bankrupt

Bankrupting is the elites way of stripping assets directly into their pockets. Get a loan, default on it and never have to pay it back. It’s like buying a new car and as soon as you drive it off the lot, it’s worth less- that’s the corporate profit taken right off the top…

regress

From your point of view and that simply is the problem- what choice do regressives have? However, we only have ourselves to blame from LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and so on as each one and their congresses have further tightened the noose until we are at the point where presidents are equally abhorrent to each party. And that has gotten worse since Citizens United decision by a conservative court. Conservatives hate the government but don’t recognize that corporations run the government but yet think corporations are their saviors – it’s a joke straight out of 1984. Conservatives have been running this country for almost 40 years and are able to blame all our problems on immigrants, China and the plethora of boogie men when congress gave the tax credits to corporations to move jobs out of the United States, run up the deficits to fight endless wars and give even more subsidies to corporations and regressives are so asleep they applaud- look at your pro-Trump websites- all you see is are posts like “Is Trump doing a good job?” No discussion of what he and the GOP actually advocate and are going to pass in the next four years. So I see the problem is that regressives and HRC supporters are actually proud of their ignorance- I don’t see it changing anytime soon- so yea, good luck buddy enjoy the pollution, enjoy having your retirement taken away, enjoy working for shit wages- you’ve earned it!

genocide

The recent attention being made to the extreme right relies on its acceptance as an ideology. The goal is genocidal anarchy and the right and consent to kill, injure, arrest and destroy property of anyone who doesn’t think like they do, look like they do and adhere to mythical values that only fools describe as “freedom.” That is why it must be shut down before it snowballs into an unstoppable avalanche…

econ

There are three basic economies- 1) Wall Street and the use of government subsidies for the elites; 2) the lower economy that is self contained in the poor where limited money circulates; 3) The overlapping economy where the rich prey on the poor with big box stores, big oil and power companies and the use of local governments to extract taxes and user fees. Anyone with half a brain needs to understand that the more money that circulates- even if it is in the hands of the poor for seconds- the better the lifestyle of the lower classes. What we have seen is that at any one time the money supply is finite and concentrated in the hands of the elite bubble and never sees the light of day to the lower classes. Wall Street uses their control to extract even more money in fees on pension funds, bank accounts and insurance. The rest of the economy is limited by the infinitesimal amounts of money circulating at any given time which percentages are extracted by the elites daily. This is simply the libertarian model where profits are privatized and risks passed to the government and the people. This is not capitalism by any stretch of the imagination.

Clapton

“Clapton is God” was written all over the world on buildings reflecting the guitarist’s influence on rock, rhythm and blues and other genres of modern music. It’s ironic when each album was released, Clapton wasn’t necessarily recognized as a seminal force or a technical master. Even with the release of Layla- the greatest rock and roll record ever made- didn’t bring the adulation that his contemporaries enjoyed. Part of that had to do with the aspects of Clapton’s low keyed sensibilities as a human being first and a musician who just wanted to play guitar.
The documentary below gives a good hearing to the guitar virtuoso and his influence on the rock world.

nazis

What’s always important is to see just what our society promotes. I looked at many definitions of Nazi in multiple dictionaries- about the worst I saw was “inflexible.” There was nothing about an aggressive mindset .to destroy perceived enemies of which war is the most insidious as the Nazis also added planned genocide to the mix. The WWII era Nazis invaded numerous countries by Blitzkrieg in which they destroyed everything military or civilian in their path. Behind their war machine they had special units of the SS who either killed, rounded up civilians for their slave factories or sent the remainder- the aged, women and children to concentration camps. Is this the kind of mentality that we want to promote for freedom of speech, the right to bear arms in the United States?

Apple: Strange Fruit

This documentary touts the legacy of Apple Corporation to the music and counter culture of the 60s and beyond. At the time the idea of signing unknown musical talent to recording contracts was unheard of- the Beatles wanted to share their good fortune with others in the music business. Make no mistake that Apple was a result of them paying confiscatory personal taxes in Great Britain, who’s tax system favored corporations who created jobs. Among the artists they signed included James Taylor and Mary Hopkins.

calm

This is a documentary on David Bowie’s early years. Has the usual interviews with folks who knew him or played in his early bands. Well worth the effort to see it even if Bowie wasn’t a favorite. David Bowie legacy was that you could do anything in the rock world and opened up other bands to many possibilities…

REV: Who’s in Charge?

“I see reality as ultimately a great mystery that will never be fully known (and I feel humbled and awed and reverent of this concept). Knowledge is better expressed as experiential knowing, if we really want to learn, and the way to this is through our sensings, feelings, imaginings, thoughts, and ultimately as a personal expression of this knowing,” writes Nancy Ellen Peden in her book, “Who’s in Charge of My Life? Discovering the Magic of Learning with Yourself and Others: An Experiential Education Program for All Ages.”
This treatise is a primer for those who see contemporary educational systems as a regurgitation of facts and tests. Peden views education as something that should be enjoyed, that groups can do to make their learning processes more meaningful.
Many in the educational system view children as “little adults” who should do as their elders want- this becomes not a system of learning but a power play between adults and children.
Peden hopes to change this thinking by proposing making the resistance to learning something children and even young adults a more fun and rewarding experience. She proposes that groups be formed that facilitate simple exercises that are easy to lead for “facilitators” instead of the stodgy “teacher” label used today.
She notes, for example, that “One article recently has suggested that just adding a couple of ten-minute play breaks can assist children who are diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD.” Sitting at a chair staring a blackboard can be very dull for any child.
Many children are rebellious and rightly so of authoritarianism which has permeated our society. “While therapy is OK, I consider mental illness to be rooted in the lack of love, attachment, and abuse as a child, and these can be dealt with in community settings. Unless there is no other choice, I recommend no one ever be drugged.”
She also states that “Life is a process more than a goal. The wisdom is found in knowing our own selves, minds, bodies, and creative spirits and in the ability to interact with others effectively.”
This book is a seminal look at the process of facilitating learning by getting to know the difference between being a test taker and creating an atmosphere of trust, of honesty, of knowledge that should be the goal of every educator.

Nancy Ellen Peden, “Who’s in Charge of My Life? Discovering the Magic of Learning with Yourself and Others: An Experiential Education Program for All Ages” by Nancy Ellen Peden

cucks

The alt-right comes up with all kinds of terms designed to make folks think the regressive way of thinking is superior to any other out there. One of those is “snowflakes” which is what the Nazis called the ashes floating in the air from the ovens during WWII when they were incinerating Jews and others.
And then we have “cucks”- which basically is a condescending term designed to make the opposition seem inferior to the “superior” ideology of fascism. In case you just fell off the turnip truck, the idea of subjugating yourself to any ideology that sets up a very small minority as superior goes against every possible principle of democracy and human decency. People who want everyone to have a decent life are somehow “inferior.”
Reality is different. Anyone with a neuron firing periodically should see that the elite and their octopus corporations are stealing the labor and well being of each and every one of us. It’s done through endless wars, pollution of the environment and paying wages that no one can possibly live on. Racism, misogyny and outright hatred are just how all this is accomplished. Yet, there are folks who cheer their own destruction, who see themselves as unworthy of the slightest amount of human decency and respect and who falsely believe they are somehow “superior” because of some ideology.