Thursday, April 30, 2020

Time for Change

This morning I woke from a nightmare... that $trillions in stimulus money has one again ended up in the hands of the big banks and Trump-supporting corporations, like Panama-registered Carnival Cruise Line, which "...according to its SEC filings... is 'currently exempt from US federal income and branch profit taxes'".

Sadly, it wasn't a bad dream - just another night in Trumpland.

So, while the millions of Americans are once again taking it on the chin, our system is working great guns for the Trump-supporting-global-corporations. Our system is not working for us and it is way past time to make a major CHANGE.

Economic Update: Virus Triggers Capitalist Crash
Prof. Richard D. Wolff

Democracy At Work
Today’s episode features an analysis (part 1) of how, why capitalism - especially in US - failed to prepare for or cope with a virus thereby enabling it to trigger another crash of capitalism (third this century: in 2000, sub-prime mortgage in 2008). In part 2, Prof. Wolff provides an analysis of  how to respond to crash better than the US govt by emphasizing re-employment in millions of new jobs rather than unemployment, emphasizing worker-coops, etc.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Green is Now Smart Green

Rusty oil drums in Chukotka, Russia © Staffan Widstrand / WWF

So, the other day the value of petroleum fell below zero.

Yes. A barrel of the stuff once touted as "Black Gold" on the likes of the 1960s Beverly Hillbilly's TV show is now worth "nothin’"... as in less than a penny.

Ah, that's -$37 per barrel. It could go even lower, down, down, down, around -$100 or more.

This morning, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves at a rare tipping point. Even though the price of a barrel of oil, along with stock market in general, is making a comeback (thank you for the market comeback) we now have a society changing opportunity to distance ourselves from our predatory capitalistic, earth/humankind-killing oil and gas industry.

 Please see, A Brief History of Big Tax Breaks for Oil, 14 Apr 2014.
Fact Sheet: Fossil Fuel Subsidies: A Closer Look at Tax Breaks and Societal Costs, 29 July 2019.

Today, every other source of energy production is cheaper that oil and gas.

Even for hardcore capitalists it must be crystal clear that sustainable energy investment is smarter than antiquated oil and gas investment.

It’s time to make a game plan change and go smart green. From a society built to benefit the wealthy and their corporations to one built to benefit human beings... all of us.

Flatt & Scruggs - The Ballad of Jed Clampett (Theme from The Beverly Hillbillies) - 1962

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Don't stop believin'

Image Credit: Starlit Sky Coaching

We are billions. Billions.Don't stop believin'.
We will win.
Together, we will overcome.
There is a better world for all of us.
And, together, we will make it so.

Journey - Don't Stop Believin' - 1981

"Don't Stop Believin'"

Just a small-town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere

Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train goin' anywhere

A singer in a smokey room
The smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night

Streetlights people
Livin' just to find emotion
Hidin' somewhere in the night

Workin' hard to get my fill
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin' anything to roll the dice just one more time

Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night

Streetlights people
Livin' just to find emotion
Hidin' somewhere in the night

Don't stop believin'
Hold on to that feelin'
Streetlight people

Don't stop believin'
Hold on
Streetlight people

Don't stop believin'
Hold on to that feelin'
Streetlight people

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Wisconsin Heroes

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, voters line up in Wisconsin to cast their ballots. Photo: Sara Stathas for the Washington Post via Getty Images/2020 The Washington Post
We salute and honor those Wisconsin voters who risked their lives to vote.

They alone braved the COVID-19 Pandemic. They served on the front lines in our battle to save our Democratic Republic. They alone thwarted the Trump Republican Party's disgustingly putrid attempt to disenfranchise the majority vote in Wisconsin.

Heroes all. Each one deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Here is the whole story...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Voted Absentee Before Making Everyone Else Vote in Person, Zak Cheney-Rice, New York Magazine, 14 Apr 2020.

"Wisconsin Republicans were dealt a humiliating defeat on Monday. Daniel Kelly, a conservative State Supreme Court justice, lost his reelection bid to Jill Karofsky, his progressive challenger, by a decisive margin. (Returns are still incoming, but as of Monday night, Karofsky was up by 120,000 votes in the nonpartisan race; the New York Times reports that the last election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat was decided by fewer than 30,000 votes.) The result shocked members of both parties, in no small part because the state GOP did all it could to guarantee the opposite outcome. The novel coronavirus pandemic has forced most Wisconsites into seclusion, but earlier this month, the Republican-held legislature rejected Governor Evers’s efforts to postpone the election, forcing people to vote in person and risk infection. (In accordance with public-health guidelines, no other U.S. state is holding an in-person election in April.)"

Please go here for more.

