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Cops Need Weed

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, Medical, Military, SCOD Fallout Projects, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2020 by Drogo

Two stories about the desperate search by police for pot –

This essay is based on memoir notes from my SCOD 2018 road-trip, but police have harassed me several times over the years for many minor traffic violations; usually they just gave me warnings and sometimes a ticket, but their attitude was always accusatory and offensive to be intimidating. The main problem with cops that I want to point out here, is how they are trained to lord their authority over citizens and escalate tensions which causes more problems. The ‘War On Drugs’ is unjust; but although I was more high on the coffee than I was on cannabis, I am not endorsing driving while intoxicated unsafely above legal limits. Laws against the medicinal herb called cannabis are still enforced Federally and most state and county cops still actively search and harass people for it. For those that do not understand the difference between cannabis (pot) intoxication and alcohol, in general pot makes people safer than being sober or high on coffee, because in general a pot driver will drive slower. Sometimes pot also makes the user paranoid so they check for problems more often, and hesitate to take risks. I was warned at the pot shop in Colorado and by highway signs that law enforcement officers were cracking down hard on pot, even though pot was legally being sold for the first time in almost 100 years (see racism and class warfare).

My long SCOD road-trip had gone well up until I entered Nebraska (see my notes on Cahokia & Arcosanti). I was driving from Denver CO going from route 76 to 80 into Nebraska. I saw a cop car (SUV) as I approached an underpass, and the highway narrowed to one lane in a forced merge. I observed the cop tailing me with obvious intent to find any reason to pull me over. I was pulled over by the cop for not signaling on the forced merge with no cars parallel to me, and no tight or shifting positions front to back. I had been told by cops previously not to use my warning lights when pulled over, because they consider that suspiciously incriminating as it competes with their flashy lights; so my reasoning for not using my turn signal when being forced to merge was that I did not want to act overly cautious. My out-of-state plates and car loaded up with bags were juicy for a criminally suspicious mind dedicated to law-enforcement for pay over social sympathy. Everyone knows being a cop is a hard job, because they put their lives on the line; but they can quit if the job is unreasonable, and we can demand legal reform to reduce abuse of power.

Nevada cops probably like to wait there in that forced merge spot, to stop civilian cars for that specific trivial traffic violation to search cars for drugs. The Nebraska County Cop’s name was Anderson, and he was a young white man with a snarky attitude. I had smoked some pot in Colorado hours ago, and was settled in for a safe drive across the state of Nebraska; but Officer Anderson was intent on ruining my trip. After he looked in the passenger window, he told me the feeble reason he pulled me over, and said he smelled pot; so I said that is because I smoked recently.

Officer Anderson then asked me to step out of my vehicle, and if I had any weapons he should know about. I said “No, wait what do you want to know about? What do you consider weapons? I have a walking stick.” “guns”, “no”, “knives”, “yes”, “why?”, “I like knives, they are legal and useful.”, “is this a stolen car?”, “No I own this car, it is mine.” I told Anderson that I am sorry for entering his state of Nebraska, and I could simply return to Colorado if there was going to be a problem.

Anderson patted me down and paused at my pants leg. “whats this? uh-oh, oh a button”. He told me to get in his vehicle with him, in the front passenger seat, as he was detaining me. Anderson flipped many switches, and occasionally I heard noises from the armored cell in the back. Was there an animal or another human back there? The county sheriff’s deputy Anderson then interrogated me with a series of bladerunner type questions to gauge my reactions.

Where are you coming from?”, “Arizona”, “oh yeah, how did you get there?”, “southern route through Texas, then up through Arizona and Colorado. I am tired from driving all night.”, “oh ok, how long have you been on your trip?”, “A long time”, “how long is that?”, “several weeks”, “that is not long, I consider short time days or weeks, and long time months or years”, “Ok, I meant relative to smaller day trips, im sorry sir”, “are you thirsty?”, and he proceeded to inquire about my personal life, so I explained i was feeling depressed because I had lost my house and did not know where I should live or work.

Where were you headed?”, “Iowa to visit mom, and then Indiana to visit aunt pat. Maybe im too tired to drive so I need a motel. I slowed down because im trying to not get into an accident by rushing, I would rather take my time.” “it looks like you were ready to drive straight across. where did you say your mom lived? why are you nervous? You said you were coming from Colorado, not Arizona.”

Yes I am coming from both states, I was in one before the other. ive always been afraid of cops, and last time I was pulled over because i made a wrong turn the night after my father’s funeral. A cop pulled a gun on me for wearing a bandanna, and he threatened to shoot me for getting out of my car because I thought he was a friend.” “That is not good.” “I know. he lost his ability to serve. He was a marine vet with ptsd serving as a park ranger. When i went in to the NPS ranger office to complain about him the next week, they told me they had problems with him and he was no longer there.”

The cop was a buzz-kill for sure, and tears welled up in my eyes as I recalled the times I was bullied by those in uniforms before. The pot I had earlier was sedative indica, but I was being extra safe with average speed and sensible spacing, and I remember everything about this encounter vividly. The cop made me more alert and upset, but I was still more grounded than I would have been without my medication. Yes cannabis helps me to manage my anger, and be a happier person; with a few minor side effects relative to even over-the-counter medications.

What will I find if I search your car?”, “You will find 1 joint, im not a salesman. I am not good at wanting to ask people for money; nor am I interested in convincing those who want to haggle or disagree, that my price is fair. so you wont find bags of pot. what you will find is bags of legal garden herbs I use for spiritual smoking blends called kinik-kinik: peppermint, lemon balm, mugwort, and mullein. also peacepipes. I admit I like to go to powwows.” “peacepipes are not illegal. ok im going to search your car now. if I only find what you say, you can go with a warning. the sun began to set as he searched every pocket and zipper and bag in my car. he set the colbert bag on the road, for some reason. he looked in the spare tire compartment. he shined the flashlight in my eyes when he could see i was impatient after the sun was setting. I thought for sure he was stealing my cash, planting evidence, and was going to send me to jail.

Finally he said “ok step out of the car, i am going to let you go with a warning because you were honest with me; but first we are going to destroy evidence.” He threw the joint on the road between our cars and said “step on it and crush it” so I did. A perfectly good waste of expensive legal but illegal herb. He then said I can go and pointed me in direction of the exit. “are you sure?” I said “ill need my driver’s license back, because im not that stoned.” he snorted as if to say “dont incriminate yourself by referring to any intoxication” and gave it back. I shook his hand and said thanks for showing me some respect and saving me from a fine and driving while tired; although i later found out he had damaged my grandfather’s briefcase i used for my books, because he was tearing it apart to look for hidden drugs.

