Canadanua Daily Blog Archive 2022

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Thank-you for coming to my blog page. I often rely on the news feeds from CBC, the NY Times, Reuters, MSN, and other sources, to provide the ‘daily’ fodder. Wishing you the best the world has to offer, and may the World offer nothing but the best! 2022 ***Let the sunshine in*** COVID-19 updates here.  / What to do in Ontario, if exposed, here. 31 December 2022 It’s the last day of the year. In the East, it is already 2023. The Chinese are already celebrating! As the World, our world (the world we will bequeath, as-is, to our children) turns on its axis, and the New Year celebrations erupt, one after the other, east to west, I pray that, topping the list of New Year’s resolutions for each and every celebrant is to invoke satyagraha (peaceful, non-violent resistance) against their regime, IF THEIR REGIME ENGAGES IN ILLEGAL, IMMORAL WAR with their neighbours. Russia. Israel. Saudi Arabia. These nations make illegal, immoral war upon their neighbours.  The shameless support by some western nations for Israeli apartheid (genocide?) against the Palestinian people is an exceptional departure from support for the rules-based international order. IT IS HYPOCRISY. IT IS SELF-SERVING. Likewise, support or even neutrality with respect to Russia’s ‘war’ is as shamelessly self-serving as it is hypocritical. There is no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM’ and there is no honour in dishonour. (There is an ‘i’ in Xi and Putin). And there can be no trust in a government that is dishonourable. Ukrainians are showing the World, how to be honourable. Russians can rise to the challenge too. Ukrainians are showing Russians the way to Peace…to lasting Peace. Ukrainians have already accomplished most of the undoing of Vladimir Putin WITH THEIR BLOOD. Russians have only to unite against the demon running Russia and his cronies. The enemy of Russians is not Ukraine; than the enemy of the individual is not the neighbour. The enemy is the enemy within; the one who would pursue violence and war…THE EGO. It is Putin’s ego that is now responsible for the deaths of, what 200,000? I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: Putin has forfeit any chance at a peaceful resolution involving the cessation of any Ukrainian territory by invading and murdering so many Ukrainians…we have not forgotten the scenes from Bucha. Putin should have negotiated. Sought a U.N. arbited referendum? I don’t know; but now the point is made moot by the tenor of his military’s conduct of the invasion. He intends, quite plainly, to send Ukraine and Ukrainians straight to Hell. For ANYONE intent on doing THAT, there is only one proper consequence: ‘Hell’ must be that individual’s ‘final destination’. Putin has neither stalled NATO expansion nor absorbed Ukraine into Russia. He has, in fact, catalyzed both NATO expansion AND Ukrainian will to live. It is now for the Russian citizens to remove Putin and his group from power. From power over them. Russia can be great, only not in the way Putin imagines. America can be great, only not in the way Donald Trump imagines. China can be great, only not in the way Xi imagines. The world the ego imagines is a world of complete ORDER. Order determined by EGO. With ego, the goalposts of truth move around as needed BY THE EGO. The control each ego assumes for itself implies absolute hegemony over ALL OTHER EGOS. The result is inevitably CHAOS. Look around. See if you can tell me, this isn’t so? If we were not ruled by oligarchs (who cannot agree with one another, because of E.G.O.), IMO, we’d not be verging on WWIII. Leaders around the world would see that Peace is the only way. THEY WOULD NOT WANT TO SEE THEIR YOUNG DIE IN BATTLE. THEY WOULD FIND ANOTHER WAY TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, if their goals are proper. But oligarchs’ source of power is money, of which they have the most. They do not want to give up power, else, they would clamour to be taxed to such a degree that their ego would not influence even the domestic political agenda, never mind the global geopolitical agenda. The oligarchs continue to look for new opportunities to enrich themselves and institutionalize their hegemony over the citizen and the world. They see the world through the lens of their egos and that is the boardroom, business lens. Citizens are nothing but commodities to them. This is how Putin is able to feed the Bakhmut front with an unending supply of young Russians without a care…young Russians are commodities to someone like that. Now, lastly, as much as I am against Ukraine ceding territory, I realize it is for Ukraine to decide. NOT FOR ELON OR BILL OR THE U.K. OR THE U.S. or anyone else (like me!). BUT, if anyone decides to pull the plug NOW on their ‘for as long as it takes’ support for Ukraine, to pressure Ukraine into ceding territory, THAT IS A DECISION LACKING HONOUR. and the creator will know. IMO, the creator will help those who aspire to help the creator. The creator’s way is not Putin’s way. The rule of gold has brought us to the precipice of the Lemmings’ cliff. The ‘lemmings’ are the oligarchs. The ‘cliff’ is WWIII. The Golden Rule is how we citizens can prevent the ‘raising of the curtain’ on ‘Act III’; humanity’s final act, if the curtain is raised. Let the New Year’s resolution be, TO NEVER RAISE THE CURTAIN. Rather, let us wrest control of our Parliaments from the wealthy by getting rid of the WHIP and allowing MPs to vote freely on policy. IN THIS WAY, control over the Executive Body (the ministers) is conferred upon Parliament and its elected; the Executive will be ANSWERABLE TO PARLIAMENT, rather than to ‘itself’; meaning, perhaps, the oligarchs? Parliament will remain answerable to ‘the people,’ in ol’ Abe’s meaning of the term. 30 December 2022 As the year winds down, my children tell me they try not to think about 2023, when, traditionally, they were always excited about the prospect of a ‘new beginning’. Thanks for nothing, Putin. For all of your murder, malaise, and resolve to send your own young people to their deaths, just so you can say ‘I made Russia great again’, while actually plunging Russians into deeper misery, along with Ukrainians. WOW! Now I understand your closeness with Donald Trump’s ‘kind o’ guy’. I am convinced who your ilk serves…because you will accomplish NOTHING OF VALUE, for Russia; only more misery for Russians and whichever of your neighbours you attack next. There is no war that has led to a lasting peace. PEACE IS THE WAY. Biden-America knows this. Xi-China and Putin-Russia DO NOT SEEM TO KNOW THIS. Strength and honour. This must be our operative, going forward. But it can only lead to PEACE  if one is acting in self defense. Russia and China attack humanity AND GOD. This is not an act of self-defense. If we react with strength and honour, we are with god and not against…so far, so good. With this intent, our creator is able to and will see us all through to a better way. THE WAY OF PEACE. 27 December 2022 A very merry Christmas has passed here. Intrepid Ukraine continues to celebrate Christmas, it’s joyous spirit arising from the muck of Putin’s evil like the lotus; indomitable and determined to live life. The good coming out of Putin’s sacrilegious attack on the Spirit of Christmas is the same as his provocations against NATO; he has managed to stretch the Ukrainian Christmas as much as he has the border NATO shares with Russia, with the addition of Finland and Sweden (and soon, the Ukraine). Now, Ukraine’s Christmas begins with the Latin-Catholic church celebration on December 25th; then again on January 7 when the Orthodox Catholics celebrate Christmas. Who knows, perhaps Ukraine’s act of defiance will one day itself become a tradition, wherein the two Christmases represent the birth and rebirth of Jesus; arising from the birth (Ukraine’s and rebirth of the democratic Ukrainian nation? I am greatly disappointed by the antics and spirit of some of the world’s leaders and of very nearly all of our wealthy folks who, out of self-interest, refuse the duty/responsibility TO STEWARD SOCIETY, rather than plunder for profit and enslave workers to $$$… …as disappointed in Wealth/the oligarchs as I am in awe of the heroism, courage, and heart of Ukraine’s President and People. But they answer to god, our creator; not to me or to you…god has given them free will too. But they use it to take free will away from others, that they might enrich themselves and rule over others. This is ego and ego is a rock that anchors the spirit in hell… …that is, when ego takes over the mind rather than guides the mind in reconciliation with the Golden Rule. Eckhardt Tolle has a video on YouTube: Practicing the Power of NOW. Check. it. out. The doorway out of hell is the ego. Ego is the door. Ego is the boundary: If you use your ego to guide you in your interactions with the world and its denizens, you are already through the door! Conversely, if you allow your ego to rule you, you will remain in hell BECAUSE YOU LOCK THE DOOR which leads into and out of hell, and you will keep going around in circles, not realizing you have the key in hand. Eckhardt Tolle shows the way, the practical application, in the video. THE EGO IS THE BOUNDARY THAT EXISTS BETWEEN  HEAVEN AND HELL. nothing more. the thinner the boundary, the closer you are to heaven…’dying to self, that’s how we’re born to eternal life’ [the Prayer of St. Francis] god bless us everyone prayers for Ukraine, for the Children, for the World. N. B. Always approach every relationship in terms of what you can do for them; NOT WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR YOU. Never do the latter. Never feel as though you have to account to others for what you do, how you live, how you feel about this or that, when it has nothing to do with them…these things YOU MUST ACCOUNT TO YOURSELF AND TO YOUR GOD FOR. No one else. There is nothing else for you to do. [p.s. Isn’t this what JFK said to Americans (everyone, in fact)? ‘Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.’ 25 December 2022 – CHRISTMAS DAY A very, merry Christmas to everyone, Christian and non-Christian…the spirit of Christmas wholly aligns with the spirit of the Golden Rule. Headline: Pope on Christmas: Jesus was poor; so don’t be power-hungry – see what I mean about this Pope? The right person in the job at the right time. This time, he nails it. The pope urges us to ‘not let this Christmas pass, without doing something good.’ [quote excerpted from the Toronto Star article] Amen to that. Prayers for Ukraine, for Russia, for the World. Personally, I believe the creator is waiting for us to get with his/her program: we must learn to strike a balance between self-interest and purpose. Purpose transcends self-interest, otherwise, THERE IS NOTHING TO US BUT EGO and we know that this isn’t true. The creator would not have given us free will or the Golden Rule. We have been given both. I want to share a YouTube video link to a discourse on ego and signs of its disappearance. The presenter says, “Ego wants to be spiritual. Ego wants freedom. But ‘freedom’ is when there is NO EGO.’ This is pretty much it, in a nutshell. You can only manage yourself, your ego. If you try to reach through the flames of another person’s ego to the mind/soul/spirit which surround it, YOU WILL GET BURNED. It is sufficient, though, to give them something, AN ACT OF KINDNESS, without jeopardizing your self. What they do with it, is their own affair. But you may hope that they will pay your act of kindness forward and in the doing, THEY HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TO ‘THIN’ the veil of ego upon their soul / QUELL THE FLAMES of ego that surround them and kept them captive in hell. Many Christmas blessings…despite it being Winter, this remains my favourite time of year. Because of how I grew up; because of my parents, my siblings, and then, afterwards, my children. The spirit of Christmas is under assault by both the ‘left’ and the ‘right’. These divisions are constructs that help to maintain wealth’s control over citizens, by keeping us divided along dimensions and priorities THAT SHOULD BE TOGETHER AND WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN. Because some of us have money and some of us don’t, for example, we are forced to choose between a robust social safety net and building infrastructure OR modernizing the military, say, BECAUSE WEALTHY INVESTORS ALL OVER THE WORLD NEED TO BE PAID FIRST OR THEY WILL HOLD BACK THEIR MONEY AND BLACKMAIL GOVERNMENTS. They have also managed to divide us on matters of morality. THINGS THAT ARE BETWEEN PARTNERS AND GOD, SAY, are being promoted in advertising for commercial products. If the ruling class pushes anything, IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS $$$ VALUE FOR THE RULING CLASS. They are not ‘stewards’ nor do they aspire to stewardship. THEY ARE BUSINESS PEOPLE AND BUSINESS IS NOT CHARITY. IT IS A PROFIT MECHANISM…hello?…SO WHY THEIR INTEREST IN PROMOTING SAME-SEX EVERYTHING? Whether you be hetero OR not, it is between you and your partner and your creator. It doesn’t belong on the street or on the television anymore than the state’s opinion belongs in the bedroom…it doesn’t belong in the boardroom, either. I do not propose that same-sex is bad, immoral, whatever, or that anyone should be made to feel ashamed for what they are…however, I do propose that we leave all of that to individual choice, as our creator has done. Same-sex is not evil. But using it to divide citizens is. For i.e., if my child is same-sex, they are my child and I love them as my child. Were I to stop loving my child because they are same-sex, then the problem is with me, not my child, because god is the author and I, the expressor of my love! IF MY LOVE IS CONDITIONAL, THEN THERE IS TOO MUCH OF ME ALREADY AND TOO LITTLE OF HE/SHE THAT MADE ME. hello? There should be nothing of this in our politics, one way or the other, except to cultivate the attitude that there are things that must remain between the individual and god and are not within the purview of government…p.s. I have said I didn’t think parading was something good, but I am changing on that: IMO, Trudeau does the right thing by marching in the Pride Parade…there is no substantive human, moral, or social issue existing between hetero and same-sex – they are simply parallel lines and we all arrive at the same place, regardless. Any differences between us ARE COSMETIC AND, imo, OF NO CONSEQUENCE TO GOD. IMO, the PM makes it clear and should be lauded for doing so. Contrast this with our attitude toward poverty. The PM marched to promote social inclusion for LGBTQ folks…very good….but at the same time, there was no money for folks already unemployed before the pandemic struck WHILE THERE WAS TONNES OF MONEY FOR CORPORATIONS. Why did the ‘inclusion principle’ suddenly evaporate? The problem of the World today is the ‘man behind the curtain’. The  curtain is ego. The ‘men behind the curtain’ are the oligarchs. They use their money to manipulate us. Free trade agreeements are a perfect example…yes, they do normalize international trade regimes ( a very good thing) but, they resolve disputes using mechanism that can handcuff governments, preventing them from legislating on their citizens’ behalf ( a very bad, UN-democratic thing)…this keeps power in the hands of I.N.V.E.S.T.O.R.S. Clear? LGBTQ or hetero, we are all children of the creator. NOT A SINGLE LEAF ON THE TREE OF LIFE IS DESPISED BY THE TREE…hello? god bless and a merry christmas to all 24 December 2022 Everywhere, it seems, the Christmas celebration is under attack. Here, we are in the middle of the ‘storm of a generation’. Folks are stranded. Driving is perilous to the point where the authorities simply say, ‘STAY HOME!’ Looking out my front door, I can barely make out the houses across the street. The wind is gusting at +100 kph… …it is as if the 4 Horsemen ride… But, withal, none of this is anything like what Ukrainians endure at the hand of the devil. Not only is their land being laid waste, the devil’s hand warns them to expect more for Christmas. Apparently Russian warships have re-entered the Black Sea in preparation to launch more missiles. Now, my mom always threatened that if we weren’t good, Santa would bring us charcoal for Christmas. She said it with a smile and we knew it was a joke. But Putin. What he is doing is no joke. This has gone on for so long, and for so far, that the demon who controls Russia must have dug himself all the way to the Gates of Hell. The curious thing about hell is that, if you find yourself standing before its gates, you are already in hell and seeing the gates from the wrong side! Ukraine is already on the right side of Putin’s Gates. ‘Heaven’ lay just beyond Ukraine. Ukrainians are in the lead and the World must endeavour to catch up to them, else it will remain on the wrong side, along with Putin, Trump, MBS, the Ayatollahs (who get into bed with atheist and autocratic regimes), Firecracker Un, et al…. There is but one world and one creator and one tree of life. There is hint of another, but it is only a reflection, a corruption of the real world, the creator, the tree. That is the world of ego. The reflection of your mind. Putin razes Ukraine to the ground, so that there will be nothing left of it. THE CLOSER HE COMES TO DOING THIS, THE MORE THE UKRAINIAN SPIRIT LIGHTS THE SCENE…Ukrainians are given no choice by Putin but to be heroes or die AND HEROES THEY ARE. Whereas Putin and his ilk will be tossed into the fire; that which animates them (the soul)  returns to god, free of the burden the ego-mind of Putin put on it. Maybe the creator will give the soul in him to someone else, someone who will come to do as much good in the world as Putin has done evil, so that this particular soul’s karma is back in balance? p.s. while we are in ego-mode, we see everything from only one point of view, our own. We see no other possibilities because we are consciously looking in only one direction…inward. We see the reflection of our own minds. A closed-loop. Ego’s window into ourselves is a mirror, not a window at all! (the eyes are the window to the soul)…we are blinded by the reflection of our own minds to the point that the god we worship might not be ‘god’ at all, but rather an instantiation of the ego of god which was made human, then wholly corrupted, then imprisoned on Earth…the Fall of Man sort of thing. Satan persists on the other side of the Styx in ego-hell. We could be worshiping Satan BECAUSE WE, IN OUR SUBJECTIVITY, ARE FOOLED BY THE VOICE SPEAKING FROM OUT OF THE DARKNESS WITHIN OUR HEADS, hiding behind the curtain of darkness, POSING HIMSELF AS ‘god. hmmm….going by the commercials I see on tv…that’s precisely that strategy our corporations/investor class employ…um, beginning with the oligarchs, the folks behind the ‘curtain’; the folks with their hands on human society’s and the World’s levers. Zelenskyy and his Ukrainians are not of this ilk. Putin is. Those who are ‘with’ Putin are complicit…but those to whom Putin is lying are not. That would include nearly every Russian. The world must follow Ukraine; stand with Ukraine. Russians must follow Ukraine and turn their backs on this murderous regime. The West must risk defeat, even annihilation, to save our honour AND OUR WORLD FOR THE WORLD’S CHILDREN from Putin and his ilk. The same applies to China. Xi’s gambit for glory will rain hell down upon China. The greatness of the Chinese people and culture is not because of Xi. But the black hole of Xi’s ego will take China down with him… …just think of how much the Chinese people have to contribute to the World, god’s, not Xi’s. They will not for long, if Xi has his way. He got to power on the backs of the Chinese people, and now it is as if he plans to keep power, even beyond the grave…he would cede power to no one…and the only way to accomplish that is for him to destroy China. Xi does not mean to destroy China, anymore than Satan plans to lose his war on god, but Xi will destroy China and Satan will lose because it is inevitable. Darkness is ALWAYS vanquished by the Light; Darkness always flees the Light. Xi’s ego is darkness, like every other ego. But China is full of Light, obviously, else China would have disappeared long ago instead of giving the World so much in culture and art. p.s. Have a look at Zelensky: Russian terror will be answered – on YouTube. He isn’t ‘the Messiah’, but he sure as heaven acts like one…he, like our good Pope Francis, happens to be EXACTLY the right human soul in the job at EXACTLY the right time…god’s ‘time’, even though god exists outside of time, or rather, more accurately, time exists within god… Zelenskyy, Ukraine and supporters are leading to a better world; BETTER FOR EVERYONE, in equal measure. ANYONE WHO SIDES AGAINST THIS IS NOT INTERESTED IN ‘BETTER’ for ‘EVERYONE’; …only better for themselves. THAT’S EGO. Period. If you, as a child, would not side with the bully who wants to run the playground, how is it as leader of a nation, you would side with the bullies who want to run the World? I’ll tell you straight. If Zelenskky calls me and asks me to come and fight for Ukraine, I WOULD SAY YES IN A HEARTBEAT (but he would have to let me bring my dog too…) …I might not live long, but thanks to Ukraine’s example, I WOULD DIE WITH HONOUR… …and I would look up at my creator’s face, to see her/him smiling down upon me, as my mother did, when I was wee person… on that note…wishing everyone a merry Christmas; and for those who suffer now under the hand of Satan, know that the stand you take against tyranny, for Ukraine and for the World’s children, fills our creator’s heart with JOY. JOY. The highest energy form…to be found always where the Light is brightest. This Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. This Christmas is for Ukraine. The tribulation they are in will end this coming year. In the meantime, Putin may attempt a dirty-bomb attack on Kyyiv…watch for it, just in case. He wants Ukraine to capitulate but not at the price of being nuked himself and so he may resort to the dirty-bomb scenario and say ‘It wasn me!!!’ and get away with it. If he does anything at all to the US, his life won’t be worth a plugged nickel…the trouble is, so many good Russians will die along with him, undeserving of their fate… …to quote Thomas Paine, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident.’ 23 December 2022 The devil’s gambit is to destroy all JOY in the World and to plunge the human spirit which thrives upon the Light and the harmonious expressions of joy and camaraderie the Light gives rise to,  with the darkness, isolation, and chaos of self-interest. Putin is the latest instance of the devil’s hand in the World. Ukraine is the devil’s current objective…Satan still longs for Ukraine. He didn’t give up on Ukraine after Stalin’s holomodor. He has very nearly razed it to the ground. He even has Putin sending his own young to the slaughter…Satan always plays both ends against the middle, so that no one but Satan wins. None of Russia’s young people will ever benefit a lick from Putin’s gambit when they are dead. PUTIN PROMISES ANOTHER BARRAGE OF MISSILES AND DRONES AND BOMBS TO UKRAINE’S CHILDREN FOR CHRISTMAS. I cannot speak for Jesus, whose birthday the Christian world celebrates. IMO, the person who takes down Putin will be forever revered as a hero, as indomitable, as intrepid, as Ukraine. Of course, there are still Xi, the Ayatollahs, Trump, ‘Firecracker’ Un, and MBS to bring to account for their many crimes against god and man (and children), but, we have only to maintain our integrity, do the right thing by others, do to others what we would want others to do on our behalf, and the Light of the creator will see the affairs of humanity to a happy turn…I do not say, ‘to a happy conclusion’ because there is no ‘conclusion’ any more than there is a ‘beginning’ to the CIRCLE OF LIFE. The Light simply keeps on going forward, vanquishing the darkness all around, as it bends ever-so-slight, from the pull of the darkness all around, eventually forming a circle, which has no starting point or ending point… the circle inscribed by the Light exists outside of time, therefore, BECAUSE IT LACKS A ‘BEGINNING’ AND AN ‘ENDING’. THEREFORE, anything existing within the Light (everything we can see, including all other living souls) inherits the quality of the Circle, in this case, the quality of existing outside of time, therefore outside of SPACE-TIME, and is, therefore, ETERNAL. It is only the noise and distraction of ego, of self-interest, that renders most humans ignorant of what EVERY DOG KNOWS. We are of the Light and are eternal. When we consider the tree, and then the leaf which grows out of the tree, where do we say, ‘the leaf begins, and the tree ends’? Satan and his ‘instances’ all want us to remain blinded with self-interest. While we are, we are blind to our eternal nature. This helps Satan progress his gambit. He believes, if  enough of us believe there is no god, no creator, NO ETERNITY, then, god will die along with us, one soul at a time, as each soul ‘gives up the ghost’. This, Satan is able to accomplish only in a ‘virtual world’, the world of human subjectivity, the world that lives only inside of your head (wonder why our neoliberal ruling class pushes virtual reality on us?) But, the condition of ‘living’ in the subjective world is tantamount to the flowers of the Earth tracking the Moon at night and closing their petals, as if it were night, during the day.  They cannot be receptive to any measure of the Sun’s revitalizing, restorative light simply because consciousness-wise, they are looking in the wrong direction, away from the Light, and into the darkness of their own heads… Rather than face and receive the Light of the Creator (and the intrinsic soul-level knowledge of forever and of the creator), it all bounces of the skulls of self-interested people. The Golden Rule is the Light of the creator. It will lead us out of the encumbrance, the darkness, of self-interest, of Satan and his ‘instances’ on the Earth Mother. Satan’s instances are easily identifiable: anyone with a lot of $$$ who embraces the corporate usurpation of hegemony over society. This is what is happening…neoliberal democracy is a rigged system…it is a contrivance of greedy wealthy folks that necessitated the contrivance of corporate personhood in order to increase their hegemony and control over our daily lives…as the great Canadian Bard sings: …will you try to tell us, that power does not rule? [Gordon Lightfoot: Sitdown Young Stranger] THE STATE OF THE WORLD TODAY IS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF WEALTH’S RULE. There can no longer be any doubt who wealth is in service of. Our wealthy folks need to embrace a 180-degree turnaround and face the creator’s light. They would embrace their role in Stewardship, there would be no more us-and-them, no more disaffection, AND NO MORE DISJUNCTIVE BETWEEN THE VALUES WE ARE BEING TOLD OUR SOCIETY UPHOLDS WHILE THE OBSERVABLE EFFECTS INDICATE COMPOUNDING DIS-UNITY AND MISERY AND HOPELESSNESS. Yet, there remains hope for the World’s children that their adults will leave to them hope and opportunity. Biden-America et al. are a beginning. Much work and healing to be done (some of it done by past America, but which modern America must pony up for at the karma bank), but, again, the Golden Rule is all we need to get the job done…we must all pony-up. Trump showed Americans, as Putin now shows the World, just how much regard their ilk has for the lives god puts here, or for their responsibility to their own nations, the very entities they owe their power to. BUT THEIR POWER WAS GIVEN THEM TO STEWARD, TO DO GOOD; not for them to acquire MORE OF EVERYTHING THEY WANT FOR THEMSELVES. Their nations never intended that either; when they gave them power over citizens. Putin, Trump, Xi, MBS, Un, the Ayatollahs…any leader who is comported like these…these are all just a means to an end, for Satan…they have all entered into a Faustian bargain and… …well, have a look at Little Nicky and see what they imagined Hitler’s reward in Hell to be… Prayers for Ukraine and America and for good people everywhere and for bad-attitudes to get with the program and reverse the tide of autocracy in the East/ of neoliberalism in the West, and ditch the military (East) / corporate hegemony (West) our wealthy build, SIMPLY TO ENSURE THEIR CONTROL OVER CITIZENS, in both cases. In both cases, it amounts to boardroom rule and the citizen is as secondary a consideration to  the governing Executive as it is at Canadian Tire and Tim’s…but oh!, however will our kids survive without Kids’ Camp or Jump-start? I wonder, were they to pay a ‘living wage’, offer predominantly fulltime positions and family-friendly schedules, would they even have to? The Golden Rule is the key to the door that leads back to the Garden and away from the hell greed is creating for citizens to live in. The Golden Rule is the Light; the rule of gold IS THE DARKNESS. 21 December 2022 The Winter Solstice! The shortest day of the year…from tomorrow on, the days will be getting longer in the northern hemisphere…only…the temperatures will lag behind a while…and the war in Ukraine will continue to heat up, despite the temperature-latency. Headline 1: Ukrainian delegation will ask for ATACMS in the USA – yes! Zelenskyy is on his way to Washington to meet Biden et al. The intrepid Ukrainian President, who must by now be running on fumes, nevertheless remains at the top of his game. He continues to work hard to garner support in the defense of his nation. [Only yesterday this President was in Bakhmut to encourage his troops in this hotly contested front]. The timing of Zelenskyy’s first trip abroad since Putin invaded, this coiniciding with the constraints on forward progress imposed by the weather as Ukraine transitions into Winter, IMO, mean that something major is going to happen VERY, VERY SOON. Putin will not make the same mistakes he did last time when he moved on Kyyiv. He means to destroy Ukraine. Ukraine will have to destroy Putin to make him stop this. Otherwise, hye will not stop; not until Ukraine is DEAD AND BURIED UNDER THE RUBBLE OF ITS RESISTANCE. The only way Ukraine and the World can win here is if they destroy Putin. He went too far a long time ago. He cannot stop. He’s dead, at the hand of his own cronies, if he does. The Americans say they will not give Ukraine the long ryange attack capabilities of the ATACMS. They fear it would encourage Putin to escalate in Ukraine, the article says. BULLSHIT. Biden-America is not stupid. Putin is not going away and Biden knows Putin has to be ‘decommissioned’. Permanently. His junta too. The oligarchs…well, they are a problem here as well and I have spoken ad nauseum on how to rein them in. So long as Ukraine cannot hit targets in Russia, Russia can continue to receive drones from Iran and help from N. Korea and China(?) to bomb the bejeezus out of Ukraine until there is nothing left of Ukraine; this while Ukraine dutifully annihilates one young Russian conscript after another…but to no avail since Putin seems to have an endless supply of young Russians to feed into the maw of war. So why does America balk? War is inevitable. Or, simply re-elect Donald Trump, and he will make a deal with Putin, sell Ukraine, and move on to the next ‘deal’. IMO, this is why Zelenskyy visits America today. War between America and Russia and NATO is about to declench. America will not be daunted in its support for Ukraine, nor the world vision its support is predicated upon. AMERICA WILL HELP UKRAINE DEFEND ITSELF. AMERICA NOW REALIZES UKRAINE MUST DEFEAT RUSSIA’S MILITARY/ MUST OVERTHROW THE MURDEROUS PUTIN REGIME in order to end the war. But to end the war, America must walk a fine line: do things to help Ukraine win the war without giving Putin an excuse to escalate the war. Putin is already desperate…I think America should no longer worry about escalation. It’s going to happen anyway. I believe America is going to remain fully in Ukraine’s corner. Putin has already threatened America if they supply Ukraine with Patriot missile defense capability – America is doing it anyway. Now, the transition in spirit from defense to offense is a quantum change involving quantum preparation and having quantum impacts: the war is ramping up. The only thing that stands between the world of today and the tribulation of WWIII is China. China holds the ‘balance of power’ as it were: were they to side with the West over Ukraine, Putin would have no choice but to leave Ukraine. He cannot take on China and Ukraine and the EU all at once. I don’t know, but I think that Xi is watching the Western response to Russia and evaluating his chances of success to take on the Americans over Taiwan. America appears to know this and is trying to walk the line between the proper resolution of the invasion of Ukraine and Armageddon (this is why they have such deep pockets for Ukraine, thank god, while at the same time say ‘no’ to ATACMS). America is preparing for the worst as it hopes for the best. They are readying themselves and their allies for war in the Pacific, in the Ukraine, the EU, the ME, and all around the Southern Hemisphere as they try to build unity to the nth degree in order to avoid open war. China’s culture is long-enduring but the buffoons running China today have nothing to do with that. They intend on destroying the great Chinese culture and turning China into a business culture…why? TO ENRICH THE CHINESE OLIGARCHS WHO USURPED THE AUTHORITY OF THE REVOLUTION AND HAVE SUBJUGATED THE CHINESE PEOPLE TO SERFDOM, as much as our Western oligarchs (the ones Canada’s ‘minister of everything’ writes about with obsequious fondness) are responsible for the creation of the class of the ‘working-poor’ and the rise of Dollarama and DollarTree. Russians are discovering for themselves just how little regard Putin is capable of extending to their quality of life as Russian citizens…as litle as he has for Ukraininan citizens…else why would he send so many of Russia’s young to the slaughter? I am tempted to conclude that ATACMS, Patriots, anything and everything Ukraine needs to push back the Russian bear are already in Ukraine or soon will be…in a matter of days. Someone will also have to disrupt the manufacture and supply of Iranian drones, and these facilities and supply-lines will very likely be among the first targets. [aside: I listened to a John Bolton interview. I don’t agree with him on everything, but I think the case he made against Obama’s deal with Iran is spot-on. If the Saudis and everyone else in the ME cannot manufacture their own fuel for their reactors, why would the Iranians need to? Why would America want to single-out Iran? Absolutely no one in the ME should be allowed nuclear weapons capability, not even Israel. The only negotiating in the ME should be toward utter denuclearization of the weapons sort, including no enrichment capability; the JCPOA is a step in the wrong direction, isn’t it?] The war in Ukraine, IMO, is about to heat up again, this time, to its final denouement. The Ukrainians are ready. They will survive this Winter but they will not tolerate Putin, the latest instance of Stalin, for another year, nor his holomodor. My prediction: Zelenskyy will ask for ATACMS. He’ll be refused. Targets deep into Russia and Russian-occupied territory are already being hit. There will be questions over whether or not Ukraine has developed its own deep-strike capability. In two weeks or less (depending on the weather) all hell is going to break loose on the Kherson, Eastern, and Northern fronts…Russia is staging their troops and equipment as I write; Ukraine is waiting; just when Russia begins to sortée into Ukraine, hell will be rained-down upon them and they will die where they stand. These are the times that try men’s souls, so says my favourite American. This year the world bore witness to an intrepid Pope and President, who both took on the ‘sins of the World’ for which neither they, nor the people they lead are responsible for. They took it upon themselves to deal with the karma arising from other peoples’ actions. IMO their souls are giving great joy to the soul of the creator, of the Universe, not to mention the Earth Mother. Prayers for Zelenskyy, Biden, Ukrainians, Americans…all of us. 20 December 2022 After watching and reading about the Bakhmut stalemate and Putin’s visit to Belarus, IMO, the Russian military objective remains the same as it was in the beginning: to take Kyyiv. Ukraine knows this, IMO. They are bolstering the northern border with Belarus and sending only enough reinforcements to the hotly contested Bakhmut front in order to maintain the status quo. The Ukrainians are simultaneously preparing to move on the South, across the Dniepro. The symbolic victory Putin is after is not Bakhmut. Neither is it in keeping the Donbas, the Luhansk, or the Crimea, although he’d settle for that, for now. But we know after Minsk, that Putin is not a man of his word. He will use a negotiated peace only to gain time to renew the assault. Putin is spirited like the amoeba; he wants whatever lay next door to him. Putin could learn a lesson in human decency from the Borg, for crying out loud…at least the Borg assimilate…the demon that currently leads Russia prefers to annihilate. Have a look at Bakhmut right now and see for yourself. Putin could resort to nuke Kyyiv if the upcoming assault on Kyyiv fails like last time. The West would likely not respond in kind against Moscow, but would  launch an all-out ground assault, coming at it from all sides, save for the border Russia shares with China. China may be waiting for this to happen. They cast an envious eye toward Taiwan. The Americans know how opportunistic Xi is…they know that Xi’s ‘mini-me’, Un, is eyeballing South Korea. The West takes the sober approach to escalation (thank god!), but, hey, it is pretty clear that Russia will have to be annihilated militarily in order to get it to leave Ukraine alone. It is also clear that Putin cannot leave Ukraine alone, since that would mean the end of Putin. Putin has all of the power in Russia. If Russians do not strip him of his power, HE WILL TAKE RUSSIA DOWN WITH HIM, and along with Russia, the World, because he conflates Russia’s future with his own. Putin is not Russia. Russia is not Putin. Putin obviously thinks otherwise…because his decades-long tenure in power, along with the ebb of cognitive faculties that goes hand-in-hand with aging, has rendered him insane. His insanity could take the world to war and it will be the final act of humankind if, in his desperation, he starts tossing nukes. EVEN SO, we cannot, as Macron, Elon, Kissinger, Trump…whichever wealthy person or servant of wealth who believes Ukraine should cut off a leg or an arm and hand it to Putin, give an inch… …we are being tested. Our faith in our creator is being tested. WE ALREADY KNOW, IN OUR HOLY OF HOLIES that we cannot, must not, give in to Putin. The scenes from Bakhmut are the latest proof of the devil’s hand in worldly affairs. We must, like Jesus in the desert, go toe-to-toe with Satan, or whatever his current moniker is. Jesus showed us all the way, by example. THAT’S LEADERSHIP. We’ve seen Pope Francis, in his old age, show, by his example, just what good our elders can muster on our behalf. He limps and hobbles his way around the World spreading love, peace, and seeking reconciliation. Contrast this style of leadership with Putin’s, Xi’s, MBS’s, the Ayatollahs…Putin sends his own young people willy-nilly to the front lines, untrained, for cannon-fodder…young lives forever ruined/families forever ruined…Xi is an opportunist who has a chance to do good and support the American global initiative, but is likely incapable to stop himself from doing to Taiwan what Putin does to Ukraine and sending millions of his own people to the mill of war…MBS has his own, cowardly way of managing political dissent (I cannot extricate the foul image of his welcoming Jamal Khashoggi’s son to the ‘Royal’ court after he apparently ordered and accomplished the murder of that young man’s father)…as for the Ayatollahs…why, I don’t know where in the Quran it is that Mohamed (PBUH) writes, ‘Use your thought-police to murder young women who shine the light of truth upon your leaders.’ As much as the West is corrupted in some of its values, the powers in the ‘East’ have crossed the line into insanity. That whole system has to go…it is an anachronism…from an age long dead. What helps to sustain them is that the liberal democratic dream of the great French and American thinkers which culminated in the American Revolution and the advent of that great nation has been usurped by greedy wealthy people hiding behind the veil of corporate structure. Biden now tries to undo that, to set the stage for a new beginning, with his diplomacy. Like the Pope, he too, in his old age, is trying to do the right thing. The power of wealth must be wrested from wealthy people and we need wealthy people to help do this. Wealth implies the power to do good if we see ourselves as stewards of the Earth; commissioned with its care, on behalf of the generation to come. We aren’t doing this. We are hellbent on GDP growth and we are hell-bound because of this. The Golden Rule will lift us out of the hole we find ourselves in, because of the rule of gold. It is that simple. Prayers for Ukraine. PRAYERS FOR THE WORLD TO RALLY TO BIDEN-AMERICA AND for Biden-America to reconcile itself with god, beginning by trusting in god. Our creator IMO, is waiting for us to act. To make our stand against the evil of $$$, now threatening to end the Anthropocene. We need only show ourselves ready and willing to be the stewards he/she fashioned us to be…we have been creating ‘God’ in our own image for millennia…this only possible by turning away from god and looking the other way…if we are not looking in god’s direction, we cannot see or sense god; instead we oblige ourselves to make up a story about god…we each have our own version…we fight over stories! Who, but god him/herself KNOWS THE WHOLE STORY? hello? 19 December 2022 [12:48] Headline: “They say on tv that we are winning. If they only knew at what price.” One day at a first aid post in Bakhmut – I swear, if everyone living today could read this article, the World would stand up and stand as one against Russia and China and every other national regime given to their murderous comportment… See the picture of that intrepid soldier, cigarette hanging from his mouth, the windows to his soul revealing fear…FEAR WHICH HE CONVERTS INTO VALIANT INDOMITABLE INTREPID DEFENSE OF HIS NATION AND HIS LOVED ONES…after his ‘cigarette break,’ he will go back to look death in the face once again…THIS. IS. HONOUR. Sitting in our living rooms, we will not have the opportunity to be so honourable. In fact, sitting in our living rooms and doing nothing only compounds our sin. We need to rally to Ukraine. We need to rally to Biden-America. We need to make our stand. The pandemic the World faces is not of the viral-ilk. It is the cloak of ego lain upon the human soul; obfuscating the light of the creator, leaving only the darkness of greed. We are at the ‘event-horizon’ of the black hole of Putin’s ego. It will draw everyone in if it is permitted to spread. Chancellor Olaf: any tank you provide to Ukraine, today, will mean one less tank Germany will need to defend itself against Russia, tomorrow. Your turn is coming…when the Russian Red Devil is ready to proceed…to do anything but counter Russia now, no matter how specious your reasoning is, will not matter one pfennig to Putin or his replacement, when Germany is on the radar, like Ukraine is today…I want to see Germans on the World Cup podium once more…don’t you? UNITED WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL. No one, not even the devil himself, can change the Truth. [12:02] Headline: ‘Transformational’ COP15 deal made to protect third of the planet by 2030 – IMO, it is pure genius to carve out 30% of the World ; tell the money-folks, ‘Touches-pas!’, and to promote the idea of Indigenous Stewardship over these lands. Now, if we can only rein-in the wealth classes around the World, as we simultaneously reduce human population, by attrition; not war, starvation, pollution, climate change, disease, or PANDEMIC, we’ll be back in business, as it were…only, it won’t be ‘business’ leading us over the Lemmings’ Cliff…the idea of business folks running and guiding the world is ludicrous. They think in different terms; acquisitive, controlling terms…not in social terms, i.e., like my favourite American, Thomas Paine. [10:22] A word to those who propose the notion of a ‘negotiated’ peace between Russia and Ukraine: Putin forfeited any possibility to negotiate anything THE MOMENT HE CHOSE TO MARCH INTO UKRAINIAN TERRITORY. He invaded Crimea. He staged mock referendums in Luhansk and Donetsk. He should have made his case THROUGH PEACEFUL MEANS…it would have taken longer, that’s all, if there were any truth his claims… There isn’t. He didn’t. He could have accomplished the goal of his ‘special operation’ without having to fire a shot, without murdering thousands of innocent civilians/children/the elderly and displacing millions; certainly without having to threaten the world with a nuclear response were anyone to interfere with his plans, certainly without sending so many young Russians to their deaths…He could have lobbied in the U.N. He could have made his case to the world and to Ukraine. [the bonus being, we wouldn’t now have to listen to the likes of Elon Musk and Henry Kissinger and their opinions.] Putin has been in power for too long and is become a monster to Ukrainians, to Russians, to the World. It really is time for him to go. But, nevertheless, many call for a negotiated settlement, wherein Russia’s Putin can claim some sort of victory. They conveniently neglect to mention Putin’s holomodor in their rationalizations. They only care to protect their interests. As far as they are concerned, it would appear, Ukraine and Ukrainians can go to hell. The mess Ukraine is in now because of Russia’s ‘attention’, is a foreshadowing of what is in store for all of us; all who live under the hegemony of greedy and power-hungry wealthy folks. $$$ cannot purchase honour (obviously!). Honour is what is needed today to save the world for tomorrow, that we may leave it as a legacy to our children. We can already see what legacy Putin would leave to the children of Ukraine. Putin has no honour. Donald Trump has no honour…the list is endless, but, in the end, they all feature the same lack as does Satan… Moses led with honour/ Joshua led with might, leaving the ‘Holy Land’ to be at war, EVER SINCE. Jesus lived with honour/ Jesus was betrayed, brutalized, and then nailed to crossed timber by some of his own. His ‘movement’ led to the Crusades and to the Doctrine of Discovery…two things Jesus would never, ever, have supported. God is honour. IMO, god is waiting for humans to uncloak their souls of ego, to, out of honour, DO. THE. RIGHT. THING. IN. UKRAINE….before it is too late; before the creator invokes the tide of Tribulation. IMO, the creator is waiting for us to do something, AND THAT SOMETHING IS TO ACT WITH HONOUR. [p.s. we are not expected to do this blindfolded…Ukraine is already showing us the way. Had Moses led the Hebrews across the Jordan, there would be peace in the Middle East today. Had Jesus not been crucified, had he been allowed to speak FOR HIMSELF, and had the sribes dutifully recorded all that Jesus actually said and did, there would very likely be an Israel, a Palestine, no war between the two, AND CERTAINLY NO WARS OF RELIGION between ‘Christian’ and any other Faith. [08:00] Things will soon be heating up in Ukraine. I fear now that Ukraine is become the epicentre of a broader conflict. I am watching a Ukrainian MP, Kira Rudik, being interviewed on the YouTube channel, Times Radio. The topic: How Ukraine plans to defeat Putin in 2023 – I find myself feeling such admiration for this young woman/politician – I highly recommend you to have a listen. The Ukrainian MP was asked about FIFA’s refusal to allow Zelenskyy to address the gathering at Qatar. She makes a great case against FIFA’s decision to ‘not politicize’ the game. True, sports need be kept separate from ‘politics’. But politics, once the art of compromise, now simply another tool of the ruling class to befuddle and bemuse, to get someone to look at one hand while you pilfer their pocket with the other hand, does not apply to where your next meal is coming from, and, Ukraine and the world would want the truth to be known about the latest holomodor instigated by Russia upon the World…PUTIN HAS UPPED THE ANTE…this time around, half the world could be plunged into starvation BECAUSE OF PUTIN’S WAR IN UKRAINE. IF I WERE RUSSIAN, I would feel great shame over what my leader is doing in Ukraine. I would feel as much shame as I felt when I first heard about the children of the Residential Schools… In both cases, the perpetrators lack all honour and IMO they acted in a way that broke the creator’s heart. [p.s. any government which stoops to blame the Catholic Church for a program it enacted, why, THEY ARE THE ONES WHO SHOULD FEEL SHAME FOR SEEKING TO DODGE RESPONSIBILITY on top of being responsible in the first place. The Doctrine of Discovery was enacted by the Church folks of the day to allow their monarchs to plunder the bejeezus out of indigenous peoples, their culture and history.] Can you imagine how our creator, who dreamed a dream wherein his/her mind, heart, and word were the fractals, the operatives of human creation and the conduct of human affairs, would feel EACH AND EVERY TIME a child comes to stand before him/her, after just being sent as a gift to the World? Well, how might the tree ‘feel’ (grow/get on) if every time it produced a new leaf only to see it drop to the ground before it was fully developed and able to perform according to its nature; abetting the growth of the tree while benefiting from the tree’s overall capabilities? The tree would succumb. It would leave no seed. Game over. Make no mistake, every child is a gift because, in every instance, the human spirit is renewed, IF ONLY WE WOULD LEARN FROM THE CHILDREN and remember how we were when we entered the World…full of dreams and promise… This is Satan’s endgame. Satan wants to destroy god. In order to destroy god, Satan must attack the body of god, to wit: the tree…the Tree of Life. Satan focuses on the leaves. If the tree cannot produce leaves and support their growth and activities, then the tree would die. That’s what Satan must believe. It almost looks as if it were true. But…although Satan is kept prisoner for all time by his ego, EGO PER SE IS OF THE CREATOR…to wit, the creator has an ego and free will just as he/she gave Satan and everyone else…it is the fabric of life to incorporate the subjective and objective in the eternal dance… The SUPERORDINATE, COMPELLING OPERATIVE OF EGO IS SURVIVAL. Our creator knows how to survive…he/she’s been surviving FOREVER….hello? The creator’s ego WILL NOT permit Satan’s ego to overwhelm him/her and his/her power to create. THAT IS THE POWER OF LOVE. LOVE OF LIFE/LOVE OF SELF (in the sense the creator meant for it). No one creates anything out of hatred. Hatred is only ever productive of destruction. I have seen this, years ago, in a vision (at least, I believe in my holy of holies that it was a vision). In it, I saw a tree. From out of the trunk of the tree I saw a liquid golden stream flowing. There were branches arrayed above and all around the trunk of the tree and there were many leaves…next thing I saw, the flow of ‘gold’ from out of the trunk of the tree was reduced to a sputter. I looked up and there were very few leaves on the branches and the ones there were, were shriveled. [AT THIS POINT, I AWAKENED IN ALARM (it was middle of the day and I never fall asleep in the middle of the day, btw). I looked around then went right back to  ‘sleep’.] Next thing I knew, I was in a place where there was purple light all around. There was no ‘source’ for the light, it was just coming from everywhere, as if I were a photon in a beam of light and everything actually IS LIGHT (no form but that which is necessary for the photons to maintain their integrity). Next, I was looking down upon a field upon which a golden light was cast from somewhere above me. I was approaching a forest, as if coming in for a landing… The last  thing I remember of the vision, I was standing before the tree again, as I was at the beginning… …only this time, the flow coming out of the tree’s trunk might have put Niagara Falls to shame. As for the leaves growing out of the tree? I have never imagined/felt so much vibrancy…so much JOY. So many leaves…so different from one another…so happy in living…so together… **ALL OF THIS HAPPENS INSIDE OF THE CREATOR BECAUSE WE ARE INSIDE THE CREATOR, along with everything else in CREATION. I hope I left nothing out of my vision. Prayers for Ukraine. I pray Germany reconsiders the tanks. Apparently they balked again? Perhaps I’m not understanding things, but I thought they were going to provide tanks to Ukraine…Germany needs to understand that this business with Russia will not end with Ukraine. WE MUST DRAW THE LINE NOW, else Putin will continue to do what Hitler did and in the way Stalin did. APPEASEMENT IN ANY FORM IS STILL APPEASEMENT and that only encourages the bad apple to go to even LOWER HEIGHTS. Putin’s fate, IMO, is sealed. Perhaps the creator will save his soul, his/her gift to Putin, and give it to someone more worthy, such as someone who truly desires to lead his people to the glory the tree offers to and is the inheritance of all souls, rather than to Satan’s eternal imprisonment in misery and chaos. IMO, the creator knows what is in Putin’s heart and in the hearts of like-minded leaders and the ruling classes of the World. Because our creator is THE TREE. Because our creator is the tree, he/she will provide to her/his leaves (EVERY SINGLE ONE) exactly what each of us needs in order to fulfill our god-given purpose. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. SHOULD WE PURPOSE TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY OTHERS, our creator will naturally provision our success. WE CANNOT LOSE. WE WILL NOT LOSE. Satan will lose. His current pawn Putin is still standing. IF THE GOOD IN THE WORLD WERE TO UNITE, and it would once the division of ego/self-interest gives way to the Light of objectivity and the creator, WE WOULD NOT NEED TO FACE THE COMING TRIBULATION… but I see no evidence of this… except for in Ukraine. Heroes. Victims. …martyrs? LET US RESOLVE TODAY TO TRULY GIVE UKRAINE THE TOOLS TO VANQUISH RUSSIA’S MILITARY, no matter what Putin threatens. Chancellor Olaf, please do not disappoint. Please. I have already seen it in my vision. Putin, Trump, Xi…any/all of them…will not succeed in destroying the Garden. Putin’s gambit had the opposite effect to what he intended. He has not undermined Ukraine’s resolve, neither was he able to stop NATO expansion. He has, rather, catalyzed both to unprecedented heights! Let us make the vision a reality, starting now. Rally to the Ukraine. Rally to Biden-America’s lead wrt to Ukraine and to China et al. THERE IS A MAJOR BATTLE THAT IS HAPPENING ALREADY…the battleground is the human soul, writes Nikos Kazanstakis in The Last Temptation of Christ. Were we to win this one, why we can avoid the Tribulation WITH THE CREATOR’S HELP. the way forward to the door that leads out of Hell (and into the Garden) is the Golden Rule. Let Germany and all nations who are given to politicize the Russian chevauchée in Ukraine be guided in their ‘politics’ by the Golden Rule: ‘If it were us in Germany being bombed into submission, would we want Ukraine to help us fight for our lives?’ I pray this is interpreted on all quarters as a rhetorical question. The Golden Rule will save us from gold’s rule. The World has been subject to gold’s rule since ‘Adam and Eve’ left the Garden behind. By now we should have learned our lesson. The death and destruction and hopelessness/anxiety/regret IS 100% DUE TO GOLD’S RULE. Because gold’s rule is simply a vehicle to ensconce the ego of greedy citizens as the superordinate motif governing our way of life. 18 December 2022 Congrats to Argentina and France. The soccer teams representing these two nation might have shown the world the greatest FIFA World Cup Final ever. Sadly, in sports (but not so, in life) there is always a winner and a loser. Zero-sum. The folks in Argentina will declare Messi’s godhood and light up the southern hemisphere with their celebrations…the folks in France will feel as down as Argentina feels up. France might have been ‘outgunned’ but they won’t be down for long…wait and see… [13:45] I have just finished watching the Sunday mass from St. Michael’s Cathedral. I so love and admire and appreciate what Cardinal Collins brings to the Roman Catholic mass; when he speaks, you want to listen. Even while addressing a crowd, he is able to make you feel he is speaking directly to you (multiply this by the number of listeners, and you will know a miracle on the scale of the 2 fish and 7 loaves with which Jesus fed 5000…I might be exaggerating…it might have been 5 loaves! Now, I have listened to the Christmas story, over and over, every year of my life; somehow, the good Cardinal is able to ‘make all things new’…listening to today’s homily rekindled my childhood joy…no small accomplishment…I am a retiree!…but very much appreciated by the child within me… p.s. Pope Francis is the right person in the job at the right time. If the World survives into the term of another pope, my vote would be for Cardinal Tom Collins…because he is able to rekindle/revitalize the spark which god puts in all living things; …that which our god-hating ruling class tries so desperately to extinguish. We have been put to sleep by a continuous barrage of anxiety-causing news, courtesy of a media mired in conflict of interest because they are privately owned. For the media to properly function as the 5th Estate, there can be no corporate ownership. There can be no investors BEHIND THE PROVERBIAL CURTAIN. A single bona fide individual who decides to pony up and buys a news outlet? …fine…we know the individual. We can hold the individual to account if he/she bs’s us. We cannot hold corporations to account so easily…that is, not until we walk back the ‘personhood’ thing…[p.s. I would extend this reasoning to corporations that own real estate and apartment buildings and to the Toronto Maple Leafs…who were much more interesting under Harold Ballard, Stafford or Con Smythe, than they will ever be under Maple Leaf Entertainment or whatever they call themselves.] Like Donald, they are unafraid to inform our thinking and reactions, moreover, to manipulate our thinking and reactions…think January 6…the Capital…as they lead us to and over the Lemmings’ Cliff. [07:00] I had planned to take the day off today; that is, until I came across this: Headline 1: It’s time for a negotiated peace in Ukraine, Kissinger says – a feature of ego is that the individual always thinks they know better than the people who must live according to the individual’s opinion. The individual here is Henry Kissinger. In effect, Mr. Kissinger’s solution proposes that, in the name of peace/and to prevent WWIII, the victim of rape offer sex to the rapist…AND THEN, PRESTO! IT IS NO LONGER BE RAPE….wtf? Every suggestion I hear for Ukraine to negotiate is either coming from folks who have a tonne of money, like Elon, or from those who work for /used to work for folks who have tonnes of money… All of these folks attach a price to honour. If honour is for sale, it is not ‘honour’. on their honour. they are already in Satan’s service, sadly. We must wrest the World, our world, the one we are going to leave for our legacy to our children, from the control of the neoliberal coven. THESE FOLKS ARE NOT LIBERAL DEMOCRATS, they are greedy people. That’s it. THEY WILL END THE WORLD. They’re just too absorbed in profit-making to realize it. This is Mr. Kissinger’s problem. He’s just too old. He wasn’t able to procure a lasting peace when he was working for Nixon/Ford; his opinion is as callous toward the sacrifice and honour of the Ukrainians as it is useless…Putin WILL NOT STOP THERE. He will only catch his breath and then continue… One need only look at the swathe of destruction and death Putin has imprinted upon Ukraine to know that I am correct and that Kissinger should just shut the front door, thank you very much. We must stand up to Russia and China and Iran and N. Korea and rein-in the abject stupidity of the secular Israeli regime and any Arab regime who would deal with that devil while it is destroying the prospects of Palestinians…this is all about $$$. It is not about peace. As we know, if it is ALL ABOUT MONEY, then we are talking business. NO BUSINESS HAS EVER BEEN ENDURING. THE BUSINESS CYCLE has a beginning and an ending. Societies can go on for much, much longer. Human societies can go on for much, much longer…we need only act naturally. The rule of gold is UN-natural. It is a contrivance of control developed by ruling classes over the millennia. Read Machiavelli’s The Prince to find out more and compare what the medieval thinker observes about the Medicis to what is going on in the World, our world, right now. Rather than listen to the likes of Henry Kissinger and let him and his ilk lead us over the Lemmings’ Cliff, let us face the light which shines from Ukraine, revealing to the World just how the World can recover its honour. Kissinger does not speak for our creator, IMO. THE GOLDEN RULE DOES. The Golden Rule says, ‘Treat others the way you would want to be treated.’ If I were being raped, I would not want the police to come to me and ask me to just offer sex to the rapist in order to stop the rape…I would want them to protect me from being raped…Ukrainians want Russia to stop bombing the bejeezus out of them and to go home and leave Ukrainians alone….that’s all Ukraine wants, and how is this so hard for Mr. Kissinger to understand? Stalin wouldn’t leave Ukraine alone…in the Holomodor he murdered millions of Ukrainians…and now Putin is having a go at Ukraine… Putin is a butcher. He will not stop. Kissinger has not thought things through. Prayers for Ukraine and for the World and that the world rallies to Biden-America and that Americans rally to Biden. p.s. Headline 2: Hopes of sailing free of war and poverty dashed for Gazans as bodies return in coffins – there is also a Reuters article: El Paso mayor declares state of emergency over influx of migrants from Mexico border – very likely the Mexicans are looking for the same thing… the likes of Trump, the secular Israeli government, MBS…this is how they problem-solve: ‘not my problem!’ and then leave these poor beleaguered souls and their children to twist in the wind… HOW IS THIS APPLYING THE GOLDEN RULE? HOW IS IT THAT PEOPLE WHO CAN BE SO CALLOUS TOWARD THE PLIGHT OF OTHERS can do prayer-meeting photo ops in the Oval Office? Is this not akin to the wolf babysitting in the hen house? 17 December 2022 [15:00] I am watching Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre answer the question: Why did Russia attack Ukraine and what are its geopolitical impacts – this is a very good and sober analysis…the professor offers a worthy contribution to our understanding of what is happening and where things are going. p.s. Anyone know why YouTube demonetized the Russian Dude? The link is to an article explaining YouTube’s demonetization policy. See what you think of YouTube after reading this. Yes, YouTube is providing a service and revenue is needed to do that; but if its board is interested only in the bottom line, why, then they are no different than any privately-owned media outlet AND THEREFORE CAPABLE TO ADD NOTHING OF VALUE…YouTube has already distinguished itself by providing alternatives to the media’s neoliberal narrative, but may intend to reverse their original success in order to please investors…investor greed…will eventually become the death of a great idea. [08:00] I have been lauding the restraint exercised by America/the EU wrt to Russia’s murderous and cowardly assault on Ukraine. It is Stalin’s holomodor all over again. I have been saying that, ‘America/NATO will not be the first to shoot; but they will be the last’, again, because of sober-minded thinking…compare this with the vitriol, the cognitive capability of Putin or of his American pal, Donald Trump… Enough said… DW News reports that Russia is staging for another major ground assault, this February, as it did last February. Very likely, it will come from the North, the East, the South. Very likely, it will be a ‘shock and awe’ kind of thing. Quick. Decisive. …and, by all accounts, EXPECTED TO FAIL. Seeing what Ukrainians endure at the hands of a insanely murderous buffoon for the better part of a year now, I warrant that Russia has already ‘fired the first shots’ and that NATO/EU must now prepare for war with Russia. No proxy. No more. Putin has already threatened America with ‘unforeseeable consequences’ if they were to supply Ukraine with Patriot missile defense capability. America is not attacking Russia; only helping Ukraine to defend itself; but to Putin, this is an act of war. Plainly, Putin has fallen off his rocker. He is leading his Russia toward the Lemmings’ Cliff. The Russians do not have to follow him and his murderous military over the cliff. Putin is hellbent on war with America. Xi is hellbent on war with America. Why? Because America is in their way and if America were to fall, they would be the only shop in town. Neither Putin or Xi is going to give up on this. They dance for advantage, but IMO, they have already dropped the gauntlet. On the bright side, the world will see the end of Putin, Xi, Trump, the Ayatollahs, MBS, the butterball in N. Korea, Assad, the Israeli apartheid regime, the oligarchs who keep hegemony over the affairs of humankind…all of that ilk…but that is the bright side… …the trouble is, this war could end the hopes and dreams we have for our children…it could be the end of the Anthropocene. IMO, WE ARE AT THE PRECIPICE. PUTIN’S WIND IS BLOWING HARD FROM BEHIND, TO PUSH US ALL OVER THE EDGE. We may have no choice left wrt direct confrontation; we must turn to face Putin’s wind. We must march into Russia and dismantle the Putin regime, if the Russians cannot or will not do it themselves. We should not wait for Putin to use a tactical nuke or dirty bomb on Kyiv. We should move on Russia the moment we feel ready to. We better be nearly ready, now. We should not wait for Putin and Xi to decide when to go to war,  BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY MADE UP THEIR MINDS TO GO TO WAR and it is only a matter of ‘when’, not if. The moment we have the advantage, we must move on it. IMO, the first shots, Russia has already fired. Xi, IMO, is simply waiting for the right time to go after Taiwan and kick start the war over in the Pacific Rim. The West might not be prepared for war with both China and Russia right now. Who is? Likely, no one. But we no longer have a choice in the matter. There are too many Ukrainian dead; there is too little of Ukraine left standing…and Russia/China ARE PREPARING RIGHT NOW. If anyone believes that someone who can do to another nation what Russia now does to Ukraine and its peoples is going to stop there, THEY ARE AS STUPID AS A ROCK. Were the World to unite against Russia and China and Iran and N. Korea and the ways/values of MBS, we might still have a chance to avoid the Tribulation altogether…but I don’t see enough of the world’s nations getting on board and rallying to Biden-America in time to prevent it. Too bad. We made a Hell out of the Garden. It wasn’t that we actually left the Garden so many millennia ago; we simply no longer recognized it for what it was or how good we had it there… INSTEAD, we got busy turning the Garden into something more ‘palatable’ to our tastes (or rather, the powerful among us did, to their ‘tastes’). As we got ‘smarter’, we got faster and more impactful. And now, here we are: Ocean stocks threatening to crash. Toxic environment. Climate change. Extreme weather…and people fighting everywhere over what is left…and too many people (that we consume faster, enriching the powerful, more quickly). Hell, we have nations who take to bombing the bejeezus out of innocent people just to make sure they suffer in Winter and individuals doing mass killings in malls/work places because they´re having a ‘bad hair’ day (…and then we waste time and money trying to ‘understand’ why these bozos do such things…well, begin with the media that advertises what these bozos do; seeding the thinking of the next cohort of bozos…IN ANY CASE, THE MEDIA KEEPS US WATCHING AND AFRAID…this is not having a good effect on our mental well being. Welcome to the world of neoliberal democracy. It isn’t democracy. It is boardroom rule. We have oligarchs. Russia and China have oligarchs. How are we any different than they? In time, we could become interchangeable. No change. No way out. Misery. Violence. Fear…if this isn’t ‘Hell’, pray-tell, what is? Yes, the West has a systemic problem. Yes, the East has a systemic problem. IN BOTH CASES, THE SYSTEMIC PROBLEM IS THE RULE OF GOLD, of the oligarchs. There are no checks and balances on these people. There is only the whims of their ego. This is contrary to the rule of law; the rule of law is what Biden-America now pursues. This is what Biden-America is clearly willing to go to war over with Russia and China. THANK GOD FOR BIDEN-AMERICA. At least one leader has got it right and that leader happens to be sitting atop of the most powerful and resourceful military in the World, supported by the largest and most progressive economy in the world. THANK GOD. The Golden Rule will reconcile America with itself and with the World, our world, the one we are going to leave to our children as inheritance. The Golden Rule will help us to find the door that leads out of Hell, a hell of our own manufacture (rather, that of the ruling class)…to find it, we need only turn ourselves around…a 180-degree shift… look the other way…I speak of a consciousness-shift: from that of self-interest (the subjective world of ego) to the greater-good (the objective world, the one which really exists, the one we need to heal). We either keep telling stories or we act/pro-act. These are the only choices before us, going forward. God bless Ukraine for showing the World what courage and honour humans are capable of…as much as Russia’s Putin and his military show the cowardice and despicability humans have it within themselves to be. ‘there’s a darkness, deep in my soul…still got a purpose to serve…‘ the darkness in the World’s soul is the rule of gold; it has festered to the point where the likes of Putin, Musk, Trump, Xi…the oligarchs…would make war upon one another, and of course, use us for cannon fodder (as they do with their employees when they do things like buy Twitter). Biden is at the top of a group who believe, IMO, in the spirit of the great thinkers of France and America; the spirit of truly liberal democracy. For this to become reality, the media must decouple from private ownership, to wholly embrace its venerable role as liberal society’s 5th Estate and not worry about advertising revenues, say. That’s a good beginning. To wrest control from those who aspire to control over others above all else, we must disrupt the mechanisms by which their control is maintained and propagated throughout society. The primary mechanism is control of the money supply. Money is society’s blood/the avenues of transaction, society’s circulatory system. No one can do anything, anymore, without money, except walk around the block. Those with the money to invest, determine who gets money and who doesn’t. The poorer you are, the harder it is for you to even get to level II of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs…Safety and Security (or even level I: food, clothing, and shelter). It is the desperation in you to fill your belly and avoid sleeping on a subway grating that the wealthy play on, just as China now plays on the desperation of African nations… in both cases, their money permits them to exercise a granularity of control which reaches  down to the child’s ability to buy a chocolate bar (and the child’s happiness)… no one can do anything anymore…THE. RULE. OF. GOLD. Want to find your way back to the Garden? Follow Joe Biden’s lead today. STAND WITH AMERICA against Russia and China, UNTIL, Russia and China et al. forgo their stupidity and get on the same, rules-based page, AS EVERYBODY ELSE. No more advantage to nations because of militaries. No voicelessness among nations over a lack of GDP. No more the strong shall have it over the weak; rather, ‘from those who can, to those who cannot’. Engagement, universal engagement, of the citizens, is what is required for liberal democracy and the sanity of peace to preside over the world of humans. Poverty is what stands in the way. It is the greatest exclusion to inclusion; because wealth has seen to it that money rules society, and not human values. A country is not a company. A government Executive is not a boardroom. We are very close to this becoming a lie. We must disrupt the rule of gold and embrace the Golden Rule. For all of our sakes, rich and poor alike. We will bring the two sides closer together. The middle class will come back. Because the rule of gold is unnatural. It is a contrivance of wealthy folks, the oligarchs. Here is where we have come. Honour, the sort the Golden Rule begets, is our both the principle and spirit which will save the day for us. We need only act with honour and the creator will take care of the rest…maybe we won’t have to ‘tribulate’ at all…look at the news out of Ukraine right now…look at how those people are being made to suffer…and for what? Putin’s ego. I believe we need to confront Russia now, but I don’t know if we can without suffering greatly. Still, withal, my hopes are with our creator…I have certainly seen where the rule of the oligarchs is leading and I don’t want this for my children…do you for yours? I am putting my trust in god; and I trust that Biden-America will act as god’s hand along with Canada, U.K., EU, Japan, India, Turkey, and…? to have any hope at all, we must put aside self-interest… 16 December 2022 Headline 1: Thousands of unedited government JFK assassination files released – this, at the behest of, guess who? JOE BIDEN. I remember being sent home from school early on the day of 22 November, 1963. I was in second grade. For my entire life, therefore, I am left wondering who did it and why the obviousness of the Warren Commission spin-doctoring has persisted for so long as the official version. Thanks to this President, we may finally get closure. I am wondering though which documents the President will not release until June 2023 to protect against ‘possible, identifiable harm’ ? To me, I take the President’s initiative as another example of his personal desire to set things right while he has the chance…to set things right for the American people…all of them and not just the Democrats. I see this in him over the Ukraine, the EU, NATO…and in his chastisement of nations who have benefited from American support but now choose to nibble at the carrot China and Russia et al dangle in front of greedy leaders – ‘leaders’ so greedy and hungry for power over their own citizens that they would swallow the baited-hook whole… President Biden has been exactly what the World needs now (besides ‘love, sweet love’ that is!); just as Pope Francis has shown himself to be exactly the right man in the right job at the right time. our creator will side, IMO, with anyone spirited like these two gentlemen, toward reconciliation, tolerance, peace…THE GOLDEN RULE. Contrast the outreach of these two souls with that of MBS, Putin, Xi, the Ayatollahs, the secular Israeli regime, Turkey’s ‘butterball’, or the butterball-turkey in N. Korea… how can anyone turn away from the outreach of Joe Biden in favour of what these bozos bring to the geopolitical table? They offer only more misery, war, climate catastrophe…human catastrophe. Joe Biden, meanwhile, has found the door that leads out of this mess: the consciousness that we are all in the boat together, that we are in stormy seas, being buffeted this way and that way, and that the only way we can survive the weather IS TO PULL ON THE OARS TOGETHER; not to keep pulling in different directions; this will only send us to the bottom…we need to find the shore. NOW. Headline 2: Ukraine stalemate sets stage for possible winter escalation – I will be reading this with great interest. A brief scan reveals that the hiatus wrt the ground war will soon end. IMO, if the war continues to go badly for Russia, Putin will reach his ‘desperation threshold’.  IMO, he will launch against Kyiv soon; when he can no longer maintain his murderous barrage on civilian infrastructure from afar. He will use a tactical nuke if the ground assault ‘tanks’ again. He will not obtain Ukraine’s surrender. They have suffered too much and Putin has gone too far to quit. What Putin does next will determine whether we go into WWIII or submit en masse to the peace and sanity of the Golden Rule. I pray that Russia will take care of itself and remove the warlike monsters of the Russian military and the Putin regime. EVEN IF RUSSIANS BELIEVE THE WEST TO BE CORRUPT AND EVIL, to resort to murder your way into purity is kind of counter-productive, don’t ya think? There are other headlines too, all seeming to point toward a coming denouement for human kind. EVEN IF WE GO TO WAR, EVEN IF THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL FOR THE END OF THE ANTHROPOCENE, what we do now, how we comport ourselves now, among the chaos and misery, withstanding these in solidarity, being the rock in the midst of the torrential river, as it were, unmovable; indomitable in our resolve…this is what will win the day for us, because, unlike our ruling class’s treatment of poor folks, our creator will not leave us to twist in the wind. We need only try to do the right thing by others, and god will do the rest. WE NEED ONLY ACT WITH HONOUR. To do that, we need only keep the Golden Rule close, in our hearts, and be guided by it. Joe Biden appears to be doing this already. let’s all rally to Biden-America. 15 December 2022 The word of the day, the month, the year, THE ERA, is honour. They say, ‘there is no honour among thieves.’ Plainly, going by the news from Ukraine, the Russian military has no honour… Xi, Erdogan, Trump, MBS, Putin, the Ayatollah, Modi’s, et al…their honour appears to be for sale. No honour there, either. Apparently, the EU Parliament is split over next steps wrt Ukraine and support and horse-trading is ongoing behind closed doors. IF ANY OF THE EU NATIONS WOULD BARTER THEIR SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE AGAINST SOME ‘PERSONAL’ ADVANTAGE, AT THE VERY MOMENT WHEN SOLIDARITY IS THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID WWIII, why, not only are their leaders fools, they lack honour also. Those who rally to Biden-America have already made a quantum contribution toward peace in the World. Biden inherited this world from Donald Trump, good buddy to Russia’s Putin. Biden did not create it. Biden in his old age, is going around the world to offer America’s $$$ and geopolitical support…even if the Americans elect a president, sometime down the road, as bedeviled as Trump was, that president will not be able to plunge the world into war because Biden now works to ensure a rules-based order wherein national boundaries are inviolate and backed up by the American and NATO militaries, for now; someday, the U.N. There is no reason for anyone to doubt Joe Biden’s America. There is no reason to not rally to JBA (Joe Biden America) since he will make the steps to make sure no one is invaded, like Ukraine, EVER AGAIN. THERE IS EVERY REASON NOT TO SIDE WITH CHINA, RUSSIA, IRAN….yada yada…their only interest is to get America/NATO out of the way, so that they can do whatever they want to whomever they want whenever they want. This is not a rules-based world order they are offering; this is rule by the ego of oligarchs and dystopic misery for everyone else. Wait and see. Now, we have problems here too. We have not gotten things right. We have our own wayward ruling class to deal with. BUT WE MUST FIRST WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE UKRAINE FROM YET ANOTHER STALIN-LIKE HOLODOMOR AND THE WORLD FROM WWIII; else, there will be no world to save and our individual grievances, moot. For the time being, let us put aside our personal grievances… our reward is a world of peace; that our generation can leave as its legacy to our children’s generation. the work is just beginning…let’s roll up our sleeves and get to it! Prayers for Ukraine. Prayers for sanity among the leaders of nations, that the nations of the world, the world we will leave to our children, is one we would want to inherit ourselves. Biden might realize we will only have one shot at this, and that is why he is taking a lot of flak from people he is trying to help…he knows coercion/reaction will lead to deeper trouble in the future… …that only collaboration born of free will is productive of anything of enduring value. 14 December 2022 [12:46] Headline 1: Ukraine shoots down drones as Russia says ‘no Christmas ceasefire’ on the cards – this coming from the guy who continues to wage a murderous and cowardly campaign upon Ukrainians; who is friend to the guy who does prayer-meeting photo ops in the Oval Office and then refuses to call off supporters threatening violent rebellion at the Capitol because HE DIDN’T WIN; who is not above making deals with an atheist regime with the left hand, as he grabs support from the Russian Orthodox church with the right hand, for a campaign of murder, no less. I guess Putin doesn’t feel he needs to ask god if he can skip Christmas in Ukraine this year (January 6-19). IMO, the creator will not be pleased. The Russian Patriarch might be blinded by Putin to the Truth of the matter, but god isn’t. Putin exists within the creator, not outside of him/her/it. The creator cannot ignore what Putin is doing, anymore than you or I can ignore a broken toe. Above all else, to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not be false to any man…[Shakespeare: Hamlet] The Russian Patriarch, Putin, Xi, the Ayatollahs, Donald Trump (who also did a photo-op waving a bible in front of a church), MBS, a secular Israeli regime that would (conveniently) resort to Judeo-Christian scripture to justify its passive-aggressive campaign of apartheid (genocide?) against the Palestinians…IMO, these leaders are not truthful to their own peoples… …but as for the prodigious disparity between what they say and what they do, why, if that isn’t deliberate, THEN THESE LEADERS ARE ALREADY LOONY-BIN-BOUND! …and they are leading nations full of good people! I pray that the citizens of these nations take it upon themselves to change their regimes…to be as intrepid and noble and honour-bound in their treatment of the vanquished enemy, as Ukraine now shows the world. Ukraine today shows the World WHAT HUMAN BEINGS ARE ACTUALLY CAPABLE OF. [06:00] CBC reports that the Americans are sending their Patriot missile-defense system to Ukraine. The Patriot is capable of defending against ballistic and cruise-type missile attacks. This is great news. But it is also another step toward the Tribulation. I say this as NATO ups Ukraine’s military capability in reaction to Russia’s upping the ante in its desperation to end its losses on the battlefield and try to negotiate ‘peace’. But the ‘peace’ Russia pursues is only temporary. Russia’s endgame is to annihilate Ukraine and Ukrainians and to take it over…just as the biblical Hebrews annihilated the denizens of the ‘Promised Land’ under the warlike Joshua and for the exact same reason. Putin is even claiming Divine Authority for the mission in Ukraine…hmmm….which God is this who, on the one hand, tells us to ‘turn the other cheek’, while on the other hand commands the faithful to rape, pillage, and plunder their way toward fulfillment of the ‘Divine Covenant’? IMO, the situation is thus: As NATO supplies Ukraine with longer-reach capability, better missile defenses, newer tanks, and improved logistical/tactical supports, Russia’s military will become increasingly overwhelmed. I worry that, when Putin comes to see the ‘writing on the wall’ wrt his ‘special operation’, might he become so desperate as to risk a single nuke on Kyiv, to convince the Ukrainian government to capitulate and negotiate? Will brinkmanship lead him to gamble that NATO will ‘let him have one’…turn the other cheek, as it were, rather than respond in kind and plunge the World into nuclear chaos? [He knows NATO will be sober. He knows he is not being sober; he is being manipulative] The attack on Kyiv might be what Putin concludes, out of desperation, would be what it takes to convince Ukraine to negotiate and allow Russia to keep enough of its neighbour’s territory for him to claim victory for his ‘special operation’, TO STAY IN POWER. For Putin, success in Ukraine is of existential import for him personally, and for his regime. For Ukraine, success is existential. Russia will not stop. Ukraine cannot stop. The World must unite now. The World does not unite because it is immersed in the self-interest of the neoliberal, fascist rule of oligarchs…the rule of gold. I must say Joe Biden, in his old age, has been a blessing to America and to the World. His leadership has been exemplary and exactly what is required if the World has any chance at all to avoid the Tribulation that it is bringing upon itself. Biden pursues a united front. He prefers to not use America’s military to achieve it. HE WILL, ONLY IF HE MUST. He will not be the first to shoot… BUT HE AND NATO AND ALLIES WILL BE THE LAST TO SHOOT. It is difficult to accept that nations who have been made rich doing business with America/the EU and taking advantage of American/Western technology have chosen, with their free will, to stymie progress toward a unary, equitable, rules-based world order; rules arising from a culture of LIBERAL and not NEOLIBERAL  thinking. Rules that would benefit their citizens but to the cost of ‘quality of life’ for their oligarchs. But this is what nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, China and their bedfellows around the world have chosen. Only $$$ accounts for the dubious relationships that could form between god-fearing Muslim nations and a nation that proclaims god doesn’t exist at all. [each time Xi thinks this, god checks in the mirror, just to see if that’s true ] Only the Golden Rule will save us from Xi/Putin et al. and their murderous gambit. It is the regime, not the people of these nations, that is corrupted. It is corrupted by wealth and the power wealth purchases. IF THE HEAD IS DISEASED, THE BODY WILL SOON SUCCUMB. President Joe Biden appears to know this. He appears to know that America is deeply divided, as is the World, AGAINST ITSELF, and, that collaboration, NOT COERCION; unity, NOT SELF-INTEREST…. are the operative strategies that will turn back the tsunami of global war AND PUT IN ITS PLACE A WORLD OF UNIVERSAL PROSPERITY AND PEACE; likewise restoring the soul of the American nation; the one born of the reaction of intrepid colonials to the PERSONAL greed of the British aristocracy and King, the one imagined by Thomas Paine and the great French thinkers of that Age. In such a world order, there would be no work for the military-industrial complex. But there will be jobs for them in Space because we will have healed the natural world and the world of humans; we will have reduced population, the human footprint, by attrition; WE WILL HAVE GIVEN HUMANITY (we are only its latest instance) opportunity to develop the technology to get about in Space…(and Elon might already be out there, somewhere, waiting for company ). Honour. We must honour those who went before us. They are the reason we are still here and why we still have a chance. Let us not squander the opportunity. This is how we will honour those who ‘paid it forward’ with their blood: Let us deny the authority of gold’s rule. Let us embrace god’s rule. The Golden Rule. Wishing everyone a great day. Prayers for Ukraine and for the World. Russia is now de facto at war with NATO. NATO will not be the first to shoot…but they will be the last to shoot. Putin cannot win. Xi cannot win. They can only plunge the World AND THEIR OWN NATIONS/PEOPLES into the tribulation Ukraine now provides a glimpse of. Can you imagine what Ukrainians are having to live right now, without water, heat, light…among ruins that were, only a short while ago, their living rooms? We will, unless, like Joe Biden hopes, we unite. One World. One family. We don’t always have to like each other, but cultivating a little tolerance is better than trying to murder one another into submission, wouldn’t you think? Let’s rally to Joe Biden’s cause: peace and unity at home and around the World. Is this not what parents prefer for their children? Is this what the likes of Putin, Donald Trump, MBS, Xi, the Ayatollahs, the state of Israel, et al. offer to their citizens and to the World? No matter which spot along the political spectrum one gravitates toward, or where one lands along the economic spectrum, are we not all parents? Do we not want the world to be kinder to our children than it was to us? ‘What man is a man who does not make the world better?’ 13 December 2022 The Great Soul, the Mahatma Gandhi, once said: “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” Families are societies. Think well upon it…upon what this precisely means. If families do not extend consideration to their own vulnerable, how can we expect this from others, especially, from our government and the ruling class? =========================================================================== Prayers for Ukraine and for the children of the World, our world. What sort of world will we leave to them to build their dreams? The Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold. Wait and see… 10 December 2022 It’s Saturday! There is a new Canadanua post: Our Worst Enemy is the Enemy Within – prayers for Ukraine and gratitude for their bravery and endurance  – their war is the World’s war against imperialist aggression. Were we to unite against such aggression, now, we can save the World, our world, from the tribulation of WW III. We need only unite. To unite, we must set aside self-interest, in particular, the $$$-kind. $$$ rules. The granularity of control that the $$$-model provides is such that America, the world’s bastion against imperialist aggression, could end up doing the Jekyll-Hyde thing: rather than support Ukraine’s defense against Russia, under the Trumped-Republican party, America could actually become party to Putin’s murderous aggression…the rule of $$$ will have held sway over Ukraine and the lives of Ukrainians…you can look at what Russia has done in Ukraine already… …to imagine what sort of world we would be handing over to our children, IF WE DO NOT MAKE OUR STAND AGAINST RUSSIA/CHINA (and ‘friends’) TODAY. Headline 1: China’s Xi calls for oil trade in yuan at Gulf summit in Riyadh – why doesn’t any of this surprise me? I mean, what could a guy who presided over the COVID outbreak and decided to keep it secret from the World for a month or so, denying the world that much time to react and maybe even proact the pandemic into something much more innocuous in both its effects and ability to spread/mutate, have in common with a guy who would lure a citizen into an embassy, then commit cowardly murder and try to hide evidence of his grizzly crime? I suppose, on that basis, everything. What could a man who says ‘there is no god’ have in common with a man who is Muslim? On that basis, one would think, nothing…and yet…they have found common ground. Their morality, ethics…their ways of thinking…their personal sense of  honour….are determined by $$$-value…now, that’s what they have in common! … AND, they have a mutual hatred for America and the West. Why? for many reasons, but TRUMPING THEM ALL is their jealousy of America. Everything China and Saudi Arabia are today is because of their association with America, which, America encouraged, even with the knowledge that Xi and MBS are somewhat less-than-honourable in their dealings with others. Trust me, if the Arab world, ‘led’ by the murderous buffoon, MBS,  continues to turn away from a rational Biden-America and toward a China led by an irrational Xi, it will invite misery upon the Arab peoples. MBS and Xi do not lead their great nations toward ‘glory’. Neither do the lead their citizens to any place other than the Lemmings’ Cliff. TAKE A GOOD, LONG LOOK AT BAKHMUT. See what the like-minded leader Putin has already done. Wait and see what happens to Russians next. Not because Russians have sinned. But because Putin has sinned. I don’t believe it is too late for Xi, MBS, or any other murderous b@sTD, to change their spots. [For Putin, it is already too late, IMO, because of his actions and the Universe’s karma balance.] But I think they will not change their spots. They are too invested in $$$ and power. EGO, any ego, enjoys having its own way…but, as leader, you must check your ego along with your coat and hat at Parliament’s front door, before going in to begin your workday… Xi and MBS are not doing this. Their ego is what motivates them throughout the day. Their lives will inevitably end in misery – this is the ‘legacy’ of their ego to their future prospects. The question remaining is, what lasting harm will they inflict upon their great nation, culture, and people, before they meet their own karma? The same question remains before the globalizing wealth class and the ruling classes of individual naitons. The rule of gold is a deliberate effort on the part of rich folks to shore up and progress the granularity of their control over ALL ASPECTS/DIMENSIONS OF SOCIETY. If everything has a price-tag, EVERYTHING IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THOSE WITH THE MOST $$$. In mathematics, equations are often solved by determing the result when one of the variables acquires a value of zero. The closer to zero the variable gets, the more the other variable determines the outcome. In neoliberal democracy, that which, I worry, our Ottawa Liberals are up to their chins in progressing, wealth continues to concentrate into the hands of the few (our oligarchs), making their share so great that the share remaining to be spread among the people in wages and government support reduces, by comparison, to nearly zero. The ruling class is progressively garnering more control over the people as the people receive less and less opportunity. A threshold will be reached where the people will become desperate; but they will also be powerless and unable to affect any real change for the better. The ruling classes are stupid enough to believe they can maintain this societal disconnect. The cannot: if the foundation is enervated, everything above will come crashing down. Wealth enjoys a Faustian bargain and as we know, that is always nice in the short term. When the folks that abetted Satan’s attacks on god’s world reach their final destination, their usefulness to Satan is ended. For Satan, there is no longer any need to motivate these people with gold, unimaginable luxury, and so much power over others, that they can have ANYTHING THEY WANT, take anything they want, anytime they want. Putin is now in the process of being taught this very lesson. Once in Hell per se, Satan will have his fun with them, because that is all the value they possess… …they are dead to the World and can no longer act as the Hand of Satan. But they can provide the demon with an eternity of ‘joy’ just in watching them suffer…check out Little Nicky (starring Adam Sandler)…and its version of Hitler’s fate… If I were of the ruling class, I would want to change my stripes, straightaway. 7 December 2022 Prayers for Ukraine. Wishing everyone a great day. 6 December 2022 Wishing everyone a great day. ================================================================================ 5 December 2022 Seeing the anguish in this young Haitian girl’s face, I find myself asking god, ‘what anyone, anywhere in the world, could have to justify it?’ It is the same sort of wanton and reckless violence the world is now witness to, being rained down upon intrepid Ukraine at the hand of a murderous buffoon. Violence, for violence’ sake. It is Donald Trump’s answer to losing the election. It is ‘violence for violence’ sake’, for always, because nothing of any lasting value has ever been accomplished with it. Violence may result in a ‘pause’, but only long enough for the seed that is planted, to ‘bloom’… …the offspring of violence is violence….THERE ARE NO MUTATIONS…not ever …there will never be peace emerging from violence, only, nowadays, there will likely be an eerie silence in the aftermath of the next ‘Great war’… …the silence of a post-apocalyptic dystopia,  that is, if any humans manage to survive. That is the fulfillment, the culmination, of the human ego. We could have made it to the Stars, in time; we could have helped our creator undo the mess we have made of our ‘bedroom’, like the good parent he/she is, only, we left the creator…BUT WE STILL HAVE THE MESS. The mess now threatens to overwhelm us. Soon, children that we are, we will cry for mom and dad’s help. WHEN THAT TIME COMES, our ‘mom and dad’ will not leave us to twist in the wind. No parent could do that; it is patently unnatural. god knows everything, including how to parent even badly spoiled children. We simply need to ask for help. But, in the meantime, the creator may ‘ground’ us for a time, to reinforce the life-lessons he/she wants us to learn. We must be patient. We must resolve to not make things even more perilous than they are right now, by reacting to the crap others hand to us out of their own negativity. The souls of negative people spin in the opposite direction. They suck the emotional energy out of the room and anyone who is actually living with them is already too close to the ‘event horizon’. They will be constantly ‘sucked at’ by the negative person, without the negative person even realizing what they are doing. I have seen this over and over in relationships between elderly parents and children, between siblings, and between spouses. For the ‘giver’ in these situations, I suppose the only thing you can do is to stay completely focused in the now, and for the time the negative person is proximal, rather than to resist being drawn-in, you let yourself be drawn-in, because unlike a real black hole, the negative person will move on to other things and not bother with you, and therefore, relative to you, they are for a time not a black hole. Remain in the Now, like Eckhart Tolle says, for nothing negative, not even the black hole of another person’s ego, is eternal (or ongoing) by nature…only Light has that particular quality, and if you are in the Light, consciously, you are therefore consciously outside of time and not conscious of past and future. You are not directed by ego, yours or anyone else’s. Just as our creator is not directed by his/her ego; otherwise we would have been wiped out long ago. The creator gave us the gift of free will. Today we verge on destroying ourselves, along with the garden the creator fashioned for us to dwell in, in happiness AND IN STEWARDSHIP. Were we to live up to the creator’s joyous intention for us, no child of his/hers could be so twisted with grief, as is pictured in the article from Haiti. Let us pray. Let us change this. There is too much misery and violence, everywhere, to say that this is a localized pathology. This is a spiritual disease, and that sort of pathology underlies EVERYTHING ELSE. If the human spirit dies, the body follows soon after. Moreover, the human soul runs flat and unable to power the human spirit back to the heavenly realm of Light and relative formlessness. Now we come to Satan’s endgame: by extinguishing, one-by-one, the light in each human, the demon hopes to extinguish god his/herself. Satan’s hatred blind him to the fact that he too will be extinguished if he were to succeed. He doesn’t want to think that far. Because his ego is his only consciousness. Satan is utterly blind and dumb. ditto our ruling classes. They do not acknowledge the peril they plunge humankind into because they are only conscious of acquisition; the accumulation of more $$$ and power over others. 4 December 2022 It is Sunday! Wishing everyone a blessing today. The State doesn’t want this, but it would be great if nations could agree on one day off per week, as we did in Canada/the U.S. before the era of 24/7 everything, in order to spend time with family. It is not the day that is so important, but the time. Family is where we are forced to learn how to get along with people who see no reason to behave any differently than they would alone…very little to no ‘social mask’ is worn. The bare facts. That’s what family members have to deal with and why so many end up ‘hating’ one another and not talking to each other AND HOW SO MANY PEOPLE END UP SLEEPING ON THE STREET IN THEIR OLD AGE, JUST WAITING FOR THEIR BODY TO CATCH UP TO THEIR SOUL/SPIRIT WHICH IS BOTH SCARED OF DYING AND WISHING FOR IT! This is how someone, whose mother once smiled down upon their little face as an infant, ends up with only the State being their only support. $$$ is needed to keep folks above Maslow level 2; but you cannot go any further up Maslow’s ladder without attaining the next level ->Community and Belonging. The Family, as a social institution, a societal building block, atomic  by its nature – here was where individuals learned to get along with other individuals, different from themselves, but held together by a common bond: their mother and father. The State, during my lifetime, has aggressively attacked the family’s atomicity by obliging us to work far away from where we grew up, by making both parents work fulltime (and then coming to the rescue with daycare, so that kids are spending even less time in the family setting), BY PAYING LESS IN WAGES (and using migrants and foreign professionals and temps to play off against domestic workers who would  want to be paid a ‘living wage’ and work family-friendly, regular fulltime jobs to build the family society around). Right now the State offers counseling for mental health. The State created the disjunctive conditions that result in mental dysfunction. It wages a war upon its own citizens more multi-faceted in approach than Putin’s attacks on Ukraine (or Xi’s, upon Chinese citizens). The State is acting insanely because Wealth runs the State and Wealthy folks are rendered insane BY GREED. This is inevitable. Case in point: The U.S. and Russia/China would come to blows, rather than work in collaboration. This is insane. NO one can win a nuclear confrontation; but the moment any one of them perceives imminent defeat, THAT ONE WILL LAUNCH… …then all-Hell will break loose… …THEN ALL BETS FOR HUMANKIND ARE OFF. I don’t mind that this would mean the end of Elon’s Twitterverse and having to suffer through ‘news’ of his latest antics and unwelcome/unhelpful opinions about Ukraine, BUT APART FROM THAT, the end of the world would be a great shame, wouldn’t you think? All because of $$$… The rule of gold has created mass-insanity because the masses are over-lorded by folks already rendered insane by wealth. They are us and we would be them if we were also that rich; to be that rich, many, many other must be poor. This is not ‘social theory’; this is basic arithmetic. The rule of gold has plunged the world into darkness. As the Washington Post mantra states: ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’. The Golden Rule is the Light of the Creator and will be our guide back to the surface, out from under the darkness of neoliberal ‘democracy’. The creator IS THE LIGHT. The light of the creator is in each one of us and is what imparts life to our bodies, our ‘battery’ that keeps us ALIVE. Satan’s endgame is to kill god. To do that, he seeks to extinguish the creator’s light, which is in each of us, so that, eventually, in time, when Summer ends, when our leaves drop to the ground, after knowing only disease, unable to do what leaves naturally do to the ultimate benefit of the tree, the tree will succumb to the cold and darkness of Winter and NEVER PRODUCE ANOTHER COHORT. The State is trying to kill god in our hearts and minds. Our somewhat people-friendly Liberals tried to demonize the church over the Residential Schools, for i.e., but the assault on god is as multi-dimensional as the assault on the atomicity of the family as an institution, and FOR THE EXACT SAME REASON. Anything that interferes with Wealth’s control over society -Wealth’s quest for more and more and more power and $$$- is on Wealth’s radar. I have written ad nauseum about this elsewhere on this site. Ponder where exactly we want to go from here? Quo Vadis? If we do not, we will continue to follow the lead of insane people, who unwittingly abet Satan’s endgame; and follow them right over the ‘Lemmings’ Cliff’…the Lemmings weren’t stupid enough to actually do it, because they are critters and act according to their Nature, whereas humans have been so awash in the bullshit manufactured by wealth-owned 24/7media for so long, we simply incorporate their narrative BECAUSE THE REPETITION IS HARD-WIRING IT INTO OUR BRAINS/OUR THINKING, without our ever knowing why we think like that…but we see that our neighbours think like that too, and so, even if it is disjunctive: our thinking v. the reality, I mean, we believe what we are thinking is correct, proper, THE TRUTH, when it is, in fact, simply what we all keep hearing. We buy into their narrative and sleepwalk our way through life, despite seeing full well and in plain sight the effects modern socialization strategy is having on us and our children…but then again, the Romans/Israeli regime convinced enough people that it was right to murder someone who went around healing people and sharing with them what he knew, just to help make their lives happier AND JOYFUL (joy being the highest frequency of Creation, the very one Satan wants to usurp). Joshua convinced the Israelites to murder wholesale the men, women, AND CHILDREN of the so-called Promised Land, conveniently after Moses died; before ‘crossing the Jordan’ himself. IMO, this is simply a ‘fairy’-tale: Moses wasn’t forbidden by god to cross the Jordan; he was likely the victim of a coup d’etat after coming down from the mountain with the law of God inscribed on tablets; only to find his people worshiping a golden calf. It wasn’t that Moses was being punished by God for a malfeasance, he was likely thrown out by Joshua, whose trade was to kick ass, and kick-ass he then did: All of a sudden, after Moses had them wander in search of a place, not already occupied, for 40 YEARS, Joshua found the ‘Promised Land’, a place of their ‘own.’ They have been cursed with war, EVER SINCE. Karma. I’ll end today’s rant by saying, maybe it’s time for Israel and the World to smarten up. God does not want war. God wants people to feel JOY. Joy energizes and renews the Soul. The Soul is what keeps the Spirit going despite the darkness around it, since the Light of the Creator is as much in JOY as Joy is being in the Light of the Creator. God, the real god, IMO, wants for us what every mom and dad wants for their children. Use the Golden Rule as YOUR GUIDE to find out what that is if you don’t already know! 2 December 2022 It’s Friday! Great news for the working-wounded. Have a great weekend. No doubt in my mind every working person has earned it and then some! Prayers for Ukraine. Prayers that Russia relents before it is too late to stop the threatening tsunami of WWIII: the little bit they stand to gain…is it worth utter annihilation? I speak not only of Russia’s, but of the World’s… There is no going back for Putin and his generals/inner circle. They must all pay the price for the carnage they are responsible for; but for Russia and Russians, the penalty cannot be so great and I am confident that the ‘West’, even in its current neoliberal form, will help in the rebuilding of Ukraine so that it the cost is not wholly bourne by the Russian people. It was their leadership that ran afoul of honour and decency, not the Russian people. Where the head goes, why, the body must follow…yes? I believe the same with respect to China. Xi, unlike Putin, has not crossed the ‘red line’, though he threatens to. If he is able to set aside his ambition in favour of achieving a vibrant and enduring society and leaving that, and not a pile of ashes, as his legacy to the Chinese people (past-present-future) why HE WILL BE HONOURED BECAUSE he will have acted honourably, on behalf of his own people; BUT ALSO ON BEHALF OF THE WORLD. Ukraine must vanquish Russia’s military for peace talks to begin. I am praying today for a major Ukrainian success and the Russian surrender and withdrawal. A miraculous occurrence, to be sure…but, unlike our neoliberals, I do not believe that ‘God is dead’ or ‘God does not exist’…that to me is like the leaf saying ‘the tree does not exist’…hello? …yeah, I know, I know…those same people are saying, ‘Doesn’t this guy know leaves can’t talk?…. 1 December 2022 It’s December! YAY! My favourite month, all because of the largely Victorian-era traditions that managed to survive to when I was a todd-ler…but that was long ago. I am talking about the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, and who doesn’t like birthdays? Who doesn’t like Jesus? He went round looking for ways to help people, not to hurt anyone. Many folks dispute whether Jesus was ‘God’, the Son of ‘God’, or a prophet, like Mohamed (PBUH), who perfectly channeled the Creator Of Everything’s messaging to humankind. I feel the point as to whether someone IS GOD or someone CHANNELED GOD is moot. The effect is the same. Why would anyone kill anyone else or condemn anyone else to ‘hell’ in the name of god over a difference in opinion? ‘Differences’  of opinion are what add to our understanding of something that is breadthless, dimensionless, exists outside of time, exists both within and outside of space/the material realm, and is inclusive of everything within and deriving from Light. There is nothing else beyond Light but darkness. It is EGO that needs to render everything into form but ‘form’ is only a feature of the creator, and not the creator per se. The creator is formless and boundless and timeless and inclusive of everything that exists and the forms things take; as the ‘body’ of the creator expands in time, more of the darkness is abated. But, back to the time of year: My joy derives from preserving the traditions I grew up with. I had the best childhood and the best Christmases ever because of my mom and dad. I want the same for my kids but it is a different world these days: they live far away and I am obliged to spend many Christmases without them…it has been many years, since ALL OF THEM were together with me at Christmas. I can go other places and stay with kind-hearted folks who practice the Golden Rule; but as good as that is, it can never replace my own family completely and so, I am both grateful for the kindness of others and ruing that my children are not with me at this time of year. I, sadly, am not the only one. I have an older brother whose family is far away and has no one of his family at Christmas. He is disabled from childhood polio but tough as nails and manages to live in and maintain a bush-camp, his primary residence during Winter somehow. I honestly do not know how he manages it. Neither is he the only one. I wonder this year, how many people are there, at my age, wandering the streets in the cold and dark; sleeping in shelters, among strangers; once happy children like I was, staying up most of Christmas Eve to catch a glimpse of Santa? I cannot see leaving anyone to such a fate; especially not my brother… …but the State can… For the sake of everyone, rich and poor, we need to enact a universal Guaranteed Annual Income program in parallel with a tax regime structured so that no individual Canadian retains more than 2sigma above the mean wealth/mean annual income above the mean. A Normal Distribution. The return of a vibrant and robust middle class is the inevitable result (one which the greed of wealthy folks blinds them to; one that would save Canada and enough of their personal wealth to make for a nice life; only not enough to afford a $5B ride into low Earth-orbit. [all of the World’s nations should do this] Lastly, for now, I hear tell that Russia is preparing a massive bombing mission on Ukraine’s energy and public services infrastructure, as the ground freezes. This is either a prelude to a major ground assault from the North, the East, and from the South, OR, Russia means to bury Ukraine under so much rubble and death that they won’t be able to repel a Springtime Russian ground assault with newly conscripted but trained soldiers. This would be the time for Ukraine to hit the staging areas: BEFORE Russia can launch what they now prepare. WOULDN’T IT BE FABULOUS TO HEAR NEWS TODAY, OF ANOTHER MAJOR STRIKE AGAINST THE BLACK SEA FLEET and AGAINST THE BASES SUPPLYING THE RUSSIAN OCCUPATION FROM RUSSIA? Only Russia’s capitulation to Ukraine is going to end the ‘Special Operation’. What that means for Russia, is long term reparations softened by the West’s help and understanding. It was Putin, not the Russian citizens, that ordered the war and styled its murderous content. Putin, not the citizens he failed in his duty to, will likely have to go. As for nations scheming with Putin for world dominance or whatever, consider the aftermath of WWII: the victors ‘occupied’ Germany. Germany was divided between Russia and Europe. The Americans maintained military presence in the European part, West Germany. The Americans are guests nowadays and Germany has its own army. Both Germany and the U.S., once locked in mortal combat, now help Ukraine together and will come to one another’s defense if attacked under the NATO terms. The vanquished were rescued from defeat by the victor. It is as if neither were ever at enmity. THAT’S WHAT SO MANY DIED FOR…they died for peace. BOTH SIDES WERE VICTORIOUS: ONE IN BEING LIBERATED FROM TYRANNY, THE OTHER HELPING TO LIBERATE THE OTHER SIDE. If Ukraine is victorious over Russia, Russians need not fear. Ukraine will protect Russia’s ‘rear’, forevermore. Ukraine does not aspire to conquer Russia. Ukrainians want Russia to leave them in peace. BUT, were Russia to defeat Ukraine, what do you suppose they will do next, under the murderous Putin? Does the leader of any nation conspiring with Russia seriously believe Russia’s military won’t come knocking, someday, to pay their nation a ‘special visit’? Same goes for China. Does anyone believe Xi’s goons won’t come knocking, just like Putin’s? So long as these nations provide more to Putin and Xi in being willing partners than it would cost  Putin and Xi to take what they want by armed-goonery, these nations are safe from Xi and Putin. That is a precarious balance to maintain; difficult to do even on a daily basis. Can you imagine such a relationship working over the long term? IT HASN’T. NOT IN THREE. THOUSAND. YEARS. To the leaders of the nations of the World: UNITE. UNITE AGAINST A COERCIVE WORLD ORDER, one that is BINARY IN TERMS OF POLITICS; UNARY IN TERMS OF THE WEALTH OPERATIVE (neoliberal democracy/boardroom autocracy/fascism, ULTIMATELY LEADING TO OLIGARCHY). Rally to Biden-America/the EU/NATO and at the same time work to wrestle control of your national society out of the grasp of your nations oligarchs and of the world’s oligarchs via the corporations they invest in. Present a united front to Putin and Xi. It may be too late for Putin to save face but not for Xi. He has a great nation at his command. This largely because of his people and culture and history, NOT SO MUCH BECAUSE OF XI. (btw, condolences for the passing of Jiang Zemin, who presided over China’s meteoric economic ascendancy (and corollary military buildup) Whereas Putin has backed himself into a corner and could become desperate enough to plunge the World into a nuclear inferno, Xi can still back off on his imperialist aspirations and become a star on the New World Order Team…not the diabolical one predicted in the Bible (and seeming to point toward the ‘rule of gold’), but rather the one the Bible says will come ‘after’ the tribulation. WHY WAIT? WHY BOTHER TO GO THROUGH THE TRIBULATION? IF OUR WORLD IS GOING TO END UP BEING AN EDEN AGAIN; if everyone who gets incinerated or dies of radiation poisoning or freezing to death or starvation or sickness IS GOING TO END UP IN THE GARDEN ANYWAYS, why bother with all of the killing and misery we are doing? Let’s all just smarten up and stop this. Let us all unite today against Russia’s invasion. All of us. Iran, this means you stop providing drones to Russia. N. Korea whatever you are providing Russia, stop it. Saudi’s spoiled prince: um, I can’t say what I am thinking of him/OPEC right now…I’ve only known cowards to kick others in the head while they are down and defenseless and needing help… On that note, praises for Biden-America, the Germans, the Poles, Israel, Turkey…all who are standing with Ukraine now. Even greater kudos and IMO the joy of the creator will come to all of humankind if we stand together against greed, with the Indigenous Spirit, for the environment and spirituality since the creator’s spirit is in everything (the Environment), and beneath the poor/above the rich so that no one is ever poor or ever so rich they do not have a care about the misery of others. If I can learn, ANYONE CAN LEARN. The Golden Rule is the ladder the creator provides for us to climb out of the black hole which the rule of gold has dug for humankind to be drawn into, never to escape the pitch darkness. 30 November 2022 [1:11] I am watching a livestream of the NDP news conference re: the impact of inflation and inequality on Northern and Indigenous communities. Have a look at it live (or recorded) right here. p.s. If, after watching this, you still believe in the Liberals or Cons, well, you don’t believe in sustainability or an enduring Canadian nation or national society. What you believe in is what will take all of us down. Not your fault, because you have been pre-programmed by the ruling class just like me for nearly all my life. But COVID taught me much about our government’s priorities, when push comes to shove. The government of Liberal or Con is simply the ruling class’s representation to ‘the people’. The WHIP ensures that Parliament, whether Liberal or Con majority, answers to the Executive which answers to the ruling class. The NDP have traditionally been the conscience of the government. IT MAY NOW BE TIME FOR THEM TO FORM THE GOVERNMENT. They will get a rough ride from the folks behind the corporations that enrich them as they suck the lifeblood out of the nation and put it in their offshore accounts, our dear investor class…of whom, the richest are the most powerful and whom we call oligarchs…those with much to lose, however, if they don’t give it back and embrace a tax regime that will guarantee that no single person controls more wealth/national income than 2 sigma above the mean. This is the Normal Distribution as it applies to wealth. It is the wealthy who demonize tax increases and we follow along because NO ONE LIKES TO PAY TAXES. duh! But, if we get past our own egoic/subjective reaction (and wealth encourages us to not get past our ego/subjectivity) WE WILL SEE OUR TAXES GO DOWN. ========================================================================== If you are poor enough, you already don’t pay tax but you are almost completely excluded from everything and must make unhealthy tradeoffs at the grocery store. BUT CANADIAN TIRE WILL SEND SOME KIDS TO HOCKEY LEAGUE and TIM’S WILL SEND SOME TO CAMP. Wouldn’t it serve citizens better if they were paid proper wage and work family-friendly shifts, so the parents can feel pride when they see the light in their child’s eyes when they tell him/her, ‘Hey, you are going to kids’ camp’? Can you imagine? This is what poor parents no longer enjoy because it is so expensive; rather than pride and joy, they are left ashamed and despondent. NO PARENT SHOULD EVER BE MADE TO FEEL LIKE THIS. But it won’t be our Liberals or Cons who step up. As they say, ‘the twain are cut from the same cloth’. The NDP is the only one of the major parties who may. Let’s see. They will be demonized. There will be an exodus of corporations and a swathe of layoffs. EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY IN THE CORPORATE-OWNED MEDIA, will be sounding the alarm and playing up calls for the government’s head. BUT IF WE RESOLVE TO WHETHER THE STORM, WE WILL BE IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE, ONE WHERE THAT WHICH THE GREAT THINKERS OF FRANCE, BRITAIN, AND AMERICA CONCEIVED OF BEFORE AND DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION becomes, no, IS, the reality. Liberal, not NEO-liberal democracy. Government of ‘the people’; not from the boardroom. IMSO (in my sad opinion), the Executive of the Parliament of Canada IS become a boardroom. History teaches that one entity must give its all, even unto death, to make real and enduring change. If we do not try, Canada will become a dystopic sewer, and eventually nothing at all when it has nothing left for the rich to make use of and they move out to literally greener pastures, there to repeat their murderous rampage on the citizen and the environment. [08:00] It is the last day of November of 2022. Here it is pouring rain. Even my dog resisted going outside for her morning ‘business’…but managed to muster the  courage (or simply responded to the necessity, and, given that there was only one way to accomplish her pressing goal…) The weather was enough for the puppy to forgo the customary ṕreparations, and get right down to business and back inside where it is warm and dry… I am recalling the video I saw yesterday of young Ukrainian soldiers positioned in trenches, laying on boards to keep above the water and the muck. Cold. Wet. Under such conditions, the clothing cannot keep the chill at bay for long, and it goes to the bone…undaunted by the chill and damp of the approach of Ukrainian Winter; I suppose the intensity of their resistance, the indomitability of the Ukrainian will, and their having to, yet again, defend their turf against an aggressive, wanton neighbour to the North, suffices to keep their motivation up. Russia will keep hammering away at Ukraine until there is no one and no building left standing. It is only a matter of time, since Russia surrounds Ukraine on three sides; four sides if you include the areas it now occupies, and can simply keep lobbing shells and drones and missiles at Ukraine, ‘for as long as it takes.’ NATO is prepared to supply Ukraine with weapons and training, also ‘for as long as it takes.’ Does anyone not see the problem here? The only variable functioning to determine the result of the Russian-invasion-equation is the number of Ukrainian dead; military and civilian. The formula, as X approaches 0, evaluates to TOTAL VICTORY FOR THE RUSSIAN SIDE. Conversely, as Ukrainians eradicate the Russian presence, as X moves away from 0 (and toward infinity), the formula evaluates to TOTAL FREEDOM FOR UKRAINE, for the time-being. IF Ukraine does continue to make gains against Russia, this can only be accomplished IF UKRAINE IS ABLE TO DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST ATTACKS FROM AFAR, by land, sea, and air. This is, by its nature, a two-pronged process: 1 – Missile, air, and sea-defense capability must be as robust as Israel’s, and 2 – Ukraine must be able to attack military sites within Russia; ANYWHERE within Russia. It must be said that Ukraine has been asking for this all along. It must also be said that without the LEADERSHIP provided by Biden-America and the Brits, the former Soviet nations, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Slovenia (whose leaders went to Kyiv in the early days of the invasion to show their support (and understanding) for Ukrainians against a rapacious Russian bear they knew only too well), and that of nations such as Germany who knew they would suffer greatly were they to stand up to Russia over Ukraine BUT DID THE RIGHT THING ANYWAY, and for Canada, which continues in the tradition spawned by Lester B. Pearson, to do the right things by the international community in the tradition of peacekeepers, albeit in humanitarian aid as opposed to boots on the ground, at this stage…why, without all of this leadership, Ukraine would be no more, forevermore. For the aforementioned, I thank god, or whatever you call him/her. UNITY is key to the progress of a unary world order wherein negotiation/diplomacy, not weaponry, settles disputes. Once the U.N. has a standing military presence of its own, stronger than any single nation’s military, and also global in reach, the UNGA  can simply pass a resolution (um, the Security Council cannot have the veto power it has for the U.N. to truly function; just as Brit-style democratic governments cannot have a WHIP (effectively accomplishes in democracies what the veto does in the U.N., and is contrary (duh!) to democracy) to INVOKE A RESPONSE FROM THE U.N. MILITARY whenever a nation transgresses the borders of another nation. It appears our leaders know this. THANK THE LORD. We have one other major war front, however: that between the oligarch-ruling classes of the World and the people of the World (which, um, includes the oligarchs who are people, just like us, only with the perspective of looking down from atop a pile of $$$; they are not really from Mount Olympus!) I don’t see this division in Ukraine because Ukraine fights for its life; the oligarchs, the politicians, and the citizens are ONE. Just watch how they great one another even though they had never met before…they hug, they laugh, they thank their police and military folks and hug them too…because they are Ukrainians…BECAUSE THEIR VERY EXISTENCE IS THREATENED AND THEY HAVE SEEN MANY OF THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND CHILDREN PAY THE PRICE OF FREEDOM. Ukrainians HONOUR THEIR DEAD each and every day, since the invasion started, with their courage and selflessness… The citizens of the World need to learn from Ukraine because we too will be tested. The World the ruling class offers ‘the people’ is dystopic. They increase population to increase GDP growth to increase the rate of consumption and therefore the rate of profit and aggregate power over society -to the point of insanity. The edifices of power the ruling classes build to maintain hegemony over their respective societies will come crashing down because the ‘base’, the people of ol’ Abe, are too weak, to enervated by fear, anxiety, regret, SCARCITY, to bear the weight of all that exists ‘above’. duh! There will be nothing but chaos after that. A global dark-age. ALL OF THIS CAN BE AVOIDED. All of us can live and live well enough if NONE OF US are permitted to garner so much wealth and the power wealth buys over others, that true democratic policy development cannot exist, IN TRUTH. What we have now is ‘neo-Liberal Democracy’, not the ‘Liberal democracy’ imagined by the great French, British, and American thinkers. ‘Neo-Liberal’ democracy is free market capitalism democracy, which is ‘boardroom democracy’ which is no democracy at all. duh! As the great Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman says, ‘A Country is not a company.‘ Lastly: China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, India, N. Korea: You can be all that you have it in yourselves to be WITHOUT FORCE. The New World Order the ‘West’ undertakes to ensure that negotiation, not war, is the arbiter of disputes (even if the military-industrial complex is thinking otherwise, in a true democracy, we all have our voice). No one need die for all of you to be integral in fair and peaceful world order; one of collaboration, the liberal-democratic way, and not coercion, the neo-liberal democratic way that divides rich from poor WITHIN THE SAME SOCIETY. The rule of gold has taken us to the Lemmings’ Cliff; the Golden Rule will see us through to the creatorś peace and bounty FOR EVERYONE, including the rich, but not limited to the rich. 29 November 2022 I began the morning watching the CBC’s National on YouTube. The latest episode began with coverage of the famine in Somalia. One segment showed a young mother, barely able to sit  up, holding her dying infant in her arms, while three other young siblings looked on from within the tiny hovel, it appeared hardly more than a tool shed… The reporter said the child died the next day. The look in the child’s eyes was one of resignation to something, she did not understand what or why. I began to cry. Before I could shut it off, I heard the anchor ask someone serving in the field, ‘What can the World do to help?’ I thought, it’s the world causing this in the first place. For my whole life, I have been hearing news of famine in Africa. Our oligarchs pump a little money here, a little money there…this accomplishes some relief; but does not remedy the root cause: we must be open to finding and remedying the root cause(s) whatever they are. As it stands, money flows but nothing is changed and people continue to suffer. MORE CHILDREN WILL BE BORN INTO CONDITIONS UNABLE TO SUPPORT THEIR EXISTENCE… More children will never know anything but suffering and death. ISN’T THIS ONE HELL OF A WORLD FOR A YOUNG INNOCENT SOUL TO BE BORN INTO? Satan rubs his hands together in glee as each new soul come from Heaven experiences only misery for a time, is rejected by the world, then returned to the creator. Meanwhile, Putin continues to pulverize Ukraine; raining HELL upon Ukrainians, young and old… …so much misery. We have created HELL on Earth. Nature has not changed. HUMAN NATURE HAS CHANGED. We are not spirited as the generation that rebuilt the World from the ashes of WWII was spirited; as the Ukrainians are. Watch the social mores communicated in Bonanza and other shows of the day and compare these to what is being communicated today. John Lennon’s Working Class Hero pretty much nails what is happening… Much of humanity’s troubles derive from neoliberal market capitalism. Corporations are the vehicle through which the world is being milked of its resources (the Commons to boot) and it is the greed of investors who drive the pillage and plunder of profit. After the cow has been milked, the investors move on to the next opportunity to profit, leaving a wasteland behind them every time. For us to get ourselves and the world back on track, we need to do some serious SOUL-SEARCHING. The trouble is Wealth has turned its back on the creator and all good sense: they are profiteers not stewards. POWER IN A POPULATION MEANS MUCH, MUCH MORE THAN HAVING YOUR OWN WAY ALL THE TIME…Caligula thought otherwise; Marc Antony thought otherwise; Commodus thought otherwise…look what happened to them… But the pathology infecting wealthy people is wealth per se. Everyone and anyone who is wealthy is affected by it. Giving it away after they retire is not helpful even if it is admirable because these folks still participated in the PROCESS of neoliberalism and THE PROCESS is THE PROBLEM. The tax regime everywhere needs to be restructured so that no individual person every controls more 2sigma beyond the mean in wealth or earns a share beyond 2sigma of the mean income, and that returns on investments are taxed to keep them below the rate of GDP Growth. The definition of a person must be straight and corporations cannot be treated any longer as ‘persons’ in the eyes of the law. Investors need to be held accountable for the corporations they invest in…AT THE WALLET. As I often say, ‘it is the rule of gold that led to the world we live in today…it is the Golden Rule that will lead us, all of us, rich and poor alike (because there will no longer be ‘rich’ and ‘poor’; there will only be ‘rich-er’ and ‘poor-er’. We will bridge the artifice of ‘us and them’ and become the one people we have always been, There can be no suffering in Somalia if we acted true to ourselves, our nature, the way god made us and guided by the Golden Rule, the way god hoped we would use our egos: to guide us on how to help one another, to get along with one another, BECAUSE EACH AND EVERYONE OF US DESIRES TO BE HAPPY… As Maslow taught us, no one can be happy if they aren’t even allowed to climb the first rungs of his Hierarchy of Needs…and food, lodging, safety and security must be accomplished first before one can be of any use at all to the community (rung # 3?)…or ‘become all they have it within themselves to be’…(rung #5: ‘self-actualization’). Maslow was talking psychiatry. DOES ANYONE WONDER HOW IT IS THAT SOCIAL SERVICES IS BECOME SO PREDOMINANT AND THAT MENTAL HEALTH IS THE NEW CRISIS? Does anyone not wonder why both mom and dad work full time nowadays, but ARE NO BETTER OFF FINANCIALLY/MATERIALLY THAN WHEN ONE PARENT WORKED AND THE OTHER PARENTED? THIS IS BECAUSE THE STATE WAS AFTER OUR CHILDREN ALL ALONG. This to begin the citizens’ training to be contributors to wealth’s version of SOCIETY; part and parcel to that, to  acquire FAITH IN THE GODS OF WEALTH; believing acquisition to be the prime operative in life and wealth as the measure of personal worth. ALL THIS IS BECAUSE THAT IS HOW PEOPLE WITH WEALTH SEE THEMSELVES. The people with wealth know already that if everyone thinks like them, they will get richer and richer…but most people will not; many wealthy folks start life wealthy; most people do not. Athletes are an exception. They can amass instant fortunes, but that is because it is to the advantage of rich people to pay them; they profit from the arrangement…but only working (not working-poor) folks can afford to subscribe and watch live sports these days; whereas when I was growing up, I could watch the Bills (NFL) play on Sunday afternoon and there was Monday Night Football. I could watch the odd NHL game on Sunday plus the regular Saturday night game. I could watch the Dodgers and the Yankees and even the World Series for free. [CBC/GEM, thank you for at least letting me watch a Leaf game on Saturday nights.] Now I am reduced  watching highlights on YouTube forevermore… Oh, woe is everyone these days on a fixed income! All this because wealth makes money and that is all our governments care about because our governments do not respond to Parliament; rather they tell Parliament how to vote. The Whip is another construct of Wealth. The Executive is drawn from Parliament but is divorced from Parliament, its lawfully wedded partner under the eyes of god and sanity (and, um ‘democracy’). It subdues its rightful partner with the Whip while it consorts and  lives ‘in sin’  with Wealth. In our modern times, we give more money to the poor, this costs the rich some, but they get it all back again through inflation and increasing interest rates…people have no choice but to go along, otherwise  they will lose all that they have and THEIR CHILDREN COULD END UP LIKE THE SOMALIAN CHILDREN. That is the nature of the existential threat we face. Somalia and Ukraine could represent approaches to even greater, more pervasive dangers on the horizon. It is the rule of gold, I swear it, that brings on the coming storm. The Golden Rule will both shelter and save us. Use our egos as a guide. 27 November 2022 First, a question or two: Does anybody else get the feeling our governments play citizens and their needs, one against the other? Am I the only one who is starting to get the idea that governments always play one against the other to keep us weak in the division our ruling class creates for us to live in, that they can keep on keepin’ on their merry, sugar-plumb profit-making way…but hey, they share their lives with us…like a spoiled child: ‘Hey! Look at me! Look how much fun I am having!…Aren’t you? (um, having fun watching us have fun?…but then, having fun costs money…which you do not have because we do! duh!) Things are slowing down in Ukraine due to weather; but after the ground freezes, things will pick up again. I anticipate that, during the pause for the transition into Winter, Ukraine will be identifying targets behind the Russian side of the front lines to destroy military field targets, military storage depots, and routes of resupply to the front. Depending on their success during this phase, the Ukrainian counteroffensive on the ground will begin afresh and the line will continue to be pushed back toward the Russian border. This applies to both the Eastern and Southern fronts. Bachmut is the focus on the Eastern Front; Melitopul on the Southern Front. Melitopul is a milestone along the way to Crimea. Once taken, the only resupply for Russian forces is via Crimea and Putin’s Bridge. Putin’s Bridge will likely be rendered impassable by Ukrainian submarine-drone attacks against which Russia very likely has no defense. And Ukraine will, in one year, have purged the Russian occupation from its territory. After that, steps must be taken to ensure that reparations are paid by Russia and that Russia can never threaten its neighbours…the regime change must include a program wherein Russia’s military capacity to inflict damage on its neighbours by ground and by air is degraded to the point of self-defense with no ‘aggressive component’. THE NEW ARRANGEMENT IN RUSSIA WILL NOT INCLUDE ANY OCCUPYING FORCE ANSWERING TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THE U.N. In other words, Canadian ‘Mike’s’ PEACEKEEPERS are bound next for Russia. [ I had come across an oped recently wherein the political science ‘expert’ was suggesting Russia is divided between China and NATO…THIS FOOLISHNESS WILL ONLY GUARANTEE ANOTHER ROUND OF CONFRONTATION BETWEEN ‘SUPERPOWERS’. Only the names changed: it was Russia-America; now this guy wants it to be China-NATO? And he was able to obtain a political science degree? Is that that what our university ‘education’ has fallen to?] Prayers for Ukraine. Prayers for the citizens of the World and of democracy. We are not intended by our creator to be slaves or live in serfdom to the rich. It is only those among the rich who think we are. That is Lucifer fooling them because they are blinded by the reflection of gold and the power it buys them…a power they give to it so much so that no one is able to do anything anymore without money! [and our democratic governments talk about inclusion…yeah, our PM will march with gay people up and down the streets of Toronto, BUT THAT IS ALL APPEARANCES…IF ANY OF THOSE  LGBTQ humans were unemployed before the pandemic hit, how much aid did they receive? How included were they, really? SADLY, I am becoming more convinced that anything our government does for citizens is a ‘Faustian bargain’. Even giving daycare to us so that we can work (and the State can ‘raise’ our children for us…) This is because wealthy folks, like everyone else, like to keep what they have, want to have more, and try their best not to think too much further than that, i.e., the effect our profit-seeking ways on the backs of other people have ON OTHER PEOPLE. We are the only species capable of doing this to our own and we are the most mentally-developed species: to wit, the one most capable to exercise FREE WILL. …and we use our free will to cheat one another out of quality of life in order to elevate our own personal quality of life…this is what our ruling classes do to the point now where they are globalizing and helping one another to keep citizens in line with international trade agreements…which could still exist, but without robbing the governments of individual nations the right to legislate on behalf of their own citizens. But wealth is intended by our creator to steward; not to profit itself. Wealth imposes a great responsibility upon the possessor; but these days, the possessors are generally only interested in preserving and increasing their wealth. BECAUSE ALL NATIONS ARE RULED BY WEALTH AND BECAUSE MOST WEALTHY PEOPLE ARE GREEDY AND IRRESPONSIBLE, no one STEWARDS any longer. This is like riding in a car (or crossing in front of one when it is your turn to cross) while the driver is looking this way and that way for places to shop or to make another dollar AND NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THEIR DRIVING. The citizens of nations so led, will end up so. The wealthy will end up, along with the citizens, in the black hole of misery which they willfully create for the citizen. EVERYTHING WILL COLLAPSE INTO THE BLACK HOLE FORMING WHERE THE MIDDLE CLASS ONCE EXISTED…because, the middle class is not a construct of government but rather a feature of a population with a healthy distribution of wealth. THE NORMAL DISTRIBUTION… 25 November 2022These are the times that try men’s souls‘, Thomas Paine once said, while reflecting  upon the American colonies’ war against British imperialism and the greedy folks behind it. The great thinker goes on to say: ‘The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.’ [Excerpted from thefederalistpapers.org] The intrepid spirit of the times Thomas Paine lived are returned to us in our own day, in Ukraine. UKRAINE’S FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT and THOMAS PAINE NOW SPEAKS FOR UKRAINE. These are indeed the times that try men’s souls (and women’s and children’s) in Ukraine. These are also the times that try the souls of every Russian whose ego has not yet blinded them to the truth about Putin and his regime. Putin’s name will one day be a popular euphemism for the reversal of cause and effect: he blames Ukraine for the invasion he ordered. Plus, the murderous way in which Putin conducts the invasion obliges the international community to brand Russia, that GREAT NATION AND CULTURE HE SERVES, as a ‘state-sponsor’ of international terrorism’. RUSSIANS NEED TO GIVE PUTIN THE BOOT. Putin and his regime ARE NOT RUSSIA. Russia is not Putin and his regime: Russia and Russians need not be drawn into the black hole Putin has created. Let go of Putin’s hand and let his murderous regime follow him over the event horizon. Neither is China, Russia. Neither is Iran, Russia. Russia is Russia and for its own sake and the sake of its peoples it must leave Ukraine now and talk about how to undo the wilful damage it has inflicted upon ITS NEIGHBOUR…the very folks positioned to guard Russia’s backdoor against invaders, if only Putin would leave them alone. As for China, I give them the same advice: ditch the imperialist bs and just join the team. Yes we need to ditch the neoliberal bs over here AND WE NEED A DEMOCRATIC FREE-THINKING FREE-FEELING CHINA TO HELP WITH THIS; for the sake of the world this generation of humans is about to leave to the next generation. We cannot achieve this if we do not work together and unite against the forces of chaos, the forces of ego. Neither are the U.S. and NATO Russia; but neither does either of them want to be or try to be. They understand and accept that Russia is Russia. THAT IS WHY THEIR ONGOING SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE IS PREDICATED ON UKRAINE’S PROMISE TO NEVER INVADE RUSSIA – they can only strike military targets inside of Russia, FROM UKRAINE. =============================================================================== I understood NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg to be saying that the decision whether to send the German Patriot Missile Defense System to Poland or to Ukraine (as Poland suggested…I just love what the Poles have been about for Ukraine since the get-go) was up to Germany and Poland, not NATO. If I understand SG Stoltenberg correct, then I believe the Germans will direct the Patriot to Ukraine because it is the right thing to do. IT IS ALSO THE RIGHT THING TO DO Germany and Poland: Russia might one day go after Poland, BUT ONLY AFTER TAKING UKRAINE AND THEN TAKING THE TIME TO HEAL ITS WOUNDS. Bolster the first front and the need may never arise to defend a second front. Prayers for Ukraine, for Germany, Biden-America, the Brits, the Saudis, the Israelis, the Palestinians, the Chinese, the Russians, us Canadians…everyone. 24 November 2022 While watching the DW News coverage of the latest from Ukraine, I once again found myself, in my desperation, thinking, ‘Enough is enough!’ and ‘How much more of this is the World, our world going to allow before it does THE HONOURABLE THING and call Putin out on Russia’s DISHONOURABLE CAMPAIGN?’ No sooner did the thought ‘A world that can permit this is a world without honour!’ than the coverage progressed to President Zelelnskyy’s latest address to the world, in which he calls for the World to act now against the ‘energy-terrorism’ Russia perpetrates upon his Ukrainians. He reasons that the 10 million or so Ukrainians left without heat and water with Winter weighing heavily upon them is another form of WMD (a more passive-aggressive form but nevertheless equally incapable to discriminate between civilians and combatants). Russia is playing on the world’s fear of open global war. China is playing on that fear. China is playing both sides from the middle: they don’t care a lick about how many die or how they die in Ukraine; they are waiting for the war to broaden to include all of Europe. If/when the Russian invasion progresses to that stage, China will launch against Taiwan; opportunistically taking advantage of America’s having to fight two major militaries…and not only them: America will also have to take on the nations of the World that  prefer to bind themselves into dubious alliances formed with the ‘Eastern Block’; with regimes that would join forces with the devil against all things Western, rather than collaborate with anything Western. ============================================================================= IMO, America has some serious internal difficulties, as do all of the World’s nations: all of these difficulties are features of gold’s rule. The regimes of the World choosing to align with Russia/China et al. are just as perverse as the Americans who support Donald Trump: America’s erstwhile ‘president’ would make America ‘great again’ in the way his best-bud Putin now ‘makes’ Russia ‘great again’. Do the Americans so soon forget the back-haul of coffins from Vietnam? The parents and loved ones of the fallen carried the burden of their loss FOR THE REMAINDER OF THEIR ENTIRE LIVES. Have a look at what is coming back to Russia after mobilization. Listen to the stories coming out of the towns liberated by the Ukrainians. THIS IS THE WORLD BOZOS like Trump and Putin ARE ACTUALLY CALLING FOR, BUT, the supporters of MAGA or MakeRussiaGreatAgain don’t think that far… They don’t feel any compassion…but they will the moment they are no longer needed by their demagogues. Once the demagogues succeed, they will, after crossing ‘the river’ to personal ‘glory’  upon the backs of their followers (so that their feet don’t get wet), leave their followers to squirm in the muck of the dystopia their followers helped them create, along with their perceived ‘enemies’. Donald Trump, Putin, Xi, et al. see the ‘enemy’ in anyone who is contrary to their garnering more wealth and power FOR THEMSELVES. It is the neoliberal way: only $$$ and power matter and the two go hand-in-hand in a neoliberal, free-market world. In such a world, the more $$$ you possess/control, the more power you have, to have your way with everyone else. YOU CAN ALREADY SEE PLAINLY THE EXISTENTIAL PERILS THIS ARRANGEMENT IS CAPABLE OF MAKING: 1- climate change 2- environmental degradation / toxification / desertification 3- poverty and social exclusion/personal enervation (the latter while governments all-the-while proclaim the inviolability of individual human rights, but this is to make sure we keep arguing with one another, if we bother to talk to one another at all about social issues, because that keeps us divided at the community level/family level and distracted from engagement with our politics (apart from election time) and what the government does, under the radar, between elections) 4- war between nations to progress the interest of the stronger nation over the weaker nation and war within nations, upon minorities but also the poor of the majority. The ills of the world resolve down to gold’s rule. With democracy in its current form, the West’s unary, rules-based international order is tracking toward a business fascism that features only the appearance of choice. Citizens will be given ‘choice’, alright; but the options will be chosen by the wealthy on our ‘behalf’; for us to choose from. This is tantamount to asking the child ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ and then showing them a bag of charcoal, a potato, and maybe, a pair of socks…and telling them to pick one…the child will never know that Barbie dolls and GI Joe’s even exist. =============================================================================== Here’s a personal example of ‘choice’ in the new neoliberal democratic world that aspires to attach $$$-value to EVERYTHING: Stephen Harper said that the new digital television paradigm will give viewers ‘more choice’. Well, I am on fixed-income. I can no longer afford to watch live sports (except for the Saturday night game on CBC). Whereas, I could count on taking a couple of Sunday afternoon NFL games, the World Series, and of course The Ten Commandments playing Easter Sunday in the era of the Rabbit Ears, I can now, at best, only hope to watch the highlights on YouTube. [If I were a homeless person, thru the front window of a bar playing the game on the big screen…that is, until I get chased away because my presence outside of the window might distract folks sitting inside, from the game and their ‘dining experience’. I can’t believe god tolerates such people, those having the nerve to distract anyone from their ‘dining experience’…(if you believe I am serious saying this, then you have just passed the Donald Trump quality-check and bought your ticket on Donald the Loco-motive. The homeless person is out in the cold in this world; IMO, on the other side of the Styx, why, the homeless will be forever comfortably warm; whereas, the Donald Trumps of the world, those who warmed themselves while engineering situations for others to freeze and starve in (right now,this is Ukraine), will go where their ‘heat’ is attenuated several-fold…to the point where ‘the flesh’ burns]. As for Stephen Harper’s ‘more choice’? Before ‘digitalization’ I had to suffer through commercials but I got to see games and when it was my team, I was really excited and grateful; these days, I still have to suffer through commercials…but I have no more live sports television…hmmm… …yes, Stephen was right: digitalization has provided ‘more choices’: in more ways for wealth to control our lives by controlling how we spend our money and by ensuring we are in debt our whole lives so that someone of wealth leads each one of us, poor and pro alike, by the nostrils. Let us rally to Ukraine for our World’s sake. Let us rally to Biden-America for our sanity and survival. America is already great; but it is fractured down the middle. Half of them believe, thanks to wealth and Donald Trump’s abuse of power in a democracy, that the way ‘back to greatness’ lay along the warpath; but that path is binary: military conflict among nations and corporate-abetted class wars within nations. President Zelenskyy is 111% correct: the time to act is now. p.s. Gratitude to Turkey for standing up to Russia. Shame on India and all nations that take advantage of Russia’s desperation to finance its murderous war in Ukraine. IMO, such nations show themselves to lack honour and principle…as all do who worship $$$. For them it is a matter of ‘buyer beware’; but we are talking about our democracy, our society, our lives…OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE. India should look to Germany’s example. Germany will bear a disproportionate penalty wrt to Russia’s ‘energy-terrorism’ this Winter compared to much of Europe, but after much back-and-forth resolved TO DO THE RIGHT THING. They bowed to principle; not to pressure. Gratitude to Israel for deciding finally to help Ukraine with its specialized missile-defense expertise.They too seemed to have bowed to principle and not to pressure. Xi watches the West awaiting for opportunity FOR CHINA. But there is an entity greater than Xi’s China or Trump/Putin’s oligarchies who is ALSO WATCHING. What we do as a species; that we show ourselves, BY VIRTUE OF THE FREE WILL THE CREATOR GAVE US, capable, to do the right thing, despite the inconvenience IS WHAT, IMO, THE CREATOR IS WAITING FOR. The gap between rich and poor is proof positive that our wealth class cannot properly manage things; they are too infected with the insanity of wealth to become the stewards their wealth recommends. If they are permitted to continue to legislate and rule on their own behalf over citizens, this amounts to serfdom/enslavement and, the West, the East, ALL OF IT, WILL GO THE WAY OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE DODO because this has never been a sustainable social configuration (again, I refer you to the fate of the Roman Empire). THE DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AMONG AND WITHIN SOCIETIES IS BOTH CAUSE AND EFFECT OF SOCIAL INSTABILITY: the more unequal, the more socially-destabilizing. Xi waits. The Creator watches… the curtain is about to be raised and Act III about to commence… were the Great English Bard, William Shakespeare, or the Great Canadian Bard, Gordon Lightfoot, writing the script for humanity’s play, I would have no fear about the outcome. Neither would I be afraid were the creator authoring the script…but the creator gave us free will. Like it or not, OUR FUTURE IS OURS TO CREATE; whether we choose our path or allow wealthy people to choose their path and force us to walk it, the end is the same… we must therefore choose. Let us make our children and our creator proud. IMO, Zelenskyy’s Ukraine already has. The time is now to come to Ukraine’s defense, to put ourselves between the rapist and the victim. 22 November 2022 Here is the situation with respect to the Ukraine war, metaphorically speaking: You are a home owner. You have live in your home for many years and raised your family; a very large family with many children plus your own parents and in-laws. You live an ‘idyllic existence’. But your house happens to be situated between two homeowners who do not like one another, so much so, they often threaten to toss rocks at one another. If it weren’t for your being between them, they would be fighting already…and, well, ‘there goes the neighbourhood!’ Fearing for your own safety, you choose to be befriend the neighbour to the west. This greatly angers your neighbour to the east. This neighbour tells everyone with ears to listen that the friendship cannot be allowed because that would effectively put the West-neighbour and the East-neighbour face-to-face… …AND ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOOSE. Proclaiming themselves bound by ‘honour’ to protect you and themselves from direct conflict with the other West-neighbour, one that would very likely draw the whole neighbourhood in, obliging everyone to choose sides, the East-neighbour gets a gun and walks straight into your house, without knocking, and tells you that ‘taking over your house is the only way to protect YOU AND YOUR WIFE AND YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR PARENTS AND YOUR IN-LAWS from the wily West-neighbour. Then, to make the point, they shoot your mother and two of your children in the back of the head… ‘See what happens if you make friends with the West-neighbour?’ And, to amuse themselves, they rape your wife and perhaps torture the in-laws to obtain information about the West-neighbour and where is some Vodka? Now, while all of this is happening, the West-neighbour is getting antsy. It will become hard for them to pay the neighbour’s bills on top of their own as time goes on; because the invader will not allow you to work and pay your own bills; plus, while the invader dresses warmly, they cut off all your heating and water so that you and your kids cannot eat, cannot wash, cannot play, and cannot sleep without freezing and going hungry; worrying they might never wake up… And so the West-neighbour tells you to try to make an arrangement with the East-neighbour. They say, ‘It is for you own good and the good of the neighbourhood.’ They suggest you allow the East-neighbour to keep the kitchen, bathroom and a couple of the upstairs bedrooms…the ones previously occupied by two of your children and your mother. GOD HELP ME, IS THERE ANYONE ALIVE WITH A SINGLE BRAIN WAVE WHO WOULD SUGGEST THIS TO YOU? IS THERE ANYONE ALIVE WHO WOULD ACCEPT THIS ARRANGEMENT, THE ONE THE WEST-NEIGHBOUR IS PROPOSING? Surely, no one can be faulted for wanting the war in Ukraine to end; BUT TO LET IT TO END IN ANY MANNER APART FROM RUSSIA’S TOTAL DEFEAT IS tantamount to allowing your invading neighbour to remain in your home, after murdering your family, and to keep the kitchen, the bathroom, a bedroom or two, and the TV. It is an egregious lack of honour among the West-neighbour to suggest this. Now, the West is afflicted with a seriously existential-quality disease, the rule of gold. The tumors are the corporations. These are metastasizing the cancers which pop up here and there, throughout the body of humankind. If we do not end the hegemony of gold’s rule, all bets are off, for everyone, wealthy and serf alike. The rule of Wealth in the absence of any counterbalances is as threatening to human progress and survival as is the reality of any one person…Putin, Xi, Trump…possessing all of the power of the State. See how much death Putin is responsible for, and he has threatened death on a much, much, greater scale…? It is only Putin stopping Putin from nuking the World and his own nation to Hell. What I recommend is not a social revolution but rather a spiritual revolution. Were Wealth to be spirited as stewards rather than greedy opportunists, we’d listen to them and they would lead everyone to a better World than this generation inherited. But they are not so-spirited; neither are the corporations they create so-spirited. Canadian Tire, Tim’s and every other corporation proclaim their ‘community-spirit’ while at the same time turning over rocks looking for ways to lower their labour costs (to wit: their employees’ share of the business proceeds). They are wholly-responsible for community-need because global-investors are never satisfied; they play on the desperation they create among the working class to garner an even greater share…but, hey, they will demean you to hell by making you come to them and ask them for ‘a little more…’ Make no mistake. Putin’s war is only one eruption of the broader war Wealth now wages upon the ‘global un-wealthy’. I dunno, but I haven’t heard ANYONE, positioned ‘left’ or ‘right’ in the World’s politics, inclined to put the problem we face in these terms. Those in history that would have made a difference, end up being murdered. These were those who knew the way to Peace, who understood how wealth creates poverty, and that the existence of poverty, along with war, represent the two most egregiously foul constructs humans have ever invented. Here I have in mind, the Great Soul, Gandhi; JFK, RFK, MLK jr. Yitzak Rabin…)who sought to right these wrongs by constraining the Wealthy to stewardship and the military-industrial complex to service of the state rather than being a cash-cow for wealth. I am happy to hear-tell that Turkey is standing up against Russia in Syria against Kurdish ‘militants’. I am happy Erdogan appears to be solidly against Russia’s murderous campaign in Ukraine; I pray that the terrible arrangement conceived by the victorious in WWII is revisited (by Turkey) and that the Kurds can have their own land and become Turkey’s best bud if anyone ever tries to attack Turkey; just like I hope that Israel befriends Palestine and China befriends Taiwan…isn’t this better than  bombing the bejeezus out of these places, killing everyone who lived there, and then having everyone live in fear of the next one to cast a greedy eye in your direction? Ask the Jews. Moses looked for a peaceful land for the people god made him responsible for. Moses was not a ‘killer’. IMO, this is why he never made it to the ‘Promised Land’: because, for Moses, it wasn’t. Moses died while still looking. For Joshua, the military guy, killing was part of the job: IMO, that’s why, as soon as he took over the leadership from Moses, the Hebrews finally ‘crossed the Jordan’. Joshua told his innocent charges that god wanted them to slaughter every man, woman, and child’ in the way. I am happy to hear that Israel may share some missile defense capability with Ukraine if Iran is shipping ballistic missiles to Russia. I am not sure if I got this right but if so, it is a step for Israel in the proper direction.Ultimately what does Israel want? To survive and thrive in peace. That is what everyone should want for their citizens. TO BE A MOSES is to choose Peace and Prosperity FOR EVERYONE. We need only have the patience and resolve to stay the course. TO BE A JOSHUA is to choose ongoing war and scarcity FOR YOUR PEOPLES. Human history over the last several millennia since Moses seems to prove me correct. We’re still at war…only now, we’re ‘smart’ enough to destroy god’s earthly-creation in minutes. WOW! Impressive… (NOT!) The Golden Rule, which is the Hebrew god’s rule, the Muslim god’s rule, the Christian god’s rule, the Hindu…you name the religion, it is the same rule…the Golden Rule will guide us out from under the weight of wealth/humanity’s ego, accumulated over millennia since we ‘left the Garden’ and bring all of us back into the Light and the Peace and Prosperity all living things seek for themselves WITHOUT DENYING IT TO OTHERS CREATED BY GOD.

