‘Never’, Still Happens

February 7th, 2019

‘Never again’. That was the cry of nations in the wake of the discovery of the concentration camps. From Dachau (1933) to Majdanek/Lublin, (fully operational by 1943), these novel compounds were the newest development in prison efficiency, as long as your industry was named, ‘Death’. The courts at Nuremberg and the Hague; the United Nations Security Council and peace-keeping forces; these were dedicated to ending carnage that wasn’t merely ‘warfare’ between entities. Fascism is largely devoted to the genocide of the ‘other within’, creating any divide amongst the populace of a state that didn’t naturally exist from the onset.

‘Never again’, was also the short-term state of shock that caught up with the world in 1945. It was closely followed by the realisation that food and jobs were the stock and trade of fascists. Lenin had starved ten million Russians by his take-over of agricultural lands. Stalin is ‘credited’ with the improbable number of twenty million deaths throughout his range of influence, attributable to WW II combat losses and the subjugation of Ukrainian and Eastern European residents. With the world in denial regarding the threat of communists who voluntarily surrender themselves to fascists, Mao starved 45 million Chinese. After that imitation of Lenin’s movement of ‘his’ population to urban environs, there could be no surprise when Pol Pot enslaved all of Cambodia. The Vietnam war led us to drop any pretence that a Geneva Convention existed for prisoners of war – either cold or hot in nature. Senator John McCain enlightened us after choosing to remain with his men, despite the early release offered him by dint of his family’s position in America.

Most of my family died under Lenin’s influence, with identity papers that said, ‘Jew’, instead of ‘Russian’. The remnants of those survivors fought for the ideology of freedom in the American military while a third of our population was being incinerated in Europe. Our ‘stake’ in the evolution of a world without tyranny is evident in our return from exile to Israel after two millennia. A family history of scholars, soldiers, professionals and loving parents saw that I was taught by the fragility of freedom even with the novelty of U.S. constitutional law.

The allure of the United States lies in two interesting legal phenomena. There was a gap of 15 years between the Declaration of Independence and ratification of a Constitution without bloodshed over the understanding that the former colonials were now free. Debate demonstrated how freedom of speech inevitably leads to optimal outcomes, while talk couched in slander resulted in senseless loss, i.e. the Burr-Hamilton duel. In the spirit of Ancient Greece, the first amendment of the Bill of Rights placed the individual and like-minded persons above the mindless implementation of legalistic wrangling. This was expressed by refusing legislators any and all rights to abridge freedom of religion and verbal expression. Access was granted to present grievances without fear of retaliation because equality of potential outweighed the inequality of each individual’s beginnings in this young land.

At the same time, feudalism in the greater portion of our world transformed it’s increasingly educated population into communists, bent upon pleading their case to warlords (now called fascists). The pleas concerned the ‘rights’ of serf-citizens to retain an adequate amount of the food and essential goods produced. Further, any excess of gifted intellect or strength would meld into insignificance to evade being granted a pair of army boots to occupy the time of young men able to conceptualise ‘freedom’ from tyranny. Those booted serf-citizens possessed a cognitive dissonance, safer than risking being named a ‘dissident’. That led the warlords to encourage the pouring out of their restless resentments into the torture, rape, robbery and murder of minority groups within these closely held lands. Jews were a favourite target in every society.

I estimate the last hundred years of communism has taken half the lives of the ‘Children of Israel’ in all lands. The world has one more chance to make this atrocity right. China has openly acknowledged that large numbers of their people are their guests in re-education camps where both psychological and physical torture is practiced. The goal is ostensibly to indoctrinate the principles of communist servitude and remove the last vestiges of individualism protected by our first amendment. The ‘concentrated’ efforts of those running these camps is said to be directed towards erasing religious ideologies that supplant obedience to a state. Primarily concerned with Christians and Moslems, the resurrection of this form of hell on earth, i.e. Holocaust technology, will inevitably spread far and wide to all nations. A resurgence of interest in Buddhism will certainly be checked by this move, apparently proceeding without protest by a widespread Chinese population in Western countries.

When will we see the international outcry that led to demonstrations outside of Soviet missions? When the Sakharovs and Sharanskys were alternately imprisoned in Russian camps and subjected to ‘internal exile’, college students chained themselves to embassy gates. Where is the demand for human rights monitors, now that camps have returned to the international scene with the unapologetic presumption that the world will make no protest. With the huge numbers of Christians and Moslems in the world today, where are the murmurs of discontent? Judaism is not among the five faiths recognised by the State, but we have always been at risk when communism went unchecked by world leaders under appeasement policies. Policies of isolationism have also led to insurgencies secretly denied by officials in charge. A well known method of installing the secret police preceding communist take-overs.

The issue may be that communism is more widespread than formerly believed. I personally know that the recruiting of members is ongoing, having been approached twice to join the party in airports outside of the United States. For a rarely discussed subject, party recruiters were not reticent about wanting the reasons for my refusal to join. I gave those reasons without hesitation in Istanbul and London. Perhaps, with this disclosure, we might open the dialogue to learn of the present-day forms of party membership and claims upon international coffers. The election of self-professed democratic socialists – who made deals with Communist countries in WWII – upsets the legal foundation of United States constitutional law. This also presents us with a new reason why ‘taking a knee’ at a football game provokes more outrage than the unveiling of concentration camps within the worlds’ largest trading partner of modern nations.

