The Taking Of America 1 2 3

THE GIFT OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY IS FOR PEOPLE NOT CORPORATIONS. 

We have all heard a story that begins like this: “When they came for the Jews, I stood silent, When they came for the Gypsy’s, I said nothing, Now their coming for me; who will stand up for me?”

In very few words this historical reminder of Germany’s greatest failure, reminds us of a similar experience and one of the reasons our founding fathers formed America. Our nation was to be a cohesive nation made strong, not weak, by our differences! We would respect the minorities and treat them as equals. We chose to do this for selfish reasons as well as idealistic ones. One of these selfish being our own protection, as the German story reminds us. Of course we, in our great experiment with democracy, have learned of many more reasons to be diverse.

In the poem, “I hear America Singing,” by Walt Whitman, we discover some of the magic that professional diversity affords us. Each industrious worker is seen doing his job. As Americans we should remember the different nations that joined us each bringing their unique skill. This is the key to our longevity and what has made us greater than any other nation on Earth!

Since I was a little kid, I heard stories of the Mohawks who helped build skyscrapers. In 1886, a Canadian company, building a bridge over the St. Lawrence river discovered the Mohawk’s fearless nature, when they hired them to help build the bridge. The Mohawks climbed steel like it was second nature. When a span collapsed killing 30 of their tribesmen, they came in greater numbers seeing it as a challenge not a failure.

About half of the 19th century Italian immigrants were laborers, compared to 1/3 of the Irish and Germans. Contracted out by professional labor brokers known as “Padrones” they dug tunnels, built bridges, laid tracks and helped build skyscrapers. In Chicago over 90% of the steel workers were Italians.

Each nation brought its skills and the blessings of its unique gene pool and culture. The Jews became lawyers, doctors and business owners. The Irish made our cities safe as, policemen, firemen and other city workers. The list goes on and on…

But back to the story of “When they came for the Jews…” President Eisenhower warned us to beware of the “Military Industrial Complex.” He was warning us of the dangerous political influence that corporate America had discovered was within its grasp. He was warning us that we needed to stay true to our principles by keeping the values of our founding fathers, our Judeo-Christian values.

Now nearly a quarter of a century back, corporate America was noting that it could not balance its books, when it kept its contractual obligations to its employees. For example, GM had promised to be the healthcare “god” to its workers and this expenditure was now causing them to pass along too much of this financial burden to car buyers. Many corporations were guilty of this as well, as in promising retirement plans they could not afford later. Our Government was one of the very worst of those in promising both to its employees and then passing along this unearned expense to taxpayers.

In the Clinton era, an unholy alliance was forming. Corporate money for elections, if you take the burden off the corporate books and put it on the taxpayers! Hillary could now smell election victory as the first female president; all she needed was healthcare reform.

Government should be about doing the right thing for the people but, it has become about getting re-elected and serving whatever master has the most money. This it turns out, is the corporate alliance that Ike warned us about. As a result, the medical profession, then made of loosely knit organizations of individual entrepreneurs became their target. The real issues of health care reform and efficiency were never tackled because it dealt with death and dying. Death and dying means dealing with religious values as well as philosophical ones, which are hard to face and too easy to skirt. A huge majority of healthcare expenses comes from what we call “heroic” efforts to keep the sick, dying, very old alive. This effort often ends in their suffering a degrading death at the hands of too many technicians and doctors. Witness to this is in the form of the ever growing number of Living Wills, Do Not Resuscitate Agreements and Health Care Proxys.

The doctors of America were the ideal target for corporate savings; they were small business owners and had no unions to defend them.. Over the next quarter century doctors were then bled into bankruptcy. As a result, individual doctors, practicing privately, are now a rarity. Doctor’s incomes have dropped so significantly, thanks to corporate run managed care, that the majority of doctors are part time mom’s or foreigners from impoverished nations such as India (not to say the Indians are not excellent doctors).

In every song we need a refrain that repeats, so here it comes again. “When they came for the Jews…” Are you beginning to see that pattern of history?

The corporations next discovered that they could make more money if they hired foreigners from third world nations and yet still claimed to be American companies. They claimed to be American companies to keep all the benefits of your paying for their defense with your life should they be threatened. Of course your life would not matter as they fired you and hired the workers overseas. Oh yes, they would bribe you with the short sighted benefit of low cost Chinese products,  until your bank account ran out. Soon you and your neighbors lost their jobs and were forced into low paying service jobs at Home Depot or Walmart to sell the foreign products that were putting you out of work.

