The Spectator

There are many ambitions that capture a civilization and define its purpose in culture. But if we cannot control a monetary and market system that enchains the world left to the control of a few, then we will be left rootless and terminated in the destruction of life, as we know it.

I am an observer to the events that unfold before me. Some events are wonderful and leave the soul filled with joy, curiosity, and wonder; but at other times they are painful to digest in a troubled world that is filled with conflict, malaise, and discontent because we are somehow entangled into the disorder that touches many of our lives. The fallibility of human kind can be very distasteful when we observe even the most ordinary disputes among the modern human era because we expect that it should not happen to us or that we are unprepared for the unexpected situation that occurs.

I am bewildered at the extent of my dismay with a world caught up in such a misuse of human energy, as I do not wish to harbor any indignation toward a world capable of compassion, love, and forgiveness.
Do I participate and posit a portion to the many unfortunate events that unfold before me, or do I just take note of these happenings? This is something that I have been questioning for some time now due to the occurrences of discordant episodes over the years. On a personal level I am mystified by the ways that seem to attract bad conduct from other people to one who wishes no harm to anyone, yet it seems to be a pattern that does not leave me with any consolation. As for the global level, we are facing a time in human history that is accelerating the advancement of some very socio-political evils that are descending onto an overall unsuspecting world that has been enslaved by a presence of influencers that have corrupted the very institutions trying to protect the people from such insolent stealth and secrecy.

I think at times that the idea of my pondering such is the world may just be a contagion, or is it? Is it a detriment to untangle the world in a critical way that results in defeats of the spirit only to be mocked by those who do not see the same associations, or is it a benefit that strengthens and builds your character because you differentiate a different analysis of the state of affairs? I may have benefited from this proclivity by distinguishing meanings others do not take notice of, but there has also been a cost that penetrates the fabric of my well being. Rendering these observations, which holds my own happiness at bay, is the price that is paid for allowing them to resonate within my mind.

How many times must I be cannon fodder to the inequities of the world before I can take refuge in some philosophy that we allow me to escape the madness? Self-medication is not an answer that has any merit. The information continues to compile, societies continue to be docile as the apathy spreads like a virus.

All I can do is speak and write my mind so that maybe others too will come together for a discussion about how to change this costly precarious balance we find ourselves in. The power of the pen, the reason of the will may be a starting place for a transformation to take hold and root.

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The Interogation of Enigma and The Architects of Fiction

The Architects of Fiction, the sophists, the propaganda of those that may themselves believe what they are told to believe, but at what price?  The myth’s sold to the public by a colossus opinion generating machine are a common place these days.  What do you stand for?  What sources do you trust?

The tales of many fabricators will go down in recorded history as fact, when they are designed to obfuscate the truth from those that would seek the answers.  These storytellers are just the minions from a distortion of the truth that exceeds even their known biases and collusion’s by the masters of the medium they work in.

There are countless examples of distortion espoused in everyday media, distortion of what is approved for our textbooks in schools, distortion of what is also taught in our classrooms, what is thought be the dominant paradigms of science, history, and religion are likely imposed upon us unless we do not challenge what would be accepted as the status quo.  My first introduction into a deeper understanding of the world was really felt when I became a student of Philosophy.  It was then that I was challenged to think beyond the opinion of others, to question the logic in any given argument.  It was during that time when I was given a toolkit that I could use to overcome the problems that would escape many who did not ask the proper questions about the information they would receive.  I do not claim by any stretch of the imagination that I hold some superior intellect that can thwart the rubbish produced by many of these publications and sources, as I find myself continually struggling to find continuity, and trying to sort out the evidence given.  What I do find to help me in reconciling these questions that I ask is a persistent desire to uncover stories that attract my attention.  Peal the onion skin back one more layer.  I understand there will be many of times I will fail to grasp the whole truth of the matter, but that will not stop me asking the questions.

I reference the Copernican revolution, the Inquisition, The selected books by Constantine when adopting the current known bible we know of today as we have found that there were other sources of books left out called the Gnostic Gospels that were deemed Heresy. (See The gnostic quill)  Also one should include events such as the Trojan Horse, The AIDS virus, 9/11, Chem-trails, Use of Floride, Use of Thiomersal (Mercury) in Vaccines,  Global Warming, The gulf of Tonkin incident, Income Taxes, JFK, Theory of Evolution, Codex Alimentarius, ad infinitum.

