LOCAL SELF-RELIANCE, EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS, & PROTECTIONISM
See: WildFoodies /
Be Prepared / First Aid
& Buy Local
community, and country should be, as much as possible, self-reliant in
the basic needs of life, prepared for any emergency natural or
man-made, and protected from foreign interference and control. For what else
is government's main role, but to serve as society's 'protector', while our role,
as individuals and communities, is to be 'prepared' for
anything that may come our way?
governments around the world have helped create our current 'disaster of dependency'.
Under the false flag of the "free market" and "free trade", they have
sold out their citizens for private profit and foreign interests.
Today, most Americans are completely dependent on others for their bare
essentials. We used to be a land of small farmers, businesses, and
manufacturers. Now we're a land of open borders and chronic
consumers ... and that is societal suicide. We are sitting ducks
for any disaster, natural or manmade.
But don't panic! This is nothing
new. Down through history, those who wanted to dominate others, always
began by dividing and conquering. And one of the most popular ways
to conquer a society is to destroy their local self-reliance.
In American Colonial times, the colonies supplied the raw materials to Great
Britain's manufacturers, but were banned from manufacturing products themselves.
The American Revolution was fought in large part so that the colonists could make their own
products and control their own destiny.
Today, we have lost much of what our forefathers
fought for, and we need to get it back.
What can we do?
We need to learn how to survive and thrive without imports and without
commercial products, as much as possible. We need to learn how to
respectfully and responsibly use our wild world to make our own things, for food, fiber, medicine, and much more. We
also need to grow crops, make clothes, build houses, and tend to our other basic needs. And when we do have to buy things, they should be "Locally Made" or "Made
In America" products. Our local governments should provide "open
markets" and online catalogues "rent-free" for people to sell their products
and services. And our schools can
lead the way by teaching kids lots of skills, too. This will all go a long way
toward connecting us to reality, nature, and each other.
Insist that your local government draw up
and execute plans to be "Locally Self-Reliant" and for "Emergency Preparedness".
Government authorities also need to take 'land use' planning seriously
and set aside land for farming, foraging, fishing and hunting. The
sprawling suburbs can be re-configured into "towns", and property owners
can be encouraged to convert their lawns into micro-farms. Everyday
common weeds and non-native plants
can provide a wealth of nutrition and medicine.
'protectionism' as isolationist and nationalistic, but that's not
true. It makes sense for every nation to protect is citizens and
resources as much as possible. There's nothing "free" about free
markets. It's a race to the bottom, as businesses scour the planet looking for cheap, if not slave, labor.
bans and steep tariffs on foreign goods, as well as bans foreign
ownership of businesses, land, non-profits, etc., are effective ways to
protect a nation's businesses. Foreign ownership is a foreign
"conquest" of a nation's assets by any other name. Governments should
also ban private or foreign ownership of public
utilities, which should never be subject to market forces, in any case,
we all depend on them. Public utilities include: ports, water,
power, electric, gas, roads, roads, bridges, tolls, communications,
elections, money, etc..
should enforce the Anti-Trust Act &
ban monopolies, aka "chain" businesses,
that suffocate local small businesses and destroy the uniqueness,
diversity, and self-sufficiency of local communities, worldwide. This applies to "chain"
law firms, "chain" accountants, "chain" real estate businesses, etc..
Another reason to ban chain businesses is the same reason not to
connect our power grid too broadly
because if one thing goes wrong, it
can take down the whole system. There are supposed to be anti-trust laws to protect
businesses, but they've been largely ignored. That needs to change. We
need to enforce anti-monopoly laws and make them stronger. But, local
communities should come together now and agree to stop doing business with chain stores.
In fact, there are laws that allow
communities to outlaw big chain stores.
Protect national borders.
Lastly, a country cannot exist if it has no border
security. If anyone can come in, that can quickly build into a 'de facto' invasion.
Open borders also means open season for drug and human traffickers, as well. Countries need to
manage their own affairs, like we manage our homes and families. We lock
our doors when we leave our house, so that we don't get unwanted
visitors. We plan for the amount of food, clothing, and shelter we
need, so that we don't run out. Well-managed countries operate the
same way. That said, solid border fences can also do serious harm to wild life
that need to migrate seasonally. It looks like what we need is a federal ID
that people must carry to prove that
they are citizens of the country in which they reside.
- Demand Liberty, Transparency, Honesty, Inclusivity (Sunshine Act), Sensicality, & Limited
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& Government Corruption
Generally speaking, we want to keep government as small and unobtrusive
as possible. Throughout history, we have learned that if you allow any
entity - government, business, institution, or individuals - to become
too powerful, what follows is the concentration of power in the hands of
a few, which leads to tyranny and corruption, and followed by disasters of
Biblical proportions. In order
to minimize the need for government, we must become as self-reliant as
we can on every level: personal, local, regional, and nationally. (see
Plus, we must be vigilant and get
involved in politics. Politicians and the public are not mind
readers. We must stand up and speak out, and not let the political parties divide us on the issues that
We also need to exercise our right to "meaningful and effective" free
speech and a FAIR press, which means: the public should be able to
speak at public meetings on any subject that is government oriented;
that government representatives, officials, and departments should have
regularly scheduled public meetings, plus comment sections on their
homepages; that government polls are routinely conducted to gage the
public will; and that the press must report all sides of any issue, plus
allow public comments under each online article, etc..
'Transparent' Elections & Public Polls:
Democracy demands transparency, not trust. Voting must be transparent
so that election observers have something to observe, which
mean that we need: hand counted paper ballots at local polls on Election Day only,
under the watchful eyes of election observers; and NO
to machines, computers, e-mail voting, absentee voting, mail-in voting,
drop boxes, ballot harvesting, early voting, late counting, etc..
