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Disillusioned in Middle America

Posted in Animal Rights, Liberal, Life, Politics, Society, Trump, Uncategorized, Vegan with tags , , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by rikki5

For those that have messaged me, so sorry I haven’t written in the blog so much….it’s been kind of crazy with our country and the world in general right now, not to mention just trying to exist and be happy and just live. It seems like when one thing gets on track another thing gets off track. It has been this way my entire life though so I’m used to it. It just seems more intense right now, if that makes sense….

So much has been going on it’s hard to keep up. Since I marched in January, it’s been like one circus to the next here in the Good ol USA and frankly I’m getting quite tired of dealing with it. As an American.

To the internet, please help me! Get rid of this nagging feeling that things will survive until……2020.

So there are a few things I want to cover in this post..and they are kind of different but also interrelated.

The first is the breaking news story right now : Jared Kushner, son-in-law to now President Donald J. Trump has been caught telling some Russian peeps that they should establish a “secret line” to talk to each other away from seeing eyes (i.e., Intelligence forces) and that the Russian computer nerds should secure it. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a whole lotta treason to me! TREASON! And mind you, this is Trump’s family and closest adviser.

The second thing I want to discuss is Trump’s plan to open up trade with China and the basic deal is that American cattlemen are going to ship cows over to China to be butchered and slaughtered and in exchange we get their shitty cooked chicken meat.   I don’t know about you, but even though the cattlemen are super excited getting hard-ons about this, didn’t Trump himself campaign on the premise that he was going to be tough on China…he even vowed to cut them off totally ! Now all of a sudden he is wheeling and dealing and creating more pain and suffering for animals in the process? It is an outrage that we as Americans would support this cruelty, it’s horrible enough that here in America cows are subjected to torture, but now they are going to be shipped like freight overseas? And not only that, they are rounding up the symbols of our country – THE AMERICAN MUSTANG HORSE and “relocating” them and shipping them also to slaughter just so cattle can graze on the horses’ land. It is cruel and inhumane to do so and I will be writing everyone in my precinct about this issue. If anything, this has committed me further into veganism and my quest to get people to realize you don’t need to eat meat to be happy, satisfied, and fulfilled. The best thing you can do to not support these practices is go vegan…it’s a journey, not a destination.  Just start by swapping out certain things for veganized versions, it’s definitely fun to learn to cook new things!  I am thinking about reaching more people in China…try to get them to be vegetarian/vegan through social media but isn’t China communist? Can they even talk on the internet freely? Unfortunately, there are a lot of greedy people in this world who just want to use animals for their own selfish gains – please save it those who say we have always eaten meat…we have always done a lot of fucked up shit. But we can always change. And it least give animals the dignity of a life that they deserve. It’s unfortunate that so many animals have to be used and tortured in the process.  I saw the saddest video today of a cow literally crying.  It was so messed up.  Trump went back on every campaign promise he’s ever made and it looks like now with his senior adviser and family member, JK, wheeling and dealing for a back line he will be on his way out soon and perhaps animals will have a chance.

The third thing I want to discuss is the new TSA regulation about “checking out your carryon.” The TSA is now whining because people are trying to put too much in their carry on bags so now we have to remove everything from our carry-ons. Including letting them go through phones? So they can search us and profile us? Or eventually maybe they can scan our retinas just to prove our identity because there are doppelgängers out there? I love how these thing always come after some sort of terrorist act.  They didn’t even wait a week to roll this out.  Now we have to go through extra love feels from the TSA.  My city is one of the lucky ones they are testing this out on, like we are rats, and they are experimenting on us to see if we are going to go for this or not.  They came out with this story this morning and are saying they are giving it a “trial run” in select cities across the nation. Just like they did with the body X-rays…wonder what they will want next? A sample of DNA to fly the friendly skies? Fuck you. I’ll drive. But I assume that too will be coming soon to the highways if Americans don’t stand up and say, thanks- but no thanks. It’s not like I am not for being safe and secure, but where is the line drawn? Are we going to allow them to scan us like property just like they do with the cows and shipping them to other countries? when are we going to stand up and say NO! because they will keep pushing further and further until finally we basically have to have secret clearance to fly anywhere. They don’t want poor people flying you see…and that is fine. But if they ever come after the highways and byways we will have a problem.  Then we will have to come to terms about some things as a society about how far are we willing to go to give up our civil liberties? When will we stand up and say no, I am a native born daughter or son of this land and my liberty is mine! it is a god given right! And we hopefully will stop them in their tracks.

