September 2016
S M T W T F S
« Aug    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930  

Controversies by QueenBeeEdit

QueenBeeEdit Logo - Colored

???????????????????????????????????? Queen Bee - with green dot Pastel Pink Peony Blossom in the Shady Garden

Blog Posts – Stephanie C. Fox on Law, Politics, Women, and More

Welcome to the blog of QueenBeeEdit!

This blog will discuss the issues that my books deal with:

Women’s rights, which covers many categories, environmental collapse, human overpopulation, history/herstory, Asperger’s/autism and Aspie voices, banksters and their role in economic meltdowns, people in fiction, Hawai‘i, Kuwait, other nations in the Middle East, cats, and travel.

My husband, David D. Haines, Ph.D., a molecular cell biologist and immunologist, took me to Kuwait in 2005. We took our cat, Scheherazade, with us (well, I brought her and met David there). I wrote a travelogue about our six-month stay. The travelogue includes our personal experiences, a brief history, and lots of photographs of museums and points of interest.

 AlSadu House - Museum Room with Rug Showing 'Uwairjan Design  AlSadu House - Weaving Room with Looms and Yarns  Scheherazade Cat - Food Photo - Settling Into Her Xmas Dinne

On a trip to Hawai`i – to O`ahu and the Big Island of Hawai`i – I made sure to visit `Iolani Palace and to enjoy everything for another travelogue. After that was completed, I pulled the history sections out of that travelogue to offer as a history book.

Gate - Ua Mau Ke Ea Oka Aina I Ka Pono - motto  Coconut tree in the yard - full of ripe coconuts

Aliiolani Hale - King Kamehameha I Statue  Princess Ka'iulani Statue - triangle of land in her estate

In researching the alarming phenomenon of honeybee and other bee colony collapse disorder, I gathered many photographs of bees and flowers. I will share some here.

Natural Honeycomb - 3

Variegated-Leaf Lavender Iris - Portrait with the Peony Leaves  Raspberry Pink Peony - Portrait - 2014

Bee in Flight Over an Iris - Close-Up

The banksters who finance colony collapse disorder via corporate lobbyists are described in The Book of Thieves, and this narrative continues in The Bear Guarding the Beehive.

New York Stock Exchange - Across from the J.P. Morgan Residence

Human overpopulation and its effect on the ecosystem also fascinates me. So do police surveillance states, nanotechnology, lifespan extension in medicine, and social initiatives to “save” the planet. All of the issues I have written motivate me to use dystopian science fiction consider how, if carried to their logical conclusions, i.e. a train wreck of epic proportions.

The result has been my Nae-Née series. Nae-Née is a brand name for a birth control nanite. It translates as “Not-Born”.

The cover art for those books shows elements of my many interests. You can view it on this site’s page of my books.

A beautiful black-and-orange-and-white Kuwaiti calico cat named Scheherazade will soon have her own book.

She was a war hero whom my husband met and adopted on Failaka Island, Kuwait. Here she is:

Scheherazade Cat Sleeping

If you would like to buy one of my books, they are available at:

http://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-C.-Fox/e/B007IZ4ZIS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1402562514&sr=8-2

Controversial issues and statements will not be avoided. They are what makes life interesting and worth pondering.

Articles and websites will be shared here, with my thoughts on them.

Enjoy perusing it all.

Save

Soppy Video Requiring Only One Response is Posted. I Respond Otherwise.

A soppy video requiring us to all welcome refugees appeared on a Facebook chat page.

Often, I see posts about the poor, unfortunate migrants. They are soppy, emotive, and appeal to the heartstrings on the unthinking and unquestioning among us.

No thought goes into the consequences of accepting huge numbers of a culture that is entirely opposite to that of the host cultures – namely, that of Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, to name just a few.

Often, I just let them go without comment because I am busy.

But…I am not so busy just now.

I was, over the past year, researching and writing about human overpopulation as an underlying cause of ecosystems collapse, the role of migrants in all that (they have a significant one in what becomes a resource war as they move out of their collapsed tropics of chaos), and the role of Farmers with a capital “F” (banksters + hedge fundsters + corporatists), who run our military-industrial complex in it all. A culture which is the opposite to ours, one which believes in out-reproducing all others so as to become the majority and thus force its will on others after moving into other territory, is not one that I shall be blindly embracing. I will NOT look at the children of that culture and see the cute in it. I shall keep focused on these greater problems – problems which it does not suit the New World Order to have people take notice of.

But, as I said, I am not so busy just now.

I have recently completed a novel that took me a year to research and write.

It is the conclusion to my Nae-Née series, which deals with human overpopulation as an underlying cause of ecosystems collapse.

So…I commented about a post which grated on me.

I realize that to do so invited outrage and scoldings, to say the very least.

So what?! I don’t have to agree with the majority. I won’t unless I actually agree! (At this point, I ought to mention that I have a silly fantasy of finding everything I like on one political slate. It doesn’t work that way, of course. The Democrats almost fit the bill, but not on this issue.)

The person who posted the video was a Facebook Friend, an attorney with three grown-up children who claimed to be friendly to people with Asperger’s. This was on a chat page created and run by another Friend with Asperger’s, who entreated me for months to join this chat group. I let months go by without doing so because I was busy completing that series, and then gave in.

What I got out of it was a blog post that practically wrote itself.

The entire exchange is rife with controversy…but I did label this blog as one that promised to be about controversy.

Here is that post…

First, the comment that introduced the post-share, with the poster’s name NOT shared:

Person Who Posted the Video

Beautiful boy. Your parents have taught you well. You truly embody the meaning of your name. Alexander…Defender and helper of mankind. This country should take a lesson from you.

boy-in-obama-propaganda-video-wanting-to-give-away-his-stuff-to-a-syrian-kid

Video: -1:27 | 14,203,348 Views

President Obama

September 21 at 9:18pm

https://www.facebook.com/potus/videos/537075249815653/

wh.gov/refugees

Alex is just six years old. He lives in Scarsdale, New York. Last month, like people around the world, he was moved by the heartbreaking images of Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old boy in Aleppo, Syria, sitting in an ambulance, in shock as he tried to wipe the blood from his hands.

So Alex sat down and wrote me a letter. This week at a United Nations summit on refugees, I shared Alex’s moving words with the world.

Alex told me that he wanted Omran to come live with him and his family. He wanted to share his bike, and teach him how to ride. He said his little sister would collect butterflies for him. “We can all play together,” he wrote. “We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”

Those are the words of a six-year-old boy — a young child who has not learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they come from, how they look, or how they pray.

We should all be more like Alex. Imagine what the world would look like if we were. Imagine the suffering we could ease and the lives we could save.

Listen to Alex, read his letter, and I think you’ll understand why I shared it with the world.

wh.gov/refugees

I watched it, and thought about it for a moment, then was infuriated by the effort to require one response and one response only from me. No way! I won’t give it. I’ll give this one instead:

Listen to Alex?! How about listening to President Obama talking about how nice it is to hear a little kid, who has not had time to grow cynical about anything, say all this. What?!

boy-in-obama-propaganda-video-being-praised-by-obama

That is not cute. It’s thoughtless, it panders to emotion, to the lowest common denominator, and I refuse to fall for it. I am not pleased by each and every single thing that the President of the United States does, nor am I required to be. Another thing I am not required to do is to say nothing about that displeasure.

Clearly, this is propaganda! It fits in with the political agenda that is being pushed here, which is to stupidly take in migrants, who will then reproduce with a vengeance in an effort to outnumber us and then change policies that the people who already live here are happy with to policies that they prefer. Oh, yay…sign me right up for that!

Muslim Parent Warns School Board ‘We’re Going to Be the Majority Soon’ as Meeting Gets Heated and Security Is Needed

Good-bye reproductive freedoms when that happens, and no thank you!

Do people even think about this before saying that some little kid is adorable?!

I doubt it. I seriously, really, really doubt it.

Here is what I typed in the comments section, and I was the first to type a comment:

angry-emoticon-from-facebook

Stephanie C. Fox

I am not going to click Like on this. We Americans should not be taking care of human overpopulation by absorbing it – from cultures and religions that believing in out-populating everyone else – and thus crashing our ecosystems and economies by overwhelming our resources and social welfare systems. This is the major issue that I disagree with the Democrats on. I will NOT vote for any candidate that cuts off birth control access and reproductive health care, or one that acts like they wish Nazism had succeeded, but I won’t encourage people to feel so sorry for the people in war-torn areas that they just invite them in. Find some other way to help, but have them stay home and fix their situation. We would not try to relocate away from our own problems. We live in the last resort location – it’s supposed to be the best place, due to the best legal system. But it’s not perfect. Banksters own our politicians. The military-industrial complex profits from wars. I am not about to welcome in huge numbers of people from an ecosystem that has been crashed due to a determination to reproduce more, and more, and more (just check the data on the religion and culture there – I have visited AND read up on it), and then demand that host cultures change to accommodate them when they relocate. “Soon we’ll outnumber you” and thus have it our way. That was at a school in New Jersey. NO. If that makes me a mean person, I’ve stopped caring. I’m interested in taking care of the people who already live in the U.S., and having our laws and culture – one of a separation of religion and state – remain intact. Those things must never be merged.

Person Who Posted the Video Wow…

And our taking in suffering refugees has NOTHING to do with overpopulation. It’s compassion for human suffering. We should be ashamed.

Stephanie C. Fox We are being foolish. How many would you like to take in? I want a fully researched, detailed scenario of exactly how many you want to take in, under what circumstances, how fast, and how you expect it all to play out.

These soppy videos infuriate me.

Person Who Posted the Video Maybe you just aren’t able to feel them as others do.

(I suspect she was taking a shot at the fact that I am on the autism spectrum, with Asperger’s. After all, we Aspies don’t feel empathy with anyone, and deal only in cold logic, as Spock professed to do in Star Trek. Can’t you just hear the sarcasm in my voice as you read this?!)

Stephanie C. Fox This sort of thing is why I get the impression that no one else bothers to look at the data. It’s all emotion, as if that is all that matters.

Person Who Posted the Video It’s compassion, and empathy, rather than mere emotion. And that necessities one being able to put themselves in another one’s shoes.

Stephanie C. Fox NO. Not this time. It’s a trap. You don’t see the covert resource war we’re being sucked into. I don’t care what is popular. I care about being right, even when it is distinctly UNpopular. I can see the attempt to hook me into feeling and it just grates on me.

Whenever I sense an effort to REQUIRE an emotional response – particularly if that requirement is that I feel ONLY a certain way and agree – I feel the same as if fingernails were loudly scraping across a chalkboard. It’s the same thing as when someone coos over a baby and then smiles up at me, demanding that I do so also.

I have been to the Middle East, and I have been to Europe. I have researched this all year and earlier to the point of exhaustion. But no one cares. No one wants to face what human overpopulation means. This is a resource war. It is covert at this point, but there are signs of it becoming overt. Just look at Cologne, Germany and Brussels, Belgium.

Person Who Posted the Video Wow…

And our taking in suffering refugees has NOTHING to do with overpopulation. It’s compassion for human suffering. We should be ashamed.