The recent cessation of torture at Guantanamo Bay should logically lead to investigations by qualified citizens groups, that our ‘privatized’ prisons in America are similarly freed of torture. A statement against the physical and psychological abuse of humans must be made through action, not merely verbal condemnations. However, the latter is still a start.

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Conflicts Within

January 24th, 2019

United States Law is being challenged by the very persons paid Federal wages. We first saw criminal law enforcement at a State level, (Maryland), flouted in the Kavenaugh ‘job interview’, before the Senate judiciary committee. The lessons of the approval process for our newest Supreme Court justice will last for many years. Criminal charges are to be investigated by police and/or a District Attorney before the legitimacy of purported crimes committed in a given place are blazoned before the public. The last post on this blog spoke to the issue.

Now we see the Boycott, Sanction and Divestment movement against Israel once again brought before the public, this time by junior Congresswoman Talib. Senator Rubio of Florida, as others have done before him, justifiably terms her push as anti-Semitic. His views are well supported but the charge of anti-Semitism would be a matter for the Congress and her constituency to determine for purposes of censure or recall. Most importantly, Ms. Tlaib may be in violation of one or more United States federal laws.

The possessor of a purse, where competition in the marketplace is allowed, always makes a statement about those vendors and manufacturers who are regarded with approval. Within my memory, individuals stopped eating grapes until the harvesters were given better wages. There was no call for a legally enforceable boycott by entities consumers didn’t own, i.e. colleges, towns, cities or states. Nets for catching tuna were improved when the public eschewed the companies harming dolphins in the inferior nets of the period. There was no law passed. Only consumer pressure was wielded with a well-defined reason for the action endangering wildlife.

The push to force boycotts of companies registered in Israel has crossed the lines of consumer activism into the manipulation of legal processes and alteration of established treaties with favoured nation status. BDS targets a nation rather than individual companies where the owner is identified and corporate policies analyzed for documented harm. Congresswoman Tlaib is abusing the powers of her office. Her claims about ‘mixed loyalties’ also violates policies held by the Department of State. U.S. citizens may hold up to three passports, including the U.S. travel document. There is no question of divided loyalties being involved unless the U.S. citizen takes a job within the additional governmental structures, thereby establishing an outright conflict of interest.

This harkens back to Eisenhower’s 1954 measure revoking the privileges and rights of citizenship for Americans in the communist party. To be a party member automatically places the member in the paid or otherwise remunerated individual in the service of another government. The constitution forbids the U.S. government from competing with citizens in the marketplace and so may not make a profit. Communism endows the fascist or communists in charge of that government with ownership and/or control over all property and production. Communism is only a government, rather than a state or nation and knows no borders. Movement of communists (open or secret), and refugees fleeing communism, is a hallmark symptom of its borderless nature (evolution of the dissolution of states into ‘communism’).

This returns us to another issue treated in this blog regarding national democratic socialists. Known as the “SS” in Nazi Germany, they were voted into power when the American stock market crash of 1929 tightened credit and frightened the stretched, but manageable burdens of the Weimaraner government. The SS platform was identical to communist practice, endearing that group to Stalin. Food and jobs were promised, with all potential competitors for these commodities now under government control, to be eliminated. The SS choice for ‘competitor of the ages’ was the Jewish nation. The promotion of a physical archetype called ‘Aryan’, a tall, blond and blue-eyed physiognomy, was counter to the expected physical attributes of most Jews, Romanies, Asians and other undesirables.

In effect, the SS specified a particular type of communist group to envelop the western world, leaving the rest to other fascist ‘races’. In terms of their purported hatred of communists, it was a case of, “Methinks thou dost protest too much.”. Fewer communists were killed in their conquered lands than those nationals believed unable to adopt a ‘one’ group solution. Those nationals were, themselves, likely to have revolted against their own leaders in communist territories. Stalin didn’t mourn those deaths in the least, boasting (not mourning) 20 million War-related deaths among his own army. Fifty thousand members of the SS were left in Stalin’s hands at the close of WWII.

Given this history of the National Socialist Democrats, we are required to look askance at other freshmen members of congress espousing this philosophy along with future candidates operating in this vein. Socialism is not the Keynesian economics of genuine republics nor does it foster nationhood. A nation under seige by foreign entities will put life ahead of an economy but must respect the life of each member. Economics is a tool for free persons to enlarge liberty. Pooled tax revenues make sense to pay for urgently needed goods and services, like schools, a military and an infrastructure for health, safety and transportation needs.

That does not guarantee health care or a car in every garage. A university degree exceeds requirements for ‘funded’, compulsory education. High reimbursement rates per student in a given elementary school district may do more to impoverish taxed property owners than it does to teach Johnny how to read.

Is the BDS movement really a mode of arm-twisting in altering international relations while feeding a ‘deep State’ whereby citizens serve other governments by threats to economic stability mandated by rule? Does Ms. Tlaib want the Palestinians dependent upon the international charity that has prohibited their development of industry? That type of income puts the Palestinian authority in charge of all distribution and management of monies and property, the reason why Egypt and Israel favour the destruction of the homes of convicted Palestinian terrorists. Has there been a new census in the Palestinian Territories of who the descendants of the original 700,000 residents of the area named ‘Palestine’ by Roman legions that sought a return to sovereign Israeli lands? Have some been displaced from ‘Juden-free’ Gaza to make room for millions of others seeking guaranteed incomes and lodgings in return for demonstrated political loyalties?

