The Greenland Syndrome: Trump and the billionaire class search for paradise

So Trump-the-snake wants to buy Greenland? (In Buddhism, the snake is the symbol of the poisonous personality trait of anger: it bites and poisons the self and the people who becomes the object of our anger and hatred.) Sure we all reacted first with typical dismissiviness of his words.

Nothing that this amoral human being says or does comes out of the blue. Maybe when he was not in the White House we could have dismissed his idea as inconsequential to us. What possible reason could he have had to buy the island other than personal greed, as a real-estate transaction?  But now he commands in his hands the powers of a nation’s politics and economy, and the owners of the nation’s media are  in a behind-the curtains relationship with him. We all know by now that Trump has no other interests than his personal ones; we all know by now that the idea that he is doing any policy (foreign or national) for the benefit of the PEOPLE of the USA is the idea of idiots and/or dishonest right-wingers.

So, please, put the idea that Trump is pursuing some sort of geographical battle with China in your trash can. The only reason he would do that is if he gets big under-the-table checks and stocks from the military vultures for him to approve their arms-and-debt money making interests. He just gave the ‘Pentagon’ a trillion dollars: that’s money for the armament companies CEOs and he gets a chunk of that under the table. What? You think he gives money away for free to anyone, even if it is not his money?

More in keeping with his scum-bag nature is the idea that the elite gods ruling over us are pursuing their dream to acquire, by deceit, islands around the globe because they are afraid the service is growing restless, and it’s time for them to live totally away from the rest of humanity. They must have approached him with the idea of facilitating the grabbing (he loves that) of the island for them. He has been very good at giving them what they want. So don’t go on thinking that this is just another instance of Trump idiocy. Really, the only ‘idiots’ here are the people who keep thinking he is an idiot.

PUERTOPIANS and the Libertarians’ Utopia

For at least the last 30 years the billionaire class (tech companies CEOs, cryptocurrency, Wall Street CEOs, casinos moguls, among others) has been running out of land on which to walk without bumping into the service – the rest of us, i.e. How many times have you bumped into, let’s say, Jeff Bezos while buying your groceries at Whole Food; or seen him searching for his seat in a movie theater, or waiting in line to eat at the trendiest new restaurant in your area? The chances of you bumping into any of them is basically zero, nada.

These men relate to us as gods; they are way up there in their castles, they don’t move around near the rest of us. They DON’T want to be around us, we are to them only a wallet: we carry the money they take from our pockets every day without us complaining. You don’t seriously complain to god, do you? Your relation to god, if any, is one of submissiveness. Your relation to the billionaire class is also one of submissiveness.

So for many years they have been looking for real estate to plant their castles away from us, own them so that we can’t go near them. They have discovered Puerto Rico as their newest possible paradise. I give you a few links for you to corroborate this.

Making a Crypto Utopia in Puerto Rico

The Battle for Paradise

Silicon Valley Is Letting Go of Its Techie Island Fantasies

Trump’s interest in Greenland is the interest of the billionaire class looking for their own paradise. They want the moon, literally, to plant themselves there away from us.

So really, the talk about Greenland is not about problems with China. It’s about grabbing paradise and evicting everyone else from it, just as God did to the two losers who followed the snake.

There’s a lesson for you to learn, people.

 

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You HAVE to read this book.

 

New Caribbean geographic command and new Psy ops in Puerto Rico: a new COINTELPRO?

The huge march in Puerto Rico against the now kicked-out governor Roselló was on Monday, July 22; on Tuesday the 23rd the US Congress announced the immediate release of some of the food stamps ‘owed’ to the island as emergency relief after the huracán. The new governor of the island, Wanda Vazquez Garced, was sworn in on August 7, and on the 8th the US Military announced in the island’s main newspaper (rag), El Nuevo Dia (but nowhere else in English), that it has named Brigadier General Jeffrey W. Jurasek in charge of the newly created Caribbean geographic command now located in Puerto Rico. Interestingly enough,

Jurasek fue nombrado al cargo hace unos días, [“Jurasek was assigned to the job a few days ago’]

meaning that he was brought in a few days after the march and during the ongoing crisis in the island. This is no coincidence.

This article was next to the one announcing the new governor of the island, Wanda Vazquez Garced. That relevant was this announcement.

The first action, releasing the food stamps, was meant as a non-violent pacifier to the islanders; the second, naming this guy, is a veiled warning to the islanders that the US will not tolerate any more disruptions of their interests there by the people. Anyone who believes that the US sends any arm of its military complex to Puerto Rico, or to any other place around the globe for that matter, to ‘help the people’ is a poor delusional human being. The main value of Puerto Rico to the USA is, one, to pay the unpayable debt and, two, be a geographic point from which to train and ship soldiers specialized in psy ops around the globe.

First, that guy, Jurasek (park?), is up to his eyebrows with ‘helping experience’ in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and even in Bosnia. What kind of help was he and the US military giving ‘for free and unselfishly’ to these nations? Easy to guess.

