February 17, 2019

Syria’s Assad & Venezuela’s Madero: Two guys we are spozed to hate but shouldn’t

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 2:24 pm

“Everyone in Syria really loves President Assad,” I keep telling anyone who will stand still long enough to listen — and yet almost nobody believes me. Even my FaceBook friends are fairly tired of me always getting in their faces about the virtues of Bashar Assad.

“But Assad is a dictator!” they always parrot back to me in reply. Now where did they get that idea? I’ll tell you where. It comes from public relations firms such as Omnicon, Hill & Knowlton, WPP and the Rendon Group — the very same folks who brought us that messy “war” on Yugoslavia, that brutal “war” on Libya, that sleazy “war” on Afghanistan, that trumped-up “war” on Iraq (twice), those cruel proxy-wars on Palestine and Yemen, the murderous “wars” on Central America and even America’s future wannabe “wars” on Venezuela, Russia and Iran.

And Americans just keep falling for it every freaking time.

These public relations firms are really that good — they’re even better than Goebbels. Much better in fact.

How many times have these PR firms spent billions of dollars convincing Americans to run off to the mall, click on Amazon (or send Lockheed-Martin a huge check) in order to buy stuff that they really didn’t want — or need? Including fake wars? And yet Americans still fall for it every time, still get sucker-punched every single time, either at the mall, online — or at the Pentagon.

I was an election observer in Syria in 2014, five long hard years ago — long hard years for the Syrian people as they struggled and died in order to keep Syria from becoming yet another ISIS and al Qaeda stronghold like Libya.

Hell, even the Syrian Kurds prefer Assad. And what do the Syrian Christians have to say about Assad? “He is our person.” Even the Sunni Muslims love him — and that’s a hard sell.

I recently e-mailed a Syrian friend of mine living in Aleppo. “Who would you prefer to be your president?” I asked her. “Assad or Trump?” And what was her instant reply? A huge yellow emoji — laughing its head off!

Yeah, I know. It really is hard to convince Americans that they are being played. “Assad is a dictator. He gassed his own people,” they constantly parrot back to me. Blah blah blah. But still. I still can’t resist trying to tell people the truth. Somebody’s gotta do it.

PS: And now folks like Omnicon, Hill & Knowlton, WPP, the Rendon Group and all the rest of those sleazy con-men are now busy wasting our tax dollars on telling us how to think about Venezuela too. “Madero is a corrupt bum. Our guy is a God among men!” they constantly tell us.

Hell, nobody in America (or even in Venezuela) can even remember what their guy’s name even is. And Venezuelans also love Madero — if for no other reason than they would greatly prefer to keep their own oil to themselves rather than be forced to hand it over to Exxon and John Bolton. Not to mention how many billions of dollars this phony “war” is gonna cost us taxpayers — but with not a penny coming from Bolton or Exxon.


February 10, 2019

Comparative Religion 101: USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar — evil snakes in the Garden of Eden?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 2:58 pm

Face it, guys, religions are basically just teaching tools. “So what exactly are they supposed to teach us?” you might ask. They are supposed to teach us how to be good.

But then we have rogue states who use religions to do bad.

Take America for instance. Who ever heard of a good Christian nation that would sanction torture, fight like the Devil himself for the freedom to slaughter as many civilians in the Middle East as humanly possible, advocate racism, steal from the poor in order to give to the rich and tear babies from their mothers just because said babies were brown instead of white? “America, America, God shed His grace on thee…” Er, no. God does not approve this message. Not at all.

Colin Kaepernick, even though he’s only yesterday’s news cycle (yawn), is probably one of the last true Christians in America today. Kaepernick was right to take a knee in the face of all this American barbarism. Jesus woulda taken a knee too! Bad, bad, bad.

And then we come to Myanmar. American hearts bleed for the poor Rohingya Muslims who are systematically being slaughtered there. And yet Myanmar is a Buddhist state. “Hey, Buddha, when did you ever teach that sort of stuff?” Er, uh, never. Yet another prime example of using a good religion to do bad.

     Not to mention the notorious Zionist Israelis, busy giving Judaism a very bad name.  Slaughter in Gaza.  Injustice in the Occupied Territories.  Prison camps, torture, propaganda.  “Come visit lovely Jerusalem,” the TV ads tell us — unless you are Palestinian of course.  Palestinians only have bad things happen to them there.  No pretty girls on beaches for them.

     Zionists get approximately eight billion dollars from the United States every year in order to protect Zionists from Palestinians.  That means that each and every single live Palestinian is worth at least one-point-three million dollars to Zionists — especially if said Palestinians dare to sass back.  So why commit genocide against these geese who are laying such golden eggs?

     Dontcha just wish that we too were worth one-point-three million bucks each to Congress (annually).

And here’s another one of the worst offenders. Didn’t Mohammad (PBUH) tell the Saudis to respect and protect other Muslims? The Prophet never, ever said anything about making an exception for Yemenis, Iranians, Syrians, Lebanese, Libyans, Iraqis — or any Muslim who has the nerve to crave just a little bit of democracy in The Kingdom. Mohammad (PBUH) never, ever said, “Off with their heads!” Definitely breaking bad in Saudi Arabia these days.

Comparative religions 101? What have we learned? That many state religions can (and do) lead us down the garden path to corruption, sadism, greed and stupidity in God’s name — if we are not vigilant. And apparently nobody has been vigilant in America, Saudi Arabia, Israel or Myanmar for a very long time.

