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“While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
05 November 2014
No matter how I try to deal with the results of the election last night, I just cannot find the motivation to stay interested in politics right now. My spirit has been broken, I have worked for years to forward Progressive causes, to build bridges to people, and to try to keep everyone informed to the best of my abilities. After last night, I am just unable to find the motivation to continue writing here or in other forums about politics. The inmates have taken over the asylum and the best thing for me to do is to step back and watch things from a distance for a while.
I am truly disappointed by the direction in which this country is moving. Fear, Greed, Hatred, and Racism have become the measuring sticks for political candidates. I just cannot fight this any longer without taking a break for myself. I will remain vigilant on causes of social justice, but I can no longer tie these issues to any political candidate with any degree of sincerity. The ability of politicians to look the other way for campaign cash as our liberties and freedoms are eroded truly disgusts me. We get the government that we deserve, and that is that.
My fear now is that the new political leaders will turn their attention to the issues of social justice. This fills me with dread because these are the same people who govern based upon Fear, Greed, Hatred and Racism. One shudders to think how these leaders will see an issue like police brutality, the Mike Brown issue, or multitudes of others. I fear that the coldness the politicians have displayed will now turn towards those who have no voice in order to attempt to silence them for good.Revolutions come from actions like this. The problem is that Americans are too busy with info-porn and celeb-reality to take notice of those in need. When the powerful decide that they no longer care about the less fortunate is the time that major changes will come.
04 November 2014
03 November 2014
Regardless of the day that I have gone through, music is always there to cheer me up at the end. I can come home, talk to Hal and see how his day has been and then put my headphones on and float away with my music for as long as I want to.
I am doing just that right now as Stevie Nicks crawls all over me and prepares to settle down on my lap. It is nice to know I am loved.
I don't have a particular genre of music that I always listen to. My iPod contains a wide variety of almost everything except country, just not my style. I enjoy random play that takes me from one style to another without interruption.I am glad that I found this topic to write about. I think that too often I come home and go into evening mode without taking enough time for myself, a habit that I need to break out of because I find myself getting bored far too often these days. I love the freedom that writing brings to me. TV is seldom more than trash every night and it does absolutely nothing to improve my outlook or my well-being. Music and writing helps me with both aspects of my life. I will try to do this more often from now on.
01 November 2014
Ebola is transmitted to humans when they come into contact with infected animals. As the natural habitat of animals is shrinking, this means that the growing human population is exposed more often. People who eat the infected animals then develop the virus themselves and it becomes a hazard to the human community.
Ebola has happened in the past. The fear for years is that there would be an outbreak that would spread beyond the initial infection zone. This has finally happened, so it is really no surprise. In the age of air travel, a disease with an incubation period of 3 weeks will almost certainly escape any quarantine effort that man can devise because the flow of people is too great to control. We have to develop effective means of combating the disease, of course but we seem to have those resources in place.
When the USA finally had its first case of Ebola, the nation panicked. There was no room for any sensible education and discussion about the issue because that doesn’t equal ratings and profits for the mainstream media. Instead, the doomsayers were out in force screaming for a quarantine against everyone and everything.
This past week a nurse who had helped to treat those afflicted with the Ebola virus in Africa was placed under quarantine by the State of Maine even though she showed no symptoms of the disease as a “precautionary measure”. This was nothing more than a publicity stunt by politicians (RWNJ) to attempt to demonstrate to the public that they were “doing something”. They were doing something, something incredibly stupid and illegal. The nurse threatened a lawsuit over the quarantine, and I hope that she pursues this course of action because it is ILLEGAL to separate someone from the rest of society without a valid reason. Any promise to return her to society at some later point is worthless once the act of separation is allowed to proceed.
There is no acceptable precedent for removing an individual or group from society without probable cause that is accepted today. Japanese-Americans were placed into camps during World War II for no justifiable reason, and it took this country far too long to accept responsibility for that atrocity. When AIDS made its appearance in the 1980s, there were calls for everyone infected and everyone deemed to be at risk of becoming infected, to be placed into quarantine camps. Luckily this never happened. Like HIV, Ebola is nothing more than a virus that can affect anyone without regards to their race or status.
I find it interesting that one of the fear tactics used by RWNJ over the past few years is that groups like Christians would be placed into isolation by the government. That type of fear-mongering is exactly what RWNJ do best. Now they turn that non-existent prospect into a plan of action against those with whom they disagree or disapprove of.
To date, 1 person has died from Ebola in the United States and that was the unfortunate man who arrive here with the virus. The total of Ebola deaths in the United States is 1!
On the other hand, a 3rd victim of last week’s school shooting in Washington State has died, but the media doesn’t want to talk about that. There is no mention of isolating people who demonstrate their love of guns over lives being locked up somewhere. Just food for thought.