You see, what El Nuevo Dia rag doesn’t tell you when it says that Jurasek comes from having been in charge of the “comando 352 de Asuntos Civiles” (“Civil Affairs Command”) is the whole name of said command:

United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command

(Highlight by me.) After reading what this branch specializes on, I call it ‘legal COINTELPRO‘.

I give you these excerpts on this topic:

Used during peacetime, contingencies and declared war, these activities [psychological operations] are not forms of force, but are force multipliers that use nonviolent means in often violent environments. Persuading rather than compelling physically, they rely on logic, fear, desire, or other mental factors to promote specific emotions, attitudes, or behaviors. The ultimate objective of U.S. military psychological operations is to convince enemy, neutral, and friendly nations and forces to take action favorable to the U.S. and its allies.United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command

Psychological operations (PSYOP) are operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”
Psychological operations (United States)

Within the United States Army, reserve civil affairs units are administered through United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), or USACAPOC(A), a subordinate of U.S. Army Reserve Command. USACAPOC(A) contains Psychological Operations (PO) and Civil Affairs (CA) units, consisting of Army Reserve elements.Civil affairs

Among the areas in which Jurasek has helped around the globe, Bosnia and Honduras, e.g., is popular elections, voting. That ought to tell you a lot. Is it to help the people elect democratic governments? Nah, you silly thing.

Civil-Military Operations (CMO). CMO are the activities performed by military forces to establish, maintain, influence, or exploit relationships between military forces and indigenous populations and institutions (IPI). CMO support US objectives for host nation(HN) and regional stability.Civil Military Operations pdf

That’s right: US objectives, not the native‘s (“indigenous”) interests. It includes infiltrating ‘indigenous’ political and cultural groups to “exploit relationships” and “to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”

My point is this:

The US military is in charge, behind the curtain, of running the government of the Puerto Rico. Through the “Civil Affairs” branch, they will be telling the new governor what to do and how to handle the “threat” to “their interests” personified in the people’s democratic mass movement against the cut-throat fiscal impositions on the working class to pay the un-payable debt. The island is a colony, the governor has to follow the orders from the military and US Congress. And they don’t want any more marches and threats to their order. They will infiltrate the groups forming the people’s front, the women’s and the LGBT organizations to divide and conquer. That’s their psy ops, which always work for them.

ABOUT THE NEW COMMAND

This “new” command is there for two reasons: to prepare the soldiers who will be deployed in Latin America and Puerto Rico to quash violently and surreptitiously with psy ops the  people’s movement, and to continue to deploy around the world. Interestingly enough, again, these two news were released recently:

The first “training” announced the day following the swearing in of the new governor is a psychological training on, above all things, “applied” “suicide prevention”. How is this a priority in these political times? I expect a lot of ‘suicides’ in the ranks of political adversaries in Puerto Rico and Latin America. Maybe Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide was a ‘test’ by the Caribbean command. https://www.facebook.com/pg/1stmsc/posts/

And then this one:

Caribbean Geographic Command starts off the year with a deployment to Afghanistan

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FORT BUCHANAN, PR- Approximately fifty Soldiers from the 166th Regional Support Group (RSG), U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, departed from the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, Jan 1, with Afghanistan as final destination.

If I were a social scientist in Puerto Rico, I would keep an eye on the statistics of suicides in the island since January 2019, and on suicides by active soldiers. These psy ops ‘trainings’  historically have tended to be tested on soldiers themselves and in the general population.

If the food stamps are not enough to calm the people (it worked in the early 1970s to diffuse the threat of possible victory of the pro independence party in the elections due to US induced poverty in the island), then any organized and pacific actions by the people will be violently repressed by the military police and the Civil Command.

I’m not too optimistic about the future there. The US has put itself, with the debt, in a dead-end situation, as discussed in my previous two posts about Puerto Rico. It can’t blame the chaos in the island to the communists, as it usually did. Clearly the problem is the colonial status of the island. Will the US move to give the statehood, which I doubt; or the independence?

Something has to give.

The future of Puerto Rico is in Promesa

What is Promesa but an eviction notice from Wall Street (WS) to the Puerto Ricans?

The WS sharks own us and our island. Period.

As such, our politicians and governor must obey WS/Promesa orders. Who do you think cut Roselló’s head? Why do you think he was left hanging to dry like a wet dirty rag?

In the answer to those two questions is the key to the future of Puerto Rico, at least as I see it, of course. I discuss this below.

ROSELLÓ: THE MIRROR IN WHICH FUTURE GOVERNORS OF THE ISLAND MUST LOOK AT THEMSELVES

As I said on my previous post, Roselló was been chased by both the WS mafia and the furious people of Puerto Rico. I gave as evidence that WS had judged him and found him guilty of insubordination the article at the Wall Street Journal, the official voice of WS’s CEOs, written by the WSJ editor board, June 25. The subtitle of the article headline says it all:

Puerto Rico’s political melt down: The island needs leaders who will work with the federal control board

For those of you who enjoy deconstructing written material, I propose that the phrase ” who will work” implies that Roselló was not working with the board, and that’s the reason that the island is in a political melt down, because WS/Promesa can’t find a ‘leader’ willing to obey their orders to the t. That is in the article.