P.S. There is no doubt the world is globalizing into one governmental system. The question that remains is the form the world system will take.

IF WE DO NOT AGREE TO A TAX REGIME WHICH GUARANTEES THAT NO INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY OF INDIVIDUALS OR CORPORATE AGGLOMERATION OF INVESTORS CONTROLS MORE THAN 2SIGMA OF THE MEAN GLOBAL WEALTH/INCOME AND THAT NO INDIVIDUAL IS PARTY TO LESS THAN 2SIGMA OF THE MEAN GLOBAL WEALTH/INCOME (adjusted for regional cost-of-living differences), nothing will change:

the poor will continue to squirm and squabble in the muck of dystopia while the wealthy live in vacuous mansions on sprawling estates and wonder which car to drive to work on a given day…

…RIGHT ON UP TO HUMANKIND’S SORRY DENOUEMENT/THE END OF THE ANTHROPOCENE…because, when push comes to shove, when one wealthy person gets in the way of another wealthy person, they will find an excuse to make war in order to settle their differences, and many of us will die.

The neoliberal World Order, the current vision of the ‘left’ is the autocratic world order envisioned by the ‘right’. This is not intuitive because wealth succeeded in rendering corporations as ‘person’s IN THE 1800’S, when corporations are really organizations of rich folks with money to spare. The construct of corporate personhood allows the wealthy to collude against society and the citizen. Wealth is acting against a WORLD OF UNIVERSAL PEACE AND PROSPERITY because it will mean less power and control for them and therefore a smaller mansion on a smaller yard…BUT IT WOULD ALSO MEAN LESS STRESS OVER DECIDING WHICH CAR TO TAKE TO WORK IN THE MORNING!

The world of neoliberal democracy/business-arbitrated fascism is an unsustainable world because inexorable GDP growth is a pipe dream on the order of magnitude of the Fountain of Youth. Learn from Ponce de Leon…

there is no Fountain of Youth on this side of the Styx (the ego) but there is no death, violence, misery, starvation on the other side.

The Golden Rule is our guide across the Styx to the Garden. The rule of gold is the hole in the bottom of the ferry…

20 November 2022 [10:55] Headline 2: Michael Bloomberg apologizes for Boris Johnson speech criticizing China – apparently, Boris called China ‘autocratic’…this precipitated the former New York City mayor’s (and former US presidential candidate’s) obsequious outreach. He goes to great lengths to distance the American oligarchy against anyone who undermines a cozy win-win among oligarchs. $$$ rule. IMO, the American founders would have made provision for the emergence of the likes of this bozo, or Jeff, or Trump, or Elon, or Bill, OR ANYONE LIKE THEM, in the Constitution if it were possible for them to  imagine anything like the aforementioned as being possible to exist in Nature…obviously they are, but the great thinkers of the Age could not have imagined humankind to be capable of manufacturing bozos like these any more than they could the destructive power of splitting the atom. Citizens should be VERY AFRAID that people like that can even get close to the ‘corridors of power’, but then, somebody gunned down JFK, then his brother, then MLK jr., one right after the other in order to buy time for the military-industrial complex and the continuance of the institutions of war geopolitically ($$$ hand-over-fist) and neoliberal ‘democracy’, first domestic, soon to be global in scale, should the U.N. in its current form, become institutionalized as a global governing body. A Security Council with veto is as perilous to the World Order as the Executive with the WHIP is to liberal democracy. [09:44] Headline 1: Russia should be divided by US and China, argues political scientist – I have not read the article yet. But, IMO, anyone who suggests the road to Peace is via the Occupation route; if anyone were to suggest occupation in this day and age and after seeing how welcome it is in Ukraine…well…hello? Jesus. H. Murphy. Regime change is the only way forward in parallel with old ‘Mike’s’ peacekeeping ways… Canada’s Lester B. Pearson showed us the way. He’s trying to tell  us, from heaven, that his Peacekeepers are the guardrails of peace; they keep us on the road and out of the ditch until the fog clears and we are able to see our way. Of course, this does not render moot Ukraine’s need to defend itself/its airspace; but it does negate the need for long range strike capability in the long term…Ukraine needs the capability to strike Russian territory just as Israel needs the capability to strike Iran and/or anyone who is cooking up another attack upon them, in order to preempt the attack. Peacekeepers in the longer term until Russia democratizes in the liberal form (not the oligarch quasi-democracy but the liberal democracy conceived by the great French thinkers: Rousseau, Voltaire, Hugo…) and after a negotiated settlement wherein Russia abandons all Ukrainian territory and occupation of the ‘breakaway’ republics. [08:33] If you cannot afford a subscription to the NYTimes, even at their great prices, and you want to read President Biden’s OpEd on Ukraine, you can read it here. I want to take the opportunity to point out that albeit the NYTimes is a valuable news source, ‘news’ can only be had at a price. THE COROLLARY IS, PEOPLE WHO LACK MONEY ARE RELEGATED TO IGNORANCE, where the mind becomes the plaything of manipulators: those with secret, self-serving agendas. IF THE NYTIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST AND OTHER NEWSPAPERS, LIKE THE TORONTO STAR (they offered great plans too) are serious in their ambition to fight the progress of  the neoliberal, boardroom brand of ‘democracy’, they should not attach a price to information, thereby constraining the flow of information to those who have money; at the very same time that more and more voters are falling into the ranks of the poor and can no longer afford TO. BE. INFORMED. They, in their ignorance, cannot see who is speaking to them out of the darkness of their ignorance (Satan) nor will they be capable to discern his voice from the voice of reason. Our politics has come to play upon the subjective and the subjective can only be accepted as ‘real’ in the ‘absence’ of the objective; just as darkness can only exist, in the absence of light. I understand that the reporters need to be paid and the building needs to be lit. Perhaps newspapers can permit the most significant developments to be read free of charge…say, 3 articles per day or something…whatever works…BUT NEVER NO PAY-NO PLAY. But this is where we are bound in the neoliberal scheme of things. [06:00] The nation of Israel has a longstanding and successful track-record when it comes to defending its citizens against hostiles on virtually all-sides. Apart from the indomitability of the Jewish psyche, the nation’s success is attributable to: 1 – the Iron Dome, and 2 – launching ‘surgical’ strikes into the territory of nations on targets Israel believes originate the current or expected military threat. IMO, Ukraine is in the same difficult position as Israel. It currently defends itself against the incursion of only one neighbour; however, that neighbour very nearly surrounds it and therefore capable to strike from any direction; able to reach anywhere within Ukraine. IMO, going forward, this is the best strategy for Ukraine and for the World: 1 – After Russia is gone from all of Ukraine, there is no guarantee that Russia won’t mount another offensive and repeat the chevauchee upon Ukraine. THE BEST PREVENTATIVE IS ISRAELS: Whenever they get a whiff of something, why they launch a quick assault to neutralize the specific threat. UKRAINE MUST ALSO HAVE THAT CAPABILITY: whenever Belarus or Russia builds/launches a missile or whatever from its own territory into Ukraine, Ukraine simply launches a rocket or two,whatever it takes, to neutralize the threat. 2 – While the state of Israel could help its own cause, were it to desist from the insanity of its passive-aggressive genocide of the Palestinian ‘presence’, IMO, Ukraine has no such option with respect to the ‘breakaway republics’, even if there were a significant demographic identifying as ‘Russian’. The inhumanly bloody way Russia went about pressing the rights of ‘Russians’ living in these areas forfeits any claim over these territories. As for the citizens in these areas that aspire to be ‘in Russia’, why, THEY MUST MOVE to Russia; not wait for Russia to come to them. The World has already seen what Russia can do to someone, ANYONE – EVEN CHILDREN AND MOMS ABOUT TO GIVE BIRTH – who get in its way… p.s. I have heard that India is buying a lot of Russian oil. IMO, INDIA SHOULD BE ISOLATED RIGHT ALONG WITH CHINA AND SAUDI ARABIA AND N. KOREA AND RUSSIA. Whereas Turkey seems to have set aside its domestic self-interest opportunities in order to progress the greater good of the World (the ‘greater good’ being peace), these nations appear intent on progressing their own interests, and in doing so, could plunge the entire World, our world, into a conflict that could END EVERYONE’S PROSPECTS. It is best to just tell India, Saudi Arabia, and any other nation so stupidly steeped in self-interest, to take a flying f at a rolling donut; or get the f out of the way AND STOP PROVIDING THE ECONOMIC SUPPORT FOR RUSSIA’S WAR IN UKRAINE. p.s.p.s. The waywardness of Elon Musk is the tip of the iceberg: this iceberg will sink the World’s future prospects as surely as the one that sent the Titanic to the bottom and also accounts for the likes of India/Saudi Arabia/OPEC. The world simply cannot afford to permit people spirited like Elon (corporations/investors) to control so much of the worlds’ wealth and annual business-income. [Aside: on this note I can understand the reaction to the FIFA decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar. It does appear to be a choice based on $$$ on not on Qatar’s human rights record and if FIFA doesn’t stand up for that, why are we watching?] BECAUSE GOLD RULES THE WORLD, trade relationships exist with the very same folks who invest the proceeds into destructive capabilities aimed at the ‘West’; the folks that would one day nuke us into oblivion THE MOMENT THEY FEEL THEY CAN WIN SUCH A WAR, on the basis of  some yet-to-be-discovered technological advantage. Let us choose for ourselves to be guided by the Golden Rule. p.s. p.s. We cannot trade any longer with nations that do not support a LIBERAL, U.N.- arbited, unary, rules-based world order. A world-order NOT DETERMINED BY WEALTH BUT BY HUMANITY, else it cannot be ‘liberal’ and we will be fighting until we kill one another off. This means we will not behave as India and Saudi Arabia (and investors all over the world) have chosen to behave…we will be more like the Germans who, while knowing what trouble they create for themselves, by supporting the Western sanctions on Russia, choose to do it anyway, BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO and the ‘right thing’ is that which benefits everyone. Sanctioning Russia is still preferable to destroying Russia and doing to Russian citizens what the Russian government is doing to Ukrainians. Russia is a nation of good people with a severe migraine…that headache is the Russian regime. Democracy of the liberal ilk will fix Russia and Russia will become a part of NATO just like Germany became a part of NATO after the fall of its Nazi regime. The Germans have always been a great people too…right now, their greatness in courage and strength, above all else, IN HONOUR, is helping to save the World. Thank god, Germany lost WWII only to become a major stalwart in the World’s defense. Russia could too, after accepting defeat and atoning for its crimes against Ukrainians. Prayers for Ukraine, America, and the World. WITH SOME YET-TO-BE-DEVELOPED TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE The Golden Rule will free the world from the rapacious insanity of the rule of gold. Ultimately, the rule of gold boils down to the rule of ego. Ego is Satan’s realm; the investor/corporation is Satan’s ‘hand’ on Earth. We have seen enough of hell on Earth to know. Corporations are not ‘persons’ and investors are not ‘saints’; nothing at like the stewards they need to be, else they should not control so much of society’s lifeblood. Because they do, to the extent that they do, and for as long as they do, humanity’s future prospects degrade commensurately. God bless and have a great day! 19 November 2022 [07:00] Reading a Forbes article: What is Cryptocurrency and How Does it Work? – it appears to be another nail in the coffin of liberal democracy; an invention by wealth to increase its control over wealth, regardless of whose pocket it is in. That’s the neoliberal version of democracy, which is a euphemism for fascism. The Rule of Gold. Another level of abstraction for your hard earned money…you save it; as time goes on, as protected as it is, with a click of a button, all your accounts could be zeroed, digitally-speaking and ‘digital’ is all ‘cryptocurrency’ is. After reading the article, I was more confused than ever by the ‘rationalization’ for cryptocurrency. Please, Grammarly.com, permit me to quote from the Forbes article, without calling me a ‘plagiarist’…thank you very much! ‘A major deterrent could be the fact that digital currency seems to have no inherent or underlying value.’ [Excerpted from the Forbes article]. um, does anyone see a problem here? IMO, this is another layer of financial abstraction created by wealth to ensure control over what is in your wallet. Now, I have heard much about Endtimes biblical prophecy; but nowhere in the Bible does it say ‘one world currency’ or ‘one world government‘. Even so, what the Book of Revelation does say in Revelation 13 is commonly interpreted to be indicating these developments. Grammarly! I am about to quote from the Bible… 16 And he causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 and he decrees that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. [excerpt taken from biblegateway.com]. I am struck by the fact that this was written TWO. THOUSAND. YEARS. AGO. Is anyone else? [06:00] It’s Saturday! For working folks, it’s the weekend…or, rather, at one time, it used to be. Nowadays, day and night no longer matter; our factories, gas stations, retail are open for business 24/7. While our ‘masters’ sleep, we continue to work and develop physical and mental health issues apace because WE SHOULD BE SLEEPING TOO. hello? But do not worry! Our ruling class has it covered: they skim some of their profits off and direct it toward our grossly understaffed and underfunded healthcare system…most of Doug Ford’s budget is dedicated to telling folks how great his government is; how well his government is doing…THIS TAKES A LOT OF CONVINCING…good thing we have monitors in the waiting area for hospital emergency visits: as people sit there for hours, in misery, awaiting for their turn, they can watch and listen to Doug’s version of how hard his government is working for Ontarians as it makes things working conditions better for our beleaguered healthcare folks…). ============================================================================= Several nations of the former Soviet Bloc, plus France and Denmark, are combining with Ukraine’s Ukroboronprom to build common heavy arms military capacity that will produce ordinance,  tanks, and multiple-rocket-launch systems. Smart. ============================================================================= Alarming: the discovery that a Russian rocket for delivering nuclear payloads targeted Kyiv yesterday with a non-nuclear payload. The interpretation I heard was that the Russians are running out of conventional-arms delivery rockets. This is likely the reason; however, it might also be another ‘subtle’ warning from Russia. ‘See what we can do…know that you cannot stop us.‘ This time, it was a ‘placeholder; but, next time? Xi has warned Putin not to use nukes. Perhaps Xi has warned N. Korea too? We all hope so; but Xi is not proceeding from a point of objectivity. He has his own ego-agenda; and who knows what he is doing ‘behind the curtain’? He moves to concentrate and concretize his authority; if he really loved China, he would not do this, nor would he be building his military…these are all the legacy of megalomaniacs such as Putin and Hitler and swimming against the current…war itself is on the chopping block in the New World Order… We will see what happens next. Thank god that, for all its waywardness, our ruling classes in the West know that nuke is no option; that if Putin were to use a nuke in Ukraine on Kyiv in an attempt to eradicate the Ukrainian government, the West would likely not respond in kind. Neither could or would Ukraine. Putin could ‘get away with one’, but not really: he has already crossed the line, over his military’s murderous chevauchee. WHAT HE HAS DONE IN UKRAINE ALREADY commands no negotiated end to the war, until Putin is gone from Russia. Putin has sealed his own fate; just as the Russian soldiers involved in the murder and torture of civilians have sealed theirs. Karma. Ukraine is heroic. The temptation after so much suffering will be revenge. I cannot know the horror they have experienced and will, just with the coming of Winter. I do know that Ukraine has earned itself a huge amount of good karma, going forward and I pray they will not return the violence and degradation they received at the hands of the Russians to the Russians. Ukraine’s enduring heroism will become the rallying point for a Russian revolution that returns sanity and the rule of the people to Russia. I foresee Russia becoming part of the EU, one day. No more problems from Russia, after that (although the ‘military-industrial complex’ investors will ‘suffer’). Then there is China. WRT China, were the World to present a united front to their expansionism, they would back off and seek to reintegrated themselves into the world order. THEY ARE NOT STUPID. Xi is not stupid. He is likely very bright. He’s just been in power too long. He should move on to become ‘an elder’ in the government, to advise but not to run things anymore…he’s too old. He would take risks, a la Poutine, that would seem worth it, from an old man’s perspective, BUT NOT FROM A YOUNGER PERSON’S, and that is the problem…young people are not concerned yet by ‘legacy’; they would rather not be about killing one another just so they may leave a legacy; whereas old men, if Xi and Putin and the Ayatollah and Netanyahu are representative, seem to care more for their ‘legacy’ than if there is anyone left to ‘benefit’ from it.  hello? I am not sure what to make of President Biden’s grant of immunity to MBS for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The despicable tenor of the crime renders it so far beyond the realm of forgiveness (at least, my capacity for forgiveness) and is so much in the way the Russians treat innocent Ukrainians. The Russian military tortures, rapes, then shoots unarmed civilians in the back of the head and tosses them unceremoniously, as if they were garbage, into mass graves. MBS must be held accountable…even for his own sake…without karma in balance, IMO, the soul cannot ‘rise’ into the heavenly sphere, where Jamal lives and waits for his loved ones to come in the creator’s good time. But the Americans qualify the ‘immunity’ by saying ‘as the Prime Minister’ of the Saudi state, or something like that. This declaration conflates with the notion of ‘diplomatic immunity’, a longstanding feature of our geopolitics. So it is nothing knew or extraordinary. I don’t call for MBS’s ‘blood’. I DO WANT JUSTICE FOR JAMAL KHASHOGGI: just as Ukraine’s fight for life is the World’s fight for life, justice for JK v. the power of the state is every citizen’s fight. Would that MBS simply admit his complicity. After that, he can seek to do good and to rule from a position of public service and not his royal ego…god knows he may yet be able to undo the egregiously bad karma he incurred for himself and for the nation he is now responsible for. 18 November 2022 [12:16] Headline 1: Israel could already be providing weapons to Ukraine, says former Israeli commander – YAY! Ukraine needs Israel’s expertise in knocking malicious drones out of the sky. The article mentions that this could be in response to American pressure…YAY! again. I don’t know if this means ‘Iron Dome’ but it might; and for god’s sake, if Ukraine hasn’t earned enough consideration to be given Iron Dome, then who would? Obviously, Biden-America agrees that Israel should be helping more, much more…and Israel will, it sounds like… Headline 2: Zelenskyy speaks with Erdogan, who had just talked to Putin – Kudos to President Erdogan for setting aside the ‘personal’ politics in favour of unity against the insanity of Russia’s murderous incursion into Ukraine. Headline 3: Seven people shot and their house blown up: Prosecutor’s Office investigates crime committed by Russians in Kherson Oblast – the article makes mention of a child among the seven. Can you imagine the fear and incomprehension that young soul experienced seeing the love of his/her family ripped asunder by the hatred of people he/she had never seen until that dreadful moment? That innocent is with his/her parents and siblings in heaven now; where Putin is not. I don’t know what will become of Putin, but, (hello?) he may experience the same eternity that was reserved for Hitler in Little Nicky…as one highly-placed Ukrainian said, ‘Karma is a bitch.’ ============================================================================== Among other headlines, three Russians were found culpable in the downing of flight MH-17 by the Hague and sentenced to life in prison for 298 counts of murder, AND, the Swedes say they have the evidence in hand to prove the Nordstream 1 and 2 explosions were indeed acts of deliberate sabotage. The article mentions that Russian submarines were spotted in the area of the explosions a few days before the explosions occurred. It appears the Putin regime is quite different from the Gorbachev regime. Gorbachev was Russian too. He was demonized over his role in the dissolution of the Soviet Empire, but this could have wrought Russia peace and prosperity for Russians, all Russians, in the New World Order -the one I aspire to and imagine; not the one most of our oligarchs, who seem to have never heard of Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, dream of. ============================================================================= [05:00] Right now, watching the Good Bishop’s erudition of Revelation 11:15 – 19 on YouTube. Have a good listen to what he says beginning at the 26:00 minute mark: this is a very pithy rendering of what is happening and what I have been blathering on about for quite some time. Bishop Mari Emmanuel conflates the ‘antichrist’ with the New World Order and not a specific person. WRT to the Russia-Ukraine war, the New World Order is on the right side of Creation. HOWEVER, wrt to the FORM it is bound to, this is currently NEOLIBERALISM: to wit, rule by gold/$$$. This is Satan’s rule. We have learned to classify every single element in our spheres by attaching a $$$ value to EVERYTHING. The granularity of control which is achieved by this stratagem of the ruling class (where control of the $$$ supply ultimately rests, since they POSSESS (illegally or no) most of it) is such that NO ONE can exist outside of the ruling class sphere of influence. This granularity of control is complemented by: 1 – the modern fixation upon sex and sexuality(we’re back to Victorian England): everyone does sex, so everyone can be manipulated from above, using ‘sex’ as an avenue. Owing to the significant component of subjectivity where sex is involved -one person’s long gaze may be interpreted as welcome, if the target of said gaze finds the gazer attractive; BUT IF THE TARGET TAKES EXCEPTION, why that’s ‘harassment’. Same for anything physical: it becomes ‘sexual’, but only in the head of the person doing the interpreting; the intent of the person performing the action is irrelevant nowadays. That person must now prove he/she did not intend anything sexual to someone who is worried that it was or could have been; because of their own subjective state. While in ‘subjective mode’ they are not listening to any objective inputs: -THAT IT WAS NOT SEXUAL- a joke…a tap on the shoulder…[aside: I saw on a crowded subway in Toronto a friendly elder accidentally bump a 20-something year old male as he passed; the elder smiled and tapped the male on the shoulder as he made his apology. The male replied by saying, ‘don’t worry…AND DON’T TOUCH ME!  I could not believe what came out of that young man’s mouth. That is how our young people are being raised, or rather razed, BY OUR STATE/GOVERNMENT.] 2 – the political division of democracies into ‘left’ and ‘right’. Neither side corners the market on social cohesion PRECISELY BECAUSE BOTH SIDES EXIST TO ABET THE FRACTIONATION OF DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY INTO IRRECONCILABLE DIVIDES, between cultures and religions; our intolerance of other cultures is being stoked by ruling classes to promote division at the lowest level demographics…it is the poor of all nations that are the problem to the rich IF THEY REBEL AGAINST THE POLICIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR POVERTY IN THE FIRST PLACE. So, the stratagem of wealth must be to divide the poor wrt to one another SO THAT THEY DO NOT UNITE AGAINST WEALTH AND THEIR GOVERNMENT as the Wealth/oligarchs continue to globalize and progress their greedy agenda AGAINST THE POOR OF THEIR OWN NATIONS. They send their poor and their wealthy opportunists off to Canada, America, the EU, etc. RATHER THAN MAKE CONDITIONS BETTER AT HOME. That would cost them money. HOW IS IT WE TAKE THE MIGRANTS IN? Well, that is because we won’t shut our door in the face of anyone with need. OUR WEALTH CLASS PLAYS ON THE CITIZENS’ GOOD NATURE. They bring migrants in apace because they can use them to keep the majority that is still ‘poor white trash’ in line by playing the ‘human rights’ card. BUT AS JOHN PRINE SANG IN DEAR ABBEY: ‘Dear Abbey, dear Abbey, my feet are too long…my hair’s falling out…and my RIGHTS are all WRONG…’ And so, the ruling class of Canada and the government of the day which is in service of the Ruling Class of Canada are on the offensive, Putin-style, against their own poor and working-poor WHITE TRASH. From the Globalized Wealth perspective: the ruling classes ship their potential trouble-makers off to rich Western nations whose ruling classes happily receive them as cheap, already trained labour who will tolerate poor working conditions, tyrannical bosses…AND LOW PAY/BENEFITS… Wealth is globalizing. The wars in the World are among oligarchs who push us around like pawns on a chessboard. NOBODY’S RIGHT, IF EVERYBODY’S WRONG. We can disrupt the trend and the looming end of the Anthropocene (the objective of the globalizing rich is impossible, for the nearer it comes to realization, the closer it gets to explosion; it is like forcing two atomic nucleii together…) simply by short-circuiting the global-wealth class operative: a globalized tax regime, wherein, no individual personal fortune exists beyond 2sigma of the mean income/fortune of the World population, accounting for variances in cost of living. It is, after all QUALITY OF LIFE, not quantity of wealth, that IS THE ULTIMATE MEASURE OF JOY; joy is the highest spiritual attainment and THE POINT OF CREATING US: if the leaves of the tree only cause pain/degrade the tree, why, the tree would never produce leaves. MAKE NO MISTAKE: We need to rein-in the ruling classes. We need to take back the democracy we forfeited to greedy wealthy people out of our complacency and lack of engagement in our politics and social direction…we left that to others and the others were bereft of this responsibility by the ruling class which became insanely selfish and self-serving…A PRELUDE TO SOCIAL DISSOLUTION, historically…turning their backs on god and on god’s INTENT FOR THEM TO STEWARD. MAKE NO MISTAKE: Change wrought by violence can only plant the seeds of further misery and upheaval. We cannot return violence for violence when the ruling classes perpetrate violence on the citizens in a multi-faceted, quasi-peaceful (passive-aggressive) sort of way. They only play the violence card when we ‘ act-up’, in which case, ‘the man come and take you away…‘ …in this regard, the Great Soul, the mahatma, showed humankind the way: satyagraha peaceful, non-violent resistance. I don’t know who among the wealthy are on the side of humanity and god but there are some among them who know that what I say here is true. I pray they will stand up for god, for the World, and for the world’s children (our world’s future) and stem the rapacious tide of globalizing wealth and the fascist, boardroom-style ‘democratic’ rule this is meant by wealth to culminate in. p.s. Ukraine is now allowed to send their own experts into Poland to investigate the missile strike. NATO and Poland and America were quick to downplay the significance of the strike for good reason: they do not want escalation, especially with China ‘watching’. p.s. Xi ‘fumed’ at Trudeau during the G20? ha! All’s Trudeau would need to say to that bozo, is, ‘Well, why don’t we just step outside?’ And Xi would grovel at Trudeau’s feet because he knows that all-talk and all-bullshit is easily truncated with a stiff left jab……but withal, the media chose to portray the encounter in a manner demeaning to Trudeau…the media is owned by wealth and wealth wants Pierre Poilievre to be PM because he will work even harder to protect their wealth and power WHEN IN FACT IT IS TRUDEAU DOING THE BETTER JOB BECAUSE HE UNDERSTANDS THAT IF THE FOUNDATION(the poor and working poor) IS ROTTEN, the ‘neo-liberal ‘democratic’ edifices wealth builds to support their social arrangements will all come crashing down…he shares more of the nation’s wealth and has a better sense for sustainability as well…the Cons mantra is ‘make haste while the sun shines’…to wit: when the electorate is disaffected enough, crazy enough, to elect them (I say this because there are way more people who would suffer under the cons than would benefit so how could they ever get elected? hmmm?) but either Liberal or Con, the progress toward fascism of the neoliberal democratic ilk continues. THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS IS TO DO AWAY WITH THE WHIP IN PARLIAMENT. Without the Whip, the Executive’s accountability is TO PARLIAMENT and not to the oligarchs/corporations (once again, I refer you to the erudition of the Good Bishop). BUT, the only way this can succeed is for the citizen to actively engage in their politics and for that to succeed, the citizen must be conscious of MORE THAN WHAT AFFECTS HIM OR HER…to wit: one must be conscious of the OBJECTIVE and not always the SUBJECTIVE. Keeping us in ‘subjective mode’ is deliberate: if we are always anxious and fearful (and thanks to the media/internet, WE ARE), our egos are always at the surface, as our shield against the next threat; we are perennially in subjective-mode and reactive, rather than in objective mode, where the solution always presents itself. A Biden-led America will lead the way to the unary world order; the question remains of what ilk the new world order is. Right now, it is trending toward the rule of gold and perennial misery, violence…more of the same… but, if we all engage, if we see ourselves in one another, beyond colour, gender, religious tradition, culture, language, sexual-orientation (this is between the couple and their creator), and beyond material separation from the womb, WE WILL OVERCOME THE TRENDS, WE WILL REIN-IN OUR RULING CLASS FOLKS NOW MADE INSANE BY WEALTH, and we will leave as our legacy for our children’s generation, HOPE FOR THE FUTURE…something they can build on… You see, Abraham Lincoln knew the dream and died because of that knowledge: it isn’t the leadership that leads so much as it is that the leadership reflects the ‘will of the people’…THIS IS BECAUSE THE PEOPLE, NOT THE LEADERSHIP, are the soul of the nation, as much as workers are the soul of the business. The soul knows what is good for it, but sometimes, the mind attached to a given soul gets off in the wrong, subjective direction and needs time to get back on a given page…this is where ‘leadership’ comes into things…rather to guide from behind, operating the rudder, as it were, while the citizen provides the will and motive force to get us to port. FOR CERTAIN, LEADERSHIP MUST NOT BE DRIVERS, HERDERS, WHATEVER…that’s coercive, not reflective; it is the ego of wealth, not the mind, heart, and soul of the nation, ol’ Abe’s ‘the people’. alright, have a great day, whether  you read this and if you have not!  Prayers for Ukraine. Prayers for Biden-America and that the World recovers its sanity and rallies to Biden-America in order to present a UNITED FRONT against aggressors and oppressor the world over. That is our common hope, going forward. Prayers for universal engagement of the ‘little people’ who are in fact the only people, it is just that some of us, in our greed, have allowed ourselves to believe that we are better and more entitled than others under god the creator. 17 November 2022 [09:00] Headline 1: Zelenskyy: The world is studying Ukraine to see which weapons and tactics work best – IMO, the Ukrainian President is exactly right. China watches. Many fence-sitting nations watch. EVERYONE ‘WATCHES’ FOR AN ADVANTAGE TO THEMSELVES, whatever that is. IF WE DO NOT UNITE AGAINST AGGRESSION IN ALL OF ITS FORMS… ALL WILL BE LOST TO THE GODS OF WAR. Those gods have ruled over human affairs for long enough. If we do not kick them off their perch soon, we will end the Anthropocene ourselves. Willfully. Because we are stupid enough to convince ourselves that we can win ACT III of the Great War. We cannot. No one can. Today’s weapons are too powerful. WE NEED TO CHANGE AT THE LEVEL OF SOUL, beginning with UNITING, DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES, AGAINST AGGRESSORS, actual and potential. WE NEED ONLY PRESENT A UNITED FRONT TO RUSSIA AND CHINA AND THEY WILL BACK OFF. WE MUST UNITE AND REMAIN UNITED UNTIL RUSSIA, CHINA, yada-yada, GET WITH THE PROGRAM, at which time these nations will be welcomed with open arms in friendship and collaboration against the myriad existential challenges we face as a species. ============================================================================== [06:33] First, a clarification: wrt how the social/geopolitical narrative is being authored and distributed by the ruling classes around the world, control over the avenues of communication is paramount, in the absence of which, as would be the  case on our city streets and highways without traffic controls, chaos would rein and vehicles would be crashing into each other all over the place. Two dimensions of communication exist within societies: the vertical dimension: government<->citizen / the media <-> citizen AND the horizontal dimension: citizen <-> citizen. The ruling class desires to control the narrative. To do that, they must disrupt the ‘horizontal’ citizen-to-citizen communication long enough to allow the vertical dimension to prosper to the degree that the horizontal communication which does occur is simply regurgitation of what they are disseminating on the vertical channels. The smartphone and the internet went a long way to achieving the ruling class goal because it allows people to be in one place physically (the bus or the doctor’s office, say) BUT ENTIRELY SOMEWHERE ELSE consciously. THEREFORE, EFFECTIVELY, EVERY CITIZEN IS GUIDED TOWARD BECOMING MORE AND MORE ISOLATED/DIVIDED FROM EVERYONE ELSE. Perfect: while everyone is fighting over the remote, YOU HAVE ALREADY SET THE CHANNEL right where you want it to be, as  a ruling class. You sit back, ignore the malaise you deliberately create, and enjoy the show… Governments/ruling classes cannot directly control the exchanges between you and I, between parent and child, between children, BUT THEY CAN AND DO CONTROL ALL VERTICAL COMMUNICATION THROUGH GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION/COMMUNIQUES/PRIVATE AND PUBLIC MEDIA (‘Publicly-owned media’ relies on private donations too!) and have put TV monitors everywhere people gather to wait TO ENSURE THE MESSAGE REACHES EVERYONE. At the same time, with due process being watered down to nothing (we now regularly hold kangaroo court in the media; forever ruining people before they even have their day in court), and with the shifting of the onus of proof onto the accused/AWAY FROM THE ACCUSER, why, we are a hairs-breadth away from FASCISM! How did we arrive here, if we are a democracy? In Fascism, it is not the will of the people, it is the will of the government that carries the day. The government sets the rules; the oligarchs implement the rules (not a problem! it is the oligarchs telling the government what policies to enact). THE PEOPLE SERVE UNDER THE RULES. Anyone with a brain in their heads can see that the narrative we are getting from above is contrary to what we see happening in our communities…Heck! We don’t even talk to one another anymore. We are not happy. Many of us feel isolated in a crowd. We are seeing funding for mental health programs (a ruling class-created ‘pandemic’) but our healthcare is grossly underfunded AND THIS AFFECTS SERVICES TO THE POOR MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE. We can get counseling to help us live with this, or we can ‘self-medicate’, BUT WE WILL NEVER AGAIN KNOW THE JOY MY GENERATION FELT growing up in the world my parents happened to reach adulthood in. This was after the poverty my parents experienced as children, as the world rebuilt itself from out of the ashes of Act II of the Great War. There was opportunity for everyone to work, for to build themselves a home and a family. I recall what a wonderful time it was to be a kid, especially with parents like I had. [The fact that I didn’t drive them batty with my antics was proof they were realizing enough of their dream as adults and parents, to buffer out the antics]. The fact is, we are heading in the wrong direction socially, toward Fascism; rule by oligarchs. The institution of the corporation is the storefront for the oligarchs and their minions of lesser-lights; they control the dial; they direct investment where it will do the most good FOR THE INVESTOR. hello? Everything they say and do is ‘correct’, until it is found not to be, and then they will say something else, but nothing ever changes; except that ruling class hegemony progresses as it plunges more and more citizens into a dystopic existence. =============================================================================== Among the headlines, the media is playing up how Xi ‘fumed’ at PM Trudeau and ‘didn’t want to talk to Trudeau’…IMO, the characterization of the ‘meeting’ is intentionally demeaning the PM of Canada. WHY WOULD THE MEDIA DO THIS? Because the media is owned by ruling class folks, and IMO, IN THEIR OPINION, Trudeau has done his job and gotten us (meaning their market) through the pandemic and the Liberals’ people-friendly politics would prevent them from profiting from current opportunities to enrich themselves. The interest they earn from loaning $$$ to the government is their insurance policy against their own greed (inflation, supply and demand). The ‘demeaning’ of the PM is, IMO, the ruling class strategy to guide us gently toward electing the Cons, who will blame their cutbacks to services on Trudeau’s profligacy and not on the tax cuts to corporations and wealthy individuals; but THEY CAN SAY IT WAS OUR CHOICE, when in fact, it is only the appearance of choice: like a Hollywood Western downtown facade, there is nothing whatsoever of substance behind the appearance of choice. If you walk into a grocery store, and they sell only baby-food in jars, would you say you have had a choice? =============================================================================== Please have a read of the UUWorld article: How corporations became ‘persons’ – the writer does an excellent job in providing context to the role of corporations in modern society. The corporate model is fast becoming the social model. NO CORPORATION IS A DEMOCRACY, EXCEPT AT THE BOARDROOM LEVEL, WHERE THEY ELECT THEIR CHIEF. THE INVESTOR ELECTS THE BOARD WHO ELECTS THE CHIEF. No employees are involved in the election; neither do they choose the direction of their business. EMPLOYEES ARE TOLD WHAT TO DO. They are asked for opinions, but the board only seeks value for the boss, and their boss is not the employee…it is the investor. IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT FOR YOUR CHILDREN TO GROW UP IN? IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE? If ‘yes’, then you are as batty as the guy who bombs the bejeezus out of Ukraine in order to ‘purify’ it. ============================================================================== Next: The Ford government’s plan for year-round school, so that ‘we can catch up’ IS EGREGIOUS. If anyone with children VOTES FOR THIS GOVERNMENT NEXT ELECTION, then they betray the trust god confers upon parents. This is not to ‘catch up’. THIS IS TO PROGRESS THE STATE’S CONTROL OVER OUR CHILDREN. For all of the talk they do, our hospitals cannot keep up, surgeries are delayed, and people will die…do you believe ANYTHING THIS OR A PROVINCIAL LIBERAL GOVERNMENT DOES IS GOING TO BE FOR THE CHILDREN’S BENEFIT OR FOR FAMILIES? Don’t forget that the Ontario we have today is the product of many decades of Liberal and Conservative government. [Aside, I have heard that the Beaches-East York MP, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is interested in the Ontario Premiership, down the road. I pray that if he sits that chair, he will bring the provincial Liberals back onto the rails…we need to reconcile ‘left’ with ‘right’  and the ruling class with its god-intended, liberal-democratic purpose as stewards in society; and no longer neoliberal-democratic profiteers.] We’ve listened to enough blather. We need action. The next generation is counting on ours. ============================================================================== President Zelenskyy does not align with NATO’s determination that it was an errant Ukrainian air-defense missile which struck Poland. He asks that Ukraine be allowed to investigate the site. Having said that, the Ukrainian military believes it was one of theirs. Denys Davydov makes the case for it being a Russian missile, pointed in the wrong direction, by mixing up the input of the target coordinates, using say, the latitude of Kyiv but the longitude of Lyviv or something, the result being the coordinates of the Polish farm. It could be the truth. I don’t know. I do know that NATO’s approach seems to be working; that it might avoid confrontation with Russia/China by staying the course. But by ‘staying the course’, the full brunt of Russian aggression is levied upon Ukraine and Ukrainians. That’s why Zelenskky needs to be involved fully. His nation is fighting NATO’s war. COME ON, NATO, let him in. ============================================================================== I am now voluntarily masking whenever I go into any common areas. Even when I go out into the hallway to retrieve my mail. I AM NOT WAITING TO BE VACCINATED OR TO MASK because, the risks/inconvenience aside, I DO NOT WANT TO HELP THE VIRUS TO SPREAD/I DO WANT TO HELP OUR HEALTHCARE FOLKS TO KEEP UP BY NOT ADDING TO THE WORKLOAD, neither do I wish to be complicit, in my ignorance, in letting off the hook any rogue nation which might have chosen to coverup the outbreak of COVID; allowing the West no time to prepare and plunging our healthcare workers into personal crises, our healthcare system into crisis (this thanks to governments (Harper’s Cons and the Liberals) doing nothing after SARS), and perhaps beginning the world’s spiraling down into ACT III of the Great War. ============================================================================== IMO, we must all return to basics. The internet is a boon, but, à la nuclear technology, it is as able to destroy us as to benefit. WE NEED TO TALK WITH EACH OTHER, the horizontal dimension of the ‘pyramid’ ELSE WE WILL EVENTUALLY FORFEIT ALL CONTROL OVER THE DIRECTION AND QUALITY OF OUR LIVES AND OF OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURES to the ruling class ego. We need to talk to each other but not attempt to dominate one another. Just talk. Exchange ideas. Act upon what is agreed to. Cultivate patience and methodical resolve. Eventually, the good will rise to the surface and the bad will sink out of our collective consciousness. Liberal democracy will displace neoliberal democracy (corporate investor hegemony) which usurped the will of the people in democratic nations. We need only patience and keep moving for positive change, inexorably, in the way the waves of the sea change the seashore. On this point, it was JWR in the right and the PM in the wrong wrt to SNC-Lavalin. I had sided with the PM. I was in the wrong too. Have a great day!

16 November 2022

[13:00] I was taking in last night’s the National, on CBC. [Aside: Yet again, I find myself wishing Vassy Kapelos was running things]. I found it hard enough to watch the RCMP Commissioner getting grilled by some guy who was lucky to be on the side of asking such questions, rather than having to answer such questions…I wasn’t too happy to see what appears to be the government sidestepping responsibility and passing it on down to a public official, just as it appeared to be sidestepping the governmental role in the Residential Schools and passing it off onto the Catholic Church.

[Aside: How different is this from corporations, Tims and Canadian Tire, for i.e., which gloss over their role in creating poverty by creating community programs? This is to obfuscate how little of the investors’ booty they are in fact willing to share with their employees (and, um, their communities). They blow their own horns over the good they do in the community…even helping poor kids to play hockey or go to Summer Camp…but they demean the parents and the kids by offering ‘handouts’ when they could simply pay their workers better to achieve the same result. The parents work hard. Corporations pay them too little because the investor demands too much. Therefore corporations ‘help’. When corporations ‘help’ it is because it is to the advantage of the corporation.]

Now, wrt to the CBC, WHEN I HAD TO LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT ON RENAMING THE GIRL SCOUT ‘BROWNIES’, because the name is ‘offensive to some people’, I had to shut it off.

MY. F’N. NERVES.

Whatever am I to do, if ever I need to ask where the grocer keeps the ‘brownie’ mix? Can this mean ‘black’ babies and ‘black balls’ are back in? Remember those? I used to love them when I was a kid; you could get three for a penny! I never got past the price and the sweet in order to make the connection with black skin colour…if I had, I would have stopped eating them, because I was not infected with any racist tendencies as a five-year-old. I did not stop eating them, which could account for the fact that I have very few teeth left as an oldie.

Whatever will poor white trash do, if ever we take offense to being called ‘white’? Gosh…the end of white bread? white lace? white flour (unbleached included!)?…perhaps everything is getting ‘white-washed’ by our ruling class social engineers just so eventually they can lump everyone, everyone of every colour,  into one basket to be thrown out in the morning, when anything begins to smell all the way up to Mount Olympus? Reflect on this: If a government is doing somersaults to help and protect people of colour while at the same time leaving poor white people to twist in the wind, as it were, then the government has another reason for helping…it cannot be ‘human rights’ since ‘whites’ are humans too. There must be another reason…hmmm….lemme see…something to divide poor ‘whites’ from poor ‘browns’, because both are poor and those responsible do not want to have to pony-up. Talking about remedying poverty is a very cheap and cost effective means of maintaining social control without having to actually sacrifice anything. The rich step on the backs of the poor; the rungs of the ladder which leads to Mount Olympus.

[Aside: A feature of ego is over focus on how something is said, rather than sticking to what is said or sussing out the intent of the speaker behind what is said. It is even more difficult to convince the ear that is not listening, of the truth. That is why THE ONUS OF PROOF MUST REMAIN WITH THE ACCUSER; but even this is slowly, imperceptibly (to us, not to the ones driving it) shifting to the accused as our wealth classes, the world-over, seek to progress their hegemony over society AND OVER US.]

I’m not certain, but, I wonder what vocabulary can we create wherein labels do not offend anyone, anywhere, at anytime? …or will we just stop talking with one another, for fear that we may WITHOUT ANY INTENTION WHATSOEVER, offend someone and then end up having to explain ourselves to the police, or, worse than that, be tried in the media’s Kangaroo Court?

Actually, this appears to be what our ruling class junta is aiming for: if we do not communicate with one another, with no one and nothing standing in between us, then the lines of communication can be controlled; through the various media channels that are monitored 24/7; owned by the wealth.

RIGHT NOW, WE NEED OUR 5TH ESTATE TO BE THE 5TH ESTATE, perhaps more than ever before. The government is in service to wealth because the WHIP divorces the Executive from accountability to Parliament and renders it accountable to Wealth (it is ‘Wealth’ which signs every government’s paychecks, in loaning governments money or in holding it back, say, by investing elsewhere if the policies enacted by government are not favourable to generating profits for the wealthy).

Just in: Headline 1: Poland says missile that hit it was Ukrainian stray, easing concern of escalation – YAY! This does, however, render what I wrote earlier, below, as moot!

Among the latest developments is the missile strike on Poland. The U.S. doesn’t believe it was deliberate. If it were deliberate, the curtain on the Great Final War is raised; I cannot be sure that it wasn’t deliberate, but if it were, what could Russia possibly gain from expanding the Ukrainian war front to include all of NATO?

Haven’t they bitten off more than they can chew already, just with Ukraine?

The only scenario I can see is an unlikely one (IMO) wherein Russia-China-N. Korea-Iran (et al.) perceive a window of opportunity: that in the wake of the pandemic, the consequent global economic downturn, and the sanctions on Russia, the ‘West’ is become enervated to the point that NOW IS THE TIME TO PUSH BACK AGAINST WESTERN HEGEMONY…that the West will likely give ground rather than take a chance against the Eastern Block militaries and their hypersonic missiles, that the strike on Poland was a test of NATO’s resolve?

MAKE NO MISTAKE: CHINA’S XI AND RUSSIA’S PUTIN DO NOT POSSESS SO MUCH AS A MODICUM OF BENEVOLENCE TOWARD THE WEST OR THE WESTERN VISION OF A LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC (we’re still working on that part!) EQUITABLE UNARY RULES-BASED INTERNATIONAL ORDER, to pass on to our children as our generation’s legacy.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: Xi and Putin and their allies are wholly willing to kill innocent men, women, children…anyone who is in the way…just as the militaristic Joshua led the Israelites to slaughter every man, woman, and child who happened to call the ‘Promised Land’ home and was in their way…[I give this interpretation because Moses relinquished all the perks and power of royalty in Egypt to lead the Hebrews out of bondage…Moses gave up everything for his people’s sake; I can see a man, capable to do this, as the same man who could end up wandering the desert for 40 years, because he couldn’t find a spot where the Hebrews could put down roots, which wasn’t already occupied. The Bible says Moses died before crossing the Jordan into the land promised by god. I believe the truth is Moses died while still seeking a place where the Hebrews would not have to do murder for to dwell in; whereas Joshua, the military guy, didn’t have any compunction against slaughter at all…Joshua’s ‘god’ apparently didn’t either…

It seems humanity has not changed after all these years. Now the peace-pursuing Gorbachev is replaced with the murderous Putin. As for the other ‘bad-boys’, it seems business as usual; except for the fact that they have been building up their military capabilities apace from their participation in the WESTERN WEALTH CLASS neoliberal ‘democratic’ globalized USURPATION of DEMOCRACY. [‘neoliberal’ is really not an adjective applicable to ‘democracy’ anymore than ‘living’ can describe ‘the dead’. hello? [although there are multiple television shows and movies that feature the ‘living dead’.]

Rule by wealth amounts to boardroom fascism. This sort of thing does not represent, nor does it progress, the perspective of the citizen; anymore than the board cares about its employees beyond their performance. Everything ostensibly done to improve the quality of life as an employee is measured in profit terms, as much as corporate kids programs are; in either case, if the ‘advertising wasn’t perceived as improving ‘the bottom line’, either now or in the future by making corporations part of the social fabric, the programs would cease.

Rule by $$$ progresses the goals of those who benefit the most from it, to wit: the already wealthy, the landowners, the employers…the investors. Theirs is the perspective that they superimpose upon the citizen (while wealth, by various subterfuges, has the citizen believing it is the citizens’ will which is being progressed…but this is simply Machiavelli: ‘If you expect opposition from others with respect to what you want to do, make it seem like it is their idea.’

or as a former Beatle would have it’…keep you hooked on religion, and sex, and tvbut you’re still f’ng peasants, as far as I can see…’ [John Lennon: Working Class Hero]…

And so, wrt the watershed moment humanity is at right now, I thank god that someone like Joe Biden and not Donald Trump or any other of the new-GOP movement conservative ilk is leading the world’s most powerful and influential nation. It won’t be them forever.

IF IT WERE CHINA and its pals N. Korea/Russia, can you imagine what shape THEIR WORLD ORDER WOULD TAKE? You can see a hint of it right now in the Chinese camps and in Russia’s ‘assimilation’ of Ukraine.

Joe Biden’s America will be prudent, methodical, and deliberate. They will know how to walk the beam despite the efforts of the enemies to the new world order to knock them off to one side or the other. If the nations of the world rally to Joe Biden’s America AND if Joe-Biden’s America can restore itself after many decades of the movement conservative offensive against liberal democracy, ALL BETS ARE ON THE TABLE AGAIN FOR A WONDERFUL AND FAIR FUTURE for all of humanity.

These are the stakes.

Did Russia attack Poland? I don’t think so either. I believe, given the target (a grain silo) and given the fact that there was an ongoing barrage of Russian missiles being fired from the Black Sea and other places, at targets all across Ukraine, it is more likely that an errant missile or one knocked off its trajectory by Ukrainian missile defenses struck Poland. We know Russia is using outdated equipment with questionable accuracy; we also know Russia’s military is capable of  barbarity; but we can be sure the attack on Poland was accidental, IMO. [as it turns out, Poland now claims (see link above) that they were hit by an stray Ukrainian defensive missile.]

That being said, I cannot say that this Eastern Block (China, Russia, N. Korea, Iran et al.) is not cooking up a ‘surprise’ for the West. If they are, it is only a matter of time before we find out.

China’s Xi has already shown his cards. He can only be trusted to be Xi. He will be moving to acquire more and more global hegemony and if we stand in the way, he will bulldoze us out of the way, just as his buddy Putin is now attempting with Ukraine.

We may have no choice with Xi. BUT

…the best way to avoid the nightmare scenario of war with Xi/Putin is to unite against their vision until they agree to join us in building a world order wherein no single nation enjoys hegemony over other nations. This is what Joe Biden has been saying from the get-go. How different and how timely that difference is, after the divisive Trump presidency!

Trump has discovered, the hard way, that a Country Is Not a Company. Biden knows that a country has a history, a culture, a dream -a peoples’ dream…

All the best to the World, going forward, and to peace-lovers everywhere. It is humanity, not wealth, that should have hegemony over the lives of humans…duh!

The Golden Rule is our ‘hypersonic-eating’ laser defense against the wiles of ‘fascism -the enemy of liberal democracy.

That enemy is alive and well within our borders: it is our wayward ruling class, become profiteers in society rather than stewards of society.

The trouble with wealth is that they don’t want to give anything up, unless, like a Canadian Tire kids program, it earns more for them wrt the bottom line. This is why, despite the attempts by Wealth to globalize, thereby concretizing their respective domestic positions, the world is threatened by global conflict today: China wants more. Russia wants more. Iran wants Israel gone. N. Korea, well, they just want excuses to set off another firecracker…withal, rule by corporations/investors – rule by oligarchs -> rule by ego and ego does not want to give, only acquire more.

That is why gold’s rule is bound to end in the end of the Anthropocene.

BUT WE CAN ALTER THAT TRAJECTORY! We simply abide in the Golden Rule.

This one act will save us all. This is the truth. We live the Golden Rule, and with the power of the creator coming with it, we will make peace in the World with all others, including other species…

…all of the human world’s problems will all of a sudden become manageable…

…and we will finally be about the business our creator has intended for humanity:

to be the creator’s ambassadors to the Stars.

