TRUST NO MORE?

By Isis Win

I have written many times about the decadent situation of trust in the US. Mainly referring to what Trump says, and becomes evident is a straight fallacy or some level of deceit, but there is much more about that. In recent weeks or months, I have been delving at twitter, reading lots of tweets, responding to many, and sharing some hot topics. The majority are about our president, his actions, and some of the results of the same activities.  He has not stopped lying; in fact, he elevated the notch several tics, and today his lies are beyond belief.  E.g., his neglect to inform the public and lack of action to address the pandemic threat. Now, he is blatantly blaming China entirely for the spread of the virus and condemning them and the WHO for the misinformation he received. If you are up to the news of the day, you may remember an intelligence briefing about the pandemic threat early in the year.

I concur with thinkers that he is to be blamed for several toxic issues disregarding the integrity of the country, people, and laws. He is not alone in that department. I am not exclusively thinking of his people, like Barr. I am thinking about so many bloggers, twitterers, news outlets, tabloids, etc. I read many tweets/articles getting out of context, content extracted from reliable sources. Therefore enticing Trump supporters to attack his opponents. Their attacks usually, if not all the time, misinformed by Trump’s lies and portraying the president as a victim of the entire world. Most of these attacks are quite hostile and missing the point. I have had my assortment of bad experiences from people opposing my tweets due to their ignorance. As an example, one of my tweets made reference to a tradition of waiting past the election to nominate a potential SCOTUS replacement, in this case, Ruth B. Ginsburg. At some point, I made reference to what Nancy Pelosi said, stating that the US constitution present grounds to impeach a president’s nominating a justice during his last year in power and before the election. A responder accused me of being part of what sounds like a conspiracy against Trump since his first 100 days in power. OK, no harm was done, but this person blasted my previous comment about the importance to the country for RBG’s contributions to women and minorities. That is irrelevant work, he says, to the point that “in 50 years, she would not be more than a footnote.” I take offense on that negative comment that is unnecessary and deprecating. It is very frustrating to be challenged by a person that is convinced of thinking correctly and intelligently but disregards the facts attached to it. Daily I see many tweets going in that direction.

The divide created by DT is strong, radical, and hostile. What used to be an almost invisible part of the US fabric now is out, white supremacists –  not only demonstrating in support for DT – but killing people and, in some cases, brutally, as the black man found still burning days ago on the side of the road in Iowa. Several trans women have been killed too, mostly black transwomen, and I am sure you know the attacks and homicides against demonstrators at the BLM demonstrations. Now white supremacists parade cities in many pickup trucks wearing their assault weapons and displaying MAGA stuff. Also, they have block access to election booths and threaten people everywhere. Violent acts captured on cell phones had been broadcasted. Then Trump makes a comment in defense of the perpetrators. The question here is who believes who, and what are the lies and deceits from either side? Even info coming from government agencies are contrary versions to the facts and create confusion and anger, such as crucial Covid info from the government and other sources which differ one from the other one.

Recent whistleblowers have exposed the lies and manipulations of the government regarding Covid as the case of Smithfield (meat processing plant) considered as a premeditated homicide because their workers were forced to return to work on the advice of CDC and Trump. According to press releases, thousands of workers were infected, and several hundred died. Most of those workers are Hispanic and black. Smithfield is owned by a Chinese group based in China. The whole makes me wonder.

Covid’s management in the US has been catastrophic since the beginning. The number of infections and deaths could be severely reduced if the country followed the lead of a knowledgeable leader. Still, Trump directed us in the wrong direction, and he is washing his hands of any wrongdoing. However, DT still counts on millions of supporters, and reports state those numbers are growing. Do we believe that? Or do we think that his chances of losing the election are very high? How about challenging the results of the election if they are not favorable to him? The fact here is that every move he makes demerits the trust and confidence of his opponents, even his followers. Perhaps it is better not to believe anything at all.

I saw this situation coming long ago. The only missing element in my gloomy forecast to trigger the destruction of the American fabric, was having as our leader an evil person aiming to recreate the entire country into his version of the confederates during the civil war by creating a deep divide among the citizenship. To what purpose? Because vast amounts of money and to enact his racist temperament that trails the old Nazi movement in which whites descendants of Anglo-Saxon ancestry (Aryans then) are the only valid citizens of the US for him. Will he succeed? He already did because millions of white people still support him and will not retrieve if Trump is ousted. He stated that a peaceful succession may not happen because the electoral process is a scam. Is that a promise of forcing his continuation in power as he has threatened before?

A potential solution emerged <?>: Nancy Pelosi announced to the American people the “Democracy Act” is set in motion. It will bring justice to all perpetrators against it and/or against the law. Those siding and supporting the guilty will as well be accountable for their crimes. The Checks and Balances process will be enforced and nurtured during this election process. Do I believe that? Ask me after the election.

The damage perpetrated by DT to the country is unprecedented, and it makes very hard to predict the near future, except that most likely if  Joe Biden becomes the 46th elected US president, a battle between DNC, GOP, the voters, and DT’s supporters can go in any direction. And that is a maybe too.

Maybe Biden and Harris will restore our trust and confidence in the leadership of our country. Then our resilience may cure the illnesses that plague our country. The question is, at what price and how long will it take?  I hope to witness it in my own time, but I settle for my children’s and grandchildren’s’ to be able to enjoy a real free America to all, as I have known it and history books narrate. I believe you hope that too.

BIG BROTHER, WATCH OUT!

View of the George Washington and Lincoln (in the back) memorials and taken from the US capitol. Shot on Kodachrome 25 my favorite film. 280MM f2.8 Leica lens.

By Isis Win

Arguably the USA has been considered and called Big Brother. A title that does not come with easiness, peace, and support. The most prominent a person, country, etc. is on any area, the more prone is to develop chronic enemies. Some “forces” are not able to understand and support; there is someone more powerful than themselves because they tend to react as overpowered by such. Therefore, instead of relying on that power to feel safer, have a better chance to improve, etc. it is treated as a threat. That is part of what Big Brother is to those opposing “forces.”