Had Wall Street been satisfied with Roselló, they wouldn’t have ridiculed him in the American media. Even billionaire Murdoch, owner of Fox and and big WS gambler, trashed him.

 

Accepting the reality that Roselló was kicked out by the combined action of WS and the furious people may be of help to the boricuas to get ready to the next phase of this struggle: defining the political status of the island. This phase will be accelerated by WS/Promesa as a consequence of the impossible position in which they had put themselves and the people of Puerto Rico.

WS/PROMESA: THE DOOR TO BE FORCED TO SOLVE THE STATUS

In so many years the Americans in Puerto Rico, only on two or three occasions were they near to lose the island to the independentistas. The last time was in the late 60s when the pro-independence party, el PIP, almost win the elections. To prevent this ‘almost’ from happening again, the US sent the food stamps to the island, and that took care of it.  And yet, the US could hide the colonial status of the island to the world by simply claiming that the problems in the island were caused by a handful of  communists.

But today’s political melt down in the island can’t be blamed on the communists: the colony is almost naked with Promesa.

The economic and political conditions imposed by WS on the island can be tolerated by NO NATION or people. But WS’ sharks disagree with me. They say that the people must follow their conditions as dictated by them in Promesa. Their capitalist arrogance will lead them to their own crossing of the Rubricon in Puerto Rico.

Any governor of the island, elected or not (from either of the two main parties) must obey WS/Promesa or have his/her chopped off, like Roselló. Even if the candidate has good moral intentions to protect the people, it can only be done by disobeying cut-throat Promesa’s rules. If the future governor obeys WS, the people will mince him or her; if obeys the people, WS will be doing the mincing.

There’s no exit: calle sin salida. 

The US and WS can’t be putting and removing governors in the island as it pleases them; it’s bad optic. The only way of doing it is by manipulating public opinion using the newspapers, TV, Youtube, social media…just as they did with Roselló.

So you can expect a public war against the women in the island, for they are truly at the head of the movement. They should be ready to engage, for the war is for sure. And don’t expect a peaceful treatment by the police. I expect blood in the streets of San Juan. WS controlled the cops in the island during the marches to let the people do their part. But don’t expect that to happen again.

Another unforeseen problem for WS: the people of Puerto Rico have become heroes worldwide. Manipulating the people’s emotion with the intention of making sure Roselló would not be reelected had the surprise consequence of the people saying NOW, not later to kicking him. Now it will be more difficult for WS media to denigrate the people of Puerto Rico, not impossible, but not as easy as it has been up to now.

When Promesa shows its teeth, the world will understand that the problem here is the colonial status of the island. That debt can’t be paid; the colony can’t be repaired; it’s not the ‘communists’. It’s the colony, stupid.

The people will find themselves in a dead end street. They will be forced to make a decision about the status. Only and independentista in the government can force the status issue because independentistas are not looking to patch the colony nor will allow WS/Promesa to take our nation.

There’s no other choice for us.

 

 

 

 

El futuro de Puerto Rico está en Promesa

Qué es Promesa si no el aviso de desalojo (eviction notice) de Wall Street (WS) a los puertorriqueños.

Los tiburones de WS son nuestros dueños, punto.

Y como tales, nuestros gobernantes tienen que obedecer las ordenes de WS/Promesa. ¿Quién creen ustedes que le cortó la cabeza a Roselló? ¿Por qué creen ustedes que a Roselló lo guindaron a secar como trapo sucio?

En la respuesta a esas dos preguntas está la clave a nuestro futuro politico, según yo, claro está.  Presento esto para su consideración.

ROSELLÓ: EL ESPEJO DONDE DEBE MIRARSE TODO FUTURO GOBERNADOR EN PUERTO RICO

Como dije en mi post anterior, a Roselló lo estában velando ambos: la mafia de WS y el pueblo encangrinao de Puerto Rico. Puse como evidencia de que WS lo había enjuiciado y encontrado culpable de insubordinación el artículo en el Wall Street Journal (WSJ), el vocero oficial de los tiburones de WS, escrito por los editores del periódico, fechado el 25 de julio. El subtítulo lo dice todo (mi traducción literal):

¨Puerto Rico se funde políticamente: la isla necesita líderes dispuestos a trabajar con la junta de supervisión¨ (The island needs leaders who will work with the federal control board.)

Para los que gustan de practicar ´deconstrucción´ y ´paratext´ de lo escrito: la frase ´who will work´ implica que Roselló era un líder que NO estába dispuesto a trabajar con Promesa/WS, y por eso es que la isla está ´fundiendose´ políticamente, porque Promesa/WS no encuentra un líder que obedezca al pie de la letra las ordenes de los tiburones. Eso está en el contenido del artículo.

Aceptar la realidad de que Roselló fue expulsado por la acción COMBINADA de WS y el pueblo de Puerto Rico puede ayudar al pueblo a preparar la próxima fase de ésta lucha: la definición del estatus político de la isla, la cual será acelerada por WS/Promesa como consecuencia de la encerrona en la que ellos se han puesto a sí mismos y al pueblo de Puerto Rico.