15 November 2022 Wishing everyone a great day. The scenes coming out of Ukraine are tear-jerking JOYFUL. As I tear-up, I contrast these unbounded expressions of indomitable courage and love/gratitude with the ‘wary-distancing’ commonly expressed among strangers-to-one-another in my own community. We are people just like Ukrainians. Ukrainians daily show us the potential humanity has within itself to overcome and overwhelm evil in any of its many forms. The difference between us and Ukraine is that Ukraine is engaged in an existential battle for its life and the lives of Ukrainians with Russia. Russia chooses to absorb Ukraine, amoeba-like, into its body. But Canadians and Americans are locked into an existential battle also. The dystopic misery more of us citizens are falling into and raising our children in will deepen as numbers increase and opportunities for a making a better life for your family decrease. BUT WE DO NOT UNITE AGAINST THIS. Why is that? Because there is a dividing line existing already and that line is our ego. If we currently enjoy opportunity or at least think we do, we busy ourselves with that, and accord only token consideration if any at all to the poor and working-poor, or to the folks wandering the downtown of bigger cities all night long and/or sleeping on subway gratings and sidewalks. [This is not made-up: while working in a big city, my bicycle-commute took me past a downtown alleyway where a young black man with one leg amputated below the knee would sleep, I think near a dumpster. On one occasion, I left him money and he awoke, looked at me, and smiled warmly, then went back to sleep. I never saw him there after that…just a young man, missing part of his leg…AND HE WAS SLEEPING IN AN ALLEYWAY…my god! my god! why would we have forsaken him?] We must end poverty, homelessness, and the social exclusion poverty permits. POVERTY’S ROOT CAUSE IS THE RESULT OF THE waywardness of a wealth-class  that is spirited toward acquisition rather than stewardship; they progress the RULE OF GOLD (ultimately, rule by oligarchy), this facilitated by corporations. We are in a democracy. But it is a neoliberal democracy. This means market capitalism rules and that means rule by wealth, for the ones that profit the most, HAVE THE MOST POWER IN SOCIETY. What we have today is not what we once had. The family is now nearly gone and we have no idea because of the loss of generational memory, even from one generation to the next. BUT, AS EVERY ONE OF OUR INDIGENOUS BROTHERS AND SISTERS KNOWS IN THEIR BEING BECAUSE OF THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS (this too ultimately conceived by our wayward ruling class) TRAUMA BRIDGES GENERATIONS, deepening as it does so. The damage done is great and multi-dimensional. As the rule of gold progresses and corporate hegemony over society concretes, things will ONLY.  GET.  WORSE. Modern corporate hegemony (by extension the hegemony of wealthy folks) has its basis in the false notion that corporations are ‘persons’. I say, ‘false’ because it was the result of the Court Reporter’s ‘typo’ in the presiding judge’s decision on the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific that ‘won the day’, after many prior attempts, for wealth and its socially-profiteering ways. For more, read How corporations became ‘persons’, from UU World Magazine and also Corporate Personhood on Wikipedia. Success in business has replaced ‘humanity’ as the individual human’s highest aspiration. ‘…has replaced ‘humanity’…’ THIS IS A MOST UNNATURAL CONDITION FOR US, oui? Because of gold’s rule. Let us embrace the Golden Rule with all of the passion and love the Ukrainians of Kherson now welcome their soldiers’ return and the end of the Russian occupation. The Golden Rule will save everyone. Including wayward wealthy folks. They will be less wealthy, their egos will enjoy less power, BUT THEY WILL SURVIVE ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSE, WITHOUT FEAR, REGRET…left with only the love of god and of one another. They can still have mansions and toys and trips to far away, exotic places, only not as many. There is enough to go around for everyone if we embrace the Golden Rule. We will end the Anthropocene if we do not. The Golden Rule, NOT THE RULE OF GOLD, is the way forward. p.s. Random thought: The Internet is become a universal requirement. Why don’t governments take on the business of providing Internet hosting and access rather than let it be private? For that matter, why does government permit the privatization of ANYTHING everyone has need of? Healthcare? Energy? Pharmaceuticals? Disability benefits? CLEAN AIR AND WATER? Why do governments insist on privatizing NEEDS/SERVICES ALL CITIZENS HOLD IN COMMON? The answer is because government does not represent EVERY citizen, it represents wealthy citizens and  their corporate storefronts. This is because we have a neoliberal democracy (where citizens vote but wealth determines policy) rather than a liberal democracy wherein citizens vote and their elected officials communicate and progress the WILL OF THE CONSTITUENTS up the ‘chain of command’. We have, in neoliberal democracy, our will being downloaded and superimposed upon us from ABOVE. Not from heaven, that’s too far ‘above’; but rather from corporations invested in by people whose are spirited so selfishly that Walmart wouldn’t hire them. To go beyond the current level, to go ‘all the way’, why for that, the creator’s arrows already point us earthly-itinerants in the right direction… …the Golden Rule. p.s. Have a read of the Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor’s latest newsletter offering: Biden says no ‘Cold War’ with China, but tensions may flare soon’. This reporter, with his customary thoroughness, characterizes the current situation. IMO, there is no room in the World, our world, THE MODERN WORLD, for ANY NATION TO DOMINATE OTHER NATIONS. Not even America. But America doesn’t aspire to dominate the World, at least, not anymore. America’s oligarchs generally agree that the way forward is through cooperation, not competition, at least not militarily. Economically, America and China are in competition. America helped China to become competitive, with the understanding that their economic integration would provide inroads to social and geopolitical integration with the rest of the World, under the U.N. Charter. But China has been building its military up with the proceeds of integration, NOT TO SAVE THE WORLD, but to control more of it. EVERY THING THEY OFFER TO ANY OTHER NATION WILL BE BECAUSE IT BENEFITS THE OLIGARCHS OF CHINA IN THE LONG TERM MORE THAN THEY HAVE TO GIVE UP IN THE SHORT TERM. Everything China offers is an investment for China. This is also how the U.S. tended to roll…at least up until now. They appear to be talking a different tone these days from their Republican/Trump predecessor, thank god. Going forward, we will not have gained anything, even victorious in war with China, but more misery and death for everyone…the war, the misery and the dystopic living conditions will continue because WE HAVE NOT REMEDIED THE ROOT CAUSE OF THESE THINGS: the existence of a wealth class, as if it were a different species from the rest of us. THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY IS NOT DEAD, BUT IT DID CHANGE FORM: nowadays, it is popularizing the notion that quality of dress conflates with THE QUALITY OF HUMAN, no matter what despicable things ‘humans’ do/have done to afford to dress so much better than others, AND THAT ALL ANYONE HAS TO DO TO EVOLVE UPWARDS IS TO ACQUIRE MORE $$$. That’s it! Why, we’re back to ‘indulgences from the church’ only now, the church isn’t fencing indulgences, the Wealth class is, to each other and to anyone below whom they can use and use up to keep wealth above the squalor its existence creates for everyone else to live in. ‘Organic food’? What POSSIBLE MORAL AUTHORITY can any government or class of people use to say, ‘this food costs more because it is free of the kinds of contaminants that ‘regular food’ contain’ and then permit their citizens to eat ‘regular food’? hello?‘ I guess we can extrapolate this to education and healthcare: 1- Private schools for those who can afford it. Apart from the Ontario curriculum, are private school kids garnering a sense, along the way, that homelessness and the working-poor (‘the poor you shall always have with you’ sort of thing) is just an unfortunate part of life; so that these youngsters, when they become adults, are capable to live with the knowledge that others in their communities live in dystopic conditions, while they live so well? And in this way, keep the ball rolling and draining wealth from the lower echelons to prop up the higher echelon? 2- Privatization of healthcare: You have an infected foot? You can afford health insurance? We can save your foot. You can’t afford health insurance? WE CUT OFF YOUR FOOT and you end up as the young black man I happened upon along Spadina Avenue, at best.   14 November 2022 Prayers for Ukraine. Prayers for a conciliatory G20 wherein China and Russia reconcile with Spirit and Sanity. On the domestic front, CBC National reported on the re-introduction of the mask mandates. Like everything else in today’s world, the issue has been politicized, moreover, successfully politicized, because now, no matter what you do as a government, you will greatly offend a bunch of voters, and that is pressure to do the best thing, politically, rather than THE RIGHT THING. IMO, here’s the ‘right thing’: Political angst and contrariness arises from the subjective; the area of self-interest; whereas collaboration and unity arise from the objective; the ‘region’ of the greater good, which trumps ‘self-interest’ all the way down to the individual. PLAY ON SELF-INTEREST, and lo! and behold! NO ONE WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT BEING TOLD WHAT TO DO, because they aren’t being told what to do (hello!): 1 – Make masks free to obtain. Make them available at grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, schools…and/or place dispensers at entrances to places where people gather. 2 – Make them fun for children to wear. Perhaps come up with designs to print on them of their favourite superheroes? 3 – Set up a rewards program via tax-rebate/credit. Perhaps an HST sales-tax credit provided at the point of sale? Retailers can set up a discounter so that every customer that enters wearing a mask receives a discount at the cash register. Per sale, it might not amount to much, BUT over the course of the year, IT WILL. Play this up, and see how many people become diligent about masking, who, if being TOLD to mask, would remain contrary? 4 – Hospitals and Public Transit should still be mandatory and I believe the public can accept this. 5 – All supported by: STEADY MESSAGING. Remind people that ‘if you can get a cold, you can get COVID;’ keep to the rules of hygiene EVERYONE KNOWS…1 – wash your hands / 2 – keep your hands away from your face (very easy if you are wearing a mask, btw) / 3 – sneeze into your arm/armpit / 4 – keep some distance between you and others / 5 – STAY THE BEJEEZUS HOME IF YOU ARE SICK… 6 – Can you think of anything else to add to this list? Please send in your comments. Among the headlines today, there is encouraging news on the American political front, from the G20 sidelines, and from Ukraine. 1 – The Democrats will keep the Senate and likely lose the House by a wee bit…but the jury is still out on that one. The Georgia run-off will provide a clear majority in the Senate for the Democrats or tie the Senate, in which case, the American VP casts the deciding vote. Any legislation emerging from the House intended to thwart Biden’s agenda can be quashed. 2 – Presidents Biden and Xi met at the G20. President Biden qualified the meeting by saying ‘there will be no cold war with China’. Alright. I’m not sure of this one though; I’m concerned that China may be ‘playing for time.’ China’s military buildup and handling of COVID should give everyone cause to distrust Biden’s statement. (Not that Biden is being disingenuous; rather he may simply desire to keep the lid on the pot until/if things boil over?) Don’t forget that China and Russia declared a ‘no-limits’ partnership not so long ago. Perhaps Xi is playing the game like Putin. Ukraine pushed Putin out of Kherson, but does anyone think for a moment it’s over? No. We all know it’s Winter. We all know Russia is in a malaise. WE KNOW IF RUSSIA ISN’T WHOLLY DEFEATED AND HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DESTRUCTION AND DEATH IT RAINS DOWN UPON UKRAINE EVERY DAY FOR 8 MONTHS AND COUNTING, WITHOUT RESPITE, then all that has been accomplished is Russia has had to retreat for awhile. It will gather itself and make another try, perhaps even more murderous than the current try. Likewise with China. They don’t need or want to erase Taiwan. China can just keep building more ships and faster missiles; while tolerating the International Order UNTIL THEY FEEL THEY HAVE AN ADVANTAGE. That’s when they may ‘let loose the dogs of war. They won’t want to shell the sh!t out of Taiwan and waste all of that manufacturing capacity. IMO, China and Russia are not to be trusted, anymore than you can trust an oligarch to look after the little people. THEY GOT WEALTHY BY USING THE LITTLE PEOPLE… 3 – Bezos of Amazon is giving up most of his fortune…toward climate change. This is a wonderful gesture, however, it is even more wonderful if people are not starving, or dying in wars; this all coming from the existence of an oligarch class of which Jeff is a member…Jeff can give his money to the poor and working-poor; Jeff could have paid his employees better and had less to give toward climate change. Climate change is happening because of wealth. I have been hearing about climate change since my mom got me Silent Spring for a Christmas gift, 60 YEARS AGO, give or take…Jeff doesn’t need to give his money to climate change. It affects the whole world. The governments of the world’s nations should be ‘giving’ to climate change INSTEAD OF BUILDING BIGGER, BETTER AND FASTER NUKES WHICH EVERYONE SAYS CAN NEVER BE USED. [when someone gets desperate enough, they will use nukes BECAUSE NUKES EXIST. I was happy to see Bezos doing this; but as I gave more thought to it, I still see a man stroking his own ego. I see a hypocrite. 4 – The Ukrainians have crossed the Dnipro, albeit to the spit across from Kherson. I don’t know if they can keep the momentum but they need to drive the Russian presence back into Crimea before they let the foot off the gas. They might not be able to come at the Russians from the spit with tanks, perhaps only troops and light vehicles; however these can be supported with artillery from the right bank of the Dnipro and perhaps Ukraine can establish a proper beachhead to push the Russians back to Crimea before they pause for breath. It brought tears to my eyes seeing the people in Kherson; then seeing President Zelenskyy’s General stand before him. The general raised his arm in salute to his President, and for quite some time the twain stood facing one another like that, as the National Anthem was being played. Very formal. Very respectful. They stood facing each other…When the General lowered his hand, Zelenskyy took it to shake the General’s hand. THE SMILE THAT BROKE ACROSS THE GENERALS FACE WAS SO WARM, SO GENUINE… As I said, this brought tears to my eyes. Would that the World’s leaders were Zelenskyys. This Ukrainian President is no salesman; no oligarch; heck, he doesn’t even look like a ‘president’; but BY GOD, he is one. 13 November 2022 Wishing everyone a happy Sunday. Prayers for Ukraine. The Russians in Ukraine show their true colours. Among the rank-in-file, you will have ‘saints and sinners’; this is human nature. However, among the Russian military leadership, you have only murderous cowards…willing to send newly mobilized, untrained conscripts (who only  a few days or weeks before were simply going about their daily lives, most likely demonstrating AGAINST THEIR COUNTRY’S INVASION OF ITS NEIGHBOUR) to the front to make targets for the Ukrainian military, while the Russians hunker down for Winter and prepare to reprise their assault in the Spring. The Americans, I fear, may implode internally and force Ukraine to accept ceding Crimea to Russia. THIS IS A MISTAKE: It might allow the Putin regime and its foundational ‘mindset’ to live on. If it is allowed to live on, Russia will invade again…and again…and again…until Ukraine is no more. In truth, it is impossible to eradicate Ukraine’s identity. Ukrainians will fight to the last Ukrainian. THERE WILL BE NO PEACE EVEN IF UKRAINE CUTS OFF ONE ARM FOR ‘PEACE’. The peace Russia accords is illusory; those who believe in Russia’s ‘good faith’ are delusional. Remember the Holodomor? That was Stalin. The ‘Special Military Operation?’ That’s Putin. WITH RESPECT TO RUSSIA-UKRAINE, WHAT EXACTLY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 80 YEARS? HOW MANY MORE MILLIONS OF UKRAINIAN ELDERS, MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN AND THE UNBORN HAVE TO DIE BEFORE OUR LEADERS AND CITIZENRY SAY, ‘enough is enough!’. If America/EU/the rational World waterdown their support now, if they try to superimpose an untenable peace on regions where they do not live; if they still haven’t learned from their EGOIC, ARROGANT, AND PROFOUNDLY STUPID CONVICTION THAT THEY CAN UNILATERALLY divvy-up other peoples’ living spaces to the satisfaction of said ‘other peoples’ after what they accomplished postwar Middle East, why, for all of the millions of displaced Ukrainians, for all of those Ukrainian civilians who were killed and for the ones who weren’t but who now must somehow survive Winter without power and water (because of Russia’s military tactics), for all of the billions of dollars in equipment and aid given to Ukraine, NOTHING WILL HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, except for the misery. EVERY SINGLE UKRAINIAN LIFE LOST WILL HAVE BEEN FOR NOTHING. the creator knows the sacrifice of Ukraine and the evil in the hearts of men like Putin, IMO. the creator will not abandon Ukraine even if the West would, over a few $$$ more… Ukraine fights for its life. Ukrainians unite against their common enemy. You can see no ‘social distance’ among them. Citizens hug their policemen and soldiers and one another….EVEN THEIR POLITICIANS! This is the reaction to Putin’s attempt to eradicate Ukraine. WOULD THAT THE WORLD LEARN FROM UKRAINE, rather than try to impose an egregiously unsavoury and unsustainable peace upon Ukrainians! There will never be peace, otherwise. The internal social cohesion is because the bullet and the missile do not differentiate between rich and poor, have and have-not, oligarchic and homeless. p.s. There is news of a major explosion in Istanbul, Turkey. Prayers for the Turks. Gratitude for the help they have given Ukraine. p.s.p.s. President Biden meets with China’s Xi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Singapore. The coverage on CNN18 indicates ‘high stakes / low expectations’. Joe Biden is our World’s best hope. He will draw his lines in the sand wrt China, Russia…whomever acts contrary to the progress of a unary, liberal democratic, rules-based international order which the U.S. and liberal-minded partners have been trying to progress since the Great War, Act I. Why? So that war becomes an anachronism. 12 November 2022 First: Take a look at the CBC National’s Friday episode. JWR is interviewed. Hear what she has to say about Reconciliation. She is spot-on. [Aside: I must apologize for being so critical of Canada’s erstwhile Attorney General wrt the SNC-Lavalin affair. She was right, only not in the political sense; this is where Trudeau was more ‘right’.] Prayers for Ukraine and the World.
  • Israel can help the global situation immensely by giving its Iron Dome to Ukraine for the defense of Kherson and by negotiating, for the first time since Yitzhak Rabin, IN GOOD FAITH with the Palestinians. AMERICA SHOULD NOT BACK ISRAEL ANY LONGER; that is, until Israel smartens up and learns to treat others in the way THEY WANT TO BE TREATED. To Israel’s government: Begin practicing the Golden Rule (I didn’t make it up, GOD DID, for crying out loud).
  • ANYONE WHO IS RECOMMENDING AT ANY TIME THAT UKRAINE SHOULD ‘COMPROMISE’ WITH RUSSIA, this after all the murder and mayhem Russia has perpetrated upon Ukrainians IS EITHER INSANE OR DELUSIONAL. If this is what President Biden meant when he said the progress of peace in the Russian – Ukrainian region will be ‘…depending on Ukraine’s willingness to compromise…’ then this is either a ‘deke’ for those who are against his level of support for Ukraine, OR IT IS A MISTAKE: To act in anyway other than ensure Ukraine’s total victory ( = total reclaim of Ukrainian territory + full reparations + total accountability) is in fact APPEASEMENT OF RUSSIA (and perhaps China too…otherwise, if their invasion of Taiwan is imminent, America would be supporting the defense of two nations AGAINST TWO GLOBAL-SIZE MILITARIES and risking direct assault upon America from either or both…and then there’s North Korea…)
  • Our neoliberal democracy is murdering citizens and the planet. Folks like Elon Musk are only the latest oligarch  types who don’t even bother anymore to hide their insanity. The state of the world is not because of religion (or god); IT IS BECAUSE OF WEALTH. We have a poverty class only because we permit a wealth class to exist; not only exist, but to do so largely unregulated, because they tell the legislators what to legislate…hello? The Whip is the reason. It separates the government Executive Body from accountability to the Legislature (our elected representatives). The folks of the Executive Branch are drawn from the Legislature, true, but the Whip tells the Legislature how to vote and the Executive tells the Whip. THIS IS ASS-BACKWARDS: In democracy, the Legislature (to wit: the people’s representatives) should be informing the Whip for the Whip to inform the Executive. Now this is what ‘systemic flaw’ actually means…’the voter’s voice is not being heard in our democracy.’ How can something so strange have any truth to it at all? Answer: We do not live in a democracy; we live in a NEOLIBERAL ‘democracy’ to wit: the rule of market capitalism -> ultimately, rule by oligarchs (because they control most of the money within the SYSTEM, therefore they EXERT THE MOST POWER WITHIN THE SYSTEM). This is what permits wealth to rule. The Executive is accountable to wealth. The Whip is exactly that: Parliamentarians are coerced into voting according to the Executive, and the Executive develops policy according to Wealth. [This is why our politics is so conveniently divided into ‘left’ and ‘right’: neither wants to impart to the citizens THEIR FAIR SHARE. Instead, when the ‘left’ is in power, they steal from the ‘right’ by the toke raising of taxes on wealth; when the ‘right’ is in power, they bring those taxes back down again. When inflation becomes an issue, they raise interest rates (because wealth lends the government money, this is wealth’s insurance policy against periods of lower economic activity/lower profits), instead of freezing prices down across the board, which wouldn’t harm the poorer citizens, but would reduce the size of wealth’s coffers…] The ROOT SYSTEMIC PROBLEM in Canadian politics and leadership/stewardship IS THE EXISTENCE OF THE PARLIAMENTARY WHIP. Get rid of it. See what happens when Parliamentarians, the ones we elect and know personally, are on the centre stage; when everything they say and do COUNTS FOR SOMETHING TOWARD (OR AGAINST) THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE CITIZEN, as what parents do/don’t do count in the lives of their children. Watch what happens: we will either plunge into THE CHAOS OF UNMITIGATED SELF-INTEREST, or, in order to prevent one non-confidence vote after another, WE routinely BALANCE SELF-INTEREST WITH THE ‘GLOBAL’ (in this case, ‘the national’) INTEREST.
Alright! That’s all for now. Wishing everyone a great day. Please invoke the Golden Rule in all of your interactions and thoughts. Ditch all repetitive patterns of negative thought. [Modern counseling appears to be dedicated to helping one obtain comfort with the disconnect between the dictates of the conscience and what the new social mores are. This approach is flawed. It can only lead one deeper into their own heads, and as they reconcile the disjunctive relations between the mind and the soul (internal cohesion) the World reacts even stronger against them (a world of individuals all likewise seeking internal cohesion: HOW CAN THE OUTCOME BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN BAD? Yet, this is what our government is supporting: PM Trudeau is handing out money for ‘mental health’ programs BECAUSE THE RULING CLASS HE AND THE MINISTERS ARE IN SERVICE OF are creating the mental health issues in the first place. The disconnect is deliberate on their part because wealth needs them to justify the dystopic world the poor/working-poor call home, SO THAT THEY CAN LIVE HIGHER AND HIGHER OFF OF THE HOG. The biggest systemic problem Canada and the World (or world) experiences IS GREED. The greed of already greed people. In god’s world, in a world reconciled with itself, there are no greedy people. Right now, we are all greedy people; only a few have most of the money. Each group can no longer afford to drift away from one another, in opposite directions, else, the gap where the middle class existed will deepen so much, that both sides (the rich and the poor) will slide into the abyss growing between them, and all bets, for all people, are off. In god’s world, there would be no greedy people BECAUSE EVERYONE WOULD ESTEEM THE GOLDEN RULE. Can you imagine a world where everyone in it USED THEIR DESIRES (their egos) as a GUIDE to know how to behave toward other people, other species, and other generations! No more zero-sum. No more poverty and the social-exclusion poverty mandates. No more ‘us and them.’ No more environmental degradation. No more overpopulation. NO MORE WAR. hmmm…sounds pretty good and sustainable in the long term to me… …also sounds to me like JWR was a martyr to the cause, and I am so sorry that I demonized her and Phillipot et al. for taking Trudeau to task… 11 November 2022 Today is a very special Friday. Today is the day we dedicate to the Fallen; those who died defending our nations and our way of life from aggressors…from human ego. Let us not forget the sacrifices made by our WWI and WWII war heroes and the war generations. If you follow the war in Ukraine, the heroism we have to be forever thankful for is clearly alive and well among Ukrainians. Watching from our living rooms does not give any sense of what Ukrainians, or our Fallen, endured. Sit quietly, and try to imagine/meditate upon being there, in Ukraine, under bombing, anxious about your child’s safety and that they are hungry and cold and lonely for their friends…try to imagine fearing for the safety of your husband or grownup child who has gone to fight for the nation and from whom you have no news for weeks…TRY TO IMAGINE ALL OF THIS. The longer you spend imagining, the more gratitude you will experience, TO THE POINT WHERE YOU WILL FEEL GREAT SHAME at having been so preoccupied with your own little sphere that you entertained no significant amount of gratitude; you had no ‘feeling’ at all for what our war heroes experienced. When the morning walkabouts with the dog take me to a local park, I pause before the Cenotaph and say an ‘Our Father’ and ‘Hail Mary’, or sing one of my favourite hymns. The cenotaph’s inscription: ‘At the going down of the Sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them.’ Here is the inscription taken from the St. James Cathedral cenotaph in Toronto: “…this cross commemorates the glorious sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the great war 1914 – 1918 and appeals to those for whom they died to lay aside hatred and strife and to seek brotherhood and peace under the banner of Christ…” Amen. p.s. ‘The Christ’: IMO, is spirit. The Christ came to humankind (IMO) as Jesus, Mohamed, Gandhi, the Buddha, Moses, and others. The message on the St. James Cathedral cenotaph is for all people, for all time…from those who now exist outside of time and with the creator…because of their heroically selfless sacrifice. Wishing everyone a blessed day. Prayers that Russia finds itself and realigns with the Spirit which gave rise to it: end the war now, withdraw now, negotiate terms of reparation and hand over Putin et al.  to justice. Prayers China et al.smarten the bejeezus up. War is no longer necessary if we all agree to not be  the first one to fire a gun or a missile. If we do that, national boundaries become sacred, and only via win-win negotiations (to the benefit of all parties involved) can they ever be changed…AND NEVER UNILATERALLY VIA WAR. Prayers for Biden-America, right now, perhaps the World’s best hope for to avoid WWIII and the lowering of the curtain on the stage of the Anthropocene, forevermore… p.s. Headline 1: First Ukrainian surface drone purchased via United24 initiative to be named “Kherson” – please read about Ukraine’s homegrown drone and perhaps follow the link to United24 to make a donation to Ukraine and the World’s (our world’s) cause. Ukraine has suffered enough. The Palestinians have suffered enough. How many folks, around the world, suffer because of who they are? Everyone of them, TO THE LAST MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD, is of the creator. Everyone of them is a treasure in and of itself BECAUSE EVERYONE OF THEM WAS IMAGINED IN THE MIND, HEART, AND BIRTHED FROM THE SOUL OF THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. Those who aspire to end the misery of gold’s rule are directly responsible for the JOY THE CREATOR FEELS IN HIS/HER HEART. 10 November 2022 ‘Biden is doing a great job as President’, says Nancy Pelosi. I agree. She is too. A remarkable human: even at her age, she is a high-energy, dedicated public servant, who brings more years of experience to the job than many peoples’ entire lifespans…the Americans are lucky to have Nancy and Joe representing them to other Americans and to the World. I am not certain what the midterm results are indicating, but it appears control of Congress will marginally shift to the modern Republican-Trump party, or rather, the Trump-world everyman’s republican party, or ‘TWERP.’ [alright, I had to stretch things a little to make the acronym!] What will this mean for America? For Ukraine? For the World? …I mean, apart from the Republican Party moniker change from GOP to TWERP? There are too many Americans running around talking bullshit. Not because Americans are ‘stupid’, but because America’s jurisprudence permits people that have enough money, to say anything they want, without respect for the truth or a care for whom the lies hurt. Anything. It is time to ensure that Donald Trump’s time for ‘playing at god’ is ended. It is time to ensure that Donald Trump’s ‘favourite person’, Vladimir Putin, is forever removed from power and held accountable for what has been done AGAIN, BY RUSSIA, to Ukraine. Do not forget the Holodomor. It is time to unite, one world, against all those who would subjugate it (and us) to the whims of their own egos. Xi, Un, the Ayatollahs, whatever rules in Israel, MBS, Putin, Trump…all of their kind, are hellbent to plunge the entire world into Hell…a la Milton’s Lucifer, who felt it is ‘better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven’. Ha! No one has the power to change those rules: you either ‘rule’ or you ‘serve’. If you choose to ‘rule’, the moment you extend your reach beyond yourself, why, you run into SOMEONE ELSE’S EGO. That ‘someone else’ will feel JUST LIKE YOU. Do you not see the difficulty here? So, if you choose to rule, you receive only chaos for your reward. For yourself, for everyone who comes into contact with you. The result is invariably confrontation and zero-sum competition. Moreover, the relationships you do sustain are on the basis of convenience; never strong enough to resist even the slightest breeze without breaking. This sounds a lot like Hell. This is all ruling-class bs. The ruling classes have divided us by dividing our politics. The Liberals and the Cons of today operate within a ‘policy-pendulum’ which swings within the confines of a ‘grandfather-ruling-class’-clock. The pendulum swings to the ‘left’, and the ruling class will direct more of its money to the poor and vulnerable; the pendulum swings to the ‘right’, and the ruling class will lower taxes and relax restrictions on all things relating to profit-making, to wit: all things of benefit to the already rich. In the end, it balance out. EXCEPT, during tough times, inflationary times, say, the wealth of the rich is insured because it is the rich who lend to the government and the government raises interest rates to ‘reduce inflation’…so all of us lesser lights with loans or looking to buy something on credit are S.O.L. because the rich need the interest rates to go up to keep their profits rolling in as best they can…insurance… …THE WEALTHY COULD DO JUST WHAT JOE BIDEN RECOMMENDED MBS AND OPEC DO: ‘hold back on raising your prices’…to wit: be happy, FOR NOW (until things settle down again), WITH LESS.  Nope…instead they let the market work for them…supply and demand…up go the prices with demand v supply…everyone rich will sell less, earn less, as interest rates go up to curtail demand, BUT THEY WILL EARN MORE ON THEIR LOANS TO OUR GOVERNMENT…and down go more and more people into debt, poverty, homelessness… You see, when it comes to their profit, the wealthy of nations rather let children wallow in poverty, swim in polluted water and eat ‘non-organic’ fare because their working-poor parents cannot afford ‘organic’ quality food…I wonder if we aren’t better off picking through the garbage of wealthy people than shopping at Dollarama? In the end, despite all of the blather coming out of our politicians, we still have the poor, the homeless, the working-poor, the vulnerable. NOTHING HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED. This is perfect for Wealth. You are wealthy. You will want to remain wealthy. Not many of you care that the same socio-economic mores that benefit you CONDEMN OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY TO POVERTY. Right now, democratic nations are profoundly fractionated along economic lines into ‘us and them’ because of the people who already possess fortunes, AND NOT BECAUSE POVERTY IS PART OF THE SOCIAL FABRIC. That is a narrative construct of the wealthy. I believe Jesus never said, ‘the poor you shall always have with you.’ More likely, he said, ‘No one should ever be allowed to be poor.’ [but if Constantine had permitted that, he’d have had a counter-revolution of his own wealth class to contend with, because THAT WOULD HAVE MEANT HIGHER TAXES. The social contract is two-way, and involves every citizen. The social contract in liberal democracy implies the State eliminate poverty and that the citizen in return, contribute something according to their capabilities, to the State/community. IF THE RICH ARE THE STEWARDS THEY LIKE TO HAVE US BELIEVE THEY ARE, they would HAPPILY give their excess, VIA TAXATION, to the State. The State would put the money to where it does the most good for THE NATION-SOCIETY. Anything above, say, 400K per year, is excessive and earnings above that, IF WEALTHY FOLKS WERE ‘WIRED’ AS STEWARDS, RATHER THAN CEOs OVER SOCIETY,  they would not have a problem with being taxed at 100%. But they are not ‘stewards’. They do not ‘serve’ society. Society is for them a means to an end. The citizen, to them, therefore, is fodder for the profit-gods, in the way employees are fodder to the CEO/Board…they don’t see dads, moms, kids, friends and neighbours…they see quantities on reports AND A BOTTOM LINE. That’s it. We’ll vote Liberal. Then we’ll vote Conservative. NOTHING WILL EVER REALLY CHANGE. AND WHAT IS CHANGED WILL BE HIJACKED BY WEALTH, in the way ‘liberal’ democracy has been hijacked and corrupted into ‘neo-liberal’ democracy, tantamount to ‘boardroom democracy’, effectively rule by oligarchs. Prayers for Biden-America and for Zelenskyy’s intrepid Ukrainians. Thanks to Erdogan for standing up against Russia’s grain-blackmail. He is a strong leader who has Turkey’s interests at heart. He has gotten very upset over his treatment of the Kurds and of Finland/Sweden’s NATO applications, however, and I pray that he ditches his efforts in those areas. WE NEED TO PRESENT A UNITED FRONT TO PUTIN’S RUSSIA. In the end, there is no need for war. Were Ukraine to join NATO, Ukraine would explicitly be prevented from ever attacking Russia because NATO’s progressing convergence with the U.N. into a global ‘police force’. To complete the job, NATO MUST INCORPORATE FULL AND UNEQUIVOCAL RESPECT for the U.N. tenet of the sanctity of national boundaries. Russia could go democratic, like Ukraine. Same for China and Taiwan. No need to invade and murder. Taiwan  is no threat to China. There is no ‘NATO’ here, but America is. America is the impetus toward a globalized U.N. police force and is acting accordingly. They are present, they are ‘going through the motions’ of a de facto rules-based international order. They will not be the first to fire at China/N. Korea. China need only respect Taiwan’s borders and democracy. In return, China’s borders will be respected, but not their form of government, ANYMORE THAN THE WEALTH-SUBORNED CORRUPTION OF LIBERAL DEMOCRACY INTO NEOLIBERAL DEMOCRACY can be allowed to continue in the West. If it does, all bets for humanity are off. The rule of gold is the rule of the ego of Wealth. Ego is never qualified to rule, IT IS ENGINEERED BY THE CREATOR TO GUIDE. To guide our application of the Golden Rule as we find our way out of this horrendous Hell we allowed our rulers to fashion for us to live in AND FOR OUR CHILDREN TO GROW UP IN. I cannot believe a single parent would tolerate this.

9 November 2022

Prayers for Biden-America and for Ukraine and for Taiwan and for the World…

…in a united state we stand; the divided state will fall…the American dream for Americans and for the World will descend into a dystopic nightmare under the trumpian-republican party. The militias who support these bozos are no different than the brown shirts that threatened free elections in Nazi Germany…in fact, we see them right now at the polls during the midterms in America. JESUS. H. MURPHY.

DW News interviews many pro-Trump-Republican Party folks (now the ‘TRP’/no longer the GOP) today on YouTube. I AM FRIGHTENED BY WHAT IS COMING OUT OF THE MOUTHS of these Americans. They are running around repeating the fake news bulroney spewed by movement conservative-owned media WITHOUT VETTING ANY OF IT WHATSOEVER…WHETHER WHAT THEY ARE SPOUTING MAKES ANY SENSE AT ALL…they are repeating the ‘party-line’ THEY ARE BEING FED just like the ones who ended up goose-stepping before Adolf Hitler (or, nowadays, China’s Xi/N. Korea’s Un) on their way to their deaths, without ever knowing the real reason ‘why’?

The reason is Satan is determined to destroy ALL THAT IS GOOD IN AMERICA. After Satan gets rid of America via infighting, America will not be able to defend the liberal democratic unary rules based world order it has been building on the world’s behalf. The oligarchs around the world will have it all their own way with no interference from anybody.

BUT, Whenever they disagree with one another, why, they will fight, and WE WILL DIE.

This is no joke. This isn’t a television show with an unhappy ending to be followed up next week with a new episode and a happy ending; neither is it a video game where, after wanton destruction and bloodshed, one can simply click RESTART and play all over again…

we will all end up dead if we do not get it together and ACT AS ONE. [United we stand; divided we fall].

To do that, we need to be honest with ourselves. We need to see that each and everyone of us is our own biggest problem; that we need to rein-in our own egos first, and if we can do that, we will know what to do, in order to create win-win outcomes in our relationships, our communities, and our world…AND ISN’T THAT THE POINT, THE GOAL OF HUMAN SOCIETY?

As children, we do this by nature, that is, until we get to feeling like the balls in a pinball machine: getting whacked this way and that way during our day because everything we seem to say and suddenly all-wrong when we used to be ‘cute’…we get scolded, we get bullied, we go through puberty, and then we become our own problem, trying always to please the egos and be accepted by the egos of others, when we should be using our egos for ego’s intended purposes: 1-to know to never stick our finger in a candle flame AND 2 – to know/imagine how to treat other people and situations).

Ego best functions as A GUIDE; not as ruler. As ‘guide’ it recommends to US how we should best behave to achieve THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOMES/win-win; as ‘ruler’ it commands only obedience: zero-sum/win-lose. Other egos will not find this acceptable…

Ego is limited in scope: its only care is for how it feels (the subjective world inside our heads); ego has not a care for others, except when others interfere, or, alternatively, represent added value…in any other case, ‘others’ don’t exist, as if the individual is the only one living…

This is all too much like the Little Prince, oui?

If America elects anyone like Donald Trump to power, America is finished and the world right along with it…we should all realize this with only a little objectivity, a little consideration for not what we want to hear but for what is right in front of our eyes.

IF WE DO NOT, IT IS BECAUSE WE ARE SO BURIED IN EGO/ OUR EGOS SO CLOSE TO THE SURFACE, ALWAYS, that we tend to regard as objective  THE REFLECTIONS OF OUR OWN THINKING..how we esteem them HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH THEM. They are EVERYTHING WE WANT THEM TO SEEM…and everything they need us to want, that they may easily rule over us and live high above the misery they are creating for us and our children.

What they are, why, they are much more akin to Milton’s Lucifer and to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince than to Eisenhower and JFK. How can anyone in America want these two to lead their great nation? MAGA is better rendered MALH, for Make-America-Living-Hell, for that is what they will make of America and the World, so that the Oligarchs can continue enjoying hegemony over us and the dystopia they create for us and our children to live in.

Biden-America is the stepping-stone to a peaceful world. A world of opportunity for EVERYONE, and not just SOME. A world of inclusion and engagement for EVERYONE and not just A FEW.

A WORLD THAT IS HEALED AND BECOMES THE STEPPING-STONE FOR HUMANITY’S FORAY TO THE STARS, as ambassadors and not as cancers.

For this to happen, we need our wealthy to steward their nations rather than collude globally to turn nations into profit centres and societies into dystopic piles of misery and chaos…

We need to give America and America’s Democrats a chance. I don’t want anyone invading my home as I sleep like someone did to Nancy Pelosi. I don’t want to live in a police state (and neither do the police folks want to work in one!). I don’t want to live in a military dictatorship (and neither do our militaries desire to be a part of one).

AND I DON’T WANT TO LIVE AND DIE IN A WORLD AT WAR.

We need only reengage our democracy and our democratic institutions within our nations. Include everyone. Exclude no one.

From here, we can unite globally, just like wealth has done…and then leverage the wealth and the wealthy of nations TO STEWARD OUR SOCIETIES AND OUR WORLD.

A country is not a business.

Neither is our world, the ‘Garden’.