Stephanie C. Fox We are being foolish. How many would you like to take in? I want a fully researched, detailed scenario of exactly how many you want to take in, under what circumstances, how fast, and how you expect it all to play out.

Person Who Posted the Video Stephanie, lol. From me? You can’t be serious. Are you afraid of Muslims?

Stephanie C. Fox I have Muslim friends. They don’t want to migrate, though.

Person Who Posted the Video Stephanie, do they live in war ravaged Aleppo, or anywhere in Syria? Your answer, “I have Muslim friends,” sounds eerily similar to when one says, “I have black friends.”

Stephanie C. Fox I have friends who are Muslim in various nations. I have no use for religiousness, however.

Kuwait…Egypt…the U.S….Iran…not Syria. No, wait…an Egyptian Muslim friend who is a professor in Kuwait has a Syrian husband. There! But I won’t encourage migrants. My husband tells me that this Syrian supports Trump. Odd…I’m asking him why…

(At this point, I was talking with my husband while posting on Facebook.)

He is replying…they have no use for migrants. They are Muslims who are actually religious and they are disgusted with the migrants. They think the migrants ought to stay home and fight and cope with the rotten conditions in Syria until they can fix them.

These Muslims David knows are furious at the migrants. They consider them to be the dregs of Islamic society, making the rest of Muslims look terrible. They won’t stay home and solve their own country’s problems [they rape women and children in public pools and parks around Europe and then claim it was a “sexual emergency” (they included this in their criticisms of the migrants)], and that is unacceptable.

Saying that the U.S. bears some responsibility for the mess in Syria is a poorly researched statement. So what, our financially predatory military-industrial complex gave Assad some weapons and keeps it up?! That’s no reason to excuse the behavior of the migrants. They should stay home and take care of their own country. If they get killed, they get killed. We would stay here and get killed if things went bad here, and no one would take us in. They would expect us to stay here and cope and fix things, so I shall expect it of them.

Another comment followed by replies:

Stephanie C. Fox This sort of thing is why I get the impression that no one else bothers to look at the data. It’s all emotion, as if that is all that matters.

Person Who Posted the Video We’ve discussed your preference to rebel when you feel a societal norm is being forced upon you. No one states that you must feel a certain way, even though most people do feel that way. It’s completely your prerogative. It seems off though, knowing how progressive you are, because it’s a very conservative view.

Stephanie C. Fox Yes. I did say that this is the one issue that I disagree with the Democrats on, and I won’t be quiet about it in this group when it crops up.

Person Who Posted the Video Stephanie, that’s fine. As long as you recognize that everyone else is entitled to own view, as well.

Stephanie C. Fox Demanding that I recognize that other people have the right to disagree is always the first defense mechanism of people who refuse to think this issue through because they just don’t want to.

Here is another comment, with a reply thread under it:

Stephanie C. Fox And now to wait for vituperation, recrimination, and other complaints.

Person Who Posted the Video Well, you are on a progressive site, so I wouldn’t be surprised. Shall we just let the 5 year olds die in a war that was created by the political vacuum the US created. What shall we do with the suffering and misery over there? Send them all back like the 900 Jews that arrived in NY Harbor during WWII? Back to their deaths?

Stephanie C. Fox Yes. Let them. Demand that any refugees we take be only a few, with skills that benefit the U.S., and demand that they NOT reproduce when they come here. Want to be away from the war zone? Don’t have kids. We are 324 million here. We have droughts. We don’t need more humans.

(I didn’t bother to talk about the Jews who were sent back to their deaths. Yes, that was unreasonable. The Jews were nice people, willing to assimilate into a new culture, not attack it and bitterly complain that it would not change to suit them.)

Stephanie C. Fox There is one thing that Hillary Clinton did wrong, and it was in 2013:

She asked famous teenagers to write 1,000-word essays on whatever issue they wished, so Bindi Irwin wrote about human overpopulation as an underlying cause of ecosystems collapse. The essay was flawlessly edited and precisely 1,000 words. Hillary’s staff edited it and demanded that Bindi change it to be about the environment without mentioning human overpopulation. The kid refused, her mother backed her up, and the essay went viral, so the public got to see the whole thing anyway.

Bindi Irwin’s Essay on Human Overpopulation (2013)

The Facebook thread was full of replies to each comment, and the timing of the comments caused the order in which they appeared to seem incongruous with the debate, but this is what was next:

Stephanie C. Fox And now to wait for vituperation, recrimination, and other complaints.

Person Who Posted the Video Well, you are on a progressive site, so I wouldn’t be surprised. Shall we just let the 5 year olds die in a war that was created by the political vacuum the US created. What shall we do with the suffering and misery over there? Send them all back like the 900 Jews that arrived in NY Harbor during WWII? Back to their deaths?

Stephanie C. Fox Yes. Let them. Demand that any refugees we take be only a few, with skills that benefit the U.S., and demand that they NOT reproduce when they come here. Want to be away from the war zone? Don’t have kids. We are 324 million here. We have droughts. We don’t need more humans.

Stephanie C. Fox This sort of thing is why I get the impression that no one else bothers to look at the data. It’s all emotion, as if that is all that matters.

Person Who Posted the Video It’s compassion, and empathy, rather than mere emotion. And that necessities one being able to put themselves in another one’s shoes.

Stephanie C. Fox NO. Not this time. It’s a trap. You don’t see the covert resource war we’re being sucked into.  I don’t care what is popular. I care about being right, even when it is distinctly UNpopular.

Person Who Posted the Video Stephanie, too much conspiracy theory for me.

Stephanie C. Fox It’s not conspiracy. I have plenty of data, all shared many times. I don’t bother on this page, because of reactions (I will not say “responses”) such as I am getting here. But I won’t just read and say nothing.

Person Who Posted the Video Stephanie, so if it’s not a conspiracy, who’s setting “a trap?” That’s practically the definition of conspiracy.

Stephanie C. Fox The trap is being set by the military-industrial complex, which is owned and run by the “Farmers” I vilified in my books. I can see the attempt to hook me into feeling and it just grates on me.

Whenever I sense an effort to REQUIRE an emotional response – particularly if that requirement is that I feel ONLY a certain way and agree – I feel the same as if fingernails were loudly scraping across a chalkboard. It’s the same thing as when someone coos over a baby and then smiles up at me, demanding that I do so also.

I have been to the Middle East, and I have been to Europe. I have researched this all year and earlier to the point of exhaustion. But no one cares. No one wants to face what human overpopulation means. This is a resource war. It is covert at this point, but there are signs of it becoming overt. Just look at Cologne, Germany and Brussels, Belgium.

Person Who Posted the Video Stephanie, you’ve got chutzpah

Stephanie C. Fox grin-emoticon-from-facebook

Moderator/Founder Stephanie C. Fox and Person Who Posted the Video are two of my best friends. Please just agree to disagree.

Person Who Posted the Video DONE

Stephanie C. Fox smile-emoticon-from-facebook

Person Who Posted the Video This was supposed to be a post about a sweet, thoughtful child. It was turned into a platform for research and theory, and became a clinical lecture, devoid of human touch.

Stephanie C. Fox GOOD.

Person Who Posted the Video Not good. Too bad you can’t understand one iota.

Stephanie C. Fox I understand what you understand, but I don’t get sucked into it. You just don’t like that. Now stop posting so that the “fight” isn’t prolonged, as Moderator/Founder suggested. We have said everything we can think of…or, at least, enough for readers to think about.

Moderator/Founder Aspies are not controlled by emotion. GOOD NIGHT BED.

(Note: the Moderator/Founder of the group is an Aspie, like me.)

Person Who Posted the Video Stephanie, readers? I’m deleting this. I’m not subjecting people to this.

Stephanie C. Fox Too late! I have copy-pasted it ALL to a Word file and saved it.

Person Who Posted the Video Stephanie, goodbye

Person Who Posted the Video Stephanie, I saved it, too, so I had a record all the callous, clinical, maniacal statements you made.

Stephanie C. Fox Enjoy the invasion when it gets underway. I knew you would unFriend over this. Too many people find that they can’t cope with such disagreements.

Unable to post comment. Try Again

I didn’t try again. I just copy-pasted it all into a Word file and saved it.

Outcome:

She deleted the entire thread from the page. The page in question was not the one on which the video originally appeared. It was a chat group in which she shared it. After telling me off, she announced she was deleting the thread so as “not to subject the people to this”. Then she unfriended me. After that, I went to sleep. I woke up to find that, after months of being entreated to join that group by the guy who created it, I am no longer in it. Also, this tedious woman is an attorney. I am a lawyer. I seem to have sort of won the argument, but she put that post back on the page today…with her own emotional, insipid, gullible response to it.

It doesn’t even look natural, that video. It looks staged, directed, and scripted.

Sure, Alex, give away all of your stuff to a kid from a land across the ocean. Never mind the kids in your country who starve on the streets, homeless, or live with parents who lack sufficient resources to properly feed, clothe, amuse, educate, and attend to them.

No…just enjoy being told how sweet you are that you want to give it to that kid.

When the migrants come here, and you get a little older, and realize that your chances for a good life are vanishing under the stress of human overpopulation and culture wars, get back to us…if the propaganda machine grants you another forum.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaddowShow/permalink/1159806124076983/?comment_id=1159831590741103&reply_comment_id=1159836207407308&notif_t=group_comment&notif_id=1474610194130515

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

A Water Depletion Tour and Photo Gallery.

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, a beautiful sunny day, my father invited me to get my camera and go with him on a long car ride to tour the Barkhamstead and Colebrook Lake reservoirs. I accepted.

My father is a retired city and regional planner, with a Master of Philosophy from the University College London, School Planning (1968). He put himself through that program with his camera, and had been an expert in photography since he was a teenager, when he assisted his father, who made educational films.

Consequently, he has taught me everything I know about taking great photographs, and given me a camera to work with. (He knows a lot more about this than I do – he’s into it. He’s very, very into it.)

We drove off into the sunshine from Bloomfield, heading through Simsbury and then West Simsbury to the Barkhamstead Reservoir.

The Barkhampstead Reservoir and the Saville Dam in Connecticut. The dam is 135 feet tall and 1,950 feet long. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

The Barkhamstead Reservoir and the Saville Dam in Connecticut. The dam is 135 feet tall and 1,950 feet long. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Although my father had photographed this spot many times, I hadn’t, so I insisted upon stopping to do so. I think the granite stone and wooden doors in the Barkhamstead reservoir building are beautiful, and I wanted a few images of my own of it and of the Saville Dam, which captures the water for that reservoir. He obliged by pulling into the parking area on the north side of the western end of the dam, and I got a few shots that showed the iconic structure that readers of The Hartford Courant have seen whenever the water supply makes the news.

We got back into the car and continued north.

It was a story in that same newspaper that had motivated our trip, one about the Colebrook Lake reservoir, which was created in the 1950s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Charles A. Goodwin Dam. It caused Route 8 to be flooded out, far underwater, and a new one carved out to the west. It also erased a small town from the map.

