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Let Them Eat Cake

Marie-Antoinette, when confronted by the starving French who asked for bread said “let them eat cake.”. She is with us today. The rich are taking more and more of our tax money, promising us cake some day if we just wait long enough.


Our private hospitals, many of them closed to make apartments for the rich, are set up to bring in the bucks. As a result, they do not buy equipment for unexpected disasters like the Corona virus. Masks and ventilators are too few and hospitals are understaffed. Too many virus patients with too few nurses lead to triaging care. Staff has to choose who will be treated and who will not and die from a lack of care. Nurses and doctors get sick as well because of missing protective equipment like having to wear the now infected mask for a week. The Corona virus fills the air and brings them down.


Factory workers are regarded as replaceable and unimportant. In a country run by the super rich, all labor is being dumped into that category. Meat packers are removed from Corona contaminated.factories which then are closed. The disease spreads in the factory because workers lack protective gear. When virus infected pork and beef and chicken processing plants are closed, animals are not slaughtered to be sold and eaten. President Trump saw the coming meat shortage and demanded workers go back to work, still unprotected. He said that those who stay home will not get unemployment. It is a choose your kind of death situation.


Farmers cannot sell produce to people who lack money. The government which claims to be insolvent forces farmers to chop up their vegetables growing in the field and then plow them under. Note that our government never runs out of money for planes and bombs and war. Why doesn’t it pay the farmers for what they grow and distribute it to the hungry folk whose line stretches for miles waiting for a bag of groceries? There is no profit in harvesting crops and feeding the impoverished. Capitalism is not attracted to performing acts of charity.


What of the homeless people living in subway stations? The local government kicks them out and forgets them. Those on the street are treated no better. People in charge of human disaster do not think of using empty hotel rooms. In a time of ever increasing difference between rich and poor, the poor become invisible.


We live in a capitalist society. Making a profit is it’s goal. Our so-called liberals in Congress make speeches about how sad they feel about the homeless, how upset they are about children whose public schools are overcrowded and understaffed. These same officials give huge amounts of our tax money to corporations and to the super rich. They give money to organizations that pay no taxes.


Having recently given trillions to them, our country will be unable to serve the rest of us for generations And still these elected official sell-outs speak to win our hearts. They have an ability to emote. Most congressional people can do this unless they play the opposite role and attack the needy as parasites (a la Mitch McConnell and Trump).


We vote for these people. We are like young children who are too frightened of abandonment and death to think that our parents do not care for us. There are almost no honest people in our governing body. Nancy Pelosi who is 100 million dollars rich, instead of offering Medicare to Covid sufferers, wants to give them Cobra which covers the cost of insurance while they are unemployed, for a fee of course. She rescues an industry which gives the insured little and takes a lot. Metaphorically speaking, Pelosi’s bread is buttered on the same side.


Do you believe that Republicans and Democrats are different? Look at how they vote. People like Bernie Sanders wail about what is being done to the poor and then vote to give tax money to the rich. Sanders is like a clown that distracts the audience from workers sweeping up horse shit at the circus.
Marie-Antoinette said “Let them eat cake.” when the impoverished French demanded bread. We are all waiting for that illusory cake instead of going on strike to demand a living wage, health care and retirement benefits. Let them know that we are hungry for real food in return for a life of real work.

Victory for the Bully

Children cling to the hand of a powerful parent. Once grown the child within still rules when fear arises. The child is drawn to an aggressive leader as if parent.

Animals line up behind an aggressive leader. Humans who insist they are not animals, line up behind the bully who says I will protect you from the “enemy,” chosen from his current and often changing group. this “enemy” consists of frightened refugees seeking asylum after being bombed, starved, herded by the aggressive leader’s army; then robbed, raped, murdered by drug dealers next come to profit off their helplessness. The followers of the aggressive leader are so frightened by these so-called enemies begging entrance at their gate that they these people are turned away, imprisoned, their children taken from them and put into concentration camps mostly at the border.

People are afraid of extinction. Climate specialists give us 15 years. The Earth, our mother is falling apart due to our digging, extracting, burning and discarding. People say we aren’t animals. We are lordly humans, a group more noble. But behavior and consequences tell a different story. What do we humans do when things look bad for us? Instead of looking in the mirror and seeing ourselves as cause, we turn to an aggressive leader who will stand in front of the mirror, minimize the problem and blame outsiders.  

Our “leader” says that the sound of windmills causes cancer. Does he really believe this? Says wind power can’t be stored. Does he not know about batteries? Is he merely lying to support his oil interests? He worships oil that can be retrieved from all the protected places on the earth or stolen from helpless countries.

Humans are so shaped by advertising that they are easily led by an egomaniac who sells himself to them. Our frightened inner child clings to the aggressive leader as a good parent and refuses to see that he is ill-informed or lying; to see that he benefits from his lie. The leader claims that he represents the poor and then gives all tax money to the very rich; He promises support and sells them out.

