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Trump’s “base” is the 1% [the super rich]. They pretend that his “base” is uneducated white people but that’s a misdirection.

August 6, 2017

Like a magic act, they use misdirection to keep our attention focused on what they want us to see, not what they are really doing. Note that the Environmental Protection Agency has switched mission from Protecting the Environment to enabling corporations to increase profits by reducing expenditures for cleaning up pollution caused by their factories.


The Department of Education has switched mission also. It used to be about educating students but now it’s all about increasing profits for “Charter” Schools and reducing the quality of Public Schools through the concept of “School Choice”. Go Figure. That mission changed when Trump appointed a lobbyist as Secretary of Education. “Charter” Schools are often used to promote Christianity.

“Make America Hate Again” – It’s ABSURD to Blame Immigrants for all our troubles….

August 5, 2017

The Federal Police force called ICE is stopping and questioning anyone who looks like an illegal alien. That means Latinos… Including people that were born in the USA. Including people who’s Great Great Great Grandfathers were born in the USA. Since California was settled by Europeans from Spain in the 1769 and most of the cities were named for Saints in the Catholic Church it seems absurd to blame all our troubles on Latinos. San Jose, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles are words from the Spanish Language. Viva Junipero Serra, the father of California. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun%C3%ADpero_Serra

The new bill designed to reduce the number of legal immigrants by half delights Trump supporters but is rejected by big business. Who will harvest the crops of California if we don’t have Mexicans do the work? Corporations that hire Mexicans are GLAD to have them here. Hungry? Eat some grapes… Caesar Chaves will look down upon you from Heaven and smile.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesar_Chavez

The plan to build a Wall to protect us from “those people over there” has a mega failure history. Consider the Great Wall of China. It was built to keep people on one side safe from people on the other side yet… There are Chinese people on BOTH SIDES now.

Consider the Berlin Wall… It didn’t work so good after all… Why not spend our time and money repairing our Infrastructure? Another “Promise Made, Promise Broken”. When will Trump accomplish anything? Anything at all? HUH?

Tax Cuts for ALL! It can be paid for by debt and letting our great grandchildren worry about the bill later.

August 5, 2017

That’s Trumps Plan. Coming soon to Congress: Raising the national debt ceiling and what they jokingly call “Tax Reform”. What that means is a vast tax cut for the 1% and a small tax cut for the 99%. It’s a Win-Win plan! Just like getting a brand new credit card, we can spend NOW NOW NOW and worry about paying back the loan later… Is it possible for the entire country to declare bankruptcy? That’s a great way to avoid paying your bills… Trump’s done it four (4) times!

Compulsive Hoarding of Money Syndrome CAN BE CURED.

August 5, 2017

While the historical solutions of the USA in 1776 and France in 1789 appear appealing on first glance, they would simply not work in a global economy of 2017. A 12 step program might be more efficient. Greed Freaks Anonymous can help the most absurdly addicted capitalists.

Trump Financial Crimes: $10 million dollar fine for Money Laundering at Casino. SOHO Tower & The Russians.

August 1, 2017

 

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is looking into Financial Crimes committed by Donald Trump and collusion with the Russians during the Hacking of the US Election of 2016.

FinCEN Fines Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort $10 Million for Significant and Long Standing Anti-Money Laundering Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today imposed a $10 million civil money penalty against Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort (Trump Taj Mahal), for willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). In addition to the civil money penalty, the casino is required to conduct periodic external audits to examine its anti-money laundering (AML) BSA compliance program and provide those audit reports to FinCEN and the casino’s Board of Directors.

https://www.fincen.gov/news/news-releases/fincen-fines-trump-taj-mahal-casino-resort-10-million-significant-and-long

The Trump Taj Mahal casino broke anti-money laundering rules 106 times in its first year and a half of operation in the early 1990s, according to the IRS in a 1998 settlement agreement.
It’s a bit of forgotten history that’s buried in federal records held by an investigative unit of the Treasury Department, records that congressional committees investigating Trump’s ties to Russia have obtained access to, CNN has learned.

