I know when we talk about slavery, we Americans generally equate it with black people being shipped in boats to American shores to do the laborious jobs that whites didn't want to do on plantations and households.
But that is only the tip of the iceberg. Slavery has existed as long as humans have been alive, in one form or another, simply because humans allow it to exist, whether through fear, monetary insecurity, etc. Which brings me to today's form of slavery.
Pure capitalism has created a tier system, whereby the moneyed group controls the less privileged through monetary inequality. Today, we are economic slaves. I would estimate that probably 20% of our population is comfortable financially, leaving 80% to fend for themselves in any way they can. That usually means at least 2 jobs, 2 people, at low wages, neglecting your children, simply trying to exist. Trying not to die from the inability to find proper healthcare, trying not to die for lack of medications, trying not to die because you are living on the streets, trying not to die from lack of food.
Yet a good percentage of you continue to believe that Republicans have your best interests at heart and you continue to elect them. When will you put aside your ridiculous fears of losing your white supremacy and learn to love thy neighbor, regardless of what nationality or color of their skin or their facial features. They bleed red just like you, they have exactly the same fears you have.
As for 45 supporters, I will never understand you, I will never agree with you , because you are tied into the same slavery mechanism as everyone else. You worry that someone else may have more than you and how did they get it. It must have been given to them by the government, but not to me.
The wealthy don't care about you, recognize that. The country is now in the control of the billionaires and they will keep you as far down as they can, because if you wised up and used your power, you would be a danger to their status in life. You would realize you have the power, you just won't use it against them for fear of rocking your own boat.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!
May peace be with you and may you rise up against the tyranny that is taking over the world once again before we are all dead, like the Kurds.
I was having a conversation with a friend recently about the situation in our White House and the subject of narcissism came up. We all of course know that DJT is a narcissist of the extreme nature, pathological in fact.
How do you recognize narcissism? Having dealt with several narcissists in my life, I of course know the signs.
It is typical of a narcissist to be a liar, always projecting the blame for things they do onto others and never being wrong in anything they say or do. It's always someone else's fault.
Generally speaking, a narcissist will always take claim to others accomplishments and downplay others knowledge, to allow themselves to be at the top of the story.
A lot are thieves, self-gratification being a main goal, never accepting blame for what they do. Of course this is confusing to people close to them because they never know what is true and what is not.
It is a dangerous trait when it is allowed to rule YOUR thoughts and goals.
It can't be cured because it is part and parcel of the narcissists life, they must have their way!
Again, they will lie to you, steal from you, cheat you, and all the while suck you in to their personality without you realizing it, until you finally recognize that you can't help them.
They are generally master manipulators, constantly evolving their stories like a chameleon.
If you ever let someone like that into your life, be extremely cautious, because they will take anything they can get from you and cast you aside when they are done!
Believe me, take DJT as an example!
May peace be with you.
Yes, let's talk about money for awhile.
Just what is money? It can be in the form of coins, paper, stock, bank transfers, but mainly it's just numbers.
All money is just numbers denoting what it's value is in relation to what it can purchase. We equate rich with being a millionaire or billionaire, yet the ultra-wealthy don't have all their money in their hands, it's all tied up in banks or companies or stock. So again, it's nothing more than numbers, to be shifted from one account to another with the stroke of a computer key.
In our modern banking system, money and it's value is based upon a promise, nothing more, that it is worth what they say it is. That it will buy anything that does not exceed it's value. But who determines that value? We used to be on the gold standard, whereby your money was tied to a tangible good that everyone desired, which made it valuable. Today it is tied to nothing but a promise from central banks, that our government or other governments will honor that promise.
Do you realize how easy it would be to break that promise, by excessive spending or borrowing which we are now doing?
The world debt, combined, I read was over 700 TRILLION DOLLARS. Our entire world economy is built on the accumulation of debt, from one to another. Only promises to repay that debt, nothing more. This country alone is borrowing more than 1 trillion dollars a year because the wealthy got a tax break. Did you see any of that tax break? HELL NO!
The stock market used to be worth something to the average investor, to invest in a company to build our economy and make a buck doing it. No more. It's a casino for the rich, making fortunes off of trades of a quarter of a point. The world today is a rich mans game, seeing who can accumulate the most and to hell with the poor working stiff trying to support and raise a family.
