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Controversies by QueenBeeEdit

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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.

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We Know What You Are. It’s Been Done Before, Many Times.

The developments at the North Dakota protesters’ site are freaking me out for an eerie reason: after reading book after book after article after article after statute after whatever other research, I wrote my Nae-Née series, and the bad guys – the Farmers (banksters + hedge fundsters + corporatists) – treated the rest of the world like a crop to use as they pleased or a weed in their way…and now reality is playing out as in my books.

Vaccine - The Cull - Final Cover Illustration by Steve Palmerton

That’s not the only place that “developments” – such a blah, insufficient word – are giving me such thoughts.

I have scared myself. What bothers me is that not enough people see the whole picture, which those books show.

https://www.facebook.com/NaeNeeBirthControlInfalliblewithNanites/

If anyone cares to know more, I post articles several times a day to this page, and am always hoping for more Likes on it. I feel as though Trump is the lead monster in my books…though I never name the president. It’s always a person who is given some sort of vague physical description. I don’t want to simply describe the real news. It’s a fictitious series, after all.

Here’s another one:

We’re Tracking Post-Election Acts of Hate in Texas

Kristallnacht, anyone?

Even in cyber-form, it’s already starting.

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If you don’t miss the Bill of Rights yet, you will soon.

For those who now imagine that it is okay to bully, harass, intimidate, threaten, vandalize, or assault, you’re mistaken.

We know what you are.

You are nothing special, nothing original, and no one with the right to do any of that.

You lack talent or motivation to better yourselves, so you seek to cut down those who have those qualities.

It’s been done before, many times.

The Burning Times is one instance. One woman was left alive in every village of Europe in an effort to stamp out the ancient Nature worship that venerated the ecosystem and focused on goddesses. The price was that herbal knowledge, which women held, was lost, as were skilled midwives. They were replaced with idiots who fed patients toadstools (that’s toad shit, in case you don’t realize it).

Pogroms cropped up from time to time in a monstrous effort at genocide against Jews.

And then there were the Nazis with their jackboots, brown shirts, black leather coats with lightning bolts for a pair of “S” letters who made Jews wear yellow stars, homosexuals were pink triangles, and Romani people wear…well, just look at this chart.

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Dachau Badges Poster.

How long before reports of people who are not white being beaten, raped, murdered, tortured, and otherwise molested become regular occurrences?!

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We should not be stuck with a democracy that has committed suicide just because a group – white males – is angry that other groups – women, blacks, all other races and ethnic groups, LGBTs, fill-in-the-blank-with-other-groups – have been able to make ourselves heard and to successfully insist upon having full rights and voices in our government, our society, our intellectual life, and so on.

I have no sympathy for angry individuals who cannot or will not study and work their way to a good life for themselves, but who instead buy mountains of junk to distract themselves from their dissatisfaction, or attend sports matches for that same purpose, or fill their brains with irrelevant nonsense from the most mundane, populist shows on television while learning nothing of value or use – only having mindless, fleeting fun in the process…and then get angry at those of us who work, study, and try to improve the world, calling us elitists.

People who do that burn books, and other people, and they are worthless criminals.

Anyone who now imagines it okay or safe or in any way acceptable to commit crimes of any kind against others is mistaken.

Anyone who seeks to silence and terrorize is not only mistaken but also a criminal, and the reign of terror will not last.

When it ends, and it always ends, it is the terrorists who shall be terrified, for they will remember what they did to others.

Talk of diversity and inclusiveness was not mere social engineering, meant to be a feel-good, friendly inducement to good behavior. It was serious business, meant to keep the sentiments that led to Burning Times, pogroms, Hitler’s monstrosities, and anything else of that sort from recurring.

I wonder if any of the individuals who are painting swastikas, drawing cartoons of walls, spewing black smog on liberals, or even jeering at them – as if this election was a game rather than serious business with an outcome that matters more than most elections have – recall what happens after all the acts of hate have been stopped.

I wonder, because they always end up being stopped.

When the acts of hate get stopped, other things happen.

Remember the Nuremberg Trials?

We now have something called an International Criminal Court. It’s in The Hague, which is in The Netherlands.

I studied it for the third novel in my Nae-Née series (cover art in production).

Don’t think for a moment that, just because the U.S. Senate refuses to ratify it, that it can’t be applied to Americans.

It can.

All that Court has to demonstrate is a failure of our own legal system, and it will have us.

 

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We Had a Coup D’État in 1963.

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot to death as he rode through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.

On that much, we can all agree.

We can also agree that, as a sitting President of the United States, it was an assassination.

And that it was a murder.

After all, who ever heard of an assassination that wasn’t?

Shall we call it an execution also?

Regardless, the President was shot through the throat, the back, and in the head, and he was dead.

Texas Governor John Connolly was shot, also, but not fatally.

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy, the First Lady, understandably freaked out when she saw her husband’s head blown apart, his body sagging into her lap, and climbed out the back of the vehicle toward the Secret Service agents who were with the vehicle behind her.

Wait…what? They were with the vehicle behind her, not the one that she and the president were in? Odd…odder still is the lack of the glass cover on their vehicle.

There’s the coup d’état. It starts to show up when you realize that the shooting was too easy.

Even odder is the fact that the route of the motorcade was changed after the publication of the Dallas Morning News. Thus, the public expected to have to line the street that went between the pair of Dealey Plaza buildings rather than north of them, past that now infamous grassy knoll.

You know the one – the Texas School Book Depository building overlooks it all. That’s where Lee Harvey Oswald had a job. The place is now a museum.

There are other oddities to tally up, such as the open windows all along the route. Windows are supposed to be closed whenever the President of the United States rides by. If you have ever seen the 1993 movie In the Line of Fire, you would also expect that the Secret Service would have removed every mailbox along the prospective route and gone down the water drainage passageways under the street to check for incendiary devices, after which they would have put tape that says “U.S. Secret Service” on each cover.

So why not go to all that trouble in 1963 – at least have a glass shield around JFK?

Answer: someone, or many someones, wanted him dead.

Who had motive? Who benefited by his death?

Lots of people did, that’s who.

This summer, I started reading about it, quite by accident.

Here is a list of the books that I read:

ON THE TRAIL OF THE ASSASSINS: ONE MAN’S QUEST TO SOLVE THE MURDER OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY, by Jim Garrison, 1988.

THE IDLE WARRIORS, by Kerry Thornley, written in 1961, published in 1991.

DR. MARY’S MONKEY: HOW THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF A DOCTOR, A SECRET LABORATORY IN NEW ORLEANS AND A CANCER-CAUSING MONKEY VIRUSES ARE LINKED TO LEE HARVEY OSWALD, THE JFK ASSASSINATION AND EMERGING GLOBAL EPIDEMICS, by Edward T. Haslam, 2007.

ME & LEE: HOW I CAME TO KNOW, LOVE AND LOSE LEE HARVEY OSWALD, by Judyth Vary Baker, 2010.

DAVID FERRIE: MAFIA PILOT, PARTICIPANT IN ANTI-CASTRO BIOWEAPON PLOT, FRIEND OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD AND KEY TO THE JFK ASSASSINATION, by Judyth Vary Baker, 2013.

I was reading book after book in the pile of research I had compiled in order to complete my dystopian series on human overpopulation and ecosystems collapse, called Nae-Née. (Yes, there I go, mentioning it again. Well, I do have a duty to promote it after going to all the trouble of writing it, so I shall continue to do that.)

Final Nae-Nee Cover Art - Katelyn M. Gagnon - Lulu Publishing Format

The series deals with, among other things, the military-industrial complex, at thing that President Dwight D. Eisenhower mentioned near the end of his presidency, and a thing that fuels much of the U.S. economy.

I came to the assassination, as I said, by accident. This was because I was reading about bioweapons and naturally-occurring plagues, and virus hunters (who are doctors with special training and interests).

The first book that led me in that direction was the last of that category of the books I had collected on the subject. It was by Edward T. Haslam, published in 2007, entitled Dr. Mary’s Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and a Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics. How’s that for a long title?

I never expected to get sidetracked with a fascination about the assassination of John F. Kennedy by reading them.

But I did.

Accordingly, I finished reading that book, which has been alternately taken seriously and condemned as conspiracy theory, acquired a copy of Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie JFK, starring Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison, the District of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, with a cameo appearance by Judge Garrison himself playing Chief Justice Earl Warren, and watched it.

Wow. I was hooked.