If that doesn’t work, we can simply refuse to travel anywhere and become more locally oriented. We have to vote with our $$$$$ about what we are going to accept as people, both with the airlines and by what we choose to support.  Soon we will have to be getting back to more local ways of life anyway– their plans are very destructive–but we can overcome them if we become more aware of how “they” are planning to use we the people (like cattle) and then stand up with our voices together as one! we have to! ! !

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http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/jared-kushner-is-reportedly-a-focus-of-the-russia-probe

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/12/american-farmers-thrilled-to-send-their-meat-to-china/

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tsa-testing-tougher-carry-srceening-procedures-lax-nine-other-airports-n764311

UC Berkeley Protests and the Black Bloc

Posted in Law, Politics, Society, Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 4, 2017 by rikki5

Soo…the Trump administration is wasting no time and leaders around our country in our own state governments are now eating it up.  They have had enough of the protesters.  Is it me, or is this CNN article really odd and morbid starting out, “It may soon be legal to run over protesters with your car in North Dakota. But only if you do it accidentally.” (CNN, 2017).  So, let me get this straight now it is okay to murder someone in North Dakota (or will be if this law is enacted) as long as the person was blocking your way by protesting.   Basically, it’s okay to commit vehicular homicide if the person is exercising first amendment rights.  This is the country we are living in now.  It’s even worse than I thought.  I thought simply free speech would be outlawed but now murder and assault is perfectly okay, as long as the victim was officially practicing some sort of civil disobedience.  Oh yes, there’s that little guise of it being an “accident.”  How dumb do the lawmakers really think we are?

It’s not just happening in North Dakota, numerous States are introducing similar initiatives.  Even in the protestor friendly State of Washington.   According to a poll done by Fox most people do think the federal funding should be cut to UC Berkeley after the protests a few days ago. See, here.   Then again, it is Fox but still..President Trump sends out some half-witted tweet and the public just eats it up as well without even checking the facts or considering them.  They see one or two reports on the news of people smashing windows and the media stating how violent the protests were and they immediately make sweeping generalizations. Then the media really has to push the agenda of fear and demonization of protesting as the headlines all state “violent” protests in big bold letters all over the news.  Do people not realize the people who were doing the violent protesting were not the students?  Why is it always a few bad apples spoiling the whole bunch? The group known as “black bloc” are the ones who are the anarchists and have no real purpose except to cause damage and incite violence and make the real protesters look bad.

The last time I checked, the Constitution of the United States was the law of this land allowing peaceful assembly and free speech.  As a reminder:  Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

But now various other laws around the country are being introduced, under the guise of protests “interfering with commerce.”  And mainly because of these misguided and angry people who are defeating the whole purpose of assembly.  The intimidating dress and violent energy spewing forth from these obviously lost ninjas makes me want to yell through the computer–hey ! you assholes are making it worse!– In effect, they are defeating the purpose and I’m just wondering why?    Are they just simply anarchists and want to destroy society?  Are they planted by the controllers to discredit the actual real protesters?  Do they just need a hug? Who are these people waving red flags and acting all crazy? No one talks about them other than to group them in with peaceful citizens and saying we are all destructive and unruly.  The violent ones juxtaposed to the peaceful ones was quite apparent at the UC Berkeley march.  Very important blog post here talking about the “black bloc” and how these anarchists have a long history of disrupting peaceful protests at Berkeley.    According to Chris Hedges, “The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are the cancer of the Occupy movement.” (D. Douglas-Bowers 2014).   They [the black bloc folks] came out of a movement in the 1980s–if you believe that– from Germany. (Kunnath, A. 2017).

As the peaceful students and citizens of the city and surrounding areas came together to oppose this person speaking at their school, all of a sudden as the peaceful marchers were going into the streets, all of these crazy ninja type folks show up, clearly up to no good and ready to start some trouble to disrupt the whole process.  These are the ones who are freaking out “the Masters” and now various bills and initiatives are going to be enacted to take away our first amendment rights to peaceably assemble.  Seems fishy to me.  But yet, no one is talking about them.  It’s just generalizations about protesters in general.