I don't know about you, but I'm getting very concerned that what I have accumulated over the years to finance my retirement will eventually be worth nothing. The banks may fail at any time, like in "29", because certain people are greedy and there is nothing of value to back up our money but promises. HOT AIR! I'm investing in my land and preserved food from my gardens, at least I can eat that. You can't eat money nor can you trade it for other things if it's worthless.
Really think about that as you near retirement, after working for a company for many years and getting nothing in return because what used to be a company that cared for it's people is now owned by a worldwide conglomerate who's sole purpose is to make money for it's stockholders.
There again, you are nothing but a number.
May peace be with you.
When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you really see? Do you see an image of who you really are or do you see an image of what you wish you were? Are you strong or do you wish you were strong?
The mind plays tricks on us constantly, sometimes making us believe something is true, other times, not so much.
We as humans have always been tribal, from Cro-Magnon to Neanderthal to Homo Sapiens. We stick with our selected group that we are born into, because to do otherwise almost always has negative outcomes. Not that being tribal doesn't have it's negatives also.
I guess the point I am trying to make is that I don't think we will ever change, and that lack of ability to mentally change from tribal to communal will be the downfall of us all.
Pretty much all of us have tribal instincts, but many are able to have communal instincts as well. We watch out for our neighbors if we like them, but try to do them harm if we don't.
I am in a conundrum, because many times I completely understand mankind yet am lost as to why they think the way they do.
Man is so easily led by biases, thoughts that only mean something to you but are manipulated by others into making you think you are part of something much larger. The hardest part of being a person like myself is that we see beyond our biases. We don't allow ourselves to be overtaken by fear of the unknown, we relish it. We learn to appreciate others and what they bring to the table.
My favorite mantra has always been " each person who comes into your life comes into it for a reason, good or bad, but is a piece of your life puzzle. If you exclude that person before you discover what part of your puzzle they are, you've lost a piece you will never regain". Think about that before you ridicule that homeless person, it could be you. Think about that when you ridicule anyone because of their situation in life. IT COULD BE YOU! You are not perfect, neither am I. But you can be communal instead of tribal. The world would be a much better place if you would try.
May peace be upon you!
This will be an open letter to the Congress of the United States about medical costs and the damage they are doing to our citizens!
Ladies and gentlemen of the Congress.
You are doing massive damage to our country and it's citizens because you are in the pockets of the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the hospitals and the investors in our medical system as it now stands.
When I go to pick up a prescription for a simple steroid eye-drop and it costs $66 with insurance and $100 without for a 1 ounce bottle, we are being raped by the industry.
When I go to an emergency room because of a motor vehicle accident and receive a printout of what their normal charges are and they amount to $17,000 for approximately 1 hour, that is robbery without a weapon, $10,000 of that being for a CT scan which took 5 minutes and which an insurance company will pay approximately 10%. How do you continue to justify your stance on this?
If I were on my own paying for this, I would already be bankrupt.
So, to sum it up, get off your asses, compromise with others, get out of the pockets of your donors and start working for the people who put you there in the first place.
Just one more thing. My wife had 2 hip replacements and fortunately we have decent insurance, but the itemized bills for those 2 surgeries was over $450,000, of which they received approximately $24,000 from insurance company discounts. That's 5%!
People are dying each and every day from lack of healthcare and all you can manage to do is placate the industries that determine that life or death decision-making by diminishing our healthcare system and kicking people off instead of helping.
I for one am fed up with your lack of caring about anyone but yourselves. I know there are a few of you who believe in universal healthcare, as do many citizens, but as long as these industries control the Congress, people will continue to suffer needlessly and die needlessly.
And they don't care!
May peace be with you.
I had a great visit with my great grandson the past 2 weeks in Florida. Hot as hell, totaled a car, injured my shoulder and back, but still had a wonderful time with Gage. Glad to be home, though.
His swimming is much better, he finally lost his 6th tooth, and he is driving better. He likes for me to take him for his "driving test" where he sits on my lap and steers the car in a parking lot, even shifting gears from first to second and back. We played under the "tent" of sheets on the bed and told stories.
