HOMELESSNESS/POVERTY: the center-right response to homelessness in Seattle has been grossly inadequate for the last 100+ years, except for ten years in the 60’s and 70’s when the brook amendment housing provided adequate subsidies for housing all people; 1/4th income for rent, no income, no rent. Those standards have been steadily degraded ever since by both parties as they gradually got more and more bought off. Here are some other Great Society programs that worked that have been gutted by the privatization of survival services initiated by the republicans. It is a shame that the “liberals” you misrepresent and romanticize did not bring up the cuts to these programs as important. When you put the actions of the “violent” protesters baited by the police and also abused and singled out for their politics and even their appearance at school and even at home, you should be able to understand why it is that sometimes people get violent when you only report attacks on the police and white enfranchised people, not poor people, especially people of color. Poor people in general are under attacks from a variety of sources both at home and at work most every day, and that’s why people get violent and suddenly snap and commit seemingly senseless violence. This is because we are constantly subjected to harassments and abuses of our rights every day,especially poor people living in isolation and poverty intentionally inflicted on them every day. This is why I put so much effort into understanding and responding to the daily depravity of the drug war and our devolving have-have not corporate dictatorship.
Budget Cuts, Wage Cuts, Economic De-Regulation drive
Depression, Job, and Home Losses
Home foreclosures are just one of many negative economic consequences of the budget cuts the nazis, eerrr republicans have been doing. How many jobs have been lost over the last forty years of republican/republicratic economic policymaking? The corporados at the Democratic Leadership Council knew that making over the democratic party into just another party that served corporate interests was an essential factor to making a unipolar corporate society dependent upon a few multinational corporations for their socioeconomic survival and everyone else gets thrown overboard, sink or swim. Go lightly into that sweatshop now, no complaining or we shoot you and your friends and their friends too, lucky winner.
I am not accepting throwing old people, the disabled, the homeless, and the undertrained under/unemployed under the bus as part of the “solution” to the manufactured crisis created by criminal right wing budget cutting and debt ceiling mass hysteria. By subsidizing housing, food, medical access, mass transportation, and higher education, we lay a foundation for dealing with a challenging and difficult future in a proactive, constructive, and creative way that includes all of our people, not just the nice looking young ones and the ones already being nickel and dimed to death working for those nicey-nicey nazi corporations.
By restoring funding that has been cut through a financial transaction tax as advocated by national nurses united, Wall St. is made to pay up their share of what they owe us for annihilating our collective future by cutting the budget by cutting taxes on the rich and enabling tax haven tax evasion by them as well. By going beyond doing just the minimum to alleviate poverty and actually doing the job adequately so that people can actually grow up a meaningful future for themselves, we grow up our most precious resource, the minds, abilities, and lives of our people. Most anti-poverty programs and education funding is at levels that are 1/2 to 2/3rds of what would be minimally adequate levels. By restricting economic subsidization, the nazis, eerrr republicans were able to short-circuit FDR’s recovery policies just like the new nazis, eerrr republicans of today sabotaged the stimulus investments.
By the way, Thyssen-Krupp banked the proceeds of the development of the nazi war machine and the slow death slave labor camps through a banking network in Germany, the netherlands, and into the US via the Bush’s, the Dulles Brothers, and Union Bank. Their legacy continues on in dictatorship after dictatorship, death squad after death squad set up by US business interests globally with the US Chamber of Commerce as their front group. Fascism requires slavery for it’s “success” and most people just don’t like slavery especially if they are the ones imprisoned and enslaved. The creation of a new global overclass was the assumption that Donald Trump built on in Miami. The building is still pretty much empty so we must be winning; he lost on that one. So here we are three generations later and the nazi dream of a global network of slave state dictatorships is almost realizable; only Russia and China have yet to comply with the will of the worst people on the planet. What are we missing here? A brain that is actually in touch with the reality of the situation because our leaders seemed to have missed it completely. A minimum level of compassion and understanding, that’s what. It’s up to us now.