But I had to finish my book-writing project. I’m an author who had assigned myself a project; I couldn’t just put it aside, forget the deadline I had set for the conclusion of the project, and get back to it later. No…I was just as obsessed with that as I found myself with reading about the JFK assassination.

I contented myself with acquiring a CD of the John Williams music of the JFK movie and resumed work on the final Nae-Nee novel, which I copyrighted on August 24, 2016 – just as I had intended to do.

That done, I focused on getting cover art for the book, a crucial detail but one that promised not to occupy large chunks of my time.

Back to my fascination with the assassination!

I went out into the sunshine, having completed my obsessive and incessant reading of self-assigned work material followed by rushing to the computer to integrate the data into the plot of my novel. That had been making me short of breath and a bit anxious, plus in serious need of exercise and human interaction.

Free at last of my self-imposed graduate study of a project, my mind could not stop reading true stories and studying just yet. I was in the groove of…work. (I’m not out of it yet, but I’m going to read fiction soon and relax.) I’m easing myself out by giving in to a strong pull of fascination, induced by a sense that I have found the right sources, sources which are loaded with carefully vetted facts.

I went up the road to my local Barnes & Noble bookstore, and browsed, having no clear idea when I entered as to what I wanted. I was antsy, distracted, and looking for a way to relax. (Shopping for clothing makes me irritable, so that was out. Fashions for women make me irritable due to their lack of stability and continuous access to loose, comfortable-yet-attractive styles with huge, deep pockets in EVERY dress, skirt, or pair of pants or shorts.)

After a few minutes of wandering around, I found a nice store employee at the information desk and struck up a conversation with him. He was retired from his career, and worked at the bookstore a couple of days per week. Suddenly, it had occurred to me to ask about Jim Garrison’s book, On the Trail of the Assassins: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy, written in 1988. It was something that I had looked up online in the middle of the summer. I could not find it in the store.

“Oh, I think we have it,” the man said, and led me to the discount section! There it was, for under ten dollars. I thanked him and bought it, feeling quite delighted.

This had to be a good book, I thought to myself. After all, it was written by an attorney, and one who I had looked up on the Internet while watching that movie. We lawyers are trained to ask searching questions and follow up leads, to research every angle carefully, tie up loose ends, and look for loopholes and discrepancies.

I didn’t wait. That evening, I started reading it, and was not disappointed.

Garrison had ordered the 26-volume Warren Commission Report and read it through very carefully in the 1960s. He read them, and realized that the data does not support the conclusions in it. That, of course, was no accident in a cover-up effort.

The Warren Commission included a bankster, John McCloy, who was closely connected with Texas businessmen who wanted Kennedy dead and who held a party to celebrate it, complete with a home movie of the murder. It also included Allen Dulles, the former – and fired by JFK – director of the CIA. His job was to steer the Warren Commission away from damning evidence.

Garrison found the newspaper that showed the original planned motorcade route. He found leads that were not followed up. He found forensic ballistic evidence that did not add up, and much of it had been blatantly tampered with. He found testimony that did not jive with that of most witnesses, and was therefore placed separately from the rest in the report. He found, after meeting with at least one witness, that some signatures had been forged as he was shown her actual signature. He found that many other witnesses had died, killed themselves, been murdered, or disappeared altogether.

Abe Zapruder, a local business owner, had left his office to film the assassination. He sold one copy for $25,000 and gave the money to the widow of a slain Dallas police office, one J.D. Tippet, who was left to raise her children alone. Nice guy. He cried when he watched the film, which he was rushed to develop the afternoon of the shootings.

Jim Garrison obtained that film from 1 Times Square, New York City. I was surprised he was able to access it, and that it hadn’t vanished, but he got it…and he made 100 copies before returning it. He shipped them to universities all over the nation, just to make it more difficult to conceal the only moving images of the murder.

As I said, I was hooked.

The book was an account of Garrison’s effort to prosecute someone (he settled on Clay Shaw, who ran the International Trade Mart of New Orleans) for Kennedy’s murder. Clay Shaw was acquitted in just one hour, but not before Garrison succeeded in presenting all of the data he had uncovered, including the Zapruder film. Years later, after his death, Clay Shaw was revealed to have been what Jim Garrison charged him with being: a C.I.A. agent. He was also involved in an international fascist organization, populated by European aristocrats and businesspeople.

When I finished reading that book, I was actually disappointed that it was over.

There had to be more, but I wasn’t interested in just any book. I didn’t want one that was part of the book-mill that was more about making money than showing some glimmer of truth.

At this point, I should add that I did not actually expect to find out who killed Kennedy.

By this point, I was merely satisfied that Lee Harvey Oswald had not done the deed.

To find out exactly who had done it seemed like asking too much…though a clearer idea would have been nice.

I mean, seriously, if the C.I.A., the Mafia, and disgruntled expatriate Cubans had all participated, why would anyone ever be sure precisely who the assassins were? (Notice that I made the word “assassins” plural. That was deliberate. It was a team effort.)

True, a bunch of guys in the federal jail up on a floor level with the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository watched some of the shooters, but good luck locating them after 53 years had gone by, and I wasn’t about to investigate. I was just reading for my own sense of fascination with a measure of truth. I wanted to make up my own mind, not go on an odyssey of exploration at great expense and risk of death. If you die, you don’t get to share your research!

There are some who still insist that Lee Harvey Oswald, despite being downstairs at the time of the shooting, drinking a soda and not at all out of breath, shot JFK and Governor Connolly with a seemingly magic bullet that arced down, up, across, down, and up again (some ludicrous pattern of movement for just one bullet!) despite being a less than spectacular shot and not in the right position to fire. Oswald was not out of breath when seen drinking that soda; he wasn’t even sweating, and it was a long walk down many stairs in too short a time for him to have actually been at that window.

Those guys in the jail had all stood by the windows to watch the motorcade. Instead of a quick and pleasant view of it passing by, they had seen two pairs of guys at either end of the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository, each at a window. One guy in each pair was Caucasian, and the other could easily have been Cuban. They saw one guy of each pair aim a rifle at the motorcade and fire on the people in it, they saw JFK get hit, and they saw those same guys rush out of the building very shortly thereafter, get into a station wagon, and drive away – toting long, wrapped items which were long enough to be rifles.

Smoke was seen coming from behind a fence at the grassy knoll.

A parking attendant saw “hoboes” arriving. Sometime after saying so, he was found shot dead in his booth.

A witness driving past that knoll a half hour or so before the motorcade was due to go by saw both cops hanging out, making conversation, on the bridge overhead, which overlooked the approaching vehicles, and a pickup truck, driven by a guy who turned to look at her for a moment, pause to drop off a guy who carried another covered item that was the shape and size of a rifle, a guy who took off rapidly toward the grassy knoll.

The driver of that pickup truck, she realized a few days later, had been Jack Ruby.

I thought back to the movie again. A Dallas patrol car driven by Officer J.D. Tippet had been well away from the movie theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was found and arrested, and he had been murdered, shot by not one guy but two. Multiple witnesses saw it happen. The forensic ballistic evidence gathered showed that the bullets were from an automatic weapon. Lee Harvey Oswald had a revolver. To be there in time to kill Tippet, he would have had to have teleported.

JFK was shot at half past noon on that Friday. Tippet was shot 45 minutes later.

So I was done reading, and I wanted to see Jim Garrison on film. Well…on to the DVD now.

I had seen him in the JFK movie, a shadow of his former self. He was dying of lung cancer after smoking pipes for decades, and was gone the year after the movie was released. In it, he wore horn-rimmed glasses and had white hair, plus he was a frail, thin, sickly-looking guy. He must have enjoyed being in Oliver Stone’s movie and appreciated the attention his book was getting after not being taken seriously for so long, but I wanted to see him as he was when he was healthy and working.

Garrison had gone on to become a judge in New Orleans after being elected to serve as D.A. in Orleans Parish from 1961-1973. He was run out of office over false charges about bribes for illegal pinball machines, charges which failed to hold up. Garrison had prosecuted cases about those, so this was a lame effort to attack his character. However, he had not had time to campaign for re-election, so Harry Connick Sr. (yes, the father of Jr., the New Orleans musician and actor) won instead. Sr. was later chastised by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg for failing to adequately train his assistant D.A.s after the Supreme Court kept getting murder convictions from his office to review…and finding that the defendants weren’t guilty!

But back to Garrison…I wanted to see a younger, healthy version of the man in a movie.

