Towards a barefoot permaculture corps. . .

A holistic look at the world situation explores what it means to go from bad to worse. The earth’s systems — biological, economic, political —  continue to degenerate and fall apart and the velocity of the devolution appears to be accelerating.  Entropy is gaining ground.

As hundreds become thousands and thousands become millions, we build a better future, one life at a time, when people take control of their own destinies and design a plan for a life and way of living that cares for people, cares for the planet, and has a care for the future. This would be a corps of barefoot permaculturists.

Everyone does not need to know how to do complicated permaculture designs for large and complex properties. What everybody does need though is enough permaculture knowledge and skill and understanding so that they can intelligently design their own lives, and manage their interdependencies and relationships with others, so that they and all that they do cares for the planet, cares for people, and cares for the future..

People can do this by forming small groups to study permaculture and learn from each other. You can use free materials found online, like the Permaculture Design Pamphlets available for free at http://www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org/PDC_ALL.pdf . People can use books from the library or buy the Permaculture Design Manual. Or they can spend $1.99 for a copy of the ebook iPermie, which specifically advocates this kind of grassroots approach, and in its 399K words, gives some ideas for strategies and tactics that are useful in real life. See http://www.ipermie.net for more information and links to versions in various formats (Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple devices and phones, etc.)

The future is designed every moment of every day.  What future does your life design for you and all you love?

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Senator Rob Johnson, Prince of Death, Cheap Whore

Today’s news reports that the Senate’s General Government Panel, led by Senator Rob Johnson, defeated the proposal to allow local governments to establish their own smoking regulations.  As things stand right now, only the state legislature can enact such regulations. Cities can’t even control smoking in their own parks.

The Oklahoman reports that the chairman of this committee, Senator Rob Johnson, received more money from the tobacco culture of death corporations than any other member of the state legislature, about $10,000.  He obviously gave them their money’s worth.

In news reports, he whined that his ideology was more important than the common good.  Well, he didn’t actually say that, but that seems to me to be the common sense translation of what he did say, which was something nonsensical about “business rights.”

Anyway, I think Senator Johnson deserves recognition for his efforts to boost the culture of death.  We obviously do not have enough misery, grief, and sorrow in this state.  We need more cancer, more emphysema, more heart disease! As a fine and upstanding Republican member of the Oklahoma Legislature, Senator Johnson will no doubt do his best to  do the bidding of the tobacco culture of death corporations who have bought and paid for his services. If that means more dead bodies, well, obviously that is a small price to pay for those nice checks  from the tobacco corporations.

I have prepared a certificate proclaiming Senator Johnson as a “Prince of Death”.  If you would like to download it and send it to him, I am sure he would appreciate the gesture.  Download it at http://www.bobwaldrop.net/death.pdf.

Cheap whores and lunatics, that seems to be what we have this year at the Oklahoma State Legislature.  Here’s hoping Senator Johnson has some primary opposition next time around.  Looks like a considerable amount of his district is within the parish boundaries of the Church of Epiphany where I work as director of music.  I will be sure to pass around news of his allegiance to the culture of death.

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Oklahoma City’s water policies are recklessly inadequate.

The announced proposals to meet the drought crisis in Oklahoma City are recklessly inadequate.

The proposal to raise rates by percent increases is fine up to a point.  We’re in trouble if a large number of small users increase their usage, so we should certainly increase the price of water if a particular user’s consumption goes up more than normal.

But we are  also in trouble because we have some very large domestic users of water, including golf courses, upscale homes with water amenities, and luxury business and academic campuses.  This Oklahoma City Gazette article Water Hogs, online at http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/article-13296-water-hogs.html, reports that  the top seven private homes in Oklahoma City consume more than 17 million gallons of water!  

Our golf courses also consume huge amounts of water.  Earlywine Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City uses 143.7 MILLION gallons of water.   Oklahoma City has five publicly owned golf courses.  There are . . . hmmm. . . about 10 privately owned courses. That is a lot of water, and it’s not clear, especially with the public courses, that all of that water is publicly accounted for. You occasionally see signs claiming that the golf courses are not watered with treated water. Given that our situation is an absolute shortage of water, not a capacity shortage of treated water, that claim rings false as a drought mitigation effort.  I am certainly not opposed to golf, nor to publicly owned golf courses.  But if I, as a home gardener, will be asked to sacrifice my plants, I expect our golf courses to be using every best practice on the books to minimize their water usage. 

