Imagine a state where criminal investigations and trials are sloppy, the involved state actors exclude exonerating evidence to cover up their callously careless treatment of people’s lives and resulting false convictions and executions of innocents, and where the decision to kill people is based on the expiration date on state-purchased chemicals. That’s Arkansas. If you have never looked more closely into the issue of death penalty, this article written by a former death roll prisoner of Arkansas – who got out by signing a promise never to sue the state for robbing him of 18 years of his life – may open your eyes. The monsters in this case are not the prisoners on death roll, but the corrupt goons in high office (a situation that should perhaps feel familiar by now if you live anywhere in America).
There’s a good video getting insurance straight and outing one of our most reprehensible politicians (as he plays a wise teacher to sell his hypocrisy):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “AWKWARD: Paul Ryan Doesn’t Understand How Insurance Even Works”)
Now follows my angry rant with a bleeped word in it, because I just couldn’t contain myself in the face of someone so disgusting and utterly unworthy to live within the human covenant, leave alone living the rich life at our expense: Continue reading
Long, but well worth watching (or read my short commentary below if you are short on time):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Gap Between Rich and Poor is Only Getting Wider”)
When, at a market, the pockets of everyone are picked, and a furtive figure sneaks off with his pockets flowing over with loot, what is the natural conclusion about where the vanished goods went?
Here is a reminder for the establishment: We, the common muck, the unwashed masses, as they seem to regard us from their high seats of money-based aristocracy, in other words, we the people, were born as definitely into this world as they were, and their efforts to deny us our due part of this world is heinous beyond all justification, no matter what establishment narrative they use. We have every right to fight back. It’s high time we do.
In an article worth reading, its author, James Altucher, wrote:
From the moment our feet finally leave the inside of our mother’s womb, until the day we die, life is a battle. Respect everyone’s battles. Respect that everyone has it [as] hard, or harder, than you do.
Let me explain why this is noteworthy: Continue reading
Meet Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education: Betsy DeVos
Qualifications: billionaire heiress, no experience with K-12 education, no experience with college financial aid or student loans. Christian fundamentalist. Long time busy trying to undermine public education through questionable school voucher programs.
As someone said, it’s like asking an Amish person to head NASA. Continue reading
Maybe you just heard? Obama finally acceded to so many of us pleading and finally commuted the whopping 35 year sentence (more than most murderers and rapists get) of Chelsea Manning, one of our nation’s greatest whistleblowers. Manning is the one who allowed us to learn of the mistreatment of unlawfully detained people and the callous murdering of civilians (including reporters and good Samaritans) which parts of our military committed in Irak and elsewhere. These are things we should know about, shouldn’t we? Continue reading
Recently, when I laid out my thoughts about the most sensible way of arranging our society – solving problems together rather than cannibalizing each other – someone agreed with me on principle but voiced worry that such appeals can preface unjustified raids of our pockets by government. This is my response: Continue reading