The majority of people who were assembled peaceably to voice their opposition to a  white supremacist speaking at their school were students and citizens of the community.  You can check it out here if you missed it. Last time I checked, students pay tuition to attend, or get into debt in some cases, so why shouldn’t they have a voice on who is speaking at their school?  It’s not a community center. Even if it was a community center, if the community doesn’t want him then so be it.  Frankly, this is the first time I’ve heard of this guy (Milo Yiannopoulos) and really the last I want to hear about him.  I’m not even going to do “the research” because I have better things to do than read up on this shady character.  Fact is, I could care less about him.   He is very irrelevant to what is really going down and a distraction.  Like one protester said — “He won’t get a forum at UC Berkeley.”  They feel strongly about it and it’s their school so why is everyone so freaked out about it?  He can have a forum at many other places to spew his rhetoric.  What’s even worse is the President backing him up saying he is threatening to pull federal funds.  Wow, speechless…our President is really clueless on how to lead a country.

I am not sure what is happening to our country but I don’t like the path we are going down. Violent anarchists are disrupting peaceful protests and now the public and the government are penalizing everyone by trying to take our Constitutional rights away.  The public is ready to let them do it too because of a fringe radical group without any understanding of the greater challenges this presents to our society and the price we will pay is yet more civil liberties being taken away.   If we are going to have our voices heard in the Resistance, we MUST find a way to deal with those who insist that violence, vandalism, and intimidation are the ways to protest.  History has proven otherwise.  The only true and effective way to stand up to the powers that be is through non-violent and peaceful assembly combined with acute awareness that we are all diverse individuals with something to contribute.  Anything less is a waste of time.

As you can see here in the UC Berkeley statement, the violence was the sole responsibility of “150 masked agitators who came onto campus and disrupted an otherwise non-violent protest.” (Public Affairs, UC Berkeley, 2017).  Who are these masked agitators?  Maybe it’s time to tell them to take off their masks and seek some professional mental health services.

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http://www.facebook.com/fox43news. “Poll: Should federal education funding be cut when college students protest opposing viewpoints?” WPMT FOX43. N.p., 02 Feb. 2017. Web. 04 Feb. 2017.

Proposed laws would crack down on protesters who block roadways. (n.d.). Retrieved February 04, 2017, from http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/25/us/nd-protest-driver-bill-trnd/

Iaconangelo, D. (2017, February 02). Controversy stirred after UC Berkeley cancels Milo Yiannopoulos speech. Retrieved February 04, 2017, from https://www.yahoo.com/news/controversy-stirred-uc-berkeley-cancels-milo-yiannopoulos-speech-224342243.html

Kunnath, A. (2017, February 02). Anarchists, NOT Cal students, responsible for violence in UC Berkeley protests. Retrieved February 04, 2017, from http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2017/2/2/14482840/anarchists-uc-berkeley-violence-protests-california-golden-bears

Unmasking The Black Bloc: Who They Are, What They Do, How They Work. (2014, December 18). Retrieved February 04, 2017, from http://www.occupy.com/article/unmasking-black-bloc-who-they-are-what-they-do-how-they-work#sthash.FtFI3Z0M.RycjHL8c.dpbs

Facebook. (n.d.). Retrieved February 04, 2017, from https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/893120087496166/?pnref=story

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Upholding It!

Posted in Life, Politics, Society, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , on March 26, 2014 by rikki5

Wow, it’s been a whole year since my last post! So much has happened in the past year, it’s mind blowing. I am officially the most boring blogger ever for not writing in this for a whole year. Anyways, If anyone has read my history of posts, you will know that I’ve been trying to decide a “theme” for this blog for so long. For awhile I was going with a “dream theme” but ended up not dreaming very much and the dreams I did have were..private. Instead of stressing about my “theme” per se, I am going to commit to having a “no theme” blog. I am going to write about whatever the heck I want..after all, I’m probably the only one reading this anyway. If you happened to come across this blog and you are reading this out there..thanks for stopping by in advance.

Moving along, so what happened today in my world– March 26, 2014
My day started off by going to court to be sworn in as a Notary Public. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of my state. It started me thinking about one of my most favorite American writers, Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau wrote a lot of stuff during his lifetime, I can only aspire to be as eloquent and prolific as he was. However, he also wrote a very poignant piece called “Civil Disobedience” which is quite relevant to the issue of constitutional rights and how they pertain to modern society. Upon first reading, one may think Thoreau is advocating revolution- by force–but in reality he is advocating sort of an intellectual revolution.