The Wikipedia entry on him had mentioned that he played himself in the 1987 movie The Big Easy, so I watched it. There he was! The plot included a case at the trial level. In walked Judge Jim Garrison in his robes, six feet three inches tall, twice! I was happy to have seen that…and the movie itself. I liked the movie.

But I wasn’t done yet.

Dr. Mary’s Monkey had mentioned a young woman by the name of Judyth Vary Baker.

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Judyth Vary Baker, Circa 1963, Age 20.

The back of the book was full of photographs of people, letters, reports, news articles, and so on.

I looked up that book again and Amazon helpfully informed me (always trying to make more sales!) that it was often sold with a book that she had written in 2010 called Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald.

After briefly feeling a bit like a silly groupie and not fully realizing what I was getting into, I ordered a copy. Nothing else seemed likely to address my nagging fascination.

I had looked up the autopsy photographs of Dr. Mary Stults Sherman, the oncologist who had been killed on July 21, 1964 with morbid fascination. A Google Image search had brought them up vividly. As an Aspie (person on the autism spectrum with Asperger’s), I need to see photographs to fully learn things. Dr. Mary Sherman had had her right arm disintegrated by a particle accelerator, which was why it was missing. Also missing were parts of her ribs and liver, and her eyeballs were dehydrated. The effect presented was one of severe burns.

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Dr. Mary S. Sherman – autopsy photograph.

And she hadn’t died when that happened to her! Someone else put her out of her misery with a stab through her heart.

I think it was Dr. Alton Ochsner, but that’s just an idea. The reason I thought of Ochsner is that Haslam’s book described his character in some detail, plus his business dealings. Ochsner was a decisive individual, quick, efficient, and not prone to dithering…and that was how he killed his grandson and crippled his granddaughter. He was in such a hurry to test the first version of the polio vaccine that he gave it to his own grandchildren. The damned vaccine wasn’t ready. It had live instead of dead polio virus in the serum. Ochsner’s daughter must have hated him.

The next iteration of the vaccine contained a cancer virus, which exposed millions of people in the 1950s who received it, leaving a latent threat to their health dormant in their systems, waiting to torture them in the future. The physicians who dispensed it knew this, but went ahead anyway, destroying the reputations of two women scientists who wanted to sound the alarm in the process.

The business relationships that Alton Ochsner wanted to protect and maintain involved the medical treatment of national leaders from all over Latin America. Ochsner had traveled to personally meet with them and invite them to receive any health treatments they might need at his facility in New Orleans. They came, and he prospered…until Castro took over Cuba, cutting off a significant portion of his profits. He wanted them back.

But back to Dr. Mary S. Sherman. Those who disposed of her corpse tried adding more stab marks and setting fire to it, plus hiding her car across town, to make it look like a break-in. The case was not solved.

Just to add to the effort to understand her, I looked her up on PubMed, also known as Medline (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed), and found her oncology journal articles. Dr. Mary S. Sherman had been an internationally recognized cancer researcher before her death. The articles are still there:

MECHANISM OF PAIN IN OSTEOID OSTEOMAS. SHERMAN MS, MCFARLAND G Jr. South Med J. 1965 Feb;58:163-6. No abstract available. PMID: 14246937

AN UNUSUAL CHONDROBLASTOMA. WRIGHT JL, SHERMAN MS. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1964 Apr;46:567-600. No abstract available. PMID: 14131433

Influence of certain B-vitamin antimetabolites on ovulation in vitro in the frog. Rana pipiens. WRIGHT PA, FLATHERS AR, GREENWOOD HL, SHERMAN MS. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1960 Nov;105:211-2. No abstract available. PMID: 13786807

Luschka’s joint-a degenerative phenomenon. OROFINO C, SHERMAN MS, SCHECHTER D. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1960 Jul;42-A:853-8. No abstract available. PMID: 13854186

Bone changes in chronic circulatory insufficiency; a histopathological study. SHERMAN MS, SELAKOVICH WG. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1957 Jul;39-A(4):892-901. No abstract available. PMID: 13438945

Hemangiomas of the musculoskeletal system. SELAKOVICH WG, SHERMAN MS. Ochsner Clin Rep. 1956 Jan;2(1):41-54. No abstract available. PMID: 13297315

A report of four proved cases of tuberculous bone or synovial infection treated with streptomycin. DOUGHERTY J, SHERMAN MS. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1955 Dec;37-A(6):1223-30. No abstract available. PMID: 13271468

Xanthomas of tendon sheaths. HANNS WH, SHERMAN MS. J La State Med Soc. 1955 Nov;107(11):453-7. No abstract available. PMID: 13271913

Bone changes following bilateral ureterosigmoidostomy. SHERMAN MS. Surg Gynecol Obstet. 1953 Aug;97(2):159-61. No abstract available. PMID: 13077152

Osteoid osteoma. SHERMAN MS, CALDWELL GA. Clin Orthop. 1953;2:203-10. No abstract available. PMID: 13107101

Psoriatic arthritis; observations on the clinical, roentgenographic, and pathological changes. SHERMAN MS. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1952 Oct;34 A(4):831-52. No abstract available. PMID: 12990624

Diagnosis of hip disease in children. SHERMAN MS. J Am Med Womens Assoc. 1952 Aug;7(8):283-93. No abstract available. PMID: 12980862

The non-specificity of synovial reactions. SHERMAN MS. Bull Hosp Joint Dis. 1951 Oct;12(2):110-25. No abstract available. PMID: 14905101

Late results in Legg-Perthes disease. MINDELL ER, SHERMAN MS. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1951 Jan;33 A(1):1-23. No abstract available. PMID: 14803473

Infantile cortical hyperostosis; review of the literature and report of five cases. SHERMAN MS, HELLYER DT. Am J Roentgenol Radium Ther. 1950 Feb;63(2):212-22, illust. No abstract available. PMID: 15402767

Osteomalacia. SHERMAN MS. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1950 Jan;32A(1):193-206. No abstract available. PMID: 15401734

Infantile cortical hyperostosis. SHERMAN MS. Proc Inst Med Chic. 1949 Apr 15;17(13):307. No abstract available. PMID: 18117392

Acute and chronic osteomyelitis. SHERMAN MS. Surg Clin North Am. 1949 Feb;29(1):117-31. No abstract available. PMID: 18124108

Estrogens and bone formation in the human female. SHERMAN MS. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1948 Oct;30A(4):915-30. No abstract available. PMID: 18887297

Osteoid osteoma; review of the literature and report of 30 cases. SHERMAN MS. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1947 Oct;29(4):918-30. Review. No abstract available. PMID: 20270357

Pathologic changes in gouty arthritis. SHERMAN MS. Proc Inst Med Chic. 1947 Jun 15;16(15):428. No abstract available. PMID: 20250416

Osteoid osteoma associated with changes in adjacent joint; report of two cases. SHERMAN MS. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1947 Apr;29(2):483-90. No abstract available. PMID: 20240209

The pathology of ununited fractures of the neck of the femur. SHERMAN MS, PHEMISTER DB. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1947 Jan;29(1):19-40. No abstract available. PMID: 20284683

Pathologic changes in gouty arthritis. SHERMAN MS. Arch Pathol (Chic). 1946 Dec;42(6):557-63. No abstract available. PMID: 20282127

The next iteration of the polio serum caused cancer. That was covered up, and the kill shot was administered to millions of American kids in the 1950s. A woman scientist’s career was destroyed over all this because she found out about this in 1955, after testing it. Her name was Bernice Eddy, Ph.D. The thanks she got for spotting this disaster in the making was to be transferred to an influenza study at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But Eddy met Sarah Stewart, Ph.D. there, and the two of them worked together on Stewart’s theory that cancer is caused by viruses. She managed to prove that at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), plus discover DNA recombination.

Why do we care about all this?

We care because it was the basis of a bioweapon that was developed in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1962 to 1963. This bioweapon was a galloping, zoonotic cancer (“zoonotic” means a virus that crosses from species to species). What was to be done with this monstrosity? Why, to kill Fidel Castro, of course. Lung cancer would be the official cause of death, caused by all those cigars he liked to smoke.

Castro is now over 90 years old, so he never got the bioweapon.

But it was created, and it’s in the possession of the C.I.A.

They paid for it.

It was a joint operation between Alton Ochsner, the C.I.A., the Mafia (the C.I.A. outsources some work to the Mafia from time to time, and the New Orleans don had an axe to grind with JFK), and anti-Castro Cuban expatriates.