8 November 2022 Today I pray for a miracle in the US midterms: that the American people unite against what the likes of Putin and Trump and Xi are offering the World (to wit: more of what Putin now offers Ukraine and Ukrainians). Biden-America is predicated upon collaboration; whereas Trumpist-America is predicated upon coercion: economic, social manipulation (i.e. ‘fake news’) and/or gunboat diplomacy abroad/riot squads at home. As the ‘right’ ages, it becomes progressively harder to differentiate between its neoliberal-democratic ways and fascism. ‘Fascism’ is simply a port of the corporate boardroom way of things to national government Executive/Administrative institutions. Trump or any of the other Republican ‘hopefuls’ (unless they are the pre-Trump/pre-Reagan/not-infected-by-movement-conservativism ilk of Rebublican) will ensure not only the end of American Democracy, but also the end of the American Dream of a liberal democratic, free, unary, rules-based international order. The world will be plunged into war. I believe that the German Chancellor has gone to visit Xi in China as a hedge for Germany against a second Trump term/another Republican (in its current wayward form) presidency. It would be tantamount to allowing your toddler to carry a loaded shotgun for you while out hunting, or driving you to the grocery store… …likewise, neither will America OR THE WORLD AMERICA IS TRYING TO BUILD survive… UNLESS BIDEN-AMERICA survives. TODAY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT ONLY VOTE FOR THEIR OWN FUTURE PROSPECTS, BUT ALSO FOR THOSE OF UKRAINE AND OF THE WORLD and the next generations. America gave us JFK. He was gunned down like a dog, IMO, by the same sort that now threatens America and Americans, and for the same reasons. Biden has picked up the baton JFK let go of on Dealey Plaza. Biden and Zelenskyy bear the fate of the World on their shoulders. While they gamely bear the load neither of them asked for but both are resolute to see through, THE LIKES OF DONALD TRUMP PLAY POLITICS WHILE UKRAINIAN CHILDREN ARE BOMBED TO BITS WHILE AT PLAY… is that what Americans want for their kids? Let us pray. 7 November 2022 [11:00] Headline 1: How corporate chiefs dodge lawsuits over sex abuse and deadly products –  Corporations allow the wealthy to live ‘above’ democracy. Corporations bring all of their investors’ wealth to bear against any citizen in court, one-on-one, as equals. Every citizen is rendered a slingshot-less David against a Goliath equipped with suicide drones. Even someone like OJ can get away with murder in the U.S. because he had enough $$$ to get the best lawyers and win the day for himself. His victims? What about them? Where was their justice? Their families were paid off in a ‘civil suit’, which has a ‘lower threshold’ of proof to convict upon. VERY SORRY FOLKS, BUT $$$ WILL NOT BRING BACK A SINGLE DEAD PERSON, IN CALIFORNIA OR IN UKRAINE. ELECT DONALD TRUMP TO THE PRESIDENCY OF THE U.S. AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS. This bozo has even enough $$$ to stay out of court for treason…and he will bring the U.S. to war against China while he is stroking Putin’s hair, not because of his $$$, but BECAUSE OF HIS EGO. [Aside: maybe that’s why Olaf is off to Beijing? To hedge Germany’s bets in case America’s Mr. Hyde takes over the White House…recall what Trump did the first time round.] [06:00] I hear tell that the American midterms result could jeopardize America’s continued support for Ukraine. In one Republican candidate’s words:’…not another penny…’. America has promised to Ukrainians and the World to support Ukraine’s fight for life ‘for as long as it takes.’ AMERICA HAS NO HONOUR LEFT TO IT IF IT LEAVES UKRAINE TO TWIST IN THE WIND. If America has no honour left to it, IT IS BECAUSE AMERICA HAS TURNED ITS BACK ON THE AUTHOR OF HONOUR, to wit: our creator. IF AMERICA HAS TURNED AWAY FROM THE CREATOR, how exactly does anyone expect the creator to be of assistance in America’s time of tribulation? NO ONE IN AMERICA IS LISTENING TO THE CREATOR. Trump and his minions are so bold as to present themselves as doing ‘God’s Will’ as to do photo ops of prayer meetings in the Oval Office. This is the guy that gropes, fires people willy-nilly, AND IS THE MURDEROUS PUTIN’S PAL… …anyone like Trump in the White House presages the imminent death of America and of its foundational dream of liberal democracy. Just as Milton’s Lucifer, Trump and his ‘Republicans from Hell’ will end up presiding over a pile of ashes… …and whomever is left alive will curse their offspring to ‘live’ in this bleak dystopia…one of Putin’s, Trump’s, and Xi’s making. THE MISTAKE THAT PEACE-LOVING, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION-PROMOTING LIBERAL DEMOCRATS ARE MAKING IS THAT THEY JUST HAVE TO BE IN CHARACTER, ALL THE TIME; THAT THE BAD GUYS, to wit: the ‘Milton-Luciferians’, will just see the ‘left’ has the right approach… THE ‘RIGHT’ DOES NOT CARE ANYMORE WHAT IS THE ‘RIGHT APPROACH’. They care only to HAVE THEIR WAY WITH THE WORLD. Once Trump gets his way with his lower to middle income American supporters at the polls, he will no longer need them and his policies will plunge them into the dystopia upon which his oligarch friends around the World (our world) will build their Mount Olympus. Wait and see. IF AMERICA DITCHES ITS HONOUR AND ITS SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE AND FOR A LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC UNARY RULES BASED WORLD ORDER, I am going to switch off the news…permanently… …what would be the point of watching? To be depressed and anxious for my last days? To hide in my home and wait for the missiles to start flying?This is, IMO, how our ‘social-engineers’ (aka the ruling class junta) want us to LIVE OUT OUR ENTIRE LIVES…just so they can run ruck shod over us as they build their edifices higher and higher up on ‘Mount Olympus’. I dreamt of missiles flying over my head when I was really little…I think because there was an air raid siren a block from my house… I pray America will turn the ‘bomber jet planes riding shotgun in the sky…into butterflies above their nation… …and around the World…our world. Prayers for Ukraine and for the Soul of America. 5 November 2022 I hear-tell that Germany’s Olaf has gone to China to talk trade. Unless China-Xi turns himself inside-out with respect to his domestic and geopolitical vision, THIS IS THE WRONG MESSAGE TO BE SENDING Xi. We must be solid with Biden-America, geopolitically. For America to continue to light the path forward for humankind, America needs to be solid with itself. A Trump or like-minded yahoo presidency IS GOING TO END AMERICA. America cannot survive. If America cannot survive, who will lead humankind toward a LIBERAL-DEMOCRATIC (not neoliberal-democratic) unary world order? Oligarchs and the neoliberal charade of corporate ‘personhood’ CANNOT be a feature of the new unary world order, else we only progress from an overtly binary world order wherein China or Russia, ‘the East’ is in competition with ‘the West’, to a covertly binary world order wherein the Wealth classes of respective nations globalize and collaborate to their mutual advantage AGAINST THE CITIZENS OF THEIR OWN NATIONS. All over the World, our world, the Elons and Bills et al. are diligently staging for the globalization of wealth’s hegemony over EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. Virtual reality. 24/7 News. Subscription television channels so that you can watch whatever, whenever…you are on your own schedule and no longer integrated with the community and the community schedule. You are decoupled from the community…a community of decoupled individuals is pathologically divided/dysfunctional and ineffective to guide its own progress. The rich do that for everyone because they need to control everyone,  in order to keep living so much better than everyone, especially as resources and the Commons become further eroded. GREED IS THE MOTIF OF OUR NEOLIBERAL DEMOCRACIES. Greed is a feature of ego. Specifically the ego of our wayward ruling classes who have become insane with wealth. They do not steward society. They exploit it. They keep us under their thumbs through corporations and scarcity: opportunity to survive is accorded those who contribute and behave in the way the rich want…but no for as long as you do! but only for as long as they need you to… And so, the game our exploiter class plays is to slowly substitute a virtual reality for the actual life most folks are living. This so they can control every element of your existence. To that end, the operative is to stoke the individual’s ego, keep it at the surface of consciousness, always, so that the individual lives out their entire existence WITHIN THEIR OWN HEAD. The goal is to replace the OBJECTIVE WITH THE SUBJECTIVE in each and every one of us. The ways in which our egos are kept ‘active’ deliberately by wealth: For the highly paid professionals, they are wooed by $$$. It is addiction to $$$ and putting themselves in such debt buying that BMW convertible, and/or that brand new mansion on the city periphery, and/or weekend vacations…that keeps them towing the party line/not questioning the party line and demonizing any among them that do. For the working class, it is the same to a lesser $$$ value. For the poor and ‘working-poor’ it is the relentless fear of tomorrow and not being able to provide for your kids and yourself, coupled with the low self-esteem one falls into because of the alienation and disrespect other people’s egos accord the ‘poorly dressed’ and ‘ill-kept’. Brave New World. Fear, anxiety, regret, acquisition…ALL ARE FEATURES OF EGO IN OPERATION. All exist in the realm of the SUBJECTIVE. Where our insane ruling classes want us to live, just so they can live higher off the hog than otherwise. The insanity is not in wanting to live well, it is in the desire to acquire together with the belief that any system which permits one demographic to prey upon another demographic IS A SUSTAINABLE SYSTEM. As someone in the bible pointed out, the weight of that which exist above cannot exceed the capability of that which exists below to bear the weight. DUH! The edifices of neoliberalism are not sustainable. Again, if the World doesn’t rally to Biden-America’s vision and if America doesn’t reconcile with itself, it will mean the end of the Anthropocene. We will go to war within our nations over scarcity and among our nations over scarcity and geopolitical hegemony. When one nation becomes desperate in war, they will resort to nukes and then all bets are off… …for everyone. Thomas Piketty explains the process which leads to global war in his opus, Capital in the 21st Century. I have written my own take on his theories here. It is the unnatural character, the abject insanity of greed/ the pursuit of wealth regardless of cost to other souls and to the environment, that produces an insane ruling class (duh!). If we permit ourselves to be led by insane people, why, we are less cognizant than the Lemmings who didn’t actually follow their vanguard over the Lemmings’ Cliff. In a truly liberal-democratic world, our ruling class folks would steward with their wealth rather than use it to build more space between the citizens of the World and the neo-Mount Olympian class. The rule of gold has lead to a deepening hell on Earth. The Golden Rule will lead us back to the Garden, IF WE ARE GUIDED BY EGO. NOT RULED BY EGO. 3 November 2022 Today, I am seeing encouraging news out of Ukraine…even talk of a renegade Russian combat unit which took Ukraine’s side in this war. Mr. Putin has failed in his murderous attempt to get the ball of Russian imperialism rolling again. He could have saved a lot of lives and destruction had he just been willing to accept Russia’s role in the greater scheme of a Unary World Order that features the sanctity of national borders and rule of law. THE BEST AND MOST COURAGEOUS THING FOR HIM TO DO IS TO RESIGN HIS OFFICE AND PLACE HIMSELF AT THE MERCY OF THE U.N. That would be best. His friend, Donald Trump (and like-minded yahoos, including Netan-yahoo), is dividing America; America is the World’s hope under Biden; the world’s bane under Trump. The World cannot tolerate another geopolitical upheaval…war and chaos will reign and many many more will die. We absolutely need America and Americans to be tough on our behalf. We’re almost there. We need to act in solidarity against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine/We need to act in solidarity against a globalizing, wayward Wealth class/ruling class. It simply will not do to replace one or two devils while the devil behind these two devils continues…our ruling class were once ‘stewards’…they are now ‘masters’. …I’m talking about the global rule of oligarchs…everything they do, everything they are about is opposite to what they say and is an offense to liberal democracy (aka true democracy)… everything they do is about increasing their hegemony over the citizenry…of the World and of every nation in the World, our world… Case in point: Elon buys Twitter. Elon now controls Twitter. In a general way, $$$-value is being attached to more and more while the Commons is compromised and being eroded…everything, even my favourite fishing spots, are now forbidden access, ‘for my safety’ the sign says, but there is no mention for where I can safely fish without falling in and possible drowning if I happen not to be able to swim! hello? Money is used to control us right down to the lowest levels. At the higher levels, bigger salaries lead to greater debt and ensures loyalty to the ones who sign the cheques. When inflation hits, why, do a Biden and just keep your price down (OPEC are you listening?) rather than allow the ‘market’ supported by Neoliberal Democracy (the rule of markets) to make things worse…FOR EVERYONE BUT THE WEALTHY…IF inflation hits? Increase interest rates!…yes, this makes everyone worse off, but for THE WEALTHY WHO LEND THE GOVERNMENT MONEY AND COLLECT INTEREST, the monetary policy of the Central Banks is an INSURANCE POLICY. It is the rule of Gold creating such a mess as the World, our world, the one we are about to leave to our children and their children… BUT, It is the Golden Rule that will get us out of  the mess and back on the rails. Our wayward ruling classes seek to keep us divided and if we are divided WE ARE POWERLESS TO MAKE OUR LEGACY FOR OUR CHILDREN BETTER. They divide us by encouraging self-interest at the individual’s level. But our ‘self-interest’, to wit: our ego, is there TO BE USED AS A GUIDE, and NOT, as our wayward ruling classes would have it, as THE SOCIETAL OPERATIVE. Used as a guide, our self-interested egos will tell us how to treat others and how to react to others and their situations. Used as a guide, self-interest/ego UNITES people. LET US RESOLVE TODAY TO USE OUR EGO IN THE WAY THE CREATOR INTENDED IT TO BE USED. p.s. I am alarmed that Israel’s newest coalition government will be the most right wing government in Israel ever. This does not bode well for world peace. I heard this via the JVPWire newsletter. You can sign up for it here. President Biden: Please, please, please don’t allow Israel to do to the Middle East what Trump has done/will do to America and THE WORLD if he gets back into the Oval Office. Much falls upon your shoulders. You might not have asked for it, but it is yours, because YOU ARE IN A POSITION TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Make our creator proud.   ****August 14 thru November 2 missing**** 13 August 2022 Prayers for America to get right with itself. Reconcile. The greatest enemy of America is the one threatening to take down its democratic institutions -unfortunately, that enemy exists within and outside of its borders. The enemy of America, which nowadays spearheads a globalizing democracy (the question remains whether this is of the neoliberal ilk, a Hollywood Western-style downtown facade representation of democracy, or the real thing), is ego. The ego of Wealth and the power wealth owns for itself. We humans have it within ourselves to accomplish great things. This is because, as Babel revealed, we possess the imaginative capacity to exceed our original programming…we’re intelligent enough already to realize we came from somewhere and are given to devising the means to find and return to the Source, and of course, TO EXTEND CREATION (um, the creator’s reason for creating us…the Universe is a big undertaking…the creator needs our help!). The Source is where we may live in comfort, safety, and Peace…’home’, in other words. The dual nature of the creator being our ‘mom’ and ‘dad’, who always made everything right…to where we return after venturing out as ‘young adults’ to explore the World and discover our purpose and our fortunes. The enemy of America and the democratic, rules-based (and equitable/sustainable) world order is anything and anyone who would interfere with the process of humanity’s ‘finding its way back home’…humanity’s homecoming. Evidence that things have fundementally changed in today’s world is China’s Great Wall: it was built by the Chinese to keep the bad guys out; now it defines the boundaries of a cancerous tumor that threatens to metastacize. IMO, America and EU/U.K. et al. have adopted the right approach wrt to the threat China, Russia, et al. presents to the world. We must stay the course, to the end. Ukraine buys the World time with their blood. Their sacrifice must be forever honoured and remembered [wrt to the devastation and the old people without money/resources to rebuild their homes, it must be Russia who ponies up.] The enemy of the creator is he/she who would destroy, out of hatred and/or desire, that which was created out of love, as humanity and the Universe were. It is for each human being to choose, with their free will, to see the World as Satan does -one he would make his ‘Hell’ of- or as the creator would: one of infinite imaginative creative potential. One where god might, from time to time, sit back, watch over, and enjoy… This is not the World our creator sees today… …but it could be tomorrow. Let Ukraine, America, the EU, ‘Western’  allies…all of us…let us make our stand against Satan’s assault upon and usurpation of the World god has wrought. Let us stand against the enemy within and the enemy without. Ego. 12 August 2022 A new post on Canadanua: Ego and the Golden Rule. The upshot is, without ego, the Golden Rule is of no use: the ego reacts and in the reaction permits us to evaluate our action/inaction or word, upon others, given the effect these have had upon us. Even without the benefit of education/indoctrination or even of life-experience, all of us can know how to treat and react to others in our communities, simply by paying attention to our feelings. We are not intended to make our feelings the rule; rather our feeling are needed to guide us without the benefit of a complex set of rules: we need only recognize that how we react is likely how others might react. And we conduct ourselves accordingly. We need only recognize one rule: the Golden Rule. For more, read the post. Wishing everyone a happy Friday! Happy trails! And for David Davidov’s Ukraine, Safe Skies! (pls subscribe to his channel). To China’s and Russia’s and like-minded regimes: Why can’t you just join the party instead of being party-crashers? No one wants to invade China. No one wants to invade Russia or Iran or N. Korea. [Israel, sadly, is an anachronism, using an ancient promise that IMO god never ever promised to justify what denying to Palestinians the very horror that has been done to them, over the millennia, again and again.] You can compete with ‘the West’ without enslaving the ‘East’. Games, tech, the race to the Stars…although the Earth has grown small, the Universe is big enough to contain all of our dreams, yes? But, if we are to survive the time needed to get that far, we will have already ditched the imperialist bullshit and become freinds already… p.s. We must address overpopulation. Our rulers won’t admit to it, but overpopulation is the reason we are in the existential mess WE ARE IN. Our rulers see us as commodities. The more of us on the Earth at one time, the more we consume and the faster our rulers enrich themselves as they strengthen their hegemony over society and the World in a neoliberal democratic scenario. For as long as they can/are allowed to differentiate and separate themselves from us (the motivation for policy such as the Doctrine of Discovery) and we the people allow them to, we are headed IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. Population density, given the pathology of the rule of ego, creates the situation wherein:
  1. Everyone having ‘rights’ means NO ONE HAS RIGHTS…live in an apartment building and you will see…
  2. Anyone living above/outside the chaos can easily get away with manipulating chaos to their own personal advantage…this is what Putin and Xi are doing on the World stage to divide the rules-based-order nations so that Putin and Xi can take more for themselves out of the confusion they create among us. It is also how Putin and Xi are acting to divide us within our own nations, and weakening our nations’ response / our internal cohesion. [It is also what Donald Trump appears to be doing TO HIS OWN NATION.] Trump is friends with Putin. Anyone wearing a MAGA hat nowadays is an abject idiot: unless submitting America and Americans to bare-chested (but not bear-hearted) Putin and undoing the sacrifices Americans made only a few generations ago to free Europe from the Nazis is what makes America great? I think !NOT!
p.s. I watched a media program yesterday calling out the G7 leaders…the leaders were just settling in around a table for a meeting on Russia/Ukraine. As they were sitting down they made jokes to one another about Putin’s bare-chested images…I have to say, I would have joked too…only, WHEN THE MEETING BEGINS, it’s time to get serious, and I would have, AS THE G7 LEADERS SURELY WOULD HAVE. It is human to joke…I often come up with my best ones when I feel scared about the situation…making jokes helps me to dissipate my fear so that I can act objectively and decisively. But the media outlet intended for this to make the G7 look bad. Prayers for Ukraine. For the World. For the children of the World, our world. Prayers that the good people who live in China and Russia and Iran and Israel can reverse the direction in which their leaders are pulling them in…time for ‘the people’ of China and Russia to step up and lead…for, in being last in nations taken in the wrong direction by their ‘leaders’, they will be first. 10 August 2022 The Ontario Government throne speech – I am listening to the CTV report on YouTube. The picture of bedridden patients along a hospital corridor was enough to convince me, without having to listen to the good doctor’s words, of the truth of the reporting…WE HAVE A HEALTHCARE CRISIS…WE HAD ONE BEFORE COVID…HOW ANYONE WORKING IN HEALTHCARE, no matter how much (or how little) they are paid, COULD HAVE SURVIVED THE PANDEMIC (and now a second majority mandate for Dougie’s con-persons) IS TO BE FOUND IN THE METRICS OF COURAGE AND SENSE OF DUTY/HONOUR and not by any sort of measure that DF et al. can perversely rely on to proclaim, ‘There is no healthcare crisis.’ I warrant that my dad and many others have died because there IS. But THE FACT that governments, in this case, Doug’s, would stand up in front of cameras and BOLD-FACED LIE TO THE PUBLIC, proclaiming there is no crisis, reveals how far the movement conservatives have come; that the death knell of Abraham Lincoln’s ‘democracy’ is about to sound; being rung by global investors and the ‘corporate-parliament’/boardrooms of neoliberal democracy and free trade tribunals. [Rather than engage in constructive conversation with an eye to the truth of the matter, they find it easier, using their control over the messaging to the public through privately-owned media, to bamboozle enough of us into voting them in and leaving the rest of us to the police, if we react to strongly to the obvious theft of our vote by, in this case, Doug Ford and his coven of con-persons. You cannot have an effective, equitable, sustainable, rules-based, unipolar international world order in operation, if you have, at the same time, a bipolar world order operating within nations, wherein, the wealthy create the laws favouring the acquisition of wealth as the primary objective; everything else, including Abraham Lincoln’s ‘the people’,  being secondary. I have written extensively on how we might fix these chronic issues, by formula. We must formalize the value of work/tasks to society, the risk/challenges of doing such work to the worker and his/her family. We must revise the tax regime to ensure that no one, but no one, real or ‘imagined’ in terms of personhood (um, meaning corporations), earns more than 2sigma beyond the mean income of members of society. Obviously, corporations would have to have their ill-gained ‘personhood’ rescinded since corporations can no more operate on the same financial/legal legs as a real individual anymore than a real individual can possess the same financial and legal legs as covens of investors. This has been permitted to happen under the Liberals/Democrats of the World…to wit, the Left. There is no more evidence needed to show where the disconnect shown yesterday by the Ford ‘government’ /business office wrt healthcare. It is deliberate. It is the ruling class. It is the allure of $$$. That’s it. That’s how greedy we are and how stupid we have been not to recognize the problem. If we do not change our democratic structures and intensify the passion with which we honour, maintain, progress, and PARTICIPATE in OUR democracy, IT WILL NOT MATTER WHO WINS IN UKRAINE, EUROPE, THE M.E., THE PACIFIC RIM…many of us will perish in the flames of war and afterwards, it will be business as usual for the wealthy of the victorious side. Before kingdoms change, people must change. [John the Baptist: Jesus of Nazareth (should have been scriptural, but Hollywood came up with it instead…go figure!] Prayers for Ukraine sending the Russians home and that their armed forces do not succumb to the evil of Russia’s Putin by behaving like Russia’s military WHEN UKRAINE GETS THE UPPER HAND. It is not only the evil of others we must protect ourselves against. The evil within us is more subtle but just as sure to take us all down as it is surely in the service of the Dark One. This was how movement conservatism was able to get a foothold among the generations after the heroism, strength, honour, and courage of the first two war generations. The darkness in us has a purpose. It reveals the direction in which the Light leads us, being opposite to the direction in which the darkness is pulling. Right now, that darkness pulls the World, our world, to war and self-annihilation. What America and allies do now, the corporate pathology notwithstanding, IMO, is the right thing, I have come to understand: You must be the change you wish to see in the World, the Mahatma told us. America is being the example by not using its strength; but rather daring to follow the rules, RIGHT DOWN THE THROATS OF CHINA AND RUSSIA and their allies, if necessary…neither America or Taiwan will be the first to fire their weapons, but the moment China’s trigger-finger twitches, IT WILL BE THE END OF XI AND CHINA’s regime – it is already too late for Russia unfortunately. Putin will have to go and Russia will have to pay for what Russia’s military has wrought in Ukraine. On the bright side, however, in defeat, this generation of Russians will be given opportunity to be the heroes they have it in themselves to be; they will help to rebuild Ukraine and to repurpose Russia as the great contributor; existing in a bountiful world order…Russian citizens have had to survive under the thumb of murderous dictators for as long as Ukraine has had to fend off Russia’s military…once Putin is gone, and true democracy replaces his rule by $$$,  Russians will finally enjoy the quality of life they deserve; and they will embrace their cousins in Ukraine…no more fighting. No more young children dying silently from starvation. The modern penchant for obtaining apologies over past sins is keeping us from moving forward. Our focus on the past comes of ego. There is no one guiltless. We are all guilty of the most egregious crimes against one another. Colonialism/the Doctrine of Discovery…that’s ruling class viral-RNA inserting itself into the Church (the Popes were often provided by the ruling class, I understand). The pervasiveness and success of movement conservatism and neoliberal democracy (corporate rule) is ruling class viral-RNA inserting itself into our Parliament. We have not put our best foot forward, and now, we have one last opportunity to do so, before, IMO, we destroy ourselves. Look to the Golden Rule. As Donald will soon discover, the Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold. 9 August 2022 News  of the Russian military using the Ukrainian nuclear plant at Zaporizhzhia as a military base, from which they are launching artillery and missile strikes on Ukrainian positions… …by now, it should be clear that Putin/the Russian military WILL NOT abide in the rsule of law pertaining to war (and honour), anymore than China is prepared to honour the rule of international law. Neither Russia nor China is in possession of a modicum of honour under their current regimes, if anything interferes with their expansion, why they’ll beg, borrow, steal, MURDER…going so far as to threaten nuclear annihilation; even though engaging in a nuke-out would guarantee the end of both regimes and the obliteration of millennia of culture and HONOURABLE SACRIFICES MADE BY THEIR FOREBEARS. this sounds too much like Milton’s Lucifer: ‘If I can’t rule in ‘heaven’, then I’d rather rule in Hell’… …a hell Xi and Putin are prepared to condemn not only the West to, BUT THEIR OWN PEOPLES as well. hello? Best thing is for Russia and China to find a way to back off, now. Praying for Ukraine and for its President to keep up keeping up! He must be on reserves by now. I don’t know how he or Ukrainians are managing under the murderous Russian assault. I don’t know how normal human beings can wilfully perpetrate such evil upon others, even others of other species, let alone others OF THEIR OWN SPECIES… …what Putin does now, and what Xi threatens Taiwan with, is of such an egregious character that the only possible outcome is for some incredibly bad karma to come to Russia and China as their legacy. What Russia has done is already unimaginable. The carnage ensuing from an invasion of Taiwan, equally so… …it will go very badly for Russia and China. For Russians and Chinese. Soon, the tide of war will reverse itself. Ukraine and the World will be coming to hold Russia to account. If Xi doesn’t back off, it will be the same for China. Very, very bad. We need only agree to a set of rules. We need only promise to keep to playing in our own sandboxes and not take any sand out of our neighbours’ sandboxes… …just like every human parent, of neoliberal democracies or theocracies or authoritarian states WOULD HAVE THEIR CHILDREN BEHAVE. Why then does it have to be so difficult for us humans to behave in exactly the way we tell our kids to? Prayers for Ukraine, for the World, and for the world’s children, who will inherit whatever it is we leave for them as our generation moves on… Strength and honour, else what we leave for the children is Putin and Xi’s dark and rapaciously wealth-serving dystopic vision. The Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold. 8 August 2022 Headline 1: Analysis: Climate change, scarcity chip away at degrowth taboo – I’ve been writing for years that inexorable, positive GDP growth is going to lead us lemmings, as we follow our leaders as they follow the allure of riches (based on our ever-increasing consumption of ever-decreasing quality fare) – well apparently the obvious has a ‘degrowth’ theory to back it up. Apparently, the great scientific minds at the U.N. and elsewhere have associated the notion and consequences of inexorable GDP growth and consumption with CLIMATE CHANGE…oh, really? The Reuter’s article goes on to say that the U.N. is calling for cuts in consumer demand in order to fight climate change. Now we come to the chase: just exactly how does one ‘cut consumer demand’? Why, first, increase interest rates; then, you throttle back the valve of government spending (reducing employment and consumer purchasing power); then you rollback benefits (or hold back COLA increases as inflation erodes the value of the benefits you pay out); you increase taxes on commodities… all of which means those with less money/closer to or in poverty (and that is most of us already…most of us are only a few paychecks away from the street…) will have even less and be plunged into a chronic dystopic misery, while Wealthy folks will be able to survive well enough, albeit at a somewhat attenuated level. The Reuter’s article goes on to talk about a new paradigm in economic theory and the great minds are focusing on degrowth economic opportunities…to wit: how the wealth class can continue to survive with both its hands around the necks of the poor? ….fingers drumming… There is only one way to fix the problem. I have written ad nauseum about it. Here, I’ll point out for now that, if there were fewer people, we might make fewer parking lots, build on less land area, consume less of the land’s resources and, consequently, generate less toxic waste and, because we are not paving over green lands and hacking down trees apace, Mother Nature can better manage/assimilate our waste. We can no longer allow the rapacious rich to exploit the bejeezus out of the Earth Mother. We have allowed this to go on for too long and look what our wealthy leaders/ruling class have wrought… Our Wealthy are just kids in adult bodies. They only know what they want without having a care about the effect of seeking and achieving these things on the Earth, its peoples, its flora and fauna…its future. They regale us with a fictional narrative that keeps us consuming, enriching and maintaining their positions of authority and lives of affluence – they work hard, most of them. They believe they earn the right to enjoy so much $$$. They do. The trouble is, if earning the right conflates with driving people into poverty, and the exclusion from fair opportunity and quality of life, then their operatives are patently anti-social. How else can one look at this? To state the obvious: Degrowth is best achieved by reducing humanity’s footprint and that is best achieved by reducing our numbers and spread. This would reduce the control wealth exerts upon society by reducing their control over the money supply. Wealth / power are corrupting after all. We need people in government and in positions of authority who, like our parents, put their ‘kids’ / citizens ahead of themselves and their big mansions and fancy cars…my mom wore out her brassieres to make sure we all had what she never had as a child…hers was an example for the Ages, like that of Jesus and most moms… …what has Wealth done for the World? Why, it has given us Elon, Bill, Jeff, and Steve…we can watch these bozos’ larks as they continue to run the World, our world (but they see it as theirs) into the ground… …or we can grow up and become the next generation of ‘parent’, parents in our societies, and do the right thing by one another, all the flora and fauna, the Earth Mother, and god him/her self. We would ditch the neoliberal usurpation of our democracy and return it TO THE CITIZENS. We will work together to give back the Future to our children. God bless Ukraine and Taiwan and America, Germany, the U.K., Poland, Slovenia, Czechoslovakia, Japan…all the nations of the World who collaborate in the name of Peace. God help the peoples of China, Iran, Russia, N. Korea, Turkey…because of  nations who put self-interest ahead of Peace, those people will suffer greatly. God help the rich, for because of their ‘success’ they earn social division and misery for so many others in their communities and nation. As the concentration of wealth and power continues upward and away from society’s foundation (ol’ Abe’s ‘the people’ ), the foundation will destabilize and everything  built upon it, our history, culture, faith, will come crashing down. I ask, Is it really worth it? Why not just do the right thing and help one another to do it? People can be wealthy, just not  improperly so. People can still have babies, only fewer (all nations must reduce their numbers on a pro-rata basis by attrition -balancing birth rates against death rates). The key to the door which opens to a positive outcome, is ensuring that:
  1. the Earth Mother and humanity are in balance, a la Raworth’s Donut paradigm, and,
  2.  that no one, but no one, is denied what Maslow has identified as being necessary to self-actualization…
…a self-actualized human collaborating in a society of self-actualized humans in a World of self-actualized humans…what kind of world might that be? Why, one where Ukraine’s President is telling jokes to make his people laugh and feel joy, rather than one where he has to encouage them to keep going against a murderous Russian invasion; …a world where we are not focused on digging up the past (because all nations, peoples, and societies have done egregious wrong in the sight of god, even the ones (of all faiths) who have done murder/slaughter in the name of their god) and instead work together to learn and build on the past to create a universally bountiful future for the World’s children; …a world where we no longer dread, and embrace each new rising of the Sun with the hope and optimism of the child’s spirit; what we are bereft of as we are educated in social values and then corrupted by the allure of $$$ and sex and CONSUMPTION as we join the workforce. Prayers. have a great day!  7 August 2022 China:  The Xi-zee regime keeps styling Taiwan as a ‘breakaway’ province; that any international interference with its internal affairs is ‘playing with fire’. I am so tired of listening to Xi’s bs. The fact of the matter is that Taiwan belongs to China as much as China belongs to Taiwan. Taiwan is the stronghold of Chinese loyalist forces who sought refuge there against the People’s Liberation Army, which had control of the mainland. As the Americans maintain, ‘reconciliation’ between the two must be ‘peaceful’ and bi-lateral. Invasion, in either direction, is a no-no. China wants Taiwan and the Taiwan Straight. This is all about $$$. Xi is, like Putin, attempting to buy ‘immortality’ for himself, over the bodies of more dead than anyone living today can possibly imagine. No doubt, both are in Satan’s service. America/the West aspire to build a World where competition is in the business/tech spheres, not the military; where disputes are managed, and polarization reconciled, by the rule of law; wherein due process discovers, verifies, and settles things on the basis of a set of rules to which EVERYONE (including the most powerful nations) IS BEHOLDEN. All of the media attempts to make sense of China’s/Russia’s attempts to invert and pervert the status quo in their favour (and are willing to threaten the West and in doing so, THEIR OWN PEOPLE, with nuclear annihilation hello?) are not helpful, save for to keep us reading and their owners earning revenues from advertising. The truth is that in Putin and Xi et al, an abject darkness of the human soul is revealed; Joseph Conrad’s Kurz sums up the author’s horrific assay of the human condition with the words: ‘The horror! The horror!’ The world does not verge on holocaust because of ‘destiny’ or ‘natural progression’ or some other relatively ‘innocent’ process; BUT BECAUSE OF GREED; the darkness in the human soul brought to the light of day by Conrad (and sung about by Santana). How $$$-entitled people behave toward their less-wealthy neighbours suffices for proof of how one national government, vested in self-interest, is inclined to behave toward others…it should have been plain the notion of integrating China into the global supply chain was going to backfire on the West,  but our ‘leaders’ insisted on shipping jobs and manufacturing capacity over to China, just as we integrated our energy supplies with Russia… …the greed of our wealthy ruling-class folks is what brought us to this impasse, BY IGNORING THE OBVIOUS. Human life counts for nothing…[I can’t get the image I saw today of children playing on a beach along the Taiwan Straight with warships on the horizon out of my head]…and the world economy, thanks to them, could soon find its measure in barrels of blood, rather than oil. Despite all of the indicators over the years, our wealthy insisted on enabling China to do what it now threatens: to polarize the World and for China to have its half of it. That geopolitical model is an anachronism. A unipolar world, demilitarized and DE-NUKED, is the only viable, sustainable platform for human collaboration, going forward. This is as true of domestic society as it is of global society. There is no room or justification for ‘us and them’. There never was, only, now, with the destructive power humans have created we will annihilate one another over our differences. [god creates life/we use our imagination to think of better ways to destroy life…whom do you think we serve in doing this? the god we say doesn’t exist? or the Satan who does exist and whom wealth serves, all the while covering up the demonic act by having us believe Satan doesn’t exist either…]. Wealth practices ‘genocide’ on its own people, passively-aggressively, by slowing taking opportunity away and plunging people into poverty and leaving no way out of it…[but they offer us ‘mental health services’ to cope]. There remains opportunity for a few but society is remiss if it doesn not provide opportunity for all. If you don’t believe our ruling classes/wealth acts and exists contrary to god, then how do you esteem they stack up against Maslow? [his evidence our evidence-based policy gurus seem to have missed] I’ll end today’s rant by asking, ‘If President Biden were to do what god hopes he will do, would he be doing anything other than what he is doing, right now?’ IMO, wrt China and Russia, he is doing god’s will. It took me some time to realize it, perhaps, because of the urgency coming of seeing people dying and their homes being blown up, but he is holding back on ‘loosing the dogs of war’ by insisting on maintaining the status quo wrt China-Taiwan-the World until China and Taiwan can reconcile, one way or the other, so long as it is by mutual agreement and not by force…[were Taiwan to invade China, America would condemn Taiwan.] Taiwan wants to be left alone by China [just as Kurdistan wants to be left alone by Turkey]. Should China invade, America will, hopefully, confront China directly and let them know, in no uncertain terms, that America is not given to ‘play with fire’ but will… …rain fire down upon Xi and his military extravagance. Putin and Xi. It’s Hitler/Mussolini all over again. As for Putin, he has already crossed the line and Ukraine should inherit some Russian territory in the way of payment for what Russia has done to Ukraine? Our greedy wealth class enabled China while it provoked Russia with sanctions, IMO. Regardless of who is at fault, our poor will bear the burden of war and pay the Reaper’s tally on the battlefield in blood. It will be poor white trash, young Indigenous men and women, young Muslims and Christians and Jews and Buddhists fighting and dying side by side in defense of the free will and liberty our creator gave us and which our wealthy classes, out of their greed and shortsightedness and ignorance, took from us and sold to the highest bidder through the vehicle of Free Trade Agreements/international corporations. It is not a battle of ideologies that plunges us into war. It is the oldest of motivations: greed. Greed is what underpins Thucydides’ Trap. In this case, it is China and Russia’s greed, since the Americans are learning to share power in a rules-based global configuration, rather than exert power militarily as Russia does and China now threatens Taiwan with. Left to our ruling classes as exploiters rather than stewards, they will respond with greed in kind, and seek to bs their own people into an ‘acceptable’ compromise with Putin over Ukraine and Xi over Taiwan… But, Biden might just ascribe to ‘honour’ rather than ‘greed’. Putin crossed the line a long time ago and his days in power must be numbered. Xi’s days must be numbered also. Out of respect for international rule of law, the Americans can’t move to take out Xi and Putin. Given the tech they already possess, they likely could, but know that would deepen the trouble… No, the only way is for Chinese people and Russian people to take the bull by the horns and bring sanity back to their leadership as we must here wrt our ruling classes, that they might return to their god-ordained duty to steward. Our leaders can ignore god but we don’t have to. God wants us to follow the Golden Rule. That’s it. in that light, let us resolve to support our ruling classes in everything they do that progresses the will of the creator and to stymie everything they do to create more distance between the ruling class and the ruled. We are one race. We are one people. Wealth and poverty are constructs of wealth. If our ruling class were to give proper value for the work we do, then NO ONE WOULD BE ABLE TO  AFFORD SUCH SPRAWLING MANSIONS AND MUTLIPLE SNOWBIRD VACATIONS, and the Commons would be ‘religiously’ protected rather than eroded and fenced off. There would be more doctors, nurse, healthcare pros, teachers…earning less money but operating more effectively and living more happily despite owning fewer toys or eating less ‘organic’ (why do they suppose poorer folks can survive well on non-organic, anyways?), because they are less stressed by workload. the governing principle of self-interest is contrary to god’s Golden Rule. duh! Faith institutions aspire to uphold god’s Golden Rule. God’s Golden Rule defies Wealth to the point where the existence of a Wealth class is as unnatural in Nature as it is reflective of a paucity of spirit and exists in diametric opposition to everything god stands for and intends. We cannot continue to defy god. God only wants the best for us. Our ruling class wants only the best for them…and therein lay the problem, one of existential import. We can get through this. Thank God Biden and not Trump is at the helm in America. The Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold. p.s. At the end of the day we have to stand together. Just as 9/11 was opportunistically used by the wealth class to further erode personal liberties (while corporations, as ‘persons’ acquired more jurisprudential power over us); just as the pandemic was opportunistically used to acclimatize us to INVASIVE state rule; just as the State opportunisticly attacked the Church/Faith institutions in general using the Residential Schools the government created, to erode our faith in god and our hopes for a better world than what our ‘leaders’ leave for us and our children to live in; just as landlords are given more inroads to invade the privacy and quality of life of tenants…all in the name of Wealth and $$$s…Wealth will continue to deflect situations, events, and reactions  into the service of Wealth and the maintenance of Wealth’s hegemony over everyone below it in $$$ value. Reconcile Wealth and Poverty, domestically and globally, and the world’s troubles will evaporate because human greed has at long last given up the ghost and is replaced by the love of the creator between us and him/her, humankind and all other souls…can you imagine the joy in that? I prayed the Rosary yesterday for my children and for the world’s children and for Ukraine and Taiwan. Today, let’s all do that. Doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or not…’the church’ doesn’t own god or the mother of Jesus anymore than it has shown itself to be capable of fulfilling the will of god and Jesus…because of that darkness in the human soul, that escaped the confines of the soul’s light and is spreading darkness all round. Let’s all do it, and see if our voice in unity is loud enough to be heard and acted upon by the creator. If Peace happens, if universal compassion and sharing happens, if WMDs disappear forever, then we will have our answer. We will know that god is ‘awake’ and that he/she doesn’t need anyone to fight for him/her…that in fact, fighting is hurtful to the heart of god, and that peace among his/her ‘children’ across the Universe is as desirable in his/her Universe as it is in every parent’s home. 6 August 2022 Wishing everyone a great day and prsayers for the people of Ukraine and Taiwan. Neither will buckle under the pressure of murderously imperialist ‘neighbours’. Both are heroic in their stance to fight for their homes TO THE DEATH. Which makes me wonder at the declaration by Amnesty International, calling out Ukraine for endangering civilians by putting military personnel among them. Ukraine has been invaded. Ukrainians ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR HOMES AS RUSSIA BOMBS AND MURDERS ITS WAY ACROSS UKRAINE in a murderous chevauchee. I don’t know about the good folks at Amnesty International (and they are good) but I am good too, and I would fighting as a civilian right alongside my nations military and police folks, PRAISING THEM AS THE HEROES THEY ARE, not condemning then for bringing the war to close to my living room…alright, already. I am equally miffed to listen to China’s bs over and over. And the media’s rationalizing their bs as if it is something other than BS. wrt to overlapping coastal water claims in the South China Sea, the Sea of Japan, yada-yada, simply rollback the zones of each nation from the boundaries prescribed by international law, on a pro rata basis, until they no longer overlap…each nation is affected the same and there is no more concern. why is that so difficult? wrt to China’s farting and snorting and making all kinds of unsavoury sounds all around Taiwan, right now,  I can only wonder at Xi’s mental state. His ego is going to start a war over there. Many are going to die, and for what, exactly? I PRAY THE MOMENT A SINGLE TAIWANESE IS MURDERED BY THAT $#wr#, FOR A THUNDERBOLT TO COME FROM HEAVEN AND SEND HIM STRAIGHT TO …. wrt Israel’s bombing in Gaza, America and the West must tell Israel, in no uncertain terms, that if they do not withdraw and begin a negotiation, under deadline, to create a Palestinian State, that Israel is on its own over there, militarily. We cannot support Taiwan, Ukraine and NOT support Palestine. We need to be fair. Prayers for the good hearts of the World, and they are everywhere, in every colour and culture and creed. p.s. An observation: in the old days, the sons of wealthy folks entered the Church because the Church was the highest authority. Wealth usurped the Church’s position of authority but used it as a facade from behind which Wealth ran the show, NOT THE CHURCH, NOT GOD, but corrupted career-developing rich folks. In our day, respect for the church has been eroded and attendance was way-down. At the same time, politics is on the way up. The sons and daughters of wealthy folks enter into politics and keep wealth’s control over society through the facade of ‘democracy’ (neoliberal democracy) instead of faith… THE GAME IS THE SAME. Only the ‘names’ are different. We have traded god in for our wealthy ‘Mount Olympians’. Bill. Elon. Jeff… only these folks and their ‘priests’ /our media, don’t really give a flying f about you, the world, or even members of their own kind. they love to wallow in their own stink and they think we should love to wallow in their stink too…in fact, these people have become so insane with wealth they think we should enjoy the stink they leave in their wake, just going about their daily activities… wrt the Residential Schools: it was the corruption of wayward people working in the Church, not the Church per se, that was responsible for the Residential Schools and the Doctrine of Discovery – the  church legitimized what the rulers of the day wanted: to facilitate their expansion of territory into areas occupied by others. [just like Putin and Xi are doing right now, only now, the WORLD WON’T STAND FOR IT.]  The popes who permitted this to happen were acting against god, AND ON BEHALF OF WEALTH, just like Putin and Xi act against the rules-based international order today and against god. The Church is supposed to represent god and god created the Indigenous, along with everyone else. The Doctrine of Discovery was plainly meant to serve WEALTH ACQUISITION. To our Pope: It is right and proper to rescind this blight upon the Church. Our Pope Francis, came to Canada to apologize for that. He was met with praise and criticism; because there really are no acts of contrition or words which can diffuse the profound, deep sorrow. I believe the Pope knows this and understands. He didn’t even try to defend himself or admit to the pain he was experiencing from age and travel. Compared to the pain of the Indigenous, their lament for the lost generations, this is something that runs deep to the level of soul – his pain was nothing TO HIM. The sadness for their children is now become part of their Joycean ‘racial unconscious’…part of the Indigenous soul-fabric…it will be a long, long, time before healing happens. The lost children are with god and are angels now. We will see them again, only not yet. Not until the time of renewal – god’s time. In the meantime, let’s give god ‘another try’, shall we? Call him/her what you will, worship him/her the way which feels right and proper to you. Let’s rein-in our wayward wealthy folks…they are us, they just have so much money they are blinded to the fact. But, remember, we are them too. If we become insanely wealthy, we will become insane with wealth. ALL HUMANS HAVE EGO. Ego, when it is permitted to drive the car, ALWAYS WRECKS THE CAR. Ego does not know how to ‘drive’. It is not capable of managing such responsibilty. That is what the mind is for. The mind god gave us in order to manage ourselves and our freedom to choose. To drive. there is no better operative strategy than the Golden Rule, to get you to your destination. The Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold, every time. 5 August 2022 Headline 1: U.S. says China firing missiles over Taiwan is unjustified escalation – IMO, Xi’s ‘psyche-show’ is shameless: He threatens, he rants…he might even pee his pants out of excitement…he’s one of those who is not above scaring the bejeezus out of little children, just like Putin. [it just goes to show, no matter how ‘out there’ you are, there is someone for you, as if that murderous couple from St. Catharines, whom I would not ‘dignify’ by uttering their names weren’t enough proof]. America’s response to Xi: Bluster all you can muster, mister. …then America just keeps on doing its thing. America appears to be committed to the ‘TO NOT BE THE FIRST TO SHOOT’ principle. But they will be the last, IMO. I say this because America is committed under Biden to progress the rules-based, international order, governed by international consensus. After it neuters the undue influence of its wealth class, America will succeed in its selfless aspiration to create a world wherein bozos like Xi and Putin cannot bomb, murder, and brag their way in order to garner more real estate and power over others. You can already see with what disdain their ruling classes look upon THEIR OWN CITIZENS, THEIR OWN KIND, differentiated from the power people by wealth, just like here in our neoliberal democracies. How do you suppose they will treat you, down the Belt and Road? In America as everywhere in the neoliberal world, fractures are created among the people and government by powerful lobby groups, backed by Wealth. For the movers and shakers in the Wealth class, it seems as though the issue is, in and of itself, irrelevant…it is as if, the issue’s potential to foment division in society is the primary consideration for these folks. Why would that be? To divide. To divide and  conquer. Not at all complicated. It is just that Wealth regales us with continual messaging to keep us from organizing ourselves in opinion, to use our democratic elective process to compel our ‘leadership’ to do right by ‘the people’  so loved by Abraham Lincoln. While we are busy focused on one another, our wealthy folks continue to shape government policy to favour Wealth and to continue the erosion of the Commons, that the wealthy might continue to build and sometimes occupy grand brand new mansions on sprawling country estates…further neutering the Earth Mother’s ability to produce life and to assimilate and neutralize its toxic byproducts. Division, by the way, is what the German Foreign Minister during a recent P&P episode was the reason for Putin playing the turbine card. Whereas her ‘colleague’ (I prefer rather to refer to her as Canada’s Foreign Minister) seemed more interested in rationalizing the government’s decision to return the turbine and promoting how the government came to the right decision after a difficult process, Germany’s FM stated the case with typical German directness: Plainly, Putin continues to ‘divide’ (um, in an attempt to conquer NATO/EU/the West). Putin and Xi know that the window of opportunity for them is closing as the World slowly embraces solidarity in building and membership in a rules-based order. They see themselves as lords; owners of businesses. They see the ones who maintain them in power as ‘friends’  and ‘citizens’. They see citizens as ‘commodities’ to be bought, sold, manipulated and lied to, as required. Granted, the Wealthy above us see us pretty much the same way, BUT, OUR CONSTITUTIONS SPEAK OTHERWISE. America is prepared, but, it is going about the business of ‘business as usual’ wrt the rules. As China plays ‘chicken’ with America over Taiwan, America prepares to fight for Taiwan. China will be the one to start a war with the US. And that’s what the U.S. could be waiting for. [I don’t know, I’m just someone with an opinion to share.] China’s belligerence will have the effect of driving the geopolitical fence-sitters to the West’s camp. [China’s camps should be doing that already!]. Xi is a gambler as is Putin. We cannot know all of the cards they are holding, but IMO, if either of them fires a nuke at someone, America is going to rain instant hell down upon their militaries. If either Russia or China fires a second nuke, then it will be game over for the nations/cultures/heritage of Russia and China and a whole lot of unnecessary death and misery, for which, IMO, Xi and Putin will account to the creator of the Earth Mother and all the souls she give life to. China is already responsible for denying the World time needed to address the outbreak of a new virus and for that alone, Xi and his regime will need to account for.  It could be an act of pre-war? Or ‘denial’ knowing the Wuhan lab messed things up with Gain-of-function experimentation?  Xi knows, unequivocally, one way or the other… In such perilous times as these, it is fortunate for the World, our world, that the most powerful nation/culture in the World, our world, is intent on shaping the world order to be an inclusive, rules-based cooperative, as opposed to becoming demesnes of Russia and China. Let us rally to America. Let us support it as it gets its democratic legs back under it, under Biden, after the Trump ‘Dark Age’. p.s. Some years ago, I observed that Donald Trump appeared to be provoking China; poking the panda, while being buddy-buddy with Putin. I expressed the idea that perhaps Trump had it right…that as time went on, China’s military capabilities would continue to grow and America would not be able to keep up, partly because it was already policing the world to great expense; that war was inevitable and that as time went on, America’s chances of victory would decrease as China’s would increase. Trump appeared to have the right idea wrt China/the wrong idea wrt Russia. China wanted to replace Russia as the new leader of the other side of a binary world order. Now, because America is back to being America under Biden, both China and Russia have a common enemy, whose existence prevents either one of them from progressing their imperialist ambitions, and so, for now, they have become bedfellows…if they were to obliterate the rules-based order / the pax americana, wherein it is the ‘American dream’/values and not the nation per se policing the World, a world of honour all round, rather than just ‘among thieves’, they would next make war on one another… China and Russia’s playing the nuke-threat card could be evidence that the time ‘to call’ is nigh. They know America is determined to stay in the game with the hand it has wrt conventional war, but is America willing to engage in a nuke-out, especially when Russia and China have hypersonic missiles we can’t possibly defend against? and so the question becomes, ‘Are they bluffing?’ The only way to find out is to stay in the game, and every time China or Russia ups the ante, America ‘matches’. Which they are, as a strategy. Eventually, China and Russia must call, or fold. They will attack us or they will withdraw back behind the Wall, or north of the Ukrainian border (and relinquish all of the occupied territory), as the case may be. If they ‘call’, it’s war; America, the U.K., the new NATO members and the old ones…all nations aspiring to a better world for their next generations….and heroic Ukraine WILL WITH ONE VOICE will respond, engaging them WITH OVERWHELMING FORCE. It could take generations, if not millennia, for the Earth Mother to recover from this. I don’t know if our species will survive it; but neither will our species survive the abject, utter insanity of Xi and Putin and like-‘minded’ rulers. Once Putin and Xi ‘call’, the World is given no choice, save to act on the creator’s behalf, to defend ourselves and our god-given free will all around, and leave the outcome to our god. Here’s my optimistic prediction: that in the end, Ukraine will absorb Russia and Taiwan will absorb China into democracy. No more war or threat of war between them, under a rules-based international order, existing in support and under the guidance of a democracy untainted by neoliberalism. I much prefer the demeanour toward leadership displayed by Germany’s Baerbock to that displayed by Canada’s, at least in the P&P interview. The German was direct, take it or leave it. The Canadian Foreign Minister did not seem to be buying her own explanations. On the issue of the turbine, Canada did do the right thing to send it back to Germany [I had at one point said it was the wrong thing to do], but they had no business deciding on the turbine in the first place…it was the property of Russia, I guess, but it was for the Germans to decide its fate because Germany would pay the price for a decision that would be unpopular to a lot of people. IMO, we should have just said that, and left it at that…it is not too late. Prayers for Ukraine and for the World. Prayers for Russia to stop being an asshole and send that poor young woman who only went over there to play some basketball home to her family and loved ones… for crying out loud, Xi, Putin, Trump (with his separating migrant kids from their parents at the borders) LEAVE THE KIDS ALONEIf my mother were still living on this side of the Styx, I would ask her, what to do about the insanity threatening to take the world down? Headline 2: Ukraine, Syria expected to top Erdogan-Putin talks in Russia – after reading, I remain given to wondering at Turkey being a part of NATO. Whatzup, Yippee-kye-ay Erdogan? Putin gave you his ok to go after the Kurds? How about Finland and Sweden? Aren’t they handing you folks you call ‘terrorists’? IMO, it is you who should be kicked the bejeezus out of NATO. You take land away from people. You force them to desperation. They don’t take it lying down. So you call them terrorists. [Have I got it right so far? If not, please forgive me.] So you use your veto to force Finland and Sweden to hand over to you people you have a bloodlust for, else YOU will not let them join NATO, for their sakes and for NATO’s… Just exactly what kind of idiot are you? I pray that Finland and Sweden do not comply. I prefer them in NATO and you out of NATO if you cannot act with honour. I pray that Finland and Sweden do not comply, unless an individual is proven to them to have murdered innocent Turkish civilians to make a political point…that’s terrorism. Your threat to murder Finland/Sweden’s NATO membership if they don’t give you what you want? What would you call that? It appears as though Turkey got everything it asked for, but that the Fins and Swedes, god bless ’em, have angered Turkey by not extraditing anyone? Turkey accuses Finland and Sweden of not keeping up their end of the bargain to allow them into NATO. I say if Finland and Sweden honour the truth, and the truth is, the folks they are harbouring are not ‘terrorists’ in the real, apolitical sense of the word (and they likely aren’t if Finland/Sweden already welcomed them to stay for a while), then they will not extradite the folks Turkey wants to bbq. They are honourable people led honourably. I WOULD CONSIDER IT A FAIR TRADE TO TELL TURKEY TO SHUT THE DOOR ON THE WAY OUT OF NATO WHILE WE PUT OUT THE WELCOME MAT FOR SWEDEN, FINLAND, AND UKRAINE TO NATO…those are the kind of folks you want at your back; not someone like Erdogan. He’s playing his own game and maybe wants to see the reincarnation of the Ottoman Empire as his legacy? Here’s today’s standings: In first place, The West – everyone who is sane, their ruling classes notwithstanding. In second place:
  1.  Nations who threaten to use nukes (that’d be Russia, N. Korea, and, in their own unique passive-aggressive way, China, plus Iran…)
  2.  Nations who bold-face support Russia’s chevauchée in Ukraine.
  3. Anyone who politicizes doing the right thing by your neighbours. If you do the right thing only when you can benefit materially (and not do the right thing when you do not benefit materially), how can anyone call you ‘friend’? How can anyone trust you? How can anyone engage you in any relationship, business or social? [This already characterizes the relationship between Western ruling classes and at least half of their citizens (the ‘lower half, $$$-wise) and we know we need to fix this.]
  4. Anyone who calls their nation a ‘theocracy’ (Iran) and then deigns to enter into a political alliance with a ‘nation’ (actually a ‘breakaway province of Taiwan :)) who denies god exists,  over their common hatred of all things ‘West’.
3 August 2022 When it comes to leadership, one can either lead from the front of the pack, or push the pack from behind. When one leads from the ‘front’, one leads by example and it is left to those he/she leads to choose whether or not to follow. That is the best way. It is how my mother led our family and being a child of hers was the best possible world for me to live in. It is also the democratic way. Right now, we are seeing America’s House Speaker and Taiwan’s President doing exactly this. In contrast, from the other side of the strait, China-Xi ‘pushes’ at Taiwan. He wants Taiwan. He seems ready to wipe out the Taiwanese, just as Putin does now in Ukraine. Taiwan refuses to be pushed into anything, and therein the fallacy of ego’s control is revealed. Ego, in this case, Xi’s (and wrt Ukraine, Putin’s) believes it can acquire more power/prestige through coercion of weaker groups/nations. Through displays of ‘strength’, threats, and of course, the lying and cheating (and the ‘goodwill’ of rich Western folks trying to get richer on the backs of Chinese citizens under Xi’s thumb), Xi hopes to take on and takeover the World, one nation at at time. But by coercion, he invites an equal and opposite reaction; so much of the energy and resources  of the society this kind of leadership creates are taken up just to maintain ‘unity’…because it is not voluntary as is the case of leadership by example. These nation-empires naturally spiral downward into disunity, given time. THE ONLY SUSTAINABLE WAY FORWARD IS THE DEMOCRATIC WAY. Where things are motivated by consensus, not coercion. In that case, it is the creator working on our behalf from behind the scenes. Democracy implies free will and free will was given us by god, not by Satan (or whatever you want to call the egoic impetus). The business model is being applied by a ruling class corrupted by wealth. This is a coercive model involving bribery and fear…give the people just barely enough to keep them ‘peacefully acquiescent’ to the effects of the existence of a wealth class whose mores, now that they have successfully removed god from the consciousness of the majority of citizens, permit them to aggrandize their wealth on the backs of the backs of the citizens they are meant to steward, and through the media they own, they try to get us to love and admire them for it. Prayers for Ukraine and for their intrepid president. Prayers he and America’s president continue to lead by example. Like America’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, they will lead the World and their nations by their example from the front. With such leadership, Xi (and Putin) continuing to push from behind, can at best be ignored (as America is doing wrt established rules of international law). At worst, should they upset the status quo (as Putin now does and Xi threatens), they will give the World a serious punch in the stomach, but, I fear, be responsible for raining hell down upoon their own citizens, for whom THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE. To end wars forever, we need only accept and continue to fulfill the creator’s purpose. To create, and maintain a world of imagination and possibility and opportunity FOR EVERY SOUL. To respect every other living soul as if they were us (they are, only ego confuses them). This is Maslow. This is the Golden Rule. 2 August 2022 News today that Al Queda’s leader was killed by an American drone strike in downtown Kabul on the weekend. President Biden was adamant, while making the announcement, that none of his family members or any other civilians were injured in the strike. If this is true, and I don’t doubt that it is, coming from Joe Biden, then if I were Russia and China, I would think twice before engaging the Americans and allies on the field…the precision with which the Americans can strike, and from (for them) a safe distance, should give Putin and Xi cause to wonder, ‘Am I next?’ It is too late for Putin after what he has already done to Ukraine. He crossed the line. He must account for this to Ukraine first, and then the creator… But for Xi? It is not too late. He’s huffed and puffed over Taiwan and done some elbowing in the Spratly Islands, but hasn’t ordered military action, so far. He will need to find a way to save face, but, as things are, he could keep a country by letting Taiwan go, rather than invade and be severely stung by the nest of hornets he stirs up on the island nation. OUCH!  Plus, were he to invade Taiwan, America’s ‘one-China policy’ notwithstanding, IMO, America’s military will be knocking on his front door very soon after. Xi must be an intelligent man, as Putin is, but, hopefully, unlike Putin, he is not yet made insane with power. Perhaps he can figure out a way to save face and back off on Taiwan. He would be doing his great nation a great favour by moving his regime back toward reconciliation with ‘the West´ and ditching the ‘destiny’ thing. A warning: I fear America might have incurred some very bad karma for itself when it played the nuke card and bombed Nagasaki and Hiroshima; (and then there was the Bikini Island thing). It may be that America has to suffer a soltary nuke attack, perhaps a ‘dirty-bomb’ coming from someone allied against the U.S. with Russia/China? If that were to  happen, I pray the Americans resist the natural urge to respond ‘in kind’, if responding in kind precipitates a full scale nuclear exchange, for the sake of the World, our world. America under Joe Biden has shown signs of life again, after the insanity of Donald Trump’s regime. I believe that, whatever happens going forward, the old guy in the White House is the World’s, our world’s best chance at a future; one in which everyone, regardless of $$$, shares, that WE MAY ALL CLIMB MASLOW’S LADDER TO THE VERY TOP. Biden appears intent on moving things along incrementally, toward a rules-based international order. He’s got Putin to deal with at the moment; but he will not allow that to distract him from the superordinate objective of achieving sanity on the geopolitical stage; canonizing a ‘scripture’ that everyone agrees to follow. He therefore continues to follow and advertise the rules the World is building and agreeing to (with some notable exceptions). Therefore the Pelosi visit to Taiwan. Despite Xi’s warnings, Pelosi is now in Taiwan. President Biden has come out to discourage the trip, but says his hands are tied. IMO, this isn’t quite the whole story…I think Pelosi is bringing a message of comfort to Taiwan, but that it is even more pertinent for Xi…to the effect that diplomacy and the kind of ‘blather’ that leads to peace under a rules based international order is THE BEST WAY TO GO FOR AMERICA AND CHINA ALIKE. Both are great powerful nations. No one stays at the top of their game forever, and America is no different. Neither is China. The Romans are long gone. The Egyptians too. The Ottomans…no empire last forever, so all of the bloodshed and misery and bravado WAS FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Today, our world enjoys the existence of a nation that is the most powerful economic and military force in the World; one which is dedicated, unless Trump gets reelected, to sharing that power in a world of equals under the umbrellas of a true (as opposed to neoliberal) democracy. We are almost there. If we can get there, we can establish the U.N. to takeover from America as the World’s police force, to maintain national boundaries and to protect regional minorities. Prayers for Nancy Pelosi’s safe return home without international incident. Prayers Xi can find a way to back out from the threats he made over the Pelosi’s visit. If he doesn’t find a way, he will become as desperate as Putin now is. He will then cross the line and all bets are off, for peace. Prayers for Ukraine. As the World enters a new phase, Ukraine will be rebuilding; its membership among the heavyweight champions of the World guaranteed, as sure as the Klitschko brothers. Tell you what, both those guys are capable of backing up their words. If I were Putin, I’d be VERY AFRAID. If I were Xi, I’d confess to a little too much testosterone and then call it a day. Let younger people, looking to the future rather than old guys living in the past (Biden excluded/Trump included) lead. The old guys Putin and Xi know their days are ‘numbered’. They are positioned ahead of us and leading only wrt to the grave. But seriously folks, we are not lemmings and we need not follow such leaders as they lead us over the cliff. Biden/America/EU/UK et al. are committed to improving the world. Putin and Xi? Why, what they cannot rule over, they would raze to the ground… …whose vision might you suppose, best aligns with our creator’s? 1 August 2022 The wheat has begun to move from Ukraine. Turkey deserves kudos for this. I pray Turkey no longer has a bone to pick with prospective NATO memberships, because of domestic politics. What the World needs now, besides ‘love, sweet love’, is SOLIDARITY. If we do not present a common front to the kind of aggression Russia is doing in Ukraine and China is threatening in the South China Sea/Taiwan, then, the World, our world, will likely not be able to avoid all-out conflagration. Lose-lose. If we do unite, as America’s President Biden calls for, why, China might experience a change of heart, perceive ‘the rules’  to be a better option than to attempt ‘to rule’ and invite war. At best, war is a process of 1/2-step forward, 2-steps backward; but for China, there will be dug such a deep hole, it will take generations for the Chinese that survive to rebuild their nation. In that event, they can count on the help of the Americans, the EU, everyone aligned with the democratic ideal; but it is much better for them and for us to not ever go to war again. The situation Russia has plunged the World into is perilous. The supply-chain integration challenges aside, as Ukraine pushes back, Putin will become proportionately more desperate. It comes down to a zero-sum game between Putin and Ukraine. One or the other will not survive this ‘special operation’. p.s. I watched some very disturbing videos yesterday about Fauci and corporations (and vaccines). Today I watched PBS reporting on Amazon’s foray into the medical business. Amazon grows like the cancer corporations are. It became a fence for Chinese manufactured goods as it demeans its own worker and frontline supervisors (another feature inherited from the corporate model, created by the Americans when they mistakenly awarded corporations ‘personhood’ and never bothered to rectify the court reporter’s error. Amazon Prime may be a good deal still, I don’t know anymore. I was wavering and had even thought to restart my Prime membership when my other tv service subscription ends, but now, after watching the PBS report, I am thinking not to. I am already trying to divorce from Microsoft, without walking into the gaping jaws of Google or Apple, say. I converted a laptop to Linux-Ubuntu Studio and do my writing, office app type stuff, and research with community-developed software. Let me tell you that Linux has come a long way. Community initiatives are contrary to the concentration of wealth and power. They are truly the way forward. Corporations in their modern form exist illegally and operate with amoral impunity. The only ‘ morality’ is $$$-acquisition. Truth is a convenience in the corporate world because IF IT DOESN’T MAKE MONEY IT IS IRRELEVANT. That also means the relevance of people is limited to the value they represent to the investors’  bottom line. Which brings me to the conclusion that people in the neoliberal-democratic societies of today are of value to the ruling class only to the point of our ability to contribute TO THEIR BOTTOM LINE. That is what happens when ruling classes no longer use their positions and wealth to steward  their societies but rather use societies to support their positions in affluence. Headline 1:Nancy Pelosi se rendra à Taïwain malgré les menaces de la Chine – well, you just gotta love Nancy Pelosi! She ‘bows to principle, not pressure’. When Xi is inclined to be sensible, she will talk to Xi. But when Xi tells her, ‘Stay out of Taiwan; else you are playing with fire’, her actions speak louder than any words, but to translate her actions into words: ‘Just watch me!’ America under Biden is showing itself to be sensible. They are undaunted and unphased by Xi’s threats. They will continue to respect international law/agreements, BUT THEY WILL NOT BACK DOWN. As it stands, America is walking the fence on Taiwan. It is obliged by its laws to help Taiwan to defend itself from ANY INVASION. At the same time, they remain ominously silent wrt coming to the aid of Taiwan, should China invade. I say ‘ominously’, because, IMO, if China so much as sticks a toe in the water belonging to Taiwan, to ‘test the waters’ as it were, such hell will rain down upon China the like of which the World has never seen before. Withal, America chooses to give Xi some time to think things over. It will not be the first to shoot, but it will be the last, and China could be left in ruins, if it does not immediately capitulate and effect a regime change of 180 degrees. America will tolerate China’s navy ‘watching’. America might even tolerate a Chinese military escort of Pelosi’s plane as it comes and goes from Taiwan. BUT IF THE CHINESES MILITARY INTERFERES WITH PELOSI’S COMINGS AND GOINGS FROM TAIWAN, CHINA IS F’D. Here’s my thing: I don’t believe America allowed its military to get so far behind as the media leads us to believe (because ‘crises’ are what keep us on the edge of our chairs and reading, and creating revenue opportunities for advertisers!). I think America is keeping its cards close to its breast…because it knows it has a really good hand. Now, no one can know for sure what cards the Chinese and Russians hold, but the twain are become very loud and belligerent; proclaiming a fiery end to anyone who dares interfere with their imperialistic agendas. IMO, when people talk with so much bravado, when they threaten you with utter annihilation, it is because they are desperate already. If they are desperate already, they do not believe their own words. Under the circumstances, and given what we can or cannot know, America is handling China exactly right. As with Russia, America is allowing China to make the first war-like move. In the meantime, America is working to protect and progress an international, rules-based order. …while Russia and China think to cut some of the World away from their neighbours for themselves, no matter how much murder they  need to do. My question to anyone who chooses to support Russia and/or China: Why would you choose to align with regimes who would walk into their neighbours’ territories and take what they want, leaving swathes of dead civilians in their wake, when you could align with a block of nations operating under a common set of rules with which all nations agree? At the end of the day, which approach guarantees the security of your nation, forevermore? Think well upon it. Be a Nancy Pelosi and DO THE RIGHT THING. Rally to America’s position. Right now, before insane elements in the U.S. have a chance to put Putin’s ‘altar boy’ back in the Oval Office. Send a message to Xi and Putin, the Panda and the Bear, and let them know that the World, our world, the world we will leave to our children, will not accept their imperialist aspirations. If enough of us take a stand, it could be enough to get Russia and China to withdraw, stand down, and then join the international order. The regimes of both nations will have some atonement to do. Putin has already crossed the line. IMO, he must give his life back to god for the evil he has done. His days are very likely numbered, as are those of anyone and any nation with empire on its agenda…this violates the Golden Rule, which comes of the Heart of God, to wit: (IMO) the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Creative Principle, for everthing created is created out of love or who would think to create it? The Creative Principle is of the timeless fabric of creation and god. As for Xi, if he and his bozo ministers can just shut the front door, it may not be too late. Dunno…I’m madder than hell at him for his role in scaring the bejeezus out of everyone, and for his support of Russia’s invasion…that’s enough reason for him to be kicked off the world stage, IMO; the delay in reporting the new virus before COVID had a chance to really get going could suffice to condemn him to Hell. Xi likely already fears this; that’s why he chooses to  say there is no god… …trouble is, ‘god’ doesn’t know it yet. I guess he/she is so far away from Xi that it will take some time for Xi’s declaration to reach him/her? In the meantime, if I were Xi, I’d ‘be afraid; very afraid’. 31 July 2022 Happy Sunday, to you, whomever you are, however you worship, whichever life-stage you are at. Right now, I am watching a YouTube video,  a 5th Estate episode from 2015 about a doctor’s book, ‘The Wheat Belly’.  It appears to be a case of ‘Dr. Davis v. the World of Science’, however, some of the arguments I hear against Dr. Davis’ demonization of wheat appear half-baked and not at all convincing… Question: In this day and age of ‘evidence-based policy development’, why not establish a control group of citizens who will not eat wheat products? We could conduct an evaluation of wheat consumption and see for ourselves? Why keep ‘talking’? Let’s resolve to take out the ‘guess work’. Yes, wheat has been our staple for millennia. If it is ‘poisoning’ us, we can always develop alternative food sources. Apparently the genetics of wheat have been changed in our generation from the millennia prior. The term ‘Franken-wheat’ is popular. I know that Agriculture Canada has for a long time been researching and developing disease and blight-resistant strains in order to increase output. Could we be experiencing unanticipated side effects? There is a lot of money and time invested in wheat, naturally. If there were some truth behind the demonization of wheat, it will be met with resistance from some powerful (um, $$$-wise) quarters. Naturally. Therefore, my suggestion to simply conduct a long term comparison study and settle the issue, once and for all. IT IS TO OUR COMMON BENEFIT. This could have already been done. Perhaps the most significant attitude changing observation  to emerge from the episode was that of the scientist who made a career of studying scientific studies: ‘We are not used to listening to the pronouncements of scientists. Scientists have lost their ‘rock-star’ status. We are used to to listening to and reacting on the basis of what our celebrities say. The episode concludes with the observation, ‘whom you believe comes down to a matter of trust’. One interviewee said she is suspicious of any claims by anyone who stands to make a profit. The interviewer asked, ‘Well isn’t that also true of Dr. Davis?’ This, IMO, underscores the need for governments and public servants to, above all else, be impeccable in their word (one of the Four Agreements). They aren’t anymore, as a rule. Government should commit to a study, once and for all, on the issue of the wheat-staple. On this, and on many other issues we keep talking about but never seem to get to the point of doing something about. This applies to so many things. Let’s take the influence of $$$ out of the equation and focus on our mental and physical health. Honest, open, objective studies HAVING ONLY ONE GOAL: to suss out the truth of the matter. Period. Leave all our hopes/expectations aside and just find out the truth. Armed with THE TRUTH, we simply cannot go wrong, can we? Prayers for Ukraine and the world’s children. Prayers for the oppressed. But, seriously folks, the ruling class become rapacious class has lost its way. As one person said on another 5th Estate episode, this one about supplements like Vitamin D and Omega 3 oils, ‘We are back to snake-oil salesmen, 150 years later.’ I recall observing the same thing myself only recently. When $$$ is the prime determinant of our social values, why, anything goes, because the fact means that our society is already divided into rulers and ruled; we no longer exist under the umbrella of a human ideal, but rather under the shadow cast by the ego of a wayward ruling junta. [we need them to S.T.E.W.A.R.D] Stephen Harper tried to promote the governing principle of investing in business…if it makes money, do it! Can you see now where the business mindset and morality is leading to? As the very existence of the Doctrine of Discovery clearly shows, even institutions whose ongoing existence derives from the revelation and promotion of the  the will of the creator to humankind can fall under the thumb of human ego; which is under the thumb of Satan. This is what has befallen many of our ruling class folks. That is not to say, the church is evil. The church has accomplished many good things, but, like governments, and like leaders in the community, it often loses its way, because of human ego. Our Pope means to change all of that, and even for that, he is being demonized. Our ailing Pope is back to Rome now. Not to rest, but to work. He means to point us all toward reconciliation, first with the Indigenous of the World, then along all other lines of division…ultimately, our reconciliation with our creator, our mom and dad. We need to see ourselves in one another. That is the objective reality. In the subjective world, some have the privilege to treat others like animals. We are forced to live a life determined by our ruling class for the benefit of the ruling class. The subjective implies living life in one’s own world and that means EVERYONE OF US IS BLIND TO EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING and to how the ruling class is dividing us FOR ITS OWN BENEFIT. If we wander around life blind, we cannot see where we are headed. Can we not pause a moment and give this some thought, before it is too late? Before catastrophe happens? We need the leaders to lead. To lead all of society they must value people above $$$. We are headed over the cliff; the one even the lemmings wouldn’t walk off of, if our leaders continue on their current trajectory of neoliberal democracy. God bless the Pope, our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and everyone who knows to follow the Golden Rule rather than the rule of gold. God bless Ukraine and its intrepid leaders and citizens and fighters. God bless all those in the world, all those of the ruling class who would stand up against the aggressors and murderers and rapists and child-killers of the world. If we are not dead, then there is still hope. Let us not give up. Let us keep out of our heads and stay in the light of the creator and the creator’s OBJECTIVE truth. p.s. More bad news out of Ukraine and belligerence from Xi. Our wealthy ‘leadership’ has brought us to such an impasse as this. India should drop its bs and then India, Japan, S. Korea, and the Americans should move on China and take that pug-faced bullshitter down. Likewise, the EU/Britain should move on Russia and take the anti-christ out. I’m tired. Aren’t you? The majority of my life is past, but my children are at the age where theirs is just getting going…making their own family, a home to live in, to grow old together with their husbands… …I want to leave to them a world safe from the dogs of doom, to wit: the pug and the bull…wait now, dogs should not be so maligned, let me walk that back and just refer to these two bozos as the small-‘p’ panda and the bear. The panda tried to grow up too fast and is now full grown but unhealthy and physically incapable of much, apart from blather and bravado, just like Putin’s ‘bear’. JUST LIKE PUTIN WITH HIS BEAR, XI IS GOING TO BRING DEATH AND MISERY UPON HIS OWN PEOPLE. They do not deserve such a leader as that. I pray Nancy Pelosi goes to Taiwan now, even if she didn’t plan to, just to piss off Xi. Xi has made serious threats. I am sick of listening to that pug-faced moron. Mrs. Pelosi, please put a sock in that mouth and shut it up. If he were to harass you in any way, THE AMERICAN NATION IS GOING TO RAIN HELL DOWN UPON HIM. Let’s see what he does. Unlike the manner in which his Russian back-door buddy wages war, the Americans are honour-bound and will send Xi straight to his ‘maker’ (not god, but rather the one who got his hands on Xi during his life up to now) without having to flatten the nation and its heritage and culture. China, Xi notwithstanding, has a great people with a great culture and history and has much to contribute to the world and in return, its safety and ability to keep on keepin’ on, will be guaranteed by the Americans, the West, the World…even our corrupted ruling class will not seek to invade your nation or steal from you…besides, they are too busy with robbing the citizens of their own countries. The same goes for Russia. But, as it stands today, Russia’s military has committed the most egregious sins of war and hell will soon rain down upon them, once Ukraine is able to stand up again after being rabbit-punched, knocked to the ground and kicked while its down…the Russian invasion was very cowardly, and very, very bad…if Ukraine can get its legs back under itself, from what I have seen, Russia had better watch out. The Ukrainians are no pushovers. They have already shown themselves to be the real deal…Putin knows it. That’s why he’s trying to wipe Ukraine and Ukrainians off of the map. If he doesn’t succeed, and he won’t, Ukraine will be coming for him. Ukraine will not stop, Ukraine will not sleep until Ukraine sends Putin straight to Hell. Things need to be resolved now. If Trump gets back into the Oval Office, America is f’d and the World, our world, our children’s future, right along with it. Loki-like, Trump will overturn the gains made during the intervening four years, he’ll withdraw America’s support for Ukraine and NATO/EU. Then, we will all slide over the precipice. p.s. Has anyone seen Shots: Eugenics to Pandemics? It is on Tubi, a free television app. Write your comments  in, please! 30 July 2022 Looking at today’s headlines, I am once again given to wondering what is the point of posting anything on this site when no one, absolutely no one, is listening or even cares… The Pope, ailing and wondering whether or not to retire due to ill health and his advanced years, came to Canada to progress the process of healing and reconciliation. While proverbially there is no rest for the wicked, in truth, there is even less for the pure in heart and spirit who are motivated to make things right… …and yet, the media is peppered with ‘reporting’  on whether the Pope’s apology goes far enough. The media’s focus remains on the Pope’s ‘words’; his actions be ‘damned’. In any other human world but this one, I have heard that ‘actions speak louder than words’. The Pope’s actions count for nothing in the media, it seems. But then again, for the media and for politicians, words is often all they can produce. The media’s act to so thoroughly bias the reporting SPEAKS VERY LOUDLY about the agenda of the reporter -to earn their paycheck – and the media’s wealthy owners/investors, who simply want to keep us reading by writing stuff designed to provoke anger, angst, whatever, to garner readership in order to garner advertising revenue and also their interest in shaping our opinions and thought patterns to accept their world and that the existence of their world means poverty and lack of opportunity for more than half of humankind – and that proportion is growing as wealth concentrates into fewer hands. Similarly, the media’s coverage of abortion. Not many of us have the breadth of consciousness to empathize with others. Someone very bright once quipped that ‘empathy is the highest form of intelligence for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world‘. When reporting the side of the unborn, the media is almost entirely silent. EMPATHY is definitely a requirement. The world of the unborn is a very  very busy world as the baby inside builds its independence and is experiencing for the first time, the sounds and movements of the world it has been conceived into. The media doesn’t report on all of that, I suppose because the unborn do not comprise a significant subscriber base, and therefore there are no advertising revenues to be had from them… …better to inflame resentment among women who rightly will not accept being told what to do with their own bodies. Now, women make up about half the population. THAT’S A LOT OF SUBSCRIBERS. That’s a lot of advertising revenue. The superordinate interest of the 5th Estate, IMO, should be to INFORM. But, everything, already our democracy, is rendered in terms of dollar value. Only wealth and wealthy people benefit from such an arrangement; not poor people, not society, and not future generations: living in those days to come, wherein the problems of today will have compounded further, until, one day, everything collapses and the Anthropocene comes to a sorry end for the species god had intended to be his/her emissaries/STEWARDS on Earth. The GIFT OF FREE WILL, inviolate because it was conferred upon us by our creator, yet violated everywhere by a rapacious, blue-business-suited class, is not intended to mean for everyone to do whatever they want, whenever they want; rather, it is the gift of imaginative possibility combined with choosing to do THE RIGHT THING, which is often contrary to having what one wants in a given situation. In order for us to exercise our free will properly, we need to have the whole story from the media. We are often getting only half the story, as is the case with the Pope’s visit and with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. I’m still waiting for the media to report, investigate, and initiate social change wrt corporate ‘personhood’, a dubious jurisprudential construct gained by wealth in the US by trickery and never reversed; even after all of these years. Make no mistake. The World verges on a cataclysm, along many fronts, including nuclear holocaust. Like Milton’s Lucifer, Xi, Putin, Un, the Ayatollahs, et al. fool themselves into believing they can beat ‘god’ and instead end up in defeat and standing atop a pile of ashes which was once the beautiful culture they inherited from their forebears, declaring, ‘I’d rather rein in Hell than serve in Heaven’.  The media is silent on this too, because their bosses have already succeeded in killing god in the public’s consciousness…even god is not permitted the opportunity by the modern neoliberal left to have his/her say in this… …ultimately, denying and/or abusing free will, the gift and duty given us by our creator, is going to bring everyone, rich and poor alike, over the precipice, the one the Lemmings weren’t so stupid to deliberately walk off. …but we appear to be. Let us resolve to do what we know is right by others. In the days of ‘evidence-based’ policy, there exists reams of evidence in support of a developing a system of remuneration and taxation that serves the nation because it will serve everyone within the nation. It will mean truly distributed power, which happens to be A FEATURE OF DEMOCRACY, because unlike neoliberal democracy, DEMOCRACY EXPRESSES THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE and not just the will of the ruling class. Hello? [that was quite a trick by the ruling class to pair ‘neoliberal’  with ‘democracy’…tantamount to pairing ‘shit’ with ‘perfume’, or ‘personhood’ with collectives of investors…] Withal, I retain hope in the creator. I pray he/she will come and set things aright and that even wealth and their media mouthpieces will ‘come to Jesus’ as the saying goes, and drop all of the neoliberal, Brave New World bullshit. All faiths have the Golden Rule because all faiths look to god, the creator of all faiths. The particular trappings of faith are determined by the prophets and the people those prophets god sends/inspires to be his/her human ‘voice’. If anyone truly loves the god they worship, they will not make war on anyone else, for whatever reason, so long as everyone else stays on their own side of the border, oui? That has not been the way of the World, our world, because $$$ and Satan have always had the upper hand down here. The rule of $$$ has always been humankind’s problem to the point where we insanely continue on the same path which got us here and if we keep ‘going forward’ along this particular trajectory, we’ll soon walk off the cliff. ALL BETS ARE OFF at that point. We need only turn away from the insanity of the ruling classes and face the creator. Do that, and we will survive the tsunami that is coming hard upon us (IMO, any day now). The Golden Rule (is of god) trumps the Rule of Gold (is of Satan). We need only embrace the Golden Rule and we will become so sane that poverty will disappear, tolerance and respect will be everywhere…people will look up from their smartphones and talk to people in their community…divisions will wash away and we will see strangers as friends we haven’t made yet rather than than being anxious about their agendas. Prayers for Ukraine. I don’t believe the Russians for one moment about the bombing of the prisoners of war. Anyone, who, after all of this time, feels they can take Russia at its word is a fool and likely of wealth…they made Xi rich, didn’t they? and at our expense. Just to make themselves richer, quicker. Look what Xi does with our wealth and our jobs? Look how much our rich people/investors, beneficiaries of doing trade with China gained in the process and now stand to lose it all if  Xi chooses to launch a missile or two in our direction. Insane. Truly Jesus must have said, ‘Blessed are the poor’, because the poor have not been insane by wealth; only miserable lack of the basics according to Maslow – a bit of evidence we seem to have ignored. p.s. If war breaks out, it will be the poor who will be sent to Heaven first. The rich will be busy bunkering themselves. And we thought COVID unfairly affected the poor? As often happens in this world, the ones in power, being responsible for the problem and oftentimes creating the problem, let the ‘masses’ pay for it with their own blood and/or lack of all opportunity for something better….same deal we offer the unborn right now. Headline 1: Pope says genocide took place at Canada’s residential schools – according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website: ‘Genocide is an internationally recognized crime where acts are committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. These acts fall into five categories:
  1. Killing members of the group
  2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
  3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
  4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
  5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group’ [excerpted from the USHMM webpage]
IMO, the Pope is right. He bears upon his shoulders the sins of the past. He is not like the men and women who did this to innocent children and families. He is not like our modern leaders and media who seem intent to demonize anything and everything he does and says in this regard, yet won’t spend time ensuring the one (the government) gets ‘equal time’ for its role. Why is that? Is it in governments’ interest to demonize faith institutions but ‘preserve’ the ‘honourable’ aspect of government? Government no longer needs god; no one respects the ‘divine right of kings’ anymore, not officially, at least. Nowadays, they need god to get out of the way, so that the left can continue to take us all down the primrose path to perdition. As for the ‘right’, why those bozos are too blinded by the shine of gold to think about stuff like that… As for our Pope, I cannot understand for the life of me, why he wouldn’t rescind the Doctrine of Discovery…does it not institutionalize genocide? We have all done crap. No one, but no, one is wholly innocent. Rather than apologize for the crap we have done to one another, let us resolve to DO CRAP NO MORE. That way, we won’t keep talking while the world is falling apart all around us… Hand-clapping is not enough. Talk is not enough. Actions speak louder than words.   28 July 2022 Well, you can see the influence of the ruling class on the media right here at home…CBC’s coverage of the Papal visit. For all of what the survivors of the Residential Schools and their brothers and sisters of the Indigenous community have been through, and for all of what the Pope’s visit entails and symbolizes, THE CBC HAS TO MAKE SURE, THAT IT FIRES A SHOT AT THE CHURCH PER SE, NOT HAPPY WITH ONLY DEMONIZING THOSE WHO WERE WAYWARD wrt BOTH THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CHILDREN AND THE CHURCH. The government WAS responsible.Hello? The Catholic church never ordered the abuse, neglect, and state-sanctioned kidnapping of Indigenous children, yet, as a chaser to the P&P interviewers guiding our Minister of Indigenous Affairs toward blaming the whole affair on the ‘institution of the Catholic Church’, to which the Minister deftly responds: ‘ [paraphrasing] I leave all that to the people closest to the tragedy.’ …I say, ‘deftly’, because, IMO, the Minister and his government, on behalf of the ruling class ‘left’ are ultimately more interested in killing ‘god’ in Canadian and global society than they are in sussing out and broadcasting THE TRUTH. NO, THEY WANT TO MAKE THE TRUTH, and if the truth is, despite the church’s commitment to the teachings of Jesus, there were Catholics who acted to, CHOSE TO, defile their church and contradict the teachings of their ‘god’ in as egregious a manner as only Satan can imagine to do. They defiled the children for whom THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE, bereaving them of all happiness, replacing it with fear, loneliness, and misery…young children…can you imagine how you would have felt in their little shoes? The thought immediately brings tears…how can anyone, for money, write bullshit about what happened to these kids and who is responsible? What is going on in our world? I am sickened to watch as Turkey and other nations factored in their own domestic political agendas against the world’s consternation over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. [At the same time, I am in great admiration of Poland, the Czechs, and the Slovenians, Boris Johnson, and Joe Biden, for their support of Ukraine.] I am happy out of my socks that the Germans overcame their internal disagreements to come up with a plan to ween themselves from Russian gas/oil…no small sacrifice, because Germany is so heavily reliant on Russian energy. As the world shifts from the light of objectivity into the darkness of subjectivity, where anything goes because nothing matters save for what ego wants. Ego serves only Satan. It will use its ‘imagination’ to convince itself (ego is part of the free will paradigm upon which the human spirit is conceived by god) and as many other egos as possible that WHAT IT WANTS TO BE THE TRUTH is accepted as the truth. This is a common ruling class control strategy. Goebbels said ‘repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it.’…look at the breadth and profundity of misery they accomplished with their lies. The utterances of the German ruling class of those days echoes loudly today. …with all of my heart I urge folks to stand up against this kind of reporting in the media. When you see headlines like these, don’t click on them. When an interviewer starts to ask leading questions of this ilk, change the channel. Society is ‘owned’ by citizens, all of them, and not by a certain demographic. But plainly, that demographic is become insane with power and wealth and cannot function as the stewards their wealth mandates them to be. God asks that we steward with out excess, but Wealth chose to turn away from god because they know they are operating outside of god’s grace when they hoard and acquire for themselves, leaving others in their community squirming in the muck. They ‘guide’ us, rather than embrace and involve us as equals under the democratic institution (‘democracy’ implies universal equality, oui?). Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance (Einstein) / All that is necessary for evil to thrive is that good men do nothing (Burke). If our ruling class-owned media is no longer allowed to function as the 5th Estate because of ruling class interference and the State’s vested interested in propaganda for ‘the masses’, we and our democracy are in serious peril, and the ones imperiling democracy are the ones who are warning us that it is in danger! The trouble and the challenge before us is to read between the lines and question everything we hear before we act…investigate, vet, take the time to consider if everything is adding up… We have to protect our democracy from our own ignorance and lassitude. We simply cannot invest OUR TRUST in folks whose morality, ethics, and perspective is wholly determined by the potential for their enrichment and the preservation of their elevated lifestyles, while others in the community, including CHILDREN, wallow in the misery of poverty. Wishing everyone a great day and a happy day. Praying for Ukraine and for the sacrifice our own war generations made on our behalf, that it not have been in vain. At the going down of the Sun and in the morning, we will remember them. [typing this brought tears too] Headline 1: Quebec’s Conservative party surges in the polls as some of its candidates spread conspiracy theories – Now, I have no interest in the Cons whatsoever, ever since the last great con, Brian Mulroney, who disappointed me so greatly that I never looked back over my right shoulder again. But I am interested in what the media says is ‘conspiracy theory’.  The article mentions one, the so-called COVID ‘plandemic’, this being the brainchild of a ‘shadowy group of elites’ in an attempt to grab more power… TO THE MEDIA: 1- Use your investigative prowess to map out the source and time line of the COVID pandemic. 2- Convince China to explain why it withheld news of a potential new outbreak, UNILATERALLY DENYING the World, our world, the opportunity to properly prepare for it. 3- Ask China to open up the books at the Wuhan laboratory, nothing withheld. IF YOU WANT TO TORPEDO ‘CONSPIRACY THEORIES’ THE BEST WAY IS TO PRESENT THE FULL, UNDOCTORED, UNREDACTED TRUTH. Let people form their opinions on the basis of irrefutable F.A.C.T. If we are not treated like fools by our ruling class, we will tend to behave and think as responsible adults. Don’t spoon-feed us and don’t just pronounce judgements by merely saying ‘this is so.’ Take the time and show us how it comes to be so. Don’t tell us or one another, that, THE PEOPLE ‘can’t handle the truth’ [a line made famous by Jack Nicholson, one of the greatest character actors and the greatest Lakers fan of all time.] Despite our many failings and the emergence of a ruling class peppered with elites who have a lot of money and power but not the brains to match. They are a dangerous lot. Thomas Piketty will explain just how dangerous they are. We have been here before…just before the curtain was raised on the Great War, ACT I. There is indeed a conspiracy happening, but it is between Satan and the modern world ruling classes who now have more in common with one another than with the citizens they are responsible for in stewardship, in their own nations. They turned away from god and are trying to turn us away from god so that they can have THEIR WAY WITH US with no interference coming from the almighty or our faith in him/her. ALL OF US. MEN AND WOMEN. ALL COLOURS. ALL CULTURES. ALL FAITHS. Because $$$ and what it can acquire feeds ego and ego always wants more of what ego always wants…um, MORE. The pope is here among us today. Despite the media’s interest in demonizing the institutions of faith, the agenda it is forwarding, enough Canadians will see the Pope for what he is and not buy what they are being fed. IF THE POPE’S VISIT RESULTS IN MORE PEOPLE GOING TO CHURCH AND SPENDING LESS TIME WATCHING THE ‘NEWS’, we are going to be happier and less fearful to begin with. And then we will be positioned to become better informed, with or without the media’s help. If they vow to fulfill their social obligation as our Fifth Estate, that is, if their employers allow them to, then it will be very easy because our media pros are very, very good at what they do (unlike me, an unabashed amateur). Otherwise, we must cultivate the ability to read between the lines and to not just accept what we are being told without investigating for ourselves. Just because someone says this or that is so, or our politicians say, ‘ Canadians want…Canadians expect…’ ask yourself if what they are saying is even true of you. Ask your neighbours…oh, forgive me, I forgot…we don’t talk to our neighbours or the passenger next to us on the bus or the streetcar, or the person standing behind us at the grocery checkout…we’re too busy staring at our smartphones to talk to folks, I mean, real folks… Headline 2: Protesters urge Pope to rescind Doctrine of Discovery during mass near Quebec City – now, I must eat crow over the criticism I have levied here at the media and at the PM over trying to confer blame upon the institution of the church – when it is a Pope’s policy, a  ‘centuries-old papal edict that justified the colonization, conversion and enslavement of non-Christians and the seizure of their lands — and, Indigenous scholars say, laid the foundation for the Indian Act in Canada’ (excerpted from the CBC article), then it IS institutional and it IS the Institution that stands culpable (um, along with the government) before god (and sadly, before opportunistic governments/ruling classes who want god out of their way). It is good and right, therefore, for this Pope to do exactly what the Indigenous artist asked for, to rescind this despicable blot on the human story, god’s story. I believe this Pope is going to do just that. For more on the history of the Doctrine of Discovery, read the Wikipedia articles. At that time, the monarchs of Europe, in particular, Portugal, Spain, France, England were needing direction wrt the people already living on the lands the Europeans were ‘discovering’…the Pope’s of the Age of Exploration were guilty of worshiping the monarchs ahead of the Christ, since they ignored Jesus’ example… So I see, the waywardness of individuals serving in and through the church extended right on up to the Papacy itself IN THE 1400’s. The papacy had no basis for its decision to treat humans as if they were animals…in fact, they have no basis to even treat animals this way. THIS POPE IS NOT LIKE THOSE POPES. In fact, we haven’t had a pope like those popes for quite some time. This pope is literally atoning for the ‘sins of the fathers’. Not his sin. But his church. Apologies for not knowing this before, and for my criticism of the P&P interviewer and the author of a recent CBC article. What was I saying about ‘condemnation without investigation’?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_doctrine I am guilty and I am sorry.  27 July 2022 Much happening in the World, our world. The coverage of our Pope’s visit will top my list today; however, there’s much happening to deepen our collective anxiety…oh, would that we simply accept that diversity and equality and honesty (and its constant companion, tolerance) are fundamentals of human existence, determined by god, not by us, and that we poo-poo these notions to our existential peril. Israel threatens Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel is told by President Biden to stop the bs they are doing in Palestine, then allows Israeli settlers to continue the bs right after the President left, behind his back. Amazon is apparently engaged with Israel’s means of spying on Palestinians and furthering Israeli apartheid against them. American House Speaker Pelosi is talking about visiting Taiwan again and China is saying they’ll get pretty mad if she does. America’s military doesn’t want her to go ‘at this time…’. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s military is staging exercises in response to China’s threatening posture and rhetoric against the island nation. God bless ’em, someone in Germany is telling Putin et al. that Russia will not be successful in its bid to fracture EU/NATO unity.  The EU has a game plan going forward in the face of disruption of oil and gas coming out of Russia. They must factor in the different challenges each EU nation faces plus ensure the energy-intensive steel industry keeps going strong…especially since we must prepare for war… Ukraine will be forever honoured for its valiant defence against an evil, rapacious aggressor. Ukraine may even buy enough time for the World, our world/their world, to allow the world to regain both sanity and honour; to avoid war and build a unipolar world order – meaning national boundaries are guaranteed, regional ethnicities are honoured, protected, and somewhat-autonomous, and god, not man’s ego (Satan’s plaything), is THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY -which god is, of course, but I mean to say that we as a species recognize the fact in our constituion, as America has in theirs… Plainly, America et al. is trying to build a unipolar world order. Just as plainly, China, Russia, et al. have a deep-seated hatred for all things American, even if America would share power with them along with all of the world’s other nations. China and Russia want TO BE AMERICA…but the America they want to be, no longer exists. All nations must collaborate. No one national society is overlord over the others. Those days are gone. America knows this. The West knows this but some nations struggle with it. China and Russia want to regress to the old way. They want to usurp American hegemony in the world and replace it with theirs. That’s a major step backwards. There is no way to Peace. Peace is the way. That is the truth. Withal, if China and Russia insist on war and resist joining the world order in order to fashion one of their own by force, THEN THE WORLD MUST RESPOND WITH FORCE SO OVERWHELMING THAT RUSSIA AND CHINA’S MURDEROUS REGIMES WILL BE FOREVER BURIED UNDER ASH, never again to see the light of the creator they are trying to kill… hmmm….I began by pointing out how my government/ruling class is attempting to kill god-consciousness… …this is why we must first be sure to remove the ‘mote from our own eye’  before we try to remove it from the eye of Russia and China et al. Yes? If our starting point is the light, if we remain in the light, the shadow of Russian and Chinese aggression cast upon the World, our world, will be vanquished. No dark corner has ever been able to remain dark in the presence of  a candle brightly lit! God bless Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Canada and its Indigenous, America and all those who value Peace and cooperation above war and coercion. God bless this Pope and this American President. The rule of gold prevails, but not for much longer. The Golden Rule will free us forever from the rule and corruption wrought by our worship of the ‘golden calf’. p.s. Have a look at PBS NewsHour. Yesterday’s episode includes an interview with Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman, beginning somewhere prior to the 8-minute mark. Canada’s erstwhile PM Stephen Harper has just come out and endorsed Pierre Poilievre. Well, there’s a reason he’s not PM anymore and it isn’t  Justin Trudeau. Pierre Poilievre loves himself just like Stephen loves Stephen. Neither individual, it greatly pains me to say, gives a lick about Canada or Canadians, save for wealthy Canadians. This is because the cons and the wealthy tend to progress the agenda (unbeknowst to them, I hope!) of the god of neoliberal democracy and fascism alike, Satan. Sadly, the Liberals want to kill god, not wealth’s ‘god’, but rather the creator. Their ego is so unbridled they want to be worshipped on the basis of what they ‘create’. They mean to replace god’s ‘footprint’ on Earth with the human footprint…that’s it for us; we simply cannot separate from the light, decouple from god our creator, AND EXPECT TO SURVIVE. Unless the ‘left’ is responsible for creating the Universe, it must honour and respect that which DID CREATE THE UNIVERSE. The Pope, in his wheelchair, travelled all the way to Canada to meet with Canada’s Indigenous and to heal together. Knowing the role some Catholics, members of the institution he is in charge of, played in the abuse and murder perpetrated upon innocent children must be for the Pope as much a dagger in his heart as might be the case if you had a son or daughter who murdered a child…can you imagine how you would feel? How torn between love for your child and your horror at the knowledge your child did murder or despicable harm to another child? I know I’d rather be dead than live to see any one of my children do harm to another child; as much as I would rather be dead than bury any of my children. Despite all of that, our wheelchaired Pope made the journey. BECAUSE HE IS HONOURABLE IN HIS HEART, he chose to do the right thing, setting aside all inconvenience. Meanwhile our CBC interviewer tries to broaden the crimes against children to accuse the institution of the church, not being satisfied with holding only the guilty to account, this guy tries to politicize the issue, dovetailing it into the left’s social agenda, which is to move god out and the Mount Olympian class in – to our consciousness. I am ashamed of CBC airing this interviewer’s inteview with that minister. I am ashamed for both of them, for CBC, and for our Liberal government. We must ditch the politics and do what’s right… 26 July 2022 Yesterday, our Pope came to Canada in order to further the atonement and healing process wrt the Residential Schools. No amount of talk and tears can suffice. It is something Indigenous families, the Indigenous Nation, Canadians, the Canadian nation, Catholics and the institution of the Catholic Church must accomplish together. It was with tears yesterday I watched a Cree woman go before the Pope to sing ‘Oh Canada’ in Cree, her entire heart, body, and soul resonating every single note, tears streaming down her face the while. Commentator Tanaga struggled to find the words to describe the effect the singer had on her. She did say the appearance was not on any schedule. It was with joy I watched as dignitaries of Canada’s First Nations met the Pope on stage. [I happened to see a picture of the Pope wearing traditional headdress meeting one of the Chiefs, also wearing tradition headdress, and remarked how much the headdresses, worn by these two men, took on the aspect of halos, resolving into the wings of angels.] lt was with great concern I started to watch the CBC interview on P&P with Indigenous Affairs Minister Marc Miller. The minister has plainly mastered the art of talking without answering the question. So much for the minister. In these times, he is doing exactly what he’s getting paid to do, only, not by us citizens… The interviewer insisted on focusing on the response to the Pope’s words of apology. WORDS. OF. APOLOGY. What about the actions? The Pope is an old man bearing a heavy burden on impossibly broad shoulders, who came all of this way, NOT FOR CANADA, not for himself, but to commiserate and heal TOGETHER WITH HIS INDIGENOUS BRETHREN. No mention of that, however… The minister deftly stick-handled around the question of what he thought of the Pope’s response. Now, governments today toss logs into the fire and then step back to see how it worked out, keeping themselves at a safe distance in order to avoid gettin hit by any blowback. This minister had apparently earlier described the Pope’s reaction as ‘shameful’, sometime before his visit to Canada. The minister did his job. The government, in service of Wealth, wants to kill the church, move it out the way, because god and faith in god implies lack of faith in government and the Mount Olympian class they serve. The minister said, ‘I leave that to the Indigenous to decide’, while he and the government stoke resentment toward the church…he knows what the Indigenous reaction will be…he’s been helping to steer it that way: the government invited the church to administer the Residential Schools. Read about how the Residential Schools began here. The church didn’t ask for the Residential Schools. The government legislated the Residential Schools…but the minister and the interviewer (I don’t know his name…it wasn’t Vassy or the other woman who anchors P&P…) seemed to be hellbent on crucifying the Pope and the Catholic church…the interviewer then tries a leading question (paraphrasing): Don’t you think the Pope’s apology falls far short in acknowledging and apologizing for the crimes of PEOPLE WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE CHURCH in the Residential Schools, but not accepting blame on the INSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH? [at this, I had had enough and switched these two yahoos off] To the interviewer: Um, listen bub, the institution of the church holds Jesus Christ to be ‘god’. To us uneducated (being neither of the ‘left’ or ‘right’ and therefore having no place in or understanding of modern politics, this means that Jesus Christ is the HIGHEST AUTHORITY. No where does Jesus Christ Don’t you think the Pope’s apology falls far short in acknowledging and apologizing for the crimes of PEOPLE WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE CHURCH in the Residential Schools, but not accepting blame on the INSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH?go on record to say: MAKE THE CHILDREN SUFFER. He did say, ‘Suffer the little children and forbid them not to come unto me for that is the Kingdom of Heaven.’ Any harm done to children, the god of the Catholic church condemns unequivocally. ERGO, the INSTITUTION of the church cannot be blamed for the malfeasances committed by the wayward within the church…the wayward ARE NOT DOING THE WILL OF JESUS CHRIST ARE THEY? (what do you answer to this question, Minister Miller? and why in the bejeezus didn’t the anchor ask it?). The wayward within the Church will account for themselves and for what they did in the schools before god. They cannot escape the creator’s justice. (um, media folks and politicians don’t either!) I am beyond words disappointed in our government and media. I am especially disappointed in our PM who presides over all of this. I do know his government is a better option than the others, however, I know just as well that our modern penchant for politicizing everything is deliberate and designed to render everything subjective. That way, whomever comes up with the best bullshit has their way, the truth be damned. Anyone in government can create a story and the citizen reacts according to the government’s script. The government can say and do whatever it wants in the service of Wealth; it need only activate the proper triggers to have us react the way wealth needs us to, according to their script. My prayers for the Indigenous. I cannot relate to the depth of spiritual pain they feel. My daily request of the creator is that I die before any of my children do;  that I may never experience it. Our Indigenous brothers and sisters did…and at our hands, Canada’s hands. Now, Canada’s ruling class shamelessly stokes resentment among Canadians and the Indigenous toward the Church over something the ruling class of an earlier time invented and rained upon Indigenous families without the guidance of humanity. This is greatly troubling. Does anyone not see this? We are being governed by a demographic rendered insane by Wealth. They don’t care a lick about Canada or about Canadians or about the Indigenous. They use us and pay lipservice to fixing our problems (um, down the road…) as they create them. That’s corruption. A corrupted ruling class IS THE REASON SOCIETIES FAIL. Inevitably. Prayers for the Indigenous and gratitude to the Pope for his pilgrimage of atonement. The Pope is doing this because it is the right thing to do. At least someone is motivated to do the right thing rather than the political thing. The Trudeau government is simply a Hollywood Western downtown facade for Wealth. Nothing is ever going to improve for humankind as long as Wealth has hegemony over human affairs. The ruling class creates the lie. The media repeats the lie often enough so that it does the work of the truth without having to be true. In the world they are creating for us, subjectivity rules. Virtual reality is our reward, even while living knee-deep in the offal falling from the ‘master’s table’. They however remain objective enough to know how to bullshit us into maintaining their position of authority OVER US. paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep, it starts when you’re always afraid, step out of line and the man come and take you away…I think it’s time we said, Stop, hey what’s that sound, everybody look what’s going down… It appears that our ruling class is responsible for the division among the citizenry. They extol human rights yet suborn reverse discrimination. They extol equal opportunity while enacting policies that facilitate the power of corporations and their foreign and domestic investors over the citizen, siphoning wealth from the lower class/concentrating wealth in their hands. They talk about homelessness and poverty as they steal more and more of the Commons from us in order to build sprawling mansions. Pretty sad, isn’t it? I mean, if war breaks out, it will be us defending the Canada they are stealing our from under our feet. It is us who will be dying. At the going down of the Sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Those words were spoken as the curtain came down on the Great War. The promise has been watered down to happen once a year for most living today… Not only is our ruling class remiss in not ensuring that we honour daily our vow of remembrance, it has become EXACTLY THE DEMON OUR HEROES FOUGHT AND DIED TO DEFEND EUROPE AGAINST IN WWI AND ALL OF US IN WWII. Imperialists. Only now, they want to expand the ’empire’ through international trade agreements, and their imperial subjects are…well, you can guess… The stranglehold of Satan via the ruling classes of the World’s nations is near complete and it follows from this that we pave the way to our own dystopic future, that is, if we don’t blow each other up in the meantime. Battle lines are being drawn, nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong, young people speaking their minds, are getting so much resistance from behind, I think it’s time we said, Stop, hey! what’s that sound, everybody look what’s going down… p.s. There is a wonderful piece of reporting to be found at Reuters…apparently, the ruling class hasn’t managed to ‘kill’ unionism after all…but then again, at present, they are focused on killing god, and stoking the resentment of our Indigenous brethren to achieve Wealth’s ends: to keep us divided…’us’ meaning those who provide the fodder the rich use to further enrich themselves. …and we vote for them? I want to think there are Liberals serving in Ottawa still, who believe in Canada, the Canadian spirit, our democracy, and in the One who so respects ‘democracy’ that he/she thought to give us the free will to make a world of our own choosing; to extend creation in new and marvelous ways…look at what we have done with our god-given freedom to choose…(um, with the FREEDOM to choose comes the RESPONSIBILITY TO CHOOSE PROPERLY.  We all must account for the choices we make, especially those affecting others and their lives. Take a look around…look at what is happening here and everywhere…see if you can suss-out the common operative at play in the World, our world, and identify a unifying theme – one seminal concept/initiative responsible for ALL OF THE CHAOS IN TODAY’S WORLD. I believe I can. Bob Dylan knew about it a long, long time ago and even sang a song about it. I wrote a ‘book’ about it, never published, but a draft (daft?) version is here on this site. Prayers for Ukraine and for the children of the World, our world, whom the State is currently occupied with stealing from their moms and dads. Prayers for the unborn: the State is not defending their right to life and the media is happy to sweep the unborn under the rug to lay forever silenced, when, if given only a few months, could be the one who grows up and saves humankind FROM ITSELF… …and from the ravenous rich. The wealthy of today are not the Stewards god intended them to be. They are a different species and regard everyone ‘below’ them as a different species…hell, they’ve even managed to convince us that a corporation is a person with all of the rights of a person (just like you and me) but with the financial and jurisprudential clout OF MANY INVESTORS (quite unlike you and me); while at the same time convincing us that a baby in the womb IS NOT HUMAN but magically and mysteriously becomes ‘human’  the moment ‘it’ is separated from the mother. The rich need to kill god, that they may have no competition for our attentions and affections; that we experience no distractions in the fulfillment of THEIR objectives: to live high off of the hog and on the backs of the rest of us. It is that simple and THAT BASE. p.s. It is not god that is wrong with the world, no matter what our politicians and ruling classes want us to believe. It is god’s ‘alter-ego’, Satan, who is responsible. With their free will, the ruling class folks have chosen to subjugate and befuddle their own citizens and to make new friends with the ruling classes (oligarchs) of other national societies. Anyone can see for themselves how well that’s working. p.s. p.s. Reading an article now about the Pope’s visit by CBC. Against the backdrop of our Minister of Indigenous Affairs (who isn’t Indigenous) and the P&P interviewer’s insistence to broaden the scope of the demonization process to include the ‘institution of the Catholic church’, consider the import of this statement, excerpted from the CBC article: More than 150,000 Indigenous children in Canada were forced to attend state-funded Christian schools from the 19th century until the 1970s in an effort to isolate them from the influence of their homes and culture. …now, ask yourself who in Canada had the authority to take 150,000 children out of their homes. The church, all on its own? hello? is anyone home? If not the Church, then who? Ah, now we’re getting somewhere… 5 July 2022 Observation: Russia’s military has a history of brutality. The Soviet (and would-be Soviet) regimes have a history of NOT playing by the rules and doing end-runs around ‘agreements’. They lack HONOUR. They say there is ‘no honour among thieves’. Say hello to Russia’s new friend, China’s Xi. Xi’s regime inherited and perfected the art of theft, so successfully that they now brazenly steal islands and threaten the democratic government of another island. Not to forget to pay ‘honourable mention’ (couldn’t resist the embedded irony) to the Ayatollah of Iran who aligns his nation with the atheist Xi-regime. War and the threat of war makes for strange bedfellows, after all. There is serious and deeply-rooted corruption among these regimes. They simply cannot be trusted because they lack honour. If there is no honour among thieves, there is even less among liars…because of their spiritual paucity and lack of integrity, these regimes are destined for failure. Sadly, they are responsible for the lives of over a billion souls…they need to lead, not continue to exploit their citizens into oblivion. HOWEVER, we of the West need to pull up our pants. There is much corruption here also, and, IMO, the corruption derives from the rule of the ultra-wealthy. The billions they donate to global programs is small compared to the power and hegemony they exert upon the World, our world; one they control by controlling the money supply…money is society’s ‘lifeblood’. Wealth in the modern neoliberal democratic world is leveraging a ubiquitous media (they almost fully own) to advertise to young people that ‘career’ in business is the ultimate calling…heck, we even invented NFP and NGO to ‘businessify’ charity…and to instill in all of us a business-style morality, wherein the appearance of guilt is enough to get you fired, therefore enough to get you to do less-than-honourable things, perhaps, to keep your job. The business code of ethics, applied to societies, amounts to FASCISM. No one over here seems to be talking about that, except for maybe Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman. But the ego of Wealth is not content with having total power over us. Just like the Mount Olympians of Ancient Greece, they want us to love and admire them as they sail high above us, dumping their offal all over us….hello? is anybody home? Case in point: the headline (I won’t bother to reference it) about Musk’s being involved with a Google Executive’s wife…this because folks are getting bored reading about the Twitter business…JUST TO KEEP US READING ABOUT ELON, the media finds something else of no consequence to the World’s problems to occupy us with…the Americans have their Stars and (of late) CEOs, the Brits have their Royal Family…it’s all bullshit to keep us distracted from what our wealth classes are really all about and what the media they own won’t tell us… How much more does Wealth respect the citizen than we once experienced in the days of Kings and empires? The Russians have their bare-chested horse-riding Putin (oh so macho!) the Chinese have their Panda-faced Xi, the N. Koreans have their donut-shaped Un, and the Iranians have their hollow-on-the-inside, atheist-befriending Ayatollah…jeez, forgive me, even with the corruption of Wealth in the West, we are WAY BETTER OFF THAN THE CITIZENS OF THOSE NATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN TETHERED WITHOUT THEIR SAY-SO TO THESE BOZOS. We live in a democracy. We are responsible for the quality of the democracies we live in and which our children will inherit. For the corruption we have today, we are responsible for allowing. Wealth took over our government. Wealth owns the ground we walk on. One day, Wealth will have it all and where does that leave us? 100% BEHOLDEN TO WEALTH. Existing at the pleasure of Wealth. The quality of life we enjoy determined by Wealth, while Wealth enriches itself by exploiting the citizenry it was meant by democracy’s founders and god to steward…us. Prayers for Ukraine. Prayers for a sane response to the terror threatening to engulf the World, our world, because of Russian and Chinese ambition and hatred for the West. Prayers for America, the most powerful among us, to get right with itself and USE THAT POWER TO DO THE WILL OF THE GOD IN WHICH IT PROCLAIMS ITS TRUST… …to be STEWARDS in global society. Biden is trying very hard to do just that, IMO. The World, our world, if it rallies to America under Biden, may yet disrupt the looming black hole of global war, threatening to take us all down, forever. The hearings on January 6th are America’s response to a President who is spirited like Putin and Xi to use the rules to gain power and then use their power to mothball the rules which got them there, in order to keep them there, that they may realize THEIR PERSONAL AMBITIONS. If Trump gets into the White House, it is the end of American Democracy and, very likely, the end of human civilization, because he will give Putin Ukraine; Putin will then move on Poland and Finland (and other NATO members) and NATO cannot stand for that…and we are at war. Putin is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Ukrainian citizens and the razing of swathes of Ukrainian suburban areas, industrial areas, farmland and infrastructure, and the displacement or capture of millions of Ukrainian citizens, ALL FOR THE SAKE OF AMBITION. Ukraine does not belong to Russia or to Putin. If the World has any brass, any honour; if it is not ruled by $$$ and by fear, then it will move very soon against Russia and end this, once and for all. The world’s honour and fate lay in the balance. The Golden Rule will see us out from under the shadow of the rule of gold and our children will know the journey to the Garden, because our generation DID THE RIGHT THING. p.s. I hear tell that Ukraine is close to beginning their counterattack in the Kherson region.  I am going to PRAY THE ROSARY TODAY for Ukraine and for the Russian young people who march toward death to the tune of Putin’s Pipes. It is fortunate for Russia that Ukraine/EU/the West will not bomb the bejeezus out of Russia nor will the exact the full tally incurred by Putin’s rapacious rhapsody. The ‘enemy’ of Russia will not deport Russians from their own land; nor will it take Russia’s freedom away; Russia’s ‘enemy’ will only demand atonement for Ukraine and it’s peoples, plus that Russia vows to forever respect the borders of its neighbours…in other words, Russia will become a full player in the International equitable rules-based order – NO LONGER A THREAT AND NO LONGER THREATENED. A win-win, oui? I also hear talk of fracturing among NATO nations over energy, namely, each nation’s dependency on Russian gas and oil. THIS ENTIRE BUSINESS IS ABOUT UKRAINE AND RUSSIAN AGGRESSION AND AVOIDING A GLOBAL CONFLAGRATION. Energy and domestic politics have NOTHING TO DO WITH UKRAINE. If any nation -Turkey, France, Hungary- any nation,  puts its domestic politics and economy ahead of ending the razing of Ukraine and the murder of Ukrainians (and the future of the World, our world), THEN THEY NEED TO BE KICKED THE BEJEESUS OUT OF NATO AND THE EU. They are an anchor to the old ways and will drown the World, our world, as they pull us under the waves Putin and Xi are manufacturing in the World, our world. p.s. If Iran would ditch the destroy Israel thing, and instead vow to be a good neighbour IF Israel recognizes Palestine and enters into immediate good faith negotiations to create the Nation of Palestine within the year, can you imagine what benefit to all involved? Win-win again! Of course, Iran will also agree to forever end its nuclear ambitions IF the nuclear powers of the World, our world, agree to utterly destroy their nuclear arsenals and all other weaponry and research into other WMDs – yet another win-win scenario [aside: China must be fully forthcoming and ready to atone for its role in the pandemic, wrt the origin of the virus AND its attempt to sweep the outbreak under the rug at the beginning, denying the rest of the World, our world, the opportunity to properly prepare. This delay trashed the world economy and Putin launched his attack when it appeared that the World was just beginning to turn the corner on COVID. Xi’s recalcitrance to inform the World about COVID helped Putin’s chances in Ukraine, but neither Xi nor Putin seems to have anticipated the capacity and strength of American, Canadian, Australian, British, and European resolve (kudos to the Three Wiseman of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia who were the first to go to Ukraine in person to show their solidarity with Ukraine against the Russians, knowing full well what the Russians are capable of) even as the rest of us applauded Ukraine’s heroism in its own defense from a safe distance. Whatever our differences are, they are minor challenges compared to the existential challenge Ukraine now faces. Diversity in parallel with universal tolerance and respect is the starting point for a fair, equitable, AND THEREFORE SUSTAINABLE international order. It need only respect life, the right to life, the right to choose for oneself, the right to work and earn a proper living (and make a proper societal contribution), AND THE RIGHT TO WORSHIP IN THE MANNER DICTATED BY ONE’S CULTURAL TRADITION. Rousseau’s Social Contract. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Jesus of Nazareth. The prophet Muhammed (BPUH). The god of Israel. Of the Hindu. Of the Buddhist (the Divine). They all say it: The Golden Rule. p.s. A message from a chinese fortune cookie to the Media: ‘ A half-truth is a whole lie’. News reporting and ‘left’ or ‘right’ should be as immiscible as oil and water. There can be no allowance for the politicization of the facts OR we no longer have facts, only fantasy, courtesy of our ‘leaders’. 24 July 2022 Is there a ‘method to the madness’, the chaos we see declench daily in the World? Our world? Our modern world ensures that we are kept so distracted and so busy and so wary of one another that we are not conscious of what our wayward, Wealthy leadership is doing to our societies behind our backs and right under our noses:
  1. Our professional class, the source and support of our society’s progress and innovation in tech, healthcare, education and social engineering, are very well paid (leaving less for others in society) but at the same time,  extremely overworked, so that, apart from the temporary relief the distraction of trying to spend money faster than they make it provides, they are in a chronic state of elevated anxiety.
  2. Parents are so busy trying to make a living, they are hard pressed for time to get to know their own children; instead they clamour for the State to take over raising their children for them.
  3. Everything has a $value attached to it, to the point that, nowadays, if you are poor, you can’t even get a puppy for your child…while your neighbours say, ‘So what?’ (personal experience that I cannot ever get over being told)…when I was younger, you only had to pickup a newspaper and look in the classifieds to see who was giving them away…in this way, control at the highest levels is guaranteed, because of the concentration of Wealth into the highest echelons, and they decide how much to release into the lower echelons…the amount is always the least the lower echelons (including the professionals, who work harder, faster, to maintain their salaries, rather than accept less and work less and have more time PER PATIENT) will ‘accept’ to support Wealth’s goals to maintain and increase its hegemony over society – the overall effect is that everyone who earns a living, at any level, even $Rama and Food Basics, is spread to thinly and, even though they do their best, is lucky if something worth firing them over doesn’t happen despite their hard work…
  4. this dovetails into poverty and how our government’s pockets were deep enough to help corporations maintain their profits but unemployed folks at the outbreak of the pandemic GOT NOTHING, even though they were most vulnerable…how could any government, comprised of Canadian citizens, so blatantly ignore their own?
  5. Our media commonly relates anything happening today, from abortion to war (and millions of innocents dead or displaced), to the effect these have on business. hello?
  6. In the West, if you are ‘white’ and you are poor, you HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHTS AT ALL, meaning, you have to keep quiet while you are looking for a job and  see all kinds of other ‘colours’  working, but you can’t get a job to save your life and the government won’t help you either…they support reverse-discrimination rather than fight ALL discrimination…it is not that they truly believe in ‘equal opportunity’ (the society we have is ‘Liberal’. Liberal tenet is ‘equal opportunity’ but opportunity favours Wealth as much as it penalizes Poverty…when you are born into Wealth, your life follows an entirely different trajectory than if you are born into Poverty…hello?)
  7. The ubiquitous smartphone ensures we are no longer in human contact with one another…we text, chat, and email with remote people and totally ignore the people we are standing, sitting, and living next to…in apartment life, this has the effect of conducing people to complain to the authorities about their neighbours rather than talk to the neighbour…or, if it is the child you have a problem with (you don’t spend much time with them because you are working so much), the state provides ‘counselling’ for your child and mental healthcare for you (and later your child when they become parents…have a listen to John Prine’s Sins of Memphisto…)
  8. The media gives the squeaky wheel the grease, but if you have no voice yet (or if society isn’t listening), you get tossed into the biowaste receptacle…you don’t even receive a proper burial from those to whom god presented a gift…
  9. More and more land is covered in ashphalt and sprawling country estates…more and more of the Commons is lost…more and more of the land is rendered useless from the perspective of climate change while the media keeps us all reading about the climate change crisis…(p.s. trees will go a long way to helping this…sprawling mansions don’t help…)
  10. Wars are between oligarchs, not societies. Our societal leadership is as corrupt here as anywhere and everywhere because of one thing, AND ONE THING ONLY: the rule of $$$. Millions, if not billions, of innocent people will die because the wealthy of the world, who seek to own our World and enjoy its unfettered exploitation, do not see themselves as Stewards (their god-given duty/responsibility) but rather as business people…they view rank-in-file citizens as pawns in their larger game…the only game, so far as they are concerned…all of their talk, after all these years, is still just talk….
  11. Our politics is become so fractionated (like our psyches, therefore the modern ‘need’ for mental health services) that neither ‘left’ or ‘right’ is relevant…we cannot deal with certain issues while allowing others to fester and people to live or die in misery…there is only one kind of Canadian and if all of us aren’t living the same Canada, then there are many sub-species of Canadians, something we know not to be the case…no matter which colour you are…god made only one kind of human, albeit of many wonderful shades, and therefore THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE TYPE OF CANADIAN in a diversity-tolerant (this includes poor white people, btw) society.
  12. Our government, rather than take the blame fully for the Residential Schools sought to deflect the blame to the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church took on the job under the ‘watchful’ eye of government agents. Just like the parent is responsible for the child and the CEO is responsible for knowing what his/her people are up to and their malfeasances, the government is responsible for NOT ONLY THE MALFEASANCES OF SOME FOLKS WORKING AS CATHOLICS IN THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SYSTEM, but also suborning it. The types of folks who tend to end up in government are of wealth/professional class and that is how they tend to roll: the truth is a convenience…what they tell us is what they want us to believe and it is what is convenient for them, NOT WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW (um, that being THE TRUTH)…it is telling that the Pope is coming to Canada to apologize…he knows some Catholics betrayed the Faith and did terrible things to Indigenous children. HE ALSO KNOWS THAT NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED HAD THE GOVERNMENT NOT CREATED  THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS AND RUINED THE LIVES OF SO MANY CHILDREN AND PARENTS ACROSS GENERATIONS, in the first place. Withal, Pope Francis, the right man at the right time, is coming, in penitence, VERY MUCH WALKING THE WALK OF HIS SAVIOUR, JESUS (who manifested) the CHRIST. NOTE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT/MEDIA ARE GUNG-HO FROM THE GET-GO TO BLAME THE CHURCH…SHAME ON US ALL FOR PRODUCING LEADERS LIKE THESE…
  13. We are told ‘Conserve! Conserve! Conserve!’ as we increase our population, bringing in workers from overseas to makeup for not training the workers living in Canada already and to import talent for our national teams, our professional teams, etc…we allow our wealthy to build sprawling mansions on ‘pristine’ land, mow our trees down without immediately replanting what we took, toxify our waterways, expand our human footprint into habitats, destroying the Earth Mother’s ability to assimilate and detoxify our waste as we go…while our media proclaims the perils and our ongoing battle against desertification, climate change, deforestation, we act to increase desertification, climate change, deforestation…the apparent hypocrisy is explained by the existence of a ruling class invested in themselves, their power, their quality of life, when they are supposed to steward society with the benefits of their wealth. They don’t. They won’t. Trust me, the next generation will be reading the same headlines: about crisis after crisis…regaled by the wealthy into sleep-walking through their lives…competing with one another for the dwindling scraps coming off the ‘master’s table’…the underlying principle is ‘Consume! Consume! Consume!’ because that way, the ruling classes, who provide the commodities, enrich themselves faster…Conservation? What conservation? Crisis? What crisis? It’s all about $$$.
  14. We need to garner perspective. Our neighbour is not our biggest problem. Our egos are our biggest problem. Wealth = ego because in acquisition, one takes much more than one needs, while leaving nothing for others of its ‘tribe’ . We are the only species in Nature to hoard wealth like this, to the point where others starve or wallow in misery….SEE WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO THE PARADISE GOD CREATED FOR US TO LIVE IN, and for which two generations of Canadians gave up their young lives for to defend…
The list could go much further. The rule of gold has resulted in a world of chaos…both contrived and accidental. ‘Accidental’ because the oligarchs of the East cannot agree with the oligarchs of the West, they engage one another in the competitive, winner-takes-all philosophy of business, and that’s how wars start…and ’employees’ die. We need to live free. We need to BE FREE TO LIVE and raise our children and to realize our dreams. It is important that we exist in a ground state of JOY, for we exist within the creator and the creator feels what we feel as much as we channel either the creator or the devil (ego). We cannot continue, if we continue to persist in misery, anxiety, scarcity, threat, AND ISOLATION FROM OTHERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. Maslow. We are our worst enemy. Ego is the problem of the world. Prayers for Ukraine. Prayers for America to get right with itself. And for all of us to get right with our creator…p.s. it wasn’t the devil or ego that created us. Everyone knows that creation is always motivated by love… Why would our governments want to take that away from us? Why would they first decouple religion from the state and then begin to tell us to leave god at home when we go to work, and (what is coming) is a policy of atheism…like China’s? BECAUSE SATAN RULES OVER WEALTH/EGO. The two are inseparable. Wealth sees themselves as the mount Olympian class…no one told our wealthy bozos that this was a myth? Wealth, wherever it exists and rules, needs to move god out of the way, because WEALTH WANTS TO MAKE THE RULES AND NOT LIVE BY SOMEONE ELSE’S RULES, not even the creator’s…some things just have to go a certain way… The rule of gold IS THE WRONG WAY! hello? The golden rule is the way. p.s. For elucidation, check out Genius of the Modern World, free on YouTube.  It is very interesting and informative. I had no knowledge of Frederich Nietzsche or about his observation that we killed god and left a  void that was filled in by the wealthy… I began today’s rant by posing the question, ‘Is there a method to the madness?’ given all of the chaos in today’s world. I’ll end by stating, ‘the left (hand) doesn’t seem to know what the right (hand) is doing. In fact, the leaders of the ‘left’ and ‘right’ could guess with a reasonable amount of accuracy what the ‘other’ is doing BECAUSE THEY ARE DOING THE SAME THINGS FOR THE SAME REASONS: control of the market, in this case, their market is our national society. Look what the cons did to Patrick Brown. There is only one ‘shop’ and for Canada, that’s Parliament, and as the cons love to hear themselves say, ‘Canada (Ontario if you are Doug) is open for business’. A country is not a business, but our leaders have seen to it that Canada is become a business. Businesses have labour pools to draw from as required, so long as they are already trained, or they will bring in foreign workers. For national societies, that ‘labour pool’ is the poor and working-poor. If business doesn’t need you, they allow you to wallow in the labour pool. What does that imply for the poor of nations if governments, in service of Wealth and of Satan (the man behind the curtain behind the curtain from where the ultra-wealthy manipulate public opinion and ‘opportunity’  for citizens. ============================================================================== Ukraine leads. Ukrainians have not forgotten Stalin or his latest reiteration. Ukraine shows us the heroism our past generations also possessed in abundance. Ukraine buys us time to prepare for war with China and Russia and is the World’s Alamo. Let us rally to America and stand with Ukraine. Let us ditch the institutions, mores, and operatives that are permissive and facilitative of Wealth’s hegemony. We have much to do. We had better get busy. p.s. If Trump ever is allowed to be president again, all bets are off. He will succeed in tearing us all down, starting with Ukraine,  NATO, and the EU. Occupying the most powerful position in the world (because of its military), he will likely hand Ukraine over to his good friend Putin (who doesn’t mind that his soldiers rape, pillage, and shoot civilians in the back of the head or bomb the bejeezus out of kids at play) and then end the world by poking the panda into a nuclear exchange, while he weathers the storm he created in his Florida bunker. 22 July 2022 Prayers for Ukraine and for all of the good people and good nations of the world to set self-interest aside and 100% unite against Russia’s aggression; to set a clear deadline to have the Russians withdraw 100% from Ukraine before Winter. Sanctions will not sway Putin, IMO, I wonder if they won’t make him more desperate and more likely to realize his nuke threat? Diplomacy is fine if while negotiations are ongoing, the violence is on pause…but if there is any room to negotiate with the rapist, it is only wrt how much is required of them in the way of reparations; nothing less than a complete withdrawal from Ukraine is either honourable or right. Putin and Xi won’t be happy with power-sharing in a binary world order, whatever they say. In the end, they’ll take it all if we allow. We are destined for a unitary world order, one way or the other…why not opt for a truly democratic, benevolent fraternity? [and ditch the fascism of China et al., but also the passive-aggressive variety often practiced by our ruling class here in the West.] That way, we can have as long as we need to explore Space and heal our sick Earth Mother. We can save a tonne of $$$ not having to ‘keep up with the Jones’s’ militarily and direct these funds to the abolition of Poverty and restoration of our planet and communities. p.s. When I get a taste of how intolerant neighbours in apartment buildings can be toward one another (not to mention how little some respect privacy, because they are ‘bored’ or something), or how callous some folks can be wrt to the misery of others, I can’t imagine things getting better globally…we are perhaps so far beyond selfish that we cannot see how ridiculously we behave and the ridiculousness of our value-set… Everything comes down to kindness and understanding; always has. Truth. Compassion. Forbearance, the Falun aver, is the best approach to life. If we do not change at the individual level and shed the cloak of ego and all of its subjective ‘truths’,  humankind hasn’t got a prayer… Maybe we’d all better start praying now…enough of us can still change and make a difference, but we have been asleep much too long while the devil among us never sleeps and is always looking for opportunity. The challenge humankind faces is great. Existential. There will be much work to do; much collaboration. No room for ego. Wealth’s. Xi’s.  Putin’s. Yours. Mine… We will need heroic leadership…hey! Wait a second, now. We already do in President Zelenskyy and all of those leaders who risk political peril because they are motivated to rise to the challenge and not just talk about it… Ukraine is the World’s Alamo. Let us rise to the challenge before the Alamo falls. Praying for America to get right with itself and to lead the World toward a benevolent and equitable world order and for the World to get right with itself before the window of opportunity is forever closed. [and that will happen long before Elon can favour us with [can you imagine it?] a life of luxury on Mars…] 18 July 2022 The theme of this all-too cliché rainy-day Monday: The art and perils of telling/knowing only HALF THE STORY. I am listening to the media providing their analysis of the Biden-Saudi Arabia visit. They show Biden declaring Saudi Arabia a ‘pariah state’ while he was running for the Presidency and then there’s the fist pump. They talk about the signing of many agreements, but that the primary objectives of Biden’s first visit as president were nowhere close to being achieved: 1 – accountability for Jamal Khashoggi (MbS smirked as reporters were calling him out from the gallery on this) and, 2 – getting the Saudis to release more oil onto the market to help fight global inflation. True, the Biden visit has not accomplished this. But THAT IS ONLY HALF OF THE STORY. The other half is Russia is moving to take all of Ukraine, and then some or perhaps all of Europe. China, in parallel, is trying to move into areas of the World and move them away from the Western sphere, and is threatening to do to Taiwan, and then the region, what Russia is now doing to Ukraine, then Finland, Sweden, Poland… But the media is completely silent on this. They are silent because they need a crisis in order to guarantee readership and advertising revenues, and the folks who sign their paychecks have the final say on what they write and we read and tacitly accept as the whole truth. But telling folks that ‘if President Biden were to demand that MbS submit himself to punishment/accountability for Jamal Khashoggi’s cowardly murder, he would effectively push the Saudis away from the West, away from peace with Israel, and possibly drive America’s geopolitical ally into the Sino-Russian sphere’. In this, there’s no crisis, only a process developing. America cannot take on the whole world by itself, alright? The media needs to accept accountability for its own waywardness, before it starts calling out our public servants and leaders. Provide the whole story for starters. The danger of giving only the ‘convenient truth’, Al Gore went to great pains to tell us about. That was wrt Climate Change and that was twenty years ago. Clearly it is an operative in the media to keep us reading…this ‘crisis-building’ keeps us in a constant state of anxiety as well. Not a good way for humans to begin and go through life, according to Maslow (and just about everyone else who doesn’t earn a living by keeping people anxious to keep them reading). Another salient example is the abortion issue. I am extremely hard-pressed to find a single article about what abortion means to the young person inside the womb who cannot yell out ‘Hey! Give me a a little more time! I’m almost ready to come out on my own!’ and be interviewed. BUT NOW it is fashionable for governments to tout the virtues of ‘evidence-based policy’ development -when they base their evaluations and policies on half the story. They did so with abortion; making  it legal without providing any recourse for the baby inside, except to tell it: ‘We don’t esteem you to be human, at least, not yet’…I wonder how god esteems that baby? Oops! Sorry! Our government doesn’t accept the existence of god either…they have kind of swept god under the rug along with unborn babies…that’s another story of a half-story, because god still thinks he/she exists!). When we know only half the story, half the truth, BUT BELIEVE WE HAVE THE WHOLE STORY/THE WHOLE TRUTH, is when we are liable to perform the most egregious wrongs, the while not even questioning. Then there is no telling what grievously wrong turns our societies will make. Deliberately providing only half the story amounts to an attack on free will. Our creator gave us this because without it, we cannot extend god’s creation in the way god hopes we will…new and marvelous fractals of his/her originating pattern…THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT SATAN AND WEALTH DON’T WANT…they want to shape creation to favour themselves and only themselves…CREATION WILL LOOK QUITE DIFFERENT FROM TODAY, OUR CITIES QUITE DIFFERENT, were they intended to favour everyone and everything created under god rather than profit centres for the wealthy and cultural centres for those who can afford culture…example, Toronto is often described as a ‘great city’. Do you suppose the person sleeping on the subway grating downtown experiences the same Toronto as the ones who say it is a great city? The perils of the half-truth/believing one know everything are clear wrt COVID. We still aren’t being told how COVID got started, and I am seriously concerned with the vaccination of little children before the research is FULLY VETTED. No where is the art of the half-truth more prevalent than in Canada’s parliamentary Question Period. It is all political agenda. Not ever about sussing out the truth and the best way forward. EVERYTHING IS BEING POLITICIZED. Everything is polarized, because…Everything is subjectivized. No one wants to discover the truth. EVERYONE WANTS TO CREATE THE TRUTH. But when EVERYONE WANTS TO CREATE TRUTH, no one ever hears it or sees it. There’s the rub. And Wealth’s way of keeping us divided and neutral wrt to where they lead society. They are not stewards. They are remiss in their responsibilities. When the head is dysfunctional, the body will soon follow. Politics is the art of convincing people that your half-truth is the whole truth. After enough time has passed, people realize this and vote the government out. THE RULING CLASS HAS the whole thing covered: they own they other party too…and we ‘move forward’ along the path prescribed for us by Wealth, knowing only half the story is ALL WE WILL EVER BE TOLD by those in whom we trust. In God We Trust is America’s credo. It must be the World’s. Or we are all f’d. Our World can no longer tolerate intolerance. Our World can no longer tolerate knowing only half of the story while acting as if we know it all. Our World cannot tolerate Xi, Putin, Trump, Elon, Bill, or Jeff… The half we don’t know is going to become a yoke around our children’s necks as their generation tries to keep things moving forward. I find myself daily thanking my mom and dad, both gone on across the Styx, for the life I had as a child and as a teenager, and for the example of humanity they provided. They were always around to support me and my own family. What my parents did for me, what their generation did for ours, WE MUST PAY FORWARD TO OUR CHILDREN. They must know the whole story. Half of the story is only half of the truth. The other half is what will take us down and take our futures away. It is the ‘haves’ who keep the missing half close to their chest, because it is useful social manipulation and control. To them, we are lower-echelon, labour pool workers. They only want to share with us what they want us to know. They only want to share with us the minimum wealth to keep enough of us quiet and for the police to take care of the rest. And, by telling only half the story, you can shame and demonize just about anyone. Without due process, the ones who do the most talking get their way… Now we get to the core…after peeling away the many layers of the onion. Wealth doesn’t love any of us anymore than it ever has. ALL OF US WOULD RATHER RECEIVE THAN GIVE and the Wealthy are simply the best positioned among us to receive (they loan the government the money we receive in benefits because they don’t want to pay us proper wages/retirement packages and benefits as employees and then they charge the government interest on those loans. Then, as if that isn’t enough, they raise their commodity prices (they could choose to keep their prices stagnant and earn less profit), blame the increases upon some mythical, neoliberal democratic beastie named ‘Inflation’, and in response, the Central Bank increases the interest rates. The government rewards the folks who are responsible for inflation by paying them more in interest on the loans they provide to the government….helping them to get richer, faster. p.s. A warning: If the war in Ukraine is allowed to continue into the long term, what will happen if Trump manages to get a second term in the U.S.? America will morph from best friend to worst enemy in the time it takes to swear him in. Putin will morph from demon to hero and Zelenskyy from hero to demon…just like that. The rich around the World will scramble to hold onto what they have, run for cover, and all hell will break loose in the World. The election of Trump to the Presidency of America will plunge the World into chaos…that’s hell. Hell, maybe bare-chested Putin, riding the Black horse(bringing famine to the World/how little things have changed since Stalin), along with Xi riding the White horse (bringing war and pestilence to the World), and the Ayatollah riding the Pale horse (bringing death to the World) and Trump, riding the Red horse (bringing civil war to his nation and chaos in place of the pax americana to the World) are the Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Prayers for Ukraine and for President Biden, and for a media that returns to being the Fifth Estate, en masse. I know we have some great ones already. We need everyone of them to be on board. That means, Wealth, their bosses, must embrace their god-given role as Stewards in society and not masters over society and plunderers of the Earth Mother. p.s.s. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that the turbine business is not Canada’s issue. Germany is the one who must decide the fate of the turbines. They are the ones who will suffer if they choose to honour the sanctions IN SOLIDARITY AGAINST RUSSIA. If they asked for them to be returned, then they should be returned. Canada should take no credit for this, one way or the other. It is troubling they didn’t just say this, rather than all of the weak rationalizing the PM et al has buried us under…is it not the truth? Canada should be telling Germany, ‘Here’s your turbines. If you choose to support the sanctions rather than hand the turbines over to Russia and use Russia’s gas, we will give you all the gas we can muster, Meister!’ p.s. p.s. Headline 1: Russia’s Medvedev: Attack on Crimea will invoke ‘Judgement Day’ response – and with that, Russia continues on its merry way, using the heads of Ukraine’s dead as stepping-stones, while we sit over here and try to be clever (and, sadly, convincing ourselves that we are). While we are lying to ourselves, Ukrainians continue to die. I am made sick at heart and to the stomach by Putin, Xi, and the blue-business-suits running the World, smirking (alright, MbS doesn’t  wear a BBS), fist-pumping, and patting themselves on the back for keeping the peace while I see the image of the father pouring his tears down upon his little girl, killed by a Russian missile. I am just as sickened at listening to our people rationalize a hard decision which wasn’t theirs to make in the first place, IMO, and emphatically characterizing their support as ‘unwavering’ – so emphatic, I am given to wonder if they even believe their own bullshit. ‘Unwavering’ means to tell Russia to get the bejeezus out of Ukraine entirely. ‘Unwavering’ means to lower our wheat and oil prices to bolster the sanctions against Russia (and offset their effects on the global economy) and of course, to support Germany every way we can should they defy Putin over the turbines. Unwavering means indomitable courage. It has never been applicable to appeasement, since unwavering appeasement is giving in and giving up. Ukraine shows leadership. The World does not. that is because, Ukraine is fighting for its life. The World meanwhile, and meaning the wealthy, are scrambling to protect their wealth. If Putin starts firing nukes, that’s pretty much it for the status wealth currently enjoys… But our politicians serve Wealth and don’t give a lick about honour, unless there is $$$ value to it. Shame. Shame. Shame. Foolish. Foolish. Foolish. If Russia is threatening nukes, then we must call them on their bluff, not continue to dance around Russia’s murderous tune. If the Russian people don’t take care of their government, then the World must and right now…the Reaper’s toll on the children of the Ukraine is already great…how much longer until we muster the courage to do the right thing? To Putin Pumpkinhead: Listen, bub, there are more nukes pointed at your head than you and your buddy Xi have pointing our way…you might survive in your bunker, but when you come out, you will see just how much you, your ilk, and Milton’s Lucifer have in common. IMO, the creator, yours and mine, WILL NOT BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO HIS/HER GARDEN. Can you guess where you will end up? As Zelenskyy said, ‘Karma is a bitch.’ Da?  17 July 2022 Before the rant of the day, look here at the price Ukrainians are paying while we shamelessly talk and dither: Photo excerpted from the AP article, ‘Evil cannot win’: Killed by Russian missile, Liza is buried. Their little angel taken so soon. Her parents will carry the death of their little girl for THE REST OF THEIR LIVES…we here in Canada and Europe may have to suffer to end this, but things will get better after we pay the piper. These parents will only know the kind of heartbreak and loss only a parent who has lost their children, to war, divorce, disease…can relate to…it is something no parent should have to ever experience. They will be united with their angel when they too become angels…just not yet…now, the ‘rant’…please keep this  little girl in mind while reading… ============================================================================= Continuing to watch the interview on CBC’s Power and Politics: Fallout continues over Ottawa’s release of turbines – strange as it was to watch a Con and an NDP MP collaborating, but they were, and they made very good points about the turbine business. [IMO, it wasn’t Canada’s choice in the first place to return the turbines, but rather Germany’s, and so, apart from revealing our true colours, the turbine business wrt Canada is ‘much ado about nothing’. Canada, in effect, made the wrong decision on a decision which belongs entirely to Germany.] The main point is that the notion of risk, of not poking the bear, when it comes to Putin, is moot. Putin is already at war with Europe, Ukraine is the first front. Returning the turbines may have the short term consequence of not provoking an immediate reaction from Putin, to wit: shutting down the flow of gas to Germany, but rubbing Putin’s belly will buy only a little time at best, at the price of further emboldening Putin and providing him more time to get his ducks all in a row. The bear is hungry. A belly-rub only goes so far… Putin has been driving this from the beginning. NATO set the stage for Putin’s aggression by expanding. Now, they are on Russia’s front door. Russia annexed Crimea and areas they have been trying to cleanse ethnically since Stalin’s days, for crying out loud. NATO/EU have only two options left: 1-make sure no one comes out of the front door (isolation of Russia) OR go into the house and neutralize the criminals inside, without hurting their innocent hostages, to wit: the Russian people. WHAT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO DO IS TO LOLLY-GAG ON THE FRONT PORCH, giving Russia time to gather itself for the next phase of its aggression. Talk all you like about Germans having to sleep with extra blankets and how the German economy (meaning its oligarchs/wealthy) are going to suffer, now and this coming Winter, BUT UKRAINIANS HAVE BEEN GETTING PUMMELED, TO THE TUNE OF UNIVERSAL HAND-CLAPPING wrt Ukraine’s heroism, FOR MORE THAN 5 MONTHS. Act as you will, our neoliberal ‘democratic’ leaders, but your ‘act’ is a shameful attempt at the appearance of LEADERSHIP and one’s sense of HONOUR. Ukraine has a President who was an actor and now uses his gifts to focus his people during the hell Putin rains down upon them. Ukraine has a mayor who WAS AT ONE TIME THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD…a man who wore the trappings of the likes of one of the greatest humans to ever live  -despite his faults, he was NEVER AFRAID to speak his truth and would have knocked Putin off of his ‘high-horse’,  bare/bear-chest and all…there would be just as much ‘talk’, only, he’d be jabbing and Putin’s head would be wobbling like one of those Putin bobbleheads (available on Amazon!)…p.s. maybe Canada’s FM can send Putin a case full of Putin bobbleheads, in the way of apology, along with the turbines?)…I’m referring to THE GREATEST, Muhammed Ali. And, DO NOT FORGET that Ukraine is become the most perfect testament to human courage, strength and resolve in the face of overwhelming odds SINCE THE ALAMO. The two MPs offered ways to help Germany without compromising NATO’s unification wrt to Putin. I know our politicians resort to the word, ‘clear’  when they are about to drown us in bullshit, but… clearly, our leadership is corrupted by $$$ because $$$ has come between us and Ukraine over Russian energy supplies. our wealthy set it up this way. China too is emboldened and threatening us, because we shipped manufacturing and jobs over there, because our wealthy rulers perceived more opportunity to enrich themselves by getting into bed with the enemy than by stewarding their own societies (in order to make them strong, indomitable, like Ukraine’s) and perhaps having to get by on smaller fortunes…one less empty, sprawling mansion, say? Clearly, the Ottawaians are spin-doctoring the decision. It was difficult, yes, but they came out on the wrong side of right action. It was not an honourable decision. Neither was it an honourable request. Germany and Canada should be ashamed. The support of the other allies for the decision must be noted, however, as the one MP pointed out, support seems more intended to superimpose a sense of unity over a situation that threatens to divide us all… WE ARE UNIFIED IN HONOUR, in right-action. Putin seeks to sow division among us through our self-interest. Germany supports Ukraine (hand-clapping by blue-business-suited politicians) but does not want to freeze in 5 months. Canada’s support for Ukraine is ‘unwavering’ says Oliphant, as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs defends the decision to appease Putin rather than stand up against him (and in solidarity with Ukraine who deplores the decision and rightly-so). Turkey demanded freedom-fighters be handed-over to them before they’ll allowed Finland and Sweden to join and strengthen NATO…and then there’s France, whose leader felt he could reason with a Pumpkinhead like the Russian leader. And then there’s India…and, lastly, Iran, who disappoints me greatly, because they are a great culture which has given many gifts to the World over its history, but has lost itself to the madness of hatred and appears to exist now only to wipe out Israel and in the attempt, itself. The madness which has taken over the governing regime in Iran is quite plainly in evidence in its relationship WITH AN ATHEIST REGIME…Iran’s Ayatollahs, its STEWARDS, out of their hatred for Israel, prefer to get into bed with folks who say ‘there is no god, and you better believe it!’ than with folks who say we are all created by god, only they call god by a different name and worship in different ways. I can go on and on…but the truth is, the World lacks honour. Ukraine is maybe the beginning of the World’s last chance to find its honour…its spirit…its soul…itself… …before it is too late. Right now, I am ashamed to be Canadian or associated with NATO…as ashamed as I am encouraged that heroism, honour, the ability to choose death over servitude to the egos of others when offered no other choice…in exchange for whatever scraps are falling from the ‘masters’ tables’. The ‘masters’  are the oligarchs. They are divided among themselves. The only thing they have in common with one another is a psychopathic need for control over others and the joy of smiling and  squirming around in their own muck. But that is not the spirit of nations. National societies are not businesses. They are not cultural centres. But everything they do and aspire toward must be universal within them (or they will not stand forever) and outside of them (or they will be attacked and vanquished one day). The national societies of today are ‘stepping stones’ as humanity moves forward along the arc…everything we do today shapes the future our children will enjoy. Let us be resolved to be ourselves and to do what comes naturally to us. We have been knocked off Gord’s rails by wealth but we can get back on them…right ourselves, and we will right the situation in Ukraine and everywhere else. The Golden Rule is our guide. It comes from our creator and is featured by all of the World’s Faiths. Today, right now, let us resolve en masse, ruler and ruled alike, to be ruled by the Golden Rule and not by the rule of gold. p.s. It was not for Canada to decide the fate of the turbines. It was for Germany. Canada should have been negotiating and getting the ball rolling on infrastructure to supply our LNG to Germany/EU in parallel with mapping out the transition away from fossil fuels altogether…as for the turbines, if Germany wants them, let ’em have them. Germany should be the one to keep the turbines anyways. They will be facing the consequences of their choice, one way or the other, soon enough. It will be their sacrifice. It must be their choice: honour or appeasement. Canada appears spirited toward appeasement in this…our watered-down ‘unwavering support’ is sending exactly the message the Pumpkinhead is waiting to hear. Headline 1: Biden disputes Saudi account of Khashoggi murder discussion – President Biden maintains that he articulated informally his belief MbS ordered the brutal slaying. The Saudis say, ‘We made mistakes, just like America has.’ but will not fess up about their de facto leader. Going forward, MbS will be held to account, in this world and/or in the next. Right now, the World, our world, faces a more pressing challenge than MbS, and that is P.U.T.I.N. and the murderous regime he leads. President Biden know this and, IMO, is doing a damn good job at navigating shark-infested waters in a leaky boat…the one Trump left him. Putin loves Trump/Trump loves Putin…can you guess how much love either has for Ukraine and for innocent children around the world? [remember the separation of children from their migrant parents at the Great Wall of Donald Trump?] Now that Trump is gone (if he isn’t, his next term will be the final sign/lead-up to the endtimes), his buddy Putin found a friend in China. This is a friendship based upon mutual hatred of the West, suborned by the West’s unbridled disdain for the citizen in their ‘democracies’, to the point where our rulers enervate us and our ability to exercise our free will, just so they can become richer and more powerful….guess what, they could now lose it all in a nuke-out with China/Russia AND THEY KNOW IT. This accounts for all of the Western bravado followed by western bullshit. Our ‘leaders’ scramble to protect the interests of those they serve: the wealthy, not those in need. What we see being done to our own people, with so many on the verge of, or already wallowing in poverty (and the lack of opportunity for happiness and inclusion that poverty provides), our leaders  are also doing to Ukraine. We have an old gentleman leading America through a most perilous phase – for the little guys of the East to takeover, they must move the big guy out of the way. America is great but cannot stand against evil all on its own. America must, like all nations must, reconcile first with honour and god and then, WITH ONE VOICE, unite with peace loving and peace keeping nations the world over, and VANQUISH THE DARKNESS which threatens god’s creation. We are left no other choice. We must confront Putin and drive him OUT OF UKRAINE. WE must ACT with one voice. Within our nations and among them.[Aside: Right now, there is a Canada of the rich and a Canada of the poor where once there was one Canada for colonials and one for the Indigenous. We need to make ONE CANADA FOR EVERYONE; likewise, Canada can lead the way to a world so fashioned.] True leadership will recognize this. Doing anything else serves no one, certainly not our children’s prospects in the future. We need to change Wealth’s narrative. To do that, we have to reverse the trend of centralizing ownership of the media into the hands of the Wealthy. When asked if he regretted the fist pump with MbS, President Biden said: “Why don’t you guys talk about something that matters? I’m happy to answer a question that matters.” [excerpted from the Reuter’s article]. President Biden, IMO, the answer to your question is, if our reporters are honest about it: ‘We are talking about what matters: what matters to us: getting a paycheck, only we can’t say that, so we write what matters to our employers. If we don’t ask such stupid and productive-of-nothing-positive questions, less readers will read (sadly), less advertisers will advertise with our business and our employer will earn less profit. He/she will then look for other profit-opportunities, for themselves, meaning, they will hire other reporters, ones who know the questions people want to have answered…stupid though those questions are, when the pertinent, existential questions remained buried under the platitudes of a pile of blue-business-suited ‘walruses’ (reminiscent of the Walrus and the Carpenter -guess who the oysters are?) leading us down a primrose path, and into the pot, which explains why the sea is become boiling hot…hello? America needs to rally to President Biden and the World, our world, needs to rally to America. If we dither and dally further, we give Russia and China more time to plan more misery for the rest of the World, our world, WHILE WE CONTINUE TO ENABLE AND EMPOWER THEM TO DO SO by trading with them. President Biden needs god to guide him. We have already seen the Darkside’s ability to undermine everything, even the existence of humanity itself, in their last President. I’m looking for some serious good news on behalf of Ukraine and the World to come out today. I’m praying for Canada to revisit the turbine business and for Germany to suck it up on behalf of Ukraine. If anyone can overcome, it is Germany. Look at what they have been able to accomplish since Hitler. We need them to continue to lead that way. Show Putin and the World what Germans can do with their great resolve, that some would call ‘stubbornness’. If what the World is getting for leadership (apart from Biden’s, that is) is esteemed ‘leadership’, then we will be following the lemmings over the cliff very soon…even the lemmings weren’t as dumb as we are showing ourselves to because they never followed their leaders. We follow a corrupted ruling class who, apart from being able to convince themselves of their own bullshit, seem capable of only leading over the cliff and further away from the Garden. Let us come to god and reconcile with the Earth Mother, before the ruling class ‘carpenters’ can tell us…
      You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
      But answer came there none —
And this was scarcely odd, because
      They’d eaten every one.” [excerpted from poetryfoundation.org]
If Putin and Xi don’t succeed in eating us, our own ruling classes will.
The silence will be deafening and final.
p.s. Opinion – I am sick wrt Microsoft’s and other corporations’ insistence on taking the little bit of money I have by putting out ‘versions’ of the same thing, and wrt their presumption to have any business whatsoever in  my personal business (p.s. our leaders, whom we elect to safeguard us and our democracy, allow them to do it). The latest: Microsoft will no longer support Outlook 2007 and 2010 because of ‘security issues’. They could offer an update but won’t because they want to force us users into Office365, on a subscription, providing a wellspring of $$$ for Microsoft. I paid for Office 2010, 2007, and before…Microsoft Bill et al. have already benefited from my hard earned $$$ and my honesty. BUT THEY AREN’T DONE YET. They want more, even though I am already struggling. Like Putin, they are only just getting started. I’m using Thunderbird for now. I’m evaluating LibreOffice as a replacement for my Office 2010 suite. I am on fixed income and cannot possibly satisfy all of the world’s investors! The Age of Corporate Hegemony is at its peak. It needs to end before corporations end the World. 16 July 2022 The Biden-MBS fist pump means exactly and only this: ‘We are going to set aside our differences, at least for the time being. Collaboration (UNITY) between us is required to counter the emergent and globally-consequential fallout spawned by Russia’s murderous invasion of Ukraine.’ President Biden raised the issue of the cowardly and foul murder of WP journalist Jamal Khashoggi with MBS. MBS said he didn’t order the assassination. The situation is at an impasse. There will be no justice for Jamal on this side of the River Styx UNLESS THE SAUDIS PURSUE JUSTICE FOR JAMAL KHASHOGGI. The murder has been exposed. It is up to the Saudis to act with honour. It is not up to us to impose as sense of honour upon the Saudis. ‘Honour’ is a spiritual ‘commodity’ and must come from within. MBS will do himself a lot of good, if he fesses up before his people and submits himself to their will. They may apply a few public lashes and then declare his penance complete…and this one act could be the seed wherein Saudi justice makes a quantum move away from the medieval toward the modern form. AND ISN’T THAT THE PLAN? There will be full justice on the other side of the River Styx for Jamal, however. Right now, MBS has an opportunity to help himself and his nation atone for the brutal slaying of their son by opening up the oil tap for the World; in order to mitigate the effects Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Western sanctions have had on global markets, supply, and prices. God bless the Ukrainian heroes. God bless Biden as he tours the ME to build a united and indomitable front against aggression. I pray the China backs off and that Russia will turn away from its murderous campaign. Ukrainians want independence. As much as Putin is ready to kill to prevent it, the Ukrainians show themselves ready to pay whatever price the piper demands for their freedom. The Ukrainians are an example to the World of heroism and indomitability. Just like the Alamo. ‘And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there’…this line from America’s national anthem is as appropriate to America as it is to Ukraine, the nation under assail. America is trying to rally the World, our world, to its defence and to defending Peace and the continued advance of an equitable, human/environment-respecting rules-based international order. As a Canadian, I say, ‘God bless America’. My prayers are with your President and for you all to focus on what actually made America great: it’s respect for freedom and equal opportunity and equality. Albeit these qualities have been put to sleep by neoliberals/wayward ruling classes, they are not dead. They are part of the fabric of the creator’s Light and are always-present. We need only set aside our egos, that the shadow cast before us by ego is removed and we can see the path going forward quite clearly… …it leads straight back to the Garden. Possibly more to come. Have a great Saturday! ============================================================================= I am watching the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rob Oliphant, rationalize the decision by ‘the government’ to return the turbines. This was an act that interferes with the global response to end the Russian incursion into, and ongoing rape of Ukraine. No doubt, Putin has Germany right where he wants it to be. To save face, Germany may have to cut off a leg and an arm; but it will keep its head and its HONOUR and, unlike Ukrainian men, women, and CHILDREN who lose a leg, an arm, A LIFE…Germany’s will grow back, BETTER AND STRONGER THAN BEFORE. Because Germans are tough. Once they put their minds to something, they get it done. The PS to the MFA began the rationalization with, ‘Let me be clear…Canada’s support for Ukraine is UN-WAVERING’…and then goes on to explain that contravening the sanctions, which are in place to support Ukraine, punish Russia’s aggression, and SHORTEN THE WAR there, IS NOT ‘WAVERING’…(it only looks that way). Shades of Stephen Harper, who often prefaced the most unadulterated bullshit he was about to spew with, ‘Let me be clear…’ leaving one more confused than ever. Our government has lost its way. The cons are still much worse. But both parties serve Wealth; they differ not in priority but rather in the best way to get to reach full economic capacity and to maximize consumption WITH THE GOAL OF ENRICHING THEMSELVES AND KEEPING THAT BALL ROLLING, indefinitely, no matter what the cost to human lives, families… They take away our Faith and replace it with verbiage, promises…while the quality of life experienced by more and more Canadians, worsens. They offer mental health services when it is they who are responsible for the disjunctive democracy we have and the mental pathology arising from this. They offer national daycare so that parents can work while a trained stranger raises their children, at a stage in their young lives when children need parents and a home life, not ECEs and plastic play centres. If Canada has fractionated into two or more groups, the division is going to take us all down. We were one people for a time. We need to be again. United under god, each in our own way, and pursuing the objective reality, rather than being regaled and put to sleep by Wealth’s self-serving narrative. What Mr. Oliphant has accomplished for me is, once again, I swore to not vote ‘Liberal’ because these ‘Liberals’ aren’t the Lester B. Pearson sort. Are today’s NDP experiencing the same evolution, or do they retain the spirit of Tommy Douglas? As for America, will President Biden be the stalwart voice of human reason, honour, and dignity that Ike was? We had ‘Mike’; the Americans had ‘Ike’…we have great need of such leadership, TODAY. My disappointment in the turbines decision is clear. Both Canada and Germany put themselves ahead of Ukrainian lives on this. They have sacrificed THEIR HONOUR. I don’t know, Ukraine could be wondering right now, ‘If that’s how friends behave, who needs enemies?’ Putin would say, ‘Exactly. Now you’re catching up!’ I wonder how America feels about it. We already know what Zelenskyy feels and he’s right. So is the retired American colonel who warned us against evaluating every decision we take in terms of its potential to irk Putin to greater extremes. It is moot what Putin’s endgame is. He has already crossed the line with Ukraine and every life lost is on OUR PLATE because we helped set up the situation by encouraging Ukraine to westernize and eventually join the NATO/EU party…that is, until we realized we might have to fight Russia over it. Now, we talk, talk, talk…there is no honour in ‘talk’ unless it is followed by action…NOT WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT, BUT WHEN IT IS NECESSARY. Germany could immediately ban all traffic but for commercial traffic. Germany could curfew if necessary and shut off the lights early. Germany could establish home-heating guidelines (keep the temperature indoors to 55F in Winter and just sweat it out in Summer…ANYTHING AT ALL to reduce the energy consumption so that services and manufacturing can be maintained. Canada, to help ‘it’s friend’, can dedicate oil and gas to Germany and the shipping. None of this is easy. I don’t know how much difference it will make. But it is moving in THE RIGHT DIRECTION. Buying gas from Putin is moving in THE WRONG DIRECTION. Um…is that clear? At this point, the best thing that can happen is the ship loses the turbines somehow…or sinks…after everyone has been rescued. Canada, IMO, has lost face over this. We need to return to honour. Please. We face a common enemy even more evil than the Russian regime/China’s regime. This enemy is after our souls. The soul of the Earth Mother, of the West and East; the souls of Canada, America, Germany, Saudi Arabia…all of the World’s nations…the enemy uses our fear of death, of the unknown, as leverage. …the first casualty is our honour. If we act honourably, wrt one another, to people of other nations and cultures, and to the unborn and to families, our creator will tip the scales in favour of that. IMO, that’s exactly what he/she wants. Let us be honourable. Let us not be fearful. Let us all, with all of the resolve and indomitable courage of the War Generations, confront the Putins and Xis and Ayatollahs (what in the bejeezus is a theocratic nation doing in bed with Xi’s atheism?) of the World, our world. At the same time, we need to introduce and maintain our democratic institutions to ensure the resurgent Mount Olympian class (and we thought they dies along with the myths) doesn’t take over utterly and then proceed to utterly screw things up. 15 July 2022 Good morning! Though nothing has changed in the World, indeed, we are closer to ‘midnight’ than ever before, before even the Great Flood, if it happened at all… I begin the day taking in an interview between DW’s Tim Sebastian and ‘ex-GOP operative’ David Frum: Trump found his hero in Putin – they cover a lot of ground here, but I find it quite refreshing to hear the Truth about everything, from the threat Trump represents to his own nation, to the war in Ukraine. Mr. Frum is spot on on many things, but I think he has it wrong about his President Bush: IMO President Bush had worked up a thread of  ‘reasonable doubt’ worth investigating into a pretext for war in Iraq. [Remember: the war in Iraq removed the offset to the projection of Iranian power in the region.] be warned: the most alarming development we face today is what Mr. Frum styled as ‘modern forms of democracy’, wherein EVERYTHING is politicized. Nothing is evaluated on the merits of truth UNLESS the truth happens to match the goal. The goal is now of superordinate importance. Not the truth anymore. It is not the truth that matters; it is a matter of how many believe a particular version of the truth. This is how we became so polarized in society and around the World. Plus, the way things are set up, we can never hope to elect ‘right’ and get everything of importance; neither can we vote ‘left’ and hope to. Either way, our rulers bury some really bad stuff in amongst the good and we are obliged to accept ‘bad’ with ‘good’ or we are offered nothing. Missing anything of fundamental importance locks the electorate into a viciously non-productive cycle of disaffection->election->hope->disaffection. We kick out the governing party and elect the opposition, wait a few years, then re-elect the ones we kick out. Nothing changes. The change has already been abetted by wealth: it is neoliberal democracy. Everything is keyed to that. The subjective usurps the authority of the objective in the minds, then the hearts of people, and then the people are capable of anything, while dancing to the tune wealth plays for us, like monkeys to the organ. The media keeps regaling us with the narrative of wealth. But wealth is not the good parent and the stories they read to us are designed to keep us ‘in tow’: contributing to the enrichment of a disingenuous and self-serving ruling class (made this way by $$$ and power) and acquiescent to the life-struggles of the dystopia wealth creates for a whole lower class to live and raise their children in. For a chaser, check out The causes and consequences of the Ukraine war:  A lecture by John J. Mearsheimer. What I heard while writing this is also spot-on and I plan to watch it in full later on. [watching now: very good, but his conclusion is wrong. The alternative to the West’s ‘poking the bear’ is to allow the bear to continue to ravage Ukraine. Recall what Russia has perpetrated on what it calls its ‘fellow Russians’ over the years. Remember Stalin’s ‘famine’? the deportation of the Crimean Tatars? I don’t care what Mearsheimer thinks of NATO’s provocative stance or where the red line of Russia’s ruling elite is. IF HE IS SUGGESTING NATO DOES ANYTHING OTHER THAN  PUT AN ABRUPT END TO RUSSIA’S MURDEROUS HEGEMONY OVER UKRAINIANS, why then, he is way out of line. Ukrainians have suffered enough. America and Britain et al. were honourable enough to stand up for Israel’s right to exist. Now America/EU/et al are standing up for Ukraine. Someone has to stand up against Russia, China -anyone and everyone who purveys murder and money-with-a-catch, hand-in-hand. For perspective and Mr. Mearsheimer’s benefit, here is an example of the price Ukrainians bear just because they are too close to the Russian bear. Look at that four-year-old little girl’s face..so full of the promise of the world. That was the face she gave to the World. What she saw last in her young life, was the face of PUTIN. Do you understand what is at stake now, Mr. Mearsheimer? If we, the World, do nothing, then we are complicit. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Make no mistake: the Trumps, Putins, and Xis of the World, our world, mean to own it or destroy it. Putin is clearly doing the work of Satan in Ukraine. The Wealthy everywhere have already shown their cards: they too mean to own our world. They destroy it slowly as they continue to bleed the wealth out of her. Today, we aren’t up in arms over some young fellow who just signed a contract for 10M a year to play hockey; neither do we dispute the character of poor neighbourhoods, the schools and opportunities the children who happen to be  born on that side of wealth will never experience (and never make it to the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs)… the two problems are connected…like Siamese twins. But this is an unnatural social condition. WE NEED TO BE OF ONE MIND AND we are pseudo-two-minded: Wealth and everyone else. Haves and have-nots. We can remain silent, but, just like the unborn, the silence is interpreted (because of our penchant for subjectivity) as acceptance when in fact it is no one is ‘listening’. The hoopla over abortion is a case in point: of course the state cannot tell anyone to have or not to have a baby. Choice remains with the woman. always. But, the baby didn’t ask to be put in an unwelcoming womb for the time he/she needs to be able to ‘make it on the outside’. Why then does the state not make contraception free to all and actively counsel against abortion? At the end of the day, if mother is resolved to see it through, then…so be it…that is, until we can extend healthcare TO THE UNBORN and find a way to transfer the unborn child to a welcoming environment to complete their gestation. Perhaps President Biden can announce this research initiative. That way, ‘left’ and ‘right’ can be reconciled on the abortion issue. But he might wait on this until America knows if Trump can run again…in that case, he’ll be saving babies and all of the generations of humans to follow ours… …if Trump becomes president again, the human world ends on his term. We have to fight Russia now. That is clear. Trudeau et al. have made the wrong decision with the turbines because it sends a message to Russia and to Ukraine and the world. It is a message revealing a lack of honour and resolve. It is revealing of ruling class manipulation: everywhere in the modern neoliberal world, is chaos: on the one hand we support Ukraine in their existential fight; on the other we continue to trade with the aggressor on this or that…Germany needs gas and oil. Russia needs armaments to replace what they rain-down upon Ukrainian citizens…IF WE DO NOT BITE THE BULLET AS IT WERE, WE BUY THE BULLETS FOR PUTIN. If we buy the bullets for Putin, then very soon, the bullets we have already bought for China,  will be rained down upon the Taiwanese and others of the region. We set up the geopolitical situation ourselves. Then we try to dodge our responsibility. It appears we are all thinking very much like ruling class wealth does…because we accept the disconnects, the disjunctiveness, between our actions and thinking and our god given, reasonable responsibilities…it’s all just ego…with ego the goalposts are always in flux, according to the issue and the time and who is in power… The final blow in the war for the soul of humanity is our turning away from god. The existence of god should not even be in doubt. Even the blind know the World they are in…not all of their senses are compromised…but the subjective has been cultivated by our ruling classes to keep us in line with their aspirations for THEMSELVES. We are a burden if we are not dutifully adding to GDP and Consumption, because that detracts from profit for the profiteers. The subjective v. objective. This is the real battle line. In Shakespeare, a predominating theme was ‘appearance v. reality’. Nothing has changed. Because the soul of the ruling class hasn’t changed. The ‘strong’ are supposed to steward and nurture BECAUSE OF THEIR POSITION OF STRENGTH IN SOCIETY. They don’t. For them, it is easier and efficient to repeat lies in the media they own often enough for the lie to do the work of the truth without it having to actually BE THE TRUTH. If the head is dysfunctional, the body will soon follow. Happily, the body of god will survive the cancer humans have let themselves become. The only question is, will any of us be around or will we have succeeded in killing each other off? Let us do the right thing by our creator. Let us value LIFE created by god above ALL HUMAN CONTRIVANCE. That should take care of poverty, climate change, the murder of innocent people born and unborn…AND THE REMOVAL OF ALL IMPEDIMENTS TO OUR NAVIGATING MASLOW’S LADDER TO THE VERY TOP…where god-knowledge lives. In the consciousness-word of ego, there is only darkness. Democracy Dies in Darkness….this the motto of the Washington Post, for whom Jamal Khashoggi wrote before his sordid execution at the order of MBS (who will get away with it because his position puts him above the law of man…but not god’s law and he will account for that before god if not first before the World. Once we emerge from our general condition of self-interest, this cultivated by wealth, because self-interest keeps people divided like nothing else can…hello?…we will be in the Light of the creator AND WE WILL CLEARLY SEE THE DIRECTION WE NEED TO GO IN FOR THE SAKE AND TO THE BENEFIT OF OURSELVES AND OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. We need only ‘flick the switch’ and turn on the light of consciousness, thereby vanquishing the darkness of ego and Satan’s influence and hegemony over our World. Satan wants to steal it from us and god. Satan is responsible for much misery. Let’s confront this now. Let us be honourable and DO THE RIGHT THING…and ditch the politics. Ego Is the Problem of the World – LYRICS – canadanua. Restore the objective to its proper authority in the affairs of humans before the door is closed and the Tree of Life – human branch – drops to the ground, rots, and is no more. We need only work to restore the authority of the objective over the subjective; of reality over appearance. Of reason over reaction. Clear reason will lead us to back to god. god is our loving mother and father. We need only resolve to esteem the truth above all else, and we will en masse make it, with god’s help to the very top of Maslow’s ladder, where god is. Satan seeks to obfuscate reason. It was not Satan who gave us free will. Satan speaks to us from within the darkness of our heads, where the light cannot reach. That way, we cannot tell that Satan is doing the talking. God operates on the outside even though he/she could think for us just like Satan (and our wayward wealthy classes do). But God doesn’t. God gave us free will. In this case, to use our brains to understand and properly engage the world around us, for our sakes and the sakes of the future generations… Reason will lead us back to Faith. Isn’t it ironic? Don’t ya think? Actually, not at all. It makes perfect sense. Prayers for Ukraine’s heroes. Prayers for Biden’s ME tour. We need to present one voice to Russia and China. UNITY. That is the world’s our world’s only hope and way forward. 14 July 2022 Got up this morning, another beautiful morning (you should have seen the full moon in early daylight…gorgeous!). I tell my dog we’re getting off to the park early today…that is, if I don’t see something to seriously ‘p’ me off in the news. I turn on YouTube and see Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson lamely trying to spin-doctor the decision to return the turbines to Russia into something that it isn’t. We already know that Germany is addicted to Russian gas and oil. We’ve known it from the get-go. Germany was loathe to poke the Bear too much with supplying Ukraine and solidarity with the Western sanctions, but is doing regardless. The Germans know that to appease the Bear at this stage and condition of global affairs only serves to embolden the Bear. The Bear is ON THE HUNT. It will not stop. What is keeping Putin from shutting off the gas to Germany is convenience. For as long as it serves Putin’s purpose to sell gas to Germany (um, to fund his RAPE OF UKRAINE, AND ALL OF THE MURDER AND MISERY THAT ENTAILS, hello?), he will sell his gas. The moment it serves Putin to shut it down, he’ll shut it down. Now, if there are so many fence-sitters out there waiting to see who the bad buy is, ‘East’ or ‘West’, and Canada’s government thinks their compliance with Putin is going to make a difference with them, then they are greatly and egregiously mistaken. What is going to up the ante with Putin is that we do nothing but rub the Bear’s belly, and that is what we are doing right now. No one wants to suffer, but Putin has already taken the choice off the table. The option left to us is to prepare for the worst. We are going to war. We must not do anything which might tip the table in Putin’s favour. Rather than shipping turbines, we should be building infrastructure to help offset Germany/EU’s energy deficit. The arguments the minister makes are specious, IMO. We must be solid with America et al for Ukraine and for the World, no matter what the cost. Will we? If we are not, things will only get worse for us. All of us. We must maintain UNITY across the board. Right now, I am greviously miffed by our government and its spin doctoring, as if its prodigious aid to corporations while at the same time excluding those who happened to be job seeking before the pandemic broke  weren’t enough… Thanks to the minister, I have had my utter fill of this crew of Liberals. I’m sorry. I loved Pierre and wanted him to come back and be the leader he was and the leader we need today. I won’t vote Con. They have completely been swallowed up by their own irrelevance. Neither Justin nor Poilievre exhibit qualities of leadership: both appear as poster boys for ‘left’ or ‘right’ respectively. Where in the bejeezus is Jagmeet? I’ve said it before: I’ll check the NDP, but they need some work. Our politics has been corrupted in Canada at every level and ditto globally by the ruling class. For them, it’s all about $$$. That is how we end up with this modern mixed morality, pervasive in all societies. Because all societies have been take over by folks who buy and maintain power over us and our societies. They live for themselves. The trouble is, keeping to yourself more than what you need while your neighbour does not have enough for his/her family contravenes Nature and god. We are the only species created by god whose individuals exclude others from filling their bellies after it has had its fill, in order to control the food supply and increase their power over others in their ‘tribe’. GDP and profit seeking is never fulfilled. That is because ego, in this case, the ego of wealth and wealthy people, is insatiable. EGO always wants more. Human ego is able to expand even as it kills the land and the people who give it life, like cancers do. That is what our ruling class is become.  A cancer. It is metastasized into the lower classes. Look around, we are all become selfish. We need to reconcile wealth with society’s goals. We need to reconcile humankind with Nature and with Nature’s creator. WE need to use our brains to discern fact from wealth-invented fantasy…before it is too late. The Golden Rule is life. The rule of gold leads to death for many in the short term…eventually for all. p.s. Everything these days is being politicized in the media and by our leaders. For everything which happens, there is a crisis headline about its effect on GDP. That’s simple manipulation. Wealth owns the media and we are being conditioned through the media (inclusive of entertainment as well as the ‘news’) to think and react, oh, and CONSUME. Because that way, we can be of value to the ruling class in the way they want it. The more who consume, the greater the GDP and the faster the ones who control the $$$ get even more money and power. That’s it. That’s what we have become. Because of wealth. We are no longer the species capable of producing the Bible, the Koran, the Code of Hammurabi, the Epic of Gilgamesh, never mind the Republic or the Poetics or medieval religious art…or the likes of the Beatles and Led Zeppelin…or Muhammed Ali… Thank god we have Zelenskyy and Ukraine, who point the way for humankind back toward honour… …at least for now. I urge everyone to read the article I linked to yesterday by a retired American colonel. You can take what he says to the bank. 13 July 2022 Right now, I am watching the German Ambassador to Canada rationalizing the decision to return the turbines to Gazprom, despite the sanctions. The German Ambassador is grateful on behalf of Germany. She says Germany has already reduced its reliance on Russian gas from 55% to 30% and needs more time to replace Russian energy with alternative types and sources. She said it was the right decision on Canada’s part because ‘we don’t want to give Putin an excuse to cut us off’. Finger roll here…’Give Putin an excuse?’ Germany is already supplying weaponry to Ukraine. Putin already has an excuse. THE ONLY THING KEEPING PUTIN FROM CUTTING OFF THE FLOW OF GAS TO GERMANY IS IT WILL CUT OF THE FLOW OF $$$ TO RUSSIA. Putin needs $$$ to fund the rape of Ukraine. Alright? We can pussy-foot around all we like, but we are acting like hostages and Putin knows it. Ukraine is correct in its assessment. Returning the turbines will appease Putin, yes, but it will continue to embolden Putin. Ukraine is being turned into hell before our very eyes AND WE WATCH, WE DEBATE, WE SUPPLY WEAPONS… Meanwhile, Putin continues to up the ante. He will not stop. He cannot stop. He has gone too far already. He must soar to new heights because there is no longer ground under where he now stands. He and his regime must be directed to hell, um, in a handbasket. The only outcome to the Russia-Ukraine ‘war’ is for Russia to win it all and for NATO to tuck tail and run (but then, who will be next, should Ukraine fall?) or for NATO to abet a regime change that would culminate in Russia becoming an equal member of the EU. After that, the World need only convince China’s regime to change its evil ways or become isolated from the rest of the World. The Great Wall will be buttressed from the outside. In time, the Chinese will be the world leaders Xi aspires to be, only, instead of having their thumb on others, they will be good neighbours in a more tolerant and equitable world. Some points on President Biden:
  • He is going to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi regime is corrupt as we are, only in different ways. Withal, the World faces an immediate threat, to which Biden’s UNITY is the ONLY solution. It could even help to prevent global war. President Biden will want to ensure the Saudis are on the same page as the rest of us if war breaks out and for them to be ready. As part of that discussion, the President should make clear that certain activities and mores of the Saudi regime change going forward.
  • A point about Turkey: IMO, they appear to be given to side with power rather than ‘right’. I can see them ditching NATO for Russia if Russia offers them a better deal, on the Kurds, say. They have been a divisive influence from the get-go wrt the NATO-Ukraine situation. They choose politics over peace, like Canada chose $$$ (or was it appeasement -dubious at best?) over sanctions on the turbines.
  • President Biden’s defence of abortion rights is politically motivated, and, under the circumstances, he’s walking along exactly the right fence. Abortion is a bogus non-issue: we have known for millennia that the choice to bear a child belongs exclusively to the child-bearer. What we don’t talk about in the media is what is happening to the baby inside the womb. The convenience of calling the unborn a ‘fetus’ as if it weren’t a human being is like calling a plant a human until it breaks the surface of the ground, seeking the light of the Sun and continuing on in a new phase. No one thinks to do that. We cannot continue to murder the unborn willy-nilly. And so, Biden is also advocating for the availability of contraception, I understand. If there is no conception, there is no murder, yes? That’s a good start. Making abortion services universally available? Well, IMO, yes and no. ‘Yes’ but not without a good fight, meaning, arguing the alternative to abortion. ‘No’ as a long term solution: President Biden needs to fund research into the safe transfer and gestation of the unwanted unborn. They are god’s children too, whether our law says so or not. Don’t forget, our law says corporations are persons and have all of the legal rights of persons, yet, it won’t stand up for a human baby…I like Biden. I want that he reconciles America with god and brings ‘left’ closer to ‘right’ so that doing the right thing politically is also showing leadership, human progress, along god’s eternal arc.
There is much happening on the headlines today. More to come. Headline 1: Dollar jumps, euro breaks parity after consumer prices surge – things will not be normal, perhaps not ever again, but we have to wait out the storm, as it were. Headline 2: Canada’s central bank raises interest rate a full point – our central bank is being lauded for having the brass to do it. Of course, it is still about the gold, brass-balls aside. The poor will suffer the most and investors will benefit from holding onto their cash, awaiting better times for investing, and earn a higher rate from the money the government owes them. I wonder: given that oil/gas prices are so high, why not tell people to ‘stay home’ like in the days of  COVID…essential car trips only…no hauling the 22 footer off to camp….REDUCE DEMAND FOR OIL AND GAS so that the business/supply sector can gets its legs back under it and back-off on the rate increase. Make public transit free. If Europe did this too, what difference would it make? Is it worth trying out in conjunction with changing interest rates so that the undesirable side effects of interest rate manipulations are mitigated? p.s. I would like to point out that the ‘voice’ reported in the news by the media is as loud for women as it is silent for men…it should be the same for both, shouldn’t it? No matter what is going on, someone in the media sphere connects it to women. Not men and women. Not people. Women. Headline 3: Cost-of-living crisis to hit women hardest, report says – That is true. The media is silent on how it will affect men. It will, yes? But, it is trendy to write about women because it keeps us all reading. That’s half the reason. The other half is messaging. We have become a ‘shape-shifting’ society. Women have not changed for millennia untold, thank god. Women, particularly moms, remain, along with children, IMO, as god’s best creations. What has been changed by our social engineers/ruling class is woman’s role in society. Lessening the focus on nurture, increasing their focus and contribution to business, which benefits the wealthy who own the businesses and the media. The ruling class does a very good thing, for society and for woman, but mostly for themselves: Look now at how the talent in Canada’s labour pool has just doubled just by encouraging women to ‘come out of the kitchen’. The trouble is, if the cost is borne by the unborn (their living inside mom for 9 months being an  intolerable inconvenience) and/or by youngsters who get shuffled off to daycares and into the hands of the State, away from mom’s love and care before they are ready to leave the nest, THEN THIS IS TOO HIGH A PRICE FOR CHILDREN TO PAY. [daycare teachers are great people, but they cannot love your child as you do…your child needs you. YOU ARE THEIR PARENT. How is it that parenting is not your first priority, how is it you let the state take them away so easily, when you say you love your kids more than yourself? hello? Headline 3: Increase support or Ukraine, or NATO may have to fight – read this article. It rings true from beginning to end. And, the colonel who penned the article is spot on and as accurate as the guy who suggested ‘negotiation’ is spot-OFF. Here is how the article concludes:

