Nation of Plantations

We, US citizens are on a downward life spiral as money for just about everything falls upward to the rich. Evidence of this is our diminishing life span, a shorter life span from one year to the next. People can’t afford insurance plans, decent food, the cost of drugs. Public schools are unfunded and falling apart. People are not being trained by pubic schools for jobs that don’t exist. College graduates have un-payable school loans with ever mounting interest have no right to declare bankruptcy. Graduates enter the indentured class and live in their parent’s basement, if there is one. Many fall from the middle class and live in their cars.
People are not having babies. Too expensive. Abortion rights are under fire and Social Security whose corporate name is given as “entitlement” rather than life-time monthly investment by workers. Social Security is also is in the rich man’s sights. Money for war Endless. Who benefits from what is taken?
You want to make a living? Fight for 15 dollar an hour pay. Only money makes money. Look at the recent tax break for the rich. Those who were told that their salaries would increase by a picayune amount will pay it back in taxes when the learn that their entitlements are no more. Fooled and fooled again.
Will the newly elected House liberals (mostly women) dig in their heels and fight for a return to decency? This country with its need to invade everywhere with desirable natural resources (currently Venezuela) has lost world respect. Will this new group of the elected not born into money, hold out for what is right and not fall prey to money offered by Wall Street bankers.

The other day Trump’s EPA representative, drawn from people who are against preservation, made an exception of the right to spray crops that attract bees with a toxic pesticide that will kill them. Can the environmental organizations which are always struggling for legal dough, be able to stop them? When the bees are wiped out, crops which need the seed spread by bees will die. They die. Food dies. We die.
Some mystics say that the devil is polishing us off. I prefer to think it short sighted greed. What are you and I going to do to support the interdependent life all all species including ourselves?

Prison Nation

 

We live in a cruel nation. Most of the jobs once filled by the middle class have been sent to impoverished countries where there are no environmental restraints, people work for 3 collars an hour, a 14-hour day.

So where can the local US one percent make money? In prisons. The US has the greatest number of the incarcerated in people the world. It’s a money maker.

So, what was the behavior of New York’s Riker’s Prison during the recent weather disaster. There was a  loss of electrical power? As a consequence, Rikers had no heat, no showers, no cooking. The place was 30 degrees. I heard on the radio that NY’s Governor Cuomo sent blankets to the place.  Good, I thought with relief. Then I heard the blankets had not been distributed. How could that happen? The laziness of guards in such an extreme situation could not be possible. Could it?

But that news was wrong. The blanked situation had been twisted into a lesser crime. I heard the news say that Cuomo’s blankets were distributed to the intended recipients. It was given to the workers. Only.

Oh no! Oh yes.

The prisoners are there to make the prison money. Inmates are not there for rehabilitation. Not since “rough on crime.”. Got to fill those cells. Elected officials are elected for that purpose. Actually, prisons are run to make money, to collect federal and state and local funding.

Have we heard the Riker’s blanket scandal? Newspapers are largely owned by the same corporations that are owned by the same people who own the prisons. They do not reveal their hand.

Watching Disaster Spread

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And we, the ordinary citizen, allow it.

 

Go Amazon Yourself

Governor Cuomo said that bringing Amazon to Long Island City is totally without cost, an all for us viewpoint. Authors these days dare not use the word lie when writing about something claimed that isn’t so. Why? Who is meeting their boss’s pay? The money that Amazon will receive for moving to Long Island City is 3 BILLION DOLLARS. And you know that Amazon wants to be in NYC so no one needs to pay it. This is another example of the rich getting richer at the cost of the middle class and poor.

The goal of Amazon is to eventually run accessibility of the public to all business which means kicking some out, setting price and taking fees. Their jobs will pay only minimum wages and workers will soon be replaced by robots (AI). The workers are so afraid of being terminated that they dare not go to the bathroom. Everything is counted. Men pee in available cans. Some collapse from exhaustion.

Rather than bringing riches to the community, small stores will be undercut by Amazon who does same day or next day delivery, and will have to close. Then of course the Amazon prices will change. People will fall for its delivery system and lose sight of their neighborhood, all its shops and sales people on whom they depend and have long-time relationships.

Amazon workers, many imported, will need housing.  Rents will soar beyond the local worker’s ability to pay. Coffee shops will arrive that charge $7 for fancy coffees. The schools will be over crowded along with the trains and buses. Public services will be strained. While fancier, the community will become unlivable.

Can we stop the arrival of Amazon? Our Mayor Bill de Blasio, claims bringing Amazon has no negative consequences. Even the local unions are not raising their heads above the trough of propaganda in order to count. That money, the 3 BILLION DOLLARS  can go for schools, now crowded and falling apart, to fix the subways, to fix and add to all the city facilities that keep New York a remarkably pleasant place to live.

Letting giants take over to fund Bezos, the most wealthy man in the world ain’t worth it. We need to speak up. Need to call our Mayor de Blasio. Tell him what we think of his supposed beneficial choice. Tell him to change it while he can. If enough people raise their voices, it is amazing what can happen.

Take It While You Can

Trump believes in global warming. That’s why he is asking Ireland to put a fence around his golf course. The so-called leaders, almost all in the pockets of corporations, claim not to believe but that largely is a lie. The truth of the matter was recently shown by the government’s willingness to allow cars to pollute even more than they do now because they accept that we are fated to set the world on fire so that nothing can survive. To turn away from burning carbon, i.e. oil, means losing money from the corporations in which they are invested.  Instead they decide to make as much money NOW  as is possible from their carbon investments. Death is shoved to a dark corner of their minds.

