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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Thank God for Norma Leah Nelson McCorvey's lawyers . . .

Whoa, a superprecedence event ( the “leak” of a “swinging for the fences,” “a 21 gun salute,” of “a withering takedown” of Roe v. Wade in a February 10, 2022 draft majority opinion in this decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Dobbs vs Jackson Women's Health Organization ) has me feeling like I'm spiraling, reeling ( and almost any of the 58 other synonyms for reeling ) back to the early '70s of the 20th century, remembering all of the energy I put into insuring a woman's right to choose, to have control over their own body, beating ( for once ) what is and has been the Republican patriarchy's mantra - “keep them barefoot and pregnant” - without hope of equality . . . ( in other words, as Jung suggests, “their jealousy of a woman's power to give birth” ).

And, only because it's a draft version, I'm not going to get suckered into mourning what might turn out to be the loss of this almost 50 year victory for democracy, but rather just put the following three proposed theories out there for you to discuss as to the question:  “Why the leak?” ( much thanks goes to New York University Law Professor Melissa Murray for setting me on this path ).

One theory, as unlikely as it is, is that the draft decision could have been leaked by one ( or more ) of the three ( or, perhaps, four ) dissenting judges.

A second theory, is that it could have been leaked by someone “in the middle,” wanting to stress test how a decision like this would play out in the public space.

Or, finally, it may have been leaked by one of the five ( or, perhaps, six ) majority justices who fears that there could be defectors from the majority opinion.  This is a way to backwalk the majority justices into a corner and make certain that they stay “on sides” in the “absolutist decision” that “takes no prisoners” and “really undermines and eviscerates” all of Roe v. Wade ( not to mention the possiblility of a whole series of other “rights” which rely on Roe v. Wade [ and its history ] and could be decided in the same way ).

Have at it ( in the "Enter Comment" section [ below ], if you feel up to it )!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Smiling All the Way to the Bank - The "military-industrial-banking" complex

If you've seen the movie “The International,” then you may have been struck by the following dialogue between Interpol agent Louis Salinger who is interviewing the International Bank of Business and Commerce's ( IBBC ) Security Chief, Wilhelm Wexler ( who is a former Russian Stasi Colonel and Communist hardliner ), with the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, Eleanor Whitman, secretly listening in ):

Louis SalingerSkarssen [ head of IBBC ] and that bank [ IBBC ] need to answer for what they've done.  They have to be brought to justice.  You can help me do that.

Colonel WexlerJustice . . . is not possible.

SalingerWhy not?

WexlerBecause, Agent Salinger . . . your idea of justice is an illusion.  Understand the very system that you serve and protect . . . will never allow anything to happen to Skarssen or the bank.  On the contrary.  The system guarantees the IBBC's safety . . . because everyone is involved.

SalingerWhat do you mean, “everyone”?

WexlerHezbollah.  CIA.  The Colombian drug cartels.  Russian organized crime.  Governments of Iran, Germany, China, your government.  Every multinational corporation, every one.  They all need banks like the IBBC . . . so that they can operate within the black and gray latitudes.  And this is why your investigative efforts . . . have either been ignored or undermined . . . and why you and I will be quietly disposed of . . . before any case against the bank ever reaches a court of law.

This was illustrated so beautifully on MSNBC back in March in a segment entitled:  “How Giant Investment Bank Goldman Sachs Is Profiting On Ukraine War.

And, once again, I'm reminded of these lines from the movie script for the movie “American Gangster” ( modified for the illegal war crimes of Putin's war against Ukraine ):

Detective Richie Roberts:  They don't want this to stop.  It employs too many people.  Lawyers, judges, military officers and non-commissioned soldiers, prison guards, county social workers.  The day a war is stopped, hundreds of thousands of people lose their jobs.

We don't hear a peep from the 16 or 17 intelligence agencies about the place of the banks in the “military-industrial-banking complex” war effort . . . .