The basic structural change we need is to charge more when people use more.  Why should my working class wallet subsidize the water greed of wealthy homeowners who use upwards of three million gallons of water each year?

Besides that structural change. . . Everyone needs to consider their personal water behavior.  My new book, iPermie — how to permaculture your urban lifestyle, has a whole section on water, which discusses the importance of better personal water behavior, as well as changes to the structures that regulate our water supplies.  It’s available as a $1.99 ebook download at http://www.ipermie.net . (Please excuse the commercial, but having already written thousands of words on the subject, it is easier to refer you to my published commentary than to repeat the effort here.)  Oklahoma City lives and dies with its watershed. How does your personal behavior impact that watershed?

We need more water harvesting within the City. I recommend that everyone take a look at http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/ and implement suitable strategies to conserve water at your home place. Over the last few months, I’ve been sculpting my land with berms, swales, and keyhole beds to catch water that runs off the roof, driveways, sidewalks,  and the higher elevations of my property and retain that so it soaks into the ground. The basic trick we want to do with rainwater is to slow it down and spread it out.  

None of this looks weird. Someone looking at my yard from the street would think I have a series of raised beds with pathways. Which I do, but these particular raised beds and pathways also function as berms and swales to catch water and hold onto it long enough for it to infiltrate into the soil and soak up into the beds (swales).

We can all hope and pray that the drought breaks, but that hope should not be the basis of our public policy.  Our entire city is designed to waste water because the city’s pricing of water tells a false story — that water is abundant and cheap.  In fact, water is scarce and expensive, but that’s not the story our prices tell us. So we don’t design for water frugality, instead, we design for water waste.

Our politicians need to get a real-world orientation when it comes to water and so do we the people. The time to learn water conservation habits and build a water frugal city is BEFORE the climate crisis droughts drain our lakes. Those who wait, vacillate, and procrastinate will pay a terrible price for their reckless irresponsibility.

Two technical notes:

1.  How to calculate the potential water harvest from your roof:  Multiple the AREA of your house in square feet times the annual rainfall in feet.  This gives you the cubic feet of rain that hits your roof every year. Multiply this number by 7.48, which is the number of gallons in a cubic foot of water, and voila, you have the potential harvest from your roof in gallons.  You can also do this for your sidewalks and driveways and any outbuildings you may have.

Even in a dry year, this is not an insignificant amount of water.  The dryest water year for Oklahoma City over the last 100 years was 10 inches of rain (.83 feet), our average annual precipitation is about 3 feet of rain.

In the driest year on record, my house, which is 1,548 sq. ft, would catch:

1548 TIMES .83 feet of rain EQUALS 1,284 cubic feet of water,

TIMES 7.48 gallons/cubic foot EQUALS 9,604 gallons.

2. The first step towards designing your own rainwater harvesting system is to observe where the water flows.  Note that the place to start is by sculpting your land. Later you can think about gutters and tanks but start with berms and swale (raised beds and pathways).  Every time it rains, take your umbrella and go outside and observe where the water is flowing. You may think your property is flat, but it probably isn’t, so learn how it slopes. A lot more about this is written in iPermie, but the basic trick is to start at the highest level and work from there.  Always allow room for overflow.  Besides iPermie, the Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond books are essential reading.  Find more info about those books online at http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Catholic bishops have no one to blame but themselves.

On the first Sunday of Lent, the opinion pages of the New York Times carry a biting editorial comment by Russ Douthat – The End of a Catholic Moment :

The collapse in the church’s reputation has coincided with a substantial loss of Catholic influence in American political debates. Whereas eight years ago, a Catholic view of economics and culture represented a center that both parties hoped to claim, today’s Republicans are more likely to channel Ayn Rand than Thomas Aquinas, and a strident social liberalism holds the whip hand in the Democratic Party.

Indeed, between Mitt Romney’s comments about the mooching 47 percent and the White House’s cynical decision to energize its base by picking fights over abortion and contraception, both parties spent 2012 effectively running against Catholic ideas about the common good.

