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 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. Why are we in Afghanistan? Nobody knows except those who are in it for the money. 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?

The Narcissist Denies Reality

The US is now in an ever-larger catastrophe due to climate change. California, so hot and dry and windy is going up in flames. Kansas and other fracked states are having earthquakes in their fracked fields. Their drinking water and ground water is contaminated by fracking chemicals and undrinkable. The middle and southern US states are becoming so dry that cannot grow the food we eat. Sea water cascades onto the shore line of many cities, a result of melting ice and hurricanes. Eventually, there will be so much water, it will not recede.

All of this is getting worse due to the burning of fossil fuel. But “45” denies the problem and boasted that he will take some of the oil wells in the Kurd region of Syria even though US does not own it. Is that not stealing? He thinks that the US should be proud of this transaction. A sense of entitlement moves him.  Narcissism and criminality flow into each other. It is hard to say where one ends and the other begins.

Trump is confronted by troubled scientists, environmentalists and child activists who beg him to stop.  In response he says that “climate change” is a falsehood invented by the Chinese. He ignores physical events which embody it. Do Senators believe him? No. But they have seen too many people thrown out of office after voicing a contradictory opinion. They think If Trump fails to be re-elected, their own voters will dump them. Republican loyalty has a base of fear.

 The Evangelicals call Trump an immature Christian. They ignore his betraying the rules of their faith. All that matters is that he is against abortion. Trump’s followers blind their eyes to serious miss steps he takes almost every day.

Democracy is going missing.

The Narcissist Denies Reality

The US is now in an ever-larger catastrophe due to climate change. California, so hot and dry and windy is going up in flames. Kansas and other fracked states are having earthquakes in their fracked fields. Their drinking water and ground water is contaminated by fracking chemicals and undrinkable. The middle and southern US states are becoming so dry that cannot grow the food we eat. Sea water cascades onto the shore line of many cities, a result of melting ice and hurricanes. Eventually, there will be so much water, it will not recede.

All of this is getting worse due to the burning of fossil fuel. But “45” denies the problem and bo that he would take some of the oil from the Kurd region of Syria even though US does not own it. Is that not stealing? He thinks that the US should be proud of the transaction. His sense of entitlement moves him.  Narcissism and criminality flow into each other. It is hard to say where one ends and the other begins.

Trump is, confronted by troubled scientists, environmentalists and child activists who beg him to stop.  In response he says that “climate change” is a falsehood invented by the Chinese. He ignores physical events which embody it. Do Senators believe him? No. But they have seen too many people thrown out of office after voicing a contradictory opinion. They think If Trump fails to be re-elected, their own voters will dump them. Republican loyalty has a base of fear.

 The Evangelicals call Trump an immature Christian. They ignore his betraying the rules of their faith. All that matters is that he is against abortion. Trump’s followers blind their eyes to serious mis steps he takes almost every day.

Democracy is going missing.

The King of Bankruptcy

When greed dominates your thinking, you miss seeing the greater picture. The waves of misery your blindness creates will reach your shores and drown you. Comes the issue of low gas or no gas cars. California wants to develop the plans for and then build 50 mpg cars. Cars are a major source of air pollution. More miles to the gallon lead to less exhaust. 50 miles to the gallon an improvement; an electric car releases none.  

Trump doesn’t want California to develop a 50 mpg. car because his car manufacturing pals would have to invest in the design and then have to spend money producing it. He eschews such investment because it costs money. His vision stops at money in the pocket.

What is the consequence of his not improving the US car’s gas usage? 50 mpg cars, electric cars, hybrid cars will sell in other countries. People around the world who are concerned with climate change as well as wanting to save money on gas will buy cars using less gas or no gas and reject the US gas guzzlers. Trump’s restricting this improvement will put his gas guzzling car industries out of business.

This self-designated genius is every day taking our nation deeper into bankruptcy. The huge tax gift to the “uber” rich is a prime example. It leave no money for the rest of us. One needs to make things that other people will buy to create and sustain an economy. Trump’s punishing China with a tax on materials used to create solar collectors led to their increasing their cost beyond the ability of US solar people to buy. So we see the US solar business shrinking. Our country totters on the edge of a pit of bankruptcy and debt.

Who is “45” going to blame for this? He cannot see his mistakes. Vanity is blind.

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.

We need affordable medicine.

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. The goal is to make available what is needed for everyone. It is paid for by our taxes.

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. Many have sold their loyalty to the pharmaceutical industry which pays them back under the table. These unstated employees of the drug company allow prices to rise. They accept the corporate lies that rising prices are needed for research.The drug creating corporation was given money to do it by the government. The poor do without drugs or if forced to get medicine by severe illness, take money from their 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, the government can create 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. If they 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.

Call your Congresspeople and demand they get behind lowering drug prices. Warn them that your vote is not automatic.

Memorial Day – What is There in a Name?

Every name has history that is connected with feeling and intention, with raw and terrible or wonderful past events. Every name wants you to remember that event. When that name is erased or changed, its history is no more. Conquerors take down heroic statues and rename villages in their own tradition. They work to eliminate  memory in order to control the conquered.

Take our national celebration of Memorial Day. Does anyone really know what this national holiday is about? Are we really celebrating the life of all the men killed in war when we go to the beach with our friends and family? Are we celebrating anything outside the pleasure of having a day off?

Some records show that the earliest Memorial Day commemoration was organized by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. This was their day of great happiness. Shouldn’t we feel that event and share their joy? Their being freed is our history and our freedom too.