Free enterprise does not force itself upon consumers. When I buy a product, I research the owners of the company. My liking for soaps made from Dead Sea minerals led to my personal selection of a single vendor from among other companies selling those products. The nation whose members created life around the Dead Sea, where no life existed under nature itself, is rightfully regarded as a creation of members of the ‘Start Up’ nation. I’m responsible for tracking the paths trodden by corporate entities I patronize.

Is there life in the Congressional body of the ‘Upstart Nation’, my name for the youthful United States of America? Elected members of congress are skirting the edges of that law in a dangerous manner. Pointing out unfairness in the actions of Tlaib is laudable, as per Senator Rubio’s remarks. However, statements about the legal challenges inherent to the behavior of congressional representatives is also required. Guided by that 1954 law, the Logan act and the Taylor Force Act, the houses of our legislators might again be shored up to promote life and liberty.

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Dear Senate Judiciary Committee,

October 1st, 2018

Dear Judiciary Committee,

The first Monday of October seems an appropriate day to pose these questions. While admittedly naive in the ways of senate deliberations, my belief in the activities of the Judiciary Committee was that you ensure the means by which our constitutional republic is maintained. I must request you review your own activities in a closed session because there appeared to be gross violations of legal and judicial process, serving only to appease the public mood. Agreed to by the anxious candidate for an esteemed position on our Supreme court, are we viewing Republican or Rino sponsored ( Republican in name only) events unfolding here?

First, Ms. Feinstein should have known that the state where the alleged crime took place has no statute of limitations for sexual violence. Therefore, the District Attorney should have been given this information. That office is empowered to investigate and prosecute crimes under their jurisdiction without the cooperation of the victim. Ms. Ford did not lodge a civil complaint between herself and Judge Kavenaugh. She has made statements alleging a crime took place against the State of Maryland. As there was no interstate criminal activity described, the FBI does not have jurisdiction beyond your own request to conduct interviews.

Procedural mandates under the criminal code makes your choice to open the inquiry to television cameras appear to be a sop to troubled individuals. Having ‘your say’ may momentarily relieve tensions within a segment of the population but you are not psychologists. Sexual violence will only be reduced in frequency when action is taken that holds persons accountable for their deeds.

While Judge Kavenaugh wisely refrained from listening to her statements for immediate response outside a proper legal framework, he still agreed to participate in this violation of a system he has long protected. Held up to the contempt of the public, the judge’s ‘job interview’ instead damaged the system of judicial oversight that balances the legislative and executive branches of leadership. Unless proven, this committee accepted libellous documents that should only have been reviewed in a closed session. I did not listen to the testimony because, at this stage, it is mere slander. There are many support groups for battered women but legal venues are not ‘support’ bodies. They are investigative and must lead to resolutions.

I hope law journals will weigh in with their views (not the Bar Association that today is merely a legal employment agency). Rushing an appointment through for political reasons, subverts the purpose of having the Court advise the States about their legislative and judicial practices. A minority myself, I have been excluded from the Justice system on more than one occasion (noted in this blog). Gross deviations from due process at the top should not be encouraged.

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A Plea Regarding Plea Bargains

September 14th, 2018

Under fascist regimes, arrest rarely meant a trial was forthcoming. In Stalin’s ‘conveyor belt’ of judicial process, the arrestee was told the charge and asked whether he wanted to plead guilty before or after weeks of torture. Then the death sentence was carried out once the signature was applied to the confession.

Our system of plea bargaining is weakened by its informal nature and questionable constitutionality. Further, judges are not bound to agreements between suspects and lawyers, be those D.A.s or defense attorneys. In one famous illustration, Jonathan Pollard leaked information to a friendly government regarding terrorist bases threatening that ally. With that government entitled to the information by treaty, the leak could not be termed treason. Precedents existed with similar cases resulting in prison sentences of three to six years. Rather than face a trial on charges of treason, a plea bargain in line with the precedents was arranged for Mr. Pollard.

The judge threw out the planned deal but accepted the guilty plea. A life sentence was mandated and Mr. Pollard, in very poor health, was paroled after serving thirty years in solitary confinement. Given the nature of our judicial intent, perhaps a plea bargain that is thrown out by a judge should automatically invalidate the fear-induced confession leading to that deal. A trial should then proceed using the lesser charges, agreed to by the prosecutor, who believed those were sufficient at the time of the deal.

Our judges are often at odds with systems that propel suspects directly to confessions and require them to examine the issues piecemeal, outside of a courtroom. I would not want to see judges coerced into the conveyor belt model nor given the option of unilateral decision-making. The nature of a case that cannot be appealed by virtue of studying a trial transcript, severely hampers our democracy. Transcripts tell us truths and uncover perjury. The deals also lead to generations of lawyers who have never practiced real trial law. Without trial experience, we seriously reduce the pool of lawyers who will eventually become judicial candidates.

Its time to challenge the constitutionality of plea bargains from many perspectives.

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Aren’t There Female Engineers in the House?

September 5th, 2018

I head for the best climates of each season and spent this summer visiting several cities in the U.S.A. , not previously on my travel agenda. The males may not want to read further but should be informed that their input how women’s rest rooms are built is inadequate.

Alright, it’s an abject failure!

A glaring error in design, modern toilets empty on an automatic basis. Women are literally sitting over a geyser, and a less than sanitary fountain at that! Travel is inconvenient at best without dealing with rest rooms requiring you bring duct tape and plastic sheeting with you. My creative way to resolve the problem involves post-it notes to rest upon the flush censor or use stickers from children’s toys to paste over the button. There is also simple scotch tape and paper, when TSA hasn’t parted the sharp edge of the tape roll from the other belongings in my backpack.

