Saturday, October 20, 2018

Inhumanity.

As we countdown to the Midterms we must all realize that the systemic quagmire of hate and avarice in America is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems facing our species. A cursory glance of global affairs is all that is needed to fully comprehend the shit storms we face in the coming decades. I'm prepared and ready to retreat from it all and live in pristine isolation. I do not see things improving until money and God are abandoned . . . Have a great weekend! Ciao.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hands Up.

 Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and likely murder raises questions that we should be raising each and every day about the people who are running this planet. We know the Saudis are tyrants and we know that our President is just fine with celebrating assaults on journalists. This particular incident shows how deep and wide the immoral behavior of global leaders is and that is a condition that needs to be called out and investigated each and every day. Khashoggi will not be found and nothing will be done about it. America needs Saudi Arabian money and influence in the region and the Saudis need our weapons and influence in the global sphere of influence. A pile of dead babies would not change that relationship. It is ridiculous that journalists are enemies of the state and they should not be the only ones putting themselves at risk to get to the truth. Citizens of the world rely upon news to make decisions and when those who generate the news are directly threatened, killed or jailed we need to rethink the entire paradigm. Truth has obviously not put a dent into Trump and it will not touch the Saudis either. We are reaching a crescendo of abuse of power and ultimately it will be up to the citizens of the world to topple the powers that be. Unfortunately I do not see that happening and neither do they. We are creeping towards a totalitarian state in America. Each day a little more ground is lost and far too many people think it's fucking wonderful. My hands are thrown up in the air in despair at this point and I have very little faith in the will of decent people. What does it take to get humanity to stand up to oppression? The powers that be know that moving the line of acceptability just a little every day works and they are not going to stop. The upcoming election is my red line. If the GOP wins we are fucked. Ciao.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Forgiveness.

Over a decade ago the Federal Government established a program that was designed to encourage college grads to go out and get jobs in the public service sector. It was designed to give people willing to do work for the greater good of society a break. "Spend 10 years teaching, nursing, policing or otherwise working for a qualified nonprofit while also making 120 monthly payments against your student loans, and the government would forgive whatever's left. As a thank you." (NPR) Sounds great, right? A fair and reasonable program that many signed up for and made life choices based upon - including my wife. Now the first crop of borrowers have tried to collect on that promise and the results are staggering. In the first year of eligible forgiveness only 1% of those who went through the program have been approved. 1%. That is insane. Until you realize that the program has been poorly run and mismanaged. There is also the fact that the rules are so scatter shot and messy that keeping up with it all is a full time job unto itself. And then you can add in the fact that most people in America do not know enough about financial instruments to navigate a well oiled system of repayment, much less one riddled with chaos and purposeful obfuscation. Even well educated citizens are not given the tools to fully understand how to make the program work for them - hence the high failure rate. And that it because the entire paradigm is designed to fail people. There are great ideas out there (like this one), but the implementation of these ideas is poorly executed because the powers that be want people to fail and they want to keep as much money in the system as possible at all times.

Fortunately my wife is very savvy and is on track. My household will be in that 1%. But most will grow tired and frustrated by the process and just give up. And that's what America is all about. Empty promises and the system counting on personal failure as an excuse for it's carefully crafted paradigmatic failures. Ciao.