Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I had the flu once, back in 1973...

      It had been a rather cold winter that year plus I had definitely burned the candle at both ends -- working late every night at the local folk-music coffee house, getting up early to take my daughter Ruby off to pre-school five days a week, spending weekdays over in San Francisco's Castro District as a docent at the Upper Market Street Gallery, hanging out with the Floating Lotus Magic Opera crew at the Woolsey Street House, playing on the Caffè Mediterraneum soccer team and spending time at the Albatross, the Midnight Sun, Brennan's and dancing to Commander Cody at Mandrake's whenever my parents could babysit.  Plus I had a Tibetan Buddhist boyfriend named Peter and also demonstrated against the corrupt Republican government in Washington during my spare time.

     And it was always cold during the winter of 1973.  And I was always exhausted.  So I dragged myself and little Ruby down to Puerto Vallarta for two glorious weeks in the sun on the beach at Yelapa.

     We got as far as San Diego before the flu struck.

     Good grief, do I remember having that flu.  And I vowed never to get the flu ever again.  And I haven't.  And it wasn't because of having no damn flu shots either.

     "Your mind wants to keep going going going like a robot," someone told me back then, "but your body needs rest.  So your mind and your body have a big struggle over this and your mind always loses -- because your body simply goes out on strike.  And that's exactly what a flu is.  It's your body going on strike until it finally gets to rack up more hours in bed than your mind thinks that it needs.  That's why, ultimately, there is no real prevention technique for the common cold.  Or for the flu either."

     "But what about germs!" I replied.

     "Flu germs are constantly with us, 24/7.  Constantly.  They are everywhere.  But they can only actually get to us when our body's defenses are down."


     So from that day to this, I have always made sure that my body has no real reason to go on strike.  And I never got the flu again.

PS:  It also helps a lot that I also wash my hands.  Back in the day, when terrible diseases were rampant, the average American worker avoided baths, lived in unimaginable squalor, had no proper sewage or indoor toilets, survived on bread and potatoes alone and worked 15 hours a day, seven days a week.  No wonder diseases were rampant.

     Thus it sort of pisses me off that Big Pharma is taking all the credit for stopping all their big long lists of hundreds of diseases -- when soap and water (and those brave labor unions that gave us the weekend) are often the real stars of the show.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Crazy Rich Saudis: Weird new happenings in The Kingdom

     After a whole shite-load of oil was discovered under the desert sands of Arabia (and long after Lawrence of Arabia had turned in his camel), unimaginable mountains of moolah started pouring into the treasury of the royal House of Saud.

     Back then, wealthy Saudi princes merely contented themselves with having huge harems, buying up Manhattan real estate, sending their sons to Oxford and buying Paris high couture burkas for their daughters.  However, after a while this playboy vida loca lifestyle seemed to get boring and these rich Saudi princes decided to try their hands at becoming a superpower instead.  "We've got the money.  Why not?"

     But they went about it all wrong. 

     Instead of heeding the teachings of Mohammed [PBUH], they heeded the teachings of Lewis Carroll instead.  "Off with their heads!" they cried.  No no no!  That's not how you become a superpower.  Trust me. -saudi-prince-helicopter- crash/

     America has already traveled down that slippery slope and look what happened to us -- broke, decaying internally, morally bankrupt and despised by the rest of the world.  "Off with their heads" can only be taken so far in life.  Doesn't anybody read DC Comics any more or go to Spiderman movies?  A true superpower uses its powers for good.

    The Saudis first entered the superpower arena when they got all tied up in the 1990 Gulf so-called "war".  Massacring thousands of Iraqis for fun and profit?  Yummers!  So much more exciting than buying fleet-loads of Bugattis and Ferraris.  But what next?  Buying all those 9-11 "pilots" of course.  Then along came al Qaeda and ISIS, the princes' new toys after that.  Isn't it amazing what money can buy?  Their billions and trillions even purchased them an alliance with murderous Israeli neo-colonialists so that the Saudis too could bomb Gaza (and score all-access passes to Tel Aviv's nightclubs as well as testing their new weapons on people who couldn't fight back).

     What a shame.  All that money -- now wasted on terror and death.

     But wait, things have just gotten even worse in The Kingdom.  ISIS is now a hot mess and Yemenis are heroically pushing back against the Saudis' genocide-for-oil campaign.  And now Arabia's crazy-rich princes are actually fighting each other as well as fighting Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Armani, Prada and the Green Party.  Yikes!

     In the past month alone, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been jailing Saudi princes, assassinating Saudi princes and generally shouting "Off with their heads!" to any and all princes who stand in his way.

