To keep me from going completely crazy from current events, I'm starting an August project. Maybe it's more accurate to call it a retirement project, but either way I'm building a camper for the back of my truck. I'll share a few photos as the build progresses. To keep me from going completely crazy from everything involved in this new camper project, I'll spend considerable time and effort to make this the best blog ever. This is the kind of cyclical thinking that has kept me going for over 65 years.
"Let's make up our minds, we don't have much time." Justice, Dumpstaphunk (2016)*
Okay, no long lectures here. We (most of us) know what has to happen on November 3rd, 2020.
Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, as well as strong regimentation of society and of the economy which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. Wikipedia
Antifa (/ænˈtiːfə, ˈæntiˌfɑː/) is an anti-fascist political movement in the United States. Wikipedia
Join the ANTIFA Organization
Saturday, August 1st, 2020 @ 2:10 pm PST There are several current openings and opportunities in the 2020 North American ANTIFA Organization, especially in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Divisions. If interested, apply at https://www.antifa.org
XP's OFFICIAL BLM Policy
What I Will Do (Parts I & II)
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 @ 2:30 pm PST There's been a huge recent national and even worldwide focus on the police and rightfully so. The USA has always been a police state, at least as long as I can remember, and it's about time for some accountability. XP supports the BLM cause.
XP is not asking to abolish or to completely defund the police as we appreciate the need for [appropriate] protection and services for citizens. We do, however, fully support a reformation of the police force and the entire criminal justice system starting at the top with the Department of Justice.
We should not lose sight of the forest for the trees.
The police are just one small part of the entire criminal justice system.
The police are just the tip of the iceberg - they just do what they're told to do.
You may think I'm being critical of Trump and Barr (and there is certainly a lot to criticize) but I'm not going there right now - that would take another 6,000,000 words to address what they have done but shouldn't have or didn't do but should have. This problem (you do understand what the problem actually is, right?) has existed over a long period of time, well before either of them took office.
Consider: the police rightfully or wrongfully arrest the citizen and then what happens?
They go to court. The same sometimes racist court that oftentimes sends a high percentage of black men, men of other minorities, and men in general, and almost anyone and everyone else of all ages, including innocent people, to jail or prison. Often the person spends a long time in jail before the actual court date. Once arrested, persons may lose their employment, income, family, and various rights, even if ultimately found innocent or not guilty.
A lot of people are making a lot of money through methods of mass incarceration.
Press Release by Wendy Sawyer & Peter Wagner
"The non-profit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative produces cutting-edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization, and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society."
"Racial inequality is evident in every stage of the criminal justice system - here are the key statistics compiled into a series of charts."
I'm not telling you or anyone else what you should do - I'm just telling you what I am doing.
What I Will Do (Part I)
a) I am sharing this important information with you.
b) I have subscribed to Prison Policy's Updates and Newsletters to stay informed.
c) I donated to Prison Policy Initiative to support our cause.
What I Will Do (Part II)
d) I am refusing to participate in the unfair, unjust, discriminatory jury system.
• I have the right to protest, and I protest this system by refusing to participate.
• I refuse to serve on moral and ethical grounds until significant systemic changes occur.
• As a social scientist, I know punishment does not work and therefore will vote for nullification.
• I will be honest and report that I must be excused because I cannot be fair in an unfair process.
• I am a conscientious objector to the entire process.
e) Just as I always have, I will continue to speak out regarding all of these important issues.
f) I can encourage you to listen to and watch Dick Gregory At Kent State (YouTube video).
If they (you-know-who) feel a need to fine or imprison me for refusing jury duty, then okay, I'll of course sue as that would be a clear violation of my civil rights (and probably your's too), but if you think I'm in this just for the money, you're incorrect - I would donate any winnings to PPI. And if I lose, that's okay too - the need for systemic change throughout the entire Department of Justice is that important of a fight. Also it's inevitable that someone will accuse me of not performing my civic duty by refusing to serve on a jury. I believe I am performing my civic duty by refusing duty for the reasons previously articulated.