More recently the government has decided that the taxpayers should pay for corporate failures by being obligated to pay for corporate financial losses and fraud.

Lets try the refrain again with a little update, “When they came for the Doctors, I stood silent, When they came for the blue collar workers, I said nothing, Now they are coming for me; who will stand up for me?”

When you laugh at the disorganized rag tag protestors of “Wall Street.” Remember you are part of America and their concerns are in many ways yours. If you are an aging Hippy or a proud Viet Nam era vet note that you are not dead yet. America is not dead yet. America gains its power from diversity not homogeneity. Before they take America, take it back! Overcome the illusions of disagreement and remember that we are all in this together and for Each Other. Corporations and Governments are soul-less institutions that have taken over the rights of God’s children.  Trump promised to bring business back to America to employ Americans and he promised to keep the influence of government for the people, by the people and of the people (not corporate bribes to congressmen).  Let’s see that Trump keeps his promises and not let the media divide Americans.

I believe our founding fathers would organize against the corporatocracy that has taken over America, what about you?  Hold Trump to his promises and stay united for all.

…Janr Ssor

 

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A Case For An American Operating System Anti-Virus

Microsoft Windows in an Operating System (O.S.)   Android is an OS for your phone.  Some like Mac’s and  the apple operating system is an OS too!   An OS is a set of ruies that makes a computer run,  which means “know what do do.”  When you were born, you had no OS and acted like it.  You urinated on the floor,  could not speak or move much and basically you did not “Know what to do.”??????????????????????

IN 1776,  some well read people got together and decided to write why we needed an OS for America,  we called this defined need the “Declaration Of Independence.”  They soon followed it by creating the constitution of the united states of America. This was the OS, we would live by and modify as our survival required.

It is now over 200 years later,  2013,  and perhaps for some, that “13” is ominous as it may portend the end of America as caused by many viruses. Are you confused at this point?  Are you wondering what are the Viruses that have attacked America?  Let me help clarify that and keep in mind that our constitution, legislature, judiciary and executive office are just parts of the computer that the OS controls.  Oh yes, there are the many applications that run in this OS.  Some examples are:    Farms,  Homes,  Wall Street “firms”,  Doctors, Hospitals,  Supermarkets, The Military and much more.  It has worked pretty well for 200 years with some glitches as viruses and malware have invaded our system.  One big example was the leveraged buying in the Early 1900’s,  that helped precipitate the “Great Depression.”

A VIRUS is a complex set of rules that are “hidden” away from clear view and inserted into an operating system to create an effect its designer wanted.  This “effect”  is usually nefarious and at the cost of significant pain to its “host organism,” in this case our country.  The “Leveraged buying”  was such a device that helped create disaster in 1929.   In the year 2008,  Wall street’s  new virus,  known as “Derivatives”  became the new infamous catalyst for a second disaster one of Epic Proportions as it has almost bankrupted America.  Of course it is an over simplification to say that Derivatives caused the recession but it is not an over simplification to say that it helped catalyze the recession.  Other obvious things are,  congresses pressuring banks to make home ownership a “right” and not a privilege earned.  After all we have our “rights,”  which by re-definition can be almost anything we can take from someone else in the name of “equal rights”  when a Virus redefines what our constitution stood for.   The banks and financial institutions also created a virus as they pressured congress to eliminate the Glass-Steagall Act which protected American from the corruption that helped cause the Great Depression.