     It's not easy being a crazy rich Saudi these days.  However, being a world superpower without a conscience isn't easy either.  Just ask America.


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Sunday, November 05, 2017

Madam Jane predicts -- nothing!

    "I'm all confused about the future," I complained to Madam Jane this morning over a nice cup of herb tea.  "Do you see anything in your crystal ball that can guide me?  Should I travel off somewhere to report on the news?  Should I stay at home and chill out?  And what should I do over Christmas?"

     "Sorry," replied Madam Jane.  "I've got nothing."  You've got nothing?  Zilch?  Nothing at all?  There's no future for me?  Wha?

     I'd love to go down to Puerto Rico and help out.  I'd love to go off to the Philippines to see how that new anti-colonial president is doing.  A trip to Syria is always good.  America and Israel always keep saying that they are closing in on Assad.  Yeah, right.  Seems to me like just another lame excuse to pour more of our taxpayers' money down an already-very-clogged drain.  America's "war" on Syria is just as useless and cruel now as its "war" on Vietnam was useless and cruel back in the day.  America has no business in Syria.  But I have!

     Maybe I could go off to Juarez.  Lots of hot news there about what those NAFTA criminals are up to this time around.  Maybe I could go to Flora-duh.  Or to Washington DC and watch Joe McCarthy's ghost deck the halls.  Or else try once again to sneak into poor sweet Yemen to report on the ugly Saudi/US-driven genocide there.  Or go to almost any place in Africa.  There is such a large number of places in America's worthless has-been outdated dying undemocratic brutal and stupid empire that could use a good op-ed reporter right now -- and I am the best!

     "Sorry," replied Madam Jane.  "The stars are just not aligned in your favor."  And neither is my bank account either.  Maybe I should just hang around here in the San Francisco Bay Area this winter -- which seems to be the only sane place left in the world.

     "Yes, I can see the Bay Area seceding from the rest of the planet," replied Madam Jane.  "Perhaps you might actually have a future here."   Sounds boring.  But I'll take it.  Think globally, act locally?  Better that than no future at all. 

PS:  If I really wanted to write about some of the many lives that have been ruined by the decaying American empire, I would only have to walk down the mean streets of any American city to see thousands of human beings who have been broken by a cruel system that puts the twin evils of power and money above everything else -- and especially above the teachings of Christ, Buddha, Moses, Mohammad and just about everyone else I respect.

PPS:  Maybe I'll just have a merry little Bay Area Christmas this year and take public transportation to the Dickens Fair, the KPFA Christmas crafts fair, the Union Square tree-lighting ceremony and, in the spirit of Jesus, to all the away-in-a-manger homeless encampments that are springing up like mushrooms around here.  And perhaps I'll even buy a tree.  And celebrate Hanukkah, Buddha's birthday, the Hindu Festival of Lights, Mohammad's birthday and any other religious celebration that I can think of. 

     You can never have too many celebrations of hope -- especially when Madam Jane is currently staring off into the void and muttering, "No future.  No future at all.  I see nothing."


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Monday, October 30, 2017

Zionist bullies: Congress is terrified of them -- and I am too!

     Back in the day, a Zionist used to be someone who thought that creating a Jewish state in Palestine (or elsewhere) might be a really good idea.

     Israeli and American Zionists today, however, are a whole different kettle of fish.  Hell, you can't even describe them as Jewish any more (sure, they still wear yarmulkes -- but only to show off).  The Jewish prophet Micah, world-renowned for his intense love of Justice, must be rolling over in his grave right now.  And as for Moses, the very first Jew to use a stone to Tweet "Thou shalt not kill or steal"?  After watching Dayan, Sharon, Netanyahu and all those treasonous dual-citizenship Zionists in Washington take the Lord's name in vain again and again (and again), our Moses must be seriously pissed off. 

     I myself have been bullied by modern-day Zionists and, trust me, it is definitely not a Jewish thing that they do.  Emphatically not a mitzvah.

    For instance, in the past year alone, Zionists have libeled me extensively on the internet, slandered me in person, posted obscenities on my FB page, arranged for me to be denied entry into occupied Palestine, tried to get my landlord to evict me, manhandled me painfully, wrongfully accused me of practicing law without a license (I'm a notary public), accused me of being too old (!) and even falsely reported me for tax evasion -- simply because I went on FaceBook and protested injustices in Palestine.

     But all the terrible bullying and stalking that I've listed above is just one small account of what has happened to only me alone, just one of over 300 million Americans, just a grandmother, a retiree -- basically a nobody with hardly no influence at all.  Even my own children don't listen to me!