‘This is a fight the U.S. and Europe cannot allow Ukraine to lose. The best chance to avoid direct NATO conflict with Russia is to stop being self-deterred by measuring every decision against whether or not Putin will consider it to be escalatory, and provide Ukraine with the capabilities it needs to defeat this Russian invasion. Putin can rattle his nuclear saber but no matter how bad his situation becomes at the conventional level, it won’t be improved by using nuclear weapons. Ultimately, NATO may have to fight — if not now to save Ukraine, then later to save itself.  [excerpted from the MSN article]

Is it clear now? I pray that PM Trudeau et al. read this and keep the turbines a little longer…this colonel’s advice is GOOD ADVICE.

We’re lucky to have Biden at the helm in America. Can you imagine if Trump had won a second term? NATO would be finished and Ukraine would by now be on its last breaths. The EU should acknowledge this, kick Turkey the f out of NATO, ignore India’s opportunism completely (in fact, use India as an example of how not to behave in today’s imperiled world) and focus along with America and all nations willing to fully support America, upon Russia and China and Iran et al.(and Israeli apartheid). We cannot tolerate hypocrisy.

I’m not sure what our government/corporations are doing. 5-G is opening up greater vulnerability to state actors, and shipping Canadian jobs to and trading with China while China is building its ability to project itself far beyond the Great Wall. Money makes hypocrites as surely as the lack of it excludes one from all opportunity.

Let us free ourselves from Satan’s world. This is our world. God gave it to us to steward. Let us take it back from the ego of those who serve Satan and stole it from us. Let us raise happy children to become well-grounded, mental-pathology free adults. Happy to have something to do. Happy because they are not anxious for making a living for them and their children. Happy to go outside to play or to work or to shop or to learn, WITHOUT CARE…without being shot, bombed, shamed, bullied…exploited by the more powerful, wherever they are.

12 July 2022 Headline 1: Putin and Erdogan agree to hold a meeting in the near future – sadly, I am not surprised. The Turkish regime shows itself, yet again, to be a flippy-floppy, on-again/Erd-ogan off-again, sort of folks. I already said anyone who would politicize the carnage ongoing in Ukraine and EU security IS SOMEONE YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE ON YOUR SIDE, WATCHING YOUR BACK. I am greatly disappointed in Erdogan. He has the aspect of ruthlessness. À la Putin, Xi…these folks appear capable to watch the carnage they are responsible for inflicting upon innocents over a glass of vodka…flipping to it during soccer league commercial breaks. Erdogan’s new ‘friends’ will mean the END OF TURKEY in due course; for now, while Xi/Putin can use Turkey, they will be best-buds. But the regimes in China and Russia and Turkey and India etc. care more for their pockets than for Peace. In fact, when Peace is in the way of profit, why, no problem…we’ll just say we are bombing the bejeezus out of you in the name of Peace…Problem solved, right? And, once they defeat their ‘common enemy’ -the peoples of the World, our  world, who simply want to go about their lives peacefully – then they will turn on each other. In the end, the current trend of the World, our world, if allowed to progress further into fascism/movement conservatism/neoliberalism; if allowed to polarize once again into ‘East’ and ‘West’, if allowed to further ‘secularize’ society and demonize god (whatever you call him/her) so that all of humankind turns away from god, will lead to the precipice, and humanity will walk off the edge en masse…not even the Lemmings were that stupid. Our ego makes us that stupid. We are almost there. The Golden Rule is our way out of the peril we are in, just as certainly as our unbridled pursuits of profit (we label it ‘progress’) put us here. We are part of Creation. We therefore form a part of the body of the Creator. With respect to the  creator’s ‘body’, we behave like cancer: we expand, we overcome our host’s ability to create and maintain life by poisoning her with our activities and our waste. We increase our numbers with reckless abandon, having not a care for what the next generation will have to deal with JUST TO SURVIVE the world we leave to them. Eventually, the cancer will destroy the host’s capability to support it and THE CANCER WILL DIE. But not the host. (thank god!) God is hurting. God is hurting because of his/her prized creation, us. He/she loves us so dearly that he/she thought to give us the keys to the family car -our free will. But what did we do with it? Once we figured out where the gas pedal was, we hammered down on it and went careening around the neighbourhood…and leaving carnage in our wake. Here’s the thing about free will: it was never carte blanche to do whatever feels good to us, damn the consequences to everyone and everything else, because… Free Will is ultimate power. Not even $$$ can purchase free will because it transcends all material value. Only our fear of death is more powerful, if we allow. If the Great War generations feared death more than they were motivated to do the right thing…what do you suppose the outcome would have been? But with ultimate power comes ultimate responsibility. The power to create new life, such as woman was given, goes hand-in-hand with the responsibility of parenting. Parenting is the highest of all our responsibilities and activities, even higher than career…think about it, from the perspective of your existence and not your convenience. But, to exercise free will, you cannot fear loss. Loss of money…loss of your own life…otherwise, your free will is for sale. Our ruling classes have pockets deep enough to ‘buy’ it. Trust me, once they own it, they will not give it back. That is Satan’s world I describe, no longer the creator’s world…and we are bound to suffer greatly in it, for Satan aspired to control everything. His ego is boundless. Check out Al Pacino’s The Devil’s Advocate. ‘Vanity. My favourite sin…’ says the devil. The much-vaunted separation of church and state, meant to protect institutions of faith from political interference, has instead been used to displace the authoritative position of faith and the soul of humankind in our ‘democratic’ societies with faith in CEOs and pursuit of what for many amounts to the pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow. That’s bullshit. The truth is, the ego of our ruling classes permits our leaders to believe they know better than god and don’t have to be guided by god’s Golden Rule. They want us to believe in them and swallow their narrative whole (were we to ‘chew’, we’d realize we were being fed bullshit). Look at the World our ruling classes have created for us to live in and for our children to grow up in. Does anyone not see the problem? My prediction: If we show resolve, if we garner the will to be good neighbours all around, if we show Xi, Putin, Erdogan, Modhi, et al. that peace matters more than $$$s and that universal happiness (the culmination of the Golden Rule) is the target, why, you can bet the creator will be happy and help us to get there. We need only unite wrt to these bozos and show them one indomitable face. Don’t worry Elon and Jeff and Bill, if you really care as much as you like to say and show you do about humanity, why, humanity will still get to the Stars…the only things is, you and your kind will not continue to enrich themselves and be the puppet masters over something you are ineffably ill-qualified and ill-spirited to manage. Without your ilk ‘leading’, humankind has a ‘fighting chance’, going forward. WE can be god’s guardian angels in the material realm. Perhaps we are the sons and daughters of the Walkers, the offspring of heavenly beings and ‘men’. We must abolish the mechanisms and operatives of Wealth accrual since these are directly responsible for poverty and poverty excludes half of the World or more from contributing to their societies and to the World society. Watch what happens when we do: The Styx will ‘dry up’ and ‘Heaven’ and ‘Earth’, the spiritual and the material, will become reconciled. We will have found the gateway to the Garden at long last. Headline 2: Ukraine’s Implausible Theories of Victory: The Fantasy of Russian Defeat and the Case For Diplomacy – Whatever case this writer makes, I am not buying. I cannot countenance the degree to which some people stoop to make money for themselves. This writer presumes too much. If he was writing about the rape of his own child, and, knowing his child is too weak on his/her own to foil his/her attacker, suggest ‘negotiation between the two parties, rather than to jump all-in to stop the rape, what would you think of him? Would you follow his advice if it were happening to your child? This is a ‘reputable’ news magazine publishing such balderdash as to suggest ‘negotiation’. Right now, I’m watching DW news give credibility to this guy by interviewing him, as if he didn’t make enough money already from writing the article. I have not read the article. I know he will present a lot of clever reasoning, but it is all bullshit: Putin walked across the Ukrainian border and Putin is pummelling Ukraine into the f’n ground, shooting unarmed civilians in the back the head, doing missile strikes on apartment buildings, bombing to death young soon-to-be-mothers in their hospital beds – all war crimes– AND THIS %T&48 IS TALKING ABOUT NEGOTIATION AND ABOUT UKRAINIAN ‘FANTASY’? hello? is anybody home? p.s. I provide the link to the article, however, you have to subscribe to Foreign Affairs Magazine to become ‘informed’. I prefer, in this case, to remain politically and materially ignorant in favour of developing spiritual astuteness. How about you? And I keep my money in my pocket. Money can’t buy you love; neither can it buy you knowledge in today’s world. The Wealthy aren’t selling knowledge, only bullshit to keep us divided and unable to escape from under their thumb. If the wealthy were still stewards, we wouldn’t have the problems we have. Instead, they regale us with a bedtime narrative to help us ‘sleep’. This akin to what the Hebrew general Joshua did to convince the Hebrews who were used to Moses’ light and connection with god, to get them to clear ‘the promised land’ of its inhabitants, that the Hebrews might have a place to call home. Somehow, I don’t believe, had he lived, that Moses would have told them to do murder and that it was god’s will, after having just saved the Hebrews from that sort of existence. Isn’t it alarming that today, it is the Jewish State being ‘Pharaoh’ and  the Palestinians being the ancient Hebrews? Ukraine, Ukrainians, and those who sucked it up in America, the U.K., and the EU to stand in solidarity with Ukraine in defiance of Putin, are heroes. They are leading by example with their blood, just like the early Christians defied Rome and Diocletian’s genocidal bent What is he who can suggest Ukraine negotiate? Has he ever personally endured what it is he now suggests Ukrainians to ‘get over’? I am trying hard to keep this article respectable, language-wise, and so, I cannot say how I would describe someone who can stoop to the level the writer and publisher of articles like this one… Thank god that the internet, Foreign Affairs magazine, and the writer of the aforementioned article weren’t around in the days of the Alamo. If they had been, America might have had a border today much further to the north and America would not be the powerhouse they are and the World would not have a friend. Democracy would not have a friend. By now, we’d all living camps like Xi’s, that is, if we were to dare think for ourselves and to aspire to live free. As it is, we have a wayward, irresponsible ruling class, and that group, in its own special passive-aggressive way, is taking it all from us, that which god gave us. Free will. These folks are not of the same mindset as the ones who framed the American Constitution. Read what Thomas Paine writes and ditch Foreign Affairs Magazine. It’s old news, mind you, but it is more relevant to today than the bullshit coming out of Foreign Affairs Magazine and all those of like ilk. In answer to that article and to those who still talk about negotiation as if they are watching an episode of reality television and not real people being made really dead, I would borrow from the Ukrainian defenders of Snake Island: Headline 3: Ukrainian rockets hit Russian-controlled area as Kyiv readies southern counter-attack – alright! I’m over the article in Foreign Affairs. This is the kind of news I’m keeping up with. Prayers and admiration for Ukraine. The precise opposite for the Putins, Trumps, and Xis of the world, and for those who try to style these folks as ‘sane’. They are insane with power. Like Lucifer. But the god that created us thought to give us, even a poor ‘writer’ like myself, who earns nothing from this site (not to imply that a donation or two wouldn’t be nice, however!), FREE WILL, effectively according power over us, to US. This is the exact opposite of what Putin offers Ukraine and ruling classes offer citizens everywhere. I’m following god’s lead, not Putin’s and certainly not anyone who lives in a democracy but works à la Trump and wealthy folks everywhere, to undermine our democratic institutions. Headline 4: Amazon issued 13,000 disciplinary notices at single U.S. warehouse – well, I think you know how I feel about Amazon. It is love/hate. I need the convenience of online ordering/delivery because I cannot afford the convenience of owning a car. At the same time, there is way too much of China and too little of everyone else, IMO. So, I opted to end my Prime membership. Not a big sacrifice for me. I just have to plan my orders to get the free shipping. As far as Prime Video goes, there’s a lot of garbage. Not the stuff of Hollywood, as it were. But this is yet another example of how we are getting more and more like China, every day, IN THE WORKPLACE. Given that most of us work or wish we had a paying job, and given that most of the jobs are in corporations, it is corporations here that rule over us and it is the investor who rules the corporations. With such a configuration, how much different are we than China? We are on the same trajectory and headed to the same dark place, where democracy dies faster than even the Washington Post can imagine. In another generation, IMO, we might not be able to discern one from the other unless we know our maps. Headline 5: Uber files put Macron’s neoliberalism in the spotlight – going to read the latest from Ishaan Tharoor with great interest. I’m not a fan of Macron’s or neoliberalism. hello? 11 July 2022 The World, our world, is in a very precarious condition. It has come to this, IMO, as a direct result of the waywardness of the World’s (our world’s) ruling classes. The waywardness of our ruling classes stems from ego. All humans have ego. But when ego becomes the predominant operating spirit, everything is predominantly motivated by self-interest. Self-interest exists in direct opposition to and in defiance of the creative principle. If our creator were motivated purely by self-interest, he/she would not have dared given anyone ‘free will’, because free will is in effect exists in opposition to centrality. Humankind is the product of ‘inheritance’, to borrow from the computing world. We, first and foremost, operate autonomously, in accordance with our programming. That’s the distributive aspect. We inherit the qualities of our creator out of being created from and by our creator. The creator in effect has communicated the power and the wherewithal of Creation in creating us. But, creation is not an act of self-interest unless what is being created is created to serve the Creator. What should be patently clear is that, while our creator created us to be free (therefore ‘free will’) we are everywhere taking free will away from one another. This should already be abundantly clear, given our geopolitical and domestic relationships. Therefore, if the creator’s distributive intelligent design is not the governing principle of the societies humans form (wrt their intra- and inter-relationships), if the Golden Rule is not the default in geopolitical, domestic, community, and family relationships, then we are living on the side of ego. The ego of the powerful, of the wealthy. The ego of those folks whom god blessed with the wherewithal to STEWARD global and domestic society. Ego is not per se evil. It is per se limited in its ‘knowledge’. It thinks it knows what to do but it invariably results in more trouble. It is because of this limitation that ego, self-interest, is Satan’s segue into the human consciousness. Whereas the creator gave us free will, in effect, keeping staying out of our ‘heads’, Satan seeks to do ALL OF OUR THINKING FOR US. Do you not see the peril in letting that guy do your thinking for you? Do you not see why you often feel guilty afterwards? That’s a phenomenon of ego: the ego’s cycle of reaction-guilt. There can be no doubt, given the chaos of today’s World (our world, the one we are leaving to our children) which reins supreme and threatens 3 millennia of human ‘civilization’, about the agenda Wealth, as an institution of wealth generation, rather than of social stewardship, is forwarding: that of someone and something that means to take us all down because it is the inevitable outcome of a neoliberal democratic/fascist governing mindset. Consumption: the faster we consume, the faster Wealth gets richer and more powerful in society. The trouble is, if we consume resources faster than they can be replaced and we meantime create waste faster than it can be assimilated and neutralized, and, if we continue to deforest faster than new growth can replace the old growth and all of the purification processes trees accomplish, guess where we will end up? Herein is the greatest peril of an ego-run world: we won’t even realize that we crossed the line of no-return, until it is too late. If we must act on faith, then I am for putting my faith in the creator and the Golden Rule. I can already see where my faith is my leaders has been grievously (but innocently) misplaced. How about you? 8 July 2022 In one solitary headline, the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, the barbarism and moral decrepitude of Russia’s government and military: ‘Dad, that’s it. She’s dead.’ – the words spoken by the woman’s son, to her husband. She was killed by a Russian artillery strike, after she had ventured out into the neighbourhood to feed the cats. If you can read to the end without tearing up… This then is the state of the World, our world; the one god gave us. As a gift. Look what we have wrought with the gift god gave us. It is time to ‘shit or get off of the pot’ as the saying goes. For how long will we standby and watch the rape of Ukraine by Russia, happening right in front of us? Years ago, we permitted the horror of the Residential Schools to be visited upon innocent Native children and families. Now, we look on in horror at what Russia is capable of doing to Ukrainian children and families. How different are we today from yesterday? There are no material gains to be had by confronting Russia direct; but at what cost to our honour/spirit do we sit back and continue to lever economic sanctions? Particularly when nations like Germany are taking a big hit sanctioning Russia while nations like India opportunistically take advantage of door-crasher prices on Russian oil and gas? Nevermind what China is all about. That government is as cheap as Russia’s. No wonder they have become bedfellows; but be warned: if we don’t summarily disrupt that little tryst; if we don’t pushback and end this now; if we allow the Russia-China alliance to fester and consume more of the ‘surrounding tissue’, there will be ‘amputation’ and then death. For everyone. We need to act now. We need to have leadership again, to replace the burgeoning world wide ‘hegemony of the wealthy’. If we do not come up with a new way, then, EITHER WAY, we will create a dystopia for most humans to live in, including children, PLUS there will be no guarantee that cliques will not form once again among the ruling classes: ‘the people’ whom god, man, and all good sense mandates our ‘leaders’ to steward, to take care of, they could feed yet again into the maw of war. Now, a warning about reliance on ‘evidence-based policy’: If we are fooled into believing we have all of the evidence at hand WHEN in fact WE DO NOT, we are likely to draw the wrong conclusion and predisposed to the creation of VERY BAD POLICIES. The subjective remains even when we are certain of our objectivity. Just as surely as the lie, repeated often enough, does the work of the Truth. If we think so much of ourselves that we can perpetrate life-changing policies on people, causing them to experience great misery and harm though they are innocent, how much better are we now than the Christians who burned ‘witches’ at Salem? They were certain too. We today cannot take their ‘certainty’ seriously, but, the ones who were burned alive sure knew took THAT seriously. [Look at our response to COVID. Look at how we have backed ourselves into a Climate Change Corner. Look at how the regimes governing nations put GDP ahead of the wellbeing of their own citizens. Look at how the media has rendered the SCOTUS decision exclusively in terms of what that entails for the right of women to choose. There is also a human whose nascent life is being ended without his/her even being asked. That should get coverage too, don’t ya think?] ============================================================================= The governance of the World, our world, favours Wealth over all else because our government’s leadership function in society has been usurped by the pursuit of greater wealth. It is wealth, not quality of life, à la Maslow, that rules humankind. The rule of $$$ has its own unique morality. It is in opposition to the creator’s intent. The creator gave us free will, despite the perils to Creation (look what we do to our environment!), but our ruling class takes it away. We are meant by them to be content with the ‘scraps falling from the Masters’ tables’ but the trouble is, as wealth concentrates into the upper reaches of society, progressively less hits ss the ground to be shared among the rest of us. A democratic nation consisting of citizens motivated purely by self-interest cannot be a democratic nation. There will be NO TOLERANCE for anyone who gets in the way of anyone else. No two people are alike and therefore, as our numbers increase, obliging us to live in ever-closer quarters, there will be more and more intolerance, misery, disaffection and angst. All of this to increase CONSUMPTION. It doesn’t matter if more people are dying and suffering, that more children are dying and suffering or being summarily removed from their ‘first home’ and tossed into biowaste containers…it only matters that GDP keeps going up. Ask yourself WHO BENEFITS MOST? Look at what our choice are at election time. How many folks are elected from the poverty demographic? How many people are elected from the professional and business classes? What is the perspective of the people we elect to our parliaments? It is, on the majority, not the perspective of poor people. Above Parliament is where ‘the buck stops’. Above the Executive and the PM/PMO, which, because of the Whip, serve Wealth/the puppetmasters, rather than answer to Parliament. The puppetmasters can use ‘evidence’ for its own purposes. We are regaled with their convenient truth, minute by minute, day by day, year by year…generation by generation. Wealth passes from generation to generation. Does anyone need any further evidence that the World is ruled by gold and that this is taking the world to a VERY DARK PLACE. The Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold, We need only the will to make it happen, the free will god gave us, the free will our ruling classes have been usurping from us and from our democracy. There is no democracy in business that does not result in greater wealth for the owners. Wealth has turned human societies into businesses. Gone are the halcyon days of Chinese, Muslim, Christian,  Native, and Western cultural traditions, of art, of creative possibility. Now if it doesn’t ‘make money’ (um, like weapon sales do) it has no value in today’s world. Do you still wonder at the misery we see every day, all day? Do you still wonder where we are being led? 7 July 2022 Well, don’t believe everything you read! I had begun the day with no venting on the agenda, that is, until I watched Vassy Kapelos et al. covering the summary execution of Patrick Brown. [I say ‘summary execution’ because, so far at least, due process has not been followed, and the public will never know what sort of PM Patrick Brown would make and what sort of Conservative party he would lead.] Listening to Mr. Brown, it became clear to me that the Conservative Party violated one of the most basic democratic doctrines: the right to face your accuser. This is to allow for the accusations to be vetted (duh!). As it is, Patrick Brown is summarily taken off of the leadership ballot, disqualified from running for the leadership, and without anyone divulging the details of the malfeasance for which he has been disqualified. Now, Mr. Brown believes that Poilievre et al. are responsible. He believes they were concerned they might lose to Patrick Brown, and so they alleged something along the lines of a Brown campaigner, who worked for some corporation, took company time to do work for Patrick Brown’s campaign…a weak connection at best, to the election rules, because, unless the corporation’s CEO ordered the employee to do it, how can one assert the illegal interference of the corporation in the political process? But, something was claimed, the accused could not properly answer to the charges because the charges themselves are amorphous…no details provided. No substance, therefore no opportunity to either vet or refute the charges. This is not democracy. It is however a strategy wherein the principles of democracy can be short-circuited and we end up in the court of opinion…the Kangaroo Court. Now, I can claim to feel a little of what Patrick Brown must be feeling, assuming he is not guilty of wilfully breaking the rules. One day, not so long ago, I found a letter at my door, threatening the possibility of eviction from my apartment if ‘any more complaints are received about marijuana odours emanating from my apartment.’ Receiving the letter, especially in these days where rents on newly available units are being increased by 30% or more while being on a fixed income, has caused me much anxiety and sleeplessness. From the grapevine, I heard that the complainer was someone who roamed the hallways of the building for exercise and whose husband had a recent tête à tête with the Resident Building Manager. They decided to hit back at the corporation by telling the regional authorities about the pot smells coming from several units in the building; resulting in an order from the Region to the corporation. Now, the letter says, ‘if any more complaints are received’. But in all honesty, if they smelled ‘pot’ odor from my apartment, it could have only been an isolated kind of thing; not a common condition. They might have caught a whiff of incense, or from when I burn sage to clear the apartment of negativity, or my foul cooking…? I cannot be sure. I was given no information. The letter doesn’t say that the building manager vetted the accusations coming from the tenant. So, because of how things were done by the accuser and without any of democracy’s checks and balances being brought to bear, I have no recourse to address the charges. I can only ANXIOUSLY AWAIT another letter since I can’t know what it is the accuser is actually reacting to. The accuser, meanwhile, can just go on their merry way accusing and causing folks great and unnecessary hardship, without ever being held to account. [The accuser could have knocked on my door. I know who they are and they know me. They should know that if they have an issue of ANY KIND with me or any other neighbour, they can trust in our ongoing ‘good neighbours’ relationship, and just talk to me to get satisfaction. But in this case, it was something else anyways.] A world of accusations with no accountability accorded the accuser? That is the world we have created and the one we are going to leave to our children. God had given us free will. We need only accept the responsibility to choose to do the right things with the creator’s gift. This is the culmination of our movement en masse away from god and into the embrace of our SELVES. EGO. Where Satan lives. Remember, god the creator, gave us FREE WILL. Satan, the ego, wants control over what we do with the Free Will god gave us. So Satan lives in our heads, creating for us false realities. When the SUBJECTIVE usurps authority over the OBJECTIVE; when the reactive condition becomes the norm, displacing the reflective as our ground-state consciousness; WHEN WHAT THE TRUTH IS ROUTINELY GIVES WAY TO WHAT WE WANT THE TRUTH TO BE, then we have come to the Brave New World, where the ‘truth’ is manufactured by the powerful, and the powerful are the ones with the most $$$. I urge the Cons to rethink the Patrick Brown affair. Besides, I have seen enough of Poilievre to know I cannot ever imagine a Canada led by him, anymore than I could under Stephen Harper…our great nation was greatly changed under that man; the timing, of course, wrought by the movement conservatives, who have been playing the long game. After electing their first president in the U.S. (Regan), they exported themselves to Canada in the Western Alliance; which then inserted itself, virus like, into the DNA of the Progressive Conservative party, taking it over and BECOMING SOMETHING QUITE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT IT WAS FROM 1867 UP UNTIL MULRONEY(the transition). Jumping to conclusions is never a good idea and was never our way until recently. Remember how Canada was always loathe to do something without first seeing it done in America and giving time to see how it worked there? [that is except for universal healthcare and a vastly superior social net] Now, circumventions around DUE F’N PROCESS are becoming the fashion. Because due process could get in the way of what we want the truth to be. WE ARE THE PROBLEM. We need to value the truth above all else. WITHOUT ‘TRUTH’ WE HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO EXERCISE THE FREE WILL OUR CREATOR GIFTED US WITH. We are left with the truth as more powerful others would have it. We and our children are left living the life the egos of folks like Elon and Xi and Putin and Harper and other powerfully rich people allow us to live, with the opportunity they allow us to have. That is rule by the wealthy. Where is there democracy in this? p.s. I have been bashing the current version of  the ‘ruling class’. I’d like to part with a quote from Tommy Douglas, provided by a tweeter on Twitter. Sadly, though, I’ve given up on Twitter and so, alas! I cannot give credit to the tweeter: I believe Tommy Douglas has nailed it as precisely as Ike did when the last great American President gave his Farewell Address wherein he warns our generation about the military-industrial complex. We seriously have to listen. We haven’t. The present state of the World and Canada is because we didn’t listen. Now, if you don’t know who Tommy Douglas was, I came across a succinct characterization, by a contributor to Quora, Sue Meadows: Thomas Clement Douglas (20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986) was a Scottish Canadian politician who served as Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961 and Leader of the New Democratic Party from 1961 to 1971. A Baptist minister, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1935 as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. He left federal politics to become Leader of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and then the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan. His cabinet was the first democratic socialist government in North America and it introduced the continent’s first single-payer, universal health care program. Douglas was voted “the Greatest Canadian’ of all time in a nationally televised contest organized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2004.’ p.s.s. In a world of intolerant people and with people living in close quarters, like in Toronto, say, the vaunted rights of the individual are neutralized by the vaunted rights of all other individuals…and because we are so intolerant, no one ends up with any rights at all. When I was a kid, I learned that Canada and Liberalism aspired to building tolerance and equality of opportunity. We are more intolerant and inequitable today than since before WWII. The trouble is that our ruling class is corrupt nowadays, because wealth corrupts. Our rulers are not stewards. If they are not stewards of society THEY CANNOT BE RULERS OF SOCIETY…they are only business people exploiting the market and calling that ‘society’ and ‘civilization’. p.s. p.s. I see Argentina is siding with China. This is a mistake for Argentina. The more regimes aligning with China and Russia, the greater the certainty of war and death around the World and the annihilation of China, Russia, and Argentina. Russia says now they can reclaim Alaska. They sold Alaska. So, now, in today’s world, I can buy something from someone and then they can take it back from me? So now, the great Chinese culture (um, something Xi did not create but rather stole and is now turning it into fascist manure) stoops to align itself with a nation like Russia. And we have Argentina stooping so low as to align itself with China. Now, India is in BRICS. It should decouple itself from BRICS, from the opportunism of cheap Russian oil, and stand with America’s vision. South Africa too. It won’t be forever and it is not ‘bowing to America.’ It is bowing to the notion of an equitable world wherein rules of fairness, governing all aspects of international and human relations, are created and universally respected. If nations don’t smarten up and present A UNITED FRONT VOICE TO THE MONKEY BUSINESS OF RUSSIA AND CHINA, then the World, our world WILL GO TO WAR. More will die in this war than have ever lived. Is it worth it to continue with our mutual hatred toward one another when our mutual annihilation is the only possible outcome? Is it worth it to our respective ruling classes to continue to exploit rather than steward, given that social dissolution, chaos, misery, disaffection and death are the only possible outcomes? 3 July 2022 – canadanua’s last post – Wishing everyone a happy Sunday. There is even a ray of Sun-shine, from the Media: Headline 1: The long, ongoing debate over ‘All men are created equal’ – the article begins by introducing a man on a mission, who believes we need to do much better. The article concludes: “To be an anti-racist is to recognize that it’s not just that we are created equal, or biologically equal. It’s that all racial groups are equals. And if there are disparities between those equal racial groups, then it is the result of racist policy or structural racism and not the inferiority or superiority of a racial group.”  Great reporting; the topic of choice, I mean. The media, if it is to be our ‘5th Estate’ must report on what we need to know, NOT ON WHAT THE RULING CLASS NEEDS US TO BELIEVE. Clear? It is an egregious miscarriage of the institution of the 5th Estate to see the state of the Media today. It is as divided as our politics and for the same reason: Wealth. Wealth owns the media whole nowadays. Wealth is stoking division by overrepresenting the values and beliefs they want to predominate in society and underrepresenting other equally significant concerns. The abortion ‘debate’ is one. The right to bear arms is another. The fact that we continue to blather about poverty, homelessness and do nothing; where even our elected governments pass legislation that favours corporate owners living in Mumbai over tenants living in Welland, say, is another. If our own leaders are leading society on behalf of a particular demographic and not on behalf of society as a whole, why, THE SOCIETY THEY LEAD IS BY DEFINITION CORRUPT. Headline 2: Chasser la France pour la Russie, pour le meillur et pour le pire – well, we have people in Mali who are protesting against France and in favour of close relations with Russia. Because of what the French have shown them, over the years. If any nation supports Russia/China over a pax Americana, they do so in reaction to what they have seen. To explain this, my mother, who lived, in my esteem, closer to Jesus than anyone, closer than even the ‘Christians’ in my family, deplored religion. For her whole life, she hated it because her of her abusive father. It was the face of god/Jesus she was shown. Likewise, NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS would choose China and Russia over a pax Americana or its future as a United Nations-administered pax mundi. No one would choose to be under the thumb of Russia and China when they could live in peace under a pax mundi. But many are or are leaning toward Russia/China; choosing them over the World and OVER THEIR OWN CITIZENS. Because America has shown the World its worst as well as its best. It is time for America to get its own act together and I mean ‘together’. The division in America is deep and threatens to destroy it. Before America and the values America upholds during its saner times disappear into the neoliberal democratic Black Hole which is threatening to draw us in, forevermore, as surely as the Black Hole represented by China and Russia and their spiritually weak, valueless (but for $$$) supporters threatens to destroy the World and any hope for an equitable, VALUES-based/rules-based international order, we need to come to terms with OURSELVES. We need to BE the Light of god, always, that we might shine together and light the path forward to a bountiful, worry-free future of unbridled opportunity for everyone living and for the other species too, rather than allow our current leaders and their mindset, driven by Wealth, to continue to create a dystopia for us to live in. Our final destination. Be certain, Wealth seeks this for the ‘labour pool’ citizenry, as certain as the Grim Reaper seeks its due in the movie. Nobody’s right, if everybody’s wrong. p.s. You know, during my morning walkabout with the puppy, I got to thinking, ‘If  the ruling class here in Canada is typical of how ruling classes around the World esteem their own citizens, in particular, the economically vulnerable and what that entails for the quality life they and their children enjoy (and, IMO, it is); if the Canadian ruling class is content to let people ‘slip through the cracks’ into life in a park, under a bridge, or on a  downtown subway grating where they get stepped on, around, and over (and they are); and if ‘progress’ for the ruling classes of the World’s nations is defined by organizing with the ruling classes of other national societies, that they might together maintain hegemony over their own citizenry by inking international trade agreements (they are), then, perhaps ego, specifically the ego of Wealth, is what is wrong with the World, and given the pervasiveness of Wealth-suborned corruption (neoliberal democracy being the affliction of the West…in the East, government is business and they see no need to bs their citizens, who already know they exist at the pleasure of the ‘bosses’), things cannot get better. They will only get worse. God, our god, our creator, whatever you call him/her, however you worship him/her, IS OUR LAST HOPE. I’ve been writing ad nauseum, but this site attracts only bots, the odd wayward cyber-surfer who never returns, about what is wrong and what we need to do, FOR OUR SAKES AND THE SAKES OF THE NEXT GENERATIONS, but no one reads it. I cancelled Twitter yet again, for the same reason. Twitter has become mundane. It’s the same people pumping out the same nice little bits but nothing changes and anyone who tries to actually generate a real conversation gets ignored. If you don’t follow the party line, say, scream bloody-blue-murder that someone thinks to suggest to you that abortion is murder (and it is), then you  are ignored. BUT, IF YOU RUN AROUND LIKE CHIKEN LITTLE  proclaiming, say, ‘There is no god’, you will get lots of followers and likes. Now, if you were in Heaven, and saw this going on, you’d be sounding alarms everywhere. No one is sounding alarms but folks like me. Of course, folks of all religious institutions are too, but their insistence on dogma is putting off reasoning folks who ask open and honest questions of them. For example, how can any man be ‘god’, whether Pharaoh, emperor, king/queen, or prophet, when god is as boundless as timeless, and, the body of god contains the whole Universe, the seen and unseen? All Faiths assert themselves as ‘closest’ to the truth about god the creator and in this, THEY ARE ALL WRONG. God, the creator of ALL, transcends ALL. Nobody’s right, if everybody’s wrong. We really need to get it right about god. Which gives me cause to believe that, if what I am saying is true, then how I am saying it must be unattractive (it likely is and I’m sorry I don’t have the interest to expend the extra effort in making my site look ‘pretty’) and my message is also being lost in the noise of cyberspace, since I’m not attracting any readers. We have monetized everything and so everything falls under the hegemony of those WITH THE MONEY. hello? The Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold. That is how things might work in ‘heaven’. But when $$$ is the rule and we were warned by Jesus and others about serving ‘god’ OR ‘mammon’, then, we have created hell for ourselves to die and suffer in. The history of the World, of/in the Old Testament, even of the nation which brought on the pax americana, is fraught with evidence of the rule of gold. The ancient Hebrews had to land somewhere after being freed from Egypt, their ruling class knew it, that’s maybe why the prophet who led them there was not allowed in himself. Instead, the warrior Joshua led them and he told them that ‘God’ wanted them to slay every man, woman, and child to make room for them. They are still trying today! Only now, the same rulers who ‘deplore’ the murder of Ukrainians but will not send troops to Ukraine (‘Not our war’ I heard the NATO Secretary saying only yesterday); the same ones who stand up for Indigenous kids, long dead; and who out of cowardice and by design seek to confer  blame upon the Church, when it was the government’s policy. Not only do they blame the church for THEIR SINS, they are silent with criticism of Israel’s regime and its ongoing eradication of the Palestinian presence. All that being said, and given that no one comments or has any interest in reading what I am offering (I realize I’m no Hemingway, alright already?), there is no further point for me to keep howling at the moon, as it were. Wishing everyone a great life but somehow, unless a miracle happens courtesy of the creator, I don’t think many folks will have a great life. Not because god doesn’t want it for them, BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE ALLOWED OURSELVES TO BECOME A SELFISH SPECIES AND OUR LEADERS LEAD US LEMMINGS OVER THE CLIFF, while they hope to pull-up just after we’re no longer a problem for them to have to deal with. Prove me wrong. I want to be wrong on that. I’m not writing anymore to this site. When the hosting contract expires, Canadanua could be going down with it. 1 July 2022 A Happy Canada Day to Canada and Canadians. Past, Present, and Future generations. I was blessed personally by the grace of god, born in Canada in the mid-50s. It was a great time to be a kid. We lived without care. My greatest fear was the Boogie Man. It is a different Canada today than the one I grew up in. Having said that, for some, the poor and the Indigenous, Canada has always been the Canada of today. Today’s Canada, the blather notwithstanding, is ruled by a segment of the Canadian population (our ruling/wealthy class); while the rest of Canada is manipulated by them to help the rulers to further enrich themselves. Our oligarchs in the West are as problematic for the citizens of their own nations as the Russian variety are for Russia, Ukraine, and the World; as problematic as China’s. Our ruling class garners more $$$ and the power $$$ buys for it. They prop-up their ‘institution’ (patently antisocial and undemocratic; an anathema to democracy by virtue of its very existence) by sowing division among us. The greatest divider is $$$. Those deemed ‘useful’ by the ruling class get more $$$ while they are of use; those who aren’t get little or NOTHING. Our Liberal government demonstrated quite clearly whom their policies are designed to serve with CERB. Yes, they did well to keep things in stasis, ready to come back to life the moment COVID becomes ‘manageable’; yes, they helped families who lost work to survive; NO they didn’t help anyone already in economically-vulnerable. The good bishop in Australia provides an interesting talk on smartphones today within the context of his ongoing discourses on the Book of Revelation. I don’t agree with the more dogmatic stuff, but the bishop is very, very good (as brilliant as he is honest, in fact) and in the ‘abstraction’, you can take what he says to the bank, no matter which Faith you are born into. Whether you live or outside of Canada, whether you are Canadian or not, we thank you for your prayers for our nation, our society, and for the peoples who live here. We extend our prayers to you and your family and community and Faith and nation as we celebrate our own. …and our prayers are with Ukraine and Ukrainians and for those intrepid Baltic nations who support Ukraine and would not buckle to political pressure from Turkey and not do the right thing by the Kurds. If the Kurds were promised asylum in Sweden and Finland, then it is not propitious for them to sacrifice the Kurds upon Erdogan’s altar. Plus, ‘terrorism’ is a label in flux. Nowadays, even nations can be labelled ‘terrorist’. If Turkey, the US and others say the PKK is a ‘terrorist’ organization, if the PKK is motivated to be a ‘thorn in Turkey’s side’ rather than to reclaim from Turkey the territory Turkey was wrongly given by the folks who carved up Europe after the war, then, that is a different matter. But I don’t know. I am going to research the PKK and the story behind Finland and Sweden’s support for the PKK if they actually do. Ignorance is condemnation without investigation and I myself am often guilty of this. But I’ll try not to, going forward. There is simply too much at stake. Human life, born or unborn, seems to matter little to people already. Because the media weights things heavily. They cover the outrage of the State telling women what they can do with their bodies while providing virtually no coverage of what abortion does to the baby inside, who is trying to get outside, and who never asked to be put in THAT WOMB in the first place. Is that ‘democracy’ when people hear only ONE SIDE OF THE STORY? Or is it manipulation? If it is manipulation, the question becomes, ‘WHY?’ If you are honestly seeking the Light, you will come to the answer. Be prepared. Once you begin to realize, you will feel shame. Shame over your attitudes. Over what you have done, and also what you failed to do. Just like the declaration in the Catholic Mass. Shame that you allowed the ruling class to guide your democracy so that now it is divided between ‘left’ and ‘right’, a condition wherein YOU CANNOT HAVE IT ALL(but the ruling class still can)…where to choose less State intervention, say, means choosing less support for the vulnerable, because they are now PACKAGED TOGETHER (um, like a Harper omnibus bill);  or where more healthcare means you have to also favour abortion and the attacks on institutions of Faith. 29 June 2022 Humankind is at the ‘event horizon’ of Fantasia’s Black Hole. Arranged in diametric opposition along the periphery are the human geopolitical constructs of ‘East’ and ‘West’. The bipolarity of the world precipitated the black hole in the first place, as the two sides pulled away from each other, taking with them as much as they could of the rest of the world. Now, the black hole’s gravity has become so great that both sides verge on global war. When that happens, there will be much bloodshed and misery, followed hard upon by a profound and utter silence. One would think that the ‘State’, eastern or western version, might ‘know better’, given all of its resources, to seek unity of purpose, to exist in collaboration, rather than in self-interest; to be ‘on the same side’ of the Black Hole which forms between any two ‘poles’ of self-interest, as it were. But instead, both sides invest trillions in the ability to kill and to defend, while their people starve and suffer and lack all opportunity to work for anything better, and the World slowly succumbs to poisoning like Yasser Arafat had (god bless him – he was working toward a two-state solution, nearly got there, I understand, and was killed before he could cross the finish line). The Black Hole forming between East and West is duplicated within eastern and western societies. Along their event horizons are situated the wealthy and the haves (a black hole exists between them also) and the haven’ts. The immediate peril the corruption caused by the existence and pursuit of Wealth in democratic (or otherwise) society is the ‘size’ of the black hole that has formed between ‘left’ and ‘right’ and ‘the Executive’ and ‘Parliaments’. At one time, both philosophies could have existed within the same ‘head’, or parliament, and be a matter for debate and compromise. Now this is inconceivable…imagine Joe Biden and Donald Trump being one person? Or Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau/Jagmeet Singh? Imagine a QP where the Cons comport themselves according to Parliamentary decorum? Self-interest is the World’s BIGGEST PROBLEM. In a world so thoroughly monetized as neoliberalism/fascism has made it, it is the self-interest of Wealth that carries the day. THAT DAY WILL END IN PROFOUND AND UTTER DARKNESS. Still, there is a ray of Light, indomitable, indefatigable…we see it in Ukrainians. Our Alamo. Our example. Very soon, IMO, things will break out. The NATO Summit will result in a staging of strength v. Russia, in the hopes it will be enough to convince Russia to back off from Ukraine voluntarily, and to drop any hint of a threat against Eastern and Northern European nations. Russia will react to this. But not by pulling out. Putin has gone too far in Ukraine. It has been ‘terror-tactics’ from the get-go. He has devalued the nation he is responsible for, TO TERRORISM AND GENOCIDE. That great nation and culture and people reduced to the sordidness of a Jihadi John… …all can be resolved and the World saved from its pressing peril by a regime change in Russia. That is the only way. Putin has placed a rope around his own neck. Rather than kill him, I recommend that he is placed inside a bunker and that it is buried and sealed with provision for food and water and air and the removal of excrement. Alone. Let him be master over the only world his heart and imagination is capable of creating and ruling over…until he dies naturally. What he does at that point, to make peace with his creator, is his affair. Headline 1: Sweden, Finland on course to join NATO as Russia, China focus allies – going to be reading this one with great interest and trepidation… …we are at the event horizon, after all. It will take a miracle from our creator to save us and this beautiful world the creator gifted us to live in and TO BE JOYFUL IN. Remember, the Golden Rule trumps the Rule of Gold, every time. Not a single, lasting friendship, WAS EVER BOUGHT WITH $$$. p.s. I watched Jen Stoltenberg’s press conference from Madrid. He was very good. The questions he was asked by the CNN and the reporter from Canada were very good questions. This is a very good development. If Putin begins another foul gambit, we’ll be ready, this time. Clearly, NATO is resolved to hope for the best BUT PLAN FOR THE WORST. Ukraine already gets the worst. And, apart from material support (as opposed to troops) they face it alone. The DW expert commenting on Stoltenberg’s press conference characterizes Ukraine as NATO’s ‘buffer’. NATO had better do the proper thing and guarantee membership to Ukraine who, Alamo-like, now buys NATO time to prepare FOR THE WORST with THEIR OWN BLOOD. Lastly, I see headlines that Turkey is already calling for 33 Kurdish ‘terrorists’ to be handed over to them. IF FINLAND/SWEDEN/NATO AGREES TO THIS, after granting these people political asylum, then they are hypocrites, NATO is hypocritical, and I have no more respect for any of them. I had thought yesterday that Turkey had moved, but, it was Finland and Sweden who promised to address Turkey’s extradition request. Turkey was threatening to veto their candidacy. It isn’t just a matter of winning, it isn’t a matter of the ‘end justifies the means’, it is a matter of HONOUR. Without honour, what do we have left to us? [special message to Sweden and Finland]. OH YEAH! What the World has become. [Turkey has just reminded me]. Nobody’s right, if everybody’s wrong. Welcome to the Brave New World, crafted by Wealth. Who could have imagined we humans could sell something so valuable as our honour (and human life/quality of human life) for so cheap? Whom do you suppose is benefitting from the sale, like India is doing with Russia’s oil? China too, but China is also on the wrong side of the right path going forward. Message to Turkey: Why don’t you either shut the front door or quit NATO yourself? Your willingness to trade on NATO security to advantage your own politics signifies you aren’t worthy of NATO. Neither is Sweden and Finland, if they would so dishonour themselves, their word, by handing over people they promised protection to, out of fear of Russia. If NATO accedes to Turkey’s blackmail, they are no better. Nobody’s right, if everybody’s wrong. 28 June 2022 We are in an existential mess. Our ruling class is bs-ing the bejeezus out of us through our politicians and media. Very nearly everything we do now involves $$$. This is a ploy by the ruling class to exert control over society. Because $$$ is involved in everything and the ruling class has the most $$$, the ruling class has the means to control everything. We have become a world where ‘love’, ‘life’, and the ‘pursuit of happiness’ are matters of convenience:
  1.  Pregnant but not ready to have a child? Murder the child inside before it can grow legs to get outside. After that, the law says it is murder.
  2.  Married but the thrill is gone? Wife/husband not the best deal in town anymore? Get a divorce. Don’t try or see what you can do to make your wife or husband happier, make a lawyer happier instead!
  3.  Children getting shot at school? Wait for the cavalry to arrive. Whatever you do, don’t go in there and risk your life to stop the murder of children who are unable to defend themselves.
  4.  Encounter a homeless person? Step around or over him/her or pass him/her by. Don’t talk to them though, and risk finding out they are you and you, but for a stroke of good luck, are they.
Best to do what you do every day. Earn a wage. Go home. Eat. Do something around the house. Watch some tv. Go to bed. Die when you are 65 because no one really needs around anyways after that and you’ll just get in the way; sickly and waiting to die anyhow. But you keep the doctors busy and earning a good wage. In this way, you can do your part to help the globalizing wealthy plunge us irrevocably and forever into a business-oriented fascist nightmare that serves…um, Wealth. I’m praying for Ukraine, and for the World’s children, born and unborn. I’m praying that we become as my dad and mom’s generation was. As brave, heroic, hardworking and selfless as they were. They  would fight and die for their children. They fought and died for Europe, Africa, and Asia in WWI and WWII…do you suppose it was convenient for them? They gave their all, their everything, BECAUSE IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR ANOTHER HUMAN SOUL. Ours may not be the generation that makes it en masse to heaven. We have become much too selfish. We have cultivated a very different mindset from the WWII generation. Our leaders are very different from the likes of Ike Eisenhower, a true leader with an important warning for future generations. Wealth has put its hand on society’s rudder and is steering us toward an abyss. God had wanted us to steward with our wealth. Very social. Very sustainable. The problem the world has is that it is ruled by Wealth and Wealth is not spirited toward stewardship. It has become, in its very nature, anti-social. If they lead society, what does that imply for the societies they lead? That’s why the modern attacks on Faith institutions. Wealth doesn’t want us to hear any narrative other than theirs. Theirs is designed to help them get richer, faster; likewise more power to do more, FOR THEMSELVES. Religion, conversely, seeks knowledge of god, in particular, the knowledge of why god created in the first place. The answers we uncover help to shape our societies. These societies would be quite different from the ‘answers’ our politicians provide. Religion interferes with Wealth’s modern agenda. Religion, if true to god, would regard poverty as the disease that it is, and immediately eradicate it, for example. As for Wealth: If ‘you’ or ‘it’ can help wealthy folks to get richer, faster, ‘you’ are in and ‘it’ is a ‘done-deal’. Wealth has Faith in its crosshairs. This is one reason religion is on the way out. The other is dogma. p.s. Just read with much happiness that Turkey has withdrawn its objections to Sweden and Finland joining NATO. So long as the agreement between the three nations does not result in the Kurds getting tossed under the bus…The World moves one quantum closer to Peace by becoming that much stronger in unity…you know, that thing President Biden likes to go on about… I also heard that a Turkish Defense contractor is donating 3 Bayraktar drones to Ukraine, after a Lithuanian GoFundMe had raised 6.1 M USD to purchase them. This  is great news and I am happy to withdraw my criticism and playful-disrespect of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 27 June 2022The world survives into another day…‘ Today, the G7 meets Germany; on the agenda, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the global economic fallout, and a westernized global infrastructure program to counter China’s Belt and Road initiative in developing countries. Meanwhile, the BRICS countries have concluded their own meetings. On the agenda: increased cooperation to countervail Western hegemony. It doesn’t appear that nations like India, South Africa, and Brazil are listening to the peril the rise of THIS CHINA AND THE RESURGENCE OF THIS RUSSIA represents to the World, our world. War is the last refuge of desperation and war is precisely where the leaders of India, South Africa, and China are taking the people for whom they are responsible BEFORE GOD.[Aside: There is a wonderful war movie with a wonderful message free to watch on YouTube]. Unity, as President Biden maintains, is the key, going forward. For unity to happen, some nations will have to sacrifice more of their GDP than others perhaps. Some will have to put aside long standing grievances. ALL WILL HAVE TO PUT ASIDE DOMESTIC POLITICS. But national regimes like India’s, South Africa’s, and Brazil put the existing gravy trains of their wealthy ahead of their own citizens. $$$ first. Even if it means war? I am of the opinion our creator might not be happy about this. I don’t know if the creator is happy to hear President Biden say it is a sad day for America, regarding the Supreme Court decision to ban abortion rights. It is a per se terrible decision, however to ban abortion rights…THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE IS INVIOLATE. The Supreme Court decision simply rights one terrible wrong (killing babies) by suborning another. It is not acceptable to deny anyone their inviolate right. You cannot deny woman the right to choose. You cannot deny baby the right to live. I am of the opinion of the Catholic Church. They understand that at times, motherhood imperils the mother. I could be misinterpreting their stand, but I think they aspire for us to discover ALTERNATIVES TO ABORTING BABIES, so that the rights of both are protected. Prayers for intrepid Ukraine and thanks for buying time for the West to understand the stakes and to get its legs underneath it and stand against Russian (and soon, possibly) Chinese aggression. If nations like India, South Africa, and Brazil would only set the self-interest of their Wealth classes aside, millions if not billions, of lives need not be sacrificed upon Satan’s altar, the one attended to by neoliberals and fascist alike. Same goes for NATO members France and Turkey. p.s. If President Biden would only apply his ‘Unity’ theme for NATO to the reemergence of the abortion crisis…see how it will float with the American public…who knows, such a divisive issue could be turned on its head into an issue of unification, just as Putin’s attempts to fracture and weaken NATO have actually strengthened it. Perhaps President Biden could have said: ‘It’s a sad day in America for BOTH women and the unborn. Let us unite and find the way going forward that upholds both the right of women to choose AND the right of babies to live. Let us unite and fight for the rights of both woman and baby, because both were put here by god, IN WHOM AMERICA TRUSTS.’   Perhaps President Biden could do a JFK, and vow to end the murder of unwanted babies without banning the right to choose, ‘by the end of this decade’ kind of thing. JFK’s resolve outlived him, but the seed he planted will be our future. Let the good president do something as monumental as this and provide honour and respectability to how humans treat their unborn. Besides, if our capable healthcare researchers can come with a vaccine against COVID, safe even for little children, in such short order, they should be able to figure out how to save the unwanted baby from the garbage pail. Prayers for woman and baby. Prayers for Ukraine. Prayers for sane people to become wealthy and for Wealth to no longer predispose our ruling classes to insanity. President Biden: You preside over the most influential nation-society in the World. What you do will affect us all, whether we admit it or not, and for a long, long time. This is a great responsibility, as I am certain you are aware. This is your time to let the Sun shine, just as it was Trump’s time to darken the skies. Trump showed us the lines and means of fractionation; where we are weak and need to grow and evolve toward something better and sustainable. The time is upon us to do just that. Show us the way forward. Show us that we need not violate anyone’s rights to progress and we need not violate progress, nay, we can rely on it, so long as we focus on finding the WIN-WIN on all issues, and that no bandaid solution is acceptable if it involves tromping on the rights of folks who rely on their nation-societies to protect them. As for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this is like woman being raped. There is no win-win here. A negotiated settlement which does not include complete withdrawal of Russian troops from occupied Ukrainian territory, complete atonement for the carnage Russia inflicted upon its neighbour, and for holding Putin and his inner circle to full account for their roles in the war, and of course, the war crimes committed on a massive, pervasive scale, is not acceptable. None of those lives lost can be restored. Remember the man shot in the head after submitting to Russian troops and the woman who went into hospital to have her baby emerged in a coffin along with her unborn child? They are lost to their loved ones forever; loved ones who thought to do no harm to Russia. p.s.s. If anyone needs further proof, after Robb Elementary and the deaths of 21 teens at a local South African tavern who celebrating their graduations (and the way in which Russia is attacking Ukraine), that some kind of terrible Evil presence has been let loose upon the World, Kracken-style, then, they should go back to sleep…perhaps to keep dreaming. The media should take some responsibility for propagating the violence against children by reporting it and giving so much airtime to ‘why’? There can be no reason involved in an attack upon children. Evil has simply found purchase in the psyches of those who do these things, by infecting the soul; in the same way the soul of wealth has been infected to cause our rulers to become exploiters and story-tellers (primarily, that they are working for the people, the vulnerable, to make things better for them). I’ve been listening to our leaders talk for decades. If they really are doing something, why is it taking so long? Why are things worse now than ever? Why are there more poor people than ever? Why are more women and children suffering now than ever? Why are single white males neglected and demonized more than ever? Why does my government help business and people who were working but had nothing for me at a time when I was looking for work, but, could not get myself hired during the pandemic, when even corporations and investors received a share of our tax dollars? 25 June 2022 Today the media is plastered with reporting on the post-Roe v. Wade America. ARE YOU [expletive deleted] KIDDING ME? Whatever will we do if we do not have the right to murder the little baby inside of us? And, we have France’s PM Borne saying that the right to murder the baby inside of you should be enshrined in the constitution…oh yes, bien sûr! Lemme see now,
  • We take care of the monsters who go into schools, bars, cafés, etc. to wholesale murder innocent people.
  • We keep those who kidnap, rape, and murder children, safe in their cells for all time, with a roof over their heads and three meals a day (plus dental and healthcare)… that is, until we deem them ready to be released back into society (because everyone deserves a ‘second chance’…hello?)
  • BUT We won’t STAND IN THE WAY OF THE MURDER OF THE INNOCENT UNBORN!  p.s. is it not the darkest irony ever that the French Prime Minister’s moniker is ‘Borne’? omg. Why does everything in the World today insist on being labelled so perversely? And I thought the idea of corporations running charity-sidelines and posing themselves as bastions in the community was as perverse as hell…and that I thought I’d seen everything…
Woman has the right to choose what to do. God gave woman that right when god gave woman the responsibility of being the life-giver. Without woman, there can be no life for humans, there can be no humans. Life will go on in America, post Roe v. Wade, despite the media alarm…The American Supreme Court overturned the ‘mistake’. But, the mistake giving corporations ‘personhood’ gave corporations a huge advantage in the courts over actual persons…because of a court reporter’s typo…can you believe it?  A BIG MISTAKE. Never rectified. How big a mistake? Remember it was the doings of corporations that Americans were reacting to when they revolted against Britain. At least America can now say that it hasn’t thrown innocent little babies under the bus in order to garner votes for the left. But neither left nor right can say they haven’t thrown the vulnerable and poor under the bus when they finessed personhood for corporations, meaning, THEY FOCUSED THE POWER OF MANY RICH PEOPLE/INVESTORS INTO ONE MONOCHROMATIC LASER DIVIDING HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS INTO TWO AMERICAS. Anyone tolerating such fractionation of their nations as leader is no leader… Still, withal, if that is what woman would do with the new life she has been made responsible for, then, that is between her, her baby, and the god who created them both. The State has nothing to do with this. If you don’t want a baby, don’t have sex; and if you do, protect yourself from the possibility of getting pregnant. WHATEVER YOU DO, PLEASE DON’T TAKE IT OUT ON THAT POOR LITTLE BABY INSIDE OF YOU WHO DIDN’T ASK FOR YOU TO HAVE SEX or TO BE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE BUT IS THERE AND IS TRYING TO GET OUT OF THERE…just give him/her the time she needs and then move on…if you don’t want to raise your child, THERE ARE MANY COUPLES WHO CANNOT HAVE A BABY AND WOULD LOVE THE BABY YOU DON’T WANT LIKE SHE/HE IS THEIR OWN. Please. The State has as much business with the abortion clinic as with the bedroom. It is almost never not the end of the World for woman to be pregnant but it is the end of the world for the baby inside of her to be aborted. As for the bedroom, if two men or two women find love together, if they find in one another the honour and respect and nurture that god hopes for EVERY MARRIED COUPLE TO HAVE, what can anyone have to say against it? No one is saying you have to be same-sex. And you have no more business than the government has someone else’s bedroom. Let us not condemn LGBTQ by our ignorance or the voiceless-unborn by their silence. Please. To the media: making a living is important. But you should be giving at least equal weight to both sides of the abortion issue. Yesterday was a start. Today it seems we fell again. p.s. Satan knows how to play politics. ‘Every way you look at it, you lose…’ ‘Left’  or ‘right’? The souls of nations have become fractionated. Divided. But Wealth continues to GLOBALIZE, up above us, while we, each in our own nation, swim in the ordure they leave for us. 30 years ago, were I to read what I have written here, I wouldn’t buy it. But I remember what Canada and my community and the world was like back then; in fact, all the way back to childhood (um SIXTY YEARS AGO! ugh)… …and so today I’ve written what I would myself not believe back then… It is not too late for the world of humans, but we have to ditch the current trajectory we are on and embrace one another as equals under god. Wealth is meant to steward (not acquire more Wealth for themselves) and leaders are meant to serve society (not just Wealth). Citizens were meant to be happy, free, and equal…(these things we (not just Thomas Paine) should hold to be self-evident). p.s. Have a look and a listen to this version of Rockin’ in the Free World…see if you can find the Great Canadian Bard in among the ‘group’… The Golden Rule will lead us out and away from the mess the Rule of Gold has created for god’s peoples and the Earth Mother. p.s.s. If you wondering why we read so much these days about abortion, sex, and religion, it is because these are extraordinarily DIVISIVE issues, JUST LIKE POLITICS. Someone upstairs must have made the connection and so now what reasonable people heretofore would come together to discuss and find a win-win going forward, has now been polarized into extremes and the one main party takes the one pole, while the othere main party takes the other pole…that’s why we can’t agree on abortion and why, even after Robb Elementary School, we still can’t abolish guns from everywhere but the forest and the rifle range. What we have achieved is division. Bipolarity among the people to keep them divided and ineffective. That way, the Trumps and Gates and Musks and oh yes, those Russian Oligarchs, can just continue along on their merry way, passing patently antisocial policies designed to further enrich themselves and shore up their power structures. 24 June 2022 It’s Friday! Wishing everyone a happy and safe weekend. I’m watching The truth about mobile phones and wireless radiation – courtesy of the University of Melbourne. It was produced in 2015. It is as informative as it is frightening… Prayers for Ukraine and for the World to find sanity before ‘the window of opportunity’ closes and it is too late. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing. [attributed to Edmund Burke] Let the Golden Rule ‘usurp’ the rule of gold as the World’s guiding principle. Do this, and we will have turned 180 degrees toward the Light and the light of the creator and Creation. We will have reconciled ourselves with Creation: our struggles, coming of our heading in the direction to the ‘flow of Creation’, swimming upstream, as it were, will abruptly cease. It is only human ego that blinds us. We have only one thing to address, one thing to change in ourselves: to rein-in the ‘child’ inside of us, the ego, and let our minds do what they exist for: to discern between the Light and the Darkness, to be the ‘decision-maker’. Not our ego. To allow ego to rule is tantamount to letting the child make the family decisions. Ego is simply not equipped to decide anything because it is motivated by immediate gratification and pandemic control of its surroundings…we must let the mind do its job, what it was intended for: to ‘parent’ the ‘child’. The rule of gold IS the rule of ego. This is why the World, our world, is in the perilous, murderous, inequitable state it is in. WE begin the long road to reconciliation of humankind with the creator and Creation. This implies (duh!) the reconciliation of humankind with itself (of family, community, and nation-societies) and with the Earth Mother and with Creation and the creator’s ultimate purpose. IMO, the ‘purpose’ is life, for life’s sake. We are everywhere impairing the capacity of the Earth Mother to function according to her god-given purpose as a LIFE FACTORY. But her womb is not yet made barren. We all still have a chance. We simply need to stop fighting/resisting what the Light is communicating. To do that, we need to be facing in the directionof the ‘speaker’; we need to be ruled by an AUTHORITY HIGHER than our self-interest, that is, the way our egos perceive is in our interest. Maslow points us to self-actualization, which is several ‘degrees’ higher than our material needs. [Aside: our wealth class cultivates a scarcity of material needs among ‘the people’, who are not ‘of Wealth’. We are kept in competition with one another for the dwindling ‘scraps from the master’s table’, and we will never get to the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs…IMO, at the highest levels of Wealth, THIS IS DELIBERATE]. Ego cannot understand, because of its limitations, that the condition of ultimate ‘selfishness’ is altruism, because altruism, the act of giving without any attachment to personal reward is the ultimate in self-interest. Think about it. Check out On Being for a fuller discourse on this. 23 June 2022 Happy Thursday, and Happy Birthday if the 23 of June is your special day and that of the family you were born into. This morning on my walkabout with the dog, I encountered an elderly woman, well into her 80s, gamely walking the bicycle path with a bit of limp. She smiled at the dog and told me she was on her way to the Medical Centre (I had just passed) and she pointed in the other direction to the plaza parking lot (a couple hundred metres away at the least) where she had parked her car. She smiled again and told me, ‘Oh well, I’ll just take my time…’ We wished one another a good day as we continued on our way. It took a moment, but I wondered at why she didn’t park AT THE MEDICAL CENTRE? They have a big parking lot with plenty of room…then I remember the toll gate. I don’t drive and I am uncertain what the cost is, but it seems to me, THE REASON THAT 80-SOMETHING YEARS-OLD WOMAN WAS WALKING ALL THAT WAY AND UNDER SOME DURESS OVER IT, WAS BECAUSE THE COST OF PARKING WAS TOO BIG A HIT ON HER FIXED INCOME. Now, it is only because I am newly on a fixed income that this sunk in. I think we can do much better for our elders…NOT ONLY RESERVE PARKING SPACES CLOSEST TO THE BUILDING, BUT FREE FOR SENIORS. And, while I am it, local/regional bus AND veterinary services free to seniors also. IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT ACCORDING OUR SENIORS AND OUR VETERANS THE RESPECT AND DIGNITY THEY DESERVE, THEN WE WOULD NOT FUNNEL THEM INTO LTCs  OR OTHERWISE ABANDON THEM SO READILY, after we don’t need them anymore…not that LTC workers are bad or that at some point it isn’t necessary due to the level and intensity of care that could be needed, it is just that EVERYONE VALUES THEIR INDEPENDENCE. As it is now, I thank god we have such wonderful elder ladies in Canada who, despite the infirmities that come with age, can share a smile and a kind word with me. Headline 1: The experiences that led these U.S. abortion opponents to activism – well, well, well! My heart is about to burst with joy at the sight of this headline. I have been beating up the media over its alacrity in presenting the side of pro-choice (a fundamental human right) while appearing  anemic, nay, ‘bloodless’, in its reporting of the pro-life side. I just love Reuters, right now, for doing what I haven’t seen ANY OTHER NEWS SOURCE DOING, including CBC. [I am happy to be wrong about this. If you know of articles, please send the links]Today is a special day in my family,  and  on this day, I too got a present. This reporting renews my faith…let’s see more of this kind of reporting. It is a matter of balance, yes? My personal take on the abortion debate is here. Headline 2: Germany triggers gas alarm stage, accuses Russia of ‘economic attack’ – Germans knew that to support Ukraine, to interfere with Russia’s ongoing rape of that intrepid nation, would cause them great hardship. After much soul-searching, THEY DID IT ANYWAYS. They show themselves to be an upstanding and honourable nation/society. SEE HERE: we and they were once at war. Now, we are best-buds. In our darkest hour (the darkness yet to come) the Germans will stand with the World against the evils which beset it. Thank god the Allies were not of the same murderous mindset and spirit of the Putin-led Russian regime. Headline 3: Ukraine takes step toward EU membership as Russian forces tighten vise on Donbas cities – outside of the building in Brussels where EU officials met to accept Ukraine as EU-candidate, a young Ukrainian women had this to say:

“It’s a very symbolic move on the side of the European Union…it’s not only the war against Ukraine, Russia waged this war also against Europe,” she told Reuters.

“Ukrainians today are a shield to the European Union, we are protecting Europe from the Russian aggression, so it’s so, so important to see this solidarity in action.” [excerpted from the Reuters article]

And we all need to band together. We need America to be, firstly, the beacon of human progress (and not a ‘profit centre’) that it has within itself to be, and the World needs to rally TO THAT AMERICA (not the America of Elon, Bill, Jeff, Trump… Only in this way will the World survive and survive well – well enough to provide a good start for our children when they takeover the reins from our generation.

Well enough for them to have a fighting chance.

God bless America (okay, I borrowed that line from somewhere…) and the World, our world, the world our children will inherit.

Prayers for Ukraine, for Germany, for all of the World’s nations who value their honour above their $$$ and geopolitical clout.

Headline 4: Russian oil tankers get India safety cover via Dubai company – here then is the opposite to ‘honour’: when $$$ trumps doing the right thing. India shows its true colours, IMO. Backing Russian shipping permits them to sell their oil abroad, this at a time when the Russians are blockading Odessa and Ukraine’s grain shipments to Africa and the world. This is NOT the same nation which was able to produce the Mahatma. It is become a nation capable of producing the likes of WION…the ‘World Is One Network’…um…

I wonder what the Great Soul would think of his India as it is being run today? I pray that India will follow Germany’s brave example AND DO THE RIGHT THING.

IMO, the World should build an economic moat around India, as around China, Russia, N. Korea, Israel (for its apartheid, shameless, given how the World treated them for a millennia after Christianity took root, and before that even) and Iran (equally shameless, they are a theocracy conspiring with an atheistic regime! hello?)

As for things looking up between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, after enough years elapsed from the cowardly assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, this is a mixed bag. The Crown Prince appears to be getting away with murder. I am not in the head of MBS, nor do I want to be, and so, despite how it looks, I must allow for the fact that MBS could actually be innocent. I don’t think so, but I can’t know with 100% certainty. But, with 100% certainty, I know that god knows. God cannot help but know because we all exist in god like the leave exist in the tree. And the tree will jettison that which is making it sick.

If anyone is lacking in honour, they are sick, spiritually. Mortally spiritually? Only god knows.

I am of the mind that god our creator, our mother and father, does not want to leave ANY of his/her children behind when the ‘family’ moves to a new home.

The Garden.

The Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold.

Headline 5: China’s Xi criticizes sanctions at meeting of BRICS nations AND Headline 6: China says Ukraine crisis has sounded alarm for humanity – alright, already. Xi has at least read Machiavelli. He knows to accuse the West of THE EXACT THINGS HE IS DOING. Any national regime given to falling for this deserves what is coming…the trouble is, THE PEOPLE THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR, THE CHILDREN THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE TO FOR THE FUTURE, DO NOT DESERVE WHAT IS COMING.

It pains me to criticize anyone, but Xi is a L.I.A.R. He is in service of Satan, NOT THE WORLD, NOT THE GREAT CHINESE NATION and culture, AND CERTAINLY NOT UKRAINIANS. Look at what that man suborns – he doesn’t appear to experience any discomfort with supporting Russia’s murderous and bloody campaign in Ukraine. What do you think his China will do to you, if you were to piss him off or, as is the case with Ukraine, you live too close to him and you are in his way?