WS/PROMESA: LA PUERTA A FORZAR PARA RESOLVER EL ESTATUS DE LA ISLA

En tantos años los Americanos en Puerto Rico, solo en dos o tres ocasiones se vieron ellos a punto de perder la isla a manos de los independentistas. La última fue en los 1960s cuando el PIP por poco gana las elecciones, pero los tiburones soltaron por vez primera los cupones de alimentos y ahí quedó todo. Aún así, el estatus colonial de la isla podía ser escondido bajo el manto de ´son los comunistas causando problemas´.  Pero ese FUNDIRSE  Puerto Rico políticamente hoy NO puede ser atribuído a los comunistas: la colonia está casi desnuda con Promesa.

Las condiciones económicas y políticas impuestas a la isla por WS no la pueden tolerar ningúna nación. Pero los tiburones de WS dicen que sí, que los puertorriqueños TIENEN que aceptar esas condiciones tal y como están escritas. La intransigencia y arrogancia de los capitalistas  va a ser la barca en la cual van a cruzar el Rubricón boricua.

Cualquier político boricua electo o no (Popular o PNP), tiene que obedecer a WS. Incluso si uno de ellos tiene la intención honesta de proteger al pueblo, eso solo se puede hacer desobedeciendo las medidas económicas opresivas; sencillamente, no hay otra manera. Si obedece a WS, el pueblo le va a cortar la cabeza. Eso es de ahí. Y si se pone del lado del pueblo, WS le corta la cabeza.

Es una encerrona.

Los Americanos no pueden descabezar la isla políticamente abiertamente, quitando y poniendo gobernadores, porque es terrible para su imagen internacional. Solo pueden hacerlo por manipuleo de la opinión pública. Para eso está la prensa, TV, Youtube, social media…como hicieron con Roselló.

Esperen una guerra pública contra las mujeres, las que están empujando al pueblo. Las mujeres deben de prepararse para esa guerra de opinión pública en contra de ellas, es cosa segura. Y lo segundo es que se puede contar con más sangre en las calles de San Juan. WS controló a la policía, eso es de ahí. Pudo haber sido peor, como en otras ocasiones. Pero WS necesitaba dejar al pueblo hacer su parte. No esperen que se repita eso.

Otra encerrona para WS: el pueblo puertorriqueño se siente envalentonado, y la opinión mundial ve a los boricuas como héroes. Estoy segura de que WS no se esperaba esto. Les hace la tarea de denigrarnos más difícil.

Cuando Promesa enseñe sus dientes, el mundo estará claro que es la condicion de colonia lo que está en juego aquí.

La deuda no se puede pagar. No hay manera de salvar la colonia. No son los comunistas. Es la colonia.

Cuando el pueblo se encuentre en esa encerrona, va a tener que tomar una decisión. Solo poniendo a un independentista en la gobernación se puede forzar el estatus porque solo un independentista está dispuesto a confrontar a WS, solo los independentistas no aceptan curar la colonia ni aceptan a WS como sus dueños.

No hay otra salida.

 

 

 

Qué pasó in Puerto Rico?

As proud as I’m at how my people raised to the task of kicking that S.O.B out of office, a historical feat  indeed, a bit of ‘putting the feet back on the ground’ is now necessary. What REALLY happened there?

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This is my take on it.

First, one has to keep in mind that Wall Street/Promesa owns the island now. At it’s root, the people’s fight is a fight against those two. Second, WS/Promesa wanted Rosselló out, not for him being a corrupt politician; WS wouldn’t exist were not for corrupt politicians. They wanted him out because he was not following the script. My argument here will be that WS could not give him a coup, so it choreographed the only way he could be kicked out: by the people. FBI and WS leaked the twits. But in the process, the people now feel empowered, and WS will NOT allow them to continue being an example to the world of ‘people’s power’. At the end, based on WS/Promesa’s cut-throat capitalist goals of enslaving the people, will let the blood spill next time.

To get a hint at the answer to the question up there, go to Wall Street (WS), not the street but Wall Street as in the masters of the universe. Take as example this article by the WS Journal‘s editorial board (the masters’ official voice) discussing the ‘origins’ of the Roselló issue, Puerto Rico’s political melt down. The root of all problems in Puerto Rico, as they see it, is:

“Puerto Rico’s main problem is democratic socialism”

First, WSJ makes it look as if Puerto Rico is an independent nation which happens to be ‘socialist’. Puerto Rico is a colony of the USA, what happens there is because the USA lets it or wants it. Second, the fact that the island is a colony of the USA is not a problem for the WSJ, that’s OK for WS, they actually like it like that. All capitalists and imperialists love to have colonies, it’s kinda a prestige thing for them, it has always been. Remember WWI? The war was fought in great measure to the fact that the allies and central powers wanted each to keep their colonies, and those who had none wanted to get some because natives are cute, not.

So what’s the definition of “democratic socialism”, according to WS?

“Puerto Rico’s main problem is democratic socialism, and Mr. Rosselló is typical of a political class that buys votes with handouts.”