     And if Zionists take all this trouble to do all these terrible things to just little old me, then you can probably imagine what kind of hard-core gangsta leans they must be putting on people who actually do have any influence -- such as our members of Congress, our judges, our generals, our governors and even our presidents:

     Actually, our entire American government at every single level seems to be terrified of Zionists -- and with very good reason.  Government representatives all know for sure that unless they chose Zionists' and Israeli neo-colonialists' best interests over choosing what is best for America, then they will never get re-elected.  But our government guys aren't the only ones who are terrified of Zionists.  

     College professors are terrified of saying anything against Zionists, scared out of their wits that they might become the next Denis Rancourt or Norman Finkelstein -- both fired for speaking out against the brutal and illegal occupation of Palestine.

     Victims of Hurricane Harvey are scared out of their wits that if they don't sign an agreement to make Israeli Zionists their new BFFs, then they won't get any government aid.

     The American media is scared out of its wits to print anything even remotely truthful about how much influence Zionists have had in orchestrating the ghoulish slaughter of folks in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Iran, etc.  Instead, our ultra-bullied media only talks about Russia's imaginary influence here -- with no mention at all of Israeli Zionists' death-grip on America's political balls.  That's just crazy.  I've never had to worry about any Russians threatening Congress, sinking the USS Liberty, trying to get me evicted or chasing me down the street.

     And all the rest of us Americans are scared out of our wits too, especially when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance -- scared that we will be accused of being anti-Semitic if we support American interests over the interests of Zionists.  "Never take a knee against Israel," we have all learned the hard way.

     So far, American taxpayers have spent approximately eleven trillion dollars trying to support the hot mess that Zionists have created in the Middle East -- so far.  Now that's scary!

     We Americans get all up-in-arms when our children are bullied at school, right?  And yet when Zionists bully our senators and judges and presidents, Americans don't even seem to notice -- let alone care.

PS:  How come Mueller didn't indict Netanyahu too?  Or that guy who owns all those casinos in Vegas and Macao?  Or any one of those PNAC traitors in DC who drooled over the mere thought of having a "new Peal Harbor" and practically danced the Hora on 9-11?  Or just about anyone in AIPAC.  Or both Bush conspirators or the Clintons or Obama or Trump.  C'mon, Mueller.  Dig a little deeper here.  Make the prophet Micah proud.


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Friday, October 20, 2017

Toronto, Canada: The new melting pot

     Thanksgiving is coming up pretty soon, right?  Pilgrims and Indians, turkeys and pumpkin pies.  So now might be a good time to ask ourselves, "Why did the Pilgrims come over here in the first place?"  Let us review.

     It was cold and wet and rainy on Plymouth Rock back in 1621 and there was no WalMart and no AirBnB.  Pilgrims must have been out of their minds to come here!  So why did they come?  Pilgrims came here because Britain was a hot mess back in the day.

     Today, Americans just love to go visit Merry Old England and I myself totally look forward to the annual San Francisco Dickens Christmas Faire every year.  But Britain wasn't like that back when the Pilgrims left it -- way before Prince what's-his-name married Kate Middleton.

     No, the Pilgrims left Britain because they were forced to.  It was a matter of life and death.  They were basically refugees.  And a whole bunch of other refugees from all over Europe followed them here later -- and America became a huge melting pot of ideas, cultures and religions.

     But now the New World's melting pot has moved to Toronto.  Everywhere I look here, I see people from foreign lands who, like the original Pilgrims, also came to seek refuge from the craziness of their former homelands.  But there is a really big difference between the 1621 Pilgrims and the 2017 Toronto refugees -- and the difference is clear.

      Every single refugee in Toronto (and there are thousands and thousands of them from all over the entire world) is here in Toronto today for one reason and one reason only:  Because their own home country has been systematically attacked, invaded, bombed, infiltrated, irradiated, impoverished, stolen and/or devastated by the USA.

PS:  Back in 1620, American Indians were perfectly happy to live where they lived -- until the Europeans came, that is.  Not such a hot Thanksgiving for them, now was it?  More like a Halloween.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Disaster victim? Need help? Too bad for ya!

Here's a poem I just wrote:

     Hurricanes, wildfires and floods -- oh my! 
     "Help Help Help!" you mournfully cry.
     "You're on your own," our corporatized government replies.
     "We gots other uses for your dollar supply."

     Wait, what?  Exactly what other uses are our corporatized government talking about?  "Don't we pay out our hard-earned tax dollars so that our government will have enough money saved up to be able to help us out in emergencies like these -- sort of like paying into an insurance policy and then expecting a return?"  You might think that.  And you would be wrong.