Which led me to ask the question on Google Search - “Which country is the largest arms dealer in the world?”  And, of course, it's still the United States.

The Worlds Biggest Arms Exporters

With the United States supplying arms to 100 of the 195 countries in the world today.

Where the US Exports Weapons To

To reiterate how that translates to per capita war spending in 2021?  Statistica states, “$2,651.62” ( in 2021 dollars ) for every man, woman, and child!

Where the US Exports Weapons To

And, if the sanctions against Russia were to work ( cf. the findings on the Giant Investment Bank Goldman Sachs above ), then we could almost redistribute the Russian percentage in the graphic in the graphic's proportions to the other players in the graphic, resulting in a 45.8% slice of the pie for the military-industrial-banking complex in the United States - and we're talking $801,000,000,000.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Review of Trump timeline on the Virus

This is a long snippet of an email response to my next youngest brother written September 28, 2020 ( previous to the Woodward / Costa book “Peril” ):

As you recall, you had a question as to why the Dems are so concerned about the Covid-19 infection rate:

Well, one reason that has been in the back of my mind for quite some time is the fact that the Trumpenführer needs to be re-elected in order to remain immune ( no pun intended ) from all of the criminal investigations at the state level in which he is named.  And, his Republican party sycophants are going to continue to use everything in their power to ensure that the President will be re-elected.  This includes the Covid-19 fatality rate amongst the plethora of other means ( the gerrymander, non-working voting machines and voting apps, closing or moving polling places, stricter voter ID rules, requiring notarization of absentee ballots, discounting the voting in states, and directly appointing the delegates to the Electoral College, not to list any more ) that are being used.

Think of it.  The President lost the popular vote by ~ 3,000,000 votes.  So, if the Trump Administration can find a way to have 3,000,000 persons die, then the President is that much closer to being able to win the election by popular vote ( it would be the second time since 1992 that the Republicans will have won the popular vote ).

How does this work, you might ask?  Appoint the Fox News Radiologist, Scott Atlas ( who had been spouting the “Herd Immunity” line for at least 4 months previous to being appointed ), as Coronavirus Task Force czar.  And, preach “Herd Immunity.”

Michael Osterholm ( Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota ) has stated for a long time that around 65 - 70% of the U. S. population would need to become infected with Covid-19 to achieve “herd immunity.”

With the U. S. population of ~328,000,000 and assuming just a 1% fatality rate ( the current fatality rate is something like 2.97% ), to reach the 65% threshold would require 2,130,000 deaths while the 70% threshold would require 2,293,850 deaths.

The target the Trump administration has been aiming for is a 91.55% infection rate.  This would require 3,000,025 deaths.  And that is why their PanCap Adapted U. S. Government COVID-19 Response Plan, dated March 13, 2020 and marked “NOT FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE” ( which was released in March of this year ) suggested that the virus would last at least 18 months ( July, 2021 ).

On January 21, 2020, federal officials reported the first case of COVID-19 in the United States, to which the President responded, “It's one person, coming from China.  It's going to be just fine.”

January 22, 2020 during a CNBC interview on the sidelines of the economic forum in Switzerland, “We have it totally under control.”

January 24, 2020 tweet “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus.  The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency.  It will all work out well.  In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

January 28, 2020, from Woodward's book - during a top secret intelligence briefing, national security adviser Robert O'Brien gave Trump a “jarring” warning about the virus, telling the President it would be the “biggest national security threat” of his presidency.  Trump's head “popped up,” Woodward writes.  O'Brien's deputy, Matt Pottinger, concurred, telling Trump it could be as bad as the influenza pandemic of 1918, which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, including 675,000 Americans.  Pottinger warned Trump that asymptomatic spread was occurring in China:  He had been told 50% of those infected showed no symptoms.  Nevertheless, Trump continued to publicly downplay the danger of the virus, often comparing it to the flu.  February was a lost month ( https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/04/politics/trump-covid-response-annotation/ ).  Woodward views this as a damning missed opportunity for Trump to reset “the leadership clock” after he was told this was a “once-in-a-lifetime health emergency.”

