Conspiracy World

Our courts are filled with those who engaged in a conspiracy, as most every crime begins with a conspiracy. Our Government followed through on conspiracies to test LSD on unwilling American citizens, treated Black Americans with syphilis, and created a plan to down an American airliner to blame on Cuba. Corporations too, have their conspiracies, look no further than the current opioid crisis. Remember Enron, or Lehman Brothers, or Fannie Mae, and that list is substantial. When one stops to think about it, it’s almost mind boggling, but the truth is far simpler, people want to do bad shit for personal reasons, know it’s wrong, and try to hide their behavior. Sure, there are some outlandish conspiracies out there, like pizzagate, or the moon landing hoax, and they live side by side with others, like the Kennedy assassination, that make people simply scratch their heads.

The thing is, the above conspiracies are the ones we know about, and I’m guessing there’s a couple of crimes out there that will never see the disinfecting light of day. When it comes to the suicide of Jeffery Epstein, the controversies that emerged in the first twenty four hours; being taken off suicide watch, guards absent, and lack of video insures a half dozen conspiracy theories in the early hours of the investigation. The fact that our President re-tweeted a conspiracy allegation is sure to solidify Epstein’s death as a major conspiracy. I’m guessing the autopsy will do nothing to alleviate the growing scandal. Personally, I’m open to the belief he was murdered, but I’m hesitant to go there due to the complexities of orchestrating the murder of a high profile inmate. The I ask myself, if I were well respected, and yet engaged in some horrific sexual behavior with underage girls, what would I do to keep that a secret? From my wife, my kids and the public? And if there were others, with secrets to hide, powerful men, with sterling reputations, with money? What would you do?

The Diversity of Fear

I spent the first 20 years of my life in the company of people of various ethnicities and differing nationalities. One would think that if I found myself today, alone in a room full of people of color, I’d be comfortable. I wouldn’t! Yet, there’s a contradiction, when I was 19, I found myself in a small Liberian jail cell, chicken wire walls and a five gallon bucket to piss in, with about twenty other Liberians, and it didn’t bother me in the least. In fact, I struck up a conversation with a one eyed thief sprawled next to me. The contradiction is familiarity. I had spent most of my youth in Liberia, most of my friends were Liberians. I recently attended a birthday party for a Liberian friends daughter, and I found myself comfortable in a room full of Liberians. If I were to find myself this afternoon in a room full of American blacks who were strangers, I’d feel out of place, and very uncomfortable in a way that would be different then if I found myself in a room full of white Americans. I’d like to attribute the difference to shared experiences, but I don’t have a lot of shared experiences with white people either. The explanation might be as simple as being most comfortable with people who look, and act as I do, shared life experience be damned. Regardless of who I find myself in a room with, I realize my discomfort. It’s not the fault of the people in the room, it’s who I am, for whatever reason. I own it, I don’t like it, but I accept it and I move on, refusing to let my awkwardness ruin my experience.

And that’s the thing about racism, it’s multi layered. I don’t consider myself racist, but why would I be uncomfortable in a room full of people of color?

I believe we’re all racist at some level, based upon fear of the unknown, the unexpected, or some perceived threat. It seems it’s easier to project those fears onto somebody that’s different then what you look like, onto somebody you think you don’t havemuch in common with. In fact, humans have a history, across many cultures, of utilizing that fear, of blaming others for their misfortune, or justifying their behavior. It seems to be rather easy for someone to step up to a podium and inflame a crowd of people.

Logically, I understand racism. Emotionally, not so much. Do we lack the introspection to dive, and it’s a shallow dive, to question our own discomfort, our unease, or our outright hate of a person who is different? I understand the fear of change, of the unknown, of what is different then the norm, but for the life of me, I cannot understand letting that fear dictate who I am as a human being, to the point where I would dehumanize another person, much less an entire race or culture.

Political Garbarge

Abortion is a moral choice, and legislation of morals is political garbage, in that liberal and conservative leaders know it’s nothing more than a divisive issue, used to motivate or shame, supporters or opponents. Alabama, and other southern states, are passing arcane abortion laws in an attempt to have their voices heard in front of our supreme court, with the intent to overturn Roe Vs Wade. All will face lengthy, and expensive court battles on their way there. Even if these states were to prevail, they’ll lose, we’ll all lose. Women will still seek abortions, unsafe and alone, without support, without compassion. I’m also of the opinion, that of the 25 white males that voted for Alabama’s legislation, that not one of them would step forward to help support a child of an unwanted pregnancy. As a man, I’m not comfortable discussing what I believe is a womens personal choice, rooted in their beliefs. Personally, I’d like every child to be born, if we lived in a perfect world, but we do not. To legislate that a women impregnated by a viscous, brutal rape must carry the child through to birth, is beyond my comprehension. Indeed, it’s an embarrassment to our compassion for others. I do not know what the answer is, I don’t know if a six week old clump of cells is a living person or not, I don’t know when life begins, and neither does anyone else. You might believe human life begins at the moment of conception, but your belief doesn’t make it a valid fact. Yes, there’s an argument for potential. It’s a valid argument, that a group of cells, might one day be a  human being, but if that’s your argument, every sperm I have carries that capacity, and perhaps vasectomies should be deemed illegal.