When i eventually arrived in Iowa, Uncle Bruce the Corporate Democrat aggressively blamed me for ‘looking like a criminal’, and suggested cops should use more dogs on people like me who “look like one of THEM”. I asked “Who is THEM?” Luckily my Mom was sympathetic, but I have found it too uncomfortable to want to visit my Centrist Liberal relatives there anymore. Bruce also told me that only naive college students are excused for voting for a communist like Bernie Sanders. This fit in with his question about my interest in communes, but I had teased them that their Methodist retirement community was the best kind of communism. The argument I had with Uncle Bruce and Cousin James about music theory is worth an entire essay, on its own (strict reading and playing vs self expression with improvisation / literal vs abstract / classical vs jazz).

In Indiana I had another exciting adventure with Pat Long. We went to the Zoo, and had lots of local coffee before I left (which I should have mentioned to the police later, but was too nervous). Leaving Indiana East to go home: Oak st. south to Sycamore. east to 421. south to 465. east to 70, 43, 40, 68, 70. Traffic was crazy, and Ohio police were out in force pulling tons of cars and trucks over. I thought I had passed all their traps, so I sped up to just over the speed limit so i could pass some of the traffic and get out of that area; when i saw another police vehicle, waiting to pounce, so i signaled and changed lanes quickly, too quickly. Sure enough the SUV started following me too closely for me to slow down, and i felt i was too close to the truck in front of me. The police lights went on after a few seconds of following me, so i pulled over on the dangerous highway.

I was stopped in Ohio by Ohio State Troopers, again for another minor traffic violation that most cars do and are not stopped for; and again released; this time by officer Wilson after a long ordeal with his dog and his Sergeant. I was hyped up on 2 large cups of coffee, so I was fumbling around to quickly get my registration out of my glove compartment, when the cop came up on my passenger window and watched me, obviously suspecting that i was up to no good, and probably had a gun. I was simply nervous and disorganized, but he didnt care. I began by saying “I understand profiling officer, so you can search my car if you want; but I want to explain up front that I have already been pulled over by another officer who already searched my car.” He called in a sergeant who was very matter of fact about finding me at fault because I was driving too close to the vehicle in front of me (which I rarely do). “Do you remember that flat bed truck? How many car lengths were you from it, you think.” I admitted I was too close, and apologized for not being at a safer distance. Then the police dog was led around my car, and scratched at my door. Thankfully they did not use the dog to attack me, but instead they had me step out of my car again and pointed to a spot between our cars, with the roar of the busy highway beside us.

I knelt down on the pavement, allowing them to execute me with a shot to the back of the head if they want. Instead officer Wilson shouted “No! Stand.” So i quickly stood back up, and he patted me down. I explained again to him that I had PTSD with police having guns, and said I could explain why i was “so nervous” (again forgetting i was hyped up on coffee). Fortunately Wilson chose to save me another search of my car, by putting me in the armored cell in the back seat of his vehicle. There he said “Ok, talk.”

Officer Wilson allowed me to explain calmly what my problems are. He called the Nebraska officer Anderson, and confirmed my story with him. Then Wilson asked how that stop ended up, and not wanting to incriminate myself or Anderson (in case he did something illegal by destroying the evidence), i simply said “Yes he found what i told him he would find, and we worked it out.” He thanked me for my honesty. Then Wilson asked if i had other drugs, and I said “No sir, I dont do that shit.” as i stood at attention like they taught me at basic training. Then Wilson said “I am getting a ‘medicinal marijuana vibe’ from you, and said they did not think the dog smelled any existing pot, because as I had explained it was removed previously. I said with a smile, “Yes sir, you are correct.”

I know I have been lucky, I did not suffer any legal penalties. I shook hands with Wilson and I thanked him for not shooting me. He said “Cops are the good guys” and i said “I know police are supposed to be good, and sometimes do good things when they serve and protect. I thank you for your kindness, compassion, and mercy officer.”

Still shaken, I returned home to hear news of more protests against police violence and environmental pollution. I am still shaken to this day, as my mind is haunted by how my life could have been ruined if the cops had been more aggressive, and if I had not been able to manage my anger as much; or how I could have avoided the situations if I had not gone on the road-trip, or not liked herb, or any number of issues.

A city hall meeting was taken over by ‘black lives matter’ protesters in a 2018 video. Men danced across center stage, and vocally and physically showed dominance by public non-violent demonstration art. There was a new court ruling in Massachusetts – “Environmental protests are not criminally responsible by reason of necessity”. Americans are still causing anarchy now, to demand true democracy. The power of the laws rests in the people, and that can best be practiced by deliberate actions. Freedom for self-governing in politics, business, and relationships is important. Laws are made to serve us, not us to serve laws.

I could have been a cop, because using anger to bully others is easy for me. When I was a military soldier, wearing my uniform made me want to use my authority to intimidate and control others, as was done to me during training; despite my best efforts to change their arrogant attitudes that favored using threats and abuse rather than better forms of control through reward. That is when I began to see how primitive our brutish training methods still were. I became sick of being part of a command system that indoctrinated fear and abuse primarily, rather than education and compassion. I thought we had advanced more as a culture, but perhaps fear and abuse are simply easier ways to brainwash and control others to do violence, which is needed to impose the laws of an empire. As much as I dislike St. Paul, I gotta give him credit on this one, for seeing the error of his ways, during his career of authoritarian abuse on behalf of Rome. It is not fun to remember traumatic events, as our minds force us to relive them over and over; but our conscience is telling us they are important for a reason. If we can remember the reason the events might be important, then we can focus on the lessons rather than the trauma. Humanity should focus efforts to relieve suffering, not cause more of it. This is why I use my white privilege to say “All lives matter, not just cops.”

Maybe instead of militarizing the police, we need to use more cannabis and have more of a ‘please force’. To honor civil rights maybe we can regulate laws more like a large urban Mayberry, instead instead of making more fascist troops to relive Nazi Germany. Cowboy culture seems to get in the way of easing racial tensions, but that is another story about economics and greed.

Lastly, cops need weed a bit too much. I know pot is strong medicine, but I am not sure any amount of pot can solve the systemic problem of police aggression. Whoever reforms the system will need to be sympathetic to the good herb, no doubt about it. Cops need weed.

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Fatal Police Shootings

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics, Ethics & Morals, Legal / Laws, news, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2020 by Drogo

Civilian Vs. Police Deaths By Firearm Shootings 

According to the Washington Post and CNN articles more civilians are killed than police from shootings, at a ratio of apx. 50 cops / 1000 civilians. The term ‘civilian’ is used here because although police are supposed to be citizen civilians also, police have become far more militarized with their training and equipment; and police (ICE) have a war against immigrants who are not citizens. Police are taught to kill people as quickly as soldiers, making neighborhoods into war zones.

Not all civilian shootings or murders are reported by police,* to protect themselves. Even some high profile public cases where a cop clearly murdered an innocent victim, are not recorded as shootings in their official case files. So the statistics will tend to have errors in favor of the police. Many of those fatal civilian murders may be accidental or justified because the victims were violent criminals, and when the police get their parades and pay in those cases they should be congratulated. However if a few hundred of those 1,000 murders were ‘questionable’, that would still mean that cops were responsible for more than double the unjustified killings that are committed against them; and that is assuming that all cop murders are unjustified. All too often cops are considered above the law by courts, so they can commit crimes like murder legally; because “their jobs are hard, and they put their lives on the line to serve and protect”.

