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

 

 

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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.

Voter Suppression

 

Those who largely have inherited their wealth see themselves as god-chosen. Those who have less are deemed unworthy. Religion has long been used as an excuse for theft, rape, murder like during the search for the Holy Grail. If one speaks up against economic abuse and has a following, he/she often is jailed and even murdered as were Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Murderers are hired by those who fear the consequences of a citizen uprising. As Frederick Douglass said, the powerful will not give up anything without a struggle.

Slippage into an undemocratic process has- to be corrected. Elections need to not be run by competing parties but by a neutral group like The League of Women Voters. Instead of attempting to reduce the number of voters as has been happening, voter registration should be conferred at birth and at the time of citizenship. Not voting should have a monetary penalty. Voting is your duty and you right including for those in prison. There can be no loss of voting rights.

Voting should be allowed until the latest moment including weekends. There should be no way to disqualify voters like Kris Koback’s (the “King of Voter Suppression”) error-filled scam of declared double registration when the names of largely black and brown and Spanish Democrats barely resemble each other, to get rid of voters from a rival party.

There should be rank order voting, first choice then second choice and so on, so that the winner is the one who has the most votes. The parties should not determine who will run. Every interested person may run. Instead of corporate money controlling campaigns, a stated federal amount is given to each nominee and no other money is allowed. Voting must be done on paper and hand counted (as is done in Canada). Privately owned computers should not count the vote. Computer output can easily be rigged.

No one including the Supreme Court judges should rule for life. What if their thinking proves unjust like our most recent appointee who rules corporations over people? The Supreme Court is there to serve the people, to distinguish the “unjust.” Bring them up for a vote say every 5 years which is enough time to have proved their mettle. Rule-breaking is the right of despots not of elected presidents. Let the people demand a court appearance with the right to remove from office those who gain spoils from office or who are emotionally unfit to lead.

Demand a retraction of the insane ruling which declares corporations to be people and gives them a too strong influence on those who govern. Change the US economy whose main income comes from prisons and from selling instruments of death which causes an arms race everywhere. Close the prisons and offer free education so that all may acquire valuable skills to earn a living.

Elan Golomb

Unloved Again 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a “green” economy, an economy of peace.

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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.