God must be very pissed off.

Assuming that there even actually is a God.

But if there really is one, then He is as guilty as the rest of us for not smiting down all this hypocrisy and all this other just plain evil stuff done in His name. The Golden Calf is clearly running the show these days.

But the story doesn’t have to end here. We ourselves can simply ignore the bad guys who have seized our temples, mosques, synagogues, pulpits and pews. We can pray on our own freaking knees, take our own religions to heart and become good Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists or whatever instead — all by ourselves. Hell, we can even be atheists — as long as we work to do what religions were invented to do.

“And what exactly is that?” you might ask again. Pay attention here! Religions are supposed to help us be good! Jeez.


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February 6, 2019

Venezuela, America’s next Vietnam

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 2:58 pm

Face it, guys. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, you and I were all brainwashed into paying out unimaginable amounts of $$$$ — just for the pleasure and privilege of losing that phony American “war” on Vietnam. And since then we’ve also paid through our teeth for the supreme privilege of losing all those other phony American “wars” on Libya, Syria, Iraq, Terror and Drugs. We lost them all big-time. And we have paid and paid and paid endlessly for the opportunity to do so.

And now we’re just about to lose that 17-year phony “war” on Afghanistan as well. Apparently the Taliban now control almost everything outside of Kabul.

You and I, every single one of us, could have bought ourselves a Cadillac, a designer outfit and a yacht each instead of what we actually got for our money — the right to be called “losers” by the rest of the world.

You and I have also paid out billions and billions and billions of dollars to Zionists in the last 70 years — so that they could commit genocide on poor innocent Palestinians whose only crime has been to get all pissed off after being murdered, bombed, tortured, occupied and imprisoned in their own country by Zionists for the past seven bloody decades.

And, frankly, we have backed the wrong horse here too. Even while profligately and shamelessly throwing our money around like it was Kleenex, those freaking incompetent Zionists still haven’t been able to defeat the Palestinians — even after 70 freaking years! The Palestinians are still winning that “war”. I mean seriously. How hard can it be to accomplish a genocidal final solution against village children armed with rocks? “Losers.”

And now you and I are about to lose yet another phony “war” too — the one on Venezuela. Do you honestly think that Venezuelans (and all Latin Americans too for that matter) are just going to happily sit still and give up their oil and their freedom without a long, protracted fight? I think not. Let’s prepare ourselves for yet another 17-year (or 70-year) phony “war” down south as well.

Latin Americans are already pissed off about US interference in Haiti, Chile, Panama, Columbia, Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Honduras, Guatemala, Paraguay, Grenada, El Salvador and Cuba. Hell, they are still pissed off about all those American lies leading up to the 1898 Spanish-American War. This phony attack on Venezuela just might be the last straw.

But who the freak actually does win all these “wars” that we Americans have paid for and lost? The Viet Cong? The Taliban? Drug lords and terrorists? The Syrian people? Al Qaeda? Well, yeah, I guess. Maybe. Some of them. But the real winners in all of these stupid, cruel and wasteful American “wars” are the weapons manufacturers, global elites, international banksters and other sleazy con-men who run the American empire, and they have clearly scammed the rest of us into paying for their “wars” — like we were some dumb hick marks at a small-time carnival sideshow. Easy to fleece.

And we continue to let them do it — over and over again. Like “Groundhog Day”.

Isn’t it time that we finally stopped falling for this same obvious con-game and used our money on ourselves for a change instead of using it to become pathetic “losers” yet again — this time in Venezuela.


February 5, 2019

America’s new gig economy: Where one job is never enough

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:28 pm

Back in the 1950s, America’s major employers used to be huge manufacturing giants like General Motors and U.S. Steel. And after 9-11, our major employers used to be Walmart, the military and McDonalds.

But America’s major employer these days appears to be Craig’s List.

Last week I was lucky enough to work as a background extra in an episode of a TV series that was filming locally. And in the breaks we were given between action shots, us background extras mostly just sat around the holding room, drank hot chocolate, played with our cell phones, read books and/or chatted about our lives.

“What else do you do to support yourselves besides this?” I asked a bunch of extras there. A lot of them drove for Uber or Lyft. Another guy was retired and trying to supplement his meager Social Security income. One extra rented out a spare room on Air BnB. Someone else had occasional housecleaning gigs.

“I deliver food and run errands,” said someone else.

“I do weekend work for Amazon.”

“I work as a caregiver three days a week.” And where do you get most of your jobs? “Thank goodness for Craig’s List.”

“But how can you guys afford to pay your rent on gig incomes?” I asked next.

“We have roommates!” Lots and lots of roommates. Or they sleep on the couch at their parents’ house — or sleep in their cars.

When the mainstream media headlines tell us that America has a 3% unemployment rate, they are flat-out lying. A few gigs here and there is just not the same as a 40-hour-a-week job with healthcare benefits, a pension plan, vacation pay, lunch breaks and sick leave.

America’s new gig economy has an actual employment rate of perhaps 30% — and in America today, one job is never enough.

“But what about all those illegal aliens who are taking our jobs,” you might ask. Sorry — but it just doesn’t work that way. Undocumented workers mostly take only the low-paying crappy jobs that American citizens don’t want — not even in this harsh gig economy now. Or else undocumented workers take jobs that require skills that Americans simply no longer have and/or don’t want to put in the effort to learn.