The stress of being a cop has more to do with our racist and unjust system, which orders cops to enforce laws against poor people, harsher and more often than against rich people. Racism has more to do with wealth than race, because more ‘whites’ are wealthier than ‘blacks’; and so racial stereotypes (profiling) have more to do with who has money for lawyers and who has political power. If more blacks had more money than whites, the racism would be reversed; therefore racism is subject to classism. Those in power keep their power by oppressing everyone else, even those in their own ‘race’.

To further explain why race is less of a factor in shootings than money, the statistics show very clearly that more whites are killed than blacks; most of the murders occurring in lower class neighborhoods, and most victims are lower class. There are more ‘whites’ than ‘blacks’, even though many ‘blacks’ may have more white relatives than black relatives. Race is far more superficial than ethnicity or culture; even personalities are more substantial than a person’s appearance. We have many more black cops now more than ever, and still more blacks are killed in proportion to their population than whites (death rate per race).

Cops shoot more whites than blacks. However the reasons why cops shoot so many people to begin with, has to do with their militarized training and equipment. It is long past time that their funding be spent on more humanist programs to retrain police to actually help people more often than hurt them. If cops were trained to be more friendly and helpful as social workers, there would be less crime and less violence in society; so there would be less excuses to brainwash citizens into bullies with badges. Currently police badges are licenses to kill.

“Although half of the people shot and killed by police are white, black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate. They account for less than 13 percent of the U.S. population, but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of white Americans. Hispanic Americans are also killed by police at a disproportionate rate.” – WP

Cops shoot to death about 1,000 people annually. People shoot to death under 50 cops annually. “47 officers were gunned down by the end of 2018” – CNN

The Covid Riots are not just about George Floyd or ‘Black Lives Matter’, people of all colors are expressing their rage over the oppression of civil rights by law enforcement and those who make the laws. The masses are pissed because our cost of living exceeds our income, and we get harassed and attacked by police. The prison industrial complex is largely for profit, and allows modern slavery.

*”The police report lists Breonna Taylor’s injures as NONE, even though she was shot 8 times” and murdered in her own home without committing any crime. – Democracy Now! June 11, 2020

Cop violence is not just a black and white issue, it is a working class issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Covid Crisis Protests & Solutions

Posted in Cooperative collaboration, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, jobs, Military, news, Protests / Riots, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2020 by Drogo

During the Covid Crisis and 2nd Great Depression a series of protests began against government oppression, the largest being ‘Black Lives Matter‘ protests across the USA. The climax of the protests was sparked by the police murder of George Floyd, a poor black citizen of Minneapolis, Minnesota who was non-violent with covid. As protests and riots grew, more cops and the National Guard increased violence to impose martial law in many places; but in a few cities there was a more enlightened civilized response.

My own reflections on the current “all lives matter” protests: in Savannah Georgia authorities allowed us to protest in the streets for Critical Mass biking multiple times. ‘Black Lives Matters’ might be more angry, but they were mostly unarmed and probably would have just marched and got bored if there were no cops acting like bullies in direct opposition to civil rights. Military grade guns and industrial standard-issue projectile weapons shows that only cop’s lives matter because they are the law on behalf of the owner upper-class. If cops were trained to approach as peaceful friends to citizens, it would automatically begin to diffuse, but oligarchs dont want that. Protesters should get smarter and take over government, not play tag with cops. Our rich owners want us fighting each other so they can keep getting richer. 

Boston Tea Party: What did the tea company have to do with the English government? It meant something to our founding fathers as a symbol at least, right or wrong. It was probably wrong that they dressed as tribal natives to blame it on them. Was it wrong to destroy private company property and terrorize loyal citizens just to rebel against the English government? We are taught that those illegal seditious violent actions of the Revolution were legitimate. 

Recently in modern history our national defense budget has increased for covert government agents to infiltrate protests; to sabotage, break windows, and do violence to turn them into riots so there can be conflict and excuses for those with more weapons to crack down as authorities. Police refer to these set-up under-cover actions as “stings”, when they pose as criminals to create crimes and include others or get them to commit the crimes which may not have happened without their budget, false sincerity, and dedication to provocation. Leaders of protest movements usually use non-violent means only, to get goals met; but videos show escalation by the crowds by agents with no goal except to express rage and provoke cops, which makes no sense from the position of the mostly unarmed AND unarmored crowds. Government agents tend to dress in black or tan in the videos, and can be seen acting violently to implicate the mostly peaceful mass of protests; by pushing mobs into police walls and destroying property.

In martinsburg wv there was a violent clash of heavily armed militarized cops against angry unarmed citizens who marched towards them. I’m curious who in the crowd thought that marching towards the police line would do anything but cause a conflict? from a stand point of saving black lives, it made no sense; only if they sang kumbaya or lullabies would it have made a difference with cops trained to be bullies and always escalate when disobeyed.

Cop violence against lower-class citizens and citizen property is worse than property violence against cops, annually. More cops are getting shot by metal bullets than protesters maybe, but more citizens (not just during protests) are being shot and hurt and killed by cops, than cops being hurt overall. Good job Frederick and Germantown cops who are with the citizen covid protests! The cops marching with the protesters and guarding the buildings and vehicles during parades is clearly the answer; not blocking and attacking angry protesters as potential rioters. We are in the 2nd Great Depression, and the way out needs to be better democracy, not martial law. Our military (both active, reserve, and guard) should be used less on civilians (both foreign and domestic), and police should be less militarized and more civil. 

Kyle Kulinski, Krystal Ball, Kim Iverson, and others have suggested great responses for better solutions. Their solutions support civil rights leaders like Sanders, West, Yang, and others; because we need UBI (universal basic income), jobs programs, less lower class taxes, and UHC (universal health care). “We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.” – Campaign Zero

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Income Earnings & Rights

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, History, jobs, Legal / Laws, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2019 by Drogo

What is ‘earned’ or a ‘right’ is much more debatable than most people realize. 

Rights and even earnings rarely come free, you have to work and often fight to get them and maintain them. As different as they may seem, RIGHTS and EARNING can be switched in the main statement, and it still works as a philosophical statement to question. Rights and even earnings rarely come free, you have to work and often fight to get them and maintain them. What are rights and earnings is a sophistry question that has been left up to lawyers hired by oligarchs because ‘the common people are too stupid to decide because they are poor. Most people are poor because they are stupid, and stupid because they are poor’. This why democracy and socialism (the idea of how to apply democracy to capitalism) are not desired by leaders, even ones who lied about supporting the movements like dictators and presidents. 

Socrates himself is given by Plato as an example of why Democracy does not work (although this is rarely pointed out as an issue by classical scholars). Not only did Socrates question random people about the limits of their knowledge, and therefore question their democratic right to decide issues outside of their profession; but Socrates was finally killed by the system that he questioned.