Those who run against an aggressive leader, have to show their strong side. They need to be verbally aggressive truth tellers. If they act like pathetic beggars trying to civilize a brute, they will not be elected. Look at the candidate’s past to ascertain his future. The “corporate- wing” of the Democrats, people in office for a long time, have no aggression, no history of standing up for survival by “going green.” Where does a corporate person’s money to run for office come from and then he/she votes accordingly? Do not choose a “politician” with a corporate chain around his ankles. History repeats itself.

MAGA – back to what?

What are we returning to and why? Genetically there is only one race: human. Darker skin from staying in the tropics, lighter skin and hair and eyes, from traveling to northern reaches with little sun. Essentially no difference. Blacks stupider and more sexual, a myth used to keep them in their places.

Why do we want to separate ourselves into those who have more and those who have less? Think of where this county came from, the thing we are reaching for again. Oh yes. Kill the Indians who claim land ownership so that those with weapons can take it. Kill those who resist and stand in our way.

Women, into the kitchen as servant to her man; having and raising children. Cooking and cleaning. It shocks to hear women saying that is their rightful place. Who wrote the bible anyway that says such things. Men of course claiming it to be a dictate of god. Whose god? What kind of god?

The so-called inferior blacks. The very white standing at the top of the hill need slaves. The western bibles hated the dark man too. The rejected people now serve in prisons. They work for a couple of dollars a day, rented to outside corporations, a new kind of slavery and little more. Those who created prisons have taken away job training.  Make the pay for whatever crime they committed because they were enraged by having so little, or didn’t commit at all but where are the well-trained lawyers to defend them. Corporations make more when their workers are incarcerated = slaves.

So we have as we had, a nation founded on take it. And it still takes it. There are wars for natural resources. There are wars to fund the people who make and sell and rent the war machinery. There are wars for money and power. Just like it was then.

And we allow it because we believe the war stimulating stories we are pounded with from radio, TV, internet, about how some nation threatens us; A nation that wreaks havoc so that a tiny minority at the top can profit. For the sake of having a real and true identity, of helping all people and animals and plant life survive,  for having air we can breathe and water we an drink we do not need MAGA. Return to the future by supporting life now.

Where Does the Money Go

How come most cannot afford the rent, that there is no housing for all, that our schools are falling apart, that health care is almost non-existent? Surely you know it in some personal way yourself.

Where is our tax money going? Mostly, it is going to war. Trump, the self-designated billionaire (how much of that a loan) and hope-to-be president for life (a king), exemplifies the love for money. He recently added a huge amount to the already bloated military budget, one unmatched in the world. Do we really need a new nuclear armed ship? Do we really need such protection which is forcing other threatened nations to throw their money into the military pot? He has even encouraged our NATO allies to increase their military spending to 4% of their GDP.

Who is making this insane decision. It is a very few people, and I mean those extremely few who own the banks. The banks, like all corporations, have only one goal: to make money with their investments. And what investment makes the most? War.

War requires investment in personnel, transport, equipment, technology, and weapons, tanks, bombs, bullets, and whatever is the killer of the moment. War requires investment in doing something about the destruction our war has created. Most of the agencies doing the after-war fixing are American. The money goes out of one pocket into another.

Do we have to fall for war-desiring corporate owned newspaper calling for defense against whatever boogie-man will hit us next? Do we need to put money into destruction rather than into schools and health care and help for the poor and upkeep for our parks (many now for sale to get the wood and oil)? Do we need to let businesses leave the country for places where the people will work for less; to bribe the corporations to return by not paying taxes? It is ludicrous!

What can we do about it?

We still mostly can vote. Young people who have not settled into comfortable or frightened passivity can run for office, and voters can keep their finger on the elected pulse of spending. We need not to stop spending our lives watching tv or talking to people who agree with us on the internet. Those who are controlled by the bank’s desire for war can be stopped by people marching in the street, coming to the elected person’s door and indicate they soon are out of office.

 

Do Not Adapt to World Destruction

It is a wise and necessary thing to adapt to the appropriately changing seasons, to your baby’s need for a warm embrace, for a bottle and laughter, to your dog’s need for a walk in the park. It is not appropriate, but all too common, for people to adapt to the hateful embrace of a force, a person, a crowd of criminals out to rob you and the world around you of everything beautiful and necessary.

The crowd of Republicans are undoing all the US laws which protect us and life, generally. Now it is okay for businesses to dump their poisonous waste into streams. Now it is okay to cut back the size of national parks, to open them for digging, drilling, and cutting. Now it is okay (although forced to wait by environmental fightback) to destroy the National Wildlife Refuge for a small amount of oil, this place where most birds and other animals bear their young and perpetuate their species.

Now they want to turn all undocumented refugees into dangerous criminals (Mexican rapists and Haitian carriers of Aids) who have to be thrown out of the country even though they’ve lived here for 30 years and been productive members of society. Having made a serious incursion on the farmer population, we have unpicked California crops and growing food shortages. Now, instead of joining hands with all nations in the interest of peace, we have to spend most of the national tax revenue on war, threatening the mad men leading adversarial nations to retaliate.

