NOVEMBER 3 – HELL OR HEAVEN?

By Isis Win

To my recollection, vice presidential debates have never had the weight to dissuade voters from defining their choice. They seem mostly looking like showcasing the passive part of a regime. This past Pence – Harris debate appeared to be a different case.

The debate itself seemed to be a boring lame arguing of the two parties, but I believe both score points in their favor actually convincing their supporters. If there was a winner, Harris score a couple of points, lost another couple, and Pence remained zero points. In a few words, the score is 1- 0 favoring Harris. Will that affect anything? Probably no, but it reinforced the strength of the importance of removing Trump from the white house. 

Pence refused to answer several questions (most), some important ones, such as if a succession of power in case of disability of the president happens. Harris did not respond to the same question too. As well, when Pence asked: Does Biden has the intention of increasing the numbers of SCOTUS’ justices? An essential item considering the recent development of Trump acquiring Covid and been treated with potentially cognitive damage resulted from the use of steroids. But as well, the mental health of the president has been in question. Theoretically, Pence should be in place to succeed Trump in case of a disaster towards him because of the virus infection, and before disaster strikes. That protocol was not placed as the law requires.

Harris threw a few blows to pence regarding Trump’s failed policies and the lack of proper information to the public regarding covid and the lack of initiative the prevent arriving at the grand score of 212 million deaths and 7.5 million confirmed cases. But as well, Harris threw facts against Trump and Pence regarding the credits taken by Trump that are the result of Biden’s work before Trump took power. The recovery of the economy and today’s decaying situation in terms of high unemployment and growing debt.

Pence denied all accusations from Harris, defending against the facts presented by the press and several members (fired of course) of his own administration. Something that was expected, and clearly, Pence was not prepared to diffuse or deny it convincingly.

As in past presidential campaigns, the visual to define swinging votes is in the vice-presidential candidates does not change their choice. It is expectable that if the other two debates between Trump and Biden take place, we will witness a similar scenario as we saw it in #1. However, the potential of disaster against Trump is highly possible if he reacts driven by the steroids, which provide him lots of stamina, but with the possibility of an explosive and unrealistic attack to Biden.

Both scenarios, in my view, are irrelevant considering a couple of factors. #1 the situation we are facing through 4 years is the worst in US history. The administration has not scored in anything, mainly the US diplomacy arena, trade, and any vital negotiations to ensure the nation’s future well-being. However, there are many more failed administration actions, and we cannot ignore an important one—the divide of the American people. The administration has exerted dictatorial orders unconstitutional and rendered no benefits but triggered hate and division among the American people. All resulting in cueing white supremacists who have taken the streets with their guns and attacked and killed several Americans, including black, brown, and transgender people and supremacists, are prepared to defend Trump’s continuation in power if losing the election.

The situation is extremely toxic and dangerous. The critical and vital issue is the vitriolic divide among the population that can trigger a civil war and the US economy’s decay, therefore the entire world.  Although the GOP’s chances of winning the election are tiny, the administration’s eroded mail voting’s trust, sabotaging the electoral mail process. The threat of refusing to allow the presidential succession is the potential worse situation the US would face in history. Nearing the disaster resulted from the previous civil revolution.

Trump followers will not be dissuaded from changing their votes at this point. Liberals seem to be grasping swing states that place DNC in power for the next period, so it is expected to face a dangerous situation. The resolve is thoroughly unpredictable unless Trump is removed by force.

The chaos prevailing in the US is significant because although it should not be relevant to other nations, several, such as Germany, already face a Neo-Nazi increase of threat. Still, other countries have reacted dictatorially following the example of Trump.

The solution to our crisis will be hard to reach, even when Biden takes over the WH because the damage up to this point is enormous and overwhelming. However, faith in the team Biden-Harris remains strong, and it would be possible to return to the America we know, but at a high cost to the entire population. Part of this solution is what Trump will use against Biden, accusing him of leading America towards socialism. Something that only fits in the minds of anti-everything people who hate everything that does not fall under the acceptance of today’s White Supremacy. In other words, everything not been directly the result of the Anglo-Saxon descendants is at stake.

