Note To Self

Take heed:

  • wake up at full speed
  • follow your dream
  • allow a short scream
  • help someone in need
  • sometimes ya gotta “Let It Bleed”
  • this once was the land of the freed
  • now mothers in colors plead
  • police stop the torment and hell that you breed
  • You imprison citizens or kill them. This is not a Peace Officer following laws. You have taken an oath.  Mean it.

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PARTY? What PARTY? She’s Come Undone…

I get letter after letter after email after phone call about this. It’s not just daily, but rather HOURLY at this point. (See the latest email/letter at the bottom of this rant.)

Do any of us know just how much the middle class has been asked to fork over $3, $5, $8, $10, $15, $20 and MORE in Monthly Recurring Donations as the box is checked for you BY DEFAULT unless you notice this and uncheck it? It comes from every part of the Democratic camp and none of them are connected to know that just one-minute ago, you gave to the last survey that suckered you into a request:

  • ActBlue
  • DCCC
  • Hillary Clinton
  • President Obama
  • Senator Warren
  • Chelsea Clinton
  • any Congressperson you ever gave to EVER
  • MoveOn.org
  • People for the American Way
  • BoldPacs

WTF is going on?  You have to infiltrate my inbox with terrorism?  You infiltrate my daily life with fear-mongering that Trumpster Diver might get elected!  Don’t you see that I am voting for you and have donated $172 of my hard-earned money up to this point in the past freaking 7-months of this CHARADE you call an election?

I awaken every day to the horror of this nation going up in FLAMES because of Trump/Pence and the evil RePUGnican Party that has become his whipping child. They allow him all of the vile rhetoric he can bestow on America even though most of the party is at complete odds with him. F’ing SHEEPLES who just want another win. Anything to WIN! The ReTHUGlicans could give a RAT’s ASS about us everyday Americans. They are here to soothe the Koch Bros and to pass their pro-corporate, anti-worker, anti-women, anti-everything-that-is-not-white-male legislation which benefits ONLY white males. This country is very young and is about to go up in FLAMES as Trump-invested NEROites fiddle with his rhetoric as the nation burns.

So now,  I’ve got MY party (I’m 53 and have been a life-long Democrat) invading my life with 15 – 20 emails a day BEGGING me to donate more. I have been BURIED by emails and calls since Feb of this year and I’m sure it will only RAMP UP FROM HERE.

It’s time to UNGRID myself since being a responsible, tax-paying citizen who likes to donate to a good cause now and then has become UNDONE by my “PARTY.”

{The last email I opened before PASSING OUT}:

Dana — this is long but I hope you will take a few minutes and read the whole thing.

Donald Trump’s big speech last night was full of false humility, false promises, false sympathy (for minorities, women, and workers), and outright falsehoods. He affirmed various right-wing tropes for his base, but the speech was — at its core — a naked attempt to con the voters Trump and the Republicans need to sway to their side by November.

Trump was introduced by his daughter Ivanka, who was completely out of touch with the Republican Party by claiming that Trump would change labor laws to ensure equality in the workplace for women and, especially, mothers. Of course, the Republican Party has firmly opposed those same policies for years, and the federal judges promised by Trump subscribe to an ideology that shuns protections for women — not to mention the fact that Trump himself has called pregnancy “an inconvenience” for business.

Citing the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Trump promised to keep LGBTQ Americans, specifically, safe from Islam … but what they really need is to be kept safe from Republican policies!

Trump’s chosen running mate, Mike Pence, is the most anti-gay vice presidential nominee in memory. He once called for HIV/AIDS funding to be reallocated to “gay conversion therapy.”

This Republican Convention, just days before Trump’s speech, passed the most anti-gay major party platform EVER — including opposition to same-sex marriage, adoption by LGBT people, and protections for transgendered students, as well as support for, you guessed it, “gay conversion therapy.”

And almost the very next part of Trump’s speech focused on the kind of Supreme Court justices he wants to appoint the kind that have consistently opposed legal protections for LGBT rights! (Let’s not forget that earlier this year Trump pledged to nominated justices who were against what he called the “shocking” Supreme Court decision affirming marriage equality as a right.)

Trump also distorted statistics to gin up the anxiety and inflame many of the false perceptions driven by right-wing media lies, over-saturation of sensationalistic news stories, and the violent videos and memes that constantly go viral on social media.

The reality is that, despite recent high-profile, and rightfully concerning, tragedies, violent crime is at historically low levels, and has been trending down, not up. Same goes for illegal immigration. And those are just two examples — Trump also promoted Orwellian notions about our military being “depleted,” refugees not being vetted, and the US being humiliated on the global stage that run directly counter to the actual facts.

