Resist

Ordinary people are coming awake. They see that they are caught in a climate change catastrophe due to flood or drought so that nothing grows or are baked by the sun or sickened by disease carrying insects or… the negative possibilities are endless. They lack the money to flee. They cannot keep their heads in the ground a la ostrich. They cannot say “not me.”
First to resist extractive corporations attacking Mother Earth are the Indigenous people. Unarmed Indians in the US North West stood against white men with attacking dogs and guns who wanted to put a pipe across the Cheyenne River to carry abrasive Tar Sands oil to the other side. The Cheyenne River leads to many others. Tar sands oil has already had many breaks. Oil sellers tell us we have no other choice. Indians are forced to defend their resistance to pollution in court.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, is cutting down trees in the Amazon to make money which includes raising cattle there for hamburgers. He denies deforestation causes a loss of oxygen for us all. He calls cutting down Amazon trees his national right. Those who come to cut the trees murder natives who stand in their way. We hamburger eaters kill for that.

The Marshall Islands, 2 meters above the ocean speak of building walls. All over the world, people who live on their own produce are dying of starvation. Young girls are put into marriage merely to survive.

Then there are children first stimulated to act by now 16 year-old Greta Thunberg who points out that politicians sold their souls to the money makers a long time ago. These politicians must be pushed aside. She speaks real facts to the fantasy of life-saving changes made some day. Young folk flock to her. They know that it is their lives are on the line. They cannot be turned away from incipient disaster.

Then there are the unions. So long pushed into non-existence by the corporate world that wants barely paid and dutiful workers. They are coming together again as a powerful force. The teachers are treated as non-entities in schools that barely count. They are on strike. They are supported by parents, holding out for smaller classes, available books, computers and trips and free lunches. They hold out for not letting impoverished schools damage their children. They do not want aggressive testing that leads nowhere. Expensive schools do not make education a trial.


The automobile industry is rising-up against allowing corporatists take their jobs to where people work for way less, no pensions, no health care, no vacations. It is a growing recognition that all of us poor folk and shaky middle classes need to hang together. The demonically driven wealthy want to sap our strength in order to feed their bank accounts. They need us to comply. There is no more profit if we don’t give in.

As Richard Wolfe, Ph.D. says, workers need to take over their factories planning to leave the country to go where labor is cheap. These trained workers need to set up a relatively flat hierarchy of workers who redistribute profits among themselves, not have an owner who takes the money elsewhere.


Richard Wolfe, PhD loves Mondragon, a coop started by a priest in Spain some 50 years ago. The Mondragon community has grown to perhaps 50,000 workers in all kinds of shops. You can take courses there and learn how to bring Mondragon to where you live. There is very little salary difference from those with a lot of training and those with less. There is little income threat in Mondragon society although Spain is wrecked by inflation.

Union membership, worker ownership, these are forms of genuine civilization. Let us join them.

Trump May Be Impeached.

The impeachment hearings are just a distraction from what is really going on. Every time Trump does some new anti-social, anti-decent, anti-climate, anti-human action like dropping out of the Paris Climate talks, the true actors, the robbers, the ones who are making things happen in their favor, can act  behind the scenes which makes them happy. They are pleased with Trump’s latest attention getting bruhaha. It is like the clown within a circus who distracts the audience by sweeping up saw dust while the workers are setting up props for the next act.

Trump got elected by saying that he represented the workers, poor folk and then gave millions of dollars to the very rich. Now Congress including the Democrats, including Nancy Pulosi and Chuck Schumer, renewed the Patriot Act, a way to corner anyone who is out of line. Now food stamps for the poor are on the firing line. But who notices this wave of stealing when the news babbles about impeachment!

Greedy Democrat try to distinguish themselves from greedy Republicans, by screaming about outside danger. Rachel Maddow, a daily internet news reporter at the cost of 30,000 dollars per show, talks about the encroachment of Russia. However in Court, she recently admitted that the Russia threat was only her fantasy and people do not take it seriously. But they do. She is a Russia-gate person. She said that Trump is in Putin’s pocket. She said that Russia stole our election.  