Private polls are similarly nontransparent and untrustworthy. Government
should conduct ongoing public polls so that the public can express their own
opinions. I also suggest that we ditch the "secret ballot" and do "open
voting" for government-sponsored public
polls. The anonymous secret ballot has been the single biggest
reason that we can't ever truly audit any election. Open voting does have
its downside as well, but it's worth a try. I've written about voting in
detail at ProtocolsForDemocracy.org
Representative Democracy + Direct Democracy:
As well as vote for their political leaders, citizens should have
to opportunity to vote directly on specific issues nationally,
state-wide, and locally. Most people support a representative democracy,
but many of our leaders don't do what they said they were going to do
once they get into office. One
way around that problem is to also vote on issues directly, thereby bypassing our
legislators, when necessary. It's called Direct Democracy, where ballot measures
Beware of Political Parties: The
political parties needlessly divide us into 'teams', rather than unite
us on 'issues'. Too often, they act like racketeers, ruthlessly
punishing the other parties and their own members, if they step out of
line. Their power should be limited and people should consider choosing
"unaffiliated" when registering to vote.
Public Campaign Financing
Only For Public Office:
We've got to take the money completely out of the election process,
particularly foreign money, but due to the Citizen's United decision
etc., it will take an Act of Congress to do it. Ideally, six months before an election, the
government should require 3 debates for candidates (the last one being a
week before the election), provide a free temporary website to fill with their
own content, and a mail out a list of questions and the
candidates' replies, so that voters can know where
the candidates stand on the issues, hopefully.
Read and pass narrowly defined
legislation: Our political representatives must have the time to read,
understand, and get public reaction to the matters on which they will
vote. And each bill should stand on its own, rather than omnibus
bills that are packed with too many issues that no one has read or understands,
lumping good bills in with bad ones.
"Emergency Powers" should be banned, as they put the "mock" in
Government should NEVER be
allowed to 'protect from liability' any entity from civil or criminal lawsuits,
has happened with vaccine makers, as it denies citizens their right to
the third branch of government, the Judiciary.
End the conflicts of interest for
and civil servants, who should be required to divest from all Wall Street
should require a vote of Congress,
per our U.S. Constitution
With our Bill of Rights come
responsibilities that we have to fight for every day!
The military's mission is to defend the nation, but we all must be
prepared to do that.
BE PREPARED &
RENEW THE UNIVERSAL DRAFT
- Every citizen, including students, should be trained and available
to defend themselves and their country, as civilians are often drawn
into wars and other hazardous situations. The downside of a 'volunteer'
military is that it creates a 'warrior class' that can control or take
over government. Worse yet, it also allows citizens to disconnect from their nation's
defense and foreign policy, under the misguided impression that it has
nothing to do with them, when it most certainly does. We don't need
armchair patriots. We need all our citizens to have the
skills, training, and courage it takes to protect themselves, their
community, and their country
BAN FORCED VACCINATIONS AND MEDICATIONS -
Everyone should have the right to Medical Freedom. Our
military has been literally and systematically poisoned by their own
doctors and public health officials. Toxic vaccines and other
medications have disabled hundreds of thousands of our soldiers, active
duty and retired - which also has resulted in 22 suicides a day.
As with any injustice, it takes people stepping up, speaking out, and
fighting back... for things to change. Our soldiers are
dedicated to defending us, now we have to defend them against medical
corruption and tyranny.
ABUSING OUR STATE'S "NATIONAL GUARD" -
Our state "national guard" is supposed to protect their
respective states, not engage in foreign wars. Yet, units have been routinely
been sent overseas by the
Pentagon, particularly during the various and unethical Mideast wars, starting in the
1990's. The Pentagon has sent these troops on multiple deployments; something
that was unheard of before. It has taken a tragic toll on our
soldiers and their families. This has also left states less able to defend their citizens in times of
natural or man-made disasters, which is their first mission.
For several states, where massive numbers of illegal immigrants are pouring
over their borders, having their troops overseas has hampered their ability
to stem the tide or safeguard residents. Our national guard needs to return to
its original mandate - to protect U.S. residents and their property.
LAW & ORDER
ISSUES - Set and enforce effective safety laws, educate police
officers, train citizens, and focus on effective rehabilitation in prisons.
TRAIN ADULTS AND
CHILDREN on how to diffuse a volatile situation, but also how to
defend themselves by any means necessary.
GUN OWNERSHIP - Common sense
dictates that we have the right to arm and protect ourselves and
others. The Second Amendment is pretty clear on that score, even
though several states continue to chip away at it. In 1776, the
Patriots were able to fight for our liberty because they were armed;
British citizens in Great Britain were not. If more people were armed,
there would be a lot less people attacking schools,
invading homes, and looting stores. The police can't be everywhere, so
people need to be empowered to protect themselves and their
neighborhoods. And all schools should be protected by armed guards
and a weapon's trained staff!
DISTRICT ATTORNEYS & POLICE
need to be supported, but also to do their jobs properly. In too many cities there is a "soft on crime"
approach to law enforcement. Yes, lots of things need to be done to
prevent crime (youth programs, skills training, affordable housing,
etc.), but once the crime has been committed, the offender needs to be
prosecuted and rehabilitated in prison, if necessary. Offenders need
to know there will be serious consequences to their
actions. For district attorneys who don't enforce the law, they should
be sued on the grounds of "non-enforcement of the law". For police who do not do their job, they should be
retrained or fired. People need to be held accountable for their actions and inaction; both
offenders and enforcers.
BAIL, NO RELEASE, & SPEEDY TRIALS:
We should have "no bale nor release", but "quick justice" within 24
hours for most simple non-violent crimes,
as they have done in some sports stadiums for unruly fans. But,
absolutely no bale or release for violent offenders, repeat offenders, or flight risks.