Throughout US History, being Big Brother has created a series of ripples regarding our role before the world. Big Brother is much more than an influencing brother to those behind it. Big Brother is a brother -that will dictate the how-s, what-s, and when-s when it comes to resolutions that proclaim that role and prevail that supremacy. US interests lead to that position. The USA has exerted that and more.

US History and the world do not compliment the role of Big Brother in all cases – all the time. For instance: Big Brother has taken down dictators from several nations and placed a pro-Big Brother regime instead, so the dictatorship of the previous ruler comes to an end. However, not all pro-Big Brother puppets have been on the side of the US. We have no choice but to live with that and hope that those countries get their act together and function as they should. Of course, without threatening our position and role.

Almost through our entire History, US presidents had done what it takes to keep that role of ours in order. It offers the safety that any country relies on. Especially us, because we are Big Brother. So what makes us Big Brother? We get involved every time, and as much as we need to ensure our place is the right order, otherwise, we have to act accordingly. When it comes to nations that clearly are not friendly to Big Brother but the contrary, our tool to check and straighten that path of safety is dealt through diplomacy. Big Brother counts with several alternatives to counter the threat of that enemy, such as our substantial military power threats, which they cannot defeat – or to share our economic power to keep them in the loop. If they do not comply, Big Brother will use our big muscle by applying sanctions that defeat their purpose to derail our path. North Korea is one of those countries that bounce back and forth. We keep them under certain “restraint,” but often, they do not comply to perfection our demands. Such was the case with China and the Soviet Union in the past.

China and the soviets, now Russia, are the next powers to Big Brother. Therefore it requires intelligent maneuvering through diplomacy to keep that balance between them and us. Since the Soviets are “no longer” a threat to the capitalist world, the balance has been somehow achieved. Not really, but they are not directly threatening us as they were – no so long ago. However, they are looking for the proper opportunity to take over our role and become the supremacy of the world. Such requires a delicate balance that somehow we have maintained, but not even diplomacy had resulted in delivering what we want. We cannot disregard that those nations are extremely powerful too, and creating a crisis with them, is a threat to us also.

The fear of destabilizing the order needed to have everyone to keep Big Brother place has been assumed. It happens when a nation challenges us, and unrest creates severe damage to our position. In other words, the other countries aspiring to become #1 are the potential threat. That was an underestimation considering what our internal affairs (divide/fear/uncertainty) can create – contrary to the policies and actions of what previous administrations achieved. Now we have a great example of that underestimation.

Our 45th presidency decided to act as the Big Brother through intimidation. Big Brother became Big Bully, and China is responding accordingly to their power. Diplomatic efforts of the past, failed or not, have been put aside, and now we have a cold war with China, and it can create devastating results for us. Russia, which has been acting behind the stage curtains, is not quiet. They are maneuvering cyber “tricks” for the same effect. In fact, based on testimony shared to me by a former intelligence officer that worked in the US government through several administrations, Russia silently has been passing us in a few fronts that make them in those areas more powerful than us. The cyberwar, according to him. Such war is managed by Putin, his oligarchs among them, and they are highly connected to the Russian mafia in association with the Ukrainian mafia, gradually making again Ukraine a Russian territory. National and international intelligence (Ukraine specialist) is my friend’s field of expertise while I was a White House correspondent.

An “apocalyptical” government does not act neither diplomatically nor politically. It works as they feel suited and disregard previous status and negotiations that did not fix the issue but held them in place. Possibly hoping in the future, and all is cleared in our favor. Well, now, Big Bully changed that status, and the result so far is that we have been losing that role of supremacy in the world. “Who wants that supremacy?” I have heard too many times. “Because we are Big Brother, we pour billions of tax dollars in the hands of rulers that do not care for us nor having a world’s balance. Let’s cut that and mind our own business.” A valid sentiment, but it does not work that way.

The role this administration had played before the world had demerit what we were before. We still are the #1 power military and economic realms, but we need a “New Order” approach, as Reagan called it, requires a totally different approach to keep us at the lead. This administration focused entirely on the business section of the administration. Although some modest success has been achieved, the benefits do not go towards the US nor the taxpayers. As it has been said over and over, the 1% is the beneficiary.

The present status is not the final word now if we can stop this nonsense approach to the world. Unless, of course, we have another four years (Trump) of continuation of the same approach, which likely will not happen, but the very same way, four years ago, most voters assumed Trump could not possibly win the White House.

If Ronald Reagan were at the helm today, we would have the contrary status. We would not have any concerns about losing control over Corona and its consequences. Nor fear other nations, including India, which is becoming a power in different areas that may lead to power similar to the Chinese, or Russian. So why is this administration so far apart of what once was a beloved Republican administration? What is happening with GOP? Why are the house and senate chambers incapable of arriving at a consensus that preserves our safety and harmony?  We have to look inside each of us and inside of what the USA is today. If we do not do it, we will end up as the ancient empires did before their fall, Roman, Egyptian, Greek, Ottoman, and many others. So, did we not learn something from those? Or why are we facing devastating results as Covid out of control, our failed cyber supremacy, been victimized by intellectual property theft, unfair trade, etc. etc. etc.? Think about it, get your facts and act accordingly before it is too late. Be Big Brother, even for a short while!

THE WORLD IS SCREWED UP, WHY?

Valle de Bravo before the lock-down. Gorgeous tress every where!

By Isis Win

Through the frequent chats I have with people, locally and through the internet, I hear people throwing a statement about the world being upside down and then wonder the reason for that. I reckon the world is not as most believe it was, but I differ with this idea.

Since the inception of the industrial revolution, the world changed, not gradually, but fast and massive changes took place. Considering what it was before and it turned into, in less than a century, it is expected that the world could go in the wrong direction, and the time available to fix it was too short and shallow. Just the advent of the car and electricity changed everything the world was. Millions and millions of people of the world accepted and digested the comfort provided by the advance of technology. For instance, people in the US through generations did not travel more than twenty miles away from their homes, then they started to explore their neighbor states, and the next one, and their life became a different life. Electricity had a similar effect. Before it existed, it was “normal” to end daily activities after sundown and start after the sunrise. Not that people were not busy laboring or entertaining before and after those hours, but electricity extended to 24 hours the activity time and whatever can happen. The list grows as those two inceptions integrated newer technology.

