Call Your MoC about Stopping the Federal Police Agencies in Portland

Calico Jack – Another reason to call you MOC

The Psy of Life

The Story So Far

By now you’ve undoubtedly seen the scary images of and articles about heavily camouflaged armed mask men looking more like Star Wars Storm Troopers than any type of US law enforcement officer silently pursuing peaceful Portland protesters and escorting them to unmarked vehicles for rendition or whatever it is they’re doing with them. Follow the links and I’ll embed this thread — it is about as comprehensive as anything I’ve seen — for those of us wanting to more details:

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Finding A Way

Nora Bateson & Mamphela Ramphele consider alternatives to the “Lifeboat” problem.

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Will Peoples’ Response to the Emergencies of the Coming Decades be Warm? Or Cold?

Will Peoples’ Response to the Emergencies of the Coming Decades Be Warm? Or Cold?

Find a Way. Photo: Nora Bateson

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Nora Bateson & Mamphela Ramphele

The crises of the moment do not need further description here. Suffice to say that the complexity of the overlapping crises of inequality, health, justice, technology, ecology and culture are producing emergencies that the institutions of the last centuries cannot contend with. How will the next decades play out amidst these crises? More importantly, what is possible for societies around the world to learn in the process?

We (Bateson & Ramphele) are going to bring our voices together on this topic, to open a conversation with a conversation. We have both been watching these patterns for decades, from different sides of the world, different experiences of life, different…

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Exploring The Three Psychological Roots of the conservative Resistance to Containing the #COVID19 Pandemic

Calico Jack examines the No-Maskers.

The Psy of Life

The anti-mask people fascinate me for several reasons. First, their behavior is so wantonly self-destructive and nihilistic. And second, they are so clearly being cynically manipulated by the Ol’ Pussy Grabber for his nefarious gain. If we follow the factors that make conservatives conservative down to their roots, we will figure out this conundrum wrapped in a Gordian knot or will we just be left sick to our stomachs and wondering why we did it? Well, there’s only one way to find out, amirite?

Admittedly this is not a large group of people. As the covfefevirus surges to record breaking heights across the country in all metrics, many people have decided that masks, social distancing, and staying at home are good things. We’re looking at you Gov. Kay Ivey. And, the predictable backlash: Restaurant bans Gov. Ivey over Mask Order.

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THE SUBJECT IS REPARATIONS

I volunteered to come up with a topic for the next ZOOM meeting (We used to meet in person, but that was a different world.) of a local discussion group I belong to. This is the subject that grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Partly, I think that was related to the decision by the Asheville, NC City Counsel to begin a process of reparations for the Black community of the city (I live a couple of hours South of there and get most of my news from the NPR station in Asheville). They are thinking locally and setting up to study what reparations could be with strong involvement of the target community. I think it is very likely that such local efforts will be most of how this will begin to happen. We certainly can’t expect any grand proposals from the Trump administration. I also hope that people will pay attention to the difference between symbolic actions (like removing monuments and such, important as that is) and practical changes. Anyway, I said I would put something out to the group by today, and that is what follows.


 

Reparationpayment to another for a loss or injury

Synonyms for reparation

compensation, damages, indemnification, indemnity, quittance, recompense, recoupment, redress, remuneration, reprisal(s), requital, restitution, satisfaction

Words Related to reparation

punitive damages, solatium, amends, atonement, expiation, refund, reimbursement, repayment, adjustment, settlement, punishment, retaliation,

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/24/magazine/reparations-slavery.html

40 Acres and a Mule Would Be at Least $6.4 Trillion Today—What the U.S. Really Owes Black America – Yes! Magazine

if you're brown stick around – Google Search

It Is A Good Day To Die – YouTube

Buffy Sainte Marie – “Now that the Buffalo's Gone” – YouTube

I’ve been wrestling with this beast of an idea, reparations to African-Americans and Native Americans for the crimes committed against them and their ancestors by the European settlers/conquerors of this land and their descendants for 400 years (500 in the case of the natives). The magnitude of the wrong done is almost incomprehensible, but it can only be seen as wrong if the ancient standard honored by every successful conqueror in the recorded history of the world is rejected, the rule that might makes right. So long as that idea is accepted, explicitly or implicitly, there simply is not a problem to be addressed other than the tendency of the victims, the vanquished, to complain. Even when reparations have been paid, it has been by the losers to the winners for their “aggression”, as with Germany after WW1.

