Friday, May 15, 2009

Mind Opening Books

My controversial publishing operation is called Mind Opening Books. It is found at the web siste The primary purpose is to publish books so controversial or taboo that nobody else will take them on, and to publish the work of authors who are blacklisted. But there are also works of literary value.

E-books presently available are The Case Against 'Jesus' (proving that no such character as "Jesus Christ" - Joshua the messiah when propertly translated - ever existed, the New Testament is entirely fiction, and Christian religion in all of its forms is a fraud on duped humanity); No Lawyer Necessary (the definitive book on how to convey power of attorney to a spouse, relative, friend, or colleague to handle your medical and financial affairs when you cannot do so, thus making it unnecessary to hire a lawyer); The Black Pope (the only authentic biography of Anton Szandor LaVey, the man who dared to be the Devil's representative on earth and to mock Christianity with his Church of Satan); Lucifer's Dictionary of the American Language (the only dictionary that provides definitions by spelling words as Americans pronounce them and explaining what Americans mean by them, thus producing a language that is not the same as English); and Alice's Second Trip to Wonderland (Lewis Carroll's Alice is now 19 years old, and this time her trip is to a very different place where she meets fascinating characters with whom she exchanges life and death philosophy - but, in the Carrollian tradition, that is mixed with nonsense and humor - fascinatinly illustrated, including a rarely seen photo of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson/aka Lewis Carroll with his inspiration, little Alice Liddell).

Friday, February 20, 2009

On Balloonists and Politicians

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude, spotted a man in a boat below, and shouted to him: "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am." The boatman consulted his portable GPS and replied: "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14:97 minutes north latitude, and 100 degrees, 49:09 minutes west longitude."

The balloonist rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican." The boatman replied: "Yes, I am. How did you know?" The balloonist explained: "Everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me." The boatman smiled and said: "You must be a Democrat." The balloonist replied: "I am. How did you know?" The boatman explained: "You don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep. And you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met; but, somehow, now it's my fault."

Friday, February 6, 2009

More intrusion of religion into state, via 'Obama'

"Faith-based" sections of government are nothing new. They exist, mostly unpublicized, in many branches of the U.S. Government. Nevertheless, I had hoped, but not expected, at least partial change from the Bush Administration policy of using false Christian dogma that has no relevance to the precepts attributed to "Jesus Christ" as a source for policy of the "Obama" administration. [For an explanation of why I place the name "Jesus Christ" in quotation marks, read my book The Case Against 'Jesus,' the first and only book which proves, by documented evidence, that the character identified in English-language versions of the New Testament as "Jesus Christ" is a wholly fictitious character, and even that Anglicized name is a fraud. For an explanation of why I place the name "Obama" in quotation marks, see the next post below titled 'Obama' - not black, not African-American.]

Unfortunately, "Obama," who has been a disappointment to millions of his supporters, has decided to prostitute himself by creating a White House office of "faith-based initiatives," declaring that "there is a force for good greater than government." To head the office, "Obama" has appointed a Pentecostal minister, Joshua DuBois, who put together the part of the presidential election campaign designed to obtain Christian votes for "Obama." Does anyone doubt, then, that "faith-based initiatives" will be based on one kind of "faith"? And, as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and others have asked: faith in what? The answer, of course, is faith in what was written by ancient fiction writers who produced the scriptures comprising the Judaeo-Christian bible: "God" (Yahweh, the ancient Hebrews' version of the male deity who creates everything), created the universe and the earth and its creatures in six days; that "God" looks like a man ("God created man in his own image"); "God" himself or "God" as the son of God, or the two combined, put himself in the body of a virgin by inseminating that virgin through the Holy Ghost, remained in vitro for nine months and then waited inferentially until at least his teen years to begin saving humanity from "original sin," and then to accomplish that task had himself executed on a cross.

Are you one of the rare individuals who has actually read that "bible" in any of its thousands of versions (meaning it cannot be construed as a bible, since a bible by definition is the fixed, unchangeable "word of God")? If you are - and if you are a sane, rational, intelligent human being - you must know that if those scriptures were offered for publication today as wholly new writings produced by 21st-Century scribes, they would be dismissed as the ravings of lunatics in a mental institution. Their use today as constituting the book upon which the president and other government leaders swear their oaths of office is the beginning in each instance of the corruption, ignorance, hypocrisy, and bigotry that keep the American people and other peoples locked into the present form of a Cultural Dark Age. That there is undermining of the principle of separation of church from state in the swearing on the bible, and use of "Christian faith" as the source for government initiatives, I hardly need say. Anyone who is not aware of that fact is an individual who has no awareness of reality.

