Make America Unimportant Again

 

Surplus Population

Austerity

Work enacted for those who “own” the corporations is increasingly done by machines or by near-slave populations including those in US prisons. So much money is earned this way. Should there not be a living wage taken for those who now work short hours or those who cannot work at all?

Our President answers no. Look at the Trump hotels (he sells his name, you know), and Trump golf courses in many nations. Notice that there is a law suit gaining momentum against Trump for receiving emoluments (sales due to his position.) His Inherited wealth was largely first extracted from impoverished tenants, more recently produced by underpaying or not paying builders laid off the job midstream by intended bankruptcy. The uncompleted building is sold as a fictitious loss. Trump boasts about his success as a businessman. There is plenty of deceit in the accolade.

Trump and Co.’s attitude towards federally -funded health care is kill’em off. The profit from cutting human health services is added to profit from filling the jails  and closing public schools; associated with using police violence to scare impoverished, angry people into silence. Whole nations now do “austerity” which means cutting back on public services because, “government lacks the money.” People at the top keep the disclaimed funds.

But wait a minute. Is austerity the only possibility? Is it only wealth for a few at the top? Look at what just happened in England? Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labor leader in Britain. He said he is stopping “austerity” enactments. Going to create jobs for the people. Especially for the youth who voted for him. Will create an economy.

It takes courage to call a lie a lie. Politicians promise to change what they have done still controlled by their funding corporations. They lie about what they did before or toss the blame at their opponents. They lead you into hating those who are superficially different but whose basic needs are the same. It is a ploy to dis-empower: gay vs. straight, white vs. black. Jew vs. Gentile vs. Muslim vs. atheist vs female. vs….Nonsense.

Let us look at the ignorant, compulsive need by our president who insists he has the answer. He claims that climate change is a hoax enacted by the Chinese. His need to-be seen as “right” requires drawing up the bridges against the encroaching flood of science. He shouts with pride that we are to dig the coal (no one wants to buy). Announces, let the oil flow that pollutes our water. Ignores the polluted ocean, the dying fish, the Fukushima-irradiated Pacific, the slowing of the Gulf Stream – warm top, cold bottom, a recycling water force needed to stave off the next Ice Age; ignores tornadoes and drought and flood …. and death. All that matters to the sociopathic few at the top is their numbers in the bank. But their numbers are going down.

Trump and his cadre of power hungry, uninformed associates, do not know that the outside world is on an economic upturn making non-polluting devices and creating ways to offer personally generated power to the people. Trump fired almost anyone who knew about the environment and put an anti-Global-Warming person in charge. He made it illegal for the EPA to publish.

Fascism has-to do with an amalgam of government and corporate power. It’s amazing how the incompetents who made a lot of patriotic noise have come to run the country. We need to take to the streets banging pots and pans and stay there to demand government use our tax money to support our needs. Same with Social Security. Our life time investment is not an “entitlement.” We need to not return to a submissive state. We need to vote the ineffectual sell-outs out of office. Return to the future.

Elan Golomb

Author of Unloved Again

Elmo, You’re Fired!

How the Destruction of the Arts and Education Ensure Our Servitude to the One-percent

Elmo was fired after 32 years on Sesame Street. The cost of the show is so little. Why did Trump and Co. do it?  Doesn’t entertaining and educating children count for anything?

It’s all about loss these days, at least for the 98 percent. Although what we lose covers the waterfront and seems a haphazard choice, it isn’t. Get rid of the social services which support a family; get rid of shows that give a friendly and imaginative time for kids to learn, as well as a time to rest for single Mom, working two jobs to keep them all alive.

Trump and his family are a “forget the poor and use-the-workers-up” type family. Bannon, Trump’s chosen Chief Strategist, is a well-known racist, anti-immigrant man connected with the Alt-right via Breitbart News. He is the guide for Trump’s fondest take-it-all dreams.

The Trump regime has ended support for the National Endowment for the Arts, and other public services, including Sesame Street. The arts remind us of the great accomplishments of our ancestors: writing and story-telling, 2,000 plus year old manuscripts documenting Egyptian medicine before Europe had a culture, showing dike diggers and pyramid builders lifting stones weighing tons to the top – how did they do it? Those who wish to own “humans” as did the slave-holders, want the victims ignorant about what their ancestors have done and to see themselves as deserving little.

