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.

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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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

The War on Anything

vacuummoneyThe war on anything is a money-making fraud. Take the war on drugs. Remember Mrs. Reagan’s “just say no.” Notice any lack of opioids in our latest epidemic with its enormous death rate? How long now that the “war against drugs” is only restrained by imprisonment?

Has the war on terror seen a diminishing number of terrorists or is there an increase in their number stemming from our drones murdering their wives, children, the elderly, the newlyweds in their wedding parties, all killed by some clerk in middle America looking at a screen who pushes a kill-them button. He chooses the ones to die including helpers who come after to aid the fallen. Sometimes there’s even a 3rd attack at the cemetery. Killing two is called a 2-fer. The dead are dehumanized into bug splats.   Helpless onlookers turn to violence after watching us destroy their schools and hospitals and water purification plants and … life. Creating terrorists is like a puppy factory. Always a new litter. Did our fighters or drones actually kill any of their leaders and does it really matter? Is our stance of victory fictitious?  

It’s fear that turns our pockets inside out so the change falls into waiting hands. It’s fear that takes the bills from our wallets. Waging the war in Iraq is reported to be 4.75 trillion. Corporate news stimulates fear. They’re gonna come and get me.  Oh noooooo. Take my money and build walls against the imagined attackers; distribute guns, enlarge our nuclear arsenal, and feed the military-industrial complex—let death make richer those  that are already rich. After we threaten to drop a nuke on them, they create one to drop on us so that we all will die together. Hopefully, fear of reciprocation stays our hand. Yet, there are lunatics who believe in first strike as an actual win.

How about the ”war on cancer?” ‘charity Navigation reports 52,749,382 spent on breast cancer. There are endless drives to collect money for a cure that is just around the corner. How much of the money goes to the next collection drive, how much to CEO salaries? The cancer treatment, as always, consists of poisoning, radiating and operation. Where are the new wondrous techniques? Where are the breakthroughs we are funding? Are they just around the corner, or back around the bend?   

Would a good government kill people they call terrorists in-order to make a profit? Would people in charge of the war on drugs distribute drugs to create the problem, and in turn the war, as a moneymaking schema? Is there an added benefit in silencing those who might put pressure on government to fund social programs by keeping them stoned and passive? The war on drugs arrests minorities disproportionately for drug use, rarely drug using white college students. Finding and arresting the victimized population for as little as a roach in the pocket puts that person into prison for years. The prison population works at corporate jobs for pennies. It is a new form of slavery. Slavery makes the masters rich.  

In war, any incursion, any use, any intended or accidentally destructive action to interdependent life can be deemed a necessary sacrifice for the greater good. The eyes of those in charge are blinded by dollar signs. They would have us believe that we are fighting the good fight, but, make no mistake that war, on anything, is simply a translation to creating and hording wealth. Can life on earth be sacrificed for profit? It can and is happening now.

Elan Golomb