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Trump - Jackson Debate

Now I hate Reaganomics (Voodoo Economics) that Republicans have inculcated into our illiterate population, and I hate that Trump won his Electoral College victory based on racism, sexism, and Republican "ideals" for letting the rich get richer, etc.

At first blush, the media are jumping on Trump's most recent Jackson comments, but I beg to differ. Sure, Jackson was president well before the Civil War and died before the Civil War; however, as I argued in a paper about Herman Melville's Moby Dick -- which was also written before the Civil War -- the whole topic of states' rights as impacted by the Northern states' hatred of slavery was discussed perhaps as early as 1824 as was secession in 1832 in a state legislature in the South.

Moby Dick had a ship named after an extinct tribe of Indians -- the Pequoid -- I think it was. My interpretation of that book included Melville's precognition of the coming Civil War. The Pequoid sank, and as such, I felt it represented "The Ship of State."

Jackson could have commented on the coming conflagration between the states before it occurred, therefore, just as Melville -- I believe -- had done.

LaterNote: Read Elizabeth Warren's new book, This Fight Is Our Fight. I got it for $14 off Amazon and it was delivered wirelessly to my Kindle Reader, btw. I am 40% of the way through it. I just came up to her section trashing NAFTA, but have not yet finished that section. Perhaps the big business that is agriculture in these United States should not overrule the individual factory workers' jobs that we have lost to NAFTA. I'm just sayin' -- not knowing, by any stretch of the imagination.

To Trump: Read This, Please.

The Week: The Best of the U.S. and International Media -- a fine weekly magazine -- printed the following one-page report on page 11 of its March 24, 2017 issue: "Briefing: Rescuing the Rust Belt: President Trump promised to reverse the decades-long decline of manufacturing jobs. Can it be done?"

Please, President Trump, read this page to find out about REALITY!


The Week magazine reports that there will be a vote in California on secession from these United States. Oh boy! Then we could kick out New York, where Trump has his principal domicile and declare him King of New York and invalid as President!

Just joking, folks. But think about it. If all the states were fiefdoms -- which they CERTAINLY are not now, lol -- Ohio could charge a border tax on all good shipped across itself. Heck. We could send up drones to record taxes from all the plane passengers and goods that fly over our fair state!

Toll booths on all our highways and bridges. The railroad trains would go bankrupt paying all the foreign duties levied by each state. Not sure how fees would be assessed on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, though.

Hell, let's be honest. We've already lost Michigan and Wisconsin to the oligarchs, and who ever thought the PEOPLE owned New York?.... Obamacare would become a  far distant legend, and so would any retirement plans, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, not to mention our armed services.....

Wishing For The Donald

As I was waking up this morning -- you know, the place between awake and sleep -- I found myself wishing that The Donald would freely deport himself back to the billionaire SHALLOWS from which he sprang. Oh -- that's right -- Number one, he will probably never leave There, and Two, I guess we'll have to rename our country, "America, The Shallow."

A Very Sad Day For Environmentalism

Barring vote counting irregularity revelations -- which will always be possible given computer counting of ballots -- President-elect Donald Trump's attitude toward reducing carbon emissions portends a VERY bleak outlook for reduction of global warming.

While Hillary promised to retrain coal miners for environmentally progressive careers in solar and wind energy production, The Donald promised to restore black-lung and carbon emission-producing coal mining. Way to go Donald! Buy votes in coal mining states, thereby promising to continue flooding low-lying coastal areas, and continue to burn the Southwest, and dry out our southern states.

It's going to be a VERY long 4 years, except that The Donald might find a way to shorten all our lives with his hands on "The Button" -- KNOCK WOOD! And not only that, but since he has no idea of how his low-class, but very public blustering can anger foreign leaders such as reside in other nuclear powers.... I shudder to think.....

All we can do is keep working on alternative energy production to try to counteract The Donald's vote-buying strategies. My commitment to wind and solar power has just increased immeasurably.

Later Note (11/9/16): Wait a minute. "Hillary won in the popular vote, but lost in the Electoral College"? This reported on PBS today. The Electoral College does not actually vote until January 2017, folks. This gives us time to dig up whatever dirt we can find on Trump and change the minds of the electors. Tee Hee. Or The Donald might do something grossly negligent, perhaps, but I doubt it. Anyway, that's what the Electoral College is for, after all, to protect us against someone found to be grossly unfit for the office of the Presidency, before he takes office officially.