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General declared that the 2019-nCoV outbreak constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

January 30, 2020, during a trade event in Michigan: “Hopefully it won't be as bad as some people think it could be.  But we're working very closely with them and with a lot of other people and a lot of other countries.  And we think we have it very well under control.”

On January 31, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary declared a U. S. public health emergency in response to 2019-nCoV.

Also on January 31, the president signed a “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus,” which limits entry into the United States of persons who traveled to mainland China to U. S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and their families.

February 2, 2020, during a Fox News Super Bowl interview - “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

February 4, 2020, during the State of the Union address ( the only reference to the virus ): “My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”

When on February 5, 2020, the CDC posted the first week's Morbidity and Mortality Report ( Patel A, Jernigan DB.  Initial Public Health Response and Interim Clinical Guidance for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak - United States, December 31, 2019 - February 4, 2020.  MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020:69:140-146.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm690531 ) covering what was then known of the “novel” Coronavirus outbreak in mainland China ( FN 1 ), already a total of 20,471 confirmed cases, including 2,788 with severe illness,* ( 13.6% infection rate ) and 425 deaths ( 2.1% mortality rate ) had been reported by the National Health Commission of China ( FN 2 ).  Cases had also been reported in 26 locations outside of mainland China, including documentation of some person-to-person transmission and one death ( FN 2 ).  And 11 cases had been reported in the United States ( 9 of the 11 exposed in Wuhan, China ).

Characteristics of initial 2019 novel coronavirus cases (N = 11) — United States, January 21–February 4, 2020
 
Case State ~ Age ( yrs ) Sex Place of Exposure Date Laboratory Confirmation Announced
 
1 Washington 30s M Wuhan 01/21/20
2 Illinois 60s F Wuhan 01/26/20
2 Illinois 60s F Wuhan 01/26/20
3 Arizona 20s M Wuhan 01/26/20
4 California 30s M Wuhan 01/27/20
5 California 50s M Wuhan 01/27/20
6 Illinois 60s M Household 01/30/20
7 California 40s M Wuhan 01/31/20
8 Massachusetts 20s M Wuhan 02/01/20
9 California 50s F Wuhan 02/02/20
10 California 50s M Wuhan 02/02/20
11 California 50s F Household 02/02/20

Abbreviations:  F = female; M = male.

* Includes any of the following: dyspnea, respiratory rate >30 breaths per minute, hypoxemia, or chest x-ray with multilobar infiltrates or >50% progression of pulmonary infiltration within 24–48 hours per WHO.  (https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200123-sitrep-3-2019-ncov.pdf ).

FN 1:  World Health Organization. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Situation report 1. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2020.

FN 2:  World Health Organization. Novel coronavirus(2019-nCoV). Situation report 15. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2020.

The opinion of the 180 2019-nCoV CDC Response Team members was for more cases to appear in the United States.

Now how does all of this play into the revelations in Bob Woodward's new book - Rage ( New York, NY.: Simon & Shuster, September 15, 2020 [ which goes way beyond the revelations in his previous book on Trump - Fear - Trump in the White House, { New York, NY.: Simon & Shuster, 2018 } ] interspersed with a small selection of news reports beginning February 7, 2020 ):

February 7, 2020 to Woodward: “It goes through the air, Bob.  That's always tougher than the touch . . . you don't have to touch things, right?  But the air, you just breathe the air . . . And so that's a very tricky one.  That's a very delicate one.  It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”

February 10, 2020, at a rally in New Hampshire: “It looks like by April.  You know in theory when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away . . . .  I think the virus is going to be - it's going to be fine.”

February 26, 2020, at the White House during a coronavirus task force meeting:  “The 15 ( case count in the U. S. ) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero .  This is a flu.  This is like a flu.  There's no reason to panic because we have done so good there's no reason to be panicked about it.”  Link to transcript of entire press conference https://factba.se/transcript/donald-trump-press-conference-white-house-coronavirus-february-26-2020?format=text.

