Shouldn’t We be Angry?

 

images (2)Well god damn, what a question that is. Oh boy, have I been angry lately, just check out my last three writings, whoa! Pissed to the hilt. Lotta cussing, angry phrases, all that. I even had one Facebook site kick me out cuz of all the fucking cussing I been doing, whoops, there I go again, my god, have I been angry, yeah really. Yeah the fucking moderators at the Near Term Human Extinction (NTHE) site kicked me clean out cuz I said cocksucker…the cocksuckers.

Oh, before I go on I guess I should mention that this conversation surrounds the topics of climate change, water shortage/contamination issues, nuclear contamination issues, bio-chemical issues and their contamination, issues of economic collapse, and much more concerning things of that nature–you know, the doomsday stuff. Essentially these are the backdrop to our assured propulsion towards the extinction of human kind and many other forms of life, just remember that as we move along here.

OK, so what’s really going on here, is all this anger necessary? Well I don’t know “what’s going on” for absolute sure but I can tell ya that yeah, I think this anger has been necessary. I had to think it out a little bit there, but yeah, in the end I ‘rationally’ decided that all this anger, and more actually, is necessary. I mean what else ya gonna be when you’re surrounded by a buncha dumbfucks diplomatting their way to insanity. It is very aggravating, very maddening.

OK, OK, yeah I’ll explain this, it’s simple really. Now the greatest source of my anger is the developed world, well actually it’s the top 60 to 70% (in terms of wealth) of the people in the developed world that I am so mad at. And it all basically comes from one phrase, no not phrase, but I should say one motivation. Yeah, it’s a fucking motivation. And that motivation is that they, this 60 to 70%, want to keep their standard of living at whatever costs it takes. If it means to bring us to extinction, then so be it. Yeah, there it is, that’s the baseline reason for my very deep anger. And why the fuck wouldn’t it be? Oh, you probably don’t know the answer to that question if you are one of that 60 to 70% there, you’re too lost in your desires and so you really can’t know what’s up, you’re a fucked up human being that actually don’t know any better…truly, I mean that. You are not excused, yet at the same time I gotta admit you simply do not know any better cuz your desires are blocking you in a more or less medically determined way. You are sick in other words, and I am kinda bad for getting so mad and disgusted with sick people, but I am only human myself.

It’s been suggested to me that if I did not come off so angry, that if I took a more professional approach to developing and delivering my message that I would get further along in persuading people to my point of view. WRONG! Yeah really, that sounds like it’d be correct, that it would be what the smart person, the rational person would do. Yeah they would talk seriously while carrying a an academic tone and be diplomatic in their deliverance to the public in order so people would listen and calmly and rationally “accept” the ideas and opinions presented. But NO! That, I have found, is totally wrong, it actually don’t work.

Now note I said “it actually don’t work” when the proper way to say is “it actually doesn’t work”. See that’s proper grammar, but I don’t use proper grammar very much and that’s cuz I like to piss off the academic folks. I could be fairly academic myself, not like some college trained fucks maybe, but I could get close enough to get away with it. But I’d rather piss off these academic folks or at least aggravate with my bad writing and my bad language. Now why is that? Well, somebody’s gotta do something to thwart their misconceptions of what’s working. Cuz being academic, being professional and getting up there with your expertly devised PowerPoint Presentation just ain’t working, people, it just ain’t. Get it? Lookie here, I was involved, professionally, with the environmental movement for 10 years and I NEVER saw any of this type of approach work. In fact, I’d say it actually thwarts progress, really, I mean that.

Now get this folks, nearly, if not all and I do believe it is actually all, NGO’s and also all of the mainstream spokes persons on the issues I mentioned in that first paragraph believe that we can continue with economic growth and advance our standards of living and still accomplish solving all those issues. Yeah, can you believe that? I mean don’t that just blow your fucking minds, don’t it? Yeah their saying not only can and will we solve these issues but in the solving of them it’s gonna bring us more economic growth, more jobs and more prosperity than ever before! Now you wanna talk about desperation, you wanna talk about irrationality, you wanna talk about insanity and poor mental health, WELL, there the fuck it is folks, right in your god damn face! These are insane notions and they are lies as well. Why can I say that with such confidence? It’s cuz these exact notions are the reasons why we have those doomsday issues in the first place. That does not take a big brain to see, but it does take hardcore honesty, but that’s all it takes cuz it is not rocket science.

All the major science institutions and all the major scientists contend that if we stay on our present course we will go extinct, us and many other species as well. In fact, some believe we will have a great mass extinction for the sixth time in earth’s history due to our current human behavior. Yet, many of these same people turn right around and say, “but hey, with renewable energy and more advanced technology we’ll fix these problems and be able to go on moving further towards higher standards of living and we wil be able to continue to grow indefinitely – happy, happy, eh?” It-is-all-fucking-bullshit…this is what our diplomacy, our professionalism, and our PowerPoint Presentations are giving is, pure, unadulterated bullshit. This is clearly evident in the fact that nothing has changed, we are still dying, we are still moving ever closer, ever faster towards mass extinction – so say the scientists. What the fuck is that?

Now am I saying that being angry and shouting and cussing at he establishment is always gonna work with every issue we get presented with, no, I am not saying that. But in this case, that is the case where we have our top professionals who have been for decades telling us how bad our present course is but then doing a clear back flip and telling us it all gonna be OK if we keep doing the same shit, is that something we should put stalk in? I don’t thinks so, in fact, I think it is time we start telling these fuckers to shut the hell up until they are ready to either say what we are doing is good, or it is bad. We need to categorically tell them to make up their god damn minds!

Now we, the common people, can make up their minds for them and decide ourselves that no, this course we are on is bad and that it is obviously gonna kill us. We do not need to advance any more technologically, we need to conclude that what we do now ain’t working. Instead it appears we need to do the opposite and quit trying to grow and that we need to decrease our impact by living much simpler lives. You know like just make sure we get food, water, clothing and shelter. Wouldn’t that seem rational? Yeah since we’ve been burring ourselves with technology, high standards of living and economic growth, shouldn’t we conclude that we otta do the opposite? At least for time until we get our shit together, cuz we clearly got it all mess up at present. I mean we are dying folks, we know that now. Lets get smart for real. But hey, I think we’re gonna have to get mad first, we’re gonna have to get into these 60 to 70% of the developed world’s face and tell them to shut the fuck up with their insane rationality, they’re killing us.

You might think that what I am saying is dangerous, that it might provoke violence. Well, I hope not, I hate violence. But I myself do not know what else the fuck to do. I gotta yell and scream fuck, fuck, fuck…it appears. Cuz talking professional and tipping my hat on the way out the door just don’t seem to be working. I don’t mean just me, I’ve never seen work for anybody or any institution, never.  Not with the extinction type issues anyway. Let’s do something different, ain’t it about time? OK? Thanks for listening.

 

 

 

 

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Lets Talk About Glass–Steagall…And Other Things  

images (1)The Glass–Steagall Act was basically about some provisions contained within the U.S. Banking Act of 1933 that limited commercial banks on how they could invest their money. In other words it was a safety measure that kept these banks from doing with “your” money whatever the fuck they wanted to do with it. If they wanted to invest in something like Hitler sportswear they would NOT be able to do it. In other words it kept the banks clean and above board in their investment activities, economically speaking it was a good thing.

