I question things which people take for granted. I would have been that kid who said the emperor was naked. In real life that kid would probably have been lynched, but I'll take my chances...
I believe truth inherently valuable, no matter how well intentioned the ideology it dispels may be.
I also write about random interesting things from my personal life.
My neighbor came by a couple days ago.
(Neither the conservative in a tiny trailer nor the tweaker / junkies, I've
never written about this one before)
I have new professionally made signs on the truck now, so its obvious I am
running on bio-diesel (I think we had spoken about it once before a year ago or
He had read an article in National Geographic.
He came over to tell me that Bio-Diesel cost more than petroleum diesel.
Of course, I was already aware of this.
He asked why I used it.
I explained how being domestically produced and renewable meant we as a country
were less reliant on imports, particularly from unstable places like the Middle
He was surprised that I thought we got a significant amount of oil from the Middle
East. He thought it comes mostly from Mexico
and South America.
I acknowledged that we do get a lot from those places, but it is not as much as
we use, and we import huge amounts from across the ocean as well.
I asked why he thought we were in Iraq.
He may actually have not heard me, because he is hard of hearing. Who knows?
So I went on to explain the significant difference in emissions, both in terms
of greenhouse gases and regular air pollutants.
He was amazed that I actually cared about that, or felt it was a personal
I pointed out that I have to breathe. He said "well we ALL have to
"That's exactly my point"
When I mentioned that we pay much less for gas than most places, he said he
didn't believe it. He went on to say that the article said in Italy
they pay over $6 per gallon. Yet he was still sure that because of license fees
and unspecified taxes, we still paid more per gallon in the end.
When I pointed out that gas prices will explode within the next decade as
supply gets lower, he said he doesn't expect to be around that long (which is
odd - he is retired and hard of hearing, but he still has brown hair, and is
very active. He still rides his Harley. He isn't all that old. I think.)
I asked if he had kids. He said they were older than me. I asked if he was
concerned at all about the air quality and economic climate for them. His
response was not straight forward, but seemed to be a combination of 'it won't
get too bad in their lifetimes either' and 'someone will solve those problems
sooner or later'.
He kept going back to asking why I would spend more on fuel if I didn't have
to. I said it was a matter of being a good citizen, like voting. I decided
against asking if he voted.
He found it very interesting that I felt that things like international
politics and the environment were relevant to me personally.
He insisted he had NEVER met anyone who thought that before. (Or at least no
one who admitted it.)
I said I had a lot of customers who felt that way.
He said "maybe in San Francisco".
"Well, yeah in Berkeley".
We live in Oakland. Oakland
in right in between SF and Berkeley. He has lived here for at least a decade or
two (I can't remember, it may have been longer) and has never met what you
might call an environmentalist!?!?
This is a guy who occasionally flies an American flag over his home (more often
its the Jolly Roger).
He babysits for another neighbor. He never rants about "liberals". We
talk now again - we both have motorcycles, so sometimes about that. He tells
stories of his life. Regular guy. He wasn't the slightest antagonistic about my
views. He was just surprised.
He could see how if that stuff mattered to me it might be worth it to buy bio-diesel.
For him, he said, all that mattered it the dollar cost.
We tend to focus on the exploitative corporations, corrupt government,
fundamentalist religious people, and hummer drivers.
I think our biggest obstacle is all the ordinary people in between. We
shouldn't be an "extreme", but unfortunately, in this country, we
Its so fun to be published. Now, not just my handful of blog readers, but
Playboy's 3 million readers (well, ok, maybe half of them just look at the
pictures. I imagine with the availability of free hardcore internet porn
a higher percentage actually reads it) have to hear my thoughts and opinions.
I remember writing the letter to the editor, but I hadn't realized I had ever
sent it. Guess I did.
They reversed my first and last names. That's ok. Trust me,
"Kafele Bakari" is really me.
In answer to your question, no, there is no naked picture of me. It is
possible that I was naked when I wrote it, but not very likely.
Incidentally, the first topic on that page, by Brett, I believe it is the first
time I have ever heard anyone (besides myself) point out what he does.