When Africans were captured and shipped to silver mines on the West Indies and to the southern US plantations, those who survived the voyage laid out like sardines in the hold of the ship, did not have the mentality of slaves. They were full human beings who intended to rebel and flee, and many did, which is why there are so many black Native Americans. But those who claimed to “own” these captured folk, worked to turn them into possessions. They had significant monetary value and were needed to create fortunes for their owners.

The owners separated those who spoke a common language. They made it illegal to read and write. They didn’t want the people sharing knowledge. Thinkers could plot and plan. They had a sense of weaponry. They lacked allegiance to the owner for letting them survive.

The owners forbade practicing their African religion.  Only some kind of bastardized Christianity was allowed. The most important part of the Christian lesson was to revere and serve their master and to expect something good in heaven. A state of helpless fear was instigated. Marriages were considered temporary. A couple could be sold separately. Children born to partners, as well as those resulting from master’s profligacy and rape, frequently were sold. Your child was not yours, but property of your “master.” Slaves needed a pass to travel. Those who ran away were captured and frequently killed by the slave patrol which even came up north to hunt and were not against grabbing Free Men calling them slaves and taking them south to sell into slavery.

So why would the Trump gang want to get rid of Elmo and all the arts? Because these are an expression of a free and creative person. Elmo and other puppet figures give a child ideas, the propensity for free thought, and valuable life lessons, like working together to achieve common goals. It is the same reason Trump does not support the public schools as exemplified by DeVos who stated she would not be sorry if public schools were eliminated. The Trump regime doesn’t want common man thinking. Thinking man reacts to the fact he is being robbed of appropriate payment, put into prison for petty crimes, dragged to fight wars against people he does not know and afterwards dropped from public concern.

Those who watch cultural programs get the idea that government owes them something for their taxes. Same with expecting Medicaid coverage if you are poor and Social Security after paying into it for a worker’s life time. Social Security is now called “Entitlements.” Whose idea is that? Your bank savings is not called an entitlement as if the bank is doing you a favor by giving your own money back to you with a little interest.

The Trump regime doesn’t want to give the parents a break and the child a treat. Elders are to work until they burst. Children are to be disorderly, uneducated and worthless. Cutting Meals on Wheels tells the elderly, the disabled, the vets to croak. This endless demolition of education, the arts, of meals, of social services is intended. The population is seen as wanting too much from the “Citizen United” folk. The rich who never have enough believe that the “needy poor” are free to die. It’s a “get lost” policy which has taken over.  Money taken from the poor and one-time middle class goes to the military. It is a 1984 life.

Programs that lift up and educate the poor are a threat to the one-percent’s control, their ownership of the world. And while our trials and tribulations cannot compare to the atrocities of the slave trade, their methods and goal are the same: Keep people uneducated to keep them as slaves, thus minimizing costs to horde more wealth and power.

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The Spirit of Anti-Life Is Gaining On Us

Think that the two cups of our existence dangle at opposite ends of a pole. One cup holds the force of life and the other one of death. What we do fills either cup. At this time in our oh so brief,  human history, the cup of death is heavier and dominates the outcome.

President Trump inherited millions from his house-building father and despite his self-stated business acumen, suffered four bankruptcies. He used his 1955, $516 million dollar loss to avoid paying Federal taxes for the last 18 years. He calls not paying taxes which in turn pay for government services, “being smart.” Trump’s actual worth is questionable given his unpaid debt to workers who constructed his buildings. Many were paid less than was initially agreed on. Some were given zero. Those who complained about it were “black- listed.” Subtract the smaller from the larger number to see his net worth but which one goes on top?

More serious than cheating his workers, what is Trump’s debt to nature? What is the debt of all the obscenely wealthy? They have taken what shouldn’t be taken to join the .01 percent. The philosophy of extraction informs all of Trump’s appointees. He dismissed the need for an environmental impact statement before allowing The Energy Transfer Partners to put a pipe beneath the Missouri River, water that is drunk by millions. The pipe will break and leak as it always does. The oil that gets to Texas will be sold to China. More oil will be burned. More heat in the air. More global warming.

The Trump committee does not think we need an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to keep its eye on things; does not believe we need an agency to see that voting machines are working (we already know are not), does not believe we need a fair judge to keep an eye on racial equality, and on and on. There is no money for them if endorsing it. Au contraire. Newspaper reporters who are supposed to report disturbances, criminal and political, are labeled liars, sneered at and disregarded. Politicians wanting to be seen as acting for “the people,” make speeches against violent despoliation and human mistreatment, then vote for drone warfare to take over the planet’s resources. People chosen to be our shepherds are there to eat the sheep.