Later Note (Veterans Day): Thinking that Jill Stein pulled off another destructive, Nadorite coup is tempting; however, the Electoral College aspect of our democracy inserts the Constitutional Convention's compromise into our selection of President. Like the Senate, which gives 2 votes to each state, regardless of its population totals, the Electoral College provides a hedge against the most populous states' citizens dictatorial power over the rural and relatively unpopulated states. As the electoral maps all showed, a handful of coastal states went for Hillary, while the vast middle of the lower 48 went the other way. So, our most populous states: New York and California cannot dictate to all the rest of us.

I still shudder to think what The Donald and his progeny will do to us, but we were all pretty much expecting some sort of Armagedan anyway, don't you think? "Live and Learn" and "Adapt or Die" are the only platitudes I can muster, right now.

Harvest Season

As summer is winding down, so are our tomato plants, although, some of them are 10-foot long vines, crawling over our 7-foot fencing and beyond.... Frost does not look to be coming anytime soon, though.

I recently changed our slideshow pix on our screensaver, from my husband's fishing adventures to a group from three years ago when our cats were new to us. One cat had been relatively recently born. I am very much enjoying watching and imagining his new brain and body trying to figure out what he was. It is as though consciousness is planted into bodies and we find out what we've become -- whether fish, fowl, cat, porpose, or human....

Btw, some fantastic sales at from Daedalus Books, Music & DVDs have kept me hopping lately. How's $4.98 vs $27 sound? Check it out. If you have their catalog, then when you search on their item number, they list other books on nearly the same topic.

My Amazon has stopped selling my books, it seems. Nothing sold since April. I guess this is because I rejected Amazon's requirement that we use Microsoft's Internet Explorer. I just got off Microsoft's program because it crashed too darn many times, plus Microsoft was guilty of unfair competition in the past. I wanted also to give other companies a chance to develop their web browsers, too. I might have to end my relationship with Amazon Seller Central if they don't relent....

Voting day is slowly approaching. Oct. 12th here in Ohio is the first day of early voting. I could not be surer of whom I am voting for: it's Hillary and the Dems all the way!

CNN Pre-empts Fareed Zakaria GPS

OK. So war, acts of terrorism, and other "push-your-buttons" events are the lifeblood of CNN, but miles and miles of interviews with officials with any jurisdiction over areas/states near blast zones, that preempt informative and eminently thoughtful programs such as Fareed Zakaria GPS -- that preemption by CNN is suspicious.

"Wreck-It Ralph" Viewing

On the "FREEFORM" channel in a couple minutes the 3 1/2 Star animated Disney film starts. From the IMDB description I wonder if it is the fantasy behind people thinking that Trump and Bush (the younger) were good ideas. Unfortunately, the title of the movie makes me worry that ISIS and the Taliban also draw fantastical strength from an idea that "wrecking things" somehow might possibly make a "better world"?

Shudder.... I will try to watch the movie now and get back to you on these first impressions.

Later Notes (5/15/16 3 PM): Sorry, but I fell asleep during this movie because it is, after all, made for juveniles, and because I am chronically short on sleep. I struggle with sleep deprivation every day, btw. This is why I unplug two of five phones during the day -- the ones for which the "Do Not Call" regime has no noticeable effect. By grabbing cat naps throughout the day I cobble together some set of 1/2 hour naps to equal perhaps 7 hours within 24 hours.

Now, back to the movie. It came out in 2012, so perhaps it speaks to Kim jung on's juvenile behaviors, for which no one can blame him since his is actually a young person. He needs guidance as to the ways of the world regarding socialization. Opting for destructive force as one's first response to imagined or perceived threats nets equally destructive reactions from the environment which one is trying to guard against, causing rather than preventing the outside boogeymen, so as to speak. This reminds me of the book Memory's Voice -- which I highly recommend. In it, the dysfunctional behaviors were caused by an expectation that the world was made of threatening, destructive, violent individuals and the dysfunctional individual did not feel comfortable with the world unless she actually caused such scenarios where she had not found them around herself.....

I am sorry that I fell asleep in the movie, but I also noticed the lessons for and about female behaviors as well as attitudes toward females, which is something Trump might have remembered before insulting females in his rhetorical rantings. Of course, he rails against the idea of having to be politically correct, but many of us cannot see how his worldview could be large enough to be able to handle the job he is seeking. We cringe to think of him being successful in his bid for the Presidency of the United States....