PS: Our current American leaders seem to exist back in some weird 1950s time warp — and these wealthy out-of-touch O.G. fools still think and act like they are living in an idealized McCarthyite America of unlimited resources and unlimited domination. But do we really want these old gangstas running our country today too? Now that things have so drastically changed? I think not.

We are currently faced with the most gigantic extinction event (ours) since back in the days when dinosaurs bit the dust. And in these crucial new times that involve our own very survival (as well as the survival of our jobs), do we really want to allow these human dinosaurs to run our world? To die knowing we ourselves have actually voluntarily put up with the very human stegosauruses who are now killing us off?

Isn’t it time that we demanded leaders who are just a bit more in touch?

PPS: Hey, the gig economy is really not all that bad. At least Americans haven’t (yet) disintegrated into the terrible conditions that exist in such countries as Libya, Honduras, Gaza, Afghanistan and Yemen (all of them being the lucky recipients of American weapons manufacturers’ famous “democracy” awards). Hell, those countries don’t even have Craig’s List!

January 29, 2019

Shut-down: How come DC’s grimmest operations are still open?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:38 pm

If the federal government is shut down as tightly as we are told that it is, then how come the Feds haven’t shut down their Gawd-awful federal prisons too? And let Leonard Peltier finally go free!

And why is the US trying to force a Venezuelan “regime change” right now — if our government is spozed to be truly shut down? And why is Congress still shipping whole boatloads of $$$ to that (other) war-mongering and corrupt government in Israel?

And why is the US is still attacking and victimizing Syria? And still kissing Saudi Arabia’s bootie? And still playing footsie with Wall Street? And still paying members of Congress? And still keeping the lights on at the White House? Hypocrites. All of them.

And with regard to that recent viral Sandmann-Phillips video, a lot of people are missing two very important points.

First, even though Sandmann was smiling (or grimacing) his heart out, he was still wearing a very offensive Trump hat. Totally offensive. Trump has come to represent the worst aspects of racism, bigotry and greed in America today — including his current heartless and reckless shut-down. Young Sandmann shoulda taken that hurtful hat off if he was doing what he claimed to be doing — trying to make peace.

Second, there were not one but three demonstrations going on at the Lincoln memorial right then. Has it come to this? Where Americans are constantly out protesting left and right? Yep. Our government has gotten that bad.

And why is the State of California now paying its TSA workers unemployment insurance just to keep us civilians safe? No one in Washington seems to care about civilians — but are perfectly willing to keep Wall Street billionaires and Saudi billionaires and Zionist billionaires safe. That sucks eggs. No wonder there are so many demonstrations going on in DC these days.

And why is the Border Patrol still out there murdering babies during this shut-down? Just because said babies come from Honduras or Guatemala? Babies are cute — no matter where they come from or even whether or not they own a MAGA hat.

We average Americans can’t afford to buy our way into Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court or the Pentagon because America is no longer a democracy — but we can vote with our feet.


ER blues: How giant health conglomerates are putting our emergency rooms on life-support

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:35 pm

I’m a big fan of Gray’s Anatomy, The Resident, The Good Doctor and all those other exciting television shows involving emergency-room drama — but what really does go on in our emergency rooms these days? It’s not at all like what is being portrayed on TV. I just chatted with an ER doctor about what really goes on in America’s emergency rooms — and apparently it’s far more about greedy conglomerates, mountains of paperwork, lack of supplies, overworked staff and overcrowded conditions than it is about drama.

“Sure, doctors are paid well,” the ER doctor told me. “I’m not complaining about that because basically I’m not in this profession for the money but rather to be able to save lives and help sick people get well. But our workload has gone through the roof lately — yet we don’t get the extra help or resources we need to do all this extra work. .”

And of course the hospital administrators get pay raise after pay raise, right? “That goes without saying,” replied the doc. “Plus we go to school and train for 30 years first — but almost anyone with a BA and a SmartPhone can handle an administrator’s job.”

This doctor truly loves helping people. “But that’s not my job any more. My job right now? To practice medicine the way the insurance companies and the drug industry want us to. And more and more laws keep getting passed that, while well-intentioned, result in our spending much of our time at the computer instead of at the bedside.”

“Then you don’t mind treating broken bones, sick babies and gunshot wounds?”

“No. That’s what we’re here for. We’re doctors. We signed on for that. But that’s not what we do any more. Now we are just one more set of rubber stamps for our ER’s true product — administrative paperwork. Patients line the walls of the waiting rooms, waiting for hours and hours. We don’t have the facilities to accommodate them any more because we are being swamped. And actual hospital ERs are closing, consolidating, being replaced by so-called ‘Urgent Care’ clinics staffed by people with little or no training in emergency medicine.” Oh dear.

“It’s all about money, no longer about health. And because we are expected to care for anyone who comes to us we have become the final safety net for everything that is falling apart in the health care system. Dealing with so many non-emergency issues is delaying our ability to care for the patients who have actual medical emergencies. This is the big crisis. It’s not about money. I don’t care about my salary. And not about the shift to nurse-practitioners for primary care either. I welcome that.” But?