Why kill Castro?

He brought communism to Cuba, which ousted big business from the island nation.

80 percent of business in Cuba under Fulgencio Batista was owned by U.S. corporations.

Lots of brothels and casinos there were run by U.S. Mafia dons.

Cubans could no longer train to become physicians at Alton Ochsner’s clinic, hospital, or Tulane Medical School, all in New Orleans.

All that went away when Castro settled into power and declared the nation communist.

Now it was Russia for medical training, no chance of becoming wealthy, and Americans out.

Reading the book Dr. Mary’s Monkey left me wondering about the motive for killing her.

What was the reason? Was she killed by accident, or deliberately?

Slightly more than halfway through Judyth Vary Baker’s other book, David Ferrie: Mafia Pilot, Participant in Anti-Castro Bioweapon Plot, Friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and Key to the JFK Assassination, I finally had my answer.

She had been cautiously – or so she thought and hoped – probing Dr. Alton Ochsner for information on his business contacts, and then passing this information on to David Ferrie. Ochsner was connected through his New Orleans clinic to wealthy oil men from Houston and Dallas, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and Miami, Florida, who had ties to Lyndon B. Johnson, and who wanted JFK dead.

Ferrie, meanwhile, infiltrated the expatriate anti-Castro Cuban community, giving them guerilla training and running errands at night by plane into and out of Cuba. He was uniquely situated to gather information about their plans to do JFK in.

There’s the motive for killing both of them.

David Ferrie was killed on February 22, 1967 in his apartment with some pills that caused a cerebral hemorrhage. It looked like suicide to the casual observer, but D.A. Jim Garrison wasn’t fooled. He promptly checked the manner of death with a forensic pathologist. Ferrie’s death came at an all-too-convenient time – in the midst of the trial that Garrison was preparing in which he would prosecute Clay Shaw, the director of the International Trade Mart (a position that Dr. Alton Ochsner had placed Shaw in), for the murder of JFK. The benefit of that trial proved to be more about bringing out the entire story than anything else, but even that was well worth the effort.

How did Lee Harvey Oswald fit into this?

He was a C.I.A. agent with ties to Carlos Marcello, the Mafia don of New Orleans. He grew up around the mob in his hometown of New Orleans, where his mother, Marguerite, lived (and dated Marcello’s driver at one point), and where his uncle and aunt and cousins lived.

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Lee Harvey Oswald. Photo taken in Minsk. Warren Commission Exhibit No. 2892.

Oswald had connections to both worlds. A life-long ambition of his was to become a spy – on behalf of his country, not against it. He was a U.S. Marine, a decent but not spectacular shot, and he aspired to a college education, which his uncle had taught him to care about. He was in and out of school a lot growing up, and he studied independently, focusing on Russian language and literature, Greek philosophy, American literature, and whatever else interested him or became necessary for his work.

He not only left the United States for a few years to live and work in Russia – and got married there to protect his cover – but returned, unchallenged, thanks to a loan for travel costs, which he repaid. No one gets back in without an arrest and interrogation unless it has been planned all along. This was Soviet, communist Russia he was returning from, not some pleasant nation like France or the Netherlands, after all.

Over the summer of 1963, in New Orleans, he was needed to assist with the work of the “Project” as it was called – the bioweapon in development. The people working on it including Dr. Mary S. Sherman, Judyth Vary Baker, David Ferrie, and some anti-Castro, expatriate Cubans.

Who was Judyth Vary Baker?

She was a prodigy in cancer research, only 19 years old when she arrived in April. Her work, from high school through her first two years of college, had been publicized in newspapers around the nation. She was eminently suitable for use as a sophisticated laboratory assistant in a secret project. She had a high I.Q. plus the requisite field experience to do the work while being young and naïve about politics and the motives of the individuals running the Project.

They were using her, and it took her most of the summer to see that.

By then, it was too late.

It was too late to stop the bioweapon from being created, from opening it up to the possibility of theft and use by forces unknown and disappearing to be stashed away for some nefarious future use, and it was too late for her medical career. The moment she protested the use of human subjects in the clinical phase of developing the bioweapon, the deal with Ochsner was off: NO admission to medical school.

She was out of science altogether.

David Ferrie, who told her that she was like the daughter he never had, warned her to stay out of science and never use her maiden name.

She didn’t. She used her married one, went into anthropology and art, and tried not to think about 1963, Lee, the assassination, or any of the lies connected with it. She was so upset when Lee was killed that she couldn’t see her hands for a few days.

When the JFK movie came out, she was still raising her kids and not ready to speak out.

But later, she thought of what David Ferrie had said to her in that last phone call, one that he took a significant risk to make. He had said that she had to stay alive to someday tell Lee’s daughters, June and Rachel, that their father wasn’t an assassin, but was instead a hero who tried to keep John F. Kennedy alive…and who probably bought him some extra weeks of life by phoning in a warning to the F.B.I. in Chicago, Illinois.

Efforts to Discredit Judyth Vary Baker

Stephen Roy a.k.a. David Blackburst is a leader of these efforts. For decades, he has been saying that he is preparing a biography of David Ferrie, interviewing witnesses and then outliving them, without releasing any book. JFK assassination writing is a big business, and Judyth Vary Baker came into the discussion after the book mills had built up considerable steam. She has written about her summer 1963 love affair with Lee Harvey Oswald, during which time she got to know David Ferrie, and she has released a biography on David Ferrie himself. Her contradictory testimony, if taken seriously, would relegate much of those products to the realm of toilet paper rather than credible data. The authors of those books will have none of that risk, hence the vitriol.

She was kicked out of The Education Forum in 2005 for speaking out about what she knows. Despite the fact that she has been unable to interact with other writers on it for over a decade, they continue to bash her. Why? They continue to view her as a threat to their livelihoods.

Here is a sample of what is being said about her books and statements – from 2014:

Judyth Vary Baker to be on Coasttocoastam tomorrow night

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Posted 28 November 2014 – 10:03 PM

Oh, goody.

The real truth about everything. Just ask her manager.

Posted 01 December 2014 – 12:15 AM

Wow!

The summary is just as much baloney as the book! She’s consistently wrong about everything.

Posted 03 December 2014 – 11:49 PM

Just for the record: The whole story is untrue.

I’ve seen people speculate that maybe it’s only partly true, but they’re wrong too. She was a good science student, and she worked at Reilly Coffee in the summer of 1963, but she did not have a relationship – ANY relationship, ever – with Oswald, Ferrie, Sherman, Shaw, Ruby, etc. The whole story is untrue.

The same goes for the story she based it on, Haslam’s Dr. Mary’s Monkey, which is also untrue. He never even comes close to providing evidence for his speculations, not least whether Ferrie and Sherman were even acquainted.

There are important things to consider in the JFK assassination. These claims are not among them.

Posted 04 December 2014 – 05:48 PM

I find it alarming that she’s not only been able to push this story, writing multiple books and huckstering for money, but she’s now trying to insert herself into the legitimate research community by holding conferences and co-opting a few well-known names.

She has every right to research and fight for the things she believes, but not at the expense of polluting the evidence stream with notional stories.

Just for the record: The whole story is untrue.

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And so on and on it goes.

The people in this discussion group come off as jealous bullies who can’t be bothered to publish their own work, as people who resent the testimony of an eye witness being published subsequent to their guesswork, and just plain libelous.

Actual evidence is provided by Judyth Vary Baker, and by others whom these trolls disparage, but they don’t agree with it, they don’t like it, and they find that it conflicts with their long-vested interests. It is intriguing to see how often Stephen Roy’s words are simply copy-pasted by others, words which represent opinion, and expressed rudely. Simply repeating what he said does not make it true; it merely indicates a gang mentality.

People can read and take seriously whatever they want to read and take seriously, but this is a forum for committing libel and being rude, not for serious scholarship or journalism.

Academia may seem, to outsiders, like an all-knowing, all-credible, all-vetted, and completely and consistently honest group, but it varies, as does any other profession.

Not all members of any group are honest. This goes for scholars, journalists, spies, clerics, and any other respected profession. They demand respect, but I see no reason why that should lead to an automatic grant of respect. Earn it! Prove you deserve it. An authority figure should not be worshipped and revered merely for being in a position of authority. Obedience is not respect, nor is it credence. It is merely quiet observation conducted during an act of self-protection.

