Monthly Archives: August 2013

Broken Resistance

Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.

Read the entire article  ”8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance”

By Bruce E. Levine HERE at AlterNet.org

Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. A 2010 Gallup poll asked Americans “Do you think the Social Security system will be able to pay you a benefit when you retire?” Among 18- to 34-years-olds, 76 percent of them said no. Yet despite their lack of confidence in the availability of Social Security for them, few have demanded it be shored up by more fairly payroll-taxing the wealthy; most appear resigned to having more money deducted from their paychecks for Social Security, even though they don’t believe it will be around to benefit them.

How exactly has American society subdued young Americans?

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Inspection- The British are Coming! The British are Coming! Oh, Wait… “Americans?”

by Ken Carman

 Grandmother takes care of her grandchildren off and on. One of her grandchildren, while she is away, sells some pot to a friend. The police come and take her house: prosecuting under civil law, and demand she prove her house wasn’t bought with drug profits. They have no proof: they don’t need proof under civil law, which in this case flips innocent until proven guilty to guilty until proven innocent. Forget “reasonable doubt.” That has been disappearing for a long time.
  But the new standard for what some dare call “justice,” starting here and soon to be the standard period, is the grandmother must prove she obtained absolutely no benefit from what someone else was did, something no one has to prove she even knew about: an almost impossible pursuit. However, claiming such, and making her fight the charges financially and legally: far too easy.
  Didn’t we fight a war over this once? Read more

Inspection- The British are Coming! The British are Coming! WAIT! “Americans?”

by Ken Carman

 Grandmother takes care of her grandchildren off and on. One of her grandchildren, while she is away, sells some pot to a friend. The police come and take her house: prosecuting under civil law, and demand she prove her house wasn’t bought with drug profits. They have no proof: they don’t need proof under civil law, which in this case flips innocent until proven guilty to guilty until proven innocent. Forget “reasonable doubt.” That has been disappearing for a long time.
  But the new standard for what some dare call “justice,” starting here and soon to be the standard period, is the grandmother must prove she obtained absolutely no benefit from what someone else was did, something no one has to prove she even knew about: an almost impossible pursuit. However, claiming such, and making her fight the charges financially and legally: far too easy.
  Didn’t we fight a war over this once? Read more

Doldrums

I have been extremely lazy this summer. There is no excuse for it. The weather, although very hot in the early weeks, has been quite pleasant. Even though it might get hot and humid by mid-afternoon, it has not been miserable. The evenings and mornings have been great and most nights have been quite cool. So my excessive sleeping is only because the weather has been so good for it.
My garden has pretty much taken care of itself. The rain has reduced the need to carry water, and my plants have been so lush that weeding has been almost non-existent. I don’t have enough produce to require a real harvest. My beans and cucumbers have basicly been eat as they grow. I am losing cherry tomatoes now that they are ripening quickly. I could harvest kale, but it will keep growing for quite a while now.
I expanded the garden enough that I don’t have much lawn to mow, and my granddaughter takes care of that.
Housekeeping does not seem to be quite the problem it once was. I did a massive cleaning while the family was away. I really hoed out the place, and made things orderly. I’m not sure if it is that, that inspired others to help, or if it is just that the grand-kids are older and not so messy. Or perhaps – since the weather has been so good, we are motivated to pick up after ourselves. My daughter was inspired to tackle a renovation of our pantry – kudos to her.

Now I need to organize that craft room and then make use of it.

I have been sleeping a lot. Sure – I faithfully and punctually go to work. I do the housekeeping and make dinner, shop, do the laundry, walk the dog, etc. But I sleep a lot. This is a luxury I’ve never had before. It scares the heck out of me. I mostly work afternoons, and when I get home I often take a nap. On my long day that runs from 6-6, that nap sometimes runs through the night. I am no longer up at 5 am to weed the garden, though I am often up at 2 am to walk the dog. Sometimes I nap before work. OK- that usually means I have been accomplishing something.

I read a lot, but I haven’t been writing much. I play computer solitaire. Read more

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