But then Bill Clinton repealed the Glass–Steagall Act while he’s in office. And of course you know what happened after that, bucco banks failures and corporate bailouts that are still happening today. Yeah sure the stock market went to town, but that really only worked out for the rich. For the rest of us we saw failed mortgages and bankruptcies by the millions.

OK yeah so me being a guy against the entire capitalist free market system and basically a Marxist (well, kinda), why am I writing about Glass–Steagall as though it was and is a good thing? Shouldn’t I just be writing about lets fuck off the banking shit and just plant corn and catch water? Well yeah maybe I otta cuz that’s pretty much what I think we otta do, though I know we can’t do just that, not anymore anyways. Well there is an explanation for this but it’s kinda complicated yet I bet I can get it done.

Well see the truth is having Glass–Steagall or not having Glass–Steagall are the same deal to me. I don’t really care either way. Now at one time I would have cared, but that was before we set so many traps to bring us to extinction that it’s become more or less ridiculous to care about any god damn thing. But then you know I just love that Bernie Sanders, he’s the socialist I’ve hoped for every since I realized this shit about extinction. Well no that’s no right, he’s just something like we’ve needed for a long time—until recently that is. I shoulda said before “this shit about extinction”.

See Bernie’s gonna reinstate Glass–Steagall, he’s gonna make the economy grow, he’s gonna get all of us living good and prosperous lives again. Yet this is all the shit I think we need to avoid, still I love the guy, humm. Like I said, it’s complicated.

You say, “wait a fucking minute, all the shit you think we need to avoid (?) what the fuck is that – you sick cocksucker.” Well when you ask that I gotta figure you haven’t read my stuff before (so few have, so no surprise there – he, he) OK what that’s about is I’m the kinda guy who wants to see us go to a food, water, clothing and shelter kinda deal – like right fucking now. That’s all cuz-a climate change, oh and water issues, oh and nuclear issues, oh and bio-chemical issues, oh and natural resource issues, oh and economic collapse issues…I guess you get the point so I’ll shut up on that now. So yeah see I do feel that we’re most definitely on the path to extinction, I believe we got till about 2070 at best.

But then I also think that some kinda miracle could happen to pull us out of this dive. I mean we could get with it and do the food, water, clothing, and shelter deal, if we got with it real quick. So maybe, eh? Ahhh, it probably wouldn’t work even if we tried our best, but see that’s why I call it a miracle. Yeah and I kinda believe in miracles, though I ain’t never seen one, but maybe.

So back to this deal with Bernie Sanders and his promise to reinstate Glass–Steagall. Yeah see that goes the opposite way of the food, water, clothing, and shelter only kinda thing. And why I want to see us do the draconian act of putting us to food, water, clothing, and shelter only is cuz it will stop the insanity we are on now with free enterprise and making every fucking product we can think up while said products aren’t even worth a shit and are only causing us to go faster and faster down the road towards extinction. This is a god damn fact by the way, yeah even the World Bank thinks this is so and so does the U.N. of all things.  Holy shit, who’d a thought that? Ya know?

See all that god damn production and consumption going on is what the fuck causing all the god damn carbon to go up into the sky and the oceans as well, god dammit. So this Glass–Steagall deal, as happy as is was for Roosevelt and the American people of that time, and would be the same for Bernie and all of us who like living prosperous and healthy, well, except for you know what — all the fucking carbon that’d be released. And the other shit too, like continuing with nuclear power which will blow up in our faces some day. The polluting of water, the use of our water, and more. So yeah, “time” is a wicked thing, you see.  And in time we’re gonna blow it out our ass with this production and consumption shit, it’s a sure deal.

So like I said, it’s complicated. It’s happy and it’s tragic. We can get happy and prosperous again, but then it’d likely kill us in the end. Hey don’t blame me god dammit, I’m just telln’ ya about it, so fuck you with your attitudes – mother fuckers. Good bye, assholes. And good luck with yer happy and prosperous selves, fuckers.  Hey, thanks for listening.

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God Dammit! Get The Computer Industry Out of the Market Place!

 

-0a1944bec158b674What I mean by that title is the internet as well as the computer hardware and software industries should be a single utility, and not a utility run by private enterprise but instead run by the government, same as roads, bridges, waterways, etc. In other words it should be a part of the American infrastructure, the world infrastructure for that matter. Of course some software’s could be sold by private industry, particularly entertainment software. But it would have to be filtered through by the government and fit into all of its software and hardwire constructs. Well, let me back up a minute, take that “private industry” phrase with a grain of salt, please. I am totally a person believing in society run by the commons, a complete Marxist actually, so factor that in, thanks.

There are some very fundamental reasons why the computer world should be a part of the ‘national’ infrastructure and it be taken clean out of the market place. OK but let me do a little disclaimer here right off the bat. I don’t know shit about how the computer world works. But I do have common sense and logical deduction available to me and on that I depend heavily. So in the following sentences take what I am saying as just that, it’s common sense and logical deduction. Somewhere in those I am perfectly right about what I am saying regarding the computer industry.

OK, first off you need to understand what is happening while the internet and the entire computer complex are existing by the dynamics of “free enterprise”. The main problem is that it is being controlled by competing interest and each corporations’ self interest. This competition does not make the products better, instead it makes them not work worth a shit, as we all know and have experienced. Why? Because with the internet you have multiple satellites up there competing for air space, meaning all those satellites are jamming the airwaves and are also made to be just sufficient enough to handle the owners customers.  Same with fiber-optic cables. They are having multiple sources of data coming in from hundreds of IP’s and filtered out through several different browsers. None of these competitors are in agreement, they bang against one another constantly and therefore your computer gets viruses and slow downs due to software malfunctions and in many cases even without viruses. Now like I said earlier, I don’t know if this is exactly the deal but I would make a big bet that somewhere in all that corporate competition there are problems just as I have described. If not, someone please let me know. Cuz see, in the end, no matter how you delineate this mess, we find each of ourselves saying “what the fucks the deal here with my god damn computer!”

We need not be aggravated by these market place products costing us hundreds to thousands of dollars that need to be upgraded all the fucking time while we find our upgrades come to be worse products than the previous ones, it’s nuts. I have used Microsoft Office since 1993. I have found that Office 97 was the best edition they ever had, since then they have gotten worse with each new edition.

Yeah it’s nuts and again, we need not be aggravated. I do believe that there is a way to solve these major problems we have in our computer life and that’d be to inject the computer industry into our infrastructure. It would be run by the government and financed by tax revenue as all our infrastructural facilities are now. The big upside is it would be controlled and operated by one single entity that has no competing interest but is only available to make good for the public it serves. Of course we’d need a clean and uncorrupted government, which we don’t have. Though in this case the government would have to be on their toes as this particular facility would be used for just about everything we do, as it does now. It would be hard to be irresponsible in this case as opposed to other aspects of our infrastructure such as highways and bridges, which are a sham.

The truth is our government as a whole is nothing but a sham and could not be trusted to handle this type of project. So there’d be our first agenda, to get the fucking government in line. Bernie Sanders could be one beginning of that process, so vote for that cocksucker, please. See the deal is we are very sick as a species right now and have been for at least 100 years. And really you could say this article is about that, and not so much about the fucked up computer industry. But no, I won’t say that cuz I really want you to think about this computer issue.

