The Bankrupt Post Office Scam

Just got a request in the mail from the huge, central Post Office across the park from me in Brooklyn Heights. They are begging for a few hundred dollars to add to what they have already received, to keep the post office from being closed… today!

Closed? What? At all times this post office is crowded with people seeking every kind of postal service. How broke can it be? Post offices are a public service not there to make a profit.

Simple. The greedy government crowd gets financial kick backs from those people/corporations that will assume ownership and make a ton of money from selling stamps and delivering mail, made a recent rule that the post office has to have their retirement funds available for every new employee.

There is not another corporation in this country that acts this way. It is a trap to create bankruptcy and a take over. There is no way for the post office to have that money up front. Private postal services will not be built in out-of-the way places where the population is poor and cannot pay for it, like they can’t pay for medical bills and schools and school supplies. These people will be deprived of a mail service.


Why do the ultra rich want to take over the post office business? Money is a kind of addiction. There is no such thing as having enough of it when you’ve already got a lot. When Trump gave the mega rich billions in tax relief, do you believe for one second that there was any kind of trickle down? The receivers of this money worship a flag featuring dollar signs over the words “give me more.”


Too many people give in to increasing impoverishment. They feel broken and powerless. Having no mail service cuts them off from everyone out there. We need to stand up for the post office. We need take back some of the donated funds from those who need it least. Using money for public services including the post office is what a democratic government does.

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Rising Drug Prices – a Legal Scam

Why is medicine cheap and just as good in Canada, England, France, Cuba, China…., places with socialized medicine. Medicine is not a profit making business when taxes pay for social services: medicine, drugs, schools, support for the elderly, etc.. The goal is to make available what is needed for everyone.

The life span is increasing where medicine is a human right. But not in the US where the price of medicine goes up each year and people die earlier. But what about the people we vote for and elect? They say that they are there to protect us? Aren’t they? No. They lie to get elected or surrender to the rule of money later.

Many sell their loyalty to the pharmaceutical industry which pays them back under the table. These elected unstated employees of the drug company allow prices to rise. They accept the corporate lies that rising prices are needed for research. Another lie. Corporations are given our tax money to do research by the government. They are given money and later charge fantastic sums for the drugs they create. The poor do without drugs or if forced to get drugs by severe illness, take money from basics: rent or food. The drug industry creates bankruptcy.

Now there is a bill in congress to make drugs affordable. If the drug industry refuses to come down in its prices, the government, our government can create reliable generic copies.

And for the congresspeople who long ago sold out to the pharmaceutical gang, there is one thing they want from us: to be reelected. They also hope for money on the sly from the drug industry. Tell them to vote for generic copies whose price remains the same from year to year. If these elected people feel too deprived without a drug industry payoff tell them to move on.There is always someone who cares about the common good who will take their place.

We need to act to protect ourselves from thieves.

    The Art of Distraction

 

The Republicans have a clown, a man from 3 generations of fraud making outrageous statements, engaging in all kinds of antisocial actions: sexual attacks of women, misogyny, theft, grandiose statements that are false and on and on.

What is the benefit of such a leader? We are horrified as our attention is drawn to yet another transgression. The far-right religious group declares him to be an immature Christian or another form of God to be worshiped); moved to overlook and forget the facts. They overlook a total reversal of his pre-election promises to give them support, health care, jobs. They forget the enormous tax breaks given to the rich, money that would have pad for what he promised. Drawn by our horror over his breaking societal rules, we don’t notice  placement of a flood of judges that will support environmental destruction, put the lower screwed class in jail for almost anything which makes money for prison owners.

What is the clown of distraction for the Democrats who do not do a single thing to reverse the current direction of our government giving it all to the rich while complaining about it, of course? It is the Mueller report being indecisive about whether Trump was aided by the Russians to win the election. The decision about obstruction is left to the senators. They scream about seeing a redacted version. Of course, they should see it all. But there is a lot more going on in addition to Mueller.

Why do they fixate on this report and not upon what 45 is doing to our country from which it will likely never recover? While this compelling circus of the Mueller’s report is going on, 45 fills the pockets of the rich by supporting extractive attacks on the environment. oil pipes and gas pipes are drilled to carry oil and gas, pipes which contaminate the water with endless spills, pollution is dumped into rivers and oceans, Obama’s restrictions are undone. Forest fires spread as a result of carbon burning drought. Islands stink beneath the waves. Coral dries and dies, killing all the living things that live on and among it.

We do not notice because our mind is on the Mueller report. We do not notice because we watch the  clown in office.  And when he is gone, what he has done will remain.

Contemporary Horrors

I’m almost overwhelmed with the attempt by 45 and his henchmen to finish most of us off, including the animal and plants.

