if youve read my books

if youve read my books, you know i begin every book with "guamsplaining" because before this week no one knew what guam is. my first book opens with a preface, my second with a lyric poem, and my third with a straight up "guam is" prose poem (which i shared a few days ago). my forthcoming fourth book also opens with a prose poem, but this time centered around the theme of birth, beginnings, and endings through various plays on Guam slogans (it’s definitely the craziest of all my openings). besides explaining what Guam is to ground my books, these poems aim to express how complex Guam is. Anyhoo, here is the first poem from my next book. feel free to share:
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"(the birth of Guam)"
Guam was born on March 6, 1521, when Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the womb of Humåtak Bay and delivered [us] into the calloused hands of modernity. “Guam is Where Western Imperialism in the Pacifc Begins!” St. Helena Augusta, tayuyute [ham] : pray for [us]. The annual reenactment of “Discovery Day” is a must see for all tourists: Chamorros-dressed-as-our- ancestors welcome Chamorros-dressed-as-the-galleon-crew. After the bloody performance, enjoy local food, walking tours, live reggae bands, and fireworks! Guam was adopted on December 10, 1898, when the Treaty of Paris was signed, and Spain ceded [us] to the United States. “Guam is Where America’s Western Frontier Begins!” Guam was declared an “unincorporated territory” on May 27, 1901, when the Supreme Court Insular Cases decided that the U.S. constitution does not follow its flag. “Guam is Where America’s Logic of Territorial Incorporation Ends!” Guam was kidnapped on December 8, 1941, when Japan bombed, invaded, and occupied [us]. “Guam is Where the Greater East Asia Co- Prosperity Sphere Begins!” On July 21, 1944, the U.S. armed forces returned and defeated the Japanese military. Guam was naturalized on August 1, 1950, when the Organic Act bestowed U.S. citizenship upon [us]. “Guam is Where America’s Passports Begin!” Guam was pimped out on May 1, 1967, when Pan American World Airways arrived with the first 109 Japanese tourists. The Guam Visitors Bureau birthed a new marketing slogan: “Guam is Where America’s Day Begins!” Since Guam is located 2,000 miles west of the international dateline, [we] instagram the sunrise before anyone in the fifty states. For the past 30 years, a straw poll on Guam has accurately predicted U.S. presidential elections, even though our votes don’t actually count in the electoral college. “Guam is Where America’s Voting Rights End!” This ironic streak ended in 2016, when Hillary Clinton received 70% of the ballots cast on Guam, yet Donald Trump still won
#notmycolonizerinchief. St. Thomas More, tayuyute [ham]. After the election, [we] begin the countdown to Super Bowl Monday, a sacred day when all Chamorros leave work and school in procession to the altar of the television. St. Sebastian, tayuyute [ham]. I attended George Washington High School on Guam, but I often skipped “English” class because the haole teacher made [us] memorize boring, canonical verse. “Guam is Where America’s Poetry Begins!” Sorry not sorry if I threw everyone’s rhyme and meter off.
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To dream about high school refers to the bonds and friendships

Here you go: To dream about high school refers to the bonds and friendships that you made while you were in high school. What spiritual lessons have you learned? The dream may also be telling you that you need to start preparing for the real world. 
 
To dream that you have to repeat high school suggests that you are doubting your accomplishments and the goals that you have already completed. You feel that you may not be measuring up to the expectation of others. The dream may occur because some recent situation may have awakened old anxieties and insecurities. 
 
To dream that you are in school signifies feelings of inadequacy and childhood insecurities that have never been resolved. It may relate to anxieties about your performance and abilities. If you are still in school and dream about school, then the dream may just be a reflection of your daily life and has no special significance. 
 
Alternatively, a dream that takes place in school may be a metaphor for the lessons that you are learning from your waking life. You may be going through a "spiritual learning" experience. 
 
