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September 15, 2018

Hail from the thieves: I.C.E freezes our money in Florida

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 8:39 pm

Good grief! For decades now, America has been the unwitting victim of various sleazy government contractors who shamelessly pick our pockets for all the valuables they can find there — using the time-honored ruse of distracting our attention with fears of “war” while they move in for the snatch. It’s like the Artful Dodger or even Fagan himself has seized control of America’s treasury. https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/04/24/book-review-hellfire-club-jake-tapper-mccarthy-era-thriller/543899002/

Since 9-11, these shady pickpockets have upped their game to the point where it’s not even safe for Americans to carry a wallet on the subway any more. Since 9-11, we have been so royally fleeced by these so-called “war” contractors that you would think there was nothing even left to steal. But no. Apparently there is still a bit more moolah left to lift. Now these sleazy moochers have discovered an even newer and better way to slip their sneaky hands back into our pockets again. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50256.htm

Now ICE has come up with yet another evil scheme to snatch our purses and run — whatever little is left in them, that is. “Stop! Thief!” When our current climate catastrophe hit the eastern seaboard recently, it was soon discovered that ICE’s sticky fingers have stolen millions of dollars of our FEMA money and then used it to kidnap children instead of helping out disaster victims in North Carolina. Has ICE become the new Fagan? And has ICE, like Fagan, started running a new school for pickpockets too? It certainly looks that way, right? https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/52260-detention-of-migrant-children-has-skyrocketed-to-highest-levels-ever

We Americans appear to be the ultimate gullible marks, stuck on a crowded bus to nowhere while “war” profiteers and ICE profiteers easily dip into our pockets and steal our wallets — and with absolutely no fear of ever getting caught.

ICE contractors are now getting paid $750 per day per child for every single child that they can kidnap at the border. Hell, the kiddies could be staying in a five-star hotel for that price! https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/contractors-get-750-per-child-per-day-to-detain-migrants-somethings-wrong-here/2018/09/07/8ad78e1a-b1ea-11e8-8b53-50116768e499_story.html?utm_term=.f6a9dd58f1f1

According to a recent article in The Guardian, what we are getting for our $750 a day is definitely not The Ritz. “All day and night they listened to the wailing of hungry children. Here, in a freezing immigration detention facility somewhere in the Rio Grande valley of south Texas, adults and children alike were fainting from dehydration and lack of food. Sleep was almost impossible; the lights were left on, they had just a thin metallic sheet to protect against the cold and there was nothing to lie down on but the hard floor.”

Would you pay $750 a night for this ICE version of Oliver Twist’s orphanage? Ask your captors for “more, sir”? Give it a good review on Trip Advisor? Uh, no. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/12/us-immigration-detention-facilities?CMP=fb_gu

While I was in St. Petersburg last week, I took part in an anti-ICE demonstration against the owner of The Birchwood Inn. Its owner, Chuck Prather, claimed to be just a small businessman in a sweet Florida tourist town — and yet apparently he is currently renting out five (5) different buildings in the St. Pete area to ICE. Five of them. In a tourist town? Who the freak needs five (5) ICE buildings in St. Petersburg? It makes you stop and wonder, doesn’t it. There goes our money. Sticky fingers again.

Also at the anti-ICE demonstration, I learned about even more Dickensian behavior taking place at the US-Mexico border where apparently some Border Patrol officers hunt down and murder asylum-seekers for sport. The Ghost of Christmas Past is not gonna like that! https://www.facebook.com/Border-Patrol-Victims-Network-Red-de-Victimas-de-la-Patrulla-Fronteriza-452623394841164/

All this rash of pickpocket theft by various government contractors since 9-11 has made me truly stop and wonder just how much money is left in America right now for the rest of us. “What’s in your wallet?” Probably not much.

September 12, 2018

Guilty pleasure: How I actually liked visiting Flora-duh

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 9:14 am

After hearing so much of this state’s bad press over the years regarding Jeb Bush, Rick Scott, Florida’s hellish foster-care system, the violent Trump rallies, the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin, the climate catastrophe and all the other horror tales about Flora-duh, I was totally dreading my trip to St. Petersburg — but still had to go there. Had an important book conference to attend at the historic Vinoy Hotel.

But guess what? I actually liked St. Petersburg. Everything there was so green and balmy and lush. They had great public transportation. The Cuban hot-pressed sandwiches were almost biblically delicious. I totally went off my health-food diet and ate Key Lime pie in an actual diner. I walked around in the swamps, er, wetlands. I got caught in the tail-end of Tropical Storm Gordon (not Gordon Ramsey, BTW, but it was definitely a bit like being in Hell’s kitchen). I visited two excellent libraries. I stayed in a trailer. I had a fabulous time and came home with an actual suntan and 40 pounds of free books!

I also talked with a social worker there who said that, yes, there was a problem with the foster-care system. “Some retirees supplement their income by taking in foster kids, receiving $500 a month from the state, feeding their wards on rice and beans and then pocketing the rest. And some of the charter schools here are atrocious too.” Okay. So those rumors are true.

But geez Louise. The beaches, the balmy night air around midnight, the kindness of strangers and the fact that everywhere you look you see tropically green plants smiling back at you. Just imagine what this place looked like before 1492!

PS: Another big reason that I had such a great time in Flora-duh is that I had just finished reading a rather scary article in Dissident Voice about how it is totally possible that the human race may become extinct as soon as 2026 — and that’s only eight years from now! So I’d better start trying to “live fast, die young”? Too late for that! But at least I will die knowing that I’d been to almost-paradise. https://abc.go.com/shows/bachelor-in-paradise

According to this article, “There is a group of courageous and prominent climate scientists who offer compelling climate science evidence that human beings, along with millions of other species, will be extinct by 2026 (and perhaps as early as 2021) in response to a projected 10 degree celsius increase in global temperatures above the pre-industrial level by that date.” https://dissidentvoice.org/2018/09/human-extinction-by-2026/

Oops.

PPS: And please be aware that the major Number One cause of climate catastrophe today is “war”. America’s war profiteers may not be dropping bombs on our own neighborhoods like they do on Syrian, Yemeni, Afghan and Palestinian neighborhoods — but nevertheless War Street is also murdering us too (only slower and with fewer Technicolor special effects). http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50217.htm

 

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