Destroyers of Language

What has happened to language? We developed it to make us strong. Now it’s used to make us weak. It’s a chaotic mess used to deceive, manipulate, obstruct, steal and destroy. That it’s occurring over such a large spectrum is a good indicator of major upheaval to come – be it world war, civil war, or a totalitarian state. Language is always the first casualty.

Yes, there have always been those who use language in negative ways for their own ends. This is nothing new, but it’s become an invasive and popular practice that rewards and advances those who regularly do it, and confuses and punishes those who do not. Everything has been turned on its head and truth is avoided like the plague.

It was easy, really. Change the language, and you change the meaning. Change the meaning, and you change results. Change results, and you change the world. At least, that’s the thinking.

Enter the “fake news” mania. The major news sources are no longer functioning properly. They have become the puppets and property of the state, whether they can allow themselves to admit it or not. We’re like animals in a zoo to them. We must be “fed” what is true – whether it’s good for us is not important.

This has also spread to most other sectors of society where a policy of language manipulation has been adopted. The goal, of course, is to lead people down a trail of false hopes and unattainable goals, or present them with confusing language that is damn near impossible to decipher. Language has become nothing more than a tool used to mask the true objectives and outcomes of the corrupt.

Pay close attention to what the politicians say, and the way in which they say it.  Public speeches or statements are crafted to present an impression of goodwill, cooperation, and concern. But they never say what they really mean, or really mean what they say. It’s a game. Its real life Monopoly and the stakes are high. All bets are off.

Listening to a politician or public persona speak can be incredibly painful experience unless, of course, you’re stupid enough to take what you’re hearing at face value. In truth, language has been so thoroughly damaged and changed that it’s become necessary to dissect not only every phrase, but every word – literally. We must constantly be searching for the hidden meaning behind what is said. The only time language is employed with any honesty is when it’s forced.

Likewise, nothing is to be written using plain, easy to understand language. That puts too much power in the hands of the average person – an unacceptable situation – and so the language is made incomprehensible to most. Specialization in any area is needed to understand and navigate its complex web, and it’s very questionable just how much the experts themselves really understand.

Ever try deciphering and understanding tax codes or insurance claims statements? Anything containing any type of legal language is not meant to be understood. But how much do the lawyers themselves really understand? Do lawyers have to turn to other lawyers to figure out the meaning of what other lawyers wrote? Sounds crazy doesn’t it? Perhaps, but crazy is the new normal, and the crazy are running the show.

And these crazy people have a real love of mazes. Constructing linguistic mazes is essential to their success. It is somewhat of a struggle for them though. Notice the frantic need to keep constructing ever more nonsensical mazes in a desperate attempt to control narratives, outcomes, and people. This can be interpreted as a good sign. It means they know they aren’t in total control and are experiencing fear as a result. We should be taking advantage of this.

Here in the Western world, especially, destroyers of language are paid well. It’s a full-time job with many perks and bonuses. For those whose internal compass doesn’t run along such devious lines, navigating linguistic mazes is nothing short of a nightmare full of dangers. Now, thanks to political correctness, such hazards have seeped into everyday society. Say what you mean and mean what you say and you’re frowned at and considered abnormal, even criminal. Reward the criminal and punish the honest.

The destroyers of language are leading us down into the abyss. If there’s any hope of crawling back out of it we must start with reversing the damage they’ve done – and it begins with language. We must adapt a constant state of challenging the narrative and exposing the lies – repeatedly. Tear down their words, expose the lies behind them, and call them to account. The language they’ve been destroying we must work to rebuild. Is this risky and dangerous? Yes, it is, but it must be done, or we will lose everything.



A Distressed Government

Government has become many things – all of which are showing serious signs of distress. It is crumbling. They know it, and are afraid. Perhaps this goes a long way in explaining their irrationality.  Fear now permeates the very fabric of governmental existence. Hypocrisy, recklessness, denial, and criminality are rampant. Government has evolved into a monster of epic proportions that is now turning on itself and eating its own. Paranoia has set in.

Government has long been a purveyor of fear. Whipping up fear amongst the public and directing it where they want it is a favored tactic. But they’ve become a victim of their own policies. In deciding who they want us to fear the most they are seeing enemies everywhere, enemies of their own making, as they work feverishly to distract us from their real agendas and nefarious covert actions.

Government has become home and haven for the elite criminal class. They’ve cloaked themselves in a veneer of respectability, but the cloak is wearing thin. They make their own rules with a reward and punishment system that’s the reverse of that which is applied to us. They think nothing of the harm they do to others. It’s this very narcissistic arrogance which will, in the end, be their undoing. How sad they’re so deeply mired in their own filth that they’re unable to dig themselves out.

