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Okay, so…the parade

Gun, Weapon, Military, Shotgun, Rifle

There was a parade in Highland Park today, which is a rather expensive suburb of Chicago, and a man between the ages of 18 to 20, according to witnesses, had a rifle and shot into the crowd, killing six, wounding 24, 12 of which are in critical condition.

It’s nice that the republicans are so in love with guys and get money from the NRA, etc.  They’re so worried about fetal cells, just not living kids and adults.

Can we say HYPOCRITES!!!!!

Anyway…shooting and killing innocent strangers seems to be the trend in america.  Come to this country at your own risk.  And when you do, thank the republicans for turning the country into a violent video game, where women are handed a death sentence for existing and anyone can be killed for no reason at all.

Sign of the times…

Photo:  Gayatri Malhotra
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Some more pages from my version of HANDMAID’S TALE (1986…that’s when I made this) 7 pictures

Love Bell Hooks, read everything she wrote, years ago.

This shouldn’t be a scary picture…but it is…if you’re female.

Photo:  William Justen de Vasconcellos
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Sign of the Times…

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Photo:  Colin Lloyd
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Love/hate…

Cottontail Rabbit, Wild Rabbit, Grass

So many people talk and write about love, as if it was the answer, or the question, to the problems of the world.

Last nigh, after seeing the train station in Ukraine bombed, and the bodies and blood everywhere, they ended bit with a basket on the ground, the lid half open, and a bunny inside.  The person who loved the bunny and was trying to get the bunny to safety, was dead.  Hopefully someone took the rabbit to a shelter.

They then went to a town that was completely destroyed, where they interviewed several people.  One woman had just buried  her son.  She showed where part of him was still in the basement.  He, and others, had been blown apart by the bomb that hit their home.  The woman said the other person’s head was, “over there,” and her body was in another place.  Everyone they spoke to told horror stories of their children being murdered, neighbors dragged out of the house and shot through the head, of the torture, beatings and death.  They showed dogs in homes where their owners were dead on the floor.

One woman said, god tells us to love our neighbors, but I can’t. I HATE them, I HATE them, she said loudly.   And if I could, I would kill everyone of them. I would do it myself.  I would kill them.

Sometimes hate is stronger than love, and in a world where we allow never ending violence to exist, it’s easy for hate to take over.  And the violence isn’t only in war.  The violence is all around us.  Kids killed in the street, women raped, beaten and murdered, gays and trans beaten to death.  We are surrounded by it, even if we have learned to stupidly accept the violence as, “the way it is.”

Love can’t bring back the dead and it can’t stop the brutality and violence that’s taking place in Ukraine.

The world seems to be going dark.  The killing of the planet, and the animals, the constant war and violence.  No love there.  None at all.

Those who believe love can bring about change need to step up their game.  No excuses, that everyone has to join them, because that will never happen.  Show us what you’ve got, as they say.  Bring on the love.

I have only heard of one instance where a bad person was changed into a good one, by kindness.  Otherwise, like the nun who was feeding a homeless man, who got up and stabbed her to death, I’m thinking love, on a large scale, is dying, along with things, like truth and trust.

We are watching a holocaust/genocide take place on tv, then going on with our lives, while the men who can do something about what’s happening, have meetings and talk, as if they are saying something.  I understand that we don’t want WW III but, bullies should never win.

I hope the bunny is okay.

 

 

Photo:  Pixabay

Okay, so…

As theartblogger54 reminded me, atrocities are always taking place around the world.  They never stop.  Ukraine is just getting more press/visibility.  We never really stop killing each other, and everything else, including the earth Herself.  I don’t know anything about Ukraine, so maybe they are bad guys too.  Who knows?  I don’t.  We thought America was something it never was too.  We slaughtered others.  Killed Native America, kidnapped people from Africa and sold them.  We did horrific and terrible things.  We still do.

And there will always be greedy, power hungry people who never have enough.  Hatred, even if unfounded and simply handed down from one generation to another, is a strong emotion.  People use it to hurt others.  We slaughter animals on a daily basis.  Other countries slaughter their own people, as well as animals.

Horrors take place all around us.   I’m reading a book right now, and the exact thing that’s happening in Ukraine now,  was happening when hitler was making his move.  Everyone was telling governments to stop him before he got started.  They said he would move through Europe, but the countries remained neutral.  Well, we know how that turned out.

No one is going to do anything.  putin is going to run the show.  We have to accept the fact that bullies win a lot of the time, because no one stops them.  Everyone in charge is afraid of starting WW III, which could be catastrophic, to say the least.  The thing I don’t understand, is how much will we let him destroy, before we have no choice but to stop him?  Because I don’t believe he’s going to stop until that happens.

But it’s not up to me.  So, like a lot of things I have no control over, I’m letting it go.  People will die, animals will die, like they always do, at the hands of heartless, hateful people.  I just have an incredibly hard time “accepting” things as they are.  But this is a game between a few men.

Anyway, the picture of the bird has nothing to do with this issue…I just thought the bird was adorable.

 

Photo:  Bernd Dittrich
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To walk, or not to walk…that is the question women ask themselves when faced with a dark empty street

Photo:  Patrik László

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I think today should be called, “I’m sorry. Please forgive us. But I understand why you can’t day.””

woman in black and gold dress

Photo:  The Boston Public Library
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