Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Two Poems on Poverty

December 28, 2013

.

I had
a bowl once
but it filled up
with dust

my ribs
stick out
like
empty spoons

I used
to smell bad
but even that
ran away

a penny?
a penny?
it’s too heavy to hold…

..

From Han Shan
This poem is my version of #25 from Han Shan’s Cold Mountain

The swaying grain is not yet ripe
my bowl is empty with the last of the old
I went to a neighbor to borrow some meal
and stood at their gate hesitating

the husband first, came to the door
and said for me to speak to his wife
the wife came out to see what’s the matter
listened, then said go ask my husband

too stingy to help when times are hard
wealth seems to make some all the more hungry.

—————-

poor / and not knowing it /is not poor at all

We Can End Poverty in Our Lifetime

February 22, 2013

Science has proven that people are happier to give to others than to buy for themselves.  That suggests that if we find a way to end poverty, we will be glad to follow through. Here is one idea. It is followed by two links: 1, science story on how we feel happy when we give, 2. How the money for a US war could end poverty in the US.

Time to End Poverty, Here is the way, Costs Nothing
Let’s collectively end poverty on the planet. What is needed is both a will and a way. The will is up to each person, but the way – a new way built on micro loans – is easy.

1. Set up CBA’s, community bank accounts. A government, or any group of investors, or any interested individual can set it up. They put money into a community bank account, and the interest goes to the community. The capital is never spent. Plus the banks have money to loan to the community.

Rules:
The money or capital that is invested in the CBA’s is never spent. Thus this doesn’t cost a penny ever.
The interest on the money – that comes in every month forever throughout time – goes to the community. It empowers them to improve their community any positive way they choose. Monthly the neighborhood meets and determines how to best spend the money to resolve the problems of that neighborhood (or community, or small town).
There are checks and balances to make sure they use the money wisely. Depositors can remove their capital if they don’t approve of how the interest is spent by the community. The community must openly show investors months ahead of time, how they will spent their interest to help the community

For any bank to get the large account it must agree to only loan that money to that neighborhood or it will loose the account and the investors can take their money to another bank. Thus benefits are doubled.

Therefore no capital is EVER spent, the INTEREST on the money comes in every month this year, next year, and forever and ever and ever. The interest on the money empowers the community (or county or state or any selected group) to resolve their problems, not with charity – which all hate – but with investments. The account allows the banks to make loans to that area as well. Thus the money becomes twice as much – it generates interest, and it allows the bank cash to loan.

LINKS

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130221104357.htm

December Work (includes 2 new quatros)

December 17, 2012

Poems written in December 2012
Comments welcome. [poem notes in brackets like this]

POEMS

1. [Quatro]

Knitting his brows
warp and weft

2. [Love song lyrics]

We have a love
as good as gold
with lucky stars
above us both

3.

When night comes
I walk up the stairway.
stars above me
stars below.

4. [Song lyrics]

Not every sailor
stays by the sea,
but there are some
that never will leave.

and something in
the rush of the waves
will keep them near
all of their lives.

5. [Quatro]

shadow of the bird
just as quick
SAYINGS

Solving poverty is easy – getting new ideas into old minds – impossible.

Don’t let drugs go to your head!

————————-
Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 20 year old zine Musea)
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Van Gogh Art Question in this week’s quiz

November 27, 2012

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:
History question this week. Where was the Battle of Hastings fought? Clue “I gave you two clues”
IS
Battle. Yes the battle was fought near the town of Battle. But instead of calling it the Battle of Battle, they called it the Battle of Hastings a town a little further down the road. Now look at the clue, “I gave you two clues” 1. Hastings, and 2. Battle. This was one of my favorite questions. But….

I had no correct eligible answers – seemed this question was not your ‘field” of expertise!
I don’t dumb down/so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”(‘06) or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my MORE NEWEST cd Called “FOUR-TH” (‘08) or my MOST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘5-TH (Nov.’09) or my MORE NEWEST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘6-TH’(Feb ’12)( one of the 6 CD set). Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to E-MAIL ME AT THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ att.net(remove blanks of course) with the correct answer to this art question.
DEDICATION: These contests are dedicated to my sister, Peggy, who answered more of the questions correctly than anyone else.

FINE PRINT: The CD prize is only available to those with mailing addresses in the US. Foreign winners will have to settle for the miniscule fame alone, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But don’t forget you can listen to all the music on the website, whether you won or lost – and I’d be glad if you did!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION
Look up starving artist in a dictionary, and you’ll likely see a picture of Vincent Van Gogh. During his painting decade – he only painted for about 10 years tops (1880’s) – he had little money, and all that came from his brother Theo (though for the life of me, I don’t get it – Theo worked in a GALLERY and never got his Brother’s work SHOWN IN THE GALLERY!) Well I divulge. Let’s continue. There was one thing that Vincent splurged on, with the help of Theo. He bought 500 of these at 2-4 francs each. What did he buy so much of? Clue: It wasn’t any painting supplies, but it was connected to art. Good luck.

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com http://www.Myspace.com/Musead(New Friends welcome) http://www.youtube.com/TomHendricksMusea (all my videos)

Tom Hendricks (editor of the 20 year old zine Musea) http://www.Musea.us ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM) http://www.Hunkasaurus.com MUSIC, 5 full CD’s of free Post-Bands Music) http://www.Musea.wordpress.com BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)

 

Switch On the Wall

November 19, 2012

A Switch on the Wall

There’s a switch on the wall in the down position. If you flip it up you’ll end all poverty and hunger in the world and there will be absolutely no adverse effects for anyone. Will you switch it? Of course you would. Everybody would.

Now, imagine that you have to switch 1,000 switches every day for 20 years to end that poverty. Would you do that? Maybe not.

What’s my point? It’s this. If ending suffering can be made easy to do, then everyone will do it and they’ll do it gladly.

(reproduced from an earlier Musea issue).


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