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En-Cora-gement: Give The Kids The Vote – by Dale Topham

January 31st, 2021 · 7 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics

Here’s a beautiful inspiring story about proactively engaging young people in democracy.  And I mean young people under 18! It’s a story about generosity and generations, empowerment and inclusion, doing the right thing, and putting your good where it will do the most (as Ken Kesey used to advise). It’s told by a fellow Canadian […]

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Brian Meets Biden

December 31st, 2020 · 10 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

From Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy: Adventures in Politics 1980 – 2020 From the chapter — “Fun & Loving on the Campaign Trail 2020 — A Prankster’s Primary”.   . The next day — Tuesday, February 4th, the day following the night of the Iowa caucus vote-counting debacle — I pulled off three rallies: Biden, Tulsi […]

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Post 2020 Election Coverage Reviews

November 6th, 2020 · 11 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics

. George Walker:“Your election comments were brilliant and as good as anything by anyone I read anywhere.  You should be getting paid for this.  You nailed it all the way through.  Sometimes I would disagree with something you said, and then a couple weeks later I’d realize, ‘Oh yeah, Brian was right about that.’  And […]

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Things You Can Do Beyond Voting

October 14th, 2020 · 11 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics

Yes — you can Vote — and maybe you’re already one of the record-shattering 11 million who’ve cast their ballot — but here’s some other fun cool proactive things you can do —> Talk to your friends and neighbors and make sure they’ve got a plan to vote. https://howto.vote/ Check to make sure you’re registered […]

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Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy intro chapter

September 30th, 2020 · 12 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics

A lot of people got discouraged during 2016 — first the Berners supporting Sanders in the primary, then most of the nation with “the perfect storm” of the November electoral college disaster. Twice in my lifetime has this antiquated 1700s electoral college voting concept resulted in the loser of the vote becoming President. And both […]

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The Loopy Luvey Longtime Lowdown Lockdown Rap

August 31st, 2020 · 19 Comments · Poetry

. Here’s a live stream version . . .  . for Andy Clausenand all the poets of eternity wrapping a present of the past for the future .Sleeping three or four times a day,An hour or two a shot;Vivid dreams in shutdown streams  —Solo swimming in sunlight — Surreality surfing in twilightas Adventures soar when […]

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What I Didn’t Know Then

July 26th, 2020 · 6 Comments · Poetry

What I Didn’t Know Then by Brian Hassett . “Democracy isn’t something you have, It’s something you do,” 94-year-old Granny D shared for eternity. Love isn’t something you receive, It’s something you give. A smile isn’t something you see, It’s something you shine. Truth isn’t something you know, It’s something you share. A hand isn’t […]

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Obama Election Night NYC 2008

June 29th, 2020 · 1 Comment · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, New York City, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales

Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy I spent the afternoon getting all gussied up in my black velvet tails and Ben Franklin knickers with knee-high socks topped off with a top hat, accented with colorful Obama buttons, and everything underneath my waving homemade Obama pennant flag with a little red & white Canadian one on top.  All […]

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“Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy” News & Reviews

May 31st, 2020 · 8 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Politics

. Here’s the first live show for the book — a Facebook live stream for an online Prankster reunion — featuring The Franken Fracas, Obama’s election night, Abbie Hoffman, the climactic Bernie rally in New Hampshire & lots of other gems . . . https://www.facebook.com/Brian.Hassett.Canada/videos/10163863488060261/ . David Amram — Jack Kerouac’s principal musical collaborator “Thanks […]

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The Beat Museum’s Jerry Cimino Introduces Brian Hassett

April 30th, 2020 · 12 Comments · Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy, Kerouac and The Beats, Politics, Weird Things About Me

Introduction to Blissfully Ravaged in Democracy (April 2020) . Sometimes you meet a person who thinks like you do, who views the world through a similar lens.  For me, Brian Hassett is one of those people. We’re all products of our times, and Brian, being slightly younger than me, came of age in a different decade […]

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