“As more and more hospitals and ERs close, there are fewer and fewer places that are trying to deal with the constantly increasing need for emergency services, the continually more complex health issues we face, an aging population with health issues unique to themselves and the higher percentage of sick people among us. The increasing poverty and homelessness. The increasing number of people addicted to drugs and alcohol. The increasing number of people with mental illness who have no way to care for themselves. We need more help, not more work.

“And the response of health care organizations here in California is to reduce resources, close hospitals and reduce staffing — all in an effort to turn a profit and maintain the salary of the administrators. And the response of our legislators is just to shift more and more extraneous work onto the nurses and doctors already battling to provide the needed care.”

Sounds like a matter of life and death. “Yeah.” Our lives, our deaths.

Slowly the healthcare conglomerate giants are downsizing our American emergency rooms. Will they eventually be reduced to the point where all you’re gonna get when you go to one in the future will be a band-aid and a kiss on your boo-boo from your mom?

What to do about this extreme medical crisis in our ERs? We have two basic choices here. Either we get angry, very angry, and demand better healthcare — or else just plan to never get sick at night or on weekends.

And what is causing even more problems here is a new law that California just passed wherein anyone who is homeless can just show up at any emergency room statewide and demand food and help with housing. It’s basically a good idea to help the homeless, but this law has not been carefully thought out.

“This new bill mandates us to distribute food, clothing and housing assistance, which homeless people are now becoming aware of and we’ve started to have a huge influx of people without any medical problems coming in merely to get a hot meal and a change of clothes, which we have no resources to provide to them.” Yikes!

“And how will ERs ever be able to handle all that when we don’t have the personnel or the space for this extra burden? When we don’t even have the time or space to do what they are asking us to do now,” wondered this overwhelmed doctor — who already had dark circles under his eyes. “And when, exactly, are we supposed to do our actual jobs of taking care of the sick?”

And then he clarified his fears even further. “The main thing I am upset about is that much of what is wrong with the fabric of our society is now falling upon the ERs to deal with: homelessness, drug abuse, mental health issues, lack of access to medical care. The ongoing response of well-meaning legislators is to mandate that the ER staff do more and more things that society itself should be taking care of, such as screening for domestic violence, offering meals, clothing and assistance with housing placement to all homeless patients and testing for hepatitis C and HIV — yet with no accompanying funding or resources.”

I’d probably end up having nightmares if forced to cope with all this. Sucks to be an ER doctor these days.

“But what good does it do to screen for domestic abuse when I can’t offer them safety? How and why is an ER doctor supposed to counsel people about HIV or hepatitis C? What are we supposed to do with all the mentally ill patients who come in, sometimes several times a day, when we have nowhere to send them for help unless they are sick enough to need hospitalization?”

Perhaps we Americans need to reconsider our priorities here. We can either ask — force — our government to put our tax monies toward promoting decent emergency-room care (so we don’t have to die in the street) or we can continue to let our government spend our tax money on promoting endless “war” and making weapon-makers rich beyond belief as they gleefully murder millions of strangers abroad in far away places like Syria, Congo and Afghanistan — and thus by default help murder millions of Americans here at home too.

Plus we Americans also need to put our big-boy pants on and demand that giant healthcare corporations put a cap on how much they can gouge us for when we are too weak and desperate to resist.

Which one of these options would you chose if you were sick?

January 16, 2019

JFK, MLK, Bobby & Leonard: Bad things happen when you color outside the lines

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 8:46 pm
     Did anyone else besides me watch that TV special on John F. Kennedy Jr the other night?  Hmmm.  Not sure what to think about it.  Why are they showing it to us now?  Maybe I’m being a bit paranoid (again) but it appeared to be the ultimate masterpiece of public-relations propaganda — American style.
     The docu-drama went out of its way to make two very urgent points.  First, that JFK Jr was intelligent, energetic, good-looking, charismatic — and could easily be elected to any office in the nation.  Definitely in the White House by 2016!
     The second point was that JFK Jr was a truly lousy pilot, extremely bad, reckless beyond belief.  “Pilot error!”  And yet at some point in the docu-drama they actually showed us a radar-generated diagram of the John-John’s plane suddenly dropping almost straight out of the sky, almost as if it had been hit by a bomb.  Come on, guys.  JFK’s piloting couldn’t have been that bad.
     All this docu-drama achieved was make me want to go back and read several copies of John Jr’s George magazine.  What the freak might he have said in there to piss somebody off?  And if so, then who?
     Of course our wonderful Bobby, Martin and John got assassinated.  We all know that.  Happy MLK’s birthday everyone.  Do you honestly think they would have named a holiday after MLK had he lived?  Hell no.
     He’d be rotting in some federal maximum-security prison like the one that Leonard Peltier has been rotting in for the last 44 years — for a crime he clearly didn’t commit.
     No one in power wants Leonard Peltier out of jail.  “But why not,” you might ask.  “Is it because he is charged with killing two FBI agents?”  No.  It’s because, according to a friend of mine who just visited Pine Ridge, “Things are really bad up on the reservation right now.  Poverty and alcoholism are rampant.”
     The last thing that the elite .001% want is to have a heroic icon like Leonard back on The Rez, trying to make things better.  It’s bad enough that they had all those water-protector demonstrations at Standing Rock, right?  Why add Leonard to the mix.
     And who knows for sure but….  If Bobby, Martin and John hadn’t been assassinated and JFK Jr hadn’t mysteriously died, there probably would never have been that horrifying “war” on Vietnam that murdered 50,000 “American soldiers in defense of a lie, or that ugly “war” on Central America that is even now driving asylum-seekers to our borders by the thousands.  
     There might never have been any debilitating 2008 housing crash, no painful Reagan downsizing, no Trump government shutdown, no sloppy Bush “second Pearl Harbor” and “wars” on Afghanistan and Iraq, no disastrous Clinton NAFTA and no obscene Obama “wars” on Syria and Libya, all of them wreaking havoc on both America and the world and selling us all out.  Plus there surely would have been a Green New Deal twenty years ago, back when we still had a chance to save the human race from extinction.
     The global elite top .001% are terrified of those kinds of heroes.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, watch your back.
PS:  I wanna color outside the lines too!  Do you?  If so, then the first small step you can take is to close your bank account with Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, CitiBank, etc. tomorrow morning — and open up an account with your local credit union instead.  The global elite hate stuff like that.

