A good article from Organic Consumers regarding the beginnings of COVID19 and a follow-up article a year later. The world is complicated, and thanks to humans, way more sinister than would be otherwise.
This is a post to off-guardian.org lamenting the divide between those that have no trouble seeing the rise of tyranny and the bio-medical police state, and those that do not. In this case it is COVID, as opposed to 9-11 and war two decades ago.
Quite predictable I’m afraid. Hopefully most of us are prepared. If you missed phase 1, you’re just blocking it out. I wish I could.
Interesting Information From The Last American Vagabond. These are long but the ideas can be easily conveyed by just listening while tending to other tasks. Be sure to check out videos covering the more ominous government programs going on in the background while they have most of the population distracted, which may be the whole point. It works as long as you allow it.
Also check out The Corbett Report, as mentioned in the above video, he has so many eye opening videos on this subject and many more to wake you up about our system.
As you would expect, both sites are replete with links to everything in the shows.
Once again, thanks to Chris Hedges for laying out what remains of governance in the United States.
Our system is dysfunctional at best, and hopelessly doomed at worst. If we continue to act as if our one party system, masquerading as 2, will invoke real change, we are delusional. Vote in order to give the up and coming alternatives a chance. Don’t vote for more of the same.
If you don’t have a sobering idea of our situation, I have some videos to fix that.
Don’t settle. Vote.
Time to throw off the decades of plutocratic/kleptocratic rule.
If there is one thing that is going to sadden me the most about this voting season, it is our failing to take advantage of the economic reset we are about to experience. While I certainly want to replace our current boy king with an adult, we need to take a page out of the playbook used by those that run this show. ‘Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste’. We need to take this opportunity to re-imagine a better system going forward. That means making it clear to the ruling class that we do not want to return to the smoldering dumpster fire that was life for most people. That ‘normal’ everyone seems to be eager to return to. If we return there, we will be hastening our own extinction and taking a good percentage of life on this planet with us. Well, of the ones we have not exterminated already.
We should take advantage of this economic reset and do a political reset. It is time for the U.S. to climb its way back to being one of the top 5 best places to live in the world, as opposed to about 35th, where we are now. Even trying to maintain 35th place is at the price of death, destruction, and misery in many places around the globe, as we try to maintain the appearance of prosperity, prop up a declining empire, and subvert those nations that do not want to join. Who we elect as leaders goes a long way towards making that goal.
The US Dollar is well on its way to being replaced as the currency everybody in the world wanted or needed, at one time. It was the mechanism that allowed the U.S. to be king of the hill for the last 70 years. There is going to be substantial hardship as the Dollar loses what little value it has. Unemployment, the credit crisis, bankruptcies, re-alignment of the financial markets, the ever increasing income gap, and the general decline in our way of life. While the upper income group is quite happy with their way of life, their desperation is increasing. Usually resulting in more loss of liberty for most of the population as power tries to quell the uprising. It is quite possible if we go back to ‘normal’ we will forever lose the opportunity to peacefully reset our society for the better. We can reverse most of the destructive policies that have been put in place if we elect people with the vision to do so.
A positive change will not happen by rotating through the same 50 year old broken parties that got us to this point. Demand better. Demand choices. When was the last time we saw a real choice of leaders and parties to vote for? The 2 party system has made sure inconvenient voices are pushed out of the debate. They no longer have to answer the important questions about how our society functions and what that means for the future. They don’t have to worry about real promises they have to keep. They are fine with the way things are. You should not be.
Let’s take this ‘opportunity’ to make a drastic change. The old ideas have run their course, and here we are. We are in for some hard times, let’s make it worth it by building something better. Something that works for the majority of the people in it, and by extension every other member of this planet that looks to us for leadership and stability, we have neither at this point. We can do better with the power we currently have as a country. That power just needs redirection under the guidance of those that are willing to put people before profit. Remember to vote, but don’t make yourself sick doing it. Our voting system … well, another time.
While this research posits that abstaining from meat can be detrimental to your mental health, there is mention of factors that can muddy that a bit. Keep in mind this publication deals in research before published peer review.
Perhaps it is the ever present mental and physical stress of our ‘profit over people’ system. The mental issues they blame on lack of meat may have been there already and were the source of the change in diet. Might just be the result of a reality based outlook. The anxiety of being overtly aware of the plight of most people on the planet. Those with severe enough cases have a strong impulse to actually do something about it. Some just live with, either not knowing what to do or figure it is the price of being a normal caring person in our current self destructive world.
Many people choose to eat substantially less animal products because of negative factors associated with meat as part of the ‘normal American diet’. Might be the massive animal harvesting industry and environmental factors associated with it. Might be the death and cruelty. Maybe it’s the reality that most meat, food in general for that matter, available today is not produced in a sustainable and healthy way and does not contribute to good health. Much of this death and destruction ends up in the dumpster behind your favorite junk food eatery. Or absorbed into a market that produces far more food than is needed.