Government has become a living symbol of lost hopes, dreams, and opportunities. People are tired, stressed, numb, and at a loss. Through television, political double-speak and false promises, people are being bombarded with a false reality that doesn’t mirror their own existence. They need to keep false hope alive so they can continue to profit from us in every way possible, for as long as possible. It’s interesting to ponder what’s going to happen when there’s nothing left to take. Perhaps it’ll end with them taking out each other. From the looks of it, that’s already begun. Now that would be a show worth watching.

Government has become an elite university specializing in deceptive, manipulative, and threatening language – their stock in trade. Diplomacy and honest dialogue are viewed with derision, and they sneer at those who are skilled in it. They don’t conduct themselves in the manner of seasoned statesman, but as immature, spoiled children. It’s all about the show, the glitz, and sleight-of-hand magic tricks. Snake oil salesman highly encouraged to apply.

Government has become practiced in relying on omissions and denials, especially when it comes to pointing accusatory fingers at others. They commonly fault others for what they themselves are guilty of. Crucial pieces of information are always withheld or obscured. They cannot win against the truth and they know it, and so the truth must be avoided at all costs. This is what makes relying on the mainstream news so dangerous. They believe what they’re told to believe, and relay what they’re told to relay. Their job is no longer truth in reporting, but propaganda.

Government has become cumbersome. It’s top-heavy and ineffective. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. All the various departments, bureaus, committees, branches, etc., etc., are all so busy doing their “very own important work” that the world outside their doors is neither here nor there. It’s like a very large puzzle with a lot of missing pieces, or has an elevator that doesn’t go all the way to the top, or is a few bricks shy of a load, or a few peas short of a casserole. Get the metaphorical picture?

Government has become a planet unto itself – straight out of The Twilight Zone. (Theme music, please). I sometimes wonder, when these people speak, just who it is they’re speaking to. It certainly isn’t to anyone who possesses a questioning and independent mind. They’ve modeled themselves into ridiculous perversions of how government officials should be. Perhaps they just enjoy the sound of their own voice so much that it matters not to them how they’re perceived, and even less if they’re believed. But their act is getting old, and they aren’t drawing the crowds they used to.

Government has also become its own worst nightmare. Their behavior has become so erratic, obsessive, and nonsensical that they fail to see that the real danger comes from within – from them. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. They’ve lost control of their own plot. Just watch the crumbling of the political parties as one example. They’re destroying themselves from within with scandals, infighting, a refusal to face reality, and an unwillingness to change. I often think we’re witnessing, in real-time, a true descent into madness. They’ve cloaked themselves so thoroughly in their own deceptions that they cannot see what is in front of their faces.

Comparisons are often drawn between George Orwell’s book 1984 and government today. But I think the truth is worse than that. I think that book was read, greatly admired, and adopted many years ago as the government’s bible; the end goal. A book of fiction turned into the ultimate reality. It isn’t going quite as smoothly as they envisioned though. People are beginning to wake up, and allies are getting fed up. But never forget that fear makes for a dangerous foe, and fear is playing a crucial role in government’s actions. How very scary it is to live with such people in control.


Turn Fear Around and Use it Like a Wicked Slider

What do you fear? Is it terrorism, nuclear war, disease, poverty, job loss, crime, the police, privacy loss, or climate change? Or perhaps it’s losing your social status, youthful appearance, or not keeping up with the Joneses? Maybe you don’t consider any of these fears, just worries or concerns. It doesn’t really matter. The political and corporate elite don’t hesitate to turn anything they can into fear and prey on it.

Fear is an effective tool of manipulation and control. In these chaotic and perilous times everything is being taken to a whole new level and fears of all kinds are flourishing. The list of fears is as long as it is varied, and they’re coming in at us hard and fast like wicked sliders in baseball.

They need us fearful and confused. It keeps us in line and them in control. Is there going to be a major war, or not? Will there be another economic collapse soon, or not? Is this certain food or activity healthy, or not? Just a few months ago we heard it is; now we’re hearing it’s not. Will you still have a job six months from now, or not? Will you lose your health insurance, or not? And on and on the list goes. Can you see the slippery slope? Fear leaves us confused, distracted, and at odds with each other. It’s an effective sleight of hand trick employed on a global scale.

But finally we are seeing it turning around and fear is now alive and well on the other side of the socioeconomic divide. They cannot always control the narrative or results in real time as they once did. They’re trying hard, but they’re failings are piling up. The quick flow, access, and sharing of information have proven to be a real thorn in their side, and they absolutely fear and hate it.

