A BBC clip on the Presidential debate. Interesting and mind-blowing. Is there no depth to sink to?
One strutted a preened – one stood proud.
One interrupted and bullied – one remained unruffled
One looked and sounded like a thug – The other looked and sounded like a President
One appealed to neo-Nazi white supremacists – one stood against fascism
One was the schoolyard bully – the other was a gentleman President
There was no doubt about it – Biden won hands down. He showed Trump up for the uncouth fascist he is.
Once upon a time, the land was free,
As free as the wind, rain and sea.
Then, on the African plain
A mutation created man.
We prospered and increased in number
Moving out across the world
We formed little clans and tribes.
We were hunter-gatherers and began to think of the tracts of land we hunted in as ours.
It brought us into conflict with neighbouring tribes.
But the land was not owned. It belonged to all.
The tribes prospered and coalesced and we invented nations.
The nations had leaders who became kings and religious leaders.
They claimed the land as theirs.
They waged war against other tribes to seize their land, to pillage and plunder
And increase their own wealth and power.
The robber barons who helped them subjugate the people and conquer were rewarded.
The kings and religious leaders gave them big tracts of land.
The robber barons sold or leased off small parcels of land to the people
Thus increasing their wealth.
The people farmed or lived on the small parcels of land they were sold.
The robber barons fenced off the land and called it private.
The kings, religious leaders and robber barons waged war, set up empires and increased their wealth and power.
The ordinary masses of people were enslaved, exploited, used and abused.
Down through history.
The descendants of the robber barons, kings and religious leaders still ‘own’ the vast tracts of land they purloined from the people. They use this land to generate vast wealth.
The descendants of ordinary people still cling on to their tiny parcels of land or rent their space.
The same wealthy robber barons own Britain, the USA and Israel. They still seize land, plunder and pillage out of greed and selfishness. They do it through war, corruption, manipulation and economic control. They manipulate us through the media, through patriotism, religion, politics, nationalism, xenophobia and racism. They divide people so that we turn on each other and not on them.
So, my friend Moshe, we are the exploited ones, We are not responsible for our rulers. They are the robber barons of old. They manipulate us. History is the story of the exploits of the robber barons – not our folk.
The land is as free as we want it to be. It is never owned, only borrowed or stolen. We are just passing through.
One day we will take all the land back. Hopefully, we will find a better way of living – not part of this system of greed, inequality and environmental destruction. We will all be equally important and there will not be this inherent racism and artificial division. There will not be nations or races. There will be people.
That is why I support the UN – because it is a way of taking power from those who are presently abusing it and exploiting us, and damaging our planet.
I am idealistic, realistic and far from stupid. I clearly see what is going on.
You, Moshe, are playing into their hands.
The land is free.
Creating short-term economic success is easy:
- Give big tax cuts to the wealthy so that they have more money to invest.
- Remove the environmental legislation so that they can pollute and do not have to waste money cleaning up their act.
- Remove environmental and planning restrictions so that they can build where they like, mine, log and dump without thought for nature or people.
- Remove health and safety regulations so that workers can work faster and cheaper.
- Deunionise and remove labour laws so that wages can be lower and working conditions worse, thus increasing profits.
The economy will grow.
There will be more jobs.
The wealthy will make a lot more money.
The economic miracle has large downsides – all of these appear further down the line
- The wealthy use tax loopholes to avoid paying their taxes and take their money abroad to invest in higher yields and tax havens.
- The water, soil and air are polluted creating a massive health problem – allergies, asthma, cancers.
- Nature is destroyed.
- The landscape is ravaged by mining, logging, fracking and factories. It looks ugly.
- The climate and weather are affected.
- Thousands die or are injured at work through unsafe work practice.
- People find themselves on zero-hours contracts, working all hours for peanuts.
- The inequality worsens. We have a bunch of the superrich and the rest of us languish in increasing poverty.
- Crime worsens.
- We have ghettos in cities and huge unemployment.
- It costs a fortune to clear up the mess that is created by the slackening of environmental and planning laws and relaxing of health and safety.
- We have a lot of early deaths and poor health.
The Trump economic miracle is a short-term plan to make rich people a lot richer at the expense of everyone else and nature.
It’s a recipe for disaster.
Here’s what a friend was reporting to me. I’m not sure of all the facts but it sure looks bad:
Apart from not paying any taxes for eleven years – except the paltry $750 (far less than a nurse pays each year) – he was paid $73.9 Million rebate! That is $73.9 million of American peoples’ money!
It was 73.9. Million and yes… it’s still being disputed from what I understand. For some reason people are really focused on the $750.00. Not the fact that monies were given to Ivanka as a consultant when she is a CE of the companies. That is tax fraud. Or the tax refund… also tax fraud.. but in IRS litigation most likely because Trump spends money like a whore and can’t pay it back. No one paid attention to the fact he left NYC and his biggest pride and joy , TRUMP TOWER but why. He owes a note that the family isn’t paying any principle on. Either they are getting ready to short sell which they won’t get their price or they will default. Trump is a personal guarantee for the loan. He is personally liable. It’s how he went bankruptcy 6 times. No one is catching this stuff. He is in debt and using American tax monies to bail himself out. All his properties are in the red.
