Ft. Andross – Brunswick, Maine

This morning on my walk to work, I took the historic swinging bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick, and this photo was taken while crossing that foot-bridge. Enjoy!

View from the foot-bridge of Ft. Andross in Brunswick, ME
View from the foot-bridge of Ft. Andross in Brunswick, ME


It dropped.
The sound was so loud
Resonating through the halls
And my bones
But was it broken?
Or are you just scared?
Get up now.
Feel the success
Of carriying on

Tribute post to da GBFM

da GBFM is a legendary blogger/internet personality in the red pill movement. Sometime in the last few years, WordPress took his website offline for “violating terms of service” – he has always been opinionated but in a way I respect and I value and miss his voice. Today I used the Wayback Machine ( https://archive.org/web/ ) to access his old site so I could read some content (btw: the old site url was http://greatbooksformen.wordpress.com )


Here is a repost in full of a song da GBFM wrote, which was cleverly attributed to being authored by Ben Bernanke. Enough said – here’s the original post:

NEWSFLASH! BEN BERNANKE originally wrote MILEY CYRUS’S hit song WE CAN’T STOP as a FEDzlz mission statetemenstz lzzoizzlzoz

NEWSFLASH! BEN BERNANKE originally wrote MILEY CYRUS’S hit song WE CAN’T STOP as a FEDzlz mission statetemenstz lzzoizzlzoz

last nightz as i was going to bed with my new grifeinedz miley curyrus, she condifed in me something a scertet SECTRET!! she mad me promisesz not to tellz, so i promisedz but den i thought bzaout it, and u are all my good friendz! and BROS BEFORE HOES Zlzizzlizzlzizlzoizlzizilozlzz

ao anywho many of youz do not know this but BEN BERNAnKE originally WROTE da hit MILEY CYRUS SONG we cant’ stop:

by ben ebernake zlzozlzzo
It’s our House (& Senate) we can do what we want
It’s our Fed we can print what we want
It’s our dollar we can bankrupt who we want
We can bailout who we want
We can butthext who we want (2x)

Red commies and sweaty neoconz everywhere
Hands in the air like we don’t care
Cause we came to make so much debt now
And the betas here must pay it all now.

If you’re not ready to go home
Can I get a hell no
Cause we gonna pump all night
Till we see hyperinflation alright

So la da di da di, we like fiat currency
Dancing with Bernanke
Doing whatever we want
This is our Fed
This is our rules
And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop printing
Can’t you see it’s we who own the right
Can’t you see it we who bout’ thug life
And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop
We run things, Things don’t run we
We take everything from everybody

It’s our Fed we can bernankify who we want
It’s our dollar we can print we want
It’s our party we can bomb who we want
We can butthext who we want
We can bankrupt who we want

To my Keynsians here with the big butts
Shaking it like we at a strip club
Remember only Greenspan can judge ya
Forget the haters cause Bernanke loves ya
And everyone in line in the bathroom
Trying to get a line in the bathroom
Inflation so turned up here
Getting turned up, yeah, yeah

So la da di da di, we inflate with glee
Pumping with Bernanke
Doing whatever we want
This is our Fed
This is our rules
And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop
Can’t you see it’s we who own the right
Can’t you see it we who bout’ thug life
And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop
We run things
Betas don’t run we
We take everything from everybody

It’s our Fed we can pump what we want
It’s our dollar we can inflate all we want
It’s our congress we can buy who we want
We can butthext who we want
We can bailout who we want

It’s our Fed we can do what we want to
It’s our House (& Senate) we can butthext who we want to
It’s our country we can quantitiative ease if we want to
It’s your mouth you shall suck when we want you to
Yea, Yea, Yeah

And we can’t stop printing
And we won’t stop inflating
Can’t you see it’s we who own the right
Can’t you see it we who bout’ thug life
And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop
We run things
Betas don’t run we
We take everything from everynody
Yea, Yea, Yea


The ABCs

always be closing deals
fuck government hegemony
iconomania just kills life
make noise
open pathways
quality returns
sizable triumphs
uncontested victories
without xeroxing your zeros

Pot Rant 2011

Benjamin Bernier

Maine, USA

The Right to Breathe


One thing that the US government can not argue that it owns my lungs. Using this as a basis, it cannot reasonably own the receptors put in my lungs genetically to receive THC and cannabinoids. How can they create an argument with persuasiveness to tell me what I can and cannot inhale, especially if it causes no harm to anyone else?

As I see it, there is a massive moral difference between smoking pot in the infant ward of the hospital and with my other adult friends in my house on my couch watching my TV. One thing is public, and potentially harmful to developing bodies and minds, but the second of these two scenarios poses the question of how far can the government control what I do, and who gives them the right to say that it is wrong?

As recently witnessed in Denver, even when people work together toward a shared goal, and it passes as a legal law of the town or city, it is threatening to the government and they continue to uphold laws of a different citizenry and a completely different jurisdiction.