Now, promising to offer larger incomes, better schools, cheaper health care, lower drug fees, a rebuilt nation, a return to the America that was, we give the tax money to billionaires who do not need one cent of it and then have nothing to offer the 99 percent to fulfil their promises. Paul Ryan, the number two flunky, says they need to take away what leader number one vowed to hold dear, the Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and health care for children . . . and to pay for it. But most likely the money taken will not be used to improve anything but merely to give more of it to the obscenely rich.

And why do the remaining few of that so-called governing body not speak up against their fellow predators?  Are they are afraid of the rage of their governmental peers and  even more so of the general population who will punish them along with their crony friends  when they regain control of their government. Instead they circle the wagons; prepare or continue to grab the swag and run for the hills.

When and where fear is a ruling force, those who are being mistreated must find a way to survive outside the predator’s clutches. Adaptation to something that destroys you should not occur. Adaptation is a necessary response to disaster that nature brings. It’s something else when caused by man.

Adaptation in response to another’s greed, involves becoming unaware of bad consequences of their action, rationalizing the pain and illness and poverty and hopelessness caused by their misuse of what is commonly needed like air and water and our national parks.  Social adaptation which requires fitting in with another’s life destroying plan is endorsed by businesses that want to sell you what you do not need. Propaganda is advance by waving flags and martial music. It is endorsed by congress people who hide their true intent behind the lie. Adaptation should not involve self-lying or accepting another’s lie about what is really happening.

We must get together as a legal force to preserve the environment which sustains us. We must tell ourselves, and-also tell the thieves who want to cut it all down and dig it all up, that money in the bank means precisely nothing when it comes to survival. We must raise our children to think this way and not become part of a population of virtual slaves to contrived sensation like cell-phones and internet and texting and drugging with mind/heart suppressing drugs. Most of all, we must not adapt.

 

 

Hubris

No better cage

For the snowball effect

than pride left unchecked

like a runaway train

Momentum only grows

and the destination

is long gone

and destruction is inevitable

just a matter of time

before the whole thing derails

for what was a force

of strength

is all but lost to chaos

all that’s left

is the crash

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Joseph Chang

We are carried away by the hubris of the politicians mad with power and lying to suppress our fear. Know that you are afraid that the destruction our country pours around the world has now come home to us. It is us who have to put on the brakes. We cannot do it individually but only as a mighty “we,” an “us,” “noi” in Italian, as Pope Francis just said it on HuffPost. See the speech. It’s wonderful. 

His Holiness Pope Francis – Huff Post

 

The Corporate Agenda is for Dying

Their eyes, the eyes of those who have the power to decide, are on making more money now. Later doesn’t exist for them. Needing ever more money is a form of addiction. Their eyes are on making money from the ways that worked for them before, the ways they already are invested in. Change is expensive and therefore to be suppressed, ignored, minimized. The way that made America rich is based on extraction including extracting work from slaves. Take it, dig it, cut it out, net it, use all ways of taking, pay off (bribe)those who have the power to stop you including Congress people. The theme is take take take take take.

Using enormous nets, fish out all that lives in the ocean (discard the species you do not want. Think that the quantity of fish is endless. You have to think that to make your taking moral. Ignore reports of their dwindling and total extinction. Dig more coal. Clean coal as the President calls it. Ignorance united with greed shapes his speech. Dig for oil in national parks. Now they are going for parkland in the north where, a huge number of birds fly to propagate. Sell the parks or cut them way back to mine them and overcharge entry. People are seen as worthless eaters who soon will be replaced by AI. Put pipelines through Indian reservations. Ignore the endless leaking pipes carrying corrosive oil by pipes not built to handle it. Despoil areas that produce our food and water. Science will fix it, won’t it? When?

Hunt the biggest and oldest in the pack of caribou, bears, seals, elephants… the elders  breed the strongest offspring, they lead the herd and train the young’uns. But they look good mounted on your wall. Ignore the potential power source of sun and wind and geothermal and tides. Arrest those who march against this, the tree sitters and tribes praying for water. Spray them with water in the freezing cold, tear gas them, shoot, maim and kill them. Run them over with your car or truck. Arrest those who make noises to scare away the game. Label them terrorists.

Remember the interdependence of life. Take down trees in the Amazon to grow short-lived grass to feed soon-to-be hamburger meat whose top soil soon blows away so you have-to move on. Cut more trees. No trees. No oxygen. Take away the money for medical care and education and park care and roads maintenance and railroads. Keep it for the 1 percent who never have enough. Stop funding birth control as the world population explodes and jobs disappear in an AI world.

Pretty soon you have raving and starving and sickly people in the streets and at your nation’s gates. Where are the rich and the rest of us going to hide when the world explodes with unmet needs?