Financial-Crimes Monitor to Share Records in Trump-Russia ProbeSenate committee requested the data from Treasury’s FinCEN

Dirty money: Trump and the Kazakh connection FT probe finds evidence a Trump venture has links to alleged laundering network

A Financial Times investigation has found evidence that one Trump venture has multiple ties to an alleged international money laundering network. Title deeds, bank records and correspondence show that a Kazakh family accused of laundering hundreds of millions of stolen dollars bought luxury apartments in a Manhattan tower part-owned by Mr Trump and embarked on major business ventures with one of the tycoon’s partners.
https://www.ft.com/content/33285dfa-9231-11e6-8df8-d3778b55a923

Republicans FAIL Again on Healthcare. Repeal and Replace Obamacare FAIL. Repeal only FAIL.

July 26, 2017

Tomorrow we will see what is called “Bizarro World in 3D” repeal of Obamacare… The ‘resident continues to threaten Senators that refuse to obey him but they just don’t care. Czar Donald the Wimpy is a toothless tiger. A load roar but no actual danger.

We the People need to keep on calling our Senators and Congressmen and patiently explaining that we want Single Payer Medicare for all OR To fix the problems with Obamacare.

“Eat my Shorts” Donnie… AND… Your trashing of the Energy Department, the EPA and Education is bad for America and the people. NO NUKES!

How I Meditate. It’s easy to do and It improves mental health… AND… It Accelerates Global Awakening!

July 22, 2017

I lie down and close my eyes. Then I focus my attention on my breathing. Slow deep breaths with a silent verbal statement during each breath.

For Example:

[Inhale] My mind is completely relaxed  [Exhale] … [Inhale] My body is completely relaxed [Exhale] …  [Inhale] I’m going deeper and deeper into a Hypnotic Trance [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] …  [Inhale] Make me a Channel of thy peace [Exhale] … [Inhale] Where there is Sickness may I bring Health [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] …  [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] …  [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] … [Inhale] God… [Exhale] …

and then repeat the entire prayer again and again…

Sometimes I ask God What I should write on my Blog… Looking for divine inspiration for these words… seeking a little wisdom to share… Then I type my Ideas into the internet for people to read and share…

other times I ask God What should I do with my Art programs? Looking for basic concepts to express using Potatoshop?

Sometimes I fall asleep and have Colorful Dreams where I go visit an Art Gallery and see Imaginary Paintings…

It is possible to do this style of Meditation while walking. Focus your attention on your breathing, think positive uplifting thoughts and thank God for this wonderful world. Choose your own God to thank. [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] [Inhale] thank you  [Exhale] Watch where you are going and observe the beautiful flowers and trees… they are your brothers and sisters… Observe the beautiful rivers, oceans and the morning dew on the trees… we are mostly water and it’s healing to view water… or swim… Some people find the Mantra “OM” is a powerful word. It rhymes with HOME but it’s a word in a language that’s not English. Ram Dass recommends Mantras written in Sanskrit but I find that they are confusing… He meditates by repeating “RAM” while paying attention to his breathing… That doesn’t work for me because RAM in English stands for Random Access Memory – a computer term or a Brand name of a TRUCK or a male sheep or goat… It doesn’t do me any good to focus my thoughts on a BIG TRUCK… SO, I choose my own Mantra… “Thank You” works for me.

If your current God turns out to be a disaster then fire that God and find a different one that works! There are over one million different Gods in Hinduism alone. and… there are Many different Religions or lack of Religions in practice in the world today. Do you worship Money? Is that working out? Do you currently worship Jesus or Allah? Well, those paths work just fine for many people but… if they are leading you to chronic unhappiness then simply stop doing that. Just Stop with the self inflicted punishment and choose something else. What about worshipping a plant or worshipping ALL plants and ALL animals? We are all one big happy family… Try dancing around a campfire at night while playing the drums… Might work!

 

Maybe we should become Allies with Russia. End the Cold War and learn how to do business together.