This particular moment of the US requires full solidarity of the citizenship to change the existing regime and start patching the done damage. I question the numbers of supporters to produce this change not because of the numbers, but the level of consciousness, patriotism, and knowledge of our tradition, history, and status before the world. Through the last weeks, Sadly, the lack of all that in social media is highly visible. I found a lack of appreciation for our administration and our actual status—all that in every area.

I insist our #1 move now is to vote regardless of any obstacles to proceed and wait for the results. Once the election is determined, history can swing in many directions unless Trump peacefully turns the White House to the legal and democratic winner. Let’s wait and see, vote now!

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.

WHEN THE GENIE IS OUT…

By Isis Win

For about a year and a half, I started to be concerned about the US going up in an unsustainable crisis that would change what we consider normal. I was not aware of the Covid pandemic, but I intuited a world tragedy that would change the entire world, and we would need to be ready and act promptly to diffuse the threat. My main concern trigger comes from – how the administration manages everything – contrary to the constitution – and the order of law. Four years ago, my concern started growing. I predicted the win of candidate Trump and I saw the potential of a civil war triggered by him, as I envisioned since the early 70s if several issues were not changed in the following 30 to 40  years. Mostly, socio-economic issues that detriment the life from the top middle class to the bottom. Some changes took place but not significant to straighten our future path. The winning of Trump was the sign of the proximity of a social turmoil that could affect the country for a long time to come. Including the potential of an armed battle between the far right and the left. Likely as well, requiring the intervention of the reserves or the armed forces.

Through these past four years, which had been an emotional agony for me, all signs forecasting the destruction of the fabric of America sprouted and seemed unchallenged. The efforts of the democrats starting an investigation about the election meddling failed. There are no explainable reasons for that but a severe abuse of power that is only seeing, in underdeveloped countries. But we are not even remotely close to that, so what happened?

Trump cued white Americans to come out of their rock and represent their anger against the establishment, as we saw in Charlottesville, VA. The start of white supremacists attacking everything that Trump is against, and they have never left the picture, but they have increased it.

Then Covid became the worst threat the country had faced ever, and we know why. The administration not only failed to curve the danger, but it increased the risks by providing false and irresponsible information manipulating everything that could help us to avoid the extensive spread and several thousand deaths. As it is presumable, the effects do not stop right there. Massive unemployment, a stop of the economy by literally halting the needed level of consumption, has created a situation comparable to the great depression. The results of this are too large and complicated to be mentioned in a single blog.

The critical issue that places us at stake is Trump and the people that support his actions and policies. I feel justified to call Trump evil and accuse him of infecting millions of Americans with his evil streak. Literally, the country is not just divided now, but both ends have become the enemy of the other one, and people are becoming jaded, apathetic, and passed the fence of losing hope and turning into direct anger instead.

All that is in the past now, A past that threatens everything we had before four years ago. Checks and balances have been literally trashed, and the regime commits crime after crime, and the left seems paralyzed, unable to do anything about it. Yes, but the reason they have not neutralized this domestic threat is that democrats require legal grounds to act, and Trump has covered any angle for retaliation, such as having full control over DOJ. As well, Democrats have been avoiding retaliation from the large numbers of white supports of Trump. Trump’s insanity has not stopped, but it is providing us the needed mechanisms to charge Trump and to ensure a legal popular presidential election. Same that he openly threatened with because he is not going to lose the white house, as he has stated a number of times.

The situation is: the lives of millions of Americans are a stake from several fronts. 30 million people will lose health insurance next year if he stays. The safety of all minorities will vanish. The chance of controlling the effects of Covid is not even considered. Our relationship with several tough nations is at stake. The potential of a civil war is growing. Trump threatening to withhold the white house at any price represents the lowering of our values and what the US stands for. There are several other important issues, but these are the tragic threats I feared more than four years ago.