There is much, much more to do of course. We're just getting started. There will be a Part III.
Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers
"You can't talk to a man with a shotgun in his hand." Carole King, Smackwater Jack, 1973
Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 @ 8:00 pm PST As the 2020 Presidential Election nears, there remain ongoing questions and concerns about Trump. We're gonna answer several of them right here, right now.
Is he just dumb? Is that it?
“It would be dangerous to underestimate this man. [He] is an extraordinarily talented conman. Political conning is Trump’s genius. This genius – combined with his utter stupidity in every other dimension of his being – poses a clear and present danger to America and the world." Robert Reich
Is he mentally ill?
He certainly meets the DSM criteria. Adirondack Daily Enterprise
If so, can the 25th Amendment be used to remove him from office?
It could, but forget it... it won't happen. Politico
Is he incompetent?
Does a bear sh-t in the woods?
"The incompetence dodge is a viable response to many of Trump’s individual sins. But it can’t account for the synthesis between those sins and the political party that enables them (and will still be there after he loses or is term-limited out of power) because the authoritarian system they have constructed in tandem is impossible to brush aside as a fleeting Trump vanity project." Crooked.com
Is he evil?
Yes, he is. CNN
Does he lie to distract us?
Apparently he will lie for almost any reason. "He and his campaign have already shown they'll do anything to change the subject — including invoking baseless conspiracy theories, stoking fears of a coming socialist revolution, and attacking the integrity of the election itself. Don't let them change the subject. This election is a referendum on Trump, the architect of our disaster." Business Insider
Is he a moron?
Visit The Lincoln Project's YouTube Channel for all their videos.
Is he a racist?
Of course, but hold on just a minute. These questions really are a waste of time. Does it really matter at this point if he's just dumb or instead a genius con man? Does it really matter if he's mentally ill, a narcissist, or an evil lying racist? Does it really matter if he is entirely incompetent or instead successfully and systematically implementing his plan? Maybe he is and maybe he isn't to any of the above but we need to ask a better question so we can maybe get a better answer. Here it is:
Would you vote for someone who is trying to kill you?
Is Trump Trying To Kill Us All? Advocate
Trump Presidency Is Killing America USA Today
Donald Trump Is Trying To Kill Us Essence
Trump Is Gonna Get Us Killed Daily Beast
Donald Trump is Trying To Kill You NY Times
Is he actively trying to kill us?
If a man was running straight at you as fast as he can, aiming and shooting his automatic weapon at you, actively trying to kill you, as bullets are whizzing past your head, are you going to ask, “Gee, I wonder if this guy is crazy? Maybe I should call a therapist? Gosh, he’s gotta be really dumb to be shooting at me. This is an evil guy for sure. He's probably a racist. I think I’ll call my Senator - maybe they’ll get rid of him." Nope, that's not what you're gonna do. You're going to do whatever you can to try to survive the attack. You will defend yourself. Right?
2020 National Conventions
Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 "And yet, instead of giving up, they joined together and said somehow, some way, we are going to make this work." Former President Barack Obama offers hope at the DNC while Trump sends hateful Tweets (CNN). Obama's Full Remarks (C-SPAN).
Thursday, August 27th, 2020 @ 9:00 pm PST In clear violation of the Hatch Act and with your taxpaying dollars paying for it all, Trump and the RNC has earned a final grade of F.
Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 @ 6:30 pm PST I've been having this recurring nightmare for the past four years that Trump wins the 2020 election.
A Saturday Conversation...
"I saw a UFO on Wednesday. This is the fifth UFO I’ve seen in my life."
"You saw aliens?"
"No, I saw a UFO."
"Were they gray or green or what?"
"The UFO was a purple and green disk."
"Where do you think they’re from?"
"I don’t know anything about aliens, all I know is I saw a UFO."