      Fire destroyed your home?  Obsessed gunmen shot up your kids?  Floods made a wreck of your new carpet?  Hurricanes stole your front porch?  Too bad for ya.  All your tax dollars have gone off to Wall Street and War Street.  None left for you.  Get over it.

     Currently, our tax dollars are going almost exclusively toward making America's billionaires even richer than they now are.  "Crazy Rich Americans."  Sorry, but you ain't never gonna get your hands on that $$$ again -- even though it was originally yours in the first place.  Trickle-up economics.  Sucks to be you.

     And it sucks to be living in the Middle East too, BTW.  Americans now look on in horror at the brutal firestorms raging through NorCal.  And yet nightmare firestorms like these are an everyday occurrence in places like Iraq, Libya, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine, Afghanistan, etc. -- thanks to America's very own masters of "war".

PS:  I'm up here in Toronto at a convention of murder-mystery readers and writers.  But there's really no great mystery about who is murdering America's national budget.  See above.

PPS:  Toronto is the ultimate melting pot for all kinds of races, ethnicities and cultures.  "There are at least 120 languages spoken here," someone just told me.  I didn't even know that there even were 120 languages.
    "And Toronto is one of the safest cities in the entire world."  Muslims on every street corner, Blacks and Asians everywhere you look -- as well as a hecka lot of White people.  And everyone gets along just fine.

     And the police here don't need or want to dress up like Robocops and/or ride around in tanks.  And nobody here tries to blow up anything or shoot up stadiums or schools either.

     So what's my point?  How come, after America spends so much money making "war" on so many countries on the other side of the globe, that somehow America's "wars" always seem to come home to roost in America?  Perhaps Canadians have a better idea.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

"Road Trip to Damascus": My new online book-launch party!

     "How exactly does one go about writing a book," you might ask.  It's easy.  Write about something you know.  Write 500 words a day until you have a whole bunch of pages.  Get it published.  Sit back and be all proud of yourself.  But then comes the fun part -- throw yourself an online book-launch party including digital confetti, digital balloons and even digital cake!  Then invite all of your friends.

     Yes, I really did just finish writing my very first murder-mystery.  Yes, it is now available on Amazon and Kindle.  Yes, it has a hot new cover photo of me being far ahead of the current punk trend by dying my hair black, way back in 1965 (Abby on NCIS eat your heart out).  And, yes, the book is reasonably priced.  And interesting.  And fun.  Do please buy it now. 

PS:  I'll soon be leaving for this year's BoucherCon book convention in Toronto, and will be trying to get all the murder-mystery lovers there to buy my book too.  Wish me luck.

PPS:  Here' the blurb on the back of my book:

     How in the world can we expect a relatively naïve (and unarmed) soccer mom from suburban Virginia to be able to take on the meanest and most powerful super-villain in history—and then actually live to tell the tale?  And how can she also find time to search across the entire planet for a missing physics professor on the run for his life?  And can she also get her kids to soccer practice on time….

     As Marcy travels from city to city across the globe while desperately attempting to save Professor Ayyad and his earth-shattering new discovery that could change the international balance of power forever, our heroine is obviously into this mix way over her head.  
    These daunting tasks seem impossible for Marcy to accomplish—as she struggles to survive a dangerous mission that resembles playing "Where's Waldo" with the Devil.  But unfortunately she is the only person available who can save the professor, bring down an evil empire and even return to suburban Virginia before anyone in her family notices that she is gone.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Saudi Arabia: House Arab or field Arab?

    "Black Lives Matter" is a slogan that is frequently used in America today.  But do Black lives really matter in America right now?  Probably not.

     And also, do Arab lives in the Middle East matter either?  Clearly not.

      But what about all those rich dudes in Saudi Arabia?  Will all their crazy-rich moola save them from ultimately being seen as just a better-dressed version of "raghead" by the West, where Islamophobia is rank?  Do Saudi lives really matter?  Or are the Saudis only there to serve Western leaders their sweet tea before being sent back out to pick cotton again? 

PS:  Between the massacres in Yemen, Gaza, Mosul, Raqqa and Las Vegas as well as the callous treatment of victims of Irma, Maria and Harvey, one beings to wonder if any human life matters any more.


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Friday, September 29, 2017

Israel: From the "You gotta be kidding me" department....

     Believe it or not, Yahoo News just ran with the following headline: "Israel is Going to War in Syria to Fight Iran".  Then the article goes on to say, "Israeli officials believe that Iran is winning its bid for dominance in the Middle East."  Yeah, duh!