Instead of letting America slide down the tube of history into the role of a debtor nation, we need to restore our OS,  to protect and defend what our fathers fought for for over 200 years!  We need an Anti-Virus!  An anti-virus would not be a part of the OS,  as it has not been part of Microsoft’s Windows ever before.  There is too much risk of collusion in such a bond; we don’t need another governmental institution.   An American Anti-Virus should be an independent institution created by volunteers from the best America has to offer.  America still has the people, the will, the institutions and the resources to recover and lead the world into freedom (by example and not by warfare).   To create this new institution,  I suggest that the we need to create first a “constitutional convention”  in which the best minds share ideas as to what the Anti-virus should look like and how to go about writing its rules.  As a first thought, I would suggest creating it on the WORDPRESS Platform as a publication with many respected authors and a forum for discussion.  I have started several organizations for a purpose but without a plan and just let those with like minds help define the plan.  This works!  I suggest calling it “THE AMERICAN ANTI-VIRUS”  and forming a panel of national leaders whose ethics,  writings and actions are unquestionable.  Its goals should be to serve initially as a publication to attract creative minds and readership as it defines itself in service of our nation.  Picture this for one moment!  A publication with weekly articles by hundreds of respected authors describing their concerns for the issues that define America’s viability such as: Uncontrolled corporate greed,  Banking dangers,  Wall Street’s instabilities (such as the still viable derivative!),  congressional legislation serving those who bribe them rather than our country….etc.  It is quite possible to take a sea of knowledge and distill it into a simple publication that any busy harried citizen can read.  Hyperlinks are a marvelous tool for those who need more.  At least define the issues. When the issues are defined the solutions will be found.  After all the first step in a journey of 1,000 miles is just one foot forward.

Is this a “think tank?”  No, I hope not, as think tanks don’t necessarily create change, provide leadership and police the nation’s future security.  It will have to be something more, that creative minds define. Perhaps we can take a lesson from China in this regard and without assigning a new role to government assign a role to free people and honest leadership. If China can crawl out of poverty at a rate that makes America’s past ascension seem slow then there is much to learn.

Think of our “Constitutional Convention” as a Ted Talks  in written form with an audience soon to be acquired; but,  with an action plan to create the American Anti-virus, as an institution to watch over America as it grows once more to its potential prominence.

Janr Ssor

Genetically Modified Food Fight Fails!

Proposition 37, Requiring the labeling of genetically modified “food’,  failed to be approved by California voters by a small margin in the 2012 election.  Foods that may poison you and your children will be on your table,  unknown to you!

It is a tragedy that greedy unethical companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Dow and Dupont  have kept the right to deceptively poison our population.  How could this happen?   See the inserts below to understand and perhaps see the dangers of being a Plutocracy,  which many have now claimed is America’s new form of  government.

California Proposition 37
Result Votes Percentage
Defeated No 4,845,291 53.1%
Yes 4,285,787 46.9%
Total campaign cash Invest.png
as of November 3, 2012
2012 ballot measure endorsements Support: $8,700,000
Circle thumbs down.pngOpposition: $45,600,000

Money donated to support this proposition:

Donor Amount
Organic Consumers Fund $1,334,865
Mercola Health Resources $1,115,000
Kent Whealy $1,000,000
Nature’s Path Foods $660,709
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps $566,438
Mark Squire/Stillonger Trust $440,000
Wehah Farm (Lundberg Family Farms) $251,500
Ali Partovi $219,113
Amy’s Kitchen $200,000
Great Foods of America $177,000
Alex Bogusky $100,000
Clif Bar & Co. $100,000
Cropp Cooperative (Organic Valley) $100,000
Annie’s, Inc. $50,000
Michael S. Funk $50,000
Nutiva $50,000

Money Donated To defeat This Proposition:

Donor Amount
Monsanto $8,112,867
E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co. $5,400,000
Pepsico, Inc. $2,145,400
Grocery Manufacturers Association $2,002,000
DOW Agrisciences $2,000,000
Bayer Cropscience $2,000,000
BASF Plant Science $2,000,000
Syngenta Corporation $2,000,000
Kraft Foods Global $1,950,500
Coca-Cola North America $1,700,500
Nestle USA $1,315,600
Conagra Foods $1,176,700
General Mills $1,135,300
Kellogg Company $790,000
Smithfield Foods $683,900
Del Monte Foods $674,100
Campbell’s Soup $500,000
Heinz Foods $500,000
Hershey Company $493,900
The J.M. Smucker Company $485,000
Bimbo Bakeries $422,900
Ocean Spray Cranberries $387,100
Mars Food North America $376,650
Council for Biotechnology Information $375,000
Hormel Foods $374,300
Unilever $372,100
Bumble Bee Foods $368,500
Sara Lee $343,600
Kraft Food Group $304,500
Pinnacle Foods $266,100
Dean Foods Company $253,950
Biotechnology Industry Organization $252,000
Bunge North America $248,600
McCormick & Company $248,200
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company $237,664
Abbott Nutrition $234,500
Cargill, Inc. $226,846
Rich Products Corporation $225,537
Flowers Foods $182,000
Dole Packaged Foods $171,261
Knouse Foods Cooperative $164,731

This Food Nearly Guarantees You Tumors!