This transformation suggests that we may have reached the end of a distinctive “Catholic moment” (to repurpose a phrase from the late Catholic priest-intellectual Richard John Neuhaus) in American politics, one that began in the 1980s after John Paul’s ascension to the papacy and the migration of many Catholic “Reagan Democrats” into the Republican Party.

Note that Mr. Douthat is not a liberal critic of the Church, but an orthodox Catholic (cf Rod Dreher at “Goodbye Catholic Moment,” http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/.)

The Catholic Bishops have no one to blame but themselves for this sad situation.  They themselves started the barrel rolling with their toxic approach to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. First, with the connivance of the Vatican, they covered up the problem. Then, they denied it was a really bad problem. Finally, when they simply could not avoid reality, helped along no doubt by the successful prosecution of lawsuits costing them big money, they discovered that clergy sexual abuse was in fact a grave problem and they had better do something about it.  “Doing something” of course most definitely did NOT include removing the bishops responsible for this evil, either in the dioceses or in Rome.

And now they wonder why people don’t trust them.

Close on the heels of the breakout of the clergy sexual abuse issue was their equally toxic handling of the American unjust war “problem.”  They resolved that by preaching a gospel of moral relativism, as I have chronicled with excruciating detail at  http://www.justpeace.org/warresponse.htm .  Whatever the right to life means to them, it most emphatically does not include the right to life any of the civilian populations of Iraq and Afghanistan who get in the way of our greed for oil and minerals and imperial glory.

And now they wonder why no one is paying attention to their “Fortnight for Life.”

Where was their “Fortnight for Life” when our bombs and missiles were raining down with impunity on the civilian populations of Iraq and Afghanistan?

It was no where.

While civilians were slaughtered, the United States Catholic Bishops, with only a very small handful of exceptions, were busy praising the war by their faint condemnation of it and effectively advocating  a doctrine of morale relativism regarding the participation of Catholics in unjust wars, even though eminent religious voices throughout the world were strongly against our recourse to war.

It bears repeating, even at this late date, that unjust war is an objective evil — it is always and under all circumstances morally wrong and thus participation in an unjust war is the moral equivalent of participation in abortion and murder.

Further, the Iraq and Afghan wars have  an objective moral nature.  They are either just wars or they are unjust wars.  Both-and is not a condition that can be relevant to this case.  It is an either-or situation. These wars are what they are, irrespective of our perception of their morality or immorality. A in fact is A.  It is not B.

For further details about the moral theology involved with this, see the Lenten Declaration of Bishop Michael Botean, http://www.justpeace.org/botean.htm of the Romanian Catholic Diocese of Canton, Ohio, and the essay, Moral Law and the Iraq War, by Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy,  http://www.justpeace.org/lent2007cwnews.htm#Moral%20Law .

Let us recall the research I did in 2006:

Over the past month I conducted a review of the individual statements about Iraq of the bishops who are responsible for dioceses in the U.S. I searched the website of every diocese and did internet searches on the bishops’ names. Only 39 diocesan bishops made public statements calling for prayers for the people of Iraq. Twenty publicized or endorsed the various statements of the bishops’ conference on Iraq. Twenty-eight provided some sort of catechesis about just war teaching. One hundred forty-six of the bishops responsible for dioceses had nothing to say about Iraq since 2002 (that can be found on the Internet, retired and auxiliary bishop statements were not researched.)

Only one bishop responsible for a diocese issued a canonical declaration against involvement with the war in Iraq, Bishop Botean of the Romanian Catholic diocese of Canton, Ohio. With great moral clarity, he told his people that willing participation in the Iraq War was the moral equivalent of willing participation in an abortion. (at http://www.justpeace.org/nov132006.htm )

Since there are 195 dioceses in the United States, we can see from my research that 3/4ths of the United States Catholic bishops had nothing to say about the Iraq War.

If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, no one will go to battle.

Nearly all of our bishops are guilty of material cooperation with the objective evil of unjust war.  Many of them remain compromised by their willing facilitation of sexual crimes against children. The Vatican has provided little in the way of correction. Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI maintained their confidence in Cardinal Law formerly of Boston and Cardinal Mahoney, formerly of Los Angeles, even though they are among the most egregious facilitators of the sexual abuse of children. Until recently, Cardinal Law was archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Maggiori in Rome, and has served on all of the Vatican committees and congregations having to do with bishops for many years.  If even the Pope is going to embrace the facilitators of child molestors as his friends and closest collaborators, it is not hard to understand why people despair of change.

