Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Human Beings: The most dangerous predators on the planet

     Seven years ago my wonderful granddaughter Mena was born right before Christmas and so every year, because there is a lot less going on in August than in December, she has an "un-birthday" party in the summer instead of an actual birthday party on her actual birthday.

     This year, Mena wanted her party to have an animal theme.  Does that mean that I have to get all dressed up in a cat suit or something?  No way!  "C'mon, grandma!  It will be fun!" 

      So I thought about it a lot and finally came up with a really great animal costume, one that would still let me wear my usual uniform of jeans and a tee.  I simply printed out a sign that read, "I am a HUMAN BEING, the most dangerous predator on the planet," and then slapped said sign on my back.  Problem solved.

     The un-birthday party was a huge success.

     But then, after reading an article on Global Research stating that four million Muslims have been killed by US and NATO troops since 9-11, I also got to thinking about exactly how completely accurate my costume actually was. 

     In 2001, an attack on the Twin Towers became an all-too-convenient excuse for Wall Street and War Street to instantly switch into predator mode and heat up their notorious and endless Wars for Oil.  And these predator massacres are still going on in Palestine, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen and Afghanistan today, 14 years later.

    Want more examples of human predator behavior?  Not a problem!

     In medieval Europe, human beings executed approximately 57 thousand women for "witchcraft".  King Leopold of Belgium apparently was responsible for two million deaths in the Congo.  Then there were the various wars on Native Americans, Aztecs, Incas and First Nations -- between 50 million and 100 million killed.  My own great-great grandmother walked the Trail of Tears and watched her fellow human beings fall prey to cold, lonely and miserable deaths at the hands of human predators.

     And don't forget those two bloody World Wars and the vicious brutality of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  And the African slave trade and its bloody results, "Straight out of Compton" -- and Ferguson, Baltimore and San Quentin too.  And then there are the current African massacres, millions more human beings dead in the Congo for blood diamonds and that stuff they put in computers.  And the massacres in Indonesia and East Timur, approximately three million more human beings slaughtered for oil. 


PS:   The T-Rex used to be the most dangerous predator on the planet.  Now it is completely and totally extinct.

      And then the lion became next on the predator totem-pole list.  I wonder what happened to lions?  Oh, right.  They became an endangered species, mainly because there was nothing else left for them to prey on.  Soon that will probably happen to human predators too.  We'll all be going up in (atomic and/or toxic) smoke.

PPS:  Not all human beings are psychotic predators.  Some of us actually shun attacks on our own species.  Really we do.  There really are some mentally healthy humans among us -- take Pope Francis, for instance.  "Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning."

     And, heck, even I know better than to kill people for fun and profit.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book-burning in Berkeley? Javohl!

     In the process of writing this article, I've started to feel a bit like a World War II master-spy or Mata Hari or something.  James Bond?

      Books have been disappearing from the Berkeley Public Library at an alarming rate lately.  "How many are gone?  And where did they go?"  Time to put on my trench coat and find out.

     Apparently our new head librarian has been "weeding the collection" at our main branch -- and doing it all on his own.  This weeding process is usually gently conducted by the library's entire staff, but only after serious consideration for each book.  However, the new head librarian has now taken this task on all by himself and is throwing out books left and right.

     But how many books have actually disappeared in the past year?  "Not all that many," claims the new head librarian.  "Just a few.  2,220 at most".  But a closer investigation has revealed that over 39,000 books have gone missing.  Yikes!

     "So what happened to all these books?" you might ask.  Well, apparently some other local undercover agent recently held a stakeout at the rear door of our main library, and what that agent observed was that huge piles of boxes of books were being left out on the sidewalk back there -- and then a large unmarked white van comes along and hauls them all away.

    "But where does the van take them?" you might ask next.  Who the freak knows.  I'm assuming that there will be a book-burning somewhere.

    "But what kind of books are disappearing?"  Apparently anything to do with women's studies, civil rights, the labor movement, LGBT, etc.  Sounds like an effort to de-radicalize Berkeley and dumb us all down.

    Then I talked with another undercover agent who said, "Apparently the Koch brothers have financed a library institute that trains librarians how to weed out all left-wing, progressive and anti-empire books in libraries throughout America.  Perhaps this librarian is a Koch-brothers infiltrator too."  Good grief!

PS:  Here in Berkeley, we not only have to worry about librarians "weeding the collection" and burning our books (who would ever think that I would have to write such a sentence!)

      Developers here are also marching in, "weeding the collection," tearing down homes and businesses that used to belong to non-Yuppies (probably carting them away in mysterious unmarked white vans too) and building over a thousand condos on our main streets to replace them. 

     Our mayor is ecstatic! 

     But the City of Berkeley now has to pay for the extra fire, police, sewer and street services for these new condos and the approximately 10,000 new residents involved.  However, there are families in Ireland who are not so ecstatic about all these new condos.

