Psychopaths Consume

I heard an interesting discussion between Chris Hedges and Gary Null on listener- supported radio station WBAI, regarding the growing state of economic emergency in the US, now spreading to the world. People imagine that all will be fine once Trump is out of office. But expecting this is wrong. Trump is not the cause of the current disaster although he is setting the US back to the point of destroying the world with his environmental ignorance. Trump is the symptom. Always falling into bankruptcy, bailed out by lenders who expect favors in return; charging $200,000 per annum, to residents at Mar a Lago, having ambassadors and other needy people stay in his DC hotel, all is part of his breaking the emoluments restriction, not paying and firing workers; endlessly enchanted with his self, boasting about events and successes that never happened, like saving Puerto Rico from a huge number of deaths. All his speeches have him center stage. He flies the flag of greed.

What did corporations do with their mammoth tax break; buy up their company’s stock to get a bigger bonus. The country is being drained of tax money that should go to take care of the common folk, schools, health care, etc. The US is getting bankrupted beyond any hope of recovery. Once the kitty is empty the rich will call for our Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and everything. Is any money coming in? Students will pay their education loans probably for life. DeVos is all for that. Collecting student debt payments is one of her businesses.

The US dollar will stop being the international currency. Money of whatever kind is running things. Fascism is on the rise wherever politicians are owned by corporations. The swamp will soon absorb us. We cannot turn to the Feds for help. If greed is allowed to make the rules, all but the very few will suffer. We need to create small governments, county and village. Tax money will be allotted to those who run for office and no funds coming from outside corporations or individuals; townies and farmers and carpenters and parents, etc., all work together to create a “living” environment. Tax money is only used for public services. Everything now done in the European north countries including Trump’s favorite, Norway, will be done here: free schools, health care, vacations, housing. All living this way are happy and at ease.

It can happen….if we cause it.

 

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Ringing Your Hands Will Not Do It

You see the country being stolen from under your feet. The rule of law is followed only if it serves those who will profit from it. The law is twisted or ignored. Governing traditions through the ages are disregarded. This is the meaning of dictatorship. The new hoped to be a Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, does not offer all his records and the few he does, are offered with no time to read them as set by a racing to power Republican Congress. What we do know about him shows that he interprets whatever comes before him to the benefit of big business. He does not think of how that effect “the people.” It would be easy to conclude that he does not care.

One needn’t look for a deep interpretation. It is there right in front of your face. When one groups seizes power it must follow that the great majority will lose. That is happening right now. The congress gave themselves and their top 1% population  enormous tax relief, which people in their tax bracket do not need. Bernie Sanders and all the on-lookers predicted that now the Alt right Republicans will use the emptiness of their tax supported kitty by offering to take away or greatly reducing Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security  which has nothing to do with taxes and is paid  for by workers in every check during their life of labor. Social Security is a kind of savings account which only the super rich who ever desire “more” call “entitlement.”

Theft is going on and we, the average citizen are the victims. What do to about it? Ring our hands and complain to one another. Our noise effects those who make decisions no more than chickens cackling on the way to the slaughter house. We have- to speak to our locally elected people and tell them what we want. We vote those who represent us in and kick them out if they do not live up to their promises.

We need to go on economic strike. That was what Martin Luther King did to get the bus boycott settled in favor of the strikers. They drove each other to work or where ever they had to go. Almost no one paid a bus fare. How does that apply to us? We keep giving our money to war, to our mass incarceration prison industry, jailing more people given our population than anywhere else in the world. Added to the prison industry’s maw of greed are illegal immigrants.  We support what works against us by what we buy. The sales tax goes to fund governmental policies. We pay the owner or  corporation that supports policies which equally  fund our down fall.

Tax money,  corporations whose goods we buy, owners, all of these supporting racist policies keep pushing us down. Money and rights given to constructing towers which no one can afford but no money is given to create housing for the rest of us. Needless housing is funded for the construction industry which supports those politicians.  How about AT@T over charging prisoners in jail. But we say, how can we live without AT@T? Needs thinking. How about schools not funded to pay teachers, to provide lunch and books and working bathrooms, art and gym and travel and on and – all that education used to be before the kids of rich people went to private schools.