Cracks in the foundation are multiplying due to their massive, widespread corruption and criminal activity. People are doing some serious digging and questioning. This is causing them major problems, leaving them hopping from situation to situation as they attempt damage control. They’re increasingly flustered and off their previously well-oiled game. It’s rather enjoyable to watch.

Exposure must be their biggest fear. They have money, power, influence, safety and security, yet they have farther to fall then we do. The increasing threats of exposure from multiple directions can magnify their fears and ultimately bring them down. Not all at once, but this weakens them over time.

The potential loss of the money, power, and control they have accumulated must be nightmarish to them. They should be worried because they are, slowly but surely, being exposed for the frauds and criminals many of them are. Most of what they have has been taken from us through deception or by force, or we have blindly and stupidly given it away to them. It will take more of the same, and then some, for them to keep it.

It seems as though time is running short. The more they are exposed, the harder and dirtier they fight, and the more impatient they are to push through their agendas. What does this mean for us? It means further loss of our already eroded privacy and freedoms, more war, and a continuing decline of national, individual, and environmental resources. None of this is anything to look forward to. Expect a very hard struggle.

We must find ways of using their fears against them to weaken them further. It’s time to stop listening, believing, and giving chances. Nothing will improve unless, and until, the people take action. Turn the fear around and start throwing some wicked sliders of our own. Every little bit counts. Many of us together can have an impact.

For example, imposing sanctions is a tactic they favor. This would be a good place to start. We can impose our own brand of sanctions without ever leaving the house. Let’s start speaking their language and hit them with things they’ll understand.

Get away from relying on the mainstream media as a primary news source. This is essential. Check the headlines if you must, but they’re so shallow and biased that it’s unnecessary to read further. Their main concern is ratings and spewing out the approved narrative. Why reward them for that?  Their credibility is dwindling fast as they continually prove untrustworthy. Let’s capitalize on this, turn their fear into a reality, and render the mainstream news obsolete. Consider ditching mainstream television as well; it’s just mind numbing nonsense that you’re paying for.

Most people use Facebook, Twitter, and Google – one if not all three. There are major privacy and censorship concerns with all these. If you use all three, or even two, get rid of at least one. There are other options out there. If you want to protect your privacy as much as possible, and don’t want any outside party controlling what you see, then you should seriously consider not using these big companies. There are also concerns that Amazon is getting way too big. Consider using their services sparingly, if at all. Buy local when you can, or order direct from companies.

Find an independent investigative news organization, journalist, or organization focusing on constitutional or civil liberties to donate to who are working on our behalf. They have small budgets and could use the help. We should support those who are on our side instead of those who just want to control our money and our lives. Just do thorough research first to make sure you know to whom, and for what, your money is going.

These are just a few suggestions, but there are many, many more. These may not seem like much, and if only a few participate then they aren’t. But if many of us do something then we can be more effective at preying on their fears. Take a look at what you use in your life and what changes can be made. Use your imagination. There are ways to resist without joining protests or signing petitions. Passive resistance can be very effective. We should take control where we can, even in small ways.

Most people are aware, at least on some level, that things aren’t right with the world. Perhaps the biggest thing we can do right now is to communicate with each other. Talk to people and share information and ideas. Pay close attention to policies and policymakers, and ask questions. The powers that be fear this too. We’ve been kept in intellectual ignorance and submission for many years. We need to reverse that trend.

It’s our own governments, financial institutions, and the big multi-national corporations whose very greed and self-centered focus has brought such chaos, destruction, and decline into societies the world over. Contrary to all the endless promises and cleverly crafted language from politicians, people see that their lives are getting worse, not better.

It’s a pretty sure bet that when they say one thing, the truth is actually the opposite. Austerity is for us, not them. Obeying laws is for us, not them. Having insufficient or no healthcare is for us, not them. No expectation of privacy is for us, not them. Loss of rights is for us, not them. And again, the list goes on and on. We are truly in a fight for survival now.

Make no mistake about it; fear does exist on both sides of the socioeconomic divide. Let’s turn it to our advantage. This may not be a war we can win, but we shouldn’t even consider surrendering without a fight. It isn’t quite “game over” yet.







Waking Up from The Fog of Ideology and Propaganda

Waking up from the fog of ideology and propaganda that engulfs us is a process – usually a long one. There are stirrings of waking during this process, but these will only be recognized later with the benefit of hindsight. “Waking up” is the best description of what it’s like, and although it can be quite a rude awakening, it’s a welcome one. When the fog of ideology and propaganda lifts vision clears, perception changes, and realities rearrange. You will need to decide how you’re going to handle this new state of awareness. There can be no returning to the fog. This is your new reality – embrace it.