This comes about by each individual simply thinking about what sort of government they want to have and then taking the necessary steps to achieve these goals. He talks about the army being a branch of the government and the people ultimately are in control of the army because it’s the people who should have rule over their own government. How does this apply today though? In the US the conservatives say it’s the liberals who want the government to be their “nanny” babying them and giving them things for free. The liberals will say its the right wingers who want no sort of governmental involvement. The liberals will say the conservatives want to go back to the dark ages. They disagree about almost every issue under the sun. We all know that government is a necessary evil. Even Thoreau wrote about the necessity of government in Civil Disobedience. But what does government even mean to people today? Most of society is apathetic towards government and, at best, disillusioned. We watch the elections every four years we become impassioned with resolve to “do better” yet nothing really changes–and if it does we can never agree on ways to get the change to foster unity in our country. If anything, “Obamacare” has divided our country faster than any other policy in recent history. We are divided, yes, but we all are still at heart Americans. We all want our country to prosper, we want to avoid costly wars, and we want peaceful relations with other countries. We all watch the devastation of war in other countries and the unilateral power of governments like Russia to swoop in and simply declare themselves ruler. We then take a deep breath and say “thank God we are in America!” Yet, we still do not know what we actually want from our government. And if we do know, we do not how to achieve it by traditional means. We protest, we practice advocacy, but we do so mostly blinded by our own disillusion.
Thoreau gives us a little direction though in Civil Disobedience:

“I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.

This American government — what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will. It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which they have. Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed on, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage. It is excellent, we must all allow. Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the West. It does not educate. The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. For government is an expedient by which men would fain succeed in letting one another alone; and, as has been said, when it is most expedient, the governed are most let alone by it. Trade and commerce, if they were not made of India rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way; and, if one were to judge these men wholly by the effects of their actions, and not partly by their intentions, they would deserve to be classed and punished with those mischievous persons who put obstructions on the railroads.

But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.”

So according to Thoreau the first step to creating a better government is to think about what sort of government would command our respect as citizens. Do people think about this anymore? And those that do have beliefs, do they not merely succumb to societal pressure to repress these beliefs based on outdated notions of persecution? I think of the situation in Ukraine right now and how the Ukraine has been robbed of their right to govern themselves. Thoreau’s words not only speak to Americans, they speak to Ukrainians, to any citizen of any country who seeks a just and honorable government. Once we realize what sort of government we could respect then we will have it, because the people are the ones who should rule the government–not the other way around.

Thoreau’s final paragraph in Civil Disobedience is just as commanding as the first part of his speech. If you haven’t read the full work, I suggest you visit the site below and really think about Thoreau’s words.

“The authority of government, even such as I am willing to submit to — for I will cheerfully obey those who know and can do better than I, and in many things even those who neither know nor can do so well — is still an impure one: to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed. It can have no pure right over my person and property but what I concede to it. The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual. Even the Chinese philosopher (8) was wise enough to regard the individual as the basis of the empire. Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. I please myself with imagining a State at least which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose if a few were to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow-men. A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen.”

So to have a “better government” we should start by respecting ourselves. And once we know what we want and respect ourselves as individuals the powers that be will have no choice to stand up — pay attention– and give us the liberty we are entitled to as citizens.

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Henry David Thoreau. (1849). Civil Disobedience. (Public Domain). Retrieved March 26, 2014 from: http://thoreau.eserver.org/civil1.html

Tasers

Posted in Society with tags , , , on June 6, 2009 by rikki5

Today on Drudge, I came across this post saying that DNA found on taser weapons can be used against criminals on trial.  You can read the article here.   Tasers should be outlawed all together.  Tasers are cruel and unusal punishment.  The Eighth Amendment protects against cruel and unusal punishment.  I guess the Niagra court missed that point.  Numerous deaths have been caused by Taser weapons throughout the years.

These weapons should be outlawed or at the very least should only be used by law enforcement in the most extreme of cases.  What happened to just good old pepper spray?  I don’t think anyone has ever died of pepper spray even though I guess it’s still unnecessary.  Anyway, people say who could care less what happens to dirty criminals? I can see that point of view but what about children who are dying because of these so called “safe” weapons.  Here is a recent article about a disabled teenager being tased to death .

And what about the Naked man tasered at Coachella for refusing to wear wizard’s robe?  This story was awful.  The man was simply just being naked.  They could have cuffed him and put in the car or something.  Yet, the police felt the need to shock him in the neck?  Terrible!