Whatever results from creating the “Democracy Act,” invoked by Nancy Pelosi, aims to make accountable everyone consenting, this precarious situation which perhaps will not save our country. The destruction cannot be stopped, but a reconstruction of our democracy can be started. Still, the next administration will face an unprecedented crisis that will require perhaps more than one generation to fix – from the infrastructure of our social order, economic, to the legal, even constitutional realms that have been severely damaged by this administration. We all will have to face the results and compromise with a new “normal.” A new normal that will require the dedication from all the Americans, it will require sacrifice and work. This is the reality created by President Trump, and no one wanted, except disloyal supremacists.

If Trump is not jailed in the company of all his crooks, the end of this threat can only be the destruction of the fabric of America. The fabric that millions of Americans weaved through two-plus centuries. All destroyed by a single man!

If Trump gets away with murder, it is estimated trillions of dollars will be the gain of his and the people behind him.

Sadly, although not too late to act, it is actually late to avoid the worse damage the nation will face for a long time to come. Once Trump let the genie out, we will not be able to put it back in. That is our new normal, and we all will have to pay the same price.

NOW, WHO CAN WE BELIEVE?

Jefferson standing in front of the threatened USA and can’t do anything about it. Ektachrome 100, 280MM F2.8

By Isis Win

Everything in politics or public opinion has been a matter of debate, controversy, and arguing way before my ancestors were born. However, in the past, no so old, the only means of public information were large organs that redundantly checked the information to be released to make it bulletproof reliable. Even during my early days working for TV and written press, my editor expected me to triple check the facts I was about to inform. Otherwise, the work would be tossed in the garbage can. In the recent decade or two, that seems to be changing.

The 21st century was expected to be a drastic improvement to everything known or a tragic end to everything—the half-full or empty cup story. However, we started the century on the wrong foot. After G. Bush Jr took over the White House, we were shocked by the callous attack of Al Qaeda in NY city, destroying the twin towers and killing close to 3k people + the people affected by the toxic debris when clearing the fallen buildings. Then, investigations from the UK and our own intelligence opened the door to accusations against Saddam Hussein about being involved in some category with Al Qaeda’s leader, Bin o laden. The UN got involved, and according to the media reports, Hussein was developing WMDs, including a potential atomic bomb. Saddam was challenged over and over, and no find would justify any military action from the US and allies. However, both countries claimed to have reliable intelligence proving Saddam was a threat to the world because his arsenal and facilities to build chemical weapons were “real.” Bush somehow persuaded our legislators and the American people that we should preemptively attack Iraq to dispose of those weapons. Bush claimed before national television we will destroy the evil, and the attack will be successful, short, and our troops will return shortly after. You know the rest, here is the critical point.

The US attacked without justification Iraq which was the balancing force in the Middle East, destroyed literally everything in a fantastic bomb attack the seemed coming from a Sci-Fi movie. We still are there, with thousands of soldiers even exposed to be killed and the country, well, regardless of the promise a reconstruction effort, it still is in shams. Electrical power, water supply, bad roads, lacking enough health installations, and a constant battle between ethnic groups are their calamity.

That was the beginning of the 21st century, but it did not improve since that beginning. We had a disastrous presidential reaction to the destruction of hurricane Katrine in Louisiana, and we faced the second potential worst depression after the Grand Depression. The following president (Obama) inherited such a bad situation that he should better become seriously ill and quit winning the presidency. However, he did not resign. He faced everything. He found an opposition that would not change their mode, and negotiating anything was a real pain in the ass. However, he produced essential changes and saved the country from falling into pieces that resulted from the mortgage bubble burst. Eight years later, he brought to the US to what other presidents failed to deliver and left the economy rolling upwards. Trump inherited that situation.

After almost four years after Trump as our leader, looking in every direction, we find no results the leader claims to be his contribution to a better America. In fact, those years seem to be a remembrance of much older days in which all the defended civil rights provided by our constitution have been stepped on or did not exist because his position is, and has been to declare war against everything he hates. Mainly everything coming from the Obama administration. He’s got a lot to hate but not only recently. Since his early years, Trump appeared “wearing a mask.” People near him did not see it, and he ripped off hundreds of small businesses, the IRS, people involved in his activities, became known as a misogynistic man surrounded by the most beautiful women of the world, etc. He showed to be proud of all of them.