The Ghost Bridge and Highway of Colebrook River Lake | Peter Marteka – September 10, 2016

The Colebrook River Reservoir bridge, with the flag at half-mast on September 11th, 2016. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

The Colebrook River Reservoir bridge, with the flag at half-mast on September 11th, 2016. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

I saw the bridge over the dam at the southern end of the reservoir and decided to walk across it. My father gave me a car key in case I wanted to get back into the vehicle, and I started walking and taking photographs.

Flag flying at half-mast on September 11, 2016 at the Colebrook River Reservoir bridge. (Stephanie C. Fox)

Flag flying at half-mast on September 11, 2016 at the Colebrook River Reservoir bridge. (Stephanie C. Fox)

I walked as far as the structure on the bridge, which was built of the same pretty materials as the Barkhamstead Reservoir one.

Colebrook River Reservoir Bridge, with the service building plaque. The year on it is 1929, the year that the Metropolitan District Commission was established by the Connecticut Legislature. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Colebrook River Reservoir Bridge, with the service building plaque. The year on it is 1929, the year that the Metropolitan District Commission was established by the Connecticut Legislature. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

On the way back, I paused for a moment to see the plaques and photograph them.

The Charles A. Goodwin Dam - 1960. The bridge is beautiful, and it tops the dam. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

The Charles A. Goodwin Dam – 1960. The bridge is beautiful, and it tops the dam. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

On the far side of the structure, I encountered a hobbyist ornithologist with a small telescope on a tripod, plus a pair of binoculars. He was looking at cormorants and a great heron. He invited me to look at it, too, so I saw it wading on the right, where the water level had gone down considerably.

The view from the bridge at the Colebrook Reservoir, where the water level is way down. A great heron is at the extreme left, wading. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

The view from the bridge at the Colebrook Reservoir, where the water level is way down. A great heron is at the extreme left, wading. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Next, I looked north to see the other part of the dam, which enclosed a huge portion of the Colebrook River to make the reservoir.

View from the Charles A. Goodwin Dam of the Colebrook River Reservoir. The water level is down due to a drought. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

View from the Charles A. Goodwin Dam of the Colebrook River Reservoir. The water level is down due to a drought. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

After that, I turned around to see my father driving up – he had 2 car keys! That was a relief; it meant that he wasn’t fuming back at the other end of the bridge. He knew I would take off with my camera to see everything, and I walk fast. I got in, had him slow down and pause for a couple more images, and we drove off, heading for the site of a town that was removed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make war for the reservoir.

The southernmost end of the area we visited next was on the northern side of the Colebrook River Lake, which is enclosed by a pair of dams.

The elevation at the bottom of the lake is 597 feet above sea level.

The water level is currently at 637 feet, which means that it has 40 feet of water in it.

When filled to capacity, the water level is 710 feet above sea level.

This means that the drought has brought the water level down by 73 feet.

That’s a lot. Naysayers of ecosystems collapse and drought insist that the rains will return, the drought will end, and the water will rise again.

Really? When will these replenishing torrents come, and by just how much will they actually raise the depleted supply?

Who knows.

The Metropolitan District Commission, established by the Connecticut State Legislature, is a toothless entity in terms of conservation.

We found that out this year when the Bloomfield mayor and town council did an end run around the legal requirement to the public of notice and the right to be heard, contacting out to a California water bottling corporation – Niagara Bottling – the right to pump 1.8 million gallons per day of our water, put it into plastic bottles, and truck it elsewhere to be sold.

If we don’t have enough to water our gardens and thus grow some of our own food, we will know the reason why.

Shorter and fewer baths and showers…less drinking and cooking water…less for washing our clothes…good times are coming!

That was part of what captured our interest as my father and I went on this photography field trip.

It was a fun history tour on a beautiful day, even if the reasons behind it and the things we learned were ominous.

The name of the town had been Colebrook River Village. It was all bought up and demolished, with the exception of an iron bridge, now called Ghost Bridge. We wanted to see it in person after reading about it in the newspaper. It was rusted orange, far below the old Route 8, and people and dogs were walking on and around it.

Today, my father informed me that Ghost Bridge will be removed and sold for scrap. We saw it with large boulders blocking people from driving on it. He said that the structure itself was sound and strong enough to support a motor vehicle – even a tractor trailer truck – but that the supports at either end of the bridge were questionable. On Sunday, people were walking on it with their dogs and having a lovely day of it. Today, there was yellow tape all over the place. I’m glad we went there while the view for photographs was uninterrupted by that tape!

This iron bridge, called the Ghost Bridge, is all that remains of the Colebrook River Village. Soon it will be removed and sold for scrap. The entire town was bought up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be flooded as a reservoir in the 1950s and 1960s. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

This iron bridge, called the Ghost Bridge, is all that remains of the Colebrook River Village. Soon it will be removed and sold for scrap. The entire town was bought up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be flooded as a reservoir in the 1950s and 1960s. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

We stood on the wooded old Route 8 and looked down through the trees at the people and dogs enjoying the trickle that was the Colebrook River.

We weren’t about to walk all the way down there; it was steep.

We could see sand bars as we looked farther north in the Colebrook Reservoir. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

We could see sand bars as we looked farther north in the Colebrook Reservoir. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Just south of Ghost Bridge were sand bars in the river. North of it was a nearly-dry riverbed.

North of Ghost Bridge is very little water. The fish are gone, and the drought was early enough in the summer that green plants have begun to grow where the water receded. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

North of Ghost Bridge is very little water. The fish are gone, and the drought was early enough in the summer that green plants have begun to grow where the water receded. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

My father wanted to drive as far north as possible on the once-submerged old Route 8, so we got back into the car and drove on, pausing now and then to photograph the riverbed. No fish could live in it now.

Old tree stumps, hewn by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have been exposed by the drought as the Colebrook River drained away. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Old tree stumps, hewn by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have been exposed by the drought as the Colebrook River drained away. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

People were up here too, and we saw a guy way across the riverbed, having a fine time on a dirt bike.

A view looking back at Ghost Bridge to where there is still water in the reservoir. The water in the Colebrook River is usually much higher, not a mere trickle north of the bridge. It was so low that people could walk with their dogs and bike along it. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

A view looking back at Ghost Bridge to where there is still water in the reservoir. The water in the Colebrook River is usually much higher, not a mere trickle north of the bridge. It was so low that people could walk with their dogs and bike along it. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

I wanted to go back and photograph Ghost Bridge from another vantage point, still from up on the old Route 8. My father wanted to see some other things, so I began to walk south, shooting image after image, getting closer and closer to the bridge. I had a sense of urgency about it, as if this was my last chance to get pretty photographs of this. It turned out that I was right, because of that yellow tape. I didn’t want images of the bridge with that.

People enjoyed walking across the old iron Ghost Bridge, and they parked jeeps and other vehicles near it, but huge boulders prevented them from driving across it. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

People enjoyed walking across the old iron Ghost Bridge, and they parked jeeps and other vehicles near it, but huge boulders prevented them from driving across it. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Petrified, dried-out tree stumps lay here and there as I walked south, including one felled tree, uprooted and long forgotten underwater, but now fully visible.

An old tree that had lain under the Colebrook River after it was dammed and flooded for the reservoir. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

An old tree that had lain under the Colebrook River after it was dammed and flooded for the reservoir. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

I kept going, until I got one last shot of Ghost Bridge, deciding that that was close enough for a good photograph.

Another view of the Ghost Bridge, all that remains of the Colebrook River Village. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Another view of the Ghost Bridge, all that remains of the Colebrook River Village. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

At that point, I turned back to join my father at the car. He was chatting with some people who had paused on the road. When I got there, we got into the car and drove south, pausing at Ghost Bridge one more time (he hadn’t taken a photograph of that yet!). Then it was back south, pausing a few more times to appreciate the evidence of water depletion by the dam.

As we left Ghost Bridge behind us, we saw what seemed to me to be an eerie sight.

Exposed bank on the west side of the drought-lowered Colebrook River. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Exposed bank on the west side of the drought-lowered Colebrook River. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

We went all the way back to the dam and looked at it.

Close-up of the north side of the dam in the Colebrook River, showing more than half of it exposed, plus the riverbanks, which show fresh evidence of the lowered water level. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Close-up of the north side of the dam in the Colebrook River, showing more than half of it exposed, plus the riverbanks, which show fresh evidence of the lowered water level. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

It really looked as though a giant had sucked up more than half of a bowl of water, but that giant was actually a lot of humans draining it together.

A close-up view of the north side of the dam, with its MDC apparatus exposed. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

A close-up view of the north side of the dam, with its MDC apparatus exposed. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

I was fascinated by the way the land – the shores – of the river looked. The water level was much too low for boating, but boat ramps were apparent.

A close-up of the Colebrook Reservoir north of the Goodwin Dam. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

A close-up of the Colebrook Reservoir north of the Goodwin Dam. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Looking every which way, I decided I had to photograph it all, so I kept going.

All around the water just north of the dam we saw the evidence of a water level having been depleted due to the summer drought. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

All around the water just north of the dam we saw the evidence of a water level having been depleted due to the summer drought. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Each side of it showed how much water was missing from the river. It looks missing, even though human engineers had changed the natural landscape to capture more water for human use.

A view of the north side of the dam, showing that the water level is way down due to the drought of Summer 2016. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

A view of the north side of the dam, showing that the water level is way down due to the drought of Summer 2016. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

If anyone is concerned about water depletion in Connecticut, it’s worth seeing this in person. Photographs in one’s local newspaper are great for informing the public that someone is wrong, but they’re not enough. Go and see it for yourself. There will be plenty of lovely, sunny days in which to do so for the next several weeks.

Save

Save

Don’t Heil Trump.

In late July, I went out to the local movie theater to see a limited showing of…something…entitled Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.

Here is a link about it from the Internet Movie Data Base:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5646136/?ref_=nv_sr_1

poster-for-hillarys-america-by-dinesh-dsouza  hillarys-america-ticket-stub-receipt

Poster for the presentation (www.imdb.com), and my ticket stub/receipt.

 

Description:

“Documentarian Dinesh D’Souza analyzes the history of the Democratic Party and what he thinks are Hillary Clinton‘s true motivations.”

It is listed as a documentary under the “genre” section, and includes “revisionist history” in the list of categories. I looked that term up, just to confirm what I thought it meant, and found this:

Revisionist history carries both positive and negative connotations. Each has its own entry.

  • Historical revisionism, the reinterpretation of orthodox views on evidence, motivations, and decision-making processes surrounding a historical event
  • Historical revisionism (negationism), either the legitimate scholastic re-examination of existing knowledge about an historical event, or the distortion of the historical record such that certain events appear in a more or less favourable light or alternatively in a particularly bad light

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revisionist_history

This presentation was directed and written by Dinesh D’Souza, who also starred in it.

Who is Dinesh D’Souza? He is a conservative political commentator, a Christian, and a naturalized U.S. citizen who immigrated to the United States from India.