We plebes at the bottom of the political crap pile can hardly be induced to vote let alone give a crap. Heck even if you did, they ain’t listening. As always, the pigs are only listening to the money. And money mishandled by braindead right-wingers is the main reason this country is in such really bad shape again. So there’s electoral politics that has become like just another episode of the Lucy and Ricky show; pretty much a deadasse boring center-right corporate propaganda show. Thank God I am old enough that pretending I am interested is no longer required; heck I can even fall asleep if I want to and people won’t even mind anymore. They won’t even check if I’m dead sleeping without breathing for that long. I can count on one thing; no one cares about me, and that is always how it has been; most times the pathetic nazi pigs are holding themselves back from killing me most all the time now. Cool; me and Jesus. . . forever. Where the action is now; is with the congressional committees that you and I have little or no access to. Hey, we elected an arsonist as a lawmaker; you voted them in, now all you have to do is trust them, right? Wrong again but that is the assumption they operate under once they’re in there. Believe me when I tell you, the cuts to survival services will be done quietly, bureaucratically as only totalitarian puppets acting in their own interests can. It ain’t pretty and that’s why they hide it from you. So here are the cuts and their totally inadequate private sector replacements.
–SUBSIDIZED HOUSING; Program was a centerpiece of the Great Society with hugely positive intergenerational outcomes for both poor and minority peoples as well as elderly and disabled people; both educational and cultural. Housing worked in the 70’s because everyone got housed with very little screening out of people. With the republican counter-revolution during the 80’s, that all changed and quickly too. First the rent went up from 1/4 income for rent to 1/3rd, then the no income, no rent provision that preserved vulnerable tenancy went the way of the buffalo. Then the pigs organized entire private communities where the rents were much higher and forced tenants into those communities with the first year paid for at the lower level, but rents were increasing across the board much higher than even most subsidized public housing out there and most of the occupants of these communities were refugees, so forget about getting a good job; they were the wrong color for that. After the republicrats were done with that policy, the rents were fully more than half the average market rate, some of the highest rents in the country.
They took a program that worked for our most vulnerable and needy, and gutted it completely. Paul Schell/Schlactenhaufen, the former mayor of Theattle used to make his money doing HUD condo developments up and down the west coast all the while laundering killer drug proceeds into the deals. His developments did not get one homeless person off the street in his entire time doing these deals. His family had interests in Cargill and he got the family business a 99 year lease to that grain terminal there while mayor. That’s the nazis colluding in fixing grain prices so poor people starve; another new modern day global nazi mass murder. So naturally when the opportunity arose to privatize the Senior Housing and turn it into condos, both parties were on board with that and that is why my friend Dawn Montoya got murdered AND disappeared by both nazified parties in Theattle; Repugnicratic indeed.
So, needless to say, when Newt and the gang came along and said subsidized housing was a “failure”, I had to wonder how and why he would come to that conclusion. It wasn’t a failure before he and his friends cut the budget for the other support services that kept people living viably in the housing. So once again, the criminal nazi pigs create a crisis out of something that worked for decades, then say it was a failure after sabotaging it mercilessly in about every way they could; screening, bullshit rules, drug tests for benefits proposed, sterilization for benefits proposed, and a whole slew of abusive management policies like curfews, cameras, nazi security guards, hostile cops, sleazy greasy politicians who take theirs off the top before you and I, and wacked out crackheads breaking into my room stealing my stuff because I wasn’t a stupid over-militarized nazi sellout like they were; fawk you and your useless empty condos ya dumb thieving pigs. The church based housing nonprofits in Theattle were even worse; no one could come in and see anyone without ID and you had to sign in. They kicked my LRRP friend Billy out of his apartment after 15 years on the street for walking down the hall without a shirt on. This is why people hate anti-christians, because of hair-splitting puritanical nazi bullcrap like this. He was turned down by the Catholics (Archdiocesan Housing Authority) for a man who was employed when he actually needed it more. Like I said, puritannical nazis giving God a bad name. He finally ended up dying of cancer in one of those downtown flophouses they call hotels, and he deserved a lot better than that; I hope he got it three days after he was dead. Like I said, they took what worked, filled it full of bullshit as only republicans and nazis can with the intent of destroying it from within right from the start, and killed her, him, and it; still killing today, goddamn them all to hell.
****Solution: restore original middle 70’s Brook Amendment housing laws; specifically 1/4 income for rent, no income, no rent for eligible people including elderly, disabled, homeless, and under/unemployed people. Restrict background checks and targeted, harassing apt./house searches and evictions by housing authority personnel. Every time I would push for or assert my rights, the pigs at SHA would try and evict me. Remember, all digital keycard systems are also data collection systems that are electrical dependent, and housing authority cameras are on city-wide networks. Do like the worst of the british and just turn off the video cameras when your special ops people do the terror bombings on the subways.