Floodgates will open allowing previously blocked or distorted information to filter through to your consciousness. Your ability to take in new information will expand greatly and you’ll eagerly seek it out, but expect a healthy dose of anger alongside this. Anger not only at discovering the steady diet of lies, omissions, manipulations, and distractions we’ve been subjected to for years, but at the sheer depth and scope of it all. Treachery on such a grand scale is insulting at best and suspiciously ominous at worst.

If you’re honest you’ll also acknowledge that you’re angry with yourself as well. No one likes to be deceived. It makes one feel like a fool – something else that no one likes. You will question why it took so long to wake up and take notice. But do try and save the bulk of that anger for those who so rightly deserve it. Just don’t let it consume you or act on it in a negative way.

It can be overwhelming to realize that everything you thought you knew has to be reassessed. The powers that be throughout society have proven to be untrustworthy, unreliable, dysfunctional, and dangerous, and it’s getting harder for them to disguise it. The destruction of society has been underway for a long time, and an insidious instability and hysteria is playing out in the political realm. They have come to believe the ideology and propaganda they churn out. They’re too invested now to change course and the longer it goes on the worse they become.

Even those who haven’t woken up know that something is wrong, something beneath the surface. They just can’t put their finger on what it is. Things feel off somehow and no longer appear normal. But just knowing that something is wrong is a start. And so we must try and guide them, without pushing too hard. That they would resent and resist, and anyway they will not wake up before they are ready.

More and more people are waking up, but there are those who most likely never will. Either their identity is too intertwined with the ideology and propaganda, or their position in life is too dependent on maintaining and supporting it. Waking up would be too devastating for them, and perhaps on some level they sense it. Leave these people be, as they will only continue to cling to their beliefs and their comfort zones.

Your new awareness should provide motivation, direction, and clarity where it was lacking before. This is good. This is what is needed. Question everything and everyone. Work to rip away the fog of ideology and propaganda that permeates society and obscures so much. Talk to others and exchange ideas and views. Research, expand your boundaries and find your path. It will not be the same for everyone, but it doesn’t need to be. It all matters in the end.

Are you one of the awake? And if you are, what are you doing about it? Perhaps you’re too afraid to do anything, which is understandable. We live in very scary and uncertain times. If it seems that we are fighting for our very existence, don’t be too quick to dismiss this thought, because we most certainly are. Just do what you can, whatever you feel comfortable with. We the people need to take back our power.




A Regime Change to Call Our Own

It was bound to happen, sooner or later. America’s long history of regime change has finally come home to roost. Those who pushed so ardently for it elsewhere are now pushing for it here. Ah, the irony of it all. Wonder how this one’s going to turn out. If past events are any indication then fasten your seat-belt. It could well be a bumpy ride.

Regime change can be a messy and nasty business, and there’s certainly no shortage of nastiness going around Washington. It’s hard to imagine it getting worse, but no doubt it will. The entrenched establishment wants Trump gone so bad they can taste it, and they’re doing whatever they can to make it happen. They’re desperately looking for anything they can use to impeach him. They are also using the well-documented formula of funding and inciting a color revolution to help bring about this regime change. It’s nothing other than an intelligence op courtesy of the CIA and backed by the establishment.

Getting student youth involved to form protest movements is a strategic factor in regime change. Youth can be easily manipulated because of their idealistic innocence and lack of life experience. They want to participate in the crusade; to stick up for what they see as wrong done to others. Or perhaps there’s no real motivation other than being part of a movement and getting their fifteen minutes. Whatever their motivation is they’re missing critical pieces of the picture. They’re following obediently along and putting their focus where they’re being directed to put it. Are they not concerned about anything else, or are they merely prey to an effective process of distraction and misdirection?

Where is their indignation about the high cost of tuition? Or the poor job prospects? Or the death, destruction, chaos, and de-stabilization wrought by foreign policy? Or the poverty and worsening life standards people everywhere face?  Or the loss of rights and privacy concerns? Where are they with their signs and slogans and marches? Where were they even before the election? They’re being used as pawns in a scheme that in the end will not benefit them in the least. Someday they’ll wake up to find that while they were busy defending the rights of certain groups and focusing all hatred and anger on Trump, we all lost our rights.

Notice too, how academia as a whole has jumped on the bandwagon. The social pressures to conform to the extremes of political correctness have certainly done its job. The threat of having funding withheld or losing one’s job is a great motivator too. Higher education is, after all, a business. The universities are so intent on following the approved agenda they’re putting the state of higher education in jeopardy. Its value is being greatly diminished as the focus is not on teaching students how to think critically for themselves, but programming them on what to think. This is dangerous and should be raising red flags.

