Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ah... I didn't Know That!

This just in from the I Didn't Know That Department... Americans really want a better life!

Yes, it appears we do want our government to work in our interests!

Oh My! What if this info gets out?

Life could suddenly become livable.

It's possible we could actually, really resolve a thing or two. How radical is that?

Robert Reich: America is More Radical Than You Think

Monday, June 17, 2019

Smarter & Wiser This Time

“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.”Art credit: www.panmacmillan.com
I’m looking for a miracle this morning. I'm prayin’ that we’ll be smarter this time than to be deceived by the same people that fed us all B.S. last time. That’s when we launched the biggest blunder in U.S. history - the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

All along I thought nothing could top the War in Vietnam on the Premier Blunder of All Time Hit Parade. I was wrong. How dumb to think that we couldn't top the stupidity of the Vietnam War.

In 2002 / 2003, I hope you remember, thousands fruitlessly protested in the streets against going to war. We chanted and cried to no avail. The U.S. neocons were determined to murder hundreds of thousands of innocent people – ours and theirs – for the glory of the U.S. empire, I reckon.

So we did it. We went to war.

Have we forgotten that the reasons the administration gave for going to war were proven to be bogus? They lied so they could murder, pillage, destroy and create wealth for a select few.

I know that sounds harsh. Back then, we all so dearly prayed that our leaders were justified and acted honorably in our behalf.

Sadly, they did not.

You know, as I do, that their blunder has drained trillions of dollars of our national treasure. And, yet, it is still not over. It will never really be over. Our grandchildren will be paying for this insane adventure for the rest of their lives.

Still, that’s just money. Worse, in my mind, is the depravity of it all.

And they are doing it all once again. In Mr. Bolton’s demented mind it’s well past time to take out the Iranians. It’s their turn to feel Uncle Sam’s righteous wrath. But maybe this time our allies are standing up to his neocon bluster.

We, the people of the United States, should know better by now.

This time we must out the psychopaths for their insanity.

It’s time we show that we have learned a thing or two and to be smarter and wiser. This time, let's... get to where we're going by walking away from where we have been.

Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies - 1987

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Whose Socialism? Yours or the Corporations?

Way back in the 1936 at Madison Square Garden, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt said:

FDR was right then.

Likewise, Bernie Sanders is right today. During his speech at George Washington University, 12 June 2019, he said,

“While President Trump and his fellow oligarchs attack us for our support of democratic socialism, they don’t really oppose all forms of socialism,” Sanders said. “They may hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires.”

It is time to guarantee our second Bill of Rights. If we do not... we will have none at all.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Can You See God?

Eight Inc. envisions rebuilding the Notre-Dame's roof
and spire just how it was – except using glass(Credit: Eight Inc.)
Perhaps some day you'll travel to Paris, France and visit Notre-Dame.

You'll walk inside, sit down, look up and see God. Yes, right through the glass roof.

Here's the story...

Apple Store designer envisions rebuilding Notre-Dame using glass, Adam Williams, newatlas.com, 10 June 2019.

Following the blaze that damaged the iconic Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the French Prime Minister announced plans for an architecture competition and a modern redesign. We've since reported on one interesting proposal from Vincent Callebaut Architectures and now comes another, courtesy of Eight Inc., which envisions rebuilding the spire and roof using glass.

Eight Inc. proposes to restore the Notre-Dame's roof and spire back to its previous condition but using glass. All the decorative flourishes including statues would be recreated, and it would be illuminated at night, lending it a really striking appearance. According to Dezeen, the firm, which designed the original Apple Stores, proposes to make use of structural glass to allow it to be built without supports ruining the transparent effect.


I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash - 1972

Sunday, June 9, 2019

We Are an Extended Family

A delusional billionaire’s perception of a world map. Credit: Aaron Nemo.

A recent trip to Atlanta brought back to my mind futurist Jeremy Rifkin.

I've followed him and written about him for years because his ideas make sense to me. Please see:
Canny Chinese… Metamorphosis into Smartest “New Capitalist”.

Many throughout the world agree, especially European and Chinese leaders. They have implemented his concepts and are moving their nations progressively forward by creating an improved life for all their people.

