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“Not What We Fought For” – The Decline of America


Have you seen the news or watched the video of fashion blogger Hoda Katebi on Chicago’s WGN News live morning show? It’s worth a watch. She is called “un-American” for speaking the truth. It exposes something that has been going horribly wrong with the United States for a long time now and is only growing worse by the day. Racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, nationalism, and an extremely disturbing reverence that borders on worship of all things military. My own grandfather was a WW2 combat veteran who was almost killed in that war when a mine exploded and sent shrapnel ripping into his body. He was so severely injured that he couldn’t even be flown to the States for months until he stabilized. He quite literally shed his blood for this country.
Yet the nastiness listed above and the scorn that comes from speaking out against said nastiness are NOT

NSA Spying and I’ve Resumed My Buddhist Practice

Lord Buddha

I was going to go on a long rant regarding the House and the Senate both utterly failed, yet again, to represent the interests of the American people. Now, our sexist, racist, bigoted so-called “President” will sign it into law. The “it” being the extension of the NSA spying program. Instead of going off on that rant, I’ll just leave this link HERE and let you see for yourselves. I’ll instead focus this post on why I’m not going to rant about it.
I haven’t mentioned anything about it on the blog for several reasons, but now I’ll write about it a bit. I’ve picked up my Buddhist practice again. By again, I mean that I had stopped for a long time and looking back I can see the effect not practicing had on me and it wasn’t good. Now that I’m practicing again I feel better. It’s no miracle cure

Defeating GPS Tracking and Signal Triangulation


I was thinking about how smartphones can be some of the most sophisticated surveillance devices ever invented. What with built-in GPS, wireless signals that can easily pick out your location via triangulation, mobile “towers”, and so on, it’s no wonder that privacy is now something one has to work at to achieve now. Privacy is no longer something we can just take for granted any longer. Smartphones also come with built-in browsers that corporations use to track you across the Internet so they can target you with ads specific to your interests. I’ve heard so many people remark how they mentioned something in an email and suddenly they start seeing ads about that very thing. I’ve noticed this too. Then there’s the U.S. government’s mass surveillance program(s) that scoop up vast amounts of data about you every single day. Every phone call, every email, every text… anything you do with

Mental Discipline And Physical Fitness Are Good, The Federal Government Is Bad

fuck the government

—- I wanted to write about two completely different topics but couldn’t decide which to write about so I chose to write about both. So this is sort of a double post, two topics. —-
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything but if anyone is still reading I haven’t been idle. I’ve been learning a lot and trying to improve my life. I’m frequently astounded by the power of the mind. I’m also fascinated by the mind-body connection, for example, how assuming certain postures effects your mind/mental state. I’m not talking about yoga postures… just simple adjustments to the way you are holding your body. Like when feeling down or nervous people tend to hunch over. I’ve read this is an unconscious physical response to protect the heart, lungs and so on. But by keeping this posture one only perpetuates the problem causing it. If one changes posture,

Corrupt Cops and Planting Evidence

cop curruption

I was planning on writing about something else today, but this story came up in my news feed and I have to say a few things about it. The first thing I want to say is that this is no surprise whatsoever… it’s something I’ve already suspected for decades. What I’m referring to here is the cops getting caught by their own body cameras planting “evidence”. How stupid do you have to be to plant evidence or do anything else so incredibly illegal, immoral, cowardly, and dishonorable when you know your actions are being recorded?! I’ve already wrote about some of my own experiences with cops throughout my life so while this doesn’t surprise me it still disgusts me. With all the scrutiny cops are under these days one would expect them to change their behavior but that would be an unrealistic expectation because you can’t change the nature of

The American Dream is a Lie

It’s more than clear that the so-called “American Dream” is a lie. That has been clear for decades now and I’ll elaborate on that in this post. But here’s something a lot of people don’t seem to know… the American Dream has never been real. Take a trip around the United States, seeing what you’ll never see on the nightly news, particularly Reservations where Native Americans still live in abject poverty, a people “conquered” in their own country. Then there are the “ghettos”, “slums”, and “barrios” where America keeps and contains the poor and downtrodden. Then there is the horrendous conditions of the people living so far below the poverty line that they don’t even register on it in Appalachia mountains, certain places in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In short, the poor and downtrodden are all over the United States. Starvation, preventable diseases, and hopelessness are right here, right in

Fedloan Is About To Crush A Man

Fedloan will us its power as a government loan servicer to utterly crush and break you. This is happening to millions of Americans on a daily basis. For those struggling to pay, they offer forbearances or other means of temporarily stopping payments while still adding interest upon interest (I mean that in the literal sense) during the period you aren’t making payments. If you can only afford to pay part  of your monthly payments, they don’t see that as an effort at all, they come after you as if you weren’t paying anything at all marking you as late until you are in default even though you were actually paying what you could. They tell you to apply for income based repayment but you will be in default before they even process the application. By their own admission it “takes months” to process.
Someone I know suffers with severe BPD

The United States Government Is Corrupt Beyond Belief

The title of this blog post most probably is no news to anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock. I’ve always known the government was and is corrupt, but as more information becomes available the sheer depth and reach of the corruption is even more mind boggling. In fact, this post could end up being an entire book but I will spare you such a lengthy entry and provide very brief overviews and then provide links to the original sources for you to read and verify what I’ve said at your leisure.
I’ve already written about the problems regarding the way our government is handling student loans, such as forcing people, even senior citizens, into abject poverty… using draconian methods of collection that directly lead to suicides and not even abiding by their own rules regarding debt collection. There is the whole fiasco about how they promised countless people their

Government, Thugs, Taxes, and Domestic Terrorists

You may be wondering what the things in the title of this post could possibly have in common, or perhaps you knew right away. Remember the old “taxation without representation”? Well, this is about that, or rather, the modern version of it. We are taxed everywhere. Taxed at the grocery store for every single item purchased. Taxed at the gas station. Taxed by the County, taxed by your state, and taxed by the federal government. The purpose of all this insane and out of control taxing, supposedly, is to provide us protection in return for our hard earned money. Protection, decent roads, decent and safe schools and so on. Yet we receive NONE of this in return! Taxation is people in power extorting those who are not these days. Our roads and infrastructure are in terrible conditions. Our schools are not safe. City police officers often have “To Protect and

Blatant Media Bias in the 2016 Election

I’m 50 years old, I’ve seen a lot of election years and all the mudslinging and smears that goes hand in hand with them. However, I must say that I have never seen such obvious bias in all forms of media as I have this election year. I am truly astonished. Regardless of anyone’s personal feelings regarding Donald Trump I don’t think anyone who is honest could say with a straight face that there hasn’t been an all out and sustained attack on him by every form of media imaginable. When things are learned about him that are, shall we say, less than favorable they are absolutely hounded upon and immediately go viral. On the other hand when things are learned about Hillary Clinton that are less than favorable (or possibly even criminal) they are brushed over… heard or read once, maybe twice and then they disappear. Things like the