Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Change We Can Believe In

I would like to know who President Obama is working for?
 He vetoed the 9/11 bill for the families of 9/11 terrorist attack to sue the Saudi government. For the first time lawmakers in the Senate over rode a Presidential veto. Mostly because they are scared out of their wits they will be voted out of their jobs so close to this election. At least for the families, they may be getting some justice, at last. Thanks to them and the pressure brought to bear for the 9/11 Commission and the release of the 28 pages, we know more. Maybe this is change we can believe in.
Think back to immediate days after 9/11, who was allowed to fly out of the country? Saudi's, that's who. Who are one of the biggest contributors of the Clintoon Foundation? (That Clintoon thing is a typo, but seems appropriate) That's right, Saudi's. Who's got lobbies fighting to vote down the 9/11 Bill in the Senate? Saudi's, isn't that disturbing, knowing a foreign country influences our affairs through bribery?
Maybe, just maybe, people will be suing the US for the torture, drone killings and black ops sites, for war crimes. Maybe just maybe, if war costs a whole lot more, the endless war economy will grind to a halt.
That is going to be  a big problem because the US is a war economy.
Which one of us, has ever voted for war?
Speaking of voting,
I guess people thought I would come out swinging about the debate. Did he need a tissue?

Breaking News!
As I was writing this blog, the House passed the 9/11 Bill. How has something managed to get done so quickly? For years this country has been stagnant and ineffective, this is an historic day. I hope the families of those who died in 9/11 get what they need, maybe even some closure. I can only hope that the Bush's and Clinton's friends, get what's coming to them, the Bush's, Rumsfeld, Cheney, the lot of them are hauled into court some day soon for what they've done.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Poisoning The Well

You just can't make this stuff up.
Wells Fargo CEO testified before congress this week, for fraud. Thousands of credit card accounts were opened, fraudulently. Elizabeth Warren told Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf to resign. Will he? Nope.
Then there's the Queen of the EpiPen, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, jacking up the price 500% of a life saving shot, but it's just business.

Another shooting in North Carolina, by a cop and now there's more protests, one protester is dead.
I doubt anything will happen to the cop, Just like these CEO's, it's just business.
There was a shooting at a mall in Washington State, so that's 5 more people who have died.
Just another mass shooting in this Bipolar country I live in.
Monday night we are going to be treated to a display of candidates running for president, no one seems to want or like. What kind of choice is that?  After praying and begging God to smite Donald Trump, Ted Cruz decides he's all in with Trump now. The only person who cares about what Cruz is doing is Cruz,
Meanwhile, back in Ocean County where I live, we have been treated to the news that the water that flows through our taps has Chromium 6 in it and it's way over California's safety standards and best of all I get to pay $148 a quarter for poison I can't drink.
Does anyone think that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton gives a damn about clean drinking water in New Jersey? I think of what the people in Flint, Michigan are still dealing with and all I can come up with is a big NO. With a basic problem like clean drinking water for Americans, no candidate thinks is an issue, why the hell would you vote for either of them? They don't care! It's not an accident, poisoning a water supply is a tactic used since Roman times, to diminish an opponents strength.
Look at the map, it is not a regional problem it's the entire country!
I was at my friends house the other night, the husband likes Trump, but his wife doesn't like either candidate, she doesn't know who to vote for. She say's if she doesn't vote, then she can't complain.
Oh really? I want to see that rule, is it a law? Where does this idea come from? When you are presented with a "choice" that is picking which poison, well, I've got enough in my local water supply, no need to cast a vote.
When you see corruption at every level of politics and corporate behavior that is criminal with no accountability. Police shooting unarmed people and crazy people who have guns shooting up public places, then, when you need to take an aspirin for the headache you've got. you can't even get a glass of water because it's polluted.
 Is anyone even seriously questioning exactly what Trump or Hillary will do to fix any of these problems? Because it's not going to happen. These people mix in the same social circle, think they are different? They aren't! They will be serving the same master. They certainly do not care about you or me in Nowheresville, USA.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Is Nothing Sacred?

