Resist Distraction

I have deep feelings for Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old girl from Sweden. She represents the part of me I need to develop.. It is so easy to turn my eyes and mind away from an emerging disaster by watching a movie, or yakking on the phone.

Greta does not do that.  Her interest in climate change began at age 8. When she was 13, she became seriously depressed about climate change. She saw all life being destroyed by the corporate need to extract and pollute and by the willingness of politicians to allow this in order to make a buck. Her parents, opera singer mother and actor father allowed her to remain home doing this painful study. At 15, she emerged to make a difference.  Greta would sit one day a week in front of the Swedish Parliament with a sign saying “School Strike for the Climate.” Her selective mutism turned into speech. She said, “I feel as if I am dying if I don’t protest.”

All over the world, young people have taken Greta as their leader and are confronting politicians. On March 15, 2019, 1.4 million students from 112 countries joined her calling for a climate strike.  There was a telling interaction of Nancy Pelosi and 12 to 14 year old climate activists, particularly a sister and brother who had a lot to say which really irritated her. Pelosi told them that she had been working on this problem for 30 years and who were they to speak to her about it. She was not happy when confronted by the news broadcast of her egotism and ignorance; what wasn’t mentioned by the corporate owned press, was her sell-out to the corporations. What is her net worth? Do not believe what politicians tell you? See where they money comes from and you will know.

People told Greta she should go to school and do activist things after she is grown, later, later, later. Greta said that we do not have the time. There is no other choice.

Her mental state is labelled high autism, the old name for Asperger’s disorder. That means focusing on what is important. As she puts it, she sees things as black or white. We, who do not have it, need to sweep the distracting garbage out of our mind to put our energy where it is needed. Elect young people without corporate “pockets”. We can meet fellow activists, use music to sing our love for living creatures; what is more beautiful than a Dragon Fly? Send our love to Mother Earth.

                               

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Trump, Money and Death

Trump’s removal of anti-pollution rulings will kill us all. They say that most of his steps are taken to erase the Obama influence. True, he wants to be the only one that counts. Aside from the “false news” which presents him having an unacceptable image, Trump’s preoccupation seems to be with money. He boasts about having tons of it. How much we never know. One day he mentions one amount. The next day or hour he changes it. The amount goes up and down depending on who he is trying to impress. While rich, he likely is not near the amount he claims. He never lets anyone see what he has because his accountants are doing an “audit.” He effortlessly repeats this excuse.

Even after Trump no longer is in office, US America will be seriously undermined by what he has done. He keeps removing pollution restraints. This allows contaminants, poisons, into air and water, into food, soil, livestock. His anti-pollution rulings poison the places where we live. Paul Krugman in the NY Times said Trump is doing this to kill us. Maybe. But  more than the desire to murder us is the need not to lose money on anti-pollution filters. Poor people, black and brown people, women, children are subjected to uncontrollable polluting waste. Who cares?

Trump will not give-up his increasing his wealth to stop chemical emissions. For the mega wealthy, the theme which dominates everything is having more money. They cannot throw their money away to keep people healthy. He and his swamp denizens don’t care about the poor in their struggle for survival. The super rich will be protected from pollution living in mountain retreats. They focus on making more money. Of course their sense of protection is unreal. They too and their children will be poisoned.

Trump doesn’t care about the common man’s survival.. And the huge swamp of millionaires and billionaires around him also do not care. They are all wearing psychological blinders which narrow vision to one thing: money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Lying

 

We live in an era of the lie. “45” started lying from his early years, part of the family way of financially getting ahead fast. Woodie Guthrie, the great song writer lived in one of his Dad’s apartments and wrote a song about their cheating tenants. It was and is a family tradition with all the construction workers barely or totally unpaid. Also, undocumented immigrants working for various “45”-establishements.

So, fraud is in the air. Politicians whom we childishly regard as highly developed moral folk, are given money by corporations to create bills or sign corporate created bills which support the corporation. Why are so willingly taken in? Why the national regression to childish trust? The papers we read often polish our acquiescence. Papers are owned by corporations and make their money via corporate sales, not much from readers.

We are told by commercial adds and corporate owned newspapers and internet and tv programs, that those who question lying politicians are socialists or some other negative name. We swallow it all, act like children with protective parents which they definitely-are not.