And that, in a nutshell, is the problem with our bishops.

What keeps me going is the understanding that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit  will have the last word and judgment on the behavior of these bishops.  It may appear before the world that they have escaped the consequences of their poor decisions, but no one can escape the judgment of God, whose prophet wrote –

Hear, therefore, kings, and understand; learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse! Give ear, you who have power over multitudes and lord it over throngs of peoples!
Because authority was given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High, Because authority was given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High, who shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels!

Because, though you were ministers of his kingdom, you did not judge rightly, and did not keep the law, nor walk according to the will of God, Terribly and swiftly he shall come against you, because severe judgment awaits the exalted. For the lowly may be pardoned out of mercy but the mighty shall be mightily put to the test. For the Ruler of all shows no partiality, nor does he fear greatness, Because he himself made the great as well as the small, and provides for all alike; but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny impends.

We aren’t the first generation to face the problem of what to do with bishops making bad decisions.  Sure, we have our Cardinal Law’s and Mahoney’s. But we also have our Archbishop Romero of El Salvador and Helder Camara of Brazil, as well as Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin of New York, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Franz Jaegerstatter of Austria, and others, too many to count, each one  is an Epiphany of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ made manifest in flesh.

Given all this reality, we also know that the same water never flows under the bridge.  Fundamental to Christianity is the praxis of forgiveness. It’s not hard to understand. “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Yet, we are only ordinary human beings. As we extend to them our forgiveness for what they have done, if we think about it, we may find within ourselves a dawning understanding of  the fundamental realities of this era: We the People, and the common good that serves us, are looted and then abandoned at will by elites in politics, religion, business, academia.  We can forgive. We must forgive. But the vocation is also to resist, in every moral way possible, these demons who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

On this first day of Lent, please join me in prayer that our bishops will honestly and seriously examine their consciences, as individuals and as a collective body, and come to an understanding of their sins against God, against the Catholic faithful, in particular our children, and  against the long-suffering people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Let us pray that this understanding will induce a profound conversion — a metanoia — among them so that they publicly confess their sins and start the process of making honest reparations for the damage, suffering, grief, and pain that they have caused to so many innocent people.

Let us also understand that our religious hierarchy will inevitably be influenced by who we are, as moral persons living and acting in the greater society which surrounds us. If we do not praxis what we preach, I think the Apostle Paul would say something along the lines of “You are no better than the pagans who surround you.” And maybe in fact worse.  If we want better bishops, we probably need to start by being better Christians ourselves.

So let’s all give up the passive silence that is effectively agreement with the culture of death, and do something useful and real every day to overcome evil with good.

Novena to St. John Chrysostom on behalf of the United States Catholic Bishops. http://www.justpeace.org/stjohnchrysostom.htm

 

 

 

 

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Lenten Exhortation to Quit Smoking!

If you’re thinking about giving up smoking for Lent. . . here’s my advice. . .

Smoke all you want today. In fact, chain smoke your way through this last day of slavery to tobacco. Before you go to bed, go around the house and take all of your smoking paraphernalia (ash trays, packs of smokes, ciggie butts, etc.) and throw it in the trash can outside of your house. OK, then smoke one last cigarette and go to bed and wake up to a better life of health and freedom.

Tomorrow, take things one hour at a time and you will do just fine. If you can take off from work, that’s good. Quitting smoking is a valid reason to call in sick, because for the first four days, as your physical dependence on nicotine fades, you will feel reasonably miserable, or maybe even maximally miserable. So you could take four days sick leave and just get over it.

Eat anything you want. Indulge yourself with long hot baths or showers.  Soak rosemary and other aromatic herbs in the hot bath water. Use your favorite scented oils as aroma therapy, gently heating them over a candle.  Take pain meds for the body aches. (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.)  Drink lots of water. Your body is flushing out poisons and toxins and you need plenty of water for that. Herbal teas like chamomile help ease the tension.

Smoking cessation is hard work, but it is useful work, and it is work that once completed, NEVER EVER has to be done again, as long as you remember the NOPE motto — Not One Puff Ever!