Most of his hates are everything that is not Anglo Saxon derivate, hates poor people, people that know more than him, and more. Clearly, anyone with essential intelligence would notice; this man hates everything and deeply loves himself. Question: How on earth did he become the 45th US president? The jury still in on the table, but likely, we will have to move forward to fix all the broken pieces after the coming election, and he walks away as he had done many times before.

Through the years of Bush and Trump, we have heard reports claiming the US is in the best place in history, and we are moving forward. Do not give me credit when I ask: where are the proofs? Just look around and double-check the accuracy of their words, compare them to the words from the press, or the legitimate organizations that check and double-check the facts, and they become the official. There is no sector in which Trump’s words check with any side or the heart of reality. To make matters worse, his lies and deceits are so unrealistic and blunt, that he lies in front of the actual data and accuses absolutely everyone if he is caught in a lie. Very few Americans <?> have stood his lies and remain in power, but many others either were fired or removed themselves from that “influential” position coveted with treason.

He claims the press, unbiased organizations, and members of his government are against him, and all that is a witch hunt. Who are we going to believe? That depends on who is asking. The truth, checked not once, not twice, not even three times but more, a large sector of the population (44%) believe him and are convinced he is threatened by deceitful socialists and communists that will destroy the country if he does not have what it takes to get rid of them. Such requires a second term in which he claims; the falling economy can be fixed as he fixed it post Obama. Who do you believe? Therefore where do you think we are at this particular moment?

My closing remark is simple and to the point. If Trump reacted positively – as needed – after the Covid threat was confirmed, the level of infections and deaths would be drastically reduced. Likely, we still be threatened by it and would take time to end it <shorter time though>, but the numbers would be sharply lower. The economy, on the other hand, would show a whole different scenario. Now, the government should bail out at least 70% of the population that owes large amounts of money on loans, houses, cars, you name it, and are not collecting income for, how long?

 The people that do not have income or a much smaller than accustomed need desperately help. In case you have not noticed, all-important goods have increased their price, creating a higher number in the inflation sector. What does that do to you and others?

To save the country in totality requires that businesses remain in business, people receive their income as pre-Covid, the cost of living does not go up and can meet their bills accordingly. Well, that is not happening. The Great Depression taught us, the #1 front to attack is to avoid the fall of the consumer, which created people’s losses of property, work, savings, etc. and became homeless and dependent on welfare. Well, welfare is dying along with the unemployed people. Meanwhile, Trump is selling a second term will fix it. A flat lie that even Biden would reckon if asked: will you return us to our status as it was in 2019, and we return to normal life – and – continue been alienated as most Americans lived pre Covid?

We are not returning to what we call normal in a long, long time. It is too late to gear in that direction. But thinking about the future or the past will not help or resolve anything. I suspect you believe the following statement and consider it reliable: Another four years of this administration as it was since 2016 up to now, will destroy what is left to us. Us, 70% of the working-class, and our lives would turn as the older days before the Great Depression if . . .

We have to be extremely careful about what we believe or not because what is at stake at this precise moment is undeniable: danger!

US DIVIDE BECOMING ABYSMAL

Supreme Court. Washington, D.C.

By Isis Win

The divide is not a new aspect of what rules and determine the path of the nation at any given time. Since the early days of independence’s conception from the Britons, divide existed between those seeking independence and those fearing the wrath of the English. The same divide was seeing through the first election, the creation of the US constitution, etc. Perhaps is a difference existed, that was the level of destruction the divide caused at one time or another one. The reason the US engaged in a domestic war between the north and the south. A war that ultimately brought emancipation for the large numbers of Africans brought by force and against their will. Finally, blacks had the potential to exercise their freedom of will, which is not quite up to today; African Americans still are fighting for their full freedom and respect.

Looking at it from the whites antagonizing blacks’ angle, we may think the situation could be manageable by providing constitutional rights to blacks. Still, those rights have been violated over and over, and today, when the civil rights machine has enough gas to fight against that, this administration cued whites mostly associated with a supremacist mind. Nothing new either, but the divide has grown in the recent three-plus years, that we can see an increase of crimes of hate but not just against blacks. Today, supremacists are fighting the rights of anyone that does not belong to the Anglo Saxon inheritance. That is a large number that questions the validity of being considered a minority.