PPS:  Happy Martin Luther King birthday (again).  Now there was a man who knew how to weld a Crayola — outside the lines!

January 12, 2019

Madam Jane predicts: The government shutdown will be an economic 9-11

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 12:49 pm
    Poor Madam Jane — always wearing black, moping around and looking sorrowful.  “You are not your brain,” I keep telling her, me being currently in the process of reading a book by that name.  “You should always be on the look-out for deceptive brain messages,” I say.
     But Madam Jane just turns her sorrowful eyes on me and says, “Beware.”  Beware of what?
     “Beware of the government shutdown, the hate mongers, the mess down on our southern border.  Brother against brother.  An economic 9-11 is coming.  Worse than a stock-market crash.  Instead of invading Afghanistan and Iraq as a result of the Twin Towers 9-11, the Deep State global elite will be invading American pocketbooks.  I will say no more.”
     Oh boy.  Looks like Madam Jane has been reading too much Naomi Klein, wherein today’s global neo-conservatives thrive on chaos?  I would say yes.
     “The government shuts down,” M.J. continues.  “Chaos slowly but surely results.  It will be almost like that infamous stock market crash of 1929 — only worse.  Much worse.  And democracy never thrives when there is chaos.  The next thing you know there will be armored tanks driving up and down every street and road in America.  The Patriot Act will start looking positively democratic compared to what will be coming next.  Beware.” 
     Got it.  When there is chaos, the top 001% have a fabulous excuse to spend (more) money on guns.  Madam Jane might actually be on to something here.  
     “But Madam Jane,” I finally ask her, “How come you never predict anything good?”  Perhaps she will — when Americans start demanding their democracy back?  Nah.  Never happen.

PS:  Most federal offices are supposed to be shut down on January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday.  Oops, too late!  They already are.

January 9, 2019

Total fun: Attending an Oakland Raiders game!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:18 pm
          The Raiders’ last game of the season was on Christmas Eve this year.  “I really really really want to go see that game — before they sell out and become the Raiders of the Lost (Vegas) Ark instead.” I told a friend.  “But I just can’t afford a ticket.”  But I got on the BART train to the Coliseum anyway. 
      Everyone on BART was all dressed up in silver and black.  I pulled out my sign.  “Extra free ticket please?”  Then a man sitting next to me actually smiled, nodded his head, searched through his pockets, pulled out a $130 ticket and handed it to me.  Wow!!!  Pure joy.
     But wait.  It gets even better.  The game itself was amazing.  Raiders vs. Broncos.  But far even better than that (and even better than the Raiderettes’ complex dance routine at half-time) was just hanging out in the stadium and doing some heavy-duty crowd-watching.  I’ve never done such serious people-watching in my life.
     The crowd was pure Oaktown at its best.  And at Raiders’ games here in Oakland, Black and Brown men, women and children finally find themselves in a majority for once in their lives, cheering for their home team, big smiles on their faces too.  Pure joy in their hearts as well.  63,132 of them.  I fit right in.
     Best Christmas Eve ev-ah!
     Plus the Raiders won too.

     Maybe we could beg the team’s owners to keep the Raiders in Oakland where they belong?  Money isn’t everything, you know.  Happiness also counts a lot.  Or am I just being naive?

PS:  “But aren’t Black people also a majority in their own ghettos,” some historically-unaware grossly-insensitive person might ask.  Seriously?  Of course Black people are also a majority in their ghettos.  Sure.  Ghettos that they were originally forced into, herded into while practically being tattooed with an IBM number, driven there against their will by Jim Crow himself.  Black people have made the most of their own bits of land, but historically ghettos were designed as racial concentration camps, segregation outposts and economic jails.  America’s greatest shame since slavery.
     And as for Brown people?  They are the very salt of the American earth.  They hold American society together with their ingenuity, humor and hard work.  Yet what kind of gratitude do they get in return?  “Undocumented.  Illegal.”  That’s so unfair. 

     But at a Raiders game?  They are all free.  We are all free (except of course for the ticket prices).  And isn’t that what we all want?  Freedom?  And isn’t that what America is actually supposed to be about? 

     And isn’t that what everyone else in the rest of the world wants too?  Instead of constantly being invaded by America’s robot armies, constantly being invaded by Jim Crow.