I will submit that what is being proposed is unique, unprecedented in human history. The conquerors never do this, not the Assyrians, nor the Babylonians, Hittites, Egyptians, Romans, Huns, Mongols, the Incas, the Aztecs, the Goths, Visigoths, Vandals, or Franks, not the Angles and Saxons, and so on, none of them. Winning has always meant never having to say you are sorry. There are and will be those who cling to that way of understanding, who celebrate the ruthless conqueror, the warrior, the Bold Marauder:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jryiACA1gGs

This is a yet darker feeling treatment of the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhUkjeMDADg

And they will not understand, even it they hear, any call to repent:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D97OxHZzBeQ

 

Then there are and will be those who think themselves too busy, or not touched, or not involved, who will remain ensconced within their ignorance or apathy:

ignorance and apathy song – Google Search

 

And others will be overwhelmed, confused, bewildered, and frightened, taking refuge in the three geat stimulants:

Joni Mitchell – The Three Great Stimulants – YouTube

But for those who have been aware or are becoming aware and care, who would see the wrongs righted (or, as nearly so as may be possible), there is work to do, difficult work, even at times painful, and uncertain of success.

 

Oh, there have been some smaller examples such as Germany’s efforts to be truthful about the Holocaust since WW2, and various Truth And Reconciliation Commissions (often set up as an alternative to civil war), but nothing at this scale and ambition. There is no road map for this.

Well, not quite none. There are models of the process, ancient and modern, religious and secular, most at the level of the individual, but at least one, communal as well. There are practices and rituals to supply guidance. Maybe clues is a good word.

From the 12 Steps of AA, a starting point of the process:

4 – Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

There is a sort of similar stage in the liturgy of Yom Kippur – The Day Of Atonement in the Jewish tradition for personal and national sins, a long, long list of possible sins to consider.

And, I suppose one ought to approach the Confessional in that Roman Catholic ritual in much similar meditation.

Then, comes another step:

5 – Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

In the Latin liturgy and ritual this is the Mea Culpa. The root of the English word Culpability (responsibility for a fault or wrong; blame).

ENIGMA ” Mea Culpa” (platinum version) – YouTube

Only at this point do we get to the territory of reparations or, in the AA system, amends and in the religious system, penance or atonement and what form such might, or ought to take.

8 – Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9 – Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

In the case we have before us, this is where it gets really very complicated. Even a dollar value for what was lost or denied quickly goes into numbers that make adequate justice seem impossible.

 

“Placing an accurate dollar value on America’s land – from natural features such as rivers and mountains to developed lands that include farms and skyscrapers – is virtually impossible.

Some experts, though, have attempted to arrive at a rough approximation. Based on the work of economist William D. Larson, the total value of the 1.9 billion acres in the contiguous 48 states is nearly $23 trillion – or about $12,000 an acre on average. The federal government’s stake in this land, nearly one-quarter of the acreage, is worth $1.8 trillion.

While an acre of land is valued at less than $2,000 in the least valuable state, an acre goes for more than 100 times that in the most valuable state. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the estimated value of land in each of the contiguous 48 states using data from Larson’s 2015 study, “New Estimates of Value of Land of the United States.” “ [USA Today – https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/05/08/the-most-and-least-valuable-states/39442329/ ]

 

And how to calculate lost opportunities, inadequate education, poor health care, exposure to pollution, and so much more? And who decides what is adequate and acceptable, or what is possible? And who will pay?

Here’s the thing about the amends process, it is about relationships between the wronged and the wrongers. All the previous work is for the perpetrators and their heirs. The victims cannot help with that beyond pointing to the facts and pushing for action. They can work to keep the item on the agenda, keep it from becoming a wave that crashes on the beach and drains away, make it an earthquake, a Richter-10 that shifts permanently the very ground beneath our feet. The amends, reparations, atonement must be negotiated if any resolution can be agreed as just, or as close to justice as we can get. It will not be fast, easy, or painless.