It seems to me that the world was going along sweetly – the same old problems, the same aggravations, some war, destruction of nature and general malaise – then we had 9/11 and Muslim extremism and everything went apeshit.
Wars in the Middle East, refugees, terrorism and the fear and hate kicked in.
It lumbered us with Brexit, Trump, Bolsonaro and Johnson as the world knee-jerked to the right.
The populists, riding the wave of fear and hate stoked it up – promising walls, an end to immigration, to stamp out terrorism and easy violent solutions.
Isn’t it obvious – these snake-oil salesmen don’t have the answers. They want power and wealth at any costs. They have been actively stoking up hatred and division for their own ends. The more the better. The sad thing is that stupid people are falling for it.
Peace in the Middle East
There will be no peace
In the Middle East
Until all sides are resolved
And past sins absolved.
Two thousand years of injury
Leave a bitter legacy,
A toxic history,
Requiring an end to misery
We should all abhor
The men of war
Who firmly shut the door
To fester the sore.
Not the people to blame
In this vale of shame
They are all the same
Caught in a hapless game.
All sides around a table –
Dispense with the fable!
Opher – 23.9.2020
‘I I I need to tell the great British people, aaaah, gashooks, that we are in great peril! Periculum magni! Gosh, it’s bad!’
‘There, there, there is only one answer. By Zeus. We’ve got to all come together to, aah, errr, fight this enemy. By Jove.’
‘We’ll um, er, wotsit, fight it in the fish and chip shops. Yes we will! In the supermarkets. Gosh. And in the pubs, yes the pubs. We, er, er, will stop at nothing! We will never, er, ever, surrender!’
‘And, and, this is why I’m telling the British people, the er gosh, freedom-loving people of our great country, that we have to, awf awf, destroy this virus, by golly, drive it into the sea! We shall, er er, never bally stop!’
‘So today I am taking major strides towards, yew yew, aaagh, making us all safe. And, and and we have to jolly well follow the rules. It’s jolly important! So from today the pubs will shut at 10 pm! That’ll show the blighter! We’re changing, arf arf, aaagh, social distancing to aaah, 1 metre 26, outside and .954 of a metre inside, or something like that. I can’t quite remember what that Whitty fellow said. Anyway, keep apart, except if you’re very rich er er, then you can shoot grouse and party all night because, aaaah aaaah, you won’t be spreading the disease. teams can play sport but, aaah, aaah, arf, they can only have three in a team, unless, aaah, urgh, they are all from the same family, or or or similar families, then it can be up to, um um a hundred. But er, er, only if they wear knee-length boots to er protect against airborne virus on the grass.’
‘And, um, er, er, remember – you have to jolly well work from home – but nip out to buy sandwiches and er er gosh, always use public transport! And er arf arf, wear a mask – though not one of me – or aaaah that serial killer chappie.’
‘So, err, eat out to save my arse and stay in to aaaah,save yours.’
‘So, arf arf, my friends, remember, we’re all in it together. An an an to jolly well bring into line, all those arf, pesky youngsters out partying like there’s no tomorrow – well actually, there isn’t any tomorrow, is there arf arf – we’re going to um er er fine you all, well huh, not quite all of you, but those blighters not following the rules, to the letter. My good friend Rishi says we need the cash. This, er er bally virus, is costing us a fortune! So it’ll be £10,000 quid a pop! Straight, um um, from your bank into, er eer, my pocket!’
‘I’m jolly, er, glad, we cleared all that up! Now it’s bally well past two-o-clock – er errr, time for my bottle of red and, err er, my afternoon nap.’
I always find it exhilarating to hear our illustrious leader speak. He manages to clarify things in such a magnificent manner. His oratory and use of language reminds me of Churchill after his fifth bottle.
So nice to see him being allowed out to use the teleprompter. I bet Cummings had his heart in his mouth.
It’s so good to see that despite being in a terrible state with a fast-rising rate (up to 4,368 new cases yesterday and science experts predicting up to 50,000 cases a day if this rate continues, hospital cases rising fast and death not too far behind) Johnson is proposing to shut pubs by 10.00 pm. That’ll stop it! There’s nowt like firm, decisive action – and this is nothing like firm, decisive action.
In the States there was another 39,127 cases and 426 deaths, while in Brazil it was only 13,439 with 377 deaths!
Today, being the last day of summer and temperatures of 22 degrees here in Yorkshire, we headed out for the day onto the moors. Walked up to the Roman road and had a drive around – glorious.
Tomorrow the temperatures drop and autumn is upon us. I wonder what autumn and winter, under the heroic leadership of Johnson, Rees-Mogg and Cummings, has in store for us?
Stay Safe everyone!