I have been trying to unravel the disgraceful actions of the security "service" that attacked Native Americans, on their own land. This land was stripped from them in 1958, without their permission, when the Army Corp of Engineers built dams flooding hundreds of thousands of acres of their land. The Army Corp of Engineers are at it again, it helped to build a pipeline that will be owned by ETP, Energy Transfer Partners. The security firm ETP hired, is called G4S. They have a history of abuse, death and mayhem going back decades. Our tax dollars are funding this outrage, with the Army Corp of Engineers.
 First, lets get into a little about Energy Transfer Partners, you know who owns them? John Major's & Tony Blair's Carlyle Group. (read SEC filing here.) It never ceases to amaze me, how this company has it's tentacles everywhere. Also, ETP has donated over $500,000 to the Republican Party. For a more detailed amount of bribes from ETP to the government read here.
What really got me was the so called, "security" dressed in t-shirts and baseball hats like they were having a casual day out walking their dogs, dogs that attack people. Also, don't forget the pepper spray. G4S, used to be a company based in Florida called Wackenhut, founded by former FBI Agents ("if you want a dirty job done, call Wackenhut"), it was bought by a Danish firm and now, it's worldwide mercenary "security" force with a horrendous reputation for abuse.
G4S was stripped of it's contract for the 2012 summer Olympics, it has a litany of inappropriate, violent behavior sometimes with deadly results. They have been used from the West Bank, to Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan, now here they are harassing Native Americans. Even Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had to pull their money out of this notorious company. So now they are here wreaking havoc on our indigenous population.
The government is using eminent domain to force landowners to give up their land for a pipeline no one seems to want. Though President Obama visited the Sioux Reservation in 2014, he is strangely silent about what is occurring now. Bulldozers came through and plowed over sacred burial sites (did they not see Poltergeist?) in an attempt to destroy any evidence that would make it harder for the pipeline to be built and more difficult for Native Americans to prove their ancestors were buried there, They basically defiled a cemetery, imagine if your relatives were there. This is what we do and have done for hundreds of years, it's a damn disgrace, all for oil. Wars, we have fought for over a decade,  now once again, we are making war on the original people who were here long before us.
So, where is the Bureau For Indian Affairs in all this? Aren't they supposed to be protecting Native Americans?
 For a long time, no one paid much attention to reservations, until it was found out there were valuable metal or oil resources on it, then corporate eminent domain shuts down and shuts out Native Americans.
If you would like to help the Sioux Nation;

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Greatest Wall of Them All

Lo Siento, Mexico! The Great Big Wall seems to be Trump's go-to. (read about it here.) It's not exactly original, there have been other walls in other times. Maybe it would benefit us to look at the greatest wall of them all; The Great Wall of China.
This wall goes back as far as 7th century (BCE) China, built to stop raids of  "various nomadic groups", there were actually several walls that were eventually joined together. The wall was also used for Silk Road regulation, as well as border control. The Great Wall would be used again and again. At the end of the Ming Dynasty, the wall was used to stop the Manchu invasions, began about 1600, it took 44 years for the Manchus to successfully overtake the Great Wall, as they had been busting through portions of it for quite some time. By the time the Manchu's established their own dynasty, they had appropriated the Great Wall, for migration control.
The Great Wall didn't really work in the long run. It is curious that these are ancient problems and building a wall is so basic, here we are in 2016, with a politician telling us he'll build a wall and Mexico will pay for it, only they won't really know they are. The Art of the Wall Deal? Is that how it works?

There was another wall, Hadrian's Wall, that Rome built, like Rome, it wasn't built in a day! The purpose of this wall? To separate the Romans from the "Barbarians" (read indigenous people) some reasons speculated for this wall seem to be much like China's Great Wall. it was for regulation and taxation, After Hadrian's death, there was a new Emperor, Antonius Pius who, decided he needed a new (you guessed it) wall! This would be the Antonine Wall in Scotland, why would he need another
wall? What could possibly go wrong? After all, Hadrian's Wall worked out so well. This was no ordinary stone fortified wall, this was made out of turf. Seems that building materials were under some kind of austerity budget, however, this wall and it's many forts, could not conquer the northern tribes and so was abandoned. Marcus Aurelius thought to go back to Hadrian's Wall and start over. The back and forth from wall to wall happened again, with Septimius Sevarus who tried to use the old Antonine Wall which was a disaster made from sod. The Roman Military Industrial Complex clearly was running out of cash, by the 4th century Roman rule was all but over in Britain owing to many conflicts and foreign debacles that helped the fall of Rome, fall even more and the walls were eventually abandoned.
It seems that Donald Trump is not much of a student of history. Walls have been built all over the world, they start out as some sort of method of defense, but really end up as a way to regulate and tax the flow of goods and people who are moving through countries. Notice, there's no mention of a "Great Wall" to be built between Canada and the US. Canadians don't want any parts of immigrating, legally or illegally. It's economic refugees coming into our country after we have fiddled around and caused coups to happen in so many Central and South Americans governments, I have lost track. The insane Drug War causing gang activity, money laundering and violence. In 2015, Trump called for the legalization of all drugs, as far as I could read in Trumps speech yesterday, he didn't mention legalizing drugs. Just build a  Great Wall and that will solve all your problems, history teaches us, that people who are determined enough, find a way to get around or get over walls or the maintenance of them will bankrupt a country already stretched too thin. This is nothing new, it is a retrograde of an idea and once again shows a serious lack of creativity, which is what I look for in a leader and why I won't be voting. Make America great again, with a wall. No thanks.