The question I would raise is this: How can any of us put our trust in political leaders and jurists who are ignorant enough to believe in, who are crazy enough to believe in, or who are fraudulent enough to say they believe in, the lunatic ravings which constitute the scriptures of the Judaeo-Christian bible?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

'Obama' - not black, not African-American

Persons of dark skin color, misled by the Mass Miscommunications Media (MMM), think that in "Barack Obama" they are getting "the first black president" and/or "the first African-American president." That notion is as false as it is preposterous.

To begin with, the MMM has yet to verify "Barack Obama" as the true name or birth name of the 44th president of the U.S. His Kenyan father abandoned him when he was a bit more than two years old. His mother, a white woman whose last name was Dunham, raised him and called him "Barry," as did all of his friends and classmates in the predominantly white prep school where he was educated. For all we know, the man called "Barack Obama" may be "Barry Dunham."His birth certificate has not been publicly released. What box he checked on the modern U.S. Census form, offering "mixed" as the answer for "race," has not been revealed.

More important than the dubious name for him is the identification of "Barack Obama" as a "black" man who will be "the first black American president." What nonsense. "Black" is the name of a color. It does not and cannot designate a "race" of people, since there is not and never has been any such characteristic of humanity as "race." The concept of "race" was invented by a bunch of 17th-18th Century crackpot German philosophers, and humanity has been stupid and crazy enough to buy into it and the ongoing disastrous results from it. Besides, most individuals identified as "blacks" are various shades of brown or tan or, as I have it in my definition in Lucifer's Dictionary of the American Language, just dark enough to avoid being white. And as for Obama/Dunham, his color is medium brown.

Nor is Obama/Dunham an African-American. That description is used by the MMM as a racial term; but it is not and cannot be so. It is by definition a geographical or dual citizenship term, and a ridiculous one at that. In order to be an African-American, you would have to be born in an African nation or a part of the U.S. and hold dual citizenship in the African country and the U.S. If you can find such a person, he or she may just as well be white as black or brown, since a white person may just as well have been born in an African country and may just as well hold the necessary dual citizenship for African-American characterization as a black or brown person.

You do not see the MMM referring to dark skinned persons in the U.S. descended from English parents as "English-Americans" as though that is a racial term. Indeed, you do not see the term "English-American" used at all. And when such terms as "French-American" and "Italian-American" are used by the MMM, they are not used as racial terms. Why, then, should the term "African-American" be used as a racial term?

If the majority position of modern anthropologists is correct, that position being that there is no such thing as "race" and all of us are descended from "a black woman in Africa" (referred to as "Eve"), we are all African-Americans, and the first African-American president of the U.S. was, yes, George Washington.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Nazis then, the Islamists now

The following essay comes from a blogger named Paul Marek. It has been wrongly attributed on the internet to Emanuel Tanay, M.D. I do not know how that incorrect attribution occurred. It is one of the thousands of misidentifications and postings of misinformation that are spread on the internet by individuals who fail to check their authenticity. Worst of all is the rewriting of history on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, by amateur would-be scholars.

A German's View on Islam
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. "Very few people were true Nazis," he said, "but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."

We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers. [They should be identified as genocide bombers. - BHW.]

The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the "silent majority," is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. [There was no "Communist Russia." The USSR was a state socialist totalitarian dictatorship. The true "Russian Communists," those who actually believed in true communism, were exiled or executed. - BHW.]

China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. [No true Chinese Communist had anything to do with the murder of anyone. The slaughter and repression of freedoms were perpetrated by and continue to emanate from state socialist dictatorial tyrants and their stooges. And I shudder at the phrase "staggering 70 million people." Correctly put, the identification is "70 million persons" - and there is no way of knowing how many of them were "staggering." - BHW.]

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South-East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians: most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt; yet, for all our posers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. [There are no such persons as "Palestinians." If there were, everyone living in Israel would be included in the term. The correct identifications are Gazans, West Bankers, or "the stateless inhabitants of Gaza and the West Bank." - BHW.]

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts: the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
The cloud above the emoticon should have "Bravo!" in it. I cannot get it to come out. - BHW

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The global threat from Islam

Peter Hammond is a Baptist minister who has moved among Islamists in Africa and the Near East, and so what he has to say about their religion is not merely from an academic or historical standpoint. Nor does it appear that his analysis of Islam as a global menace stems from a strictly Christian point of view in his book Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat. Hammond formulates his analysis from factual information, and that is what makes it so compelling and frightening.

