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.

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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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Psychopaths Consume

I heard an interesting discussion between Chris Hedges and Gary Null on listener- supported radio station WBAI, regarding the growing state of economic emergency in the US, now spreading to the world. People imagine that all will be fine once Trump is out of office. But expecting this is wrong. Trump is not the cause of the current disaster although he is setting the US back to the point of destroying the world with his environmental ignorance. Trump is the symptom. Always falling into bankruptcy, bailed out by lenders who expect favors in return; charging $200,000 per annum, to residents at Mar a Lago, having ambassadors and other needy people stay in his DC hotel, all is part of his breaking the emoluments restriction, not paying and firing workers; endlessly enchanted with his self, boasting about events and successes that never happened, like saving Puerto Rico from a huge number of deaths. All his speeches have him center stage. He flies the flag of greed.

What did corporations do with their mammoth tax break; buy up their company’s stock to get a bigger bonus. The country is being drained of tax money that should go to take care of the common folk, schools, health care, etc. The US is getting bankrupted beyond any hope of recovery. Once the kitty is empty the rich will call for our Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and everything. Is any money coming in? Students will pay their education loans probably for life. DeVos is all for that. Collecting student debt payments is one of her businesses.

The US dollar will stop being the international currency. Money of whatever kind is running things. Fascism is on the rise wherever politicians are owned by corporations. The swamp will soon absorb us. We cannot turn to the Feds for help. If greed is allowed to make the rules, all but the very few will suffer. We need to create small governments, county and village. Tax money will be allotted to those who run for office and no funds coming from outside corporations or individuals; townies and farmers and carpenters and parents, etc., all work together to create a “living” environment. Tax money is only used for public services. Everything now done in the European north countries including Trump’s favorite, Norway, will be done here: free schools, health care, vacations, housing. All living this way are happy and at ease.

It can happen….if we cause it.

 

Ringing Your Hands Will Not Do It

You see the country being stolen from under your feet. The rule of law is followed only if it serves those who will profit from it. The law is twisted or ignored. Governing traditions through the ages are disregarded. This is the meaning of dictatorship. The new hoped to be a Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, does not offer all his records and the few he does, are offered with no time to read them as set by a racing to power Republican Congress. What we do know about him shows that he interprets whatever comes before him to the benefit of big business. He does not think of how that effect “the people.” It would be easy to conclude that he does not care.

One needn’t look for a deep interpretation. It is there right in front of your face. When one groups seizes power it must follow that the great majority will lose. That is happening right now. The congress gave themselves and their top 1% population  enormous tax relief, which people in their tax bracket do not need. Bernie Sanders and all the on-lookers predicted that now the Alt right Republicans will use the emptiness of their tax supported kitty by offering to take away or greatly reducing Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security  which has nothing to do with taxes and is paid  for by workers in every check during their life of labor. Social Security is a kind of savings account which only the super rich who ever desire “more” call “entitlement.”

Theft is going on and we, the average citizen are the victims. What do to about it? Ring our hands and complain to one another. Our noise effects those who make decisions no more than chickens cackling on the way to the slaughter house. We have- to speak to our locally elected people and tell them what we want. We vote those who represent us in and kick them out if they do not live up to their promises.

We need to go on economic strike. That was what Martin Luther King did to get the bus boycott settled in favor of the strikers. They drove each other to work or where ever they had to go. Almost no one paid a bus fare. How does that apply to us? We keep giving our money to war, to our mass incarceration prison industry, jailing more people given our population than anywhere else in the world. Added to the prison industry’s maw of greed are illegal immigrants.  We support what works against us by what we buy. The sales tax goes to fund governmental policies. We pay the owner or  corporation that supports policies which equally  fund our down fall.

Tax money,  corporations whose goods we buy, owners, all of these supporting racist policies keep pushing us down. Money and rights given to constructing towers which no one can afford but no money is given to create housing for the rest of us. Needless housing is funded for the construction industry which supports those politicians.  How about AT@T over charging prisoners in jail. But we say, how can we live without AT@T? Needs thinking. How about schools not funded to pay teachers, to provide lunch and books and working bathrooms, art and gym and travel and on and – all that education used to be before the kids of rich people went to private schools.

We have- to know what our spending supports. Put your mind into the internet of survival. The dollar is a very strong weapon. Make a public announcement about why we are not buying certain products of certain corporations. Then do not buy it. The sad truth about the super rich is that they never have enough! Hard to imagine but true so what we do not spend is our weapon. Living a simple life, a sharing life, a do it yourself life can set us free.