Homeless

Time’s Up

Now the Republicans have voted to take it all away. Sure, they did it little by little before but now they want it all. Why do they need it since they already own what they want to buy? It has nothing to do with growing the economy since there will be zero trickle down. Instead it will destroy the economy when the middle class can purchase little or nothing.They want to wear a crown.  How did we get into creating royalty, people born to a class we are supposed to serve and worship? True they’ll have the castle on the hill and we will live in small houses or in one large construction divided up by families. 

 You can look at it from a positive side. We can become a group instead of solitary individuals entranced by the shallow TV dramas or newscasts touting war, watched alone or with spouse and child.What are we going to do about our relatively impoverished situation? We need to  learn how to meet our needs when the social system fails. If we run out of food, the supermarket  is sold out and we don’t have money to pay for their stuff. We can hate and rob our neighbors for having what we lack. Thinking and doing this enforces our true poverty.

The newly created royals are for out hating each other. They work to turn us against each other, white against black against gay against Latino against trans. Getting us to blame each other keeps them safe. The royals are frightened of the people impoverished by their the self-created royal’s theft. Even slave masters slept with a gun beneath their pillow. It wasn’t enough to separate people speaking the same language, to keep them from learning to read and consider, work them from dark to dark. It wasn’t enough to insist they all came here on slave ships and had no skills despite the growing evidence that black sailed and inhabited the world a thousand years before the mythic Christ (look at the work of Ivan Van Sertima and David Imhotep) .It wasn’t enough to lie about black history so that the current “owners” can claim divine right.

We need to think of ourselves as a loving population, to figure out how to grow food, to create natural medications from herbs and plants, to share our skills, to trade services and goods. We need to store the food we grow. We need to turn away from the criminal or worthless classification passed down from the rich. We need to create a life we can enjoy with friendship and mutual support as its basis.

I found this written in my computer. Was this written by me or dictated by my muse or another person? Thanks to the heart/mind that created it.. May we all follow its advice, live and be well.

War Makes Money

Peace does not come from war. Look at the loss to our country in terms of life lost and war debt. But it is not a debt for those who manufacture the killing stuff. War is a money maker for investors who create and sell fighting materials. Our first leaders stole land from the Indians and then enslaved the blacks. The US has a history of terror and takeover.

Currently, investors are frothing at the mouth over the next invasion. Why are we in Afghanistan? Nobody knows except those who are in it for the money. War seems to be the main US main occupation. The US government sent pallets of cash, more than 4 billion dollars to Baghdad. Where did the money go? Nobody knows. War goes on without purpose except to make money for the few.

When the guns and cars and tanks and missiles and bullets and overpriced toiletries and over priced medications and overpriced everything are destroyed, the corporations are only too happy to send a new supply. Those on the base, often get rid of stuff that is not damaged. They dump cars and tanks in the desert and announce their loss. There must be “kick backs” for those announcing these phony losses.

Many of our US wars go on without meaning or purpose. How do we get another nation to pick up guns in self-defense to keeps our military businesses operating? One way practiced by “45” is breaking agreements and alliances with international friends. They say, a man is as good as his word. He breaks his word. He is unreliable and can turn on you. Friend turns into enemy.

Another way to drag your victim into the froth of war is to not follow the rules of war. The rules of law divide what solders can do to other soldiers from what they can do to civilians. Rules of war say you cannot bomb schools and hospitals and farms and churches and wedding parties and water purification plants, etc. Bombed civilians grow outraged and frightened which drives them take money used for social purposes and turn it into weapons.  

Trump, a megalomaniac got rid of all his war experts, people employed by the government for years. Those not fired, quit. There is no one left to give a contrary opinion. He does what his impulses tell him to do manufacturing reasons as he goes. The latest breaking the rules of war was his assassinating General Soleimani, a military man in Iran, a country we are not fighting. The fact that Trump’s fans call Soleimani a “bad man” does not make killing him just or legal. Worse than that, it brings anarchy into the world. With the US as a model, it is OK now to kill anyone that stands in your way for almost any reason. We don’t like our vulnerability and want it to stop. Do you think it won’t come here? How do we return to sanity and peace?

Homelessness

Alice set herself up on a lively avenue next to a health food store. For a while, the local store workers brought her food and drink. She was out there through most extremely bad weather, rain and snow and serious cold. She had a rainproof tarp for her mattress and minor possessions and when needed for herself. She sat in a chair most of the day warning people with baby carriages and dogs not to step in a hole in the pavement. She created a happy vibe. She told me she could not get into “trans” housing because it only went up to age 25. What are the trans homeless to do at 26?

Then the store owners began to complain about her being there, particularly under their awning during the rain. They thought a homeless person perched on the edge of the sidewalk would bring their profits down. The store owner and his assistant took Alice around the corner and then down that block to “discuss” things. They said it was too fancy a street for a homeless squat. Alice realized that the discussion was a scam because of how far they walked and ran back to find her mattress gone. Luckily, the next day, she found another mattress thrown out on that adjacent street and rescued it. 

The American unhoused and barely housed population is sinking into deeper trouble every day. About 40 percent live from paycheck to paycheck. Trouble with their car’s generator and they and their family are out on the street. Why is this happening in the richest country in the world, in our so-called democracy? The government no longer serves the poor. It does not use taxes to take care of people in a homeless state or teetering into poverty. The rich in power babble an up by your bootstrap myth created by those who largely inherited their wealth.

Democrats running for office rarely or never use the word poor let alone homeless when they are campaigning. It is thought that such mention will keep them from being elected. Mayor Peter said that he was the only candidate on stage in a Democratic debate who was not a millionaire or billionaire. What he did not say and did not apologize for is being on millionaires and billionaire payroll. If elected, he will do what his donors want. He is a candidate for sale. Candidates sell themselves because our elections are so expensive. There is no limit on what is spent by those who have or are given money.

We have a new class of people. those who pay for candidates to run and then obey them. They are called the “donor” class. Donors want to build houses for the very rich like themselves. They pay off neighborhood planners to put their high cost buildings in the best spots. Poor kids get asthma from breathing truck fumes and effluent gases from incinerator sites. Trucks and incineration plants do not occur in fancy neighborhoods.   

In places like Denmark, called the world’s happiest country. they are erecting villages of small, single room houses so that formerly homeless residents live there and form a village. In the US, people on the street and in need of housing are arrested or sent away. We have scattered homeless people in tents or shelters made of plastic and rags.

What can we do about it? Call everyone who is running for office. Tell them to create inexpensive or free “living spaces” in old and new buildings. Tell them to build one room houses a la Denmark with our tax money. Make it illegal for candidates to accept money from the donors so that candidates then are in debt. A true democracy would give every candidate the same amount to spend on a brief campaign and allow no other money. Once candidates are supported this way, people will run for office from all classes and religions and colors and sexual orientations, people coming from everywhere to create a secure life for everyone.

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.

                               

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.