Hammond reports that once the Muslim population of a country is between 2 and 5 percent of that country, the Muslims become effective at proselytizing for Islam, recruiting especially from "disaffected groups" and "street gangs." That is now happening, among other countries, in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain. Beyond 5 percent, they begin pushing for observation nationwide of their religious observances. That is now happening, among other countries, in France, Sweden, and The Netherlands. When Muslims reach 10 percent of the population, they begin adding violent acts to their strategies. That is now happening, among other countries, in India, Israel, and Russia.

Once Muslims become more than 20 percent of a country's population, they reproduce in greater numbers than other classes of people and engage in jihad (holy war) in pursuit of their purpose to force their religious views on everyone. They riot, set off bombs, burn churches and synagogues, boycott businesses construed as violating Muslim rules for "clean living," force women to cover themselve and be obedient to men, and replace national law in their communities with Sharia Law, all in pursuit of their ultimate goal: to establish a worldwide Islamic theological state. One of my readers complains that this description from Hammond is not applicable to all Muslims, that many are peaceful and just want to be free to practice their religion for their own purposes. No doubt that is true. The trouble is that genocidal imams, using as their source the parts of the Koran (Quran) advocating attacks on "infidels" in the quest for a world order based on their interpretation of the Islamic bible, are indoctrinating millions of youths in the requirement for jihad. They become the activists who dominate the course pursued by Muslims, while the pacifists are relegated to irrelevance.

Everyone should read Hammond's book and think about what may happen if the genocidal maniacs dominating activist Islam are able to produce nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons with the capacity of decimating whole populations that they will hold hostage or even destroy if their demands are not met. Remember, annihilation does not worry them. They believe Allah will reward them with life in a paradise for ridding the world of infidels. In this way, not only are they the Nazis of the current era, but also they are even more dangerous than the Nazis ever were. In my view, it is woefully inadequate to restrict an attack on Islamists to the activists, including those called "terrorists," who seek global domination in accordance with their view of the religion of Islam. It is the religion itself which forms the base for the growing numbers of Islamists pursuing global domination via genocidal tactics. Consequently, I believe that it is the religion of Islam itself that must be attacked and even destroyed, because if it is not, the religion as now practiced by tens of millions of Muslims will destroy the rest of humanity.

Monday, February 2, 2009

My challenges to 'Barack Obama'

*Provide publicly a copy of your birth certificate showing your birth name.
*Provide publicly a certified copy showing the name under which you were registered at the Punahou prep school in Honolulu.
*In a public statement, reveal which box you marked on the U.S. Census form designated for "race" - black, white, or mixed.
*Hold a press conference in which you explain the reasons why you should be identified as a "black" or as an "African-American" and in which you define those terms.
*Hold another press conference in which you outline your programs to deal with the nation's and the world's major problems, especially overpopulation, the massive inequality of wealth, the violence generated by belief in Islamic religion, the demand of self-professed "Christians" that their values be injected into affairs of state, the loss of American- born persons' jobs to immigrants (legal immigrants or illegal aliens) pouring into the U.S. and employment pouring out of the U.S. to countries where a modern form of slave labor is used, the increasing use of money to make money off the money itself rather than on any production of goods and services, and the growing world lack of control over money owing to more and more use of credit and interest.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

History lessons from a Mexican immigrant's child

It was time for a history lesson in the fourth-grade class. The teacher opened her session with the first in a series of questions she had lined up: "Who said give me liberty or give me death?" Only one of the children raised a hand: Pedro Gonzalez, the son of a Mexican immigrant. "Patrick Henry, 1775," Pedro said when acknowledged. "Very good!" the teacher exclaimed. "Now, who said this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth?" Again there was no response from anyone but Pedro, who replied: "Abraham Lincoln, 1863." The teacher snapped at the class: "Class, you should be ashamed! Pedro, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do."

One of the pupils said, just loud enough to be heard by the teacher: "Screw the Mexicans!" "Who said that?" the teacher demanded to know. Pedro waved his hand and responded: "Sam Houston, 1836." Another pupil said, "I'm gonna puke." The teacher glared at the class. "All right! Now, who said that?" Pedro shouted: "George Herbert Walker Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991!" Another pupil yelled: "Oh, yeah? Suck on this!" Pedro jumped out of his chair, waving his hand and shouting at the teacher: "Bill Clinton to Monica Lewinsky, 1997! Now beside herself, the teacher screamed: "You Judas! If you say anything more to create a scandal, I'll kill you!" Waving his hand frantically, Pedro yelled: "Ted Kennedy to Mary Jo Kopechne en route to the bridge at Chappaquiddick, 1969!' The teacher fainted, and as the class gathered around her body on the floor, someone exclaimed: "Oh oh, we're in BIG trouble now!" Pedro shouted louder than ever: "George W. Bush, 2006!"