I had a dream. Was walking down Main Street in my hometown. The street had changed character. It was perhaps a hundred years back in time and had a large hill on the right, the very top out of sight. It all faded into mountains. I saw a house up there with a wide porch and dark shutters. It had a huge area to the right for planting. The message to me was you need to plant.

A time of scarcity is coming, with floods and drought and emerging desert, plants perishing on the stalk. What are you doing to do to ensure that you have food and water, a natural source of energy when there is a breakdown in delivery; how will you treat a cut on your leg after antibiotics fed to animals in order to fatten them up then consumed by you have made you unresponsive? Do you have alternatives in your medicine chest?

You need to set yourself up without panic, one thing after another. Now is the time. We also need to join groups to act against the world destructive crowd; to have Medicare for all and Social Security and free schools and lengthy maternity leave for Mother and Father …. and… all the things we find in the north European countries. They fought their Trumps and they won.

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Get the Losers to Fight

Political statements which support depriving middle and lower classes while holding onto wealth and power are repeated by the writing of corporate funded news. These stir up hatred by stating that one group steals the ever fewer jobs from the other. Those with their hands in the till (of our tax money and their investments) tell us that we are endangered by ….. Muslims, blacks, Jews, women, Indians trying to protect our water, ….  anyone who wants to protect those with power from being accused and punished for their life destructive incursions.

The 1 percent goes up and the 99 percent goes down, down, down. Let us look at Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, who has zero experience, understanding and interest in public schools. She said that public education “is a poor investment.” Part of her family’s great wealth comes from collecting student loans. She stated that she wants to offer vouchers to poor people so that their children can go to the assumed superior charter schools. This stated intention is a scam. After receiving the voucher, poor people still cannot afford to send their child to a charter school so the child does not attend. Children in charter schools are there from the start because their parents have money to pay. Voucher money is taken from the public school kitty for the sole goal of impoverishing it. Look where the money goes when assigning responsibility.

The Trump group is talking about closing the Department of Education (i.e. public schools) in 2018.  Education when effective, creates a thinking person. DeVos has stated her intention is to have the schools endorse religious principles. She called it God’s Kingdom, presumably a Christian enclave. Remember the separation of church and state? Now forget it. Such restricted schooling gets students to submit to the propaganda of millionaires and billionaires who enhance their wealth by getting rid of public services; to end Medicare and Medicaid; to privatize the Social Security they call an “entitlement, a misnomer which is a euphemism for a lie. Social Security is a lifetime investment taken from your “pay check”; Teachers increasingly “teach to the exam” which means suppressing thought. The controlling 1 percent has got its claws in creative teaching. Passing a test does not mean you can think.

We are inundated with the false understanding about what threaten us instead of how we are actually being robbed. Panicked by an imagined history, we ignore the threat of EOs (Executive Orders) one after the other. Recently an EO proposed to end the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) which reveals money-making environmental damage, the EO canceling the CPB (Committee for Public Broadcasting) which supports air time for small and public supported voices. Day after day, on and on and on. All the basic stuff of life is being turned into money. They are pulling up the sidewalks.

I was quite depressed and fearful last night, even of the consequences of my being noticed for writing this. Then I had this dream.

I saw a group of children, perhaps about 50 of them standing together and not of the “same” racial group. One of them did or was said to have said something negative against another. It was stated by the teacher as if being a criminal act. The teacher asked, “…who did it” to the crowd. Asked them to expose that child so that the others would get angry and attack. “Speak up. Talk. What is your reaction to this behavior?” But no one spoke. She tried to up the ante by characterizing the unknown child as “a bad one.” But still, there was no speech. The teacher could not stir up fear and hatred. She was defeated, silenced.

At the end of my dream, there was happiness in the children’s eyes. Also in my own eyes as I awakened. I felt the spirit of love shared by all the children. Love sustains life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Scam

The big question is how far can they go?

Say a pair of robbers intend to grab your wallet from your back pocket. The street is crowded. It is not unusual for one person to bump into another in a crowd. The person who bumps you is very apologetic, even brushes you down while his partner removes your wallet. Take another example of intended distraction. A gang wants to break into your house and rob you. Rather than relying on the hoped-for event, one that no one will notice, they start a fire at another house in your neighborhood. Pretty soon there are police cars and fire trucks and noise and smoke and crowds. The damage done by the fire may be small or large but the gang doesn’t care. What matters is that no one notices as they break in and root around until they find what they are looking for and then escape with the swag.