We have- to know what our spending supports. Put your mind into the internet of survival. The dollar is a very strong weapon. Make a public announcement about why we are not buying certain products of certain corporations. Then do not buy it. The sad truth about the super rich is that they never have enough! Hard to imagine but true so what we do not spend is our weapon. Living a simple life, a sharing life, a do it yourself life can set us free.

 

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.

 

Money Made From Disaster

 

There is the flood in Puerto Rico, a US colony since the late 18oos. The US did not allow waiting nations deliver supplies. Imports have to bow to the Jones act which means that imports must first come to the US and change boats to go elsewhere. What impoverished nation can afford the price of importation now?

Disaster did not start with the flood. There were years of underfunding governmental maintained things like electricity so that the island would fall apart when subjected to environmental stress. The governor allowed the Promessa Act so that when disaster strikes, he can kick natives off their underfunded jobs and allow foreigners to make the decisions and the money. The foreigners often lack training and understanding of the terrain and the job itself but they do know where the money is. Puerto Ricans   without water and electricity die. Hospitals without electricity and supplies see patients die in great numbers. The current count is approaching 5,000. Those who can flee to Florida. This empty out of an occupied nation was planned for.  Now non-PR millionaires can build hotels on the stolen beaches and create a vacation paradise.

Whenever you can’t understand some event, look at where the money goes.

Take the Price Tag Off

Everything has a price on it, and, for most, the price is exceedingly low but only for those who have got the bucks. We of that impoverished socio-economic class are expendable. The two things necessary for life, air and water, are for sale. Soon we will have water wars and drought tombs, while scarcity and waste create markets to propel those few at the top.

The corporations want to exude their waste into the air and water without paying for it and not looking back. They bribe the officials who are there to profit by selling off natural resources. Nestle’s corporation cornered Michigan that way, taking 400 tons of water per minute out of a great lake, every day for free.  

On the other hand, the people of Flint Michigan drink filthy water from corroded pipes pouring lead into their children’s brains, to save the state some pennies. Recently, they even stopped sending bottled water while the lead keeps pouring in. Only the rich get saved.

Life on the globe with ever less drinking water is unfortunate but also very profitable for the “thems” that control it. Money is a thing we have been taught to worship. Do you own stocks in a water eating firm? Do you pull down your mental shades so as not to see what it is being taken away and used up? You are thinking of retirement. Need money for that. Period.

Is everything for sale? Should it be? Do you think of the 7th generation when determining whether and what to do? Drilling for oil in the Arctic park as Trump intends will kill countless species. But look at the profit oil will make for the few. Given our obsession with extraction as if there need be no limit, it is a time for most us of to become extremely poor, a time of unbelievable profit for the few. How we admire those who are riding high. Our admiration is bizarre. We are applauding our downfall. Some even say that god has favored those who “got it.” They worship the god of theft.

Do we feel paralyzed and helpless? Do we hope to join the rich pack? Do we not know how to do anything about their price on the world? Are we afraid to talk about it and get on the rich folk’s kill’em list?

We need to live in a priceless world. Everything needs a right to exist, none above and none below. We need to protect Mother Earth and leave life in all its forms to reproduce, to morph into something new and wonderful. Hooray for the unexpected. We join the family of the living.

We need to greet each species with wonder. How amazing and beautiful. What talents does it possess? We enjoy as we pass each other with a spoken hello. We embrace those that come forward. We celebrate life. We protect water and air as a shared resource, not as a profit potential.

 

Fearful Thinking Will Kill Us

 

 

How did we get to the place where we stopped thinking of ourselves as part of a universal family? Your health and welfare and mine go hand in hand. Why now do we allow the one percent to totally rob us of our taxes to create new mansions they will live in whenever they get tired of the old one and to arm the warring factions so they can bring back the spoils? Those who would do this repeatedly tell us via TV and internet and papers on their payroll, that we are in danger. They beat the drum of helplessness and danger to magnify public fear until the warrior class is told to go ahead.

How did this community which supported peace and sharing change into one of it’s in it for me? How did a secure community turn into a powerless entity?

David Imhotep, Ph.D. found in his amazing research that blacks were the first ones in the Americas and came here some 40 or 50 maybe 60 thousand years ago. The number keeps getting bigger, using carbon dating and thermal luminescence of stone tools used some 50 to 100 thousand years ago. The Africans first came to Brazil. Writings found in caves using a combination of Egyptian and a kind of Hebrew script to tell their story.