As one of my colleagues here at PFAW pointed out, Trump was lying from his very first breath last night, when he said he “humbly” accepts his party’s nomination — clearly, this is not a man who does anything “humbly.” In fact, Trump seems to believe a previous convention speaker’s assertion that he “is sent from God.”

The entire theme of Trump’s speech was that the country is beset by crises of a historic magnitude and that Trump and ONLY Trump can save us. His speech, which has widely been called “apocalyptic,” made the case that Americans are completely unsafe, and are under siege from enemies both within and outside our borders … that the state of the economy is terrible.

He said he would fix all of our problems quickly upon taking office — make the streets safe, bring back all of our lost manufacturing jobs, expand opportunity for young people and minorities, and more — but declined to say how.

He also reminded the crowd that his economic “plan” includes the biggest tax cut of all of this year’s candidates in either major party — weighted heavily for the ultra-rich, of course — but at the same time promised wildly expensive programs, including his infamous border wall — the price tag of which analysts estimate would be at least $25 billion (no, Mexico is not going to pay for it). It’s a recipe for a behemoth deficit … but of course, facts don’t matter … and never have for Trump.

Now, as if all of that wasn’t scary enough, here’s the really scary part: There are many — too many — Americans that will find all of Trump’s blustery rhetoric and empty promises appealing. If there is anything history has taught, it’s that when people are afraid, they will put power in the hands of strongman leaders who promise safety and national glory. We’re even seeing it right now in other places in the world.

Sadly, no one should be surprised to see Donald Trump get a significant post-convention bump in the polls, and even gain on Hillary Clinton.

We need to keep voters’ attention on the GOP’s radical agenda, and on the hate and extremism that were on display all week long at their convention.

We need to ERASE any polling bounce and success Trump gets from last night’s speech.

And we need to DEFEAT right-wing extremists like Trump and many of the other candidates running in the GOP.

If you have not yet given a financial contribution in 2016 to support our efforts, now is really the time to give.

If you have already given generously, there could be no more important time to give again.

Will you chip in now to help us fight back and stop Trump and Trump Republicans?

Empty_BitD

ATM Outside

 

 

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Follow Your Scream

I woke up with “Follow Your Scream” in my head today. And that was BEFORE I read this little blurb in the Financial Times:

Pay for big bank chief executives jumps nearly 8%

Pay for big banks’ chief executives shot up 7.6 per cent in 2015 — more than 10 times faster than a year earlier — to an average of $13.1m each.

The chiefs of the top six US banks did particularly well — their packages rose by an average of just over 10 per cent and are almost twice as large as those of their European rivals, according to an analysis by compensation company Equilar and the Financial Times of the 20 most highly paid international bank chiefs in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.

Oh, yeah.  That. While the world reels from climate change, human trafficking, refugees, Black Lives Matter, War on Women, and all other quotidian ugliness humanity spews forth; these asswads who have pillaged nations in the last decade and gorged on our treasuries/life savings, reward themselves AGAIN! They stand in front of the rest of us urinating their trickle-down theories on our souls while our backs break and our minds sink further into the abyss.

[Cut to next slide] The well of hell that breeds the 2nd Amendment freaks in the U.S. including a former politician who recently declared war on American citizens. Cue nutjob and former Rep from Illin’ Oy, Joe Walsh who tweeted: ”

“This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”

Oh, really? You good-for-nothing-piece-of-Preparation H towelette after the wipe!

The U.S.A is neither. We are ANYTHING but UNITED. So, perhaps it should be renamed the States of America. Or, even better: Untied States of a America.  Read it closely. Yes, that might work. It would cost a lot to remove the U from everything.

Follow Your Scream

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For the Love of Our Globe and Humanity

The most interesting aspect of travel: the people you meet who live at your destination and introduce you to their life on Mars or otherwise known as:

“Here is my home. Feel free to be a family with us.”