The year is 2018 and we have space stations, but few women’s bathrooms to safeguard our physical health. Let’s leave the geysers in Yellowstone National Park and allow still bathroom waters to run at our will!

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Advance the Constitution – Our Civil Courts

August 9th, 2018

I live part of each year in the Middle East where the justice system of the nation of Israel has been in development for over 3000 years. Firmly established by the time democracy ultimately combined with a justice system in the Western world, there should be no surprises in the realisation that the United States court system remains an immature one. Still, the effort required to raise United States standards to provide for the equal treatment under the law for all who dwell here, is easily within reach. This post is an outline of how we may advance the constitutional practice of civil law without limiting court access to the poor.

Today, lawyers trust that their colleagues will not allow the justice system to challenge their oratory abilities. Trading the time-honored practice of presenting adversarial positions before the bench, the client is the new adversary in both criminal and civil cases. Accommodating generations of lawyers, who’ve successfully avoided taking cases to trial, speaks volumes regarding a growing contempt for clients.

Like planes over a crowded airport, cases are stacked on high and allowed to circle without landing upon the field of real justice – the courtroom. Judges sign off on deals in criminal cases in a manner not unlike the old Soviet ‘conveyor belt’, where the major decision made is when you pled guilty to any crime other than a capital offence.

Today, civil cases ignore the plaintiffs’ cause of action and defendants’ rights in favor of lawyerly bargaining skills in order to avoid trials. Civil courts have been fully privatized, leaving jurists captive to injustices performed beneath their own noses. Criminal cases are state matters, so defendants are guaranteed legal representation. Civil cases are arguments between individuals and therefore depend solely upon the efforts of private legal practitioners. In the criminal proceeding of “The state versus Horacio Alger”, a court appointed lawyer will bargain for Alger. However, in the civil action of “Horatio Alger versus Ghengis Khan”, Ghengis can win if his privately hired lawyer is capable of tying the case up for years until Horatio dies of his wounds.

Genuine competition in the legal marketplace is needed to return lawyers to the courtrooms in civil matters. Judges must be able to preside over cases that leave precedents instead of agreeing to the sealed settlements that presently comprise the lion’s share of financial ‘wins’ for lawyers. Significant cases can be left to die of old age merely by assuring clients the business is well in hand until the client is informed that the firm is no longer interested in the case. That’s shorthand for, ‘We couldn’t get a settlement offer and won’t go to court’. However, hiring new counsel for aged suits is near to impossible.

Competition for trial cases is easily created with the formation of a new division within the office of the D.A. of each municipality, agreed to by the state legislature. I believe we can restore quality to legal representation through creation of a civil prosecutorial office. Run like most non-profit law firms, suitable salaries and legal costs would be funded through winning case fees, thus ensuring the ongoing livelihood of the division. Clients will have more than one option in hiring and firing lawyers, should the usual run of ‘firm’ attorneys fail to perform in the legally required zealous fashion. Charges to the taxpayer are negligible.

Judges will get off the ‘sign this deal’ conveyor belt, when trial experience again becomes required among lawyers. Judges can help by insisting needless delays are avoided using the precedent known as ‘zealous prosecution’, adding the clause to legal contracts for many firms. It’s not too late for U.S. cities here restore full integrity to the courts.

This program is in review presently in California and Illinois. No law student should graduate expecting not to fulfill the responsibility of presenting cases as per original intent. No lawyer should expect election or appointment to the bench without extensive trial experience and we are running out of prospects for future jurist positions. The D.A. would further impede frivolous suits and pursue cases of perjury where witnesses lie for profit. Others who fear to speak freely may be assisted. Some cases may be deemed criminal, rather than civil, and remanded to the more appropriate division.

It’s past time we ended our teenage years in this country and fulfilled the promise the founders established with the signing of the Constitution in 1791 – not 1776! The country ran without that blueprint until we were satisfied with the framework. Let’s get the roof work finished instead of arguing over the size of the nails! Here’s hoping this nation of upstarts, who believed in freedom, will agree not to jeopardize the liberties granted by a just legal system.

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Dear Senator Rand Paul, regarding the CIA nominee,

March 20th, 2018

I wanted to contact you about your position on the replacement for head of the CIA. A dual national of the USA, along with Israel, the latter (‘start-up nation’) has a position against the use of torture that is generations long. I would hope that the USA, or ‘up-start nation’, would tell Congress that no new head of the CIA would be appointed until the Congress votes to defund Guantanamo Bay.

Have you visited Dachau Concentration Camp museum in Munich yet? The essential basis for this first (1933) camp was not just to kill. The purpose was to train the most educated and civilized group of Europeans to torture and murder. It takes a lot of conditioned fear to get a family man with a college degree to blow the head off of an infant in front of it’s mother. Based upon the 1920 platform of the escapees of the Weinmar Republic based in Brazil, the new SS party would guarantee jobs and food to the German people in a manner promised by traditional communist governments. Like Russia, the SS immediately referred to Jews and other ‘aliens’ (with generational citizenship) as targets for elimination to ensure the adequacy of supplies.

Guantanamo Bay is a modern day Dachau funded with US dollars. Regardless of the desire for revenge upon terrorists, torture so demeans those who do/enable the practice that we prove ourselves a fascist entity through this prison built to teach our educated hirees to torture others. The numbing of human feeling for the tortured has led to tolerance of torture in domestic prisons and even the turning of a blind eye to the huge incidence of preventable diseases in our midst.