I had never heard of him before, so I looked him up on a couple of websites:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1625338/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinesh_D%27Souza

In September of 2014, he was convicted in a Manhattan federal court of violating campaign finance law. What had he done? He had made illegal contributions in other people’s names to the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Wendy Long of New York State (she lost the election to Kirsten Gillibrand, by the way).

These people are known as “straw donors” – a charge to which D’Souza pleaded guilty.

The maximum amount of money that an individual donor could contribute to an election campaign was $5,000.

D’Souza persuaded 2 married couples to donate that much apiece, and then reimbursed them for doing so. That brought his contribution up to $25,000 – quintupling the legal amount he could give a candidate.

No word on what happened to those straw donors, his co-conspirators in this idiocy.

Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New York, January 24, 2014. D'Souza pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges that he used straw donors to exceed campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS MEDIA)

Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D’Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New York, January 24, 2014. D’Souza pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges that he used straw donors to exceed campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES – Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS MEDIA)

Anti-Obama author D’Souza pleads guilty to campaign finance violation

The sentence was as follows: a $30,000 fine, 8 months in a halfway house, and 5 years of probation, during which time he cannot vote.

He must also undergo weekly therapy, and perform community service once a week.

Not being allowed to vote is part of any felony sentence – it’s not because the crime involved elections.

This is the case law citation:

U.S. v. D’Souza, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-cr-00034.

Mr. D’Souza is 53 years old, has been a U.S. citizen since 1991, and knew what he was doing.

In other words, he had no excuse for breaking the law.

conservative-commentator-and-best-selling-author-dinesh-dsouza-exits-the-manhattan-federal-courthouse-after-pleading-guilty-in-new-york-may-20-2014-reuters-lucas-jackson

Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D’Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New York, May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Obama critic D’Souza spared prison for violating election law0140923

Whenever I watch something or read a book, I look up the source.

I want to know who has put together the presentation, their background, their motivations, and to have a sense of what I can expect. Simply watching or reading blindly, taking in whatever is fed to me without doing that, holds no appeal for me.

It’s all part of questioning the world rather than merely accepting it.

Other background: Dinesh D’Souza is divorced from a wife who said he beat her, after cheating on her with one of the people who served as a straw donor.

What a great guy! (Sarcasm.)

Okay…so he’s angry, and he did this to himself. Now he can’t vote, but he can still make movies and speak. The judgment of the court did not enjoin him from exercising the right to freedom of speech, yet he is still very angry.

As I settled in to watch the presentation, it occurred to me that I would be writing a blog entry about this later on, so I took out a small flashlight and a pad of notepaper. After all, I would not remember every last bit of it without writing it down. Back to school, in the dark, I thought…

…and the show began, watched by three octogenarian women behind me, and perhaps twelve other people. It was a small theater.

SPOILER ALERT: I am going to describe what is in this show.

I have 2 reasons for doing so: 1. Because without doing so, the reader might wonder what I am responding to; 2. I have been assured that this movie is difficult to access, so the chances that the reader will be able to see this ridiculous presentation are nil.

In addition, I shall include my responses to the movie as I go along, followed by commentary.

The movie started off with a lot of fast-moving imagery:

  • A lead-off with Hillary as a puppeteer, just to reinforce the slant
  • The Keystone Pipeline
  • Coal-fired power plants
  • Nazi behavior attributed to Democrats (the pot calling the kettle black!)

Then the scene cut to the D’Souza trial, complete with the judge’s comments about how D’Souza didn’t seem to accept personal responsibility for breaking the law. (It is all too easy to just point out that the prosecutor was an Obama appointee. D’Souza knew exactly what he was doing when he did it, and admitted guilt.)

The next thing that the movie showed was D’Souza’s arrival at the halfway house, discussions with fellow inmates, psychological counseling, and later on, his 8 hours per week of community service, which he used to proselytize about his personal agenda. He was supposed to be teaching ESL classes, but he worked in his own opinions. He clearly didn’t care about helping other people assimilate into the American melting pot. The judge made a mistake in allowing this particular application of community service.

The funny part was when D’Souza said that he was likely the stupidest criminal. (Granted, I used to watch Jay Leno read newspaper stories of stupider criminals on The Tonight Show, but this was still funny.)

Next, D’Souza talks about the strategy of the Democratic Party in elections:

Plan -> Pitch -> Take -> Deny. “What if the Democratic Party’s plan is to steal America?” he asks.

He opens this segment with the accusation that the Democrats are bigots.

For proof, he goes back to the 19th century, to the origins of the Democratic Party.

Rather than simply discussing what the Democratic and Republican parties are like today, what they stand for and how they promote it, he goes back in time.

As a history student, I learned long ago that the Republican Party’s ideals used to be – in the mid-19th century – very similar to what the Democratic Party’s ideals are now. It was the Republicans who wanted to abolish slavery, not the Democrats.

But look at what’s happening now: a reversal. Now, racial equality is a Democrat view, while the Republicans attract the likes of David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan. This is devolving, not evolving.

The Republicans want to limit women’s ability to control our fertility.

The Democrats want to expand it.

The Republicans lost me right there.

There’s more that lost me, but back to D’Souza’s silly movie.

He says, “The Thieves of America want to own you, and to a considerable extent, they already do.”

I agree with that statement, but who does he think the Thieves are?

As the author of The Book of Thieves, I say that they are the banksters, hedge fundsters, and corporatists who fund the lobbyists on K Street in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere to harangue our politicians to do their bidding.

That makes the Republicans dirty.

That also makes the Democrats dirty.

Pick your poison!

The views of the founders of the two political parties have switched over time. Focusing on these origins is disingenuous.

Next up: D’Souza insists that Democratic historians celebrate Andrew Jackson.

Really? This is news to me. Jackson, a genocidal maniac who ousted the Cherokee Tribe from the Appalachian Mountains to live in the plains of the Midwest, an ecosystem that was very different from their home, is currently being removed from the $20-bill…in favor of an ex-slave, Harriet Tubman. I’m not sorry about that. Also, a historian should be like a neutral reporter, telling the facts without a slant. Slants are for editorials and blogs.

This statement made me wonder whether either party could justifiably claim to have supported Native American rights. It seems to me that the United States government has only ever done that with the greatest of reluctance, because this is a nation that was stolen from them. We’re not leaving. (Where would we go? The planet is fully settled and populated now.)

There is a Bureau of Indian Affairs. It is true that once one drives onto Native American tribal lands, state law no longer applies. Federal law does, but the tribes can handle murder investigations on their own. However…the United States government could choose to come in at any time and supersede tribal authority over anything it deems to be a federal matter.

But political parties supporting Native American rights? I would look at the Democrats of today if I were a member of a Native American tribe before I would look at the Republicans. It was Senator John McCain, a Republican of Arizona, not a Democrat, who slipped a rider onto a bill that allowed an Australian mining company to rip up sacred Apache lands.

“Democrats created reservations and slavery,” D’Souza charges.

So what?! Slavery is gone now, and racism is the relevant issue today, not slavery.

The reservations are a historical anachronism. They aren’t prisons. Native People can leave if they choose, as some do. The problem with the reservations is one of resource scarcity and control, with water being siphoned off and away, and toxic particulates leaching in…with no money to remediate it or to relocate.

Still hammering away at his historical revisionism, presenting the parts that he wants to show but not delving into the details, D’Souza shows ads for runaway slaves and lashes. He is admitted to a room with a collection of historic artifacts and allowed, oddly, to handle them with no gloves on nor curator present. This looks staged to me…contrived and bizarre.

I thought back to the last time we had a breakdown in civil order inside the walls of our government and remembered a beating in the U.S. Senate. (I wrote that in my first Nae-Née novel, and included another.) The beating was by one Republican on another, and it was over slavery. In 1856, a 36-year-old, pro-slavery, South Carolina senator named Preston Brooks beat up – with a wooden cane that had a fancy, etched, metal top – a 45-year-old, anti-slavery, Massachusetts senator named Charles Sumner. Sumner suffered head trauma and had to take a leave of absence, but recovered and returned to work in 1859.

He quotes a Democrat from Illinois, Stephen Douglas, who lost the presidential election to Abraham Lincoln: “Let states choose to have slavery or not.” (Good that he lost!) D’Souza focuses on the theft inherent in slavery, points out that Lincoln condemned slavery, and then moves on to say that it was all about money.

Well…yeah. Lincoln was assassinated over money. He was going to make “greenbacks” – government issued and created currency – and banksters would have been out of their game of issuing it themselves. See Ellen Hodgson Brown, J.D.’s book, Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free (2012), for more on that.

D’Souza tells us that British bank[st]ers wanted the Civil War and did what they could to induce and sustain it, hoping to break up the United States and destroy it. What a shock.

Next, he blames the assassination of Lincoln on the Democrats…but it was the banksters!

Oh well…

Continuing on, D’Souza tells the viewer that 19th century Democrats fought against the civil rights movement, while the 20th century ones fought for it. I don’t see anything to fret about. If it had been the reverse, yes, but it wasn’t, so this seems like an improvement.

Good-bye to lynchings, to telling people they can’t use the same rest room as the others of the same gender, to refusing to serve them meals in restaurants, to fussing about which seat on public transportation they sit in, and so on.

Apartheid is not something to be proud, nor to want!

D’Souza calls this switch in party ideologies a “con”, a tactic to gain traction.

This is ludicrous. Switching or staying the same makes no difference in traction; it’s all about what the adherents want to hear and see done or not done. Stay the same, and the people who like what you have to say listen. Switch, and the people who agree with what you say listen.

Next, D’Souza visits an African-American woman Republican historian named Carol Swain, a college professor who had switched political parties. (By the way, they have something in common: religiousness. D’Souza had a near-death experience at age 19, rejects atheism and secularism, and subscribes to Christianity. Swain was a Jehovah’s Witness, and later became Pentacostal.)

Swain talks with him in her office about politics throughout American history. As I watched their interaction, I had a hard time taking her seriously as an academic. She seemed too emotional and too angry to think clearly, let alone make cogent arguments. Later, I wondered whether she was actually that emotional in her thinking, or pleased with D’Souza’s use of the material she provided him with.

They discussed the KKK, and a Democrat who served as its first Grand Wizard. He later distanced himself from the KKK. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. I looked him up to see what else there was on him, and found that, and after the war, Forrest changed his mind about race relations. How so? He didn’t agree with hating people over race. I wonder about history and historians sometimes…and people. Some mellow with age as they interact more with people who are different from them, changing with new experiences. Others get angrier and close their minds to differences. It all seems to depend on the nature of their experiences.

Professor Swain says that the KKK was the military arm of the Democratic Party. This was true in practice in the South, where Democrat Party members, white males who longed for the past plantation days before the Civil War, looked angrily to a time that would not come back. However, it was not official, and the KKK lost its appeal for women in the 1920s, and is today seen as a hate group.

Are we to elect Donald Trump, who happens to espouse the same ideals as the KKK, on the basis of similar frustrations? Many today are angry over the contracting economy and shrinking opportunities. Excluding competitors has, throughout history, been the classic human response.

I see a resource war beginning, and it is already ugly.