One thing to think about the computer industry right now is how they are fucking you over concerning your god damn money. Please listen to this, see you gotta update/upgrade, update/upgrade, update/upgrade your life away, and your money too. There is no need for that. The ONLY reason that happens is cuz the industry you are a slave to wants to gather into their selves your money, no other reason. I’m not saying that computers and the internet do not need upgrading, but that does not have to cost you money. And it should not mean you gotta go to the store to buy the upgrades so Bill Gates can act like the greatest philanthropist the world have ever known.  It’s bullshit and rabid lies going on there, it’s fucking criminal. We should have all upgrades handled by the government, including when you need a new computer, which they would provide. Software updates and upgrades could be done online when you’re in bed sleeping, it can and should be done that way. Oh, I almost forgot, all households should have a minimum of two computers fully equipped and as good as any billionaire has and all of it provided by the government.

That sort of thing will never happen within the world of computer markets. Corporations do not have that capacity to be good to you, not unless you got big, big bucks. Most of us don’t, so they’d never do these sorts of services for their customers. Something you gotta know that you may not be aware of, especially if you are not a member of the poverty class, and more so a member of those in the deepest of poverty. You’ve all herd about this fucked up deal that Microsoft is no longer going to be supporting some of it’s older operating systems such as Vista and XP. And actually they are even phasing out Windows 7, which at this point you have to still “buy” to be legally situated.

Do you understand what this means for the poor? Many of the poor, especially the very poor are still using systems such as XP and Vista simply because they can not afford to upgrade, and likely never will be able to upgrade as these new systems cost hundreds of dollars. So what Microsoft is actually doing is forcing its users to buy their (Microsoft’s) new software and in many cases new computers as well. When they cease completely to support these older systems the internet will not be useable to those with XP or Vista and other systems as well.

This is the case right now in 2016 that you can not use Internet Explorer 8, it simply doesn’t work well enough to be worth going on the internet unless you can upgrade to Explorer 9 or 10. But you can’t upgrade with XP or Vista, instead you have to have at least Windows 7 in order to upgrade, which will cost you money to buy right now. Even though it may cost as little as $89 at Best Buy people living on less than 10K a year are not going to be able to afford that, they are lucky to pay their energy bills god dammit, FUCK! A lot of these folks got their computers from friends or family that would have thrown their old computers away and these computers likely would have had XP or Vista on them.  So what’s gonna happen to these folks is their gonna be kicked out of the computer world as far as the internet goes, which is mostly what computers are about now. This will likely happen to millions of people world wide, but Microsoft don’t give a shit, they say it’s the way of things. How do I know that? Cuz I called them and that’s basically what the fuck they told me–the cocksuckers.

The computer industry is an industry that should have never been allowed to be a market place product. That is so simply by the nature of it’s structure. Microsoft software needs PC computers and Apple needs Apple, and there it ends. If it’s gonna be such a small division of choice then it should have been developed as the same way we’ve developed the Interstate Highway system: one entity doing one big massive job. Instead now you have two companies that have between them become as powerful as any first world government and have most of the god damn wealth within the world of business. It’s fucking crazy and criminal as criminal can be. Say NO to it, fight for the commons to be restored and for sanity to do the fucking same, OK? Thanks for listening.

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The Social Security Administration–The Entity of Forced Repression

 

download (1)This is my story about what happened to me at the Social Security Administration (SSA) offices in both Gallup and Santa Fe New Mexico and by the SSA itself as a government entity. It has left me deeply scarred and having a great issue with anger, of which I can no longer afford to have and so I am doing something about it now by writing “my story”. What happened to me was so devastating that it has been almost 2 years and I can only now try to deal with it. It has been too disturbing for me to write about. Every time I’d try to deal with it I’d get mad and depressed thinking about it. However, it is also very hard on my soul and so I gotta get it out. Most of all I think it tremendously important to have people know the kind of world we’re living in as it pertains to the government of the United States of America.

Hey just a warning. I’m gonna be cussing my ass off in this document, its the anger, believe me, it’s the anger. But it’s because of the anger I am writing this damn thing in the first place. I’m getting it out I guess. Yet another reason I am writing about this is for people to understand just how dishonest and screwed up our Social Security System is, and that to me is more important than my anger. See this is not about an official that is acting illegally on some matter such as the Flint Michigan lead issue. No, this is about the entire Social Security Administration acting “legally” but those legalities are in reality so corrupt it becomes unimaginable. It is an absolute joke and so criminal I do not understand how we the people have not risen up in total revolt, but we haven’t, instead we follow along like dumb little dogs.

The Story:

I have a number of medical issues that have ultimately disabled me. My symptoms got to be noticeable and frequent starting in 2006. Eventually I applied for disability in July of 2011. I was and still am plagued with an illness called cryoglobulinemia, it is a result of having Hepatitis C. Since then I have contracted high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),  and cirrhosis of the liver.  The most disabling issue is the cryoglobulinemia because it makes my joints so painful and swollen I can hardly walk and this happens on a regular basis when I am active, at least twice per week. But if that ain’t happening then my lower legs and feet are regularly so numb it’s simply too uncomfortable to do much of anything. Again, this is all when I am active, if I lay around and keep my feet elevated constantly I don’t suffer nearly as much, but who can lay around all day, I ain’t got a 24 hour nurse so I wind up with my legs being a major issue most of the time.

From the years 2006 to 2012 and before the Affordable Care Act was in place anywhere you’d go to see a doctor they’d tell you get the hell out if you ain’t got insurance. I tried a couple doctors offices in Albuquerque and Grants NM but they said by-by to my no money and no insurance. In 2009 I did manage to find a place in Questa, NM, 300 miles from my home, that would let people in with no money and no insurance, a miracle actually. There I was diagnosed with vasculitus for the first time (later found to be cryoglobulinemia). The doctor told me this was a disabling and incurable disease and that I could get disability for it. He said he would write a letter for me if I wanted to apply for it. Well like some kinda stupid nut I was attempting nobility and told the doc no thanks and that I’d struggle along trying to work…what-a dumb fuck idea that was as I can attest to now.

Yeah I struggled along alright. By June of 2012 I was so sick and down with my legs so often I finally had to quit working. I was willing to go ahead and die of hunger rather than “struggle along” another day. It was simply too painful to endure any longer. The year prior, July 2011, I applied for disability. Nothing happened until around March of 2012 in which time SSA set me up to go see “their” doctor. So I go to see their doctor and she pumps my arms a couple times, sees if I can touch my toes and then sends me home with a report to SSA that I am fine and ready to work. I mean it was nearly that bad. A totally ridiculous charade. But I’m sure she made a couple hundred of taxpayers money and didn’t need to give a shit whatsoever about how sick I was. I was very sick at the time and was hoping to actually get some doctoring from this deal since I had no medical insurance…Wrong. I asked what she thought was up with my legs or if she agreed with the doc’s assessment there in Questa NM in 2009 about the vasculitus. I had sores all up and down my legs, swollen joints and lots of pain. She had no comment on all that and only passively mentioned it in her report to SSA. She wasn’t there to doctor me, she was there to reject me, that was her job and that was all that SSA wanted from her – nothing else. It was so obvious a child could see it.