It is effortless to figure the proportion of Civil rights supporters and those against it. We can say justifiably that the same numbers of people that oppose Donald Trump are the most substantial chunk of this divide. However, supremacists are acting up, and there is no week that a crime against those minorities is committed. However, for the sake of avoiding an increase in the divide/violent reactions, the police nor the press are reporting crimes of hate as they happen.

Being part of a despised minority group almost creates a divide in the mind, that focus exclusively on that particular and personal group. Not that we do not care for the violations committed against other groups, but the need to demand the rights of our specific group, do not leave much time and energy to focus on the other fronts.

My group is everyone belonging to the LGBT community. A significant increase in crimes committed against transsexual women has been taking place in the US. However, this is not exclusive to my country, but again, I can only focus on my own cause. Aside from supremacist aggression in the US, a campaign seems to be enacted against transsexuals everywhere on the board. Social networks have been showing frequent attacks against some TSs, and TSs are responding in their own terms. The level of vigilance in social networks is the new scenario today. Bigots ready to attack and prey, someone, they judge – because it does not fit their ideas of proper, allowable, not even human, and of course, do not recognize the constitutional rights of who they want to make their victim. A rhetorical case in most cases but situations that, at some point, may trigger a violent reaction against their persona, if they are located.

Trump and members of his administration have expressed at many levels disapproval of the transgender community. Mainly, from the apparent standpoint, denying our right to receive coverage of health services regarding the necessary resources for us. Such as medications aimed to address transition and any surgical procedures in the case. As well, the military has received a mandate forbidden transsexuals from joining the armed forces or stay in place.

Another catalyst against transgender people is the recent rhetoric expressed by the author of Harry Potter J.K. Rawling. She claims to have developed a therapy that would reverse transsexuality in young people, mainly kids. A past attempted procedure with terrible results because the method has nothing to do with enhancing self-identity but the opposite. The recipients of such “therapy” were massively abused by the therapist that forced them to admit they are just like anyone else and do not desire to address their gender identity. Parents of the recipients have sued those therapists, and the infamous treatment has been forbidden in many countries. The US has seen a drastic increase of opposition against transsexuals, Rowling, and opponents to this approach. Both currents, the US negation of validity in favor of transsexuality and the British, have influenced several nations to enact hostility against transsexuals.

In my view, part of what is happening in the US is divided into several sectors. #1 the words from DT. #2 the angst of supremacists. #3 the acute frustration and fear caused by Covid. #4. The lack of constitutional protection in favor of all LGBT people. A divide over the divide that ultimately results in the fragmentation of the fabric of the USA. A beneficial status for corruption, abuse, and control over everything from those at the top of the ladder.

It is reasonable to assume all that will change after the upcoming elections. Considering the level of abuse of power from the administration and the recent words from DT, we know that the outcome of the elections can only go in one direction. In favor of DT, otherwise, he is able and willing to fight a lost election because he does not see how the country could possibly be going in the opposite direction of the greatest president of the US. His own words, written and spoken. So we must act before that happens. How? is the million-dollar question. I might be wrong, I believe: voters oppose to another four years of Trumpism should express support for Joe Biden. That will show it is the democratic wish of most of the American taxpayers and voters to have Trump out. If we do not do that, DT will appeal the results and deny moving out of the White House, and this is a matter to be solved by the voters, not by the Electoral College, as it happened four years ago.

So, what’s going to be? The only chance we have to beat this crisis is by increasing the size of the chunk of America we belong to. And to show the opposite end that democracy is what determines the future of us and our country.

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.

USA, LET’S GET TO BUSINESS, WOULD YOU?

View from my door’s step in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

Although we are passing through some crisis that needs attention, such as abuse of the police force to blacks, Latinos, LGBT, etc. or the disaster created by Covid, the resurgence of white supremacy, a fast-growing debt rate, a presidency that fails to protect the population, etc. etc. all issues that either fall under the political spectrum or are manipulated to make it look like that. We have more impending threats that will affect the majority of the US population. Regardless of our lenience in the political realm, our #1 concern should be the USA and our people. Politics have been tainting our focus of attention because that favors special interests to continue creating the environment they need to grab higher revenue than ever before—part of Trump’s plan since his political campaign.

