The Obama Records: Corporate Collusion

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought we could quickly look at some Obama policies that liberals have ignored and conservatives haven’t embraced. Specifically, Obama’s record arms exports as means to prop up economy (FDR would be proud) and how his record deportations are fueling profits for private prison industry.

First, as everyone calls Trump a fascist while ignoring US’s blatantly fascist history, Obama has been behaving in a Trumpian manner by deporting a record amount of immigrants while private companies profit in the tens of millions of dollars. You’d think liberals would be pissed at the mis-allocation of resources and conservatives would trumpet (no pun intended, maybe) as enforcing the law. Not to mention, Obama’s joke of a virtual wall being virtually ignored by liberal narrative drivers.

Second, the collusion between USG and military industrial complex has reached new fascist-y heights. Obama has approved $169billion in arms sales in his first 5 years – which beats out W. Bush’s full 8 years in office by $30billion. Obviously, Obama will claim this is to advance our fight against terrorism, but we’ve seen these weapons used to destabilize sovereign nations and even end up in the hands of al-Qaeda and ISIS.

And let’s face it, over-saturation of weapons into society benefits very few people. Those few people it does benefit are the ones who make the weapons, like Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed types. The scary part, aside from weapons themselves, is fact this exportation of arms is part of neoliberal (or just liberal) paradigm of using militarization as means to artificially prop up economy and create jobs.

How confident are you in the liberal and conservative shared vision of a corporate economy if they perpetually have to collude with these corporations and banks to keep it from crashing? Decentralize everything…




West Virginia GOP isn’t very Good, but definitely Old.

Wow, can the West Virgina Republicans (and Democrats – good job paving the way for generations, not) address issues in a more archaic and close-minded manner? Probably not, but they will continually try to do so if you look at bills floating around the legislature.

While the US fights ISIS and politicians claim that they don’t share ISIS’s values, WV Delegates like Speaker Armstead, Mr. O’Neal, Hanshaw, Moye, Fast, A. Evans, Azinger, Waxman, Romine, Rowan and R. Phillips introduced West Virgnia HB 4012, which has language that could potentially allow state employees, including police and medical personnel, to refuse doing their job based upon how they interpret their religion and how they perceive someone else. Basically, this bill allows putting people’s lives at risk so a few idiots can interject their backward societal beliefs onto others and claim “religious freedom.” Too bad Jesus doesn’t agree with this, as is made plain in the story of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37.

Secondly, as the national conversation turns to prison reform and a popular movement toward ending an archaic and failing practice known as the “War on Drugs,” WV Republicans AND Democrats have introduced HB 4240, HB 4576, and HB 4578 that increase minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenses, including marijuana! Not only is the rest of US trending toward overall prison reform for drug offenses, many states are legalizing and decriminalizing the weed! These states are also creating more economic opportunities, government revenue, and lessening tax payer burden from housing stoners and addicts.

Lastly, just to show how backwards WV GOP is, even compared to their stated values, I show you HB 2704, or the poorly named, “West Virginian Tax Decrease Act,” that actually raises taxes on low, middle class, and small business owners not aligned with out-of-state oil & gas. For goodness sake, they want to raise taxes on people choosing to live in simple, inexpensive dwellings, or in their words, “removing reduced taxation of certain sales of mobile homes.” That isn’t very conservative or christian of them…

Both political parties have enjoyed sharing power for too long and have run out of ideas, as demonstrated by above bills and their recent decision to declare English West Virginia’s official language – as if we didn’t know.

It’s time for a decentralization of energy, food and water by downsizing archaic federal and state bureaucracies – a true small and progressive government. It’s time to embrace locally grown and owned hemp as an alternative to older dying industries. It’s time to end the costly imprisonment of nonviolent drug users and implement local community based rehab programs. It’s time for real progress and change from a local level that creates an egalitarian society we can all embrace, regardless of race, religion or economic status.


Empowerment: Decentraliztion of Water – Cooperate

The oldest known cure for a hangover, required to grow and raise food,  and used to maintain our human bodies both internally and externally – the most important and underrated resource, water.

Large scale chemical industries, foreign corporations, and governments have focused less on water as a necessity and more of a commodity to be used for profit and/or power. This results in the resource being tainted, sold and legislated by big business and its enabler, the government. This paradigm of dis- empowering localities and natives for sake of “progress” has devastating effects ranging from poisoning like in Flint, Michigan and Charleston, West Virginia to scarcity and pollution problems in the southwest United Sates.