As for Judyth Vary Baker, she is a scholar who has honestly and diligently presented what she has to share.

This includes memories of conversations with Lee Harvey Oswald in which he told her that he was a good shot, but not good enough to successfully kill someone in a moving car, that as of July 29, 1963, he had realized that he would be killed for knowing too much and for making a suitable and convenient patsy, and that there were some names she needed to remember as perpetrators/co-conspirators in the assassination: David Atlee Phillips, Bobby Baker, and Billy Sol Estes.

David Atlee Philips was a C.I.A. officer who worked in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1963 and coordinated the assassination plot

Bobby Baker was a Washington, D.C. insider and advisor to Lyndon B. Johnson who was often referred to as the 101st “Senator”. He knew all about Johnson’s shady Texas business deals (there were many), and arranged for various Mafia deals as well. LBJ was desperate to see the assassination through because JFK was about to drop him from the 1964 Presidential election ticket, and his dirty deals would have come to light…but not if JFK ended up dead. The night before the assassination, LBJ tried to arrange a two-for by visiting JFK and Jackie’s hotel suite in Dallas to ask that his political enemy, Senator Ralph Yarborough, ride in the President’s limousine…instead of Texas Governor John Connolly. That was too strange a request; Yarborough rode with Johnson instead, and lived, while Johnson listened in on the Secret Service channel via the his car radio.

Billy Sol Estes was a Texas businessman known for being involved in Johnson’s many scandals.

Want details? Read all about it in Judyth Vary Baker’s books. I’m not going to repeat everything I’ve learned here – just the highlights.

It’s fascinating, and the data adds up.

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Judyth Vary Baker Today (Oswald Conference Publicity Photo).

She visits Lee’s grave as often as she can, and that grave has gone from being an alternately reviled and ignored one to one that is covered with flowers and visited lovely by his daughters, by scholars, by people who have been involved in the making of the Oliver Stone movie JFK, and others who now understand, appreciate, and admire Lee Harvey Oswald, seeing him for what he is: an unsung hero.

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Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Burial Park in Fort Worth – Oswald’s grave.

Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas contains the modest burial plaque of Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy. As part of an annual excursion led by Judyth Vary Baker (author of “Me and Lee” and “David Ferrie: Mafia Pilot”), more than a dozen individuals who attended the JFK Assassination Conference in Dallas drove out to the cemetery grounds on November 23, 2015 to lay flowers on Oswald’s grave and pay their respects. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Judyth and Robert J. Groden offered their respective prayers to Oswald, and the group performed an a cappella version of the time-honored hymn, Amazing Grace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJDhZwxQAuY

So why have all these convenient disappearances, deaths, and suicides if Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone shooter in the JFK assassination? These people were connected to the entire situation, each in one way or another.

The answer is an obvious one: so that they won’t be around to contradict that assertion.

There was no lone shooter…from three different vantage points, with just one seemingly magic bullet that arced in various directions, wounding two different men repeatedly, one fatally.

When the rest of the data is finally revealed to the American public and the rest of the world in 2035, we may find that it merely confirms what we have already figured out. People aren’t stupid. We think, read, analyze, and question.

However, by that time, all of the perpetrators of the assassination will be dead of natural causes.

That is the real purpose behind making us all wait, and wait, and wait.

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Gleeful Gloating and Protests Are Sweeping the Nation and the News Waves

John Adams said that democracy eventually commits suicide.

It has done so.

It only took 240 years, but then, human overpopulation really took off fast, too.

Some say that the American Dream is dead. I say that it’s been dead for quite a while thanks to human overpopulation and all that that brings with it. There are not enough resources nor is there enough land to accommodate the desires of every human here for a home of their own with sufficient space for privacy plus water for growing one’s own food…plus access to fresh fruits and vegetables that are not genetically modified with insecticides…plus access to higher education without a lifetime of debt slavery. That debt slavery makes it impossible to access that home in the first place. Got out of debt? Wow…but wait – if you have an injury or illness, you’ll be right back into debt if you get treatment for it! We’re going back to no healthcare safety net.

Now we have no say in any branch of government. The Republican Party, the GOP, has taken all three branches. They will be choosing our missing ninth Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. Another Scalia, anyone?

Antonin Scalia did not follow the law when he had his chance to write the opinion that became law, known as the Judgment of the Court, for the gun case District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008). He skipped a chunk of the Second Amendment and never addressed it. He did and wrote what he wanted instead. He focused exclusively on only the segments that the National Rifle Association likes, and which they have in the lobby of their headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

Here, with missing segment struck through, is the text of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Yes, we should bear arms. We should do as the Swiss do, so that no one can march in and take us over. What we should not do is fail to ensure that sane people have weapons. Serial killers have enough options without adding guns to the mix. So do out-of-control wife beaters. I could keep going, but the point is that weapons, kept in a locker near homes but not inside of them, not constantly on our persons, would be sufficient. Every Swiss adult, both male and female, is required to own and know how to use a weapon, and to keep it this way.

That’s not all.

Anything that has been achieved to benefit women will now be taken away.

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We might as well count on life as depicted in Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale. In that novel, the ecosystem has been toxified by nuclear war and the ruling elite’s reproductive systems have failed. Women are kidnapped from their husbands to become handmaids in elite house, with a bizarre sex ritual every time they menstruate. This is done in the faint hope, on the part of the ruling elite, that the husband’s zygote might still be viable. It wouldn’t, of course, because those men went out into the war theater and got toxified and their DNA got mutated.

The point of mentioning this tale is that women can expect to lose control of our fertility. Good luck accessing safe, legal abortions. Good luck accessing reliable birth control. Good luck – we’ll need it in order to call the shots on whether or not we will bring any babies into existence.

This is something that men ought to have no say in. They don’t get pregnant, and they don’t get stuck taking care of the babies. Actually, if they wanted a say in NOT reproducing, I would be all for it. A woman should not legally be allowed to continue a pregnancy that the man whose sperm contributed to doesn’t want to deal with either. Another option is vasectomies and tubal ligation. Hurry up with those, before Trump takes office!

So…women’s rights are about to be undone. Without reproductive control, we’re trapped.

It’s back to the 1950s, a time that the frat boys and many people who were young, white, and entitled in that time long for with nostalgia.

What was it really like then?

Check other history than just the rosy images. Look at the lynchings, the apartheid at rest rooms, restaurants, cafés, transportation, water fountains, and think of how miserable it was if you weren’t white. Look at the gay bashings and beating deaths that homosexuals suffered.

Corporations had no restrictions on activities that toxified or otherwise destroyed ecosystems.

Some people would be just fine with that, while others would even be gleeful.

It is disturbing but not surprising to realize that such individuals exist.

They look at migrant workers who are in the United States, both legally and illegally, and want them gone. All those pickers of produce must go, because white people ought to have their thankless, toxic, low-wage and under-the-table-wage jobs, they believe. Just think, the angry, entitled KKK could have those jobs, and they could be the ones sprayed with insecticide by huge agribusinesses!

But back to the election results…

It has always seemed pointless and impossible to engage in any meaningful discussion with Trumpsters, GOP Republicans, or other individuals on the political right. Why? I have an idea:

They are like the selfish, entitled fraternity brothers I saw in college and avoided like the plague. They just want what they want – a legal, social, and economic situation that mirrors the 1950s – and they don’t care how others want anything.

That situation feels like death…just completely unacceptable.

I know that there are those among the groups I just mentioned who view liberals on the left the same way, and think of the support for Bernie Sanders similarly.

It doesn’t change a thing.

We’re in for it: at least four years of Donald Trump, who grabs and gropes women, who habitually wears a facial expression that says he has no use for disagreement.

The fascist misogynist is being briefed on state secrets already.

The trappings of a dictator, warning signs that a Trump government would accept no dissent, democracy be damned, have always been apparent. They’ve been there for all to see for decades: gilded décor in Trump’s living quarters, obnoxious, crass behavior, trophy wives, and a statement that if he were ever to run for U.S. President, he’s run as a Republican because those voters are the dumbest group in the country. Congratulations, GOP voters!

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Aaron Burr wanted to be emperor. Alexander Hamilton died in a duel with him.

Hitler wanted to make Germany great again. It went down in ashes and disgrace.

Angela Merkel lost her mind and her nation’s solvency over that disgrace.

Here we go again as history repeats itself.