Please delay the appointment until the practice so abhorrent to yourself is ended. I’m sure Elisha Weisel of the Simon Weisenthal Foundation would speak to the Senate on this matter. Thank you for your time and effort on behalf of United States’ citizens.

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The Education Burden

February 17th, 2018

Education is a bright spot along a frequently dark spectrum of governmental expenditures. Numerous methods have been utilized to make compulsory schooling – the great equalizer – a viable and vibrant advantage of life in the United States. An education is an advantage not to be lost when circumstances change for an individual. However, the various privileges with which the federal and state governments endow our schools presents new challenges in light of present day realities. Block grants to schools will likely cease or be drastically reduced while state funds will not increase to make up the differential. We must then remember the purposes for mandated school enrollment so changes remain in line with present and future needs, rather than habits of recent years.

Let’s think of users of regular school facilities as consumers of formal education (CFE). Those families who want to create the path by which their children will acquire learning will be termed users of Learning Options (LO).

Among the major worries of purveyors of today’s CFE options are:

1. High property taxes dedicated to the schools in a country concerned with a debt presumed to have driven up personal and business taxes. The sole purpose of federal taxes appears to return monies to the States for earmarked programs and pay interest on borrowed funds. Property taxes for failing schools impede the ability of the elderly on fixed incomes to keep property that took so many years of mortgage payments to own.

2. Submitting one’s children to State control during the school day where everything from medical protocols, (vaccine schedules), to course content is often outside expressed parental desires.

3. Parents who arrange their childrens’ outside contacts via play dates and supervised sports activities are often unable to end bullying by children lawfully ensconced in the same classrooms. Not all teachers are qualified to shape youngsters within groups fundamentally incompatible in learning abilities, personalities and parental visions of the future.

4. Parents must observe large class sizes that hold their children to a slowed learning pace in some areas while curriculum may outpace their children in other portions of learning. An increasing incidence in developmental learning disabilities also alters educational outcomes when teaching methods come in a ‘one size fits all’ package.

5. School boards may fail qualitatively when they believe increased budgets and more seats on school boards are an answer to all problems in education.

6. Curriculums are often dedicated to gaining entry to colleges instead of teaching skills for life and preparation for jobs/careers. Students believe failure to enter a costly two to four year track of university attendance is a personal, life-long censure.

We might add to this list all day long but those dubious of CFE choices need to view these problems in a new light. Rather than address shortcomings in governmental control of education, at least half of American families should prepare to end a means of dependency upon the state by creating their own educational programs, tailored to the personal needs of the family constellation. That would alter the entire nature of compulsory schooling into creative educational models that are approved by, but independent of the State, for children up to the age of sixteen. The teaching profession would cease to apply standard forms of professional models and reliance upon mass-produced text books. Rather, teachers would prepare for careers in state funded schools and/or private home school modules.

How might this revolution, (or devolution), in education work? I propose the period of 2/18 through 8/18 serve as a preparatory period for the new model. Parents interested in notifying their school boards that they plan to withdraw their children from school as of September, 2018 should do so by March 31 of this year. That allows schools to determine their 2018-2019 per capita income immediately for re-tooling of school seats needed in their districts. Should half of the parents with school aged children withdraw from a CFE, numerous schools will prepare for closure and districts will combine their remaining resources. Bussing schedules diminish in number but likely become longer in duration as inner city school children joined perimeter area schools and vice-versa.

Teacher unions would prepare for cuts in school staffing and introduce novel ways to have member teachers hired by home school modules as independent contractors. Tenured teachers would have first choice of public school positions. New insurance and supplemental retirement investments might be invented for both groups.

Parents would have the potential to hire teachers in areas they feel unqualified to supervise, from chemistry to economics. Clergy and graduate students in various universities might add to the pool of paid and voluntary teaching staff in specialized areas such as philosophy. Religion will also be an optional component in the case of LO parents. Special needs children might best be served in magnet public schools, given the prior successes of charter school models funded to educate the disabled. The charter schools might well be disbanded should their staff and areas of expertise be transferred to the public sector.

A four day school week might be adequate for new, smaller class sizes leaving buildings open a fifth day for science labs and school library usage by LO parents, whose taxes remain invested in the CFE model. Principals would have to prepare for a caseload of home schoolers to survey progress in meeting basic competencies. Again, their salaries would reflect that demand as the need for full time principles dwindle in public school facilities.

Text book companies would have new prospects in widening their publishing houses as their old products become less used. I have a vision for an entirely new method of preparing text books and source materials that should be discussed with appropriate investors at a later date.

Parents who have taken upon themselves that hardest job, creating new life and generations of builders, need to own the responsibility of self-determination in education. That does not erase the need to be concerned about the education of your neighbors or for the childless to cease to contribute to the advantages of living in an educated society. Still, this remodeling of education in a manner that can halve costs and reduce taxes, reveals what education means in the most fundamental sense of the word.

While some LO parents may desire their children to gain traditional high school diplomas, others may remove their children from the high school track entirely at sixteen. Eqivalency diplomas may even be earned at sixteen by home schoolers. When colleges and universities adopt an open approach to enrollment – requiring only proof of ability to perform in college classes – the period from 16 to 18 years of age might be taken up with advanced placement classes, internships and/or paid employment to save for college tuition. The teen years abbreviated, self-determination begins with parents and children working together to build a future within and between families with similiar aims.