It's understandable that there are complaints about a 2-tiered
justice, one for the rich and the other for the poor. It's not
fair and should not be allowed. Quick justice is a better
solution, with ample opportunity for offenders to appeal while in jail, per usual,
or ask for a jury trial. And a jury trial should not cost more than a
non-jury trial and the jurors should be picked via lottery.
BAN GAG ORDERS,
SEQUESTERING, GRAND JURIES, ETC: Where in the Constitution does it
say that people lose their 1st Amendment rights to free speech if they
are indicted, convicted, or in jail? No judge should ever be
able to gag anyone. Nor should they look for jurors who don't keep up
on the latest news, or be able to sequester them. Nor should any
information about the victim or alleged perpetrator be withheld from
jurors or the public, including previous and current indictments and
convictions. Lastly, grand juries should be banned; they are too
easily manipulated by a DA without the accused being represented.
WHITE COLLAR CRIME:
should go to jail if they violate the law. Period. There should be no exceptions
for government employees, business owners, and corporations... but it happens all the time, particularly with Big Pharma
and their vaccines, opioids, and other drugs. It's a racket where corporations pay fines to the government, and then
write off the expense as the cost of doing business. Millions of people
have been injured or died, yet few Big Pharma executives, or their government
counterparts, ever go to jail. The
same goes for the financial, chemical, and other industries. These criminals
need to go to jail and pay fines that will wipe out any profits they made or will
make; plus pay for the pain and suffering that they have caused. See:
Federal Gov't Corruption
All societies need effective and respectful "law and order". There are a lot of people who think that these small crimes, like
loitering, drunkenness, or panhandling don't matter, but they
First, small violations can quickly add up to big safety problems.
Secondly, the sidewalk is a public easement, not a private meeting space.
And just using common sense, "How would you feel if someone was loitering, drunk, or panhandling in front of
your home, office, or store?" For those offenders who are
addicts and the mentally ill, free treatment in a secure facility
should be required. In Philadelphia, people should call 911 every time
they see these violation, because it goes on the record, plus the
police have to respond, which usually takes care of the problem, at
least temporarily. See my website:
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT: Rehabilitation and skills training
should be the focus of any prison, not punishment. And certainly NOT
solitary confinement, which can easily drive sane people crazy. This
is society's best chance to make troubled people better, for
everyone's sake. Plus, inmates should
be in local prisons where their friends and family can visit them. Also,
'private prisons' are not a good idea, as their business model depends on prisoners,
which is a huge conflict of interest, obviously.
Prisons should be considered a public necessity, not an investment opportunity.
do it. If the process makes a mistake, there's
no rectifying it. It's better to be safe, than sorry. Life in prison, with no
possibility of parole, is a better option. Besides, appeals to death penalties
can go on for decades, draining the financial assets of local
PROPERTY RIGHTS &
MAINTENANCE: All properties should be properly maintained,
attractive, and occupied under the law. No property should remain
empty for more than 2 years, after which time, the government should
be able to
lease out or purchase the property for its market value.
RIGHTS & PROTECT LANDLORDS RIGHT TO EVICT FOR NONPAYMENT OF RENT: You either
hold title to property or not, plus prove that you paid taxes on it.
No one should be allowed to squat and not pay rent. If the squatter is
not a renter, or a renter that is destroying the property or posses a
physical threat, then eviction should be immediate. If renters
stop pay rent, then the landlord should have the right to evict them
by a date based on their deposit, which is usually 1 month's rent,
unless the renter is destroying the property or threatening neighbors,
for which eviction should be immediate. See:
- Can't live with it, and can't live without it. What can we do?
Support local banks
Enforce the Anti-Trust Act
Minimize the need for money
debit cards, not credit cards
Oppose a government digital currency
Oppose the private banks' Federal Reserve
Support government control over the money
Prohibit Wall Street's
often, we make money, not sense. Money is probably the
issue we face... with no easy answers. It seems that you can't live with
it and you can't live without it. That said, money must be managed extremely carefully,
like a stick of dynamite. Money
offers such an overwhelming incentive for people to do the wrong thing,
that it has become a real threat to the success of any society.
Too many people will do anything for money, or conversely...do nothing
at all and not speak up about important issues of the day for fear that
they could lose their job.
Frankly, our economic system can be considered a financial form of
servitude, forcing people to play along even if they are completely
self-sufficient. So, it makes sense to minimize our need for money
through local and personal "self-reliance", as much as possible. There
is a way to live in a society where money is not involved, for instance, barter societies, but in general they haven't worked for
the larger population. Maybe those kind of societies can be our
goals, but in the meantime, it's going to take money to get people to go to
work and do jobs that are vital to a modern society.
ECONOMY: A MIX OF CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM, AND PROTECTIONISM - The
economy should serve the public good, not private interests alone. It makes sense
not to charge people for certain things that benefit both
society and business, such as education,
training, and health care. But, it also makes sense to give people the freedom and financial
incentive they need to create new ideas and
products, within a regulatory framework of fairness and safety. As noted above, we should promote local self-reliance,
set high tariffs, ban as
many imports as we can, plus ban foreign ownership of
land, businesses, and assets of any kind.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & PATENTS: It seems that this field has gone
nuts, so much so that the "public good" is completely losing out to
"private profit". Rumor has it that many patents are being
hidden from the public so that select industries are protected from
competition, and that we could have had "free, clean, and safe energy"
by now. It's time to end this practice of privatizing ideas and
unlock these hidden treasures.
