Full disclosure first — I am the green sheep in the family: one of “those vegans” who have the temerity to speak up for “others” — more similar to us than not — who have no voice in determining their own destiny. Today I focus on the multiple billions living in camps
By this time next year 70 billion will have lived from birth to death in one of those facilities. Factory friendly farms.
Well there must be a good reason then.
Many reasons, but each is specious, spurious and tawdry. We deny inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to “the others.” Is that ethical behavior? Do animals volunteer their own destruction?
Bill, they outnumber us 10 to 1. So it looks like we are the ones endangered here. Do you call that fair? Let us tell you something. life isn’t fair and freedom…
Musicians of a certain kind find their way into your heart, the most relatable head for your soul. Recently, I learned a bit more than the tune and accompanying lyrics. It feels like getting a tad too close to a flame that you didn’t know existed.
Both of these souls created extraordinary art in the 1970s, a personally most formative time for this author. So I shall recount to my dear readers what appeared behind the scenes.
Perhaps I should mention that two of the muscians considered here were brought to an end at their own hand, and both by hanging.
The groups of artists are Badfinger and Jefferson Starship. Allow me to inform you that I am a member of a certain kinship: survivors of suicide. We don’t know that we belong to a rather large segment of the population, we also do not ordinarily carry membership notices on our sleeves. Please know as well that membership does not expire. However, growth is possible and is always welcome
Celebrities do not need to declare an association with our kinship, they don’t have the luxury of remaining anonymous.
After Apple Records folded in 1973, Badfinger struggled with a host of legal, managerial and financial issues, leading Ham to commit suicide in 1975. Over the next three years, the surviving members struggled to rebuild their personal and professional lives against a backdrop of lawsuits, which tied up the songwriters’ royalty payments for years. Their subsequent albums floundered, as Molland and Evans alternated between cooperation and conflict in their attempts to revive and capitalise on the Badfinger legacy. In 1983, Evans also committed suicide.
With their current album suddenly withdrawn and their follow-up rejected, Badfinger spent the early months of 1975 trying to figure out how to proceed under the unclear legal situation. Their March 1975 salary cheques did not clear, and the April cheques never arrived. Panic set in, especially for Ham, who had recently bought a £30,000 house in Woking, Surrey, and whose girlfriend was expecting a child.
According to Jackson, the band tried to continue without Polley’s involvement by contacting booking agents and prospective managers throughout London, but they were routinely declined because of their restrictive contracts with Polley and impending legal actions. Ham reportedly tried on many occasions to contact Polley by telephone during the early months of 1975, but was never able to reach him.
Recently, I discovered that a rock group that abrubtly disappeard owned a backstory that I found among the comments on YouTube: the comprehensive chronicler of our days and ways. The commenters were nearly of one in regard to the disdain they felt for the manager who more than skimmed the group’s bank account, he drained nearly every penny into his private coffer and went on to live off the blood money until he quietly expired at age 81.
Desperate and overwhelmed, Pete Ham hung himself in April 1975, after a night of drinking with his long-time bandmate Tom Evans. He cited Badfinger’s manager by name in the suicide note: “I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better.” Then, “P.S. Stan Polley is a soulless bastard. I will take him with me.”
The next artist I consider here, Marty Balin, was brutalized (to be kind) by a US teams of medical criminals. I know of these kind of people because the serial criminals found brutish ways to mistreat someone who is likely familiar with readers of this blog: Lisa. You don’t know just how badly a medical professional can “treat” a patient until you witness their dark deeds first hand. There are multiple volumes that could be written on Lisa alone. I proceed.
Marty Balin was attacked at the very source of his genius, his voice. Marty walked into a hospital in basically good health, he left as were he multiply wounded by medical professionals as well. We live in a society that does not believe in stopping medical maltreatment whenever the criminals who make their way into the system wreak havoc and walk away clean.
The 2018 legal complaint accused the hospital and one of its specialists of negligently performing a tracheotomy on Balin following the heart surgery. That procedure caused him to lose half his tongue and suffer a paralysed vocal chord, the lawsuit claimed. Further negligence, it then said, resulted in a hand injury and the musician’s left thumb being amputated.