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Immortal Beethoven

Identifying the noises as music, and just as perplexed as the caretaker, the authorities sent an emissary to the nearby university with a request for a musicologist to come help solve the mystery. Upon arriving on the scene and listening to the musical sounds emanating from the tomb, the musicologist merely smiled and asked: “Can it be that you gentlemen do not perceive what you are hearing?” They answered in the negative. You are hearing one long note followed by three short ones - daaahhh, dot-dot-dot,” the musicologist continued. “Correct?” They agreed that this is what they were hearing. “And what is the theme from Beethoven’s most famous symphony, the Fifth?” the musicologist asked, following immediately with the answer to his own question: “Three short notes followed by a long one. Dot-dot-dot daaahhh. But now you are hearing the reverse. Daaahhh, dot-dot-dot. Well, then, gentlemen, it should be obvious to you: What you are hearing is Beethoven decomposing!”

Friday, January 30, 2009

Origin of 'gay' for homosexual

It was once in the saddle I used to go dashing;
it was once in the saddle I used to go gay.
- The Cowboy's Lament
Did you ever wonder why the Mass Miscommunications Media (MMM) consistently uses the term "gay" in lieu of homosexual? I take you back to San Francisco in the 1950's when there was persecution of homosexuals (yes, there was, even in San Francisco). One of the ways that organized homosexuals decided to take revenge was to prank society by generating the term "gay" as the substitute for homosexuals, thus establishing themselves as the cheerful people vis a vis drab heterosexuals. Until they changed it from an adjective or adverb to a noun, "gay" meant "having or showing a joyous mood" (Random House Dictionary of the English Language).

It happened this way: The leaders of homosexual organizations such as the Tavern Guild asked editors of the daily newspapers to initiate use of "gay" so that men oriented sexually toward other men would not be identified solely by that characteristic. Well, editors in San Francisco being the good liberal men and women that they are, and being opposed to the discrimination against homosexuals which still existed at the time, fell for the prank. Since the MMM consists principally of conformist copycats, the monkey see-monkey do syndrome which infests the MMM took hold and spread across the nation and then across the oceans.

I attribute the success of the prank to José more than anyone else. He was a diminutive, extremely effeminate, popular performer in drag who reigned for some time as "Empress of San Francisco" and who lit up any kind of gathering with his infectious sense of humor. He boasted to me one day: "By flaunting what I am successfully on stage before large audiences, and by inducing the media to change the way we homos are described, I have worked my revenge on society for the persecution of us." He cut loose with a big belly laugh as he gloated over his form of revenge, achieved through a MMM notorious for ridiculous terminology: "African-American," a combination geographical description converted into a "race"; Arab Muslims living in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, a small portion of the region once known as Palestine that included Israel, identified as "Palestinians" to the exclusion of Israelis who would have to be included in that term if there actually were any Palestinians today; genocide bombers called "suicide bombers"; etc. etc. As the familiar saying goes, once the people working in the MMM begin using such nonsensical terms, they "take on a life of their own."

Thursday, January 29, 2009

How to compete with the slave labor countries

Unless you never read the parts of the periodicals and view the programs on tv that deal with the socio-economic problems of the times, you know that a major factor crippling American families is the growth of corporate "outsourcing" of jobs to countries where the current era equivalent of slave labor exists. That factor has resulted in job layoffs for millions of Americans. How do you stop it? One way is to slap taxes on any goods and services emanating from the countries where there is slave labor. But I have a better idea: cooperatives run by the members of them in partnership with the U.S. Government. They could be established as non-profit. There would be no stocks, hence no triple tiering of profits that characterizes the corporate structure. The cost of goods and services obtained from such cooperatives could be kept low enough to compete with those emanating from the slave labor-using countries. It is worth a try, no?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tumors await cell phone users

Regular use of mobile telephones increases the risk of developing tumors, according to the findings of Israeli scientists published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Among other scary results of their study is their conclusion that the risk of developing a parotid gland tumor is nearly 50 percent higher for frequent mobile phone users than for other users ("frequent" meaning those who talk on cell phones more than 22 hours a month). The risk was still higher if users clamped the phone to the same ear, did not use hands-free devices, or were in "rural areas." The study included 402 benign and 58 malignant incident cases of parotid gland tumors diagnosed in Israelis age 18 years or more. The research was led by Dr Siegal Sadetzki, a cancer and radiation expert at the Chaim Sheba Medical Centre in Israel, as part of a World Health Organization project.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Why parents worry about internet chats

Hi! You sound kinda cute. How old are you and what do you do after school?