LIMITS ON WEALTH:
People should not be allowed to accumulate or hoard so much wealth
that they can buy up entire countries. People should be powerful if
they have powerful ideas and accomplishments, not because they made
the most money. Of course, limitless wealth wouldn't be such a huge
problem if our government actually enforced the Anti-Trust Act and had a
truly progressive tax code. However, as things now stand with
billionaires running amuck, there needs to be a cap on wealth, but
where to put it?
WORKFARE, NOT WELFARE: Government should be the employer of last
resort. It might not be the job of your dreams, but to give capable
people money for doing nothing undermines a person's worth and
integrity, as well as society's stability and sense of fairness.
A BORROWER NOR A LENDER BE? If borrowing weren't allowed, the cost
of everything would go down. Things quickly get out of control when
you allow lending or borrowing. It's really gambling. Both the
borrower and lender are betting that the loan will be paid back, but
can't guarantee it. So why not require people to pay the full cost up
front? The excuse used is that it is easier for people to buy things
on a "payment schedule" spread out over many years. But, the real
result is that people too often take on more debt than they can
handle, driving up costs, and too often sinking themselves under a
mountain of debt and creating an economic bubble for the nation's
economy... that eventually bursts.
CREDIT CARDS v DEBIT CARDS: Why don't we call the credit card
companies what they really are? Loan sharks! With some charging
29.99%, not counting the cost to the retailer. The government should
end credit card use and switch to debit cards instead, for those who
don't want to carry cash.
TRAINING LOANS: Again, government run schooling and training should be free, with a private option. As it stands, colleges and
trade school costs are ridiculously expensive because of easily
available loans that take years, sometimes decades, to pay off. And in
the case of bank defaults, the taxpayers is left holding the bag.
BAN BIG BUSINESS
/ ENFORCE THE ANTI-TRUST ACT:
Our "too big to fail" big banks and businesses should be
BANKING: Banks should provide a service where people can
store their money, for a small fee, at no risk of bankruptcy or asset
forfeiture. In other words, if the lending part of the bank failed,
depositors secured "risk-free" money would be, physically, in the bank
vault available to be restored to the owner.
RESERVE is the privatization of a government function -
controlling the money supply. It's unconstitutional and a scam. We're
being charged interest to access our own money! That
should end now. We need to take back control of our own currency from
national and international bankers.
This should be mandatory for any country. America is now
drowning in massive debt unlike anytime is history. And it's no accident, it's
called "predatory lending". It's
one way to destroy a country is to plunge it into massive debt.
TAX ISSUES: There should only be taxes on income,
all sources: employment, investments, assets, inheritance, gifts,
etc.; and those taxes should be progressive. The more you make, the
more you pay. They should be based on income, not on assets
until sold. In Philadelphia, we have to pay taxes on the appraised
market value of our homes. That's crazy. It is forcing people out of
their neighborhoods and incentivizing people not to take care of their
homes. Meanwhile, Philly hands out hefty tax abatements for people
who fix up the properties they buy. It makes no sense!
NO FEDERAL INCOME TAX?
It is unconstitutional for the federal government to require
income tax payments, but we do it anyway. And then what happens?
The federal government continues to grow exponentially, and actually
withholds money from the states, essentially blackmailing states if
they don't do what the federal government dictates. As our
federal government grows more corrupt by the day, it's time to
minimize the Federal Income Tax, but not sure where it should be.
END MOST TAX EXEMPTIONS, INCLUDING NON-PROFITS:
It's become a racket for the rich and others. Some so-called
non-profits, like PEW, are worth billions of dollars!
WALL STREET - BAN HEDGE FUNDS, JUNK BONDS,
DERIVATIVES, PUTS, CALLS, ETC.: It's all 'funny money'. Basically,
it is gambling on businesses and industries that the 'little guy'
worked hard to build up. We need to knock
off the Ponzi schemes, pump & dumps, and booby traps. That's what really lead to
the Great Depression, not protectionism, as some historians claim. And
did you know that if your bank goes bankrupt, that derivative accounts have
first claim on the assets, before bank customers?! And the non-transparency of
hedge funds is insane. Since when is it a good idea to put blinders on when it
comes to investing?
There should be no "red-lining" in insurance rates, charging those who
live in the city to a higher rate than those who live in the suburbs.
That's unfair discrimination. Insurance rates should be based on personal performance, not a
GAMBLING: Think about it...for you
to win, others must lose. How can that make you feel good about yourself? A
gambling addict can destroy their family's assets. And the fact that people can gamble on credit is criminal. The fact that governments
encourage people to
gamble is insane. You should be doing better things with your
time; like learn a hobby, walk in the woods, or re-arrange your sock
UNIONS are great for any non-public
group of employees, but voting for a union and its
officers should be transparent, which most aren't.
Unions are great for any non-public group of
employees, but not for public employees - they can have an association, but not
go on strike. That's the downside of having relatively secure government
employment and not have to worry about working in a competitive market. Union votes should not be secret, either, but instead
"transparent"... like any other election. All that said, it was
extremely disappointing to see so many unions, particularly the teachers
unions, NOT protect their members against mandatory vaccines during the COVID nightmare.
RACISM & REVERSE
have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation
they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the
content of their character."
Martin Luther King
Meritocracy & Equal Opportunity versus Quotas & Equity of Outcomes:
We should promote people based on merit, not race, sex,
ethnicity, religion, nor personal connections. If it's good enough for
the NBA, NFL, and various other sports and occupations where African
American do very well, if not dominate, then it's good enough for every
other profession. Otherwise, preferential treatment sows
discontent and frustration within every part of society; it poisons the
well. People will always doubt someone's ability to do a job
properly, if they got preferential treatment. Besides, not everyone
needs to play for the NBA, however they can play for other organizations
and on city teams. Not everyone needs to go to Harvard Medical
School; there are other medical schools that are less competitive, less
expensive, and perhaps even more competent. And most of all, people can
set up their own private organizations and businesses that can cater to
their specific needs.
