Humans, Earth’s Greatest Pest!

Taking a cue from supermarket tabloids this morning, hence the eye-catcher.  Kind of sums up most humans in my opinion:  hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil;  which has various interpretations in my mind, likely yours also.  Kind of hard to find an image of a “human pest” however, hence the stretch on linking imagery to today’s subject.

I was reading this morning an article having to do with early humans in Europe, and their possible interaction and breeding with Neanderthals.  I guess “breeding” is appropriate, and I hope PC?  Not sure what one correctly calls inter-species contact in this case.  So the article had a statement two scientists made, saying that humans were the greatest pests on Earth, since we spread so quickly and everywhere we have gone to we have rendered countless other species extinct.  As to the extinction of Neanderthals, after we Europeans (non-African:  thank goodness there still was uncontaminated humans back home!) gleaned some of their stagnant DNA (due to their interbreeding incestuously and their diminishing population leading up to the demise), we humans ate the Neanderthals out of cave and home, basically causing them to die off due to starvation.  (Humans seem to love to murder, and often eat, our closest cousins, the chimpanzee, the orangutan, the gorilla……and in spite of an awakening of consciousness decades ago, we continue to do so either directly, or by decimating their home forest and environment.)  Then we went on to do the same to numerous species roaming the Earth across Europe during those thousands of years.  Of course, climate change back then helped (what better lesson do we need as to the Climate Change we are in right now?)

So around the world this has gone on, but by in large the major strain of human culprits has been Europeans and Europeans in the New World.  Maybe it’s just in our nature, having come from cold caves and having to constantly be moving following the great beasts we slew to eat, that we just have in our nature to continue to roam and kill willy nilly?  I think so, not having any other logical reason (thanks “Occam’s razor”).  And, while doing all this moving around, we have spread a myriad of diseases, creating plagues that wiped out other beautiful groups of humans who beat the Euro’s to the bounty of this New World.  What better definition of pests does one need?

Oh, but you say we are created in the image of God?  Really?

 

 

This is “The Chosen One”?

I cannot conceive of a more appropriate image for BMT (Bottomless Moral Turpitude…..aka that which occupies the Oval Office) than this fish flip flopping as it dies a slow death on the dock of the world sea.

BMT flip flops on positions and issues and “promises” every time his lips move, and his cohorts just keep trying to make that fish stay flat on one side, for one day at least.  It’s hilarious.  But, no, it’s not….BMT holds the highest and most powerful office in the world mind you, so these indicators that he is in need of a 72 hour psychiatric watch is some serious “s___!”

We should all mark on our calendars August 22, 2019, when he declared, looking toward the sky, that he is The Chosen One.  And right beside that annotation on your calendar, put “King of Israel,” another of his declarations for that fateful date that may be one of historical infamy.

How the Republican leadership, as apparently heartless and evil as they are, would continue to support someone who cannot even consistently articulate their own sordid philosophies of life perplexes me beyond measure.

Whereas the 25th Amendment provides means to lead him away in a white jacket, the whores of the Senate are content to have an insane person representing them, rather than risk losing their cushy lifestyles in DC.

Can the world tolerate this fool, so in need of intervention and mental care, for another two years?

A Case for Euro-American Studies in Universities

Does it not strike you, my fellow white American, that whereas there are various ethnic and gender studies programs in many universities and colleges across the US, there are really no equivalents (to my knowledge) that focuses on white people in America.

There are African-American programs, Asian programs and women’s programs – but no “white boy/girl programs.”

Does that not strike you as reeking of ignorance?  Here we are well into the 21st Century, and we white Americans think we know ALL about ourselves.  And from that perch we render judgement, demean, rob and pillage those who could be great allies within humanity.   The truth of the matter is we know very little, at least about that which should really count in our lives and relationships in a growing diverse, soon-to-be minority-majority Nation.

Sure, we know some of what was “taught” to us in school and later in college, for those who went.  Liberal college programs of course offered opportunities to study about European history and culture, and the white-washed versions of American history and government, et cetera.  But have you ever considered that you did not really learn about white America is its raw and unexpurgated nakedness?