I am fourteen and a fitness buff. After school I work out in a gym.


Heavenly short change

Grandma and the grandson she doted on were walking on the water's edge at the beach when, without warning, a huge wave rolled in and, on receding, carried the child into the sea. Horrified, but unable even to see her grandson much less rescue him, the old woman decided there was nothing left to do but pray. Falling to her knees, Grandma raised her eyes and arms to the heavens and pleaded: "Oh, Lord, please cause the sea to carry my grandson back to the shore and to me, alive and unharmed." As though by divine intervention, that is what happened. Another wave propelled the child to his grandmother's feet, and though he was stunned, he was unharmed. Nevertheless, after examining her grandson, the old woman became angry and began berating the deity. "Thank you for bringing my grandson back to me!" she shouted. "But damn it, Lord, when we came here he was wearing a hat!"

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Pope is the problem

This morning the daily newspapers are carrying a world peace and cooperation message from the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, urging all nations to unite to solve the global financial crisis. As usual, this purportedly "infallible" man misses the critical issues, and the problem is that the Pope himself is the problem. He is a world leader in belief that there actually was a "Jesus Christ" (Yeshua mashia) who was on earth to save humanity from "original sin," that "God" (Yahweh) created everything and created "man" in "his" (God's) "own image" out of dust, that curbing cancerous population growth is a sin against "God," that certain aspects of scientific research are "evil" and even murder, that capitalist enterprises based on billions of dollars in credit and interest are appropriate and a legitimate part of the Catholic Church's functioning, and that resolving the global financial crisis by more money manipulation is perfectly appropriate.

Here is what is wrong with all of that. If you want world peace, if you want to solve the global financial crisis, you have to initiate drastic measures to curb overpopulation, change the worldwide inequality in wealth, and make money represent the human, natural, and technological resources available. As is, overpopulation is demolishing all other efforts to end humanity's destruction of the world environment - for, in keeping with the onetime slogan of Planned Parenthood, "without population control all other causes are lost." As is, the rich keep getting richer while the poor keep getting poorer, and that is one of the major causes of crime, violence, and warfare - for, as Plato wisely said, poverty is the mother of crime. And, as is, money no longer truly represents anything. It is a thing in itself that is used to make money off the money itself. There lies the fundamental reason for the global financial crisis. The crisis will not be resolved, but only will become worse, until money is made to represent the human, natural, and technological resources available. Aristotle told us centuries ago that the most unnatural, unproductive, destructive invention of humanity is credit, or interest. The world is learning now that humanity cannot exist on paper or plastic. Money has become humanity's albatross. Instead of asking what can be accomplished through human, natural, and technological resources available, the question is always: How much money is available to do the job? Thus, money becomes the controlling element. IT controls what is to be done. That is the insanity which prevails. And yet anybody who dares talk about it at its roots is viewed as some sort of crackpot. But it is making money the arbiter for what can be done, it is making money off money, which is the real craziness, the cancer that is eroding us collectively. Until the problem is addressed at its roots, no amount of paper and plastic tossed into the mix - now in the many trillions, figures nobody can even understand - will resolve the problems. Edward Bellamy told us, in Looking Backward and other writings, that money has to be scrapped and an entirely new means of conducting human activity has to be invented, in order to bring an end once and for all to the cycles of prosperity and recession or depression. The tenets of the bible that the Pope pretends to follow include the oft-misquoted dictum "the love of money is the root of all evils" (1 Timothy 6:10). It remains for the media and political leaders to begin addressing humanity's problems in such terms instead of via the surface, so-called "solutions" being offered: "solutions" that are destined to resolve nothing.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Headlines from the year 2029

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions.

Mexifornia, formally known as California, becomes state's official name.

White minorities strive to have English recognized as Mexifornia's official second language.

Baby conceived naturally, stumping scientists.

Iran has six thermonuclear bombs - UN and U.S. continue to impose sanctions.

Castro finally dies at age 112 - Cuban cigars can now be imported legally.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89, reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.

Japanese create camera with shutter speed so fast it catches politicians, lawyers with mouth shut.

Average height of NBA players now nine feet, seven inches.