July 21, 2017

What if Trump’s right? What if all this anti-Russian panic is absurd? Why don’t we stop with all the fear and loathing an let Exxon Mobil drill for oil in Siberia? We had a good partnership in World War Two. Then there was decades of bizarre anti communist panic.

I heard that during the 1950s Senator Joe McCarthy and the House In American Activities Committee hassled folksingers like Pete Seeger about whether or not he was a member of the communist party. People in Hollywood had their careers ruined because the government was afraid that they would use the power of films to influence public opinion and allow Commie Ideas to brainwash the masses. Seems absurd now…

Then we fought wars in Korea, Vietnam and Nicaragua to prevent creeping Communism from taking over the World. Well, we found out that even the USSR and China didn’t like Communism. Not much danger of that economic system taking over… In the mean time, the USA lost over 50,000 lives and spent trillions of dollars fighting an enemy that was doomed to fail from within.

Why don’t we just learn to get along? Sure, their country has problems. For example: they kill newspaper reporters that criticize Putin and they let their “Mafia” steal all the “Worker’s Assets”. Yes, THEY have troubles but are they not our troubles but THEIRS? Shouldn’t we stop trying to “Improve” their government’s behavior by imposing Sanctions? Why can’t we be friends?

If we stopped believing the Cold War Brainwashing maybe everyone would be better off…

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How to hack a US Senator’s Contact via email form. That way you can express your opinion to Many Senators. Up to 100…

July 21, 2017

Every Senator has a form used by constituents to express their opinion… They only care about opinions from people that live in their state… Pretend to be a real voter in their state by using a valid street address. Look up a valid street address using Google Maps Street View and the USPS zip code lookup. Then when you are expressing your opinion as to how they should vote on a bill you appear to be a real voter… and you can express your opinion to up to 100 Senators…  Many of the forms check for a valid zip code and reject opinions from non voters. It’s possible to express your opinion to many Senators and Congressmen even though you don’t live in their state… or even in the USA. Simply put the little golden man on a street in the appropriate state and presto-changeo an address appears in the upper left hand corner of the screen…

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

https://www.google.com/maps

https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction!input.action

Find your House of Representatives Contact Form Using this link.
http://www.house.gov/representatives/

Here are some subjects that I am concerned about:

1. Save Social Security and Medicare. The House of Representatives just passed a budget bill that cuts payment of these programs.

2. Either FIX Obamacare or create a Single Payer Medicare for all healthcare system. Obviously Trumpcare is horrible. Repeal and Replace is a mean idea and a total failure of the Republicrime party.

3. Legalize Marijuana nationwide, tax it and use that money to fund schools. This system has worked great in Colorado. Release all Prisoners that are incarcerated for Cannabis related crimes. That would save the taxpayers a fortune. It’s obvious that We the People want Recreational Marijuana Legalized.

4. Let’s NOT pay for the F-35 Jet Airplane. It’s something that the USA Does Not Need. It’s simply Corporate Welfare for Lockheed. Let’s reduce spending on the military in general. One way is to stop all these wars. The USA is stuck in an Orwellian “Forever War” in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. What a total waste of lives and money. Have you seen photographs of the city called Mosul? We bombed the hell out of that city and now it’s just a pile of rubble where homes used to stand. Total Evil in the name of fighting ISIS, a group that we “accidentally” armed.

5. Let’s return the Environmental Protection Agency to an Agency that Protects the Environment. Under the failed Trump Administration it’s become an agency that enables corporations to pollute. It’s run by Scott Pruitt, a man that has sued the EPA to prevent the Agency from enforcing Environmental laws.

6. Let’s drain the swamp. Trump has appointed 193 corporate CEOs and Lobbyists to senior positions in government. This enables the 1% to get their wishes granted. Read Elizabeth Warren’s Opinion at: http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/07/elizabeth_warren_gives_preside.html

7. Let’s hire thousands of computer programmers to make our systems hacker proof. There are reports that the computers at nuclear power plants have had hacking attempts made on their business systems. If those hacking attempts ever succeed there may be a massive power outage nationwide. Looting and The End of Western Civilization will follow.