In like manner, they want to dig for oil in the Arctic.  This will kill innumerable animals including ourselves.  They do not believe in switching to green power, living creatively and scientifically and simply in a surviving world. They need to own or buy an endless supply of everything. Better to sacrifice the world to have it now.

This is the most dangerous bunch of so-called leaders the world has ever known.  Hitler would kill all the Jews and gypsies. Our current group of tyrants will sacrifice all life. They are willing to sacrifice the future to continue living as they do. Sacrifice is not in their vocabulary. Having it all rules the day.

This is insanity. See the danger that lies ahead and  ignore it. Increase your dangerous actions to take more of what remains. Malign those traveling towards our border in quest of  safety, food, a place to stay, medicine, for their sick children, The President labels these immigrants invaders and denies what the US has done to make their country unlivable. Throwing a stone towards imaginary dangers distracts us from seeing that they are taking money from our social services. Guns are sold almost everywhere so that the desperate ones can kill fellow sufferers whom they incorrectly blame for their suffering.

A man kills women in a yoga class. He has long hated women. A man kills Jews in a synagogue. He blames Jews for his lack of money.  A man shoots blacks in a supermarket after being unable to break into a black church. The un-cared for population is stimulated to attack similarly impoverished people. Violence is revved up against the impoverished by the super rich whose hand is in the till.

Death for all awaits us if we vote for people who are unwilling to change our economy and life to green.  Don’t turn against your neighbor. Hold hands and plan for a good-for-all economy. We can do it.

Disaster Is Upon Us

I was half meditating while listening to a listener sponsored radio station when I heard that Trump and company had decided to drill for oil in the arctic, near the Arctic National Refuge and all the rest of that area which is home to whales and herds of caribou and bears and fish and innumerable birds there to have young,  … to the creation of life.

Heard a local Arctic Indian beg us not for hospitals and schools and “things”… only to be left alone with all his human and animal brethren to live together as they always have done. He spoke for the “we” to live in harmony. Indians speak about “we.” Modern man, alienated from the world of which he is a member speaks in terms of “I.” I heard the Arctic man speak and began to cry.

Trump and his fellow swamp denizens act as if they have lenses on their eyes which only allow them to see money. Does Trump really believe that the Greenhouse effect is a Chinese myth? Why is he concerned with flooding of his Scottish golf course? Money, gain or loss, runs everything. Like accepting  money from Saudi Arabia in return for selling them weapons to effect mass extermination of the Yemen people, dying from cholera, starvation, and bombs; in return for ignoring the  recent murder of Khashoggi, a Saudi reporter, Calling Greenhouse warming a Chinese myth allows him to keep his investments in oil, coal and fracked gas. Also, supports fellow swamp dwellers who invest in same. Corporations do not want rivals like solar and wind.

We have been told by climate scientists, that a temperature rise of 2 degrees will wipe out all life on earth. Without a major turn around in how we create and use energy, they give us 12 years to live. Those who are concerned with geothermal chemicals used to ward off the sun, make a more severe prediction. Among these chemicals they put in the sky is mercury. Mercury then falls onto the earth; enters what we eat and breathe, enters the roots of trees which kills them. The trees no longer breathe in carbon and exhale oxygen. They do not absorb water. Dead trees are dry trees. That is one of the reasons California is on fire.

Scientist have found that geothermal spraying is destroying the ozone layer. Government denies that they are doing geothermal spraying. If cornered, they call it experimental and limited. No ozone layer left to shield us, no life. Unless we stop spraying, geothermal scientists give us 10 years to live.

We are overwhelmed. Where to put our energy? War is created to make profit for those who manufacture guns and bombs and tanks. The war corporations can always create new enemies and the newspapers will support them. Many newspapers are in the money trap. We, the voting and tax paying citizens need to become a very large, informed and outraged group which demands that our money go for the survival of all life.  Our money, our votes, our intelligence demand it. Do we have any other choice?

 Follow the Money Trail

The current leaders are robbing Mother Earth, taking all that can be taken. When you turn on the light to see what is happening, the henchmen scream “you’re hurting me.” Keeping you blind is their defense. They exaggerate or create the contrived sins of their accusing victims.  They use the time to enable theft. When the public is paying attention to some disputed crime, they take what they can. For example, While Kavanaugh was moaning and raving about being labelled rapist, Congress voted themselves another huge tax break. Did anyone notice?

The FBI investigation was a Republican–staged fake. They did not see the 2 stars nor the 2 women who saw him as a sexually aggressive drunk. They they did not speak to any who  wanted to give witness. Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge who was present at the rape scene was excused after reading to Congress his lawyer’s letter which called him an ex-alcoholic, prone to depression and at one time suffering from cancer. The Republicans ignored the 100,000 missing documents from Kavanaugh’s historic record. What is known is that he tends to favor corporations over people; to be against abortion and even against birth control. He tried to restrict abortion for an undocumented teen.

The Republicans are in a great rush to vote Kavanaugh into a life time position as a Supreme Court Justice. Kavanaugh has stated that a President cannot be brought up on charges – good for the emoluments rule defying President Trump who has siphoned money from everywhere to himself including from his DC hotel.

The next intended victim of scheming for the wealthy, is privatization of the US Post Office which delivers mail everywhere and has asked to be a federal bank. In-order to render the PO bankrupt, Congress has demanded that the PO have retirement funds available for each worker on the day of hiring. No other corporation in the world does this. One of the most important parts of being a US citizen is receiving your mail. As a private corporation, the post office will deliver mail only to the important few and overcharge them for the service.

Why do the politicians want this?  Follow the money trail and know the answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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