Whatever it is, some people are just naturally aware everyday of the depressing, joy killing, and otherwise soul crushing reality of the way our society operates. In a big way indicated by its continuing tacit approval of the continuing destruction of the planet we need to survive.
Much the same, I think, as the idea that those that don’t believe in god(s) are not as happy as those that do. Maybe non-believers just see a natural world where we have the ability to create a well adjusted highly functional society and it has nothing to do with the supernatural. It is up to us. There is no reason to think we will be rescued by some benevolent species that takes pity on our stupidity. Likely just the opposite, I afraid. It is a reality that can certainly effect your mental state everyday, like it or not, know it or not.
There is a mental and emotional price to pay for keeping honest reality in the forefront, in order to fight for a better world.
Just some thoughts.
A wake-up slap to those that think this country is, or was, anywhere near as great as we are led to believe, by the largest and most well funded propaganda machine on the planet, the U.S. Government, and their enablers.
I still hold hope that we can make even small strides forward despite the power and money amassed against us, but not betting anything on it. To be fair, we are certainly not the only player. We have, however, had more than sufficient opportunity to set humanity on a course that we could be proud to pass to the next generation.
We have the power, wealth, and talent to move in a positive direction. Yet, we have chosen to divide our world into the powerful and the powerless. While the talent that is required to accomplish such a feat is awe inspiring, it’s certainly disheartening. Allow those at top to get more and more, and those at the bottom to get less and less, while keeping those in the middle occupied by consumerism and irrelevant battles, as they choose ( subconsciously or otherwise ) which side they are on. While disaster capitalism and greed ( if they can be separated ) are international, this country has been a prime mover of so many negative actions over the last 200 years. Actions to slow progress and hasten a future that most would not look forward to, even if they had the will to speculate that far ahead. There is little evidence that we are getting smarter in ways that would allow us to make a more peaceful and sustainable world. Unfortunately, evidence for the opposite is in great abundance.
I would advise small doses of the videos below, as they may be counter to what you are being fed by our leadership, those that speak for them, and those that may have a selective and skewed outlook on what being a great country entails. Yes, they are depressing. Just not as depressing as letting the destructive ideas continue unabated.
The first by Chris Hedges warns that we are not only killing each other in the short term and killing our system, but also have set in motion our eventual destruction by killing our habitat. The second one by Aron Ra adds that we are indeed killing our liberty based society by what we allow our leadership to do in our name. The third, from Atheist Edge, how unlikely it is that god(s) will save us, based on past performance. Have a good cry, then stop participating in the destruction.
I don’t think religions are going to appreciate having these symbols relegated to historical status.
Sympathies go out to religious people I know, since the Supreme Court ( SCOTUS ) determined the Christian Cross and the phrase ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ to be secular symbols. In the case of IN GOD WE TRUST and UNDER GOD in the Pledge, “lost through rote repetition any significant religious content.”. An interesting read from a past SCOTUS Case. Establishment Clause cases are complicated, that’s why they make it to the top of our justice system on a regular basis. It is a gamble to force the government to choose between religion and the Constitution. While it may look like they favored religion, by allowing once religious symbols like the Christian Cross and the phrase ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ to be put on public property, I don’t think religions are going to appreciate having these symbols relegated to historical status. While it is likely that some will be delighted with the additional public exposure, regardless of the cost, I think Religion will realize what a bad deal they got.
The court could have directly upheld the Constitution and recognized the symbols as substantially religious, and erected with the purpose of promoting a specific brand of religion. I suppose in a way, they did uphold the Constitution. They declared the symbols secular, so the issue of religious entanglement was moot. Dilemma solved.
It’s not all bad though. By deeming the symbol and phrase as secular, they helped to maintain the padding around the Constitutional line between religion and government. That means religious institutions can continue to get away with things like not having to report financial information to the IRS and reduced ( if any ) taxes on billions of dollars worth of church property. Well, not bad for Religion, the rest of us have to make up the tax shortfall. This is also briefly addressed in the link above. Like I said, complicated.
If Religion does not want to see its symbols and phrases treated in such a fashion, they could take the bold step of removing these symbols from spaces paid for with public money, in order to preserve whatever meaning they had before the Government was invited in for its 2 cents. There are countless private spaces for these symbols to occupy, in order to preserve their integrity. Or they could leave them up as a public secular symbol of a bygone era. I would advise the former. Either way, Religious symbols no longer on property paid for by all taxpayers.
Sorry for your loss, Religion. But, it is the government, what were you thinking?