Want to Go to Mars?

Mars

Take a look at the Mars program. I hear China is taking kids to a site where there are buildings like the ones might be built on Mars in the middle of a landscape similar to the one on Mars. Isn't that ironic?

Why travel to Mars is my question? If you want to build a communal, self-contained "settlement," just start right here on our more friendly Earth, although it's probably true, if we were on Mars, we woudn't have to start killing and committing genocide against the beings that are there before us, but we won't know, will we, before we get there?

Columbus statues are being torn down here on Earth while rebel astonauts on Mars might raise the Dixie flag.

Americans and the Chinese are looking crazier and crazier aren't they? Along with the Israelites, Russkies, and everybody else that has to do with Republicanisms.

Death Valley just registered the hottest temperatures on Earth. Why not build a Disney thing there on Mars? Why can't we forsake that Martian fantasy future to realize a new way of living for everyone here like what we envision for just a few good, wealthy Men on Mars, Communal, comfortable, self-contained, living environments.

Build new towns and cities on Earth based on the fantasy communal model for our exploration ( and takeover) of outer space. Why does every Earthling have to wait until we conquer the Universe before we get to see the results of our labor.

The project in Arizona that failed because one of the scientists wanted to come out to see the doctor so the entire project was abandoned. That was a billionaire's toy project. Why not have a similar project where someone can come out to the doctor or the doctor can come in? 

Build something for them where we can learn to cooperate rather than something that will fail millions of miles from earth. 

Besides we can't pick up the trash there. Look at the Moon, already looking a Earthly garbage workers strike, without the plastic bags.

 

 

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The More things change the more they remain the same

Critique on the Revolutions Reported or Be Careful What You Ask For.

I've been critical of the so called 'revolutions' taking place around the globe recently, including the Occupy movement of a couple of years ago. The so-called social media revolutions because they were built on the availability of social media to engage many people that may not have ever been engaged. As we've seen the revolutions in Northern Africa slip from the news, the Occupy Movement slip from having any relevance at all, and Egypt, Syria, Ukraine, and other nation states, some newsworthy and some not, slip into and out of chaos, my criticism seems well founded.

I'm only critical of how all these mass movements became reported, analyzed, and prognosticated by the media which supposedly supported or reported on them. We have reached a point in our history where mass media (free press) has been accepted as the main stay of a free society, such as we like to describe ours, without any real criticism as to whether or not it is really free. The disclosures of Wikileaks and "whistleblowers" alike, ala Ed Snowden, have only put a dent in the public's recognition of how important any one leak or disclosure is. In other words, we hear about the massive train wreck but not how it happened nor how to prevent it. We hear that there has been massive spying worldwide by all the powers that be, but we the public, really have no way to prevent it from happening or stop it from happening at all, so it's seen as  more of a  form of entertainment with the now faceless citizenry which has become fascinated by its own self oppression. At some point, a true fascist society contributes to its own demise by valuing that belief that suppresses them.

The media will not tell you what's wrong with the system, it simply exposes what it believes will tickle our fancy, both intellectually or culturally. And, if it gives us that rare glimpse into the inner workings of how or what the power structure is doing, we want to believe that it is an anomaly at worst  so we do not have to fully accept its consequences.  The problem with the media and our relationship to it is that we are being given a recipe on how this particular democracy works and we don't seem to care that it's not the recipe we think we've been cooking up all these years so we don't pay attention to it.

We've reached the point in our intellectual development where we think knowledge is a tool and is as relevant as we want to make it. Knowledge comes with a price, and that price is it so easy to become complacent. We can let others do our thinking for us, telling us what is true and what isn't. Accepting authority until something seems not quite right, but by that point we can't reverse what has already happened or go back down the path from whence we came which would be a perfectly natural thing to do if one is lost. And we are lost. We have allowed others to choose for us. We've become spoiled and arrogant by assuming that someone else will save us from ourselves or in many cases believing we don't need saving. Yes, the sandwich board warning, "The World is Coming To An End" has been around for a long time, the Old Testament might have started it off, and the Plague and Invasions of Heathens during the Middle Ages and beyond certainly fed the prognosticators with reality. Of course, with all these temporary historical facts came the Solvers or Authorities who because they were around at the right time, right place said they were the reason things got better when everyone else thought they would not. They said they prayed to God who helped us or outright killed the nuisance, whether the nuisance was the Devil, the Witch, the People next door, or Over the Hills, or Behind the Sun, the Unbelievers.

So we went on. Accepted a new truth until a new virus, a new enemy came upon us. Democracy came along and now we believe we have choices, pick your poison, but you can't opt out or try and find a solution outside the "chosen" one because it either costs too much or it's not where the society is going. It doesn't have anything to do with whether or not it does or doesn't work, or "makes sense" enough to be considered.