But see this is only a small part of the corruption and lies that came later. I’m going to stop with my story and tell you all what I saw and experienced regarding SSA’s process and how they figure they “owe” their disability applicants. Well actually, they feel they don’t owe them anything and in fact are only out to get as much money from their applicants as they can, I mean this literally. Here’s how it works.

First off you have to get a lawyer to interface with our government, or at least it is highly advisable to get a lawyer. If you do not the government will rip you off so far and so deep it will leave you speechless, and penniless if they can achieve it–if they can they will–it’s automatic. Now think about it, you have to get a lawyer, get it? You can’t deal with our government without one, they are too corrupt and will literally steal from you. And it doesn’t matter how sick and disabled you are, you are a money magnet for them and that is how they see you, they want to take your money, nothing else, this is exactly the way it is. Let me show you.

Note: When I say “your money” I am talking about the money SSA owes you because you are disabled and you have been paying the disability insurance premiums all your working life which come right out of your danged paycheck. That is YOUR money they are holding so they can distribute it back to you in your time of need.

OK so if you ask an SSA representative why you need a lawyer they will lie and tell you it is because of the technical issues, legal codes and terminology involved with disability claims. That is a lie, one of many. The real truth is you need a lawyer for protection from SSA’s evil ways and nothing else. Think about this, what is “getting disability”? It isn’t about a bunch of terms and legal codes and laws for lawyers to make money on and the government to get some of that money from taxes on disability lawyers. No, it’s about going to a doctor, having determination made about your issue by that doctor, and then going back to SSA who would then make an honest decision about your disability qualifications based on the doctor’s findings. It’s that simple. All that is needed is honesty and the expertise of a doctor, nothing more. The applicant doesn’t have to be honest, he or she really doesn’t need to do anything but show up with their body and illness. The rest involves the integrity of the doctor and SSA. In all of that, where is there a need for a lawyer?

In today’s climate of business and political activity one might say to me, “you’re  being a naive simpleton there dude”. No, I ain’t. There is no reason for me to not expect this, there is no reason not to expect that I can walk into an SSA office and get exactly that that kind of treatment from my government. I should expect nothing less and nothing more than honest assessments in a situation like this. The process is not complicated, all it needs is a doctor who knows what he or she is doing. With that the process becomes simple for SSA. It comes down to a simple yes or no. It’s “yeah dude, you’re disabled.” Or, “no dude, you’re not disabled, so get the fuck to work.” The doctor determines all that, not SSA.

However, it doesn’t work that way and that is only for one reason. It is because SSA does get involved in the medical determinations, which is totally wrong, they should have nothing to do with that, only the doctors should make those decisions. This is where is all goes crazy. And the only reason it is happening is because SSA is not about serving its public, it’s about taking the public’s money. The SSA is only a bank, a place that has taken your premium payments and has accumulated funds to distribute back to those who need it, it is as simple as that and don’t let anyone tell you different.

How they get your money:

OK I’m gonna go back to my story, it is the best example you’ll ever hear about how SSA is a robbery machine. It is simple and not hard to get but will drop your jaw to the floor, But before I get into how I “legally” got screwed, let me show you the amount of money I got fucked out of. All of it legal, but then, all of it absolutely corrupt and full of deception as well. I say corrupt and deceptive cuz it’s not about what they say or do, it’s  about what they don’t say and don’t do. In short, your ignorance of their rules is how they fuck your butt. And those rules are only there in order to fuck your butt and no other reason.

In the end I wound up on what they call SSI, or Social Security Income. Under the SSA plans you get SSI or SSDI, Social Security Disability Insurance. With SSI your payment is now at $733 a month. With SSDI the payment is based on your work history and your Social Security Retirement Income at age 66. My SSDI would have been $1273 per month.

OK, got all that? It’s important as we go forward so remember it please. OK so lets do a little simple math. Well I surely ain’t getting the $1273 month I’d of gotten under the SSDI plan. For me, it’s $540 less per month under SSI as opposed to SSDI until age 62. In my case that is a 30 month period from the day SSA started my benefits when I was age 59 and a half. Doing the math that’s a total of $16,200, or 30 times $540, so it’s $16,200 less dollars I’ll receive from the government under SSI as opposed to SSDI in that 30 month time period.

Now at the end of that 30 months, or age 62, my income will go up because they will take me off of SSI and put me on my regular retirement income which for me is expected to be $914 a month for retirement at age 62. However, had I gotten SSDI then nothing would have changed at age 62, my income would have stayed at the $1273 amount until death. Lets say I will have lived another 20 years from age 62 or to 82 years old. I’d be receiving $359 less a month for those 20 years because of having been put on SSI. That’s a total of $86,160. Add the $16,200 to that we spoke of earlier and that becomes a total of $102,360. BUT WAIT A MINUTE! I have not included what I lost in settlements. When you get approved for SSDI or SSI they back date the settlement to the day you were declared disabled by the doctor, it’s called the onset date. My onset date was 21 months prior to the settlement date, the settlement date being the day they settle your claim and you start getting the fucking money they owe you. So under SSI at $733 per month that’s a settlement of $15,393, or 21 months times $733. Under SSDI at $1273 a month it would have been a settlement of $26,733, again, 21 months times $1273. And guess what? I didn’t get “any” settlement at all. I’ll get into why later; it’ll make you sick.

In the total of my life at age 82 I will have lost income at a maximum of $129,093. That’s a lot of money, and is especially a lot of money when you are a guy only getting $733 a month at present and missed a settlement of $15,393 to boot, ouch!! As of to today, January 29, 2016, which is 23 months later since my settlement date, had I gotten what I deserved which was the SSDI plan then I’ve already lost $540 times 23 which is $12,420 plus the $26,733 lump sum settlement which totals out to $39,153. What I’ve actually taken in is only $16,859, that’s $22,294 short of what those fuckers owe me to date. That’s just in 2 years! The tally is going to be going up for the rest of my life, get it? AHHHHH!!! God dammit it pisses me off, I gotta get rid of this anger, it’s killing me…

Yeah, see that $22,294 is my money that SSA has ripped off from me, so far, since I actually qualified for full SSDI based on the fact I have vasculitus which was determined by the doctor at Questa NM in 2009 and several other doctors later on. But instead I got a settlement of zero dollars and a temporary income of $733 a month until age 62 at which time I am forced to retire and receive less retirement income than I’d get at age 66. I say forced because I will still be disabled and will have to retire at age 62 in order to get any money to live on and add to that I’ll have to start paying for insurance cuz I’m likely still gonna be sick.

The Real Story:

OK so how’d SSA get away with all this stealing? OK, this is where the story really is and is also where it gets rather sickening. I mean that, when it all happened to me in two fucking days I nearly threw my guts up.

Well I was one of the dumb-shits who did not get lawyer to deal with SSA–the lying United States government. This was my129K life time mistake, not to mention a mistake that brought immense turmoil to my spirit. Well actually I did make a couple attempts at lawyers but it didn’t work out because I saw too many lies coming down the pike from them. Since my pay was in cash they wanted me to lie and say I was making no money. Basically it just simply pissed me off that a fella needed a lawyer to interface with the Untied States government. I mean it really pissed me off. I could not accept it.  After a lot of dancing around with these vultures I decided to risk just being honest and telling SSA my own fucking “true” story.

