That’s sad. I don’t know about you, but I think Spain is a fine country.
I spent about a week there in 2009. Wasn’t supposed to be that long but I got run over by the bulls in Pamplona and spent quite a few days licking my wounds after that.
Mostly I stayed in Madrid, but I did get over to Barcelona for two days before heading off to Italy.
It was a nice city and they had a fun, clothing-optional beach. I even spent quite a bit of time wandering around the Los Ramblas area that was attacked yesterday. I wouldn't recommend a 14-beds-to-a-room Hostel on that street, either - it's loud as hell outside, and all night.
But probably not last night.
What can you do?
What can you do about ISIS?
Personally I think cutting off their source of income is the way to go. Why the governments of the world aren’t doing this is beyond me.
Well, not really.
I think the true powers behind the scenes - the shadow governments, if you will - want these dualistic, opposing forces constantly at play.
Keeps people in fear, which in turn keeps them on a lower mental plane. People that are afraid are dependent, and want to be told what to do.
I wish people would realize the strength inside themselves, and how powerful they are to stand up to all the problems in the world.
But how do you do that?
Voting is one way, but it’s only about once a year or more.
Your purchasing power is a huge one, with companies slobbering all over themselves (and spending tons on advertising in the process) to get your buck.
I notice this a lot when I occasionally see the TV, with its constant barrage of ads.
Mostly they’re products that I’d never heard of (haven’t had a TV in years), and that I don’t need.
Hence the need to spend tons of money to make me think I need them.
Creating that want.
What the people want is straight talk and no jive.
I saw a good example of that in a comment left on MT Cowgirl yesterday:
Solve my problems.
Tell me what I want to hear and then actually follow through.
It’s pretty simple, but most of our politicians are paid not to do that.
Just history repeating itself. We never learn.
We’re currently living through the Gilded Age of the Copper Kings once again.
Most couldn’t tell you which political party Clark and Daly belonged to.
For the record, Clark was a Democrat and Daly never ran for office, but since Daly opposed him so much and often supported Republican candidates that ran against Clark, you get the idea.
Back then the Democrats were the Party of big money and Wall Street, and they’re exactly the same today.
The GOP is exactly the same today as well, but I just go ahead and write them off from the get-go.
It’s why you don’t hear a lot about Daines or Gianforte on this site - there’s no hope for them, they’ll never care about you or your problems, just ‘the problems’ of the rich and well-off.
But gosh darn, I’m still under this delusional assumption that the Democrats are the good guys.
Alas, when you look into the money you see this isn’t the case. Tester takes money from Big Pharma and then votes to keep your drug prices high.
And he calls himself a champion of the working man. What a crock of shit.
Clark and Daly thought they were really good people, doing really good things.
History has a different opinion, and the general consensus in the state today is that those two were bad.
Our great-grandkids will think the same of Daines, Tester and Gianforte a hundred years from now.
It’s the money in politics. It’s so easy to understand.
Let’s turn our discerning eye to the Garden City for a moment.
The meddling of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency never seem to cease.
Missoula Current has a slate of stories about them.
My personal favorite is called Townhouses, apartments planned for Missoula’s booming Front Street district.
How the hell do you figure that?
Oh...I think I remember - the city spent a bunch of your tax dollars so private developers could come in and make some fancy new hotels for the rich, out-of-town crowd.
And let’s not forget the huge student housing complex for students that aren’t even coming to the university.
I wonder if non-students can stay there, too, because I feel they’ll need to.
It’s either that or moving further to the periphery of Missoula. Maybe that’s where the people that got kicked out of their apartments on Wyoming Street ended up...I dunno.
Yep, the need for new apartments in greater than the need for our existing apartments. Sure, they're rundown, but the price of $700 a month is a lot better than $1,000 a month...or whatever the price might be (they won't tell us).
The story’s called Wyoming, California streets slated for redesign amid district’s growth.
In that story we learn that the weird, curvy street is going to be ‘fixed’ to accommodate higher levels of traffic.
That traffic is coming from the posh, redesigned industrial mill site where they have some very expensive apartments and/or condos.
Hell, they might even put in a traffic light - isn’t that great!?!
Supposedly the street currently has a “dangerous curve,” so dangerous in fact that you’re probably growing tired of reading about all the car wrecks taking place there.
There’s also some extra land parcels nearby that the MRA wants to put "to a more productive use.”
That means put something there that’ll pay the city taxes.
The city needs the money, and desperately so. This building boom is only coming about because of all the money they’ve wasted, which is your money by the way.
Why do you think the mayor wants a local option sales tax...and that after he’s driven taxes up 95% since taking office?
Because he has a problem controlling his urges, and his urge to spend is harming the community.
Just 55 days now until absentee ballots go out.