Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mandatory Madness

There are a lot of things that are just plain wrong, like snow on the first day of spring. How about mandatory voting? Because the president thinks maybe it's time. Obama: Maybe it's time for mandatory voting - CNN.com
The reason he said "maybe" was probably because of the blowback he was going to receive. People aren't voting in droves and there's a reason why, it doesn't matter who you vote for, you are voting against your own interests. No politician cares about who's voting for them. It's the money from special interests that matters. You don't.
When your choices are;
Or maybe;
Even if Elizabeth Warren  got elected or Bernie Sanders, what do you think will happen?
Mandatory voting can't change a corrupt system built on bullshit and corporations. Barack Obama's broken promises should tell you a lot about "Yes we can!" People know they have been had, they aren't voting. Mark Twain came right out and said "If voting maybe any difference, they wouldn't let us do it."
I am guessing that so many of us have turned away from the process and spend our time in other pursuits, that maybe the President wants to be sure we all trot out and vote for Hillary in 2016. I don't know anyone who's interested in voting. Are choices like Jeb and Hillary going to seduce the non voting public into stepping out on a Tuesday in November? If they really want us to vote so much why don't they give us the day off? Then there's the malfunctioning polling machinery and hanging chads to consider, long lines and surly volunteers, we can no longer trust that our votes are even counted. Maybe I'll vote again if we ever have more than a two party system.
The GOP would most certainly fight this.They don't want all the young and disenfranchised voting because they have a terrible reputation, the Democrats are no better, just a kinder, gentler evil. Mandatory voting is never going to happen since it requires legislation, that would require work, Congress and the Senate are allergic to that, unless of course it's about abortion.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Storm In A Samovar

Did anyone check Harry Potter's house? Did Putin drink a Polonium cocktail?
Vladimir Putin has been MIA for 9 days. Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is shot dead and a report by him on Ukraine is due to come out in April.
The oil and gas market that Russia depends on for export has dropped and almost bottomed out. 
 I also stumbled on this. U.S. Army sending armored convoy 1,100 miles through Europe - CNN.comWhy?
Because I have this theory that everything boils down to the petrodollar.
What the hell are we doing with this so-called "Dragoon Ride" as if it's some kind of joy ride, "demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region,"
In the last 50 years when have any of our forays into other countries generated any peace or stability? It's a joke. We already have sanctions on Russia, which I am sure is causing problems, mainly for the people of Russia, especially since the Ruble has also bottomed out along with Russian energy. 5 things that tell you sanctions are hurting Russia - Fortune
It looks like the pressures on for Putin to make "different choices" now it looks as if his choice is to just disappear, but for how long? 
Moreover, what do the people of Russia want? Guess that's not a consideration, the same way what the people in the US want is ignored by our leaders. We damn sure don't want military action that could set off WWIII in Eastern Europe. While we hear all the time about the defecit and how broke we are, we always have money for escapades interfering in other countries and generally acting like we are the worlds police, when clearly we can't even police ourselves. I wonder what it would look like if  one of our leaders would disappear for over a week? Might not be such a bad idea.

Maybe Putin is just waiting for the swelling to go down and it's just another facelift? What if anything does this have to do with MH-17 and  U.S. intel blaming Russia for shooting down the plane, who then blamed "terrorists" Whatever is going on for Putin to disappear is very odd, considering he doesn't like to show any weakness. Maybe he is on paternity leave? Perhaps the ruble is rubble and he's been taken out by his business "friends." Or maybe he's been overthrown by Pussy Riot?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Daylight Savings Time Brought To You By, U.S.A. Inc.

It's here! The 50th anniversary of the March in Selma, well yeah, but that's not it. International Womens Day, nope.
 It's Daylight Savings Time.
I blogged about this back in 2011, The Polygon: What savings? Here we are in 2015, still going along with
Looks Familiar
Daylight Savings Time. What I've discovered since then is that this doesn't save anything. "More recently, a study of homes in Indiana—a state that adopted Daylight Saving Time only in 2006—showed that the savings from electricity use were negated, and then some, by additional use of air conditioning and heat" There you have it. Utility companies make out and then some.
"When you give Americans more daylight at the end of the day, they get into their cars," Downing says. That's why the petroleum industry has been a longtime supporter of the time change,"  To me, Daylight Savings Time is just another example of how we just can't change. You might think the big to-do in Selma celebrating the 50 year anniversary march would be a real eye opener as far as change goes, nothing's changed in Ferguson and towns all over the U.S., cops can gun down whoever they please and they're mostly black. The only thing that seems to have changed is lynching has gone out of style. When you have cops firing guns at whatever black person they want, no need to bother with lynching. 
Then we have International Women's Day well, that's cool, fact is that women still get paid less than men. 
It's kind of strange to me that these events have converged. It's all about perception and our inability to deal with reality, primarily because USA Inc. has a stranglehold on all of us. Corporations have no incentive to pay women the same rate as men. The Supreme Court struck down the Voters Rights Act, go right ahead, march across that bridge in Selma, that'll make us all feel better. We'll just keep going on with an anachronistic Daylight Savings Time because neither we nor the government can change.
I have a theory about this country, it's frozen. It's been a hard winter for us all, while the season changes and we get to thaw out, this country won't. It's still in a deep freeze forcing us to go along with Daylight Savings Time nobody wants. Cops are out of control and are enjoying all kinds of military leftovers from Iraq and that situation is only going to get worse. The economy is frozen. The FED hasn't raised interest rates since the crash. Happy days are here again on Wall Street, but I haven't seen life get better for anyone I know. 
The jobs report is ecstatically proclaiming there are jobs for everyone! (Until it get's "seasonally adjusted") However, there are no full time jobs and the wages barely make it worth buying the gas to get to it.
The housing market is frozen or of course, worse than what's being "reported", I still see empty houses everywhere.
Reality is just not matching up with what the government is saying and what the media is reporting. The people that are paying attention know that something isn't right. The economy and our basic human rights have been plundered by a minority of plutocrats and their greed knows no end. We can't even end something as simple as Daylight Savings Time because of Corporate Rule, that's not going to change as long as we are as frozen as the system. 
Poster Owned By Walt Disney Pictures 
 Sometimes art and life converge into a perfect metaphor.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bibi's Business