As you can tell, he gives me great pleasure with his curiosity and intelligence. We already have his reservations, together with his grandparents, to come to Maine for Christmas and New Years. It will be his first time for snow and cold, hopefully snowmobile riding and tubing. I just want him to experience Maine in the winter. Every kid should.
So with that said, I shall go about my day canning tomatoes.
May peace be with you all.
I'm back! Sorry I have been quiet lately, but it has been one helluva past 2 weeks. I took a trip to Florida to visit my grandson and everything was OK until Wednesday of the 2nd week, when a runaway utility trailer totaled my car. I wrote the following the next day, August 22nd.
I don't know about you, but I have come to the conclusion that most of us don't realize the difference 1 second, or a fraction of a second, can make in your life. I was very keenly made aware of that today
I wasn't more than a minute from my home when a trailer being pulled by a truck moving in the opposite direction suddenly started coming across a 5 lane road directly towards me. Being in the outside lane, I had nowhere to go except forward. In less than 1 second, I had to decide what to do. I hit the gas. Had I been 1 second further down the road, I would have not been hit. Had I been 1 second in the opposite direction, I probably would have died or been seriously injured.
I guess my whole point is that too often we take life for granted. We assume our loved ones will always be OK. We don't pay attention to others. We don't agree with others, so we begin hating them. And in today's society, that is what we are becoming. We have psychopaths running the government, and no one will try to stop them.
I fear for the world's future. I fear for my granddaughter and my great-grandson, as their future becomes darker by the day. I fear for the future of the planet itself. I am old enough that I probably will not see the end days, but they are upon us already.
We must rid this country of the cancer that is not only killing our planet, but is not responding to treatment. And that cancer is the Republican party and all that infest the bowels of our government. And that especially includes Moscow Mitch and Lindsey Graham!
Open your eyes, you can no longer get by in denial or ignorance!
Tell your loved ones you care and love them each time you leave. You may not get a second chance.
May peace be with you.
I try hard not to insult people in my posts, but it's reaching a point where I can no longer step around the fact that this man and his supporters don't really give a royal shit about this world and it's occupants! The time has come to rid this country of a cancerous boil who hasn't a clue of how the real world is supposed to work for everyone, NOT JUST WHITE PEOPLE! AND I'M WHITE! No, on second thought I'm pink!
I find the ignorance appalling. This man and his followers have one thing on their minds and one thing only, destroy America and STAY THE SUPERIOR RACE!
Well guess what? You are not superior. Not in intellect, not in
skills. It makes absolutely no difference what color your skin is, if you have the ability to learn and apply yourself you can become what you want if given the opportunity.
I have learned something new almost every day of my life by simply being observant of my surroundings.
Stop blaming others for your own weaknesses and do something about your life.
What this country is turning into is not the America I have lived in for 72 years, and quite frankly I am disgusted. I'm disgusted with you and your petty grievances towards others. Try putting yourself in their shoes for just one minute, you might learn something.
And stop believing the bullshit that idiot spews every day, it makes you look real stupid! They are destroying America as you watch and you go right along with it, joyfully, because it makes you feel strong. Well guess what, you are weak, and it shows!
May peace be with you and may you find some room in your life for others less fortunate!
I was talking to a young man tonight who had just finished a 20 mile bike ride, who had walked several portions of the Appalachian Trail and climbed Mt. Katahdin. We had much in common, but when I started to talk about climate change, he was in full agreement about the situation. Many people (too many) do not believe that it is happening, yet complain about how hot this summer has been. I don't get it, what's not to believe?
We have reached a point in time when we are on the verge of catastrophe and the end of life as we know it on Earth and yet don't want to admit that we have screwed up. We continue to follow the same path to destruction.
The Fascists are gaining control again, like we didn't learn the last time, yet they think they can take it with them, that it won't affect them, just others. That's not the way it works!
The atmosphere dies, we all die!
Supposedly we have about 10 years to make drastic changes to the way we live and the resources we use. In today's political climate, it's not going to happen. In fact, it has already gone beyond the tipping point in many cases. This June was the hottest ever recorded, yet people say it's normal to have these "fluctuations".
Siberia is burning, for crying out loud! What more proof do you need? Florida will be under water in 30 years, as will New York and many other coastal states. An ice shelf the size of Texas is about to break off because of polar melting. Where are you going to live when millions decide to move back north?