For example “I earned everything I have.” is a bold statement that seems clear on its surface, but the opposite can also be seem 100% if they have taken from poor people that despite working harder also have grievances like losing homes or ability to work. Also civil rights must be proven by fighting for them against those who claim they are not rights, but only privileges. Rights and even earnings rarely come free, you have to work and often fight to get them and maintain them. That includes what are called ‘natural rights’ that people associate with being alive, like freedom or liberty. Some people may think that rights should be given, so when they fight for them under authorities it is only to get that which was theirs already. Most people think that the definition of earnings is that you should always have to work to get anything, because nothing is free least of all freedom. It is considered common sense to assume if you have something you do not deserve then you did not really ‘earn it’ even if it is legally part of their earned income, and only other people can determine if you have actually earned anything legitimately, even if they will argue of course that they are purely deserving. All of these logic problems have created massive reasoning issues within the philosophy of civilized ethics.

Universal Basic Income (UBI) economic theory supports the right for adult humans to be able to live, no matter their financial situation within a nation. “Money cannot buy life”; except for food, shelter, and water, medical aid, and sometimes slaves. Like love for Medicare has led us to wanting it expanding into Universal Healthcare, Social Security should be expanding into UBI as a general wellfare dependency within civilization; these should be sustained rather than only used briefly due to our increased standards of living in society. UBI also helps to share national wealth, instead of allowing only the rich to extract and hoard economic resources and use corporations to corrupt our government (as we do now). Other names for UBI include: Guaranteed Living Wage, Adult Right To Life Allowance, Total Social Security.

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My 3 most important political issues:  Income, Peace, Health.

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Donald Trump’s Crimes

Posted in Ethics & Morals, Legal / Laws, news, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 20, 2019 by Drogo

Donald Trump is guilty of many crimes according to many sources. The proven and provable crimes are so numerous, that it will take some time to compile them all here. The common people should decide for themselves which are the worst, and what kind of punishments are necessary.  Is raping children worse than being the grandson of an illegal alien?? You decide (as long as you are not an oligarch, in which case we assume you will give him a free pass). Why is it not ok to support torture and wars of terror? Because it ruins the lives of the mostly innocent majority, while the most guilty few profit from it. War profiteering is a huge crime against humanity.

We having been living under Fascist leadership at the highest level since Trump took office, and the support that put him there existed before. When I contemplate the truth of how corporate money dictates how our national resources are spent, I sympathize with Italians who lived under Mussolini who might have hated him, but were all too scared to be seen as traitors to whistle-blow on the regime. Shame on cowards who put loyalty to corrupt politicians above the people of the nation.

1.  Donald Trump is the grandson of an illegal alien, and therefore illegal by his own standards.

Donald’s grandpa Frederick snuck over to America, made money as a pimp, and tried to go back home. Germany did not want the Trump family back though, and denied his citizenship. “In 1885, at age 16, Frederick Trump emigrated via Bremen, Germany, to the United States… As he did not yet serve the mandatory military duty of two years in the Kingdom of Bavaria, this emigration was illegal. Later he moved back to Europe. Soon after the family arrived in Germany, Bavarian authorities determined that Trump had emigrated from Germany to avoid his military-service obligations, and he was classified as a draft dodger. On 24 December 1904 the Department of Interior announced an investigation to expel Trump from Germany. Officially, they found that he had violated the Resolution of the Royal Ministry of the Interior number 9916, an 1886 law that punished emigration to North America to avoid military service with the loss of German citizenship. In February 1905, a royal decree was issued ordering Trump to leave within eight weeks due to having emigrated to evade military service and failing to register his departure with the authorities. For several months, Trump petitioned the government to allow him to stay but he was unsuccessful. During periods of war and anti-German discrimination in the United States, Trump’s son Fred later denied his German heritage, claiming his father had been a Swede from Karlstad, Sweden. This version was repeated by Fred’s son Donald in his 1987 autobiography.” – wikipedia about Trump’s grandfather

2.  Trump has apparently raped children and adults. Numerous court cases provide the damning evidence, too disgusting to get into here.

“According to legal documents, Trump has been accused of raping a 13-year-old child, raping his ex-wife, and attempting to rape a former business associate. He vehemently denies all of these accusations…. That being said, the accusations are chilling.” – Splinternews

The accounts of child rape are numerous, and in part due to his relations with Epstein and other rich pimps. The first hand accounts from the victims are sad, but have been recorded on audio and video.

3.  War profiteering. The Saudi deal for arms, and other deals he made benefit his businesses hugely; as well as alleged kick-backs. Starting and continuing wars is good for his partners in the MIC. Celebrating the 4th of July by using the NPS budget to show off military power that can be used on Iran, North Korea, Syria, or US citizens.

4.  Violating the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution – day one of his presidency, Trump refused to separate his businesses from his political office, so the legal officer in charge resigned.

5.  Embezzlement of campaign funds

6.  Disturbing the Peace – his tweets assault the public with lies and abuse

7.  Inciting Riots – multiple times at his rallies he uses racist bigotry to stir up anger and cause sub-cultures like the Proud Boys, KKK, and others to attack liberal citizens.

more will be listed ….

Fascism according to the founders of it, was corporate rule of a government, to benefit the leaders of corporations who are the rightful plutocrats. “Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of radical right-wing, authoritarian ultranationalism[1][2] characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy” “Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete and regard the complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state as necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict and to respond effectively to economic difficulties.” – wikipedia

My definition in this post-modern period is much like that of Neo-Nazis, it has evolved to fit the new leaders who may or may not want to use the titles depending on who they are around. KKK members often say they are not racist in public for example, so it is interesting how people define themselves.

Those that oppose impeachment forgot how valuable it was to go through the process with Nixon. Some do not want impeachment because they fear Pence more, but that seems similar to the ‘lesser of two evils’ argument for never voting for anyone but the two corporate parties (perhaps not as bad since we dont have a choice about his VP). I cannot imagine Pence winning a Presidential election so he would not last long though. Also saying that another tyrant will take their place, is not a good reason for allowing tyranny in your own country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless In America

Posted in Economics, Ethics & Morals, Interviews, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2019 by Drogo

After writing a book on Economics and interviewing several homeless friends, I feel confident enough to address the subject of homelessness in several states. I have studied homeless issues in CA, UT, NV, WA, GA, WV, MD, DC, VA, KY, MO, MI, NY, and a few others. The best states for homeless people usually seems to be those where there are large expanses of rural country (GA, WV, MO) for poor people to survive without getting jailed or harassed as often as in cities, but they are also more likely to stay monetarily poor (although land and space rich). The best cities for homeless are Salt Lake City, UT and Las Vegas, NV because of annual weather climates and liberal policies. Cities are the best places in general for homeless people to beg or busk for money, due to population stats; however it is important to note that due to larger economic forces more people with jobs are homeless, as the cost of living outpaces even employed income.