In summary, adults living in democracies place a great deal of dependency upon the State for child-rearing. That dependency includes the use of school premises for child care and indoctrination in the prevailing culture. Now that literacy rates are near a hundred percent, that degree of dependence upon the State is overblown and detracts from the vision held by the founding fathers. Comining old and new ideologies in education, the next generations of American children will not need to be divided by prevailing educational gaps. Concerned parents invested in the public school classrooms ought to ensure that a parent volunteer is present in every room on a daily basis before taking issue with school board decisions. Common core lessons taught by computer technology ought to be heard by parents as well. Otherwise, those lessons might as well be performed at home and reduce school budgets.

Barbara Rubin, M.A.

Former teacher and author of the free booklet, ‘A Fearless Classroom’ at Lulu dot com.

Author of the Amazon Kindle thriller, ‘The Escargot Series’

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Palestinian Syndrome – Do You Suffer From It?

November 11th, 2017

Newspapers devote a great deal of column space to the Middle East for good reason. Political and judicial freedoms began there when the nation of Israel stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai – prior to gaining land borders – and created a revolutionary set of new laws. Those laws went far beyond the seven Noahide rules (1) and well beyond even the ten commandments. A democratically elected judiciary was formed and military service was mandated on the part of each tribe for the period required to gain the land later named for the nation of Israel.

Four or five occupations (2) later, depending upon your starting date for a timeline of activity in the land of Israel, the destruction of the second Temple was accompanied by a brand new phenomenon. The prevailing empire of Rome changed the name of the land to Philistinia (Palestine) so that the name and ways of Israel might be forever erased. With the memory of Jerusalem carried throughout the next two millennia by multiple groups, the 1948 resumption of self-governance by Israel within a portion of those ancient lands, was accompanied by the need to attend to those still carrying the label of ‘Palestinian’ (3). Largely a people who had functioned under the Ottoman Empire, this group of traders had relied upon profits earned through supplying settlers, soldiers and pilgrims with needed goods and services. Coinage was minted only after the British Mandatory was in control. No central Palestinian authority existed until they became a counter-influence alongside of the re-established Israeli government. The Palestinian Authority, an offshoot of the terrorist Al Fatah movement, exists today as head of a failed state, unwilling to attain financial independence from their United Nations designated status as generational refugees.

Rabbi Yishai Fleisher listed numerous options soon to be brought into play that will grant Palestinians paths to citizenship within a number of nations/countries in a N.Y. Times editorial (4). The futures of the Palestinian children will be different than that of their parents and grandparents. However, that does not address the problems of others suffering from ‘Palestinian Syndrome’. Other national groups have been re-named in the past two centuries so that their individuality would be subsumed under new labels or altered borders. This represents efforts to offset anticipated economic hardships or counter planned economic sabotage. Economics became the basket terminology used by persons silenced by fascists able to convince a large majority of passive individuals to relinquish all rights of ownership and land usage to a threatening patriarchal form of government. In order to promote a sense of ‘parity’ among uniformly threatened citizens, feudal structures were revised diminishing ownership rights entirely in favour of ‘communist’ communities forming to pacify fascists with promises of productivity and passivity. In direct opposition to the demand by free market proponents to define a standard for ‘living’ while creating the means for fiscal mobility within all strata of society, various new versions of ‘Palestinians’ were created on every continent.

The European Union replaced national identities among its former constituent nations in the name of socialism. Pooling resources to prevent loss of access to food and shelter as experienced during WWII permitted the ways of the former European nations to become diluted and forgotten with the influx of genuine migrants needing temporary support. An even larger group of permanent dependents was established, meant to drain both culture and money from the new entity. Communism expanded westward from Eastern Block countries created at the Potsdam conference (5), thereby proving that self-determination has been an extremely rare phenomenon in the Western World. The awarding of any lands to Stalin as a prize for not siding with Hitler is a warning to all nations. After the most highly educated of European societies had become debased, communist ideals of food and jobs replaced the goals of the vastly individualized European identities. Those wearied of the crimes committed by neighboring states dreaming only of conquest failed to realize they would soon conquer themselves via this view of freedom as a mere chess game for the few to play.

England will never forget their origins and painful evolution into a premier world power. With EU (6) membership pending for several Balkan nations, Greek Cyprus and even Turkey, the UK wisely brexited. However, England’s panicking dependents holding UK passports will hopefully soon remember why they didn’t profit from unification with the EU. Nonetheless, English identity suffered heavily on that island with large numbers suffering from ‘Palestinian Syndrome’. Who is a citizen of the UK and do they possess the rights and responsibilities formerly accorded the English?

Born in Washington Heights, New York, I’ve witnessed how the body of laws formulated by the Continental Congress (7) of the United States of America came to be replaced with the dubious name of our continent – America. Americans tolerate everything from torture (with deficit spending funding Guantanomo Bay prison, built along the lines of Dachau’s SS training camp) to the open support of criminal aliens serving either themselves or foreign governments. Given the fact that the United States legal code stood for freedom of speech and movement by populations desiring mobility of location and class, our administrations even created agencies to warn citizens of encroaching harm (e.g. EPA, NSA, NIH, HHS). I’m unsure why people prefer to be ‘good Americans’ rather than United States citizens looking after the welfare of our respective states and our neighbors. Told by many that the cause is ‘debt’, I remain at a loss to understand why we should become American Palestinians living as refugees under foreign lenders.