–FOOD STAMPS; Food stamps worked for the majority of americans very well. but the nazis, eerrr republicans decided that it had to go as well. So they started the usual bullshit rule song and dance in order to 1) reduce the benefit amount by low-balling the cost of living. and 2) reducing the people on it by legally rendering them ineligible to get benefits. A fair amount of states keep people from getting food stamps if they are drug addicts with convictions; a serious violation of US law, human rights, and international law. Then in keeping with the privatization initiatives so loved first by the nazis, they started trying to replace what worked, food stamps and adequately funded social security, with what has always failed people in need in Amerikkka historically, food banks and donation baskets. You can’t get a special diet out of a food bank to save your life, so you are another fatality forgotten. All you get out of a food bank is someone asking for ID, illegally putting your name on a military list, and a bunch of crap food that no one else wants to eat. Some of it is probably made in other countries with lower food and pesticide safety standards than the US, so there’s another factor in the nazis’ favor; you’ll die eating crap that isn’t even legal to eat in the US. This isn’t important to most of you until you actually see the pictures of the deformities in the children of the workers poisoned by the crap the banana companies was using as pesticide down there.
***Solution: increase food stamp outlays by 1/3rd for families making less than $50,000/yr.; individuals making less than $14,000/yr.. Allow food stamp recipients to purchase hot deli. food.
–MEDICAL ACCESS; Medicare/Medicaid has been slowly, ever so slowly cut back, cut back, cut back over the last 35 years until the elderly and disabled had no medicine and no adequate healthcare under the budget cuts already put through. Like it or not, a person on the present health insurance out there can’t afford the specialists they will need for their conditions to be properly treated at present payouts. My battered friend will not get the repair surgery required to re-attach the hip replacement; this person was in such pain that it was literally killing her. And the bastard that beat her lied his way out of it too, and had an abuse history that included 8 other women interstate. 1 and a half years; too little in my view for the damage done. Battered women and others will be on survival services for up to 10 years solid depending on the level of violence involved before they will be employable again.
In addition to payouts being too small for many conditions and situations, these programs fail because they do not fund preventive medical strategies as well as alternative/complementary strategies for both preventing and dealing with diseases and other conditions. The guys with the most expensive and death-dealing jobs, the surgeons, repress the preventive strategy that works because if you prevent diseases, not as many people get opened up and worked on. That would be a good thing if you knew anything about just how many mistakes end up dead for whatever was done wrong by whomever that time. A friend informed a friend that he messed up the first 50 he did, then he got it; what a relief, huh. We can definitely do a lot better than this, I know.
****Solutions: increase payouts so that the treatments that are adequate for managing and reversing the persons’ condition and situation are easily accessible for the patient/consumer, so that the patient/consumer has a survivable and adequate quality of life in a patient-centered care model. Adequate high quality medical treatments integrated into a preventive healthcare strategy, means no unnecessary second or third surgeries. Make it so that certified practitioners of alternative/complementary therapies including counseling can be directly compensated for their services without having to go through MD’s.
–MASS TRANSPORTATION; Mass transit service and infrastructure investments were hugely cut and a special target of the new nazis, Grinch and Gramm. These amounted to tens of billions of dollars cut out of mass transit at a pivotal time in it’s development per major city, so the jobs that could have been created by an increase in transit capacity were instead cut, cut, cut and turned into an outsize military budget in the largest “peacetime” military buildup in US history, why just like the nazis, huh. And what does the military do mostly in the US? Free up more oil so they can fuel the military (M1A2 tank gets a half mile per gallon). So yeah, the bus services were cut back to commuter services completely abandoning large parts of the cities that had used to be serviced adequately 24/7 and holidays. Now the bus company where I live is so broke that they don’t run sundays and holidays and the appointments for dial a ride service for the disabled shuts down now at 4pm; thanks notzis for less than nothing again. They cut routes and pulled up so many stops that I didn’t know why they were even running buses on many lines in seattle; and a lot of drivers treated the passengers like crap most all the time. One nasty ole woman made this child get off the bus for having a cup of soup open. Gawd get rid of that one would you please. . !! Of course, the yuppie commuters get the good buses and no video cameras on the bus. And see how highspeed rail is just taking off and leaving us under the republicans. What could be a great rail system is constantly being cut, cut, cut back, then the notzis ridicule what they have actually wrought once again. Well, you cut the funding for it, idiots, it’s all your fault, not mine, idiot pig.