The mainstream media is also deeply complicit in this attempt at regime change. Full-blown state propaganda has taken over in the western world. They are the tip of the spear, and have proven themselves to be unreliable, unprofessional, and biased. Indeed, there is much that happens in the world that is ignored by them. If it doesn’t fit the approved corporate and political narrative, then it’s not news, or it’s deemed to be fake news. Anyone who doubts this should considerably widen their research to include other sources and perspectives.

And let’s not overlook the money. There’s plenty of funding to help fuel the flames of regime change. This is a well-documented practice in other countries and it’s happening here now. The U.S. gave five million (and some cookies) to fund the regime change in Ukraine. Why would the same not happen here? There are many other sources too that provide money to various NGOs, institutes, and foundations that are willing to push the agenda of the U.S. and the world’s elites. This is standard practice. Look it up.

What we’re witnessing is a vendetta against one man – Trump. Was he a poor choice for president? Yes, he was, but so was Clinton. They’re both equally scary in their own ways. It’s doubtful, though, that we would’ve seen the backlash had Clinton won, but that’s because she was an establishment candidate. Trump is considered an outsider to be disposed of.

What does this tell us about the political state of the country? It tells us that the problems go much deeper than the office of the president and we should be focused on the system that presented us with these very poor choices. America is not ruled by one man alone and it is not a democracy. Changing the president and nothing else is like putting a bandage on a wound that requires major surgery.

What we need is a vendetta against the established elite and the system that has been hijacked and manipulated to benefit them, and only them. Too many people aren’t recognizing this and the very real dangers it presents.

Changing the president isn’t going to rid the country or the world of the inherent problems we face. We’ll still be plagued with corruption and greed at all levels of government. We’ll still have an aggressive foreign policy. We’ll still have a fragile economy with people unable to make a livable wage. The infrastructure will continue to deteriorate. The healthcare system will still be an increasingly expensive and dysfunctional mess. And the shadow government will still be in place exerting their influence in politics and people’s lives.

Those who back regime change because of their dislike for one man should be careful what they ask for. Such a move may only erode our system of government even more. It may depend on the methods and means used to make it happen. But every action taken by the government seems to open the door to further change that is detrimental to us in the end and is ultimately leading to a system that bears no resemblance to what was intended. It will also set a very dangerous precedent. Is this really what we want?



What’s Behind The Russian Hacking Allegations

The cries of Russian hacking have finally begun to subside. They were a convenient diversion which seems to have run its course – for now anyway. But diversion is exactly the point. Continuous diversions and accusations are being used as distraction and misdirection tools and not just by Clinton and the Democrats. There are plenty of Republicans in that mix too. In fact, anyone who is a part of, or has been hoodwinked by the Establishment is absolutely furious. Their agenda has been upended. Blaming Russia for something is usually a part of that, but as with most things there are unsaid motives behind this story.

Clinton, the Democratic Party, and their supporters absolutely refuse to accept any responsibility for the election loss, or perhaps their psyche just renders them incapable of it. The blame must be placed elsewhere. Not only that, but they seem to be unable to move past the loss. They were blindsided and humiliated, and now they are extremely angry. Now should be the time to regroup, rethink, and rebuild. Instead, they have embarked on a new campaign; a campaign consisting of revenge, slander, and propaganda. There is no interest in rising from the ashes, only in stoking the embers.

They desperately want to direct focus away from the content of the Clinton emails and their implications, and onto a source. They also want to downplay that she used a private email server. The last thing anyone in the political structure wants is people looking too closely at their inner workings. No better way than to distract people with allegations of Russian hacking. It has become clear that there are major problems and some very questionable practices, and people, within the Democratic Party. Clinton will claim innocence and try to hide her deceit to her dying day, but she is dishonest, and this has long been known. She may have been “cleared”, but she is far from guiltless. In the current political climate placing blame is more important than admitting to it, especially when the stakes are so high.

Interference in elections by any country other than the U.S. is not acceptable. If that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black then I don’t know what is. It’s become a normal part of U.S. foreign relations policy to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. According to a study done by Don Levin of Carnegie Mellon University, there were “81 times the United States has attempted to influence presidential elections in other countries between 1946 and 2000.” I wonder how many more can be added from 2000 to present. And this study didn’t even include military coups and regime changes supported and enacted by the U.S. If Russian hacking did influence the election I hardly think we have any room to complain. Both countries are guilty of trying to interfere in the past.