The answer is “handouts“, democratic socialism is a verb, is the act of handing out something for nothing, according to the capitalists masters of the universe own dictionary. Is there any other way for politicians to get elected, apart from  outright lying to the public to protect Wall Street interests? GOP, anyone? Old dems? Wall Street honchos pay for the handouts to get the people elect WS’s representatives, and remove them from a politician who doesn’t obey the master.

Interestingly enough, that‘s Roselló sin, he sinned in a way that WS could not save him from himself despite having tried. Roselló failed his masters where it hurts them the most: in their Ayn Rand philosophy of inhumane excessive greed for money and power; in their stocks, i.e. Don’t jump to conclusions yet; Rosselló is the scum of the earth. He might have just been set up, though, by Wall Street.

When you read the WS Journal’s list of crimes committed by Rosselló you understand why he got kicked out, why he was framed by WS. You see, WS didn’t and doesn’t care about his or anyone’s political and financial crimes against the people of Puerto Rico because said crimes are actually MANDATES from WS. Let me give you a taste of mandated crimes against the people, as listed in the article:

Yet Mr. Rosselló has fought and flouted reform. The board last year eliminated Christmas bonuses for public workers, but Mr. Rosselló paid them anyway. He has refused to implement furloughs demanded by the board. As Mr. Rossello quipped in a leaked message to an aide: “Dear oversight board, go [expletive] yourself.

The board has slashed spending, but the Governor has sued to block the board’s labor and fiscal reforms” 

Had Wall Street been satisfied with Roselló, they wouldn’t have ridiculed him in the American media. Even billionaire Murdoch, owner of Fox and and big WS gambler, trashed him.

 

Poor Rosselló. It would seem as if he got shafted not only by WS but by THE PEOPLE too; he could have been the people’s hero with that quote about the “expletive“.

Of course not; the man is podrido (rotten) to the core. He was “shafted” by the greed and amorality in his DNA inherited from his father. But let’s admit too that greed and amorality is the other half of the human condition, together with the possibility of moral attitudes and choices. There is no difference between them and him: WS CEOs are as he is, the difference being that they are his bosses and he is their servant.

His political and financial crimes against the people of Puerto Rico (translated into death when it comes to his abandoning the people after the huracán) are his, his choice. He deserves more than just being kicked out of office because he has no sense of shame to make him regret his actions. He needs to be put in jail.

This is where the cookie crumbled for him and WS and Congress: they forgot the lesson not learned in the Cuba’s Bay of Pigs incident: listen to the natives you have rented to do your dirty work for you.

You can’t just dictate from outside the poverty of a nation and expect the people to stay on their knees all the time. That attitude or belief that it can be done is mere imperialist’s arrogance. In Bay of Pigs the Cuban soldiers of fortune told the CIA that the Bay was the worse place for landing, but heck, ‘we are the CIA, we know your nation and people better than you know them’. The rest is history. The same thing is kinda happening here in good old Puerto Rico, that’s why the WS Journal calls it “a melt down”, as in ‘something got out of our hands’.

The Promesa (now there’s sarcasm from Congress and WS) was created to feed Wall Street’s shark-bondholders of Puerto Rico’s debt:

“The mess drove Congress in 2016 to pass legislation called Promesa that established a seven-member bipartisan control board to restructure government operations and debt.”

It’s the debt, stupid. “Government” there means the empire’s political and financial control over the island in order to make the colonized pay for a debt which they didn’t ask for in the first place. That’s the point of having a colony, isn’t it, force them into poverty, educate them into thinking that they are worthless and need US’s WS to run their lives, and then use their politicians to accept a ‘loan’ which can’t be repaid except by expropriating the island’s infrastructure and cultural real estate property; and keeping the natives in a state of slavery. WS always pays the loan processors a percentage for selling a debt-trap loan to the innocent consumers, in this case the loan processors are the elected politicians. Rosello was their man.

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Wall Street main CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, has been salivating for years to get the island into bankruptcy to take our public University of Puerto Rico and turn it private. They keep trying, but the students have held strong, despite propaganda that turns the public against them.

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Wall Street’s Goldman Sachs CEO, Lloyd Blankfein.

The minimum salary in Puerto Rico is a ‘huge’ $6.55 an hour, but cost of living is the same as in New York, and unemployment is actually manipulated by the masters in their interest ( “implement furloughs” fancy word for ‘unemployment’). And yet “The board has slashed spending”  in an island sinking in poverty in order to send the federal money to the sacrosanct “bondholders”. The problem is not “democratic socialism”, it’s not handouts; Rosselló knows this to be the biggest contradiction facing greedy men: I can’t draw more blood from the dying!

The board dictates from afar, Rosselló promised WS, in exchange for the governor chair, to do as they wanted; then he found out that, in order to embezzle mo’ money from the feds BEFORE been kicked out in the next elections, he HAD to throw some crumbs -handouts to the people. Any corrupt politician in his place with a smidgen of greed would have done the same thing. This is what WS sharks can’t see from the tip of Manhattan, that Rosselló couldn’t withhold the crumbs if a revolt was to be prevented.