And what does our own lying do to us? It makes us false in our own eyes. The more we lie the worse we feel…. and then the more we lie. Lying makes us feel inadequate so then we lie some more. The more we lie the more we think we need to lie as if stating the truth it will destroy us. It is like covering burning coals with straw which also will soon be aflame, so we add more straw.

The more we lie to one another, the less the trust them. It is self-referential sequence, thinking that they hate us because we hate ourselves. Pretty soon we adrift in a mass of liars who see everyone as their enemy. Lying creates isolation which makes us more susceptible to a lying government we see as parent. They lie about immanent threat to take whatever money we are holding on to. Lying makes us susceptible and weak. Lying takes away our common sense.

Solution. Tell the truth to everyone. Know a lie when you hear it and say that is not truthful. Do not settle for a paranoid solution, you and I back to back against them. Truth and love are the same. Do you want to love and be loved? Be real.

Contemporary Horrors

I’m almost overwhelmed regarding the attempt by 45 and his henchmen to finish 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. 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. Older immigrants are in such crowded cages, they cannot all lie down on the cold cement floors. This will surely teach a lesson to those who want to come!

Devos is associated with a Christian group that brings immigrant children to people who want a child. The original parents names are not taken, remembered, lost. Do the children recover from this loss? Expect PTSD, depression, hostility, passivity, suicide….

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 charge, not to have legal support.  He argues that offering legal help is not in the Constitution.

Trump and his swamp of anti pollution flunkies are undoing restraints against poisoning all that lives. Corporations now can dump waste in rivers, and release toxic gas into the sky. Most garbage dumps are found in ghettos. Poor folk are subjected to exhaust fumes from huge numbers of delivery trucks going to local markets. No loss to those on the hill. Trump’s sons are allowed to murder wild animals in Africa. It is OK again to bring back elephant skins. 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. Many prisons are being privatized which makes money for private owners, as it limits food quality and medicine for illness and classes teaching skills that will be used to make a living, and social services to deal with psychological problems and to help  inmates to adjust. Staff is violent. Medical care is largely absent up to and including prisoner death.

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 fake reputation.

Today the newspapers lie about the quality of immigrants streaming to our borders. These people are fleeing violence, drug dealers who steal their money and demand their sons, who murder those who resist. What has caused drugs to be the main source of revenue while starvation waits in the wings?  How does the US fit in with this destruction?  Let us look at corn, a Mexican staple. The US funded its 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 death.

Nation of Plantations

We, US citizens are on a downward life spiral as money for just about everything falls upward to the rich. Evidence of this is our diminishing life span, a shorter life span from one year to the next. People can’t afford insurance plans, decent food, the cost of drugs. Public schools are unfunded and falling apart. People are not being trained by pubic schools for jobs that don’t exist. College graduates have un-payable school loans with ever mounting interest have no right to declare bankruptcy. Graduates enter the indentured class and live in their parent’s basement, if there is one. Many fall from the middle class and live in their cars.
People are not having babies. Too expensive. Abortion rights are under fire and Social Security whose corporate name is given as “entitlement” rather than life-time monthly investment by workers. Social Security is also is in the rich man’s sights. Money for war Endless. Who benefits from what is taken?
You want to make a living? Fight for 15 dollar an hour pay. Only money makes money. Look at the recent tax break for the rich. Those who were told that their salaries would increase by a picayune amount will pay it back in taxes when the learn that their entitlements are no more. Fooled and fooled again.
Will the newly elected House liberals (mostly women) dig in their heels and fight for a return to decency? This country with its need to invade everywhere with desirable natural resources (currently Venezuela) has lost world respect. Will this new group of the elected not born into money, hold out for what is right and not fall prey to money offered by Wall Street bankers.

The other day Trump’s EPA representative, drawn from people who are against preservation, made an exception of the right to spray crops that attract bees with a toxic pesticide that will kill them. Can the environmental organizations which are always struggling for legal dough, be able to stop them? When the bees are wiped out, crops which need the seed spread by bees will die. They die. Food dies. We die.
Some mystics say that the devil is polishing us off. I prefer to think it short sighted greed. What are you and I going to do to support the interdependent life all all species including ourselves?

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.