Spring Forward: An Alternative Plan for the Future

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The Big Picture

By Glynn Wilson

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While the vernal equinox and the first day of spring is still 10 days off, since Daylight Savings Time begins today and the weather has warmed up and the sun’s shining for a change around here, let’s just say spring has sprung in Alabamaland and be done with it. I wish we would just dispense with the winter clock and have Daylight Savings Time all year ’round anyway.

When it’s cold and wet and the suburban chores pile up, it’s hard to concentrate on the news. It’s also hard to concentrate on the damage being inflicted by the tea party Republicans in Montgomery. But you know what they say when the Alabama Legislature goes into session: Watch your pocketbooks.

Since returning from the first of its kind global climate change protest in Washington, D.C., I’ve been thinking about some big package stories I want to do this year. But none of them are quite ready to reveal yet.

I will be producing a package of stories, photos and videos at some point this year on the water wars between Alabama and Georgia and the water management plan in the works for Alabama. But that’s an ongoing process that could take years to complete.

We’re all still waiting to hear whether the federal government is going to move forward with a plan to allow fracking in the Talladega National Forest for natural gas. Perhaps the plan is dead in the water? If so, we may never know.

I want to produce a series on what it’s like to be in a union and work in a major power plant, but we still need more cooperation from more unions to be able to produce something so unique. The mainstream media never covers labor anymore, and I know for a fact there are some interesting stories there. But many union members have still not gotten the message. They need to stop voting against their own economic self interest.

I’m also thinking of resurrecting some of the most critical work on global warming from the 1990s and producing a series on climate change this year.

I’ve also been conducting research and working on a Kindle book on democracy and the Web Press. We are going to reveal a new Website for it soon, along with a Wikipedia page and a Kindle book for sale on the subject. I’ve delved into the original social science research that inspired Noam Chomsky’s book called Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. If you want a sneak peek into this work, Google “Taking The Risk Out Of Democracy: Corporate Propaganda Versus Freedom and Liberty” by Alex Carey. There is a free Google book version available. Read Chomsky’s introduction.

Unfortunately, this was written well before the Internet Age, so there are some new thoughts to put down on top of this academic analysis. It’s going to take a little time to put it all together, but the goal is to get it done this year.

It will also include some of my columns, stories and videos from this site, and some of the memoir I’m still working on too. Regular readers will know what I’m talking about. If you have time and the inclination, you can go back in time and see what I’ve already published on the subject of Making Democracy Work.

We have come along way in the business of building the economy for this. But we still have a long way to go. There’s no reason to be impatient about it.

The traditional newspapers are still losing money and failing in their attempts to save themselves in the Internet Age. We will continue to grow as they fall. This is a life-long struggle, a marathon, not a sprint. I’m in it for the long haul. My journey will not come to full fruition anyway until my time and task in Alabama come to an end. My 86-year-old mother is doing pretty well, thanks for asking, but no one can live forever.

I feel that transitional time coming closer every day. After all the planning we did last year and the things I’ve been working on lately, I know I’ll be ready when the time comes.

Like I’ve been telling my close friends from childhood who have also faced major economic struggles over the past decade, you have to come up with an alternative plan to make it in this economy. The days of working for the big corporations and staying in one place for life are for the most part over. You’ve got to be creative and be willing to move around.

When the time comes, I will be totally mobile in a Dodge Roadtrek camper van with enough money to get up the road to the one city in America that was not really affected by the Bush Great Recession. Did you know about the only place in the U.S. where the property values never dropped was the area around Washington, D.C.?

Why? Because in spite of what the tea party morons think, the federal government is an essential part of the national economy. It’s still the largest employer, more than Wal-mart, and people come from all over the world to live and work in D.C. Diversity is not a drawback. The best cities in the world are the most diverse. The numbers don’t lie.

Believe it? Or not.

Now back to the coffee and tinkering with the van. We’re working on a long-term plan to get it ready to work anywhere off the generator. Regular followers will recall we had some trouble with the computer back in the fall on one of our camping trips to Mt. Cheaha and Lake Chinnabee. We’ve figured out the problem and have a solution in the works.

Since I got permission from the governor’s staff to park with the TeeVee trucks by the old Alabama Capitol when working in Montgomery, we need enough steady power to use the computer and the Internet from there as well as in primitive campgrounds in the middle of national forests or nowhere. We will have all the pieces in place this week, so stay tuned.

See you over the Internet. We’ve got more live feeds planned too.

© 2013, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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