Promesas’s cut-throat capitalists orders will keep the island in a permanent “melt down” situation because the real thieves are them, WS masters of of Promesa. But WS is not interested in keeping the island functioning for the Puerto Ricans. WS wants to get the island as a trophy, and put the people to work as slaves for WS. That’s why there is no discussion about the political status of the island: it’s immaterial to WS. 

WALL STREET CHOREOGRAPHED ROSELLÓ’S OUSTING

Rosello had it coming from both sides, the poor thing, but it was WS who choreographed his ousting. And as in Bay of Pigs, they got a whacking from the natives. They WANTED Rosselló out for not following their orders. They tried keeping him in place until the next elections, but what for, if he was not following orders, just stealing everybody blind? WS wanted Rosselló out NOW. So they leaked the twits to manipulate public opinion. The people already hated him, but there was still support for him from the typical right-wingers. We know the island is run by corrupt men, there is no secret there. The capacity of the people to tolerate them is painfully enormous.

PROMESA COULD NOT REMOVE ROSELLÓ: BAD OPTICS.

Short of a coup directly from WS/Promesa board, they leaked the material. The people were offended by his disrespect to the dead from Maria and how he embezzles the federal money; by the outright amorality of that S.O.B. Now there was a ‘coup‘ rolling, never before seen in the USA.

Except that they underestimated ( a typical mistake of imperialist capitalists) the people’s anger. And now they have a hot potato in their hand: the people feel empowered.

Wall Street/Promesa didn´t listen to the people nor to Rosselló and walked in like an elephant in a small gift shop. Rosselló thought he could clip some money from the top of the WS mafia money and, somehow, believed he could get away with it without ´Gotti´´s ire.

So they set him up. And now, if WS/Promesa don’t want to see more ‘melt down’ in the form of blood running through San Juan, they will have to roll out those damn handouts.

You see, it all comes back to the US way of appeasing the people: handouts. That’s how we got food stamps in the first place: in the 60s, when the people were ready to vote for the independence of the island, the US flooded it with food stamps. Voila! And then they shame the people for being kept in poverty.

The people of Puerto Rico need to examine this historic moment with complete emotional detachment after the celebrations. These are some of the problems they will be facing:

  1. The #rickyrenuncia movement was spontaneous, lacking political organization. This type of success can seldom be reproduced in a a sustainable fashion.
  2. They must understand the power of WS to manipulate them through the media. The artistic class (they didn’t start the marches but were instrumental, the credit is not being given to the rightful people who started this on July 10)) can’t be relied on as political organizers, unless this a truly new form of political organizing never seen before. WS and the US government prefer to see politics in Puerto Rico run by the artistic class, not by a some umbrella organization uniting all the different political flavors. It’s exactly what happened in the 2016 US elections: WS and the tech billionaires were terrified at the possibility of a coalition of women, workers, people of color, immigrants all under one umbrella challenging them. So Trump got appointed. It was an early coup to the people, not to Hillary Clinton.
  3. The status is the root of the problem in Puerto Rico when it comes to the inability to have control over the decisions that affect their lives. You can’t be ruled by a WS and Congressional “board” and expect benevolence and compassion.
  4. Puerto Ricans want to work, they are intelligent and brave, but the fear sowed in their heart by the capitalists since 1900s is eating their dignity. There are times when dignity is the tool that can set you free. Making the colony ‘more efficient’ is an illusion. They know it: Rosello is the tip of the iceberg.
  5. It’s not “El Grito Boricua”. The difference is enormous. El Grito de Lares (to which el grito boricua is referenced) was a short lived victory of pro independence effort to separate from Spain. There is no ‘independence’ or cries to separate from the USA here; the colonial status is intact, only the men running it are being judged, not the status, at least not yet.

But how do you break with 100 years of colonial brainwashing?

It might be that we are closer than never before to it. If we can just ditch the delusions.

 

 

Fear and loathing of people with mental illness in Feminists’ reading of Shulamith Firestone’s Airless Spaces: an unauthorized biography

Before I explain who I am and what right do I have to be writing an “un-authorized” biography of Shulamith Firestone (SF), consider the following paragraph (and the two badges to the right of this post):

SF “plunged out of history” sometime between the late 70s and early 1980s due to mental illness, which was probably caused by her long ideological fights with feminists, only to come back in the last 10 years of her life to write her second and last book, Airless Spaces. This is a “scary” book “not about feminism or politics but about her experience with schizophrenia.” It “seems designed explicitly to discourage sympathy” for people with mental illness, for it “makes us feel wary of forcing these short, terse, anti-pitying vignettes of illness and hospitalization into political or personal symbolism”. Airless Spaces is by no means an intimidating work”. She died of ‘complications’ with mental illness.

[All quotes above from Shulamith Firestone’s Airless Spaces by Sianne Ngai. All quotes on this post will come from that article, the focus of my discussion about feminists reading of Airless Spaces because it’s the one I found to be the most offensive.]