"How tall were they?"
"How tall was who?"
"I didn’t see aliens - I saw a UFO."
"What was it?"
"I don’t know. I couldn’t identify it. It wasn’t a plane or helicopter…"
"Then how do you know it was a UFO?"
"Because I couldn’t identify the object and it was flying…"
"Did they abduct you?"
"It was an unidentified f-----g object.”
"So how long have you believed in aliens?"
"I’ve never seen an alien."
"It was probably just a weather balloon."
"When the people fear the government, we have TYRANNY.
When the government fears the people, you have LIBERTY.”
You can complain now or you can complain later. We prefer to complain all the time.
*Thanks to Bill Carlin for suggesting this month's XPB Cool Video, Justice by Dumpstaphunk
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XP's August Prediction
XP Predicts that many schools across the country, with high hopes and just doing what DeVos and Trump have ordered them to do, will open up and then... close again. We don't want it to happen but it's gonna happen.
UPDATE: Prediction was CORRECT
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XP Supports the Prison Policy Initiative
For Them, Not Us
Car And Driver recommends this cool Inkas Riot Control Vehicle but we're not sure if it is to protect us (you know, the 99%) from them (um, the 1%) or them from us. Given the price tag it's almost certainly intended to protect them from us.
We don't yet know if it's gonna be good or bad or what, but there is one thing we know for sure: on November 4th, 2020 there will be a NEW Normal.
The NEW Normal might be the same as the OLD Normal in some ways, though, with the wealthy trying to find ways to insert fascist dictators...
Smedley Butler, Wikipedia
"In 1933, he became involved in a controversy known as the Business Plot, when he told a congressional committee that a group of wealthy industrialists were planning a military coup to overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Butler selected to lead a march of veterans to become dictator, similar to Fascist regimes at that time. The individuals involved all denied the existence of a plot and the media ridiculed the allegations, but a final report by a special House of Representatives Committee confirmed some of Butler's testimony... In 1935, Butler wrote a book titled War Is a Racket, where..."
Drain the Swamp, Part II
Do you know authoritarianism, racism, and even institutional racism can be identified and measured? Starting on November 4th, it will be important for employers and others to be able to do so effectively in order for swamp draining to begin.
You probably already know who many of them are, but in addition to direct observations, conversations, and heated political tirades, there are instruments. Here are just two of many authoritarian scales for your possible consideration:
Journal of Social and Political Psychology Dunwoody, Funke (2016)
Measures anti-democratic attitudes and policies, right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, prejudice, political tolerance/intolerance, fascism.
XPB's Recommendation: All current and prospective employees (and employers) - and everyone over the age of 18 - shall take the ASC or other similar assessment. Follow-up support, therapy, re-education, and other actions, including termination and/or prosecution/incarceration, to occur as appropriate.
Interactive Version of the Right-Wing Authoritarian Scale
XPB's Recommendation: The California F-Scales are for educational use only but might be used as a voluntary screener/self-insight/monitoring tool in re-education activities at times.
Contact me to schedule a consultation about educational and assessment possibilities. Hire me and we can start denazifacation. We'll start draining the huge national swamp of these racist authoritarians starting on November 4th.
XP Supports The Lincoln Project
Jim Carrey's Crying Lincoln
XP Supports Goodyear
Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 I promised I would keep you updated regarding my project. I'm building a camper for my truck. The basic skeleton is pretty much complete. I'll spend the next couple of weeks putting on the walls, inserting windows, and painting, etc. Since I don't have a full wood shop setup, I've spent a lot of time crawling around the cement and cutting wood by hand and my entire body is aching, but I'm not stopping until this project is done! Once Trump has taken away my Social Security, Retirement, and Medicare, I'll probably end up having to live in this thing until I die.
August Photo of the Month
Trump's America Kenosha, WI
USA Final Grade for August
There were some positives in August but we're still mired down in this fascist and racist nation.