PPS:  And if you think it's an outrage that our local librarian lies to us, then be prepared to be totally outraged that our corporate-owned federal government lies to us constantly -- through their teeth!

    For instance, did you know that NATO is happily preparing for nuclear war with Russia?  And that, contrary to what we are being constantly told, none of this is Russia's fault because NATO (read Wall Street and War Street) started it all?  And that we Americans might even end up getting fried like KFC chicken -- and also have to pay for this pleasure ourselves?  Shades of the Sudetenland lies!

     For instance, what exactly do you actually think is going on in Syria right now?  Here's a report from my friend in Aleppo who tells an entirely different story about what is happening there than the one our corporate-owned MSM would have us believe.

    Or consider this report by Andre Vltchek on refugees from the Middle East now hunkering down in Europe?  Why are they there?  Not for the hate-filled reasons we are being told.  Read this to find out.

    In the Middle East, the foxes are definitely guarding the hen house.  According to America's official Congressional position, the United Arab Emirates is now in charge of "addressing humanitarian relief" in Syria and Iraq -- even as the UAE pays for and supports ISIS.

     Turkey is now in charge of "stopping the flow of foreign terrorist fighters".  Hell, Turkey welcomes them with open arms and then sends them on over to Syria (to force the New Ottoman Empire down Syrian throats), and to Iraq (to kill more Kurds)!

    The United States is currently in charge of "supporting military operations, capacity building, and training" -- apparently of ISIS.

     Britain has been put in charge of "exposing ISIS's true nature" -- even as it gives ISIS hot tips on how to run an appealing FaceBook page. 

     And the House of Saud is "cutting off ISIS access to financing and funding".  That is huge whopper!  The House of Saud itself has been financing ISIS for years.

     And of course let us also consider the biggest lie of all -- the 9-11 "conspiracy theory" theory, wherein no pilot or engineer alive today can even think about (let alone mention) all the many flaws in the official story of that tragedy without being laughed at or shamed by the MSM.

     Talk about your propaganda?  Javohl for sure!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beheadings: Why does the US support ISIS as well as Cecil?
    Yes, I know that Cecil the Lion is old news right now, just one more forlorn leftover from last week's media cycle and therefore not really chic any more -- but bear with me.  There is still a very important question of morality here, one that I can't seem to keep from haunting the back lobes of my poor over-worked brain.

     I keep asking myself, "How come everyone in America got so completely upset when some jerk of a dentist paid cold hard cash to behead a lion in Africa, but when some jerks in the CIA pay ISIS terrorists cold hard cash to behead thousands of Syrians and Iraqis, no one even gets mildly upset with said CIA jerks for laying out cold hard cash to do the exact same thing?"  Who the freak knows.  Certainly not me.

     Apparently lions' lives matter -- but Syrians' lives do not.

     If I were a Syrian or an Iraqi right now, I would demand that someone immediately put me in a zoo!  Hey, at least there I'd be safe and not on the endangered-species list any more.  

     And of course we also know how little Black lives matter here in America -- as compared to the life of one lion.  No one here seems to be getting as upset about the cruel death of Michael Brown or Sandra Bland as they did over Cecil the Lion's cruel demise.  Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be human.

     And does even your own life matter these days either?  Does mine?  Hard to tell. 

     And exactly how old was Cecil the Lion anyway?  If he was getting fairly long in the tooth, would that have mattered either?  If the dentist hadn't beheaded him, would Cecil have been kicked off of MediCare and Social Security and stuck in a run-down nursing home for lions because that would be all he could afford?  Would the same thing have happened to him that is currently happening to a whole bunch of our elders here in America?

     And what if Cecil had been an African human being instead of an African lion?  Would we have minded so much -- or even noticed -- that millions of African human beings have already been slaughtered in the name of corporate profits by some jerks in the White House, the Congress, the CIA, the Pentagon and Wall Street?  

    And I bet you anything that Cecil the Lion would love to have his head screwed back on again.  And that Syrians and Iraqis (and Africans) would love to get their heads screwed back on again too.

     I'd even be willing to bet that most of the Syrians and Iraqis who have lost their heads recently had never even heard about ISIS before their heads got chopped off -- or about the CIA jerks behind ISIS either.  And I'll even bet you the farm that the jerks who are currently running our disastrous foreign policy would just love to have their Syrian and Iraqi trophies stuffed and mounted on the walls of Congress, the White House, the Pentagon and Langley too.

PS:  Here's an interesting bit of information about the CIA-trained "moderate rebels" (aka ISIS) that War Street has sent off to terrorize the legitimate government of Syria. 

     $500 million of American taxpayers' money has been spent on training just 60 terrorists -- in either Jordan or Turkey, I forget which.  And 54 of them actually ended up in Syria.  And 18 of them actually fought against Syrians.