Russia must, at any cost, be the enemy. This is especially true of a strong and independent Russia. Russia’s foreign policy has been one of reason and constraint, proving much more stable and effective than the U.S. policy. This has proved embarrassing to the Establishment, and so the warmongers are beating their drums ever more loudly. It’s long been their strategy to intentionally worsen relations with Russia by portraying them as the evil aggressor, so a Russian hacking movement was considered an opportunity too good to be wasted. The military industrial complex needs to keep the money-making machine rolling. This is a high stakes game and they are willing to risk all to keep it going.

The voters are stupid. They are unable to come right out and say the voters are stupid for choosing Trump over Clinton, but they’d probably love to. Politicians have long thought voters stupid. As it would be stupid of them to say that publicly they did the next best thing – blame Russia. They would have us believe that Russian hacking of emails, and subsequent disclosures by WikiLeaks were the reason for the election loss. They can offer up no proof for this, only lots of suspicion, innuendo, and “fake news”, believing that all voters are stupid enough to buy it.

Putin and Trump are both hated and feared. Why? Because these two are viewed by the Establishment control freaks as rogue players on the world stage. They follow their own script, not the Establishment approved one, and for this they are both hated and feared. Control is slipping and panic is setting in. World upheaval and unrest are real. People want change from worsening life situations. Do Putin and Trump signal a change in world leaders that will continue? There are important European elections coming up this year. What is the Establishment to do? Probably blame Russian hacking if they don’t get the results they want. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Stay tuned, it’s going to get interesting.

Of course, none of this will ever be publicly acknowledged through plain speaking. Consider that they are willing to risk nuclear war, or civil war, to maintain control and achieve their ends. This speaks volumes and none of it good for us. Meaningful dialogue and diplomacy is not in the toolkit, and with their obstinate attitudes the risks have been ever-increasing. We are in a state of perpetual war now. We’ll see where it leads.




Healthcare, Costs, and the Elephant in the Room

It’s that time of year again. Healthcare costs are rising and once again, of course, it’s entirely our fault and we must be punished. We’re too fat and have an unhealthy diet. We aren’t controlling our diabetes and blood pressure. We smoke and drink too much. We need to exercise and reduce our stress, etc., etc. Preventative Healthcare is preached like a fiery sermon from the pulpit of healthcare professionals, the insurance industry, employers, companies, and health nuts. But…there’s an elephant in the room that isn’t acknowledged nearly enough regarding responsibility for health and healthcare costs.

There are numerous chemicals and substances that we are exposed to everyday – way too many to list here. They’re everywhere – in our homes, workplaces, water, air, and even the food we eat. Many aren’t going to have adverse effects in the short-term, but what about years from now? It’s impossible to predict future potential consequences for individuals as we aren’t all carbon copies of one another. There are too many variables and too many unknowns. What affects one person down the road may not affect another in the same way.

It’s common for it to be claimed that many substances pose no risk, or that the risk is low, but no one really knows that for sure. These are comfort words, meant to reassure the public and downplay any possible negative impacts. But many people are diagnosed with a terminal illness that has no obvious cause. The disease can’t be linked to their lifestyle, and it doesn’t run in their family. So what else could be possible causes? Why is it beyond belief that exposure to a chemical or substance possibly acted as a trigger? Given the sheer amount of these in existence it’s hard to imagine that even the “safe” ones are safe.

There’s an obvious reluctance to look beyond the individual for answers unless forced to do so. It doesn’t happen too often, but once in a while it does. Remember the Flint water crisis from last year? According to an examination done by Reuters, lead poisoning rates in almost 3,000 areas have higher rates of lead poisoning than Flint. A lot of attention was briefly focused on the problem in Flint, but what of the other communities? As buildings and infrastructure continue to age, more of these problems will be forced into the limelight. Most communities don’t have the funds to correct problems. Maintenance and replacement of worn out and obsolete infrastructure has not been kept up with. We’re expected to practice preventative maintenance on ourselves at all costs, yet when many communities had the money they didn’t do the same with their infrastructure.

While the long-term effects of lead poisoning are well known and documented, this is not true of all the substances and chemicals we are exposed to. More long-term studies are needed, but even those come with a hitch. We like to think of studies as being thoroughly scientific and objective, but that’s not always the case. It depends on where the funding for the study is coming from. As with so much in this world – follow the money. Those who fund studies generally want the results to reflect their own agendas or beliefs.

Companies spend a lot of money developing new chemicals and products and they don’t want negative results. Nor do they want to assume responsibility for any possible ill effects from ingredients in their products, technologies they employ, or man-made disasters that occur. Unless an event is too big to be contained and kept quiet about, then it usually is. Is that a denial of responsibility?