Salt Lake City started a program that gave tiny homes to homeless people; and yes that attracted more homeless people (who existed regardless previously without help), but compare that to most other cities. Los Angeles (LA), CA and New York City (NYC), NY (both huge cities) have huge homeless populations many of which are employed and get income but not enough to own property or rent; and despite the ability to bum or busk, the quality of life on the street is not improved as illegal shanty towns grow and get raided and removed. LA has a more hospitable year-round climate on the streets than NYC; but as long as the aristocratic ‘annoyance’ attitude about homelessness persists in US culture, it is likely that the causes will increase as the ‘unsightly’ problem gets pushed out of sight of official agendas.

One point about the ‘Liberal City Homelessness’ thing that i never hear people bring up, is that homeless people are taken better care of by liberal programs; therefore it is ironic but logical that homeless people will migrate to places they are treated better. Also cities with large populations on the coasts are more liberal because the masses are so mixed culturally it would not make sense to be conservative dip-shits to each-other, nothing would get done (it would be like Jerusalem and Palestine in every neighborhood).

The Homelessness crisis in America is always connected with the larger civil rights socio-economic problems of living wages and worker rights in a Capitalist culture.

SCOD Interviews and Talks about Housing, Jobs, and Homelessness:

SCOD History of Modern Philosophy

Calvin in Chicago about Homeless Shelters

[look for more on that Audiomack account near those recordings]

2019 – Drogo

 

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SCOD Constitutions

Posted in Legal / Laws, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2018 by Drogo

There have been several SCOD Constitutions written, here are two primary versions: the Conventional Law version, and the Fallout 2020 Fictional version. The main difference being the Conventional one has a president and legal framework, and the Fictional one is governed chiefly by Council collective vote with flexible format.

SCOD Conventional Law Constitution

SCOD Non-Profit Organization BY-LAWS

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ARTICLE I

SCOD Membership and Dues [2015]

Section 1. Any person interested in the purposes of the organization who applies for membership in an appropriate classification of membership and who tenders the necessary dues shall thereby become a member.

Section 2. Annual dues for general members shall be $10.

Section 3. Annual dues for council members shall be $10.

Section 4. Annual dues paid in advance; members more than six months late after payment is due shall be dropped from active membership status.

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ARTICLE II

Schedule and Quorum for Meetings

Section 1. Regular meetings shall be held on the first Saturday of each month.

Section 2. Meetings are led and may be rescheduled by the President.

Section 3. The council (board of trustees) shall meet every month.

Section 4. Three (3) present council members constitute a quorum.

Section 5. Any member that attends meetings can be in the council.

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ARTICLE III

Duties of the Officers and Trustees

Section 1. The president shall have executive supervision over the activities of the society within the scope provided by these bylaws; and presides over meetings. The president shall report annually on the activities of the society, and shall appoint members to committees, staff, ambassadors, and delegates.

Section 2. The vice-president shall assume the duties of the president in the event of absence, incapacity, resignation, or removal of the president.

Section 3. The secretary shall keep minutes, records, and documents of meetings and correspondences; maintain member list, and present annual reports.

Section 4. The treasurer shall be responsible for keeping society funds; maintaining adequate financial records; investments and deposit banking in the name of the society. The treasurer will collect dues, keep annual reports, and handle legal and tax laws and requirements.

Section 5. The council shall have the power to conduct all affairs of the society. It shall select candidates for office, pursuant to the constitution. The council shall decide questions of policy for expedient functionality, and follow the by-laws and regional laws to the best of their ability.

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ARTICLE IV

SCOD Committees

Section 1. The society shall have the following standing committees:

(a) Library Committee. Responsible for collecting; cataloging; publishing; and caring for manuscripts, books, and other SCOD source material.

(b) Tavern Committee. Responsible for ‘Public Hall’ museum, store, library, maintenance, rooms, kitchen, workers, and public communication.

(c) Village Committee. Responsible for finding members, membership drives, processing new candidates, and providing housing options for them.

(d) Project Committee. Responsible for creating and managing programs and projects; and forming sub-groups for supporting productivity.

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ARTICLE V

Parliamentary Authority

Section 1. The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall form the basis for meetings, except in such cases as are governed by constitution or the by-laws.

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ARTICLE VI

Amendment to the By-laws

Section 1. These by-laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting by a two-thirds vote of those voting, provided notice was given at the previous meeting. Or they may be amended at a special meeting called for that purpose, with previous notice and a two-thirds vote. All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing.

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ARTICLE VII

SCOD Name and Nonprofit Policy

Section 1. Name. This organization is the ‘Sustainable Cooperative for Organic Development’, referred to as “S.C.O.D.”.

Section 2. Nonprofit Policy. SCOD shall not be operated for profit, and its entire assets shall be devoted to the purposes for which it is organized (see constitution mission statements), by-laws, and amendments.

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ARTICLE VIII

SCOD Purposes

Section 1. Purposes. The purposes of SCOD as set forth in its constitution are exclusively educational in nature, to wit:

SCOD is an environmental and historical group dedicated to helping humans live more harmoniously with nature.”

a. To design alternative architecture, build organic communities, and support ecological produce (food, art, music, etc.)

b. To think, imagine, design, & create organically together in sustainable ways for environmental and historical education.

c. To love and protect Nature using art, architecture, and technology as stewards.

d. To explore and defend bio-diversity, alternative innovation, history, and environmental efforts.

e. To encourage others in positive, encouraging, cooperative ways.

f. To seek sustainable cooperation for organic dwelling.

g. To seek allies and maintain network communications.

h. To study history, arts, and sciences; and share and trade with many communities.

i. To sustain itself through public forums, communications, meetings, archives, and projects.

j. To handle and settle disputes internally, without involving external parties, for self-sufficiency.

k. To support Nature, cooperatives, environmentalism, history, arts, religious freedom, and peace.

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ARTICLE IX

SCOD Council (Board of Trustees)

Section 1. Election and Powers. The Council shall have custody, control and direction of SCOD, its collections, properties, and other assets. Council Members (Trustees) shall be selected at the first Annual Meeting. Each Trustee shall serve until their successor is chosen and qualified; unless vacated by resignation, death, removal, or otherwise.

Section 2. Number. The number of Trustees constituting the Council shall be not less than three (3) nor more than twenty-five (25), and shall be fixed by resolution of the Council. Majority votes determine members of the Board, may resolve to increase or decrease the number to the extent permitted, provided that no decrease shall shorten the term of any incumbent Trustee.

Section 3. Classes. Each ‘Trustee Term’ is three (3) years, but council members can serve infinite consecutive terms, unless voted out by the Council.

Section 4. Vacancies. In case of any vacancy in the Council, a majority of the remaining Trustees may elect a successor to fill the unexpired term, and to serve until his or her successor shall have been duly elected and qualified.

Section 5. Absences. If any Trustee shall fail to attend three (3) consecutive Council meetings without excuse accepted as satisfactory by the Board, such Trustee shall be deemed to have resigned and the vacancy shall be filled.