Have you ever asked yourselves, what is white culture?  Is there one white culture in America?  Or questions like what really is the “white trash” class in America?  Or what traits and characteristics, driven by historical cultural antecedents and religious agents, has resulted in “us” being what we are today, especially with respect to living with those who are people of color?

By exploring for answers to such questions, perhaps we would find what caused and continues to cause, our hunger for controlling others, and our penchant for greed, violence and war.

Moreover, I think that within such studies, we should seek answers as to why so many white people are racially prejudiced, and of course, why so many are outright racists.  This topic begs critical analysis, for two reasons.

Presently those of us who are prejudiced and racist are creating a tension that may break the very core fibers of what America can be at sometime in the future:  a place of peace, of prosperity and acceptance for all interests and expressions of life.

Secondly, we white people really owe it to ourselves to shed the hard cocoon of enmity toward those who do not look like us (keep in mind we are mutants).  James Baldwin said once that (white) people’s history is impaled like a butterfly on a pin, which is even a better trope to make my point:  we white people will never realize our God-given potential as human beings while we continue to flutter, caught in the trap of our own hate.

So, this is the case I make for “white studies,” that we can begin to understand who we really are, and accept our place in a world of all colors and beliefs.

Also, I don’t know how much “room” there is left on Mt. Rushmore, but I do hope one day we will see a president of color, and of course, a female president there.

The Power of Words: Hateful words.

The racist, vile words that pour from BMT’s (Bottomless Moral Turpitude) mouth are only rivaled, contemporarily, by the likes of the Philippine dictator, Duterte, who brags about the attacks, killings and general oppression he has personally participated in or instigated.  There are of course, other examples, when words piped over the air waves in Rwanda resulted in the largest genocide in recent times.

It is worth viewing this interview (Warning:  contains scenes of extreme violence and corpses), to see just how far unchecked hateful words can go toward irrevocable civil violence:

Then, of course, looking back a half century the world saw this:

I am not insinuating that the situation in the United States could reach this level of hate and violence, but only wish to show the potential of hateful, racist words.

Slogans spoken by BMT, such as the recent “go back to where you came from” (perhaps not an exact quote), and picked up at his rally this week where his admirers converted it into a chant, “Send her back,” evoke in the collective conscience of African Americans and other people of color, and all Americans who stand for the true meaning of the Lady in the harbor of NYC, horrible memories of the atrocities committed by white terrorists on black populations a hundred or so years ago, such as Greenwood (there were over 200 “race riots” – a term used by white media since “white domestic terrorism” had not been coined yet, and frankly has not to this day been put into circulation.  It brings back memories of countless lynchings of black people (and whites who stood in the way), as memorialized at the Montgomery museum:

https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/

We cannot afford to allow BMT to continue unchecked in his hate speech.  In the last two and a half years incidents of domestic terrorism and attacks on Jews, Blacks, and LGBTQ Americans have risen dramatically….and now with his campaign of hate in full swing, things will likely get worse.  Even a “low level” of civil terrorism must not be allowed to happen.

Unfortunately, I do not see any signs that things will get better in the next few years, even if he is not re-elected:  he has opened the door here at home and across the Pond to neo-nazis, and other nationalists and “alt-right” scared whitey’s.  Likely the coming decades will continue to be riddled with events that attempt to undermine our humanity.  I pray that we do not see any more Rwanda’s or Kosovo’s.

We who understand the nature of the “moral arc,” however, cannot stand by and be casual observers.  It is up to us to dress in the armor of rational logic and depth of good spirit to call out and combat such ignorant and evil haters.  Eventually things will change for the better, but future generations must always be vigilant.

The bright side of human nature is that we have an innate capacity for forgiveness, as seen in the above video about Rwanda, as seen in the reconciliation hearings of South Africa, and the fact that America rebuilt Germany and Japan after the wars they started.  Forgiveness and loves conquers all.

The Intergenerational Tipping Point.

As I see our American society today we are at the tipping point, the fulcrum being the foundation of what America will look like the next 100 years.  On one side of the lever are those who “want to make America great again,” and on the other end of the board is a conglomerate of Millennials and Gen Z, of all colors and persuasions, who have little knowledge of the “before,” but are grounded in what they daily see around them.