I say take care of those who already live in the United States – of whatever racial, ethnic, or other assimilated description – and don’t cede an fraction of a whatever measure on women’s freedoms, rights, ability to move about at any time and place, etc. It is always women whose lives are first limited in a resource war.

About women…Professor Swain brings up Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the famous African-American woman suffragist who was excluded by Alice Paul, her white contemporary. Ida Wells made herself a picket sign and walked out into the group of suffragettes marching for the vote in Washington, D.C. regardless, and good for her!

D’Souza treats his audience to a reenactment of Ida Wells’ life and work via an actress and a troupe for her supporting cast. The actress looks angry and purposeful throughout the presentation, working as a reporter in lynchings.

Very nice, but also very simplistic in its presentation. Such bratty. exclusionary behavior and practices are condemned today by whites as well as by blacks.

D’Souza points out that African-American people were legally barred from owning guns, therefore, they loved the 2nd Amendment. But the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution didn’t help them very much at the state level. In United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1875), the United States Supreme Court held that the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments) only applied to federal government actions, not state actions. In effect, the Court was leaving it up to states to apply the law. This was great for the KKK, of course.

But what about the application of federal laws by states? I learned something different in law school: that states may apply a federal law as strictly as the federal government does or more so, but never less so. This comes under the doctrine of strict scrutiny…which came over half a century later, thus allowing the KKK plenty of time to make life miserable for African-Americans in the South. Cases: United States v. Carolene Products Co., 304 U.S. 144 (1938), and Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944). These cases cover the application of the Bill of Rights with a test that requires satisfaction by a law or policy on 3 points:

  • A compelling governmental interest. This must be something necessary or crucial, as opposed to something merely preferred. Examples: national security, preserving the lives of a large number of individuals, and not violating explicit constitutional protections.
  • It must be narrowly tailored to achieve that goal or interest, and not overbroad.
  • It must be the least restrictive means for achieving that interest, without a less restrictive way to effectively achieve the compelling government interest. The test will be met even if there is another method that is equally the least restrictive.

What matters today is that the law does cover equal rights to bear arms or not bear them. The 2nd Amendment cannot be applied on the basis of race. It’s not about that.

Next up: Woodrow Wilson hosted the first screening ever of a movie in the White House, and it was this one: The Birth of a Nation (1915): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0004972/?ref_=nv_sr_2

It was based on a novel by a KKK author who romanticized the KKK. It was a long movie, with 12 reels and an intermission. It was definitely racist; it lacked black actors, showing African-American characters by having white males in black-face (grease-painted with black makeup), and featured woodenly aggressive portrayals of black men toward white women.

Actually…another movie was shown the year before on the White House lawn: Cabiria. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0003740/) It was an epic that took place in Sicily and Carthage three centuries before Christianity began, and featured slavery, misogyny, human sacrifice, and other horrific practices. But…that was just twisted entertainment, something that happened so long ago as not to be about the viewers’ direct experience.

Both of these movies were from the silent era of films.

By all means, let’s judge Wilson and the rest of the viewers by this programming, without knowing who chose any of it nor why.

D’Souza seems to be reaching for things to criticize at this point.

He gets back to Wilson’s interactions with Ida B. Wells-Barnett, in his thoroughly scripted visit with Professor Carol Swain. It shows Ida Wells confronting Wilson over resegregation of the federal work force. Want more on that? We must get books and read them. The Internet is not forthcoming on details. All I can say to this fact is, good for Ida B. Wells for confronting Wilson. I’m all for forcing people who want to limit the opportunities of others who share their country to face those people.

And why not? I want to vote, be an atheist, not reproduce, not worry about access to fertility control services, write whatever I want, dress and move as I wish and not as others tell me to, and so on. When I see political proselytizing about remaking America, I start to worry just how far this could go. As I said, the first thing to go is always women’s freedoms and choices. We seem to be a billboard for change, and not always change that we deem beneficial to us.

I am a woman, so I want things that white males may wish to limit. I want things that religious-minded factions may wish to limit. I refuse to accept limits. Others want things, too. I’m not about to limit them, provided that they have no wish to limit or control me.

D’Souza eventually moves past the middle of the 20th century, to Lyndon Baines Johnson, that liar who fabricated the Gulf of Tonkin Incident to ensnare our military-industrial complex in the Vietnam War. He plotted against black rights, D’Souza tells us, scheming to get “niggers” voting Democratic for the next 200 years…shown with a black butler waiting on the politicians aboard Air Force One. Great imagery! But that’s one bad politician from the past.

Jimmy Carter was another Democrat, one from the South, and he’s not evil. He was so nice that he only got one term in office…and he was also a victim of timing and circumstance. The Shah of Iran was on the Peacock Throne while Carter was President of the United States, so of course he was friendly to him. Then Iran had its regime change revolution and deliberately timed the release of U.S. hostages for the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. Carter could not get the hostages out militarily, thanks to a dust storm and other circumstances beyond his control. (At least the C.I.A. got 6 of them out. They were escapees from the U.S. embassy in Tehran, in an instance of an action by that agency that we can feel neither disgust, nor disapproval, nor shame about!)

D’Souza shows Bill Maher quipping, “If you are a racist, you’re probably a Republican.”

How nice. How trite. I love Bill Maher, but even he admits that there is room for difference.

Never has every last member of any group been in agreement with everything for which that group stands.

D’Souza charges that blacks switched to the Democratic Party in the 1930s because of the New Deal under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and that whites switched to the Republican Party in the 1970s-1990s as the South grew more prosperous, thus following the money.

Then he says that the Democrats simply found a new scam: recreating the plantation in the inner city. Migration to cities by unemployed blacks with no money nor prospects results in slums, he adds. Really?! Who would have thought that unemployed people of any description moving to heavily populated areas would have that effect?! Once there, Democratic welcoming committees, he alleges, met the migrants, set them up in ghettos, and hounded them to vote Democratic.

City bosses tend to do that, and they don’t have to be Democrats, but D’Souza is focused on bashing Democrats, not on defending Republicans.

D’Souza brings up the origins of Planned Parenthood – it’s always about the origins with him. Margaret Sanger, the founder, sought to control the numbers of races other than her own with birth control and forced sterilizations, he tells us. This was not news to me, nor do I approve of sterilizing people against their will, but it does not change the fact I am glad she founded Planned Parenthood and thus attacked the social stigma on the access of birth control. That has done women much good, broadening our choices. We don’t have to keep Sanger. She’s dead and gone. It’s her creation that we want, and we don’t have to practice eugenics. We don’t practice it!

What I wish for is a birth licensing policy – we are overpopulated with strained resources – and for the nanite I envisioned in my dystopian science fiction series to be invented. Most important would be making that nanite affordable and accessible to all, thus disconnecting sex from reproduction permanently. But we’re not there yet, so I want Planned Parenthood to stay in operation. Don’t fall for doppelgangers that purport to offer assistance but instead subject pregnant women who want abortions to endless proselytizing against it. No…by all means, flee to the entity which will simply enable you to do as you choose with your body, no judgment given, and thus either escape a mobile prison sentence, i.e. a baby, or keep that baby IF you wish.

Selling fragmented, aborted fetuses for parts? Of course D’Souza believes that. Anyone who wants to shut Planned Parenthood down will happily believe that. Bunk! Planned Parenthood must recover its costs to keep running. It donates that tissue for stem cells, and anyone who wants to circumvent the aging process or restore failed organs needs stem cells to do it.

The movie talks about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – a Republican – and his opinions on sterilization. Holmes is dead. Virginia has changed its laws to require informed consent. Yet D’Souza finds it necessary to devote a lot of time to a 1927 case on it. He claims that it is all crucial to controlling the racial makeup of the United States.

He discusses a free food scam in Chicago by a grifter who, once finished with college, encountered a young Barack Obama, who studied his methods. Next, D’Souza charges that Obama lied to insurers about future profits under the Affordable Care Act, saying that he learned this by studying the methods of the food grifter and his father, sold on the grifter’s attitude that food is a right that trumps profit and on his father’s stage presence.

It always is fascinating to see someone focus on the efforts of someone who pushes for money to be spent to benefit the insured and call it a scam, but not to pay the slightest attention to all of the fraud committed by Donald Trump for his own financial gain (Trump University, landlord tenant disputes, foreign models with sketchy immigration status, and so on).

So about that food grifter…a white guy who claimed that all rich people are rich because they steal, therefore Hillary must be stealing (though Trump has been doing that also): D’Souza shows a wall that looks like a police investigation board on Hillary.

The guy’s name was Saul Alinsky. D’Souza claims that Hillary met him, was radicalized by him, and invited him to speak at Wellesley College, her alma mater. Really? Did she blindly accept everything about him without criticism, or just take from him what seemed useful to her own agenda, and discard some of his dogmatism? Look it up.

D’Souza moves on to say that Hillary (at last, he’s dealing with the woman for whom his movie is named!) wasn’t a natural politician and that she recruited Bill to help her. The fact that Bill has a sordid past as an accused sex abuser is blamed on her, with the charge that she was Bill’s fixer.

This brings to mind a question that has been on my mind for a couple of decades, which is: What do people expect, that Hillary ought to just give up and have no political career, even though she wants one, and go away? Why should she do that?! That is unreasonable.

Whatever went on between Hillary and Bill, we aren’t going to find out as long as they are alive.

They don’t have to tell us why they have stayed married.

We can infer all we want and still not truly know.

Would Hillary have much of a political career if she had dumped Bill decades ago?

Many doubt it.

I don’t see why she should surrender if she doesn’t wish to do so.

She’s not responsible for her husband’s actions – he is.

Next, D’Souza claims that Bill’s behavior is normal for a Democrat.

Really?! Then John McCain’s behavior of beating his current wife and losing interest in his previous one after a car accident changed her appearance from that of a brunette swimsuit model to a shorter, non-knockout must be normal for a Republican.

(Never mind…McCain got captured, so Trump doesn’t like him.)

Hilariously, D’Souza calls the Clintons rip-off artists while numerous examples of Trump being one abound in multiple news sources. (But never mind – if those sources aren’t by right-wing, shrieking bullies, they don’t count.)

D’Souza points out that a lot of theft can be hidden under the guise of a charity, then shows clips from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita to back this up. I was looking for actual research on the Clinton Foundation next, but no…we got clips from Evita!

Gangsterism in politics by the Clintons, he says, has been taken to an unprecedented level. (No mention of Trump’s association with the concrete vendors of the New York City mafia, of course.)

What was the now-civilian husband, Bill Clinton supposed to do while Hillary was Secretary of State, nothing? Fat chance. How dare he make speeches for high fees! (That’s me being sarcastic.) If foreign politicians got what they wanted because she could arrange it as Secretary of State, and if the money was that good, why didn’t she stay on longer?

Uranium in Kazakhstan and the U.S. for the Russians…money in Haiti for the earthquake victims and renewal of destroyed infrastructure…

D’Souza insists that Hillary ignored phone calls from Benghazi because she couldn’t make a buck from helping the diplomats under attack there.

He sums up that this theft that he alleges, if allowed to continue, will make a subjugated population of America.

Really?!

I thought we had passed that mark long ago.