My trip to Europe contained bookends of brief solo time in Iceland where it’s less expensive to fly in and out from and I HIGHLY recommend it. A trip to Iceland should be on your bucket list if not on your “at least once every few years that I can travel” list. It is truly like nowhere else I have ever been in the industrialized world.  The word “calm” defined everything around me in a slow-motion dream that reached through each lightly populated city into the vast outlands surrounding and separating each. Erling drove the taxi that ushered me from Keflavík airport to the Blue Lagoon. We spoke of lost items (I had left my laptop on a plane at JFK hours earlier), his wife and children, education, the economy of Iceland, politics, and other worldly thoughts. He gave me his card and informed me that he would be happy to drive me into Reykjavik when I completed my time at Blue Lagoon.  When he picked me up hours later, he found a revitalized Dana with news of my laptop discovered in Shannon, Ireland and that all was not lost.  He took me on a  trip “off the taxi meter” to show me the home of the President of Iceland. He was happy to report that one could walk up, knock on the door, and ask for a cup of tea with him. There was no security of any kind.  “Shall we?” he asked.

Cut to my arrival in Brussels a couple of days later: the environment was the polar opposite to Iceland, all bustling, brusque, bold, and business. Caught up in the stream of fast movement from plane to the baggage area, I felt completely jolted from my Icelandic mist. After a very long walk following fleet-footed people who looked like they knew exactly where they were going, I heard something warm pull me toward voices, “YooHoo, Dana!  Over here!” In the bright white, modish baggage claim of Brussels-Zavantem airport stood my happy hosts in Belgium. “Teresa! Jaime!” I shouted back. My brain began to move more quickly through the dream state tunnel as I felt myself whisked out of the vacation daze into a more rapid pace. In a flurry of activity, my bags were picked up and tossed into a car. Away we drove to their home as the exciting conversation ensued about flights from the U.S. to Iceland, the experience of the Blue Lagoon, and some great sights to visit in Brussels all in English and Spanish.  Spanish is spoken in the Andreu-Perello home though people of Brussels speak French and everywhere else in Belgium, Dutch is the official language. Thus began the due diligence of my brain to acclimate to my new surroundings via Vulcan mind meld.

This was one year ago. Both Iceland and Brussels are a bit different today. As the U.S. celebrates her independence from Britain, the Brits awaken from a drunken stupor to their Brave New World without the EU while Brussels requests that they “Hurry up” already since the consequences of their Leave campaign negatively affect everyone. Iceland lost to France in the Euro Quarter-final 5-2, so travel there inexpensively on the aptly named WOW air to console the beautiful people who lose like champions!  My Reyka has arrived just in time and here’s a nectarous off-topic tip for you:  Earth Balance Creamy Coconut & Peanut Spread. Most delicious food ever; you’ll want to eat it like a dessert.

Happy ItDepends Day!

For your listening pleasure:  Lighthouse  and Meeting in the Stars

Globe Cartographers Guild

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PoliTicks: Pro Life (short for PROLIFEration)

Do you feel the blood sucking from our pulmonary veins to oxygenate the zombies who run America?  Metaphoric Multiple Sclerosis befalls the average citizen while the fat pretenders graze on the constituents. They make lofty statements about “pro life” tossing away the slightest real significance of the two words.

Pro as adjective: supporting; for; with; favoring

Life – noun:  animation; spirit; activity; growth; heart; soul; liveliness; esprit; essence; sparkle; energy; enthusiasm; BEING; SENTIENCE

Sentience – noun:  Sentient condition or character; capacity for sensation or feeling.

How can anyone who is mentally capable of thought and proclaiming Christ as their savior equate “pro life” with only the concern of the birth of a baby?  Shall we have an orientation for our poliTicks to bring them back to grade school to learn about mammals? Here’s a WIKI on the word for the morons who vote against life while claiming “pro life” lies.

Here’s the truth in their deception:  “Pro Life” is short for PROLIFERATION of gobs of cash placed into their personal treasury for further enrichment in their lifelong election cycle that keeps the plutocrats pleased.

Plutocracy – noun:

  1. the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy.
  2. a government or state in which the wealthy class rules.
  3. a class or group ruling, or exercising power or influence, by virtue of its wealth.

Ticks are small arachnids in the order Parasitiformes. Along with mites, they constitute the subclass Acari. Ticks are ectoparasites, living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. (Thank you Wikipedia, again.)

PoliTicks have sold America out from under us and are keeping the mentally-ill fully stocked with guns and ammunition to reinforce their vile, heinous crimes. PoliTicks are terrorists. From the Center for Disease Control (CDC) here are instructions to remove a tick.

Look who called Civil Rights Leader, Rep. John Lewis a terrorist.  One of America’s sickest minds: Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA.

I am reminded of the song titled “Late Lament” – The Moody Blues from their album “Days of Future Passed” (1967).  “Breathe deep the gathering gloom…”

Congressional Ticks  “Look!  There’s Congress sucking our blood!”