The rates for using buses have gone nothing but up, up, up and the usual excuses are put forward; but it really is them durned nazi budget cutters again. See it is either subsidized like the postal service is, or it isn’t and is no longer affordable for the people who most need it, the elderly, disabled, homeless, and under/unemployed. And for you jerks out there who can only puke up mass media platitudes in response to personal desperation, the US has never adequately employed it’s people in it’s entire history nor has it ever made a serious effort to, except under FDR and into the middle 70’s. Maybe that’s why the captains of industry tried to do a coup against him; they couldn’t make a killing like they were used to under slavery. And what goes around comes around again. Some career logger was saying that he had noticed that the feds weren’t planting trees anymore. Well, he didn’t like it too much when I told him Raygun cut that budget right off in 1980 when he, the Grinch, and Gramm first went nuts with the hatchet then.
****Solutions: Integrate regional mass transit/commuter services into a national highspeed rail system remembering that most accidents have happened because of maintenance budget cuts, under-staffing, privatization/outsourcing, and a lack of trained staff for the systems used. Adequately fund community based dial a ride access for an increasing elderly/disabled population.
–SOCIAL SECURITY; This program works for a whole lot of americans, especially the elderly and disabled; that’s why it must go, go, go. You have no idea how pissed off rich people get when an older person who no longer gives a crap what nazis think, just goes and calls them what they really are, a bunch of thieving immoral nazi pigs in business for all the usual wrong reasons. That and that alone is enough reason for the worst on wall street to kill off the best of America any way they can. Of course the notzis killed off social security, reducing payouts any way they could.
They did this by averaging the cost of living into one national number low-balled by taking prices from the lowest price areas and averaging for all item prices while excluding insurance premiums, gas, and other expenses as included in prices accepted as if we won’t need cars or healthcare or fun for the last 30 years of our lives. Oh yeah, that’s right, I forgot, we’re all supposed to just up and die after 50; how inconsiderate of me. So that’s how it is that social security payouts are around 1/2 to 2/3rds what they should be in order to really free up extra spending money for the elderly, disabled, and others. All these reductions and exclusions mean less money gets to the bottom of the economy and is a major reason why it is we are in a recession that is actually a structural depression that has occurred completely as a consequence of the republican budget cuts and other economic frauds as well; Mitt the hostile takeover/leveraged buyout king nothing. They would take a business that had run well for a couple of decades, screw it up royal, then gut it and take it overseas with our money. That’s why we don’t have an economy or a future; because the pigs kill it over and over and over again just as it starts working again. That’s dumb nazi death cult members for ya. Look at the two old pigs who did the social security “compromise”. One, Erskine Bowles was old enough to bootlick the nazis when they first came over here seeking to be embraced by their intellectual counterparts in the US at Harvard and other schools. The other, Alan Simpson, a real nazi, a republican, just wanted to mindlessly cut cut cut, more more more as he was originally subconsciously programmed by the CIA in the 50’s; the original puppet on a string puking out a message from on high, screw you. If you look at it from the larger long term bureaucratic perspective, it is one long downhill slide from a good amount in the 70’s without the crap, to the present payouts cut back to the bone. Even the repugnicrats wouldn’t help out on getting the true COLA formulas from SSA because the new nazis, the ones who want help with their outsize college debt, don’t even remember grandma in her hugely unfair situation, as usual, young white americans only think of themselves again. And that really is the social psychological trends for the US; narcissism and passive-aggression, not even that fascinating really; the ingredients for the psychopathic outcomes we are now seeing again as usual during a period of economic downturn. Where did it turn around back there? did it really at all for us? Nope, not at all. And that’s why I alerted other countries about our hack, hack, hack, cut, cut, cut program and it’s depression creating initiatives a long time ago. It speaks to the massive lack of character for most amerikkkans that somehow there should be a debate and a compromise on the backs of the poorest and least powerful among us. We say to both parties; don’t balance the budget on the backs of the poor, they say OK, and then go and balance the budget on the backs of the poor. Don’t worry though, even the buses don’t run good enough to get us to the meetings where the pigs decide if you live or die now where I live; no mistake there.
