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.

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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.

Raised to Fail

 

Raised by parents who condemned you, their expectations became your belief. Now you cause it to happen. Belief pushes you over the cliff. Your parents had no respect for you. Now grown, you are happy when people act respectful. But let someone act as if you are unworthy and you throw yourself into a well of hopeless depression. You are a sponge for misery. You live to make your parents right. For you it is the cost of love.

You find friends who play a complimentary role to your self-hatred. Partners and friends steal from you and verbally put you down. A friend who is able to pick and choose her beliefs, tells you to ask a very egotistical man for advice. She is able to take what is good and discard the rest. You are not. You swallow the fact and poison whole. That man is an egotist. He tells you that now you got off the bus, you are doomed to fail and live in ever increasing misery. You believe it!

You love a man who robs you. You expect ill health, eat junk food, a lot of sugar and coffee and become sick. You dwell on all your experiences of failure and ignore all of success. You fall into the ditch your parents dug for you.

What must you do to change? Find friends who like and support you. Drop those who do the opposite. Simply say “busy” and leave with a smile and a wave. Do not try to win those who are out to get you. Do not apologize for leaving. Life offers you as many chances as you need. Feel compassion for yourself and others; Laugh after making the same mistake. Offer to help to people who need it. Not so worthless after all. Do wild things. Take off the constraining harness and do it your way. Feeling free is wonderful fun.

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.

 

Should We Forgive Mistreatment

 

Many people say you should never forgive those who have hurt you. That is not entirely an unwise statement but needs serious reshaping. First and most important, you need to understand yourself.   Forgiveness does not mean you erase memory. It also doesn’t mean that memory chases you forever like an enraged beast. We are afraid of forgiving anyone because we do not understand the consequences.  Forgiving doesn’t mean that you give in to the kind of person who wounds you over and over again in the same kind of way. It doesn’t mean becoming more vulnerable to attack. Forgiveness does not let you be a victim.

You need to uncover why you surrenders to mistreatment. Even that you seek it out. This compulsion comes from mistreatment during your early years. For example, I had a lying, bloviating father who spoke with fervor and would attack me if I questioned him in any way. Fast forward to adult mistreatment. I tend to give in to people who present themselves as experts and are hurt if I do not agree with them. The more I give into that person the harder it is to stop. I feel inexplicable fear. It is like sliding into emotional, physical and financial hell. It is the hell of my childhood.

Know your wounded inner child. See how the people you allow to wound you resemble the original wounding one. When such a person gets into the I am going to hurt you mood for doing or being this or that, take courage. Force yourself to act courageous. Call attention to what they are doing and if they cannot stop or even do not understand what you say, it is time to leave. Probably for good.

It is like a dog that bites the extended hand. Of you know the dog is a biter, do not extent your hand.  Do not reach for the dog in hope the dog has changed. If the assaulting adult seems to like or even love you after you surrender to the kind of wishes which do you some kind of harm, even to your spirit, what kind of love is that? Expecting a close relationship with an assaultive person has nothing to do with forgiveness. It is accepting misery as your lot in life.

You learn how far to go with a person who intends to hurt because they have done it before. Your spirit, your everything will be damaged by surrender. Your boundaries in terms of what you will allow need to be based on experience. Do not apologize for setting limits. Restraint is your right and privilege.  Forgive the biter for attempting to bite because they are a biter but do not forget that they bite. A proper distance creates forgiveness. If the attacker will not accept your restraint and attacks you for it, feel free to take your leave. Forgiveness is not slavery.