The same thing is happening to us now. The newly elected Trump government is seeing how far they can go in breaking down formal, legal requirements and restrictions and get away with it. They ban the Muslims from getting into the US the first time, also from returning home from business or family trips. The Muslim outrage is their fire down the block. Everyone is up in arms. Huge crowds with posters are screaming “let them in” at airports though out the country. The ACLU is involved.

Trump fires his acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a longtime Government employee who ordered the Justice Department not to follow Trump’s immigration order. She rejected Trump’s anti-constitutional stance of condemning a people of a certain religion. The Trump White House said she had “betrayed the Department of Justice” and wasn’t “protecting the citizens of the United States.” The issue of protection is frequently used to shut out objecting voices. Eventually, Sally Yates will be replaced by Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Do you notice enough people demanding that her firing be undone? The Department of Home Security felt it could ignore a Federal order and no one is taking it seriously enough. It is an important step in the wrong direction.

Then there is the issue of names. Remember how Nazi Germany asked for the name of Jews who had committed crimes. Giving these names to the public created an enemy’s list of people best removed. It made people ready to believe that Jews caused the you-fall-for-it Reichstag fire.  Now Trump spoke of getting names of law-breaking Muslims, one assumes to eventually do the same

Then there are other lists. The Trump transition team asked for a list of all Department of Energy employees or contractors who have attended ”climate change meetings.” The Climate Change group is treated as clouded with Obama’s image, Trump’s rival and reportedly ” a bad president.”

Asked the names of people are looking at the consequences of increased carbon. In the coming 10 percent downsizing, it is clear who will be chosen to leave and who let stay. The person chosen to head the EPA, Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is a climate skeptic who has sued the EPA fourteen times.

Four members of the State Department, have quit. Trump in his utter disregard for the truth said he fired them. People want to regard this as a normal change in government but it isn’t. It is more a dismemberment of what works. The EPA has been ordered not to put out information. Many have used Twitter to break the environmental news with unknown names attached. There are cracks in the takeover but the game has not ended.

The new budget has enormous cuts to commerce and energy, to education which does not know how it will survive. The Committee of Public Broadcasting will be entirely privatized. There will be no money to the Natural endowment for the arts, similarly the National Committee for the Humanities. There is not a peep of a thought of taxing the rich, the billionaires and millionaires who make up this ruling body. It is a “let them eat cake” philosophy.

With the Sally Gates being fired affair, the main issue is that Trump ignored a Federal order. People standing in a protest line against Muslim exclusion, while a serious issue, is falsely cathartic in the larger sense. The Executive Order against Muslims was done outside the normal process. It had no legal reviews. The system of checks and balances the US has in place are not working.

People are forced to accept DeVos as Education Secretary, who made her money in non-public school education and as such has conflicting interests. DeVos is inappropriate for this job since she has repeatedly shown herself to be against Public schools and wants Christianity to be taught there. Most of the Trump “chosen” have their hands in the till of the thing they are there to supervise and are ill-equipped for the job.

Significant is Trump’s acceptance of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. This alt-right, misogynistic, anti-Muslim, anti-Semite is kept on despite a public outcry. This shows Trump and his cabinet’s intent to throw aside much of what the US claims to stand for.  Part of this is inevitable since they are so ill-prepared for the job. One hopes that the Trump government will gain wisdom and accept the guidance of experienced people who understand democratic values and how to make things work. But don’t count on it. Journalists, photographers at rallies are arrested as law-breakers. These people are the documenters of reality. We need them.

How far can they go?

The big scam is underway.

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A Country Based on Theft

Listened to a discussion of how we are exterminating elephants, one every 15 minutes for their tusks (ivory) whose buyers do not know that the elephant is killed to get them; to the way polar bears now have to swim 100 miles to find food and often die on the journey; to how our President Elect’s son joined the extermination fad by shooting animals in Africa for sport, and on and on. I listened to this and wept.

How did we develop the willingness to take what isn’t ours, to aggressively use it up with no respect for the victim’s sacrifice, to ignore mass extinction and have no sense of sharing the loss? This represents a breakdown in our sense of being part of a family of the living. The urge to take and slaughter often has a religious base, a standard manipulation for those citizens who serve the taker” by being at the front of attack. Harm is done in a religious cause, mine good and yours bad, like marauding soldiers in search of the Holy Grail.