As technology improved, just about everything in our personal and general world changed, and we went along with it. Population spread like rabbits; we accepted the enlargement of living areas, a buildup of larger homes spread, etc. (now shrinking). We consumed more of all types of resources. How much of that expansion was prepared for the negative impact? Just electricity shows a perfect example.

Electricity consumed vast amounts of coal. Coal created a considerable amount of contamination, then power plants came, and a war between suppliers of energy sources started. Solutions were designed and placed, but problems continue growing and growing. We people reacted in the very same way technology changed and changed us. Issues were “fixed,” but the number of problems increased as well the population and spread of people, the more problems appeared. The result, we have enough to worry about the consequences of that and that. A few things were addressed, but most were not and all based on the cost and revenue of whatever was in sight.

Everything started to fragment here in the US. Divisions multiplied among all sorts of differences among us, but we manage to keep our act together. Then, we have to count government actions. Among the different administrations, there were good and bad ones. Every admiration focused on one, two, or more issues, but many were untouched. Politics aimed (a promise!) to fix them, but every person representing a location wanted to be favored. With so many states wanting a piece of the cake, the cake is to be divided. Their representatives are getting a piece as well. However, some satisfaction was achieved, by any means- all problematic issues were not addressed—that increased level of the crisis, which sooner or later affected everyone.

Among the many not dealt issues of the past is racial discrimination. Slaves, blacks were liberated and theoretically were able to seek a better life on their own – whatever opportunity they could find and meld with the rest of the population. Meld with the original people that once slaved them. Injustice against blacks, Latinos, Asians, etc. continued happening. Apparently, not much focus was placed on those issues because they were considered political, and the supporters of the politicians and politics were not in agreement on how to fix that. The problem was not fixed, and it created the Civil Rights movement that as well, was fought to death, killing the leaders of that movement. Although there is a gain through the desegregation process, ethnic groups still have been victimized by those not willing or able to support the civil rights act.

That is one problem, a large one, but as I mentioned above, the spread of everything came with additional issues that needed to be addressed in a timely fashion. We were on the right track until recently, but this administration conceived an idea that many of those improvements were not at all such. Such as our intent to move towards fixing or aiding the world’s environment- that has been causing massive deaths and material losses. Expect to face more and worse natural disasters because we are behind the needed action, to at least reduce its impact.

We are, where we are because of the simple fact of cause and effect. Nothing critical we have faced since the last century is an accident. We are looking at the impact, but it seems that we are going to leave any possible action to the next administration. We were already late, we have lost four years, and it will take more time to undo, the wrong by this administration. Include into that package, the racism problem that is causing more effects to be paid in the future.

Racism, right now and ever, is wrong. However, ignoring the roots of that problem will not serve a real purpose to what is needed. Although it is undeniable that different ethnic groups are not treated as our constitution mandates, we cannot turn a blind eye to see why so many people feel antagonistic against a minority group. Not many people are willing or able to voice many of the elements that are part of this issue. Because said statements, against any of these minorities, will be seen as another form of racism. There is so much to be said about this growing problem! Although I do not support the way racism has been dealt with in the last four years, I dare to say; there is some valid basis to feel wrong about some of the people in those minority groups. Whatever can be said, requires an in-depth examination based on real, reliable facts that the other end would oppose to it. Such as members in those minorities do not behave like the rest of the population does, which is part of our protocols, and they believe their anger entitles them to act wrong – to act violently. I see this prevailing situation among Latinos, blacks, Asians, recently Arabs, etc. If you are invited to my house, you have to behave accordingly; otherwise, you are not invited. People filled with anger because injustice exists have nothing to win by acting up their sentiment. The same way our government needs to look into the parts that increase this situation, not to find an ending all solution. Those minorities must examine how they can stop what a few of their members do: pour barrels of gas to an already ignited fire – for far too long.

This is one of the too many reasons it seems the world is upside down. We are facing a lesson that we cannot ignore, and if we do, as we have done in the past, the crisis will increase, creating more damage and cynicism around all of us and the world.

The real important issue now is we must start addressing what we can – in the proper order – because the view about a screwed up world – may become a full reality – when we reach the point of no return. We have loads of issues that require immediate action, so we can have a certain future, not like the future we have now.

NEED AN AI BRAIN REPLACEMENT

Bird’s eye view of Chapultepec trees, MX. ISO 100, Canon 5D 1/100s, F3.5, 80mm

The situation in the US points: there is a sector of the population unable to do simple math. 2+2=4, 2-2=0. But that sector seems to miss that calculation. Example: President Trump declared Covid is not a threat to the US; all was under control =2. In the following weeks and months, the situation crept to the point that more than 100K lives perished, and the number of confirmed infections exceed more than .5M. That equals another 2. Both numbers either result on zero if subtracting – or 4 if adding. That = the assessment shared by Trump is not reliable. Therefore, trust is put under a cloud of doubt. Either we accept that fact, or we analyze our brain’s results.

It is annoying to repeat and repeat the facts that tell us something is creating a stalemate in moments that the country requires to be progressive. Progressive not towards the right or the left, that results irrelevant considering what is a stake. Therefore, thinking linearly does not serve any purpose. The necessary element right there is consciousness. The ability to clearly see the connected components, do the math, and proceed accordingly. Well, in a divided environment, possibly while one considers the situation one way, the other one sees it the opposite. Again, consciousness may resolve this issue.