Please consider watching this very poignant review of “Hearts”, particularly if you are unfamiliar with Marty Balin.
The lawsuit stated: “Mr Balin walked into the hospital able to speak and with a fully functional left hand. By the time Mr Balin was finally released from the hospital, he had lost half his tongue, so that he cannot speak or eat properly; he also has a paralysed vocal cord; he [has] a necrotic left hand and has lost his left thumb; he had become totally disabled and has never recovered properly”.
I simply ask you to listen to fellow members of humanity who have become victims of high crimes and misdemeanors. Knowing something of what they met at the prime of their lives includes you as a witness to what should never havve occurred.
One of the most rewarding benefits of free-form sketching is creating fanciful characters who inhabit an alternate world inhabited by creatures of great diversity and lively behavior. Individual agents in an imagined society.
Sketching style is as individual as handwriting, I think that it is quite unique to the individual creator. Here are a few more depictions of my beings, curious sort of characters that no one has drawn before, yet they are all recognizable as the kind of folks and friends that might be found in a dreamscape. Hoping you enjoy the panoply of participants!
All there’s room to sketch upon the back of an envelope. I am calling it a self-referential study of the characters who seek to measure the confines of their world.
It’s about yay long…or is it about yeigh long?
I like to start a sketch by landing a squiggle, from that point it lets me know how to proceed by itself in some fashion. This one began with the eyes of the fellow to the right. Somehow, he became enclosed by a house-like thing that was too narrow. His hands burst through the wall in such a way that his left arm must be longer than the right. This led to another character who has her hand passing through the wall. There appear to be individual beings who make eye contact with various things in their proximity. The theme evolves from each pencil stroke.
The body counts and the sheer number of dead and wounded cannot be overestimated, this is a full-throttle engagement and the Israeli Occupying Forces are ruthless, the willingness of those occupiers to ethnically cleanse every square centimeter of stolen land knows no limit. Once again, settlers who had not qualms about stealing Palestine property, bulldozing every home. They kill at will and without compunction. They enjoy the fireworks from a convenient distance and celebrate each death. It is all a game to those without a moral compass and Zionism is just another European colonial project that they enjoy with relish. Please note that power and position is reserved for the Zionists who have always wielded the force. Power, force, and position are all guaranteed by the full faith investments of US imperial interests. The military hegemony alone rakes in $3.8 billion per year, geopolitical interests do not recognize the existence of a people who have occupied Palestine continuously for thousands of years.
What about those body counts and arsenals, are they equal in any way? The propaganda mills in Israel maintain that Gaza “forces” have fired 3,000 missiles into southern Israel. Hamas counts their weapons (armaments that are comprised of WWI level mortars) as 200. Where is the disconnect? Do the Israeli Occupiers observe that the fireworks propelled from Gaza seldom land anywhere near occupied neighborhoods, those neighborhoods being the homes of Palestinians before they were stolen in 1948.
As always, the NY Times, NPR…any media giant that does not cover the facts on the ground ignore any mention that even slightly criticizes the thousands of victims tabulated over the last 73 years. The system is not only gamed, the game extends along nearly every media source. Read them at face value and you will continue to live in a media bubble that focuses merely upon the interplay of bread and circuses. No bloody details do they cover, and nearly all the blood spilled is on the side of the occupied. Protest the most moral army in the world and you’ll be cut down at the knee. Hence the number of amputees you see among the youth who take on the beacon from their parents because Palestine is forever.
As the most-recent enormously disproportionate bombing by Israeli Occupation Forces starts up again for a new administration but same rubber-stamping in Washington, I am gearing up to cover what transpires and what outrages Zionists wish to advance under a cloud of cluster bombings. Your best source for information is Stanley Cohen, he has been a friend to Palestine for many decades. He is the William Kunstler of our time; in fact, he worked for Mr Kunstler in the day. Please know that he is the greatest bearer of truth about the Zionist occupation to date, I intend to bring Mr. Cohen’s thoughts to my pages as I stand with so many in solidarity with each occupied Palestinian.