A not so ‘beautiful mind’: feminists angry at their ‘fallen icon’

That is how current and future bios about SF will end if her last 20 years of life continue to be ignored or covered up, reduced by some intellectual feminists to two or three unsympathetic sentences about her mental illness. You see, the lives of highly intelligent men with mental illness (mi) can be made inspirational, as in the movie A Beautiful Mind, their work saved from the ‘stain of mi.’ and actually presented as its magical product. Women’s, their mind and work are professionally ‘deconstructed‘ (as in butchered) by the ‘razor-sharp’ feminist critique, then presented to you as unappealing, irrational, devoid of inspirational qualities to others: in other words, without the tiniest smidgen of saving grace.

I can see where this ‘feminists anger’ at Firestone comes from. They imagine their icon, the fiery SF who challenged the male oligarchy at age 25, been passively carted out to a psych ward and involuntarily been pumped with psych meds.

In “Hospital” the characters are all dosed with medication, can’t sleep, gain weight,”

Not a salutary image to celebrate, is it?

It is as if they feel shamed and betrayed by her:

Nothing—not gender, class, race, or sexuality; nor shared or common oppressions based on these categories of social difference—defines the people in Airless Spaces more than the hospital does.”

How dare Firestone expose her ‘weakness’, and in a non-feminist book to boot.

Except that it is an illusion, not a reflection of reality. That image, represented in Mrs. Ngai’s reading of Airless Spaces (AS), is the artful construct of the ‘fear and loathing of people with mental illness we all carry hidden in the depths of our mind, using all the stereotypes and prejudices it has filed away for years in our mind’s rotary file cabinet.  You (general you)  didn’t get that image from reading AS; it has been there in your mind long before you read it. You just stuck SF’s ‘ugly photo’ in it and called it “SF’s plunge out of history“.

Airless Spaces: the object of Feminists’ scorn

The paratexts of Airless Spaces are hardly inviting: unhappy title, hospital-blue cover with dull, barely-distinguishable beige print, and large, anxious, unhappy-looking close-up of Firestone on the back cover.  “

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Todus criminalis, She just could find absolutely nothing positive to say about the book or author: bad from front to back cover and everything in between.

A feminist attack on an ill ‘sister’ can hardly get any more vicious and callous than that: Mrs. Ngai wrote that ‘lovely’ opinion in the belief that SF was alive, which means that she must have considered the possibility that Firestone would find her article and read it. It seems as if she intended to shame her publicly for becoming mentally ill and for daring to write about it. It’s the old story: people with mental illness can’t expect compassion from a normal and rational society, especially if you are a woman.

Mrs. Ngai expressions in her judgment on AS and Firestone through out her post is precisely what Firestone is depicting in AS: the destructive impact of social fear and loathing of people with mental illness on the dignity of a human being. I can see just about every ill feeling and stereotype about people with mental illness in Mrs. Ngai’s “paratext”. Here are some:

That the problems of psychiatric patients and mentally ill people in general are not worthy of our attention (“hardly inviting”) and not worth reading about their life, not even if that patient is the (former?) feminist icon herself. “But not depression about feminism or politics.”

All of them are “unhappy people” 24/7 by nature of the illness (not maybe because the hospital staff walks all over their civil rights and dignity 24/7),

Psychiatric hospitals are disgusting (“hospital-blue”) because it houses ‘irrational people’, not because of what happens to them in there.

And the mother of all covert expression of fear and loathing of people with mental illness laid down in digital ink by a feminist:

anxious, unhappy-looking close-up of Firestone.”

Mrs. Ngai might as well have quoted Firestone directly from AS:

she looked like an escapee from a loony bin”. [The jump suit}

The real ‘paratext’ in “she looks anxious and unhappy“ (a purely emotional assesment), based on Mrs. Ngai attitude displayed in her post, is ‘she looks like a crazy woman and I’m afraid of her, I don’t wanna look at her’.

t’s not just the content of the stories in Airless Spaces, or their sense of simultaneous pastlessness and futurelessness that I find depressing.”

Is there a difference?

But one can’t blame only the intellectual feminists, young and old, for uncritically petrifying in history SF the human being as a the feminist icon whose only legacy is that at age 25 she wrote in the 70s the ultimate feminist theory book, Dialectic of Sex (DOS), and initiated the 2nd wave of feminism, while dismissing her last 20 years of life as barren of any intellectual or humane worth. There are also political forces concealed in plain view feeding that attitude.

One of the most effective weapons in the arsenal of the powers that be are those which can be deployed hidden in plain view; it explains the military obsession with ‘stealthiness’, e.g. stealth war planes and ‘invisible soldiers’. Fear and loathing of the mi is one of those weapons, just as the war on feminism has been a stealthy one all along too, masked  as ‘culture’. One could  argue that it has been so effective against feminism as to finally getting feminists to self-destroy, for there is no “explicit” difference between the religious fanatic misogynist’s attacks on SF and her work, and the attacks some  feminists are now perpetrating on her on account of her mental illness. The outcome is the same:  discrediting a feminist and her feminist ideas as mental illness, and slowly  caving in the movement by autophagia. DOS is not evidence of her ‘early’ mental illness, and AS is not the crazy rantings of a mentally ill former feminist icon.