It is clear that the advantage is with the newer generations.  They will win.  The only question is how much damage, direct and collateral, to our society and our environment during this civil war.  It appears those now in control continue accelerating their “rape and pillage” mentality, rolling back environmental laws put in place over the last 100 years by those who understood at least some of the values needed to preserve our natural resources, and attempting to change laws protecting women, infants, poor and elderly people, all in the name of their “God.”

So the next few years will tell the final tale, as some factors such as global warming may go beyond any retrievable dynamic, setting the conditions for Earth’s ultimate demise as a habitable, heavenly creation.  Moreover, if certain measures being implemented by the current “old school” reach full criticality, such as rolling back Roe vs. Wade, killing Medicaid and reducing Medicare, messing with Social Security, inflicting untold misery on those seeking asylum at the foot of Lady Liberty, and continuing to start wars that they themselves never personally have to fight, then the next 100 years of potential will be sucked into cleaning up the muck they are spreading.

I remain positive however, and know the energy of the younger generation to effect the needed changes is limitless.  They are “woke,” and “overstand” clearly what they must do.

 

You are under our control.

I wonder how many of us…as in the USA (and maybe in most developed nations)…have the question pop into our minds, say once a month, “What became of __________?”  Fill in the blank with a news story that you were following with interest or just concern, that was on the billboard of cable news just a few weeks ago, or even last week, that seems to have suddenly fallen off the earth?

Cable news and its ability to deliver instantaneous “reports,” governed by the commercial money god, hits us with the “latest” developments…..”BREAKING NEWS,” as one major network says several times an hour….in its race to be the first to “tell us” and capture our fragile and very, very, very short memory cells for that moment, to listen with rapt attention, and then they bet, we will also listen to their commercial sponsors messages.

Now, sure, I am guilty as hell of falling for this presentation, but I do try to turn off or walk away at the commercial breaks, just out of spite if for no other good reason.

But what bothers me is how we, the great populaces, allow cable news to tell us what is on the “news marquee” for today and this week.  What I want to know, is why they are no longer reporting for example, and a good one, on the suicide rate of American military members and our veterans.  Tell me when you last heard about this in the news, unless perhaps on a PBS story.  Or, what about the on the ground war details in Syria?  Many months ago this was the daily story, so what happened? Did it just become so gruesome to our senses that “they,” who control the news marquee, just decided to not punish our sense of guilt any longer?  Is that for them to decide?  No, but I think it really had to do with that being “old news,” babies dying by the hundreds became old news.  I could go on and on, stories I was following that now I have to go search for “current” information, and good luck with that.  Another example, “caravans of rapists, drug dealers, and very bad people” coming from the south…..oh my, where did they go, did they stop? Are they now “here” and stalking our streets while we sleep?  Oh, bullshit.  But I am concerned about the families being torn apart, children ripped from their mothers and “disappeared.”  Why did this story suddenly become non-news? We know why.

Every week, as I am sure you have noticed, the Marquis de Marquee pushes a few buttons and we are now in another world, where all past news stories have been deleted…oh sure, we can recover them of course, ha, ha…and informs us that NOW we will have senses inundated with the stories on the big sign the Marquis has selected for us.

I guess what bothers me about all this, is that it is not that the stories we follow with concern are not able to be found with some digging, but that the Marquis de Marquee is controlling the attention of most of us, and we aren’t even conscious of it, and do little or nothing to protest!  So, each week – really now each day with Trump – there is a new set of news stories, and for the time being, Trump is the Marquis (“de Sade”), toying with the public and the world every new day, as if it is all his little basement play room.

The bright side is that from what I observe, the younger generation has pretty well tuned out cable news.  In fact within a few years cable news may just perish, an ignoble death, for it could have done so much better had it had a conscience.  I can’t wait.

 

You Can’t F*&% With TRUTH

So for my readers in UK and EU, no this post is not about Brexit.  I just wanted to find a caption photo that exemplifies this thing called “truth,” and the ripples NON-truth has across our societal senses. While I specifically address the USA, one can certainly draw similar comparisons within any society.

Let me get this out of the way right now.  As Shakespeare let audiences know, “The truth will out.”  We can’t hide from it, defy it or twist it into any “alternative facts,” without it ultimately coming undone, like a twisted rubber band it will find a way to release the energy of truth.

