Are We Merely Animals

How many times have I thought about the way we humans (forget sapiens) find ourselves in a fight with other sapiens let alone caught up in an official war? Yes, in this modern era, the big banks, the big money people make the most money out of war and so are always breeding for or starting a fight or pretending most often to have been attacked with the only solution being to attack back.

Putting the the warring banks aside, what about the innate tendency to fight the beings we call enemy. If we look at other animals, the larger ones, they are usually ready to put aside their pleasurable activity, their wandering and eating and screwing, to fight when they feel endangered.

We don’t like to think of ourselves as animals. Animals are below us to be harvested as food or cleared out as interlopers in whatever we have intended for the land we claim to possess. But no, folks, we are of the animal kingdom, Our animal group through breeding carries certain genes which effects our thinking but more often, we are shaped by the social training of our society. If the major theme is “take” what you can, you think you should take. If the social theme is mistrust and defend yourself against imagined enemies, you will carry a gun and likely shoot first.

Other animals remember the ones that have attacked and attempt to avoid them. We humans take an  attacking position because we have been attacked and are afraid,  but more often because the supposed enemy or the land they dwell on, has something that we want.

Another feature we make much of is the ability to hold grudges; also, to envy those who have “more” than we do. It is advertising that makes us feel needy. Our training leads us to desire and to take. The rich take from the poor within the same society as we have seen in the latest give away tax reduction for the 1 percent. The poor innocent people who do not make decisions are easily persuaded to fight the enemy if only to protect themselves. They do the dirty work for the ones that profit from it.

Those who give labels call us a more advanced species, but looking at the totally destructive outcomes towards which so many of our efforts are directed, is this true? Are we really so advanced? I cannot endorse this label when the direction is our downfall. Would you?

 

 

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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.

 

Winner Take All

Those who own the earth we live on are gamblers who set the stakes. For them, it all boils down to money. It is a conversion factor from life into chips. The one who has the most chips when the tally closes, wins. Closure is set by mass extinction.

People are called to mine various resources. Their technique, make it fast does not fit in with supporting life. Take Mountain Top Removal, the pollution of streams, the landslides killing people.  Money makes the decision. Some dig for oil, some for precious metals, diamonds or this or that. Some raise food, monocropping using chemicals that kill insects, Monarch butterflies and and kill us as well;  They raise animals in vast quantities in factory settings. Chickens and turkeys and pigs are raised  in tiny spaces. Cattle eat out of vats of corn. Chickens are bred  to have such such huge breasts they  can barely walk. Many fall  and are trarompled. All are upset by crowding and by not the living in  an open field to eat worms and bugs and plants and run about. Most are given anti biotics to ward off pre-harvest death. The anti biotic remains in their flesh which we eventually consume. Among other things, we soon will be unreactive to anit biotics when we need them to fight infection. Peole will die from a cut on their leg.

Since they number in the thousands, their shit and piss is collected and drained into huge ponds. Hurricanes release floods of waste onto all that is in its path. Waste  is mechanically blown into the air when the pond gets too full to rain down on locals whose houses lose all value. The people’s who live in this flood of waste lead hellish lives.

What about the politicians who set the rules which protect their citizens or instead  away from consequences? Take Jerry Brown, Governor of California mourns the huge  number of fires ravaging California. Incidentaly, prisoners are paid $2/day to fire fight. They  are not given enough instruction to be fire fighters once released from prison. Is that another save money proposition for those who own the prisons?

What is the gambler’s stake in this catastrophe? Who is profiting from ignoring it. The soil is dry from drought. The trees lack water to fight flames. Planes spread chamicals to shield the  earh from the sun, a fact denied by congress. It is not jet trail when a plane goes back and forth to create parallel lines of chemicals. The chemicals including mercury rain down onto the soil and into the roots of tree which kills them. They easily burst into flames when fire comes near.