As Henley puts it….

I make my living off the Evening News
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry
Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em all around
We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It’s interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry
Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
Running bet
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry
You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
Just leave well enough alone
Eat your dirty laundry
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up
Kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re stiff
Kick ’em all around
Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry
We can do “The Innuendo”
We can dance and sing
When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that Crap is King
Give us dirty laundry!

Look also to the examples in other medium, as even the fictional accounts of characters runs a very ironic parallel to the world as we know it.  (See Frank Capra’s 1941 movie Meet John Doe, or his 1939 movie Mr Smith Goes to Washington.  Also see Aaron Russo’s 2006 Documentary America: From Freedom to Fascism)

Before you make up your mind about what you see, hear, read, or are led to believe by your peers, think a bit more about where this information came from, who will benefit or profit from it, and who has the power to keep it afloat?  The constitution gave us protections that are eroding from a malignancy and thus is under attack from an assault within our own country.  Thomas Jefferson among others warned us of this.

If https://i2.wp.com/constitutionus.com/images/we_the_people.jpg exercise our ability to sift through the fiction, demand accountability in governance, then maybe we have a chance in sustaining our country until the next coup tries to take us from it.  For now the decision is up to us, for how long this will remain true, I cannot say.

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Educate yourself without the distortions of the nimble minded media.  Look to other sources of information when conducting an investigation into the most serious questions of our time in the political arena’s…. see this next article below

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The Illusion of Choice

When the voices of our information come from fewer sources, the competition becomes degraded and the market for information shrinks.  The control over the media sources that we consume is not something to write home about.  In fact it is downright discouraging and dangerous for a free society to even tolerate.  But look around us, we allow our government to have more and more control, we allow our representatives to do what their constituents do not want them to do in the name of fear, or terror, or some other ridiculous reason.  I’m not quite sure just where we are headed, but at the rate we are traveling as a country, I’m thinking that the consequences of our behaviors will end us as the nation we were once known for…..Freedom!  Just where do you get your information from?

Estimates of consolidation over the last several decades has decreased down to the control of 6 major sources.  That’s consolidated from 50 companies back in 1983.

NOTE: This infographic is from last year and is missing some key transactions. GE does not own NBC (or Comcast or any media) anymore. So that 6th company is now Comcast. And Time Warner doesn’t own AOL, so Huffington Post isn’t affiliated with them.

But the fact that a few companies own everything demonstrates “the illusion of choice,” Frugal Dad says. While some big sites, like Digg and Reddit aren’t owned by any of the corporations, Time Warner owns news sites read by millions of Americans every year.

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This infographic created by Jason at Frugal Dad shows that almost all media comes from the same six sources.

Where the Ragged People Go

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I am just a poor boy
Though my story’s seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocket full of mumbles such are promises
All lies and jests
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest

When I left my home and my family
I was no more than a boy
In the company of strangers
In the quiet of the railway station running scared
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters
Where the ragged people go
Looking for the places only they would know

Lie la lie …

Life on the street is a little different when your address is the street and does not apply to the postmaster, living from day-to-day on either what is collected from donations of others, or from collecting recyclables from the trash cans around the corner market. The impact of the homeless person on many people depends just on how they see the situation. We either choose not to pay attention and dismiss them, pity them, or host many different feelings and reactions to this growing population of the downtrodden. Often the surrounding environment does more to corrupt them from enabling them to pull themselves out of destitution.

Neighborhoods containing grocery stores, shelters, mental institutions, clinics, alleys, dumpsters, recycling centers, open parks, beaches, vacant lots, and outpatient centers will be frequented by such members of this population.

As a result of methodological and financial constraints, most studies are limited to counting people who are in shelters or on the streets. While this approach may yield useful information about the number of people who use services such as shelters and soup kitchens, or who are easy to find on the street, it can result in underestimates of homelessness. Many people who lack a stable, permanent residence have few shelter options because shelters are filled to capacity or are unavailable. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that 12 of the 23 cities surveyed had to turn people in need of shelter away due to a lack of capacity. Ten of the cities found an increase in households with children seeking access to shelters and transitional housing while six cities cited increases in the numbers of people seeking these resources (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2007).