She is well paid to be a Democratic shill. Why do the Democrats need this? This is another get you distracted game. Get everyone flustered and worried about Russia, and they will not notice that most of the Democrats have no more intention of supporting the middle class and poor than do the Republicans.

The pay off for this distracting real and made-up news is that Congress can vote to spend our tax money the way they want, with tax breaks for their corporate “donors” means bosses and paybacks to themselves. The money goes to the military attacking the world to fight “terrorism.” The distracted public ignores that we receive little or nothing. Trump gave billionaires huge tax breaks. We lack funds to save our schools, to pay for Medicare, to remove pollution, to preserve our parks. Not a cent. But our attention has been taken away from our mounting poverty by excitement about Trump’s latest faux pas.

War consumes money. At a recent accounting which was forced-on the military, they could not account for vanishing millions. They had never thought to discuss the huge stacks of cash sent to Afghanistan seemingly blown away in the wind. Hypnotized by the impeachment imbroglio and distracted by the Russia threat, no one in the “public” is yelling about the money not available to the schools and medical treatment as a social right and  care for the elderly and stopping pollution and saving life on earth. .

We need to wake up to reality and get out in the street to protest.

­­The Trump EPA Will Not Protect You

                                               

Trump selected as the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) leader), Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist. Wheeler and now Trump deny the serious consequences of burning coal. You know: “clean coal.” Now Wheeler has a far greater field of human health to spoil with his greed-based focus. EPA is supposed to test any product accused of causing sickness. Wheeler decided to stop testing reported dangerous sick-makers unless the identity of the person claiming sickness is revealed. Most people feeling sick due to product contamination will not accept such an invasion of their privacy, especially in a nation that attacks “truth tellers.” By refusing to test the product, Wheeler saves the contaminating business a lot of money.

Our president is removing environmental rules and restraints everywhere and as soon as he can. He quit the Paris Climate Accord whose focus is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Trump avoids or cancels relationships with many friendly European nations. He stated you can always get a new friend. He thinks that scientists are out to “get him.” He is in sync with emerging oligarchs as members of the same take-it-all gang. He acts as if he is one of super rich. I think his claim to be a billionaire has to do with hiding his tax returns which likely show a lot of illegal activity as well as a gross-exaggeration.

Trump and his extract all you can from Mother Earth cronies seem to think they can survive a climate disaster locked off from all those dying around them. Hence his love for fences. He raves about the need for a southern fence to keep out the starving southern population of climate escaping immigrants. He calls them criminal. Separates them from their children who will never recover to punish these people  for coming here; also Muslims, blacks, women, the list of undesirables who will hurt him goes on and on.

He claims that “climate change” is a Chinese hoax but secretly believes it. That is why he protects his Scotch golf course from a rising sea level. Who are his supporters? Followers are mostly poor Christians who turn their eyes away from biblical definitions of goodness when they choose him. They focus on his being against abortion. We know he has had at least one sex partner who aborted their child. His religious followers say that he is like a child just learning the rules. Some give into hysterical adulation by calling Trump “god” which he happily endorses. Seeing the one who robs you as a god helps you avoid the pain of a seeing yourself as his victim.  

Trump lives in the world of money. He only asks of most decisions, will this make me money. This includes digging for oil and cutting trees in national parks. He sees enemies as those who would interfere with his intent to plunder. He rejects those who want to end oil extraction. He applauds the pipes that carry Canada’s dirty “Tar Sands” oil to the coast. These pipes constantly break flooding huge areas of wetlands.

As Naomi Klein, the great environmentalist and writer said, we need to make a change of all things related to burning carbon and we need to do it now. We need public transportation everywhere, free education; buildings powered by sun and wind and earth. War is a great polluter. We need to spend money on survival. If we all act together, we can do this. There is no other place to go.

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.

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.