They first built enormous mounds and then moved on to creating Pyramids. These enormous structures show people working together, as do their African plants dyes, styles of sculpture, etc. They smelted iron ore into iron. They were artists, engineer, astronomers, traders, healers, shaman. These mounds and pyramids are found around the globe. No one can figure out how so-called “primitives” raised enormous rocks weighing tons to great heights to create architectural symmetry. Place temple openings in terms of sun and moon and solstice and even Orion, a planet, were precise. We of the so-called more advanced culture, deny (and destroy) the products of these ancient cultures. We do it to sustain a myth of superiority.

Imhotep posited that it was the encroaching ice age that turned humans against group membership. It became I hold onto what I’ve got to survive. You are my enemy for wanting it. When the cold penetrates and there is little food, each family or individual is for itself

Focusing on self-interest is currently exacerbated by life-threatening climate changes caused by us. Money and power have caused us to let this happen and are not letting go of their hold. Money in their narrow focus is more important than survival. The publicists they support diminish their role in creating pollution and extol ever increasing warfare, said to protect ourselves from a fictitious enemy nation, basically to steal. We kill as we go. We, the public dwell in an emotional hell in which everyone who is of the wrong color, language, religion… is the enemy. We join the army because there are no jobs and learn to kill the “enemy.” We scream with programmed joy and rage while destroying schools and hospitals and water purification plants and fields and grandparents and children and… We are disassociated from life, turn into rabid, fearful plunderers who expect a solitary death.

We need to see ourselves and all life including plants and animals as a family and turn away from corporate violence before their incited violence erases us all. We need to form ever larger groups, no one left out.  We are all of the same genotype: human.

 

Seeking Comfort

Seeking comfort puts an end to growth. We are raised in a culture of addiction. Subduing pain is our primary focus. We ignore that pain is a cue to what needs attention. No questioning of cause. A cue tells us some part of our thinking, acting, or feeling is underused, misused, misunderstood, overfed. You name it.

That is the baby origin of of the pain. Then there is the current reality of  pain caused by being poor, overworked, unemployed, sick without necessary insurance of any insurance so no treatment is in sight, having, an unfed children, missing many of the basic necessities, in debt to your credit card, if you have one,  with no way out. There are the sexual outsiders, gay or trance people rejected by family and society. All of these individuals faced by problems they cannot solve, turn to addictive substances for relief. Is the issue for them getting off the drugs a “just say no” situation as Nancy Reagan once intoned? No. the drug taking will likely vanish if the government offers jobs and social services to help those who have accepted the worthless image.  

Those who extol the value of drugs do not want to deal with the facts. Many of them are supported by the drug industry which blinds or seduces them to underlying causes. oOur true dreams are ignored, dreams of becoming fuller people seeking what is meant by enlightenment, what is meant by loving. To get to that sacred place, we need to know our disowned and rejected and destructive parts, the buried places in self, created by a childhood lack of love. It is the child’s need to cover up the pain and fool the self which suppresses later growth. The grown adult self walks through an internal weed filled garden seeking the mystical gate. But there is no way around or out. The gate is not in some distant place. The gate is inside us and opened by weeding the garden and planting nutritious and beautiful and helpful growing things in whatever way you perceive it.

The idea that we should focus on avoiding or ending pain without getting to the root of it has a lot to do with money—not our money, but the money of those who sell pain relievers in many forms, especially the pharmaceutical industry pushing drugs to end anxiety, worry, obsession, fear, hallucination, addiction. The drug itself becomes addictive since our need for it grows as the underlying issue pushes into our awareness. Take a pill the manufacturers scream or beg, and your problem will end. But no, it resides beneath the chemical ice and reappears once you give up the pill even stronger than before due to the time you spent not dealing with its screaming need.

You were an unloved baby and now you act as if love is insignificant, so long as your consciousness is quelled by a drug. You feel discomfort when stopping. The drug industry and the doctors who are its foot soldiers insist that this proves you need even more if it.

Do not be seduced and distracted. You are detoxing, getting rid of the drug chemicals stored in the liver, the fat and elsewhere which harms you. You are disowning as a historical event, the way you as a child dealt with the unbearable. Don’t make a religion out of finding ways to cover up. The gold you seek is knowledge that will set you free.