What we are facing is much more than what an alive person can recall. Corona, for instance. For the benefit of the doubt, I am throwing some nonrealistic elements, the same that could be the consideration of some people in that group. E.g., Covid is an attack from Chinese or China. The conscious thinking process can go in that direction and stay focused on that and miss the results of that attack, which is the critical matter in this case. Another one, Covid, is not as dangerous or life-threatening as said by scientists. Numbers around the world state thousands and thousands of deaths and forecast a multiplication of those numbers. Following a + train of thought and common sense: whatever it is, the spread keeps moving forwards, more people are infected = more deaths. If you do not want to die from it, then your options are: not going out at all or, if so, wear full PPE and keep proper social distance and the rest of the protocols. Doing so may save your life, a bad experience of getting very ill and suffer the results, or not getting ill = the spread have one less chance to contaminate others. That as well = the economy or my return to “normal” life will happen sooner than later—simple math and thinking, not just linearly thinking, presents the right answers.

Racism: the information that triggered this massive campaign to protest police abuse against blacks has been, for a long time, evident. Whether it is justified or not, demonstrating against the police abuse requires doing in a civilized and conscientious matter, or it is throwing gas to the fire. Dr. Luther King or Gandhi showed to the world that avoiding a spread of the fire pacific demonstrating works. However, among the demonstrators, many blacks were allowed to break that pattern. Looting, screaming foul language, braking things is not reasonable. Even supporters of the cause get very annoyed by knowing those facts. Stupid things such as painting a street with a consistent message that triggers the anger from people who disagree with reckoning racism prevail in the country or those who believe it, maybe perceived as gas, have been thrown to the fire. What gain could be there? A white person clearly annoyed, paints black that sign—a no good nor resolved anything. The fire is growing out of proportion.

Facing the Covid threat, the China threat, the Russian threat, the Iran threat, the N. Korea threat, the Jihadist threat, and the list goes on and on = we Americans should stay together and demand from our government to procure all safety actions. Hence, we remain robust and resilient or… Adding a divisive element created by politicians or pseudo politicians, all it does is to break any possible pattern that could ensure safety for all Americans. Simple math is applied.

Anyone with a decent knowledge of history, such as the Briton history, will find that the rulers manipulated the masses to gain the best control of them, therefore exploit whatever is necessary to achieve their goals. In all historical chapters, to provide what is just – to the people they rule – was not true. That example should suffice to understand that if we think linearly and based on the rhetoric of our rulers, the promised gain is never gained. The ruler must be honest, and we must keep the checks and balances rolling, so there is a gain.

There are three parts to the division of what could affect in both directions our future. #1 our analytical process lacks or has the needed investment to do the right math. # 2 what triggers our analytical process lacks or has a proper foundation to arrive at an educated guess. #3 we are or not genuinely invested in fixing numbers one and two, so we arrive at a place in which questions are answered, and the results are visible and reliable or the exact opposite end.

On that note, nationalists wish America would only be whites that pass their approval. That isn’t going to work! Hitler and his people tried to exclusively preserve what they considered the pure human quality human race with their Aryan approach. Did they succeed? What were the results?

Blacks, Latinos, Jews, LGBT, etc. on the opposite side want to exercise their freedom as the USA conceived it. Will that arrive at a solution?

We are facing massive damage, not just to our country and people. Our standing before the world is sinking and sinking, and while some throw temper tantrums, ambitious nations, and people take the place, we temporarily abandoned. Once we want it back, we will find that as history points, a decaying empire decays, and there is no return. An addition of poor leadership and poor followers = 2-2= 0, and we are moving in that direction.

Continuing this pattern financially, we are in doom land if Covid is not over right away. Socially we are in the worse dystopian status a leading nation could be. Therefore, our leadership role stops being such so others can take over that role. Who do we choose to take our role? Historically in the past, not just one nation destroys the leading role of another country. First, the people of that moving upward nation gets involved, then other nations and their people push them all upwards, following suit.

Meanwhile, our leadership and us – are pushing downward. That equals = we lack the right IQ power to protect and defend our nation simply because someone is telling us, we are alright, better than ever, and we have everything under control. Is that so? If you disagree, check with Watson because its response is precisely the opposite.

BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA

Where I am, Valle de Bravo Mexico, we face constant power outages. This is one of too many, right before the sun lies down. Interesting view, isn’t it?

By Isis Win

Division in the USA is palpable anywhere in the country. Conservatives and liberals lead this front that repercussions in several layers of the country. The position of one side compared to the other one, make the entire country look like a black and white nation. The bottom line is that there are no winners in this battle.  How could possibly be a winner when the cake is split in two?

At the moment, the largest B&W issue is the battle for racial justice and the end of brutality of law enforcement against blacks, browns, and LGBT people. In recent weeks The number of homicides against these groups has escalated. They are showing alarming signs about a damaging increase in the violence in the country. 

One of the fronts in this battle is the removal of statues of federalists and racial figures. Some with historical importance because they were members of the struggle that perished more Americans than all the wars fought together. What is the aim to remove statues that were created and placed in public sites where everyone could see them, perhaps admire them? Although those figures are a thing of the past, it makes sense they are removed, possibly placed in other locations but removal is mandatory, why?

Imagine that there are statues with figures of historical people such as Hitler, Mengele, Joseph Goebbels,Heinrich Himmler, Rudolf Hess, Adolf Eichmann. Hermann Göring, etc. and anyone involved in the invasion of Europe that killed millions of innocent people because the perpetrators believe in cleansing humanity. Would you support that? Although there are different issues, different situations, the fact is that federalists wanted to split the country and were racist to the point of creating campaigns to hang, beat, burn and hurt black people in the country. I fail to see what this angst against blacks is to the point that supremacists are killing them as they did decades and a hundred years ago.

Making humanity a black and white issue does not resolve anything but hate, bigotry, lack of compassion, and plain discrimination against another human being. How little those haters know that their DNA has markers of black ancestors that were the first humans on earth. Do they hate themselves too?

What we are looking at and fighting is nothing short than plain stupidity because supremacists will never remove all the people they despise. This issue could get so ugly that browns, yellows, blacks, and anyone in the sight of supremacists get together and wipe out the supremacists. That is what war against others do!

Although this racist issue is one that has never been cleared since the days of abolition, what we see today is the result of the demagogue statements of our racist president. Perhaps his tone before was about been #1 in the public eye and benefited from that free exposure. Still, today, it is evident, he is as racist as any federalist or supremacist. This is the gift to a democratic nation that ended up placing this shady character in the number one dominant position in the world.