Despite the warnings in that January 28th intelligence briefing ( recall note above for that date ), Trump continued to publicly downplay the danger of the virus often comparing it to the flu.  February was a lost month ( https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/04/politics/trump-covid-response-annotation/ ).  Woodward views this as a damning missed opportunity for Trump to reset “the leadership clock” after he was told this was a “once-in-a-lifetime health emergency.”

March 6, 2020, during a visit to the Atlanta, GA headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - “You have to be calm.  It'll go away.”

March 7, 2020, after a working dinner with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro - “No, I'm not concerned at all.  No, I'm not.  No, we've done a great job.”

March 13, 2020, during a Rose Garden announcement declaring a national emergency - “We've done a great job because we acted quickly.  We acted early.  And there's nothing we could have done that was better than closing our borders to highly infected areas.”

March 16, 2020, during a White House briefing - “I've spoken actually with my son.  He says, ‘How bad is this?’  It's bad.  It's bad.  But we're going to — we're going to be, hopefully, a best case, not a worst case.  And that's what we're working for.”

March 19, 2020 to Woodward:  “Now it's turning out it's not just old people, Bob.  Just today and yesterday, some startling facts came out.  It's not just old - older.  Young people too, plenty of young people.  I think, Bob, to really be honest with you.  I want to always play it down.  I still like playing it down because I don't want to creat a panic.”

March 19, 2020 at the White House:  “And if people would have known about it, it could have been stopped right where it came from - China.”

March 22, 2020 tweet:  “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF.”

March 24, 2020 at the White House:  “We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to flu.  We don't turn the country off.”

March 30, 2020, responding to a reporter's suggestion that he offered false assurance to Americans – “I want to keep the country calm.  I don't want panic in the country.  I could cause panic much better than even you.”

Report from Fox News, April 5, 2020 – “Some 430,000 persons flew from China to the US after coronavirus was first detected; 40,000 after the Presidential proclamation ( cited above ).”

During Woodward's last interview in July – “The virus has nothing to do with me, it's not my fault.  It's – China let the damn virus out.”

August 5, 2020, during a White House briefing on opening the schools – “If you look at children, children are almost – I would almost say definitely – but almost immune from this disease.  So few – they’ve gotten stronger.  Hard to believe.  I don't know how you feel about it, but they have much stronger immune systems than we do, somehow, for this.  And they don't have a problem.  They just don't have a problem.” Meanwhile, according to an article published in the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal “Emerging Infectious Diseases” – “Researchers in South Korea have found that children between the ages of 10 and 19 can transmit Covid-19 within a household just as much as adults.”

On August 6, 2020, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington estimated 300,000 deaths in the United States by December 1, 2020.  Will that number scale 10 times by that July, 2021 date?  You do the math.

September 9, 2020, talking to reporters and dismissing Woodward's book as a “political hit job” – “I love our country and I don't want people to be frightened.  I don't want to create panic, as you say.  Certainly, I'm not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy.  We want to show confidence.  We want to show strength.”

With all of the internal links in just these few references ( cf. for just one example the Altmetric links in that PubMed article cited up in the note for the February 5, 2020 date ), this is all of the documentation that I need because as we continue to see – while the United States “burns” ( no pun intended ), El Narcissismo Solipsismo fiddles ( euphemism for “plays golf” ).  And, as Jared Kushner says of his father-in-law ( quoting the Cheshire cat in “Alice in Wonderland” ) “If you don't know where you are going, then any path will get you there.”

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

WTF is wrong with the Stalinist party ( aka formerly the Republican party ) in Amerika?

A mainly Stalinist committee ( 3 of 4 members ) of the Michigan State Legislature writes a 55 page report detailing their investigations of voter fraud in the 2020 election in Michigan and finds that there was no fraud ( as expected ).