The politician, here Jerry Brown, states helpless consternation and that things can only get worse. But wait! Jerry Brown is allowing oil wells to be dug in California. The oil which is sold then heats the atmosphere which creates the flames. Is Brown too stupid to see the connection. Or is a payoff in his pocket? How many politicans are in the gamble now, hoping to miss the final extinction while becoming wealthy?

Rape the Earth

Those who own the earth we live on are gamblers who set the stakes. For them, it all boils down to money. It is a conversion factor of life into chips. The one who has the most chips when the tally closes, wins. Closure is set by mass extinction.

People are called to mine various resources. Zooming ahead to the finish line does not support life. Take Mountain Top Removal. Miners no longer work underground. Most are replaced by machines. The mountain top is shaved down to the line of coal. Soil and chemicals fall into streams. The land is polluted. There are landslides which kill people. Money makes the decision. More coal to sell the world’s great polluter.

Some dig for oil, for precious metals, diamonds for this or that. Some go into factory farming. They do monocropping which sets us up for a virus that will wipe out all we eat. They use chemicals that kill insects including the Monarch butterfly and will kill us as well; They raise animals in vast numbers. Chickens and turkeys and pigs are raised in tiny spaces. Cattle are also kept from grazing and eat out of vats of corn. Chickens are bred to have such huge breasts they can barely walk. Many fall and are trampled. All are upset by crowding and by not the living in open fields to eat worms and bugs and plants and run about. Most are given anti biotics to ward off pre-harvest death. The anti-biotic remains in their flesh which we eventually consume. Among other consequences, we soon will be unreactive to antibiotics when we need them to fight infection. People will die from a cut on their leg.

Since the factory farm animals, number in the thousands, their shit and piss, falls into pipes beneath the floor then collected and drained into huge ponds. Hurricanes pass over capturing the waste if releases onto all in its path. Some factory farms blow the waste into the air when the pond gets too full. This spray rains down on locals whose houses lose all value. The people who live in this flood of waste lead hellish lives.

What about the politicians who set the rules to protect their citizens but hide their eyes from consequences? Take Jerry Brown, Governor of California who mourns the huge number of fires ravaging California. Incidentally, prisoners are paid $2/day to fire fight. They are not given enough instruction to be professional fire fighters once released from prison. Is that another save money proposition for those who own the prisons?

What is the gambler’s stake in these catastrophes? Who profits by ignoring it. The soil is dry from drought. That is the consequence of the Greenhouse effect. There is less ice to melt and set the soil. The trees lack water to fight flames. Planes spread chemicals to limit sun, which also rains down onto the soil and into the roots of tree which kills them. Governments deny this activity or call it research. But we can see and test it. Trees poisoned by sky chemicals easily burst into flames when fire comes near.

The politician, here Jerry Brown, states helpless consternation with fires and says it can only get worse. But wait! Jerry Brown is allowing oil wells to be dug in California. The oil which is sold then heats the atmosphere which creates the flames. Is Brown too stupid to see the connection. Or is a payoff in his pocket? How many politicians are gambling now, hoping to miss the final extinction before becoming wealthy?

And Then They Ate Their Own

Heard an amazing native American speaker today on Ghost Horse’s WBAI program, Barbara Smith who wrote a book called, Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of Indigenous America. She spoke of the multiplicity of gods and customs of natives everywhere which keeps the people alive and well and spiritual, creative and in touch with all things including each other.

The invading Europeans are a different mentality, raiders who see everything as theirs to take. Part of their spreading their own dehumanization is worshipping only one god. They call that god the true god; the call everyone else’s false. To have the wrong god makes you less than human. They aim for standardization, reducing the meaning of the world into a sale price. All is a gigantic supermarket and you acquire its products by shopping with a gun.

We shop in “primitive” cultures by invading them to take their natural resources. Although no war has been declared, we drop as many endless tons of bombs as needed. But that is not enough. Still too many cultures claiming they own their own stuff. Still too many invaders grabbing everywhere for more.