Criminal Justice

When I was young, I was wild, and I ran with a pretty wild and crazy bunch of friends. The local cops knew us, and they gave us shit at every opportunity, like pulling us over over for bullshit reasons, and making us empty out all our beer before sending us on our way. If you grew up in small town America, you know what I’m talking about. We knew all the cops, hell, some of ’em were related. There was this one prick, Officer Bush, that we all hated, that crossed the line, always. He loved getting physical, and he loved playing little mind games, like stopping me one morning on my way to work, just for pure harassment. There’s more to the story, but the point

is Randy Bush was an asshole. He eventually got his comeuppance and I’ll leave it at that. I don’t believe none of what I experienced as a kid was police brutality, some of their behavior was wrong, like reaching into my car, turning off my headlights, and then telling me I was stopped for driving with no headlights. I’ve always had an awareness of police brutality, police wrong doing, and it seems in the last decade or so, it’s morphed into something else, to the point where it’s just fucking dangerous to be stopped by a cop, especially if you live in a metropolitan area, or if you’re a minority. Reading this article from US Todayis discouraging, and it makes me wonder, exactly what the hell is going on, cuz clearly, nobody ain’t policing the police, and somebody should be.

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What Could Go Wrong?

What Could Go Wrong

with injecting human genes in monkeys? I’m guessing the Chinese have never read, or watched Planet of the Apes. Art is supposed to imitate life, not the other way around, but in this case, I’m thinking WTF… Christ, like worrying about nuclearannihilation, the rise of white nationalism, income inequality, fake news, buying enough food to eat, and idiots shooting up schools ain’t enough, now I have to be scared as shit about some damn dirty ape named Caesar running around with an AR 15. I like science, science is supposed to make my life easier, better, even somewhat tolerable, but this is ridiculous. There’s already a bunch of Neanderthals running around, and that’s bad enough. Maybe the end of life as I’ve known it really is here. All I got left is to wonder how hard it is to learn apeanese.

Slaves, Sex & Otherwise

I sometimes wonder if the human character is one of possession in the form of subjugation, and abuse. Yeah, I get it, there’s a lot of good people fighting the fight, but no where near close to enough, and that I struggle with. Seems to me, slavery, sexual and otherwise is a global issue, and that humanity is losing the battle.

What the fuck is up with that?

1. The Trafficking Of Women & Children Is The World’s Fastest Growing Crime

2. There Are An Estimated 24.9 Million People Trapped In Forced Labor Via Human Trafficking Worldwide

3. The Majority Of Victims Are Women & Girls

4. More Than 50 Percent Of Trafficking Victims Are Sexually Exploited

5. In Fact, The Most Common Form Of Human Trafficking Is Sexual Exploitation

6. While The Majority Of Sex Trafficking Victims Are Female, Men Are Also Victims

7. Traffickers Can Be Women, Too

8. Sex Trafficking Is Happening In The US

9. The Number Of Human Trafficking Victims In The US Could Be On The Rise

10. One Hotline Received More Than 6,000 Reports Of Sex Trafficking In 2017

11. A Majority Of Those Sex Trafficking Cases Concerned Escort Services

12. You Can Be A Victim Of Sex & Labor Trafficking

13. Prosecution Rates Remain Alarmingly Low

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TrumpCare, Ain’t Health Care

So Donald has reversed his previous thoughts on ObamaCare and now wants to abolish it, completely. Including the parts about not being penalized for having a preexisting condition, or keeping your kids on your plan until they’re 26. Just to backtrack for a minute, I never was in on mandating people to buy into health insurance, I never understood that. But overall, ObamaCare has been a good thing. The deciding factor in supporting the ACA, was simple. Politicians argued, and argued, all my life and never accomplished a damn thing to help people out when it came to healthcare. At least Obama did more than argue! Sure, the ACA’s not perfect, but it was a step in the right direction, something to build and refine on. And now, Donald just wants to wipe it away, like it never existed. I got
ta ask, where’s his healthcare plan? Are we going back to the stone age, where the healthcare industry fucked us every time we walked into our doctors office? My advice, Don, keep the good shit, and build on it, make it better, but you won’t take my advice, because your ego is in the way, and healthcare to you, isn’t about me, as much as it’s all about you.

Stone’s Sink

I don’t care much for Roger Stone, the political dirty trickster who just got his mouth clamped shut by a Judge, for what amounted to being an asshole. Most of Rogers life has been lived as an asshole, probably because  Roger is, well, an asshole. At least a political asshole. I don’t know what he’s like as a real person, outside the political trickster persona, but I’m guessing, the two are pretty much the same. Rogers history of fucking the American people dates way back to Nixon, and interestingly, his friendship with Paul Manafort goes back just as far. My problem with people like Stone, is his view of the world, that it’s his personal playground, that there’s a total lack of accountability, and/or responsibility, to everyone and everybody, yet his expectation is that you, bow before him. If asked, he’d disagree, touting his loyalty to Nixon, and Trump, which pretty much says it all about Roger Stone. All men with big egos, men who think they have big dicks, men who think they are beyond the law, until suddenly, they’re not. Suddenly, they are little men, with little dicks, and shallow egos.

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Brown Fingernails & Stinky Fingers

Not everybody washes their hands, not everybody bathes. Some people carry a toothbrush everywhere they go. People do their hygiene different, and I’m fine with that. I’m even better when some guy goes on national television and says he hasn’t washed his

hands in a decade because he doesn’t believe in germs, because he can’t see them. Now, there’s a couple of things here, first, I’ll never shake hands with a guy who has never washed his hands after taking a shit, cuz sometimes, your hands don’t come out glistening clean. Second, I believe it’s a good idea that you voice your hygiene protocol on national television, it’s a good way to cull idiots from the ranks of the sensible, and third, I’m guessing a lot of people never see God, but their faith is unshakable. So in review, we all agree hand washing is a good idea, it’s fine if you don’t want to indulge, but let the rest of us know, and God ain’t unlocking the pearly gates for those with brown fingernails and stinky fingers.