We are receiving the consequences of permitting the US to land where we are not by the majority’s choice. Our diplomatic status with many relevant nations of the world is at the lowest point ever. Feuding with the banana republic is one thing, but feuding with China, for instance, comes with a very high price. The cost? We are alone in the world, and any nation suffering from this cold war with China is better off by siding with China and shut the door to the US. That has been happening in these three past years. For instance, if you could hear other leaders of the world, you will hear laughter and belittling of Trump and the US because the world they know, is not even remotely close to Trump’s world. That neither helps or negatively affects all nations that have business with us. We may be the mighty economically and the greatest military power of the world, but anything that is started will have an end too. It does not take a science degree to see that domestically and abroad we are far from a great America. We had lost many steps to tackle as they were needed in 2016. Steps that before placed us as the leaders of the world. To achieve that place in history, the US needed the support and consent of our allies. Today, the allies we can count on are the ones that count their currency and check how many US dollars they have, perhaps getting rid of them before they face massive losses. OK, this is a blatant exaggeration, and in November, we will have the chance to change the path. But nothing is going to give back what we already lost throughout these past four years, while we do not remove the black and white issue that is tarnishing us and destroying what we supposed to be about. Are we ready to give up our place in the world? If so, who do you chose to take over?

Alienation is the culprit of what we are looking for now. For as long as we are so removed from the truths that are present, facts that can be certified legitimate, we will remain doomed and suffer the consequences.

We are on time to gradually start fixing what is broken. But for as long the supremacists keep doing their thing, the situation will continue to creep the living lights of us. How could we possibly get rid of them? We do not need to. They are as US citizens as we are, and they are entitled to be who they chose, and no one is entitled to try to change them as they are not entitled to try to change us. The way to deal with that is the same principle that allows them to be hateful and discriminatory. But we do not have to act like them. What we have at our disposal is to show the strength of the opposition against them is. We are more, we are more conscious, and by simply pushing them to stay in their chosen side, they will reckon that this battle of them, is a no winning battle. Then, they may become quiet. But as well, we have to remove every single trace of what represents them, so no one will be remembered that we are not a black and white issue. But we are a multicolor nation that brought the country to what no so long ago was, and we need to reach, again and again. Participate if you are on the side of freedom, compassion, and integration of every single US citizen. So we do what we need and do not have to think about bringing America to what already is. A great nation, even as is now. Instead, we aim to make America a stable nation, because we are a robust nation and have plentiful to grant to all that they deserve. A chance to live in freedom, opportunity, harmony and peace.

EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE AFFECTING THE USA

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has trained its razor-sharp eye on one of the universe’s most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy, Messier 104 (M104). The galaxy’s hallmark is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising the spiral structure of the galaxy. As seen from Earth, the galaxy is tilted nearly edge-on. We view it from just six degrees north of its equatorial plane. This brilliant galaxy was named the Sombrero because of its resemblance to the broad rim and high-topped Mexican hat. At a relatively bright magnitude of +8, M104 is just beyond the limit of naked-eye visibility and is easily seen through small telescopes. The Sombrero lies at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies and is one of the most massive objects in that group, equivalent to 800 billion suns. The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and is located 30 million light-years from Earth.

By Isis Win

History books, from the legislative annals to the academic recordings, explain how the USA has moved forward by creating and enforcing laws that comply with our constitution, international laws, and civic and humans rights. The USA has created a model that many countries want to follow. Such as the creation of a democratic system that seeks for everyone in that nation. We have that system, we exercise it, and through time it has improved. The USA has gradually bettering many of the aspects that enhance the quality of life, defends the rights of everyone, and develops the mechanisms to have a level of equality that makes the country more productive and harmonious. We still are behind reaching a better state that transparently shows we are the example that others wish to conquer.

We have moved back and forth in the direction that our framers envisioned. However, this is the first time in US history that a regime blatantly erodes many of those gains achieved or in progress. The “justification’ to that is simple and clear. This president is aware of the discontent of a large number of Americans that want to reverse many issues in that direction. Perhaps the #1 is in a relation of the migratory situation of ours that has not been resolved through many decades. Probably the chunkiest “fix” before was when Republican Donald Reagan passed an amnesty gift towards illegal foreigners living for long in the US and abide by our laws.

Today we have a contrary scenario. Although there is reason to feel angst because of the millions of illegal immigrants in the US (not just Latinos), the US, the only option is to sit at the table of negotiations, to arrive at a compromise in both ends, and pass the needed legislation. Politics have not allowed that, and mostly because on one side, observing our constitution should be the denominator. At the same time, on the other hand, to hell with it and simply get rid of non-Anglo Saxon descendants. Such will never work and attempts by Trump showcasing his abuse of power, the Supreme Court invalidated no one, not two but a few unconstitutional mandates of his. This is just a speck of the many issues that detriment our constitution and create a bizarre view, A wish of some Americans, A small number of ultra-conservative Americans.

Trump has been banking on creating a momentum that secures him a second term. All built on that premise of challenging immigration, China, North Korea, Afghanistan, and any country that is bargaining millions of dollars from us, so they comply with our demands, but they not. The effect has been such a clear and strong divide that the US is looking like a Neo-Nazi nation, ready to enact that sentiment I mentioned. However, the constitution weights much more than Trump’s mandates, even if such decision comes from a nominated judge by him. There is no way around, but if an SC judge support and passes any of Trump’s acts, a new order will be kicked in, and such would be much more toxic than Trump’s actions.

As is, the way all is looking from the WH and some cabinets seem that we are under attack, but such an attack cannot come from one of us. It will have to be from an extraterrestrial being that destroys us first and takes over later.

Coronavirus has shown us how fragmented we are as a nation and as people. All looks and sounds like anarchy that theoretically may favor Trump. However, as I said before, the group of people that follows Trump is rather small, but other people are acting on their own regarding Corona. It seems to add more significant numbers to Trump’s following.