While after that finding it is still suggested in the Stalinist majority Michigan State Legislature that the Cyber Ninjas “fraudit” group come to Michigan to run another audit ( just to assure the voters in Michigan that all sides on the issue have been heard? )

In a book by Stalin's secretary, Boris Bazhanov ( The Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary [ Moscow:  III Tysiacheletie, 2002 ] ), he quotes Stalin as uttering in reference to a vote in the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1923 the following: «Я считаю совершенно неважным, кто и как в партии будет голосовать; но что чрезвычайно важно, так это то, кто и как будет подсчитывать голоса ». Transliterated as «YA schitayu sovershenno nevazhnym, kto i kak v partii budet golosovat'; no chto chrezvychayno vazhno, tak eto to, kto i kak budet podschityvat' golosa ».  And, roughly, in English, “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.”  ( cf. the historical thoughts on Draco's “Constitution” [ 620 BCE; where supposedly the only penalty for every crime was death ] with the “Draconian” voter registration laws being written in Stalinist Legislatures throughout Amerika .)

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Following the previous post this evening . . . one on how "fake news" gets started . . .

Interestingly enough, even Paul Craig Roberts had a number of references (15) to Hal Turner's WWW site with regard to some unreported remarks of VP Pence to the personnel at the Air Force base in Minot, ND last Friday (October 27, 2017 - link to reported remarks).

Now Hal Turner is a reported White Nationalist under employ by the FBI to disseminate news (on his shortwave radio program [WBCQ 7490 AM] and WWW site) to split and confound the American populace (and beyond as we shall see below).

Those reportedly unreported remarks of VP Pence were as follows (from Hal's WWW site):  “We are entering a very dangerous time, and I have come here personally to tell you that you may receive a Launch Order in the near future.  I want you to know that we have planned for all contingencies, but it is POSSIBLE that things may escalate beyond what we believe will take place.  If you receive a properly formatted launch order, you launch.  Don't waste time trying to confirm the order, because it is not standard operating procedure for you to delay like that.  If you get a launch order, carry it out.”

Besides a reference link (which may wrap) on every article (most recent count - 67) on Hal's WWW site, these reportedly unreported remarks spread far and wide to at least the following WWW sites (in alphabetical order; number of reference links [cached - unless otherwise specified] not counting “Advertisements”):

  1. 64.66.227.27 ‐ Before It's News (3) [link:  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:tilITezpf6QJ:64.62.227.27/alternative/2017/10/mike-pence-we-are-entering-a-very-dangerous-time-and-i-have-come-here-personally-to-tell-you-that-you-may-receive-a-launch-order-3567671.html+&cd=11&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  2. Chat Brat Anonymous [link:  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:whQLTjzm6KUJ:z7.invisionfree.com/Chat_Brat_Anonymous/index.php%3Fshowforum%3D1+&cd=41&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  3. Indy Watch All News World Feed [link:  {uncached but archived daily} http://wire.indywatch.org/archiver/wire.indywatch.org/resources/allworld.html]
  4. Kiwi Watch (11) [link:  https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:IrdJrYIvH64J:https://www.kiwiwatch.org.nz/coming-bear-market-robert-j-shiller-project-syndicate/+&cd=31&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  5. Nunez Report [link:  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:SSLZW1eVliMJ:nunezreport.blogspot.com/2017/10/mike-pence-we-are-entering-very.html+&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  6. Путь Странника WWW site [link:  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:N4vtxyYKkbsJ:https://irina-irinayurevna.blogspot.com/+&cd=108&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  7. Seemorerocks [link:  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:PUr49nyaf1EJ:robinwestenra.blogspot.de/2017/10/dprk-blacks-out-evacuates-cities-in.html+&cd=39&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  8. Steve Quayle's WWW site [link:  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Y22mAd2eqGEJ:www.stevequayle.com/+&cd=107&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  9. The Deep State [link:  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ca0KwlwTXLcJ:thedeepstate.com/+&cd=70&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  10. The Lifeboat News [link:nbsp; http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:7g3hadgOIXQJ:members5.boardhost.com/xxxxx/thread/1509449745.html+&cd=15&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  11. The Tribulation Now (5) [link:  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:M2swJgbtZ-sJ:www.tribulation-now.org/show-notes/+&cd=105&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
  12. Whistle Blower Jeff / Holy Spirit Wind (4) [link:  http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:gx1HyMrKDzoJ:whistleblowerjeff.holyspiritwind.net/2017/10/12/10-things-that-just-dont-add-up-about-the-las-vegas-mass-shooting/+&cd=49&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]