ReTrumplicans Anyone?

I heard a quote of Trump, but can't remember it exactly. He said he was going to either [something] the Republican Party or "blow it up." Well, folks, shall we rename the Republican Party ReTrumplicans now that his nearest competitor has bailed out of the race?

Preliminary Don Quixote

17% into my Penguin Kindle edition of Don Quixote de La Mancha I offer a preliminary theory of review or literary criticism that is not yer average literary critic fare.

So, given the time frame of the writing -- contemporary to Shakespeare -- and the prison environment -- Cervantes was in jail for being an incompetent tax collector -- my theory is in its first stages. Cervantes was Spanish, of course, and I am reading the Penguin translation.

The defeat of the Spanish Armada by England was in 1588, so the slapstick comedy of the book can be seen as a way of dealing with the defeat. Trying to laugh it off by laughing at chivalric worldviews -- the righting of wrongs "for the honor" as aliens put it in The Fifth Element.

I feel that movies are a public dreaming, and this book is a social dreaming. Dreaming as it was described on TV the other day is the attempt of the mind to understanding the events of the day. I should really figure out what program that was because I am plagiarizing right now, I fear. The program was about memory, I think. The impression I gathered was that the brain tries to put memories into storage and has to figure out how to link the bits and pieces of memories to other memories or constructed memory conglomerates.

So anyway, this book is a social dreaming, trying to help the Spanish society figure out how to view the defeat of the armada, and the events leading up to its demise in terms of worldviews that probably need to be revised.

Later note: 26% into the book now. Thinking more about the time period. The revision of worldview was not accomplished everywhere at the same rate of speed. Revising value of monarchy and church edicts, laws, punishments, duties owed -- both monetary and service duties, honor, respect due, etc.

The Reformation happened in Britain after the Renaissance in Italy. The Dark Ages happened before 1066 when French nobles took over England, with their French ways and European tales of chivalry, etc. The knights, says Cervantes are linked to the Church. This brings up the whole Church doctrine of supporting kings so that Christianity could thrive, flourish, spread. The Crusades ostensibly were devised so that countries would go to the Holy Land instead of fighting among European nations. But the Reformation and other Church squabbles -- I know I'm glossing here -- possibly caused cracks in the whole chivalry creed.

Of course, "for the honor", or rather, for the spread of Christianity was used by Spanish conquerors as justification for plundering native peoples in the Americas, but gold for the monarchs came right along with this alliance between Church and king.

Cervantes was going back to the moral justifications for the knights errant as fighters for underdogs and women, but not so much for the king. Cervantes as incompetent tax collector is also examining how successful he was not in his idealism, protecting the unprotected from being taken advantage of. Don Quixote fights anyone, including clergy, whom he thinks is being unfair to some underdog.

So here I am trying to build mini windmills for the masses, trying to undermine the large companies who insist on building the giant windmills....

Tainted Water

I think the Congress has the same problem as Flint Michigan. Somebody dumped toxic chemicals into the water that feeds their water supply and the result was a mixture that corroded the lead inside the water pipes. Lead poisoning causes insanity.

I think it was Warren Hatch on TV who said three times, about Republican refusal to deal with Obama's Supreme Court Nomination, that the Democrats would do the same thing.

That's a lie. Does he have Alzheimer's? And then there's Ted Cruz.

Reading about Cervantes being in jail when he got his idea to write a short story about Don Quixote I learned that Cervantes was jailed for being "an incompetent tax collector." Also, the Penguin edition calls Don Quixote and Sancho Panza insane, btw. (I'll have to find out more about Cervantes.)

I saw Ted Cruz say on TV that he wants to "abolish the IRS." What does Cruz think? That everyone will blithely write checks straight to the Treasury Department? Or is he, rather, trying to destroy the United States? Read The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America and What We Can Do to Stop It, by Tom Hartmann.

Is Cruz tilting at windmills? Doesn't he think that it takes money to run a country? Does he think that by wishing it, taxes will go away? Or that money will cease to exist because he promises to do away with taxes?

The Crash of 2016 by Thom Hartmann

Finally, I got up to 91% of the book read. The rest are footnotes, which are very interesting, I might add.

Chapter 15 of 16 tells of how worker-owned businesses (co-operatives) are the answer to corporate greed/oligarchy. It also states that the U.S. is behind other developed nations in its number of worker-owned businesses (co-ops), even though we have an amazing number of these now.