I have written a great deal on this injustice, but sadly not frequently enough. If you would like to read any of my blog contributions to the struggle in Palestinian, please visit my older articles.
Thank you for all support. Up the rebels.
I make a small contribution to the fight, but am trying to improve on punctuality as the war crimes of the US Empire and their toadies continues apace. Here are a few additional places on Twitter where you may find insight and wisdom on 73 years of bitter occupation:
Although I am hoping that the news from the front brings an unexpected relief from those who support the enemies of justice, I am also planning to continue the much more likely outcome of further outrage.
Although a vegan for many years now, I cannot name a single person whom I have persuaded to adopt a vegan lifestyle. Why is veganism so thoroughly resisted?
Roman Catholics still consider fish to be a healthy choice for a no-meat pro-life diet. How can a faith with such an ostensibly large membership not see the eyes on a no-meat, Lenten-friendly fish-fry fish with their own eyes? These are persons who consider themselves to be enlightened agents operating for good on a shared planet. Has anyone ever asked a self-identified enlightened person why they continue to eat meat? Is personal enlightenment such an exclusionary process?
Animal sacrifices to a deity of choice is an act of faith, a personal sacrifice, and a thank-you gesture for every participant but the sentient being who gets to enter a dead state of existence due to diet choices. Animals were already identified as “live stock” in the Book of Genesis. Presumably, they were popped into stocks at their instant of creation.
There is no other being “created” by a god who wants to be loved so much that he will waste the flesh of tasty individuals by the million in the name of love. We are absolutely the only ones who have such a self-generated sense of entitlement. Yet a vegan choice is an unthinkable, dreadful, disgusting, and demeaning option.
Sport is often a metaphor for sacrifice. Even after leaving football with multiple deadly injuries to their brain, players get identified as heroes. No attendee in a stadium or arena is brought to a permanent state of hell, PTSD, and suicide. They just cannot stay away from a sport that offers them unlimited opportunity to murder opponents at the command of a coach. Getting a player back on the playing field is the prime directive.
The last extinction event came at an instant when hit by a six-mile-thick rock from outer space wiped out nearly all life on Earth. The current extinction event is already predicted to occur during the lifetimes of Earth dwellers. A pandemic is not enough to convince self-denying people that a change of lifestyle is not an option. We can’t seem to resist airports enough. No sacrifice is enough of a sacrifice for a member of homo sapiens.
Earth’s population has quadrupled since I was born, but the yearning of some of its holiest members — particularly the Catholic Christians — is enough to state that a 400% increase on their only planet is not enough. How many of the sacred unborn would have created more offspring of highly entitled humans by now. Yet, it would seem to be the only vital alternative for these most wealthy and resource-hungry Earthlings.
The Catholic Church is essentially a one-issue religion, and they voted for a political party that did not have a single issue on their platform in 2020. They are awful people and they need to be identified as such. They voted for Trump, his wishes as emperor god were enough to satisfy the qualifications that make a president Great. Great!
This strangler only took five minutes to strangle a citizen-victim to death under custody in Alameda, California, a new favorite lynching technique that suddenly and decidedly has become de rigueur. It’s a staid normal for cops who wish to engage in the same loyal way that Derek Chauvin made popular in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Death under custody” turns into a race to carve a notch into your pistol. Tune into the channels on the internet where such techniques are sharpened, where action plans are drawn, and where white supremacism turns its weight against undesirable elements, from the dregs of society that threaten to destroy the American Dream. Details are not needed because they might later raise questions that are better left unanswered. Get the job done, get the hell out, and await further extrajudicial orders online and on the street. Beware of teenagers bearing video-capable phones.