To dream that you are looking for a school suggests that you need to expand your knowledge and learning. To dream that you are at a new school means that you are feeling out of place in some situation. Or perhaps there is a new lesson that you need to learn.

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 Buon Ma Thuot City, sometimes called Ban Me Thuot, the capital of Dak Lak Province, at a height of 500m. The city is relatively young, since it was only established in 1904. Before that, Ban Don was the capital of this area.
 
Once upon a time, ‘Buon Muôn Thuở’, today Buon Ma Thuot is a bustling city, on a flat surface, like every city in the lowland. Only when you go to the suburbs, a few lonely homes remember a new highland city.
 
Ethereal Village
 
From Phan Chu Trinh city center, go to Tran Nhat Duat crossroads, turn left on Tran Nhat Duat street (land road, entrance to Yang Sing hotel) 500 meters. The correct name is Akô Dhông (local people or called Co Thôn), meaning ‘upstream of the streams’, the villagers largely Catholic.
 
24 hours not bored in Buon Ma Thuot
24 hours not bored in Buon Ma Thuot
 
There are about 30 houses on stilts, long house, tile roof, wood floor, spacious, very stylish. The house of the old village more traditional features, bamboo floor, gong, look, chee, kpal …
 
Trung Nguyen coffee village
 
The campus is very wide, beautifully built. The main architecture is a long house Ede, 40m long, 12m wide. In the house, exhibited as a museum of the Central Highlands, with enough ancient gongs, elephant skin, mortar, weapons … Beside that is the house of the house, for guests to enjoy coffee.
 
Don
 
From Phan Boi Chau out of the city, take Highway 681 (also known as Highway 1) to Buon Don town, center of Buon Don district. Continue for 15km, to Don Don post office is left turn to Cau Treo tourist area, the main tourist, east visitors.
 
Around the restaurant are suspended bridge dangling on the Sre Pôk River. The menu is quite interesting, with rice, grilled garden chicken, grass pig, buffalo meat, Sre Pôk river fish, ethnic bitterness … And the most fun is drinking wine.
 
In Cau Treo tourism area, there are elephant crossing services, ecological forest picnics, gongs cultural exchanges … There are motels, but seemingly empty, no guests.
 
Old stilt house, 400m from Cau Trei area, walking distance. Before going to buy tickets at the reception area Cau Treo. The house is over 120 years old, Lao-Thai style architecture, roofed with wooden chit, wooden side wall car.
 
This is home to the most famous ‘gru’ (elephant hunter), Khunjunob. Khunjuhob is just a title (King of elephants) donated by the King of Thailand, when he offered this king a white elephant. In his life, Khunjunob has captured hundreds of elephants. He died at the age of 110, around the 1930s. His current employer is Ama Cong, aged nearly 100 and still healthy. Come here to buy Ama Cong wine, a tonic wine strength according to your own formula.
 
Don Don is the elephant capital. Previously, the captive elephant’s life of Ban Don was very glorious vietnam-trekking-tours.com/. Elephants from Ban Don provide for the Central Highlands, selling to Laos, Cambodia. One elephant cost about thirty buffaloes. Getting white elephant is splendid, for a white elephant worth up to 30 elephants.
It is 52 km from Buon Ma Thuot. From Buon Ma Thuot, follow Highway 27 to Lien Son Market. If you take the bus, you should also get off at Lien Son market, then walk or take the next car.
 
Lake Lak at 3km and 2km, is the largest lake in Central Highlands and is the fish bowl of the area. Summer lotus lotus bloom very beautiful. On the lake, the dugout. The name Dak Lak also comes from here, with ‘Dak’ in Mnong as ‘lake’.
 
Jun. From Lien Son market to Jun village only about 1 km, walking or xe om. Jun Mnông R’lăm, located right on the shores of Lake Lak. There are about two dozen houses on stilts, long houses like Ede people, iron roofs are quite patchy. There is an elephant ride, canoeing or motor boat ride around the lake.