Good Intentions & Bad Consequences: Sometimes with the best of
intentions, we can really screw things up. School bussing was meant to
integrate the school system, but instead, whites left the cities in
droves and fled to the suburbs, making segregation worse.
Effective educational reforms and enforcing laws against discriminatory housing practices would have been
a better way to go. In a similar manner, social welfare programs were
meant to support poor mothers and their children; instead these programs
encouraged many fathers to abandon their families, leaving mothers and
children more destitute than ever. Incentives for intact families,
as well as workfare, are better solutions. Many individuals and
churches are creating problems for their local neighbors by feeding the
homeless and drug addicts, instead of taking them to government social
services and getting them effective treatment. So, the next time you try
to help someone, think it through and try to be sure that you are making
things better for everyone, not worse. Good intentions can have some
pretty bad, though unintentional, consequences
SCORE? Past Injustices & Reparations:
This is a tough one. Certainly, neither people, businesses, nor
institutions should get away with doing bad things to others, and then
benefitting from it. After the Civil War, African Americans were
supposed to be compensated, but most never were. And now all those
former slaves and slave masters are long gone, although some of the
descendents of slave owners, are still living on their plantations,
which seems weird. But, what about Indigenous Americans, other ethnic groups, and women who
have been denied just compensation for past injustices for centuries?
How to make up for the sins of the past? I don't think whole-sale
reparations is the answer. Frankly, I don't have a good answer,
except to suggest that justice be found on a case-by-case basis. Banks,
art museums, and others unjustly held onto stolen Jewish property after
World War II for decades, until a few brave souls stepped forward to
right that wrong. And they succeeded to a limited degree. See:
The fight for a great public education is everyone's
fight for our future.
to build our own curriculum at home that will ensure that our children
are being properly educated. However, we also need to fight for public
education... because these children are our future. When our best
and brightest opt out of local public schools for private options, everyone loses.
Everyone disconnects from each other's reality.
And those parents and students who would be the most pro-active and
successful advocates for a good education, leave behind students and
their parents who really need their leadership. It
creates a learning ghetto for the poor and unlucky, who will naturally
be resentful as they get older. Parents can run, but the public can't
hide from the results of a poor public education.
mind, private school/charter parents do not have the same
right to complain about their children's education as do local public
school parents. If private/charter school parents do complain, they risk
their children's removal from school, with no legal recourse. And, home schooling is just
too isolating for young children, although it can be appropriate in some
How to make
Public Education great? We need to check out the curriculum, plus review
their text books and work papers. Clearly, something has gone
terribly wrong in that so many students are failing to learn. 1) Set specific goals for the students to meet, 2) Have a teacher and an aid in every classroom,
and invite the
parents and volunteers into the classroom to observe and assist the teachers. 3) Balance
students' education evenly between knowledge and skills. 4) Provide
course materials "free" online and for download for the benefit
of both students, parents, and the public; and for every grade
level (K to PHD) and on every subject and skill. (It would be great if the
federal and/or state governments would provide this information without slipping in any crazy agendas.) 5) Have lots of volunteer hallway monitors
trained to keep the peace, 6) Transfer disruptive
students to special schools where their needs can be properly addressed,
7) Make sure the class rooms have big windows that let the light in, 8)
Let students outside for at least 30 minutes every day, 9) Give all kids
free meals that are nutritious, and 10) Fill the school with uplifting
and inspiring art, music, literature, etc..
half" of the curriculum" should include critical thinking (i.e., making sense),
manners and morals, philosophy, religion, politics, science, math, grammar,
history, etc.. The "skills
half" should span the range of primitive skills to high technology.
In particular, students should know all about our wild world and its uses, as
well as how to make their own food, clothing, shelter, furniture, etc..
And last but not least, skills should include sports and dance!
People need to work with their
"hands and minds together" in order to really learn
about life. They need to experience things first hand, not just read about them in books. However, most schools don't do that.
And, too much of what they teach has no
practical application. Students need to get outside of the schools to visit town
hall meetings, factories, farms,
laboratories, and offices,
not just go to museums and play parks. And there needs to be robust
"work study" programs for students. In addition,
every school should have a school store with items for sale that the students
change Public Education for the better. Go to school board meetings and
lobby for a balance between knowledge and skills; and that means skills
training for all students, not just the vocational kids.
Grandparents and non-parents should also attend school board meetings
because many parents are afraid to do it because of the real threat of
backlash on their children...and that does happen, but that's life. We
all have a civic duty to do what's right for our children and their
future. It takes a village to raise a child.
are 'health' issues that affect
both people and the planet.
We must protect our
environment from unnecessary harm, because it directly impacts our
health and well being. What goes around, comes around. And that's
particularly true when it comes to the environment. The earth is a
closed system. There is no throwing stuff "away". Every
toxic thing we create will eventually come back to haunt us. And there
are tons toxic things we've created - from chemicals to medications to
radiation - many of which I write about in depth at
Regardless of whether global warming is happening
naturally or man-made, fossil fuels and their by-products contaminate the
land, sea, and air. They cause a wide range of illnesses, including
cancer and auto-immune disease. Also, fossil fuel products cause our
bodies to produce too much estrogen, a female hormone, which in turn can lead to
sexual development dysfunction and cancer. Thus, we definitely need to
make a transition to clean energy. But, we need to do it wisely and carefully.