Happy New Year a little bit late — plus some good advice on how to write a novel

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 2:52 pm

The easiest way to write a book is to start by writing your very first page on New Years Day — and then write one page a day for the rest of the year. By the end of this year, you will have written a 365-page book. Voila! Yeah, I know. It’s not January 1 any more — but you still have time to catch up. Surely you can write just one page a day? What with computer software, smartphones, spell-check and everything? Spare ten minutes a day? “What else you got going on.”

“But what should I write about?” you might ask. No problem. Just take a look at today’s newspaper headlines for inspiration. At least five instant plot scenarios will be lurking right there. “Raiders may move to Las Vegas.” You like sports? Write about that.

Looking for an evil-villain idea for a possible spy thriller? No-brainer. Look no further than the CIA, Mossad, Atlantic Council, Wall Street and/or any one of those weird Saudi princes with a love of hacksaws. Look what these evil-doers have already done to Syria. Imagine what they are planning to do to you too. Write about that.

Want to write a sweetly heart-warming romance about a woman finding true love? Just check out the nearest grocery-story tabloid and/or the society page of the New York Times. Or google “Happy Ending” (not the massage). Or just check out your very own FaceBook page.

Got an itch to write sci-fi? Get inspired by climate catastrophes, weaponized satellites, paramilitary drones or even all those new bans on birth control, abortion and women’s right to choose. Oops, that one’s already been done.

There’s all kinds of really strange stories out there to write about these days — and there’s probably lots of really strange stories in the background of your own life as well.

But my main point here is that it really is easy to write a book if you just break it down into 365 short segments — and start your first segment on New Years Day (or shortly thereafter. Sorry about that.)

“So what if I did write a book,” you might ask next, “then where would I get it published?” No problem there either. Amazon has a self-publishing app that is totally amazing — and free. They do everything for you. Check it out. You’ll be a published author in no time. Mazel tov! And Happy New Year too.


December 31, 2018

Paradise, California: Just another casualty of corporate greed

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 11:02 pm

Do Latino immigrants really steal all of our jobs? Are Black people really the source of most crime in America? No, no and no. Of course not. Most of our missing jobs have been stolen by global corporations that are still bedazzled by outsourcing and Reaganomics. And America’s true super-criminals are 99% White.

After I finished volunteering at a Red Cross shelter in Chico that had efficiently geared up to house hundreds of the survivors of the recent Paradise fire, I went off to wander around Chico itself, a sweet university town famous for its small Craftsman-style homes.

Near Chico’s public library, however, I got distracted from my tour by a toothless skinny seriously scroungy middle-aged dirty-blonde female meth-head who was standing on a street corner and screaming her head off. I approached her slowly and cautiously — like one would approach some feral wild animal, actually thinking that I might be of some help.

“Were you caught in the Paradise wildfire?” I asked her. Yes, she was. Everything gone. “Then why don’t you just stay at the shelter?” Her eyes rolled around in her head. I took a step back. This was obviously none of my business. She grabbed my arm.

“Those bastards threw me out!” she screamed. And I could definitely understand why. I handed her a couple of dollars, hoping to buy her off long enough to get out of there — but she wasn’t done yet. “I used to work in a factory,” she rambled, almost starting to calm down. “Had a really good job too. Then they moved my [freaking] job overseas.” Ah. Reaganomics at its finest — what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine too.

“I had no place to go. I moved to Paradise.” Where she apparently started making her living by cooking meth back up in the hills. Hmmm. Could a meth-lab explosion have started the Paradise fire, I thought — kinda taking my eyes off the woman for an instant. Bad idea. She immediately started revving up into meth-head mode again. “And just look at you, bitch!” she cried. “All warm and comfy in your big puffy jacket and boots. You don’t have a clue what it’s like to be me!” Hey, I gots economic troubles too! But then she spit at me and I moved on.

Actually, I ran back into the library and hid in the women’s restroom until some mothers with children started giving me strange looks.

So I borrowed one of the library’s computers and googled “Paradise” and “Meth”. Turns out that Paradise wasn’t just a sweet little retirement community after all. It was also the “Meth Capital of California”. That explains a lot. This woman wasn’t the first meth-head I’d seen wandering aimlessly around Chico. I’d seen lots of them, apparently disgorged by the fire.

So. What have I learned? Other than that I tend to be sort of a wimp around out-of-control meth-heads? I learned that it wasn’t the immigrants who stole our jobs here — and that it isn’t Black people who are the top American criminals. It is the greedy American corporations who have created the economic mess that we are currently trapped in. Duh.

I also learned that it was the American “privatization” (aka theft) and the American “downsizing” (aka greed) that went on here during the Reagan years that screwed all the rest of us up — and that these heinous crimes are still going on right here right now.

Apparently the Paradise wildfire has burned down the homes of thousands of its residents, but it has also flushed hundreds of meth-heads out of the hills as well — the non-urban homeless, the invisible rural economic casualties of American greed. And I was there too. It was not a pretty picture. Americans deserve better than to be cast off like old shoes by the global elites. But, hell, if they can do that to Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Vietnam and Honduras, they can easily do that to us too — so stop acting so surprised.

December 26, 2018

Christmas in Paradise: Visiting the Camp Fire six weeks later

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:03 pm

“But why are they calling this the Camp fire?” I asked an old-timer selling souvenir T-shirts in Chico yesterday.