The GOP voters think that another fascist regime is the answer to all of their frustrations. They’re not interested in any logical explanation for their problems, nor in any research. They want immediate gratification. They want control of resources and they want it now, even if that means grabbing it…snatching it…the law and the legislative process be damned.

I wonder though, whether or not Trump will be able to go quite that far. He’s the only non-politician who won an office, and the U.S. President cannot just do as he pleases. There are checks that even the politicians in the GOP may decide to use.

Trump has had his fun, and now there are those among his supporters who are smugly saying that Hillary’s supporters ought to take the proverbial high road and just accept his win. NO. It’s all too easy to take the high road when you get what you want and then tell others to suck it up. We won’t be doing that. I was never a gloater when I got what I wanted, when the candidate I supported won. Instead, I was quietly polite when I met people who wanted the other candidate.

Don’t try to rub my nose in anything, because I won’t just put up with it. That is bullying, and that is what is so unacceptable about seeing a bully get enough electoral votes to win the election, regardless of the fact that he failed to win enough popular votes to do so.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson has said that we have a new mission for the next four years: Make America Smart Again. Bill Maher has said that too many Americans fill their brains with mindless, irrelevant crap, such as sports match scores. Both are right.

A fascinating idea appeared, but it seems too good to actually happen: rogue Electors.

Electors with a capital “E” means those of the Electoral College.

The one scenario that could still get Hillary into the White House

There are several petitions circulating online about abolishing the Electoral College.

Sign them if you want, but they won’t have the slightest effect.

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I signed and posted this one earlier today, but there is absolutely no way that what it seeks will happen. Also, I will read a book on the Electoral College, because I am determined to understand it sharply rather than just vaguely. But with an all-GOP government, checks and balances, along with the slightest chance of passing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, are gone.

If our politicians did anything to make that happen, they would be erasing their own influence. They have absolutely no motivation to do that.

To see what it would take to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, just read Article V:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the First Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

So, to explain this in the language of the 21st century…

One method is to propose an amendment, which must then go to the states to be ratified.

BOTH houses of Congress – the Senate AND the House of Representative – must, by a two-thirds majority, deem it necessary to do so, or the deal is off.

Alternatively, the legislatures of two-thirds of the States – that’s 34 of them – must require Congress to convene a special convention just for this purpose.

That’s just the start of the process.

What’s next? Ratification is next. To achieve that:

The legislatures of three-fourths – that’s 38 – of the States must ratify the amendment.

Or…

State ratifying conventions in that same number of States must be convened and held for that purpose, and, of course, the votes for ratification must carry.

No wonder our Constitution has only 27 amendments to it, 10 of which were the Bill of Rights, which is as revered as the main document itself. That means that this process has only been used 18 times in United States history.

1808 was chosen as the cut-off year for revisions to the numbers of people from each state who could vote in any way shape or form on the outcome of a national election.

What do the 1st and 4th Clauses of Section 9 of Article I say?

Section 1:

The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.

Section 4:

No Capitation, or other direct Tax, shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

But there was another amendment – the 12th Amendment – in 1804 about this. It created the Electoral College. That entity has 538 members – 535 for the States, plus 3 more for the District of Columbia (granted via the 23rd Amendment in 1961).

Here is the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in time for the 1804 election:

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate.

The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.

The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President.

The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

There it is: the Electoral College. We the People do not have the final say. The Founders did not think us capable of choosing wisely.

Our last hope is that the protests of the people now seen in the cities around the nation will influence some Electors to go rogue and change their votes on December 19th, 2016.

I’m not going to hold my breath. I will look to see what happens, but I doubt anything will be different on that day. If it does prove to be different, it would be historic, that much is certain.

It’s Veterans Day, a day when Americans thank those who have served in the military for doing so. Thank you, veterans. I hope none of you voted for a guy who only respects and likes those who were never captured.

We live in the Untied States of America. I wrote that into a chapter title of my Nae-Née series. Now it’s reality, damn it.

Running for POS and POTUS

Depending on which candidate you want to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we have fringe candidates with virtually no chance of winning (must not forget them!) but of course always some possibility of taking votes away from a possible winner…plus one running for POS and one running for POTUS.

For anyone who doesn’t get my drift, I shall spell out these acronyms:

POS = Piece of Shit

POTUS = President of the United States

Okay…I just couldn’t resist using this as a catchy title. Now I shall proceed with my thesis.

Sadly, despite the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history that I been around to experience it, this has happened before – but that’s for another blog entry, some other time.

Still, as a student of U.S. history, I have not come across another case of a child molester running for this particular political office. Donald Trump has cheated on his all three of his wives, plus he has been caught grabbing the busts and butts of adult women and kissing them uninvited and unwanted. Women who met him as tweens are coming forward with tales of being raped at parties and then having their families threatened. As adults, they realize that it is less terrifying to speak out about it than they thought it was as children…though it is still pretty bad. Guys who have cheated on their wives, yes (we’ve heard of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton) have held the office of POTUS before.

There is no story of Hillary cheating on Bill to wave in her face. SHE didn’t do anything like that. She’s free and clear of such nonsense. Mentioning that Bill did that to her is old news.

But back to The Donald.

To win the title of POS, you have to attack children to win that title.

Donald Trump is Accused of Raping a 13-Year-Old. Why Haven’t the Media Covered It?

You have to incite crowds to menace and chase after journalists who report that you are a malicious bully, and he has done that.

The Secret Service Protected Reporter Katy Tur After Donald Trump Singled Her Out at a Rally

You have to order your security team to throw people who clearly won’t vote for you to be thrown out into the freezing cold.

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Donald Trump Protester Thrown Out In Cold, Sans Jacket

Trump Rally Mob Scene: Trump Threatens, Encourages Violence

You have to demonstrate a determination to bully, a pattern of threatening everyone who hurts your feelings or shows the slightest inclination to thwart you in any way, to throw people in prison, and to project a future policy, if elected, of silencing anyone who might possibly disagree with you.

Sound like Nazi Germany yet? Kristallnacht, anyone?

Donald Trump and the rise of white identity in politics

One can read the Twitter ravings of this unlabeled Nazi/fascist misogynist here:

The 282 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter:

A Complete List

The 282 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List

Hillary Rodham Clinton is a calm, measured individual who has the requisite temperament, experience, education, and interest to lead as the President of the United States.

She is a lawyer, a former U.S. Senator, a former U.S. Secretary of State, a former First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), and she knows what it’s like to be a wife and mother, so she won’t get the sort of stupid insults that British Prime Minister Theresa May has been getting over being child-free.

Another point about her tenure as FLOTUS: she found herself in that position just when the White House needed some historic preservationist work done, particularly in the Blue Room. Doing the sort of decorative arts project that Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy had done was not really what she had had in mind for her time as FLOTUS; we all know that. She wanted to work on our healthcare system. But she fit this in, and did the best possible job with it by not only getting and listening to the advice of professional historic preservationists, but also by setting up an endowment fund for future First Ladies so that they would never have to go around begging for money to do historic preservation work in the White House again. Why? Because museums (the White House is a living museum) age, and need this sort of work done periodically. That’s just the way life works.

To complaints about Hillary’s personality, I am annoyed and take them just a bit personally because I have a few things in common with her: I’m a liberal feminist lawyer, I speak in sharp, flat tones, and I agree with her for not running off to cry in a rage over what Bill did, offended and giving up on public life, and perhaps whining to the world in a ridiculous tell-all interview and/or book. Why should she do that?! No. She had her own ambitions, ambitions that were both alongside his and not about him, and she has every right to pursue them. They are good ones, and I want to see them realized, not because they are tied to Hillary per se, but because I like the agenda she has, and because she is a sane, seasoned, capable candidate for the office of POTUS.

I don’t see her as a paradigm of perfection. She is a human being. I see her as the best option. I see her has more than just someone whom I can accept. I see her has someone I want in office.

Why do so many believe Hillary Clinton is inauthentic?

I want a calm, measured lawyer as the President of the United States, one who understands the diplomacy aspect of the job, and who knows the law and how it works. Hillary knows how the U.S. Constitution is set up and how it works. I want a First Lady – Chelsea Clinton would do nicely – who won’t plagiarize any of her speeches as well.

Okay, I admit to having been spoiled by seeing not one but two feminist lawyers as FLOTUS, and I never want to see anyone in that slot who has ever posed naked with enough cosmetics to star in a porn flick.

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(Internet Meme)

Melania Trump Plagiarized Her Convention Speech From Michelle Obama

Melania Trump’s Website, Biography Have Disappeared From the Internet

Get a load of who Melania Trump is plagiarizing now!