So yeah like I spoke of earlier about the SSA doctor crap that happened to me around March of 2012, well shortly after that lie, around June 2012, I received my first letter of denial for disability from the SSA. No surprise there, that’s what they do, it’s a bull-shit game SSA does to stall dealing with us disabled pukes. You always get denied at first. Then you appeal to a lying judge for a hearing. It’s so much bull-shit really, everybody involved knows it, everybody involved participates in it as well. None of this BS is necessary if there was honesty involved, if there was good intent involved. But there ain’t; there is only thievery and deception involved.

Yeah so I go ahead, play the game, and do the god damn appeal to the lying judge for a hearing. So the lying judge sets me up to see her sometime in about a year to a year and a half. Ain’t that crazy? Yeah see there really is no need for the long waiting periods. The only reason they happen is because of all the bull-shit bureaucracy and red tape crap that’s been intentionally created by SSA in order to hide the skillful measures they use to steal your money. That’s it plain and simple. I know it and they know it. Yeah see that’s why you need a lawyer, so he or she can dodge those skillful measures. Oh yeah I almost forgot, it is also so the government can get tax revenue from lawyers fees. Yeah see the lawyer fees come right out of the disability settlements, or your money that SSA is holding. So see SSA gives you “your” money at settlement time, you give some to the lawyer, then the lawyer gives some of it right back to the government in tax revenue; ha ha funny, eh? Your money floats around like some god damn bird and that bird shits some of it on you, some on the government, and some on the lawyer –“what a gas”, I’d  say.

Well nothing was happening while I was waiting to see the lying judge, well except I was seeing myself getting sicker, not able to work at all. So how was I making it? I got myself on welfare, or Human Services….another racket of the U.S. government. OK, ready to start getting sick? Here’s where it begins. It starts around July/August 2012. On welfare I got $240 a month cash and $189 in food stamps. Well I own my own home and land out in the middle of nowhere New Mexico but had no mortgages or anything like that. So I supposed I’d try to “make it” with that. And I kinda did, sorta, for awhile.  But by October 2012 I just wasn’t staying ahead on basic living and I was getting pretty sick too. Couldn’t really do a damn thing. And get this, even if I could have made a little extra money, the government would have taken it while I’s under their thumb with the welfare shit. You getting this? Yeah if I’d of made a couple extra hundred one of those months well then I was supposed to report it to Human Services and then they’d take anything above 65 bucks. So they’d take $135 of the $200 I made.

Now think about this folks, this is sick. Let me repeat it. I was getting $240 a month to live on, but if I made or received in gifts anything over 65 extra dollars, the United States of America would take it from me. It is like they’d be saying, “YOU are a poverty stricken fuck who we hate and want to keep as repressed as we possibly can and we believe you owe us money for being repressed and a poor fuck so we’re gonna take the money that anybody gives to help you or any money you make from your own hand cuz you are a guy trying to live in our God given country and we hate you. YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT!”

Yeah it’s like that. It is how it makes you feel. Yeah see it’d be one thing if a guy was some kinda scammer looking to get a free lunch, but when you’re a guy sick and unable to care for yourself it’s an entirely different deal. And hey, the way I understand it is they have found that fraud is quite rare in and around government entitlements. So what’s going on folks? Why are those who are the deepest in poverty punished like this? Somebody tell me, please.

Let me back up a second cuz I want you to understand something. I started working when I was just 12 years old. I lived on a dairy farm and was more or less a foster child there, too long a story on that but you get the picture. OK and when I was 16 I got started on payroll jobs so from then on I was started up and registered with the SSA as a wage earner. So see I was getting my credits in order to get SSA benefits when the time came to need them. I was paying my premiums in other words. A fella gets 4 credits per year of work. In the end I had 139 credits. So that’s about 35 years of being a worker for this fucking country, and that’s just work that was registered because I was on a payroll. I did at least another 8 or 9 years of unregistered work in this country. We’re looking at nearly 45 years of being a worker here in America. I worked on farms, I worked in factories, I built homes and buildings, I even sold god damn insurance for a time. I was even an administrator for an environmental group for 10 god damn years.  And then the fucking government wants to take my measly 200 bucks cuz they’ve given me $240 and some god damn food stamps! Why? So I can stay alive long enough to have them jack-off to hating me a little longer? What the fuck is going on?

Sorry folks, but this gets even sicker, we ain’t done yet. Like I said, by October 2012 I wasn’t making it by myself on my land in the middle of nowhere on $240 plus $189 in food stamps per month. New Mexico was in a drought. I ran out of money and water. So what I did was go to Santa Fe and stay with a friend in order to catch up. The other even more important reason I went was due to increasing health problems. I realized I had to find a way to get medical help. That help was in Santa Fe where my friend was. My Hep-C was really catching up with me. I needed a cure. Obama-Care was coming but not just yet for me. I remembered the clinic in Questa NM that let people in with no money or insurance. So I tried it again and sure enough the good folks there let me in. Again they diagnosed me with vasculitus like they did in 2009. But they also gave me a place to go to get my Hep C treatment started, it was called HealthCare For the Homeless right there in Santa Fe of all things.  Yea!

Fortunately, believe it or not,  even though I owned a home I was considered homeless because I was too poor and sick to live there. I also was eligible because my land was considered undeveloped: my house was worth less than 6000 bucks –  no insulation and no running water or indoor pluming.  So I qualified as ‘homeless’. I got set up in Santa Fe and finally started getting healthcare, a long awaited deal. This was October 2012.

Well during all this time I was still waiting for the lying judge from the lying Social Security Administration to contact me for my disability hearing. About a year had past and I was still in Santa Fe. By now there was no question I was gonna get disability cuz I had so many god damn Santa Fe doctors saying I was fucked that I knew the lying judge would have to fork it over. So I wasn’t worried about that, I was just worried about the Hep C treatment working and me staying alive. Well the danged treatment didn’t work in the end. They had to take me off it or it would have killed me; too low a white blood cell count was going on. I was totally devastated. I had no idea what I could do from that point on. I realized I was gonna be totally dependent on disability income until my health issues were resolved. So now I  just waited to meet with the lying judge who worked for the lying entity called the United States of America Social Security Administration. We’re now looking at around November 2013.

Well the lying judge finally contacts me and says I gotta hearing coming in January 2014. The day comes and I am sitting before the lying judge lady. Believe it or not I never lied once to the god damn SSA; could have many times to my great benefit, but didn’t. Yeah, that was a dumb-fuck thing to do, I admit. I would change that now and lie my ass off. So anyway we talk it all out for about 30 minutes, me and the judge, and at the end of our conversation she says she’ll let me know real soon what she decides. And that she did, she sent back a huge document that said I was “Partially Favorable” in her decision to give me an OK for disability income. I was thinking what the fuck does that mean, “Partially Favorable”? Well simply put it meant I was being put into the lowly scumbag level of SSI. It was a technical thing. You know, one of those “skillful measures” I talked about earlier, a way to fuck the truth. Cuz the truth was, and by the lying judge’s admission, I was and am fully disabled by the legal standards of SSA.