The country in the last four years is turned inside – out. The sad there is that such should exteriorize a sense of patriotic attitude in which we either join our administration or oppose it. Not just by thought, but following with actions to let our government know what we do not support or approve. If we do not arrive at common sense, or consensus, democracy is defeated, and we lose sight of what direction we are taking, therefore where we may land in the wrong place.

These past years have been as if a foreign alien is running our country, and we remain silent about it, and only exercise our right to choose who is going to be in office. Once the person is elected, we do not care anymore about what he delivers or not. Something other nations such as China exploit to their benefit, increasing the potential of engaging in dramatic episodes that disrupt the order and the desired goal.

The appalling element for me is to witness that regardless of the constant lies and manipulations from Trump, he still counts on supporters, making him assume he got a chance to a second term. This turns my suspicion on, and I fear that he got a hidden card on his sleeve and that one is that he will jinx the election. I discard that he is so ignorant, dumb, and out of touch that his mega ego makes him believe he got everything under control. Big money America may fail for the first time in so long, and hopefully, they lose the strings that allow them to keep us in the cage, so we have no chance to react and take care of the needed changes. Changes that address our constitution, civil and human rights that will better our country exponentially, at the cost of the big money-losing the grip in our present and future. They, very well, maybe the extraterrestrial beings that are exploiting our planet, and all human beings, not just greedy Americans.

DIVIDE = CHAOS

By Isis Win

For many people, if not most, the advent of the 21st century was a trigger of hope. The needed hope resulted in the antithesis to realities the US, and the entire world has been witnessing with no promise in sight about improvement. In 2019 the facts presented a different scenario. A scenario that lacked the proper hope and faith, and today, we are looking at some of the early consequences of that lack of hope.

E.g., Our administration “declared war” against our ally China. A deserving challenge considering that China for a long time, since they opened their doors to global commercial trade, has acted unethically. They have done everything in their power to come out as the glorious winners of international trade. Our governments and experts have seen all sorts of manipulations to fix it. They responded with changes in their currency, deceiving diplomatic negotiations, stealing intellectual property, and more deceiving practices. The bottom line is that they have not complied with fair practices, and our actual administration chose to bully them. The result: not only China has become our enemy in trade, but our allies are not with us because if China would react as we have done by now, the threat will impact the entire world’s economy. The failure is not challenging China, but the method used to negotiate realistic and ethical practices. We are right in the middle of that storm, and neither Trump (if reelected) nor Biden, will have an easy pass to bring balance between both countries.

China is to be blamed for the most significant chunk of that failure. It is doubtful that they are there accidentally. However, the US being the world’s leader and the currency owners used to all sorts of monetary transactions, has much more to lose than China or the world. Our loss is nothing less than the place we hold before the world.

Today China is presenting a face that looks like the USA in the past in relation to the USSR. Territorial fights in the south of China can challenge the world at any minute. The battle in Hong Kong to fully control that Chinese piece of territory, a significant one for China, is getting out of control and creates a “war” between Hong Kong and Beijing. War forces of the world could become involved at some point. The US, as the leader of the world, should be the first one to step in; the allies will follow suit if appropriately set. If we have lost our partnership with China, our allies are doomed regarding what their next action could be. The grand question that does not have an answer is: who will take our role?

We are reaching the weakest link in the chain. Trump attempting a second term, which is looking less likely to happen (thank God for that!) and Biden, who will be massacred by Trump’s campaign before the election. Our toxic domestic divide is spreading around the world because of our lack of leadership. As if that is not a dramatic problem, Corona is making everything more challenging and impossible to predict.

I tend to be a positive thinker, and regularly I see lights at the end of the tunnel. The problem I experience now is that if we are so divided domestically, predicting a positive answer seems a fantasy chosen to manage concern and its derivations. Usually, if I reach a place like that, as I have a few times these past three years, I tend to bounce into that place that speaks with images and tells me, “remember, all is the result of cause and effect,” and whatever results from effect, it is the karmic price to be paid. Not an acceptable result, but it can be if we look at our reality today, which shows we are in a hole, an impasse whatever I chose to call it, but the light at the end of the tunnel is too dimmed to see it right now.

I was excited yesterday because the response from SCOTUS about title VII actually protecting the LGBT minority, we have the first leg to achieve full protection. Unless our government and the conservatives derail the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we fail to understand that the divide we have today, in reality, is doing severe damage to right – left and the entire country. The effect can only be bad, very bad.

I believe, supported by data I collect all the time, and through many years, what is happening to us is not the responsibility of our leaders. Sadly, the family environment is eroded in many places in the country, and what happens there happens everywhere. We, the people, and the country, are looking like a dysfunctional family that our only option is to split one from the other. The sense of community to preserve every bit of our identity fades really fast when cohesiveness is not present, and we lose the ruder to direct our destiny. Maybe I am the only one having this perception, but I doubt it because more than half of our nation is facing something dramatic, see no end to it, and that uncertainty somehow places us in limbo. The limbo that is adding to that divide, which is making us weak little by little.

What we are facing right now is much more than deciding who will govern us for the next four years. However, whoever we chose will determine our possible direction and possible solutions to our issues. A course that can only work if we strengthen the weak link that we are allowing now because our ideas do not arrive at the consensus that can spare all of us from disaster. An agreement of ALL the people about becoming a robust nation, because – we ALL are Americans, and if we are not, because that divide, there is not much to fight for. That is the karmic message. We need to act consciously for our flag, constitution, laws, and civil/human rights that have made our country. Same that we are letting go today because we fail to agree and support that common-sense principle of “A nation is composed of ALL citizens, not those who believe in owning it.”

STONEWALL INN AND SCOTUS

By Isis Win

51 years ago, the police broke in again into the gay club Stonewall. This time, the patrons of the club refused to be arrested, abused, and the bigotry of the law and order members displayed. This reaction exploded in both ends. Soon after, the first of three riots started, and the police, for the first time, felt their hands were tied, instead of the gay, lesbian, and transgender previous victims. There was blood; there were broken bones; there was chaos as a large multitude joined the victims, and the police could not do anything to repress the members of what later became the LGBTQ minority group.