Only Good for Humankind

Monday, April 13, 2020

Sworn Duty

Washington Crossing the Delaware River, by Leutze Emanuel Gottlieb
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA The Bridgeman Art Library*

Here is the message for each Elected Congressional Democrat: Get off your a**!

Pull on your combat boots and Do Your Sworn Responsibility to, "Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States".

This is your moment. Now is Your Time to muster up courage and live up to your heritage.

Remember the oath you affirmed when you took office?

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

Now is that "Come to Jesus" moment to fulfill you sworn duty and ensure that every vote counts this November.

Here is the story...

Investigative reporter breaks down the real reason Republicans ‘threw a fit in Wisconsin’: Trump’s GOP is ‘canceling the American people’s right to vote’, Chauncey DeVega, Salon,, 12 Apr 2020.


"Last week, Trump admitted that “You’d never have a Republican elected in this country again” if Americans were universally permitted to vote by mail."

"Trump is just channeling a belief that has long been expressed both in private and in public by Republicans and other members of the right-wing movement. On this, Trump and the Republicans are correct: According to public opinion polls and other research, the American people overwhelmingly reject their policies and goals."

"Because democracy is antithetical to today’s Republican Party, Donald Trump has repeatedly condemned voting by mail because he believes it will be disadvantageous to his chances of winning another presidential term in 2020. In the final analysis, Republicans want to make voting more difficult even if it means more Americans will fall ill and die from COVID-19."

"Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed Trump and the Republicans’ ongoing assault on American democracy. In a 5-4 decision, the court’s “conservative” majority ordered that Wisconsin’s primary election could not be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and no extension would be allowed for mail-in ballots. This decision forced the people of Wisconsin — most notably nonwhite people, students, young people, and other Democratic Party’s base in cities like Milwaukee and Madison — to choose between their lives and their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote."

"The Democratic Party’s leaders have apparently decided that expanded mail-in voting is a necessary measure, and the best way to defeat Donald Trump in the context of the coronavirus pandemic."

"In reality, matters are not so simple."

*The Significance of Washington Crossing the Delaware: Do Not Give Up!

Independent, Investigative Reporter Greg Palast

Please go here for the interview transcript.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

God Works in Mysterious Ways

Photo Art Credit: The Easter Renewal.

Today, Easter Sunday, many of us celebrate rebirth, resurrection, forgiveness of sins, overcoming death and life everlasting.

Today, while we rejoice, we also suffer.

We cower, tottering on the edge of the abyss, hands on our backs pushing us toward certain doom. Unless we turn and face our assassins, into the chasm we may fall, plunging down and down to certain loss of our rights and freedoms as Americans.

As inheritors of our Democratic Republic, earned with the blood of our ancestors over tyranny and built upon the bedrock of our Constitution and the laws of our land, we must summon up our courage, honor our heritage and demand equal justice under law.

We will prevail over the evil that would rule our land.

Here is how we fight evil. Here is a beginning. Here is how we Slay the Dragon.

Slay the Dragon

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A secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

2020 Good Friday Was a Hard Day

Drone Footage Shows Apparent Coronavirus Mass Grave At New York City’s Hart Island

Good Friday 2020 was a tough day for people throughout the world. In the USA we saw more than 2,000 people die due to COVID-19 infection and thousands forced to wait in line for food and likely exposure, too.

2,000 U.S. Dead In a Day, Carla Russo,, 10 Apr 2020.

"The U.S. is the only country in the world to see more than 2,000 people die in a day from complications of the virus."

‘Unforgettable’ footage of endless car lines at food banks reveals the stark COVID-19 crisis in the U.S., Eoin Higgins / Common Dreams and, 10 Apr 2020.

Please go here for the whole story.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Necropolitics in Wisconsin

The global COVID-19 pandemic has come home to roost, bringing to the forefront one massive question:

Why do we tolerate our corrupt society?

We live in a world where American-style predatory capitalism continuously runs wild, where oppression and exploitation are celebrated and rewarded while humanitarianism is denigrated. It is a world where those who serve the society honorably - nurses, hospital workers, police and firemen, grocery store workers - are the lowest paid in greenbacks but expected to willingly give their lives to keep the economy grinding forward.

In a blatant display of inhumanity, to cite but one example, the United States Supreme Court refused to extend by a week the deadline by which an absentee ballot could be postmarked, forcing Wisconsin voters, during the raging COVID-19 pandemic, to go to "... one of the few available polling stations – in Milwaukee only five of 180 designated polling stations were open – and risk exposure to Covid-19, or follow the state’s stay-at-home order."

"Residents had to choose between voting or protecting their health – proving Wisconsin has turned into a vanguard of the Republican assault on democracy."

"Yes, there was the Democratic primary, but that was of little concern to the Republican lawmakers. Of great concern, however, was Tuesday’s vote in a state supreme court contest. This vote pitted the sitting state supreme court justice Daniel Kelly, a strong conservative voice on the bench, against Jill Karofsky, a lower court judge supported by progressives."