However they got this cute little skillful measure that says you gotta have at least 20 work credits in the last ten years before your SSA determined disabled date, or the onset date. The lying judge can make that onset date any time she likes. She made mine just out of range of the ten year period so that I only had 12 credits my last ten years and therefore disqualifying me for SSDI, the $1273 a month we talked about earlier. She made the onset date June of 2012, but it should have been, legally, September of 2009 when the doctor at Questa diagnosed me with vasculitus, a disabling disease which qualifies you for disability benefits. In 2009 I would have been within the 20 credits in the last ten years deal. See this is the part I talked about in the beginning where they fuck your butt. They fuck your butt by omitting this information from any conversation you’ll have with any SSA representative. I talked to several representatives several times and told them I did not file taxes the last few years cuz I didn’t make enough money to require me to file. And it’s filing your taxes that gives you your fucking SSA credits. So yeah see in those many conversations I had with SSA reps they had many chances to tell me about this last ten years deal, a deal that fucks you in the butt like a bulldog. See an honest person would have told me that I’d better file those taxes cuz my onset date could be changed by the judge, but they kept their lying mouth shut instead, probably cuz it’s required by the SSA. So yeah as it turns out they didn’t tell me a damn thing. Ha fuckng Ha!

But since the judge determined that I was legally and fully disabled I had to get something I guess, that’d be SSI which is the $733 a month and $29 in food stamps. See, it’s a Human Services deal all over again. With SSDI you get the retirement income you’d get at age 66 and you get that for life. You are also allowed to make or receive money up to $1000 a month, no penalty.  BUT, on SSI you can only make or receive $65 a month over and above the barely livable $733, after that they take whatever you’ve gotten and put it in their fucking SSA bank and then laugh at you. You become one of those scumbags that the SSA jacks-off to regarding the very deep misery you are about to live out. You are their laughing stock, literally, as you’ll see in minute, we ain’t done, it gets sicker yet.

Now I could have appealed this fucked up deal. But if I’d done that they would not only take as much as another year for a hearing, but they also could have taken away the $240 per month and the $189 in food stamps I was getting at present. Anyway, there was no way I was gonna risk that. I couldn’t do that and live. Besides, I was gonna get $733 month and had 21 months of settlement coming if I’d accept the deal the lying judge gave me. So I decided to take the lowly scumbag deal and be their puke and looked forward to a 15K check in my hand, I concluded it to be better than nothing, what else could I do, walk the streets waiting for a hearing with the lying judge again?

So I take the deal and show up for the settlement meeting, it’s February 2014. I’m meeting with some guy who was supposed to close it all up and write me a check for 15K and start my $733 a month. I was kiney happy, but only kiney cuz I’m very aware that I’ve lost big time, but I was also very trapped in the deal – a quandary really.

Well we’re talking along, me and this closer fella, (the guy who closes out my disability claim once and for all) and he’s looking over my files and then he asked me why I had an address in Santa Fe when my home was in Pinehill on the other side of the state. So, innocently, I tell him that I was too poor and sick to be at home and was staying with friends while doing doctor stuff in Santa Fe cuz it was the only place that I could find to get medical help in this god damn state. Suddenly this fucker lights up with a big smile and becomes so full of joy that I thought he’s gonna piss his pants. He goes, “Oh, well hey, you can’t get your settlement then. You are not supposed to live with anyone when on SSI. They deduct that cuz you’re getting free rent. Ha ha mother fucker!” No he didn’t say it that way, but it is exactly what he could have said by his actions and facial expressions. He was utterly thrilled to be able to fuck me over on such a punk rule, a lying scumbag rule for lying scumbag SSA closers to jack-off on.

I was so fucking devastated at this point I couldn’t believe it was true. I said, “Yeah but I’m going home now!” The closer said back, “Too late, you’ve already executed the penalty, you don’t get your SSI settlement –  but you’ll get your monthly SSI payment starting next month.” I was feeling sick, I thought I was going to puke. I said, “Look, I think I am going to be sick, I need to leave.” He said, “Well can’t you stay and finish, we’re just about done.” I replied, “No! I’m too devastated.” He just looked at me and said, “It’s  just a little bit more.” I didn’t say anything, I just sat there slumped in my chair trying to keep from puking while he talked happily and victoriously about my future… I’m not exaggerating this folks, this is how this fuck acted, it made me even sicker than the news already had.

Later on that day I decided to write this closer guy a letter and try and explain why I had to stay with my friends. I explained that it was an emergency, that I would have been on the streets otherwise and had nowhere else to go. I also needed to get medical help and could only find it in Questa NM 300 miles away from my home and my friends were much closer to Questa, only about 90 miles. Well I wrote all this down in a letter and then took it to one of the windows at SSA so they could give it to the closer guy. I wound up giving it to some worker there and also attempted to explain to her what it was about. She was laughing at me while I explained. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, I was looking at her through this fucking window and wondering why was she laughing? So I ask her that, she didn’t give an answer but did try to stop laughing at me. Yet she kept this shit smile on her smug face all the way to the end, I was getting to feel as though I’d entered the Twilight Zone, I was falling apart and could have possibly had a mental breakdown, but I held on…I think, I don’t know for sure.

Nothing happened from my explanation letter of course, never heard from the closer fuck, I’m sure he didn’t give two shits about my explanations, which just added to the catastrophe I am living out. This is even horrible for me to write about now, I cannot stand the memory, it is like a nightmare to remember all this. But thank God I’m almost done.

Well like I told the evil closer guy, I was done with Santa Fe and was going to go home. I had $733 a month to live on and $29 a month in food stamps, I could at least be at home, it was my only refuge in all of this misery. But I had one more thing to do with SSA and that was to go to Gallup NM and get registered with them for my SSA account. While in Santa Fe I registered with the Santa Fe SSA cuz it was more convenient while staying with my friends there. But now that I was gonna be back home I had to re-register with the local office in Gallup. When I got there to the Gallup SSA I met with a representative.  She started looking over my files and then instantly began giving me all kinds of hell about me not living at my home. I said, “Look lady I am moving back, what-a-ya think I’m doing here talking to you?” I started to get faint, I’m like, “Now what, what is she doing?” She starts threatening me that I’m not going to get my $733 a month. She said I may have to pay back what I’d gotten from Human Services, she then says, “you might even go to jail!!” She said these things in a way that made me feel more humiliated and devastated than I’d ever felt in my entire life, she just keep pouring it on as though she was moving in for a kill and deeply coveting the experience she had now been gifted by the SSA gods. She loved it.

I’m not kidding folks, this was actually happening. I mean this lady is going nuts on me. I’m just sitting there, totally sunk to the bottom. I see my life has fallen into some kind of hell place, I begin to think I must be dead and in hell, I literally thought this. I’m looking at this mad woman and she’s yelling at me like I was her lost son she’d always hated and was now ready to throw to the trash dogs.

Then something very strange happened. I got to a point in this moment of hell that the only thing that could come out of my mouth was, “Mam, do you not like me or something?” As soon as I asked her that, she immediately stopped her yelling. She put on this big fake smile and said, “Oh no, dear, that’s not it, I’m just trying to get it all straightened out for you.” Then she completely shut up and finished the paper work and told me I was done, not another word said. I left and have been living on my measly $733 a month and am now getting ready to go on my second attempt at treating my Hep C with the drug Harvoni.