The invaders now are turning on their own. The national parks will be subdivided so that oil can be dug out leaving a dead earth. We’re to dig for oil in the Arctic where natives have lived for thousands of years. Instead of 2 months to discuss the coming invasion, they will get 2 weeks. The governor of the Arctic region, already well paid off (and part of the take it culture), thinks that taking minerals from that region is a good thing. Death to the point of extinction of birds and fish and bears and caribou and … all the wildlife are ignored. The local tribal people who live on and preserve these animals don’t count. There is no money in preservation for the invaders.

Theft and invasion within a nation continues. What about aid to dependent children, health care for young and old, solar power instead of oil and gas and nuclear? What about medicine when needed, public transportation? Are there no rules left to protect and serve? Well, these may be written down somewhere but invaders do not need follow rules. The invaders declare themselves the owners, and owners make the rules.

“Owners” have the philosophy: we need that thing more than it needs itself; let those who lack the power lose and die.

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.

Do Not Adapt to World Destruction

It is a wise and necessary thing to adapt to the appropriately changing seasons, to your baby’s need for a warm embrace, for a bottle and laughter, to your dog’s need for a walk in the park. It is not appropriate, but all too common, for people to adapt to the hateful embrace of a force, a person, a crowd of criminals out to rob you and the world around you of everything beautiful and necessary.

The crowd of Republicans are undoing all the US laws which protect us and life, generally. Now it is okay for businesses to dump their poisonous waste into streams. Now it is okay to cut back the size of national parks, to open them for digging, drilling, and cutting. Now it is okay (although forced to wait by environmental fightback) to destroy the National Wildlife Refuge for a small amount of oil, this place where most birds and other animals bear their young and perpetuate their species.

Now they want to turn all undocumented refugees into dangerous criminals (Mexican rapists and Haitian carriers of Aids) who have to be thrown out of the country even though they’ve lived here for 30 years and been productive members of society. Having made a serious incursion on the farmer population, we have unpicked California crops and growing food shortages. Now, instead of joining hands with all nations in the interest of peace, we have to spend most of the national tax revenue on war, threatening the mad men leading adversarial nations to retaliate.

Now, promising to offer larger incomes, better schools, cheaper health care, lower drug fees, a rebuilt nation, a return to the America that was, we give the tax money to billionaires who do not need one cent of it and then have nothing to offer the 99 percent to fulfil their promises. Paul Ryan, the number two flunky, says they need to take away what leader number one vowed to hold dear, the Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and health care for children . . . and to pay for it. But most likely the money taken will not be used to improve anything but merely to give more of it to the obscenely rich.

And why do the remaining few of that so-called governing body not speak up against their fellow predators?  Are they are afraid of the rage of their governmental peers and  even more so of the general population who will punish them along with their crony friends  when they regain control of their government. Instead they circle the wagons; prepare or continue to grab the swag and run for the hills.

When and where fear is a ruling force, those who are being mistreated must find a way to survive outside the predator’s clutches. Adaptation to something that destroys you should not occur. Adaptation is a necessary response to disaster that nature brings. It’s something else when caused by man.

Adaptation in response to another’s greed, involves becoming unaware of bad consequences of their action, rationalizing the pain and illness and poverty and hopelessness caused by their misuse of what is commonly needed like air and water and our national parks.  Social adaptation which requires fitting in with another’s life destroying plan is endorsed by businesses that want to sell you what you do not need. Propaganda is advance by waving flags and martial music. It is endorsed by congress people who hide their true intent behind the lie. Adaptation should not involve self-lying or accepting another’s lie about what is really happening.

We must get together as a legal force to preserve the environment which sustains us. We must tell ourselves, and-also tell the thieves who want to cut it all down and dig it all up, that money in the bank means precisely nothing when it comes to survival. We must raise our children to think this way and not become part of a population of virtual slaves to contrived sensation like cell-phones and internet and texting and drugging with mind/heart suppressing drugs. Most of all, we must not adapt.