The Pope told his religious followers as well as those deep in debt like Columbus and his crew, to take the land and its riches. Columbus enslaved natives to dig for gold until they died. He and his fellow henchmen lived by the sword, killing for the fun of it, loping off limbs, extracting infants from the womb. The land acquired was based on murder. A religious leader designated it as right. As it is today with the “towel heads” who claim to own the oil beneath their feet… and with the Muslims we are told threaten us so must be contained or wiped out. There is the greed of “taking” behind our manipulated fear.

Then comes our country’s second enormous crime, slavery. Using stolen men as unpaid labor created great riches for the few. In other cultures, people taken as unpaid labor after losing a war have a time limit after which they are included as full members of society. Not here. Slaves and their children’s children remain slaves. When importation became difficult, slave owners bred them, treated them as insensitive animals who barely missed their children sold and taken away. Today, the former slave population is increasingly unnecessary as factories move to countries that pay the workers less. The prison society for this surplus population is supported by our taxes.

The “taking” culture continues via taxes. Money is taken from the middle class, from public services, the parks and schools, etc., to make the rich richer. Blacks in ghettos are called inferior so why waste money on them? Public schools are underfunded and then abandoned as not meeting goals. State supported colleges have only teachers as poorly paid by the job consultant. Education is devalued. Muslims, Jews, women, gays and on and on are dropped from public concern. Our nation continues to rob its residents including its plants and animals by designating them as unworthy.

And so, we came to this country to rob Mother Earth of her goods as if our survival is not attached to hers. We are approaching a critical edge from which there may be no return. Because of our addiction to having more “things” we cannot see where we are and what we must do next. Change is always difficult. We need to awaken from the dream of having “more.” Change is the only thing that is real.

Return to the Garden

Mother Earth is beginning to shake us off like a dog does to mud and water and fleas.

What we do is causing Earth’s shaking. We call these self-created incidents unintended accidents although we are deluged with facts which say differently.  We refuse to connect this with that. We ask the engineer to correct our designated “mishaps” rather than change the basic notions of how to live.

We are not horrified at being labeled “consumers.” Our ability to adapt to the impossible has consequences. It was eating the forbidden apple that caused God to throw us out of the Garden. What was in that apple? I imagine the ability to detach ourselves from life so that we can consume it. It is the hungry consumer’s “mouth” which banishes us still.

The Gaia vision shows that all things are interconnected. We nix that. We treat Earth’s living parts as “things.” Destroying the part unravels the whole. All life is connected.  One energy. As a result of our incursions, life is held together by fraying strings.

Let us look at a few of our attacks on the web of life. We bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki to impress the Russians. Now Fukushima, victim of a tsunami is spewing radioactivity into air and ocean but we refuse to discuss it. We fear our knowing “fear” itself as well as a reprisal for speaking the truth by the nuclear industry. Our silent mouth destroys us. We napalmed the Vietnamese which poisoned their land for generations. We poisoned the soldiers who dropped our napalm and then refused them medical care. People who do our catastrophic bidding are treated as “things.” War is a tremendous money maker. Those who sell war stuff create catastrophes to alarm the citizen who is minding his own business to go out and fight.

Consider what we eat. Our national food is burger and fries. We kill cows raised in the suffering of a factory. They do not wander the fields and eat grass. We unthinkingly devour them. In our mind, the beef on our plate never lived. Trees in the Amazon are cut down to plant grass for McDonald’s. A couple of rainy seasons and is all is dragged away by the seasonal flood. McDonald’s should have the logo of a desert flying over her inviting doors.

We frack for gas which poisons the water and causes landslides. What we inject in the earth is unknown. It is a corporate secret. We accept a gas pipe being laid alongside the spent fuel pools at Indian Point. In a school where performance counts, someone with this idea would be left back. Instead, we gamble away our safety and secretly accept the death of millions to save a few bucks. Eyes on the prize, we are harbingers of death.

The methane pouring out of the heating up of tundra in Russia which holds onto heat adds to the heating done by gas. All is setting the world on fire. Mother Earth is growing angry at the shredding of Gaia by folk who do not use the enormous energy of the tides and the lesser energy of sun and wind.

Mother Earth is shaking us off with landslides and tornadoes and droughts and floods, with new diseases brought on by its being too warm, too wet by starvation because it’s too dry. Animals and plants die in the heat. Roots rot in the flood. Food is disappearing. Life is clinging but losing its grip. But still we kill our animals to gorge on life; still, we buy clothing made by slaves in China. We grossly overpay our CEO’s and conversely underpay our teachers. We wait for a better tomorrow rather than change our ways today.

Earth will shake us off as a failed experiment. Gaia will recover over millennia. Time means nothing to her.