“Because it started on Camp Creek…” Oh. Of course. “Plus that will be $20 for the T-shirt.” I plan to take it home and tack it to the door of my disorganized and overstuffed closet — to remind me that material possessions don’t really mean all that much if your whole freaking life is about to be snuffed out.

Here in Paradise, it’s kind of bizarre. All along the main street, for over two miles, the same pattern is repeated block after block. Two or three buildings will be standing untouched and yet the two or three buildings next to them will be totally destroyed. The Walgreens and the CVS came through with hardly a scratch — while the McDonalds, the Big-O Tires and the Jack in the Box are totally wiped out.

I talked to one woman who had lived in Paradise all of her life and had just returned to the sad ruins of her home, and she told me about her own personal experience with the fire. “We were driving through a wall of flames and the car directly behind us simply exploded. We watched in horror.” But it got even worse — she and her husband had to get out of their car and try to outrun the flames. “We stopped to help a group of older men and women standing in front of their burning convalescent home. We flagged down a school bus to help get them to safety — but it was already too late and once again we watched in horror as even the bus caught fire. We ran for our lives.” Geez Louise.

“As you can see, we finally made it out alive — but just barely. A truck came by and picked us up.” She showed me a video on her phone but all I could see was fire, a solid wall of fire. “We were the lucky ones. We lost everything. But we are still alive.” I cried. She cried. I will never again worry about having too much stuff ever again. At least I too am alive.

What was I doing up in Paradise? I went up there to volunteer to help out with the extensive and excellent refugee-relocation program. But that’s a whole other story, one which I am now still absorbing and am still in shock about too. Maybe I’ll write about it after Christmas. But, hey, at least I still had a Christmas tree, a roast turkey and some eggnog to come home to.

PS: I am now a witness to the recent horror that has befallen the little town of Paradise. I myself was horrified. And all of America was horrified too. And it’s even worse when you actually see it up close with your own eyes.

However. I have also witnessed this very same type of horror — of a city destroyed — in other places as well. Places in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and Lebanon — and even in Guatemala, Vietnam, Juarez, North Korea, Honduras, South Dakota and Ukraine. And yet most Americans don’t seem to mind about that.

When these horrors are caused by wildfires or other natural stuff here, Americans react in horror, right? But when similar horrors are caused by American cluster bombs, American armies and/or America’s proxy death squads, mercenaries and al Qaeda “rebels”? Nobody in America seems to mind.

And yet, just like the American victims of the Paradise fire never asked for these horrors, the tragic victims of America’s “wars” never asked the United States and its allies to come clean out their closets either.

December 18, 2018

Donald Trump: We’ve got an 8-year-old brat in the White House

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 5:41 pm

When you were a kid, did you ever dream about being able to fly? Or that you were The Hulk or The Avenger — or even PacMan?

Power Ranger? Flash Gordon? Wonder Woman? Crusader Rabbit?

When you were a kid, did you ever dream that you were all-powerful, possessed a death-ray, was unstoppable and could do any freaking thing that you want? Well, guess what? Once he became president, Donald Trump started acting like even his wildest childhood dreams had come true. Now every single day is Christmas Day at the White House for him — all year long. Now he gets to be the center of attention, just like some little kid. Fantasy time!

What would I myself do if I had super-powers like that? I’d do what Supergirl or Red Sonja did and bring Truth and Justice to the world — not just act like The Joker or Poison Ivy. But “Holy Nightmare!” Trump is acting more like a super-villain than like Super Mario these days. Plus didn’t we just sort of hope to elect an adult to the White House?

Somebody needs to give Trump a time-out for acting like such a cruel and hateful brat. His mother shoulda raised him better.

But on the other hand, what about the real adults who truly do run our world? The ones who actually do pull the strings and make Trump’s weird Howdy Doody/Muppet show actually happen? The 30-odd guys who always seem to show up on the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum at Davos, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, BlackRock, the World Bank, various federal reserves, the Atlantic Council and the IMF?

These guys are the world’s truly evil mean villains who we should be on guard against — not just some stupid mean cosplay kid named Trump who avidly copies their disguises. These guys don’t just pull wings off butterflies or murder helpless children from Honduras. The real adults who truly run our world? They will do anything for money. Anything. And that’s even more scary than having a mean 8-year-old playing dress-up in the White House.

December 11, 2018

You better watch out: Santa’s list of injustices is really long this year

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 8:09 pm

Up at the North Pole, not much is going on right now. Even the elves are on strike. “Looks like nobody’s going to get any toys this year,” Santa says with a frown. And he’s not even baking chocolate-chip cookies either. It’s that bad. What’s up, Santa? “Everyone has been super-naughty during 2018 — and not just only the kids. I’m disgusted.”

Here’s Santa’s “naughty” list for this year:

1. First off, there’s always Palestine — still a gigantic festering wound of injustice that’s landed Israel on the Naughty List continuously for the past 70 miserable years. It’s a good thing that Netanyahu doesn’t believe in Santa because all he’s gonna get in his stocking this year is coal, phish and spam. Santa doesn’t care what religion Bibi pretends to represent. After the horrors of Jenin and the horrors of Gaza? Netanyahu has proved time and again that he honors no religion at all — except possibly for the worship of Mammon. “Don’t mess with The Claus!”