Examples of water problems resulting from archaic centralized systems:

Flint, Michigan, a municipally owned water (public) utility, is the latest large scale disaster in which the Governor, under emergency powers, not citizens, decided that switching its water intake from Detroit’s system to the Flint river was a more cost effective and wise decision. Pipe corrosion and lead poising resulted from the “emergency” decision. Some have recently pointed out that the decision was not more cost effective and other motivations may be involved. Another issue was that EPA and Michigan’s DEQ knew about lead poisoning problem. Eventually the problem became so apparent that corporate media realized they could profit on it, thus reporting on issue and forcing Snyder’s hand. Obama even had a short scripted remark. Children will suffer the most from irreversible mental defects, and let’s not forget leads correlation throughout history with violence – all because of our adherence to archaic models of handling resources.

Charleston, West Virginia, a corporate owned water (private) utility, suffered from an upstream chemical spill from a poorly ran company called Freedom Industries. This resulted in many differing cases of adverse external and internal reactions by those using the water. American Water Corporation, the owner of Charleston’s water distribution, was slow to react to crisis and engaged in shady behavior when fixing filters or addressing ability to deal with future emergencies. Not to mention a neglected infrastructure that will take 400 years to replace on current pace. Aside from crisis, the WVPSC, tasked with overseeing rates and infrastructure expenditures, is largely occupied by attorneys who represented same corporate utilities and approve rate hikes without any improvements to infrastructure or emergency preparedness. Calls are still ongoing, well after the crisis, for WVPSC to investigate the numerous issues surrounding American Water’s poor handling of crisis.

The southwest US is a a different breed of water crisis. Historical impacts such as dam building, irrigating of desert and high altitudes to grow costly crops, selling of limited water supplies to foreign entities and Los Angeles (I shouldn’t have to say much more on  LA, they put shade balls in the water reservoir to protect it’s imported water from evaporation) are creating an almost irreversible drought epidemic – that isn’t even factoring role pollution from fracking & pharmaceutical runoff or climate change play into decreasing an already limited water supply (I suggest reading Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner to see impact of centralized “progress.”)

On top of the impact of past policies in the US, we have collusion between multi-national corporations and federal government allowing Nestle (world’s largest water bottler) to bottle water, during a drought, with a decades old expired permit. Or incidents like when Native Americans are told water is safe after an EPA Colorado mine cleanup only to find heavy metals still flowing into river and threatening their downstream crops.

Finally, a newer trend in relation to how scarce water has become worldwide, is that of foreign nations purchasing irrigable desert land to grow feed for their cattle and drastically lowering already low desert aquifers.  This directly ignores historical cases of potential destruction of important ecosystems that can’t be undone and possibly displacing and devastating local human population as well.

Empowering solution:

These all demonstrate the need for new solutions, and an evolution in how humans maintain their local resources. A model outside the whims of governmental bureaucracies or the profit margin of a corporation, in which the individual and community are empowered… A cooperative and decentralized model in which the citizen/customer is also the owner of the utility.

Kostas Nikolaou’s sourced overview from the Alternative World Water Forum, shows that thousands of water cooperatives from small rural communities to highly populated urban areas are currently operating in a successful manner all over the world. These cooperatives are a more reliable, safer and more directly democratic in nature – one person, one vote directly related to your local resource and its distribution.

Additionally, a US funded study by University of Wisconsin’s Center for Cooperatives found that water cooperatives (in addition to other types of utility cooperatives) are economically beneficial. According to UWCC’s data from 923 water cooperatives, they “account for >$2.2B in assets, $1.7B in sales revenue, and pay $4.7M in wages. There are approximately 2 million memberships and 40,000 employees. As Table 4-5.3 shows, by extrapolating to the entire population (3,352 firms) and adding indirect and induced impacts to this activity, water cooperatives account for close to $2.6B in revenue, 11,000 jobs, $408M in wages paid, and nearly $500M in valued-added income.”  So, the notion that only government or a corporation has economic wherewithal to handle a utility is not absolute.

We as citizens, consumers and humans attempting to live in harmony deserve real progress, not progress handed down from corporations and far off bureaucrats sucking resources into an unaccountable centralized model. Cooperating, as opposed to the archaic private and municipally owned models, is that progress that all individuals and communities deserve and should strive for. Decentralize everything.