I worry about all my friends who smoke, and I pray for all of you that you will quit smoking. I am often astonished by how many “counter-culture” young people I know willingly enslave themselves to giant tobacco CORPORATIONS and voluntarily feed their own version of the war machine. Please, people, OCCUPY YOUR LUNGS on behalf of peace, planet, and justice and stop supporting giant tobacco companies who profit from selling a product that leads to death and misery and who politically support everything we abhor. Smoking cessation is one way to voluntarily withdraw your consent from the system of domination and subjugation that destroys people and the planet and the future.

Here’s an article from a site that was most useful to me when I quit smoking.

http://quitsmoking.about.com/od/whyquitsmoking/a/oldersmokers.htm?nl=1

For Christians, the disciplines of Lent provide an excellent time to quit smoking. I quit many times, but the one time that I was successful — the last time I quit — started two years ago on Ash Wednesday. By the grace of God and the motto NOPE i have not smoked one cig since then.

For Catholics and other Christians who may have a devotion to Mary, here is anapproach to quitting smoking rooted in Catholic mysticism.  

http://www.chastitysf.com/stopsmoking.htm

 

I printed out the prayer card he offers and carried it with me and prayed the prayer on it often as a way to deal with cravings.  I used the progressive muscle relaxation technique, described at the  Smoking Cessation through Faith and Prayer site,  quite a bit during the first month of not-smoking.

I carried my Rosary everywhere I went. When I would get antsy for a cigarette, I held the beads and ran them through my fingers, which gave me something to do with my hands.  The other maneuver I used  to get through cravings was to say or sing the Jesus Prayer — Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Today, nearly two years after Ash Wednesday of the Reign of Gabriel, Archangel (2011), I can truthfully say that the thought of smoking fills me with dread.  I don’t want to go through the quitting smoking process ever again.  And I will never have to do that, as long as I remember Not One Puff Ever.

That can be true for you too, all my friends and anyone else who wanders by who smokes.  You don’t have to live in financial bondage to the cigarette corporations, who are certainly among the most sociopathic of business entities. You can be free, you can support your health, you can help your lungs to heal themselves.

Smoking stops with me and smoking stops with you too, and that can be true right here, right now. . . it is completely within our individual abilities to do this.

You know this is work that needs to be done.  So just do it!

Call me if you want a smoke and I will talk you out of it, 405-200-8155.

iPermie has a chapter on addiction in the section on health.  http://www.ipermie.net 

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iPermie now on sale!

My new book, iPermie! How to permaculture your urban lifestyle, is now on sale at these fine online sources.  Only $1.99! for 14 sections, 248 chapters, 399,000 words!

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A new book from Bob.

Announcing. . .

 

iPermie: 
How to permaculture your urban lifestyle.

A good-life design guide for Millennials, Boomers, and Generation X.

Strategies, tools, and techniques to help you navigate the cardinal threats
of peak oil, climate instability, economic irrationality, and political criminality.

An Almanac of  Useful Information and Permaculture Self-Study Guide.

1,025 letter-size pages in the PDF format, approximately 388,000 words.
14 sections, 248 chapters.

Available now on the January order of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative.

http://www.oklahomafood.coop

Coming soon to fine ebook retailers everywhere including Amazon Kindle, Nook. Smashwords, etc.

Priced at US$ 1.99.

Visit http://www.ipermie.net to preview the the summaries of the chapters and the Foreword by Vinay Gupta.

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Oklahoma City Nanny State Alert!

Oklahoma City is asking the state legislature to lower the height requirements before the city can write code violations and get a court order for a contractor to mow a property, charging the homeowner with the bill, from the present 12 inches to 8 inches.  The law is vague, referring only to “grass and weeds” and Oklahoma City code inspectors routinely exploit that vagueness.

If a court order is obtained, the homeowner gets no notice of the hearing and no opportunity to respond.  Rumor has it that the City inspectors routinely swear that an “emergency situation prevails” so the normal process of noticing someone that a court is about to act upon them must be waived due to imminent threats, yadda yadda yadda.  This of course is almost always at best an exaggeration and at worse perjury, but they get away with it. The city judges know who writes their paychecks and they act accordingly.

Don’t bother with contacting your city council person.  The city has already approved its list. Now is the time to contact your state senator and state representative and urge them to vote against this expansion of Oklahoma City’s Nanny State and to protect the rights of property owners.