I have simply given up on trying to understand many peoples thinking processes.
Ya'll have a great day and may peace be with you the rest of the way.
Lately I have found it difficult to put words to what is happening in this country, things that don't take place in
Mass murders! Just think about how it is now unsafe to exit your home every day thinking you may not return, that you or your family can be slaughtered at a Walmart or a lounge, or a family get-together.
Hatred, pure and simple, espoused by the racist idiot in the White House that no one seems to know how to get rid of and put in jail where he belongs. As they say, Charlie Manson never killed anyone, he manipulated his followers to do it for him!
The others who listen to his garbage and act upon it should be shown no mercy.
We are in ends times, whether you want to believe it or not. The planet is heating up, old diseases are being released into the atmosphere, our oceans are dying and people just don't want to face the fact that we are all responsible. Yet no one wants to give up there little piece of the Earth, which will lead to annihilation of the human race and millions of other species.
I'm prepared, are you? I'm older, I've lived a good and generous life and I have but one regret and that is that I couldn't do more to stop it. Can you say the same?
Try to figure out who you are and if the beliefs you hold are realistic. If they're not, come over to the bright side and live a more generous and caring life about your fellow humans.
Contrary to the Bible, we only get one chance at this. Make it right!
May peace be with you and may you find a way to talk to "others". They're actually quite interesting!
The human experiment has failed. We as a people are supposed to be the superior thinking species. We're supposed to have all the answers, know how to use them and solve all the problems that arise. Yet what do we do? We despoil all the lands that we eat from, we poison all our drinking supplies with pesticides used to kill the bugs eating our food, which not only kills the bugs but the earth beneath it.
Can't any of you Trumpers out there see these things
You're not helping!
Humanity and the Earth are headed for disasters no one has ever seen. If the heat don't getcha, the viruses will!
Yet many don't believe in climate change, but the planet is heating up and I don't think you will stop it.
All the politicians who could change this disaster from happening don't care, as long as they get their funding.
A certain percentage of humans care enough to try to change it, but nowhere near enough. Don't you care about your children and their children?
We don't have much time left, if we haven't already run out the clock. Just realize that deep down inside of you, you know it's true.
Enjoy yourselves for the remainder and may you find peace within you!
I have come to realize that we as a nation are in for some very bad times ahead. The criminal cabal running the government has destroyed every department that has anything to do with the welfare of this country. Not only that, but the damage in many instances is irreversible.
Our water is owned by Nestle, our government is owned by tRump and his ilk, our air will now go back to the polluted putrid mess it was before laws were passed to clean it up, our soils are being killed by poisons that should be and are banned by other nations and our oceans are dying from chemicals and plastics and melting Polar ice caps. We will soon have 8 billion people on this planet and we have probably used up 75% of our natural resources. How will they feed this many people when the pollinators die from poisonous chemicals sprayed on crops. I don't know about you, but I am fed up with the stupidity of the population of this planet. Luckily, I don't have that far to go in life, but the young people of today may never see old age, nor will they be able to afford what is left.
Just think about that for awhile and if you or someone you know are part of the stupid group, it's time to change.
As always, may you find peace and the ability to recognize that you are the problem, not some poor sucker trying to make ends meet!
Does anyone fully realize that with the subsidies our country gives to the oil and coal barons, we could probably fully fund the conversion to solar, wind and other forms of clean energy and move away from the expense, climate damage and political clout these bastards now own?
We give subsidies to all forms of damaging companies, who give nothing back except to their shareholders. When will it stop? When we all die?
I firmly believe that we are already past the proverbial "tipping point". How many will die from heat stroke this year, or is anyone keeping track or does anyone even care?
I'm 72. I don't have that far to go before they burn my happy ass, but I still care about those behind me. So I can say things that I wouldn't ordinarily say. I burn wood for heat, with 12 acres to choose from. I have 2 wells for water. I have a fairly new roof on that is good for the remainder of my life. My wife and I get along very well after 40 years. I have a large garden that I plant and preserve every year. I am allowed to grow weed for my medical problems. We have money in the bank that should last us, not a lot, but we don't need a lot. Unless the stupid assholes in DC fuck over the seniors with their Social Security or the banks go belly-up because they are overextended playing their games trying to squeeze out every dollar from us.