American political leaders have not. There are some exceptions, such as San Antonio's local government leaders (Mission Verde).

Still, for the most part, we are mired in and wasting precious resources on Mr. Trump’s insanely superficial, "alternative" world.

These two videos present a glimpse of Rifkin's world... our world... if only we would allow ourselves to have it.

Jeremy Rifkin, The Empathic Civilization

Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Please, Somebody Help Him… and the rest of us from him

Mr. Trump, Coming out of the mental illness closet.

Mr. Trump’s recent trip to the UK was an outing of sorts.

Not because of his usual antics and stupid statements, but because at least one of his mental illnesses, Delusional Disorder was completely outed. That is, outed to those with eyes to see and ears to hear.

As one might expect, Fox News gaslighted and downplayed the UK protests.

The problem is their reporting alone is what the Trumpists follow day in,day out, never permitting themselves to hear or read anything else from another source. Under these circumstances, it is unlikely they will ever begin to detect a blemish on their knight’s armor, let alone learn that their leader /saint is seriously mentally ill.

Still, the rest of the world did see and hear the protesters as well as Mr. Trump’s declaration that he saw thousands of people cheering him, then saying to the world media, “Where are the protesters? So it was fake news.”

Mr. Trump displayed his delusions for the world to see.

The two question we must ask now are:
  • When will we do something to help the man and get him the mental healthcare he so clearly needs?
  • When will we help ourselves, protect ourselves, by relieving him of the staggering powers of presidency?
A woman posing as the Statue of Liberty stands next to the “Trump baby” balloon as anti-Trump protesters gather in Parliament Square on Tuesday. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)

Trump in the U.K. Day 2: 75,000 Protesters and One Weird Tuxedo | The Daily Show

Friday, May 31, 2019

Nothing Has to Stay the Way It Is

Angela Merkel at Harvard, 30 May 2019. Photo credit: NBC News
Angela Merkel spoke to Harvard grads the other day.

Her words resound with realism and wisdom:

Nothing has to stay the way it is...Anything that seems to be set in stone or unalterable can indeed change.

"Angela Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, drew from her own biography as the daughter of a pastor who grew up in East Germany and rose from political obscurity after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and German reunification in 1990 to the country’s highest elected office."

Angela Merkel Slams Trump's World View in Harvard Commencement Speech

TicToc by Bloomberg
Published on May 30, 2019

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel took aim at Donald Trump’s world view in a speech on U.S. soil, saying unilateralism risks bringing down post-World War II alliances and trade wars threaten the “foundations of our prosperity.”

“More than ever, our way of thinking and actions have to be multilateral rather than unilateral,” Merkel said in a commencement speech to Harvard University’s class of 2019 that combined tough criticism of nationalist policies with philosophical vistas of a change for the better.

"Merkel, 64, was addressing a receptive audience on Thursday as she seeks to halt a deterioration in the trans-Atlantic alliance under Trump’s presidency. In her 14th year in office, officials in Merkel’s government are beginning to speak of a point of no return in U.S.-German relations.

"Read more: The Moment Merkel Realized Trump Changes Everything for Germany

"At times, Merkel drew applause from the crowd by seeming to address the U.S. leader directly, urging graduates not to act on “first impulses” or to brandish “lies as truth and truth as lies.”

"Some 2,000 miles to the west, Trump reprised his America First doctrine in a speech to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, saying the U.S. won’t sacrifice its interests for those of foreign powers.

“We don’t do that anymore,” Trump told graduates. “In all things and ways we are putting America first, and it’s about time.”

"Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, drew from her own biography as the daughter of a pastor who grew up in East Germany and rose from political obscurity after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and German reunification in 1990 to the country’s highest elected office.

"Merkel joins a list of prominent commencement speakers in recent years, from Facebook Inc. co-founder and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg to “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and television host Oprah Winfrey. Last year’s address was given by U.S. civil rights pioneer and U.S. Representative John Lewis.

"Merkel is the first German leader to give an address at Harvard since 1990, when former Chancellor Helmut Kohl delivered it the year of German reunification.

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