I don't understand why people are so upset about Netanyahu's visit to address congress this Tuesday. He's been to this country and addressed congress many times before.Take for instance, this occasion in 2002, before the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform.
Yeah, about those nuclear weapons Saddam Hussein had...
I don't know if maybe it's time for a new war now that old ones have grown stale. Maybe he's got even more information about Iran's nuclear program, and the time is right to share his inside information again. Maybe he just wants to visit and pick out some new military toys since Israel "is the largest cumulative recipient of military spending by the U.S. $30 billion of US foreign aid, of which nearly 75% was used to purchase U.S. defense equipment from American companies". So we pay Israel to pay us for weapons we make and ship there. Israel–United States military relations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
$30 billion. I wonder what we could do with $30 billion in the U.S. to upgrade roads and schools? I also
wonder what Congressman and Senators have been lobbied for a piece of the Israel pie, like Northrup Grumman? Turns out John Boehner has accepted donations from the top four largest arms makers. Lockheed Martin and Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman.  Buoyed by Defense Sector Cash, Boehner Again Takes House Speaker's Gavel
Money is the name of the game in Washington D.C., while I think Boehner thought it was funny to invite Netanyahu to address congress and side step the white house, it's just business to him.
Just two weeks before elections in Israel and Netanyahu has had some serious competition regarding Israels opposition campaign donations which U.S. billionaire S. Daniel Abraham, founder of Slim-Fast Foods Co. is financing. In case you were wondering, Israel is up for sale too! "Almost all of the 1.26 million shekels ($320,098) Netanyahu received for his Likud leadership race in December came from U.S. contributors." Israelis Cry Foul on U.S. Cash Influencing Their Election - Bloomberg Business It's remarkable to run for office and you don't have to spend a dime of your own money and it's not even coming from people in your own country. All the free publicity before Israel's elections can only be a win-win for Bibi.
I still can't get over this guys arrogance, when asked a question he responds with this;
Dude, you are seriously a freak. Watch it here. ▶ Why Did Boehner Make This Awkward Kiss Face at a Reporter? - YouTube

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Strange Bedfellows

I was reading this article in Al Jazeera about a foreign mining corporation, taking sacred Apache Reservation land, "under federal protection from mining since 1955" passed into law by congress on the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. John McCain has been backing this deal for years. Ironically, he's always crying about Iran's nukes
This "Rio Tinto, a global mining conglomerate. And that conglomerate also owns nearly 70 percent of the Rossing uranium mine in Namibia. Another owner of the place is the government of Iran."
My takeaway from this is we are sanctioning Russia for a land grab in Ukraine, someone should sanction Congress, if only.
Then all over the place is the HSBC money laundering scandal, there might be criminal charges and oh yeah, they are big donators to the Clinton Foundation. Right Hillary, I am glad I don't vote anymore, all we get is a parade of criminals or more dynasty candidates like Jeb Bush to choose from. It's all about the 1%. These people will rip off Native Americans living in poverty or really any one living in poverty.
Like say, Palestinians..Here's a weird mash up, Palestinians helping protestors in Ferguson with tear gas advice, sadly, tear gas may be one of the few things left we manufacture here and then it's used to terrorize Palestinians. We might as well just spray the Palestinians ourselves since we are supplying Israel with our home grown artisanal tear gas.
photo by Miriam Barghouti
The absolute strangest mash up of all was the Koch brothers, Cory  Booker (NJ-D) and the ACLU, because the justice system is broken. It should be called the injustice system.
What I wonder is will they privatize the police now? There's got to be an angle and it's usually about profit.
It's weird to me how these deals with the devil are going on all the time. President Obama wants to bomb the daylights out of ISIS, I wonder how much is going on behind the scenes for profit with "advisers" and such. I don't think this is about ISIS, it's more about destroying what infrastructure is left in Syria and Iraq, then I guess it's the contractors that will come in with big fat contracts. We haven't won a conflict in over 50 years so I don't expect that this will go well. It's not about winning it's about profit, like just about everything else in this plutocracy.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Collateral Damage