On an average night in the 23 cities surveyed, 94 percent of people living on the streets were single adults, 4 percent were part of families and 2 percent were unaccompanied minors. Seventy percent of those in emergency shelters were single adults, 29 percent were part of families and 1 percent were unaccompanied minors. Of those in transitional housing, 43 percent were single adults, 56 percent were part of families, and 1 percent were unaccompanied minors. Those who occupied permanent supportive housing were 60 percent single adults, 39.5 percent were part of families, and .5 percent were unaccompanied minors (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2008).

Homeless in Rome
Homeless in Rome

The average length of stay in emergency shelter was 69 days for single men, 51 days for single women, and 70 days for families. For those staying in transitional housing, the average stay for single men was 175 days, 196 days for single women, and 223 days for families. Permanent supportive housing had the longest average stay, with 556 days for single men, 571 days for single women, and 604 days for women (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2008). The homeless population is estimated to be 42 percent African-American, 39 percent white, 13 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Native American and 2 percent Asian, although it varies widely depending on the part of the country. An average of 26 percent of homeless people are considered mentally ill, while 13 percent of homeless individuals were physically disabled (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2008). Nineteen percent of single homeless people are victims of domestic violence while 13 percent are veterans and 2 percent are HIV positive. Nineteen percent of homeless people are employed (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2008).

In addition, a study of homelessness in 50 cities found that in almost every city, the city’s official estimated number of homeless people greatly exceeded the number of emergency shelter and transitional housing spaces (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2004). Moreover, there are few or no shelters in rural areas of the United States, despite significant levels of homelessness (Brown, 2002). The Council for Affordable and Rural Housing estimates that about nine percent of the nation’s homeless are in rural areas (The Council for Affordable and Rural Housing). As a result of these and other factors, many people in homeless situations are forced to live with relatives and friends in crowded, temporary arrangements. People in these situations are experiencing homelessness, but are less likely to be counted. For instance, of the children and youth identified as homeless by the Department of Education in FY2000, only 35% lived in shelters; 34% lived doubled-up with family or friends, and 23% lived in motels and other locations. Yet, these children and youth may not immediately be recognized as homeless and are sometimes denied access to shelter or the protections and services of the McKinney-Vento Act (U.S. Department of Education).

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Homeless in Manchester

Many forms of poverty exist in our world; poverty of the soul, various poverty-stricken minds, and the impoverished ridden communities of nations.

Poverty of the intellect, and the flawed logic of our bureaucratic administrators, legislatures, and politicians defies our confidence in governance, and is yet another example demonstrating that politicians cannot truly act to solve any human problems, and contribute greatly to the despotism that propagates market economies based on scarcity. Scarcity based economies have been the basis for our market system since the dawn of civilizations. Fiat currencies and the central banking corruption of governments around the world, is somewhat of a more recent development in the last 4 centuries probably germinating from around 1743 when Mayer Amschel Bauer, born Frankfurt, Germany, the son of Moses Amschel Bauer, a money-lender and the proprietor of a counting house placed over the entrance door a red sign. The Red-Shield known from the house of Rothschild.
A shell game that continues to divide and devour the municipal populations albeit: debt slaves of our current society are now a global phenomenon and only showcase just how the socialist countries fail to improve human life.

One limited measure of the growth in homelessness is the increase in the number of shelter beds over time. A 1991 study examined homelessness “rates” (the number of shelter beds in a city divided by the city’s population) in 182 U.S. cities with populations over 100,000. The study found that homelessness rates tripled between 1981 and 1989 for the 182 cities as a group (Burt, 1997).

Skid Row Los Angeles
Skid Row Los Angeles

A 1997 review of research conducted over the past decade (1987-1997) in 11 communities and 4 states found that shelter capacity more than doubled in 9 communities and 3 states during that time period (National Coalition for the Homeless, 1997). In two communities and two states, shelter capacity tripled over the decade.

These numbers are useful for measuring the growth in demand for shelter beds (and the resources made available to respond to that growth) over time. They show a dramatic increase in homelessness in the United States over the past two decades. Additionally, in the U.S. Conference of Mayors report from 2008, 19 of the 25 cities reported an increase in homelessness from 2007. More specifically, 16 cities reported an increase in the number of homeless families.