****Solutions: Move to a responsive regional COLA system that includes all living expenses realistically priced in the pricing formula and shop at the yuppie food co-ops and other stores the poor are presently excluded from culturally and sometimes legally in Theattle so that they can purchase high quality organic food rather than crap from the convenience stores or the supermarkets that buy from global corporate markets where a person doesn’t know what they’re getting (see food stamps above). An across the board $400/mo. increase in social security payouts for people whose income is below $40,000/yr. is a good start at reversing the cuts in social security the last 40 years. A little note on inflation; price increases always precede wage/salary increases; the most damaging consequences of economic de-regulation both regionally and globally with cuts in regulatory agencies a close second. Remember federal office of civil rights didn’t do any cases;50 attorneys just sat on their ass and played stocks all day while collecting a salary.
–EDUCATION/HIGHER EDUCATION/SKILLS TRAINING: We managed to keep the two year community colleges funded in Theattle but the military moved in on Seattle public schools and messed that up royal with both charter school privatization initiatives and attempted union busting kind of going together to really undermine the quality of education there. We found that the private schools would dump learning disabled children on the now grossly underfunded public system, and also that the district tax boundaries were enabling more well off communities to walk off with funds leaving the poorer neighborhood behind. Like many other situations outlined here, a compensatory federal subsidization would reverse that imbalance of resources. Also what I realized was that a really important factor in continuing education was the capacity for learning new skills through the statewide library network, so when we did a massive upgrade of the library system in washington state, it was with a mind to supporting lifelong learning.
****Solutions: Enable teachers to upgrade skills while preserving union-scale wages and expertise. Restrict military-police involvement in schools to moral standards outlined by the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and international human rights standards, especially in poorer neighborhoods where gentrifying influences may be much higher. When youth are led to write a spy novelette about avoiding the police in schools, you are in a situation where the police are too present in an educational environment. A competitive globalized “race to the bottom of the barrel” in education will only result in a huge loss of developed human potential locally, regionally, and nationally, meaning that this nation will get even farther behind other developed nations in our actual ability to respond appropriately to increasingly complex regional/global problems as they arise and grow, with global warming as one major example. Remember a labor sympathetic management is a much more constructive and conflict reducing management than one which is hostile to labor interests in both the short-term and the long-term. Finally remember that only 6% of the rightwing are scientists and many of those may be corporate influenced. Studies have shown that independent publicly funded studies are much more objective in most all areas than corporate funded and/or influenced studies. The loss of Antioch Uinversity in Yellow Springs Ohio, was a huge loss of an effective accessible non-elitist/non-judgemental/ open campus work-study higher education environment that worked; cain’t have that, huh. The deregulation of the economy is the main causal factor in skyrocketing tuitions and the debt problems for the next generation or even two at that.
–VETERANS: The suicide rate for veterans for 2012 is even higher than 2011. Blame George Bush for everything, really. Combat veterans who are not officers or long-term career are the most at-risk for this outcome. A lot of people should not be soldiers, but when you incentivize access to higher education via military service, a person is forced into the military if they are poor in order to get a higher education; they roll the dice. I ran into three groups of people most at-risk for serious ongoing homelessness and crisis in our lack of a culture; domestic violence victim/survivors, sexual abuse victim/survivors, and combat veterans with security clearances who had no one to talk to. When I learned that combat surgeons trained in inner city ghettos, then I understood much more about why it was that so many people were self-medicating in the US; it was the stress, trauma, brain malnutrition, and deadening, soul killing overwork and sleep deprivation that was the main causal factors; poverty in other words. I found that working only the psychological side of PTSD was not that effective; one also had to work the physiological side as well. Bastyr University is one naturopathic college that did a lot of stress work that could be adapted to suicide and addiction/alcoholism prevention efforts targeted to veterans and others. I learned when I chased the meetings on this that nutritional and other alternative/complementary med/psych solutions were not included in the mainstream of the medical community that was serving this population in Theattle. Finally my friend Billy molested by his dad at age 11 and who went way beyond the call of duty in Vietnam was kicked out of “Christian” run housing for walking down a hall without a T-shirt after being repeatedly passed over for housing in the Archdiocesan Housing Authority in Seattle and died of cancer in a flophouse; that’s why the final surprise is all those church leaders going to hell.
****Solutions: All of the above funding increased with feeling. I would run into people with security clearances with no one to talk to and we would talk for a long time, sometimes a very, very long time until we both really felt like the issues that they had were resolved and that they wouldn’t kill themselves before morning; that they were stable enough to carry on again. Also I would teach them how it was that by both doing counseling and by feeding their brain correctly would help them make it through the day on an even keel somewhat, without going off the deep end and doing something bad to themselves or anyone else.