On the second day, the club owners decided to open their doors again. The managers got a few bottles of alcohol, another jukebox, and slowly small groups walked to Greenwich village and entered the club. This time there were many more policemen. Many wearing heavy protection, others carrying weapons to release tear gas, etc. this time, they could not lose the battle, they thought, and the penny wagon waited for massive arrests. Again, they resisted, tear gas was released, a large commercial trash can was set on fire, the police started to beat some of the people, and another huge number of strangers joined to support the courageous warriors. Police tactics prove inefficient and weak. Yes, there was some arrest. Greenwich Village has never seen anything like that. Even neighbors to the club joined the resistance. The major of the city and the police department knew they could not mess so easily with LGBT people again.

Someone in the group yelled after the riots were over: We need to demonstrate to keep the momentum. They requested the perming, it was granted, and a date for LGBT members was set. Demonstration day: many demonstrators were fearful of finding the police force having an excuse to attack them. That did not stop them, and again, small groups, two or three people, walked to the meeting site and started walking towards central park very fast, too fast. They reached the end of the journey. All were surprised that the small number of gays, lesbians, and trans people turned into an enormous crow composed by gay, lesbian and transgender people coming from everywhere, close and far. All of them learned that they were on the right path. That march became Gay Pride day, and it is celebrated every year in many countries around the world.

There were riots in LA, CA, San Francisco, Chicago, and more because of the same reason. Police brutality trying to set fear on LGBT people. Then, advocacy in favor of human and civil rights in support of us was born.

There are so many advocacy organizations working to change the law and the perception of the people in general. They work hard and non-stop to improve the law and the understanding of millions of Americans. There are gains, mainly in favor of gays and lesbians. The most significant and fundamental change: the right to marry a member of the same sex. Yet, this one is perhaps as large. Today, Monday 15 of 2020, The Supreme Court decided 6 to 3 that the original civil rights of 1964 under article VII protects gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals from discrimination at the place of work. I consider this win the set in stone of the movement, a few days before the anniversary of Stonewall Inn Gay Pride Day.

This decision, opposed to Trump’s actions and words, is the first, perhaps final leg of achieving full protection from discriminatory acts in all sectors that deny the consistency of citizenship of our minority that has suffered since the early days of the republic. Gay, lesbian and transgender people remained closeted until the time that the NY police aimed to beat, arrest, even kill anyone in those ranks because plain discrimination against us was not forbidden.

Some states provided further protection to us, but sadly, their law is not adequately enforced. Therefore, discrimination against us still happens even in those states.

Now, we have to make sure protection to have health, legal and housing protection for us is protected as well. Maybe by then, the perception of close to 50% of the population changes, so we do not need to fear and suffer because a handful of ignorant people still despise us.

It is expected some reactions may come out and soon, particularly from religious groups that have been advocating against us for years and spending millions of dollars—perhaps using silly but discriminatory acts. Such as forbidding the use of the correct bathrooms to transgender people. Regardless of what they do, we are moving forward not just in favor of our cause but in favor of having and understanding and united nation.

I present my deepest gratitude to the members of the Supreme Court that made this decision possible and I thank as much to every single American that has been on our side and supported us in their form of choice.

This historic even is another mark written in stone about the greatness of America!

CORRECTION: It is the 50th anniversary of Gay Pride Day, not 51.

END OF LIFE NOW?

by Isis Win

When listening to some people, I get their message regarding their belief that life is threatened, and it might be a sign of the end of it. Some dare to say only human life while others speak about the extinction of forms of life on earth. Often, when reading the headlines of several mass mediums, I read about an impending threat to life. Asteroids coming our way and with a size large enough to impair all sorts of life by darkening our skies. Or super volcanos activity that may do the exact same. Raising oceans that in their heads may cover most of the grounds where we live. I feel appalled when I hear things like that, but I concur with something that does not deliver the idea to them.

Sensing the end of life does not represent the end of life. That is a choice we all can make in our heads. It refers to the end of what we are in that particular moment, and we are about to enter a new way of being. Spiritual disciplines speak about this phenomenon as the death of the spiritual being transitioning into the new one—something hard to grasp to some people.

Fearing death is rational among us humans. It is not necessarily a good or bad thing, but removing that fear represents moving towards experiencing life in a new way. A better way that enjoys more things and creates a higher state of being. It is said that fear of death is fear to life itself. A potential subjective topic that most likely does not reach an end until the experience is digested. Meaning that we die and are reborn so we can appreciate that state of mind and soul accordingly to our new way of being or perception.

Indeed, we cannot take for granted the existence of physical life, which is closely tied to living on planet earth. Threats that can destroy life, not just humans, are all over the place. Wars, in my view, are the most definite potential to eliminate life as is. However, a nuclear war, for instance, although it can be possible, it is the extreme of how we humans can destroy human life. I see it more like a threat than a potential risk that brings such an outcome. Then we may ask ourselves and the people that make sure we and many others have nuclear weapons. Why do we have them? To entice fear to the potential enemy, so it does not mess with us. As in the case of Japan – that – preemptively attacked us and refused to give in.

Corona brought us a bit of that concern about life. Another Covid virus, according to specialists, can arise and wipe us from living for good. However, the message is not that we are going to die, but we must do what we can to make sure we live. Not just survive but to do what it takes to live our life fully. There are many detractors to get there. Such as our needs that demand heavy working, earning money so we can support our life with those goods but not truly – to live fully. There are several ways to live fully. To land in the right spiritual path, which requires sacrificing things that belong to the survival realm or simple comfort. Facts show that we create a need to improve our life – and to improve it – requires to make it more comfortable. Consumption becomes the sugar pill to live well.

The times we live in today speak about needed changes in many realms. Although those changes may reflect that we must change people, our government, the disparity among people, the power that controls us, etc., all true and valid, but the real changes do not start right there. They begin within, and the results gradually fine-tune the string of our soul. Therefore we take action to change the other things we need to. It is a curve in a process that goes up and down, so things change in another direction. However, for the most part, the course we take is more the result of gravity than our choice and dedication. Take, for instance, Russia converting into the USSR to address the need to remove the power and clout of the abusive monarchical regime, of the time before the revolution. The operation succeeded by removing them and giving a better chance to the neglected, but the reality is that such change made millions of people suffer as much or more than what they wanted to move away. Perhaps the French revolution succeeded better, but still, the will of the majority is waiting for their turn to be addressed.