 

(Thanks to the plethora of awesome learning tools one finds on the web: Wikipedia and Dictionary. Subscribe and/or donate if you can.)

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Stymie the Stigma

America suffers.
The exhausting media circus act unfolds by the minute in the lead up to choosing the next President as we read, hear, and watch another Trump tornado, not unlike the one he cast over his companies since the 1990’s. Thirty years of mismanagement, mishandling and outright lying about his self-inflated “business successes” which were exactly the opposite and proven utter failures. The only continued success was his uncanny ability to keep enriching himself on the backs of small businesses and workers while repeatedly taking his shareholders down the bankruptcy drain.  No wonder he will not release his tax returns. This man must be given a new kind of  Scarlet Letter to wear across all of his suits–one that denotes shame for being the worst political candidate EVER to walk on U.S. soil. He is the epitome of a rip-off artist/con man. Over 13 million Americans want the con as President.

 

In the news just this past week, we have been buried in horror stories that shock us into submission. The mega-corporate media pushes to anesthetize America, slowly melting our minds with a molten lava downpour of terrible actions made by insane people repeatedly filling our world with hate:

 

STIGMA
noun
1.  a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.
2. Medicine/Medical. a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease.
STYMIE
verb
1. to be an obstacle to; prevent the advancement or success of; thwart or stump

 

The hate vitriol brought to the forefront of our daily lives by a man running for President. A “Narcissist in chief: Donald Kane Trump”

 

Trump’s plan: stymie the stigma on the road to the Whitehouse as the molten lava pours.
Molten Lava on Hawaii

Molten Lava on Hawaii (courtesy of WarrenPhotographic.co.uk)

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Fringes UnHinged

Lessons!

Smack dab in the face, clarity arrives:

Smack Dab in the Face

Now, let’s have a hot cup of tea and consider a few things about thoughts and the requirements that lead to thinking. To learn is to acquire wisdom and being wise requires a life in love with learning and lessons. A singular most fantastic attribute of Homo Sapiens pertains to the size of our brains: [from Wiki Human] “Advantages that explain this evolutionary success include a relatively larger brain with a particularly well-developed neocortex, prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes, which enable high levels of abstract reasoning, language, problem solving, sociality, and culture through social learning.  They are characterized by erect posture and bipedal locomotion; manual dexterity and increased tool use, compared to other animals; and a general trend toward larger, more complex brains and societies.

The Latin translation for Homo Sapien is “wise person”.

Here is a more troubling line from the Wiki:  “The ingenuity and adaptability of Homo sapiens has led to its becoming, arguably, the most influential species on the planet; it is currently deemed of least concern on the Red List of endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. (font color and italics, my own)

Take one more sip and put that cup down. Think about this: 49% of the populace who support a particular candidate running for President didn’t go to college. A large portion of Americans have little to no desire to grow their minds and they actually feel disdain for those who do. This makes them extraordinarily easy to manipulate. America and the world face a human who suffers from a psychiatric disorder wishing to take over the White House; a man who can be described as anything but telegenic has been enabled to use technology to compel a population to pay attention to him. History repeating in the worst way befalls us. (Click the hyperlink; you’ll find it interesting. Note the date is July 2015 and look where we are now…)

I fear that we are at the precipice of a full-scale social war in the United States. The 2016 election changes everything no matter WHO becomes elected. The unhinged fringes have become unleashed and are resolved to give access to one man they think can save them. What type of thinking occurs in the minds of these particular people? Fear, anxiety, aversion. No self-respecting woman would support this candidate, and a plurality of Republican women do. Any American who actually thinks would not support a man like this who wishes only for the power in the title. The problem with this particular human is that he is on the brink of having the ability to put us on that endangered species list.  Europe knows it, and is experiencing a similar swelling of nationalism from the populist right, with unhinged fringes gaining power.  “Hello, Norbert, Boris, Marine, Sylvi, Kristian, and Geert.  {insert feeling of “shudder to think” if they all become elected…}

What can one do to inform, influence, and inspire fellow humans to open their minds to learning? I believe that every one of us “humans who think” should turn to technology to broadcast the wonders of education and preach the beauty of mind expansion. We must triumph over ignorance. We must excite, affect, and embolden the masses to activate their brains. Otherwise, stagnation and manipulation will destroy America and the world very soon.

Make an effort. It may well be our last.

To the media: notice I’ve purposefully left the person’s name out of this blog save for the hyperlinks. It’s damn well time that you do the same.

demagogue-h-l-mencken

A quote from Mencken…ironic, eh?

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