Prisons Support Crime

Prisons have become a business, a very sadistic, thoughtless affair. The business of jailing is increasingly cut off from rehabilitation. Being tough on crime” means not allowing prisoners to attend college there, not teaching them a skill which will earn an income once they are out. Being in prison means working for a few dollars as you are rented out to large corporations.  Once arrested there is very little chance to support your dream of becoming a useful member of society.

Let us start with parole. The parole board is an essential part of inflicting hopelessness. Because of the way it operates, I have to say that it should not exist at all. Let’s say that the prisoner has served his time often allocated by a judge, because he was too frightened to appear before a jury and also, because he would serve a huge amount of time in jail awaiting trial since he lacks the money to post bail.

Say that now his judge-allotted time has been served so he comes before the parole board to discuss leaving confinement. But they do not look at his excellent time there, no fights, no drugs, doing volunteer work – you know earning the kind of report card that gets young people into college. No. It does not count. The parole board talks about the original crime that got him/her there and gives another 5 years locked up based on that and another 5 years again after the next appearance before them. What does a person so trampled down by all this learn in prison? To go on with a life of crime, the only profession that he knows.

So, we need to end parole. Reinstate education and psychotherapy and social work for the prisoner and their entire family. But the prison corporation “screams” we can’t afford that. A lie. The cost of keeping a person locked up in jail is more than all of the suggested therapies and education combined.

Do we want a peaceful society where people trust each other? Institute a society of mutual regard and help. Then we won’t need to lock our doors.

People who can’t get past their own early disturbing life can live in places that do have locks but are otherwise set out to teach and help and care. If society was set up to educate and help the entire population instead of stealing social services from the non-rich (Medicaid, Medicare, Aid to Dependent Children, providing oil or gas to heat the homes of poor people in Vermont, and on and on), to give that money to the super rich in terms of tax breaks…..those who already have servants and planes and yachts and homes …. the prison population would disappear.

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Trump, Money and Death

Trump’s removal of anti-pollution rulings will kill us all. They say that most of his steps are taken to erase the Obama influence. True, he wants to be the only one that counts. Aside from the “false news” which presents him having an unacceptable image, Trump’s preoccupation seems to be with money. He boasts about having tons of it. How much we never know. One day he mentions one amount. The next day or hour he changes it. The amount goes up and down depending on who he is trying to impress. While rich, he likely is not near the amount he claims. He never lets anyone see what he has because his accountants are doing an “audit.” He effortlessly repeats this excuse.

Even after Trump no longer is in office, US America will be seriously undermined by what he has done. He keeps removing pollution restraints. This allows contaminants, poisons, into air and water, into food, soil, livestock. His anti-pollution rulings poison the places where we live. Paul Krugman in the NY Times said Trump is doing this to kill us. Maybe. But  more than the desire to murder us is the need not to lose money on anti-pollution filters. Poor people, black and brown people, women, children are subjected to uncontrollable polluting waste. Who cares?

Trump will not give-up his increasing his wealth to stop chemical emissions. For the mega wealthy, the theme which dominates everything is having more money. They cannot throw their money away to keep people healthy. He and his swamp denizens don’t care about the poor in their struggle for survival. The super rich will be protected from pollution living in mountain retreats. They focus on making more money. Of course their sense of protection is unreal. They too and their children will be poisoned.

Trump doesn’t care about the common man’s survival.. And the huge swamp of millionaires and billionaires around him also do not care. They are all wearing psychological blinders which narrow vision to one thing: money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           Lying

 

We live in an era of the lie. “45” started lying from his early years, part of the family way of financially getting ahead fast. Woodie Guthrie, the great song writer lived in one of is Dad’s apartments and wrote a song about their cheating tenants. It was and is family tradition with all the construction workers barely or totally unpaid.

So, fraud is in the air. Politicians whom we childishly regard as highly developed moral folk, are given money by corporations to create bills or sign corporate created bills which support the corporation. Why are so willingly taken in? Why the national regression to childish trust? The papers we read often polish our acquiescence. Papers are owned by corporations and make their money that way, not so much from sales.

We are told by commercial adds and bought newspapers and bought internet and bought tv programs, that those who question lie spouting politicians are some name or another. We act like children with protective parents which they definitely-are not.

And what does our own lying do to us? It makes us false in our own eyes. The more we lie the worse we feel…. and then the more we lie. Lying makes us feel inadequate so then we lie some more. The more we lie the more we think we need to lie as if the truth it will destroy us. It is like covering burning coals with straw which also will soon be aflame so add more straw.