So, depending upon where you read the "fake news," if you didn't do your homework, then you wouldn't know that it was "fake" . . . .

As always, ENJOY!

In light of the Senate Committee's Volume 4 Report . . .

I put together a History of El Narcissimo Solipsismo's Ukraine Spiel in conjuction with Russian Hacking of the 2016 U S Presidential Election HTML file and thought that it would fit nicely into a blog entry.  So, here goes:

History of El Narcissimo Solipsismo's Ukraine Spiel

In conjuction with Russian Hacking of the 2016 U S Presidential Election

Precursors

Nuts and Bolts . . .

June 16 - 29, 2016

July 7 - 29, 2016

Auguust 12 - 19, 2016

September 2, 2016

December 13, 2016

January 6, 2017

March 5 - 30, 2017

July 7 - 20, 2017

August 14, 2017

November 2, 2017

January 25 - 26, 2018

March 22 - 23, 2018

June 13, 2018

October 4, 2018

July 17, 2019

September 25 - 30, 2019

November 24, 2019

December 29, 2019

From the horse's mouth . . .

January 22, 2020

Rectification!

April 21, 2020

Note from June 20, 2016

* The Figure in the article is missing but another report still has the references which are included below

Code for the phishing site accoounts.google.com/. . . along with the associated Google Accoounts login page (both originally from www.phishtank.com):

Google Acco<b><u>o</u></b>unt Phishing WWW site image

Monday, February 24, 2020

A short history of my political awakening . . .

This old codger (having begun my 78th year), officially retired for soon to be 11 years ( but really “semi-retired” since turning 35 years young ), has been ruminating on my life's journey ( part of a book my daughter and I are writing - “Dad and St Francis:  Inconsequential Memories“ ).  So, it has struck me to try and think through when “politics” came into my mind  ‐ it certainly wasn't a topic for discussion around the family dinner table ( or any other family meal's table, for that matter ).  Being from a lower middle class family, we were all struggling to make ends meet ( my brother and I with paper routes and snow shoveling, my Dad with one full-time and one halftime jobs, and my Mom with a halftime job ).

I guess it was when I was a Sophomore in high school, our Social Studies teacher ( Mr. McDonough [ Southwest High School, Mpls ], 1958 ] ) had a homework assignment for teams of two ( in my case, myself and Steve A. ) to choose two news magazines ( we chose Time and Newsweek ) and critique their political stance - as a naive youngster, where to begin?

So, I remember going downtown on the streetcar to the old Minneapolis Public Library ( 10th and Hennepin ) and doing some “card file research” only to be befuddled by the enormity of the task.  And, of course, our presentation was lackluster to say the least.