Corn should be healthy, if eaten in moderation; but, not if it is GMO corn, genetically altered by Monsanto.  Almost ALL the corn in your supermarket is Monsanto’s genetically modified corn!  Listen to this short video below,  from Dr Joseph Mercola,  reporting on the latest  studies of this  Serious Danger To Your Children’s Health!   Then consider supporting the California proposition to require labeling of GMO products,  such as the  unlabeled supermarket corn,  that is killing you and your children!  Join the center for food safety’s petition to congress.  All across the world countries are banning Monsanto’s  GMO foods.  Even countries like Russia are banning Monsanto’s toxic harvest and other countries will follow soon.

The Nazis experimented on innocent children in prison camps,  and in historical retrospect the world has labeled the Nazis the most evil people in human history.   Monsanto is doing the same with your children.  Think about it!   All across the world nations are banning Monsanto’s dangerous “foods.”   Here is the latest report from French Scientists.

Is Heart Surgery Worth It? – Businessweek

For nearly 10 years I have been reading articles about cholesterol,  high blood

Is Heart Surgery Worth It? - Businessweek

pressure and blocked arteries.  An article by Dr Eddy,  an epidemiologist,  showed that open heart surgery,  bypass, and angioplasty was not only a waste of time but very likely to cause more health issues than just medication and lifestyle changes.  Don’t believe it?  See the article below before you donate your body just to help a hospital make some extra income.

Is Heart Surgery Worth It? – Businessweek.

Janr Ssor

Not Kid’s Games

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Janr

Bernanke’s Fed VS Ron Paul

Is Ben Bernanke is the only serous policy maker in the District of Columbia? Richard Lehmann at Forbes thinks so.  He says, congress and the President are much too involved in re-election politics to address the mounting fiscal problems we face.

Lehmann says,  Bernanke is expanding monetary policy in an effort to get the nation’s finances at the federal, state and local levels back into balance with expected revenues, including trillions in unfunded entitlements and mandates.  He says,  it’s unlikely this can be accomplished through growth and cost cutting. So the Fed clams it has settled upon inflation as the solution.  Inflation is well known for its long term negative effects, but few ever speak of inflation’s short term benefits.

Lehmann says,  inflation robs from those with wealth to benefit those with massive debts, such as Uncle Sam and states like California, New York and Illinois. It steals from taxpayers through higher nominal taxes while depreciating the value of their financial assets.  It steals from pensioners and workers by devaluing the benefits promised and received. It also tends to drive appreciation in hard assets, such as real estate and gold.

The benefit of inflation now is that it should bolster the housing market and reduce the likelihood homeowners will walk away from their underwater properties. Inflation thus could be used as  an economic reset button. The Federal Reserve gets to effect policy without public discussion and without anyone having to face an election.

Lehmann says,  Bernanke can  promise stable rates for the next three years in pursuit of this effort and thereby show how Fed policy is really “quite transparent.”  When inflation finally reaches levels that can no longer be ignored, interest rates will be raised. But those raises will continually lag the rate of inflation on the radonale that we don’t want to hurt the economy.

Whether an inflationary policy by the Fed is right or wrong is a hard question to answer. In addition is this Bernake’s efforts or just what is going to happen because we cannot control our financial situation?

Lehmann says there are some possible inflation shelters:  real estate, commodities, stocks, adjustable-rate debt and precious metals.

While the long-term effects of inflation are unpleasant, there are maybe no  alternatives to our current situation.  It is a possible way of returning some balance and reality to our current economic confusion.  A free market can do that, though had we not borrowed so much money to forestall these events,  I think it would have long ago been resolved.

Lehmann says,  that as an instrument of policy inflation is a cowardly solution, but then, cowardice is what got us into this predicament in the first place.

I would call it cowardice and  greed.  Corporations who promised too much and would not deal with the unrealistic expectations of unions or wage expectations.  Corporations who live for the next quarter and not their long term viability.  Individuals who borrowed on their home mortgages for stupid luxuries and vacations,  blindly wanting to believe there was no end to their home value that was never going to deflate.   We are all to blame,  especially for our personal inaction when we noted NOW and THEN that congress  responds to bribes and not votes.