But enough of that!
I'm pissed because a very large portion of our populace is just plain STUPID! I watch a lot of history programs, and they have been the same throughout history, autocrats and their followers! If you have a loud voice and it projects the right message to ignorant people, and you have a persona that fits, anyone can be a fascist. No one ever learns! They play to the people that can advance their agenda, which takes me back to the beginning. Money talks, bullshit walks!
It's that way today and will be that way tomorrow, get used to it. Welcome to the real world! And unless you're an elite, you're dead! Then again, we're hardier than they are in their pampered palaces!
Have a great evening and may peace be within your realm.
First of all, let me be perfectly clear. In no way do I agree with the humanitarian crisis that is occurring in OUR country at the southern border with Mexico and the use of force by ICE to round up decent law-abiding citizens who may or may not be here without papers. There are much more decent ways to deal with it that are completely off the table. Children being detained in abominable conditions, ripped from their parents in a country they don't know! Sleeping on floors, no proper nutrition, sanitation, clean clothes, scared out of their minds, improper medical attention, (if any).
This is not the America I grew up in! This is Nazi Germany or Communist Russia. The sad thing is, some of the men who fought the Nazi's became Nazi's, and brought their hatred and so-called superiority back home with them to their children and grandchildren! Remember the Tuskegee Airmen who sacrificed their lives for people who hated them! THIS IS NOT AMERICA! I will tell you the same thing you tell them, go live somewhere else! And take all those like you with you!
None of this is America, or so I thought. Then again, maybe it is!
People who hate and follow a cult leader have been around forever, but never in the White House in charge of our government, surrounded by like imbeciles, with their own hateful agendas, destroying what took 233 years to build.
People who vote based on White Supremacist hatred, people who don't care to get involved in politics and vote, people who will do everything possible to block the votes of minorities. Needless to say, I despise the Republican Party of today. I despise people who don't give a shit about themselves and others because they can't be bothered. WELL EXCUSE ME! You don't give a fuck about your fellow Americans, (or yourself for that matter).
Think about it, This came about in the past 30 to 40 years. Since Ronald Reagan, the great white hope of the Republican Party, Billionaires have prospered beyond any reasonable boundary, and they are using it to destroy the Earth and all living things on it, including man. Social media is now a weapon in their war and they know how to use it effectively. And quite frankly, you will go down with the ship!
You have one more chance to possibly make things right, blow it this time and we are done!
Trump AND HIS ACOLYTES FOR PRISON 2020!
May you somehow find peace during these times.
Get this through your heads. Nothing in this country and world will change unless the PEOPLE realize the power they have and start to use it properly. We have the power of standing together and ending this bullshit.
Monetarily, don't buy it if you don't need it. Biggest problem with that, though, is that everything in this country is owned by huge conglomerates like Koch Industries or Nestle!
Politically, vote these bastards out!
Gather in the streets like other countries do to protest the bastards in OUR government!
Shut down the country for a day with a general strike!
We have the power, we are simply afraid to use it for fear of missing a days pay, which will put us further in debt. But think of what will occur further down the road. They are consolidating power over us and they will never fear using that power to get what they have been striving for for years, and that is complete dominance of the working class.
If you are among the working class, trying to earn a living and raise your families, you are the ones they are targeting. You are slaves to them. Look at the wars they start, to feed the war machine. They take your decent idealistic children and turn them into killers for THEIR cause, then turn their backs on them when they come home totally fucked up mentally and physically, because they've taken all the resources for themselves.
This is really a very simple yet problematic situation. We need to rein in capitalism! It is destroying the masses for the benefit of the very few. Democratic Socialism is not a bad thing, but anyone who stands to gain from the status quo will tell you it is rotten to the core. Don't listen to them. Look at your own situation and wonder how much better off you would be with an equitable distribution of wealth.
I think you will find that you would be much better off, like we were in the 50's and 60's. We were poor but didn't really know it, because we weren't always chasing rainbows for the next generation of phone or clothes or gadget!
Rethink your way of life and see how you can stop being a puppet to these capitalist bastards!
As always, may peace be with you and may you have a great fathers day, dads.