Hartmann, I think, quotes somebody about the differences among Democratic Socialism, Communism, and Democratic Capitalism -- the last of which is represented by worker-owned businesses. You see, the CEO's and investment bankers are skimming off the profits while telling us all that businesses such as General Motors can't compete due to high wages of union workers. He shows that Germany has Mercedes  Benz which produces more vehicles, makes better products, and pays better than GM because their union and management are not at odds with each other.

And then, there's the last page of this month's Progressive magazine, with its one page editorial by Jim Hightower on merger mania. These two pieces of writing are so closely aligned that I dare to wonder if serendipity had anything to do with my reading them on the same day, or rather, is it because I support Bernie Sanders and am looking for reasons for my support of Bernie Sanders?

This is me, WindTapper.

Feb 2, 2016: Please see The New York Times November 30, 2015 front page. "Rich Governor And Allies Tilt Illinois's Future:  A New [OLD] Ideology Fueled by Political Spending" for evidence of Economic Royalists' plans to gut unions in Illinois, with their state pensions. We need to take back our Democracy from the Economic Royalists! Not simply sit around and dither about the country going to Hell. Vote for Bernie!

"Longer Boats" by Cat Stevens

After reading 70% of The Crash of 2016 and watching Bernie Sanders talk about what we should be doing with our country, I was vastly reminded of Cat Stevens' song, "Longer Boats." My memory comes from a later, more baritone voiced version than the link I just got to a video on YouTube:  1971 Longer Boats

"Longer boats are comin' to win us,
They're comin' to win us,
They're comin' to win us.
Longer boats are comin' to win us.
Hold onto the shore, or.
They'll be takin' the key from the door, a huh hor."

I mangled the last line, but the sentiment of the song is a great companion to the book and the Democratic platform. The housing crisis took lots of keys from lots of doors. The book explains how the crisis happened, is happening, worldwide, y'all.

Later Note: Now I have another 1971 song playing in my head: "Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, we're finally on our own. I hear the drummers drumming: 'Four dead in Ohio.'" Another YouTube video from 1971: Neil Young.

The Crash of 2016 tells of the Republican conspiracy, in which Nixon was an early player, to take over America from the people. Remember, "We the people"? Whose revolution came first? Let me see now. First the American Revolution, then the French Revolution, then the Russian Revolution, and according to The Crash of 2016, after the housing bubble in the 1920's burst, speculators made the stock market bubble which burst. And we all know how that turned out. FDR, WWII, Korean War ... Mao's Revolution, birth control pills....

Still Later Note: I am still shedding tears after listening to "Ohio" -- the name of the song by Crosby Stills Nash and Young from 1971. I didn't remember the name of the song, sitting here in Ohio, and all. My tears come from us white folks finally "getting it" about being shot down in the street. How many Blacks? Boston, Missouri, Illinois -- I can't remember them all. Where were we when they were being gunned down?

I guess the Baby Boomers had enough numbers to turn the tables on the overseers, y'all. Perhaps we can do it again before we die....

7:30 P.M 1/28/16: Investigating Rahm Emmanuel, as a Democrat, so far I have only the Wikipedia version of Chicago's situation. Emanuel was on retainer from Goldman Sachs for a while, but Chicago seems to me to be a war zone. With over 250 mostly black-on-black killings in gang warfare; and the 17 year-old youth of the infamous video being shot 16 times while on the ground, the Wiki entry for Emanuel says the youth was reportedly wielding a knife and hepped up on PCB.

This Chicago situation seems like a very long time coming, with zillions of social implications that I cannot even begin to unravel. Except to point out that inner city youth has no "leg up" financially, in the main, that I know of, while being socially responsible. Kosovo comes to mind as a war zone, as well as the Prohibition times of Chicago.... Our poor people are neglected. That is for sure.

8 PM: Regarding Cat Stevens, I must applaud the first verse of the song, but not the songwriter. The second verse takes aim at "the parson", but later Stevens converted to Islam and allowed that the Quran says blasphemy is a death sentence, regarding Salmon Rushdie. The Wiki has Stevens' bio and an separate article on this statement by Stevens....

Friday, 10 am.: I am still worried about the absolute veracity of the Wiki report that the guy had PCB and a knife. It is hard to say how long it will take to get the absolute answer to that question. I am surprised that nobody made a note at Wiki to the effect that more documentation is required for that entry.