Florida voters still having trouble with voting machines.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Time for a new Works Project Administration

During a tv interview, noting that "Obama" had expressed admiration for Franklin D. Roosevelt, the interviewer asked "Obama" whether or not the incoming president would make use of some of the methods FDR initiated to lift the nation out of the Great Depression of the early 1930's. "Obama" replied that these are new times with different problems than those which existed before, and therefore a new methodology is in order. That was the wrong answer.

As in the Great Depression, one of the major problems is that the private sector is laying off workers instead of creating jobs. FDR decided that since the private sector was not creating jobs, the public sector should do so. Therefore, the Works Project Administration (WPA) was created to put people to work. That enabled them to earn enough money not only for housing and food, but also for a variety of goods, services, and entertainment. It was a significant factor in the economic revival. There is no reason why what worked before should not be reinstituted. These are new times, but the fundamental part of the present recession that could be called a kind of depression remains the same as in the early 1930's: the private sector has failed, resulting in massive loss of jobs. The WPA was used successfully to make up for jobs lost in the private sector by employing people through the public sector. There is no reason why a new WPA will not work now. "Obama" should go for it and stop equivocating. [For an explanation of why I place the name "Obama" in quotation marks, see the article in "Older Posts" titled "Obama - not black, not African-American."]

Saturday, December 6, 2008

'Buy more cars' is the wrong answer

Politicians and business moguls [one and the same in my view] are telling us to go out and buy more cars, and they are advocating more debt for people to get into for that purpose, all so as to "get the economy moving." Well, it might move the economy, but it will prevent the motorists who go into debt to buy the cars from moving on roads that are already jammed to capacity. A better idea is to use the money for new mass transit systems that are flexible, but not for more trains or subways that can only operate on a fixed route. The technology exists for revolutionary mass transit systems that provide a variety of routes, and advocates for use of that technology arose way back in the 1960's. But politicians and business moguls, stuck in outmoded thinking and motivated by money ueber alles, cannot be moved - like the millions of more cars they want to put on the roads. If humanity survives, which I doubt, future human beings may wonder how human beings so advanced in technology could be so backward in their thinking.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The unemployment figures are bogus

When you read Mass Miscommunications Media stories containing unemployment statistics, you should immediately triple the figures at the least. If they tell you that the unemployment rate is six percent, make it at least 18 percent. An un-American periodical exposed the fraud entailed in U.S. Government statistics around 50 years ago. The author of the article in the un-American periodical explained that the reasons for the statistics being much lower than the reality of the situation include the omission of millions of Americans who have stopped looking for work because the search is futile. They are not included in the statistics. The name of the un-American periodical? The Reader's Digest.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Nationalize the banks

As part of the so-called "bailout," the first step has been taken toward nationalizing the banks, a proposal I introduced 48 years ago in The Californian. More than $200 billion of the taxpayers' money has been invested as shares in big banks. The heads of those banks have stated for publication and in tv interviews that the U.S. Government's investment is temporary and will be returned once the financial situation is stabilized, so that the banking industry once again will be privatized. If only the Mass Miscommunications Media (MMM) would educate the public in a simple principle, that the money deposited in banks belongs to the people who put it there and not to the banks, maybe an understanding would take hold leading to the notion that the citizens of the U.S. should collectively own the banks. That would free the banks from the present triple tiering of profits on shares that play a huge part in the present financial mess. Nationalized, the banks could offer loans of all kinds at very low interest rates, maybe as low as one or two percent, since the banks would be non-profit institutions. Also, Americans collectively would be free from control of their banks by foreign interests. The anti-socialism bugaboo that plagues the nation would be vaporized as awareness kicked in that there could hardly be any greater boon to American free enterprise than availability of loans at low interest rates.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Wealthy investors will gain from the 'crisis'

Here we go again. Every time a financial "crisis" is created and small investors panic, wealthy investors reap a fortune by buying the shares that are dumped onto the market by everyone who is not rich and is fearful of losing too much money by holding on.The wealthy can afford to take the chance that the market will be rebound and the shares they bought at bargain basement prices eventually will be worth much more.

If you are thinking to yourself that it is not a chance that the wealthy take, but rather a situation which they generated for the purpose of being able to buy cheap stock, know that your thinking is shared by many individuals on the basis of past history. I reached the same conclusion as to past financial downturns, but not as to this one. In any event, it makes no difference whether or not the present "crisis" was deliberately generated. The end result will be the same: the rich will get richer, and the less than rich will become still less rich. That is the dance.