We have yet to dump the crooks and bums called congress and the White House.  The only real candidate for change is Ron Paul and people are still clinging to the status quo that they hope will avoid inflation.  This is True Cowardice.   Change is always scary but there is no joy in life without challenge…. just a slow death.

Janr Ssor

People Power!

About 20 years ago I created a BBS (Something Like a mini AOL) that ran from my house to the world via 4 phone lines, like me, many others thought this new media would change the world.

I called it “People Power BBS”  because I believed what Ross Perot said,  that Modem Democracy would change the world. … it may be that it just took a little longer and happened in another way.
It seemed that technology would be the driving force for change in our world’s future.  All over the world,  nerdy people like me, where linking communities to

communities in the miracle of overnight email.  We called it FidoNet.  Hundreds of users were dialing into my BBS day and night to reach out and talk with others all across the world.  We then created US Political Network (US Pol-Net) to get people talking about the real issues of running our country.  As it turns out it was very much too early in the history of technological adoption to do what we dreamed of.   Even more importantly it may just be that it is not the technology but the concepts of non-violent protest that the technology enhances that really makes the change.

Srđa Popović was one of the founders and key organizers with the Serbian student nonviolent resistance group Otpor! Their nonviolent campaign to unseat Serbian president Slobodan Milošević met with success in October 2000, when hundreds of thousands of protestors converged upon and took over the Serbian Parliament, effectively ending Milošević’s rule. Srđa says that 2011 is already “A Very Bad Year For Very Bad Guys” and it is worth understanding how people power, or the real power behind the on-going dramatic events in the Arab Spring and beyond actually works. This can help us predict events and scenarios not only in the on-going Arab struggles, but also in places like Burma and Belarus.
Watch this short video and see what it inspires in your dreams.

President Obama’s First Day

In one universe or another, this is exactly what happened on Obama’s first day in the Oval Office.

“Mr. President, welcome to your first security briefing”, said Secret Service Director, Mark Sullivan.  “Assembled here in your oval office are your 24 S.S. top level contacts.  Each contact will be in touch with you as needed, to discuss the security of your friends and family.  Now that you are president, all your close friends and family are targets for kidnapping, assassination, torture, ransom, etc.  Your S.S. not only protects you and your family but guards all these important people.  Tom Lenov, for example, is assigned to your immediate family and close relatives.  Tom will be guarding your daughters Sasha, Malia and of course your wife, Michelle.  Each top level contact will have up to 24 people in his security focus.  This will help free you from concerns about family that could otherwise distract you from your sworn duties.  Over the next two hour, each agent will review with you the scope of their focus and be sure it is in agreement with your needs.  At the end, I will then return to you for a private 15 minute briefing and that will be your S.S. update for today.”

Two hours later, all the agents leave and again the Director,  Mark Sullivan arrives.  The doors are closed and there is only the president and director Sullivan.  “Mr. President, at this point you should have the scope of our security plans, if there is anyone neglected that you feel needs our attention please let me know at any time.”  “No, Mark, I have no one in mind at this time your work has been admirable.”  “Excellent, Mr. President,  then I wish to explain a few more details that are for your ears only.   Your biggest supporters are not just your supporters during your election campaign but they are here for you throughout your term of office, as they mentioned to you during funding meetings.  It is their largess that allows my people to perform the level of security that you desire. It is true that taxes pay for the allotted funding but that leaves you with what we call basic security.  The largess of your friends in Banking,  Wall Street and many others, who you have agreed to support,  will provide the level of care that you will appreciate as meeting your needs.  All presidents are privy to this private briefing on their first day in office.  No one else in government service will be aware of any of our private discussion.  The financial powers that have helped elect you, will provide a second, shall we say ‘shadow’ level of security that is beyond anything we could offer and is a long established tradition dating back to just after President Eisenhower’s term ended.

Tomorrow morning, you will have a 15 minute meeting with representative of the Banking Community who are funding the security of your wife and children.  I know they will look forward to your full support!  I will now leave you as I am sure you have much to think about.  Congratulations, Mr. President.”

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Of course this is Sci-Fi and cannot possibly explain why Mr. Obama has failed to achieve so many of his promised goals.  As a scientist,  researcher and writer I look upon events and try to explain them.   Newton looked at a falling apple and tried to explain it.  Perhaps his explanation is better than mine.

Janr Ssor