That said, the best thing to do is not need the energy to begin with. For
example, heavily insulate your house with chemical-free hemp insulation, wools
and other fibers, etc. Also, learn how to collect your own rain water and
We need to set down standards for "planning" in
avoid suburban sprawl and waste. We need to bring back our
towns and countryside, and make Town Halls the focus of our
cities, towns, and villages. We should also adopt a Zero Waste
mandate to safely recycle or store our waste. It doesn't make sense to build
landfills or cemeteries because they contaminate the air, soil, and water, and
will eventually cover the globe. It's a matter of math and limited land.
We especially need to avoid using toxic products such as plastics, which cannot
be safely used or recycled. And for those materials that cannot be safely
recycled, we need to safely store them. Learn more at my website -
What can you do?
1) Do without, 2) Forage (WildFoodies)
and grow as much of your own chemical-free food as possible, and 3) Make
things yourself from non-toxic biodegradable materials
(PhillyKnits), 4) Buy local,
American, etc.. The easiest
and most effective way to save the environment is by "doing without".
A lot of
things we think we need...we really don't. I don't wear make up or
perfume, color my hair, do the nail thing, buy almost any personal care
products; also I don't use soaps or detergents, house or lawn chemicals,
etc.. And it's pretty easy. I save a lot of time, money, and
effort when I stopped buying stupid stuff for stupid reasons.
and keep saying to yourself, "Healthy Planet, Healthy People!"
WE NEED BEAUTIFUL
CITIES, HIGHWAYS, & BYWAYS:
CITIES: Whatever we build should be beautiful... something
that lifts our spirits and fills our souls.
SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION - PAVERS, NOT PAVEMENT!
For most streets and sidewalks, it's a better idea to use pavers
that can be installed and removed as needed, rather than use asphalt
which is not porous, ends up looking like a patchwork quilt,
punctuated with potholes, and it's toxic, to boot! What's not to
like? See my website:
Tolls are a bad idea, an unfair tax that disproportionately affects
the poor more than the rich, and also cause traffic jams which adds to
air pollution. Everyone profits from state and federal highways, so
everyone should pay for them through their income taxes, federal and
those sound walls along our highways.
They are ugly and unsafe. In case of a fiery pileup on the highway, those
walls will prevent people from escaping. Also,
stop building houses and businesses right next to highways; that air
and noise can't be healthy. To
stop the road traffic sound, plant lots of trees and bushes -
BRIDGES WITH A
VIEW: We should be able to see the creeks and rivers that
we're traveling over! It's a beautiful sight we need to enjoy.
HIGHWAY LANDSCAPING & LITTER:
There's no excuse for
litter along the highways. Our highways should be beautiful!
MORE PERSONAL ISSUES
LOVE & SEX
Treat both love and
sex very thoughtfully and respectfully. And try not to confuse having a
crush on someone with true love. And, just because you love someone,
does not mean that you should have sex with them, particularly if you
are both young and under 20. Sex is serious business and should be
saved for serious monogamous relationships. There's nothing free about
"free sex", contrary to what others and much of the entertainment
industry may have to say on the subject. As a practical matter, sex can
result in pregnancy, which is great if you're trying to have children
and ready to raise them properly. What is less well know, however,
is that sex can also result in sterility, as the result of a sexually
transmitted diseases (STD), such as Chlamydia. Which is why it is not a
good idea to lead a 'fast and loose' lifestyle, a la "Sex In The City".
And very importantly, if you don't drink or do drugs, you'll be much
less likely to lose control of your emotions and your self-respect. As
with everything in life, what you do has consequences for everyone. Use
your head and let respectful love
lead the way.
FAMILY PLANNING AND ABORTION
The life of a baby
begins at conception. That's just a scientific fact. Although an
argument can be made that the baby has a soul which eternal - it has no
beginning and no end. But, let's not go there for purposes of this brief
discussion. To end a child's life without just cause (i.e., to
save the life of the mother, etc.) is wrong.
women want the legal right to make that choice anyway. In some states, women
can choose up to and beyond the hour of birth, without having to show
cause. In my book, that's murder. On the other end of the
spectrum, the law in many countries
is for abortion to be legal in the first trimester. It's still
wrong, but at this moment in history, it might be the best option. I
realize that appalls many pro-life activists, but think of it this way.
Our Founders wrote the Declaration of Independence knowing full well
that African Americans, women, and many others were not treated "equally"
at the time, nor in the near future. But they stated their
"intention" and eventually it became a "reality".
In a similar manner,
I believe that abortion will be a thing of the past, eventually, because
people will be more aware of healthy methods to plan their families.
But, that is not the case today. "The pill" and other contraceptive devices
can be very damaging to women's health and their babies. And that
fact should be the pro-life movements' focus - natural and safe
solutions to family planning. Herbal
remedies offer a lot of possibilities, but I'm not an
expert on this subject. Here's a couple of websites I found, but I can't say what works well and what doesn't.
My main point is that we all should be working toward healthy solutions
to family planning.
MARRIAGE & DIVORCE
Marry someone you
like, as well as love; someone you feel comfortable with; someone who
will be wise and work hard; someone you can discuss all sorts of
subjects with and have a laugh; and someone you can count on...most of
the time. It's important to understand that people are not perfect
and most marriages will face many difficult crises. Be forgiving of your
partner and yourself. If you have children, you want to set an
example for them of how parents work together cooperatively and
how to disagree without being disagreeable. And even when some
shouting may be going on, show how you both get over your disagreements
and don't harbor grudges. Disagreements happen for a reason. Take those
disagreements and turn them into opportunities to make things better
between the two of you.
However, if things
get really miserable, and you think you want to get a divorce, think
long and hard about it. Make sure that it isn't the 4-year rut or
7-year itch. Marriages can get boring and stagnant, where both
partners may be tempted to cheat (or in fact do cheat), but that doesn't
mean that the marriage is doomed. It happens in many marriages. Don't
panic. It might mean that you need couples therapy, or need to make a
significant change in your life, such as moving to a new location,
getting a different job, making new friends, staying home with the kids,
or having kids!