AS FOR ‘DEVELOPING COUNTRIES’, yes, Xi will ‘develop’ you, in the way a fisherman ‘develops’ his barbed hook (so that, once it bites, the fish can’t get away)…wait and see.

The trouble is, Xi could be right about us. General Eisenhower warned us.

Let Xi be as wrong about us as he is about god. That’s directed at President Biden. Let all nations rally to America and to the UN.

Once China, Russia, N. Korea, Iran, et al. are rendered democratic, the World, our world, not Xi’s and Putin’s (though they want it) will return to sanity and forward progress). Once the World, our world is returned to its rightful owners (its denizens, not Bill’s and Elon’s and Jeff’s and the global rich…(though they now near completely own it), we can begin to reverse the effects of climate change, environmental degradation, and the size of the human footprint.

Oh, we’ll still make it to the Stars, only, not soon enough to enrich the rich soon enough to suit them.

But the World, our world, the world our creator gifted to us and to all life, will survive and thrive.

AS the LIFE FACTORY it IS.

21 June 2022 On yesterday’s P&P (CBC), VK interviews a VP from Scotiabank. The VP had recently published a paper on controlling inflation, which is now over 7% (although, going by the grocery store increases, it seems much higher). He said either the private sector absorbs the burden of inflationary controls or the government does. He recommends that the government and the private sector ‘share’ the burden. To bring inflation down to the 2% sweet-spot, the BoC should raise interest rates (making it harder for business to borrow) while the government spends less. ‘In a few years, we should be back in range’. The VP had failed to mention, and, sadly, VK failed to ask, ‘is there anything else that can be done, so that the government is not obliged to curtail or rollback supports for Canadian individuals, families, and small business, or delay important programs, like modernizing NORAD and the equipment with which our young people are expected to defend our nation? Well, we have already been given another option. American President Joe Biden has asked American energy producers to content themselves with ‘lower margins’. That’s it. It is what, our PM’s papa forced upon the private sector with the NEP and wage & price controls, for which he was demonized…by everyone…because no one wants to pony-up in the private sector, not even individual taxpayers. And yet, this is the only proper and fair way to rein-in inflation; just as raising taxes is the only proper and fair way to redistribute wealth throughout society, so that no sectors of society are permitted to become anemic. But there was no mention of that from the VP or from VK. Inflation is the result of greed. Inflation is due to the maintenance of ‘acceptable’ profit margins. It is not the government or some mysterious economic force little understood that are responsible for a price going up. THE SUPPLIER IS RESPONSIBLE, operating at each step in the supply chain. If a given supplier would maintain the current price, THERE WOULD BE NO INFLATION. But, in a neoliberal market system, suppliers always push the envelope; they are continuously seeking to raise the price on their goods for sale to increase PROFIT, without  a care to the effects of increase, further on down the supply chain. Ultimately, it is simply SELF-INTEREST that is responsible for rising prices. Those responsible want the government to absorb the hit (to preserve private sector profit and wealth = more Sunbird trips, Ferraris, and bigger sprawling estates to hold private galas on, say), and that is perhaps why no one seems to have thought of simply NOT RAISING THEIR [expletive deleted] PRICES… ============================================================================= Headline 1: Moscow fumes over EU blockade of Baltic outpost – it appears things are heating up. Moscow and NATO are now nose-to-nose over Lithuania’s interruption of rail traffic (and goods) between Russia and the EU. More sanctions on Russia. [maybe our private sector folks will be inspired to do the social responsible thing, rather than continue doing the socially-rapacious thing, and simply resist raising their prices?] Likely more to come. Wishing everyone a great Tuesday. Take some time today to reflect on life, yours and those who FOR NEARLY 5 MONTHS HAVE BEEN LIVING MOMENT-TO-MOMENT WITH THE THREAT OF DEATH AND INJURY FROM THE INCESSANT RUSSIAN BOMBING. Reflect on the millions displaced from the comforts and safety and familiarity of home…try to imagine what that would be like for you and your children, while knowing their dad is left behind to fight and who they will likely never see again…what a world this world is become. All because of greed. Because we have allowed self-interest, EGO, to rule for so long, when we know EGO is not equipped to rule because ego is all about self-interest WHEREAS SURVIVAL AND SOCIAL PROGRESS IS ALL ABOUT COLLABORATION to wit: everything beyond the ego, beyond self-interest, WHICH, IRONY OF IRONIES, is THE WAY to a happy world for EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING LIVING. Such a condition would make the heart of our creator filled with joy. Joy is what our creator wants for all of us. Like the good mother/father he/she is, the creator wants this for his/her children. Can it be otherwise? Is there a single mom or dad who wants to see their children suffer? But we can be certain that quibbling children will be reined-in by the parents, BEFORE THEY MANAGE TO KILL EACH OTHER OR BURN THE HOUSE DOWN. But we can avoid, ‘the great and terrible day of the lord’ by putting our egos back where they belong, deep within our consciousness, never in the light day…the starting point of our consciousness. It is because ego/self-interest occupies so much of our consciousness nowadays that we, the World, have come to such an impasse as we now verge upon. Prayer is the beginning of our reconciliation with our creator and with Creation. The darkest hour comes just before the dawn and I believe and pray that, when the Sun rises upon the New Day, an era of reconciliation and collaboration will commence. We approach ‘the darkest hour’. What we do now, how we comport ourselves now, in our creator’s greatest time of need (he/she needs to see us A.L.L. H.A.P.P.Y.) will echo throughout eternity (apologies for the hackneyism, but it is the truth). Prayers for Ukraine. Once governments and the ruling classes ditch the rule of gold in favour of the Golden Rule (this would require us individuals to show by example and to hold governments/ruling class to account in our jurisprudence), we’ll get back on Gord’s rails and so too the World. We will all be ‘indigenous’ because we will all share in the values of the Indigenous, linking them to the land and to their creator… After all, it is only ego which blinds us to the creator’s existence and presence in the HERE AND NOW. 20 June 2022 An observation: With all of the chaos in the World and the challenges to democracy and a rules-based world-order, these made worse by opportunistic individuals and groups in search of more power and $$$, I find encouragement in the fact that democracy and the rules-based order still stands, and still has a chance to be the World’s, our world’s guiding principle. My optimism finds purchase in the awareness that the institutions of democracy and of faith, easily corrupted in the wrong hands, is vibrant and indomitable, in the right hands. For as long as we have police and public servants spirited like those who defended the American Capitol on January 6 (an attack on democracy), Faith-leaders like Pope Francis, who would come to Canada to express his anger, his shame, and his profound heartbreak over the role members of the Church played in the Residential Schools (an egregious attack upon generations of Native families, parents, and kids), and leaders of nations, who, despite the great cost and perturbation and threat of retaliation, rally to Ukraine against Russia’s unprovoked and murderous campaign of annihilation (or, in Putin-parlance, a ‘special military operation’, we have a chance to build a sustainable and universally-equitable world). It wasn’t the Elons, Bills, and Jeffs who defended the Capitol. It was one of their ilk who at the very least threw gasoline on the flames. Neither did the wealthy folks interfere with the Canadian government’s policy of assimilation. As far as Ukraine goes, why, given that Wealth is making money off of Western arms support, and at the same time, careful enough not to poke the Bear direct and risk an attack on their own nations (and assets), it isn’t so much the arms support, it was the decision to begin the process of Ukraine’s entry into the EU/NATO that is significant. Wealth is willing to sell arms to anyone with $$$. The fact that our leaders are giving weapons to Ukraine at no charge does not mean Wealth is donating…they just write things down and continue to charge taxpayers of nations interest on the loans…a never-ending cash-cow for investors. It means ‘the people’ are donating. The strength and cohesion of the societies humans are able to form is clearly dependent upon the resolve and clarity of the human spirit. Were it not for the right people being in the right place at the right time, the attacks upon our democracy, our democratic institutions, and upon North America’s Indigenous might have succeeded in their evil intent. And we might today be looking more like Xi’s China than yesterday. It comes down to the rule of ego; the ego of the powerful, the ego of Wealth -because power is available at a price- v. the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule is from god the creator and is the guide for every living soul. If every human is guided by the Golden Rule, such as the intrepid defenders of the Capital, or of those who sought to protect the children of the Residential Schools (check out Indian Horse), or those who give of their time, lives, and money to defend Ukraine, then the societies humans create will be the culmination of the Golden Rule… …and we will spontaneously find ourselves on the way back to the Garden. Wait and see. Now, wrt to Russia and China (and ‘partners’), these are cancerous tumours as threatening as the existence of Wealth is to the World and to an equitable, sustainable rules-based world order. This is because Wealth’s structures and institutions are spirited in the same way as totalitarian, fascist regimes: one focuses on control of citizens, the other on control of the market. Both having the goal of establishing and maintaining a never-ending stream of profit and power to prop-up their elevated lifestyles…that’s it. What else could the reason be? Creating a better, equitable, fairer, world, universally respectful of human rights? Take a look at the news. After TWO WORLD WARS AND THREE OR SO MILLENNIA of humans killing humans, can anyone really say Wealth and the Wealthy are actually doing us and the World any good at all? Sorry Elon, Putin, Xi, whomever…you are just not helpful, or useful. Best you go away and pass the time with Faustus, counting your little piles of gold, for all Eternity… …and leave the world’s progress in the ol’ Abe’s ‘the people’s’ capable hands, and not in the hands of the likes of those American President Ike had warned our generation about. p.s. Cardinal Collins leads the Father’s Day mass at St. Michael’s Basilica. Now, I have heard many good Catholic priests sermonize on the Eucharist. What the good cardinal says in his sermon will resonate in your soul. He has the gift. He is a breath of fresh air in a liturgy that is heavily –stiflingly- structured. [I understand ritual has its place, but what moves me to the core is the honesty and depth of someone who is educating folks and speaking straight from the heart. There can be no better teacher, no better guide than this, and CARDINAL COLLINS IS AT THE TOP OF THE CLASS.] What he says is bringing tears to my eyes. It is as timely as it is true. You know, I can really see the Good Cardinal taking over for Pope Frances one day…and despite what he says, the good cardinal has a wonderful singing voice too. 19 June 2022 ***A HAPPY FATHER’S DAY*** Wherever you are. Today is my first Father’s Day without my dad. He crossed over to the other side of the Styx at the beginning of the year. Today, I’m burning a candle for him. He was a good, noble man. I miss him. I am concerned by the headlines today. They predict a long, years-long war in Ukraine. In other news, President Biden is planning to engage China in dialogue. I worry that our ‘ruling class’ plans to replace Russia with China in a pseudo-binary world order; ‘unipolar’ in terms of a ‘rules-based, world-order’, but bipolar wrt to the internal fractionation  of national societies into ‘haves and have-nots’. We shipped manufacturing capacity and jobs over to China (Elon and Jeff and Steve and Bill yada yada), with the goal of making commodity prices cheaper and more available, WITHOUT A CARE FOR FOLKS WHO RELIED ON THOSE JOBS FOR THEIR LIVING. Now, we must rely on the government to pay us…YOU CAN SEE FROM THE COVID RESPONSE JUST HOW MUCH GOVERNMENTS, neoliberal democratic governments, care about the vulnerable viz-a-vis those able to contribute to GDP. We could be bound for the Brave New World Order – one that will benefit the ruling class by increasing the gap between rich and poor, and condemn the lumpenproletariat to a bare-bones existence with all of the freedoms one might enjoy from living in eldercare home…as well meaning as the workers are, they work within a system and you must follow along. If you don’t, you can whine, but no one is really listening to you. What elders value most is their independence. Their liberty. That is what everyone values most. Why is it then, that everywhere, governments think of ways to take it away? The common tactic is to play one group off against another, especially minority groups against ‘poor white trash’…and to use the Human Rights Code to divide us right down to the community level. If we are not complaining AT ONE ANOTHER we are trying to avoid talking to one another. And it is the government doing it. For example, employers are supposed to hire such that their workforce profile approximates the ethnic profile of the community they operate in. I was told by a local farmer that she hires folks from Mexico to work the farm. I was told by a Convenience store owner of Indian extraction that ‘he couldn’t afford to hire me’…I only saw people of India working there…but that was in Toronto. I understand why the storeowner does that. Totally. What I don’t understand is how our government callously insists on leaving people of a certain demographic, the impoverished, to twist in the wind while it does backflips helping others and for which it has deep pockets. The reason I am alive with a roof over my head today is not because of my government, BUT BECAUSE OF MY FATHER, who was able to help me by giving me ‘a job’ supporting his independent living. I couldn’t find work before the pandemic hit and was even more vulnerable than those who had been working and lost their jobs…WHEN I WROTE TWO LIBERAL MPs ON THIS, I DIDN’T GET A REPLY FROM MY RIDING MP and the reply I got from the office of an MP in Toronto whom I  greatly respected was to contact my local MP. And so, I am left more disaffected with government and more appreciative of my dad. NB If we are not ever permitted by circumstance to navigate past the lower two echelons of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs(Food and Shelter/Safety and Security), WE WILL NEVER GET TO THE TOP…to ‘self-actualization’…to wit: to be all the creator had intended for us to be. ALL OF US. The way things are structured now, only wealthy people have a shot at making it and they will not, because materialism/consumption, in part meant to keep us always busy with gathering ‘the scraps from the master’s table’ (and distracted from the dystopia the ‘masters’ are building for us to live in), ALSO WEIGHS THEM DOWN consciousness-wise. They are too busy ‘counting’…perhaps NO ONE OF OUR GENERATION WILL EVER MAKE IT TO SELF-ACTUALIZATION/TRANSCENDENCE. Where the creator is. Does anyone really need further proof that our tolerance of Wealth is as self-defeating as our tolerance of poverty? The widening gap between the two is become so wide, so deep, that it is taking on the nature of a societal ‘black hole’ from which the light of human kindness and progress will never escape and all is lost…for us humans. Prayer for fathers everywhere, especially the young fathers in the Ukraine who are fighting for their homes and losing their lives, never to see their youngsters grow up and make them proud. To the intrepid Ukrainian Fathers: Your children, when they have children, will be wishing you a Happy Father’s Day and with a daughter/son’s gratitude and pride. Your sacrifice today will be legendary tomorrow, as the Alamo and its heroes. Today, I’m dedicating my rosary-prayers to my dad, your dad, Jesus’s dad, and to all of Ukraine’s dads and to our Indigenous dads and to the dads of folks, rich and poor, around the World. p.s. In the spirit of the day, have a peek at Father and Son, here on this site. 18 June 2022  This morning I watched an al Jazeera panel talking about President Biden’s upcoming visit to the Middle East. The question was raised whether the American President would call out Israel on the shooting of al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by the IDF? One panelist said, ‘The president’s plane will fly over Shireen’s grave on the way into Israel and that will be the closest he ever gets to the issue.’ [paraphrasing] I pray that he’s wrong. He might not be wrong. Either he or one of the other panelist said that to hold Israel accountable would lead to a plethora of unsavoury revelations regarding Israel’s policy toward the Palestinians. Shireen’s murder will likely get back-burnered (as we are bs-ed) by the world until it is forgotten… …as was the case with Jamal Khashoggi, …as is the case regarding the source of COVID-19… and we still don’t know who ordered the assassination of JFK. Withal, I retain the hopes that President Biden will exert great pressure on Israel to come clean, atone, put the brakes on apartheid and the illegal settlements, and build a two-state solution – to treat the Palestinians the way they themselves would want to be treated. The Golden Rule. p.s. If we tolerate this sort of behavior among our ‘allies’ (America funds 20% of Israel’s military budget, I have heard), then how can we distinguish ourselves from the likes of Xi, who sees nothing wrong with professing is undying love for Putin. ============================================================================= Offer  your prayers today for Ukraine, in whatever way you pray, and for the Palestinians, and for Canadian and American Indigenous and their lost children/lost generations, and for the vulnerable. ‘The true measure of society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members’. The quote is often attributed to the great soul, the Mahatma Gandhi. What then must ‘society’ do when it is responsible for the condition of vulnerability; when it created the situation in the first place? Obviously, Step 1 is to stop doing whatever it is that is making people vulnerable. Step 2 is to undo the damage already done…action and atonement. Simple. We verge upon an Age of Reconciliation; between colonizers and indigenous, between Arab and Israeli, between Muslim, Christian, and Jew, between wealth and poverty, between males and females, parents and children, the right to choose with the right to live…humans and the Earth Mother. I say this in Truth, because, we cannot grow any further apart in these dimensions WITHOUT FALLING INTO THE ABYSS OF THE GAP WE HAVE ALLOWED TO FORM AND WIDEN BETWEEN THE POLES. We are stretched to the max these days, keeping our foot on one side, the other on the other side, barely able now to span the widening chasm below us. PERILOUSLY WIDENED, NOWADAYS. The division of politics into ‘left’ and ‘right’ has gone to the ridiculous extreme of dividing nations internally, when, in fact, the two likely existed within the head of the SAME POLITICIAN/the same voter, minus the extremes, of course. One party, in an effort to distinguish itself from the other in order to garner votes, will become more starkly ‘left’ while the other becomes more starkly ‘right’. We need to ditch the power-grabs and simply go back to the way we were, at the community level at least, and then we’ll see the way forward from there, much more clearly, domestically and globally. The greatest reconciliation will happen when humankind begins to adopt the Golden Rule as its superordinate guiding principle, and acknowledges our creator, and not Elon, Bill, Jeff, et al., as ITS HIGHEST AND FOUNDATIONAL AUTHORITY. 17 June 2022 Prayed the Rosary. Headline 1: EU backs Ukraine’s membership bid as war brings huge shift – Ukraine must undertake reforms with respect to ‘oligarchs, human rights, tackling corruption, and the rule of law’, according to today’s reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine by the BBC. Ukraine is ‘in’/Russia has nowhere to go but back home. My prayers are being answered. I’m going to pray it again today, and see what happens over there. UNITY is the key, as President Biden avers, to keeping the fledgling, rules-based international order,  intact and evolving as the universal canon of human governance. Depending on the form it takes, a rules-based international order will promote and safeguard opportunity and quality of life for all humans and all other living species. The Golden Rule is the highest form of governance. It comes from the creator. If the rules-based international order is based upon the Golden Rule, HUMANKIND WILL EXPERIENCE A WONDERFULLY JOYFUL FUTURE, here and among the Stars, going forward. Wait and see. Headline 2: Watergate 50th meets Jan. 6 – Common thread: Thirst for power – I am going to read the AP article with great interest today. I’ve been following some of the proceedings to the south, primarily on the PBS YouTube channel. American ‘democracy’ is on shakier ground than most folks realize; withal, Americans are waking up to this. What Trump did was deplorable. What he represents will not go away: he is the culmination of a mindset which seeks to manipulate voters rather than present voters with clear choices. It has been operating in the politics of democracies for decades; becoming more prevalent and invasive, over the years. The video from January 6 is unnerving. The performance of those beleauguered law enforcement  people was heroic. And, plainly, America’s democratic institutions are not yet dead. Perhaps, just as Russia’s invasion to push back NATO and enervate EU unity has strengthened EU/NATO unity and will expand NATO/the EU, the Trump-abetted ‘insurrection’ will catalyzed the renewal of American Democracy and the positive engagement of Americans in the government of their great nation, taking it back from the movement conservative types. p.s. I saw a picture of President Macron hugging President Zelenskyy. I teared-up. It will not be the end of Ukraine. That poor young Ukrainian girl who stared down at her bowl of porridge while sitting at her little desk during the Stalin-forced famine, then lowered her head and died (now I’m really teared-up…how can one not be?), why, today, she is dancing with her angel-friends, for joy, that maybe her country’s children will finally come to know peace, compassion, tolerance…the happiness of just being…just being a kid. Unity. Set aside our differences in favour of the infinite and greater good. The Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold. Always has/always will. We need only follow where it guides us. 16 June 2022 It is with great joy I read this: Headline 1: European trio in Kyiv as Ukraine pushes for more weapons – I do wish France’s Macron would ditch the NATO membership business, however. Is there anyone watching the news for the last 4 to 5 months who WOULD NOT WANT UKRAINE ON THEIR TEAM? Today? Still, withal, I am very happy to see the leaders of France, Germany, and Italy IN UKRAINE, seeing for themselves the choice which NEEDS TO BE MADE. We must force the rapacious Russian Bear off of its Ukrainian victim.  Today I am going to pray the Rosary again. I didn’t yesterday. I thought perhaps it wasn’t doing any good after all. But this morning, I was so happy to see France there in Ukraine. And Germany. And Italy. Maybe praying works. Headline 2: Taiwan shows off latest home-made armoured vehicle – have a look at this beastie. I wonder if it can climb mountains? Perhaps not , but with a 30mm chain gun armament, and 300 or more of them, Taiwan is letting China know their island is a wasp’s nest. If China disturbs the wasp’s nest, watch out! (as any fool, not mentioning any names, who wanders onto a wasp’s nest while looking for shore access to fish a pond, will tell you ). Wishing everyone a great day. Prayers for the intrepid Ukrainians. Today’s generation of Ukrainians will be forever revered, just like the defenders of the Alamo, just like David’s stand against Goliath. The Ukrainians are prepared to fight to the end, even after living through so much death and destruction. They are a beacon to the World: they point the way forward toward HONOUR. If we all act with honour, our creator is certain to take us the rest of the way. To give the whole world, our world, a shot at a joyful future. Is that not what every parent wants for their children? Why would anyone think that god our creator, our parent, would want ANYTHING ELSE for his/her children? God has already made his/her plan clear. The world god created, must, today, with one voice, tell Putin and his murderous military to get out of Ukraine and to invite any of the ‘separatists’ to leave with them or to reconcile with Ukraine. The world, our world, must do the same wrt to China and N. Korea. Don’t wait for them to get all of their ducks in a row. Tell China, today, to stop and to rollback their territorial agendas and for N. Korea to stop letting off firecrackers before someone loses an eye or a finger. Lastly, the World, our world, must rein-in the wealth classes and their corporate fronts and become part of society once again; embracing their role as stewards rather than masters (or more accurately, spoiled little children). The Golden Rule has power over the rule of gold; it is a gift of the creator. The Golden Rule will  lead us back to the Garden we vacated. We’ll still be able to go to Mars and the Stars, only, it will be on god’s schedule; not Jeff’s and Elon’s and Bill’s. Headline 3: Ukraine: les leaders français, allemand et italien en visite à Kiev – the article sheds light for me on the EU membership business: ‘Les Vingt-Sept doivent d’abord décider, à un sommet les 23-24 juin, s’ils accordent dans un premier temps à l’Ukraine le statut officiel de candidat à une adhésion, début d’un processus de négociations qui peut durer des années. La Commission européenne doit faire connaître sa recommandation vendredi.’ The EU will meet June 23-24 to decide whether to accord the status of ‘membership candidate’ to the Ukraine. This will begin a long process of negotiations. I admit I was ignorant of the process while I was hammering away at Macron. I did not want to hear anything but UKRAINE IS WELCOME INTO THE EU/NATO. My apologies to the French President. A reminder to the leaders of EU nations, NATO nations…ALL NATIONS… if you want to avoid destruction on the scale Russia rains down upon Ukraine, THEN WE MUST ALL OF US, TOGETHER, PRESENT A UNITED FRONT TO RUSSIA AND CHINA. ONE VOICE. Yes, we have differences. Deep-seated differences. BUT, we will have time later to work things out, if we facedown Russian and Chinese aggression now. Ukraine has no time. Ukrainians are dying. Ukrainian elder and children, moms and dads, are suffering in bombed-out basements, under constant barrage, for nearly half a year, with no respite. 15 June 2022 The choice before us today is to be ruled by $$$ or by honour. The rule of $$$ requires politicians and media ‘advertising’ to support the wealth class narrative. Honour has the strength of our creator (whatever you call him/her/however you worship-esteem him/her) behind everything honour does. $$$, or honour. Misery and division, or unity guided by our common creator and his/her Golden Rule. We are at a point of inflection in human history. Things can only get better or worse. What we decide now, today, will colour the lives of billions for many, many generations. The fate of those generations, and of Ukraine, is in the hands of this generation. Decide. Headline 1: Malnutrition infantile: un drame silencieux se joue en Afghanistan – first, the Russians. Then, the Americans. Now, the Taliban. See what is happening to those poor little souls, and weep. See how the rule of $$$ will not spare even the most innocent among us. In fact, it’s $$$ being used to silence those who lobby on behalf of the silent-unborn. Hear American President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, and ask yourself how it is that none of our leaders today sound anything like ‘Ike’. And then marvel at how anyone who is anything like Donald Trump can get elected to run that great nation? Houston, there’s a problem. Ike warned things could get away on us if we are not vigilant. We let things get out of control. We have created a monster while we are rockin’ in the free world, toward darkness for all but a few. An excerpt of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, reproduced from the article from PBS.org: Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations. This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. And after 6 intervening decades of movement conservatism and the dubious juxtaposition of terms in ‘neoliberal democracy’, HERE WE ARE. …at the precipice. The World must rally to America and America must stand beside (not behind at a safe distance) with Ukraine against Russia, and against China too, if need be. We are almost at the point of geopolitical homogeneity. We need only recalibrate the ‘ruling class’ into Stewardship rather than ‘business people’. As it is, the minds and vision of our leaders seem to be obstructed by the sugar plums of profit. The most pressing choice before the world today, right now, is not ‘democracy v. autocracy’, or, collaboration v. coercion (in foreign policy), it is the pursuit and preservation of power and $$$ v. honour and right action. HONOUR has nothing to with profit; if it did, there would be no poverty, no pollution, no theft of our children by the State in order to begin the conditioning (and streaming) process of the Brave New World order at an ever earlier age… …and Ukraine would not be fighting for Europe and the World, against Goliath, with only their ‘David’, the intrepid President Zelenskyy and Ukrainian military standing between life and death for the Ukrainian nation and culture. If America, the U.K.,  Australia and Japan, are the only ones willing to POKE BACK AT THE BEAR, and risk a response from the Panda, then so be it. If the World will not unite against the rape which is going on in Ukraine for nearly 5 months, if the best we can come up with is to try to sneak a knife into the hand of the victim being raped and/or to suggest that the victim make concessions to the rapist in order to end the rape, RATHER THAN PULL THAT MONSTER OFF OF ITS VICTIM AND SEND IT STRAIGHT TO HELL, then what sort of ‘human’ can we be? The way we have responded to Russia’s aggression is just not natural; not to us, not to any species. The pursuit of profit juxtaposed with the tolerance of poverty is just as UN-natural. The existence of gated communities is just as unnatural. Humans are the only species under god to create societies which feature these. $$$ v. honour. There is no honour in profit. There is no honour in wealth acquisition. There is no honour (or common sense) in putting GDP growth ahead of all other concerns. Even war and climate and the environment are beholden to $$$. Anything which can provide the opportunity for profit is pursued. Everything else is only paid lip service. Corporations are inserting themselves into all aspects of life. Corporations are vehicles to grow wealth for investors. The investors own the World. This is how someone like Elon can build in China while America and China are at odds and could come to blows. It was idiots like Elon who built in China and helped to enable that evil regime to arm itself and become a threat. Until common sense rules, until the Golden Rule establishes hegemony over the societies humans create and maintain, there will be widespread and compounding misery. And there will be war. Oh, but politicians will keep talking, right up to the very last moment… Headline 2: Israeli court finds Gaza aid worker guilty on terror charges – you know, Israel was once a holy and valiant nation. That was before. We cannot conflate the ‘people of one god’ with a regime that pushes Palestinians out of their own homes. That’s what Putin is doing to Ukrainians and what Xi means to do to the Taiwanese. If we do not come to the aid of Ukraine, of Palestinians, of Uighurs, of Kurds, of the Taiwanese, of distinct societies and cultures existing under the thumbs and at the pleasure of the more powerful, then we are playing right into the hands of the very folks Ike warned us about. He fought a World War and yet, inexplicably, we ignore his warning. Headline 3: Ukraine parades new French Caesar howitzer – alright. I’ve been beating up France’s President Macron. Here is some very redemptive news, for Macron. The French President may even go to Ukraine for a pow wow with Zelenskyy et al. Keep the front door closed with respect to outstanding issues and divisions, and focus on the most pressing and current issue. We must all do this. Withal, the support remains woeful. Ukraine needs us to stand right there in the trenches with them. If anyone still believes that by not poking the Bear we will keep the Panda out of things, well, just keep on talking and see where we are in a few months ( or when China feels ready enough to go after Taiwan). In the meantime, Ukrainians are fighting and dying. I swear I don’t know what is keeping them going. Can you imagine being stuck in a factory basement, among the dead and dying, the ground beneath your feet, the ceiling above your head, shaking from the incessant bombing, with little food, no bathrooms, children crying out of fear, starvation, and sickness…adults too…and for all these months? We need to go in now. p.s. I came across a video presentation by the Schiller Institute: The Illusion of Russian and Chinese Aggression Around the World – it was listening to Colonel Black this morning that led me to review Ike’s Farewell Address. I could not believe what I was hearing from Colonel Black. Just now, I revisited his video. I remain of the same opinion as before. This time, I had a look at the comments. I looked at the latest, and they were all praising Colonel Black’s candour. AND YET, I ask myself, how would Colonel Black or the commenters to his video account for China’s ‘Education Camps’, China’s persecution of Uighur Muslims and Falun Gong practitioners, China’s reticence over the origins of the pandemic…OR ITS SUPPORT ‘WITHOUT LIMITS’ FOR THE MURDEROUS CAMPAIGN RUSSIA IS RUNNING IN UKRAINE? Is that ‘just wanting to do business?’ hello? I want to know. 14 June 2022 Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I prayed the Rosary. I’ve been Catholic my whole life but managed somehow not to have prayed the Rosary before yesterday. I prayed the Rosary because I was desperate. I blog here. I tweet a little. I’m talking into the black hole of cyberspace… …so I figured I’ll try talking to god. Perhaps, I’m talking to Mary, because ‘Hail Mary’s’ predominate as you proceed through the Rosary. I don’t know about any of that. I only know being able to quantify and characterize god the infinite and omnipotent is so far beyond my and any human’s capability that I don’t take even my own ‘take’ too seriously… So I asked god to intervene in Ukraine after tweeting and posting that NATO/EU has fallen woefully short of doing the right and proper thing. I would have had troops on the ground already. What Russia is doing simply cannot be tolerated in a world that has a future. Going forward, the World, our world, needs a rule set in place, to which all the world’s nations adhere, with respect to international and domestic order, although on the latter, we must be careful not to depart from the sphere of the universal into social fashion / the contemporary… I have heard no good news this morning, like, EU/NATO telling Putin to withdraw now or face NATO/EU troops and the utter dismantling of his regime (which must happen anyway, now or later…so why not now? At least offer hope to Ukraine for all the time they bought us with their lives…whether we take advantage of the time or not is another matter… On this point, THE MORE NATIONS THAT SET POLITICS ASIDE WHILE WE FACE THE TSUNAMI OF RUSSIAN AGGRESSION (and possibly Chinese), the better chance we have that the World can fix this before things go ‘viral’. But we cannot just sit and watch, either way. Honour demands that the honourable act, yes? If other nations do not esteem honour among the highest of human virtues, let them deal with the consequences of that. I’m going to pray the Rosary again today. Then tomorrow…tomorrow…until the World recovers its sanity and vows no more of this. Not to Ukraine or to any other nation or people who get the bejeezus bombed out of them by the folks who can. We cannot do nothing just because Putin and Xi hold a nuclear pistol to our head. Their nations and their ‘rule’ will not survive a nuke-out either. Before ANYONE develops the upperhand to the point where they can anihilate the other side without their side being anihilated, WE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER AGAINST RUSSIA AND CHINA… FOR THE SAKE OF RUSSIAN AND CHINESE CHILDREN who will one day take over the reins of their nations and cultures, as well as our own. We must liberate Russia and China and their ‘buddies’. The future generations of those nations will be forever thankful and, just like Germany and Japan, whom we were once at enmity with, Russians and Chinese will be our forever-friends. NO MORE WARS. Our generation has the opportunity, if we are brave enough, to build a world of brotherhood and sisterhood out of the pervasive and dubious constellation of ‘friend’ and ‘foe’. But be warned. Neoliberalism also implies no more wars, but in the way totalitarianism does. A great ride for those at the top ($$$ -> power and power -> $$$) but dystopia for everyone below them. The new world order must account for wealth inequality and power inequality within nations as well. 13 June 2022 It was with consternation that I reacted to the headline this morning about the NATO general agreeing that Turkey has a point regarding the expansion of NATO to include Finland and Sweden. The general’s comments are exceeding unhelpful in the present context. We need to, above all else, present a united front to Russia and China. Any nation/regime that would stoop to play politics upon the lives of Ukrainians, IMO, is not a regime I would esteem ‘honourable’ and therefore, it can be no friend to the World, this at  a time when 100% lockstep reliability is what is in order to stem the World’s lurch into global war. The World must UNITE AGAINST RUSSIA’S AGGRESSION. For anyone to call for the two sides to negotiate a settlement is TANTAMOUNT TO ASKING THE RAPIST AND THE VICTIM TO NEGOTIATE. hello? The rape of Ukraine is ongoing. The Russian Bear is all over Her, and we are calling for it to stop FROM A SAFE DISTANCE? We threaten the Bear with ‘consequences’, but, the Bear is fully engaged with the rape and is not listening…it has already made its demands clear: it will stop the rape, when the victim submits to the rape….(fingers drumming…IS THERE ANYONE AT HOME IN THE HEAD OF THOSE WHO WOULD SUGGEST ‘NEGOTIATION’?) The only way to make the Bear stop is to push the Bear off of its victim. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY LEFT TO US WHEN IT HAS GONE THIS FAR. The rape is happening. The rapist must be held to account FOR RAPE. Does anyone not get this? How so? If NATO loses its balls, then it is left to America and the U.K. and Canada and Australia and their allies Japan, Taiwan, and others to push Russia off of Ukraine and to hold Russia to full account. This will very likely mean their taking on China at the same time…better now than wait for Iran and N. Korea to come up with a bomb too. But for the World, such an encounter would mean the end of the pax americana, and, should America et al. experience severe geopolitical downgrade or defeat, then the World OF HUMANS will never recover, BECAUSE THE AMERICANS et al. ARE NO LONGER AROUND TO FIGHT FOR US, for humankind, for a RULES-BASED INTERNATIONAL ORDER. A note to the media folks: It is better that you do not try to rationalize what these bozos (France, Turkey, India…) are doing/not doing/saying. Keep Elon (and his Mount Olympian pals) and the bs he is doing with Tesla in China out of the news too. You suborn the onset of WWIII by giving these people and their opportunistic attitudes toward the wholesale destruction and murder ongoing in Ukraine ANY AIRTIME AT ALL. Engaging Russia and China is a slap in the face for Ukraine and it is immoral, unethical, inhuman, besides. The media already gives airtime to folks who clamour for abortion rights and gun rights; but appears to have little or no interest in providing, at the same time, the POV of the unborn or of those who give a voice to the voiceless… …or for doing the only thing that will prevent AR gun violence…to wit: a complete and utter ban on AR guns, and a life sentence to anyone caught owning one. Same goes for handguns. The right to bear hunting-rifles only, AND ONLY WHERE IT IS LEGAL TO HUNT OR PRACTICE. [I had asked, in an earlier post, if it is possible to retrofit / add a GPS security system to firearms so that they cannot fire when the gun is outside a prescribed area?] This would require leadership, however. Whether they realize it or not, the media of today appears more interested in keeping people glued to their television sets than in keeping people properly informed. [To repeat the bs coming out of someone’s mouth when you know it is bs and they know it is bs, WHEN YOU PUBLISH IT YOU GIVE CREDENCE TO THE BS, which, in and of itself, has no credence whatsoever…so how is that informative?] The media simply acts to promote and maintain the narrative Wealth (the owners of most media outlets) wants us to believe in [that’s why Faith is now in the media’s sights] and we ‘the people’ are conditioned to think a certain way about something or other without ever questioning why we think that way… $$$ When the Golden Rule resumes its place as humankind’s highest organizing principle, when the Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold, we can be certain we are on THE PATH and on our way back to the Garden we abandoned, long, long ago. Without gold, Wealth will lose its power over human societies, and the creator’s perspective will return to us…the mote in our eye will have been cleared away…we will see the Path we walk…we will see we walk the Path together and with all other living species…we will see that the Earth Mother IS OUR NOAH’S ARK and that we are sailing along under the creator’s guidance and loving hand. If we don’t kill ourselves off enroute, we will arrive at the Garden. Wait and see. p.s. It is time to give Russia and China a punch in the nose, hard enough to make it bleed and give them the opportunity to see if they really want to go to war with us just so they can rule the roost for a while. The more united we are, the less likely the bozos running Russia and China will choose war. Macron, Erdogan (just his last name, if it’s okay), Modi – you three amigos really need to shut the front door. I did read that Macron said ‘no concessions for Russia’. That is the first good thing I have heard. I will sleep better tonight if I hear Modi and Erdogan talking like Macron. War will not stop if we have a binary world order. War will not stop if we have a coerced homogeneous world order. WAR WILL ONLY END IF WE HAVE A COLLABORATIVE, PARTICIPATIVE, INCLUSIVE WORLD ORDER…wherein power is shared and evenly distributed. Russia and China use their power to benefit Russia and China. America et al. would use their power to benefit the World. And they will, if they can rein-in their own Mount Olympian class. Elon is building in China right now, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. To America’s Democrats: wtf can you be thinking by not standing 111% with your president, Joe Biden? To America’s Republicans: wtf do you think your heads are for? To think with, or as a placeholder for your hat? God bless and have a great day, wherever in the World you live. Your world and mine, NOT PUTIN’s, NOT XI’s… AND, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, NOT ELON’S or JEFF’S or BILL’s. 12 June 2022 Every morning of late, I get up and remind myself NOT to look at the  news. Each morning, I fail. Headline 1: Ukraine’s leader says his troops keep defying predictions – for the life of me, I cannot understand how it is Zelenskyy and his Ukrainians are able to remain so defiant, so resolute, after having so much misery rained down upon them by an evil aggressor. Well, actually, I can: it is the light of the creator coming from the souls of these people Likewise, I cannot understand how it is we continue to dither and blather and politicize things… it is the darkness of ego spreading within our souls, namely, our fear of death (for our ruling classes,  that, plus their fear of losing GDP and their wealth -we’ll lose all of ours too, I’m afraid! – if the financial system ‘collapses’). We cannot fall victim to that. Whether we like it or not, Putin and Xi offer the World no choice but to raise the curtain on Act III of the Great War. The Russians claim to have destroyed a depot full of incoming Western arms/supplies. The Ukrainians are desperate for weapons and manpower. They are heavily outnumbered and outgunned in the East and the walls are closing in on those valiant soldiers and civilians. THEY NEED US. Meanwhile, Putin threatens Poland over a buildup of NATO troops. Meanwhile, China ‘continues to support peace talks between Russia and Ukraine’. Peace talks? um, next time you are accosted by a mugger with a gun and his/her finger on the trigger, try to negotiate! hello? I am given to wonder if there is anything but cheese in the heads of those bozos running that great nation? Besides, apart from rattling their own sabres at their neighbours, what else are they doing? Anything constructive? There is no way around it. We have to confront Russia now and China also. Russia has to pay for all of its sins against Ukraine. If we do not enforce this, we do nothing to stem the spread of evil from its current locus in Eurasia. We cannot play politics. There is no time left to us to play at anything. We need to get our troops into Ukraine and alongside of their valiant troops. No more dither. No more blather. The regimes of Russia and China and of those who would fall to the temptation of political/economic  (ruling class profit) opportunism in these perilous times exist contrary to god (whether you follow the teachings of Jesus, Mohammed (PBUH), the Buddha…). For the World to move on, along its own ‘hero’s journey’, it must continue to step forward. The next step for the World is to confront Russia, RIGHT NOW, as one [um, not in the way India’s WION network understands ‘oneness’, which appears to be the world from one viewpoint. Theirs]. If China is stupid enough to try to take advantage of the situation as the World reins in Russia, then so be it. IMO, until China accepts Taiwan’s democracy for itself, if it remains of the same mind as Putin’s Russia and means to, amoeba-like, surround and absorb other territories, without a care for the misery and destruction they would be the cause of, then they are the enemy of all the West should stand for, and appears to, albeit oftentimes in word only. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke Ukraine’s Zelenskyy and Ukrainians are well on their way along the hero’s journey. Putin gave them no choice. The World would do well to follow Zelenskyy and Ukraine’s lead. They are on the right path, the one our creator’s light shines down upon to help guide us along. Putin and Xi et al. mean to get between us and that light; to cast their shadow upon that path; to take us down the opposite path, to perdition, where those two bozos foolishly believe they can rule (even though ego allows only one, and that ‘one’ is Lucifer). It is time now for us to act, to PROACT, and shut these two regimes down. 11 June 2022 Headline 1: Biden: Zelenskyy didn’t want to hear US info – The AP article reports that Zelenskyy kept his head in the sand despite American warnings of an impending invasion. Well, wasn’t the Ukrainian President guilty of the exact same crime as NATO/EU et al.? Unlike Zelenskyy, however, NATO/EU et al. continue to politicize and dither AND BLATHER. Zelenskyy has taken the ‘bull by the horns’. The President of the EU went to confer with the Pope. Afterwards she tweeted the outcome of the meeting: ‘This war must end.’ Yes, indeed. Ukrainian men, women, and children continue to be molested and murdered by Russia’s insane onslaught. Our leaders continue to talk. Russia continues to shell. More of Ukraine is laid waste. Fewer intrepid Ukrainians remain to rebuild. And the media continues to keep us awash in ruling class propaganda, for our ‘entertainment’. They want us to believe they are in control. I don’t believe they are. But I do believe ‘the people’ in the US and around the World, are rooting for Ukraine and are not content with a daily litany of bad news, more death and devastation, AND MORE BLATHER FROM OUR POLITICIANS AND THE MEDIA MOUTHPIECES FOR THE WEALTHY FOLKS. Going up against Russia now will cost Wealth greatly. It will cost ‘the people’ more than that, more than $$$. But it is necessary and it will characterize us, our species, for all time. If the choice before us is to live in fear or stand against the aggressor and with the vulnerable; to be ditherers and blatherers or to act, which is more honourable? $$$ denies honour. The EU President and our Pope say, ‘This war must end.’ It will only end when Ukraine surrenders or Russia is completely vanquished. Ukraine is going to lose, eventually, if left to its own devices. Everyone knows this. The ditherers and blatherers know this. China sides with Russia. Were we to directly intervene in the war, we will fight China too. It is time for everyone to stop lying, to one another, and to ‘the people’. War is inevitable, that is, unless we all stop playing politics and money-games, we set aside our ‘differences’ and present an indivisible front to these rogue nations RIGHT NOW. Let Russia and China decide if it is in their best interest to go to war, today. Don’t give them anymore time and opportunity to prepare. Don’t continue to enable China. Let this generation show history that humanity has not lost the integrity it showed when it rose up against the Kaiser’s and then Hitler’s Germany in defense of Europe. When push comes to shove, we are prepared to defend our honour with our lives. Right now, it is our honour that is in question. Ukraine needs the World’s help. The World must answer to the call or account to the creator for not answering. 10 June 2022 Headline 1: European Parliament “firmly behind” Ukraine’s EU candidate bid -President Metsola – the  article is small, but the statement is huge. What is happening in Ukraine at the hands of Russia should not ever happen. Russia should have been pushed out when they invaded Crimea. Instead, Russia established itself in the East of Ukraine. We didn’t react with troops. We reacted with sanctions. We still react with sanctions, and Russia is pushing the envelope further. As is the case most often, short term gain implies long term pain. For the short term, not facing off directly against Russia is the most attractive option. No one wants to poke the panda. No one wants to deal with an angry bear. The trouble is, the panda means to grow a larger ‘family’ and will continue to expand its turf. Ukrainians will continue to die while opportunistic fools like France’s Macron, Erdogan, Modi, et al. continue to enervate the unity of the EU, of NATO, of the West, against Russian (and soon, imo) Chinese imperialist aggression. Macron appears unable to understand that UNITY, strength in numbers, is the best deterrent. He, Erdogan, Modi…these dough heads would play politics at a time when UNITARY RESOLVE is THE ONLY WAY FORWARD, OUT OF THE PERIL WHICH NOW THREATENS THE WORLD. Bishop Mari is convinced that his Australia is going to be hit BY CHINA with a nuclear attack. Bishop Mari is not afraid to speak what he believes to be the truth, whether it is acceptable to the New World Order or not. I pray that China is better than that. They are, I know. But they are led by a regime as murderous and  hell-bent as Putin’s, not to mention, as much foul-mouthed liars, cheats, and buffoons. We have enriched and enabled China. China has betrayed the World and sided with Russia’s murderous regime…likely because they are of kindred spirit and both want to take the West down. HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM. We (democracies) are led by folks whose vision is, after nearly a century of movement conservative infection, so filled with the sugar plumbs of neoliberalism they cannot see and are rendered completely, utterly idiotic in a leadership role: they simply cannot or will not see where it is they are actually going, and leading the rest of us. We are headed over a cliff. If we can avoid war, that is, if China and Russia can be convinced to join us rather than insisting on bombing the bejeezus out of their neighbours, we still have ourselves to deal with. We are not ‘lemmings’. Prayers for Ukraine and for some really good news from the Eastern Front. Stalin once engineered a famine in Ukraine because Ukrainians would not cooperate. Years ago, I recall listening to a CBC Radio program, where a teacher from Ukraine recalled how his school would set out breakfast for the kids in the morning, how a 10-year-old girl, sitting at her desk, looked down at her bowl of porridge, then lowered her head and died right in front of him. I am crying now writing this…[read about those days here, and see what Russia has done and now does to Ukrainians…] the horror! the horror! what is it humans are capable of? Children are dying today in Ukraine, because of Putin. And we are not defending them… Dogs comport themselves better than humans when it comes to children who are not their own, not even of the same species…we stand back while children are being murdered, we defend our right to ‘bear arms’ even as children are being gunned down by ARs while at school, we defend the rights of women (as we should) but are silent about the baby inside the womb (both sides of the issue should be given equal ‘weight’ given that the baby is also clamouring, albeit silently, for enough time to build its own independence)…and now, we dither and blather about Putin…as a second Russian leader rains hell down upon innocent kids. p.s. I rarely reproduce article images, but I hope the folks at CBC are okay with this one, taken from the CBC article: Ukraine tension has roots in ‘hunger extermination’ of 1930s See how little the relationship between Ukraine and its monstrous neighbour, Goliath, has changed? It wasn’t very long after this that the World convulsed into the second act of the Great War. We verge today on Act III. What Putin has begun will not stop in the Donbas. He and Xi mean to take the World down with them or, alternatively, masters over it, even if ‘it’ is a pile of offal. Putin and Xi don’t care anymore than Milton’s Lucifer, and for the same reason: they do not mean to build, they mean to destroy what god has built, if that is what it takes to be master over what they themselves cannot build. Conversely, neoliberal Wealthy folks mean to enrich themselves and live even better and build even greater monuments TO THEIR OWN EGOS. Neither Wealth, Putin, or Xi, gives a hoot about people, but to the extent to which people can be exploited to advantage Wealth, Putin, and Xi and their cronies. p.s.s. I’ve heard tell that Patrick Brown won’t run for the Cons if Poilievre is leader…I’m starting to like Patrick Brown… 9 June 2022 More and more of the same in the news. More and more insanity. Humankind could very easily be approaching, nay, bringing about, its own catastrophe. It appears the World has fallen into chaos. Of conflicting values. On the one hand, we jealously guard our liberty, privacy, and free will; with the other hand, we actively deny these to our neighbours, those we live among. With our left hand, we invest our money in other nations; with the right hand, we deny opportunity for our own to make a living, and our politicians of ‘the right’ have the nerve to say, this is a good thing, and we go right along with that. Clearly, in today’s World, the left hand and the right hand move independently of one another, but one is firmly in the pocket of ‘the people’, while the other firmly grasps us by the neck, choking the soul’s life out of us.
  1.  Elon Musk is building a factory in China. Elon Musk also contracts with NASA. Is Houston not aware we have a problem?
  2.  Leaders of various European nations talk about ‘negotiating peace’ between Ukraine and Russia…(fingers drumming…) the situation is that Putin (Russia) decided to take over his neighbour’s house (Ukraine). To do that, he kills his neighbour and blows up the neighbour’s house. FOR HIM TO GET AWAY WITH THAT, the other neighbours have to stay indoors, ignore the cries of the afflicted neighbour while the assault is ongoing, and, oh yes!, give the newspaper boy a little extra when he comes to collect. When the bombs stop falling, the missiles stop coming, and the murderous Russian army has had its fill of murder and unbridled carnage, then our business suits in Brussels and around the World can come out and congratulate themselves over the bodies of the dead and displaced, for maintaining world-peace, and a job well-done.
  3. Really? What they have managed to accomplish is to further darken our fortunes as we lurch closer to the China way, the Xi-way of doing things…no god, no way to ‘fight city hall’, no chance of the World ever emerging out from under the SHADOW OF THE EGO OF WEALTHY PEOPLE…what Elon Musk is doing for himself and his rich friends in China is a crime against America. President Biden calls for UNITY, and members of his own nation are pulling the rug out from under him…YOU CANNOT DEAL WITH THE DEVIL. CHINA AND RUSSIA ARE RULED BY THE DEVIL. ELON MUSK ET AL APPEAR RULED BY THE DEVIL…because all of them are ruled by
$$$ 4. And if we need further proof of the worship of $$$, of power, the hegemony of ego (and ego is the devil’s turf), in today’s societies, why, there’s a battle going on about gun control in the U.S., in reaction to the slaughter of the innocents at Robb Elementary School. I understand that ARs are not being eliminated in the bill that was passed by the House of Representatives, but rather restricted to folks over 21 years of age? This is not going to make a difference. And, even as is, it won’t make it through the Senate. THE ONLY THING THAT WILL WORK IS A COMPLETE BAN ON ARs. When we humans are of the mind and spirit to protect THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS of others only if the cost to ourselves is acceptable (meaning it doesn’t hurt us too much, even as we see the human cost of our inaction to others), then we are lost. If we fear death, than those who seek hegemony over us for their own ends, WILL USE OUR FEAR OF DEATH TO CONTROL US. Putin is doing this to Ukraine right now, and we dither and blather, when we really need to confront Putin directly and put an end to this insanity. Stymying this, however, is the self-serving spirit of ingrate nations like India, France, Turkey…it is as if none of these nations ever benefited from the actions of America in the past, and now, now that America needs us all to stand with America and the ‘rules-based international order’ against the tyrannical regimes operating in China and Russia, their ‘gratitude’ evaporates quicker than Peter’s support for Jesus had before the rooster crew…UNITY. Unity applies not only to things geopolitical, but to things domestic also. For a society of households to have its act together, each household must have its act together. The household simply cannot tolerate one member giving away bits and pieces of it to folks with $$$ in order to buy a nicer bedroom suite for him/her self…eventually there will be nothing left of the house, except for the bedroom? WHO DOES THAT? Elon? Bill? Jeff? Bill gave me the Internet. Bill gave everyone Internet. Now, everyone is online, yacking back and forth, not with their neighbours, but so many removes from personal that, at the personal level, it all resolves into ‘white noise’. Chaos reins. The personal connection, ultimately soul-to-soul, is neutralized. We know we have a problem but no one is capable of acting, proactively, to fix the problem everyone knows we have. The problem is we are ruled by Wealth. Wealthy people rule over us and prop up their rule by attaching a $$$ value to everything. The Commons is disappearing. That way EVERYONE IS RENDERED BEHOLDEN TO SOMEONE…the government,  an employer, a group of investors…whomever has the money has the power. This way, we are always living under the thumbs of those who have more money than us, and control from the very top (the Elons and Bills and Jeffs of the World, god help us!) is assured. Wealth’s operative is to encourage us to pursue wealth above all else. ABOVE ALL ELSE we want power. Everyone does. That’s all Wealth is about. They aren’t visionaries, but they can buy themselves enough airtime to keep up with the fictional narrative so that we believe they are visionaries…they are selfish and well-heeled, that’s it…so are we all. Wealth knows how to manipulate us because THEY ARE US. It is only that, they became rich or come from rich families, and that is how they differ from us. The poor are as fallible as the rich. That is the nature of ego and of a humankind given to ego. As John the Baptist says in Jesus of Nazareth, ‘Before kingdoms can change, people must change.’ This isn’t ‘scriptural’, but it should have been. ============================================================================ There are headlines indicating that President Biden is considering Executive Order to fight the overturning of Roe v. Wade. THIS IS WRONG. This is why I say conflicting values is going to be our end. The President decries Russia’s wanton attack on the innocent Ukraine, but at the same time, would support the attacks on the unborn? This is the hypocrisy of today’s World. This ‘hypocrisy’ is intentional. We have divided our left hand from our right hand. We cannot simply focus on the good side of something without acknowledging the bad side. But that’s how things are set up. We have no chance to make things ethically and morally right; no opportunity to do it all because the ‘all’ has been divided between the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ of our politics. This is a deliberate ruse by Wealth. The media they own gives us the sense that the government is trying; but then not enough happens, we get bored and disaffected and vote for the other side…then we get bored and disaffected and vote some more….and so on and so forth…but nothing has changed. Meanwhile, Wealth gets wealthier, social inequality progresses, more and more young souls are born into the hell of poverty with no opportunity…and more and more souls die in Ukraine while we stand back and watch. Make no mistake. When anyone gets money ‘for nothing’ IT IS NEVER FOR NOTHING, unless it comes from a good Samaritan, like you might find at church or mosque or temple or synagogue. Everyone else will want something in return, stated or unstated. There are those among the ruling classes who believe the key to peace within society is to guarantee a certain minimum standard of living, this being the maximum necessary to purchase peace and prevent social unrest. That’s the ‘left’. But this is an ‘investment’ in social control. I fear that things like Basic Income and Public Housing will incorporate elements of control that exist purely for the sake of maintaining and expanding wealth’s control over society. The left will support you, but at a price. The price is your soul. Your liberty. Brave New World. The ‘right’, conversely, promotes ‘individuality’ among a whole class of people. If you are of the class which can pay, you can do what you like. If not…well, it sucks to be you…their rules apply to everyone, but let’s face it, if there is a tax cut, how many Canadians actually benefit? Which ones benefit most? Why, the ones who are making the rules: the ruling class. Neither left or right will let go of your kids, because they want to begin the social conditioning process, A.S.A.P….they want the children to be ‘good citizens’ when they grow up. Don’t break the rules. Don’t complain about your lot in life (and don’t try to improve it by any means other than what the ruling class provides). Oh, and admire these ditherers and blatherers for all of their dithering and blathering…and for the fine blue business suits…I mean, Jeff needs someone to wave back at him as he waves at the Earth from low orbit…affectionately known by Jeff’s ilk as the ‘5 billion dollar zone’. It is important to recognize that the pathology of ego affects all. The effect is greater with increasing income/wealth and with decreasing income and wealth. Society becomes one characterized by ‘those who can v. those who cannot’. Poverty is the greatest excluder to ‘social inclusion’, a term much bandied about by the left these days, but by ‘inclusion’ the left means it in the way an amoeba might…included, then absorbed… 8 June 2022 Prayers for Ukraine. Dennis Davydov of Ukraine has been providing regular updates on the war. He has been very good. He is temporarily out of work as an airline pilot. Please support his efforts if you can. Prayers for the World and the world’s children. UNITY among all nations is all we need do to keep from slipping into the abyss of global war. Most of us living today have no memory of the horror of the Second Act of the Great War. It must have been terrible. If the World, our world, the one our children are going to inherit from us, falls once again into war, it is going to be a hell of a lot worse. It will be Hell. Putin and Xi and their supporters appear to be okay with that. Are you? The Golden Rule implies unity. Collaboration. Standing up for (and with) the underdog against murderous, imperialistic aggression. The Golden Rule is of god. We are all of god. We cannot be true to god if we are not true to ourselves and we are not true to ourselves when we exist apart from the Golden Rule. When we depart from the Golden Rule, the god who created us cannot get through to us. We are no longer listening. We are no longer engaged. We are ‘parentless’, without the loving guidance of the parent who has ‘been there-done that’ and on that basis, is able to guide and support us as we navigate our own ‘Hero’s Journey’. We are in a different place. Because of the rule of gold. Read my earlier posts for explanation, but, I maintain it is the rule of gold over us all that has brought the human world to this perilous condition, to verging upon the ‘event horizon’ of Hell. From which the light of the human soul cannot escape. But the Golden Rule is stronger than the rule of gold. We need only engage the Golden Rule and  the World will spontaneously decouple from ego. There will be no more war…Maslow will take us up ‘the ladder’. No one left behind. 7 June 2022 First, prayers for Ukraine. I begin today by scanning the news. More of the same. I opt for Father Alar’s Explaining the Faith: Catholic view of the end times, on YouTube. Father Alar’s heart, mind, and soul is with god. Just as the Good Bishop, Mari Emmanuel (Christ the Good Shepherd Church-Australia), and the Good Cardinal, Thom Collins (St. Michael’s Basilica – Toronto). There is no guile in any of these men. Invariably, each of these great souls says something about god, Jesus, and the other Faiths (other Christian denominations, Jew, Muslim, generally) which to me is going too far into judgement; wherein they pronounce god’s judgement upon other Faiths. Invariably, my reaction is to switch to something else. I always come back, nevertheless… My problem with any social system, whether it be religious or national, is that EVERY SYSTEM HUMANS PRODUCE WILL INHERIT AN EGOIC COMPONENT. This is because humans made god in their image, and all humans have ego. Humanity has made ‘god’ in its image. god is limited by our perspective, our understanding, our ability to get our minds around something that defies encompassment. God is beyond all measure. THEREFORE GOD IS BEYOND ALL FORMS. No single form, ‘human’, say, can be properly esteemed to be the form taken by god. And so, when someone says, ‘Jesus is god’, I have a deep problem with that. IMHO, all things existing and bounded by form, are analogous to the leaves of a tree. The tree in this case, is LIFE. The leaves of this ‘tree’ are the individual living souls we encounter during our Season. Come the Fall, our form drops to the ground and is received by the Earth Mother which produced it. But the tree persists and the souls of each passing generation become the twigs that produce the next generation of leaves. ALL OF THIS IS PART OF OUR JOURNEY. ALL THINGS WITH SOULS ARE ON THIS JOURNEY. WE JOURNEY BACK TO THE SOURCE, as all things with souls do. Jesus channeled god as near to perfect as anyone could, precisely because he checked his ego at the door. When the soul expresses, and if the expression is not tainted by the ego of the person, what then can that person express? god Jesus was so selfless, and so wanting to be in tune with god, that when he spoke and acted, he showed  god’s hand. For all intents and purposes, he and god were indistinguishable, as everyone who selflessly seeks knowledge of god, and, therefore, god’s loving guidance. Therein lay the source of the confusion. IMO, someone, perhaps Constantine’s crew, interpolated the provision in the Gospel of John where Jesus says, ‘I am the way…’ Back in those days, the best way to get people to do what you wanted was to tell them it is what god wants. Pharaohs and Caesars styled themselves as gods. Maybe they were insane enough to think they were, but IMO, this was intended to create a narrative to support their positions and policies. Divine authority. Absolutism.  Even the Elizabethans believed that when England had a bad ruler, it was divine punishment. Now, all of this is my belief. I have not been to church for a long time, because I cannot accept some of the church’s teachings. I cannot believe that any of us is qualified to JUDGE OTHERS FOR THEIR BELIEFS. IMO, the fact that we worship trumps how we worship, every time. For my part, I want to reengage in the church community. I want to do this because the Golden Rule is still the highest virtue among communities OF EVERY FAITH, despite the fact that EVERY FAITH HAS AN EGO and will interpret god’s will in ways I CANNOT ACCEPT. Some of these ways come from people who have been dead for millennia and haven’t kept up with the messaging from the creator. The Golden Rule trumps the rule of gold. p.s. How long will we tolerate the fractionation of our leadership into ‘left’ and ‘right’? What the fractionation accomplishes is THAT WE WILL NEVER HAVE IT ALL. ‘Conservatives’ will not ‘raise taxes’ because not taxing you means not taxing them. THEY HAVE MOST OF THE MONEY. Not taxing those who have more than they need means there is no money to provide to those who have less than what they need…how ‘social’ is that society? Even the ants know better. MEANWHILE, ‘the left’ will tax, enough to barely keep the vulnerables’ noses above water, but they believe in ‘evidence-based’ policy and seem to want to promote the State to the level of godhood. The State will provide our shelter, raise our children, and see to our healthcare, so long as we haven’t got COVID. But the State is a construct of Wealth. Neoliberal democracy IS A CONSTRUCT OF WEALTH. Therefore the citizen is in service of the State that is owned by Wealth. Whether ‘left’ or ‘right’, we are rendered beholden to Wealth. They either keep it all and allow us ‘religion’ and ‘values’ (although the cons are split because more people think ‘left’) OR they will give us a little, just enough to keep ‘the peace’ and no more, but steal our children, our futures, OUR SOULS, in ‘payment’. And, as time goes on, everything will have a dollar value attached to it and NOTHING WILL HAPPEN THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE MONEY CHANGING HANDS. Because of this, everything is measurable and monitorable, BY WEALTH, and Wealth’s hegemony over society is assured in progressing granularity in this regard. Little by little, the citizen will become less free and more beholden to $$$ and those who have the $$$. COVID has taught us that, in the absence of the fullness of knowledge, the pronouncements of the ‘experts’, as capable as they are, can often be wrong. We routinely encountered ‘surprises’, enacted questionable initiatives in reaction, and we certainly didn’t accord help to the most economically-vulnerable when the pandemic struck). Evidence-based policy has not completely escaped the subjectivity of interpretation that comes in the absence of TOTAL KNOWLEDGE/epistemological truth. Therefore, the ‘left’ merely usurps our faith in god, the most knowledgeable of beings; attempting to replace him/her by cultivating our faith in Wealthy folks, who are simply greedy, and far from all-knowing. Hello? p.s. Personally, I love Jesus and admire him more as human channeling god so perfectly despite being human and therefore fearful for his life. Personally, I believe there is no social system that is all-encompassing, and that, rather than look for one, my time is better spent learning to live with folks whose aspirations differ from my own; better spent learning TOLERANCE. We cannot have trust without honesty. We cannot have tolerance without trust. We cannot have diversity without tolerance, and without diversity, as Robert Ardrey would aver, we will not have A FUTURE. Think well upon it. Have a great day! 6 June 2022 Question: How is a country like China able to build a space station, a presence on the Moon, and a military with (according to the media) better technology than the Americans/Quad? How is it the Russians have also managed to so keep-up with, even outpace the militaries of the West, despite having been economically-sanctioned for almost a decade? There is something seriously wrong with this picture. I cannot explain it. I can only speculate. My speculation is so far: it all comes down to $$$ (alright, if you have been reading, you might have guessed!). Because humanity’s current leadership esteems $$$  above ALL OTHER CONCERNS in today’s world, the opportunity to profit leads us to decouple our ‘left hand’ from our ‘right hand’ and both hands from our god-given sense of honour and the GOLDEN RULE. China is a textbook example of what resourcefulness, intelligence, willfulness, AND A PERVERSE LACK OF HONOUR is able to accomplish.[p.s. likewise the EU/NATO members who play politics on the backs of dying Ukrainians]. This followed closely by the likes of India, Turkey, and other nations who are opportunists, nothing more. They appear unwilling to contribute anything of value to the cause of humanity. Those nations and those mindsets are anachronisms in today’s world. If we do not reconcile with one another via the Golden Rule, and with our common creator, we will ALL perish. But not all will be lost. My doggie, for example, has remained true to herself and to her species and to her creator – EVERYTHING RECONCILES THE MOMENT ONE RECONCILES WITH ONESELF. This above all: to thine own self be true And it must follow, as the night the day Thou canst not then be false to any man… [Literarydevices.net] This is exactly what we humans seem to have put back on the shelf. We need to come to terms with ourselves, now more than ever before, else our species might not survive the coming ‘Tribulation’. My doggie will. Yours will too. So will the other animals and flora. The Earth Mother will heal without us around. But do humans not also want to return to Eden? The Entrance to the Garden has been obscured by humanity’s affliction: the blindness suborned by ego. We are fallible to greed, the trouble is, with neoliberalist ruling classes, they are not only greedy as the rest of us, they have, unlike the rest of us, manufactured a system of profit generation/direction; and taking these $$$ from circulation until they have something to spend it on FOR THEMSELVES or they perceive opportunity to make more profit. They vampirize society’s lifeblood, rendering society anemic. Eventually societies will fail. We can avoid the traps, Thucydides’ Trap and others. The road is going to be tough, but on everyone, not just the most vulnerable. To do this, we must be LIKE UKRAINE. We must be true to ourselves. Then we will be true to Ukraine AND WE WILL CONFRONT THE MURDEROUS OPPORTUNISTS AROUND THE WORLD AND TAKE THE WORLD BACK FROM THOSE WHO MEAN TO STEAL IT FROM HUMANKIND AND GOD’S FLORA AND FAUNA. Strength and Honour. The Golden Rule, not the rule of gold. Headline 1: Can journalists and grieving communities coexist in tragedy? – um, what? Here is the situation in a nutshell: 19 young souls lost and two intrepid teachers’ souls lost. TO GET THE FACTS FOR THEIR STORY, the MEDIA need only talk to the police/other public officials. They need not talk to grievers, especially after the fact. Why do they feel ‘they have to get it out there?’ True, I cannot know what those parents who lost a child at Robb Elementary School are feeling. I CAN SAY, WITH ALL MY HEART, I’D RATHER BE DEAD THAN SEE THIS HAPPEN TO MY CHILD. I am certain this is how EVERY PARENT WOULD FEEL. I don’t believe any higher purpose is served by the reporters (or their bosses) who think it okay to invade on such grief as this. And I find it outrageous to think to pen an article as this, so honestly  and sensitively enquiring on something that a stone living on the bottom of the Marianas Trench would be able to answer for itself. When the media goes after parents/bystanders, they are going for something else…they want to write down the horror those people experience. Because horror sells. That’s it. Stop and think about it…Monsignor Weiss. 5 June 2022 Just in: Headline 1: Ukraine slams Macron for Russia remarks, saying ‘he can only humiliate France’ – um, as it happens, read my post and you will see I have already accorded this mackerel dis-honourable mention. I haven’t read the article and I will. But, clearly, when someone, anyone, can find anything to say in support of a rapist and murderer and child-killer, while that person is continuing to rape, murder, and kill innocent children, IS AN F-ING MORON. Period. Just look at the picture of the leader of France as he listens to Putin speak. It is as if someone who IS NOT A RAPIST, MURDERER, AND CHILD-KILLER IS SPEAKING. Yes, Ukraine, Macron does bring shame down upon the great nation which is France. Worse, he speaks for France and is not helping the chance of Peace, while he thinks he is…Romeo Dallaire will tell you from his experience that you ‘cannot shake hands with the devil’. Whenever the devil pops up, folks must UNITE against the devil. Anyone who thinks they know better than god will try to reason with the devil. That has as much chance of success as a snowball will in Hell. As I said, Macron is a moron. He has about as much honour as WION and is just as stupid. Sadly, just like Ontarians, the French will have to endure him and his moronisms for 4 more years,  unless, of course, moronism wins the day, and there is Armeggeddon and ubiquitous social collapse.  [wrt Ford’s electoral win, now we have to suffer through the media pundits explaining how he did it, as if it were a successful master plan. CBC will explain all of this to us, AND WILL FORGET TO MENTION THAT THE ONTARIO ELECTORATE WAS GIVEN NO CHOICE AT ALL. That’s how Doug Ford and his Cons got re-elected…hello?] Now, what I wrote earlier: The Ukraine. The Alamo. Right now, that nation’s stand against the murderous Russian invader is THE ONLY THING, imo, STANDING BETWEEN THE WORLD AND OPEN GLOBAL WARFARE. Ukraine’s valiant and honourable defense is more than offset by the short-sighted, self-interest of India, Turkey, and other nations. I find WION’s (World Is One News, out of India) coverage of the news to be quite shameless. The nation of the Great Soul (and of Mother Teresa) has lost itself. With friends like these, the saying goes, ‘who needs enemies?’ Self-interested parties are not friends to anyone.  $$$ rule. $$$ determine the standards of human value and morality. Who needs friends like that? Rich people do. Like the ones who own WION. No one else benefits…um…there is no honour associated with the pursuit of wealth. Rich people today are not interested in stewarding but rather in bs-ing the people (via the media they own) that they are supposed to steward with their wealth. They rather use their wealth to repress ‘the people’ AND TO MINE THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND THE EARTH ITSELF for all the value inherent. Slava Ukraini. As for the nations who esteem economic advantage above human life, why, your type has held sway in the World, our world and god’s world, for 5 millennia or so and that is going to soon come to an end. I say this because I believe WWIII is inevitable. If America is supplying weapons and Russia is then bombing them, if America and allies are providing long range missiles and Russia is threatening reprisals, how long will it be until the two nations come face-to-face? On the other side of Asia, China’s belligerent Xi is threatening Taiwan and the region while America is saying it will fight with Taiwan against China. China-Russia are now a black-hole with Europe, the Middle East, and the South China/East China sea regions on the event horizon. THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID GLOBAL CATASTROPHE IS FOR INDIA, TURKEY, FRANCE…who am I forgetting?…to show solidarity AGAINST THE BLACK HOLE. Those morons running these countries do not seem to understand that UNITY OF PURPOSE is the only way to counter the nature of the Russia-China alliance. That alliance is based on ego purely. Ego draws everything into itself, like a black hole, UNTIL NOTHING REMAINS OUTSIDE OF ITS CONTROL SPHERE. It will mean THE END OF India, France, and Turkey down the road…all because of the knee-jerk, short-sighted, ill-conceived policies of morons like Macron, Tie-up Whazzup Erdogan (or whatever his name is) and Modhi, who seek personal advantage, to keep themselves in power, even atop a murderous mess. Doesn’t that sound just like Milton’s Lucifer?????? Somehow, the allure of sugar plums renders otherwise intelligent people, dumb as a nail. Their ego permits them to see only the sugar plum. They do not see that nowadays, the sugar plums are perched so far beyond Reason’s reach that going any further to obtain it will invite certain death. It will mean certain death for our children too, not just our generation. Ego cares only for what it wants. It is ill-equipped to care about anything that matters BEYOND ITS COMPELLING IMMEDIATE NEED. In Psychology  101 we learned the deer will choose to consume a sugar water mixture over nutritious food to its own detriment. The even horizon humanity faces is not only that coming out of the China-Russia alliance. Each of us faces a spiritual crisis of the exact same nature. Our ego clothes our soul in blackness. That blackness lives on the energy our souls generate/receive. Our souls can only generate and receive the sustaining energy of the creator. That energy, instead of  coming through our souls and into the World, sustaining it, guiding it FORWARD, is being consumed by ego. The layer thickens and in time, no light can enter in AND THE SOUL DIES. The soul cannot die for as long as it is connected to its Source, the creator. As individuals, we must turn back and open to the creator in unending dialogue, the operative of ongoing renewal. The leaf is never separate from the tree, but the body of the leaf does hit the ground at the end of the season, and the leaf reemerges. Let this be the destiny of humankind and the future for our children, for us to return to the Garden we left so long ago. We have seen what ego is capable of. We have seen what we are capable of. WE HAVE SEEN WHAT GOOD WE CAN DO WHEN EGO IS NOT IN OUR WAY. We see what ego can do to folks, including children, who get in the way. It was written in Judeo-Christian scripture that Herod murdered little children to prevent one born among them from taking his power away. Well, he died. His power was taken away regardless. And he killed them all for nothing because he didn’t get the one with the Star…or so the story goes. There is no record, apart from what ‘scripture’ says, that Herod actually ordered the murder of the innocents, but we can see for ourselves that children are subject to the insanity of the adult world and that world today is producing leaders who out of self-interest and pursuit of power (um…ALL EGO), dither and blather while innocent children are murdered in the schools and bombed in their beds…ALL BECAUSE OF THE EGO OF OTHERS (like the NRA and Putin/Xi). It is Sunday. Let Sunday be given to our creator as respite, like we once did. Prayers for Ukraine, the new Alamo. Those Ukrainians fight not to prevent WWIII but to give the rest of the World time to prepare itself and preserve hope for the best possible outcome. The actions of India and Turkey (and others) incline the World toward war and death and destruction like the kind we are seeing right now in Ukraine….yet India has the nerve to ply the World with ‘news’ while calling its media outlet, ‘World Is One News’. What a sick joker the one who thought up that moniker is! The hypocrisy of France, India, Iran, Turkey, Israel, Hungary, et al. is disgusting. The self-sacrifice of Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden et al. is encouraging. Upon Britain, America, the Quad, and a new reinvigorated, democracy, wherein power and $$$ is distributed, through taxation, to produce a Normal Distribution, rests the World’s hopes. Ukraine is buying us time to get our acts together. Everyday we delay, more Ukrainians die. MORE CHILDREN DIE. Can our leaders please just smarten the hell up before Hell is all that is left of the creator’s Earth? Please? 3 June 2022 It’s Friday! Not just any Friday…it’s a special day in my family. In all other respects, it’s the same ol’ – same ol’:
  1.  One of our self-styled Mount Olympians, Elon, is in the news today. Apparently, he has a ‘bad feeling’ about the economy and needs to cut 10% of his staff. um, okay…but wasn’t it last week he was going to dump 40B onto Twitter? Here’s my fix: Keep Elon, Jeff, and Bill off of my web pages, please. SOMEONE, PLEASE SET UP A GOFUNDME TO RAISE THE CASH TO SEND THESE THREE BOZOS (and Bezos!) as far into Space as can be managed without affecting the Space-Time Continuum.
  2. There are rumours that Putin is dying…aren’t we all? But if this is true, then his legacy to Russia is a whole lot of bad karma in exchange for the senseless slaughter he presides over in Ukraine. In Putin’s ‘holy of holies’, the depths of his consciousness, where only he and the devil and god are present, he has decided to restore the Soviet Empire or take the World down with him. A ‘coalition of the un-willing’, such as the one China intends to ‘invite’ its neighbours to join, is a dream Xi shares with Putin. Putin seems willing to murder everyone and destroy everything in his way, to achieve his dream, à la Milton’s Lucifer. Everyone knows ‘you can’t take it with you’. Putin appears bent on leaving nothing behind. IMO, Putin  is just ‘bent’. As in China, a major regime change is necessary to avoid a lot of bloodshed, the kind the World has never before seen and no one living today can even imagine.
  3.  It is good news that Saudi Arabia and OPEC mean to open the taps to help stabilize the price of oil and offset the effect of the world’s weeing off of Russian sources. This will help MBS’s karma-account, although, he needs to fess  up and do penance for ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. I believe he did order it. I could be wrong. None of this means anything to Jamal Khashoggi or his fiancée. He  is living in the Light and full knowledge and consciousness of Love and Creation. His fiancée will join him one day, only not yet. It would mean a whole lot to MBS and his future kingdom, to fess up, do his ‘penance’ as his people require, and then, if his people permit him to be their king, he will lead his people to glory under the creator, by following the Golden Rule.
  4.  Alright, I’ve done my best to avoid politics, because of  its increasing irrelevance. Neither ‘left’ nor ‘right’ can lay any claim to leadership in today’s world. That’s because ‘left’ and ‘right’ are simply two-sides of one coin and now we are being conditioned to believe by our media that these are two distinct and separate items. They are constructs by wealth to provide to ol’ Abe’s ‘the people’ THE SEMBLANCE OF CHOICE during an election. Elections have become distractions. We are distracted and then told afterwards  that ‘the people have spoken’. The media then earns their paychecks by  spinning a rationale to make sense of how we voted….hello?…WE AREN’T BEING GIVEN A CHOICE IN THE FIRST PLACE.  We are being ‘guided’ to the choice from a set of options only the denizens of Wealth find palatable…could this be because Wealth owns democracy?  um, hint: does the term ‘neoliberal’ mean anything to you?
At the end of the day, we are all being fed a ‘story’. By Wealth. No matter where you live  in the World. Your god, whatever you call him/her/it, made everyone else too. This god made your enemies as well as your friends. What god is so stupid and mindless as to make any of his/her/its children ‘enemy’ of any other of his/her/its children? Certainly such a ‘god’ couldn’t last for millennia, much less forever? What god would be so shortsighted as to allow  us to create so many version of his/her/itself that we would kill and condemn  one another over our different views of ‘god’ who, by definition, is BOUNDLESS AND THEREFORE DEFIES DESCRIPTION? What ‘god’ would leave us with such an epistemological mess, knowing he/she/it is beyond all, knowing that he/she/it includes all? Not the ‘god’that created us and the Universe. This was the ‘god’ humans created, and we can’t agree on which ‘god’ that is. This ‘god’ is a construct and as much a story-telling product of ‘the media’ as democracy is. THERE IS ONE GOD. ONE CREATOR. MANY CREATIONS. One tree, many leaves. One principle. For all living things it  is the same  principle. St. Thomas Aquinas identified the principle. One rule. Not the rule of gold, but the Golden Rule. p.s. I’ve just read that Israel is not allowing it’s proprietary missile systems to be shipped to Ukraine, as America requested. Israel, like India, like France, does not want to ‘upset’ the relationship they have with Russia. Israel says it will only ship non-lethal support to Ukraine, to prevent Israeli equipment from being used to kill Russian soldiers….um…it doesn’t seem to bother Israel about Ukrainians being killed…and this just for existing? Really? The Jewish people know better than anyone the horror and abject criminality of being targeted  FOR WHO THEY ARE. But Israel does that, albeit in a passive-aggressive sort of way, to the Palestinians. Now, the State of ISRAEL COMPOUNDS ITS OFFENCE BY LOOKING THE OTHER WAY OUT OF CONVENIENCE, in the opposite direction to Ukraine??? The World Wealth is manufacturing for us to live in as it manufactures profit for itself and misery for everyone else is not a sustainable world. The dystopia they are creating now could be the ‘Tribulation’ the Bible talks about…I dunno…BUT I DO KNOW IT WILL BE NO EDEN, except for the rich, and that will be for only a short time… A university pal once told me, ‘The World is based on bullshit.’ The narrative Wealth/neoliberal-democratic governments/the Media regales us with daily, minute by minute, is a fictional construct of Wealth. The existence of ‘left’ and ‘right’ is a fiction. These are elements of the narrative of social control that ruling classes everywhere leverage upon citizens. They simply represent the gamut of choice the ruling classes are prepared to extend to the citizenry. BUT, anything so insubstantial as something that exists only notionally is bound to collapse with the first unfavourable wind. Putin knows this because he’s a denizen of the ruling class. He and Xi are leveraging what they know upon the West to weaken and divide it. Our ruling classes know that unity is the way forward for the World to survive Putin and Xi. But they fail to apply this knowledge to their own societies, because THAT WOULD INTEREFERE WITH THEIR PROFITS…they would have to share. They don’t want to share. They’d rather bs… …and hide behind legislation, police forces, THE MEDIA…just like the Wizard of Oz was given to doing when Dorothy, Toto, et al. arrived… …and for precisely the same reason. p.s.s. Turkey, France, Israel, India, China…you are not helping the World’s chances. Neither are folks on the ‘left’ and ‘right’. What the World needs now is, yes, ‘love sweet love’, but also respect for the T.R.U.T.H.  No one appears to respect the truth anymore; rather, they respect only the believable; whether it is true or not is irrelevant (therefore my comment that politics is become irrelevant). In business, if the employee lies to the boss, direct or in the omission, the business relationship is broken and no one ever backs up the liar. The liar loses his/her job. That’s it. But employers often lie, direct and in omission, to their employees. Can anyone say this is not so? Politicians mislead and lie all the time and we don’t even question anymore. With the internet and 24/7 news, we are kept awash in facts and would-be facts: with time to read but no time to vet  what we are being told. And so, we are reduced, in our personal search for truth, to PICKING OUR ‘POISON’. We can now make the truth whatever we want it to be and subscribe to the media channel who will deliver ‘the truth’ to us, non-stop. That must have been what Stephen Harper had in mind when he said consumers will have more choice and control over what they want to watch (and believe)… but it is the ruling class folks providing everyone the choices. We need government, not politics. We need leaders, not politicians. We need  the truth, not more fairy tales with sad endings for everyone but wealthy folks. There are more Cinderellas being born every day…but the wicked stepmother and her wicked daughters are still around… To Ukraine and its truly selfless supporters: Strength and honour. To the others (Iran, China, Russia, Turkey, France, Israel, India, N. Korea): you are soon out of time. IMO, there’s a Big Rain coming. Unity will save us. Let’s gather under god’s umbrella. 31 May 2022 U.N.I.T.Y. is the way forward, for the EU, for NATO, for anyone and EVERYONE. There can be no ‘unity’ without ‘tolerance’, no tolerance without ‘trust’; no trust without ‘honesty’, and no honesty without H.O.N.O.U.R. What the World’s leadership lacks is honour’. Honour has been displaced by gold. If ‘honour’ has a price, it is nothing. It is something bounded in time and by convenience. But this is only because of what we have wrought. Honour, like life itself, comes from god. We can ‘fix’ the World’s existential troubles by simply turning away from gold’s rule (and the worship of humans – the Mount Olympian class – who have the most  $$$ and able to get their faces in the headlines of the media either they, or their ‘friends’, own), and turning ourselves back toward our creator. Each morning, I see the flowers awaken and open themselves toward the rising Sun. The trees grow closer to it. The crows sit in the magnificent pine across the street and watch the Sun come up. Everything is growing. Everything is growing toward the Sun, the source of everything on the Earth. Everything, from the moment it begins in this ‘realm’ appears to be trying to reach its Source. We pave over everything; rendering it sterile; unable to produce anything living anymore. We toxify the water and aquifers, rendering them poisonous and unable to purify and to sustain a healthy biota profile. We kill the life inside of us BECAUSE IT IS OUR RIGHT TO DO SO, and without any consideration for what the new life inside of us wants for itself. WE DENY ITS RIGHT TO CHOOSE. Given all of this, is it hard for anyone to see that what Putin is doing and our reluctance to do THE RIGHT THING is because HUMANITY HAS TACKED THE WRONG WAY? Is it hard to understand we are ruled by ego; that the social contradictions we entertain are the result of seeing the world through ego’s lens? We pursue wealth because we are already rendered beholden to Wealth, by Wealth. Neoliberalism is a closed loop wherein the citizen is exploited and ruined in its service to Wealth in order to make a living and for Wealth to make a profit. When the citizen is of no further use, the government offers some support but not enough to elevate anyone even to the base of Maslow’s Pyramid. The money the government does provide, it borrows from Wealth. Wealth tells the government how much it is prepared to lend. Wealth then sits back and collects the interest on a debt the government CAN NEVER PAY BACK. ‘THE DEBT’, therefore, becomes a lever by which Wealth controls the nations of the World, our world, but one gradually being denied us, so that the wealthy have something exclusive to them. OUR TROUBLE AS A SPECIES COMES OF OUR TOLERANCE OF THE EXISTENCE OF A WEALTH CLASS. Even the ants on the sidewalk are a smarter species. Corollary to this: WE TOLERATE THE EXISTENCE OF A  CLASS OF ECONOMIC-RAPISTS but we will not tolerate diversity within our neighbourhoods and especially among our neighbours… …hmmm… 30 May 2022 The rule of gold divides because not everyone has enough to get by. This is purely because others have more than they need but rather than distribute the excess, they employ the excess to get even more gold, leaving less for EVERYONE ELSE. The malaise of the World is because of gold is our god. Those with the most gold are our prophets. Those who regale us with tales of heroes like Bill, Elon, and Jeff Bezos…three bozos of Mount Olympus, but carefully leave out the stories of millions living in abject misery and under the clouds of famine and war, are our Media…the erstwhile 5th Estate. Fact defers to fiction and fiction is the official narrative. Gold determines the moral code. That is why we have to listen to the EU dither over buying oil and gas from Russia. THE EU IS BANKROLLING RUSSIA’S MURDEROUS CAMPAIGN IN UKRAINE by buying Russian oil and gas. To the EU: If you cannot shut off the flow of gas and oil from Russia, AT LEAST SHUT OFF THE BULLSHIT YOU SPEW TO ONE ANOTHER TO RATIONALIZE YOUR MURDEROUSLY FALSE MORALITY. THE FACT THAT WE CAN DITHER OVER THE FLOW OF GAS AND OIL FROM RUSSIA IN THE CURRENT CONTEXT IS AS SICKENING AS MAINTAINING THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS AFTER THE SLAUGHTER OF SO MANY LITTLE CHILDREN AND THEIR INTREPID TEACHERS IS AS SICKENING AS THE BRAVADO SURROUNDING THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE BEING LOUD ENOUGH TO DROWN OUT THE RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO CANNOT SCREAM AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS, AT LEAST, NOT YET… This is because of the rule of $$$. For $$$ to rule, profit must be the highest operative, and acquisition the greatest virtue. Everything must have a value and a label attached to it (the culmination of neoliberal ‘democracy’). Once in place, such a system guarantees that ANYONE WITHOUT MONEY IS POWERLESS TO DO ANYTHING – except vote, which changes nothing, given the dearth of  actual choice. Conversely, those with $$$ can do whatever they like. If a law gets in the way, why, they simply make a new law. This is not a sustainable situation. The selfish EU folks, the selfish NATO members, the self-interest of nations who choose to capitalize on cheap Russian oil and gas to benefit their own wealthy people (while ensuring enough scraps from their tables hit the ground for the peoples’ misery to be manageable), THESE ARE THE PEOPLE TO BLAME FOR WWIII. Conversely, I have nothing but praise for the Quad, the U.K., The Three Wisemen of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Slovenia, President Biden, Finland, Sweden…AND UKRAINE AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY. IMO, the World is too wounded spiritually because WE HAVE BECOME TOO SPIRITUALLY CORRUPT. We have allowed the rule of gold to usurp the Golden Rule in our hearts and minds, IN OUR SOULS. We simply need to reverse this and allow ourselves to be ruled by THE GOLDEN RULE. …and our creator will take care of us. You may call him/her ‘Allah’, you may call him/her ‘Jehova’, you may call him/her ‘Vishnu’, you may call him/her ‘Jesus’… …but as Bob Dylan points out, ‘You gotta serve…(somebody)‘. maybe, just maybe, we should stop arguing and fighting over what ‘god’ is, and just pay attention to what it is GOD WANTS? The Rule of Gold divides us, each from the other. The Golden Rule unites. As Biden pointed out, WE NEED TO UNITE. Therefore, we need to ditch the Rule of Gold and the hegemony of corporations and those men behind the curtain, pulling the levers and manufacturing so much misery as they pave the path before THEM with gold. p.s. I have been watching Denis Davydov’s reporting on the ebb and flow of the war in the East of Ukraine. He is very good. He says it is difficult to know without being right there but he is doing his best. There is another YouTuber who reviews one of Davydov’s reports here. He talks of Russia using a ‘Mongolian’ strategy, ‘the cauldron’, to entrap Ukraine’s forces near Kharkhiv. He believes the ‘retreat’ of the Russian forces in that area is simply setting a trap; what I suggested in an earlier post the Ukrainians may be setting the Russian up for, once the heavy artillery and long range missile support is in place. 28 May 2022
  1. We dither and discuss sanctions and the politics of NATO and EU membership WHILE UKRAINIAN MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN ARE GETTING PUMMELED TO DEATH AND ALL EVIDENCE OF THEIR EXISTENCE ERASED.
  2.  We stand, awaiting a ‘tactical squad’, outside of a children’s school, a madman inside with an AR shooting young kids, even as some call for help on 911.
This then is the culmination of the strategy of the State’s insertion into our daily lives: when right-action is required IMMEDIATELY, we are held back from doing WHAT IS NATURAL FOR US IN THE SITUATION: wrt to the tragedy at Robb Elementary school: those intrepid selfless teachers and kids with smartphones did everything they could within their power to stop the carnage. THAT WAS AS HEROIC AS IT WAS NATURAL. For anyone, police or parent or onlooker, to stand outside for almost an hour while the carnage ensued on the inside, WAS UNNATURAL AS THE CARNAGE WAS SENSELESS. Put it this way, if my child were in that school, the police waiting out front for ‘help’ from the tactical squad would have had to shoot me to keep me from going into that school to stop that freak from shooting my kid. Period. I might have died, however, that those children could keep on living. For me, that would be fair exchange. As for Ukraine – Ukraine = the Alamo. It appears that America senses the comparison, because their President is doing everything he can to help. He may need more time. He calls out Russia and China for what they really are: a nation of murderous, thieving, HONOURLESS creeps in political drag(my words, not the President’s). Xi and Putin: They do not lead. They do not know how to lead. They know only how to steal, lie, cheat, and murder, and bully innocent people into submission. The Russian and Chinese people are Russia and China’s only hope. It is ‘the people’ of Abraham Lincoln, the soul/spirit of the nation, not their corrupted leaders, who are the soul of China and Russia. But, right now, the ‘head’ and ego have taken over the vision of China and Russia. Whenever that happens, the corruption is profound and the entity (China and Russia in this case) is near its end. Unless it can recover itself. The Quad is preparing, IMO, for war with Russia and China. Nations like India and Turkey and France are playing their own stupidly self-serving geopolitical games that weaken our position and embolden Russia and China. I am as angry at our ‘brothers’ as I am in awe of the courage shown by Ukrainians and their supporters worldwide. I cannot speak for god. But I will let myself believe that the creator responsible for all of the beauty in this world still takes the side of HONOUR and honour is what the nations of the Quad and all of the intrepid nations who swim against today’s geopolitical currents (and the dithering and blathering), to  come to the support of Ukraine, possess in abundance. America: Just for what you do now to support Taiwan and Ukraine and the World, know that the I AM  is ON YOUR side. Always and forever. [with all of my heart, I believe this to be true]. Strength and Honour. p.s. Check out Father Spyridon’s The Origin of All Evil – on YouTube. It’s wonderful. I am NO military strategist, but from where I sit, given the intensity of the Russian assault in the East of Ukraine, and while the Russian military has Russia and separatists at their backs, it is for Ukraine’s valiant forces to bend in the middle of their lines, withdraw and allow a horseshoe to develop into which the Russians would march. Strengthen the arms of the horseshoe AND set up your new long range artillery/missiles at the ‘tip’ of the horseshoe…then  bend some more and allow the Russians to fill in the space between the arms of the horseshoe. Cut them off from resupply…THEN GIVE THEM PROPER HELL. [Aside: Ukraine has been levelled. No quarter given. Given what Russia is doing to them, Ukraine has every right to strike military targets in Russia.] The more Ukraine can weaken Russia, the more America can concentrate on the other bad guys, over there in China. China has betrayed the World. Russia continues to be the world’s ‘Loki’. N. Korea needs to embrace democracy and then watch how fast they ditch the old when the new is so much fairer to N. Koreans. And then there is Iran, whose hatred for the god of Israel has put them in bed with the devil in China. p.s.s. Yes, China rose. Yes, America has not kept pace with China, because of the greed of their wealthy folks. But Americans know how to catch up in a hurry. Wait and see. Look at what Russia is doing to Ukraine. Look at what China does to the Uighurs and Falun Dafa folks. HOW CAN ANYONE COGNIZANT IN THE SLIGHTEST CONCLUDE THAT PUTIN AND XI ARE ANYTHING BUT THUGS? How can a thinking leader seek to align his/her nation with either? 27 May 2022 Today, I will pray. I am fearful over what is coming. I am saddened by the news from valiant Ukraine. I am saddened by the news out of Texas. These events reveal how imperilled the World is. Antony Blinken is calling for UNITY against China as well as Russia. The American Secretary of State says China has the will and the means to change the World Order. He should know, we enabled them. Against this background, inexplicably, EU nations dither and discuss what to do. Still. AFTER ALL THE BLOODSHED IN UKRAINE. They continue to bankroll Russia’s murderous, unprovoked attack upon Ukraine by buying Russian oil and gas. HYPOCRITES ALL. The nations of the World: You are abject fools for siding with China and Russia. YOU CAN SEE IN THEIR COMPORTMENT just what they have planned FOR YOU. First, they need you, to fight the Americans et al. They will smile. They will have deep pockets… …and then, WHEN THEY NO LONGER HAVE NEED OF YOU,  have a look at how the Chinese treat their own citizens in Xinjiang. THIS WILL BE THE PRICE YOU AND YOUR CITIZENS AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL PAY TO THE CHINESE. Contrast this with what America et al. are offering the World. Collaboration. A rules-based order. NO MORE WAR. NO MORE NATIONS WITH POWERFUL ECONOMIES AND MILITARIES RUNNING RUCKSHOD OVER WEAKER NATIONS. No more. This is all so unnecessary. There is a war on the horizon. But it is not so much a war against China and Russia and Iran et al. as it is a WAR AGAINST DARKNESS/EVIL. That ‘Darkness’ is EVERYWHERE. It is ‘inside of us, and all around us’, just as Jesus had ‘fixed’ the position of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is up to us to choose the Darkness or the Light. Any person or nation choosing the Darkness will die, awash in the darkness they have chosen. Anyone choosing the Light will have ‘hell to pay’ and ‘hell’ will be paid and then buried under its own ashes. I CHOOSE THE LIGHT. I CHOOSE TO RALLY TO AMERICA AND U.K. AND AUSTRALIA, QUAD…everyone who is prepared to stand against the darkness of neoliberalism and fascism. TO STAND AGAINST THE DARKNESS WITHIN AND THE DARKNESS WITHOUT. This is what is mandated by the Golden Rule: the end of the rule of gold; of power.  To be replaced by a Golden Rules-based international order. WE made China strong. That was the fault of our wealthy folks and their greed. The darkness in their souls clouded their reason utterly. WE WILL HAVE TO PONEY-UP for the sins of Wealth. Many of  us will die because, whichever side begins to lose, East or West, neither side will capitulate. THEY WILL LAUNCH THEIR NUKES. IF WE DO NOT UNITE AS A WORLD AGAINST THIS DARKNESS, SUBORNED BY RUSSIA AND CHINA AND BY WEALTH EVERYWHERE, we invite misery upon ourselves to the depths and degree no one living can possibly imagine, that is, if you don’t live in Ukraine… Every nation in the World which has any honour left to it at all, will rally today with the ‘West’ against Russia and China and N. Korea and Iran…and Israeli apartheid. The head of NATO is on my tele explaining the challenge NATO faces: to supply Ukraine but not be drawn into direct conflict with Russia. I understand the logic, but it is wishful thinking. Russia has already laid down its cards. It is going all-out. Where it stops in Ukraine today, it will pickup again, after it ‘catches its breath’ and is able to start afresh. Call it what you want, but what the leader of NATO is describing is appeasement. Putin knows it. Blinken knows it. Xi knows it. It is best to take your head out of your own arse, and see the situation that is building for what it is. OUR LAST CHANCE. We must stand. Now. We must unite, now, and forever, going forward. The Golden Rule is our guide back to the Light. P.S. I was about to stop, but I heard Stoltenberg utter something else I take exception to: that Turkey is useful to NATO in the fight against ISIS, and NATO needs Turkey. Just like he’s talking out of both side of his face with respect to NATO-Russia and Ukraine, he’s indicating NATO should deal with Turkey’s blackmail rather than talk turkey with Turkey. Turkey is playing politics on the lives of Ukrainian children. Stoltenberg et al. are not sending the right message. They show weakness, not resolve and that is emboldening for Putin and Xi. We are not satisfied with just enabling? I’m with the U.S. and Quad. I have no use for the EU/NATO bs. America, Canada, the Brits, Australia…we all sent our young people to Europe to defend your right to exist as free nations. Now, that you are called upon to do the exact same thing for Ukraine, you cower and you dither and you ‘discuss’… Shame on you. 26 May 2022 Wishing everyone a blessed day. The World is a mess, but none of us need to be. Recognize and keep to your ‘insular Tahiti’,  where you can dwell in ‘verdancy’ though being tossed this way and that, by external forces/events beyond your control, and/or by selfish people closer to home. I am glad to be on America’s side; however I am deeply concerned by the fact that American rich folks enabled China, handed them the farm( our jobs and manufacturing), as it were, and now we are threatened by China-Russia with nuclear Armageddon. There is a grand disconnect here which must be addressed for the World’s sake. The departure of Wealth from its role as steward in society must be utterly undone. For this to happen without blood and upheaval, the rich must do it themselves. Have they, like Putin, already gone too far? China and Russia are not going to back off. America and allies are likely already staging for a direct encounter in the Pacific and along the EU-Russia front. IMO, it was in anticipation of the Sino-Russian belligerence that America withdrew from Afghanistan. I’ve read it elsewhere, but I will repeat here, that America/Quad are preparing for a direct confrontation with Russia and China. Russia is up first. By not confronting Russia directly, America hands Russia no ‘moral’ authority to escalate the war. There is time still for regime change in Russia and a precipitous end to Russia’s murderous campaign. Were this to happen in good time, China and its minime N. Korea and Iran would be essentially on their own. To every nation putting their own self-interest, $$$, ahead of World Peace, YOU ARE BEING LED BY A COVEN OF ABJECT FOOLS. UNITY will save the World, our world, and our world’s children and their dreams, from MISERY AND DEATH. My ex father-in-law remembers the American GI’s breaking down his door at the end of the war. He was 5 year’s old. I remember selling Christmas cookies to an nonagenarian living in my little town who had served in the war and who could only speak about his experience for two minutes before he began to cry and grew silent, SIXTY YEARS LATER. No one who survives war is ‘lucky’; they could be ‘luckier’ than those who do not survive, however the burden they carry around FOR THEIR ENTIRE LIVES is too much for anyone, especially a child, to shoulder…like the child ripped too early from the womb, the world they happened to be created by NEVER THOUGHT TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE to survive. Jesus explained the Golden Rule. All Faiths have and revere it. NO ONE APPEARS TO BE FOLLOWING IT. All’s we need to do is follow the Golden Rule, and our creator will take care of everything. There will be no tears of children who are frightened and don’t understand the violence happening around them, like the 19 who have fallen in Texas (their teachers tried to save them by putting themselves between the gunman and their kids). Wait and see. p.s. Prayers for Ukraine and for the World. Tears for the World’s children who see the violence and hatred of the human world and grow up thinking this is normal. It is not ‘normal’. It is the continuation of the insanity of human ego. ‘Wealth’, ‘War’, ‘Poverty’…all are constructs of human ego. The Golden Rule, above all else, shows clearly where the door to the ego is and the way out. If you ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’, why, you would only want to help out. YOU WOULD NEVER WANT TO MAKE SOMEONE ELSE MORE MISERABLE OR DO VIOLENCE TO THEM OR TAKE WHAT LITTLE THEY HAVE. Rather, you would come to their aid whenever needed, and gladly. You would not take more than what you need before being 100% certain THAT YOUR NEIGHBOUR HAS everything he/she needs. And you would NOT tell other people how to worship god or interpret god’s will to them as if you know better than they do what god’s will is. God’s will is never unkind. To anyone. Please do not be unkind to god and tell folks god is a god of wrath, of settling scores, and transaction, the quid pro quo. The god of the Old Testament was a transactional god. That’s ego. Jesus spoke of another god, or the side of god; not god’s ego, but rather god’s heart. God is bi-polar too, just as humans are. The ego is a part of us, but if it is a relatively small part (consciousness-wise) humanity will prosper in the Light of the creator to the extent the shadow cast by our ego is insubstantial, BECAUSE THE CREATOR IS ALWAYS MESSAGING US AND GUIDING OUR STEPS. If the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament is for real, then the creator recognized his/herself that ego was ruling him/her; that by reacting to the unintended consequences of according humans free will (their having egos too!) he/she was entrenching ego, hers/his and ours. That’s a world of deep division. Exactly where we are right now. Precisely what the creator, IMO, DID NOT INTEND. God found the doorway and escaped his/her ego before utterly destroying the world he/she created in reaction to our malfeasances. Had he/she not done so, we’d have no Jesus, no Mohamed (PBUH), no Vishnu…and we’d have a hell of a lot more Xis, Xi-minimes, and Putins. Instead we are still here. We still have a chance. If the nations of the World ditch the politics of self-interest and become stewards and citizens of the World, ALL OF THEM WILL LET RUSSIA AND CHINA KNOW IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that they will side against China and Russia unless both back off on belligerence and visions of imperial glory, forevermore. WWIII could be ended before it even got started. U.N.I.T.Y. Put unity before $$$, and the world is preserved for our children. Headline: Americans prefer Democrats’ position on abortion to Republicans’ – based on polling data. All’s this proves is that there are more selfish people chiming in on the issue than unselfish people. Or is it hypocrisy? We cry over the deaths of children. We wonder at HOW UNFAIR LIFE CAN BE. YET, FOR THE SHORT TIME A CHILD, unable to chime in on their own behalf, IS IN THE WOMB… Whatever the reason, the Golden Rule would protect the unborn, that they may be born, just like the one who bears them was given the chance, BY THEIR MOTHER, to be. 25 May 2022 What do India, France, Italy, Cypress, Hungary, Turkey have in common? Well, the one-word answer is WHAT THEY DO NOT HAVE, and what they do not have in common. HONOUR. SELF-RESPECT. These nations dither and dance on the graves of Ukrainian children for Putin’s oil and gas. To NATO/EU – kick these nations out of NATO and the EU and fast track their replacements: Ukraine, Finland, Sweden. I am sick at heart. There is nothing anyone can say or that I can write. The leaders of these nations, who play politics with peoples’ lives are no leader at all. They are smooth-talking thugs. Period. Headline 1: EU cracks widen over Ukraine as Italy, Hungary urge truce – Italy and Hungary, go join Putin and leave the West alone. You are PA-thetic. Any of your citizens who support your stand are equally pathetic…there is a paucity of spirit here which only god can remedy. I can only shake my head in utter dismay…YOU KNOW UNITY IS KEY. wtf are you people thinking? Headline 2: Gunman kills 19 children, 2 adults in Texas school rampage – here now is another open wound which will never ever heal. The worst thing anyone can experience is the death of your own child. IF WE DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA in popularizing these despicable acts and giving other troubled souls ideas. Television glamourizes them (one of Prime’s spinoff channels is advertising a show about the two animals who held captive, tortured, then murdered and defiled, the bodies of TWO YOUNG TEENAGED GIRLS (plus the younger sister of the ‘bride’), in St. Catharines, portraying them in their matrimonial garb and a fairy-tale style wedding…I WILL NOT GIVE THOSE TWO CREDIT BY EVEN SPEAKING THEIR NAMES…and yet, our private-owned corporate media does this…and then there’s the politics: NHRA stands up for the right to defend yourself, ALTHOUGH KIDS CAN GET AUTOMATIC RIFLES AND DO MUCH MURDER BEFORE ANYONE CAN STOP THEM. That’s right up there with women jumping up and down screaming that the State has no right to tell them what do with their bodies, but has the obligation to provide services to women who make mistakes, WHEN THERE IS A YOUNG PERSON INSIDE WHO CANNOT SPEAK, WHO IS TRYING TO BUILD THEMSELVES UP JUST SO THEY CAN LEAVE MOM’S BELLY…they need mom to put up with the inconvenience rather than hand them a death sentence. Is that too much to ask of someone? Just like Italy, Hungary, Cypress, Turkey, France…would scream blue murder over the inconvenience of the sacrifices they would have to make to stay the course against Russia’s murder of Ukrainians…Ukrainian CHILDREN. These nations talk ‘truce’ WITH A MURDERER, WITH A RAPIST, WITH A CHILD-KILLER…hello? Now, I admit, I am upset right now, at the news. It could be so much a force for good in the World (the 5th Estate) but is often reduced to another purveyor of division and angst and disaffection. ALL IN THE NAME OF THE $$$. I am going to do my best not to write. Even if I had readers coming here, it appears that no one is listening. The World has many, many existential problems. WE CAN REMEDY THESE. We can remedy these because WE ARE THE CAUSE OF MOST OF THE PROBLEMS WE FACE. Appearance v. Reality Convenience v. Right Action love of $$$ v. love of life We have not always been the way we are. The takeover of  media/faith institutions/politics by movement conservatives began in the 30’s and corrupted the World’s rebound after WWII (Eisenhower’s military-industrial complex, etc.). The MCs are become so strong and so irrelevant (neoliberal democracy at the time when liberal democracy is the solution waiting to be grasped) they imperil the World, our world. The pandemic of mental illness. Don’t worry, the State has someone who can help you waste the rest of your life identifying as something ‘special’, but this will keep you separate from other ‘special’ people, with all of you believing there is something wrong with you because you don’t understand the world you live in, when in fact, the world ‘given’ you to live in is not the real world  but rather a concoction, a narrative created and read to you by ruling class bozos who gallop off in search of ever more wealth, as they leave piles of their droppings behind them for everyone else to live off of. I am pretty certain, if I go back years on this site, I will find that I have been saying the same things for many years, over and over, and things only get worse. I am just a broken record. No worries. No one is listening anyways. We are all to busy getting on with getting on, while our leaders abet the ruling class’s gambit, and that is to keep on getting richer off of the nation, off of society, off of citizens. JUST LIKE BUSINESS OWNERS keep on with their businesses. Exactly how much democracy do you have in the workplace? That is what your nation has become. And for exactly the same reason. You cannot have a democracy when you have an owner. What neoliberal democracy gives us is THE RIGHT TO ELECT OUR FRONT LINE MANAGERS. But those folks must kowtow to the upper management or they are summarily, without any due process, removed from their position. They will be accused of some impropriety, usually of the sexual kind, since everyone has done sex, and nowadays, one need only accuse another of impropriety and that is enough to ruin the accused. That’s Putin and Xi’s way. 1-No due process. 2-The onus is upon the accused to prove their innocence. These two jurisprudential notions are what used to differentiate us and Western Liberal Democracy from  the autocracies we see crop up in the East… p.s. Prayers for Ukraine. And thanks for nations like Germany, who are going to suffer greatly in order to do the right thing FOR SOMEONE ELSE. But Germans, like Americans, like the Brits, like Canadians, HAVE ALWAYS MANAGED TO GATHER THEMSELVES IN THE FACE OF EVIL AND SELF-INTEREST to STAND AGAINST EVIL AND SELF-INTEREST, and do the right thing. God is watching. We know the way forward. There can be no appeasement of Putin. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. p.s.s. Notice anything about today’s headlines? IT TOOK THE MURDER OF 15 YOUNG CHILDREN to displace Russia’s assault on Ukraine. Something that, in a sane world, will not happen EVEN ONCE, just  happened ‘un fois de plus’…[but we discuss the idea of making peace with Russia over Ukraine and the merits of banning assault rifles? hello? Someone has to take the reins and lead…it appears Biden, Boris, Olaf, the 3 wisemen, Zelenskyy et al. are doing just that. What about the yahoos leading France, India, Italy, Turkey?]  If you step back a little further, why the news is replete with misery. Even the news coming from our politics, as useless as it is, serves the purpose of unnerving us and running in search of some distraction: Headline 3: Éric Duhaime et Pierre Poilievre, les deux sont <<pour le peuple>> – now, my French is only intermediate level reading, but I understand this to mean that Pierre Poilievre is for the people. He is a conservative. He is Pierre Poilievre. I saw him perform in QP under Stephen Harper and in Opposition. hello? 