Empowerment: Government and Learned Behavior

As the US media profits from acts of violence, both on individual and governmental level, and as the intellectual and elite classes attempt to justify using government to dis-empower “other” groups of citizens who overwhelmingly have not committed any immoral or criminal acts, US citizens are being mislead into what is the best course of action for addressing societal (governmental) violence. The loudest opinion is that further regulating guns, a highly divisive policy that could spurn more outrage/violence, is the solution to our problem of violence in America. Not to mention an action that will only further an already negative trend relating to the end of citizens’ rights.

What popular conversations on societal violence ignore is that violence has been proven to be a learned behavior (additional study here), and that we need to begin by addressing the societal teacher of violence, the United States Government (USG).

USG’s perpetual usage of violence-as-a-solution for generations has had a negative and long lasting effect on US society’s behavior and in order to address the root of the problem we must first begin with focusing on the USG’s policies and actions that teach and demonstrate violence as acceptable.

The USG, as a centralized authoritarian structure has, arguably, the most stringent controls and influence over society in all the world. From birth the USG and corporate media partners will tell you what and how to learn through public education, entertainment, and news. With that said, violence both active and passive in the United States is glorified by both government and corporate media on subjects ranging from military, federal agencies’ “War on _____ ,” role of armed police in citizens lives, and even how government punishes citizenry for non-violent victim-less behavior.

The USG, regardless of ruling party, has spent billions on recruiting children into a extremely violent military through ROTC, video games and advertising at sporting events – all in attempts teach that violent militaristic behavior is normal or acceptable. The USG even colludes with Hollywood to promote “heroic” violent behavior as normal. Never mind that the wars and engagements the USG are involved in are heavily focused on propping up multi-national corporate business interests. Or the fact that while politicians call for gun-control they give arms to Middle East and North African dictatorships and extremists at a record rate. Again, violence is a learned behavior taught by ruling entities.

Domestically (which is involving the military more often), the USG allows for armed government agents, aka police, to detain citizens for jaywalking or not wearing a safety belt while driving. Worse, armed police officers under authority of government are allowed to arrest with force and imprison people engaged in non-violent victim-less behavior under the guise of a “War on Drugs” or other nonsense. These declarations of war/violence on the citizenry further perpetuates/teaches idea to society as a whole that violence as a solution to non-violent behaviors is acceptable. Again, violence is a learned behavior and the same system that taught your grand parents, parents, you and your kids how to function “normally” in society is still in place.

We could even examine historically how schools taught white imperialist/colonialist violent behaviors against Native Americans as being normal, or how until recently most people functioned daily without acknowledging that government is allowing (by way of arming and not federally prosecuting) the extrajudicial killings of African Americans by police and “vigilantes.” Again, violence is learned and violence is taught by government and justified by laws that dis-empower the citizenry.

Violence, once understood as a learned behavior needs to be addressed from an empowering perspective, not rooted in policies enforced by the hyper violent USG. We need solutions focused on forcing the USG into enacting peaceful foreign and domestic policies. We need to reaffirm the Rights of all citizens and humans, regardless of where they are or their social status. We also need to address empowering individuals and communities by eliminating violent government agencies, and using their budgets to decentralize energy needs, food needs and water needs across the United States.

There are probably many empowering alternatives that don’t require more USG revenue, new taxes, or policies geared at “different” thinking cultures or social groups, and we should be discussing them. What we need is a refocusing on governmental violent teachings, behaviors and what the responsibility of government actually is in society.

The CIA, shady shit, ISIS and the Russian Passenger Plane

The CIA and US Deep State are a bunch of assholes – whether it be CIA Director Brennan wanting absolute control outside the whims of democracy, as his hacked emails show, the CIA using black sites to extra judicially torture innocent people, or the CIA giving fake vaccines to kids, the CIA are a bunch of unaccountable assholes.

Let’s go back to the scary Underwear Bomber and the fact he was a Saudi and CIA informant, and that the non metallic bomb he wore was created by the CIA to bypass airport security as part of a “sting.” Now, we find a Russian passenger plane was taken down by “ISIS” – if you believe standard corporate US media (propaganda) outlets reporting the whispers of US intelligence community. How convenient the CIA invented bombs meant to bypass airport security and now others have ability to copy it after their failed sting?

Whether it be ISIS, that US Defense Intelligence acknowledges US policies created, or the CIA directly perpetuating terrorism, the US government and Deep State have innocent Russian blood on their hands. I can’t wait until politicians with spines call for the end to the CIA.