There are two lines of reasoning used in defense of all these potential hazards in our world. One is improvement to our lives through new products or practices, and the other is providing jobs, and it can be really hard to argue with these. We all want to see improvements to our lives, and jobs are necessary for economic health.

Yet all too often, in satisfying one or both of these, there is an environmental and human price to be paid. There’s always a trade-off, and risks are always downplayed for as long as possible. We have nuclear power plants that are leaking and oil spills occurring that aren’t being widely reported so many are unaware of what is happening. Think these don’t cause high economic losses and costs along with potential health hazards? Why wouldn’t they? I don’t think it’s necessary for any of us to be a scientist or some other industry “professional” to have valid concerns and questions.

As individuals we are expected to be responsible for own health, but we are also parts of a whole. In other words, we don’t live isolated existences where there are no outside factors to affect us. In many respects we live at the whim of those with influence. Products are developed and policies and practices pursued whose long-term safety is questionable. Pay close attention to what corporations and politicians are doing and saying, and do some research. But it’s easier and far better to place the blame on individuals. We must be doing something wrong, right? Not to mention that we’re being unreasonable to even think about questioning anything we are told – or sold.

And so, we must be punished. Higher insurance premiums, higher deductibles, less coverage and less choices, “wellness” control mechanisms so we can have slightly lower deductibles, penalty taxes, and yet more sermons – year after year. All of this makes us as hamsters in a wheel, because no matter what we do or change, these will not. We will always be the bad guys in the healthcare movie. And remember, what matters are that we all have health insurance. It doesn’t matter that we can’t really afford to use it. But that’s another elephant in the room.

Resources: and probable human carcinogens

Journalist chemicals and neurotoxins: silently eroding intelligence, damaging societies

There are many other resources – these a just a few.


Re-Directing the Anger Post-Election

So Trump is to be the next president. What a huge surprise as so many didn’t think he could do it. What should be far more alarming than Trump’s win are the resentments and divisions it’s causing between people. Like it or not, Trump was a legitimate candidate, and any who voted for him had every right to do so. As we continue to move farther into the post-election season, it’s important we don’t get stuck in a cycle of hate and re-direct anger towards those who deserve it and away from each other.

The people who voted for Trump had their reasons for doing so, as did those who voted for Clinton. Some voted for a third party, but many people don’t view this as an option. Instead, they believed they had to make a choice and decide who was the lesser of two evils; a truly sad state of affairs. The campaign was ugly and brutal. The main focus for both sides was one of personal attacks and blame with little attention devoted to issues. They certainly did Jerry Springer proud.

So, whose fault was this? It isn’t our fellow citizens, it’s the establishment. These are the choices we were presented with. So why are people continuing to direct their anger towards each other in this post-election season? Where is it written that you must vote the way others want you to? The ballot box has always been regarded as a sacred and important part of how we define our country. Don’t be so quick to abuse it or in future it may come back on you. Harassing those who didn’t vote your way accomplishes nothing.

But undoubtedly, the establishment loves to see this happening. If our anger is directed at one another then it’s not directed at them – where it belongs. This is playing right into their hands, and the talking heads of the mainstream media is complicit in this. They accomplish this by appealing to people’s emotions and avoiding logic by way of misleading and false news. This is not beneficial, and is in fact a dangerous tactic. The more we take out our frustrations and anger on each other and not the establishment, then the less motivated they will be to make any changes. They just sit back and enjoy the show. Is this really the result we want?

Voting may or may not be rigged, but the system surely is. The political parties, corporations, banks, and lobbyists, aided by their mouthpiece the mainstream media, have molded and deformed the system to suit their needs and ignore ours. That’s why the election choices we had weren’t much of a choice at all; but the result was a start. The win for Trump signified, more than anything else, that Americans are fed up with the status quo. Perhaps this will lead to reform and better choices in the future. This is where we should be directing our energies in this post-election season and moving forward.

Real and meaningful reforms will have to be pursued doggedly and forcefully. They will not change or give anything up lightly or willingly. But it’s going to take perseverance and hard work to make it happen, and we can’t do that if we’re divided. You make might not like him, but Trump has won so let’s see where he takes us and how he does. After all, there will be another election four years from now. If we can keep the spotlight and pressure on the establishment, and they see we’re serious and united against their corruption, then hopefully we’ll see better choices next time around. If we allow this division to continue and build, we may see civil war instead.


Expressing Displeasure at the Polls

The only way to break or weaken the hold of our two party systems is to sufficiently threaten their power base. They will only change if they are forced to, and this needs to happen. Otherwise, the status quo will be maintained and we will not only get more of the same, but things will get progressively worse. And so what are we to do about this? Many believe there isn’t anything we can do, that we are powerless. On an individual level we are, but perhaps not if enough take to expressing displeasure at the polls.