Understand this. I live in deep poverty now, I have no insulation in my house. If my vehicle breaks down, I have no way to fix it. If I need medicine that my insurance can’t cover, I wouldn’t be able to afford it and still eat. I am lucky to have enough propane to keep warm, meaning thank God for global warming cuz the last two winters have been very warm. But if it gets down below zero I’d have to leave my home and stay with friends until it warms up. All that and much more, just use your imagination. And hey, don’t try to help me with money cuz the United States of America will take it from me as they need me to be deeply repressed.

And now understand this, all that in that last paragraph would have been eliminated from my life if we had an honest government. A $1273 a month SSDI payment would be $540 more a month than I get now. Even without a the lump sum settlement one typically gets in disability settlements, in just a few months with that extra $540 a month I would have been able to eliminate all those problems mentioned above. Instead I am still suffering from them nearly 2 years later. Simply put, imagine yourself living on $733 month and being forced by your government to stay at that level, that you’d be punished if you went over it, get it? It is forced repression by the Untied States of America. You need to know this, you need to know that we have a government that forces repression on its poorest people, not just the poor, but its poorest. You need to know that we need a revolution to rid ourselves of what can only be called a corrupt and repressive government existing only to serve the privileged minority.  Hey thanks for listening. This ends my SSA story.

 

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We Are Lucky To Have Been What We Are

images (4)Well I surely am not an evolution scientist, but there are some simple observations that any one who can read should be able to make and comprehend. It’s basic common sense. OK one thing I myself have observed is this statement I keep coming across where people say, “Humans deserve to die”. That’s a heartbreaker for me. I do not believe that. I see it that we found ourselves adrift in an evolutionary current that was just simply bad, it’s a bummer but that’s the deal. Yet you gotta agree that in spite of our bent striations, when looking at the whole of life the species that we are becomes something quite special to behold.

How’d We Get Here?

Perhaps we should first define what “here” is. And of course that gets a little tough here in the present and so “simple observation” of who and what we are can be subjective and littered with opinions. Therefore if you should agree with my assessment well then god damn, that’d be something. So I’m gonna take a real wide and generalized view and say, we are in trouble and perhaps headed toward extinction or mass death at the very least. I’m just talking about us, not other species that happened to get in our wake.  Does that seem like a reasonable assessment? I’d bet there’s a good 40% of you all out there that would agree and that’d be pretty fucking good in today’s world.

So let’s proceed.

God dammit I ain’t gonna go trying to get scientific here (just wanna make that clear). OK so real scientists say we’ve been around, as something like we are now, about 80 thousand years, something like that, a-ight?  You remember what you remember, that’s what I remember, don’t matter in this context anyways. And as for what happened prior I’ll just say this, it must of been one hell of a ride…

So, starting out in those early stages were probably scraping about, learning tools, fire, meat, clothes—pretty wild shit actually, wild shit to discover that is, musta been something. Hey watch Quest for Fire on Netflix and you’ll trip out on its depiction of the early fare skinned animal.

OK jumping way the hell ahead you got yer post ice age, or the Holocene period…just to get a little scientific, he-he. Yeah and what a deal that’s been, eh? I’m saying it has been one of the most beautiful times on earth, like we were on a planet heading for perfection, all things appearing to calm down, really a deal there. So that was pretty groovy THEN, we started getting kinda smart. We the humans that is. We started developing crops, we got settled down, we made living spaces with cover and protection from the elements of nature. We were cooking with grease, literally, at this point. Life was pretty damn good actually.

Yeah so we got better and better at this development stuff until you know what, we got onto the idea of civilization. Something like 5000 years ago? Check it out, I ain’t got a smart phone lady to tell me what’s up likey my gal does.

But anyway that was also “kinda” groovy, though it introduce big war deals that still go on today. Yeah I know small bands of humans prior to civilization fought each other as well, yeah I know. But it ain’t the same deal as to what it grew into and you all know it, so fuck that.

Well then the humans’ civilization experience started chiseling all kinds-a ways with this “development” idea and its evolution went to town like I’d suspect nothing ever had on earth. When I say “its evolution” I’m saying that exclusively to mean the human evolution in terms of development, not the human in form or consciousness but in…let’s just call it technology, we evolved at light speed in technology. But basically we still have the same level of maturity and wisdom we had 80,000 years ago, perhaps less, much less in my opinion. Just like addictions suppress maturity in individual humans today, our addiction to technology has equally stunted and suppressed maturity and wisdom in us as a collective species. It is important to note that humans of 80,000 years ago would have done the same things we’ve done today if they had been confronted with the same advancement in technology. In other words, they were no better or worse, just perhaps—fortunate? That’s up to you to decide.

Back to Now

OK so we’re gonna be getting into that opinionated area now so buckle up. First off please don’t think I’m being anti-tech, I ain’t at all, I hope we make to Mars someday soon, I hope we have Halo decks someday and communication just by thinking of somebody, stuff like that. But I don’t want those things until we are mature and wise enough to handle them and use them properly. At this point we ain’t done that hardly at all. I mean we’ve missed that mark by a thousand miles.  Our use of technology is taking us down, not technology itself, but our use of it.

So yeah see, that’s how we got “here”. We got here, on this death spiral, by not know what the fuck we were doing with technology. We became the 3 year old with a loaded gun. “Yeah we all know that” you say, and yeah I know you all do.

So Whata-Ya-Mean By Lucky In That Title There?

That’s a good question cuz it’s the whole deal I’s trying to get at in this god damn piece.  Well ain’t it so? I mean look at us, look at what we are, what we can do and show me another species that can even come close to our potential. Yeah, yeah the fucking whales are incredible but they can’t make bombs that’d blow us all to Saturn, can they? They can’t make a device that would let them be on land, but we can make one that lets us go to their world. They couldn’t “decide” to destroy the human species but humans could knock them out in a week if we really wanted to. There is no other species that can do one millionth of we can do physically and otherwise and more so do it by choice. We are a freak of nature as earth goes, hell, in the known universe. And we got people saying, “Humans deserve to die”. Fuck that.

Oh sure, we’ve done some damage by being around, no doubt. But that was just an unfortunate turn in evolution as we’ve already discussed here. We got a hold of something way, way too soon before we were ready for it, likely thousands of years. And yeah shit was gonna happen and did. But it don’t make us a species deserving to die.

We Can Change Cuz We Can Choose

The most special thing about humans is their ability to choose. They can be going one way and if they decide to abruptly change and go the completely the opposite way they can. Individual humans do it all the time. It’s much tougher as a collective, some would say impossible. But its not impossible cuz there are conditions under which humans will change as a collective. However, ask any other known species if they can do that; if they even had the brains to answer they’d say, “fuck no”.  In the world of species evolution we are at total freak out.

All the damage that’s been done by humans can be undone by humans if we, and I mean every human, collectively decide to do so. And yes I understand that is nigh impossible, but because of our level of physical and mental evolution it technically is possible.  And that is the significant point, that is our greatness, on many, many levels we can where all other species can’t. So shut the fuck up about this we deserve to die shit. In stead appreciate how lucky we’ve been to be what we are. If you are human you are a member of the most powerful and unusual species in the known universe. Don’t wish to kill it, instead do your best try to use it to make happy for all things that live. Why? Cuz we actually can.