Problem with the politics of Peerpanchal, nay, entire state is there is no Left or Centrist ideology

Problem with the politics of Peerpanchal, nay, entire state is there is no Left or Centrist ideology. There’s complete vacuum at this end of polictical spectrum. Even those claiming to be representing secular, liberal, accommodating, and inclusive thought and supposed to be at the left or center of political spectrum are all but pretending. What happens with this kind of politics is when a person who has a genuine inclination toward secular, liberal, and moderate ideas is taken in by their false show and drawn toward the parties claiming to represent these values, all he finds is masks falling off and when he comes to know about the skeletons in the closets he is left with no choice but to revert back to the fold of his own religious right-wing only to survive. That’s all. It is because of this reason that not only is there no Left and very little Center but the chances that they will ever occupy any considerable space in the politics of these regions are also very bleak.

Traffic on Jammu-Akhnoor Highway Driving Everybody Nuts, Time is the most valuable asset that one can have at one’s disposal

Traffic on Jammu-Akhnoor Highway Driving Everybody Nuts
Time is the most valuable asset that one can have at one’s disposal. Man used to be busy all the time hunting, gathering, harvesting until the dawn of science and technology which eased some of that burden and afforded him some free time. This free time was used to unleash more creativity and develop more tools that further helped him come out of that miserable life. Having freed himself from shackles of necessary labour, man devoted his time toward art, literature, and other things that added colour to otherwise dull existence. The curiosity and inquisitiveness that is natural to any sentient being allowed him to better the quality of life by inventing tools and devices that made life comfortable and luxurious.
Motor-vehicle is one such invention that has enormously reduced time that we spend travelling. That saved time serves numerous purposes and can be put to noble pursuits that could further enhance the living standards. But time has come to a full circle and the unwise and injudicious use of things which man so wisely invented end up denying him the very privilege that was desired before the conception of idea of invention. Too many unregulated vehicles plying on too congested roads have turned journey by road into a kind of nightmare for daily commuters who have to waste many of their otherwise productive hours in honking horns and jamming brakes.
Same happened to be the case with my cousin Sourav who had to commute twice daily from Jammu city to Muthi. A journey that on a normal traffic-free day would take ten minutes. He regularly had to spend an hour and a half for the same, being stuck in the gridlock day in and day out. Having born the brunt, he came up with two real observations, two main reasons behind the gridlock during the rush-hour: one the prevalence of numerous intersections one after a stone’s throw from another with unregulated traffic pouring in from all of them into the main highway thus blocking the smooth flow of vehicles in the main road. Second reason being the absence of divider thus allowing the refugees from sanity to break their lane and block the traffic on the adjacent lane.
A fly-over of adequate length is long overdue but that’s a far-fetched dream. To address the immediate issue, the least we could do is erect some make-shift reflectors to serve the purpose of a divider to tighten the noose on those who feel entitled to break lanes and jump red lights. Restriction of vehicles from pouring in from all intersections and only few that are properly manned by traffic police personnel and closely regulated being allowed for the passage.
We have solutions to our problems in the stories of other cities. In Noida you cannot register a vehicle without producing the proof of parking slot for it. Same can be done in Jammu to reduce the load of traffic on roads. Encouraging public transportation can address both — problem of traffic congestion as well as pollution. Some cities are mulling over levying heavy taxes for registering luxury vehicles or second and third vehicle in the same family. We can emulate these models to put our own home in order. For that we will have to keep in mind the peculiarities of our own problem.
Until Elon Musk’s traffic-skipping tunnels technology finds its way to india which at least will take half a century, we have to devise make-do measures to cope with the problem. Four-laning of road or construction of fly-over are too long drawn-out solutions and require time, capital, and political will. But we can not afford to wait that long before we have them all to eradicate this menace.

