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It’s not that the baby was bad. It’s just that to the men in charge, he was worth more melted down and sold as silver nuggets. Greed is like that.

Photo:  Adam Jicha

Some of the ISSUES…18 photographs – in no particular order

people walking on street during daytime

Photo:  Colin Lloyd (BLM/racism)


people holding signage on green grass field

Photo:  Heather Mount (gun control/violence)

people gathered outside buildings holding Climate Justice Now signage

Photo:  Markus Spiske (climate change)

men holding white, black, and red Men of quality respect womens equality banner on road

Photo:  Samantha Sophia (Equality/sexism)

woman in black and white plaid shirt

Photo:  Sinitta Leunen  (violence against women/battering)

silver-colored god tags hanging on hooks shallow focus photography

Photo:  Holly Mindrup (war/violence)

person raishing his hand

Photo:  Valentin Salja  (Animal Rights/Brutality/violence/death)

person wearing black Equality printed cap

Photo:  Elyssa Fahndrich (equality)

man in orange crew neck shirt

Photo:  Mike Baumeister (rape/violence)

selective color photography of person portraying of being fragile

Photo:  Morgan Basham (Bullying/violence)

person sleeping on black steel bench

Photo:  Nathan Dunlao (homelessness)

white and gold ceramic round plate

Photo:  Siegfried Poepperl  (hunger)

If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes truth printed wall taken at daytime

Photo:  Brian Wertheim (politics/lies) citiscan result hand ok

Photo:  Owen beard (health care)

person holding fan of U.S. dollars banknotePhoto:  Sharon Mccutcheon (Greed)

priests holding lighted candles at night

Photo:  ZI (rapist priests-religion/violence/lies)

Photo:  Gayatri Malhotra (CHOICE)

white concrete dome building under blue sky during daytime


Photo: Ajay Parthasarathy (misuse of power/power over others/violence)


All photographs are from Unsplash

There are more issues, of course, ageism, poverty, gangs, drugs, police violence, and on and on it goes.  These are just a few that have had a lot of media coverage and then die out.  Because, the government can wait until everyone has to go back to their everyday lives, such as they are, and nothing changes.  Not really.  Not not where it counts.  Think minimum wage as the politicians vote NO, and then vote YES  to the outrageous raises they vote for themselves.  We don’t get to vote.  Remember that.  THEY VOTE for themselves.  We the people, have NO VOICE AT ALL.


Witches are everywhere…

brown and black wooden happy st patricks day signage

Photo:  Rachael

Okay, so…

Witch, Evil, Scary, Spooky, Halloween

These kinds of pictures were made to show intelligent, powerful women as ugly and frightening.  The reverse is true but labels and fear are always used by those in power to destroy and prevent others from living their lives freely and openly.  That’s what the status quo is all about.  In the beginning, men killed women and took their property.  Men always kill women just because they can.  It was an easy way of eliminating women they felt were threatening. It’s happening today.  It never ends.  If men want to burn us at the stake again, they will write a law that states that they can. When you’re in charge of the laws, you can do ANYTHING you like, that’s why women aren’t part of the process.   Witches live next door to you, they work at your bank, they teach your kids.  They are everywhere and they are beautiful.  That’s why they are portrayed as ugly.

Princesses are weak, not very bright, helpless and  beautiful.  They are promoted by society.  They set the standard of what a female should be.  They obey and marry people they never met.  They have no friends and are waiting to be rescued.

Witches are free and powerful, so they are portrayed as evil.  They don’t need to be rescued, they don’t need anything.  They are threatening to men, to the establishment, so they are portrayed as ugly…their punishment for refusing to be princesses, is to be killed and/or hated.

These are training stories for children.  It’s done on purpose.  Imagine Beauty and the Beast in gender reversal.  Right…no way at all.  All done on purpose.  Normally, the prince has both parents and is wealthy.  Princesses are unconscious, singing to birds, in comas, living with dwarfs, kept in towers and none of them have mothers, just hateful, neglectful, invisible fathers.  Stepmothers are shown to be evil because women are evil in the society in which we live.  Only those who follow the rules and OBEY men are considered good.  Think of one male in a fairy tale who is locked up, punished, forced to marry a stranger, poor, cleaning out fireplaces, friendless, running through the woods with someone chasing him to take his heart because he’s handsome.  Think about it.  It’s a set up.  Male=power, freedom.  Female=misery, isolation, fear, helplessness, powerlessness, motherless, mistreatment, cruel fathers, no choices, saved by men who kiss them awake. Men want to create life, but only women can do that, so they make princesses half dead, waiting to be given life by some strange guy passing by.

These stories are cultural lessons that show children EXACTLY how society works.  They are actually cautionary tales that should be used to show children the evils of the society that is waiting for them.

Witch:  Pixabay

The things we do to ourselves…

man in black and green camouflage suit holding rifle

Photo:  Alexander Jawfox

Okay, so…

The problem is…our country is severely divided.  America isn’t just one country…it’s two.  Red and Blue aren’t going to change, no matter how hard you pretend/believe they will.  It’s possible there’s a civil war on the horizon.  The two sides will not come together and until we face that fact, we can’t work with what we have.  All the time wasted talking about listening and coming together is a joke on a massive scale.  No one really want’s to listen…minds are made up.  The issues are such that there is no room for compromise.