Most of our technology has arisen out of the mental workings of ordinary working people putting their social heads together, helping to make their life easier until recent times.  The last couple of centuries much of what we've developed has extraneous uses, such as developing the war machine or enabling the ability to sell and consume by adopting  economic conditions that cater to the whims of wealthy people who base their principals on ownership. Our Freedom now is relegated to choosing colors, styles, things that have no relevance to what eventually will hurt us. Our science has created wonders to help prevent illness but it is limited by the availability of money in addition to the fact that much of what kills us or hurts us is originates from the same scientists and its collusion with politics. Science isn't the innocent working for the helpless. Science and Industry have colluded in Weapons of Mass Destruction, creating high priced options, whether it be cars or medicine, that are unavailable to ordinary people. And we are ordinary people. Be Proud of it. The Salt of the Earth.

We forget that it is ordinary people who have been responsible for the increase in production and development of basic technologies that have been usurped by wealthy and greedy people and though some individuals have gotten credit for discoveries, most discoveries have been on the order of Columbus discovering America, I think you know what I mean there. From the containment of fire to the loom or plow, it's been the people who live and survive where changes really come from, not from the mental musings of politicians, philosophers, priests, scientists, CEO's, or celebrities.

 

 

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Will Trump Leave Office When Voted Out?

There have been three times in my lifetime when i believed that a U.S. President would not relinquish his power (it's always been a "he", hasn't it?) at the end of their term- either by being voted out or timed out.

In 1972 Nixon was re-elected despite his then 'possible' connection to the break-in at the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate and the attempt to create a secret National Security political apparatus in the White House, his intensification of the Vietnam War by genocidal carpet bombing of various Southeast Asian countries, his approval of J. Edgar Hoover's Cointelpro which practiced police and law enforcement murder and harassment of all political opposition to american foreign and domestic policy.

After the election, Watergate became a bigger issue and it was apparent Nixon would be impeached and his top- level staff and administration officials were directly implicated and were about to be arrested for treason, Nixon ultimately resigned. Ironically, rather than being disgraced and prosecuted, he was pardoned before even being tried, thus preserving the age old American elite con of not ever prosecuting/ or bringing to justice, highly regarded and important figures of American politics and corporations for their high crimes and misdemeanors.

This was later to be repeated at the beginning of the Obama administration. More of that in a moment.

So Nixon left his legacy of a corrupt and criminal president, an inability to not only stop a war with considerable moral opposition, and the beginnings of unconstitutional executive power principals, later to be improved upon by Ronald Reagan.

It wasn't until the election of 2000 that the role of extra- constitutional interference became the norm rather than an anomaly. The election of 2000 when George Bush Jr was not only the recipient of the gift of the presidency when the Supreme Court clearly overstepped its constitutional boundary by stopping the vote count in Florida and thus literally giving the presidency to Bush. Then one year later the disaster of 9/11 and all the conspiracies surrounding that, including Bush family ties to Bin Laden family ties, the passage of the Patriot Act, torture, and wars based on false evidence, all matters directly tied to the then president's policies and politics, and, unbeknownst, to the general public, the loosening and ultimately, fragmentation of the corrupt mortgage and banking industry (again).

As if that wasn't bad enough, when the people grow tired of it all and are ready to elect Barack Obama, the economic crash of 2007 ( Great Recession) happens and by passing the cursed baton, Bush hands off the worst economic crisis to whomever the next president will be. (Barack Obama). It ultimately doesn't matter which candidate-McCain or Obama-is elected because the corporations are going to be saved by being bailed out despite their corruption which caused the disease (too big to fail). Bush didnt have to stay, he left his shit all over the place.

Thats two presdents.

 

As for Trump himself (that's three). It's as if George Wallace (a Democrat), Nixon, Bush, and Reagan merged their respective gene pools plus added a little Mussolini. We're in the middle of a pandemic, a black lives, immigrant, palestinian, foreign policy, climate change, economic and moral crisis catastrophy.

 

Trump has yet to make it official, yet he intends to stay because he believes he'll be re-elected. It is clear that regardless of actual election results, Trumps legacy is already emerging ( as it has for the last three years) will be to either leaving one of the worst combinations of catastrophic circumstances to the next president ( and right now I don't even want to speculate on whether or not our current democratic presidential candidate and/or liberal politicians are even capable of handling a pandemic, economic collapse, black lives matter, and a REAL need for radical change.

Furthermore, it's already been shown over the last couple of decades that whoever controls the House/Senate controls the American world.

Barack Obama completely capitulated to the Republican Congress and the former president( Bush) by sticking to "too big to fail" policies dictated to him by the Bush Administration rather than coming to the realization that Real Change is much more beneficial than Hoping for Change.

Ironically, the three Presidents I've mentioned were influenced by powerful Cabinet secretaries- Kissinger, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bolton, Pompeo, all who shared similar neo-con/neo/liberal agendas and who were able to convey their policies to their so -called bosses in real time situations by taking advantage of Chaos, a seeming 'natural' result of American and World Capitalism.

Yes, these three neo- fascist presidents were surrounded and sometimes worked their illiberal magic within an atmosphere of a Democratic Congress as the Democratic Presidents also had to work with Republican Congresses.

The conclusion can only be that America is a failed democratic state that does not include real progressive change, despite who or what is in power, and only represents the quickened thunder and lightning of the coming fascist storm.

If Trump makes it look as if he's fixed the economy, many people, small businesses, laid off millions may turn their backs on progressive change just for a little relief from the onslaught of all of the possibilities, but not reality, for changes.

 

 

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