This is the Levant Region of the Middle East. This region includes Syria, Egypt, Cypress, Israel, Palestine, Jordan Turkey, this was the land known as Canaan. Evidence for the earliest domestication of the dog started here. The first agriculture, started here, domestication of farm animals began here. In 6000 BC, this area experienced a climate crises of severe cooling then 2,000 years of  warming.
The first conflict in this region appears when it was known as Sumeria, then Ramses III came along & The Crusades.
In art history we study this as where civilization and art began, I can't imagine how much of it is lost now. I studied the Ziggurats in Iraq, cuneiform tablets from Syria, The Valley Of The Kings in Egypt. I may understand a bit more about the Middle East than the average person, I had  a very progressive class about the colonialization of the Middle East and the effect it has had on the people there, which has had a direct effect on the conflict we are dealing with now. Conflict that is getting worse with dire consequences for the millions of victims and refugees in that area.
 President Obama made a formal request for a continuation of the War Powers Act. The U.S. has just made a deal to resupply Jordan with arms and "increase its assistance from $660 million to $1 billion per year for 2015-2017." Then there's the confusing invitaion, John Boehner has invited Israel's Prime Minister to address Congress here.
Most people in this country are not real cognizant of where Jordan is or what's going on in Syria and why. They are overwhelmed just trying to take care of themselves. Who can even blame them when you don't hear anyone talking about this; 5 facts that show half of America is seriously struggling - Salon.com
While profit will surely be made by defense contractors, who's lobbies will be enriching Lindsey Graham or John McCain. Stabilizing the Middle East will provide more opportunities to co-modify it  by the banks.
It may be necessary to try and contain a mess we created in the Middle East with our unnecessary wars, but why is there never any outcry to help our own people other than maybe Bernie Saunders and Elizabeth Warren?
That is no accident. They just don't care.While the rest of America languishes and fails to thrive, we pump billions into our governments follies and no one is accountable. I am not saying we should not help Jordan, but what I am saying is why isn't there the same sense of urgency to correct the problems everyday Americans face in this country?
                                                       

                                                        

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wretched Reality


I don't watch TV anymore. I especially don't watch any news programs. Brian Williams "CONflation" conflagration is one of the reasons why. Shocking! Just shocking that he lied about his courageous war "story." Guess what? They are all liars. These people are hacks. They tow the line and report what their corporate masters tell them to. Brian Williams is a liar and he's probably lying about his "leave of absence" too. These people are part of the reason we got into the Iraq War in the first place. The fact is we are being lied to all the time by "journalists" by politicians, the church, the NSA, Bill Cosby (a rapist and a liar) and when Brian Williams leaves NBC for good, they'll probably get another liar to take his place.
 Taking any herbal remedies? Guess what? Herbal Supplements Without Herbs - NYTimes.com
Walmart and GNC, Walgreens, liars.
Monsanto? Liars, Twenty-Six Countries Ban GMOs—Why Won’t the US? | The Nation
Everyone loves Pope Francis,  Pope says about two percent of priests are pedophiles: paper | Reuters
But, no biggie right?  Only 2% where does he get that figure?
We are being lied to and bullshitted at every level. So Brian Williams lies are really no surprise, decency has been left behind long ago, it's at the point now where if someone's not lying, it's a big surprise. That's the reality. The reality is that we are given no other choice but to seek alternate methods of seeking the truth. TV is not one of them. Cable TV is a joke too. Just wait until cable becomes even more expensive after the Comcast acquisition of Time-Warner, there's nothing like paying top dollar for lies.The craziest part of the whole Brian Williams war story lie is that viewership only went down 17%, the amazing part is that anyone would watch him at all, but maybe that's a lie too? That's the problem when you are constantly bombarded by falsehoods, bullshit and half truths, distracting you and keeping you confused. You look at the world with fresh eyes and you realize there is very little substance and almost no context, leaving you unable to discern any truth at all. I question everyone and everything now. Thanks to Brian Williams word salad of
"CONflation" and  "misremembering" digging himself even deeper into the very definition of a lie;
"Conflation occurs when the identities of two or more individuals, concepts, or places, sharing some characteristics of one another, seem to be a single identity — the differences appear to become lost.[1] In logic, it is the practice of treating two distinct concepts as if they were one, which produces errors or misunderstandings as a fusion of distinct subjects tends to obscure analysis of relationships which are emphasized by contrasts.[2] However, if the distinctions between the two concepts appear to be superficial, intentional conflation may be desirable for the sake of conciseness and recall." Wikipedia
"Producing errors" and misunderstandings, that's the whole intention of lying. So now I have another description for someone who is telling lies, he's "conflating"  this should come in handy in my daily life when confronted by someone 'misremembering" I'll just say oh yeah, he was "conflating" again, and get on with my day. The reality is, it happens all the time.