8. Let’s get rid of the Electoral College. Twice it has selected a President that did not get the majority of votes. George W. Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore and then he turned out to be a very bad quality President. Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton and he also has turned out to be a bad quality President. Let’s learn from our mistakes and stop using the Electoral College.

 

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and now for something completely different… Original Art!

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Bubble UP Economics… a plan that actually might work! Read more at:

http://gvan42.blogspot.com/2017/07/how-bubble-up-economics-works-give-all.html

 

 

Medicare for All. A simple way to provide healthcare for America. Like they have in Canada or Australia.

July 19, 2017

Since Trumpcare has failed and Obamacare is not perfect, it’s time for the people of America to ask our elected Representatives to craft a Great Healthcare System. We can look to the other countries of the world for examples of how to do it. Look at Australia… ‘resident Trump says they have a better system… well, why don’t we create a similar system? It will make the corporate lobbyists mad but why don’t we do what’s right for the people?

Our ‘resident declares that “It’s not my fault” that Republicans fail to Repeal and Replace Obamacare. AND… “It’s not my fault” if Obamacare is not perfect… That’s not leadership… Will we suffer through four years of a Failed Trump Presidency doing nothing but blaming other people? What a whiner… Why didn’t Trump make a nationwide speech explaining how the Republican health care plan was wonderful? Because their plan was very bad and Trump knew it. They had 13 old white men and their lobbyists write a healthcare bill and the vast majority of the people in the USA hated it. Total Fail.

“Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. The only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program.” – Bernie Sanders
https://berniesanders.com/medicareforall/

Save Social Security and Medicare. US House of Representatives Bill proposes Drastic Cuts and Increased Defense Spending.

July 18, 2017

Now that Trumpcare has died, the House Republicrimes have started an effort to steal from the poor and give to the rich. It’s a reverse Robin Hood Bill. It includes funding for the F-35 Jet Airplane. A bomber that the USA does not need and the Pentagon does not want. Make sure you go protest at your Senators and Congressman’s offices. If you cant go there in Person, email them, call them or write them a letter.

Here is an organization that organizes protest marches… https://www.indivisibleguide.com/about-us/

We live in Feudalism 2.0 with Wage Slavery. Employee Owned Businesses or Customer Owned Businesses are a better way.

July 18, 2017

What we have today is an economic system where the super rich have purchased Senators and Congressmen who pass laws designed to steal from the poor and give to the rich.  It’s a lot like Feudalism where the Lords owned the land and the peasants worked it as serfs. Nowadays we are wage slaves. There IS an alternative…

 
WINCO is an example of an employee owned business.
https://www.wincofoods.com/
North Coast CO-OP grocery store is an example of a customer owned business. http://www.northcoast.coop/
Coast Central Credit Union is an alternative to Giant Banks like Bank of America. It was “Too big to fail” so the taxpayers paid for their real estate gambling addiction.
https://www.coastccu.org/

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Great Book: What Then Must We Do… Gar Alperovitz talked about his book, What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, in which he argues that the U.S. economy needs to be more responsive to ordinary citizens. He also talked about the need to build on the “Occupy” movement.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?312536-1/must

Democracy Collaborative engages with communities and institutions to connect them with innovative strategies, models and training to build community wealth in their neighborhoods.
http://democracycollaborative.org/

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Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way by Richard Wolff.

Are we to believe, with Margaret Thatcher, that an economic system with endlessly repeated cycles, costly bailouts for financiers and now austerity for most people is the best human beings can do? Capitalism’s recurring tendencies toward extreme and deepening inequalities of income, wealth, and political and cultural power require resignation and acceptance – because there is no alternative?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jun/24/alternative-capitalism-mondragon

The Mondragon Corporation is a corporation and federation of worker cooperatives based in the Basque region of Spain
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondragon_Corporation

Richard Wolff official website: http://www.rdwolff.com/

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