I have my own method for expressing displeasure at the polls. I no longer vote for major party candidates, and haven’t for a long time. Many think they have to or it’s the same as throwing their vote away because a third party candidate cannot win. This is certainly one way of looking at it, but it’s not the only way. I know the person I’m voting for isn’t going to win, but that’s not the point. The message I’m sending by not voting for a major candidate is the point.

Withholding my vote from them is a definite way to get across my displeasure and mistrust of them. The more people do this, the more votes they lose. As percentages for third party candidates rises and theirs falls, even though they may still have control, they will definitely sit up and take notice. They don’t want to see this happen. If their voter bases are threatened in meaningful way then perhaps some actual reform can occur and better choices appear. Refusing to vote at all, or voting for someone who you really disapprove of, is to truly throw your vote away.

There are two other methods I employ to express displeasure at the polls. In my state we have a semi-open primary system. Voters must register as Republican or Democrat or they cannot vote. This is an example of the stranglehold these two parties have on the electoral process. What if I don’t like either enough to want to register as belonging to that party? I’m out of luck and cannot vote.

This is where it is clear that the election isn’t about the candidates so much as it is about the parties themselves. So, every time I vote in a primary I change the party I’m registered with. This is my way of telling them that I’m not happy with either party, and also that it isn’t any of their business anyway. I’m interested in individual candidates. The parties have proven themselves to be an unproductive nuisance.

Lastly, I will withhold my vote whenever there is only one individual to choose from. It is troublesome to me when there is no one to challenge them. This occurs often at the local level. Only one choice is no choice at all. Of course these people “win” because no one is running against them. But I will not “vote” for them, as this is not reflective of a democratic process.

The general consensus among the public seems to be that our political system is seriously flawed, if not broke, and has been for a long time. The hallmark of the monopoly the Democrats and Republicans have on the electoral process is embarrassment and shame. They look like fools, and by extension so do we. More importantly, they are reckless with their actions and words, and have no one’s best interests at heart except their own.

I realize that alone I make no difference and it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. However, I am uncomfortable with doing nothing, and if it is within my power to do something, no matter how insignificant, than I will do it. Hopefully, more people will find the little things that are within their power to do, and do them. The little things do tend to add up after all. If we want change we must start somewhere. This is mine.


The Not-So-Amazing World of Carny Politics

Time is short, the election is drawing near, and carny politics has been the defining characteristic of this campaign. This makes it hard to take either of the two major candidates seriously. They are making fools of themselves. Their focus is skewed and good luck figuring out their priorities. If this is what we have vying for one of the top jobs in the world then we are in sorry shape indeed. Bring on the clowns and the cotton candy.

Where then, is the media in all of this? Remember those who are supposed to hold the government accountable? Oh, that’s right, they’re the ones supporting and broadcasting carny politics right into our homes. They enjoy providing a dizzying ride that spins faster and faster and leaves a sickening feeling behind. Just know that the ride never stops so if you want off you must jump. Perhaps we should call them the Carny Media instead of the Mainstream Media. But I’m sure that would offend their politically correct sensibilities. Can’t have that now, can we?

They, and the candidates, are like invasive species feeding off each other. Together they have created a maze of illusions, paranoia, and deceit. It’s a precarious path, and for them it has become an intoxicating and addicting one. A laser like focus on controlling content and direction has blinded them to the many hazards they have instigated. The road to the future has become littered with theoretical mine fields that, given the right trigger, have the potential to be as deadly as the real thing.

This is a never ending nightmare worse than any horror movie. And the nightmare will continue long after the winner gets their White House prize. Perhaps we should rename it the Fun House. After all, that is where the head clown resides. A place where nothing is as it seems and people hide behind many masks and play many games. They make their own rules yet are the first to break them.

Carny politics is a stupid yet dangerous game. Its very danger lies in its stupidity. We should be asking how much of this stupidity is intentional. Just like the magician, they are using misdirection to focus attention where they want it, and away from where they don’t. Why are we hearing about sexist and racial comments and acts from years ago now? Why is it so important to blame Russia for leaked emails, without proof, rather than addressing the content of those emails? It’s just distraction tactics pulled from their common bag of tricks.

The politically correct culture is anything but correct. Its distracting rhetoric adds nothing meaningful or productive to the mix, especially in the current climate. It’s used primarily to stir things up, and quite effectively too. Meanwhile, pressing issues are left to rot in the world outside the protected realm of carny politics. How long can this go on? Given the chaos and uncertainty in the world, a major priority adjustment is in order. Sooner rather than later, or the next president may end up being the last.