"All this is as shocking as it is unsurprising. Wisconsin, once a thriving crucible of progressive politics, has turned into a vanguard of the Republican assault on democracy. Remember that the commanding Republican advantage in the state assembly is itself a creature of grotesque gerrymandering: despite winning only 46% of the state vote in 2018, state Republicans succeeded in capturing 66 of the 99 seats in the state assembly. Recall, too, that no sooner had Tony Evers secured the governorship in 2018, then this same gerrymandered body raced to strip the newly elected Democrat of powers long enjoyed by the state’s chief executive."

In pursuit of political control to preserve its catbird seat for pulling off unrestrained graft and corruption, the Republican Party has for decades openly trounced upon democracy at every chance, sucking the life blood from the common people of the United States.

In its putrid, biowarfare-like attack, the Republican Party has throttled our civil rights, torn apart our government and destroyed our meager, but hard-won social safety net - social security, Medicare, unemployment insurance. Only a cursory glance at the record reveals a ceaseless, and to-date sadly successful, psychopathic campaign to eliminate and/or underfund environmental protection, health care, clean water, public education, safe workplaces, pensions, and programs to care for the elderly and disadvantaged.

By using the COVID-19 pandemic to force Necropolitics in Wisconsin, that is dictate, which "people may live and how some must die", the Republican Party has also literally murdered our hard-won democratic republic.

Here's the story...

Yes, Wisconsin Republicans used the pandemic to stop people from voting, Lawrence Douglas, the, 9 Apr 2020.

Should I vote or should I protect my health? That was the stark choice that Wisconsin voters faced on Tuesday – thanks to their elected state representatives. Like much of the rest of the nation, Wisconsin is under a statewide stay-at-home order. The order is designed to slow the spread of a disease that has already sickened nearly half a million Americans and taken the lives of 13,000.

Given the gravity of the threat, the mayors of Wisconsin’s 10 largest cities urged the state to delay the Tuesday election – lest the state put “hundreds of thousands of citizens at risk by requiring them to vote at the polls while this ugly pandemic spreads”. Nearly a dozen other states had already chosen to postpone their primaries given the national state of emergency. Invoking his emergency powers, the state’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, likewise sought to delay the election until early June.

But Wisconsin said no. In a decision staggering in its cynicism and recklessness, the Republican-controlled state legislature flatly refused to delay the election. What did they hope to gain?

Yes, there was the Democratic primary, but that was of little concern to the Republican lawmakers. Of great concern, however, was Tuesday’s vote in a state supreme court contest. This vote pitted the sitting state supreme court justice Daniel Kelly, a strong conservative voice on the bench, against Jill Karofsky, a lower court judge supported by progressives.

Please, go here for the whole story.

Republicans Admit They Lose When Elections are Fair and Free

8 Apr 2020

Bill Moyers guest this week is the journalist David Daley, whose reporting and advocacy on gerrymandering and voting rights have fired up a generation of activists fighting for free and fair elections.

Please go here for transcript.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

It Takes a Virus to Kill Alternative Facts

Finally, an “Alternative Facts” Vaccine

I have often wondered how we would shelter ourselves from the Trumpists’ Republican Party “Alternative Facts” torrential downpour, as in the unrelenting lying, distortion, misleading, gaslighting, which they have showered upon the world since God made Little Green Apples.

Well, here is the first ray of sunshine in an otherwise dismally gray, never ending horror story, “Sorting Facts from Fiction”. And, while it’s a “ray of sunshine” it is forbiddingly sad to relate it is also riding upon COVID-19’s Death Wagon. Still, one could claim a positive from the COVID-19 pandemic - it takes a virus to kill another virus, as in the "Alternative Facts Virus".

It has taken the murderous, colossal COVIS-19 pandemic to out another equally horrendous plague – the Trumpists’ Republican Party “Alternative Facts” plague.

WASHLITE the Alternative Facts Vaccine

A nonprofit, based in Washington state, the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE), has brought suit against FOX News Corp. and its owner Rupert Murdoch, AT&T TV and COMCAST for “Calling Coronavirus a ‘Hoax’”.

WASHLITE is seeking an injunction, “…to prohibit the conservative-leaning outlet from ‘interfering with reasonable and necessary measures to contain the virus by publishing further false and deceptive content.’”

WASHLITE’s Arthur West, said that its members, “have run into people who still believe earlier Fox News reports that the pandemic was a hoax”.

Could it be that the god of “Truth and Justice”, in the form of the WASHLITE Alternative Facts Vaccine, has finally emerged from slumber and the end of darkness is at hand? It may be that the fragile Angle of Truth has once more found her wings and may soon soar again.