Also, due to the recent foreclosures crisis, homelessness has been on the rise. In the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 2008 Report, 12 of the 25 cities surveyed reported an increase in homelessness due to foreclosures and another 6 didn’t have enough facts to be sure. Thirteen of these cities had adopted policies to deal with the recent increase in victims of the housing crisis, but 10 cities had not implemented new policies.

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Homeless in Manchester

Hunger is a very powerful motivator, especially when one chooses to survive.

Propagation of the welfare mentality – A “hand out” is a different thing than a “hand up”. The notion for not feeding a man for a day by giving him a fish, but rather teaching a man how to fish to feed him for a lifetime comes to mind. The problems with an expanding government giving out entitlements to its people become complex and rife with ineffectiveness and inefficiency.

When the nation or state contributes to the problem, people tend to get angry. People who are actual members of the state, pay taxes, and follow the laws of our legislatures are often dumbfounded by the lack of enforcement for others who are given Carte Blanche and are even legal citizens of the state. They are angry because the governing body does not give them the same benefits that they freely give to the other portions that comprise our populations, such as for example, illegal immigration. Free education, free medical attention, and even today a competing chance to go to our universities (whereby illegal immigrant students are not paying the out-of-state tuition) is frankly cheating many American citizens for that chance to go to a particular university which is unequivocally immoral and egregious. If the university becomes impacted within a particular major, students have to delay their plans on graduation until those course requirements are finally met as students are rated on GPA on entrance into these programs. Or for those children who have to sit in larger and larger class sizes, have to observe the slow progress of the class instruction due to the English-speaking challenged students that comprises more and more classrooms around the country.

The anger one feel when others steal or rob from our communities creates tension within us that is sometimes overlooked.

I see the welfare state contributing to the problem day after day after day.

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Face of the Homeless

On the downside, I see local authorities scratching their heads with their hands tied due to the lack of finding any resolution to this perennial problem. Most of the time they do not respond to calls taken from dispatch due to the nature of the call itself if it concerns a homeless individual that may indeed be breaking the law. Many who are taken into custody are released shortly afterwards (depending on the charges), due to overcrowded jails, and the fact that homeless offenders cannot be prosecuted successfully since they have little or no funding to pay any fines, most have little or no ambition to improve their condition, and some look forward to spend a night in jail to shower, eat and sleep in from out of the cold. Sadly I see the abuse of alcohol and drugs everyday, I see the theft and pandering everyday on my streets. Homeless people’s are divided into several different types. Some are even gang like in gathering although there are many that do not want to cause any trouble or harm to anyone.

I see day-to-day events that saddens, sickens, angers, and astounds me.

Which states have the most homelessness people?

According to PBS, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington State, and Washington, D.C. have the highest rates of homelessness, according to a study released in 2007 by The National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Well, how many of these are children?

Another estimate comes from 1996 data commissioned by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. It says that while most homeless are unaccompanied adults, the number of homeless families is growing:

  • 66% are single adults, and of these, three-quarters are men
  • 11% are parents with children, 84% of whom are single women
  • 23% are children under 18 with a parent, 42% of whom are under 5 years of age

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What are the greatest causes of homelessness?

Homelessness may be caused by a variety of factors, but the coincidence of increased levels of poverty and decreased numbers of affordable housing often to blame. Other notable causes may include:

  • Mental illness
    Many mentally ill homeless people are unable to get access to supportive housing and/or other treatment services. A 2005 U.S. Conference of Mayors study found that about 22 percent of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Domestic violence
    In 2005, 50 percent of the cities surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors identified domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness.
  • Lack of healthcare
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2004 nearly a third of persons living in poverty had no health insurance of any kind. The coverage held by many others would not carry them through a catastrophic illness.
  • Substance Abuse
    While recent research questions the disproportionately high rates of alcohol and drug abuse among the homeless population, and no agreed-upon statistics exist, poor people who abuse substances are far more likely to experience homelessness than their sober counterparts.