Then, there's my next youngest brother ( two years younger then myself ) and, until recently, a constant searcher for “the truth” ( now a dyed-in-the-wool member of the Trumpistan universe ).  Who, a couple summers after graduating from high school ( 1962 ), joined the U. S Marines ( 1964 ).  But after the first summer of boot camp in Quantico, VA., and a trek out west to a Bible camp ( Holden Village, Chelan, WA ), and a growing disillusionment with the conduct of the Vietnam War ( this really began for us both in 1965, after the philosophy professors at the University of Minnesota testified for the illegality of the war in front of the ROTC armory on campus and, later, the Vietnam War “teachins” at the University; Students for a Democratic Society [ SDS ] was now a candidate for truth ), on the turn of a dime, drops out of college, and goes to Cuba in 1969 with the Venceremos Brigade ( the FBI was calling our home at least once a week with the question [ mostly answered by my mother ] “Do you know where your son is?” ‐ Duh)!  He shook hands with Castro after the 10th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and linked up with Diana Johnstone, for a trip to Paris, meeting Madame Binh, at the peace talks being held there.  Somewhere in this timeline, he switched to the Socialist Worker's Party ( SWP ) and was involved for a number of years selling Monthly Review books across the United States.  Recently, I attended a reunion of old SWPers ( myself not being one [ I've voted Democratic since voting for JFK in 1960 ] but swept in on the coattails of my brother ) at the Green Mill restaurant in Saint Paul, MN.  ( For a more in-depth look at my brother's background see his Hell Raiser:  The Life and Times of an Organizer. )

There was a succession of projects ‐ The Honeywell Project ( he inside, ostensibly working for Honeywell; me outside testifying for alternatives to the Vietnam War, climbing over the fence at the Honeywell Corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, enjoying donuts from the Bouza Bakery [ Tony Bouza was the Chief of Police in Minneapolis and his wife, Erica, was an ardent supporter of the Honeywell Project ] ) while being held in jail, The Burlington Northern Project, Project ELF, Citizens Against Trident-ELF (CATE) testifying for a saner alternative to Project ELF over in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest near Clam Lake, Wisconsin, while living at the Dorea Peace Community, near Turtle Lake, WI, War Tax Resistance ( until the IRS garnished my MSRS retirement account while I was employed by the University of Minnesota ), managing the Catholic Worker Farm near St. Joseph, MN, etc.

Early on he suggested to me ( a 15-16 year old to a 17-18 year old [ we used to read to each other interesting articles that we found in the various volumes of the American People's Encyclopedia from our parent's bookcase ] ) that I read Paul Goodman's 1960 book “Growing Up? Absurd! Problems of Youth in the Organized Society” and that was the real beginning for me on the journey to what I call Conservative Christian Anarchism ( in order to hide it's more “radical” [ in the sense of going to the root { or “Root” cf. Isaiah 11:1-10 } ] foundation ).  Indeed, there was a saving grace throughout in the example of the man Jesus ( not the hocus-pocus stuff ) but the care, concern, respect, ability to respond, knowledge, and provision shown in his relationship with others.

Now, on Medical Assistance with an Elderly Waiver, and fighting invasive squamous cell carcinoma ‐ I'm too old to be much of a fisherman ( with reference to Morris West's 1963 book “In the Shoes of the Fisherman” [ and the 1968 movie ] ).  But I keep thinking that I'm fishing the Blackfoot River.  “Alone, in the half-light of the canyon . . . and, the sound of the waters in the river . . . cut by the world's great flood, running over rocks from the basement of time.  On some of the rocks are timeless rain drops, under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.”

I guess I would have to say that the assembly of my memories are not that “inconsequential” being based on that line from the 1936 book length poem by Carl Sandburg “The People, Yes”:  “This old anvil laughs at many broken hammers.  There are [ persons ] who can't be bought.”

And, we recall, Ernest Becker's words on page 4 of the “Introduction” to the second work in his magnum opus - “Escape From Evil” - “The Human Condition:  The Dread of Insignificance"”:  “[ M ]ankind's age-old dilemma in the face of death . . . is the meaning of the thing that is of paramount importance:  what [ human beings ] really [ fear ] is not so much extinction, but extinction with insignificance.  [ Human beings ] want to know that [ their ] life has somehow counted, if not for [ themselves ], then at least in the larger scheme of things, that it has left a trace, a trace that has meaning.  And in order for anything once alive to have meaning, its effects must remain alive in eternity in some way.  Or, if there is to be a ‘final’ tally of the scurrying of [ human beings ] on earth - a ‘judgement day’ - then this trace of one's life must enter that tally and put on record who one was and that what one did was significant.”