We will see what happens next as to how the Rs squash the suit so they can continue infecting truth.

Washington State Group Is 1st to Sue Fox News for Calling Coronavirus a ‘Hoax’, Ken Stone,, 2 Apr 2020.

An obscure Washington state group has become the first in the nation to sue Fox News over its coronavirus coverage, asking a state court to keep the cable network from airing false information about the pandemic.

The 10-page complaint — filed Thursday in King County — also names as defendants Fox News Corp., owner Rupert Murdoch, AT&T TV and COMCAST.

It seeks an injunction to prohibit the conservative-leaning outlet from “interfering with reasonable and necessary measures to contain the virus by publishing further false and deceptive content.”

Reacting in a statement, Lily Fu Claffee, general counsel for FOX News Media, told Times of San Diego: “Wrong on the facts, frivolous on the law. We will defend vigorously and seek sanctions as appropriate.”

Arthur West, leader of the 3-year-old Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics, or WASHLITE, the plaintiff, said in a phone interview that its members have run into people who still believe earlier Fox News reports that the pandemic was a hoax.

(One board member was diagnosed with coronavirus, he said, asking the name be withheld.)

The case, filed at 12:13 p.m. Thursday, has been assigned to Judge Ken Schubert — with no hearing date set. West said the defendants haven’t yet been formally served notice of the case.

Fox News interfered with social distancing measures, West said from the state first slammed by the virus.

“That’s the real evil of this type of programming,” West said. “We believe it delayed and interfered with a prompt and adequate response to this coronavirus pandemic within the state of Washington.”

West denied that the nonprofit group (with perhaps 30 associate members) was aiming to stifle First Amendment rights.

-Go Here for the Whole Story-

Any doubts about FOX News? Please watch this...

Saluting the Heroes of the Coronavirus Pandumbic | The Daily Show

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Hannity. Rush. Dobbs. Ingraham. Pirro. Nunes. Tammy. Geraldo. Doocy. Hegseth. Schlapp. Siegel. Watters. Dr. Drew. Henry. Ainsley. Gaetz. Inhofe. Pence. Kudlow. Conway. Trump. We salute the Heroes of the Pandumbic.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Behind the Virus Veil

"Powers that Be" unleash a new control tool.*

Early on, that is, only a few weeks ago, Mr. Trump claimed the virus pandemic that is now claiming tens of thousands of lives was a “hoax".

Why would he say that?

Let's ponder the questions for a few minutes. After all, while in lock down and isolation, we have a great deal of time, don't we?

So, to hoaxing, Trumpian style.

Why did he claim the virus was a hoax?

Could it be because the form of hoaxing he practices is lying to profit himself and fellow grifters?

Trumpian Hoaxing is the form of deception, misinformation, misdirection, he has successfully practiced all his life. Hence, why not continue doing so? It works for him. After all, his lack of morality, integrity, and lying supremacy got him the White House, didn't it?

Still, why claim the virus a hoax?

There are obvious answers:

  • It's all about ratings. People support the leader in front of them in times of crisis. But, more importantly, the hoax claim has always worked with his loyal supporters – it’s like tossing raw meat to hungry animals.
  • To cover his mistakes. It’s easy to deny incompetence by misdirecting attention and blaming the Democrats, Obama, the Chinese, the state governors, even the medical people.

For me, the not so obvious answers for perpetuating the “hoax” claim until as late as 1 Apr is to camouflage the truth and keep people from discovering the objectives behind the virus pandemic, some of which are:

  1. Limit voting – by the wrong people. Yes, in one of his “interviews” Mr. Trump mentioned this.
  2. End the “social safety net” which has been despised by Republicans since it was put in place by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930's. To this day, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, “welfare” and Medicare and Medicaid, to say nothing about “Obamacare”, continue to be targeted by Republicans. After all, there is no need for universal healthcare if the elderly and unhealthy, those with all those "comorbidities" no longer exist.
  3. Undermine the previous protections adopted Congress and “enforced” by various federal departments, such as the Environmental Protections Agency.
  4. Keep the white, mega-wealthy elites, the .01%, on top.

The problem with viruses.
Like gas warfare and other forms of biological warfare, viruses kill indiscriminately, especially if the winds change direction and a countering vaccine is not available.

Oh, and one more thing. Viruses have a tendency to mutate.

No one, not even the “powers that be”, are truly immune. Eventually, even the mega-wealthy will one day breathe the air outside their compounds. And, the mutated virus will be waiting for them, too.

One never knows who it will kill next.

More about population control here:
Population control: Is it a tool of the rich?, Mike Gallager, BBC, 28 Oct 2011.
or, here:

*Art credit: The death follows you, MargaritaDiaz6, Altered added COVID-19 image.