ACT I: HOPE

Generations, whole lifetimes

Expressed in the rhyme of reason and philosophical thought,

the chorus of songs heard and taught

The ironies and tragedies of people, nations, and innocent ecosystems at the hands of man? Cosmic chance? Fate? or Fault?

Vespers of Creation

Ever-changing in composition

Reeds in the wind

of sough and song

We are the Eventides

Spirits

Wellsprings

Life's spark

Guardians of innocence and wonder

Vibrance defined

Familial foundations of humility, hope, sorrow, and grace

Hospitality and responsibility our trademarks

Honoured to be of service, your time and consideration matters

Our word is our deed

We tow the lines in all times, past, present, and future

Ambassadors of peace and unfettered expression, dignity and honour

Ergo we are often silenced 

Sent to vanquish the eyes of sorrow, to uplift

And so it is we must take a stand for those who cannot

We hail from all four corners of the land, seas, and air

From oceans deep to the planetary realms, constellations, and the stars above

We revere life, while honouring the dead

We stand as a matter of principle for fair days, truth, honour, and liberty and justice for all.

We are forever bound in 'sound' by design, yet boundless are our years/tears

Forces have taken us to the edge of time and beyond

Resplendent peoples and nations hear our universal songs of rhyme

They list in...

They listen

                                     Act II: A Call for Action

Workers in their stations 

denied ascention, their earned merit exploited, then denied

while working triple time

on overtime

And so it 'tis that we sea/see through convoluted corporate 'tricks' and 'traps' of the times

These corporations, board members, owners, and CEO's pay a pittance for your essential work and deny your essential personal and family time.

Corporate 'communists' claims of "too big to fail" are just primetime lies; fairytales.

These shallow 'lines' are dictated scripts, designed to enrage and inflame prejudice and divert 'yore' 

away from the issues at hand or their 'truer' siren song, "We will admit No Wrong Doing, We Will Admit No Wrong Doing."

Corrupt Politicians enrich and enslave whole countries for Corporation owners, CEO's, and 'friends' while congratulating themselves for looting taxpayer's life savings, and picking their pockets of dimes, like a sick game show on prime time.

These entitled, gluttonous, mediocre conglomerate minds, form large dictatorships to deride and deny us earned options, cripple communities, stealing our futures and our youth's future time.

Historically defined: A-Prime examples:  Costa Rica, Guatemala, & Honduras, casualties of America's white collar crime.

Banana Republics: The marriage of Corporate Capitalism and Government officials Corruption defined.

All peoples and Nations must take a stand, call out political platitudes and Corporate players denials and lies, don't let them slide, research, analyse, organise... citizen groups of all kinds, put the word out on the streets, persevere, together we'll get answers, expose their lies, cruelty, ineptitude, and hostility, "fore" veracity seas true. 

So we seek truth, we shall see/sea true for others and one another too.

We are the Freedom Chimes, we river in rhythm's rhyme, in the signs of time's tides, in symphonies of mind, in truths denied, in the ripple of chimes.

 

Urgent hours call for depth of mind, re-examine one's views.

Cast away hate, fore 'tis manufactured by design for political gain, overt mudslinging riles up and divides, but more 'subtle' propaganda can cripple 'free thinking' minds. 

       Act III: Investigative Reporting Constraints or Censorship?

Real investigative reporters and journalist's backed by researchers from multiple disciplines, analytical theorists, and their best resource, current and former employee's, reformed criminal stock market moguls, former govt employees from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, along with former law enforcement, and multiple other sources still exist. But many research studies have been buried or haven't been published. And at a time when even having an informed opinion can get you killed, investigative journalism and reporting is rife with danger.

 

Courageous news reporting has had its moments through time, although until recently it's become increasingly rare.

When the New York Times Newspaper published The Pentagon Papers in the 1970's it was a bold move, the first of its kind exposing deep government agendas in multiple agencies that pointed to a coverup and mass corruption.

And in 1972 The Washington Post broke the Watergate scandal, which ultimately lead to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Televised news reporting has always been too limited in scope and depth due to time constraints, at least in regards to the typical evening news reports. 

Prior to 1988 before televised News reports became all about ratings, the news anchors and reporters were still strapped by political considerations, yet when major tragedies struck, or big news stories broke the anchors uninhibited facial reactions occasionally led to extemporaneous expressions that offered a glimpse of their personal feelings.

In my opinion by the late 80's, what little international news, or 'World' news reports available had to offer came to a close when the major networks changed the news reporting status from a loss leader (ie: the time slot was not required to attract paid advertising sponsors) to a commercial venture that prioritized making money for the network, and hence the nightly news had to enter the 'ratings' game to the detriment of other important stories.

 

Regarding Film, Oliver Stone's(1991-2) movie JFK was educational, enlightening, and made you think and question the status quo.

Jim Garrison's investigation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and subsequent prosecution of some of the individual players along with revelations about some of their organization

ties was portrayed in the film, and while not strictly journalism the film was based on Garrison's personal accounts, archival footage of the assassination, police reports and interviews, and multiple interviews with witnesses on the president's motorcade route, and many other individuals regarding surrounding events, that made for a thought provoking film that answered questions, but begged many more, enough to certainly make one wonder who is really running the U.S. government.

                        Act IV:  The Tragedy; Mass Media

Today's TV reporters' aren't news anchors but 'Noose' anchors.

Today's State sponsored censorship rivals (1960-72) Soviet Leonid Brezhnev's speeches inside, exit stage right.

Today's news casters' are sold by major network brokers who insist "closed deals" make the man. While their new network owners insist "vests" aren't straight jackets, and "closed deals" make the man "vested."

        In the end:

             "Uninformed Uniform Dress informs in-formation."

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS, PHOTOS, FILM, AND PHOTOJOURNALISTS, AND THEIR SUBJECTS ARE WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD, LENSES, FOCUS, APERTURE SIZE AND SPEED SPEAK OF TECHNIQUE AND THE ATMOSPHERIC PROPERTIES OF COLOUR, LIGHT, AND REFLECTIONS, REAL FILM RETAINS THE NEGATIVE, THE SPACES BETWEEN, A TRUE ART WHOSE AUTHENTICITY IS  PROVABLE ON FILM....THE ART OF PICKING YOUR SUBJECT, I LIKE CANDID PHOTO'S THE BEST, THEY CAPTURE MORE THAN THEIR 'SUBJECTS', THEY REVEAL MOTION, EMOTION AND THE 'FEEL' OF A SCENE, I'VE NEVER MASTERED THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY, AND HAVE ALWAYS APPRECIATED THE SKILL AND THE RARE 'GENIUS' OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER 

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