 

So, this is where I’ve got to on this subject so far, and I’m sure there is much more to talk about on Tuesday.

MEME: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Calico Jack on the nonsense of not masking.

The Psy of Life

Man, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber and Election 2016 is the gift that keeps on giving. In this case, the Great Civics Lesson continues in the Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness, edition. Things that Election 2016 and the subsequent four years have shown us is that we’ve forgotten (a) how we elect a president, (b) the importance of voting, and (c) the real basis of our democracy is the integrity of the people occupying the offices. Without all those things, we cannot have Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

The covfefevirus has taught us all these things and more… on steroids. Our whole system is distressed and being squeezed like a laying hen with constipation. You know what comes out of that? Well, it ain’t Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, it is anti-maskers.

The Ol’ Pussy Grabber cannot execute a plan to…

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MEME: #MaskUpAmerica

Calico Jack poses a question.

The Psy of Life

It seems crazy that the Amer’ca is the greatest country! and I believe in the Constitution and Ah knowed mah rights! crowd who believe so strongly in the promise of America are the ones refusing to wear masks. Or is it? Why wouldn’t these people wear masks? Why can’t we #MaskUpAmerica?

Could it be less of a belief in the promise and principle of American democracy and more of a belief in their political leaders… like say the Ol’ Pussy Grabber? Might they be engaging in massive cognitive dissonance in order to justify their anti-mask ways and their belief in America’s greatness? Is it because the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is a homicidal malignant narcissist who enjoys knowing he is causing so much death, destruction, and despair and most people just adopt the beliefs of their favorite political celebrities regardless of how much in agreement they are with their position on…

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Get Your vote On, 2020, With VOTE411

Calico Jack points to a great voting info resource.

The Psy of Life

The League of Women Voters Education Fund created a clearinghouse of voter information covering all 50 states. You should visit the website, vote411.org to get your vote on. Their tagline: Election information you need. Brought to you by The League of Women Voters Education Fund.

Election information you need. Brought to you by The League of Women Voters Education Fund.

vote411.org

Given that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber, #MoscowMitch, the GOP, and Russia are fixing to steal the election right out from under us, we need a website like this. You got exactly zero excuses after this. None. Now get out there and get your vote on!

We know the GOP game plan:

  • Gerrymandering to their advantage
  • Suppressing the vote through intimidation and misinformation
  • Disenfranchising the vote through voter role purges
  • Disinformation campaigns to sow confusion, frustration, and consternation
  • Hacking voter roles and voting machines

The good folks at the League…

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WHAT WE VALUE

TheFeatheredSleep – the valued and un-valued – backward

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Our society worships entirely the wrong animal, venerating them and reducing others to ash.

The news recently devoted a good portion of the sports coverage to how much money certain sports figures were going to be paid for kicking a ball across a field. And this in a time when our jobs are dissolving, our society is being wrecked, our economy may be irrecoverable and certain industries will cease to exist en mass. Put simply, there will not be jobs to come back to folks but apparently we still need to pay these guys billions for their service to humanity?

I cannot understand how ANY society and how any of us can tolerate/accept a sports figure being paid anywhere NEAR that sum for what they do when those who really do jobs worth paying, are dying in droves because they are not receiving enough personal protective gear to protect themselves.

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The Right To Die

TheFeatheredSleep – Thinking through the question of a right to die.

TheFeatheredSleep

https://www.yahoo.com/news/column-californias-aid-dying-law-100053133.html

The Right To Die debate is one I have strong opinions on. Ever since Brittany Maynard decided to end her life to avoid inevitable agony and suffering and watching her discuss this in many interviews, I concluded that the Right To Die law should exist for everyone, everywhere.

There are pitfalls no doubt. I can imagine nightmare scenarios where people are ‘terminated’ by bored relatives who do not wish to take care of them. So obviously safe-guards must be paramount. That said, I am open to the RTD law be expanded to include dementia patients and those with serious Chronic Illness, including long-term-depression.

That’s murder! You may say. And part of the invariable slippery-slope! But I would disagree. Unless you have been the victim of Chronic Illness and/or long-term-incurable-depression you cannot speak for others who suffer each and every day.

A few years ago I killed a kitten who…

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