Happy Thanksgiving

Today I am going to attempt to temporarily suspend fixation on the past atrocities associated with this holiday, the massive injustices being committed against the original inhabitants of this land as I type these words, and the systemic inequalities and divisions that plague these United States of America.

I am going to spend quality time with my family, enjoy the fruits of the harvest, and acknowledge the multitude of blessings that have fallen into my lap.

Tomorrow I will avoid rabid consumerism that only serves to feed the Beast.

Be grateful for the little things that we all tend to take for granted.  Seek contentment however fleeting.  Spread unconditional love.  Embrace humility.

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10 Steps to Fix The United States of America TODAY

Food for thought.

Step 1.

Election Campaigns are funded entirely by taxes. No exceptions.

Step 2.

No lifetime appointments. Every position has term limits and no person may hold the position for more than one term. No exceptions.

Step 3.

Flat personal tax. Flat corporate tax. No subsidies. No exceptions.

Step 4.

No private ownership of prisons, bridges, federal land, anything. No exceptions.

Step 5.

Close military bases and CIA Black Sites abroad. Bring all troops home with the exception of those on humanitarian missions. Stop hiring private contractors as soldiers. If legitimate just war is entered into, when it is over stop awarding contracts to rebuild to corporations. No exceptions.

Step 6.

Decriminalize drug use and possession of reasonable amounts of a controlled substance. Require treatment as opposed to incarceration. No exceptions.

Step 7.

Convert to 100% renewable energy by 2025. No exceptions.

Step 8.

No privately owned utilities. Break them up. Break up the banks too while we are at it. All utilities should be owned by the people. No exceptions.

Step 9.

Immediately enact a NEW New Deal program to repair and upgrade the infrastructure of the country focusing on mass public transit. This will support achievement of Step 7 as well as bring succor to the unemployed. Upon completion a reasonable level of personnel will remain on to maintain, and upgrade infrastructure further when necessary. No exceptions.

Step 10.

Marriage Equality. Comprehensive Welfare. Universal Healthcare. Ban on Assault Weapons. Ban on pesticides. Ban on artificial sweeteners. Two years of mandatory public service in various forms. Return P.E., Art, and Music to our public educational system which should be expanded. You get the idea. No exceptions.

I Don’t…I Just Can’t Understand…Fuck It

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Via Mother Jones

 

“Judge not.  Lest ye be judged.”  “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”  And fucking so on.

I read the above linked article and was sick to my stomach.  There is so much messed up shit going on in the world today.  Our own government spends billions on weapons to remotely rain death upon brown people on the other side of the world.  That is a fact.  Look it up if you do not believe me.  Young children in our own country go hungry each and every day.  So-called First World nations gluttonously consume resources at the expense of developing nations.  The list goes on and on.

AND WE ARE BEGRUDGING PEOPLE  THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHT OF FORMAL RECOGNITION OF LOVING WHO THEY WISH TO LOVE???  ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?

I have one question.  How would you feel if someone discriminated against you for loving the opposite sex?  It would probably feel pretty shitty if I had to make an educated guess.