     Of course Iran is winning that bid -- winning it hands down, taking the trick without even trying.  And why?  Just think for a minute.  Why would anyone in their right mind in the Middle East even consider wanting Israel to be the dominant force in the Middle East when everyone there clearly sees what Israeli neo-colonialists have done to the Arabs in Gaza -- and now have in mind for them too. 

     After seeing exactly what abominable horrors go on once Israeli neo-colonialists get their hands on your turf, Arabs have no choice but to fight tooth and nail to keep this nightmare from happening to them too.  Good grief, can you blame them?

      As the Biblical prophet Micah once said, "A little bit of love and justice goes a long way."  And in this case, a little bit of dominance by the sadists in Tel Aviv goes a really really long way.  Would you seriously want the butchers of Sabra and Shatilla to get their hands on your home town?  With Yom Kippur upon us, how can these creepy gonifs even have the chutzpah to claim to be Jewish!

     Would you really want to invite these dudes to your party?  Might as well just invite Freddy Kreuger.

     And speaking of nightmares, who the freak on this entire freaking planet would ever want to invite America to their party either?  Everyone in this world with any kind of a TV set saw in glorious living color exactly what happened to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Honduras, Chile, Ukraine, Libya -- and even freaking Puerto Rico -- after America arrived at their party without an invitation.  "Nightmare on Elm Street"?  Nah, global nightmare.  Eat your heart out, Freddy!

     Why would anyone on earth ever want America to be the "dominant power" here either? 


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Monday, September 25, 2017

There's a McCarthyism app for that: Jumping on the anti-Russian bandwagon

     Did we learn nothing from the 1950s horrors created by Senator Joe McCarthy, the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee and that stupid disaster euphemistically called The Cold War?  Apparently not.  I don't know about you but I myself never want to live through that sorry-arsed shite ever again.  I'd rather eat worms.

     And do we really want a whole new generation of American children to spend their entire childhoods hiding under their desks at school, thinking that duck-and-cover will save them from nuclear attacks and having nightmares about atomic bombs -- when all this neo-McCarthyism is a made-up danger meant to sell weapons and further unmanly political gains -- just like the original McCarthyism was?

     Russia saved Syria from ISIS.  We should be proud of Putin, be glad to have him as an ally and not turn him into a villain when anyone who bothers to do even a modicum of research can easily find out that it was America that sponsored ISIS.  Geez Louise.

     And then there's this:  Israel tampered with our 2016 elections  Israel tampered with our 2014 elections.  Israel tampered with our 2012 elections.  Israel tampered with our 2010 elections.  Israel tampered with our 2008 elections.  Israel tampered with our 2006 elections.  Israel tampered with our 2004 elections.  Israel tampered with our 2002 elections -- and Israel also tampered with our humongous post-9-11 policy disasters.  How come no one is screaming bloody murder about Israel these days? 

    Saudi Arabia is a horrid dictatorship -- one that makes Putin look like freaking Saint Theresa.  So are we starting a New Cold War with the Saudis?  Don't make me laugh.

    And why the freak is America spending trillions of dollars in Afghanistan now -- as well as in the past 16 bloody gruesome gory unproductive years?  According to journalist Caleb Maupin, it's to give Russia trouble.  Do we really need to spend trillions on giving Putin a headache?  When it is you and I who are  getting the headache instead?

     "Russia Russia Russia."  America sounds like the Brady Bunch. 

     Do you really wanna poke at the Russian Bear -- who would much rather just stay in its cave and hibernate?  Well then go on ahead.  But don't be surprised when the Russian Bear (and the Chinese Bear and the Iranian Bear too) gets pissed off, comes out of hibernation and bites you in the arse.  But, unfortunately, it will also bite me in the arse too.  Sucks to be us.

     But go on ahead with your bad self, America.  Go ahead and jump on the anti-Russian bandwagon.  See what it got you in the 1950s.  See what it will get you now.  The new McCarthyism 2.0 app?  It's just as full of dangerous viruses and bugs now as it was way back then -- or worse.  Much worse.

     Russians aren't perfect -- but they are human beings.  Americans aren't perfect either -- but we also are human beings as well.  And to let our politicians and media convince us that Russians are demented animals and not actual people who we would enjoy meeting and talking to, is to deny our mutual humanity.  And to do that is just one small step short of cannibalism.  Is there an app for that too?

PS:  I can't believe that this is actually happening here in Berkeley right now.  Trump supporters just arrived at Camp Here & There and started threatening homeless people.  You gotta be kidding me! Why aren't those Trumps supporters picking on The Generals and Wall Street, their true enemies, instead of the vulnerable homeless?  Because they are bullies.  Duh.


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