Two faces of capitalism -- the smiling, enriching, job-creating face; and the ugly, frowning, tyrannical face of unfettered greed. What makes the difference? Unfettered capitalism falls prey to the old adage: "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."

I am now some 40% into The Crash of 2016 and recommend it to everyone thinking about voting in the U.S. Presidential Election this fall. For those of us who have believed our whole lives that Communism is bad and that Socialism is only another name for Communism -- think again.

Unfettered Capitalism falls prey to human nature. When you have a lot of money at your disposal, or which falls under your control, you concentrate on making more of it, often to the exclusion of the welfare of other people. This is what happened with Collateralized Debt Obligations or CDO's, made possible by the repeal of the "Glass-Steagall Act, also known as the Banking Act of 1933 (48 Stat. 162)...".

Once the hot-shots in charge of investing billions of dollars of various big banks ran out of the normally sound mortgage customers, then less sound, predatory lender debts, and finally, housing bubble -- caused by "free money" -- speculators all got into debt. CDO's were marketed abroad so that other Capitalists could "benefit" from the housing bubble here in the States. Apparently this bubble did not only travel to Germany and Switzerland (see The Big Short movie.), but also somehow found a similar way over to Chinese overbuilding.

2013 saw the publication of Thom Hartmann's The Crash of 2016, which details the Republican conspiracy to rewrite our textbooks, our newscasts, our laws, our political rhetoric -- all in favor of the oligarchs. The rich people wanted to get richer, keep all their money, and educate our children to help them. I recall something about Nixon getting in on this process.


I had also always assumed that any term that contained "liberal" was good, and that "libertarian" would also be necessarily good. "Liberal" stood for me as meaning "socially conscious," and the "libertarian" ideal of freedom harkened to "with liberty and justice for all" of the Pledge of Allegiance. Wrong again. Neoliberal is equivalent to "Economic Royalist" and "Robber Barron" as Libertarian recalls the arguments of the oligarchs. When the Neoliberals, Libertarians, and Fox News talk of freedom, they mean unfettered freedom of capitalists to rape and pillage all the rest of us. They will bring up the Second Amendment, and support the Tea Partiers.

Unfettered Capitalists want only more. They want the rest of us to be poor, to come crawling to them for jobs, to never pay taxes, to have enough poor people available to do their bidding, and enough poor people and immigrants to bring them money and to fight their wars. They want us to remain dependent on their drugs, their health insurance policies, their crumbling infrastructure, their crumbling schools, their crumbling debt obligations.

Unfettered Capitalists are oligarchs -- that is, only one step better than kings or despots. Socially responsible Capitalism, on the other hand, takes care of its workers, its environment, and helps the whole world to avoid global warming, disease, poverty, and slavery.

We need to vote either for Bernie Sanders or for Hillary Clinton -- whichever one wins the nomination for U.S. President. I, for one, hope Bernie Sanders can help us to "Feel The Bern."

"The Big Short" (2015)

A fun movie, although, not as much fun as The Hot Tub Time Machine, lol, because The Big Short comes from a long line of documentary and popular flicks and books. (We did not get it in our town until 2016, btw.)

I took a tour on the internet, looking for past glories in this history of financial meltdown, having seen and heard MUCH about The Great Depression -- its causes and cures.

IMDB -- The International Movie Database, the Wiki, Bill Moyers' site, among others, helped me to compile the following list, starting with the oldest. I have yet to delve into the Keating S&L scandal, however, and then there was Enron....

The Corporation (2003)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders (2006 movie, 2007 book; three YouTube sites; for sale at Amazon)

I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

2009 was a HUGE year for this topic in movies. In random order for 2009:

Frontline: The Warning (one of an ongoing series of TV documentaries on various topics)
Up In The Air (with George Clooney)
Capitalism: A Love Story (Michael Moore)
Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
American Casino

2010 movies or book:
Inside Job
The Flaw
Client 9: Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

2011 Titles:
Too Big To Fail
Margin Call (with Kevin Spacey)
The Company Men

2012: 97% Owned

2013:  MeltdownWolf of Wall Street; The Great Deformation; The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America -- and What We Can Do to Stop It (has pdf upload plus YouTube Thom Hartman at Politics and Prose Bookstore); Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve.

Ancillary 2013: American Hustle; Wolf of Wall Street; Dallas Buyers Club.
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