Just know that
divorce, especially when kids are involved, can be very traumatic for
all involved, and that trauma can last a lifetime. If it's joint
custody, understand that you just cut in half the time you may have with
your children, doubled your expenses, plus will need to have two sets of
everything for the children for each parent's house. Things may get much
more chaotic on every front. So, don't go into divorce thinking that
"everyone does it" and that it's part of being a "modern family".
It can be pure hell for everyone involved. And don't kid yourself
that kids are resilient. Some are and some aren't. Make sure that
divorce is unavoidable and that there's no alternative, before you
decide to go through with it. And lastly, don't be too proud to
admit if you made a mistake. Divorced couples do sometimes reconcile
If you do get
divorced, then make it the most positive experience possible for all
concerned. If kids are involved, try to live close to your former
spouse, and not to separate the kids from either parent for more than 3
nights at a time, at least when they are young - recognizing that every
divorce has its own complexities and solutions. Also, don't
criticize your former spouse, unnecessarily, in front of the kids. There
may be times that it is needed, but otherwise, the kids don't need that
negative energy. Be honest with your kids that both you and your ex have
your strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully, over time, you will both find
more compatible partners, the family will expand, and everyone will
Raising a child is
the hardest thing you'll ever do, and the most rewarding. Just be sure
that you really want children before you become a parent. Because once
you have a child, they will take over your life and you may not get a good night's sleep until they're
are out of the house, and lots of times, not even then. In other words,
children are a lifetime commitment.
Parents lead by the
example, for good or ill. Behave in a respectful way in every
facet of your life, and you'll reap the rewards of setting a good
example for your children. On the other hand, if you dress like a slob and
act like an idiot, then your children will learn from that as well.
Of course, parents love their children,
but must also make demands of them. Children should be contributing members of the
family, which means that they keep their rooms clean and tidy, comb their
hair, brush their teeth, help with the housework, do their schoolwork, and
give back to the community. Plus, children should learn all kinds of skills
from their parents, particularly if their schools fall short on that
score. You want to prepare your kids for the real world.
Do your best as a
parent, but know that you can't control the outcome as children become
adults. You can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
As a parent, you should listen patiently, advise wisely, and assist your
children when appropriate. And, just as you must take care of them
when they are young (and sometimes help take care of their children as a
grandparent), so you may need them to take care of you when you get
old! Just sayin.
Single Parents - Children really need both a male and female role
models. But, if a traditional family is not possible, then ask a family
member or friend to serve as an "aunt" or "uncle", to be a fixture and
role model in your children's lives.
moms or dads -
It's a great privilege to stay at home and
raise your own children, but it's also an opportunity to engage in a
wide variety of interests and concerns. Since "working moms"
became common in the 1970's, many moms are completely frazzled; children
spend too much time with babysitters, in daycare, or alone; while
schools, community groups, and advocacy organizations have lost millions
of dedicated volunteers and activists. I'm so grateful that I
chose to stay at home and be there for my children and grandchildren, as
well as become a community activist, freelance journalist, and many
other things. I understand that many moms and dads don't have that
choice, but many do, but are under pressure to "make money". Staying home was for me "breaking
free" to do what I wanted to do, as a mother and a member of society.
It's a decision that deserves a lot more consideration than it often
BUILDING & ADOPTION
Society should encourage family building through adoption,
no matter what the age. Families
provide stability and security. And the government
should take an active role in helping those who want a family to have one. I'm
not just referring to the adoption of little children, which my husband and I
did, but also making room for teenagers and grown adults. There are
seniors who may not have any children or grandchildren, but want them, and vice
versa. For those who adopt teenagers and adults,
also need to adopt a forgiving attitude that will make the situation workable and
enjoyable. Nothing is perfect in life, but loneliness can be devastating. Building
a family is a much better bet. The government should provide a registry and host events to bring
people together who are looking to begin or expand their family. If government won't do it, then neighborhood civic
organizations should. We are so happy that we adopted our three children, who
are now adults with children of their own. Raising children and being
part of a family is not always easy, but always worth it, as the
universe does not want us to go through life alone and lonely.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION & SEXUAL CONFUSION: LGBTQ+?
Most people take a "live
and let live" approach to members of the LGBTQ+ community. And that's
how it should be. LGBTQ+? folks should have the same rights as everyone else, but not more rights. It's a very tricky and personal subject.
So much so, that schools should have no role in
counseling students about sexual orientation, without the express permission of the
involved. Many parents do not want LGBTQ+ held up as a lifestyle for their
children to aspire to, unless their child's natural instincts
are already headed in that direction.
people and related
controversies regarding government IDs, bathrooms, showers, prisons, one-sex
colleges, and particularly sports, a person's biology at
birth should be the determining factor... although some children are
born with both body sex parts - hermaphrodites, which can create a
serious dilemma. That said, the transgender issue has done untold damage to the
transgender and broader community, as it is convincing children and some
parents that surgery and lifetime medications are the answers to gender
confusion, when the medical side effects can be devastating. Plus, girls
& women's sports under Title 9 are being systematically destroyed as transgender athletes (males) are increasingly winning national girls
& women's competitions, because of their larger and stronger physical
size. It's so blatantly untrue, unfair, and insane that it defies all common sense.
As far as pronouns are concerned,
it is confusing, frustrating, and dividing the public unnecessarily. Who is
going to remember everyone's "personal pronoun" anyway? I can't
remember my own middle name. Wear a name tag if this issue is that
important to you. Or dress in a manner that suggests how you want
to be addressed. After all, that's why people wear wedding rings. Or, just get over yourself.