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Climatically State of Being In A Climate Whirl—What?

 

imagesYeah I don’t get what that title means either. But it somehow expresses my feelings about our present relationship with climate change and the Paris summit as a supposed turning point that it ain’t.  Yeah, like that.

Yeah so I’m gonna climb out of my shell here and do a thing on what I see is up with our supposed turning point that’s presumed to happen in Paris. Well first off, the only kinda turning point it’s gonna be is we’ll know for sure just how screwed we are.  There are a number of reasons for this and most of them were well set in stone long before this Paris summit otherwise known as COP21. There are so many reasons to say we’re screwed I could not cover them all here, but I summarize them in three separate human conditions:

  1. Not understanding or accepting the magnitude of the risks involved
  2. The global market system
  3. The comfort zone of the paymasters and their underlings

What this really amounts to is a system that is not ready for the shocks coming at it. It is simple inertia. The weight of our issues is very fat and the forces needed to move them to safety are not available. It is a mater of mismatched forces at the global level and a remedy is not yet in existence nor is there a hope for one.  The problem here is not the actual forces needed as something unattainable, they are attainable. What is happening is the three items I listed above are and have been very powerful blocks to obtaining those forces.

What are these forces? Well think about it, they are obvious as it goes with climate change.

They are:

  1. A switch to 100% renewables and other mitigation systems
  2. A reduction in demand for both energy and product consumption/production
  3. Implementation of carbon sequestration technology
  4. New economic systems and doing away with capitalism

Yeah these may not be “your” list, but let me explain why I see them as such.  One and three should be acceptable to most climate activists so I won’t defend them. But 2 and 4 I can understand that many would buck at. And I don’t have anything more than simple common sense to defend these two items. The simple answer to both of them is you can’t grow economies and extract resources forever, not at our present pace anyway. First off, we don’t have the water to keep the level of production and consumption up for more than a few more decades, again, at the present pace. OK so…that is my defense. We ain’t got what it takes to get all that stuff we want, we—are—limited.

Those God Damn Blocks to Our Success

So these forces to recovery from climate change do exist, but are blocked off from us by those three conditions listed above. The first one, not understanding or accepting the magnitude of risk involved, works like this. The science tells us what’s up, it gives us the “risks” involved, not the precise outcomes, just the risks of them happening. There are different ways they express these risks but they go something like, very likely, unlikely, likely, very unlikely, etc. Or high confidence, low confidence, medium confidence, etc.

OK so as it goes with the science, in most cases they are, in percentage terms, at least 50% sure of their assessments. That’s pretty high in terms of risk. In other words, to ignore a 50% confidence in something that has the magnitude of danger that climate change has would be foolish to say the least. The risks go all the way to mass extinction at the worst, or mass death at best and not much else in between.  In other words the risks are a matter of life and death at the global scale and that is why I call not understanding or accepting the magnitude of risk involved a block, a major block actually.  The powers that be, and much of the population of the developed world, do not understand the magnitude of our situation. Or they do understand it but their inner constitutions can’t seems to put it to actual reality, like there’s a blind spot there or something. This is very serious and is life threatening on a global scale.

The second condition or block, the global market system, has an indirect or unintended consequence. It becomes a block just by its mere existence and the deep root it has in our everyday lives. We go to work, we get paid, we go to the store, we get clothed, housed and fed.  That is basically the free market system of economics otherwise known as capitalism or free enterprise and was mostly invented by our dear old friend Ben Franklin, a wondrous and well intentioned man.

OK so free enterprise, at least in the 21st century, is now practiced on just about every nation on earth. In short, money makes the world go ‘round and the mathematical equation for capitalism has a final answer that says, “more money this year than we had last year”. To get that extra money means there has to be economic growth and to get that growth you have to, not maybe have to, but have to exploit resources including everything from rock to water to energy to people, it all gets exploited and there is no stopping it from happening under free enterprise cuz free enterprise has to grow, get it? Regulating free enterprise can only do so much, if you want to have economic growth that is. And you can’t eliminate growth dynamics from the free enterprise equation, it fucks up the math and the economy collapses.

HOWEVER, we just can’t have economic growth and recover from global warming at the same time, it is mathematically impossible.  I can’t see how that is not easily understood by even the least educated let alone scholars, but hey, it ain’t. Yeah there are many scholars who think we can achieve climate victory and have even greater economic growth than before!  My answer to that is simply that even if we stopped climate change, you still can’t grow economies and standards of living on a finite planet forever, it’s basic common sense and fundamental deduction that is un-retractable. Unless we find a way to produce materials, water and food out of thin air we can not have economic growth forever. Add to that that even if we overcome all the nasty byproducts of capitalism, resource depletion, namely water, will always be nagging at our ass till we literally die from it.

In order to grasped fully why the global market system is a block to achieving climate success we will need to move onto the third condition or block, the comfort zone of the paymasters and their underlings. First off, who are these people, the paymasters and their underlings. They are the 1%, they are also the 5 % and the 10, the 15 and all the way up to maybe as much as the top 40% of the global folks holding wealth, or spending it at least. Essentially it is most of the population of the developed world, at least 60% of that group anyway. Those people are in a comfort zone they don’t even recognize let alone understand.  The comfort zone exist due to wealth itself. Not excessive wealth mind you, just comfortable standards of living like running water, soft beds, yards, cars, ball games, hot dogs, all that. In other words you ain’t out in a field with a stick hoping to get a root to chew on. Instead you are comfortable. About 40% of the human population is at least at a minimum comfortable level in their living. Oh by the way, the paymasters are something like the top 10% and the remaining 30% are their underlings, kinda like that I guess.

Where all this becomes a problem and a block to climate success is these paymasters and their underlings are also the folks that are in control of the god damn operations of the god damn human world.  And at the same time these folks are possessed by their own surroundings, they can’t see beyond them and it literally has made them reject the science of climate change. And HEY, I ain’t talking about the god damn deniers and skeptics, I’s talking about the god damn folks at the god damn Paris summit COP21 god damn deal. Yeah, think about this shit will ya? We are set up to fail miserably and we are not seeing the reality of that world. It is something not hard to see by mere data and facts, but to accept it is at present beyond the capabilities of our human constitutions! Fuck!!

Thanks for listening.

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Kevin Anderson, Our Man Against the Tide

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This post is dedicated to the video,  Kevin Anderson – Delivering on 2°C: evolution or revolution?  In my 23 years dealing with the subject of climate change I have never seen a talk that tells us what we really need to know as accurate or as brave as this one. Kevin Anderson goes out on the limb telling the truth of our situation and  more importantly what needs to be done about it; from the view point of scientific reality.

He tells us the hard facts, what we don’t want to hear but need to hear.  He is speaking to everybody, not just policymakers.  He even speaks to his own community of scientists, and reveals their quandary in this age of “whatever keeps economic growth growing”. Listen carefully as he talks fast, and for us Americans we have to deal with his British accent. Click on the highlighted title there at the beginning and watch this amazing video, and learn the real truth about emissions reduction, economic growth and how that relates to the reality of climate change.

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