The more we lie to one another, the less the trust them. It is self-referential to think that they hate us as we hate ourselves. Pretty soon we are a mass of liars who see everyone as the enemy. Lying creates isolation which makes us more susceptible to government seen as parent. They lie about danger to take whatever money or its equivalent we are holding on to. Lying makes us susceptible and weak.

Solution. Tell the truth to everyone. Know a lie when you hear it and say that is not truthful. Do not settle for a paranoid solution, you and I back to back against them. Truth and love are the same. Do you want to love and be loved. Be real.

Contemporary Horrors

I’m almost overwhelmed with the attempt by 45 and his henchmen to finish most of us off, including the animal and plants.

Let us look at current cruelty.

Undocumented Immigrant children even infants encountered at the border are taken away from their parents, a major trauma from which they will not recover. Expect PTSD, depression, hostility, passivity, suicide…. Children are kept behind cages with care workers and guards who mostly do not speak their language and do not want to feel their pain. DeVos is associated with a Christian group that farms them out to people who want a child. The original parents name is not taken, not remembered, lost. The result is a broken child.

Take yesterday’s frightful statement by the black snake in the Supreme Court.  Clarence Thomas wants the poor when brought to court on a crime charges, not to have legal support.  He argues that offering legal help to such folk is not in the Constitution.

Trump and his swamp of pro pollution flunkies are undoing restraints against poisoning all that lives. Corporations can dump waste in rivers, and release toxic gas into the sky. Most garbage dumps are found in ghettos, also, subjected to the release of exhaust fumes from huge numbers of delivery trucks going to local markets. No loss to those on the hill. Trump’s sons like to murder wild animals in Africa. Now is OK again to bring back elephant skins. Big man! Look at what I have killed. The animal world is being devoured as an act of sport.

What about the US prisons? We have the most populated prisons in the world. Prison has nothing to do with rehabilitation. It is all about making money. Now many prisons are being privatized which makes private money as it limits food quality and medicine and classes teaching skills that will be used to make a living, and social services to deal with problems and help adjustment. Staff is violent. Medical care is largely absent up to and including the death of sick inmates.

Pregnant women give birth shackled to the bed. Can you imagine that? It is like when Jefferson claimed that slaves are insensitive to pain and do not feel loss, like when their children are taken away to be sold. He called slaves dirty and unattractive despite having 14 year old slave Sally as his sexual partner and bearer of his children. Say one thing and do another. Enjoy a false reputation.

Today the newspapers lie about the quality of immigrants streaming to our borders. These people are fleeing violence, fleeing drug dealers who steal their money and demand their sons murdering those who resist.

What causes this immigration crisis? Why does a country fall? How does the US fit in with this and even cause it?  Let us look at corn, a Mexican staple. The US funded US factory farms to under price Mexican corn so that people would buy the US product. Mexican farmers went out of business. Now that Mexicans no longer raise corn and no one makes tortillas. The goal of the Mega rich is to make more money. Every dollar counts even if causes starvation and death.

Contemporary Horrors

I’m almost overwhelmed regarding the attempt by 45 and his henchmen to finish us off, including the animal and plants. Let us look at current cruelty.

Undocumented Immigrant children even infants encountered at the border are taken away from their parents, a major trauma from which they will not recover. Children are kept behind cages with care workers and guards who mostly do not speak their language and do not want to feel their pain. Older immigrants are in such crowded cages, they cannot all lie down on the cold cement floors. This will surely teach a lesson to those who want to come!

Devos is associated with a Christian group that brings immigrant children to people who want a child. The original parents names are not taken, remembered, lost. Do the children recover from this loss? Expect PTSD, depression, hostility, passivity, suicide….

Take yesterday’s frightful statement by the black snake in the Supreme Court.  Clarence Thomas wants the poor when brought to court on a crime charge, not to have legal support.  He argues that offering legal help is not in the Constitution.

Trump and his swamp of anti pollution flunkies are undoing restraints against poisoning all that lives. Corporations now can dump waste in rivers, and release toxic gas into the sky. Most garbage dumps are found in ghettos. Poor folk are subjected to exhaust fumes from huge numbers of delivery trucks going to local markets. No loss to those on the hill. Trump’s sons are allowed to murder wild animals in Africa. It is OK again to bring back elephant skins. The animal world is being devoured as an act of sport.

What about the US prisons? We have the most populated prisons in the world. Prison has nothing to do with rehabilitation. It is all about making money. Many prisons are being privatized which makes money for private owners, as it limits food quality and medicine for illness and classes teaching skills that will be used to make a living, and social services to deal with psychological problems and to help  inmates to adjust. Staff is violent. Medical care is largely absent up to and including prisoner death.

