Repurposing the back of an envelope

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 beΒ  individual beings who make eye contact with various things in their proximity. The theme evolves from each pencil stroke.

Then, I look for a title.

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The Immensity of Israeli Overreach

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.

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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.

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Another Summer of Cruelty in Gaza under what is now 73 years of Occupation by Israel

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.

Hoping you will stay tuned, and

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Meat Eaters

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 β€” particularly the Catholic Christians β€” 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!

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Death by Extraordinary Rendition

Cops jump on new bandwagon, strangulation becomes a fad

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.

Death by custody

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.

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Wealth Management Schemes for the already Wealthy

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.

Boardroom Talk:

“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 β€” 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.

Billions in Covid Aid Redirected

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.

Their Cross to Bear: Catholic Women told to forgive domestic violence

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.

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