We’ve had presidents assassinated when they wouldn’t enable banksters and the military-industrial complex, and unwilling citizens drafted to their deaths to support wars that they disagreed with.

We have a supercomputer at the N.S.A. spying on our citizens.

We have…things in other blog entries that expand on this.

The movie ends with some patriotic American music.

Donald Trump would very much like us all to watch this movie.

Of course he would! He wants to hurt his political opponent.

This is about a race to the finish line, and political fights are dirty.

They aren’t necessarily sophisticated.

They can be simplistic and bullying, emotional, rude, pandering…

…or not. I like sophistication, appealing to thinking and calm voters.

I have no use for Donald Trump, nor for Dinesh D’Souza.

I only attended his sloppy presentation at the behest of someone who wanted a blog entry on it.

What did I take away from D’Souza’s presentation of revisionist history?

Nothing that I didn’t already understand, that’s what.

His anger and resentment over not getting his way in elections is apparent throughout, and it does not impress me. He is pathetic.

I can look at politicians on my own, and I expect more depth and detail than he provided.

Hillary is not flawless.

However, no candidate for political office ever has been flawless.

She wants to allow more immigrants to come to the United States, which is full. It is full in terms of the economy, which is in a state of contraction, not growth. It is full in terms of the ecosystem, which is finite, and which includes the economy. These are finite things, as we are finding out.

She denies human overpopulation and did her best to silence the teenager Bindi Irwin in 2013 when the kid wrote a 1,000-word essay on that topic, linking it to ecosystems collapse.

Why did she do this? She did this because human overpopulation is an issue which terrifies ALL politicians. It means telling voters that they must not reproduce as much as they wish to do so, and that attacks libertarian values of personal liberty.

Never mind that science will back up this point with fact. Few are willing to face it.

However…Hillary Rodham Clinton stands for a list of other things that matter very much to me, including a woman’s right to control her own fertility, and attention to the ecosystem as much as she can realistically impress it upon our legal system.

Unlike Donald Trump, she isn’t opposed to paying people the money that they have earned.

She is prepared on political issues and does not need to be fed data.

She knows what is in our Constitution, and won’t spout off inaccuracies.

She has actual political experience that she can draw on to lead the nation and to interact with the leaders of other nations – politely yet with sufficient audacity to get results.

Hillary is the best qualified, most measured candidate we have.

I don’t want someone who has no prior political experience, who goes around offending people, blocking entry to those who disagree with him, and behaving like a Nazi reincarnate.

We’ve been there and seen that in the 1930s, and it wasn’t pretty.

The Germans wanted the economic resources of their nation for their own Teutonic selves.

That meant breaking laws and violating standards of human decency.

That meant committing genocide and crimes against humanity.

Donald Trump resembles Hitler far more than a measured individual who might understand how to successfully apply our laws in such a way as to avoid committing such crimes while preserving our security – financial, physical, and ecological.

We will have a resource war and soon.

We are in a post-growth economy, and it won’t be changing back to one of growth.

We need to focus on an economy of stability, one that takes care of those who already exist.

But that is not popular.

Mark Twain said “It is better to be popular than right.” He lived in an age of expansion and plentiful resources. We don’t. He might have been saying this sarcastically, because he spoke non-economic yet unpopular truths, such as that slavery is theft of another person’s life, work, skill, and time.

But back to our upcoming resource war: it’s already happening.

Europe is seeing it first, because it is possible to walk or swim there from the Tropics of Chaos.

It’s a bit more difficult to get to the United States – not impossible, but more difficult – because we have such a punishing, dry, hot desert to cross from Mexico, and because the area is already riddled with criminals and patrolled by border guards.

Women who cross take birth control before making the trip because of rapists.

Men, too, risk life and limb.

It is possible to die of heat exhaustion and dehydration, broken limbs, and other causes on the way to the United States from Central America.

Yes, we need to wake up to cultural invasions and to evil Islamist practices such as Taharrush – that of males surrounding and raping a lone female, which I have blogged about earlier – but that means educating ourselves, not acting like children and attending bully rallies.

Check sources, look for past statements by candidates, and think.

Get away from loud groups to think alone.

Don’t let any crowd do your thinking and analyzing for you.

Here are some stories, one a video and the other an article, on Donald Trump.

Donald Trump Contradicts Himself and Lies For 6 Minutes Straight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_CgwVo9XLc | Published on August 15, 2016

The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

Anyone who thinks that they will benefit from the lies and double-talk spouted and so easily shown by a loud-mouthed bully who reacts rather than thinks, who offends the leaders of other nations, who lacks the temperament and judgment to handle the international diplomacy aspect of the job of President of the United States, who makes fantastical promises and pronouncements to the voting public while remaining vague on the details, who manifests a weak ego, who bullies and shouts down anyone who dares to disagree with him, who surrounds himself with women who look like fashion plates and don’t dare to disagree with him, who has skirted immigration laws while employing those fashion plates yet now wants to tighten immigration like a noose, is a fool.

They won’t benefit.

Yes, I see what is happening. We are being courted by a fascist misogynist with populist appeal.

He appeals to the least educated of white America.

I have little use for populists, nor for populist writing. It is poorly researched toilet paper that says what he wants it say rather than what actually happened, was done, or was said. I want accurate research, carefully vetted sources, and calm, measured presentations done by people who are not putting emotion ahead of logic.

By all means, read and watch anything and everything you can, negative and positive, disparaging and complimentary, about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Do the same about Donald Trump.

But whatever you do, don’t heil Trump.

Save

Save

Unhappy Earth Overshoot Day!

Unhappy Earth Overshoot Day!

Today is the day that we humans as a species are officially considered to be overdrawn on our use of the Earth’s Bank Account.

What is the Earth’s Bank Account?

That term refers to the Earth’s natural resources: healthy food, safe and clean water, clean air, space in which to live, minerals, etc.

There is a website that deals with this issue called Earth Overshoot Day:

Earth Overshoot Day 2016

Earth Overshoot Day Logo

On this site, one can look up the human ecological footprint in various spots around the planet. It’s fun and interesting to look up…and depressing.

We humans currently, as of this writing, number 7.4 billion. The precise number keeps rising, but here is what I just found: 7,417,192,146.

There are several world population meters online, but this one is my favorite: http://www.eahdfoundation.org/world_live_clock.php

It has a lot of different categories, including geographic, demographic, age, health, type of death, births, miscarriages, abortions, etc.

I like to see the breakdown.

Last night, I looked on the Population Matters page of Facebook and found myself reading article after article.

It doesn’t help that the Summer Olympics of 2016 are currently underway in one of the most water-polluted cities on the planet, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There have been several articles about that problem this week, including run-downs of the bacteria and viruses that are 50 percent higher there than in nations with better infrastructure, such as the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Britain, etc. The point is that the relatives and coaches and other foreigners in that city to watch the athletes will likely get terribly sick if they go near the beaches or rivers, as will any athlete not taking preventive antibiotics. Even then, it’s a significant risk.

Here is the article I found last night:

‘Don’t put your head under water’: Athletes who ingest just three teaspoons of Rio water risk getting violently ill

This morning, I found another one on Rio’s fetid water:

Brazil’s sewage woes reflect the growing global water quality crisis

Each article includes several photographs to illustrate the point, but it is a far cry from being there, seeing the fecal matter and trash up close, and smelling it. People attending the Olympics will come away with a profound sense of disgust and, hopefully, alarm.

But will anything much be done about this once the event is over? Human nature suggests that it will not.

I kept reading because I was hooked. Population problems drew me in as usual.

Egypt’s population has increased to 90 million. Irrigating the banks of the River Nile will only go so far, and then it can’t reach everyone, because there are just too many people who need to be reached. They also don’t have enough jobs or food, and struggle to pay the rent. What they really need first and foremost is access to birth control, but stupid husbands who block their wives’ access to it in various Islamic nations get in the way. This NPR story highlighted a family with 9 children who can pretty much forget about a future with a good life of fresh food and education, nor of interesting work. Actually…forget about the work too. No work.

Egypt’s Population Surges Past 90 Million, Straining Resources of a Poor Nation

It doesn’t get any better in China or India. In fact, it gets worse there, with India looking ahead to a thoroughly miserable future of millions of young people, both skilled and unskilled, seeking nonexistent jobs. I have chatted with some of them online. They want to get married, they are very unhappy being celibate (due to their culture and unmarried status), and they are unconcerned about preventing future births. I find this appalling but not at all surprising. They will be passing the same miserably unsolvable problems on to a subsequent generation if they proceed. If I were one of them, I would already be furious with my parents for creating me and thus foisting this situation upon me. But…too bad! There must be offspring to act as old-age caregivers to the current parents of adult children. Silly me…I thought that reproduction was a gamble, and one that may or may not pay off. The offspring may move far, far away and thus not be a caregiver to you. The offspring may get killed in an accident or resource war. They offspring may simply not want to be a caregiver. Life brings all sorts of nasty and unexpected surprises.

This article discusses the statistics of future humans in India and the misery that they can expect with unemployment, in some detail:

By 2050, Millions Of Youth In India Are Going To Be Unemployed: Report Reveals How

It even has a disturbing image of unhappy Indian guys staring back at the reader. They already exist! The article wastes no time in mentioning that this situation is already leading to violence. Oh, yay! So much for women traveling in the Land of Spices to see the beautiful sites, hear the sitar music, and taste the delectable Indian recipes. The land will be overrun with angry young men, full of hormones…

The BBC took the anxiety to another ring of hell on Earth by discussing the difficulty of inducing men in Africa to use condoms and thus prevent the spread of disease, such as Herpes and AIDS. It’s also nice not to end up stuck with children who can’t be fed, clothed, or educated due to such carelessness, thoughtlessness, and selfishness, which is still a major obstacle to condom use.

How do you make a man wear a condom?

Meanwhile in the developed world, we in the United States are insufficiently concerned about human overpopulation. We are still reproducing at a rate that far outstrips our own resources, importing much of our food, and using more and more space for housing and cemeteries (why can’t we all just be cremated, and thus save space for the living while never giving the maggots a chance to feast on us?!).

Growing population drives demand for housing

I mentioned cemeteries, so here is an older article, entitled City Cemeteries Face Gridlock, that deals with the problem:

Hindus who go to the River Ganges for purification ritual baths now encounter rotting corpses. Not quite the experience they were looking for…

Dead bodies found floating in Indian river: More than 100 decaying bodies thought to be water burials surface in river Ganges considered sacred by Hindus.

Hong Kong and Singapore are having trouble keeping their dead in one place, as there are time limits on space due to new dead coming into cemeteries every 15 years. Cremation seems more feasible, and many are opting for it.

How Asia’s dead are causing instability

I wonder when cremation will become the norm, and then the standard, and then required for all? Not soon enough to help the planet, and us!

Cremation on its own would be enough for me, but this idea takes it a bit farther, to growing a tree where the ashes go. Great, but scattering eliminates the need to visit a cemetery, which are often dangerous places due to humans with criminal intent. Still, I like it.