Police departments rush to train officers who end up killing people under custody in new startling ways. There are countries where such training is provided, where it is routinely conducted in military-sized groupings, places where the extraordinarily ugly term “extraordinary rendition” keeps extra judiciary torture and ensuing death under confidential gentlemen’s’ agreements. A gentlemen’s agreement to hide evidence under a pile of platitudes is maintained to make society safe for rogue players. These agreements keep the jail cells free for the lesser-desirable incarcerated, for victimless crimes where a crime is defined in the eyes of a lone policeman who receives nods of approval from those who look like him, who were created in the image of Him. Ask no questions and I will tell you no lies. Injustice happens and it happens in the blink of an eye. Suspect dead on suspicion of suspicious activity. Log it and forget it.
This is a thousand lightyears from Mayberry, but it is explained in terms that fit an American myth, a myth that bears no resemblance to a courtroom where decisions have already been made to justify death by custody. The amount of time taken to conduct a custody may range from a number of hours to a number of seconds. The presence of arms in the hands of the presumed criminal requires no details, anything from a cell phone to a pack of cigarettes is enough to bring a cop to enter the following magical incantation that closes the case:
“I feared for my life.”
QUOD ERAT DEMONSTRANDUM.
Justice is molded in the plot of a television program that churns out platitudes sixty words per minute. The cop shows that justify every police action runs from squad car policemen on a beat to the careful doling out of law and order in a justice system set in stone. From TV show to predictable dialog at the cinema that defines reality in white America. Dirty Harry cuts corners, but each corner cut is served to an audience that looks forward to seeing a perfect policeman in action for a justice delivered in chunks that are easy to understand, where it is easy to color within the lines. Just dole out instant justice, Mr. Policeman. Just do it, and do it fast. Make it fit the American Way. Make us feel safe, protected, and served.
Trickle-up economic schemes shifted into overdrive when the pandemic knocked the chances of advancement out of sight for those who do not control an overwhelming share of the trickling stuff already. Amazon found itself wondering what to do with 90% profits that just kept on coming. Would they direct some of that wealth to the workers who make the whole scheme possible, or should they leave their labor in the lurch? Capitalism is silent on this point.
“Tough luck, chumps. Thanks for all the cash, we shall endeavor to keep it safe and secure in our coffers. You guys are great.”
My last chat on this blog brought up the topic of Covid schemes perpetrated by men of the cloth. These would be the board directors who must account for the losses that court judgments decide for victims of pedophilia. How to pay off those judgments without inconveniencing Mother Church — that is the question. A scapegoat is identified to satisfy the deity who created those scapegoats in his own image.
When funds run low, the Holy Church must replenish coffers that diminish in size. Fortunately for them, the accountants at the Vatican have learned how to make up for the money that dried up when judges began deciding on behalf of the victims of pedophile collar bearers. Those holy men know that a way can always be found to redirect sums of money into the bank faster than it can be doled out to its many victims. That is the way God wants it, poverty is a virtue. They should be thanking God for every privation.
A principle: You can simultaneously ask for millions from victimized families and also arrive at billions without any additional effort. It is such a crafty business to shunt funds away from those who lost their shirts when Covid arrived to do what it does best: take its victims for a death ride. A death dance perhaps. Rather, seek to benefit Mother Church at every possible point. Obtain tithes from congregants at the same time that priests search for the redirect button. It’s like cashing in on a blessing from God: Covid-19 benefits. God is just, is he not? Poverty is still a virtue, isn’t it? Nuns are assigned the task of instilling a bond of virtue in the poverty-stricken orphans that are dropped off with their nuns by priests who serve the patriarchal control, because Christ’s apostles were all men, it is clear that they may direct the responsibility. Women are carefully assigned subordinate roles because this is the intention of a God who may not be gendered, but he certainly is not of the female gender. That is a mystery of the Faith.
Nuns are still assigned the duty to discipline those poor supplicants who do not adhere to directives from their superiors. Even ones who ruthlessly apply punishments in the task of “Peacekeepers” must be willing to inflict maximum ordeals to keep them in line by any means possible. Arbeit macht frei symbolizes an intention to bring the recalcitrant to a Godly death. The recalcitrants are reminded that their insubordination is a personal decision for which they own the consequences, freely committed sins of disobedience. Nuns and female aides follow the directives passed down by the patriarchy, up to the point of death if necessary. Their reward (the wages of sin) are DEATH, but it is a sacred death that proclaims the Lord’s love for his flock through divine sacrifice. To bludgeon the recalcitrant to death can be viewed as a sacred sacrament.
