does common sense and plain human decency come into play?
What reminded us of this scenario was a story about the quandary Mattel now faces with the volume of recalled Chinese toys tainted with lead. (Read the story.)
To risk contaminating ground water if they are sent to a landfill is unbelievable. Worse to us is the fact that many of the toys may end up in thrift stores – sent there either by Mattel or by parents who purchased the toys from a retail outlet and now just want them out of reach of their own children. That these toys could find their way into the homes of poor kids whose parents shop at thrift stores because their income is low is unconscionable – whether on the part of Mattel or another parent.
We watch our “leaders” act without conscience or integrity and rage at their behavior. What does the tanker episode or now the recalled toy disposal say about the rest of us? We forget sometimes that we’re all in this together – and if each and every one of us doesn’t take a stand for personal integrity, we deserve what we get!
We’ve had several e-mails and a comment here or two requesting something from a Muslim showing their peaceful intent. While we don’t think it’s necessary to them to prove to us their intent here any more than we’d ask a Christian to prove theirs, we came upon this today and thought we’d share it with you all. Blessings and Peace – please.
Cat Stevens – aka Yusuf Islam
“There is an Eastern tale which speaks about a very rich magician who had a great many sheep. But at the same time this magician was very mean. He did not want to hire shepherds, nor did he want to erect a fence about the pasture where his sheep were grazing. The sheep consequently often wandered into the forest, fell into ravines, and so on, and above all they ran away, for they knew that the magician wanted their flesh and skins and this they did not like.
“At last the magician found a remedy. He hypnotized his sheep and suggested to them first of all that they were immortal and that no harm was being done to them when they were skinned, that, on the contrary, it would be very good for them and even pleasant; secondly he suggested that the magician was a good master who loved his flock so much that he was ready to do anything in the world for them; and in the third place he suggested to them that if anything at all were going to happen to them it was not going to happen just then, at any rate not that day, and therefore they had no need to think about it. Further the magician suggested to his sheep that they were not sheep at all; to some of them he suggested that they were lions, to others that they were eagles, to others that they were men, and to others that they were magicians.
“And after this all his cares and worries about the sheep came to an end. They never ran away again but quietly awaited the time when the magician would require their flesh and skins.”
The caption, in case you can’t read it, says:
“Never forget public ignorance is the government’s best friend.”