24 May2022 Headline 1: Biden: Leaders navigating ‘dark hour’ after Ukraine invasion – echoes of Churchill. The World should be happy that Biden is leading the U.S. I pray the World listens, FOR ALL OF OUR SAKES. ‘Unity’ IS. THE. WAY. FORWARD. ‘Opportunism’, however, is what brought the World, our world, our children’s inheritance, to the perilous, self-consuming mess that it is in. It is with great consternation I see India Modi’s opportunistic silence and business-as-usual attitude toward Russia’s ongoing rape of Ukraine. ??? What happened to the nation that produced the likes of the Mahatma? That Light has been overwhelmed, it appears, by darkness. A great people. A great culture. A great history. A profound tradition of epistemological exploration…I pray the Light returns to shine upon India. I pray it shines upon every nation. ‘Democracy’ of the Liberals sort is corrupted everywhere by neoliberalism. Not only does the fracture between East and West threaten global war, but also the widening fracture between Wealth and the citizens of nations. This process is progressing, in parallel, within all of the World’s nations. The widening gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ will continue to deepen until ‘the sides’ become so steep that both ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ will slip into the abyss and society is lost. Right now, the World’s leaders need to turn to the very thing neoliberalism has had us all turn our backs to: the creator. the light. for an honest, open, heart-felt conversation. We humans do not have to know it all to be very proud of our potential and of our accomplishments. We humans don’t always have to obey the numbers. But we must pay attention to the signs of the times and, rather than cave into fear and self-interest and ammorality, we can put our faith in our creator, who is our mom and dad. We really can be as little children and leave our worries and our hopes with mom and dad, to wit: the two universal impetii which came together and produced the Universe, the body of the creator, from the Big Bang. I am praying India’s PM has a change of heart. As more nations rally to the defense of the Ukraine, the more formidable the wall to Russian and Chinese expansion becomes. If enough nations join the cause, THERE WILL BE NO WAR, because Russia and China will be able to see for themselves that war with NATO = war with the World = abject defeat. They cannot even hope to be master over a pile of rubble and blood, as Putin plans for Ukraine. Russia has obviously gone too far already. There must be accountability and a comprehensive dismantling of the Russian regime. China’s regime must also be dismantled. If America has a ‘one- China’ policy, then it must be a matter of  Taiwanese democracy’s spread to the Chinese mainland and not the way Xi wants it. Headline 2: ‘This tears my soul apart’: A Ukrainian boy and a killing – read this and see if you can make it more than two paragraphs without tearing-up. It will tear your soul apart. Headline 3: Analysis – Erdogan’s vow to expand Syria operations raises stakes in Turkey- NATO row – just like India’s Modi, the Turkish President seeks to leverage NATO’s desperation (to convince Russia to back-off on its murderous rampage in Ukraine), TO GAIN POLITICAL POINTS AT HOME. Macron, Modi, Erdogan, MBS…these are precisely the sort of leaders the World, our world, DOES NOT NEED. Xi, Putin, the Ayatollahs…these ‘leaders’ are unabashed hypocrites. What distinguishes the aforementioned from humanity is only how far they would go with the Truth, with Honour, with people’s lives, JUST TO GET WHAT THEY WANT FOR THEMSELVES. Power. Legacy. E.G.O. Biden, the three wisemen of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Slovenia, the intrepid president of Ukraine, the Chancellor of Germany, the Japanese PM and the Taiwanese President, the leaders of all nations who now rally to the cause of Ukraine, they show themselves to be the very sort of leaders the World needs; the leaders their nations need. There can be no winners when so much misery and death is left upon the altar of the war gods. Only an SOB would play politics while Ukrainians die in valiant defense of their territory against the whims of a monster and while Xi and Putin ruminate over their chances of winning a nuke-out against the West. Playing at politics is pretending at leadership. Domestic or global, this is divisive, at a time when U.N.I.T.Y.  is exactly what the doctor prescribes. Prayers for Ukraine and the World. p.s. Headline 4: The faces from China’s Uyghur detention camps – have a look at what Xi is doing. See the faces for yourself. Then ask yourself, how can the World of humanity tolerate the existence of a regime that can do this? Once again, the World is forced to choose. We must expunge the cancer that afflicts us and threatens to spread. If we do not, now, there will be hell to pay later. 23 May 2022 First, if you are interested in learning about foraging for local plants for nutrition and health, look here on YouTube. Ukraine has tried and found the young Russian soldier who killed an unarmed civilian guilty. The Ukrainians meted out a life sentence. Here’s my thing: Whereas the Russians  summarily and with cowardice execute unarmed civilians (this likely made easier for them by seeing so many of their own fall), the Ukrainians jailed the young Russian after they caught him, rather than murder him (this likely made harder for them, having seen so many of their friends and neighbours fall; so much of their homes and their homeland laid waste)…they even gave the Russian a soldier a trial. The Ukrainians accorded to their Russian captive precisely what the Russians WOULD NOT accord to their Ukrainian captives. The Ukrainians ACT WITH HONOUR. Even though the Russians do not. THIS IS TRULY HEROIC. Macron, you can take France out of NATO and let Ukraine join in your place. Same goes for you, Erdogan, and Turkey. Both nations are heroic. But, both nations are led by politicians. Politicians specialize in selling Hollywood narratives to their citizens. WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS MORE UKRAINE AND LESS FRANCE/TURKEY, more precisely, less French and Turkish politics. What the world needs is fewer ‘politicians’/more leaders…like President Biden, who is letting China know, and in no uncertain terms, that there will be hell to pay should China invade Taiwan. Canada is awash in the bs of politicians just like France and Turkey (and everywhere else), BUT, when it comes to the cowardly aggression Russia is perpetrating upon Ukraine, our government is in lockstep with geopolitical progress and supports drawing a line in the sand, despite the cost to GDP and the threats from Putin. Sweden and Finland have said, ‘Enough!’ and ditch ‘neutrality’. They recognize that President Biden’s call for unity is the world’s best hope to prevent a global holocaust. Poland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic broke trail and went to Ukraine early on in the conflict in defiance of Moscow and not only lobbied for NATO to send military supplies for Ukraine but put their money where their mouths are. Germany had perhaps the most to lose and had to do much soul-searching, after Merkel led Germany to become so heavily reliant on Russian gas and oil, just like our leaders here led us to come heavily integrated with China’s manufacturing. Germany is rising to the challenge. Then there’s France needing to proclaim you can’t just let Ukraine in; that it takes maybe a couple of decades AND Turkey saying NATO cannot allow countries to support terrorism. That’s not ‘talking turkey’  or Turk-ish, at all. Finland and Sweden supporting terrorism? hello? Is anybody home? Erdogan, please stay home and watch a good soccer game and enjoy a glass of wine with your wife. Do the world a favour and shut the f-up. Both you and Macron ‘put your foot in your mouth’, as the saying goes. PLEASE LEAVE IT THERE. It will help you to keep quiet. I don’t know what your game is, BUT IT IS NOT HELPING THE CURRENT PERILOUS GEOPOLITICAL CLIMATE. If global war, the kind of war EVERYONE ELSE IN NATO IS TRYING TO PREVENT -even as Putin/Xi are eye-balling opportunity to begin one- does break-out, France and Turkey will be among the nations reduced to ashes. TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT UKRAINE, RIGHT NOW. Is that your notion of how to serve the people of France and Turkey? Just shut-up. That’s all it takes, and you will benefit your citizens. You two bozos can play your games later, when they cannot harm anyone, but right now, the adults of the World have to do business to protect the family and the neighbourhood. JUST. SHUT. UP. To Ukraine, ‘strength and honour’, and from the Ukraine, with the support of America, the U.K., Germany, Poland, Czech, Slovenia, Japan, S. Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Finland, and others, the World will soon be in a better place than what Xi and Putin et al. have planned for it. France: We stood with you against Nazi Germany. How is it you can think to honour the sacrifice of that generation’s youth by siding in a passive-aggressive kind of way with Putin, while that murderous SOB is raining Armageddon down upon Ukrainians? How? Headline 1: Compare the Ontario party platforms for yourself right here – a great headline to lead a great article from CBC. I confess that a combination of disaffection and the news out of Ukraine and China has kept me fully occupied. The CBC article is a great start to help one decide. At the end of the day, what Ontario needs is leadership to do what needs to be done. The first priority is, quality of life and all of the things necessary to make life better for folks. All folks. All Ontarians. The folks who already have $$$ can weather inflation, supply-chain disruptions…they can even go ‘snow-birding’. They will survive until ‘the economy’ gets back on track. How about those on fixed incomes? How about those on very low incomes? How will they survive a day? Just as with Ukraine, it took a lot of dialogue and political will to get folks together and focused on WHAT IS IMPORTANT. Even with the pictures of the incessant bombing and the brutality… Yes, infrastructure is important. Very important. Mostly to the economy. The economy mostly serves Wealth, unless the economically-marginalized have $$$ too. I watched a piece yesterday about the deeply-rooted problems keeping the ‘right’ and ‘market capitalism’, aka neoliberalism, going in the opposite direction to liberalism (what the great thinkers of France, no less, have given to the World during the Age of Enlightenment, along with likes of America’s Thomas Paine). The video said there was no way to move resources around fast and focused enough to balance the economy and its ‘fruits’. AU CONTRAIRE. There is a way. One way. THE ONLY WAY. Taxation. From those who have extra, to those who do not have enough. Just as ‘the economy’ of a society or social unit is based upon THOSE WHO CAN ON BEHALF OF THOSE WHO CANNOT. And we dicker and dither and are require to vote on the basis of specific elements and bandaid measures, when ROOT PROBLEMS ARE NOT PROPERLY PROMOTED IN THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE VOTER. That is because of our media focus and their focus is what it is because the folks who own the media want it that way…it’s all about $$$…their $$$. Folks rarely talk about raising taxes. They mostly talk about lowering taxes. What gets proposed are not effective measures. The only effective measure is statistical, in the way of restoring a NORMAL (NATURAL) DISTRIBUTION -the good ol’ BELL CURVE- and that would entail taxing incomes and wealth at 100%: those that exist beyond 2sigma of the mean across Canada. It would also mandate policy to regulate returns on investment to less than % GDP growth. Headline 2: World faces a turning point, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy warns leaders at Davros –  the President looks, acts, and sounds ‘real’. LISTEN TO HIM. But, is this a matter of the forces of Light v. the forces of Darkness, OR of the forces of darkness, ‘Western – style’ v. forces of darkness, ‘Putin/Xi’ – style? We need to see signs in our domestic politics that our ‘ruling class’ has closed the page on movement-conservatism’s neoliberal democracy and is ready to embrace it’s GOD-GIVEN DUTY TO HUMANITY to be stewards. If they do not, we will simply end up living in a ‘Western-style’ dystopia as opposed to a ‘Putin/Xi-style’ dystopia, should the West vanquish those two and Iran’s hypocritic theocracy (‘hypocritical’  because they choose to get into bed with an atheist regime over their hatred of Israel and the West…when they do that, how can be, at the same time, respectful of the the god they worship?) Headline 3: (although I am not sure if this is a joke?) U.N. official still hopes Musk will ‘step up’ to fight world hunger – [fingers drumming…] hmmm…um…HMMM….doesn’t the U.N. official realize that the existence of Elon Musk’s fortune is the REASON FOR WORLD HUNGER (not to mention Donald Trump’s tax-cuts for the wealthy)? The creation of a Mount Olympic class we’ve seen before, JUST BEFORE ACT I of the GREAT WAR. Thom Piketty believes it was a significant factor in that generation’s lurch into global war. What the U.N. official suborns is the kind of tackiness exhibited by Canadian Tire (Jumpstart program) and Tim’s (Kid’s camps)…all nice but were parents paid better by these corporations, there’d be no need for their ‘charity’ which just an investment for corporations to get inside of our heads. They not only want us to work for less, while on ‘family-unfriendly’ schedules and ‘worker-unfriendly’ conditions, they want us to LOVE THEM. Like Winston ended up loving Big Brother. 22 May 2022 A question: Is there any way, this side of the Styx, to get those idiots who lead the governments of Turkey and France to shut up? When I read about what Poland has done, quietly, to help Ukraine and Ukrainians displaced by Russia’s aggression, and then the utterances of those yahoos leading France and Turkey…I am stricken over how bi-polar self-interest has made our world; even while children die and elders get bombed out of their homes. Erdogan and Macron play at politics while innocents die. Xi and Putin conspire to expand their control…why? for the good of the World? hello?  I am excited to see Poland’s PM’s support for Ukraine. I am excited to see Biden stand up to China. God bless the both of them. Next, an observation: Say you smoke weed. You don’t drink. You don’t party late into the night. You rarely have guests. You never complain about your neighbours over noise, or smells…you have always had the attitude of ‘live and let live’. You feel sorry for elderly people and make it a point to talk to them just to exchange a friendly word when you encounter them, in case that’s the only human interaction they get that day… You have gone to great expense, on a limited budget, to eliminate your own ‘footprint’. You don’t want other people to be exposed to it or to even know you do it. You have a strong sense of accommodation, coupled with a strong sense of privacy. But, some folks are fallen into being nasty, selfish people. They look for opportunity to chastise and judge others. ALL. THE. TIME. This is because they have so little EXCITEMENT in their day to keep them occupied. Look hard and long enough, and you can find something to criticize…our politicians taught us that! What can you do if you aspire to be a good neighbour, you have good neighbours all around you, but you have a few very nasty neighbours who WANT TO MAKE LIFE HELL FOR YOU because they are mad at the owners of your building? To get back at the owners of the building, they complain to the authorities that ‘weed smells’ were ’emanating’ from apartments and identified three units in the building. How is it that anyone would think to do that, BEFORE TALKING TO THE NEIGHBOUR? Had they done so, a plan could have been worked out to achieve a win-win; WHERE THERE ARE NO LOSERS. BUT, SADLY, THIS ILK DO NOT  APPEAR TO CARE A  HOOT FOR OTHERS: I have not slept well, wondering when they will complain again; when I don’t know what could have brought on the complaint in the first place…I am doing what I have done for 2 1/2 years with no complaints. No one else on my floor has ever smelled anything ’emanating’ from my unit, NOT EVEN MY HORRIBLE COOKING! I can’t know if the steps I take and the expense I incur to prevent any hint of any potentially offending smells are working or not. I check every day to see if there is another warning letter threatening possible eviction from my apartment. I DON’T KNOW WHERE ELSE I CAN GO. I CANNOT AFFORD THE EXPENSE OF MOVING. If I could, where can I go where you won’t have such people around you? When I smoke on my patio, I make sure no one is out on their patio and that no one is coming up the street or sidewalk, or hanging out at the main entrance to my building. I cannot control the wind and there is potential for the smell to be carried into an open window or air conditioner, say. If one of those neighbours gets a whiff and complains, the owners can say, ‘it’s not allowed on our property’. So, they could try to evict, but they are primarily concerned with staying out of court. Neither they, nor the nasty neighbour, will offer a solution that is practical. THE NEIGHBOUR WILL ONLY THINK TO COMPLAIN AND THE BUILDING OWNER (CORPORATION) WILL ONLY THINK TO COVER THEIR ARSE. Because pot-smokers are a minority, THEIR OWN NEIGHBOURS WOULD TAKE THEIR RIGHTS AWAY, EVICT THEM EVEN – but will not engage them toward finding a win-win solution.  So, if not on my patio, say, where can I go? Out on the sidewalk? Is that fair? Is it right? Is it safe? Are the folks living in houses on the street going to like the smell anymore than the hint if anything, than the ‘nasties’ do? The ONLY SOLUTION IS TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO SMOKE IN THE APARTMENT, without offending other tenants, the purveyors of misery and of peace, alike. That would mean 1 – the owners would ensure the units are properly sealed at their door such that no smells, including my cooking smells! can escape into the hallway, 2 – that the forced-air ventilation (anemic in my building) is adequate to create a positive pressure in the hallways, keeping unit smells in the unit, 3 – that bathroom and kitchen vents are properly sealed so that what is taken up by them does not leak into the other units, 4 – the legislation is revisited and revised to accord proper respect to tenants, WHEN OTHER TENANTS HAVE NO HONOUR. Nasty neighbours will entrench in their angst toward others the way Putin is entrenched toward Ukraine. Both go too far to back-off. THERE IS NO REASONING WITH EITHER. Both are well beyond reason or they would at least FIRST RESORT TO THE REASONABLE, to wit: talk BEFORE you pull the trigger. Even worse is a nasty who would attack their neighbour on a pretext, just because they were mad at the Resident Manager over something and quite abusive toward him, I am told. Even worse, these nasties spy on their neighbours, for something to talk about. This makes them feel, for the moment, important, because their ego has a pair of ears listening to it. (I at least ‘write’. That way, you have to come to my blog if you want to ‘listen’. My ego is such that it at least tries to be respectful of the free will of others!  Worse still, our governments enact legislation to render due process and the onus of proof, two fundamental tenets of the Westminster canon of law, anachronistic, to facilitate creation of a 1984-ish Orwellian dystopia. What happened to our appreciation of the Golden Rule? To extend kindness to one another. For this I pray. I pray to be like this. I’m certain that’s what god wants from me and from us. God never wanted us to spread venom, to channel venom. God wants us to create. Why choose to create venom when we can just as easily create joy? Would that simple use of our FREE WILL not make a world of difference? Would it not spontaneously transform the Hell we are ‘alive’ in, into a Heaven we ‘thrive’ in? Wouldn’t everyone choose this over Hell? Well, Milton’s Lucifer would not. The nasties build a prison for themselves, one they hope to draw us into, for their ongoing entertainment, until they croak. Sorry, but I will not live in someone else’s prison. I want to find the way out of my own. It is my ego that is responsible for my ‘prison’. God knows the way out because god found the way out of his/her own ego. God is the Light. The Golden Rule is the Guide. Peace is the Way. Humankind was fooled by the ‘God of the Old Testament’. Jesus came along and pointed out that god is Love, not a god of covenants/transactions…those are features of EGO, and, though Jesus referred to that ‘god’ as ‘Father’, that is only one facet of god. It takes two to tango and it was the confluence, the coming together of the male and the female impetus, that created Creation. It is Sunday. In my faith tradition, today is a special day. I am going to look for nice things to do for others, to say to others. I am going to pray that the nasties in our building (and apartment buildings everywhere), embrace the Golden Rule before they cause too much suffering in the lives of others. Dylan sang, you gotta serve somebody. You can channel Satan ( à la the nasties) OR you can channel god à la my mom and my big sister and my next door neighbour -who loves her puppy……… as much as I love mine… p.s. Prayers for Ukraine. As for Erdogan/Macron, they are no leader. NATO should kick them the bejeezus out of NATO. NATO rescued the France along with de Gaulle’s Freedom Fighters from Nazi Germany. Look how that nation honours its own heroes and those of the other nations, who gave their lives to free France. Look at the games Erdogan plays on a people who were promised their own nation. Obviously these ‘leaders’ are corrupted by power/ego, at the deepest level, as are Xi and Putin…these folks cannot be reasoned with because they have allowed the Shadow of Ego to so completely encase and encompass their souls, where the creator puts his/her Light, that the Light of Creation can no longer get through to reenergize and revitalize their soul. Then that Soul withers and dies? I prefer to spend my time writing about how we can make a better world for everyone, than to waste time dealing with the angst of a few cantankerous old people who cannot deal with aging and insist on being on top of something…anything…even the misery they are irresponsibly creating for others with the gift god gave them… …JUST LIKE MILTON’S LUCIFER. p.s. I am so sickened at what passes for news that, after posting the above, I went searching for a substitute, for CBC News specifically.[Sadly, Vassy Kapelos is available by subscription only. She should be the CBC National anchor. She seems ‘real’, the way Walter Cronkite was real]. According to an article appearing on makeuseof.com, I had found two already. Reuters and BBC. But I also want something more ‘local’. I’m going to check the alternatives the article provides. [Aside: the article vets much of what I rue about the media of today.  For example: the article says that 5 corporate media giants control most of the American media market. It goes on to say: ‘…in 1983, 50 companies controlled 90 percent of US media. In 2011, just six companies controlled 90 percent. In 2020, that number was down to five, and it could become even less in the future.’ [excerpted from the article linked to]. Too bad. The Internet used to be great. Now Wealth has taken it over. Thank god for YouTube and Free Channels that offer libraries of old tv and movies. That’s where the good stories and human catharsis remain resident. Corporate television and movies have too much of the corporation in them. Corporations are simply Hollywood Western downtown façades built by investors for investors to hide behind. Because of them, the Internet is becoming more corrupt and unsafe for folks, just as the World is. Because of corporations and the neoLiberal thrust to organize globally, this to permanently institutionalize the waywardness and greediness of Wealth over people, over children, over the elderly, OVER EVERYONE under the SUN. To everything, there is a season. Now, it is time for us to choose, by virtue of our free will, what sort of World we will leave to our children. Wishing everyone, and praying for everyone to have a blessed Sunday. To help pass the time, have a read of a Canadanua story, Of Millipedes and Centipedes – the only spot I ever get human readers coming to! It is told in the tradition of a children’s story and it has an important social theme. See if you agree. 21 May 2022 Saturday. Saturday morning. What better way to kick-off the weekend than with a coffee, toast, and YouTube? IT WASN’T TODAY! I happened upon a few Americans who were providing an alternate spin to how the mainstream media is characterizing Vladimir Putin and his ‘war’ on Ukraine. I innocently began to have a listen, first to Thomas Graham, ‘a distinguished fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations’, hosted by the Watson Institute. I admit I could only listen to him for a short while…I began to form the opinion that no one is really interested in peeling back the layers of the onion in order to suss out the truth of the matter; instead, folks begin with an OPINION ON THE MATTER, and then leverage their considerable knowledge and cognition to weave their own narrative; carefully selective of what facts they admit in support of their presuppositions, AND OF THOSE THEY CONVENIENTLY LEAVE OUT. Nowhere in this ‘fellow’s’ dissertation is an accounting/rationalization for the  murderous and pervasive Chevauchée Putin has waged upon Ukraine…the ‘fellow’ makes it all sound so deliberate and matter-of-fact, when in-fact, he gives some facts but mostly he tells a bedtime story…that is not news/I can get a much better bedtime story (one which will allow me to sleep afterwards) from Dr. Zeuss. So, I flip back to the main YouTube and hunt for something else… Oh! Great! Here’s one by a retired colonel, senator…you name it, Colonel Black has done it. During the course of the ‘interview’ by Executive Intelligence Review magazine, I began to have some questions about the colonel’s opinions. Upon researching, I see that he is on the Trump-side of how to view the world. Do not forget that Donald Trump was destabilizing NATO as he was supporting Putin, the guy who is pulling the levers of total destruction and bloodlust upon Ukraine from far away, where the Ukrainians cannot touch him. Be very mindful of the fact that, these days, $$$ and power is everything. And that even the ‘news’ is subject to the whims and dictates of those who have the most $$$ and power. YouTube provides much misinformation, as the media does. Whatever information you get from YouTube, take it with a grain of salt. Same goes for this site, although, I am sincere, ‘sincerity’ does not necessarily conflate with truth. Much of the misinformation is obvious, but not all of it. When you watch an erudite professor or colonel in the American army rationalizing Putin’s murderous campaign (while carefully avoiding to characterize it that way), you want to believe them, but in fact, they are revealing a profound division within America. The division is twofold and compounding: First, division within the ruling classes among the neoliberal democracies of the West: ‘Left’ v. ‘Right’. Second, the division between ‘haves’ (ruling class/employer class and professional/managerial class) and ‘have-nots’ (everyone else). Left or right, each creates its own narrative for citizens to ‘believe’ in. We have not progressed  by demonizing religion and turning our backs on ‘god’, WE HAVE SIMPLY EXCHANGED ONE CONTROL-NARRATIVE FOR ANOTHER. Both narratives are the creation of the ruling class/Wealth. Nowadays, Wealth finds that ‘god’ is getting in the way of profit, and so, Wealth seeks to replace ‘Allah’, ‘Jehovah’, ‘the Father’, the god of Jesus, the god of Mohammed (PBUH), Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva – the gods of the Hindus, etc. etc. etc., with Elon, Bill, Jeff…the folks most responsible for the World order we currently have. Perhaps $$$ is what ultimately lay behind the Arab world’s reconciliation with Israel, despite Israel’s ongoing apartheid against the Palestinians…in that case, the misery will never end, but the wealthy will be wealthier and their positions protected from  Palestine or Israel annihilating one another. God would want peace between Palestinian and Israeli. The Wealthy simply aspire to more wealth. To abet the creation of a new, neoliberal democratic world order (nothing democratic about it, except for the appearance of democracy) Wealth created a new god. Then, via the media they own, they created a new ‘priestly class’ to express the will of the new god to the ‘laity  That’s where a wealth-owned media becomes so critical. Wealth has created a new, Mount Olympian class of the World’s ultra-rich, and preaches A NEW RELIGION. The NEW RELIGION OF WESTERN NEOLIBERAL DEMOCRACY, WHEREIN the more $$$s you possess, the closer you get to godhood…hmmm We have enriched China and now we will be in a war with China and Russia et al. That’s a war no one can win. If someone does manage to keep it together after a nuclear free-for-all, it will take countless generations before humankind, and the World, recovers. And you can bet, just like before, that among the ashes there will be those who aspire to control everyone and everything else; that they may enjoy the ‘good life’. And history will repeat itself. Are we humans incapable of offering our creator (and one another) something better? Why must we go on hating, why can’t we live and let-live? Prayers for Ukraine. Prayers that American President Biden proves positive for Peace and proves me wrong about the direction the ruling class is taking us. The ruling class is supposed to steward. They set the tone for society very easily, BECAUSE THEY HAVE $$$ AND THE POWER $$$ purchases. If they ruling classes of the World reconcile with god and steward, there will be no more war, no more poverty, no more abortions, no more unbridled violence and sex to have to wait out until the tv gets back to the actual story, AND NO MORE NEIGHBOURS WHO HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THEIR TIME THAN TO MAKE LIFE MISERABLE FOR THEIR NEIGHBOURS. That is not a positive social development when our government enacts legislation that suborns any departure from 1 – due process and 2 – onus of proof…two fundamental tenets of Westminster jurisprudence. If anyone can say damaging thingsabout anyone else and never be held accountable, then we are creating a nation of ‘tattle-tales’. Perfect to get society to autoregulate. Citizens betray one another to the cause ot their wealthy ‘overlorders’. Remember how ‘tattle-talers’ were demonized as a child? We all begin life as children. How is it we allow ourselves to sour and to spread our venom to our neighbours? How is that we do not, like children would, say what it is to the offender? Honest. Honourable. Good Neighbours. Watching out for one another. It does not bode well for society, community, and human relationships if humans first resort is to call the authorities on their own neighbours, even on a poor barking dog (can you believe it?) AND DON’T BOTHER DOING THE HUMAN THING AND JUST TALK TO THE NEIGHBOUR. Yesterday, I saw an truck parked in front of my unit, no markings, aside of an Ontario Ministry logo on the door, with a Animal Protection enforcement officer inside, completing a report, before coming into my building. The residential manager told me someone might have complained about the barking of a neighbour’s dog. He said someone had complained about his dog when he first came to work here. ??? This is how our public employees are being used? This is where our tax-dollars go? Can you imagine the cost of the enforcement officer’s time plus expenses to come all the way to Welland to write up someone about something SO TRIVIAL? Something which should have been BETWEEN GOOD NEIGHBOURS now left to the State to deal with because of cantankerous people with nothing else to do with their time? Well, our PM is also making it very easy for us to hand over our kids to the State to raise them, so that we don’t have to invest much time in our kids and can give all of our time to our employers/ruling class. Why not ditch being good parents along with being good neighbours? Let the State be all of those things, that some of us can fully become the lumps of flesh we are…consumers; not citizens in collaboration to preserve our freedom and way of life…and certainly not observers of god’s Golden Rule. And that’s what the ‘left’ and the ‘right’, out of their loyal service to the new god of neoLiberalism, hope to achieve: a world of division, fear…us and them…of ego. All accomplished by controlling the supply of $$$ (society’s lifeblood) through society. Nothing happens which does not involve $$$ changing hands. $$$ = democratic ‘freedom’. The lack of $$$ = servitude or death. Taken together, they cancel out democracy, the will of the people, and replace it with the will of the wealthy. Headline 1: Ukraine’s Zelenskiy proposes formal deal on compensation from Russia – yessirree! The intrepid Ukrainian president is not running out of good ideas. Unfortunately, it will not help to deter Russia’s aggression. NEITHER WILL IT COMPENSATE THOSE MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN BEREFT OF LIFE, LOVE, LIBERTY, THEIR CHILDREN, THEIR MOM AND DAD…how can any $$$ make up for that? Will it help to convince China not to go after Taiwan or any of the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in the area? Headline 2: U.S., others walk out of APEC talks over Russia’s Ukraine invasion – YAY! The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation has been given notice. Several member nations walked out on the Russian Minister’s speech, then took their seats again, once Russia was off the podium. China will be watching. China has no moral-backbone. Theirs is a regime in possession of a  heart of darkness, as does Russia’s. They beg, borrow, steal, and threaten. They lack all imagination, though the cultures they displaced with their obtuse political moronisms had plenty of imagination and made great contributions to the World. Putin, Xi, and Carpenter’s ‘thing’ running N. Korea know only how to put a bulldozer into gear. Ironically, they don’t know how to take their mouths out of gear. The World, our world, has no room, or time, for either regime. We must carry-on. Carry forward. We must engage, all of us, because what our leaders do (or don’t do) affects us all. 20 May 2022 It’s Friday! Wishes for everyone to have a happy and safe long weekend. The weather may not fully cooperate, however, and neither will the gasoline prices… Headline 1: Canada bans Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G network – it appears we are finally catching on: one simply cannot ‘get into bed’ with the devil; such an arrangement leaves you too vulnerable. It will one day be the death of you. I wonder if the government’s ‘dithering’ with respect to Huawei had anything to do with China’s detention of the ‘two Michaels’? They were detaind by China in a tit-for-tat reaction to Canada’s detainment of Meng Wanzhou for extradition to the US to face charges. Had China perceived hostility on Canada’s part to Huawei (because of its connections to the Chinese military and the potential for a Trojan Horse to exist and be exploited by the PLA), we might still waiting for the two to be freed from their illegal detention. The timing of the announcement could also be indicative of a broken business relationship, another flag raised as the World, our world, tilts toward ACT III of the Great War. The Great War is ultimately between freedom and fascism…but, if ‘our side’ vanquishes the threat China and Russia et al. present to our freedom, we have yet another battle to face against (or with) our own ruling class: Our ruling class leaders must reconcile themselves with their GOD-GIVEN DUTY TO STEWARD. For as long as the ruling class esteems GDP and GDP Growth above our quality of life, why, their pursuit of gold will compound the ills we face together as a society…indeed, it is the rule of gold which has brought the World, our world, to the sorry condition it is in today… The Golden Rule will undo what the rule of gold has wrought. The Golden Rule is a feature of all the religions. Religion is the means mankind has contrived in order to  explore, understand, and express the Will and Intent of our creator. We fight over religion, over the nature of god; something with breadth so large it can contain an entire Universe…we are in fact fighting over our own ignorance. The Golden Rule will save us from our ignorance. The ignorance that comes of ego…and doesn’t it make perfect sense? The Golden Rule is all about using YOUR EGO in order to understand THE EGO OF SOMEONE ELSE, and then USING YOUR UNDERSTANDING, not your ego, TO CHOOSE YOUR NEXT WORD/ACTION. You ‘act’. You do not ‘react’. ‘Reaction’ is a feature of ego. Ego is about control. When one ‘reacts’ to someone/something, one hands over control of their emotions/actions to someone/something else. When we allow ego to rule over us, our reactiveness pushes us further and further away from the quality of life we want for ourselves. We try to ‘correct’ the ego of the other(s), to reconcile them with our own, and only invite reaction from them. Both egos are further away from the ‘peace’ they both want, for themselves. By being selfish. Isn’t it ironic? p.s. I saw a headline today, that the replacement for US Press Secretary is the first brown, lesbian, immigrant to hold the job. ??? This is news? I am totally interested in her credentials and in what she might bring to the table (informative and useful)…that she is ‘brown’ and ‘immigrant’ has nothing to do with her credentials; that she is ‘lesbian’ is none of my business. I liked the outgoing PS and I pray the new PS can keep the ball rolling. To her, All the best! AS FOR THE MEDIA – be ashamed. Many of you don’t procede on the basis of what people should know, but rather on what the neoliberal ruling class (your employers) wants us ‘to know’ and what people will read because that is tied to advertising and to getting your paycheck on a regular basis…WHEN $$$ ARE ATTACHED TO REPORTING, then the reporting risks being advertising at the minimum and social manipulation at its worst. How does it benefit me, you, or society by making ‘news’ of something that is personal (and not of social import) or something that has nothing to do with the job? WHEN I WATCH HER, I WILL NOT SEE A BROWN IMMIGRANT LESBIAN…I WILL BE LISTENING TO THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY, the most listened to individual in the entire World. IMO, she will be speaking as the WHPS. She will check her ego, what differentiates her from everyone else, at the door, whether the Media understands or not; before she takes the world stage and presents her nation’s stand on things. At and on that stage, no one’s ego has any relevance. She is become the voice of the American nation. 19 May 2022 First, prayers for Ukraine and the defenders of Ukraine’s Azovstal steel plant. Those heroic soldiers and civilians have purchased time for Ukraine to gather and muster a defense and counterassault in the East. There are movies to watch, a site to visit, and songs to sing, to preserve for all time our memory of the courageous defenders of the Alamo and how they purchased the future for a young American nation with their own young blood. The defenders and defense of the Azovstal steel plant will go down in history; proof, for all time, of the best there is in us, in our human nature, as surely as what Putin has done, and what Xi intends, will go down for all time as proof of Satan and Satan’s desperate, last-gasp attempt at turning the creator’s World on its head; inverting it, so that he who is the lowest in Creation might rule over the World… Better to rein in Hell than to serve in Heaven…who but an abject fool could want this for themselves or for the world they live in, much less, preside over? The World’s enemies right now are Russia and China and whomever gets into bed with them. But the ultimate enemy is ego. The ego of Wealth. Everyone has one, but, the ego of Wealth (an institution) is the ego of corporations and that is the ego of investors, AND INVESTORS DO NOT INVEST UNLESS THERE IS THE VERY REAL POTENTIAL TO MAKE PROFIT, otherwise, all bets are off. We cannot allow the movement conservative mindset and the neoliberal corruption of democracy to continue to spread under our noses and around the Globe, via trade agreements, while we blow the bejeezus out of one another over China and Russia. At the end of the day, we will all end up subject to Wealth and our children, 100% the wards of the State; conditioned to contribute to GDP. Tinted in shades of red or of blue, we will still be living in Huxley’s Brave New World, either way. We will still be living in fear of one another, of those in our own communities, of those whose jobs are to protect us, because of what we read everyday in the media and what we watch for news and entertainment during prime time. For media to change the social narrative it rains down upon us 24/7, Wealth must change its aspirations. Wealth must seek to steward, not to enrich itself. The rule of ego is corrupt and a spiralling downward into darkness and finally death, taking the us and the  ‘ruled’ along with it into ego’s Black Hole. We are pushed ever closer to the ‘event horizon’ of ego because our social engineers stimulate us, continually, to be anxious, fearful, rueful; keeping our egos quite close to the surface. We are having to resist venting our ego’s reactions all the time, and the contancy of the internal battle is wearing  us out. As we battle with our reactions (which are esteemed wrong by society, although what we react to is created by society’s engineers), we consider anything (like my writing these posts) A WASTE OF ONE’S TIME IF IT DOES NOT EARN ONE $$$. To wit: if what you do has no dollar-value, then, what you do is worthless. If you can find nothing to do with your time (say, spend time with your kids and your siblings), then you are worthless. And don’t forget, anyone you potentially give money to will be very friendly and welcoming RIGHT UP TO THE POINT WHERE THE MONEY IS EXPECTED TO BE GIVEN AND YOU DON’T HAVE IT to give…then you are NOTHING to them. This is the society our neoLiberals are manufacturing for us to live in, and for them to preside over. EVERYTHING HAS A $$$ VALUE ATTACHED TO IT. Everything. THIS IS A FEATURE OF NEOLIBERAL DEMOCRACY. This facilitates CONTROL OVER DEMOCRACY. Therefore, ‘neoliberal democracy’ CANNOT BE ‘DEMOCRACY’, anymore than ‘neoLiberal Democracy’ is ‘Liberal’ democracy. There is a movement nowadays wherein the labels of democracy are being wholesale usurped by the enemies of democracy in order to facilitate Wealth’s tightening of its control over society…if it helps, consider that the Western Alliance, itself an import of the movement conservative social ‘vision’ from the US, took over the Progressive Conservative brand after that party’s standing in Parliament was decimated by two Mulroney majorities (he initiated Free Trade, which the LIBERALS AT THE TIME DENOUNCED WITH A  PASSION). They bought the brand, then killed it, this likely to prevent the progressive’s resurgence on the ‘right’, becoming competition for the new, more extreme right. The Conservatives DROPPED THE ‘PROGRESSIVE’ part and went on to acquire the irrelevancy they now possess. Does this sound like a ‘governing party’ or more like a bunch of business-suited boardroom hens hatching Golden Eggs for themselves at society’s expense? Does this not sound like the situation in Boston, many years ago, which resulted in the American colonists having a ‘tea-party’? $$$ is the lifeblood of society. As blood in the human body, $$$ in the body of the nation determines the health of the nation. Where there is too little, those areas become enervated, dysfunctional, pathological, and eventually drop from the tree, whithered into nothing. Where there is too much, the blood pools and pathology consumes. Neither scenario is good for GDP, but the ego can only appreciate increase, even if to the detriment of other egos. Anyone can see that this scenario, if left unchecked, will undermine the base and that the $$$-generating structures which Wealth has built on the backs of the citizenry and everything will come crashing down, imploding within itself. We can see the evidence of the pathology of Wealth among the wealthy already. They use the media they own to advertise their larks into Space in the face of war and abject poverty. What value is there in this to humankind? The media reporter, whose paychecks are signed by their boss who has a boss who has an owner who is THE BOSS), dutifully reports WHAT THE BIG BOSS THINKS WE SHOULD KNOW. Prayers for Ukraine and for all those made to suffer because of Russia’s war, of Xi’s dreams of ‘glory’, and of Wealth’s greed. Prayers for Ukraine’s peoples and President and for President Biden, whose hands hold the fate of the World, our world. He must resist the ego – his, Wealth’s – and act always with honour. The Four Agreements.** We all must. We must help one another and our leaders to be honourable and to do the right thing, always. We have been remiss, as voters. Wealth has been remiss by not providing us with viable options. Any party these days who means to do the right thing will be blackmailed and demonized by investors through the media they own and never be elected. Jesus went into the desert to get away from himself by confronting himself with no earthly distractions. He returned from ‘the desert’ with a clear message. Ultimately, his message was THE GOLDEN RULE. That rule, ALL RELIGIONS HAVE AT THEIR BASE. Our politics, however, is become histrionic and divisive. But it is the truth that sets one free, not the appearance of truth. THE APPEARANCE OF TRUTH IS ALL OUR NEOLIBERAL RULING CLASS GOVERMENTS can muster anymore. They are investing in the creation of a World, 1984-like, where no one interacts at the community level beyond the level of guardedness (= psychological ‘social distancing’) AND EVERYONE GETS THEIR VISION OF THE WORLD AND THEIR COMMUNITY DOWNLOADED TO THEM THROUGH THEIR TELEVISION SETS. Virtual reality will be the norm. How little has actually changed from the time of the Great English Bard, where appearance and reality was a recurrent theme. ** The Four Agreements:
  1.  Be impeccable with your word.
  2.  Never assume.
  3.  Never take things personal.
  4.  Never give up trying to do # 1-3 
God bless (whatever you call ‘god’, for as long as you call ‘god’ something, you acknowledge god, and you are already blessed, IMO, in the Light, for it is only the shadow cast by your own ego, which blinds you to god’s existence…) Headline 1: Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China – the warning amounts to: ‘mimic us, not Russia, or else…’ On another front, Turkey’s Whazzup? Tie-up! Whowuzthat? Yippee-ky-ay Erdogan (why is it the media insists on using his full name when ‘Erdogan’ is quite sufficient? ) is digging in with respect to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, FOR HIS OWN BENEFIT, and not that of the Turkish people or NATO…he will be the death of Turkey, a great nation, but not a nation he made great. The Turkish people did that. Now he plays politics with the lives of Ukrainians, Fins, and Swedes, and everyone else who stands between Russian and/or Chinese aggression and the freedom of people (the Kurds included), who simply want to go about their lives in peace and prosperity. p.s. I will extend Recep Tayyip Erdogan all of the proper respect he deserves the moment he begins to comport himself properly respectful of Turkish culture, Turkish history, and Turkish citizens, and the rights of the folks of other nations to protect themselves against aggression and the politics of others. GETTING INTO BED WITH THE DEVILS IN MOSCOW AND/OR BEIJING is not being properly respectful of anything, by any stretch. I want to be able to, one day, apologize for my harsh assessment of Erdogan and leaders of other nations (and the ruling classes of all nations); this would mean that they have ALL TURNED TOWARD THEIR CREATOR, after having led their citizens and the World in the opposite direction for so long. I just made a ‘limerick’, to poke a little fun at President Erdogan: There once was a president of Turkey, Who sought to make Turkey-Jerky, He thought it no sin, to help Putin win, Or to make jerky of turkey… President Erdogan, you must  use beef to make jerky. Where is the ‘beef’ in your commitment to the Turkish people? You have to know that your position is getting in the way of strengthening NATO, to ensure that Turkey and all of the other NATO nations have ONE ANOTHER’S BACKS, against rogue nations, such as Russia and China. UNITY is everyone’s best defense against everyone’s worst enemy: global war. Allowing your citizens to be sacrificed upon the altar of war, when you could have helped prevent war in the first place, is to neglect your sworn and sacred duty to your nation, your people, your culture, your history. Please do not do this. Accept Sweden and Finland. Do not politicize Putin’s murderous assault upon innocent Ukrainians in order to garner respect from others. Others WILL RESPECT YOU for contributing to the Peace. 18 May 2022 Headline 1: It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine – alright, like you, the headline grabbed me. After reading, I’m left to wonder at  what qualifies these days as ‘print-worthy’ or ‘news’ or in this case, even ‘opinion’? I had to look up many of the terms the author tossed in. I’m just not as erudite as this good professor. But that’s not my main grief. The guy is talking about China’s ascendancy and America’s fall and of a ‘new’ world order over which China is boss. ALL BECAUSE OF $$$. The author concludes, that more nuclear weapons/military investments and GDP growth, plus to maintain a competitive technological balance with China, is the only way the US can remain geopolitically influential, albeit in a shared binary power constellation that favours China. ??? Well, well, well. Bill Gates would have loved to sign the cheque for this piece of reporting. $$$. $$$. $$$…that’s what makes the World, our world, keep spinning, according to Bill. As for honour? No mention of the fact that China begged, bullied, and stole from the West and builds and maintains its power structure upon the backs of others by coercion. Inexplicably, there is no mention of this. The author ends the piece by saying, he feels fine if China and America can get along in this new world configuration? Seriously? D’ya think? I gamely ploughed through the article, wore out my dictionary, only to find out that the new, sustainable world order he feels ‘fine’ about is simply the old world order with a new name: China, and that the World would continue to lurch forward into the future under the shadow of global nuclear war détente. That’s his vision. That’s also the neoliberal vision. Don’t forget, it was our trading with China and exporting our production operations there that enabled China to expand its military. We must decouple from China and China will weaken; the opposite of our rulers getting into bed with China, profiting themselves as it strengthened China and as it enervated the working class here in the West. Russia out/China in. Apart from that, all of the ‘isms’ this professor mentions amount to nothing. I PRAY THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN IS NOT OF THE SAME MIND AS THE NEOLIBERALS, for which the article functions as mouthpiece. MSN appears to be a neoliberal news outlet. Bill et al. all benefit from our believing the bs privately-owned and corporately-owned ‘news’ outlets spew. Why, we’ll even pay for it on subscription! But ‘news’ that someone wants you to believe is not ‘news’, it’s propaganda. THERE CANNOT BE TWO OR MORE VERSIONS OF THE TRUTH. Only one version. Of the facts. The subjectivity comes around in the interpretation of ALL OF THE the available facts (comprehensive, not selective). The ruling classes of the World want their ‘subjects’ to think WITHIN THE BOX (the one Wealth builds) and to react the way they need us to. The erudite professor and our neoliberal ruling classes appear to want us to accept a dystopic future replete with misery and ongoing competition with the Chinese, for the World’s, our world’s wealth…and to be ready to make ANY SACRIFICE to keep GDP growth positive and their pockets filling with gold from the pots on the ends of the neoliberal rainbow. Guys like this professor are very bright and are likely filling our bright young children’s minds with erudite bullroney the innocent kids accept as fact, WHEN IN FACT, this guy is writing for $$$ and suborning the theft of our democracy by corporations. For the life of me, I cannot believe that someone as bright and educated as this author obviously is, can come up with an article that says absolutely nothing of value to the World; and adds not a tittle to the truth. But it adds to his wallet. Is there anything more important to society? In his capacity as writer of this article, is he not a member of the 5th Estate? What his article demonstrates is the elevation of ‘ego-mind’ over ‘matter. The idea that an idea has no value unless it directly generates $$$, and therefore the volume of gobbledygook he presents in support of a fallacious conclusion has value BECAUSE SOMEONE (msn/The Hill) WAS WILLING TO PAY HIM FOR IT. This is the end of ‘Art’ as well as democracy. God help us when those who work in education have sold their souls to $$$. When $$$ is the highest value, then anything in the way of profit is a detriment. Trees will fall, waters will be polluted, lands laid to waste as we grow GDP. Pipeline protests will be ‘broken up’ more quickly and more violently. As the Earth Mother’s ability to provide us with food and clean air and water and to assimilate our waste is enervated by DEVELOPMENT (is what the neoliberals call it), we lurch toward humankind’s dénouement and the end of the Anthropocene. This does not appear to bother the writer of the msn article. The author’s article exhibits a clear disconnect between mind and soul that can only be properly accounted for if viewed through ego’s perspective. Otherwise, IT IS WRONG AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND ANTI-SOCIAL (domestically and geopolitically). À la Milton’s Lucifer, this professor’s opinion is that the world Lucifer would preside over is the only one possible (and likely to work). It is this professor’s ego that blinds him. Ego is the problem of the World. more to come… 17 May 2022 A warning to NATO: Don’t be ‘talking-turkey’ with Sweden and Finland. Do not acquiesce to Turkey’s politicization  of the murderous invasion of Ukraine by Russia for its own egoic ends. If we acquiesce to Turkey’s blackmail, we give into ego. We deny Finland and Sweden the safety they seek AND we deny NATO the opportunity to grow stronger and present a more formidable deterrent to the ravenous desires of anachronistic imperialist regimes. ? Make no mistake: To admit even a little darkness, this being the expedience of doing ‘a little wrong’ (demonizing the righteous cause (of the Kurds)  to serve a ‘higher’ purpose (expanding NATO without losing Turkey) will bite the World bigtime in the butt in due course. Witness the ‘peace’ wrought by Sykes-Picot…I rest my case… When we are obliged to navigate perilous and uncertain times, we can be easily fooled by reaching for the low-hanging fruit (sort of how Adam and Eve got fooled). It will be difficult to say ‘no’ TO TURKEY, but we must. There is no ‘I’ in T.E.A.M. and, if NATO is not a team, what is it? President Biden needed to speak only one word: UNITY. There’s an ‘I’ buried in that word too, right smack in the  middle…and that for me symbolizes the American tenet e pluribus unum -> OUT OF MANY, ONE…now, that’s the kind of ‘I’ that can reshape the World; purge the bad and build upon the good. I don’t like to be critical of our leaders. I deplore the ‘political’. War is itself a crime. The existence of nuclear weapons/WMDs are a crime. The neoliberal movement toward globalizing the corporate-investor class is a crime. If we are to be true to others, then, we must begin with being true to ourselves, or so says the Great Bard. This begins at the beginning. We must be true to our children, as the Great Canadian Bard sings, for they are our future. 16 May 2022 Our last, GREAT Prime Minister (he took over the reins from Canada’s legendary ‘Mike’ Pearson) once quipped that, ‘the Government has no business in the bedrooms of the nation’. In truth that is so…and yet, inexplicably, unless you have the perspective of a social engineer bent on dividing the citizenry up into ‘manageable chunks’, WE HAVE BROUGHT THE BUSINESS OF THE  BEDROOM OUT INTO THE STREET, in broad daylight (where our children can see it, without possibly being able to understand). The State desires to ‘normalize’ all varieties of ‘sexuality’ among us and so even our Prime Minister marches in the Parades. At such a fundamental level, the level of ego, the sight is, for most people, being hetero(the way NATURE MAKES US MOST OF TIME), is unsettling. Therefore the Parades: to acclimatize folks to the new order. BUT IT IS UNSETTLING AT THE FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL. To accept this as ‘normal’, something which actually is ‘normal’ has to be jettisoned from that individual’s human value-set; else he/she is stifling/bottling-up their reaction and when that happens the stress is dissipated in the ‘tug-of-war’ going on in the human psyche between WHAT IT IS WE ‘KNOW IS RIGHT’ AND WHAT IT IS WE ARE BEING ‘TOLD IS RIGHT’. That stress is widening the gap within our psyches between what we know/sense is right and what we are being told is right. IMO, the driver for the pandemic of mental dysfunction among today’s kids and adults IS PRECISELY DUE TO THIS PROCESS. Humans are ‘bi-polar’ by Nature: we have a ‘good angel’ and a ‘bad angel’, as it were, on our shoulders. We choose between the two in our every word and action. BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF WE WANT TO HEED THE GOOD ANGEL, BUT THE LAW/SOCIETY TELLS YOU to listen to the bad angel…that if you don’t, YOU WILL BE PUNISHED, by society…FOR WANTING TO DO/SAY WHAT IS RIGHT, according to your heart, not your ‘biases’? Nowadays, if  your child asks you, ‘Why do men marry men?’, you’d better google the answer, because if you answer from your heart, in the best interest of your child, AND IT IS NOT WHAT THE STATE WANTS YOUR CHILD TO BELIEVE, why then, you are talking to FACS and those uneducated, immoral buffoons will decide whether or not you can keep your children… The pull exerted by society’s initiative to DIVIDE PEOPLE AT THE CONSCIOUSNESS LEVEL is creating an abyss, a black hole of non-thought, OF PURE REACTION, between the two poles of our consciousness (outer v. inner/social v. self/good angel v. bad angel). It is creating and deepening the gulf between our capacities for OBJECTIVE REASON and SUBJECTIVE REACTION faster than our neoliberal government’s policies that favour GDP over the welfare of its own citizens can widenthe gap between rich and poor and devastating the Middle Class. The pull is creating the pandemic of bi-polar disorders, IMO. I am not in any sense a medical or mental health professional. I am a rank-in-file citizen who remembers how things were in the 60’s, and, having lived through all of the changes wrought upon the nation and national society, democracy, and the world order, and, seeing how things are now, how close we citizens are to being plunged into a dystopic, fascist (founded upon business mores) world order, wrought by Wealth, to their ‘eternal merriment’  and our ongoing detriment, I am convinced that we are being played. That democracy is long dead already… …That Wealth has taken Canada and the World over (now being finalized and institutionalized by Trade Agreements) and that they mean to complete the job of turning democratic society and the Earth Mother into profit centres, complete with an owner class, served by a manager class, served by a professional class, served by a working class…all supported by a labour-pool class (one with no support from the State, save for jails and emergency rooms). That is the future, if we do not address the problem today. The problem is ultimately our own ego, and this very human weakness IS BEING EXPLOITED OPPORTUNISTICALLY by ruling classes everywhere. Our ruling classes own the media and through this channel they regale us daily, 24/7, with their own narrative DESIGNED TO PRODUCE A CERTAIN REACTION AMONG THE GENERAL POPULACE. The trouble is, the human psyche combines the conscious with the subconscious with the spirit, and because of this tripartite nature of the human psyche, THAT NARRATIVE IS SIMPLY CANNOT  BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. We (and our imaginations) simply aren’t equipped to handle such a wild departure from reality. Were any of us to stop and take the time to think about it, honestly, we’d say, ‘hello? wtf?’ But, our egos can be SHAMED INTO APPARENT COMPLIANCE WITH WEALTH’S NARRATIVE…and therefore our ‘compliance’ is grudgingly given. But internally, we are torn between what we know is right and what the State wants us to accept as right. The further Wealth’s narrative goes (Wealth OWNS the State, along with everything in it, after all), the more it will depart from what we know and god determines is right…and we will become more dysfunctional, increasingly bi-polar and bi-polarized, as time goes on… BUT THE STATE WILL COME TO OUR AID BY PROVIDING COUNSELLING TO THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD IT, AND jails and bullets to those who cannot afford it. Welcome to Huxley’s Brave New World. p.s. Other examples of the deliberate war on the soul and spirit, the human psyche, of the individual coming…but right now, doggie needs a walk before the rain comes. IMO, opportunism to do something good, nice, honourable for someone else….the Golden Rule, why, that’s doing the ‘right thing’. Prayers for Ukraine and for the World’s people. Headline 1: Family shocked by daycare’s call to child protection without warning, question if discrimination is at play – THIS SHOULD BE A WARNING TO EVERYONE WITH CHILDREN. ‘Discrimination’ is always the card being played. But  it is a deliberate distraction from the real problem. THE ATTACK IS BY THE NEOLIBERALIZED RULING CLASS WEALTH-CONTROLLED STATE/DEMOCRACY upon the INSTITUTION OF THE FAMILY…it is not yet, fait d’accompli but soon will be. Our disaffection is misdirected, and this deliberate, by our ruling class; just as responsibility (and our focus) for the Residential Schools was deflected away from those responsible for the IDEA AND POLICY OF THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS, toward the Church, the one institution (be it synagogue, temple, mosque, or church…) that tries to express the intent of the creator and the creator’s values (which respect all the life the creator has wrought). If you were given to thinking, as a parent, that you don’t know your own teens, and how unsettling that epiphany can be, IMAGINE NOT KNOWING YOUR OWN TODDLER. And then imagine, if you can, what is coming from them when they hit their teenaged years…and we are now handing our children over to the State (against their will), and happily to boot, because we HAVE NO TIME FOR THEM anymore…wait and see what happens… THE FAMILY WAS INTENDED by god, to be socially-atomic. Neoliberalism has ‘split the atom’ so that families are disjunctive and at odds with one another…siblings, parents, neighbours, communities… Neoliberalism is the rule of business. It has, like the modern Conservatives, stolen the brand and turned it into something quite opposite. Both Conservatism and neoLiberalism  are the offspring (out of wedlock with true democracy) OF THE MOVEMENT CONSERVATIVES of the US, imported into Canada via the Western Alliance, then taking over the Progressive Conservative brand, dropping the ‘Progressive’ part (the one honest act they have accomplished), and then electing Stephen Harper to lead the movement. The ‘Liberals’ are going the same way, albeit more slowly, more graduated. BUT THEY TOO ARE PROGRESSING SOCIETY TOWARD A TOTALITARIAN, FASCIST BUISINESS-ORIENTED SOCIAL MINDSET AND MORES. more to come, but for right now, a quote from the NDP’s inspiration, Tommy Douglas: ‘Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people will use their political democracy TO GAIN ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.’quote taken from quotefancy.com Perhaps the NDP are not ‘liberal in a hurry’? To Andrea and Jagmeet, please let yourselves be THE LIGHT of the creator in our politics and society. Let us turn our backs on the neoLiberal new world order  and embrace the family… …and the Golden Rule. Prayers. Headline 2: Putin sees no threat from NATO expansion, warns against military build-up – not so long ago, ‘NATO expansion’ was the pretext for war in Ukraine. More recently, it was the reason Sweden and Finland were warned by Russia not to join NATO. Plainly, President Biden’s ‘UNITY’ strategy is working. Rally to America, the Brits, the Germans, et al. in unity against the self-interest of nations like France and Turkey and Israel and the rapaciousness and murderous quality featured by Russian and Chinese autocracies, but by no means limited to ‘autocracies’. Rather than torpedo Ukraine’s joining the EU/NATO, or Finland’s and Sweden’s effort to protect themselves, Tieup-whazzup?-Yipikai-yay-Erdogan should simply shut THE FRONT DOOR. If he will not accept the expansion of NATO, then maybe he can quit and go side with Russia and China and see what that buys for the future of the Turkish people…right now his actions threaten a lot of bad karma for himself, because right now he imperils the good Turkish people whose welfare he is responsible for. IF HE HAD ANY HONOUR AT ALL, he would not keep the Kurds under his thumb and call them ‘terrorists’ AND HE WOULD NOT QUALIFY HIS SUPPORT FOR FINLAND’S AND SWEDEN’S ENTRY INTO NATO to be dependent upon their withdrawal of their support for the Kurds (they say the Kurds ARE NOT terrorists). If anyone has any honour left at all, we will stand up and confront the lunacy of Putin and Xi and their supporters. We would stand up against the neoliberal corruption of the democracy our leaders sold us on, as we lost our jobs and livelihoods to China, to enrich our own ruling class, and which compounded the sin (and the bad karma ruling classes are incurring for themselves and the politicians who serve the ruling classes). Prayers. p.s.s. I just saw Putin explaining himself on DW newscast. I DON’T CARE WHAT PUTIN SAYS (or Xi, or Erdogan or Macron). Anymore than I would care to hear out Satan with respect to why he challenged god in Heaven. À la Milton’s Lucifer, these folks would rather rein over a pile of misery of their own manufacture, rather than serve in Heaven. 15 May 2022 I am a retiree. I have maintained for the last 30 years or so that the Toronto Maple Leafs’ winning the Stanley Cup must be one of the signs of the End-times. The Leafs have not won a Stanley Cup since I was in Grade 5! That was 55 ‘f’n’ years ago! (ouch! –  and, sorry about the ‘f’ but you rarely get a chance at a triple alliteration!!!) I prayed they would win last night, nevertheless…but the Hockey Gods thought otherwise. THEY DID NOT WIN LAST NIGHT. THE LEAFS ARE OFF TO THE LINKS AND THE WORLD WILL LAST ANOTHER YEAR! It is the ‘Hogtown Curse’ which is responsible. It will take some powerful magic, the kind one might tether to end times prophecy, to lift the curse. ===================================================================== On another front, to read that an 18-year-old went into a Buffalo, N.Y. mall and shot dead 10 INNOCENT PEOPLE just going about their business, WHILE LIVESTREAMING IT, is most unnerving. DOES ANYONE NOT SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING IN THE MEDIA (plus 24-hour news channels) , ON THE TELEVISION, AND ONLINE (not to mention video games), with all of the violence, threats of violence, unbridled sexuality, lax morality, children being taken away from their parents’ loving protection and benefit of their life experience WELL BEFORE THEY ARE READY (not to mention the wonderful example of proper human comportment our politicians display, and the vulgar F*Trudeau signs ‘parents’ proudly display over the toys of young children left in the front yard) and where it is leading to? This WILL NOT EVER BE FIXED. (unless we do something about it) IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE, unless we do. (‘All that is necessary for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing…’) The pandemic misery we face in our societies around the World is cultivated by the ruling classes of the World. It is deliberate. Just another thing to keep us anxious, fearful, and divided. Russia/China are not the only enemy. They will need to be taken care of and reconciled with the World just as the ruling classes EVERYWHERE must reconcile with the citizens of their respective nations and WITH THEIR GOD-GIVEN DUTY TO STEWARD SOCIETY and the Earth Mother, rather than build dystopias for citizens as they plunder the Earth Mother for profit. Our ruling class keeps us weak and socially disabled – incapable of resetting the wrongs their neoLiberal corruption wreaks upon us, even as they daily remind us of EVERYTHING THEY ARE DOING TO ‘MAKE THINGS BETTER’  for us. I have been listening to politicians my whole life. THINGS ARE WORSE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE, despite all of their blathering. Meanwhile, the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer and more vulnerable. Public housing will be used to keep the Poor under the thumb of Wealth. Wait and see. Headline 1: Ukraine war latest: Finland confirms NATO membership bid – lemme get this straight: Turkey would stymie expansion and unity of NATO, and undermine THE ENTIRE WORLD’S CHANCES FOR PEACE IN THE FACE OF GLOBALIZED DOOM, BECAUSE OF DOMESTIC POLITICS? The Kurds are not ‘terrorists’. They were marginalized by the  post-WWI deals WE CRAFTED with nations like Turkey. Provision had been made for a Kurdish state in the Treaty of Sèvres (1920) and then were betrayed by the Treaty of Lausanne which established the boundaries of modern Turkey with Kurdistan being on the wrong side of the Turkish border. Kudos to Finland, Sweden, AND GERMANY (for promising to ‘fast track’ Finland and Sweden’s NATO applications). We refused to follow Patton’s advice and are now being threatened by Russia with nuclear holocaust; now, we must deal with the problem of Turkey. TURKEY WOULD POLITICIZE FOR ITS OWN SELFISH PURPOSES and horse trade BEFORE IT WILL DO THE RIGHT THING. Alright, already. If Turkey doesn’t like Finland and Sweden…LET TURKEY LEAVE NATO. Yes, Turkey is a valuable partner to whomever it calls ‘friend’; but FRIENDS WHO LEVERAGE PERSONAL ADVANTAGE BEFORE THEY DO WHAT IS RIGHT is no friend to anyone. um, are they? Lastly, I read something about how pleased the US is that China appears to not be helping Russia. I DON’T CARE. China’s is a corrupt regime and once Putin is broken, Xi must be next. There is no room in the World, our world, going forward, for autocracies like China’s and Russia’s. We have seen what they are capable of. Neither is there any room, any more, for the rule of Wealth, facilitated by the neoliberal corruption of democracies around the World. We have seen NOTHING OF WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF…our own leader-class. The dystopia their rapacious, short-sighted, unethical and immoral pursuit of $$$ will end up creating for us, just before the final crash of humankind, will be comparable to the life Putin has rained-down upon the heroic Ukrainians. Wait and see. Ego is the World’s problem. Ego is the problem of the World. p.s. One thing I observed recently is that, with all of the surveillance going on -the obvious and the less-than-obvious, less-than-legal, in this World of NO DUE PROCESS and the shifting of the ONUS OF PROOF from the ACCUSER to the ACCUSED – is that we are given less and less chance to get away with anything…MEANING, WE HAVE LESS AND LESS CHANCE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN DOING GOOD AND DOING BAD. One day, in the Brave New World, we will not be able to get away with anything because surveillance will be 100% AND OUR FREE WILL will be taken from us. That might not sound bad, but think about it – IF ONE HAS NO OPTIONS, ONE ENDS UP DOING NOTHING. And if one does nothing, our ruling class does everything and downloads it onto us, a receptive, divided and ineffectively reactive BLOB of citizenry…HELLO? DOES ANYONE NOT SEE THE PARALLEL BETWEEN WHAT OUR RULING CLASSES ARE DOING AND WHAT H.G. WELLS warned us about? With respect to the disappearance of Due Process: Witness how our Ontario government says it is legal for landlords to deliver written threats of eviction to tenants accused of smoking weed in their apartments BY OTHER TENANTS and WITHOUT ANY INVESTIGATION. The first hint I got that something was remiss was when I saw the letter…same goes for the other tenants who got the letter)…I even called the Residential Building Manager, whose signature is on the letter, and he happened to take the day off after delivering the letters and has not returned my call. NO OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO THE THREAT THAT, ‘if any more complaints are received’ (my question, from whom? none of my neighbours seemed to know I smoke ANYTHING, but someone on the opposite side and end and on the top floor complained), ‘you could risk eviction’ [paraphrasing]…do something about it…to prevent further complaints, says the letter. There could be something of ‘corporate opportunism’ going on here plus of course the work of your typical apartment building busy-bodies who don’t have much opportunity otherwise to feel important. Depending what happens, going forward, this corporation, some of its employees, and the tenants of two particular units may be hauled into court on a variety of charges relating to the lack of due process, the anxiety the letter has caused, and, of course, LIBEL…to do this is a moral and social obligation (if it is being done to me and my neighbours, it is being done elsewhere to others…I’m not looking for a fight, only for the respect which comes of the Golden Rule. All that is necessary for evildoing to triumph is to do nothing… 14 May 2022 Before the daily rant, a new post: Life is but a dream. Today, I read that Mackerel, the President of France, is blocking Ukraine’s admission to the EU. I have not read his reasons, nor do I care to know what they are. The man sickens me. He is not being helpful in making this ‘point’. He is consumed with the power he wields because he simply cannot manage to think outside of his ego. He is no leader who plays at ‘leading’ just to make himself feel powerful. This is also the world’s problem…but there is something ‘fishy’  about Macron and I wish the media would just keep him and his antics off of my webpages. I have also heard that Turkey’s Yeehaw-whazzup-Erdrogan says he’ll block Finland and Sweden from joining NATO. Just like the mackerel running France. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? They aren’t. All’s I can say to that is, KICK TURKEY AND FRANCE THE F OUT OF NATO…and bring on Sweden, Finland, and the heroes of Ukraine. Leave the sordid, obsequious power-mongering lesser lights to Russia and China’s fate. I see, as the World sees, the carnage in Ukraine. Come on, you two…really? …and then, to top it all off, there are even politicians playing politics in the US with Ukrainian lives. The Donald Trump kind. The American Senate is holding up a 40B USD aid package. Ukraine has momentum. The funds are being held back. YOU STUPID, SELFISH BASTARDS. The American president, god bless him, is showing the best of America to the World at the time when UNITY is most needed and could make the difference between global war and global peace. BUT WE HAVE MORONS LIKE MACKEREL and TYIP YIPPEE-KI-YAY coming out and trying to torpedo everything…WHEN WHAT WE NEED IS UNITY IN ORDER TO STOP THE CARNAGE IN UKRAINE AND TO PREVENT WWIII courtesy of Russia and/or China. WE HAVE TWO MEMBERS OF NATO undermining everything President Biden and Prime Minister Boris and their European counterparts have wrought. I SAY, KICK THOSE TWO BOZOS – Macron and Erdogan – the bejeezus OUT OF NATO and bring on Sweden, Finland, and Ukraine. Then, when Russia attacks them, we need not sacrifice our young blood in their defense in their hour of need, like we did in WWI and WWII. France is a great nation with a questionable sense of honour, as is Turkey. America and Britain, Sweden, Finland, and Ukraine KNOW AND EXEMPLIFY HONOUR. Russia kills to get their way. Indiscriminately. Their military lacks honour because their leaders lack honour. Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, etc.these NATO members are keepers. They remember. THEY HAVE HONOUR. Look how they have led the way, how they lit the path for us to follow. They follow the Star which leads to Ukraine, to heroism, courage, and a lasting and equitable peace for humankind. But first we must deal as a block, unified, against those who would spread their venom around the World. Today, I don’t know what to do, what to say, what to write… Today, I’m going to pray that our god, our creator, comes ‘in the flesh’, as it were, to take care of us. I pray that he/she will come to the aid of good folks everywhere, around the World, our world, who SIMPLY LIVE AND LET LIVE, and who sense how to bend a little in order to make for a grand peace. The Golden Rule. I pray that he/she will gather up all of the folks who thrive on angst, misery, anxiety; spreading it with gleeful self-aggrandizement, of the most shameless kind, even to the point of having innocent folks evicted from their homes (playing right into the corporation-owner’s opportunistic hands)… …or to the point of bombing innocent people out of their homes in Ukraine… …or being such a bold-faced $#% as is France’s ‘president’, when UKRAINE IS BEING HEROIC AND WITH THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. Sickens me to hear that Moron – sorry, I mean, Mackerel -sorry, it’s ‘Macron’ (I had to google it) – is saying Ukraine can’t join the EU for many years, if not decades,  in the present context of Russia’s murderous assault and Ukraine’s valiant and already legendary defense of their nation. I pray that France’s president and his ilk are silenced until they realize that ‘going it alone’, is exactly THE WRONG THING TO DO. (Rally to Biden and Boris and STFU, alright?). To think so much of their opinions on EU membership, given the current context, is utterly shameless and likely to tilt the World further toward war. THIS IS NOT EVEN HELPING FRANCE, much less the prospect for Global and Domestic Peace. Perhaps the media can just filter Macron out of the headlines? I hope the article in the Daily Digest is false…it disappeared from the MSN Canada newsfeed already…I would be so happy to eat crow over Macron…and anyone else who I have maligned out of my ignorance…or, out of misrepresentation of the facts in the media. Praying for the Golden Rule to be manifest in the World of humans. Watch what happens. Notice how much you are filled with joy. How little you dread others; others whom, having so much in common with you, being also human, watch your back as you watch theirs… Good neighbours. Apartments or nations…within the context of the Golden Rule, what difference is there between them? The Golden Rule lights the way forward for everyone. There is no way to Peace. Peace is the Way. Neighbours and Presidents must know this or we are all in for trouble. Let us leave a happy and prosperous starting point for our children to build upon. Prayers. p.s. The Québec Premier and several Ontario Conservative candidates are not participating in the candidate debates. This is one powerful forum where the candidates can make or break themselves and voters can really get sense of what they are getting; rather than voting on the basis of news clips and sound bites. Politics is the art of seeming to promise results without saying anything committal. Four years later, give or take, we get to go through it all over again…on and on…ad nauseum… …and yet, withal, we go to the polls to rubber stamp our fate (doesn’t really matter whom we elect anymore – even the NDP won’t  live up to their promises, were they to form a government). WE all know this – THAT’S WHY THE GOVERNMENT CAN GET RELECTED BY SAYING AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE; AND BY TOSSING A BONE TO THE ELECTORATE majority (the working-poor) to have enough of them vote Con in order to carry the Cons back into power. WE HAVE NO DEMOCRACY BECAUSE DEMOCRACY RUNS CONTRARY TO THE MORES AND UNBRIDLED GREED OF THE BUSINESS CLASS/now our ruling class… …and we just hand it over to them. Apart from those bozos who display vulgar political flags on their front porches, casting a shadow upon the children’s toys scattered around the front yard, in plain view of neighbours and passersby and THEIR CHILDREN, and then go driving around town honking their horns and flying Canadian flags on their vehicles…what are we doing about all of this? These guys/gals aren’t the way forward…they are simply creating division or deepening division AND PLAYING RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF THE ‘GOVERNMENT’ THEY PROTEST…division is the operative…if we do not set aside our differences, the morlocks will continue to have their way with the Eloi… Think well upon it. 13 May 2022  – Friday the 13th! I awoke this morning with dread. BUT, so far, so good! I managed to make my coffee and my toast without burning my toast or spilling the coffee grinds all over the place; I managed to get my doggie outside for her morning business and no skunk happened to be wandering around my patio; and, I managed to take my dog for her walk and she never got eaten by a bigger dog…and, no letters threatening me and other tenants (even older than I am!) with eviction over the smell of ‘burning marijuana’, when for 2 1/2 years, up until receipt of the letter last week, no one ever complained…so far, so good! With respect to the ‘letters’ some of us received in our building last week, our buildings are up for sale. The current owners bought our buildings, put us tenants through a massive, ongoing, overhaul of the buildings (I have a busted up patio bricking and fence and a 1 1/2 inch thick pile of ‘unit entry’ orders, and countless contractors going in and out of your unit (many of us here are elderly) with COVID-19 pandemic in full swing and the vaccinations only beginning to get rolled out. As a reward, apart from ‘we thank you for your anticipated cooperation’, we received a notice that Homestead had applied to our provincial government for a ‘greater-than-guidelines’ rent increase – a rubberstamp,  I am told – there has been no follow-up reminder). They had held our rent stable when they bought the place because what they were planning to put us through would have caused a rebellion…and so, they strategically allowed us time to get over that (my frontage is still a mess, along with my patio where Homestead’s contractors tore everything up and then left it). Now they are catching up. (Homestead also benefited from government pandemic grants, whereas I didn’t get a dime from the government when I was looking for work). But there is also potential here for opportunism. Us tenants from before the Homestead purchase are paying about $400 or so less than anyone coming into our building after was bought by Homestead. Also, our electricity, heat, water and parking were bundled in as amenities. With at least 4 of us tenants having been given letters OUT OF THE BLUE AND WITHOUT ANY FOREWARNING telling us that if Homestead gets any more complaints (they never mention who it is bothering or what we can do about it ), we risk EVICTION. That’s 4+ units that could come available at the new profitable rates for whomever buys it from Homestead…apparently our provincial government is okay with this. I know that in a unionized environment, the Grievance Procedure specifies a graduated process wherein the FIRST STAGE IS VERBAL REQUEST. If no satisfaction, there is a written documented and witnessed meeting between the individual and his/her supervisor. If not resolved, the Grievance form goes to HR and if not resolved there, it goes to the mill manager. MY x-mill manager once said, in kindness to us union reps, ‘The higher the Grievance goes, the more political things get.’ This is the truth. That is why, when ONE TENANT COMPLAINED ABOUT AT LEAST 4 OTHER TENANTS, to the Building Manager’s corporate level boss, that boss immediately sent out letters, WITHOUT DUE PROCESS, WITHOUT ANY INVESTIGATING OR FIRST ASKING THE ACCUSED TENANTS WHAT’S UP? In our jurisprudence, the accused has the right to confront the accuser directly. BUT THE CORPORATION KNOWS THAT THE GOVERNMENT FAVOURS SUCH SHENANIGANS and sent the letters, although quite improper and unethical, because THE LAW SAYS SHE CAN. Period. Now, as it stands, I must ‘smoke’ on  my patio. I am careful to watch so that passerby, especially ones with children or being children themselves, do not walk through a ‘cloud’, because we are that close to the sidewalk and street. I am careful to wait until after the private daycare across the street has sent their last kid home.  I am careful not to ‘light up’ when there are folks sitting outside on their patios but I cannot see if the folks right above me are out on their patio from my vantage point below and the swirling winds could easily get into someone’s open window…not acceptable either… SADLY THE WAY I WAS DOING IT AFFECTED NO ONE EXCEPT THIS ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO LIVES 3 FLOORS ABOVE AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING. I am also told (via the grapevine) that Homestead messed up the roof vent turbines and that that is why we have a negative pressure in the building and smells from inside WILL BE DRAWN OUT INTO THE HALLWAYS. RATHER THAN FIX THE PROBLEM THEY CAUSED, HOMESTEAD’S AREA (Not ‘Resident’) REGIONAL MANAGER thought it mete to send FOUR TENANTS (a few of them +70 years old) a stressful warning letter…OPPORTUNISM? By law the next step gets very serious…OUR GOVERNMENT ALLOWS THIS TO BE DONE TO US. As much as the World must unite against Russia and China to avoid WWIII in the very near future, people who are renting and struggling to get by (in fact everyone who does not have a tonne of coin in the bank) must unite against Wealth. Our governments will not because most of the ones who end up being Ministers on the Executive ARE OF WEALTH AND HAVE A WEALTH PERSPECTIVE INBRED. As our government is currently configured, THE EXECUTIVE IS NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE MPs WE ELECT TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS but rather to Wealth. THE ‘INSTITUTION’ OF THE PARLIAMENTARY WHIP IS THE SOLE REASON WHY. There is a point where a line is crossed. Once crossed one has no choice but to respond. The line was crossed when the complainer went right to corporate WITHOUT FIRST SEEKING SATISFACTION FROM THE TENANTS. (hello?) Now, we tenants have had the chance to work it out taken BEFORE WE EVEN KNEW THERE WAS A PROBLEM (and there might not be…we don’t know, DUE PROCESS WAS NEVER FOLLOWED). Likewise, Putin crossed the line in Ukraine. Everything he says is bullroney. The Russian people MUST TAKE CARE OF PUTIN BEFORE WE DO. And we will, if they do not. VERY, VERY SOON. Likewise, Xi. With Xi, I don’t know where to begin: 1 – withholding news of a potential outbreak for months, denying the World time to prepare, AND, 2 – threatening Taiwan and Taiwanese with flyovers and staging invasion ‘games’ in plain sight of the Taiwanese, AND, 3 – the constant hacking and theft of intellectual property, AND, 4 – what Xi is doing to the Uighur Muslims and the Falun Dafa folks. DO NOT FORGET THAT IT WAS OUR OWN WEALTHY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENABLED CHINA AND RUSSIA by doing business with them because China had no labour protection and environmental laws that cut into profits. OUR WEALTH PEOPLE even sent our jobs over there and enabled foreign temps to come here and relaxed immigration criteria TO GET AROUND THE EXPENSE OF RETRAINING US. Plus our government has all kinds of money to support the newcomers BUT HAD NOTHING FOR FOLKS WHO WERE TRYING TO FIND WORK BEFORE THE PANDEMIC STRUCK and were in an even more perilous state than the ones who got money in CERB because those folks worked right up until the pandemic affected them. Good they were helped. Bad the rest of us weren’t. We weren’t because we would need to be invested in by Wealth in order to be productive on Wealth’s behalf. Wealth is the problem of the World. Ego of Wealth, to be precise. That is why wealthy people can be brilliant enough to come up with fabulous business propositions AND STILL BE STUPID ENOUGH TO GO ALL-IN WITH CHINA. Kind of what Amazon did. Do you know how hard it is to buy something on Amazon that isn’t made in China? But in all fairness, even the American Kennel Club’s pee-pads come from there. If we go to war, we must now set the parameters of the Peace, across the World. There can be no more ‘us and them’. There can be no more ‘amorality’. We have the Golden Rule. My prayers for Ukraine and for the poor and disenfranchised. For the homeless. And for all those who suffer from the egos of others. Those who seek confrontation and who use a club to get their way will have their due. KARMA IS A BITCH. Don’t ever forget this, whether you are Bill Gates or some lesser thing (like an ornery neighbour, say, who always shoots, but never asks, because that would be considerate…) I am praying that Joe Biden et al. see the fallacy of Wealth and the existential precipice its denizens have brought our world to… I am praying for the children of today. 12 May 2022 Headline 1: Conservative candidates spar over inflation, abortion – and TV shows – in an unusual leadership debate – well, well, well…the movement conservative thrust of Stephen Harper/Brian Mulroney has all come down to this: an utterly irrelevant party, whose significance to the Canadian political scene is purely a foil to the antics of the Liberals and NDP, who style themselves ‘Liberal Democratic’ but are, knowingly or not, suborning the usurpation of democracy by corporations and investors. The big loser is the Canadian citizen; particularly those who lack $$$. The worst is Pierre Poilievre – I’ve seen how he behaves himself in QP. Now, as he endeavours to climb upward, he says he will fire this guy or that guy…just like Donald Trump on his ‘reality’ tv shows.  [Aside, as human beings and voters, we should not favour anyone who is so eager to put heads on the block just to get elected to lead us. Do you really want leaders like that? What an example this guy provides to Canadians. hello? Were it not for his getting the hair wrong, he would be indistinguishable from DT, save for being his ‘Minime’.] Headline 2: Le Sénat américain ferme la porte à la légalisation de l’avortement – please, we know woman has authority over herself. The State cannot take that away. Her choice is between her and god. The fact we debate this at all is because of the legal definition of what constitutes a human. Murder is murder. BUT WE ALLOWED OUR LEADERS TO DEFINE LIFE AS BEING LIFE ONLY AFTER THE BABY IS SEPARATE FROM THE MOTHER. Bullshit. [Aside: at the same time, we allow corporations the right to personhood, to ‘life’, to tilt the jurisprudential playing field to favour investors]. From the moment of conception, without any external intervention at all, the ‘thing’ inside the womb is busy body-building. It is already doing something quite independent of the mother…it is not a parasite. It is, for nine months-ish, being carried around in the mom’s belly because it needs to learn to breathe and time to build its capacity for independence, just like toddler sits and is moved about in a stroller until toddler has built capacity to walk under his/her own power. True, woman’s choice cannot be taken away from her, if we truly value her rights. Also true that, as a consequence and in the process, another human has all of their rights taken away WITHOUT THEIR EVEN BEING ASKED. It is a strange hypocrisy our government supports in ALLOWING WOMAN TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEIR BODY BUT AT THE SAME TIME DENY THE RIGHT TO THE BABY about what happens to their body/their life. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD…and our media supports this as well…look at the dearth of reporting on the pro-life side of the debate. They need to report both sides of this. There is not a single baby in the womb who would choose death over life. The ‘left’ is not anymore ‘forward’ looking than the right…they have ego too…and ego seeks to have EVERYTHING ITS OWN WAY…that is how we come up with such off-the-rails notions as ‘the fetus is not a human’; making them seem ‘sane’  to us by constant repetition of the falsehood (Machiavelli 101, only, it is the people in opposition to the government’s intentions for the people). Headline 3: Finland seeks NATO membership ‘without delay’ – I love it. Folks are rallying to the U.S. and U.K. in droves. UNITY. We might just save Ukraine without having to annihilate Russia; and Taiwan without annihilating China. WE OF THE WORLD LOVE THE CHINESE AND RUSSIAN PEOPLES. We deplore to the depths of our souls, the murderous rampage of the Russian military. PUTIN LACKS ALL HONOUR. Many of his troops, acting on their leader’s behalf, LACK ALL HONOUR. Now, it may also be that Finland has determined that war in Europe is imminent. The closer Putin comes to defeat, the more desperate he will become. You can already see from Bucha, Mariupol…all over Ukraine, what Putin is already capable of. IMO, escalation to WMDs is a certainty IF PUTIN BECOMES DESPARATE. He will become desperate. Those stubborn Ukrainians are still there and still putting up one hell of a fight. They will not be deterred. They will not be vanquished. Putin WILL BECOME DESPARATE AND RESORT TO THE WORST CASE SCENARIO. Finland probably knows this already. Everyone should. The Americans do, IMO. Thank god they have Biden leading them now. On behalf of the World, our world, its thanks to America. If they continue to put their faith in god, that is all it will take. America will light our way to a safe, prosperous, equitable world order – one without corporate hegemony; only god’s love and sense of honour, THE GOLDEN RULE, presiding over us. To our Russian and Chinese brothers and sisters – please stand with us and against your governing regimes. The Cons of Canada are no more representative of who we are than Xi is of the Chinese or Poutine is of Russians…or Donald Trump is of Americans (if they really knew him). WE DO NOT HOPE FOR MISERY TO BEFALL YOU. We need you to stand with us against war, violence, oppression of peaceful folks by warlike folks. MOVE YOUR REGIMES OUT OF POWER OVER YOU and you will be revered forevermore by the World and especially by Chinese and Russian children who will live happily and peacefully alongside everyone else. Prayers for Ukraine and for the World. Headline 4: Ukraine invasion changed our minds on NATO – Finland – god bless the Fins. You are doing what is good and right for you and for our world. I’ve not known many Fins, but the ones I did know topped the list in humanity, humaneness, and their work ethic. After enough folks join the ‘peace movement’ in reaction to Russian (and next, Chinese) imperialism (‘imperialism’ itself being an anachronism in our world), why then, Putin and Xi will have no targets for their hypersonic hypersensitivity because THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD HAVE TO BE TARGETED. Do Poutine and Xi mean to fight AND TAKEOVER everbody? Look yous two(Poutine and Xis-head), if you need to start firing missiles, start with one yous two can ride on ALL THE WAY TO VENUS. It is only a short hop from here…WHY TURN THE EARTH INTO VENUS WHEN YOU CAN HAVE ONE THAT’S READY MADE AND CUSTOMIZED FOR YOU? 11 May 2022 Headline 1: Johnson pledges support if Sweden were to be attacked – I have been praising the Germans for their get things done attitude. I have been praising the French, not only for the Great Thinkers like Rousseau and Voltaire (and many others) but also for their ‘independence streak’. Although it sometimes gets in the way, WHEN YOU ARE UP AGAINST CITY HALL, you will be happy to have the French on your side. I have been praising America, who, phoenix-like, emerged from the ashes of Donald Trump’s ‘presidency’ to lead the World, our world, against the devil in Moscow. But, you’ve got to hand it to the Brits for taking the moral and ethical lead…where HONOUR DICTATES the response, and not the investors. Slowly, but surely, the leadership of a few  western democracies is providing a rally-point for the other nations with respect to Russia and China. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THOSE NATIONS, it is not for the West to have to suffer because of your wayward governments. IT IS FOR YOU, THE PEOPLE, TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR WAYWARD REGIMES. Ukraine is giving an example to the World, our world. It is being pulverized by a technologically superior force. The Azov regiment faces certain death BUT WILL NOT LAY DOWN THEIR WEAPONS. The Ukrainian citizen and military are prepared to fight to the last man; holding up the middle finger in defiance. THE UKRAINE IS THE WORLD’S ALAMO. Ukraine buys the World, our world, time to respond with deadly and overwhelming force to Putin and Xi’s dreams of glory for themselves – a totalitarian nightmare for everyone else, INCLUDING THEIR OWN CITIZENS. Headline 2: Hong Kong police arrest Catholic cardinal, a democratic advocate – well, if a formerly Catholic-majority province’s government can try to ‘outlaw’ god in its own, peculiarly neoLiberal Democratic way, what can we expect from a regime that just boldfaced comes out and says, ‘Hey, there is no god!’ Xi also appears to believe that, since there is no god, there can’t be any Heaven for his cronies and no Hell for his citizens to live in; and so, he, à la his Xi-see friend, Poutine,  figures the next logical step is to make one themselves. China appears to see no problem with their backdoor-buddy’s turning Ukraine into Hell on the creator’s Earth. ============================================================================= To media people: Is there any way to keep Elon Musk and his ‘doings’ out of the news? He and his ilk are not helping anyone. He undermines the position of HIS OWN NATION which, right now, may be our best chance against the murderous aggression of the Russian and soon the Chinese aggression against the World? Just as Bezos grew Amazon by becoming a fence for Chinese products, despite that government’s mores (even in business, China cheats and steals and then lies about it all, apparently), Musk’s Tesla is now producing cars over there. It must be that Elon and Jeff and Steve Jobs before them, were so enamoured with the allure of profits coming of cheap labour, lax environmental and worker-protection laws, that they were blinded to the fact that China is at enmity with the West, and is building its military to undermine the World Order that the US has been trying to build since the curtain fell on ACT II of the Great War; that the World, our world, may one day turn the page on war forever. But the lame little Elons and Jeffs of Mount Olympus do not seem to have a care for their own nation, the one which provided them with opportunity to fulfill their shares of the  ‘American Dream’. Instead,  they export our jobs and opportunity to China SO THAT ELON AND JEFF CAN BECOME RICHER AND DO THINGS FOR WHICH THEY WILL BE REMEMBERED AND REVERERED AND TALKED ABOUT OVER THE DINNER TABLE (that is, if we can afford ‘dinner’ or a ‘dinner table’) by all of us ‘little people’. THE MEDIA HELPS THEM DO THIS. There is no value to us in Elon owning Twitter or Jeff’s flying off into low orbit. There is hell to pay  for Elon’s continuing to couple with China’s regime. If Elon and Jeff cared about anything other than $$$ and power over others (very ego-stoking) and if THE MEDIA (you know, our 5th Estate) cared about how their work was being used by their employers to propagandize (to control the social narrative Wealth is regaling us all with as its denizens go about their merry way making money for themselves while they are screwing their own nation and its citizens. DONALD TRUMP v. JOE BIDEN. Will President Biden do what Trump would not? Will POTUS rein-in the Wealth of America, decouple it from China, bring our jobs and opportunity to make a living back to North America (um, where we all live, even the Mount Olympians have homes here!), AND BRING BOTH RUSSIA AND CHINA TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR MYRIAD MISDEEDS AND MALFEASANCES? Will POTUS et al. reconcile Wealth with society (necessarily involving the END OF THE NEOLIBERAL EXPERIMENT) and Society with itself? Make no mistake. Reconciliation of diverse elements and operatives is the key to social cohesion. Social cohesion makes for a strong and resilient society. Musk and Bezos and investors (domestic and international) are the drivers of social disintegration. The strands of the rope which is society are becoming progressively more loosely woven together. The gap between haves and have-nots is widening and deepening. As time goes on, the society becomes less and less capable to stand up under load. Jan 6 showed America it still ‘has it’, but that what it has IS UNDER ATTACK. America may be down, but only because of its own Wealth class. America is not down and out. My prayers for President Biden. He has a big job to do. What neoLiberalism has accomplished is the ascendancy of $$$ over common sense, common decency, Americanism, Liberalism (of the Great French and American Thinkers), and every other good thing we humans have managed to come up with. Neoliberalism is going to accomplish what the murderous Poutine and Xi will be destroyed trying to accomplish: the utter end of democracy and the beginning of a completely fascist, totalitarian nightmare…THE FREEDOM WE ENJOY AS CITIZENS OUTSIDE OF THE WORKPLACE WILL DISAPPEAR FOREVER. Our societies will be ‘business societies’, COMPLETE WITH ONSIGHT UNIVERSAL DAYCARE so that not even your kids will interfere with your productivity in the ‘workplace’…in other words, we will be ‘at work’, 24/7. That is the life for us, the citizens, determined FOR US, by Wealth. Meanwhile, the wealthy in America, Canada…wherever…move in circles well beyond the experience of the ‘proletariat’…high above the clouds, where they cannot be seen or their activities observed. We see now what happens when we go about our lives with our eyes ‘wide shut’, mesmerized by the 24-hour omnipresent Media mouthpieces for Wealth (p.s. Vassy’s not one of those). Now, rather than reconcile with one another in our communities, with real people, we are all, out of our own egos being offended, yelling and making life miserable for one another when it is our Wealth class creating the conditions that are making us miserable. Are you looking for work?  Grocery stores are cutting out cashiers, while we are looking for work. The stores reduce the cashiers down to one or two, forcing people to wait long in line or do self-checkout…it is unbelievable how many people fall for that, ensuring the investors behind the self-checkout business earn more money FOR THEMSELVES as they reduce everyone else’s chances of finding a job, earning a living…WE ABET THEIR GREEDY AND ANTI-SOCIAL ASPIRATIONS, JUST TO SAVE A FEW MINUTES IN LINE AT CHECKOUT. THEY SHOULD BE AVOIDING SELF-CHECKOUT LIKE THE PLAGUE FOR THEIR OWN GOOD, but instead, Eloi-like, whenever the investors (the morlocks) sound the siren, THESE SELF-CHECKOUT PEOPLE go into a trance and march according to the investors’ tune; to the detriment and ultimate demise of regular folks. Think well upon it. If you want to protest what our governments are doing to us, on behalf of the investor class they are of and whom they serve, STOP USING SELF-CHECKOUTS. Wait in line for a live cashier. The business will respond eventually and cashiers will make a comeback. Cashiers, the good ones, manage to cheer up old people, like myself, who have no one else to talk to. A brief, happy exchange and ‘howdy-do-dy’ with the cashiers may be all that person gets during the day…this ‘minute’ of human to human contact, albeit in the store, GOES A VERY LONG WAY IN VALUE TO LONELY ELDERLY PEOPLE… The grocery store in your community is owned by investors who don’t give a quid for you or your community (but they all say they do). Just listen to the blather from Tim’s and Canadian Tire! If their investors would deem to invest in exchange for a lower rate of return, why, those corporations could pay their employees better and not have to worry about running programs for poor kids…hello?) BUT, TIM’S AND CANADIAN TIRE WOULD LOSE ‘BRAGGING RIGHTS’ which they use to soften us into leaving our hard earned $$$ with them and their poor investors (who are trying to save up for a 10-minute trip into low-orbit, say…) The Kid’s programs these businesses run are the sheep’s clothing to make us see these corporations and their investors as anything but the wolfish predators upon democratic societies that they are. It is the same for most corporations. $$$ is the moral code. Does anyone need be told where that value set is leading to? Does anyone not see a connection between the ongoing murder, rape, plunder, the utter annihilation of a democratic nation by Russia and the World’s egregiously lethargic response? WE HAVE BEEN DITHERING ABOUT SANCTIONS ($$$) AND THE INCONVENENIENCE THESE SANCTIONS WOULD ENTAIL FOR US ($$$s), WHILE UKRAINIAN MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN ARE BEING MURDERED, BOMBED and waiting for us to come to their aid…my god! my god! my god! I feel that President Biden and PM Boris and the Three Wisemen (the leaders of Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovenia, god bless ’em) are doing all they can to help Ukraine and to avoid globalized war/conflagration. I KNOW that what has been done (officially) and is being done (officially) is not enough. I KNOW that President Biden is 111% correct when he says that UNITY is the key to getting out from under the shadow cast by Russia and soon, IMO, China. IF WE THE WORLD PRESENT A UNITED, SINGLE VOICE TO THESE TWO REGIMES,  a shot need not be fired to bring sanity back to the World, our world,  before we utterly destroy it. But we are not. Nations like India dither. But Germany, greatly reliant upon Russian oil and gas, thanks to Merkel, now have a leader who despite the mess Merkel left for him in the present context, is getting things done in the way only Germans know how to do. THANK GOD THEY ARE ON OUR TEAM. I wish India et al. had a leader with similar decency and the resolve to stand up. We will have to go to war, despite the nuclear ‘pistol’ Poutine, with Xi’s silent backing, points at us, because we are not sufficiently united against Russia (and China). Let us not forget that while the geopolitical situation compounds and becomes more perilous, ELON MUSK AND AMAZON CONTINUE TO DO BUSINESS WITH CHINA AS IF NONE OF THIS IS GOING ON…AS IF ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL. The trouble is, this is business as usual in the neoLiberal Democratic scheme of things, where $$$,  not lives, Black Lives or any other, really matter…that is, beyond giving the media something to write about, and to give government folks the chance to blather at us about how bad things are, who is responsible (never them – this time, the war in Ukraine, which our rich folks permit in their inaction, is going to cause a global food shortage and guess who is going to pay for the price hikes? the same folks whom our investors will not provide jobs for, because that affects their profits), and what they are doing about it, um, next year… I do want to make mention of all of the vehicles going around my city displaying the Canadian Flag. It is wonderful to see this, I had thought. But then, I realized that the home which proudly flies a F*CK TRUDEAU FLAG above the front porch and yard, where many children’s toys sit, why the owners’ truck was in the car parade…everyone flying Canadian Flags…one vehicle in the lead featuring a F*CK TRUDEAU insignia on its driver-side door. In plain sight of children, young people, old people…and everyone in  between. Why, even our socially and geopolitically responsible AMAZON SELLS THESE FLAGS. All in the name of social justice….NOT! p.s. please don’t click the link and then buy one! PLEASE. Interestingly, THESE SIGNS ARE ‘IMPORTED’. but Amazon seems to have neglected to include the country of manufacture…just a guess, but do you suppose it is China? Do you see now where the corporate run West is taking us? Think well upon it. WWIII, the final ACT of the Great War, will either produce a Golden Age or the Age of Darkness for humankind. The Golden Age will be ‘golden’ for everyone, not just Elon and Jeff and Vladimir and Jinping. It will be based on the rule of law that is based on the Golden Rule. The alternative is already casting a shadow upon humankind and upon the World of the creator. We can ignore our creator. We cannot, as neoLiberalism intends, destroy the creator. We can try, as neoLiberal governments (the Bloq/the Liberals/the NDP/ the Cons) are doing, shamelessly taking advantage of the opportunity the horror of the Residential School discoveries offers them, to destroy god in society, leaving us no one to ‘worship’ but Elon and Jeff and our PM. Our PM is a poster. He and the government are not the puppet masters. THEY SERVE THE PUPPET MASTERS. That is why we are now staring down banks of Russian and Chinese hypersonic missiles aimed at the West, with Russian ones pummeling the bejeezus out of Ukraine. That is why many of us are going to die. All so Jeff and Elon et al. can fly off into Space and continue to pee all over humanity from there. Wishing hope to Ukraine and for UNITY across the board against autocracy in all of its forms, whether it be Russian, Chinese, or corporate. That is the only way for the World, our world, to move forward and to emerge out from under the Shadow cast by Wealth and what Wealth serves…and into the Light of the creator’s Sun. 10 May 2022 Germany, France, Sweden, Finland…it seems NATO is growing more resolved with each day of Poutine’s murderous ‘war’ on Ukraine. I have no idea to what degree the citizens of these nations will be called upon to sacrifice, to endure…but I know Germans personally, and, together with what I have heard about the others, I entertain no doubt about their citizens’ honour and courage. There is another war, however, being perpetrated by a globalizing ruling class, as the constituent nations of the ‘free world’ do their part to normalize this ‘new’ world order: the war upon children and families. Our neoliberal social engineers (to wit: the Wealthy) have more in common with the values and dreams of the wealthy of other nations and cultures than they do with the citizens of their own nations and cultures. THE PURSUIT OF PROFIT AND WEALTH on the backs of their citizens. This is why the impetus for globalizing Wealth exists in the first place. The Wealthy of each nation appear to believe they will garner more for themselves if they conspire with the rich folks of other nations and cultures AGAINST THEIR OWN CITIZENS. The alacrity with which the NDP-Liberal Trudeau government is pushing daycare alarms me. Today, I read about and NDP MP who is tabling a bill to lower the voting age to 16, saying it will bring in a new set of voices. AS. IF. Come on, man. It should be apparent to anyone who truly is ‘LIBERAL’  and not a Trudeau or NDP NEO-liberal, that our government is happy to abet the ruling class’s tightening its grasp on power over the rest of society by serving the ruling class (not democracy) because of the Whip. In addition, our governments resort to taking our children out of their nests at a progressively earlier age, in order to begin the conditioning process at such an early age, so that, by the time they mature in independence, they will react and act and think in the way the State (which is simply the curtain behind which the wealthy ‘wizards’ pull society’s levers) wants them to. AND THEY WILL NEVER KNOW THEY ARE BEING MANIUPLATED AND BEING DENIED QUALITY OF LIFE BY THEIR OWN LEADERS. Our Liberal governments have become disconnected from the citizen, to the point, where, now, they tell us, ‘Canadians want…’ without ever knowing, or asking us, what Canadians want .They get away with this because most of us do not know or take the time to find out WHAT IS REALLY GOOD FOR US and then making our choices at election time answer. Instead, we blather. We parade. We demonstrate our sexuality [Aside: Be whatever you choose, that is between you, your partner and your creator), but keep it to yourselves, and in the BEDROOM, for crying out loud! and not on the street. Alright already? We have taken to flying vulgar signs in plain sight for our children to see (and to accept as if it were NORMAL  behaviour)! Our social engineers have succeeded in removing the Family as an institution for everyone but the wealth class social engineers. Their ego only affords enough latitude to share $$$ and power with someone else (to wit, the wealthy of other nations), IF IT MEANS MORE $$$ AND POWER for themselves. As for their existing wealth, they prefer to pass it on to their children and keep it ‘in the family‘. $$$ and power over others is their legacy to their children. Their children will begin their adult life with a huge, self-perpetuating material advantage of wealth and opportunity over poorer children. Wealth self-perpetuates. Poverty self-perpetuates. As for the poor, why, their legacy to their children, whom they love as much as the rich love their children, is one of perpetual misery. Make no mistake. The Liberals and NDP of today are nothing better than Orwell’s pigs or the ‘management team’ of the wealthy in Huxley’s Brave New World. The Cons are so internally-divided they have become symptomatic of what is ailing our nation at the level of the human spirit: the good in them is held hostage by those in control. THOSE IN CONTROL WANT, well, CONTROL…the control which $$$ buys over others. In the way of example, abortion rights is declared a non-issue. It cannot be tabled or promulgated as a policy. CANNOT. Is this ‘democratic?’ Conclusion: One thing history has taught us, and that is, that no matter how good, how honourable the cause, the Wealthy folks of the day will insert their RNA, virus-like, into the healthy social initiative, and take it over, guiding it to do Wealth’s Will. Take a look at the World of today and see for yourself how much good this has done humankind. We are at war EVERYWHERE. EVERYWHERE THERE IS MISERY, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION…oh, but the budget contains millions for mental health…GREAT! How about addressing the ongoing social conditions and conditioning responsible for misery, anxiety, and depression? NO? Why? It will cost too much and we are making to much by MAKING THINGS THIS WAY, conducing misery, anxiety, and depressions… To sell a product, you must created the need…is that what this is all about? PM Trudeau is not the problem, as the vulgar flag-flyers would have it. THE RULING CLASS IS THE PROBLEM and we citizens, in our reactiveness, keeping our egos always so close to the surface, ARE ABETTING THE DESIGNS THE RULING CLASS HAS OVER US. If we go to war with Russia and China, without addressing the sickness in our democratic society, what will emerge from WWIII, if anything, will be a profoundly totalitarian nightmare. It will be, figuratively if not literally, the world imagined by H.G. Wells in The Time Machine: ruling class Morlocks using the Eloi, whom THEY DOMESTICATED FOR FOOD, while continuing to live in the subterranean hovels the pre-nuclear holocaust wealthy had build for themselves to survive the war. p.s. I read that Doug Ford is going to get another majority. ha. ha. ha. Has everyone in Ontario been asleep the last 4 years? The fact that a government like that can get any votes at all is telling: first, the war on the soul of the citizen is nearly won by the ruling class. Most of those who vote for the Cons today are condemning their children to poverty and misery tomorrow. Not enough to hand over your kids to the State, but their futures as well. Thank god my parents are not like the parents of today. Yours weren’t either. How is it you are so ready to hand over your children whom YOU BROUGHT INTO THE WORLD to strangers??? This is the real ‘state of the union’, whether we are talking about cultures, societies, individuals. Even our Faith institutions are not immune to the corruption of the human spirit, abetted by ruling classes everywhere, in service of Satan. The Good Bishop, a wonderful man and preacher, is judging other faiths, all the time, while saying ‘I am not judging’. BUT HE IS JUDGING. He wants to confer responsibility on his Scriptures, saying they are god’s word, like those of the other Faiths. Nobody’s right, if everybody’s wrong. The creator is the Universe and more. The breadth of the Universe itself surpasses the capacity of the human imagination. How can anyone of us presume to speak the WORD OF THE CREATOR? How can any of us presume to KNOW THE CREATOR SO WELL THAT WE CAN SAY TO ANOTHER, ‘You don’t know god!’ This is the nature of the EXISTENTIAL problem we humans now face: OUR SELVES. Ego is the problem of the World. p.s.s. With respect to the Ontario election, and to elections in Canada in general, we no longer are given a choice, save for what our ruling class allows us. Truly, the ruling class is now properly describable as  the ‘exploiting class’, rather than as the ‘Stewards’ they are supposed to be. Without a properly spirited ruling class, the society they hold hegemony over becomes sick, enervated (by the lack of $$$, the lifeblood of society), incohesive… This is why we are in decline, à la Rome (and for many of the same reasons) and will soon collapse into chaos, à la the realm of Milton’s Lucifer, and for the same reasons. Prayers for Ukraine and for all of the nations of the World, our world, who are prepared to sacrifice themselves to counter the monstrous aggression of Russia (and, IMO, soon China’s). Prayers that our ruling class embraces their role as Stewards. Prayers that the ‘free world’ truly becomes free by featuring a vigorously participative democracy and no longer a semblance of Oz being orchestrated and perpetuated by the ‘man behind the curtain’. Headlines Headline 1: Ukraine pushes Russian troops back in counter-offensive near Kharkiv – YAY! Pretty soon, I pray, the push will come to shove – and the Poutined-Russians will tuck tail and run back to Russia. Headline 2: EU balance of power knocked by war in Ukraine – alright, already. The new German Chancellor might have fumbled the ball, but, hey, the ball was wet and slippery, made that way by Merkel. Come on, cut the new guy a little slack. He’s doing it now. Germany has already cut its reliance on Russian gas from 35% to 12%, according to the article. THIS IS GREAT NEWS. The Germans get things done, once they set their minds to it. Headline 3: Lithuania joins Canada in recognizing Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide – it is, what it is. Headline 4: MPs to debate Bloc motion to scrap reading of the daily prayer before House of Commons sits – all’s I can say is, you guys vote for that motion, be assured I will never VOTE FOR ANY OF YOU EVER AGAIN. Neither will I pray for any of you, ever again. Not that any of you really care, or you wouldn’t give such a motion a moment of your valuable time. Our government is not content with allowing unborn children to be murdered, or with stealing our children at the earliest age for conditioning, or with blaming the church and faith for the residential schools, which the government created…NOW THEY WANT TO DENY GOD A PLACE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS…they allow MPs who don’t know how to pee off-camera in the House, BUT NOT GOD…ha ha ha…truth really is stranger than fiction… Blather. ARE YOU MPs GOOD FOR ANYTHING ELSE? England has the Royal Family. The Americans have their ‘Hollywood stars’. All’s we have in Canada are lame politicians and salespeople. This motion comes at the behest of a party who pretends to represent the interests of the French-Canadian citizens, no less, when in truth, they represent Wealth. What these folks are after, is more power for the Québec ruling class OVER French-Canadian citizens. They aren’t at all interested in SERVING the French-Canadian citizen – except for serving lip. Only a generation ago, Québec was the cultural seat of the Catholic Church; but then again, only a generation ago, the Montreal Canadiens had French-Canadian players on their team…and, even for us Maple Leaf fans, they were a joy to watch…um, playing anyone else but us! Those Jacque Lemaire one-timers. Stephen Schutt flying down the wing and zipping one into the top corner. Guy Lafleur just owning the puck the whole time he’s out there on the ice, like Bobby Orr used to… …as for my Leafs. I pray to the hockey gods that, if they aren’t going to win the series with Tampa, that they lose tonight and then game 6 SO THAT LEAF FANS DON’T HAVE TO SIT THROUGH ANOTHER GAME SEVEN LOSS that the team should have won. Win in 6 or lose in 6. PLEASE. Now, I recognize that there is a loser here. The corporation that owns the team, among other teams. They’ll lose money. But they are the reason the Leafs keep losing and for the despicable behaviour of Leaf fans in attendance at the game where they chanted, ‘Fire Ron Wilson’. Look how much things have improved for the Leafs since then… I recall a time when Roger Neilson was fired by Harold Ballard over politics. Roger stuck up for his players and Ballard fired him. I remember the game after. Maple Leaf Gardens was full. Everyone with a place was there. Even the pigeons had their spots on the rafters staked out. But there was an eerie silence. There was an empty spot behind the Leaf bench. Roger Neilson’s spot… The players, captained by Darryl Sittler, had said they would not play if Roger Neilson was not reinstated by Ballard and back behind the bench. Well you should have been there. The place just lit up when good old Roger came walking out of the alley to assume his game position. I’ll never forget how the Leaf fans supported their coach against the team’s wayward owner. The one’s in attendance during the Ron Wilson chant…why, they were just what the corporation ordered: Blame the coach, not the corporation. It is a tactic and a strategy in play very nearly everywhere now. That is why the world seems to be getting worse and worse, despite the incessant blather of folks in power. Those folks will talk ad nauseum, so long as we have ears to hear and minds which can be manipulated. 9 May 2022 Putin presides over  a parade of murder machines, in celebration of Russia’s victory over the Nazis. Any reasonable, thinking human being sees Putin and his murderous invasion of Ukraine for what he and it is. Enough said. Headlines abound on the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The reporting is exclusively on woman’s reactions across the US and Canada and nearly everywhere else. Nothing about the other side of the coin. What follows is the body of a letter to the editor, submitted this morning: An Absolute:  the State has no authority over woman’s body. Since the leak on overturning Roe v. Wade,  there has been a deluge of reporting and opinion pieces. Among them, not a single news or opinion piece reporting on the coin’s flipside: the baby. Babies are part of the human rights equation too; but our jurisprudence lamely deems them as something not human until physical separation from the mother.   Hello? The baby is working day and night TO BECOME INDEPENDENT OF THE WOMB. The baby did not choose to begin the body-building process. The baby doesn’t  intend to be an inconvenience to anyone.  It only needs a little time – 9 months,  more or less.  Let it be. If the inborn baby had the capacity to speak and if the baby could understand that its life is on the line, like all human beings, the baby would choose LIFE.  I don’t believe there is a single woman born under the Sun who could look that baby in the eye and tell them, ‘No.’ Any more than I believe it is proper for the State to tell the woman, ‘No.’ Given that to uphold the right to choose, you deny the right to life (until someone figures out a way to transfer the voiceless unwanted elsewhere to complete the job of body-building to achieve independence), the very least the Media could do is to provide equal representation for both sides. The Media claims to be fair and impartial. That being a summary of the arguments I present here. If you are a human, and not a bot, I would love to hear what you have to say. God bless and have a great day. Prayers for Ukraine. 8 May 2022 First, a Happy Mothers’ Day to whom I esteem as the best of the creator’s Creations, along with children. THERE CAN BE NO TRUER EXPRESSION OF GODS LOVE FOR PEOPLE AND CREATION AS A MOTHER’S LOVE FOR HER OFFSPRING. And yet: 1 -We have people screaming about rights to their bodies AS IF they can be drowned out by the silence of the Unborn. Yes, it is indeed EVERY WOMAN’S RIGHT TO MURDER THE CHILD INSIDE OF THEM. It is also the right of the unborn TO BE BORN. Whose right has precedence? NO ONE’s. You must either outlaw abortion (taking away the rights of woman) OR you find a way to transfer the baby that it may complete its term and get on WITH ITS LIFE. 2 – Poutine thinks to celebrate the day by bombing a Ukrainian school that was being used by dozens to shelter from the bombing. Those poor souls inside were probably trying to make the best of their dire situation by celebrating motherhood, even as protesters react to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. [Aside: no ‘peace’ can be made with the devil. If you want ‘peace’ you have to vanquish the devil. that’s it. Period.] 3 – I happened upon a ‘parade’ of vehicles driving around Welland, honking horns (I at first thought, wow! someone got married today and I felt happy to hear that after 3 years of wedding bell silence)…most were flying Canadian flags. One of the lead cars displayed the same F*CK TRUDEAU flag as I see on the home on my dog’s walkabout route. IT DOESN’T APPEAR THAT ANYONE, PARADERS AND HOMEOWNERS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN (judging by the number of kids’ toys in the yard) care any longer about what it is their children are exposed to. I SUPPOSE THIS IS A NATURAL DEVELOPMENT OF ADULTS WITH CHILDREN BEING SO BUSY WITH THEIR LIVES THEY ALREADY HAND OVER THEIR KIDS TO THE STATE TO RAISE THEM, while the parents take care of ‘more important business’, like letting everyone know how little they think of and are considerate of others. WE LACK HONOUR. WE IGNORE THE GOLDEN RULE, BUT DEMAND CONSIDERATION FROM OTHERS. We are now divided at the soul-level. Mental pathology is inevitable en masse DUE TO THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN WHAT WE KNOW IN OUR HEARTS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO and what the government/ruling class via the Media is telling us is the right thing to do. The right way to live. The right way to think. The right way to talk. Prayers for Ukraine, America, U.K., EU, Israel-Palestine, and for the downtrodden everywhere in the World. Prayers for the people of Russia and China and that they will one day have good governments, free of ruling class BS, and I pray this for our side as well. When the World, our world, finds itself, its soul, ITS HONOUR, it will recover. And the Creator will ante-in. But that is not a World under the hegemony of the ego of Wealth… Headline 1: Ukraine latest news: Mariupol’s steelworks fighters vow ‘no surrender’ – a quote appearing in the BBC article, from the Azov regiment commander, Lt Samoilenko:.