How to Turn Into a Tree After You Die

But as long as we are overpopulated by living humans, we have quality-of-life issues to deal with:

What happens when a nation can’t accommodate the needs of its population? The population migrates elsewhere. Never mind whether or not “elsewhere” can accommodate both its own population and newcomers, though. It is considered politically incorrect and reprehensible to protect one’s own nation’s space, resources, and cultural identity by refusing to take in migrants. Places with stable, native populations are under siege, and those native populations are not happy about it. Hence the salutation of this post, “UNhappy Earth Overshoot Day”.

Britain’s population could overtake FRANCE within a decade as migrants looking to start families flock to the UK

This story by Bloomberg News talks about the result of all of these problems that we can reasonably expect. We can expect it right now, in fact.

Recipe For War: Remove Water and Food, Add Ethnic Strife—Then Stir

Women who are not maternal and who do not wish to reproduce ought to be respected rather than criticized, and since I am one of them, I demand this from people in my everyday life. There is nothing wrong with not wanting babies, with having other personal goals, with loving cats instead of unnecessary human offspring/DNA replicants, and thus not making Earth Overshoot Day come any earlier in the year than it already does.

For the record, we are NOT childless. We are called child-free. This term reflects the fact that we are happy about our situation.

People who don’t have children benefit our environment more than any campaign – it’s time to celebrate them

I want fresh fruits and vegetables for all, great educations for all, interesting, fulfilling work for all, and plenty of personal space along with respect for people who choose not to reproduce. That’s why I put all of those ideas into a dystopian science fiction series. I want people to think about all of this, the ramifications of what will happen if we do nothing about any of it or if we do much about it – both good and bad ramifications – and I want them to discuss it. No solution is perfect, but questioning nothing and doing nothing different is idiocy, so I wrote my books. One more is in the works. Almost finished!

Final Nae-Nee Cover Art - Katelyn M. Gagnon - Lulu Publishing Format Vaccine - The Cull - Final Cover Illustration by Steve Palmerton

The Nae-Née novels are available in digital and printed formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s websites.

Please check them out. They tell an interesting tale of overshoot and lead the reader on a merry tour of the world and its ecological bank account.

The first book was even trolled, which means it touched a few nerves, so it’s not dull, bland, or unremarkable. Quite the opposite is true.

Unhappy Earth Overshoot Day to you!

Save

Save

Save

Save

An Inflammatory Topic No Matter How One Addresses It: Human Overpopulation!

There is no chance that, if people see what others write about human overpopulation, none of them will have a strong reaction to it.

Overpopulation Stork Rowing Through an Ocean of Plastic TrashOverpopulated Earth - Land Masses Saturated with Humans

Take this statement, for example:

One Million Women wants to induce people to reduce their impact on the planet? Really? Then encourage people not to reproduce. We are too many. Stop using and throwing away plastic AND stop making babies. We are 7.4 billion on a planet with a carrying capacity, when last measured, of 2 billion. We had that many in 1930. It is quite likely that the Earth’s carrying capacity is now less than it was.

I wrote that on Facebook, and on the website with the article that it refers to.

This topic fascinates me, and there is entirely too little debate or discussion about it.

People who want kids and grandkids take it upon themselves to feel personally attacked over such statements, and I am disgusted with them for it.

The statement does not include any profanity, nor does it single out and scold anyone in particular.

Facebook has some software shortcomings – possibly deliberate, as this just started – which make it impossible to share directly to a page that one manages. Instead, one must share first to one’s personal page, and then from there to a page that one manages. After that, forget deleting it from the personal page and just having it where you want it. That makes all posts vanish. Unacceptable.

So…I posted it on my own page, as is my right, and thought, why not? I have a page for my Nae-Née series, but when I put things there, nothing much happens. Let’s see if anyone even notices. Well…someone noticed. I don’t sit at my computer constantly, nor do I have a hand-held device. I refuse to acquire one of those surveillance gadgets – they can be hacked by corporations and the government. A desktop computer is enough of an opening.

A few hours later, I came back to 2 fewer Facebook Friends and a long thread of discussion. Interesting.

The first comment kicked it off, one that I had replied to before leaving my desk.

Friend with Grandkids: “Some of your comments you should keep to yourself. Choose better words to get your point across. You then will be more success bringing awareness to our world’s problem.

Me: “I shall stay strident. It’s already an extremely unpopular thing to say and advocate. People hate this truth.

Friend with Grandkids: “Your opinion of whether some should have a child or not it’s just that – your opinion, not the truth. Don’t flatter yourself to think you are the one who knows the truth.

Me: “I think you just don’t want me to state that assessment. Here’s another: I don’t think that anyone who already exists should not exist. Too late – they exist. I think people should not assume that there is no reason not to just have however many kids they want, just because they want them. It is the truth that our planet has too many humans on it. That is an objective fact. As for what to do about it, that part is my opinion, and I won’t take either segment of this back.

That was all until I came back, during which time she apparently got thoroughly worked up, fought with other people who weighed in, and left.

The other people did point out that I had kept it civil and done nothing unreasonable, but there it is.

Human overpopulation is an issue that presents objectively true science and then leads to emotionalism on the other side.

I have an opinion about how to deal with what the science tells us, and that is that almost none of us should reproduce.

Also, let’s face it: everyone never does or refrains from doing whatever it is that they should or should not do.

If they did, there would be no dystopian novels, and nothing to think about.

It seems to me that a huge majority of our species just wants to enjoy life without any upsets or controversy, using resources thoughtlessly.

I won’t watch football or whatever other sporting event one could mention. I don’t like them, nor do I like the mindset that goes with them.

I like to think and incite debate. (Oh…she said that I “insite” and mentioned filters and auto-correct. I neither use nor need those.)

An individual I know likes to incite debate in a very nasty, personal way. He starts out civilly enough, but escalates it into a fight, especially if people decline to debate. He likes to get them whipped into a frenzy of upset, if possible, but few take the bait. Many just leave.

I find that that is not necessary. Simply expressing a minority opinion with no profanity or personal attacks can, given the right issue, achieve intense debate and emotional engagement. All one needs is an inflammatory issue.

Ironically, I don’t want upset. I want discussion.

But I can’t have it with human overpopulation.

Far too many people see the slightest mention of the topic as a personal attack.

And they say that Aspies are the strident, overly emotional, socially inept ones…

…no. It goes the other way, too.

Politicians fear this issue, but I suspect that they may find that maintaining a viable democracy in an overpopulated world is impossible, and thus covertly move to significantly – drastically – reduce our numbers. This “reset” may – or may not – then lead to a restoration of democracy.

I have one more novel coming soon that addresses that question. Thus far, 2 of them are out.

The novels in my Nae-Née dystopian science fiction series have detailed bibliographies. The source material includes both fiction and nonfiction books, academic journal articles, news articles, blog articles, editorials, videos, television episodes, movies, documentaries, and is divided by topic.

Final Nae-Nee Cover Art - Katelyn M. Gagnon - Lulu Publishing Format Vaccine - The Cull - Final Cover Illustration by Steve Palmerton

The series doesn’t shy away from unpleasant or uncomfortable truths or points of view.

For that, and for the fact that, like myself, the narrator has Asperger’s (she’s on the talkative end of the autism spectrum), the 1st novel has been the target of spurious attacks by internet trolls…all within the same 24-hour period in November of 2014. I know this because someone ratted them out and provided me with evidence, in the form of a screen grab.

Tabatha Swart - troll Nae-Nee post, secretly shared

Later on, I found out that these lunatics lived to bully people. One lady wrote to me to say that they had bullied her over having cancer, of all things.

People are incredible, and not always in a good way.

The topics explored in the world of Nae-Née include:

  • human overpopulation
  • abortion access
  • reproductive rights and access laws
  • migrants, elections
  • banksters/hedge fundsters/corporatists
  • education
  • economic resources and quality of life
  • plastics/recycling/going green
  • police misconduct
  • martial law readiness
  • surveillance/computer hackers
  • Asperger’s
  • genetic editing
  • vaccines
  • biological and chemical weapons
  • food insecurity
  • biodiversity loss/disruption
  • human encroachment onto animal territory
  • climate change
  • water depletion and scarcity
  • sea level rise
  • air pollution
  • fossil fuel and nuclear fuel use and consequences
  • nature and what we ought to appreciate.

Nae-Née is a complex world, just as the one that we live in is complex.

Life doesn’t excuse you from the necessity to think.

There is something that continues to puzzle me about people:

Why do so many have no interest/curiosity about things, but simply wish to live, consume resources, and pay no attention to the problems of the world? Why?!

This is why I write what I write.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Drought Advisory + Niagara Bottling Sucking Us Drier = Natural Insecurity.

Connecticut has been issued a drought advisory asking private citizens to consume less water.

State Issues ‘Drought Advisory,’ Farmers Worried Lack of Rainfall Damaging Crops

Anyone, be they professional farmers whose livelihoods depend on growing crops or homeowners with small gardens, are urged to use less water.

People are being asked not to water lawns as much or wash their cars. No word on car wash businesses or how much less to water lawns, but the outrageous timbre to this demand glares out nonetheless. Why is that?

The reason is that a corporation called Niagara Bottling continues with construction of its plant in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

DSC_1371

The construction site on Woodland Avenue in Bloomfield, Connecticut of the not-distant-future Niagara Bottling plant. (Photo by Stephanie C. Fox)

Once built, this plant will suck up 1.8 million gallons of our water per day, ship it elsewhere, and sell it.

Bloomfield’s Valerie Rossetti, one of the Save Our Water activists, spoke to a television reporter about this recently. She was very eloquent.

Save Our Water Connecticut reacts to bottling plant locating in Bloomfield, Connecticut

Val Rossetti of Save Our Water on WFSB Channel 3 News - 7 July 2016

Val Rossetti interviewed about the Niagara Bottling invasion of Bloomfield, Connecticut on WFSB Channel 3 News on July 7, 2016.

Why should we who live here accept this?! We should not.

We should not have to take shorter showers, let our crops wither and die and thus depend solely on grocery stores for fruits and vegetables, nor have less water to cook them, nor less with which to wash dishes and ourselves.

Save Our Water Button - Bloomfield Citizens.org

Our natural security is at stake, so we will not accept this situation and let our town politicians, nor the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), nor Niagara Bottling move along without constantly ruining their peace and quiet enjoyment of life after unleashing this invasion of our ecosystem upon us.

They shall not be allowed to simply proceed without being bothered endlessly about it.

Transparency was thwarted in this entire process.

Notice and an opportunity to be heard was denied.

Money was placed ahead of independent research and long-term ecological health.

The public was lied to by omission, stealth, and deceit.

We will not accept this and surrender to drought.

It is unreasonable to announce that we will not have a drought in the foreseeable future.

We already have a drought advisory.

Just for that, the deal ought to be off with Niagara Bottling, and their entire investment in this area for naught.

Save

Who Do You Think Creates U.S. Currency?

Who do you think creates U.S. currency?

I don’t mean who prints it or issues it, because that is the United States government, specifically the U.S. Treasury Department.

Seriously…who do you think creates it?