It amazes me how people never admit what’s actually happening.  We send people to war and then bring those who survived home, and nothing at all has changed. Well, nothing except for those who were destroyed and families and those who love them.  NOTHING else has changed in the country we fought in.  And no one likes to talk about the billions of dollars worth of gear and arms we leave in that country, so the guys we fought can use our own equipment AGAINST US.  We spend untold amounts of money to kill people but won’t raise minimum wage so that people can feed their kids and have a place to live.  I don’t GET IT.

What we do, doesn’t make sense, but we pretend that it does.  It doesn’t make sense that the people “in charge,” don’t shut down plants and companies that pollute, but let them pay huge fines instead.  You can’t BREATH money.  You can’t eat it or drink it either.  You can’t plant anything in dollar bills and coins.  But MONEY seems to be the only thing that’s important these days.

We pretend that everything will be okay because it’s easier to believe that, than to do anything about what’s happening.  If we ignore climate change, or pretend that it doesn’t exist, it won’t go away.  Even if we pay attention to it, it’s already too late to stop certain things from happening, because we already PRETENDED that it wasn’t real.

We are ostriches, burying our heads in our own lives and ignoring the big picture, which is life itself.  The loss of bees and species.  We can’t seem to understand that by looking the other way we are killing ourselves, along with everything else.  WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THE OTHERS.  But that doesn’t really seem to matter because money is the only thing that counts today.

How can we be so deeply in denial that we can’t see what’s happening to our country?  To the world?  How can we ignore the fact that our two party system isn’t working?  Times have changed, but our government hasn’t.  Making more laws isn’t going to make anything better.  You can’t control a failing system.

The orange one is already planning on returning.  He has money, lots of it, from the other America, the Red America, and I don’t think the Blue’s are getting it.  The Reds attacked Washington.  We again pretended that no one would ever do that but then no  one believed that the Reds were on the inside of our own government either.

People are in the street screaming, Black Lives Matter, We want gun control, yell school kids, marching down the avenues.  Stop Violence against women, Take back the Night…and what exactly happens?  NOTHING AT ALL.  The old white guys in charge just sit back and wait until whatever it is dies down and then it’s business as usual.

NOTHING CHANGES and we need to change that.  But how?  People no longer have a voice.  Not really.  Things are simply done to us.  Raise in taxes, raise in tolls, raise in food prices, raise, raise, raise and most of all raise in how much the government PAYS ITSELF.  They vote themselves outrageous raises and we pay for it.  No increase in minimum wage, but big increases for the government paychecks.  Who decide where our money goes?  Not us.  We just seem to do as we’re told like tiny children going to bed when their parents tell them it’s time.  I don’t really get it.

I don’t have any answers because people no long have any power.  Not any real power, anyway.  Our laws and rights change with whatever party is bossing us around.  Obviously, one party is more dangerous than the other.  Depending on which side you’re on, is how you make that choice.  Our choices are limited to bad and worse.

Wars make money, so we have constant wars.  That’s what wars are for, nowadays.  Money, oil and artifacts.  You and I don’t have anything to say about who we attack.  They just take our loved ones and send them wherever they want to send them.  Places where they’ll make the most money, or get what they want.

The education system is from the beginning of the industrial age.  We don’t really need factory workers any longer.  People trained to work at dead end, repetitive jobs until they die.  Children slaving away, in third world countries, so we can have things we throw away in two weeks.

I just don’t GET IT.  Nothing happened the bad guys who orchestrated the Washington riot.  NOTHING AT ALL.  They are still in our government.  They wanted to KILL their co-workers and NOTHING HAPPENED TO THEM, but our jails are filled with people who did nothing even close to that.  The rioters were allowed to walk away.  Not a single arrest that night.  The police were in on it, working in the building.

Something is really wrong.  We get one lie after another and we are expected to be good citizens.  Citizens without health care, living on the street, unable to feed their families.  I don’t GET IT.  People uneducated on purpose.  Schools destroying the love of reading, on purpose, so kids hate it, which makes them more controllable as adults.  A government who doesn’t really want an intelligent HERD, as we are called by some of them.

I just DO NOT UNDERSTAND.  And worse, people just look the other way and pretend that everything is okay.  They talk about positive thinking, but positive thinking about negative things isn’t the answer to anything.  It’s just denial.  Everything is not okay and I have no idea how we are going to fix it.

If there is a civil war, the good guys better win.  you can decide who the good guys are for yourselves.

Just a couple of things I’ve been thinking about today.


Photo:  Nick Fewings

If you want change…you have to FIGHT FOR IT and that still doesn’t mean you’ll get it, but if you believe in something, you have to ACT.

woman in white long sleeve shirt and black skirt sitting on chair

Photo:  Chuko Cribb

Time to wake up… Quote

Apocalypse, City, Ruins, Buildings

We are living on the brink of the apocalypse,
but the world is asleep.

–Joel C. Rosenberg


Photo:  Pixabay

Think about it…if you can. How would that work? What would it be like? Can it be done? Should it be done? We have no examples to fall back on. Cave people didn’t leave any instructions behind…but then, how could they? They were busy killing each other when they wandered into each other’s territory. Just try and imagine NO BORDERS or NATIONS. Go ahead…try. Would all the wars be civil wars? Would we just invade ourselves?

blue and white wall paint

Photo:  Markus Spiske

Life and politics… Quote

Bearded Man Grey Scale Illustration

Life is now a war zone,
and as such,
the number of people considered disposable has grown exponentially,
and this includes low income whites, poor minorities,
immigrants, the unemployed, the homeless,
and a range of people who are viewed as a liability
to capital and its endless predatory quest for power and profits.

–Henry Giroux



Photo:  Pixabay

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