Shout-out to Dr. Steve Best.

Here is a shout-out to my friend Dr. Steve Best, philosopher animal rights activist and author.

Photo of Dr. Steve Best, compliments of Dr. Best.
Photo of Dr. Steve Best, photo from OccupyEssays by permission of Dr. Best.

Read two articles written by him for my OCCUPYESSAYS BLOG:



Second “old man rant” today … If only I could.


Yeah, if only I could …

Several decades ago, in NYC, I managed the graphics department of a computer software corporation that I later learned sold bogus computer programs and then skipped state when discovered. I became aware of the scam a while after I had been hired, and fought arduously for justice for my employees, co-workers and company clients. Early in that process, my typesetter (R.) stood over me while I was on my back with screwdriver in hand attempting to repair a typesetting machine — she, all the while bitching and kvetching. After ten minutes of that I finally asked her in proper “New York-ese” to kindly shut the fuck up and do something else in the meantime. She refused to go away or contain herself, and then asked me loudly: “Besides, whad’ya gonna do anyway … HIT ME??!!!”

Boy, did I want to hit her! Mind you, I have never hit a female, and never a male humanoid unless in self-defence, but at that moment … damn man! Long story short, I did not hit her. I fixed the machine, calmed her down, negotiated with my leaders that she and the rest of my staff should get laid off with full benefits … and went on to fight Goliath, alone.

That story is in no way unique.

As a matter of fact, I have a short message to all who think that social and political change is easily accomplished merely by writing letters or demonstrating. Listen here:

frankly, these government and corporate leaders/bankers do not give a damn who knows what, who leaks info, who protests or demonstrates. each acceptance of defeat on the part of the populace further raises the bar. we are owned — lock, stock and barrel. several decades ago i was at a millie jackson concert in brooklyn. she goaded and insulted the audience to the max and then taunted something to the effect of: “i know some of youz got tight jaws right now, but i don’t care cuz you buy my albums and pay to hear me perform … and insult you.” the audience loved it … and we still do. being fucked over while being told that it is for our own good has always been soothing and comforting. and we gladly embrace the stockholm syndrome.

and that is what is happening to us all here on earth. don’t you remember the lily tomlin laugh-in sketches where she played the telephone switchboard operator fielding complaints to ma bell? my favorite line was when she basically asked outright: “where you gonna go, and who will you complain to?”

ma bell is no longer a monopoly in that name, but today’s corps are still monopolies in control, regardless of corporate names.



Some people …

PUBLISHED IN 2005 (“Collected poems and stories”, Cyberwit, 2005).



Some people long for Spring,
and dream of assuaging the
bitter sores of Winter’s
darkness and solitude with
woodland walks and premature
sojourns to outdoor cafes.
And some people visualize
this year’s perfect garden,
an unusually colorful
palette of vibrant flora
exploding with hopefulness
and lust for living.
Or rather plan exotic
Summer vacations, June
weddings and cozy, social
outings with friends and
loved ones on traditional
holidays in April and May.
But others, like me, spend
year-long winters cuddled up in
blankets next to the fireplace,
reading about “some people”
in novels and romance magazines —
with utmost preoccupation.

Collected poems and stories



some people might say … 

some people might say that we are at war … against an unjust regime, which uses militarized police forces to actively repress minority populations (the 99%), and that police casualties are no more significant than black and gay casualties, i.e. tit for tat.

some people might say that a black uprising is 300+ years overdue, and that police casualties are a part of every historic revolution.

some people recognize that the 99% includes poor whites, latinos, native americans, muslims, asians etc., and that an eventual non-velvet revolution uprising against white supremacy is inevitable. whites comprise the ethnic group that kills most policemen right now, and that number will increase proportionately with the size and indiscretions of the police state.

some people eagerly await the chance to finally silence the kkk and the neo-nazis, as well as the pseudo-liberals who have raped black peoples with a smile for centuries.

some people say: “fucking bring it on!”

why? because we can’t breathe …


Yes, we are in the times that many of us have talked about for many years. None of this is a surprise since we have known that 2017 is to be the beginning of the turn-a-round. However, for that change of consciousness to have greatest effect there will have to be some sacrifices here on the planet. We can no longer sustain the population growth, the politics, the wasteful lifestyles, the disregard for animal and plant populations and species, pollution of air, water and soil etc. We see that animals are started to attack humans in sea and air and on land, nature is fighting back, and repressed and financially-/socially-enslaved peoples are beginning to say: “enough is enough!”


That is exactly what we need now: for people to put their feet down on the ground and say “STOP THIS SHIT!”

Many of us have long carried the burden of knowing too much, but now more and more people are waking up. The problem is that they do not think they can do anything about things, and hope that they will be off the planet by the time it really gets to be a slave planet here. Therefore, we need the young people to take the lead and fight back, to save themselves, humanity and the planet.

#Supportyoungactivists #Savetheplanet





See my photographic documentation of #OccupyOslo HERE!