A. The U.S. government.

B. The U.S. Treasury Department.

C. Some other entity.

Perhaps it will help to take a look at some actual U.S. currency.

Here are some bank notes, a one-dollar bill and a five-dollar bill.

Federal Reserve Note - One Dollar - U.S. Bankster CurrencyFederal Reserve Note - Five Dollars - U.S. Bankster Currency

Look carefully at them. They are green on the backs, and have U.S. political figures on the fronts. (By the way, U.S. money doesn’t have to have U.S. Presidents on it. Benjamin Franklin is on the one-hundred-dollar bill, and he was a diplomat, not an office holder.)

Keep looking.

Look at the top of the fronts, and remember what I just called them: bank notes.

They’re not created by the government at all! They’re created by a bank.

But wait, you might say, the bank in question is called the Federal Reserve.

Doesn’t that make it part of the United States government?

No, it doesn’t.

The Federal Reserve System was created in 1913 at the behest of our nation’s leading banksters, who included J.P. Morgan, plus corporate leaders in steel and oil, namely Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller.

They insisted upon having the word “federal” included in the name.

The idea was to fool the United States public into not taking a second glance at it, and to not question the fact that we are using money that has been conjured into existence by banksters. It’s not backed by anything. It’s called “fiat” money, which means it’s all brought into existence by a mere declaration.

Who is doing the declaring? Banksters. The Chairperson of the Federal Reserve is always someone from the banking world.

Just go onto Wikipedia or whatever other site you wish – or better yet, a combination of sites – and check that.

The United States Constitution, in Article I, Section 8, Clause 5, grants to Congress the power “to coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures.”

It does not have the power to create currency itself.

The United States government is therefore merely a numismatist – a dealer in coins.

The last time we had government-created currency was during the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln issued it. That was when the term “Greenbacks” came into use. Our money, regardless of who was issuing it, has been decorated with green ink on the obverse side ever since.

U.S. Currency - Civil War EraU.S. Currency - Greenbacks - 1863 - 10 Dollars

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, published in 1900, was actually about banksters. “Oz” was a reference to 16 ounces/oz. of silver.

The Wizards of Wall Street are still running a brisk business of currency conjuring, inflating bubbles of credit and loans for you name it, far beyond anyone’s capacity to ever pay. If they fail, the Fed bails the preferred banks out, and lets the rest roil in misery.

Who are they? Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citibank, Bank of America.

Those are the “preferred banksters” who are allegedly “too big to fail” even though they do fail, only to be rescued.

We the public are being played by the wizards behind the curtain, who don’t report how or what they are doing.

I describe some of this in The Book of Thieves, which is written like a short, dark, metaphoric fairy tale retelling of the 2008 meltdown.

Books by Stephanie C. Fox, J.D_clip_image004

Our government borrows whatever money it needs to keep going from the Federal Reserve System.

Our taxes go straight into the Federal Reserve to pay the every-increasing national debt.

This is, in large part, why we are drowning in debt, individually and as a nation.

It gets worse when you look at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The International Monetary Fund regulates the value of nations’ currencies relative to one another by having it “float”. That means that it can increase or decrease the value of each nation’s currency as it sees fit, thus crashing or rebooting any nation’s economy while regulating exchange rates.

The World Bank provides credit to war-ravaged and underdeveloped nations.

The two organizations date back to the end of World War II and the Bretton Woods Accords.

We really ought to insist that our government amend the U.S. Constitution to grant Congress the power to create ALL U.S. currency.

We ought to disband the IMF and the World Bank and thus depose the banksters.

We ought to actually declare our independence – from banksters.

I don’t think we will, but we ought to do so.

Instead, we are living under the thumbs of financial terrorists, endlessly buried in debt slavery, paying taxes that don’t benefit us.

At the very least, someone might read this blog post and wake up.

That would be something positive.

On that note, Happy Independence Day.

Save

Save

Save

Save

While You’re Watching Television, Your Television Is Watching You.

While you’re watching television, it is watching you.

Television with Eyes, Watching the Viewer

It knows what you are watching and saves the data.

If you talk in front of it, it records that, too.

Then it allows hackers and the Orwellian No Such Agency to reap the data.

The government thus learns your interests and entertainment preferences, along with your political, religious, social, and economic views.

So do corporations who want to use that data to market their products to you.

Sound like a science fiction story?

Well…bad news: it’s not just a story anymore. It’s a reality.

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too

We are living in the Orwellian police surveillance state right now.

I didn’t dream this up. It’s the hardware and software built into and encoded with your television, computer, and hand-held device.

In Vaccine: The Cull – Nae-Née Wasn’t Enough, I describe the narrator’s husband, a nanobotic engineer, taking apart new TVs and putting them back together again just to thwart this.

Vaccine - The Cull - Final Cover Illustration by Steve Palmerton

In the next Nae-Née novel, currently in progress, this is done again, with emphasis on hacking the devices right back. I won’t say anything more on the plot here, but the police surveillance state will still be a presence in that series.

So…what can we do about this in reality?

Take a lesson from Mark Zuckerberg, for one thing, and put a piece of tape over the camera in your laptop, and over any other camera associated with your digital devices. Turn the microphones off, too, when you aren’t using them to communicate.

Mark Zuckerberg Covers His Laptop Camera. You Should Consider It, Too.

It’s none of the government’s or any corporation’s damned business what you like, what you say, or what you think.

Anyone who says otherwise is willing to sacrifice the U.S. Constitution and all of its liberties to safeguard someone else’s security…like the Farmers (banksters, hedge fundsters, and corporatists) that I write about in my Nae-Née series.

That’s just fiction, written to provoke thought about issues that matter, NOT a prescription for reality.

Save

Resources are Strained, and People Wonder Why Brexit Happened! Really!?

Seriously?! How can people not understand why Brexit happened? The causes are no great mystery. They are all around us:

Human overpopulation leads to ecosystems collapse which leads to economic collapse.

Add to the mix developed nations treating a crowded and crashed ecosystem like an expendable gas station of a nation, plus religiousness to the mix, and pretty soon there’s a resource war with economic migrants and climate refugees (who are the same people!) leaving in droves.

Where will they go but wherever they imagine life is better?

They will be utterly heedless of the consequences to that place, which are overcrowding and a crashing of its social welfare net…leading to crime by both migrants and natives, followed by social unrest.

And so here we are at Brexit.

What explains Britain’s Brexit shocker?

Focusing part of the blame for economic woes on immigrants is NOT irrational. Resources are finite, NOT infinite. The problem is sharing them with hordes of newcomers. That strains standards of living.

We are entirely too addicted to growth in the developed world. We ought to focus far more on a sustainable standard of living, especially in corporations, which are obsessed with their bottom line and paying shareholders. Banksters and hedge fundsters are a major contributing factor to the problem as well. Just look at what George Soros did:

Soros FAIL: The Man Who Broke the Bank of England Can’t Make Them Stay

Add to all that the fact that many immigrants come from cultures which treat women as less than men and ruin our freedom of movement and sense of security, and then add to that the fact that immigrants arrive pregnant, with children, and with the intent to reproduce some more, and you get Brexit.

Welcome to the land of heavy surveillance at every turn combined with policies that seek to avoid seeming callous and horrible by admitting as many migrants as possible, even though the host nations cannot possibly afford to do so. The Orwellian police state is a reality.

A CCTV camera trained on Parliament Square is seen in front of Houses of Parliament in London, England. Oli Scarff for Getty Images

A CCTV camera trained on Parliament Square is seen in front of Houses of Parliament in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Natives of those nations see – quite accurately – their way of life being threatened as the newcomers want society to bend to their culture. NO.

Why should they do that?!

It means that women’s freedom and schedule of movement and other quality of life issues are threatened. Once that is suggested, you’ve lost me, and you’ve lost any other woman with half a brain. News flash: we all have whole brains, so none of us are in favor of that!

This is why I wrote Vaccine: The Cull – Nae-Née Wasn’t Enough. I wanted to provoke thought about these issues, and I included them all in it.

Vaccine - The Cull - Final Cover Illustration by Steve Palmerton

 

Save

Success! The Sign Kept the Insecticide Demon Away.

Some of what I tell you in this blog post may come across as politically incorrect.

My intention is not to be offensive to anyone, but rather to accurately and completely explain the difficulties that I am up against.

Here is the situation:

I live in a condominium. The association hires an insecticide sprayer each year to poison lawns and gardens.

Individual residents can do little to stop the insecticide demon from toxifying their flowers and edible plants, but I did something, and it worked.

As I have mentioned before, I grow beautiful flowering plants each spring, and then shift my attention for the rest of the growing season to food.

It’s going well this year, and I’ll share some beautiful photographs in this post.

But first, the sign: I made a sign on my computer, printed it twice on matte photo paper, put each one into a clear heavyweight sheet protector with the bottom part open, which I then sealed with clear tape, and then hung them up on both of the wooden light-posts in our yard with clear tacks.

DSC_1586

Here is the sign as a PNG image. Anyone who wants it is welcome to copy it off of this website and use it in their yard to protect bees:

NO Insecticides to Be Sprayed Here - Sign

I showed it to my husband, and he said that I ought to have included something about surveillance:

Digital Eye of Surveillance  Dome type CCTV camera security - watching at all times

But no…the signs were up, and I decided to give them a chance. I could always rush outside and forbid the insecticide demon to spray a drop.

Here’s the politically incorrect part of the story: my father said that the sign was beautiful, but that there was a problem with it. What was that, I asked him? “It’s in English,” he replied.

I told him that I had met the insecticide demon last year, and he spoke fluent American English with no accent and no grammatical errors.

My father thought that I had met only the boss, and that some employee demons might not be able to read the sign.

Well, this week, an insecticide truck pulled up when I wasn’t watching, but my mother saw the whole thing.

A guy with a transparent, whitish container of poison on his back and a long, metal nozzle connected to it hopped out, walked into our yard, saw the sign, and stopped short. He leaned over and read the sign, and then turned around, left our yard, and got back into the truck, which moved on.

It worked!

I knew those demons were fluent in English. They handle poison, after all!

Here are some images from this spring’s Foxhole flower garden:

Beverly Sills Pink Iris with Blue Victoria Iris - May 2016 - side view  Blue-and-White Iris - May 2016 - 2  DSC_1509

The pastels in pink, blue, lavender, and white are my favorites. I feel as though I wait all year for this part of the growing season, and now it’s here.

DSC_1591  Raspberry Pink Peonies - June 2016 - 1

The peonies have been spectacular, and they smell wonderful, too. It’s all worth it. I can thank the bees who have visited my yard for it, too.

I’ve seen several beautiful, big, furry bumblebees. They’re nice animals, and I have actually talked to them, thanking them for coming.

If you just leave them alone and don’t try to touch them, don’t try to bother them or swat at them, all is well.

My neighbor asked about it, and I told her what the difference in appearance is between wasps (no fur, and they brown wings) and honeybees and bumblebees (fur and clear wings). She seemed relieved to know which is which.

The bees are worth all this effort and trouble.

That’s why I wrote The Bear Guarding the Beehive.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save