I am far from saying that universal legality is the correct answer, or even what I would ask for, but there must be a point where the government backs up and says “This is on you now.” As functioning adults we all take responsibility for our actions whether we want to or not, and whether we plan on it or not. My actions have consequences too; I spend more on junk food than the “average American” whoever that may really be (I have never met this person). Who I have met are adults, both young and old, who appreciate the therapeutic nature of this powerful herb. Too often classified with the opiates and the uppers the general public rightly calls pot a gateway drug. It isn’t so much that pot opens ones eyes to other drugs, because it doesn’t take away your ability to say “no,” but it rather makes us ask, “If marijuana is illegal and I cant morally see anything wrong with it, then what can be wrong with these other drugs that we are taught about in the same way?”

To change the common misconceptions about pot would also change the misconceptions about hard drugs, clear to anyone who has ever experimented they are vastly different worlds. Have you ever seen a functional crack-head? Probably not, but chances are that at least one boss you’ve had in your life was a functional stoner. Were they a terrible person, or could you not tell them apart from the other bosses you’ve had? Or was it simply that they handled stress more advanced and having the chance to alleviate those stresses makes them a kinder, more reasonable boss in touch with themselves and with the people who make up the worlds around them.

I believe that people hold themselves back, and drug use whether over the counter, prescription, therapeutic or dangerous drugs are an easy scapegoat for the mistakes that we make in our lives. No one expects perfection out of other people, including themselves, but if not dangerous and not rubbed in faces, why can’t pot use be looked at as a habit no less offensive than biting ones nails? There are times to bite your nails and there are certainly times when it is not appropriate: I wouldn’t bite my nails the first time I meet a girls parents or during a presentation.

It’s about the right to decide what’s good for me. It’s about the right to be an independent person, and mostly it’s about the right to make mistakes and be our own judge.

Smoking pot is a right that no one can ever take away from me. Simply because the law does not protect people who share this view does not make us wrong. We are a powerful and thoughtful part of society, with a large obligation to ourselves and to others to preserve these rights. It is the responsibility of the people to correct an unjust society, to smooth it’s edges, to refine it’s views.

This is why I smile when I ask you, “How will you improve your own life?” Because I know that prohibition will not stand.

What Does Open Source Mean to Our World Community?

Open source is more than software. It’s more than a license choice. It’s more than one person or company or entity or idea, but rather it is the collection of ideas and concepts, whether sounds, feelings, images or words, that encourage shared knowledge, shared contribution, shared benefit.

If two minds are better than one, than 7 billion minds are better than any other combination possible.

Embracing open source as an ideology means to embrace community, to give and to receive, to yield the power of the collective conscious and collective unconscious of every individual, together, at once. At the core of the open source ideal is the idea that information should be free, and that by having information we all are empowered. In a time where curiosity and creativity are handcuffed by the Digital Millennium Copyrights Act (DMCA) and it’s not even legal to take apart your coffee machine to see whats inside, I find it refreshing and rewarding to participate in something bigger than myself where information can be shared and is encouraged to be shared across borders and languages and political affiliations.

A common misconception about open source is that money cannot be made by using open concepts as the foundation for business; but I disagree. Open source 3D printing has evolved rapidly and becomes more affordable every day by not having a licensed or proprietary overhead (thank you RepRap and the other pioneers). Microcontroller layouts and circuit board designs also have harnessed the same benefits through projects like Arduino, resulting in a 90% cost reduction versus traditional, closed controllers. Open source programming languages like PHP grow more rapidly with increasingly increasing stability versus their closed source competitors. Blog management software from WordPress took the web by storm, easily becoming the most dominant, versatile content management system in just a matter of five years, accomplishing a task the giant corporations could not have. In the days of for-profit open source, the code is no longer the product and the consumer wins by having options as to who and how their systems get serviced. It’s hard to talk about open source and not mention Linux, and through Linux our small company has tools that compete with the big boys for which I am grateful, but the prime example of for-profit, open source success is Red Hat, who broke the billion dollar mark in recent history, not through direct sales of software, but through enhancements, support, consulting and system design among many other streams of income.

At this day and age, where vendor lock is a scary yet real problem, one of the few ways to avoid it to to implement systems that can be managed by any number of worldwide experts. Open source offers a real solution here through competitive technologies, stable platforms, opportunities to re-invent, improve, enhance around the individuals and back upstream around the world.

Is the strength based in the thousands of minds focused on solving one problem?

Is the advantage of open source the ease of access to the product? Or to the documentation? Or to a competent community, willing to help each other tackle the impossible?

I don’t know what the most exciting and promising part of open source is for you, but I know that my reasons are ever changing and evolving, liquid to the problems we face, morphing to our needs, and benefiting our customers for each of their unique applications and needs.

So people of the world, as you open your code and open your patents, I hope you too find peace in the reward of your opening hearts and minds. And as you go into your lives and you are faced with challenges, remember that you have a community, maybe I’d even say a family, ready to help you, ready to empower you to help yourselves, ready to say no to the status quo and demand the excellence we all deserve, together, moving forward through time and space as all of our individual challenges and goals somehow unite into a destination of fascination, connectedness, trust and monetary savings.