Yesterday, I learned of an organization founded in 1947, a team of Catholics who evangelize for the one holy Catholic Roman and Apostolic church. The basis for their formation is the belief that Catholics are the most persecuted religion on the planet. These fancy that Christians, very specifically Catholics, have more martyrs than ever, that they are subjected to waves of persecutions. These Freedom and Liberty lovers who wish to bring the naysayers to their knees. Their self-described victimhood knows no bounds. Their willingness to sell their souls for personal gain at the expense of others is manifest. The flame of capitalism is their icon.
It’s hard to imagine that the 21st Century is yet ruled by likes of these friends of Inquisition and proponents for a return to the glorious days of the Crusades. Islamophobic nut-cases not only yet creep among us, but they are hideously well-funded. They are agents for a new Catholic Century, they are giddily received by the broadcasters who invite them to airwaves that are already sought by the true believers of rightwing supremacism.
Did I mention that they are well funded? Before Trump departed a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue, for the celebratory events of January 6, 2021. A new fascist with better people skills is already going through the grooming, Fascism doesn’t simply disappear from the scene, and its lifeblood is capitalism.
I am not the only person who has been gobsmacked by such events. The local drive-time broadcaster welcomed a member of the men-of-the-cloth who yearn for a return to the pre enlightenment. Here is a link to the interview that introduced me to these gentle souls, Steve Bannon was a drive-time away from the Vatican when he was shuffled out. A new team is always there to ring in the old days of patriarchal presumption. Aid to the Church in Need have no time for the victims of the US Empire who drop missiles on unarmed Muslims, hospitals, who starve millions at the behest of a fossil-fuel family (the Kingdom of Saud is a single family who purchase US arms by the billions of dollars.
China maintains concentration camps for the Uighurs, millions are exterminated in Western China. Compare these numbers to the sanctified Church that pays no taxes, yet recieves multiple billions of Federal dollars from Covid relief. It is simply and quietly delivered to their coffers.
A Google search reveals a great many proponents of propaganda of the faith society who join in with the spin. Racism is a meticulously measured force of a white supremacism that finds a ready audience and a yearning for a strong man to enforce the spirit of law and order that never goes out of style. Money to assure political success. CBS is one media source that is paying attention to the funds transfer.
Have I mentioned that racism runs rampant in the Holy and Apostolic parishes.These are not friends of George Floyd or any of the police officers who preceded Derek Chauvin. Blacks are simply not among the congregants, the few who have are of the ilk of Uncle Toms of a Clarence Thomas massive sell outs. Speaking more about Supreme Court seats: six of the nine Supreme Court Justices are Catholic, these six are also well connected with the lords and ladies of politic society. Not a single Muslim exists on SCOTUS. This while the genuinely martyred are among the two billion who identify with sects of their faith.
A Google search reveals a great many proponents of propaganda of the faith society who join in with the spin. A search seems always to include those who oppose movements — such as myself, but this organization manages to defy the expected. The proponents outweigh the opponents 100 to 1. A link to CBS connects the dots that follow the money. So far it is the only site that brings a discussion of the massive transfer of dollars to make up for the Catholic team’s losses suffered among the payouts caused by the sexual-deviants, enough to satisfy the court decisions and to leave several billion dollars for the home team. Curiously, the founder of the organization has been convincingly identified as a sexual predator. The very fellow who founded it. You may not be surprised to hear that the very founder who had his hands in the cookie jars started it all in his native Germany.
So what does the future hold for these neo inquisitors who seek to checkmate those among us who know the way to twist and turn the Constitution to keep America white ever again? That is a trick point. America has always been white-determined and favored. The cards are held and played to game the system in every corner of the US Empire.