Where has truth gone these days?  Mass disbelief in traditional sources of information, regardless of the history of credibility of those sources, the distrust of any institution, any political entity that is not on one’s side of the fence, is at an all time high it seems.  Trust or belief in these are at a record low based on “surveys,” (but who can trust those you know?)

There is a good article on this subject published on the RAND Blog, May 5, 2017, appropriately discussing “truth decay.”  I had actually touched on similar reasoning in one of my earlier post, concerning why I think it is so important that critical analysis be taught in America’s school systems.  I sincerely believe that the political quandary we find ourselves in today is largely due to the inability of a significant sector of our population to critically analyze factual data, topped by the fact that most do not have ready access to hard factual, evidence-based information and news.  It is a fact that a handful of politically conservation news media companies control a huge number of news outlets in the central and southern part of the country, and in large swaths there is no option to watch or listen to other than the “tailored” news that is fed locally through these channels.  Moreover, many rural areas do not have ready access to high-speed internet, which also throttles the amount of news source selection available.

However, at this juncture it seems America is stuck in the mud, at least for a while.  I have faith that truth will prevail, however, and the arc of moral justice will continue to arch upward again, as it inevitably must.  Facts and statistics will play a role in this, and I believe any rational person who takes time to actually look at hard data cannot help but align some of their sense of the world to a rational model.  The bifurcated zeitgeist we are experiencing now will in time be healed, although a scab will remain.

An example of the power of factual data is readily evident in statistics such as motor vehicle death rates, murder death rates, mass shootings and terrorism.

I will not get into details, but let me start with the attack on the World Trade Center.  I like millions sat and watched in real time the entire event, sick to my stomach.  Some 3,000 innocent Americans and others died that day, and many more first responders have suffered and died since from related causes.  But every year well over 33,000 deaths are recorded in the USA on the public highways, with over 2-million injured.  So every year Americans essentially kill each other on the highway annually at a rate that is over ten WTC attack losses.  Most of these “accidents” are due to reckless or intoxicated driving, which means we have little concern or respect for our fellow Americans.  So where should the money be spend to curtail deaths.  Is a death by a foreign terrorist worse than a death due to a drunk teen boy?  In either case a loved one is not coming home.

Facts related to murder rates also show us very quickly that our pocket books and policies are ill-aimed (pun intended).  There are over 17, 000 murders every year, not to mention those seriously injured who survive.  Now the underlying causes of these murders do not get the attention that the murders themselves get, unfortunately.  Why? Because a large percentage of murders are in isolated, cut-off, impoverished and forgotten urban areas, where the politicians do not live.  Our solution has been to spend millions on military weapons and equipment given to local police departments, to deal with street demonstrations instead of finding out how to stop the illegal flow of guns into inner cities, sold by mostly white profiteers.  The NRA and its fat cat, hands-out politicians are indirectly responsible for many of these deaths, no different than cartels bringing death to those poor souls addicted to hard drugs (often originally caused by other white collar profiteers, namely the heads of certain pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors – and doctors).

Mass murder is another interesting statistic:  mass murder by white men FAR exceeds that committed by any other race in America, and by any foreign terrorist, other than 9-11, which was a historical aberration akin to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  And yet, we have spent trillions in the War on Terrorism, when right now the evidence shows us the greatest threat is from domestic extremists and people who have not been steered to psychological treatment, and denied access to battle field weaponry.

What about crime by illegal immigrants?  Statistics are not as good as one might wish for in this area, but all studies have shown that illegal aliens are less likely than their represented population in the States, to commit crimes, including murder and assaults.  In other words, for instance, Hispanic American citizens are more likely to commit crimes on a “per 100,000” rate than Hispanic illegal immigrants.  The one exception in some areas may be arrest for illegal drugs.  In spite of this we now are being told by our President we have a huge security threat on our border, necessitating the shifting of Army and other military personnel, resources and funds to the Southern border, away from being ready and postured for quick response to any future international threat, such as Putin entering another country with tanks, rocket launchers, and his other state of art weaponry.

Even though truth is seemingly lost in the haystack right now, as the wind blows it will be revealed, and many will wipe their eyes and finally see.  Hopefully that day is not far away.