Finally I would try to give them one more reason to live; that they were the true bearers of history. When the pigs start lying and trying to dress up history by putting blood red lipstick on a nazi pig, they could refute them with the truth and honor the dead by serving the truth. What was cool was being able to reaffirm their humanity by telling them that yeah it was normal to feel pangs of conscience for what they had done, but God still loved them because their pangs were one more sign that their moral integrity was still there. It’s the ones who torture and kill for fun that you really have to watch out for. I’ll tell you too, that Bill was one of my best friends too, that we had a lot of fun and a lot of seriousness too, as well because he was a great person having survived so much and still able to make people feel loved; a little happier in the daily slog through the trenches of this life. Getting him really stoned one sunny afternoon and then ripping off the one-liners and double entendres until we were just busting our guts laughing our heads off nonstop for four hours in the sunshine at his “base” near that four star hotel on that matchless sunny afternoon will be forever unforgettable. I hope I am good enough to see you again on the other side, man.
PS Finally one key to his continued survival on the streets of seattle was my success at keeping him off the distilled alcohol. Bill was a maintenance drinker, not a drunk. He did a few beers a day along with about two meals a day of food and that is why it is that he lasted as long as he did. He was offered a year inpatient at an inpatient rehab program but he didn’t go. An outpatient program would have worked much better for him in his situation since he had a routine and didn’t want to give that up. He loved his freedom and his friends in Seattle.
–DISASTER/EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: what became crystal-clear in both the Valdez oil spill and the Katrina disaster was the contingency planning, pre-planning, and preparedness for the worst-case was virtually non-existent for several reasons, mostly having to do with republican budget cuts in planning and substantive preparedness. In the Valdez situation, spill response equipment had degraded to the point of being unusable. In the case of the recent east coast superstorm, the survival services response in NYC was pathetic. Many more lives would have been lost if it hadn’t been for the volunteers humping supplies up the stairs sometimes 18-20 stories. The pre-planning just was not there so the services were not online quick enough to prevent real damage to entire communities of people. The power should have been back on in the public housing high-rises within two day; it was not on for two weeks to my knowledge. Basements should have been pumped out in two days; as it was they were still submerged and the electrical gear in them rusting and deteriorating underwater for more than a week. Of course Wall Street e-trading was back online within 48 hours; the machinery of death always has priority over our lives any day of the week.
****Solutions: What I realized when we did the Seattle Hempfest for three days in the park there, was that we were not only doing a festival , we were putting up and running a temporary village that took pretty good care of up to 120,000 people a day through the place. What you do in a major disaster is recover from it as quickly as possible with the lowest possible loss of life. That means understanding the nature of the many threats that one type of disaster will have verses another and responding specifically after educating the populace about how to survive the disaster and the many possible threats that will be in their immediate environment after the worst of the disaster is over. For us in Theattle facing a possible earthquake/tsunami combination with an intensity of 9 on the richter scale, advance preparedness is key; the city of theattle estimates that 5,500 hundred buildings needed to be structurally retrofitted in order to survive such a massive shake. The recent 6.5 loosened outside marble fixtures that fell to the street along with some brick walls. It’s a really spooky feeling when the earth really starts moving around as a friend of mine will attest when he went thru a real mover in california. I also found myself going around to my union brothers in the skilled trades to think of ways that they and their equipment and knowledge could be put to second use in a major disaster situation like an earthquake/tsunami combination. For every situation, there is a response that can be crafted and if that response is prepared in advance, the more quickly it will be implemented reducing chaos, violence, loss of life, and downtime. What kind of things may you be faced with? explosions, fires, major toxic nuclear/chemical/biological releases and clouds (can predict drift), floods, arcing shock hazards, no potable water, no food, no heat, no power, no sewage, unstable infrastructure like bridges, dams, and other partially compromised structures, trapped people, responders who need additional help, special tools, and special medical skills. Also people will take advantage of the chaos and commit crimes too, so be ready for that as well. If you have something to offer, something to give, someone will accept it, even take it and even appreciate it sometimes.
