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Sunday, December 16, 2012

The 4th Estate (News Media) is the "Blue Pill"

When I read in the Seattle Times about the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island, I was reminded about the stories of misconduct in Illinois that exposed and shamed corrupt individuals into resigning their positions, withdrawing from elections, and in many cases, put a fire under the state attorney general to dole out justice in a timely manner.

In recent years, the misconduct has repeated itself over and over, as if nobody learned the lesson from the last news expose. Falsely clocking overtime at work seems to be enabled by policies and procedures in Illinois and now in Washington. It's probably nationwide in American federal state, county and municipal government.

What could possibly enable that kind of behavior? Something must be protecting the thieves from justice. Hmm...

The news media report on these crimes and the public is led to believe the old quote "Sunlight is the best disinfectant," they believe that perpetrators are being hustled out the door to justice and public humiliation by the state's law enforcement community.

Unfortunately, something finally drove home a truth I've been denying for years. I learned that the primary job of the state attorney general is to defend the state, not weed out corruption. This is now the case for every federal, state, county and municipal bureaucracy. Any law enforcement is tainted by bias toward defense of fellow government union members.

Private citizens are all second class citizens now. Lulled into a false sense of justice by the news media exposes of government corruption. When you have been around as long as I have, and continue to see the corruption enabled by institutionalized roadblocks to justice, and the instrumental media-based social pacification, you will realize too late that you are not free.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Outsider

PBS recently aired Ken Burns' film about the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression of the 1930's. What piqued my interest was the way people west of the Rocky Mountains treated newly arrived refugees who sought work and a better life on the west coast, upwind of the dust storms.

I wondered if up and down the west coast, the way newly transplanted adults and their families currently perceive being the recipients of negative social behavior that started as a result of the Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930's; if somehow the behavior has passed down generations and morphed into what has become the "Seattle Freeze."

SeattlePI.com poll online shows that over two thirds of respondents believe that the "Seattle Freeze" is real. The possible remnants of a national tragedy, but it's much bigger than just the Freeze. What the specific wheat farmers did to the land in the great plains to cause the Dust Bowl, in conjunction with the Great Depression which had little or nothing to do with the Dust Bowl or its farmers, has remnants of stigmata that triggers a conditioned response that was passed down to younger generations, to outsiders of all types.

Even after sixty years of improvements in cultivation, farmers are still not given the respect they deserve. Most kids today believe their food comes from the supermarket.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Introduction

I moved out here from the Midwest in late June of 2012 to escape many things: Extreme temperatures, drought, a state sinking into unimaginable economic circumstances and a rigid impenetrable privileged class system where people who earn nine dollars per hour believe their earning status to be so high that they shun and speak not to people who earn only seven dollars and twenty five cents per hour. These "rich" people are the conspicuous consumers who shudder at the idea of shopping at discount stores, denying themselves access to many products that actually exceed the quality standards of brand name products. Some are called "White Flighters" because they moved out of the city and created smaller villages when Segregation became outlawed. Subsequent generations are safely tucked away in distant housing developments with brand new state-of-the-art schools, inaccessible to pedestrians and other vagabonds.

The "rich" where I once lived have "McMansions" in the "Slumburbs" near the shopping mall on the outskirts of town. Where I live now it's the real deal. The multimillion dollar condominiums overlooking Puget Sound not only symbolize very real potential economic opportunity, but real people who don't need to take on absurdly myopic social mores.