Section 6. Removal. At any meeting of the Board of Trustees duly called, any Trustee may, by vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Board, be removed from office and another may be elected by the Board to fill the unexpired term of the Trustee so removed.

Section 7. Meetings. The Annual Meeting for Council Membership decisions, shall be held in the first month of each year on such date and at such time and place as may be fixed by the Board of Trustees and named in the notice. Regular Meetings shall be held on the first Saturday of each month.

Section 8. Agenda for Regular Meetings. The agenda or order of business for each Regular meeting shall include the following:

(a) Call to order
(b) Roll Call
(c) Approval of Minutes
(d) Financial report
(e) Reports of Regular Committees
(f) Reports of any other Committees
(g) Report of the Director
(h) Old business
(i) New business
(j) Adjournment

Section 9. Notice of Meetings. Notice of the time and place of every meeting shall be sent not less than ten (10) nor more than twenty (20) days before the meeting, but is not mandatory if it is a regularly scheduled meeting.

Section 10. Waiver of Notice. Notice of a meeting need not be given to any Trustee who submits a signed written waiver thereof, whether before or after the meeting, nor to any Trustee who attends the meeting without protesting, prior thereto or at its commencement, the lack of notice.

Section 11. Quorum. Three (3) present council members constitute a quorum.

Section 12. Action Without a Meeting. Any action required or permitted to be taken by Council or any committee thereof, may be taken without a meeting if all Council members or the committee consent in writing to the adoption of a resolution authorizing the action. Such resolution and the written consents thereto by the members shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings.

Section 13. If SCOD dissolves, assets will be distributed for an exempt purpose as described in section 501(c)3 for a public purpose; such as donations to a local homeless shelter or soup-kitchen.

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SCOD Fallout 2020 Fictional Constitution

We the members of SCOD, In order to form a union, seek justice, provide protection, and promote welfare with the blessings of liberty; do ordain and establish this Constitution for our Sustainable Community for Organic Dwelling (SCOD).

We have a round table council of members who act as stewards whose main ranks are based on seniority, skill, duty, and popularity; but are mostly equal socially with basic rights with no king, president, or mayor. When requested we can appoint figure-head representatives and commissions relative to the negotiation or investigation needed. For absentee or abstained votes that result in a stalemate, the Council may select temporary members to cast a tie-breaking votes. Children can partake and have their own ‘kid councils’. Procedures may be conducted by any member who wishes to run a meeting, accepted by a majority, and any can propose voting at any time (needs a ‘second’), unless a temporary vote sustains more formal procedure.

The powers of SCOD council are to allocate functions, share information, to hold court meetings, to judicate group decisions, to write and enforce rules and rights, and to protect property, archives, and treasuries. Meetings should only be a frequent as is reasonable for the group.

to allocate functions – functional positions can be randomly addressed, rotate annually, or be held by vote for conducting: information; meetings; justice (defense); and preservation (architecture, archives, treasury).

to share information – Public bulletin boards, relay of messages, reminding of duties, and monitoring, notices, and reporting of general well-fare and council projects should be kept by a secretary. Also to keep libraries and appoint mentors (teachers) and journalists (reporters) for making general knowledge available in public lectures or archives.

to hold court meetings – SCOD council may act as a jury court for public or personal disputes, as best suits each case; or may appoint commission courts or temporary independent courts. When decisions affect people, those people should be present if possible to have a fair and open hearing.

judicate group decisions – Regular voting is to be conducted as democratically as possible, meaning direct and equal votes by all members within reason. A most neutral or wise judge may be appointed temporarily to run a case proceeding, but in most cases the council can act as a jury of judges for verdict and sentencing. Philosophy of fairness should be studied for justice.

to write and enforce rules and rights – Besides voting, SCOD council should record their decisions, and then be prepared for law enforcement and defense of member rights for the sake of justice and preservation. Basic human rights are: the right to life (air, food, drink), liberty (freedoms), and property (breathable air, shelter space, possessions); the right to have weapons and use martial arts for defense, including safe practice space; freedoms of action (work and travel) and expression (speech, art, writing, garb, dance). How to non-lethally arrest an infringing perpetrator who has infringed on the rights of others, presents a catch-22 hypocrisy that should be defined to maintain prisoner survival rights (life) if possible; while removing their liberty, property, and martial defense.

to protect property, archives, and treasuries – Preservation of landscape, architecture, archives, and treasury can be handled best by officers for each of these subjects, over-lapping with issues of justice and information. Financing should be kept conservative, in favor of savings interest income on loans and debt collection with collateral as a communal bank trust.

The potential of the constitution is only as good as the people that use it.

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Free Online Legal Aid

Posted in Legal / Laws, Services, Sales or Trade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 15, 2018 by Drogo

Civilization is based on laws, and anyone that lives in cities made by laws needs to have access to lawyers to have any power over local authorities to hold them accountable as public servants in a country considered to be democratic.

Rocket Lawyer

State Legal Aid Finder

Maryland Legal Assistance

Law Help Organization

National Legal Aid – NLADA

People’s Law Library of Maryland

 

[more to be added….]

ON DOGS AND OWNERS

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Legal / Laws, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 28, 2015 by Drogo

SCOD Community Theory regarding pets, owners, and justice laws.

Dogs have more simplistic brains than humans, but they can be mischievous, unpredictable, and dangerous in similar ways. There should be less dog owners, as most owners are irresponsible. If there cannot be less dog owners, than we need better owners. I am not sure that either can be achieved legally, unless new laws are made restricting the ownership of dogs in urban areas. In wild or rural settings, less civilized situations should be expected.

Problems with Bad Owners and Dogs

We must admit that there are both bad owners and bad dogs. Dog owners tend to let their dogs act however they want, and either cannot or do not control them. Bad dogs and their bad owners are a menace to society, as often one cannot be distinguished from the other. Bad dogs and owners act together in ways that put other citizens in danger of being threatened and bitten, if not severely mauled or killed. Saying that there are ‘no bad dogs, only bad owners’ is a false statement; as there most certainly are bad dogs, just as any mammal that is able to kill and eat other beings, can act more or less harmful to others in subjectively bad ways. Some ‘bad’ dogs are bad most of the time; some dogs may be good some of the time with their owners, and bad some of the time with strangers; and some dogs may be good most of the time, and bad some of the time. Animals can be ‘dicks’ just like humans. Im not sure why people think that animals are supernatural angels; when clearly dogs may attack and try to kill many other types of animals, not just humans. I think we have a desire to own a magical unicorn that will only give us unconditional love and have no other motives; but this is not the reality of Nature. Mammals one and all, have emotions and desires which motivate their behaviors; some are more loving and some are more hating, and I do not believe it is only one species that is capable of being ‘good’ or ‘bad’, that would be truly racist, since humans are considered a ‘race of species’ (the human race). there are WAY TOO MANY DOGS walking irresponsible owners around the sub-urbs, and many owners that should not have dogs in public. The problem is not a case of some of us ‘not liking dogs’, since plenty of dogs are easily loved, petted, snuggled, and played with by people that do not like bad dogs or bad owners. Also the problem is also not about dogs ‘sensing emotions’, as many people who are bitten by dogs were happy minding their own business, or calm and content before they get engaged and attacked by dogs that do not want to behave or listen to humans.