Pregnant women give birth shackled to the bed. Can you imagine that? It is like when Jefferson claimed that slaves are insensitive to pain and do not feel loss, like when their children are taken away to be sold. He called slaves dirty and unattractive despite having 14 year old slave Sally as his sexual partner and bearer of his children. Say one thing and do another. Enjoy a fake reputation.

Today the newspapers lie about the quality of immigrants streaming to our borders. These people are fleeing violence, drug dealers who steal their money and demand their sons, who murder those who resist. What has caused drugs to be the main source of revenue while starvation waits in the wings?  How does the US fit in with this destruction?  Let us look at corn, a Mexican staple. The US funded its factory farms to under price Mexican corn so that people would buy the US product. Mexican farmers went out of business. Now that Mexicans no longer raise corn and no one makes tortillas.

The goal of the Mega rich is to make more money. Every dollar counts even if causes death.

The Need to Destroy

Do you ever ask why we humans are driven to destroy all that lives which includes ourselves?

Why did President Trump make it OK to kill baby wolves during their winter hibernation in a den with Mommy

Does killing make a bully strong?

Our government gets its impoverished citizens to harvest coal, gas, oil..

We use the energy of harvested carbon products and watch the world heat up. 12 years given to turn things around folks before no change is possible.

Our forests burn along with houses. Our cities flood. Our crops die in emerging deserts.

We do not blame ourselves for it.

Trump and his associates want to reduce the size of the national parks in order to dig for coal and gas and oil.

It’s all about money and power.

Perhaps those in charge have already died except for their banking minds which still walk and talk and imprison blacks for minor crimes and play golf,

Now that so many white millionaires are going to jail, they are working to limit jail time.

Why do we hate people who are different from us, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation?

Why do we choose death for the many rather than life for all?

Does the idea of scarcity destroy us?

Is ownership the religion of death?

Keep off my property before I shoot you.

The greater our fear the more we kill.

I kill you to deny that I will die.

Is violence our road to heaven?

Does God wear a gun?

Are we sane?

Watching Disaster Spread

Let’s think about how those who profit from the oil or gas or coal. They seem to believe that when the end comes for the rest of us, that they will be saved by money. You know the rich on the upper deck of the Titanic got into the rescue boats and perhaps 500 of them survived. A very few in that unique killing event.

But what about the poison they create which effects us all? What about the chemicals in almost everything we eat? What about the storms and drought, the edible plants dying in the spreading desert, disease causing bugs coming to us northerners as winter becomes too warm to kill them, bugs that will bite and sicken and kill us: Lyme Disease, Dengue fever, malaria, and on and on…. The oil/gas/coal people, the money people if they even pay attention to it believe they will survive.

Last week, the Trump administration decided to send seismic waves of sound through the Atlantic to find oil. Oil! Just what we need more of to heat the planet to the point where little or nothing lives. The sound will deafen most of the listening mammals, the seals and porpoises and destroy just about every other small, ocean-living creature for a thousand miles.

Trudeau, the so-called moderate PM in Canada, is attempting to sell the tar sands oil to us and to whatever country will buy it. Tar sands oil is so contaminated with soil, clay, sand, water and bitumen, a heavy black viscous oil that it grinds holes  in the common pipes until they burst and contaminate huge sections of land and water. Trudeau also acts as if he is a compassionate live-forever person.

I call it a sickness. The super-rich need to rape Mother Earth to have “more” money. They force pipes deep into the earth to extract oil. These pipes leak, sometimes explode and burn for days. When oil pipes leak or burst into the ocean they create a dead zone. Oil owners put a chemical which makes the oil debris sink as if it is harmless. It is only a ploy; Nothing can live there in the oil waste.

They put unnamed chemicals (protected by ownership) into the soil to extract gas. These chemicals travel underground and poison the water in nearby wells. They blast off the tops of mountains to gather coal. Those living in villages down below the mines are flooded and murdered by the deluge of coal ash released by the breaking walls of coal ash waste pits. Chinese cities, some Polish cities have un-breathable air due to the pollution of burning coal.

The super rich oil/gas/coal barons give into their need to extract more. They cannot imagine investing in non-polluting energy from wind, rain, geothermal. They cannot think of stopping the expansion of wealth. They do not think of leaving the world a better place. Creating “green jobs” would benefit us all.

As a result, the world is going up in flames.

And we, the ordinary citizen, allow it.