Noah Today

Wished I could take credit for the following, or give credit to the original author as I merely “Maplized”, that is, made it more relevant to my own community of Maple Valley.  A friend sent it to me and given my previous posting, Community Ark of the Covenant, I thought that I would share as we seem to be in a need of direction, any direction.  The only way to recover economically and democratically has to be pursued at the community level.  I know of no better way than through community cooperation which can be easily organized through a Community Development Co-operative.  The proposed day of reckoning, that is, May 21st, 2011, came and went and once again being proposed for another time.  Regardless, I thought it would be appropriate to create some awareness through levity to the event if only to create a sense of community and provide some direction through this website:

In the year 2011, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in Maple Valley, Washington, and said:  “Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.”  “Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans.”

He gave Noah the blueprints, saying: “You have 6 months to build the  Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard – but no Ark.  “Noah!,”  He roared, “I’m about to start the rain!  Where is the  Ark?”  “Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed.”

“I needed a Building Permit.”

“I’ve been arguing with the City Inspector about the need for a sprinkler system.”

“My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the local Planning Committee for a non-conforming variance and they are still deliberating.”

“Then the local City Council and power company demanded a shed load of money for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark’s move to the sea.  I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.”

“For the first time I’m getting calls and e-mails, consuming considerable time,  from the City Council looking for photo opportunities.”

“I have Public Works wanting to inspect the Ark for milfoil and ensure that if I intended to float the Ark on Lake Wilderness that it was electric powered and can’t exceed eight miles per hour.”

“The United States Coast Guard routinely inspects for the number of PFDs, personal floatation devices, that we have, and whether or not they conform to their standards.”

“A local boat builder is complaining to the City about unfair business practices and competition by a big boat company.”

“Getting the wood was another problem.  There’s a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl.”  “I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!”

“When I started gathering the animals the SPA took me to court.  They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will.  They argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.”

“The City is wanting to charge me license fees for the animals unless I can prove that they are not pets.”

“Then the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.”

“I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew.”

“Immigration is checking the Visa status of most of the people who want to work.”

“The trades unions say I can’t use my sons.  They insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience.”

“To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.”

“So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.”

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky.

Noah looked up in wonder and asked, “You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”

“No,” said the Lord. ” The Government beat me to it.”


Community Ark of the Covenant

What is needed to weather the impending storm of revolt is for communities to become united and self-sufficient.   The Internet has become unprecedented in readily accessing information, and anything anyone says, including myself, no longer has to be taken at face value but can be readily researched online.   There is no doubt class wars are occurring worldwide in revolt against oppression.  Tyranny and bullying comes in many forms, and can be inflicted by all levels of government upon the masses through dictatorships, oligarchies, and corporate plutocracies. 

Regardless of race, culture, religion or political beliefs most people around the world aspire to the same thing.  People just want to be productive, happy and content.   I say most, as there are those afflicted with ego, greed and lack of morality to the point of contemptuous inconsiderate disdainful behaviour and to the extent of inflicting crimes against humanity.  They have their own agenda, sometimes executed en masse through secret societies, but typically with the end result of inflicting pain on those just wanting peace and happiness.  I have a basic theory in that sociopaths and psychopaths, whose actual numbers are quite alarming, have inadvertently gotten control due to the naïveté of those with conscience.  How else can you explain the lack of conscience and pathological lying that has taken us from one economic crisis and war to another.  I hope at some point in time that geneticists can create something that when an individual lies their skin starts to turn some alarming color, and when these lies lack conscience, and inflict pain and suffering on others, they become some outlandish color or pattern which only subsides when truth is consistently told. 

In the meantime, perhaps we should subject people to psychological testing and put a tatoo of a “no sign” on their forehead on these guilty pathetic individuals because they are incurable, and need to be avoided.  The will and safety of the majority far outweighs individual rights.

We’re not going to be able to immediately change the country’s political and economic woes because the conscientious political will has been corrupted and seemingly lost, but as communities we can unite and help each member of the community by instilling basic responsible human values that comes by helping each other, and in doing so help oneself.

Many communities are already moving towards self-reliance, basically moving themselves back to democracy away from plutocracy.  It is time that communities create a covenant, an agreement, and build an ark, something that affords protection, to not only re-establish and protect basic human moral rights but to prevail in these desperate times.  Communities need to become self-sufficient, empowering themselves to address community shortcomings in areas of education, health, and public safety.  Community networks are not just made up of fiber, copper, cable, or wireless infrastructure, they are made up of who wish to communicate, socialize, and share in harmony to the mutual benefit of all.  Broadband is merely a tool and means to community fulfillment.

I’m tired and dismayed over community networks that are not established as private/public partnership and are run solely by government and only linking public institutions.  What you will find on this website is the basics for empowering communities through a truly democratic process called co-operatives.  You will find information, including web links, about:

  • community development co-operatives made up of the community’s residents, businesses, institutions and associations;
  • community foundations for philanthropic donations and grants such as USF;
  • community co-operative banks for local membership benefits;
  • community bonds for schools, clinics, community center, etc.;
  • community currency to foster and promote local buying; and
  • working with incumbents such as carriers, service providers, etc.

These all have the basic adage of “What Happen$ in the Community $tay$ in the Community” accomplished through the establishment of a Community Ark of the Covenant thereby returning to basic moral values, civil decency, and democracy, initiated at the grassroots level, while circumventing and avoiding the misguided self serving postulations of politicians, bureaucrats, and lobbyists.

Rise up against the miscreants by empowering yourselves through Community.

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