Solutions to Bad Owners and Dogs

Both bad owners and bad dogs should be held accountable for their behavior and actions. Leashes and walls are important to control dogs. When dogs are not restrained by walls or leash, and are out-of-control, anyone that witnesses them should call upon the owners by yelling “LEASH!”, to get the owners to secure the dog by body and collar, and apply the leash. Owners cannot be trusted by saying ‘my dog does not bite’, because dogs can go many years before biting, until they bite someone. Dogs, like humans, can change their behavior not just from sickness, but also threats to their security; such as a new dog or person that they feel competes for their attention from and influence over their owner.

First ‘problem incidents’ are identified; such as dogs aggressively threatening people that do not deserve it, or dogs barking or acting chaotically without civil control. Next it should be determined how severe the situations are, on a scale of 1-10; 1 being perhaps a one-time non-repeating minor annoyance, and 10 being the dog killed or mangled a person or animal that has some value (we might not call a dog bad for attacking Hitler). Then punishments should be determined for various levels of severity. 1-5 could be considered more resolvable, and requirements to make amends or fix the problems should be demanded with time limits. 5-10 could be considered less resolvable and will require the removal of either the dog or both the dog and the owner; if the problem was too harmful or clearly will continue despite efforts. Finally it is the responsibility of those in control of the SCOD community to deal with these issues, remove those that need to be removed, and follow up to ensure the safety of the shire.

Severity of Problem / Examples / Solutions

1 dog barking too much – muzzle the dog

2 dog chasing or barking – keep the dog contained

3 dog chasing, barking, or jumping on – muzzle the dog, keep the dog contained

4 dog allowed by owner to act chaotically – muzzle, keep contained, and mandate training of both

5 dog threatening to bite – muzzle, confine, and mandate training of both; countdown to eviction

6 dog nips or scratches – muzzle, confine, and mandate training of both; countdown to eviction; fine $25

7 dog bites, scratches, and barks – muzzle, confine, and mandate training of both; countdown to eviction; fine $50

8 dog maims another pet – muzzle, confine, and mandate training of both; possible eviction; fine $75

9 dog maims a human – muzzle, confine, Evict; fine $100

10 dog kills – muzzle, confine, Evict; fine $500; call police if needed

 

  • Human’s should be held to similar legal standards

Successful Leadership & Selling

Posted in Economics, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2015 by Drogo

10 Successful Traits

– based on an article by Dan Cassidy on Lifehack

1. commit to worthy goals

2. persist until you achieve goals

3. take responsibility to keep going

4. work harder, smarter, or differently

5. emulate case studies of success

6. believe in your goals

7. care for your health

8. rest, take breaks, and play

9. make mistakes and recover

10. adapt and learn

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21 Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell

I. Law Of the Lid: determine levels of effectiveness.
II. Law of Influence: cultivate influence.
III. Law of Process: develop daily, not in a day.
IV. Law of Navigation: chart the course, not just steer.
V. Law of Addition: serve others, don’t just lead or boss.
VI. Law of Solid Ground: establish trust.
VII. Law of Respect: gain strength from those weaker.
VIII. Law of Intuition: evaluate everything.
IX. Law of Magnetism: Who you are is who you attract.
X. Law of Connection: touch hearts, not just hands.
XI. Law of the Inner Circle: close friends determine potential.
XII. Law of Empowerment: share power with others.
XIII. Law of the Picture: people do what people see.
XIV. Law of Buy-in: people buy into a person with vision.
XV. Law of Victory: team cooperation should win.
XVI. Law of the Big Mo: Momentum moves group goals.
XVII. Law of Priorities: activity is not victory.
XVIII. Law of Sacrifice: A leader must give up, to go up.
XIX. Law of Timing: know when to lead, and when to serve.
XX. Law of Explosive Growth: lead leaders, not just followers.
XXI. Law of Legacy: train people for leadership succession.

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Selling 101 – Zig Ziglar

Once you have something to sell, find someone willing to buy. Deal skillfully with reluctant potential buyers. Persuade by asking, not telling; then engage what people care about, even if it is not a reason for buying ‘yet’. Selling is based on the buyer needing; use analysis, awareness, solutions, and satisfaction factors. Conduct comfortable ‘inner-views’ using sincere interest in POGO: Person, Organization, Goals, and Obstacles; it is mostly about them. Sell solutions to problems; ask to have. KISS to close; Keep It Simple Sales-person! When people say ‘no’, empathize with objections without believing the conclusion is final. Test objections, then move on. Manage your time, so that you do what you need to do, and do what you want to do. Most of your time will be spent on activities that do not directly make sales, but support your system.

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Hebrew Judaism, Abrahamic

Posted in Religions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2013 by Drogo

Judaism is the monotheistic religion of Hebrews (Jews), based in their homeland Israel. Abraham and Moses are their most important prophets. Their scriptures include the Tenak, the Mishna, and the Talmud. The ‘TeNaK’ contains: Torah, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim. The Torah begins with Bereshit (Genesis).

In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Spirit of God was hovering over the water. Then God said, “Let there be light!” So there was light. God saw the light was good. So God separated the light from the darkness. God named light day, and darkness he named night. There was evening, then morning, the first day. On the second day God said “Let there be water and sky.” On the third day God said “Let there be plants and trees; flora.” On the fourth day God said “Let there be more light; stars.” On the fifth day God said “Let there be animals; fauna.” On the sixth day God said “Let humans come and make babies.” On the seventh day God just rested.

Genesis is a narrative antiquarian history with incredible genealogies. It was attributed to Moses (1400 BC). Key personalities include God, Adam, Eve, Satan, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Cane and Able. God gave humans free-will and dominion over the Earth. In return for obedience his chosen ones will be rewarded. Adam and Eve lived blissfully in the paradise of the Garden of Eden, but free-will allowed them to oppose (Satan) the will of God, and so they sinned and messed everything up for everyone. A sin is a religious error; a thought or action that is against or not-with God. Despite humans not living up to God’s standards, he continues to give humanity new chances for success, through prophets. Prophets are usually really intense cult leaders that say crazy things, and sometimes do amazing things (like magic), in the name of God. If the prophet is successful they will become heroes and martyrs, be documented, and gain even more followers for God after death. Sometimes salvation comes during a devout life, but the deal is definitely guaranteed after death, in Heaven.

Seven Noahide Ark Laws against: Idolatry, Murder, Theft, Sexual immorality, Blasphemy, Eating living flesh, and for Courts of law (Genesis)

Seven Fields of Knowledge: medicine, physics, mathematics, art, psychology, sociology, and religion. (7 lights on the Temple Menorah)

10 main Commandments of God 1300 BC – by Moses in Exodus 20 Torah:

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

2. Thou shalt not make or worship idols.

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

4. Remember the sabbath Sunday, to keep it holy.

5. Honor thy father and thy mother.

6. Thou shalt not murder.

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

8. Thou shalt not steal.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness.

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s property.