But bigotry against the blacks continued. We forgot their freedom celebration until 1966 when the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial celebrating all our men killed in wars. We are to admire these men’s sacrifice. Slaves worked to death for our upper class wealth- forget it.

Knowing your history keeps you rooted and forms your identity. Forced eradication of  your past is the first step in ensuring outside ownership. Let us all own our pasts. Let no one cast a shadow on all that happened which made us who we are.

Democrats Are Acting to Lose

Noam Chomsky woke me up about how the Democrats are arranging to fail. The Republicans are horribly embarrassed by Trump’s outrageous behavior: molesting and insulting women, mocking the disabled, scorning Muslims, maligning people from south of the border calling them druggies and thieves, pseudo parents using unrelated children as a front. He condemns anyone who votes against him and recently threatened violence. While the Republicans can’t stand the man for all of this behavior, the main thing he does makes him their star. He funds corporations and gives tax breaks to the super rich. That is what they want. The Republicans who only appeal to the seriously wealthy, have scooped up the red neck southerners by attacking abortion and the anarchic militarists by supporting guns. The uber rich actually don’t care about abortions or guns. They care about power.

The old Democrats who one time stood for labor, have an open field now to win if they support basic life support. But they don’t. They say little or nothing about global warming, about solitary confinement, putting undocumented immigrants in walled in spaces the size of a bathroom which makes them insane and frequently suicidal. They do nothing about separating immigrant children from their parents, say nothing about Trump and his cronies undoing restraints on pollution. They say nothing about our president being the most dangerous man in the world because he denies global warming and does what he can to increase it. They are paralyzed because their corporate sponsors call the shots.

Instead of focusing on the immanent disaster caused by president and his swamp cronies, the Democrats use distraction. They focus on something unimportant as if it counts. It’s Russia and Putin all the time.  They talk about how Russia affected our election. But the Moeller report does not support this. A hotel in Russia bearing Trump’s name does not buy an election. The vote is affected by who we allow to vote via gerrymandering and by who gets the cash to campaign.

Democrats talking about the Russian influence totally miss the issues; kids attend schools that are falling apart, too few underpaid teachers, too many kids and few supplies; they don’t act to stop kids and older folk from getting shot in school, in clubs, in cars. When they hear about a new mass murder, they ask for a moment of silence. Hooey. They are sorry about unaffordable medical care but do not control or terminate insurance companies that make vast incomes by funding little.  They do nothing about the forests burning and drought turning land to desert, about the rising sea level and endless rains that flood, about the heated air and species dying everywhere.

Why are Democrats silent about the spreading 6th great extinction? Most likely the cause is as it always is: money. The Democrats, once the worker’s party is now on the corporate payroll. The corporations want to sell war toys everywhere. They want to keep digging for oil while oil and gas and coal set the world on fire. They fund the people who run for office. If elected, these money slaves will vote to please their paymasters. Ignore if their product kills a few thousand or millions. Deny if their product kills life on earth.

The old Democrats, the millionaire kleptocrats, may have already lost the election. The new young ones may set alive the response of voters whose needs are totally ignored. Ocasio Cortez and Ilhan Omar and other young senators have to speak for the “little guy/gal,” hear the cries of ordinary people begging for help. Perhaps then, if it isn’t too late, “45” will not be in office again.

Our Democracy is Programmed to Fail

We are headed to that loss by not dealing with reality.

Take the Democrat’s preoccupation with Trump’s holding Putin’s hand as evidence of collusion. Moeller said forget it. No good evidence. Why do Democrats keep talking about Putin when clear evidence of government destruction is there before our eyes?

Who can deny that taking babies and children away from their mother is anything but destructive? It creates children grown into adults (if they survive) who will suffer from endless isolation, post traumatic stress disorder, unmet needs, inability to trust anyone or anything for life. We are told that the grabbed immigrant children are in “summer camps,” barbed wire fenced enclosures traded for huts out in the desert full of innumerable kids wailing for their parents or silent, defeated and emotionally destitute. ….

Who can justify jailed immigrant children dying of untreated ailments soon after capture? That has not happened to processed immigrant children for decades and not in any number. Aspirin if given at all does not cure the flu. And who of us knows about the torture of putting just rounded-up people, entire families into iceboxes, (Spanish word is “nevera”) without blankets and clothing – keeping them there for days before letting them out, sick, overwhelmed and helpless? Why do we not know about this? Are people in government ashamed of it? Would they do this to their family and children? Would you?  Can we vote for people who endorse it?

What about Kansas’s Kris Koback’s contrived “Cross Check” list that allows people to be erased from voting centers due to a list in some other state or region on which people with only partly similar names are written? Most of these registered people have names with a black or Latin ring and thought to mostly vote Democratic. Cross Check gets rid of them, clearly a scam.

Every one of these events and many more, is like having termites dig on the foundation of your house. The house is your democracy. If we keep ignoring government’s war on what is good and decent about our common life, the structure has to fall.

 

           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 is Dad’s apartments and wrote a song about their cheating tenants. It was and is family tradition with all the construction workers barely or totally unpaid.

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 that way, not so much from sales.

We are told by commercial adds and bought newspapers and bought internet and bought tv programs, that those who question lie spouting politicians are some name or another. We 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 the truth it will destroy us. It is like covering burning coals with straw which also will soon be aflame so add more straw.

The more we lie to one another, the less the trust them. It is self-referential to think that they hate us as we hate ourselves. Pretty soon we are a mass of liars who see everyone as the enemy. Lying creates isolation which makes us more susceptible to government seen as parent. They lie about danger to take whatever money or its equivalent we are holding on to. Lying makes us susceptible and weak.

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.