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What have you done? Have you given clothes to the needy, food, money, or a hot meal? Many of us become skeptical and deter from helping because of the scams of people posing as homeless collecting money on the street partitions between busy metropolitan street lights holding out a cardboard sign. Many can be seen holding signs suggesting they are pregnant, have children to feed, or are veterans. Many of course are indeed telling the truth, and unfortunately many are not truthful which places the doubt into many potential benefactor’s minds after bearing witness to those purchasing alcohol in the local store. Those offering to wash your windshield in a parking lot, or those willing to do some type of work on the other hand may just be looking for a little help. When approached by someone looking for a handout, what will you do? Statistically, giving aid will only contribute to their habitual drug or alcohol use, a choice that one day you will have to decide on. Maybe, your contribution will help feed them, or clothe them. Let’s just hope our contributions are given to those truly in need.

Homeless in Manchester
Homeless in Manchester

Pursuit of Happiness

I have always struggled with knowing just what I wanted to do with my life. Even to this day I think to myself; what do I want to do when I grow up?

As children we are often asked “what do we want to do” when we become adults? We usually say what appeals to our thoughts, and our limited experience of what we know about that career. But how is it that some people know just what they are interested in, and what they want to become. I am amazed by the clarity of these individuals, as I was never able to have a luminous picture of my calling in life.
I think for the most part I have always known about “how” I was going to be, but “what” I was going to do is a completely different question. Dr. Wayne Dyer puts it…”Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don’t…you aren’t”. Somewhere down the line we become a part of a society that places the value of working over the value of just what our work should be. If you are able to distinguish the significance in both of these reasons, then you know that they are relative to the state of the economy and the meanings are subject to change depending on the perspective.

I have much respect for hard working folks. I come from a working class family, and see much value in doing an honest day’s work. The America today, is quite different now than how the millions of former immigrants used to see our country. They came to a country where anyone who worked hard, and applied themselves, could start up a business and become successful. They could break out from the class they were once in, and live a life never before possible in other parts of the world. Today, I think many come to this country and argue that they still receive a better life even without having to work due to the entitlements we are giving out in our welfare state. Personally I think that working hard in a laborious job is requisite in becoming a well rounded individual.

Professionally speaking I think many of us choose a career that is not an ideal match to our personality, or that we did not want to give up the benefits and compensation that many careers offer. Unfortunately in many cases these jobs are not meeting all of our needs, let’s face it: they are boring, unexciting, and just plain making us unhappy.
Of course not all of us can simply choose a career we fancy. Unemployment figures speak volumes, and the types of work we each must seek to keep ourselves fed and clothed is testament to just what choices we do have despite whether or not that dream job ever materializes.
The sacrifices we make for the family, for our personal lifestyles, is an often overlooked subject matter but on a contrary disconcerting note; people also tend to immerse themselves into their work to a degree that recounts the adage; live to work, and not work to live. This is another topic altogether and I shall not give it any further thought other than to exclaim that these problems may just be the pastime articulations of prior generations. In a post global-economic world we now face a new set of employment quandaries. The idea that we have choices in our employment is under greater scrutiny in many parts of the world. We face forces at work that are destructive to the potential economies of many countries. The “powers that be” do not want to give up the status quo. I saw some frightening information that my studies have elucidated and I am fearful of their implications. It was not my intent to discuss the ills of our monetary system, and the corruption of our market systems worldwide; I started this discourse by suggesting that there is enough difficulty in making that personal decision on how one should economically support oneself in this life, and more precisely, how one should pursue a lifestyle that promotes one’s interests, and simultaneously be compensated for it.

Many things we take for granted in this life, but at times we may ask ourselves and wonder about how our prior dreams might have come to fruition. Maybe we are thinking back and wondering had we gone in a different direction, how would our lives been changed. Of course there are many people who are quite satisfied with the outcomes of their career choice and are quite happy. This is truly a blessing. Grievously in today’s world there is uncertainty. The choices of one’s occupation may continue to dwindle and become extinguished. The idea that our culture can provide satisfying employment for us is being questioned and is cause for many heated debates.
I have witnessed many conversations on how individuals have elected their decisions. Many have chosen the career based on income potentials alone. Many have just fallen into their careers by default, be it a school job turned full time endeavor, or for lack of any other alternative choice available, therefore their part-time job became their full-time career. However one may choose their calling, I must admit that in this age, no matter how one chooses, or what one chooses, it is good to be employed.

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