In this physical order of us, perfection is nothing more than a lame excuse not to arrive at the end of the aspired goal. We are flawed. Therefore we will find more and more items to fix. But that can produce a good sense of living! For as long as we are part of it, meaning we are involved.

If we genuinely evolve spiritually and resume life as fulfilling, it will require not much to fix the angst that history shows is everywhere in the world. The spirit lives in the mind and body. Therefore we need to educate both to live with the real essential things of life, to share them, and to make sure that we no longer we invent excuses to survive but to live. Money does not grant that, but it makes things a little sweller. So that is the answer here? Like in everything else, moderation is the “secret.”

No one knows what happens after we die. However, I can tell you for sure: We do not go to hell or heaven. Those are images created in our heads, so we remain inside the loop and conform to the established protocols. Since we are to stay as societies, we follow suit, but it is not a matter of breaking what already exists to start a different way to approach living. What we need to change, to begin with the right foot, is that we must feel from the core to the covering layer of who we are, that we cannot disfranchise others because they are not like what we are. The secret of living life is to grasp every bit of life, and every bit is you, I, and everyone that still is on the surface of this planet. While doing so, we protect everything there is, and if by any chance we are to die, we do not die alone. Wherever we end up going, we go together and start of a new leg of another life. Not in hell, not in heaven, but wherever we end up. So, maybe we all need to die spiritually, so we are reborn as the people that we are NOW and can enjoy better what we become, we are really alive and enjoy it fully. There is nothing to despise, hate, and dislike, to judge, etc. any human parts of life. I am referring about bringing rebirth in a way that we do the walk of what we do the talk. Got it?

2020 ANOTHER BOULDER IN US HISTORY

Photo Janis Chakars

By Isis Win

The US is a vast and mighty nation. We will never be exempt from a grand crisis that seems to speak about the status of the country. Those speak about a particular time and issues that, in some measure, have improved, and some others still are pending. Ethnic racism still is an issue that seems not to have a solution, regardless of the improvements achieved. There is no question about the validity of the discontent by African American citizens. Unjustified brutality has been visually evident, the masses recognize the results, and the majority expect justice to be served. However, police brutality is not exclusive to African Americans suffering. Cases of that exist in almost every state, and most do not respond adequately because the law and order system supposed to be in charge in the social order, and they are allowed to enact force if the rule is broken. Some cases become the focus of the press, and the result is a nationwide spread of demands for that justice. For the most part, demonstrations are pacific, and their aim is to be heard and find the proper response from the local government as the federal authorities.

I find two critical elements in this situation. The number one is the lack of adequate response by our leader in chief. He should address the demonstrations in a public forum to ensure the movement does not trigger violence and destruction, and the second one, the demonstrators themselves, should stop the looters and violent people from their actions. Like the old saying: It takes two to tango.

There is a much larger issue under this crisis. The fact that the American people at large are fed up with the negative messages of the supposed leader, the constant lies that make others responsible for the mishaps of his government, and his seeking for the glorification of what he considers he should be credited for. Actions that have nothing to do with leading that large and powerful nation but the contrary. What we see today is the evidence of this lack of touch with The People, favoring the people hired by the leader, the lack of certainty of a positive future, and the threat of four more years of the same. History points this issue as the precedent presents: A leader that does not present sound results is ousted in the coming election. However, between his actions and words and the press reports, it seems that he is going to perpetuate his government. The core of this disease is that he lacks what it takes to bring the nation into a status in which the country is altogether. Something that is not going to favor him because he was elected by the Electoral College, not by The People.

What supposed to be A Great America Again is the farthest the nation has been. I spare you from the redundant reminder of what our situation is today. Still, none of his actions have fixed anything but the contrary, and it is clear he is an elitist and with dubious trust by the majority, including many of his partisan members. Add to that, the Nationalists have been triggered by him, and the Anglo Saxon reaction by the extremist is making the situation more divided, hence complicated all, and it is hard to fix it.

Academics state this regime passed to history as the worse ever. Whether that is true or not, the critical fact is that we are already into a destructive crisis (corona), and we cannot afford to add fuel to the fire. By the end of this regime, we will see a report about deep waters we are in, in many regards, and no one is to fix it but us, the taxpayers and voters.

The next elected president is going to face an ill system as Obama did. At the end of Obama’s administration, although the issues of the country were not perfect, they shined a great future. The future that the 45th administration inherited. The next regime will not only have to fix the chaos we are in, such as the humongous deficit, faulty diplomatic and trade relations with China and other countries, and the neglected issues such as affordable health and education, migratory reform, and the sharp divide we live in since 2016.

Maybe what we are to face, the historical part, the unfinished issues, the divide, the virus results, etc. are of no importance to most. Most are seeking solutions that were not served and will continue delivering their obligations <$$$> to our government, hoping that harmony and peace allow us to do so. But the significant pending aspect is that for as long as we are divided, we are serving the greedy interests of the forces that created the situation we are in. There is no other solution that the masses should demand what is right, and those should respond with actions that are transparent and visually clear. The world got enough of the abuses of monarchies, today we got plenty of the abuses of the oligarchy that does not leave room to the supporters of the nation. I wish this happens in a peaceful setting, but the farther we go, the steeper it looks.

A country belongs to the people that make the country. The rulers are just the result of the wishes of the people, and when the rulers fail to deliver what is needed and wanted, the people should act immediately. Not just to demand justice against the criminals that do not serve their oath but anyone, in front or behind of what affects the lives of everyone. Not the favored by those who imagine they are the rightful owners of the nation. That requires involvement, and for as long as such does not exist, our present and future are doomed. Who wants that? If you are against it, voice yourself by been present when needed and to represent yourself at the booth. Time is coming, and it is time to start voicing your wish.