Reported in the OKC Gazette at http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/article-16833-looking-for-laws.html

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And here’s the rest of the story.

And here’s the rest of the story.

We didn’t get 23 drivers for the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House November 2012 delivery day that I thought we needed, but we did get enough that all the deliveries were done as of today (only one was done today). 392 which was what we wanted to do (it’s a multiple of 12, and the groceries are in cases of 12 or 24, expect for spaghetti which for whatever odd reason comes in boxes of 20).

We did have to unexpectedly contend with rotten oranges randomly in the cases of oranges. We ended up hand sorting out about 20 cases of rotten oranges. No one’s favorite task. But we were able after sorting out the rotten to give everybody  four oranges and families got eight to twelve.

We delivered as much food as the bags were physically able to hold. Instead of the usual paper bag in a plastic grocery bag, the food bank sent us hundreds of blue shopping bags, so each one held a paper bag. They were very sturdy and the Wal Mart propaganda notwithstanding they were very useful. The hydrocarbon debt of this work is not small.

All of us involved with this are very grateful for the people out there willing to vote with their bodies by taking practical action to do actually useful things to help.

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Leaving the poor behind for the wolves to devour.

What did I expect from Governor Mary Queen of Lynch Mobs Fallin?  I guess I expected more than what we got, which just goes to show how I am not immune to the random hope that somebody somewhere in the goobermint might get a clue and do something righteous for a change.

Cue gales of laughter at the utter absurdity of that thought.

It didn’t happen at the Czar’s Palace in St. Petersburg in 1917, nor at Versaille in France in 1789.  It’s not going to happen at the Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City nor at the White House in Washington.

This is how life looks at the edge of the abyss, as we stare down the long slide that looms ahead of us.

We are going down for the count.

We comfort ourselves with the thought — “Well, this won’t impact me.  I have a JOB.  I have real health insurance.”

That’s what lots of people thought in 2007.  Then came the financial collapse. They lost their jobs. Their health insurance disappeared. Their houses were foreclosed upon. Some of them ended up in tents in the homeless encampments hidden in all of our cities and many of our rural areas.

We’ve had it so good for so long we can’t conceive of how things might go differently.  But it doesn’t take much.

The whispers are already roaming around the internet — “2013 is looking a lot like 1937,” a year which saw a sharp downturn in the Depression after a period of time when people thought things were getting better.

The deal is, there isn’t enough to go around anymore.

The rich and the powerful are taking so much, we are so seriously misallocating our governmental resources, that something has to give somewhere.  No one in our bipartisan goobermint is going to do anything rational like shut down the American empire and bring our troops and fleets home.  The elites make money off of war, so war we will have and it will get all the money it needs.

For Fallin and her lynch mobs, the answers are obvious.

They don’t really see the people who would benefit from the Medicaid expansion as human persons.  The poor don’t give money to Republican campaigns.  Most of them probably don’t vote for Republican candidates.  What’s the point of being governor if you don’t reward your friends and punish your enemies?  In her merciless calculations, all these poor people aren’t very productive. We shouldn’t be spending much on their health care anyway. We’re better off if their mortality rates increase and if they abort their children because of the desperation of their circumstances.  That way we have more for war, highways, and special corporate multi-million dollar welfare checks for those who give big bucks to the political establishment.

So once again I ask the questions that make people just roll their eyes and shake their heads –

  • Got food storage? If yes, “get more. If no, “better get some.”
  • Got a place to live that is debt free? If you have a mortgage and have financial assets, sell the financial assets and pay off your mortgage. If you have too much mortgage, sell your house and buy something smaller in a less prosperous neighborhood that costs a lot less so you can pay cash for it. A mortgage is a death grip, that’s what it literally means in Latin. If debts are consuming your income, declare bankruptcy.
  • If you rent, have a good relationship with your landlord. If you don’t have it and cant’ get it, move. What are your shelter alternatives?
  • Got a community of support in time of need?
  • Got extreme energy conservation so your operating costs are low?

The real message of Governor Mary Queen of Lynch Mobs Fallin’s action today in rejecting the Medicaid expansion is that Collapse is coming. The Ship of State is sinking and there isn’t enough room in the lifeboats for everyone. First people to be shoved off the decks without life-preservers are the poor.

You may be next.

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