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.
Everyone keeps asking "how do we get their attention in DC"?
It's very simple, you get enough people together to completely shut down or cripple DC until they listen to us!
Shut down they subways, shut down the bus system, block the streets with vehicles and people with signs. Do anything necessary to bring DC to a standstill. You may not get what we want, which is fairness and equality, but I guarantee you will gain their attention!
Nothing else will work. We had a half million people for the Women's march, but we didn't attack the systems. It's time for stronger measures.
Wednesday, June 12th, will mark a very special day in Faye's and my life together. It will mark 40 years of being together!
It will mark 40 years of challenges, both good and bad, mostly good.
It will mark 40 years of paying attention to each others wants and needs, always being there for one another.
Has it been easy? Not always. Has it been fun? Usually, but not always. Was it worth it? By all means!
We were fortunate enough to find the right partner in our lives, to find love that just does not occur every day.
I can't think of anyone else I would rather be with, having gone through life's travails together and coming to Wednesday's triumphant 40th anniversary.
We have loved each other from the moment we met and today are much stronger than even the beginning.
People think love is just a feeling you get when you find someone you really care for. It's not! That's lust! True love is putting up with being different people with similar likes and arriving at the same place in the end. True love doesn't end over a simple argument. True love takes years to develop, all the while each giving a little here or there.
I can honestly say that Faye has been my true love, my true partner, always there for me and I always there for her!
If you are fortunate in life to find that, hang on for dear life, because chances are you will never find it again!
Happy 40th, my dear, and may we still see that 50th yet!
I will love you until the end and beyond.
From your #1 to my #1.
Where would the world be without mankind? Would it be better with or without us? I say better without!
We have been a country for 246 years, having survived through war after war. Some of them I can understand, some of them I can't. But regardless, we have killed many millions of our fellow humans in the name of war, for whatever reasons.
Why do we do this? Is it built into our DNA? Do we enjoy it, or do we simply fight over beliefs, beliefs that belomg in the dark ages. Why do we not learn? Why are we so weak minded that we cannot see what we are doing to others, others we know not? I am an atheist, for the simple reason that religious teachings are the scourge of the earth and not to be believed.
How many different religions exist on this planet, supposedly all teaching some form of theism which their given group believes?
I believe this because man is basically the weakest animal on the earth, and we will pay for it someday as we go into extinction because of our weaknesses. We need weapons to protect ourselves from nature, because we haven't the ability to reason out what is natural and how to live among it. Our worst enemy is greed and gluttony. Nothing ever seems to be enough, thereby causing friction among those with and those without. We won't stop it, it will stop us.
I don't think anyone really knows how we came to be, but then again all living things came to be somehow. I believe we evolved from the large apes of Africa, because creationism makes no sense. We evolve every generation from the last one. Why is that so hard to understand? Look around, it's right in front of your eyes.
Do you think that anyone "chooses" to be born who or what they are? Did you?
Did you choose to born gay or black or Asian or any group you wish to name? No, you were conceived of and egg and a sperm and they determined who you are, nothing else. Your life from birth determines the person you are during your life! Be the best that you can be, overcome your biases, live a happy life, and hope that you still have time, because if we don't change, we are doomed to extinction.
Have a great day and may peace be with you.