Archive for October, 2012

Embracing Terror

With the onset of cooler weather comes the common cold and the painfully familiar symptoms.  Many of the most damaging results of disease result from the body’s over-reaction to the initial infection.  The annoying cough and sniffle of the common cold which drag on for days or weeks are not caused by an active infection, but by the over-reaction of our immune system to the initial infection.  The most dangerous effects of influenza are caused by a positive feedback loop which causes a run-away over-reaction of the immune system.  Until this positive feedback is damped (stopped) the body continues to see its own symptoms as invaders that must be fought.  Natural, painful and if not stopped, deadly.

For the majority of Americans, the first experience of terror was in 9/11.  Our natural reaction to the resulting fear was a massive demand for action by our leaders to protect us from further terror.  Massive demand provides equally large opportunity for anyone who can offer a solution, whether or not it is an effective solution.  The media acts like an immune system amplifying these fears and demands.  Political and business leaders quite naturally make their living by meeting demands whether real or imagined.

We see the results daily.  Expanded security forces all trying to find enemies at a time when crime shows there are fewer enemies to available.  Instead, we invent enemies out of anyone who appears “different”.  Continued deregulation of banking and decreases in taxation have given us the highest income and wealth inequality greater than anytime on record other than 1929.  Protected behind the security paid for by the 1%, the 99% offer many targets to identify as enemies.

Our social “immune system” reacts to this lack of enemies by increasing funding to find enemies.  The results are becoming painfully evident to any who look over their security fence. Recent examples are reminders of previous events.

TSA abuse of citizens

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 (http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/Dying-woman-gets-security-pat-down-at-Sea-Tac-3932417.php?cmpid=twitter)

A dying woman says a security pat-down at Sea-Tac Airport left her embarrassed in front of crowds of people.  Michelle Dunaj says screeners checked under bandages from recent surgeries and refused to give her a private search when she requested one. Dunaj, who is dying of leukemia, carried a large amount of prescription drugs through Sea-Tac to head to Hawaii for what would be one of the last trips of her life. She called Alaska Airlines ahead of time to request a wheelchair and to ask how her medicines should be separated for the security line.

NYPD Stop & Frisk profiling and abuse despite statistics showing it to be ineffective.  http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/10/nypd-stop-and-frisk-caught-on-tape.html

“I just got stopped like two blocks ago,” says Harlem teenager Alvin, who covertly recorded the encounter on his phone. “You know why? You look very suspicious,” an officer responds before adding, “Shut your fuckin’ mouth before I slap you.” Asked why he’s being held, a cop tells Alvin, “For being a fuckin’ mutt.” And the threats keep coming: “Dude, I’m gonna break your fucking arm,” says the officer, “then I’m gonna punch you in the fuckin’ face.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rWtDMPaRD8&sns=em)

The highest rate of prison incarceration in the world.

The incarceration rate in the United States of America is the highest in the world. As of 2009, the incarceration rate was 743 per 100,000 of national population (0.743%).In comparison, Russia had the second highest, at 577 per 100,000,Canada was 123rd in the world as 117 per 100,000, and China had 120 per 100,000.[2] While Americans only represent about 5 percent of the world’s population, nearly one-quarter of the entire world’s inmates have been incarcerated in the United States in recent years.Imprisonment of America’s 2.3 million prisoners, costing $24,000 yearly, and $5.1 billion in new prison construction, consumes $60 billion in budget expenditures. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_incarceration_rate)

Islamophobia

“The tension between free speech and hate speech is already on display in the Middle East. Now it’s come to the New York City subway system. An ad campaign branding Muslims as “savages” has gone on display.”

“Investigators are looking for evidence of arson after a mosque in southwest Missouri was burned to the ground in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month.”

Secrecy – Not Transparency

– Friday, October 05, 2012 -The military detention law(NDAA) allowing terrorism suspects, including Americans, to be held indefinitely without trial has been reinstated by a federal appeals court.

Wikileaks / Hunt for Julian Assange / Collateral Murder

Abandonment of half of Americans

Romney told donors that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income taxes and are dependent on government and “my job is not to worry about those people.”

Even Women as a class are under attack

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:06 PM EDT  Since January 2011, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted repeatedly for an extreme anti-women agenda in the 112th Congress. The House voted 55 times to undermine women’s health, roll back women’s rights, and defund programs and institutions that provide health care and support for women.

The highest rate of prison incarceration in the world.

The incarceration rate in the United States of America is the highest in the world. As of 2009, the incarceration rate was 743 per 100,000 of national population (0.743%). In comparison, Russia had the second highest, at 577 per 100,000,Canada was 123rd in the world as 117 per 100,000, and China had 120 per 100,000.[2] While Americans only represent about 5 percent of the world’s population, nearly one-quarter of the entire world’s inmates have been incarcerated in the United States in recent years. Imprisonment of America’s 2.3 million prisoners, costing $24,000 yearly, and $5.1 billion in new prison construction, consumes $60 billion in budget expenditures. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_incarceration_rate)

Anti-Immigrant legislation (Arizona SB1070)

Drone attacks based on the secret “Kill List”

We are being led into chaos and constant fear by our political leaders, their enforcers and media. 

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RUNNING NAKED WITH KNIVES

During this political season, there have been incendiary comparisons of candidates to the people and actions of Nazi Germany.  This has been primarily a means of expressing the complete rejection of a perceived course of action supported by those accused.  While I share many of the sentiments of revulsion and suggested changes in our course, equating actions with those of the Third Reich is not accurate in degree or intent.

The comparable example is that of England negotiating with the Third Reich prior to the declaration of war.  Chamberlain was a conciliator and a Hitler apologist.  Today’s American media are playing this role for the GOP.  Presenting double-speak and clearly destructive plans as proposals worthy of equal presentation and debate is equivalent to Chamberlain’s denial of the clear wrongs and dangers of the Third Reich.

Further deregulation of banking, finance and industry while dismantling social and environmental protections is not a valid alternative worthy of debate.  It is the destruction of the precepts of the bill of rights, the constitution and the American way of life.  The GOP platform and the hate and demagoguery spouted by Republican officials should be the key news.  Romney’s pandering to his audience-of-the-day with wild swings in position should be highlighted by the media for the dishonesty they demonstrate, not debated as possibly sincere misunderstandings or changes in position.

It can be no surprise that ABC (owned by $100 billion Disney), NBC (owned by $100 billion Comcast and $600 billion GE), CBS (owned by $60 billion Viacom) and FOX owned by Murdoch’s $60 billion News Corp.) find the business centric GOP platform to be worthy of serious consideration.  The conformity of PBS to this presentation style while being the next “head on the block” is perhaps the most Chamberlain-like performance, driven by fear of their potential pay-masters and the desire to be like their better funded private colleagues.

Who will tell us plainly:  The would-be kings have no clothes, but they do have knives.

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