The Donald went on national television and talked of more Articles than our Constitution actually has.

For the record, the Constitution of the United States has 7 Articles and 27 Amendments.

It’s not asking a lot to expect ANY candidate seeking to be POTUS to know that.

Benghazi! E-mails! The Clinton Foundation! Happy Hallowe’en!

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(Internet Meme)

Hillary did ask for more money to protect the diplomats at Benghazi, but was denied it.

Rep. Chaffetz defends vote to cut embassy security funds

Ambassador Christopher Stevens’ sister isn’t angry with her. I find that very interesting.

Ambassador Chris Stevens’ family: Don’t blame Hillary Clinton for Benghazi

E-mails…the go-to topic with which to respond to any flaw of Trump’s! She used the wrong e-mail. She deleted e-mails. She didn’t get help categorizing and firewalling e-mails. Woooo…

On Clinton Emails, Did the F.B.I. Director Abuse His Power?

The pot who calls the kettle black has actually lived up to that metaphor.

Donald Trump destroyed emails, recordings, documents in defiance of court orders

About the Clinton Foundation – AND about the Trump Foundation – I read academic articles as well as straight-up news articles, and this one delves into both. It discusses how much of the donations go to charity and how much is kept, too. (The Conversation is an online academic journal with many categories. You can satisfy your curiosity about a huge range of topics by reading it, plus keep up with current events all over the planet.) Contrary to the expectations of many who oppose Hillary, this article doesn’t simply paint a rosy picture of the Clinton Foundation. It points out gray areas and possible conflicts of interest in addition to giving it some justifiable praise. Hillary can leave the organization and cut ties. It does not need to be shut down. It does good things…better than simply funding an ego portrait!

Partisan attacks on Clinton Foundation obscure real issues with how it’s run

Partisan attacks on Clinton Foundation obscure real issues with how it’s run

And then there’s The Donald.

Need healthcare? Pay for it all yourself, even if it bankrupts you…or just rot and die.

Trump’s Health Plan: Pay Your Own Medical Bills Using Money You Saved

Trump’s Health Plan: Pay Your Own Medical Bills Using Money You Saved

If you have been paying your taxes, and not had access to an attorney-account who has spent an entire career memorizing the U.S. Tax Code (which I argue in The Book of Thieves ought to be thrown out due to its unreasonable labyrinth complexity and loopholes), the implication from Trump is that the rest of us aren’t as smart as he is. Seriously?! We can see through the insult, which Hillary calmly pointed out during their first debate.

Donald Trump Used Legally Dubious Method to Avoid Paying Taxes

Donald Trump Used Legally Dubious Method to Avoid Paying Taxes

Trump’s supporters want a return to the 1950s, at the very latest. They want a white political majority in power. They want economic growth for all white constituents, a loss of reproductive freedoms for women, and the ability to consume more.

We are a society that is addicted to growth and consumption in a world of rapidly growing human overpopulation. The planet is finite. We cannot have that anyone. The American Dream is shrinking, NOT expanding. Rather than contemplate ways to scale back and find more important things in life than the biggest motor vehicle and the newest house with the latest rare-element-consuming gadgets, we see crowds of unthinking bullies filling their memories with reality shows, corporate-culture simulation competition shows, and sports match scores, then getting in frothing rages over whichever side they have supported on those. Instead of focusing on what’s relevant and what would improve our lives, we have people demanding a return to a broken way of life.

Can Trump create millions of jobs? Don’t bet on it

Banksters and hedge fundsters understand all this and gamble at the National Casino accordingly.

The stock market could crash if Donald Trump is elected president

Worried that immigrants will get all of the factory jobs, as Trump has charged? Worry about robots instead.

Why robots, not trade, are behind so many factory job losses

We need a change, but not one that resembles Trump’s vision.

The Donald is the ultimate argument against himself.

But don’t take any of the source material cited here seriously.

After all, it’s not from Alex Jones, WND, or even the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.

Hurry up, Tuesday the 8th of November 2016 – come and go already!

I won’t get buyer’s remorse for voting for Hillary. I want her in office as POTUS.

The Donald won’t go away once he’s won the unwanted award of POS, but at least if he threatens anyone else, and if his supporters actually carry out any of his suggested illegal actions, she can see them in jail where they will belong.

For wearing a hoodie and having a notice on her car that read “In Science We Trust”:

Patriotic Trumpster Leaves Abhorrent Note on Woman’s Windshield

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(Photograph by Shelby Lanning, shared on the Daily Kos.)

So what if someone who served in the U.S. military doesn’t like what others stand for?! They fought for the right of all of us to stand for whatever we want, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, NOT as long as they agree with it!

One could vote for a fringe candidate who doesn’t understand that the Federal Reserve Board, NOT the U.S. President, is the entity that could erase student debt…which it won’t do.

John Oliver says Jill Stein doesn’t understand her own student debt plan

Or perhaps vote for that Libertarian guy who doesn’t know geography (Aleppo is a city in northern Syria with some World Heritage sites – er, with the rubble of some of those.)

Or not.

After the election, get ready for shrieks of outrage and claims that the whole thing was rigged.

How hard is it to rig an election?

That would be way more work than even the C.I.A. would attempt, but get ready.

I don’t need to get ready to be called “bitch” just for writing all this.

I count on it.

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Black Cats are Good Luck! Happy Hallowe’en.

Every October, black cats are on people’s minds as Hallowe’en approaches. But they’re on my mind ALL year, because I have two of them. They are beautiful, silky, soft, sleek, purrfect fur people. Both are American shorthair cats, both adopted from the same cat orphanage:

Protectors of Animals (POA)

144 East Main Street, Unit O

East Hartford, Connecticut 06108

Telephone: (860) 569-0722

Website: http://poainc.org/

All Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1st Wednesday of the month 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Other days and evenings by appointment only.


We got Phantom, a.k.a. the Phantom Menace Cat, in June of 2010.

I named him. I knew I wanted to name our next cat “Phantom”, but had imagined it being because of The Phantom of the Opera. Perhaps we would find a kitten whose black-and-white markings resembled the mask on that fascinating literary character, I thought.

But no – an absolutely perfect, friendly, cuddly black kitten caught our attention.

Phantom demanded constant attention as a kitten, and still does. Here he is on the circular cat rug, lobbying me for treats. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Phantom demanded constant attention as a kitten, and still does. Here he is on the circular cat rug, lobbying me for treats. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

He was not our first black cat, so we already knew how great they are.

Here is Phantom, all grown up, still demanding constant attention. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Here is Phantom, all grown up, still demanding constant attention. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

My childhood pet had been another shorthair black male cat, Charcoal.

Both seemed to be part Siamese, with a triangular face, large eyes, and a loud “Mrrrrow!”

Both exhibited the same wonderful personality trait of relaxing into hugs, accepting kisses, allowing us to carry them around and cuddle them, staring at us intently, and often smiling lovely, sweet cat smiles (eyes definitely open, but slitted, as a cat smile is the opposite of a human one).

Charcoal Cat, 1980-1998. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Charcoal Cat, 1980-1998. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Charcoal had the added dividend of longevity; he lasted eighteen wonderful years. He was an avid hunter until we moved to our present location, but adjusted to life as an indoor pet…with some growls and yowls of outrage, but that was about it.

Phantom sleeping with his Teddy Bear catnip toy in the cat perch. See his purple claw-caps? (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Phantom sleeping with his Teddy Bear catnip toy in the cat perch. See his purple claw-caps? (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Phantom does all sorts of interesting things, and even when he annoys me by throwing books off of the piles around my desk, I still love him. It’s because he spends so much time purring and smiling sweetly at me, and sleeping near me, wherever in the house I happen to be. However, he does scratch furniture, so he wears purple claw-caps. I trim his nails and glue them on. Purple looks good on a black cat, in my opinion…and I don’t like orange or yellow, so purple it is!

Phantom, smiling at me from his favorite spot, the cat perch. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Phantom, smiling at me from his favorite spot, the cat perch. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Oddly, after 30 years of having a one-cat household, my father announced that he was interviewing kittens.

That meant that he was making trips to the cat orphanage on his own to look for another cat. We couldn’t believe it. But, he wanted a sibling for Phantom, and it had to be a sister. He was sure that there would be no major problems if that sibling were female.

At last, in October of 2014, he insisted on going to get the kitten he had chosen.