Whether left or right, what is at stake is the solvency of the country. Mega money will continue benefiting financially as the result of the lack of leadership to bring what America needs, left or right. The facts show that we are not any better than we were in 2016, and our government lies in the hands of dubious people that only care about their access to power, therefore money-making.

Although millions of Americans still believing Trump was the answer to their “prayers,” the question about placing at the top chair, a man that was known not being a devoted US citizen, but a “smart” man capable of cheating his tributary obligations, a racist, misogynistic, deceitful, and a plain con man, the facts prove that he increased the level of non-American policies. We are where we are facing an internal and international demise of our role as the leading nation of the world.

What we have seen in the almost last four years, have nothing to do with left or right. It appears to be extreme right because Trump has used his power to entice the right-wing voters to jump out of their comfort chair and cheer him as if his actions make America better. The left, reckoning the immense power of the WH sloppily tried to do something about it but failed.

I wish I could focus exclusively on discrimination. An issue that prevails in the nation since long ago, and represents the poor status we are in today because the solution to either side of the spectrum is not what has been done. Our constitution and the law should be the parameters to address the issues; apparently, Trump has addressed. Clearly, there are issues for Trump to gain support, and ours are not even near to be addressed. I wonder what Trump has been doing during these years because reliable answers to our issues are not present. In fact, the USA is facing the worse lack of stability since the conception of the republic and fixing that will require authentic leadership and the following of the citizenship.

To fix what is broken, we only have one alternative: to decide the future of the USA this coming November. However, there are a few threats that can derail our democratic choice. On the one hand, the manipulative response from Trump already accusing the country of heading towards an electoral fraud and the international cyber terrorism threatening to do the exact same. Whether this terrorist act favors Trump or his opponent, is irrelevant. What is essential is that the American people decide the fate of the American people.

We only have one choice if we want to deter the falling off 99% of the citizenship. Joe Biden, who has credible and sustainable credentials. Perhaps not the most charming candidate to the WH, but a man that has dedicated his life in the political realm and believes in the continuation of the path the US has created and preserved until four years ago.

Before Trump, we were not in the best place we should be at this point in the 21st century. Nothing to do with what Trump’s beliefs should be. The missing part in our progress in all regards is the people, the American people. Being the #1 nation financially and militarily, we are supposed to be the #1 nation providing the US population everything that makes the entire country better. But we lack more than we have. All because politics have been aimed to entertain other issues that lack the domestic needs of several millions of Americans, such as decent, affordable health care, affordable prescriptions, affordable housing, affordable education, the cleaning of a decaying environment, etc. I can think of several dozens of issues needing a leader that takes the country in the right direction. Right now, our place before the world has opened a wide door to other nations to take the place we have filled through more than 75 years. Losing it will not do anything for us, the country, the people, or the world. So, the answer is to remove Trump from the WH and to ensure Biden takes the right path.

What would that require? A different of thinking. To leave behind left or right ideology. Also, the restrictive policies that come with each one, and to focus exclusively in the country. That involves including everyone that is American, whether we like it or not. The exact place of the thinking offers a potential exit to the downfall. To get there, we must stop what we are doing now did not work. Think about it and join the effort to bring America back to what we have been since the II WW. We do not need to wait for another world war. Join a better America for everyone now.

HANDS TIED IN THE BACK?

One of the waterfalls that feed the lake. The boulder at the center is the size of a car. At the top of the water, you’ll see a red dot, that is a person looking down.

Whether we like it or not, Trump is the US president, and we have a few more months to go for a change if it happens. The White House seats the most powerful political figure on earth, and this administration has shown it. We have many other problems that detract the attention of Trump in the upcoming election. Will he be elected again? Although the signs are clear, they were the same four years ago, and look where we are today.

What the US is facing (grand part of the world too) is the virus killing thousands of people, spreading like thin air, the financial syndrome caused by the lockdown, a decaying environment, natural disasters called the 1000 year disaster, policies established by the previous administration removed or stalled, a divided population by several factors, an impoverishing nation, an erosion of the legal order and constitution, the most massive deficit in history, two political parties unable to manage to avoid the collision between the people and the parties,  the loudest reaction of the black community against abuse towards them, and more, much more.