    That's $925,925 of our tax dollars spent on each one of the 54 recruits sent to Syria.  And that's $2,777,777 per actual active terrorist that the CIA and friends have spent.  Geez Louise.  For that amount of money, that jerky dentist could have bought a whole zoo.

PPS:  "Hearts and Minds".  That was the reason that Wall Street and War Street lost the War on Vietnam -- and why they will also lose the War on Syria too.  And why they will eventually lose their War on the Entire Planet as well.

       And "Hearts and Minds" is also why that jerky dentist eventually lost his War on Cecil. 

Friday, August 07, 2015

What most adults have in common: Wet dreams

    I hate Frank Sinatra.  Always have, even when I was a kid.  He's such a phony.  He sings all his songs like he's bragging, "Wow, look at me, aren't I so wonderful!"  Sure, the Chairman of the Board can carry a tune but what's the big deal?  So can a million other blue-eyed guys named Frankie.  I just don't get it.  Does he not also put his pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us?  Did he not also have wet dreams when he was a teen?

    And when Sinatra croons "Fly me to the moon," is he not also using code words for s.e.x.?  Of course he is.  Where else did Nancy Sinatra come from if not from doing the nasty?

     But guess what?  Old Blue Eyes is not alone here.  Almost every other adult on this planet, unless they are genetically modified by castration, female mutilation or something else equally gross, has wet dreams.  Or masturbates.  Or has had, is having or will have s.e.x.  How the freak do you think that we got to the point where there are now seven billion human beings on the planet if not for sex?  Fairy god-mothers?  I think not.

    Even priests, monks, nuns, imams, rabbis and probably even zombies have some form of wet dream.  And why is that?  Because of orgasms, of course.  Have you personally ever had an orgasm?  Nice, aren't they -- if for no other reason than they force you to stop thinking for just few seconds.  During an orgasm, the whole world slips away and you become, for that instant, the king or queen of the world even if you don't live in Buckingham Palace -- and you are rich beyond compare even if you aren't an oil sheik or corporate pirate living on Park Avenue.

    Even the poorest of the poor can afford a wet dream -- "Los pobres de los pobres," as they say in "Black Orpheus". 

     This fact must really gall the world's elite billionaires -- that some homeless bum living in a cardboard box under some inner city freeway can have as good as or possibly even better orgasm than them, even without the champagne, call girls, porno flicks and cocaine.

    "But Jane, you are digressing," you might say at this point.  And you would be right.  I actually do have a point to make here.  Actually, I have two of them.  First, of course, is that the human race needs to "make love not war".  Wet dreams are so much better (and so much more fun too) than the sleazy, greedy pornographic slaughterhouse nightmares being offered to us these days by Wall Street and War Street.  And my second point is to always avoid phonies, hypocrites, corporate-sponsored candidates for president and Frank Sinatra.

PS:  I just suffered through yet another operation on my poor broken wrist.  It's been over two years now since it was broken and I'm still in great pain.  And, unlike Hunter Pence, I am still not quite up to playing center field yet.

     But don't even think for a second that I'm not totally and eternally grateful for the excellent medical care that I have received -- the best in the entire world!  And thank goodness for MediCare.  Without it, I would have been forced to live with a useless left arm for the rest of my life.

     And also thank goodness that I'm not living in Libya, Iraq, Palestine, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Paraguay, Honduras, parts of Syria or in any of the other countries that have been "liberated" by American neo-colonialists and their neo-colonialist allies.  For instance, if I was living in Libya right now, I probably wouldn't even have a left arm at all.

     Hell, if I was currently living in those parts of Syria and Iraq that have recently been "liberated" by American-trained "moderate rebels" (aka ISIS), I wouldn't even have a head! 

PPS:  And speaking of sex, a whole lot of poorly-informed people are proclaiming that the decline of the American Family in recent years has been due to abortions, birth control and same-sex marriages.  That is totally not true.  According to journalist Robert Putnam, the major cause of broken families and single-parent households in America today is, wait for it, the War on Drugs.

     According to "Orange is the New Black," one out of every 100 American adults has been incarcerated.

     So if your dad (or mom) is currently in jail for possession of a baggie of marijuana, then of course your other parent is gonna have to work double shifts down at the car-wash or something in order to raise you by herself.  And this is a totally bad thing for the American Family -- and also for America in general because incarceration causes more crime than it prevents because it obliterates ex-cons' earning potential.  

So let's get all the dads (or moms) out of jail and educate them and provide them with decent jobs (ones that don't involve slave-labor wages or becoming cannon fodder for neo-colonialist wars) instead.

     Let's stop spending so much wasted money on war and prisons and start spending it on, er, sex education?  No, spending it on peace and LOVE!