We now boast the capability of meeting subsistence standards for living without requiring rites of human sacrifice reminiscent of Gallipoli or Stalin’s killing spree of twenty million Russians during WWII. Few would have a hard time believing that war alone was responsible for the ethnic and political cleansing accomplished during that period of Russian history. Numerous genocides (8) have followed from the starvation of 45 million Chinese duringMao’s reign in the 1960s to those recorded in Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur and Bosnia during successive decades. How to record excessive death rates from preventable disease and infant mortality remains a chronic problem to this day. For those deprived of fresh air, sustenance and shelter within our many poisoned cities, only beds in psychiatric wards are offered to individuals left with a fig leaf and a bloody scarf over an invisible head wound. Why are our records so amorphous, as though our neighbors were not ‘ours’ and our governments strangers to their constituents?

‘Palestinian Syndrome’ explains much of the above phenomenon. The belief your passport does not represent you or your government is not unusual today. The behaviour of individuals has altered greatly with declining intra-national viewpoints and visions of brighter futures across multiple nations. Representing only oneself through iiiiiidentification with a religion, profession, or business enterprise provides a degree of consolation among increased fears in a terror-ridden world. Desired anonymity in a large crowds kwas common in tyrannical societies but aggression in the form of terror led to the reality of being known by rulers and/or leaders tracking hazards. No longer lost in the big city or the vastness of rural countrysides, we will have to ally ourselves with strong pasts, diminished presents and visions of a level of self-determination dreamt of by only a limited number of surviving populations of strongly shared purpose.

The need for those with visions of a shared future may be likened to the basic need for literacy. Should children ha e to be home schooled due to severe budget cuts, what would you teach in your Social Studies units about the realities of living in your community? What laws apply or does the legal profession only represent interests foreign to your region? How do you cover truth in philosophy an hour after reading the newspaper? Some of the material will be true for some families and not true for others. Reality can’t be treated with all due respect unless the facts are plainly dealt like cards at a poker table.

I hope readers will ask themselves tonight whether you are Palestinians or nationals of your region. Establishing that relationship with your leadership will advance all regional populations in planning for present and future aggressions. Were we to divide up wars in terms of their purposes, we might begin with Wars of Independence, like the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 in the United States. That is in direct opposition to Wars of Dependence (9) like the American Civil War. In that latter example, southern ties to European cotton markets vied with northern insistence upon internal strength and economic unity to remain ‘in house’. Competing interests should be identified and regrouping of misplaced interests performed prior to the house to house fighting seen in Syria. Syria is well able to point at their own Palestinian problem while we remain in denial.

War, like coffee, appears to be brewing everywhere.

References:

(1)Noahide rules: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-seven-noachide-laws

(2)Early challenges/occupations of Jerusalem: https://www.science.co.il/israel-history/ https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/timeline-for-the-history-of-jerusalem-4500-bce-present

(3)Origins of the Palestinian Authority: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Palestinian-Authority

(4)Editorial on future solutions to Palestinian problems in Gaza:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/opinion/a-settlers-view-of-israels-future.html

(5)Potsdam Conference: https://history.state.gov/milestones/1937-1945/potsdam-conf ; http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/decade17.asp

(6)EU membership: https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/countries_en

(7)Continental Congress of the USA: https://history.state.gov/milestones/1776-1783/continental-congress

(8)Modern genocides: http://endgenocide.org/learn/past-genocides/ ; http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/maos-great-leap-forward-killed-45-million-in-four-years-2081630.html

(9)Wars of Dependence: http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/161/cotton-in-a-global-economy-mississippi-1800-1860

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Touristas and Baristas

August 29th, 2017

There is a helpful website for tourists about the nature of crimes perpetrated against travellers, sponsored by the University of Albany. The conclusions were drawn by a 2017 conference obviously thrown together in an effort to keep the job-rich tourist industry thriving, rather than merely surviving. Global unrest has many persons taking ‘stay-cations’ where the plan is to remain within a day’s travel from home. The expenses involved in extended travel might just as well be avoided should you happen to live in a stimulating region of your country.

The website was obviously created by officials anxious to keep down crime and see that travellers are assisted in pressing charges against perpetrators. Most visitors have to return to work and can’t handle the expenses of a return trip to appear in court. Florida developed a program that funds return trips for that purpose while another travel mecca has arranged for video-teleconferencing to be done in lieu of a personal appearance before a judge.

Crime statistics may be used by travellers to select desirable destinations. However, what happens when a location only sounds ‘idyllic’ to visit? Perhaps the crime statistics are low because reports aren’t being made. This form of censorship is a second victimization of the tourist involved in a crime and misrepresents the resort area. Most people take extra precautions to visit a place with a recognized level of crime (think San Francisco and Chicago), knowing that local law enforcement is on the job. New York’s finest is quite responsive to local problems.

Cyprus, not so much.

This is your Alan King-type traveler, (see his books about what may befall a tourist), who has previously reported on some fairly strange happenings in my journeys. As a renter, costs of fuel and other utilities makes following the sun desirable in winter months. Therefore, I find myself in places like Cyprus when spring has not yet sprung in my regular haunts. Unfortunately, I found myself in the unenviable situation of being a crime victim without police assistance and took the simple, if not easy, way out. I did nothing, an action that cost around $500 and a bit of my self-respect. The money is a significant amount on a fixed income. While I can’t replace my broken Apple mini-tablet, I can restore my sense of justice with a few key strokes of this new Lenovo lap-top.