Each of those problems requires a fix before the damage becomes larger. However, the potential of finding proper and fast solutions seem too far to reach this point. Another but crucial aspect of this situation is, we, the people, are reacting as we have our hands tied, and we just let them happen. We probably would not know much about our status if the press does not report it, but they as well, are not acting as the 4th power to realign how our country is shaping itself.

I am not even close to a figure that can present solutions to our problems, but I have a take. Regarding Corona, the answer to stopping the spread is known but is not federally enacted. People going outdoors wearing the proper PPE and conserving social distance, testing, and tracking may reduce the impact and longevity of the virus. It will come with a price, but the expense pays off compared to what is going on now. In the political arena, the media and social justice machines could stop the broad distribution of false news, produce checks and balances that are not colored, therefore dividing information is shut down and the media balances their act by allowing and enticing the voters to develop an educated guess about the direction we are taking, and the course we want to take.

Regarding the BLM, it is true having monuments to honor the confederates is a no-no. Still, they should be moved to particular areas where people can access them, far from prominent sites that created more division. Regarding the past policies presented by previous administrations – the option – is to demand a full stop of their implementation and wait for the next administration to revise them. As well, something should be done about political Pacs and contributions to political runners.

We cannot change what Trump does and says, except that we can decide that fate in November. However, final strokes through the campaign will be dirtier and smellier than anything the country has seen before. Trump will aim to destroy, not to win Biden, based on a socialist agenda, faulty brain power, and by enhancing the divide he created. Although the frustration of white America has been imploded, creating more support and numbers of supremacists, the numbers in most of the country are favorable for the democratic candidate. However, having another opponent to the left can provide the missing votes to favor Trump, by eliminating votes in favor of Biden. That is a severe threat to the future electoral process. About the environment situation, all we can do is wait for the next administration to act. The next four years require a massive investment and labor to reduce the level of poverty and lack of essential services for the suffering sector of Americans. Internationally we will face a gross challenge not just because of the resulted status cause by this administration, which is grim. Still, there is a battle for supremacy in the world between China and Russia. Hopefully, the incoming administration has the strength to pull all allies to join an effort to balance, and we lead the world’s ticket. As you see, there are many other issues unfulfilled, but our economy in the next twenty or so years will have to recover from the money issues we already face.

Thinking positive means in the next several years, the American population will have to make several sacrifices from top to bottom. The 1% will not be able to continue the rate of revenue they had during the last forty or so years. The middle class will have lesser opportunities to go upwards, the lower class will have to become very creative to meet ends, and the government will have to pitch in.

Yes, our world, our reality changed, and we are in need to adjust accordingly. Otherwise, what we will face will be a disaster in many folds and areas. The truth of today is whether we like or not Trump, he still is our president and the damage already incurred into, will proliferate in the next months and leave an inheritance which we all are going to be the recipients. There is nothing good in it, but a need to deliver our contribution, but not just in the form we are used to, but directly have an involvement in our next, and next administration. We choose a leader, but choosing a leader does not mean we do nothing, just watch and kick them when we are not satisfied. We only have the option of showing up in any fashion we can to check and demand our government to follow the right path. The right path is clear, transparency, to have the tools to make top figures accountable for their acts. To streamline any expenditure, our government support, to stop deceive and manipulation among our legislators, to stop the divide that only benefits the crop of our entrepreneurs, and to support our press – only when their role is informative – not formative.

We own, we are the USA. Seating, whining, and ranting about the wrong status or character only serves the crooked and greedy. It is enough of being the slugs of the country because a man, or two or three, decides based on our short memory, and level of alienation we just sight and wait for a miracle. Left or right, our country must take the leadership about justice, fairness, and proper policies that do not only benefit a few, and the rest are awed by our lack of capacity to change it. After all, figure the value of a democratic process, and who knows, you may find that we are the two wolves, and the greedy is a big, fat sheep. Its dinner time!

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.