2. Next there are all those stolen American elections. You evil vote-stealers are not getting on the “Nice” list this year! O’Rourke shoulda won in Texas. Abrams shoulda won in Georgia. Gillum shoulda won in Florida. Hell, even Gore, Kerry and Bernie Sanders shoulda won the freaking White House. And Israel and the Saudis had their hands in the electoral cookie jar too. But who, exactly, can Santa appeal to? The Supreme Court? Don’t make him laugh. Move along, folks, no bowl full of jelly here. There is nothing “Nice” going on at the Supreme Court. In America, the Rule of Law is pretty much screwed.

3. Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Libya and Bethlehem? No wise men on camels will be involved there. And no one will be dropping down any chimneys in the Middle East either — because there are hardly any chimneys left over there to drop down in, thanks to Lockheed-Martin, Exxon and BlackRock. So the Pentagon, the CIA, Congress and the White House will get no visit from Rudolph this year.

4. Latin America, Africa and Asia? The injustices committed here are way beyond “Naughty”. Santa is extremely unhappy about this — and so is his Boss. “Jesus Christ!”

5. Up at Standing Rock and Pine Ridge and down in Tijuana, Tomillo and the Amazon — everyone gets toys. Leonard Peltier will be getting a bright shiny fire truck to warm up his cold prison cell. Big Oil, Big Polluters, Big Pharma and Big Banksters get nothing. It is better to give than to steal.

6. And then there are all the American homeless, all the American children living in cars, all the American slaves of the prison-industrial complex, all the American victims of hurricanes, wildfires and other climate catastrophes — and all of America’s many other society castoffs. Black lives really do matter. “Harrumph,” says Santa. “There’s no excuse for those corporate bastards to be all this naughty when there is clearly more than enough food, clothing, jobs, shelter and toys to go around in order to protect, nurture and love every single person in America — and even in this whole world.” Not only just that child in the manger.

Santa is truly pissed off this year.

You should be too.


December 8, 2018

The G20′s end-game: Destroy humanity then buy a bunker? Seriously?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:48 pm

Holy cow, it clearly sucks eggs to be a Honduran refugee in Tijuana these days. What the freak do they possibly have to look forward to? And, good grief, how I would hate to spend my short miserable life scrounging for blood diamonds in Africa right now. Or being a starving two-year-old living under the Saudi cross-hairs in Yemen? Who the freak would want to do that?

Or I’d even hate to be one of those poor unfortunate souls currently going to Harvard on a student loan. What kind of shite-show future do they have in store?

But worst of all, I would truly hate to be a card-carrying member of the G20. Those people gots no future at all.

“But, Jane,” you might say, “those guys all stay in twelve-star hotels, live on steak and truffles and have French maids to wipe them after they poop. They are wealthy beyond belief.”

Too true.

But what exactly is their fabulous wealth actually based on? War-profiteering? Price-gouging? Stock-market ponzi-schemes? Stealing lunch money form school children? Nah. The bottom line for these guys is that their eye-popping wealthiness ultimately comes from only one thing. “Interest rates.”

These blind fools have all become slaves to interest rates.

If something pays a high rate of interest, then they will always cling to it like Saran Wrap — never ever ever ever considering if there are moral costs too. They will never let go of collecting student-loan debts. They will never let go of permanent “war”. They will never let go of receiving government bailouts, creating pollution, drug and human trafficking, “eminent domain,” fond memories of that wonderful 2008 housing crash, hopes for the next huge economic crash about to hit us, big-box stores paying slave wages, privatization, 9-11, whatever. If it creates interest, go for it.

Even if the G20′s latest interest-creating gambit destroys the world? Nuclear explosions? Genocide? Rampant wildfires? Chainsaws? Sure. Why not. These guys can always earn interest by selling new and better bunkers to each other.

But here’s a word of advice. “You need to get over yourselves, G20.” Yours is just not a viable plan. Your insatiable vampire-like lust for interest-rate payback is gonna murder the rest of us for sure. And sadly it will also strangle you in the process too — down there in your well-guarded, well-stocked and elegantly glorified tombs.


December 4, 2018

Hey, Mueller! Look over THERE!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:44 pm

Election theft is on the rise in America, that’s for sure. But Robert Mueller is definitely looking in all the wrong places. “Psst, Bob….”

How come Mueller never seems to notice all those huge vote thefts in Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Texas? Most Americans know who stole them (or at least we should know). And the villains, idiots, creeps and greedy bastards elected as a result of all this vote theft clearly in favor of Republicans (GWB for instance and Trump…)? They have cost Americans approximately twenty-one trillion dollars — so far. Betcha Putin never had his hand shoved that far into the American cookie jar.

Then there’s the Saudis. “Hey, Mueller, lookie here.” The Saudis are absolutely rolling in moola. And they spend their money wisely — buying America out. Trump knows this, Robert. And so did Reagan both Bushes, Obama and both Clintons too. So why don’t you?

And of course we all love to hate Putin. But seriously? Who is the real election thief here (besides of course Anton Scalia)? Why it’s Trump’s new BFF, Bibi Netanyahu. “Mueller, why aren’t you going after him?” Why indeed.

Putin is easy pickings — but clearly nobody here has the cajones to mess with the real election thieves. “Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia.” You heard it here first, Bob. And, sadly, you heard it here last as well. Bibi, MbS and the GOP ain’t never gonna go to jail. Why? Because they have simply stolen too many votes. They own America now. To the victors go the spoils.

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