So what is the core services a village needs to support human life? Food, shelter, fire/medical response/support, water, sewage disposal/processing (away from food stores and preparation and medical facilities; see humanure handbook), safe storage and community security, transportation, fire suppression/hazard management, communications (ham radio, telecommunications, media), morgue services, childcare and guidance away from threats, music, trained first responder teams (south korean made sure that at least one family member was trained in CPR and mouth to mouth breathing (let me tell you; it is a trip to bring someone back too; had a guy blue out on me on the floor of payday loan store one time and he came back)). Finally, remember the difference between visual cover and bullet stopping cover and how to turn off the power and the natural gas supply if necessary.
I used to always hear about everyone that mattered (white people) in Seattle wondering what was going on with generation X. They were being left behind by the budget cutters and their fellow travelers in the private sector; no one in the mainstream big lie propaganda outlets really covered their situation in depth because the good ones weren’t allowed to by their editors most times and the bad ones were more than wiling to take the money and lie, lie, lie whenever the republicans and the corporations sent them a new batch to try out on the public. It was an amazingly low day when this blondhaired bimbo at Q13 fawks news just pumped crap over the airwaves in cooperation with the pigs at the Downtown Seattle Assn. for weeks not only grossly misrepresenting the causality of the situation of the homeless as being their own fault, but then just openly lying about what they were doing on the street for weeks and weeks and weeks. What a shame was brought on the profession of journalism by this propagandistic stuntperson.
What is not only more distressing, but really more revelatory is how many historical realities were just conveniently forgotten by the reporters on the may day demonstrations this year. The WTO was not a riot, yet the reporters seemed to be seeking to sensationalize violence and property damage again. What was reported this time just was not that big a deal, but they tried to create this context of fear for the audience that was all out of proportion to what was actually going on. While they were grasping at straws trying to demonize the protesters, they failed to mention at all that the use of military CS gas at the WTO ’99 on civilians was grossly illegal and actually did kill one homeless native american and blinded another homeless person who I had to help for almost an hour taking me away from my street responsibilities as a medic and media person.
At no time were the police attacks on people at the street cafes on capitol hill ever mentioned in KIRO’s coverage. KIRO has always been both biased for the police and also for the enfranchised, running really conservative perspectives on economics and business development that are not only not well thought out, they didn’t work at stimulating the economy for the last 30 years and they won’t work for the next 30 years for the majority of the people in the country. Did they know about the flash-bang thrown into the medic huddle in Oakland last year? Did they know about Wall Street financing the NYPD? Do they know that 10-20 people were permanently maimed by clubbings done by the police nationally? Or that to disperse an occupy camp providing survival services to homeless and other poor people using force and gas (was this CS too?) was illegal under US and international law?
Of course all the big lie propagandists are going to be concerned about is “disruptions” of predatory capitalist activity; the horror of having their increasingly short media attention span being broken up by the intrusion of unpleasant social truths, let alone any unpleasant history and this is no accident either. Journalistic self-censorship is taught culturally and even academically in the media/newspaper production process starting in high school when things unpleasant to many times proto-fascist teachers trying to manage large classes just clearcut a child’s creativity in the editorial and critiquing process, and that was before the rightwing burned and banned great books and the militarized agencies that bought up entire book runs in order to prevent them getting to the mass culture. And this is in keeping with the narcissistic mass psychological trends in Amerikkka. A study wrote up two major trends in the US that I actually agree with; narcissism and passive-aggression. These would naturally lay the foundations for an exclusionary ingroup-outgroup,have-have not social dynamic that is very hard to overcome personally and culturally, and which was a major driving factor for the mass shootings we are seeing along with the daily in-group abuses of any members of the many out-groups in the US that so many mainstream people in the US disavow but are definitely aware of when called on it with any kind of persistence.
–See also http://www.3mpub.com for a lot more on George Bush and the drug war, http://www.rxmarijuana.com (the 4 page A-Z medical index is great), and the article Sergeant Northcutt’s Post-Iraq Nightmare and Margot St. James “Repeal the War on Whores and Drugs” at http://www.alternet.org. Loosen up theattle. The real riot happened in Cincinnati during the WTO’99. 11 blocks of stores were destroyed when one too many black people was killed by pigs there; now that was a riot Theattle, not anything that happened anywhere near Theattle at any tme in the last 60 years. What a laughriot it was to hear you say that over and over and over again when the only parties who were seriously violent anywhere near you in the last 60 years at any protests were done by the police with the violence being provoked by police actions time and again. That’s why you don’t really rock now Theattle and never really have. Too bad. Sayonara, Lyle Courtsal