Let us look at current cruelty.

Undocumented Immigrant children even infants encountered at the border are taken away from their parents, a major trauma from which they will not recover. Expect PTSD, depression, hostility, passivity, suicide…. Children are kept behind cages with care workers and guards who mostly do not speak their language and do not want to feel their pain. DeVos is associated with a Christian group that farms them out to people who want a child. The original parents name is not taken, not remembered, lost. The result is a broken child.

Take yesterday’s frightful statement by the black snake in the Supreme Court.  Clarence Thomas wants the poor when brought to court on a crime charges, not to have legal support.  He argues that offering legal help to such folk is not in the Constitution.

Trump and his swamp of pro pollution flunkies are undoing restraints against poisoning all that lives. Corporations can dump waste in rivers, and release toxic gas into the sky. Most garbage dumps are found in ghettos, also, subjected to the release of exhaust fumes from huge numbers of delivery trucks going to local markets. No loss to those on the hill. Trump’s sons like to murder wild animals in Africa. Now is OK again to bring back elephant skins. Big man! Look at what I have killed. The animal world is being devoured as an act of sport.

What about the US prisons? We have the most populated prisons in the world. Prison has nothing to do with rehabilitation. It is all about making money. Now many prisons are being privatized which makes private money as it limits food quality and medicine and classes teaching skills that will be used to make a living, and social services to deal with problems and help adjustment. Staff is violent. Medical care is largely absent up to and including the death of sick inmates.

Pregnant women give birth shackled to the bed. Can you imagine that? It is like when Jefferson claimed that slaves are insensitive to pain and do not feel loss, like when their children are taken away to be sold. He called slaves dirty and unattractive despite having 14 year old slave Sally as his sexual partner and bearer of his children. Say one thing and do another. Enjoy a false reputation.

Today the newspapers lie about the quality of immigrants streaming to our borders. These people are fleeing violence, fleeing drug dealers who steal their money and demand their sons murdering those who resist.

What causes this immigration crisis? Why does a country fall? How does the US fit in with this and even cause it?  Let us look at corn, a Mexican staple. The US funded US factory farms to under price Mexican corn so that people would buy the US product. Mexican farmers went out of business. Now that Mexicans no longer raise corn and no one makes tortillas. The goal of the Mega rich is to make more money. Every dollar counts even if causes starvation and death.

The Government Shutdown is Not About a Wall

There are those who believe in speeches. We should not fall for words. Words have many purposes, often to convince us to believe in lies. There are those who believe 45’s projection of violence, rape and drugs by southern immigrants. They fall for something without a drop of evidence. Some of these people donate money to build the wall.

If you want to learn the meaning behind a request, look at what is used to convince you. Does the request greatly threaten you? Is your idealization and belief manufactured by it? Is it like a kidnapping where you fall in love with the person who abducts you? That is call the Stockholm Syndrome. You fall in love with your captor in hope that love will keep him from murdering you.

Shutting down government is like a kidnapping that is spreading like a plague. People who examine luggage in air ports are unpaid and often call in sick; workers, did not stop a man from walking by them with a gun. Sea rangers, national park rangers are not there to take out the garbage and guard trees; so many people without food stamps, without money to pay the rent, car insurance, mortgages, losing their houses, medical care, survival.

This presidential withholding of Federal assistance is no coincidence. Those who say that “45” has no idea of how Federal money is used are right and wrong. He may not know the details but he knows how to make demands.

You know how “45” loves tyrants like Putin in Russia and Duterte in the Philippines who has vowed to kill everyone connected with the drug trade and everyone else who opposes him. Trump sees goodness in who those who suck the wealth into their own pockets and kill to get things done.

And 5 billion is only a starter. The wall will cost must more to cover the area  and of course will be ineffective. It is not hard to dig a tunnel. Only the animals seeking a larger area to find food and sexual partners to spread and strengthen the herd, these will perish. Drug dealers do not march to the US across deserts. They come in planes and trucks.

The immigrants come from communities where death is visiting in the hands of drug dealers demanding money, membership or both; they come from, communities where US vegetable factory farms, supported by Congress, under price the local farmers and put them out of business. Few raise corn in Mexico now. Who can afford to make tortillas. Do we know this?

The US, our government is creating hordes of terrified and starving people who come to our borders, particularly to save their children. Our corporate supported elected officials keep silent and will not vote to end the government shutdown. Mitch McConnell will not do it. How do we react to official paralysis, fear and greed? The French “Yellow Jackets” are in the street about being out priced and overlooked. They outnumber the police and are ever growing numbers. The Prime Minister is worried.

Beset by government shut down, are we US citizens, merely going to sit home, hold our breath and pray?

 

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.

 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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