She was down the street, on display at the pet store there, due to some mistake, so we rushed over there and met her. The store called POA, and it was agreed that we could have her. We shopped around for some pink dishes, a bed, a crate (my mother was determined to keep her safe from a jealous older brother until she grew to the same size as he was!), and litter supplies.

After a bit more bureaucracy, we were on our way home with the kitten.

As we rode down the highway, my mother and I discussed the kitten’s name, trying to come up with something French. We love almost all things French, and I studied the language in high school and traveled there. After a few miles, I suggested “Cherie” and my mother approved it. “Cherie” means “dear” in French, and with that “e” on the end, it’s feminine.

We got home, set everything up, and soon realized that we had another great black cat.

We soon realized that we had another smiling black cat. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

We soon realized that we had another smiling black cat. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Cherie grew up to take her place with our alpha male cat. The only thing that disappoints me is that girl cats don’t cuddle as willingly as boy cats. Cherie pushes! Oh well. She holds her own with Phantom, though, yielding to him just enough on certain points. However, we don’t allow fights to escalate, and they are few enough that they are not a problem. All cats like to get into a little mischief, after all.

In fact, Cherie ended up with an even cooler name after my mother dressed it up:

Ms. Chief Cherie.

I treat the cat perch as a first-come, first-served spot, and Phantom and Cherie have come to accept that. There are plenty of places all over the house for them to sleep and watch birds out of windows.

Cherie enjoying a turn for a nap on the cat perch, snuggled up to the Teddy Bear. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Cherie enjoying a turn for a nap on the cat perch, snuggled up to the Teddy Bear. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

When she was about a year old, I got a present for Cherie: a pretty black cloth collar with pink roses on it and a pink safety clasp. She seems to feel undressed without it on, which is hilarious. (Phantom has been known to chomp it off of her neck, even though he doesn’t want a collar!) The first thing I did when the collar arrived was to get the letter opener and carefully detach the bell from it. I informed Cherie that, as a cat, she has a right to stealth. Also, I didn’t want to hear a bell jingling with her every move.

Ms. Chief Cherie looking very chic in her new collar. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Ms. Chief Cherie looking very chic in her new collar. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Cats can learn to share if they know that they have enough of their own space. Ours have multiple litter boxes, water dishes, food dishes, toys, beds, and other random spots around the house.

Phantom and Cherie at dawn, enjoying the cat perch together, watching birds. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Phantom and Cherie at dawn, enjoying the cat perch together, watching birds. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

In the kitchen is a huge, antique butcher block. Originally, it was meant to hold a fruit basket, but the cats took it over as a vantage point for watching the goings on there. It is also the spot where we feed the cats, with Cherie eating below, and Phantom on top of it.

The cats’ dining area. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

The cats’ dining area. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

The butcher block/dining area, though it began as Phantom’s throne, must now be shared with his sister, who also likes to get up there when it is not mealtime.

Cherie atop the kitchen butcher block, watching us cook. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Cherie atop the kitchen butcher block, watching us cook. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

We live in Connecticut, U.S.A., in an area with wild turkeys, coyotes, Great Horned owls, bobcats, foxes, and other wild creatures, including a black bear who likes to roam through our neighborhood, so we never, ever let our cats out. My husband calls them “our children” as we prefer feline to human ones.

Cherie and Phantom in their baskets on the kitchen windowsill. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

Cherie and Phantom in their baskets on the kitchen windowsill. (Photograph by Stephanie C. Fox)

I wonder why more people don’t appreciate black cats and adopt them. There is a black male cat, a year-and-a-half old, at our nearby pet store. He has been there for almost two months. He is beautiful, and he acts just like Charcoal and Phantom. I hope someone takes him home soon.

Black cats are good luck. They are affectionate, highly intelligent, and fascinating.

Ours are safe indoors with us, and we love them.

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The Water War in Connecticut is Heating Up.

We are in a state of war with our water needs in Connecticut now.

The ecosystem cannot deliver all of the water that the human population needs and wants.

This summer has brought us the drought that the MDC denied would come.

Accordingly, the City of Waterbury’s Bureau of Water has instituted mandatory water use restrictions.

WATERBURY BUREAU OF WATER DROUGHT WARNING – MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS

No one may water their lawn, nor may they water their gardens to grow food, except by filling containers and pouring the water onto the plants.

No sprinklers. Showers instead of baths. Full loads of laundry and full dishwashers (how they might track and regulate that is unknown).

No washing streets, driveways, or cars…unless it’s a car-wash business.

What will happen if you do this?

The water authorities are watching whatever water use they can detect in plain sight by driving around and noting lawn sprinklers, for example.

If they see such things, they will contact the “offenders” with a warning. After that, they will focus their attention on those individuals, watching to see if they repeat the banned water use. If so, they will impose a fine. Another offense and the water gets shut off along with the imposition of yet another fine. After that, the water customers must pay again just to get the water turned back on.

The city of Waterbury, Connecticut, draws its water from Waterbury Reservoir Number 2, shown here from a Google Maps screen grab:

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Waterbury Reservoir Number 2, Prospect, CT 06712

What this image does not show is the current state of the reservoir. It does not show the drought. Google Maps does not constantly update its images.

The restrictions on water use have been publicized on the local news, complete with an interview of a water delivery official.

Also available are articles about the drought. Here is one of them:

Drought Warning in Waterbury

There are various causes of this drought:

  • human overpopulation (yes, even in Connecticut, we have more humans than the ecosystem can support)
  • climate change
  • too many humans placing too many demands on the water supply (see above)

There are conditions which will only make this worse:

  • corporations, particularly water bottlers, being allowed to draw off exorbitant amounts of water for sale elsewhere
  • refusal by water authorities to admit, earlier this year, that a drought was likely and imminent
  • a general lack of interest by our species in long-term thinking and planning (except by a few, which is grossly insufficient)

People ought to be able to grow food in their home gardens and not rely on grocery stores.

Local farms ought to have enough water to stay in production.

Inner city residents ought to have access to cooling water from fire hydrant sprays.

Of course, to continue to have sufficient water for that to be possible, we humans would have to do things that we either do not, in sufficient numbers to make any difference, wish to do, or cannot, in sufficient numbers, successfully insist that our government require of big businesses.

What are these things?

A population policy, and a moratorium on water bottling corporations.

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Do you ever worry about people to take offense at your choice of words? Not anymore.

Intriguing exchange…

Question: Do you ever worry about people to take offense at your choice of words?

Answer: No. I decided to count on it and stop wasting emotional energy over it. I write about inflammatory topics as it is, so offense is practically guaranteed. I learned long ago that the Aspie demeanor tends to be sharp and direct, with no gaming to it, and that the majority model of human brainstem owners – NTs (neurotypicals) – don’t like that, especially when they don’t know what we’re like. Too bad for THEM. They do not get to decide how everyone ought to be just because they are in the majority. And the fact that human overpopulation is the underlying cause of ecosystems collapse while also being a deeply unpopular truth to the majority – who wish to breed and therefore don’t want to contemplate this – is no fault of mine. I won’t shut up about it to make them happy!

So funny…this question was about Aspies, bit it fits perfectly with Nae-Née, because Avril, its narrator, is an Aspie who won’t keep her articulate and well-researched views on human overpopulation to herself. That can really grate on people. Evil grin here!

Who are these people who take offense?

Are they people you will have to spend lots of time with?

Are they people who have some measure of control over your life?

Take it away from them!

Don’t stay near them. Life is too short, even with access to fresh, clean water, clean air, sufficient space for personal privacy and comfort, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, reliable sanitation, and whatever else one might need or want, such as a well-stocked library that includes books that have had the honor of ever having been banned.

You are not responsible for other people’s happiness or approval just because you have Asperger’s or see that there is an overpopulation crisis.

Ask yourself: do you obey the law, are you truthful/honest, do you make sure not to hurt others?

If yes, then don’t worry.

You have the right to think and say unpopular truths.

We should all do that much more.

It is stifling to keep quiet among a group of judgemental individuals who give off a heavy aura of nonacceptance.

No one died and made them the final arbiters of what can and cannot be thought and said.

If I sound like I’m arguing for freedom of speech, academic freedom, and freedom from religion as well as freedom of it, I am.

So does Avril, for three dystopian science fiction novels (New World Order Underwater is coming soon).

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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.

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

President Obama

September 21 at 9:18pm

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

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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.

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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?!

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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:

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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