“Surrender for us is unacceptable because we can’t grant such a big gift to the enemy,” he said. “We are basically dead men. Most of us know this. It’s why we fight so fearlessly.”

Well, is there no one among us who will stand against Putin’s murderous campaign? Talk is not going to save the Azov regiment. As ashamed as I am for neighbours and building managers who engage in malicious gossip and related malfeasance, I AM MORE ASHAMED BY THE LACK OF RESOLVE AND THE BLATHER COMING OUT OF OUR POLITICIANS ABOUT UKRAINE.

TODAY, ON MOTHER’S DAY, LET US GIVE THE MOTHERS OF UKRAINE a Mother’s Day gift by showing up and showing Putin’s murderous military the door back to Russia.

Prayers for Ukraine’s mothers and their brave citizens and soldiers.

p.s. I see that our guy is in Irpin, Ukraine to show support. PM Justin will be seeing the carnage first hand. I’ll bet his left fist is twitching….in eager anticipation of giving Putin the bloody nose he so deserves…

7 May 2022 Headline today indicating Ukraine’s president is calling only for Russian forces to withdraw to ‘pre-February 26th’ positions as a condition for peace talks. He did not mention the annexation of the Crimea from the invasion of 2014. THIS IS EITHER A MISTAKE OR A PLOY. It’s a mistake if Ukraine believes Russia is done. Incrementalism is at play here. There should be no doubt that Russia will continue to garner more territory, as China will do in order to expand its sphere of ‘influence’. Russia will invade again, WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT FOR RUSSIA TO DO SO. If it is a ‘ploy’, one might think it is to buy time. Because the West was caught with its pants down. The fallaciousness of the neoLiberal World Order could not be more apparent: our wealthy ruling class is making money hand-over-fist by dealing with regimes like China’s; bank-rolling the Chinese military and exporting our jobs/livelihoods and manufacturing to China, to boot -see how little our Mount Olympian class actually cares for us citizens, I mean, apart from our being labour-fodder and consumers in the ‘free market’  in serf-like subjugation to our Mount Olympian class? Yes, we still have choice, but our ‘options/opportunities’ are determined by Wealth. The antics and mores of our own ruling class is as much responsible for the destabilization and perilous of state of today’s World, our world, as Putin and Xi are…BECAUSE THEY HAVE, WILLY-NILLY, ENABLED THOSE BUFOONS BY TRADING WITH THEM, even though they knew Russia/China were building its militaries apace and stealing our technology. North America decoupled from Russia but got into bed wholesale with China. The EU allowed itself to become heavily integrated in the Russian energy economy… A binary-world order suits our ruling classes because they can point to the ‘other guys’ whenever they enact policies that constrain opportunity for quality of life for our citizens. ‘Sacrifices must be made for security’s sake’, they tell us. The other guys, meanwhile do the same. And the ruling classes on both sides go on their merry way, stepping on the backs of citizens and over the homeless sleeping on subway gratings to keep warm. It’s Saturday. Wishing everyone a great weekend. Prayers for Ukraine, and for our World. p.s. A binary world order is a dystopic world order. We simply cannot continue to allow our ruling class to get into bed with ‘the enemy’ while they use ‘the enemy’ as one item in the toolshed of social controls. 6 May 2022 The headlines coming out of Ukraine/Russia show clearly the moral and ethical decrepitude of Vladimir Putin. En Français, it is spelled ‘Poutine’, same way as we spell the upgrade on our fries order…well, leave it to the French to nail it…as it turns out, there is indeed a ‘cheese-head’ running Russia… And, the truth often being stranger than fiction, we have a ‘Xi’s head’ ruining China’s future prospects as surely as Putin is, Russia’s. In this mixed-up, shook-up world, it is difficult to suss-out the intentions behind the actions and  verbiage. Is the ‘West’s’ reluctance to confront Putin directly with arms and planes and troops born out of fear, or restraint? I believe that with respect to U.K., Czechs, Poland, Slovenia, America, Japan, Australia, etc., etc., it is restraint. With the others I am not so sure. I believe (and my opinion is an uneducated one) therein is the problem: BEFORE THE AFOREMENTIONED GO AFTER PUTIN, they want to ‘shore up the peripheral players’, if you will, IN ORDER TO PRESENT A UNITED FRONT to Putin. Were we to be fully united against Russia’s gambit already, Putin would have to back off. But we weren’t. We aren’t. Too many Ukrainian dead under our generation’s watch. I KNOW AMERICA, CANADA, U.K. will stand tall to do the right thing. I pray for the sake of Ukraine and for the sake of the World and our honour, that this happens soon. I pray the World, our world, rallies to America et al. We simply cannot acquiesce to the insanity of Putin and Xi. There will be no future for our children and grandchildren, if we do. It will mean great hardship for us; but if we stand together and help one another in our communities  during the hardships that inevitably accompany war, IF WE ACT WITH HONOUR, we’ll get through this and the children of the next generations will revere our generation in the way we revere our Great Wars generations, ACTS I and II. THE WORST THING WE CAN DO IS  fall into ‘Every man for himself’. Putin and Xi play the nuke card because they know that we know it will mean the end of our way of life. They know that we, as a people, have been enjoying a peaceful, more affluent existence over the last few decades, always far from the wars being fought, even by our own armies. Our Wealthy class: they too are ‘soft’ and their affluence renders them progressively softer, especially in the ‘head’. They gave our jobs and manufacturing know-how/capacity away to China, after all…and now, the Chinese could return the favour by threatening to fire hypersonic missiles our way, if we interfere with their invasion of Taiwan; as Poutine is doing, should we come and fight alongside Ukrainians and/or continue to provide support. WE CANNOT ALLOW THESE THREATS TO DETER OUR PURPOSE. WE MUST SHOW OUR TRUE COLOURS. UKRAINIAN MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND THE ELDERLY HAVE BEEN GETTING THE BEJEEZUS BOMBED OUT OF THEM, going into its 3rd month. BUT OUR WEALTH CLASS IS INCAPABLE OF LEADING, much less stewarding. Americans: DO NOT FORGET THAT DONALD TRUMP WAS, perhaps STILL IS? bosom-buddies with the guy who is presiding over the vicious carnage being perpetrated upon innocent men, women, old people, and children…if DT can be ‘friendly’ with someone who can do that, WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE HE’LL DO TO HIS OWN PEOPLE IF ANY OF THEM GET IN HIS WAY, should he reach the Oval Office again? What might he do, with such a powerful military, emboldened by the example of Putin and Xi? America would no longer be able to recognize itself. It will not be the America that bravely fought the Brits and the East India Tea Company, and with the help of the heroic French, forged the World’s most influential nation. Without Donald Trump, and under Biden, America will achieve a great destiny for which THE CREATOR OF THE EARTH will be, IMO, eternally grateful. President Biden is clear: UNITY is the way forward. Collaboration, equality, respect is America’s ideal going forward. Xi’s-head and Poutine’s way is ‘we say-you do’, ‘we say-you do’, ‘we say-if you don’t do-> KABOOM!’. I don’t about you, but I’m with the old guy who talks unity with his hand extended in friendship, not the one who talks about fairness, with his finger on the button. 5 May 2022 Yesterday, a great Canadian personality was laid to rest. Guy Lafleur’s funeral was done in a manner as memorable as the way he played the game of hockey and the game of life. Larry Robinson’s oration ended leaving attendees in tears of laughter – the former winger for the Montreal Canadiens, being  French-Canadian, would not have it any other way. He’ll be looking now for a  defenseman of your calibre, Larry, only, not yet…not yet. Given the ongoing onslaught in Mariupol, and the suffering Russia visits upon innocent Ukrainians, who, ONLY A FEW MONTHS AGO, were out shopping, going to work, taking their kids to the park, are now hiding in the depths of the Mariupol steel district, in the darkness, dampness, and cold -the walls and ground shaking as shells, bombs, and missiles rain down upon them WITHOUT RESPITE -I wonder, will Canada’s ‘government’ and Canadians muster as much dedication to the LIVING (and the Dead) IN UKRAINE as to Canada’s dead (and forever revered) heroes? Headline 1: Canada, U.S. need to draw red line on nuclear, chemical attacks in Ukraine, says former president – Poroshenko is 111% correct, of course, when he says the Americans and Canadians must protect that red line AT ALL COSTS. Putin will escalate if he feels he’s losing; HE HAS GONE TOO FAR TO DO OTHERWISE. He will cross that line. Once again, it comes down to honour and honour dictates that Canada and America act to end the war in Ukraine and drive the Russians out, along with their allies. UNITY is the only way to respond to this. But, we appear to be divided, particularly along the dimension of $$$/GDP (by dithering around a total oil/gas embargo). We are united over the notion of escalation into a pan-European/globalized war. But, Putin knows that, so long as he keeps pushing (and murdering children/elderly/folks going about their daily lives) and we keep bending, he’ll end up getting exactly what he wants, and the World will eventually forget the atrocities it permitted, and then congratulate itself on preserving A CORRUPT AND UNIVERSALLY DEMEANING (of humanity) WORLD ORDER THAT FAVOURS WEALTH GENERATION AND CONCENTRATION INTO THE HANDS OF THE FEW (like Bill, Ellie, and Bozos, um, sorry, Be-zos) – THE NEOLIBERAL DEMOCRATIC WORLD ORDER – which is patently UN-democratic, representing, in and of itself, a usurpation of Liberal Democracy, the one developed by the Great French Thinkers of the Age of Reason: Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Montesquieu…and originated by the Brits’ John Locke. WE must not fall into APPEASEMENT. We must declare openly to Putin and the World that there will be an immediate and overwhelming response and the end of Russia as the World knows it…forevermore. China will get that message too, to factor into its machinations wrt Taiwan. I AM NOT SO AFRAID TO DIE THAT I WOULD CHOOSE TO LIVE IN A WORLD THAT ALLOWS WHAT RUSSIA IS DOING TO UKRAINE’S CHILDREN TO PROCEED WITHOUT ACCOUNT. NO ONE WITH HONOUR, NO ONE WHO RESPECTS THE CREATOR’S GOLDEN RULE, would. Our current Liberals in Ottawa act as neoLiberals. Perhaps not the MPs so much as the MPs who  go on to serve as Ministers in the Government and, because of the Whip, vote, not according to conscience or to the will of the House but rather according to the whims of the ruling class. Whether we are led by Cons or by NDP, it appears to not make that much difference: the rank-in-file will continue to be divided by playing ‘the human rights card’ (which functions to divide us and have us go round all the time with our guards up)…WHEN NOTHING GETS BETTER FOR ANYONE IF YOU ARE NOT WEALTHY…look at the news. SEE FOR YOURSELF. ARE WE REALLY BETTER OFF TODAY, THAN WE WERE BACK IN THE 60s, when the neoliberal movement really got going? ARE WE HAPPIER? Is anyone happier? All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good [people] to do nothing. I want to think that there are still good people in the World, our world, IN GOVERNMENT AND IN THE RULING CLASS with whom this IS KNOWLEDGE of the highest order. Neoliberalism is a cancer upon democracy. It is the shadow of Wealth’s ego cast upon society. Given time, the shadow will become so dark that it will blind the citizen (and humanity, since we are all ‘citizens’ of somewhere) and democracy dies. Autocracy is the shadow of the ego of Wealth cast upon government. There is no consideration of the voice of the citizens. There is only the voice of Wealth and the citizens acquiesce. Neoliberalism is taking democracy, Fabian-like, into autocracy. WHEN YOU ANTICIPATE OPPOSITION TO YOUR INIATIVE, TAKE THE LONG WAY ROUND TO GETTING THERE…that’s Fabianism. The Roman General Fabius Maximus was noted for his great military successes while incurring few losses. He achieved his objectives in the way the waves of the seas reshape their ‘containers’. Autocracies achieve their objectives the fast way, by violent revolution followed by governing its  citizenry with an iron grip. We are at war on two fronts already: 1 – Ukraine: The war between autocracy and  Western Democracy. 2 – Western Democracy: The war between movement conservative suborned neoliberalism and its democracy of $$$ v. well, um, ‘democracy’. WE CANNOT AFORD TO APPEASE EITHER. Prayers to President Joe, PM Boris and to others, to lead both the World and ‘the State’ to a BETTER PLACE AND A BETTER FUTURE FOR EVERYONE and not the dystopic world order imagined by Orwell, Huxley, H.G. Wells, et al. p.s. On another front, a young doctor in Canada was suspended over advice and comments he had made with respect to COVID. HE’S A YOUNG DOCTOR, for crying out loud…talk to him, but don’t pummel him like that. Besides, how often have the professionals advising the government said what turned out not to be correct? Have they been correct on everything, or have they, despite their best efforts to get at the truth, misspoken, and then revised their opinions, many times during the course of the pandemic? See for yourself. THE PROBLEM HERE IS NOT ONLY FOR THE YOUNG DOCTOR OR EVEN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. The problem is inherent in the total reliance on ‘evidence-based’ policy…another neoLiberal development presented as ‘democratic’: those who interpret the data don’t always get it right, therefore the policy will not be the correct or proper response…but the government uses the advice of experts to sell us on policy as surely as the media relies on a labour pool of ‘experts’ on everything to  support the generation (sometimes creation) and dissemination of material. WE MUST REVERSE OUR  RELIANCE ON THE RULE OF THE EGO OF WEALTH. Ego is too laden by SUBJECTIVITY, in particular, in the interpretation of its ‘data’. All the World’s ills would end in a jiffy (as would the rape of Ukraine, being done in full sight) were we to embrace the Golden Rule and reject for all time, the rule of gold. The Golden Rule comes of god – it appears in all religions. Neoliberalism includes a direct attack on Faith because Faith in a creator interferes with the machinations and mores of Wealth. But to allow Wealth to rule in society is akin to letting the proverbial bull in to manage the china-shop…it will destroy everything, leave nothing but ruin, and then go off to find another china-shop, because it had so much fun. Prayers. Prayers. Prayers. For UNITY, across the board, and, right now, for a total embargo upon, and decoupling from, Russia and China and any other nation supporting or suborning the assault upon Ukraine. Ukraine is only the beginning of Act III of the Great War… …a war for the SOUL OF HUMANKIND…happening in our day. [The Last Temptation of Christ you can watch on Amazon Prime if you are a member…or rent it…] The greater war, however, has for its arena, the human soul. We must embrace Faith, not allow Wealth to take that away too. God is our only hope. Always has been. Always will be. Prayers. Prayers. Prayers. p.s.s. A complaint: I had seen recently on Amazon Prime an advertisement of a documentary about B*rn*rdo and H*m*lka…the picture glamourizes them…I suppose for effect. This ‘glamourous’ pair did the most foul murder to two young, wonderful girls, who, like Ukrainians today, were just going about their lives and with their whole future before them, before being foully treated and then murdered, ALL OF THIS, FOR THEIR ENTERTAINMENT. Are we not entertained? The existence of a movie about these two, WHOSE NAMES SHOULD NEVER, EVER, BE SPOKEN AGAIN, their foul deeds forever buried, rather than ‘exhumed’ by Amazon, is proof of both our sorry spiritual condition, our sorry spiritless ‘state’, and that among the Wealthy, there exists a severe deficit in HONOUR, that anyone would stoop to profit by making a movie about these two… …god help us. p.s.s. SUBJECTIVITY is a feature of ego. Subjectivity is the manufacture of facts in the absence of facts, BY DEFINITION, else it would be OBJECTIVITY.(hello?) Subjectivity is, ‘filling in the blanks’, as it were. ‘Faith’ recognizes the truth to be external; subjectivity doesn’t care, but its ‘data source’ is internal. IT NEED NOT CARE, no one need care, so long as the ‘conclusions’ it arrives at are kept internal and never see the light of the creator’s day. AS THE ‘subjective’ takes up more and more of an individual person’s consciousness, that person moves closer to insanity, which, by definition, implies an utter abrogation of fact from consciousness. Rather than LEARN the truth, ‘subjectivity’ MAKES THE TRUTH. This is why ‘crazy people don’t know they’re crazy’, as Harvey Keitel’s Judas tells Willem Dafoe’s Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ. So, Society handles those ‘overly-given-to-subjectivity people with counselling, medicating, or jailing/shooting dead on the scene. The poor cop, poorly trained perhaps, is then hung out to dry. Neoliberal Society is abetting mass insanity by kicking god out and replacing him/her with, well, Elon, Bill, Jeff…our new Mount Olympian class. [Aside: Somehow I don’t think the children born millennia from now will appreciate the ‘myths’ about these jokers more than the myths I read as a child, courtesy of Classical Greece. And then there’s Aesop: can you imagine a neoliberal from today advising, ‘All that glitters is not gold’ or ‘Never cry wolf’?] So, MY QUESTION TO YOU: What do we do when our governments MAKE THE TRUTH? Is that also not ‘insanity’? [Aside: We call it ‘propaganda’.] Follow-up question: If we allow our governments/ruling classes to bury us under a mountain of subjectivity (aka the ruling class sociopolitical bs we are being inundated with every day), then HOW IN THE BEJEEZUS DO YOU THINK THE MYTHS BEING MANUFACTURED TODAY ARE GOING TO END? Hint: An egobound astronomer who no longer believes in asteroids will not see the big one coming,  even if it is heading right down the telescope; neither will the folks who believe in a neverending expansion year-over-year of GDP see the coming crash, even though they’re creating the conditions for it to happen…ever-increasing GDP is what the ego of Wealth wants because it means more $$$ and power over others FOR THEM. Despite the MOUNTAINS OF EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY, they persist in the fantastical notion that  their Olympian Mountain is above and immune to all of that; and it will be so… …right up to the horrible, catastrophic denouement. p.s.s.s. On my daily walkabout with the doggie, I pass a home that displays a huge flag out front, with the words ‘F*CK TRUDEAU. I have only just extended doggie’s walk the last few weeks, so I cannot say how for how long this flag has been flying. MY FIRST THOUGHT UPON SEEING IT WAS, ‘Doesn’t anyone with kids around here care?’ and then I noticed the little kids’ toys IN THE FRONT YARD. ??? um, hello? 4 May 2022 America, please stand up for the unborn and for Ukraine. Who cares if ‘China is watching’? What if Putin is threatening nuclear Armageddon if he doesn’t get his way? America is not part of Europe, albeit part of NATO. Certainly America can jump in on behalf of Ukraine. And what about on behalf of the unborn? The unborn are vulnerable but cannot mount an ‘information war’ against those who use women’s rights to attack children. It is fair that woman has the right to chose. IT IS UNFAIR the unborn child is not accorded the RIGHT TO LIVE. But our jurisprudence has been usurped by Wealth to ramp up their control over society while they divide us further so that we cannot mount a coordinated, collaborative defense on anything Wealth wants for itself. To resolve the dilemma, Wealth need only dig into its pockets and come up with a means to preserve the life of an unborn child, if the mother cannot/will not carry the baby to term. Consider how corporations garnered ‘personhood’ for themselves, giving them the status as an individual. Only individuals as wealthy as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, yada-yada, have the kind of loot a corporations possesses to argue on its behalf in a court of law. As for the rest of us… To put this in perspective: O.J. Simpson had a lot of cash but nothing like the aforementioned. Do you suppose, on your retail-store salary, that you could also get away with murder, as it appears was the case with O.J.? Note that on a second go-round  in civil court, O.J. was found guilty of murder and was ‘fined’. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COURT VENUES IS THAT THE CIVIL COURT HAS A LOWER THRESHOLD ON REASONABLE DOUBT THAN THE COURT THAT FOUND O.J. INNOCENT. O.J.’s lawyers made $$$ in the millions, if memory serves correct. America has much soul-searching to do. America is still an honourable nation. It has much internal corruption to address, but IT HAS A CONSTITUTION that expresses the fundamental equality of ‘man’ (which would include woman and the unborn child (alive but voiceless)) and belief in, above all else, THE GOD IN WHICH THEY TRUST. I believe they will rise to the challenge Russia and its ‘silent partner’ China present to the World, our world, and that in the response, America will face itself and become in spirit what at least one of its founders, Thomas Paine, had hoped. America will ditch the internal division created by their ruling class and with one voice, or even better, one hand, show Putin and Xi the Middle Finger. They will follow Ukraine’s heroic lead and show up before it is too late for Ukraine. I cannot imagine the horror Ukraine’s men, women, children are HAVING TO LIVE THROUGH EACH AND EVERY MINUTE OF EACH AND EVERY DAY AND NIGHT. I know President is doing everything he believes he can do. Kudos to him and to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. But Ukrainians are dying. Ukrainians are displaced from their homes and lives by the millions. ALL FOR THE DEVIL IN MOSCOW’S legacy. AND BECAUSE OF RICH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE whose zeal for more for themselves has enabled both Russia and  China to the point where the powerful West moves according to its own schedule, stymying Russia as best it can without confronting Russia and telling it, IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS, to stop what it is doing. NOW. What the World needs now, besides love, sweet love, that is, is HONOUR. There is so little of it left. On this dimension, there is very little difference between, say, the obsequious, self-aggrandizing, tyrannical apartment building manager/property manager and the wealthy corporate investors they work for…anyone is capable of giving away their souls to those with the $$$ in exchange for a few of those $$$. It is a matter of how much? In the end, it will be enough, IMO, to weigh the soul/spirit down, when your time comes. Blessed are the poor, Jesus said. And those who would help the poor out of their poverty…the Golden Rule, not the rule of gold, is what will buy you a whole lot of good karma. As for the rule of gold, it buys only dishonour for the lowly would be ‘society’ climbers, like the aforementioned building manager class. [Aside: In my  erstwhile town, the apartment building managers seemed to have a lot of class/honour…I for one, never ever had a problem with them, or ever worried about things like CONSTRUCTIVE EVICTION. [this is the landlord-corporate owner analog to the employers’ Constructive Dismissal strategem]. In both cases, strategies resorted to by DISHONOURABLE PEOPLE who cannot get their way through above-board means. The World lacks honour. Dogs possess it in abundance; much more of it than many people. This week, we will see the true colours of America, the nations of Europe, Israel…U.K. President Boris and U.S. President Joe are leading in the way the World now needs. I pray they do not balk. Putin has gone too far already. The honour of the World is bleeding from the wounds Russia has inflicted upon Ukraine. WE SIMPLY CANNOT ALLOW IT TO CONTINUE FOR MUCH LONGER. Ukraine leaves me proud to be ‘human’, but what of the West’s lack of unity and resolve to pull the plug on Putin? As I began yesterday’s rant, I will end today’s: There are days I am ashamed to be ‘human’… 3 May 2022 There are days I am ashamed to be ‘human’… Headline 1: Ukraine latest news: Hundreds still in Mariupol steelworks as Russia resumes attacks – and Headline 2: Roe v Wade: US Supreme Court may overturn abortion rights, leak suggests – these two headlines, taken together reveal the darkness of the human condition. In both cases, the existence of a vulnerable and innocent entity represents an inconvenience to another, much more powerful entity. In both cases, the weaker entity is in the process of building its independence. In both cases, the weaker entity cannot stand on its own. It must rely on the stronger entity to support its progress; or, at the very least, not to stymy its progress. In both cases, were the stronger entity to simply leave the weaker entity alone, the weaker entity would take care of its own business and, in time, become totally independent; IN FACT, the weaker entity may even come to support the existence of the stronger entity in the Future, should it weaken…but in both cases, THE STRONGER ENTITY WOULD PUT ASIDE ALL OF THESE CONSIDERATIONS, FOR ITS OWN CONVENIENCE, for the current moment – -the future be damned. The miracle of lifegiving is dedicated by the creator to Woman. Truly, Woman is Woman and Woman is Human Being; to which the creator imparted FREE WILL. The Life inside of Woman is also Human, an inheritor of FREE WILL, and from the point of conception, BEGINS TO FULFILL ITS ‘CHOICE‘. The Life inside of Woman does not consider Roe v. Wade; it simply gets on with the business of building its independence from Woman’s Womb. With respect to Putin’s attack upon Ukraine, no one believes anything but that Ukraine HAS THE RIGHT TO EXIST. No one need be told this. Only Putin, Xi, and their ‘business’ partners believe they are justifed to do/suborn murder purely on the basis of THEIR OWN CONVENIENCE:
  • it is inconvenient for Russia that Ukrainians do not hand over their territory (the life of Ukraine)  to Russians
  • it is inconvenient for China to ‘punish’ Russia with sanctions, which might compel Russia to cease its attack upon Ukraine
There is also the sad news that Slovakia will not support an immediate EU embargo on Russian oil and gas. SLOVAKIA’S GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF SHORT TERM PAIN FOR LONG TERM GAIN…if the World stands together wrt to sanctioning Russia, the murder of Ukrainians will be ended sooner than any other method available to us, short of a regime change. IF THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD FRACTIONATE ALONG THE LINE OF SELF INTEREST (CONVENIENCE OF ENERGY SUPPLY in this case), THE WORLD WILL DEVOLVE INTO ALL-OUT WAR AND the moment one of the ‘big guys’ begins to lose, they will fire their nukes and then ALL BETS ARE OFF FOR HUMANITY. Other species will make a comeback, but perhaps not us…the only thing more horrifying to imagine is that we do survive and end up the way H. G. Wells imagined. Is it all really worth it?  I mean, is it, really? Yes, Woman has the right to ‘choose’ to carry a Life inside her womb. Yes, Putin has the right to defend his nation and culture. But when it is a matter of convenience, AND NOT LIFE AND DEATH, then anyone who chooses death for someone whose life depends on them RUNS AFOUL OF THE BOUNDARIES OF WHAT IT IS TO BE HUMAN – A SOUL UNDER GOD. IMO, humanity will soon be at a point of inflection, where the direction we take is either ‘up’ or ‘down’. Depending on how we choose. We need only choose to follow the GOLDEN RULE. Doing this one thing will inaugurate the reconciliation of Russia with Ukraine and the EU, of China with THE NEW LIBERAL WORLD ORDER; of Woman with the spirit of the Life-giver, of this generation of hyper-self-interest (cultivated deliberately to divide and weaken the VOICE of the lower classes) with the War generations’ selflessness and unfettered sense of HONOUR. My dad was an honourable man. My mom was an honourable woman. Both made mistakes. Both, in the end, IMO, fell asleep yesterday and awakened in Heaven today. Despite the many challenges they faced over the years, they stayed united and provided their children WITH THE BEST CHILDHOOD ANYONE COULD EVER HAVE and they did this with a lot of heart and soul and without a lot of $$$… The Golden Rule. Prayers for Ukraine and Ukrainians. Prayers for the unborn and for Woman. Prayers for the ruling classes to fully embrace their role as Stewards and ditch the advantage their position allows them for to overlord and rape their societies and their world while they live (and sometimes fly) high above the squalor; patting themselves on the back, à la Milton’s Lucifer, admiring the lives they have created for themselves on a burgeoning pile of misery, anxiety, and despondency, which they style as ‘living’ for everyone else. 2 May 2022 You know, a parent died recently. A daughter asked me if I worried that the inheritance would not be divided ‘equally’? My answer was ‘No’. But, her question set me to pondering…and the product of my ruminating was that, ‘It is over matters of money, where one’s true colours come out.’ Why is this? IMO, because $$$ = power. The more money, the more power one possesses. Everyone, of course, appreciates having power in their lives, over their lives. This in turn implies power over others, other egos. When it comes down to money, the matter is decided at the most fundamental level of our being: the level of Spirit. It comes down to the difference between what the ego desires for itself, damn the consequences to everyone and everything else, versus what the Light reveals as ‘right action’ and respect for the Truth of the creator and Creation. Matters of $$$ reveal one’s true colours. Right now, Ukraine and Ukrainians are being pummelled by the Russian military, as the World watches, and supplies what weaponry it can to Ukraine for it to defend itself, and in a lame attempt to prevent the war escalating into WWIII. Let’s be clear: IMO, once either side recognizes imminent defeat, it will escalate into WWIII, unless Ukraine folds and the World extends a grudging acceptance to Putin’s new world order. But that will mean the end for Ukraine and no redress for the carnage and murder. The World could not accept that, if for no other reason than the war crimes Russia’s military is perpetrating upon Ukrainians. The World would continue to ‘isolate’ Russia economically, to no effect, because Russia is able to finance its aggression upon Ukraine by selling its oil and gas as it props up its currency by demanding to paid in Rubles. Mysteriously, the EU has uncovered a way to continue the flow of Russian oil and gas to the EU without violating their own sanctions against Russia OVER ITS INVASION OF UKRAINE. Hmmm. Does no one see a problem with this? The ego of the EU is clearly in DIRECT CONFLICT WITH what it knows is the right thing to do. On the one hand, EU acknowledges the ‘right thing to do’, by sanctioning Russia. On the other hand, it DOES NOT WANT TO SUFFER HARDSHIP (to save Ukrainian lives) and so, it is struggling to find a way to avoid suffering while doing the right thing. IT CANNOT, of course. Putin, the devil that he is become, knows this. To him, this is an opportunity to divide NATO. Clever. He knows that, like any human, organizations of humans will act like humans. He knows that some nations in NATO are only as true as the situation allows; that, the minute ‘push comes to shove’ these nations WILL SHOW THEIR TRUE COLOURS. Action guided by Convenience. Whenever the truth or one’s resolve BECOMES A MATTER OF CONVENIENCE then you can be sure it is the ego that decides and that nations so-self-ruled will bail on their agreements the minute they are challenged in some way. That is the limitation of ego. Right now, the EU is in conflict with itself. The true colours of its individual nations are emerging. The most influential among them must act in the Light and not out of their own self interest. Germany, especially, must fully embargo Russian oil and gas. Do this, and the other nations will follow. Germany was rescued from Nazism by America. Germany had inflicted egregious damage and bloodshed upon its neighbours and upon its valiant and innocent Jewish population. Germany is today a sovereign nation; a major culture and economy. BECAUSE AMERICA AND ITS ALLIES SOUGHT NOT TO PUT GERMANY UNDER THEIR THUMB BUT EMBRACE THE GERMAN PEOPLE (and the governments they elect) as EQUAL PARTNERS in a new post-WWII world order. Herein is the lesson for today. We can see plainly what Russia and China are all about. We can see that the EU needs to engage in some SERIOUS SOUL-SEARCHING, right now, IN ORDER TO AVOID THE SPIRITUAL DESTABILIZATION COMING OF TRYING TO HAVE IT BOTH WAYS: what one desperately wants versus what one KNOWS TO BE THE RIGHT THING TO DO. As for America, despite the Trump-phenomena and its own egregious misdeeds and faults, it appears to have retained enough of the spirit which sent young Americans to Europe to die in its defense against authoritarianism (a political philosophy that suborns murder and enslavement and the end of free will; features imparted by god to Creation, therefore inherited by all things created); TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGE PUTIN AND XI NOW PRESENT TO THE WORLD. America, right now, is going a long way to neutralizing the bad karma it incurred by being the first and only nation in the World to use nuclear weapons in war, and for the nuclear tests in the Bikini Islands. Right now, Americans will not duck. They won’t put troops on the ground in Ukraine, at least, not openly, but they are doing backflips to supply and show Ukraine support. They are PUTTING THEMSELVES FIRST IN LINE FOR A RUSSIAN NUCLEAR STRIKE by shipping so much military tech over there. [Were Putin to strike at the U.S., I pray that America responds, not in kind, but in Faith, and, after vanquishing Russia’s regime by conventional means, sees to it that ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE DISMANTLED, forevermore. [A note to the NRA: If no one is allowed to have semi-automatics, NO ONE CAN BE SHOT WITH semi-automatics. hello?] So what about the EU? Each of its constituents must decide for themselves whether to DO WHAT IS RIGHT or what is self-serving in the short term. Between supporting a full embargo on Russian oil and gas or finding ways to rationalize to itself how it can cite Russia for war crimes and genocide YET REMAIN BUSINESS PARTNERS in oil and gas. This is a spiritual battle which the EU engages in right now. The fate of the World going forward, depends upon it. UNITY, as President Biden says, is KEY. IN ORDER TO AVOID GLOBALIZING THE WAR IN UKRAINE, the entire World, our world, must rally to America. This nation is poised to become, as it ended up being in WWII, a beacon for the World to light the path forward (except for its use of nuclear weapons). No one quite got it right the last time; America should have listened to Patton and marched on Moscow before their murderous Stalinist-communist regime could entrench itself into the Russian psyche. Russia would be part of the EU today and none of this business would be happening. This time, we will all need to get it right. Russia is Russia and its borders sacred. Same for Ukraine, with the regions Russia has annexed, returned to Ukraine. Palestine would be granted statehood and Israel-Palestine would negotiate a standing treaty detailing who ‘owns’ what and swear to protect one another’s backs and make it a hate crime to lob rocks or grenades  at one another. Shia Iran and Shiite Saudi Arabia and their respective allies would ditch the violence they do to one another over matters of Faith and accept that, their differences in matters of Faith notwithstanding, they worship the same god, Allah, and follow the teachings of the same prophet, Mohammed (PBUH), and, on this basis, peace, not violence, is the order of the day, and that it is only ego which sees one or the other’s POV as ‘evil’. Falun Gong practitioners and Uighurs would be embraced and not demonized and forced into camps by Xi’s regime; its neighbours no longer threatened by a breach in the Great Wall, through which China’s military might let slip the dogs of war. Regional ethnicities everywhere would become provinces in federated democracies in a World Order of Federated LIBERAL (not neoLiberal) democracies, enjoying equal status…all of this modelled upon the Canadian bicameral system, under the UN, with a body of ‘Senator-nations’, formerly the U.N. Security Council, only, with no nation having veto power. Would it be possible to create a set of basic guidelines/rules to which all of the World’s nations, from the least to the most powerful, can agree? That is THE QUESTION, going forward. Neoliberal democracy IS NOT THE ANSWER. NEITHER is letting Russia run ruck shod over Ukraine, or China over the South China Sea region. The World has much soul-searching to do. The EU is simply obliged to do it first. $$$ or honour. To be or not to be. The two questions are inseparable; moreover, they are the same question. The war in Ukraine reveals the  war for HUMANITY’S SOUL. UNITY IS OUR ONLY WAY TO AVOID DESTROYING OURSELVES UTTERLY. Let us unite. Let us take up the slack and endure the hardships while the foundation of Russia’s war effort crumbles beneath it, forcing Russia to withdraw and to seek agreement on how it can make amends. It won’t be long and we can recover. If it comes to war, it will be many generations before we can recover. It will be some generations before Ukraine has recovered from what Russia has already done to it. Russia must be stopped. NOW. The only way to do this is to EMBARGO RUSSIA COMPLETE. [Aside: China too] Praying today, that Germany announces IT WILL SHUT OFF THE VALVE TO RUSSIA and not even give Putin the option. Praying that the true colour of the human spirit is one and the same, ‘consubstantial’ with the Light and Heart of the creator. Prayers for Ukraine and for the valiant Ukrainians, and thanks to America and Americans, who appear ready to set aside their own differences and present a united front against Russia (with the exception of Trump, but what is with that…???) Prayers for the world we leave to our children. p.s. An answer to my prayer? Headline 1: In shift, Germany could back immediate EU ban on Russian oil – this will hurt. Germany will earn for itself a jolt of good karma for doing this. Germany’s children will be greatly rewarded, tomorrow, for what Germany’s leaders and selflessly brave citizens do today. Ukraine’s children will be rewarded today for Germany’s sacrifice. Kudos to Nacy Pelosi. She maintains a youthfulness of spirit which comes of keeping a child’s heart, always. Just like my mom. Even in her old age, she is hopping jets and flying far from home, because IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. God bless her for doing that. She has our profoundest gratitude. 1 May 2022 It’s Sunday. Prayers for Ukraine and the World. Happy to read today that U.S. representatives Nancy Pelosi, the 3rd highest-ranking official in the U.S. government, and Adam Schiff, travelled to Ukraine to show America’s support for Ukraine in its fight for survival. This is very, very good. America shows itself to be one of those ‘good men’ who will not allow ‘evil to thrive’. And, they are the biggest game in town. But they know this cannot be forever. So do the Russians and Chinese. After all, CHANGE IS A FACT OF LIFE. The difference between Russia-China and ‘the West’ is that, America appears to recognize this as a fact of life, whereas  Russia and China appear not to have kept up with things…their goal appears to be to restructure the geopolitical world into spheres of influence, FOR THEIR OWN GAIN, along the lines established post-WWII. But this Orwellian geopolitical constellation will not hold. The nations they currently extend a ‘friendly hand’ to now, will live under their thumb in due course. Any people not living in liberty will organize and overturn the status quo. This, the World has seen over and over. If we can avoid blowing ourselves to bits over Russia’s aggression upon Ukraine, Russia will soon be rid of Putin and a new day will dawn on the Russian people. It will take time, but perhaps, in time, they will perceive us as not being the enemy, that we are the enemy of imperialism. If we can right our own listing ship and reverse the spread of the movement conservative cancer upon our societies in the West, neoliberal ‘democracy’, which is simply a euphemism for the subjugation of human societies to the mores of the business class -now become the ruling class in the West. It was this change that permitted the government we elect to allow our business class to export our jobs and livelihoods to China and to import temporary foreign workers. Now, we may have to put ourselves between our nations and China’s military. Our rich created the problem. Our governments enabled Wealth to do what it wants. NOW WE ARE IN A PERILOUS SITUATION. Whatever comes of the Russian aggression upon Ukraine, a New World Order inclusive of Russia as one of many/Ukraine as one of many, or, an all-out globalized war, we must take care of the cancer within our societies, else we’ll all end up at the place Xi and Putin are planning for us anyways, only, after much carnage. Prayers for Ukraine and for the vulnerable around the World. The rich have always f’d over the poor. I remember how hearing that while watching Platoon resonated within my soul, 36 years later! Personally, I have no issues with folks being rich; only with folks being poor. 30 April 2022 It’s Saturday. It’s the last day of April. It’s a sunny morning. It’s above freezing, again, but, perhaps too late for my plants… …neither is it too late for Ukraine. Sitting here, with my coffee and toast, in a warm and dry apartment (and without the constant fear that the ‘next one’ is going to drop on you and your family), it is impossible to know THE BURDEN THOSE UKRAINIANS BEAR, old and young, rich and poor, minute by minute, in the defense of their nation and culture. THANK GOD that America, Britain, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Israel, Germany et al. are doing all that they feel they can to bolster Ukraine’s defense against the Russian aggression, short of broadening the theatre of war. IMO, NATO-Russia are at war already. NATO is going to include Finland, Sweden, and Ukraine. Russia used to ‘own’ some of these nations, and others, already a part of NATO. Now, it wants them back. Look what Russia is capable of. It will not stop. WHAT I DREAD MORE THAN UKRAINE’S DEFEAT IS UKRAINE’S LOOMING VICTORY OVER RUSSIA…Given Putin’s desperation in that context, given how little honour Putin has, how little respect he possesses for human life, ALL LIFE – witness the carnage his troops are both inflicting and suffering – IMO, he is not a rational actor. He has been in power for so long he has no longer the perspective of one created by god. He has lost all of that, it appears. I FEAR THAT, coming to the precipice of utter defeat and in a moment of ‘passionate defiance’, Putin might just press ‘the button’. America and Europe will react. China will react… And the free-for-all begins. One in which there will be only one winner: Milton’s Lucifer. Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven, says Putin. I wonder if Russians would agree? Headline 1: India seizes $725 million in Xiaomi assets over illegal remittances –  only yesterday, I was deploring India’s pursual of oil contracts with Russia, given the current state of affairs. I see here that $$$ and the war in Ukraine is not the primary issue for India, but that the integrity of the business world is. This is not an attitude particular to India. This attitude is as strong here in Canada and America as it is anywhere. IT IS NEOLIBERAL DEMOCRACY that ENABLED CHINA and now, indirectly, Russia, because China has accorded Russia a sort of ‘blank-cheque’ backing against the Western response to its current aggression. IMO, China and Russia are already scheming and staging for Act III. They incrementally stage for the final confrontation. The timing of the ‘denouement’ will be when Russia/China feel they have acquired the upper hand. All of this made possible by the greed of our erstwhile ‘ruling class’; which is, thanks to the cancer of neoliberalism, now become a cannibalistic (um, money-wise!) ‘master class’ over society, recalling Wells’ morlocks. They no longer steward their societies. Humans do not steward the creator’s Creation. President Biden and his Americans have the right idea. It must be extended to include China, however, and possibly Iran, although I remain hopeful that Iran will reconcile with its Spirit and ditch any and all relations with China’s godless regime and Putin’s pretense of Faith. I pray Iran will embrace Israel and the Sunni Muslim world as lifelong friends. [Aside: Only ego commands that we all be the same. God the creator has seen to it that we are all different (diversity) but that in the Light, operating beyond the constraints of the forms ego creates, we are capable to act as ONE, and to extend god’s Creation, fractal-like, and bear joyful witness to the wonderous directions and forms Creation, so-extended, will take on.] I remain hopeful that Israel will do THE RIGHT THING  and give back the land they stole from the Palestinians. In the same vein, I pray that the Palestinians and Israelis jealously guard one another’s right to exist before and under god. I pray that the Indigenous of Canada will be accorded their own Province with all of the rights of provinces in Canada.  I pray that we recognize that overpopulation and overconsumption are the greatest perils to human existence. We will destroy ourselves quickly (if Putin has his way) or slowly (if neoliberalism continues to drive our priorities), BUT WE WILL DESTROY OURSELVES IF WE DO NOT ADDRESS THIS. The ruling classes will not because there is too much money to be made from war, pestilence, climate change, pollution…human suffering. Pretty sad, isn’t it? Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex. We can change all of this, IF WE UNITE IN THE FACE OF THE TRUE CHALLENGES. Human Ego is our biggest problem. The ego of Wealth is to acquire more wealth. It does not invest itself to the same degree in the consequences of its aspirations upon others in the society. THAT’S HOW SOCIETIES FRACTIONATE INTO US AND THEM. A rope whose strands are loosely bound together cannot stand under load; neither can a society so fractionated by wealth. Wealth seeks to  deepen the fractures among ‘the people’ of ol Abe by having us focus on our differences, ostensibly in support of human rights, while they promote division among us leveraging ‘reverse discrimination’, importing professionals and temporary workers apace and with gusto, the while inundating ‘white males’ with how despicable our social perspective is (continuing, I suppose, what I was exposed to from kindergarten, onwards: ‘What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of. What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dog’s tails, that’s what little boys are made of.’ ) We don’t hear the term, ‘poor white trash’ being bandied about anymore. Why is that? Are all ‘whites’ entitled? I am white. I am male. I have no money to ‘live’, only to ‘survive’. I could not find work and now I am retirement-age and even less likely to find paying work. My government will not increase my ‘disposable income’, nor will it make it possible for me to find work in my neighbourhood, but they will hand out money, hand over fist to businesses and those workers most likely to make the larger contribution to GDP. They didn’t bother to extend the protection to jobless people who had a harder time finding work; but they talked about it a little. IMO, we are being socially engineered/conditioned by Wealth into keeping our egos near the surface, when we should keep our egos to OURSELVES as much as we should keep our hands to ourselves, hello? This is a strategy to keep us forever mindful of how we are different, how some groups are favoured over others [Aside: ‘white’ employers are expected to hire to diversify their workforce, but ‘people of colour’ employers appear to mostly hire ‘people of colour’, not ‘whites’ -this appears to be tolerated by government]. The strategy is effective. Given the subjectivity of ego, accusations of racism/sexism/whatever-ism are enough to get us into trouble with the Law, and, given that due process is set aside so easily, particularly through the Media, ANYONE CAN ACCUSE ANYONE WHO IS ‘WHITE’ AND/OR ‘MALE’ OF JUST ABOUT ANYTHING and it will be incumbent upon the accused, not the accusers, to prove innocence or guilt…this completely overturns the spirit of Westminster jurisprudence. Our governments are responsible to protect our jurisprudence but they kowtow to Wealth; things like ‘due process’ are ignored and ‘the onus of proof’ is reversed. THE ABSENCE OF CHECKS AND BALANCES, without which jurisprudence and democracy cannot function (the absence being a feature of autocracies/the presence under assault by Wealth in neoliberal democracies) is carte blanche for the ruling class to have its way over the society it is supposed to steward. I FOR ONE, AND I WARRANT MOST OF US, DON’T WANT TO TAKE FROM OTHERS WHAT OPPORTUNITY OTHERS WERE GIVEN, we simply want opportunity for ourselves. But this appears to run contrary to investors and corporations who want to get richer, quicker. Because of the ego of Wealth, it is in Wealth’s best interest to divide and conquer, UNTIL THEY NEED US TO EXTRICATE THEM FROM THE TROUBLE THEIR ZEAL FOR MORE WEALTH IS CAUSING THE REST OF THE WORLD…THIS THEN IS WHY NATIONS ARE AT WAR WITHIN THEMSELVES. I DO NOT SEE PEOPLE OF COLOUR AS people of colour. I see them as PEOPLE. As HUMAN BEINGS, and, as human beings, are to be respected FULLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOLDEN RULE. I DO NOT SEE WOMEN FIRST AS WOMEN, BUT AS HUMAN BEINGS, and, as human beings, are to be respected FULLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOLDEN RULE. I DO NOT SEE CHILDREN AS CHATTELS, to be socially conditioned à la Brave New World, or to be commercialized à la neoliberal ruling class ‘mores’. I DO NOT SEE THE EARTH MOTHER, GOD’S GIFT TO ALL, AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN A MOTHER. She loves life and nothing gives her more joy than to see, feel, and hear the joy of the Life SHE BRINGS FORTH…life originating from the Light of Creation. Yet, we are everywhere giving her a makeover, one that is killing her ability to nurture and generate more Life, which is ALL SHE WANTS TO DO…this is Her raison d’être. Motherhood is the SACRED FEMININE. Without her, there is NO LIFE possible. There can be only Darkness…Emptiness…Stillness…LIFELESSNESS… Let us all resolve to be stewards. Let us reconcile with one another in our communities and our communities with our nations, societies, and cultures; and the world of humans with the World of the Creator. Reconciliation follows separation, if we emerge out from under the Shadow of Ego into the fullness of the Light. We need only embrace the Golden Rule, a rule the creator had the Wisdom to impart to all of the World’s Faiths. Prayers for Ukraine, and thanks…if there is a god, your heroism and resolve gladdens the Heart of god as much as Putin’s murderous aggression saddens It.  p.s. It is in ego’s ignorance/blindness that the question of god’s existence has any validity at all… …I recall, as a child of nearly 6, sitting at my desk in Grade One, looking at page one of my brand new catechism, and thinking, when my teacher, Miss Purser, read to us, ‘God always was,’ How could something ‘always be’? Well, I’ve had many years to ponder this…and I would answer this question by asking another question(s), Something cannot come of nothing, so where did everything come from? Something had to ‘always exist’. What is that something? That ‘something’ is the Source of the Beam of Light, originated from the Source of the Big Bang. It is everything packed into that tiny pre-Big Bang ball of material…it is everything that exists today. It proceeds along the arc of space-time, dispelling the Darkness before, and all around it, as it expands in breadth of space; as it proceeds forward in time, back to the beginning. It creates and recreates,  as it proceeds, fractalizing along the way. The path the beam takes is slightly bent and in time the beam will reverse in direction. The expansionary impetus of the Big Bang will reverse in kind. In the end (of the current manifestation of  the creator) all will be gathered unto god, and reconciled within god… and then it all happens again… All this exists…BEYOND THE WALL EGO PLACES BETWEEN THE HUMAN SOUL AND CONSCIOUSNESS OF GOD…and Wealth plays on this by stimulating the thickening of the wall our egos build, dividing us one from the other, while Wealth conspires with Wealth around the World, to become wealthier. THIS THEN IS THE REASON THE WORLD IS AT WAR. EGO REALLY IS THE PROBLEM OF THE WORLD. 29 April 2022 It’s Friday! Remember to thank your god for your having made it to the weekend! Please take a moment to pray in the way of your Faith (or your parents’, if you feel you don’t have one), for the Ukraine, for its allies, and for the people of Ukraine, Russia, and their neighbours. IT IS INSANITY for anyone to threaten to play the nuclear trump card, but Russia is doing that. China Xi’s refusal to rein-in his diabolical partner shows his true colours (like, we needed to be shown?) means that, post-Russia, the World has to take care of Xi and his ‘allies’ of murderous convenience. As for the ‘neoliberal world order’: this is only viable in the minds/psyches of the rich, who directly benefit from it, albeit in the short term. Wealth, in concert with a socio-political philosophy which facilitates the enrichment of the wealth-class to the detriment of ol Abe’s ‘the people’ and the Earth Mother, creates a false narrative. There is no basis in reality (wealth even seeks to replace ‘reality’ with it’s own ‘virtual reality’, to guide the reactions and aspirations and dreams of the ‘masses’). Only in this sort of drama, where does it leave ‘the people’ when the curtain lowers on the final act? ‘The People’ are part of the show. ‘Wealth’ comes to watch. When ‘the play’, written by ‘Wealth’, ends, the playgoers go home, eat, make babies, go to sleep…and then awaken, the next ‘day’,  to attend  a play, written by them, but featuring a new set of ‘actors’. IMO, the creator of the ‘stage’ is not pleased by the way in which humans use and abuse it. N.B. The media thrives on crisis. Because it is our nature to be attracted by threats. The media looks and often ends up creating crises out of thin air, because it is in their interest to do so…if the day doesn’t provide a real crisis, what then, are the writers/anchors to do to, for to get us to watch, for to earn their salaries? If that was my profession, I would be doing the very same thing. Because that’s what my boss demands, in exchange for my paycheck. Do you see what is wrong with our ‘way’, from a social point of view? If you cannot, then, consider how mental illness is on the rise, everywhere. Media is, on the other hand, doing a great human service by showing the World in such intimate detail, and for the first time, the horror that is being perpetrated by Putin (under the watchful eye of Xi) upon Ukraine. This is responsible reporting. It will engage ‘the people’ to support our government in its response to this aggression, even to the point of war. Regaling us daily with the antics, opinions (on things they are no more expert than we are), and business deals of Elon, Bill, Jeff…the 3 Bozos…why, THAT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE REPORTING, it is part of neoliberal social conditioning. p.s. ‘Liberal democracy’ IS NOT ‘NEOLIBERAL DEMOCRACY’. Know the difference. Movement Conservatism is responsible for the usurpation of social progress by neoliberalism. À la Putin, Xi, and all those who govern using Machiavellian principles (even Machiavelli wouldn’t – he was writing about the methods and means of Caesar Borgia in the Prince), they mean to undermine every viable, valuable, social and geopolitical initiative, BUT PAY LIPSERVICE TO THEM ALL. They busily undermine them all, operating from behind ‘the curtain’, with all of the show and pomp of the Wizard of Oz(this abetted by the Media), but in fact, are a sorry little excuse of a man, hiding behind the Curtain which $$$ and Power purchase. God bless Ukraine. God bless America and its allies against Russia (and China). God help the World, our world, to recover its Liberal Democratic mojo from rich people rendered insane by their own wealth/ego. God, please remove the hand of Satan which is lain upon the good people of China and Russia by their governments who are lying to them. God, please send your Hosts to Ukraine, angel and/or human, and pry the grasp Satan exerts upon Ukraine…what they have been living through cannot go on for years or months… …or even days. This has gone on long enough. I came across a headline today indicating that India is pursuing a 6-month oil  contract with Russia. Likely to acquire a special rate. Aren’t they wonderful? Russia is bombing the bejeezus out of a nation full of children who happen to be in Putin’s way. The government of India lacks honour. I had always believed that a nation which could produce the likes of the Mahatma would be a light in the world. THE INDIA THAT TRADES WITH RUSSIA ABETS THE SPREAD OF THE DARKNESS RUSSIA AND CHINA CAST UPON THE EARTH. All for the love of $$$. Foolish, foolish… Make no mistake, nations who would trade $$$ for honour have passed their best days and they are in decline. HONOUR is a feature of folks and nations that OPERATE IN THE LIGHT OF DAY (duh!) rather than from behind a curtain. We in the West have been guilty of this of late. I pray that the lesson is learned, and that we on this side of the East-West line ditch the neoliberal Brave New World once and for all. Speaking of which: Headline 1: How Doug Ford’s budget sets the tone for his Ontario PC election campaign – here we see HOW DYSFUNCTIONAL OUR POLITICS HAS BECOME. There is a reason for this. It begins with a lack of conviction, a lack of honour. It is covered over by half-truths and political legerdemain. No matter whom we elect, we don’t seem to be getting anywhere as a society (but the rich get richer, our communities less safe and more polluted and the Commons more restricted). I recently ‘penned’ a song, in which I say, good is neither ‘left’ nor ‘right’, just ‘f’ the politics and do what’s right…but who does that anymore? As for Poilievre – I’ve watched his antics in Question Period. I can’t imagine him or his minions being the face of Canada to the World. I’m sorry. 28 April 2022 Well, I guess Putin’s ‘spy chief’ has read Machiavelli too: Headline 1: Russian spy chief says U.S., Poland plotting division of UkraineMachiavelli 101: If you are planning something, AND you expect opposition to what you are planning, why, ACCUSE THE OTHER SIDE OF DOING WHAT YOU ARE PLANNING TO DO. Headline 2: Biden to seek $33 billion for Ukraine, a massive jump in funding – IMO, and it took me a long time to get to this point, America is going about things in the right way. They will not confront Russia ‘directly’ because Putin is threatening everyone and with nukes, to boot!  How else can you handle someone who has both a death wish and a bomb in their hands, and is prepared to kill themselves along with their ‘hostages’ and anyone who tries to stop him? Biden’s way is the only way; but he needs everyone to act in lockstep with respect to Russia. Russia must be isolated and enervated until its governing regime unites with the rest of the World as a democracy (um, not the neoliberal ilk, tho’). The confiscation of Russian oligarch property could help somewhat with Ukraine’s rebuild. IT WON’T REPLACE THE LIVES LOST AND FOR THAT PUTIN AND HIS TEAM WILL RENDER FULL ACCOUNT IN DUE TIME and with due process, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STYX. Russia’s twisted sister, China, has to be reined-in too. 27 April 2022 Things are ‘heating-up’ in the World. For the World to survive itself, IT MUST UNITE AGAINST THAT WHICH THREATENS ITS EXISTENCE. Putin is only the latest instance of an ancient curse upon humankind. The curse of ego. The curse is so deeply spiritual, it denies the possibility of a ‘political’ or ‘geopolitical’ solution. Before kingdoms change, men must change, observes Michael York playing John the Baptist in Jesus of Nazareth. Oddly enough, this is not scriptural…it absolutely should have made the grade. We need to stop seeing the World, our place in it, THE REASON FOR OUR BEING IN IT, from the perspective of ‘self-interest’; because, our ego knows only what it wants; conflating this with the presumption of ‘good’. Ego is our gauge of what is ‘good’ but ego is not equipped to anticipate all of the ‘side effects’ of getting what it esteems as good. Addictions are one example of the ego phenomenon. We cannot ‘fix’ ego, anymore than we can stop the Earth from tilting on its axis so that the Northern Hemisphere experiences perpetual Summer. Ego is what it is. We must learn to live with our ego. Putin is right now playing the role of Milton’s Lucifer. He is ego-bound to acquire Ukraine, TO THE POINT WHERE HE WOULD INFLICT THE MOST EGREGIOUS BLOODSHED UPON KIDS AND ELDERS AND DISPLACE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. Only ego is able to rationalize ‘Lucifer’s  formula’, where one would destroy something in order to be master over it. And he’s not even done with Ukraine, his FM is threatening to play the nuke card! When that happens, we’re all in Putin’s/Xi’s sights. Contrast this with, Headline 1: Rae condemns UN Security Council veto as Ukraine pushes Canadian sanction seizure law – the existence of a U.N. Security Council ‘Veto’ effectively decouples the executive body of the U.N. from the elective body of the U.N. (representing the nations of the World) by giving nations on the council the power to do whatever they want. The initiative to have the U.N. Security Council members explain their veto to the G.A. is a great half-step; however, a set of tenets must be established as a standard against which a UNSC veto may be evaluated AND THE VETO DENIED if no agreement can be reached with the GA. In other words, the UNSC / UNGA relationship would take on the character of Canada’s House of Commons – Senate relationship. In both cases, the executive body in both systems would be rendered accountable to the ‘people’ (voters in Canada/MPs) and decoupled from POWER: business/corporations/investors in Neoliberal ‘democracies’ /China-US-Russia-France-UK permanent member veto  ‘chokehold’ upon the UN. To Ambassador Rae, a big thumbs-up! I do not entertain the same sympathies for the Conservative MP who makes headlines (whether it should have been a ‘headline’, why that’s the shoe of the ‘media’) deploring a study connecting resource development and violence against the Indigenous, Headline 2: Tory MP calls study of link between resource development, violence ‘disgraceful’ – um, this is what I mean about ‘headlines’…this IS NOT NEWS. Workers leave their communities and gather here and there, far from the lives they know…they work hard, and, to pass the time, they will party-hard…most of them will simply wobble off to bed afterwards; but some will turn ugly, um, statistically-speaking. That is what the study is about…about something that has always been that way. It is not ‘disgusting’ as the MP says, it is morally obligatory to study these things to create awareness and from the awareness, build an informed solution. ‘Ignorance’, observed Einstein, ‘is condemnation without investigation.’ The MP is twice guilty. There are many developments along the Ukraine front. We may soon see a quantum development, but for now, I am grateful to Germany for their tanks. Germany finds itself very much in a ‘damned-if-we-do/damned-if-we-don’t’ scenario wrt to Russian oil and gas. US/Canada is likewise immersed in the same sort of  scenario wrt to China. IT WAS A MISTAKE TO INTEGRATE OURSELVES ECONOMICALLY WITH THE REGIMES OF EITHER OF THESE NATIONS and we should have known better; but for the forked-tongue wiles of neoliberalism, used by greedy ruling class folks to facilitate their garnering of $$$ and increasing control over their societies. If Elon Musk donates Twitter to the UN, I’ll apologize to him, but until that happens, the World should be wary of such things… Oligarchy is the rule of wealth. Wealth-acquisition is a feature of ego. Ego,  always looking to please itself, is in the unwitting service of Satan and Darkness, because it is stupid and shortsighted. Ego lives in the head and cannot see very well. It abides in darkness. Neither the light of the Sun nor f the creator ever gets into the head/the mind, unless we cultivate mindfulness of what is beyond the head…To see what is possible outside of the box we must ‘think outside the box’, oui? Prayers for Ukraine, for Europe, and the World. Prayers for the Chinese and Russian people and for all of those who call Russia and China, ‘home’. Prayers that the evil which has its hand on both of these nations is removed forever, that their peoples may exist alongside of and in collaboration with all of the other peoples of the World, AND NEVER AGAIN DO WHAT THE WORLD SEES THEY ARE DOING TO UKRAINE. Prayers for Ukraine and for the World we leave to our children. For that, today, I thank god, Ukraine’s valour, the exemplary leadership of their President Zelenskyy, and those leaders around the World who are rising in UNITY to the challenge Russia and China now present. p.s. A new post, today: The Dependency on the State. ============================================================================= missing dates 16 March 2022 thru 26 April 2022 ============================================================================= 15 March 2022 Beware the Ides of March. In this way, on this day, many years ago, Julius Caesar was warned of his imminent peril. He ignored the warning. Soon after, he was foully attacked and murdered; among the attackers, someone very dear and dear to him. In some way, Europe is the Brutus of the Senate (NATO) which now seeks some common ground, WITH THE DEVIL/THE ENEMY, to keep the oil flowing, EACH BARREL BOUGHT BEING A KNIFE STUCK INTO THE BREAST OF THE ONLY NATION IN THE WORLD TASKED WITH POLICING BOTH THE WESTERN HALF OF THE WORLD (being its eastern flank) and the EASTERN HALF OF THE WORLD (being its western flank). I realize shutting off the oil is going to cause hardship. The Blue Suits of Belgium (aka, the EU Parliament, and yes, I know they wear all colours not only blue ). Let us ship as much oil from here as we can to help Europe weather out the Winter – BUT LET US NOT SIT BACK, LIKE EUROPE, AND PROCLAIM OUR SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE, OUR BEING ‘with Ukraine’, um, from a safe distance. Meanwhile, the U.S. has let China know it is prepared to stand up to them. The U.S. is pushing the envelope as far as it can on Ukraine without cornering Putin completely, that wild and ferile marshmallowhead with his finger twitching on ‘the Button’. [p.s. Elon, don’t fight Putin alone. Your fist will get stuck in the marshmallow, and then he’s got you!)  The Americans, led by Joe Biden, are as afraid of WWIII as the rest of us, but it appears they know  APPEASEMENT ONLY GIVES THE ENEMY MORE TIME TO ENTRENCH itself and the harder and more costly it will be to root them out of their hole. And yet, withal, the EU, for fear of getting out of bed in the middle of the night in the middle of Winter, is prepared to lay next to the devil himself, exchanging its future soul for a few BTUs. They avoid a tough decision, one that would oblige their wealthy to dig deep into their pockets to supply the warmth to the citizens of Europe (p.s. that’s what wealth is supposed to be for, in the ‘stewardship’ model – it is only because we are under the thumb of Wealth already and their neoliberal ‘democracy’ that I am even talking about this – under the Stewardship model, the EU  would already be setting up ‘Plan B’ for its heat – not undermining the American’s ability to protect Europe. p.s. if our wealthy had not persisted in the oil business (calls and capabilities for electric vehicles/technology has been around for a long time), had the will been there to change at the first hint of petro-trouble, we’d all be driving Elon’s cars, long before Elon even graduated. BUT, there was all this oil under the ground and seabed, waiting to be had (and despite the environmental risks/degradation, we continued to extract it; we chose the spiralling path downward, because it was easy, AND THERE WAS, ABOVE ALL ELSE, $$$ TO BE MADE…YAHOO!). Now look where we have arrived at: Hell’s Gate. Or, the Curia of Pompey… America is getting its ducks all lined up. It knows it will have to defend Taiwan and the South China Sea and all of those nations in the region (the ones friendly with China should change sides, NOW. We  need to overwhelm China and convince the regime it is better to be a participant in the region rather than to try to be their OVERLORDS. That would be the old way, the way Putin is trying to resurrect, with the blood of Ukrainian children. America is also sending troops to Europe to bolster NATO. It promised to fight for Europe, like it did in WWI and WWII -even though it had no contract to defend Europe, its sense of HONOUR obliged it to come to Europe’s aid. TWICE ALREADY. And counting… Europe denounced Trump for threatening to pull out of NATO, and for good reason. NOW EUROPE SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE TO BUY OIL FROM PUTIN, even though it sees the same carnage being inflicted upon people whose only sin was being in Putin’s way; even though that money is sustaining Russia’s murderous foray into its neighbour’s home. NOW, the rest of the World, our world, is aligning itself according to their immediate short term interests: Who is going to be the winning side? v. What is the right thing to do? The right thing to do is to present a united front of all the World’s nations, right now, to China and Russia and, if Iran is with those two, then Iran also. I reserved a special place for MBS, along side of Putin, Xi, Hitler, Stalin…all of those murderous creeps, made so by $$$/Power. The ‘mob’ awaits Caesar in the curia of Pompey (now situated in Brussels). It is caught between its fear of Caesar and its need to maintain its identity wrt to everyone on the ‘outside’. So it chooses to continue its own economic recovery from COVID by doing deals with the devil. It may fear Caesar, and for good reason: if Wealth’s neoliberal ways continue to inform its values, America will lead us to hell as surely as Putin and Xi would. Wealth is a fabric and it is this fabric wealthy people are cut from (duh!), no matter where they live or their ‘surface aspect’, to wit: Western  neoliberal ‘democracy’ or Eastern ‘authoritarianism). But it is potentially more infected by Wealth than America is right now and cannot find the political will to do the right thing, RIGHT NOW. NOW is the only opportunity we are given to make things right. Wealth and its vehicles of control are what is wrong with the World and what is responsible for bringing us once again to the precipice of global war. It will, like the other two wars, accomplish nothing but massive bloodshed and misery and destruction, while it sets the stage for the next human-suborned holocaust. Our only hope is that, this time, if global war breaks out, we destroy all vestiges of humanity so completely that only a few humans remain; essentially putting us back to a prediluvian footprint…we’d be starting all over again. I am praying today that President Biden is successful in bringing about peace tomorrow in Rome. Our Pope will be close by if not in the same room and I know our Pope is praying with all his heart for Biden to find a way to get Putin to back off. Putin’s head may be marshmallow-soft, but his heart is become hardened as a missile silo – resistant even to the sanity of never threatening to use nukes. But Biden will not appease Putin or Xi. That has never been the ‘American way’. They have always sought collaboration, even from folks who were born on the wrong side of the line but spirited for liberty. America seeks the support of its allies. This will cost its allies. But it should be regarded as an ‘investment’ in humanity and human progress. It would not be regarded as an investment by neoliberals; but it is the neoliberals who have brought the World to the precipice of war, among and within nations. When war is everywhere, guess what, you moved. You are no longer on god’s Earth. You have dug your way down to hell. Same goes when you live in a world of self-interest. That’s Satan’s gig…hello? And this is how we allowed Wealth, in its service of Satan, to corrupt the wonderfully enlightened institution the Athenian Greeks left as their legacy to the World. SELF-INTEREST. e.g.o. Biden can be Caesar for the purpose of the metaphor. He goes to Rome. But the ‘curia of Pompey’ is the EU Parliament, where the BSBs are gathered. The BSBs raise their knives and attack Caesar in effigy by voting to continue to receive oil and provide Russia with $$$ for its war chest against Ukraine, while they stand atop the bodies of Ukrainian men, women, and children…bombed out of their homes and lives…even a baby only a day or two away from being born – now dead. Mother, now dead; only a day or two earlier filled with life and hope…a new ‘bundle of joy’ as babies are… Caesar, this time, listens. He is no fool. He is an elder himself, and has suffered the loss of a son, something no parent should ever have to experience. He is of Wealth, likely,  but may have cultivated the ability to be conscious outside of the shadow Wealth/ego casts upon the human soul – if so, he will be righting his own listing ship at the same time that he is trying to organize a new, universal, ‘coalition of the willing’ to free Russia and China and the World from the wiles of Satan and his earthly cronies. The hopes of America and the World reside in President Joe Biden. The Republic TV anchor is saying now’s the time to end the proxy war business. He’s right. IMO, PJB already knows this and is preparing. Here’s my thing: the Americans know they will get hammered by PuXi’s hypersonic missile systems. They have no defense against them. In two years, they may, but, that DOES NOT HELP UKRAINE. Still, Biden is standing in the face of PuXi and is slowly inserting himself between PuXi and PuXi’s rapacious objectives. BECAUSE HE SEES CHILDREN DYING AT THE HANDS OF MALICIOUS POWER, and, despite the peril, he doesn’t see any other option. Because THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION. [and, to EU, this is precisely the point: there is no other option for you…you must close the oil faucet. [I heard one of the pundits on Vassy Kapelos’ P&P say yesterday that shutting down Russian oil ‘is not going to happen because…’ then he rattled off some number