Let’s take this step by weird step.

(1) I hate to shop. I mean I really hate to drag myself from store to store because it means there’s something I need that’s not to be found on my shelves. My income require bargain hunting, meaning more shops have to be visited. Last May, I was in Cyprus for the pleasant climate, great beaches and low-cost hotel rooms. At some point, a shopping excursion was needed and I took a bus into down-town Lanarca.

(2) The town is old and the sidewalks have high, old-fashioned curbs. While approaching a crosswalk, another woman took that opportunity to spray herself with a perfume atomizer. Medically savvy persons classify those as atomic bombs to be dropped upon persons with asthma and I promptly started coughing as droplets blew my way in the spring breeze. My foot slipped and I fell into the road, my ribs taking a nasty hit. Winded, I lay there with my purse and shopping bag right underneath my body.

(3) A large, black Ford SUV rounded the curb at rather distressing speed. My reflexes kicked in and I rolled out of the way, narrowly avoiding being hit. The car rolled over my belongings and stopped just ahead of the flattened remnants of my electronics, with the car’s wheels coming to a stop in front of a barrier-gate to a parking lot. I grabbed my bruised ribs and finished clearing my lungs from their trip to ecstasy.

(4) The rear lights of the car suddenly shone brightly and ‘Christine’ began backing up. In my direction. My screams for the police were likely heard in the Turkish section of the island although no-one showed up with a hookah and Fez to rescue this traveller. My screams did bring the car to a stop and a youthful male head with dark hair and a moustache appeared out the window. “I didn’t see you!”, it cried. I truly hoped he hadn’t. The experience was too reminiscent of the spate of car-rammings going on world-wide and I preferred to avoid that in this spring paradise. I rolled back to my belongings and mentally prepared a funeral for the Apple mini-pad. My cans of salmon looked like they’d stock easily in a cabinet now that they were square. What would the new shape mean for vacuum packaging, anyway? Gathering my wits, the next sentence out of my mouth was a bit more appropriate to the situation. “Call a cop, please!” I’d only been there two days and hadn’t yet gotten a local SIM card for my unlocked phone. Dented, but not daunted, a small cell-phone was still useable but SIM-less at the moment.

(5) The driver got out of the car and looked down. A long way down. ‘Get up and we’ll go to the police. I’ll take you.’ My reply was simple. “I’m not getting into a car with you. Phone somebody to come here and take a report.” I used the phone to take photos of the car, license plate and driver for the record. The driver was evidently not happy with my reply and actions because he got back into his car and left the scene of the accident. Still dazed, I’m not sure I actually saw a flip of his finger but may have been mistaken. Nonetheless, he was gone as he raised the gate to the lot and moving forward.

(6) I slowly got to my feet, hurting significantly. My budget for the week was also gone now with the damaged supermarket goods. Not having a phone or funds for a taxi-cab, I grabbed a local bus to the airport where I knew there was a police station open all day, every day. There, I approached the office where a sole officer sat next to a facsimilie machine and showed him my battered tablet. After explaining the events, the officer began to talk about the necessity for a visit to the traffic department downtown. My ribs hurting and my purse empty, I asked whether the report forms might be faxed. “No, you have to go to the office and… .” He droned on, listing a few required actions that I was equally unable to perform so I raised my voice to be heard over his in order to explain that no other actions were possible. He interpreted that as hostile, despite my explaining I had a disability and was unable to manage the tasks mentioned. “How dare you raise your voice to an officer of the law!”, he shouted. He rose, looming over my five-foot frame and continued to berate my temerity. I answered in the only manner remaining on the ‘safe’ menus of replies. “Then you won’t hear my voice again.” That set off a flurry of questions to which I merely nodded or shook my head. His rage mounting, I packed my bags and waited by the door for dismissal.

(7) Returning to the airport floor, I bought a ticket out of Cyprus good for the next day. There is no point to remaining in a place alone when you have no recourse to legal means of redress. The mini-pad was heavily cracked with shards of glass sticking inside the workings but it powered up enough for my downloading of the photos taken of the perpetrator. I looked up the email addresses of three places and began writing the day’s events to the traffic police station downtown and the United States Embassy in Nicosia. Resting in the airport lounge, I was well enough the next day to implement my travel plans.

(8) Two days later, I replaced the tablet with a low-cost Lenovo lap-top. I still can’t get apps in there to contact my bank and other important places but at least I’m able to email and read the news. The U.S. Embassy had contacted traffic and those police officers dragged the perpetrator in for questioning, but took no action because I wasn’t there to prosecute. That meant no accident report with payment forthcoming for damages from the driver’s insurance. That also means one less report of a crime happening, to the detriment of Greek Cyprus which is soon to join the EU.

I hope this has been of help to readers on two levels. First, to raise awareness that ‘crime’ reporting starts with victims or the statistics will be entirely skewed. Next, to encourage the degree of self-governance required to maintain an area’s relationship with the law. Ancient Rome destroyed Israel’s center of justice, the second Temple and then renamed the nation ‘Palestine’ so that the name and ways of Israel would disappear from memory forever. When we fail to pursue justice, we treat the United States as if it were merely a renamed land mass called ‘America’. In a prior blog note about terrorism at Gatwick airport, I felt as though England had been renamed the ‘UK’ when my report was dismissed – though with thanks, rather than recriminations.

Has your nation been renamed lately?

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