Do Not Pray

Do not respond to a catastrophe with prayer. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, US White House Press Secretary responded to the recent reported firing on a crowd in Las Vegas, not to move on the event with prayer. We are not to investigate how one man (but food delivered to the room indicates many), the number supported by audience responses of those who heard overlapping shots, how this small army can get into a hotel room for days armed with 23 rifles, with a metal plate to cover the door, with 3 tripods to mount the guns, with devices to create machine guns out of single firing weapons and so on. People who want to believe that it is only one mad man will believe the latest tale that this single man used the freight elevator to bring the stuff up to his room. But hotel rules require he be accompanied by hotel staff. And nothing noticed, nothing said? We are to investigate changing stories about the event including firing and later blasting through a door that videos show to be untouched, to see contradictions like that the police could not enter for 62 minutes when a hotel engineering worker said the door was unblocked and open.

When a disaster happens and we are told to pray, some say it is like praying instead of taking a fast-acting drug when thrown by some contagious disease; it is like praying as your area goes under water instead of putting out sandbags and preferably of course, to create and maintain strong dykes against exactly such an event. You can think of many recent disasters in which the country’s leaders or their reps said pray instead of act.

Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine, pointed to the crisis money-making schemes of people who tell us to pray. That is the time to buy cheap from those in trouble. Our president wants to abandon Puerto Rico due to debts incurred to US banks who do not reinvest their profits in PR. He does not allow the Jones Act closure to last beyond 10 days which keeps direct aid from other island nations to make direct access to PR with food and water and drugs. Jones says they must go to the US (Florida) and unload and reload into US boats which totally inflates the cost of the rescue. Trump said that the shipping companies’ need come first. Likely Pence, his religious front man said to pray.

Praying is usually a request from god to meet some need. Praying is the wrong response to disaster. Whatever your religious affiliation or its lack, do not look on the economic side of things – who will profit and who will lose in terms of your actions. Act for the greater good of living things. Good action is a form of prayer.

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Puerto Rico for Sale

How come we don’t send aid to Puerto Rico, a territory owned by the United States; no ship with aid and food and water, no right to land allowed to foreign ships offering to help hurricane victims. It is not the destroyed docks as some say, which cause this prohibition. Docks can be repaired or constructed in a day.
How come we don’t end the Jones Act which causes Puerto Ricans to pay $6,000 over a US Price for a car and equally inflated fees for every imported thing? How come Puerto Rico sinks in a debt created by outside corporations? Not an accident.
As Naomi Klein said in The Shock Doctrine, that those with power use catastrophe to cannibalize broken areas even broken nations. In this instance, the most valuable possession of the Puerto Rico government is their electrical system. The longer people sit there in the dark, the more hysterical they become and the more they are ready to sell their dearest possession. What is being proposed is a PP (Public/Private) ownership but PP actually means here, profit for the rich that buy it.

Let the Puerto Rico inhabitants suffer to the point of death without power. Heat will suffocate them. There will be no water to drink since wells need electrical power to draw water. No food to eat, all of it gone rancid in hot refrigerators, edible plants drowned by hurricane driven water. The country once green is brown. Streets and fields are full of dead animals which breed disease; there is a release of toxic chemicals from many flooded factories. Toxic waste sites swept by hurricane winds, spread their contents across the land. The coal dust once piled many stories high and left uncovered despite the approaching storm is everywhere. Everybody breathes it.

This land of sun and wind and water, is not allowed by the US to have solar collectors and wind mills. Not allowed to use the tides. Those non-PR corporations which sell coal and oil call the shots. They make profit regardless of the cost to these inhabitants.

Do the US government care about PR’s population? Speeches aside, it is profit from this conquered land that counts.

Elan Golomb

 

Disaster Can Be a Money Maker

Everything is cheap to buy from an overwhelmed population and its governing body (if not to outright take from the vanquished “enemies.”} The poor part of New Orleans was under water due to a good amount of rain and an inadequate dike system in the lowest part of town populated by disadvantaged people of color. Poor people who lacked the means to flee were put into a stadium in overwhelming numbers. Food? Toilet? Medicine? Forget it.

Red Cross money devoted by thousands did not come to New Orleans. It was another aspect of enrich yourself by using money devoted to someone else’s disaster. Their excuse for using it elsewhere was flimsy. African-Americans were stopped by armed white “authorities.” Keep them in their neighborhood. Once it stopped raining, the public schools and public housing untouched by the flood were closed. Black people were removed on a variety of buses often separated from their children. They were scattered like buckshot then spent enormous time attempting to find their children. A new white middle class moved in.

Take the Canadian Keystone XL Pipe Line which has already has had 3 spills in August and groups are demanding an environmental impact investigation. What of the millions who drink from the Missouri River? The oil is sold in other countries. The number of employees is almost non-existent including people who could do something about pipe break if there are any detected signals. Drinking water for millions vs. money in the bank. Profit for the few vs. survival of the many.

Take Nestles, a lightweight candy. Nestles uses tremendous amount of the world’s vanishing water supply. Those who sell water to Nestles are not local farmers. Nestles salespeople do not drink from that tap. Crops need water. No water, nothing grows. Corporations only have one objective, to make money.

We ordinary citizens have been captured by that machine we worship, that weird construct called “the economy.” Confused and frightened, we accept the various lies and rationalizations tossed at us by those who profit. Our president cares for us. He denies the possibility of climate change as do his chosen cabinet members. Climate deniers say that it is not our fault that the life supporting things are destroyed by our pollution and greed. They say that it is merely a reflection of our planet revolving in space.

Then there is the issue of fighting. Do you believe that our country goes to war to protect us or protect citizens of another country? There usually is some conflict in a nation between the haves and the have not. If nothing can be found, actors hired by the we-need-a-war group stage a terrorist false flag operation. We point to this to say they need our aid. But aid in terms of guns and bombs is not their desired situation. Citizens may desire politicians who better represent the but dying for it is not a willing price.

Who pays for war? We pay it through out taxes. Who profits from war? Corporations (CEOs) who create the fighting tools as well as keep the spoils. They have to possess a natural resource that we can use to make money. Afghanistan has minerals. Iraq has oil. The current nation we claim needs us to assist them is Venezuela, another major source of oil.

What of our destroying whole countries: Iran, Sudan, Iraq? Thousands cross the Mediterranean Sea (many drowning), entering and moving through Europe to a country that can give them food, medicine jobs, living spaces. Germany is a favorite. It can handle a few hundred– but thousand on thousands? They are not set up for this.

But why would the US want to wipe out whole countries in-order to flood Europe with a refugee population which occupies, confuses and undermines them? The US has been losing its dominance in the European market which has decided, for example, toe refuse gene-modified food. When a nation’s governing body is overwhelmed, they cannot focus on what is being allowed into their market. They have to accept gene modified products sent by the US and other procucts previously refused. The US is dominant once more.

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.