Because it’s all the rage, here’s some thoughts on Bitcoin etc, (As it’s been pointed out, true application of the block chain model could be a…

Because it’s all the rage, here’s some thoughts on Bitcoin etc
(As it’s been pointed out, true application of the block chain model could be a positive systematic step)
It seems to me like a way to lure people into the stock market model that wouldn’t normally be interested. These sorts of aspects of our reality need focus and power to survive. The financial profit from no work systems are the same methods the elites have been using and encoding into this realm for eons.
IMO, we need new forms of multi dimensional technology that don’t co opt altered versions of the same energetic systems supposedly for the “non elites”. It’s my opinion that following & copying their systems and methodologies is just further encoding a questionable precedent into greater reaches of the collective consciousness. The more these systems are encoded into our reality, the harder it is to leave these systems behind. It’s possible that a blockchain system could develop more accountability, but I’m also dubious of the integrity potential in a system where the controlled internet is in control of the currency.
This may just be the next step in a plan to redesign how the masses relate to currency. Usually these controlled changes are subversive and call on the unwitting public to Champion what appears to be positive change. I personally call into question anything that builds on similar systems that the elite have been using to control and manipulate. It seems that the premise is “beating them at their own game”, which may appear to have some truth to it, but I’d prefer to be supporting new systems and methodologies that are embedded with true positive value. With the current moves to further centralize the power and control of the internet, while planting seeds to change the way currency operates through the internet, we should all be watching with a cautious and critical eye.
As long as the game is still giving value to things that have no value, we are still supporting the same mass manipulation just assuming it’s for our own benefit this time. This is obviously being completely supported by those that run social media which should also bring the systems into question. Of course there is going to be some apparent benefit for the disenfranchised, that’s how you get them to adopt a new controlled system.
Just a few thoughts.
* If there is truth to the actual implementation and autonomy within a block chain system model, I am open-minded to that being an improvement to the current system.

Carpenter vs

Carpenter vs. the US. Why it is so important.
“The Carpenter case has received some media attention, but unless you are a surveillance law expert, you may not be aware of the enormous potential impact of the Court’s decision. It is no exaggeration to say that it could determine the future of our privacy in the internet and cell-phone age.”

Using Machine Learning techniques that analyze the visual features of artworks, X Degrees of Separation finds pathways between any two artifacts,…

Using Machine Learning techniques that analyze the visual features of artworks, X Degrees of Separation finds pathways between any two artifacts, connecting the two through a chain of artworks.
I mapped John Hayden’s 1944 “John Henry was the Best in the Land” x Umar Rashid’s 2015 “Map of the Frenglish Kingdom of Novum Eboracum”

Values An American Value – Neither: Conservative, Liberal, or Moderate – It is who we are as a people

#AmericanValues An American Value – Neither: Conservative, Liberal, or Moderate – It is who we are as a people.
"E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One."
We are learning more and more on how Russia used sophisticated operatives & software programs across social media to influence the 2016 election.
And how they are still doing so now to cause confusion and strife across America. Please be more thoughtful on all these issues – don’t let them manipulate you or America.
One of our greatest strengths is the openness and transparency of American society, but this can also be exploited by those who wish us harm. And by those who seek to diminish our standing within the world. This is now, and has been, a NATIONAL SECURITY issue.
What we are learning even now is how Russian operatives have been causing civil discord via social media on the NFL National Anthem – “Taking a Knee & Locking Arms” discourse.
“Taking a Knee & Locking Arms” is an act of prayer and hope to increase our awareness of injustice. Seeking justice, and calling out injustice, are key cornerstones of our American democracy and an act of patriotism – it is an American value grounded in our common Judeo-Christan tradition and heritage.
If we cannot seek and sustain such justice for all Americans. Then the words we celebrate in our national anthem and those who unselfishly gave of themselves for this nation, becomes a hallow echo of who we are as a people.
"E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One."
Amos 5:22-27 (RSV)
22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and cereal offerings,
I will not accept them,
and the peace offerings of your fatted beasts
I will not look upon.
23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an everflowing stream.
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