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The Greatest Commandment for Jews (and Christians) is the Golden Rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:18 Torah

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Although the Jews have been just as belligerent throughout history, as any other culture has against their neighbors, while reclaiming, defending, and expanding their homeland; Jews have also been perpetually persecuted when they have lived in other countries (Christian). Pagan religions that were victims of such mass holocausts on the scale of Jewish Pogroms went extinct, or their survivors were usually so fragmented and few in number that they became cultural slaves (like Native Americans) to the oppressing authority. So somehow despite persecution by Islamic and Christian cultures, the Jews have survived and thrived. Ironically the Muslim Islamic Quran (Koran) and the Christian Bible both use Hebrew scriptures. Christianity began as a small radical Jewish sect that worshiped a prophet as God. Today the major conflict Israel faces is with their historic neighbors, the Islamic Palestinians.

Temple Menorah

Batman vs Guns

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Legal / Laws with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by Drogo

This article is written in response to all the shootings and mass killings that have happened as a result of guns; most recently the Colorado “Batman Movie Theater Slaughter” (apx. 70 shot, 12 killed). Also the author has had several personal experiences with muggers, psychopaths, and convicted felons.

For those that do not know about the comic book character Batman*, let me start by saying that although he is a violent vigilante, he is against guns and murder in general. Batman is against guns in principle because his parents were shot and killed by a mugger outside of a movie theater in the 1940s. So Batman uses intimidation, martial arts, non-lethal weapons, and citizen arrests to deal with criminals. Although he has dark periods when the horns on his cowl get longer, and he may feel like dealing justice by killing a criminal, he fights against the urge to do that because he would become too much like the enemy, and because he specifically fights against armed people that hurt others.

“Far, far more Americans are killed every year by firearms, in this country — 31,000 in 2010 alone — than were killed on 9/11. We have terrorism right in our midst.” – Dan Rodricks NPR fb-blog

Historically it is true we killed each-other more often using primitive weapons, however i believe in our culture today it is harder to kill someone by using a primitive weapon because we actually are more ethical in general. The 2000 US Census clearly shows guns being the primary weapon used in murders, and all other weapons were significantly less.

Guns kill more people than would be killed if we did not have them today, simply because guns are easier for idiots to use, and it is an easier weapon to kill more people with (than a blade for example). By using a gun, one is less connected to a victim, and there is less time for empathy, morality, ethics, or someone else to stop you.

Despite the fact that gun murders are higher than any other weapon, no one is going to take guns away from us (2nd Amendment to the Constitution). However it is safe to acknowledge the fact of the statistics as a basis for conversation about how we can help people like that shooter to either be more responsible, or if we cannot help them enough mentally then we should make sure they do not have access to guns (or any weapons for that matter, which means confining them or banishing them).

Now granted, in the case of this shooter in the theater, he may have just resorted to using explosives if he could not get guns; but the statistics do seem to favor the use of guns for people into killing other people. Whether every person that killed using guns would have killed using another weapon, i do not think so, but im sure some would have. Im not saying take guns away from responsible people, im saying we should improve the desire for people to be responsible in communities, and to do that we need to be more responsible.

I personally relate to Batman because although I am a conscientious objector to wars (see my book “Ten COW” that I submitted to the US Air Force), I am not a strict pacifist because I believe in self-defense, some hunting, and the ability to use force to defend others. So like Batman, I would prefer to be peaceful, but sometimes there is a need to meet violence with violence, even though violence is wrong. Also like Batman, I prefer not to use guns.

So in closing, I would like to say that we should all be more like Batman; because he clearly cannot handle the work load by himself. Sure not all of us are fit enough, trained enough, wealthy enough, or brave enough; but we can still be more like Batman by looking into the shadows for other lost souls to help by being their friend, or to find help for if we can do nothing ourselves.

RIP all my friends who have died from accidental or intentional gun use: BJ McMurray age 13, shot by his brother in the heart while hunting; Martin Mouser died age 20, put a beer can on his head while drunk for his friend to shoot off, and got shot in the heart; Mike Mihalik aged 20s, gun shot in the heart; etc… those 3 boys were known and loved not just by me, but many other friends and family members. May they not be forgotten.

* note: Batman is a trademark character of DC Comics and this is not for profit.

Humans, Learning, and Art

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by Drogo

Humans

 

We are endowed with reason, memory, and imagination.

 

We express ourselves in more ways than other creatures.

 

We are driven by an urge to become a creator.

 

We are able to value and believe.

 

We explore, experiment, and discover solutions.

 

We use symbols more than other creatures.

 

Inherent in our nature is the need for happiness, harmony, comfort, love, and freedom.

 

To be happy we must become interesting to ourselves, and expressively act on it.

 

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Learning

 

We learn through senses, the more the better.

 

We learn when we feel our past / present actions are inadequate.

 

We learn when we believe that goals are worthy achievements.

 

Learning is aided by care, concern, respect, and compassion.

 

We do not all learn the same ways.

 

Two approaches to learning:  Pro-Active / Re-Active

 

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Art

 

Art will always have unique meaning to every individual.

 

Art is not only done by humans, but we would like to think it is exclusive to us.

 

Art can be a meaningful arrangement of symbols with materials.

 

Art can be creative, inventive, original, systematic, organic, and constructive.

 

Artistic meaning and values can be applied and used in many ways.

 

Artistic quality is subjective, and beauty is in the eye-of-the-beholder.

 

Art should be stimulating or calming.

 

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SCOD Enemies

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Legal / Laws with tags , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by Drogo

SCOD List of Violent Enemies

This list is meant to be used by members of the SCOD Community, so that they may be kept informed about individuals that have threatened SCOD members, or by circumstances have made it clear that they may be a threat to the local community or members in the future.

Current Enemies Active “OUT”

(out of control, out on the streets, out on the prowl, or out on parole)

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Harpers Ferry, WV Town Fire Laws

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Harpers Ferry Town Ordinances, Article 15:

1505.02 OUTDOOR BURNING PROHIBITED… This Article shall not be
construed to prohibit the use of outdoor natural wood, charcoal or gas fires in a suitable and safe apparatus designed to contain the fire. A suitable and permitted fire receptacle is defined as a metal or ceramic container, specifically designed for holding fires, not exceeding 3 feet across at any point, neither in height nor width, and equipped with a functional screen or lid.
1505.25 VARIANCES
The Mayor may grant a written variance of the requirements of this ordinance if he or his representative believes that the variance request does not jeopardize property or public safety . The Mayor may delegate the authority to grant a variance to the Chief of Police. A written request for a variance must be submitted, and the Mayor’s reply, or that of his representative, either granting or denying the variance, must also be in writing. Denial of a variance request may be appealed to the Town Council, which will have final say in the matter.