But, there is a bigger issue
involved that rarely gets much publicity. Why are so many children
today being born sexually confused, both physically and mentally? Many scientists point to
excess exposure to estrogen, a female hormone, found in foods like soy &
dairy, contraception pills,
fertilizers, pesticides, fossil, fuels, etc., all of which contribute to the
disruption of human sexual development and mutation of DNA. This has
been observed in wild animals for decades, and most of it is attributed to pollution.
So, it stands to reason that human sexual development is being adversely
affected, as well. It's an issue that needs to be addressed for the
future of humanity could be at stake. Here's an old article of mine
on this subject -
A SHORT LIST OF THINGS THAT DO & DON'T MAKE SENSE:
needed to get these off my chest!)
MISSING WATER FOUNTAINS - Where did all the water fountains go? Let me guess.
The bottled water companies got rid of the water fountains so that the
public would have to pay more for something they pay for already with
their tax dollars.
NUISANCE & AUTOMATIC PHONE CALLS: They should
be outlawed! Period. Why haven't they been?
OUTSIDE WIND CHIMES: It is unfair for
others to impose their idea of what sounds good onto others. Plus,
chimes can disturb the sleep of nearby neighbors. At our old house, we
had all three of our neighbors, who bordered our property, hang chimes which
disturbed my husband's sleep. He often worked at night and needed to
sleep during the day. People can listen to chimes within their own
dwelling and stick a fan on them!
PERFUMES AND FRAGRANCES: It is unfair for
others to impose their idea of what smells good onto others. Besides, some
people are allergic to perfumes or they can give many others headaches.
MAKE-UP & HAIR DYES send the wrong message to young girls, that they are not 'good
enough' as nature made them. Also, make-up makes most people look
harsher. And lastly, make-up and hair dyes can be
full of toxic chemicals. Not good for your body nor your brain... nor the planet.
Just take it off! Take it all off!
BLACK CLOTHES: Where's the funeral?!
Why are so many people are wearing black clothes. It's sooo depressing!
many use the color black to
all things negative. Throughout history, this somber color has
to death and all things evil and bad. It evokes strong feelings of anger,
aggression, fear, and sadness."
So, ditch the black and break out the
HOLES IN PANTS ON PURPOSE! This
fashion is just so ridiculous that it defies explanation, except that too many
people are actually 'slaves to fashion'!
AirBnB's are not conducive to a strong and healthy neighborhood.
They should be permitted in commercial zones only. If you can
in your neighborhood, you can have 100. It can quickly turn a quaint
street into a commercial resort. If someone needs extra income, they can
rent out a room or two on a yearly lease. That way you don't always have strangers coming and
BAN PIT BULLS WORLDWIDE! Our dog Scooter was killed by a pit
bull. No other breed of dog
attacks innocent victims as viciously nor as frequently as pit bulls do.
Every week across the country, pit bulls attack children, adults, pets, and even livestock. They
terrorize neighborhoods. That is why the police and military do not use
pit bulls. They are simply too dangerous and can’t be trusted. Once
they lock onto a target, they have no off-switch and won’t let go.
Pit bulls are already banned in 53 countries. And in the U.S., pit bulls
are banned in over 1400 cities, 297 military bases, and 23 Indian
Reservations. Many housing authorities ban pit bulls, including New York
City. At the very least, all pit bulls should be muzzled, and dog
shelters should not adopt out pit bulls. It’s time to end this deadly
practice and phase out this deadly breed. If pit bulls are too
dangerous for the police and military, then they’re too dangerous for
You should "mind your manners" and act respectfully in a civil society.
In many regards, diplomacy between nations is all about manners and treating
each other with respect and fairness. Here are some simple tips:
help others in need
clean up after yourself
eat with your mouth closed
keep your elbows to
don't argue or brawl in
apologize when it's
be a good sport, not a sore
don't talk with food in
don't get drunk or
act too wild and crazy
hold the door for the
person behind you
say please, thank you, &
don't yell unless there's a
good reason for it
congratulate others on
be a good conversationalist
& a better listener
use a hanky to blow your
nose and wipe your mouth
stand up to greet your
guests when they enter a room
say "hello" to
neighbors, shake hands, or give a slight nod
of the head
don't pick your nose, cut
your nails, comb your hair, or otherwise groom yourself in public
assume a pleasant
expression on your face, otherwise people will think something's wrong
- Keep calm and carry on
- If you're in a hole, stop digging
- What goes around, comes around
It's always darkest before
Look at what people do, not at what they say
- Bumps in the road of life are there to make you fly
- The school of life has endless lessons to teach us all
- It's not the destination, but the journey
- Life has both its charms and challenges, embrace them both
- It's not where you've been, but where you're going that counts
- Learn from the past, plan for the future, but
live in the present
You've got to know
when to hold them and know when to fold them
There is a tide in the
affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune
LINKS TO SOME INSPIRING AND HILARIOUS SAYINGS:
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE
(over the decades)
- Proof of Heaven, Map of Heaven, Mindful
Universe by Dr. Eben Alexander
- The Secret Life of Plants
- The Tipping Point (although I don't believe
in 'free needles')
- Born To Run
- The Real Dr. Fauci
- The Kings Speech
- Clarkson's Farm - hysterical
- All Creatures Great And Small (new and old
- The Other Guys (a bit too raunchy in
- The Pirates of Penzance - great musical,
- SONGS, MUSIC:
- French cafe, George Peterson, Big Band,
Swing, Celtic, Bluegrass, Chamber music, Rod Stewart's American Songbook
- DANCES (i like but don't necessarily do): line, 2-step, country swing, street
swing, Jitterbug, square dance, English country, tap, etc.
- ARTISTS: Dutch Masters, Impressionists, anything beautiful and
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