When feminists with mental illness have the courage of raising the topic of mental illness they risk public shame and ridicule from both the misogynists and the intellectual feminists in their small intra-self-bashing circle, as is happening to SF.

I sometimes wonder if these feminists share also the same goals with the misogynists, because for the life of me I still can’t see how the feminists’s cause can be advanced by openly setting out to viciously demolishing their own ‘icon’ as a ‘pathetic mentally ill woman’. It makes me imagine that Mrs. Ngai has a photo of Donald Trump on her desk; I don’t know.

THIS POST IS ALL ABOUT YOU, NOT HER

So to finally answer the question above, I’m, as in Bob Dylan’s lyrics, the “complete unknown” woman/case manager to who Firestone dedicated her last book, Airless Spaces (AS). That fact alone allows me to talk with ‘some authority’ about the last 10-20 years of her life. But if you don’t buy that, I can talk about her thanks to my right of freedom of speech, the same one that allows some intellectual feminists to, um, how should I say it, trash her and AS

Bear in mind, though, that I’m not an intellectual, not in the elitist sense of the word – OK; I’m not an intellectual, of any kind. I’m sure that my basic level of ESL ‘gramar’ and poor composition skills tipped you off, didn’t it? Please, keep this in mind; I’m setting up a point for the ‘book dedication’ part.

In truth, this post is not a biography of any type about SF. If you want one, read AS (again), this time not as a female version of The Shining, but as her autobiography; I’m sure she wrote it with that in mind, including a chapter explaining how she thought her mental illness developed. But nooo, you can’t even see that in there because to you her life stopped to have any importance once you learned she had become mentally ill:

the book particularly discourages us from reading it as the story of Firestone, the Feminist.”

In fact, I’m writing this post in part because I dread imagining the type of bio the anti-feminists intellectual feminists will be writing about her life.

I’m not writing this post as a bio of Firestone because. not only I don’t have the intellectual skills  necessary for that, but also because I was not the only person involved in facilitating her temporary recovery, though I will be using some of my experience with her to make some points on the second part of this post.

So why am I writing this now, twenty years after the facts?

First, I recently noticed (online) an interest in the life and writing of Firestone, prompted undoubtedly, among other reasons, by the current national and global political conditions. As it turns out, Firestone’s political ideas are far from dated (she’s still dangerous). Second, I have also been reading online with profound consternation an implied judgment from some feminists that her last 20 years of life have no value to society, not worthy of being recorded and studied with impartiality as her earliest feminist material because, as the prejudice goes, people with mental illness can produce nothing of value for society: they are merely a scary burden to it; and that AS is neither a feminist nor a political book but a mere collection of “scary” (take notes, Stephen King) and depressing fictionalized stories about her experience with schizophrenia.

To change that type of prejudice and save Firestone’s whole life legacy, the facts of those 20 years of her life must be made public by those who have them. I recognize that Mrs.Ngai makes the point that she could find no information about Firestone’s life post DOS and that “How the narrator or characters became hospitalized to begin with, is a question Airless Spaces never asks us to ask,” (I don’t see why she couldn’t ask the question out of her own curiosity; well, I know the answer.)

“My surprise encounter with her name on the spine of Airless Spaces made me acutely aware of my ignorance.  What exactly happened, in the interval between 1970 and 1998, to Shulamith Firestone? “

That’s why the facts of those years must be made public: not being available facilitate these uncompassionate analysis of her life. Facilitate, not eliminate: even with the facts these feminists will continue writing in the masculine style: totally emotionally detached from the humanity of their ‘objects’ and without an ounce of compassion for the suffering of women, particularly feminist women who are not engaged in useless discussions about feminist theories.

Who has those facts, then? Mainly her family, her friends in and around her support group, and I as the ICM (intensive case manager) of Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) who enrolled her in the program. And why haven’t these people written about this part of SF’s life yet? Again, due to my poor composition skills you will have to read the answer to this question in the second part. First, I will be discussing in this post my ‘informed’ (!) opinion about:

  1. The political reasons why SF’s last years are being dismissed by some feminist as of no value to their feminist imperative.
  2. That some intellectual feminists’ misreading of ‘AS’ as the irrational schizophrenic rantings of a ‘has been-feminist icon‘ is clearly not a matter of lack of literature skills, but betray unexamined attitudes of fear and loathing of people with mental illness.
  3. That to correct this sorry state of affair – the denigration of SF’s whole life and legacy by feminists because of her mental illness – the people who were with her need to tell their experience for the record. I have lost contact with them; my hope is that somehow they bump into this post and consider meeting as a group to tell the story of SF’s dignified struggle with m.i.

With all due respect to Susan Faludi, her compassionate article after Firestone’s passing, for which she interviewed all of us who were with her the last 10 years of her life, should not be the last words from us. We all refused to discuss with Mrs. Faludi details of Firestone’s illness. Maybe she should be the professional writer to put our collective experience in an article for reference to future writers of SF bio. By now, 20 years after the emotional shock of her passing, we should know how to tell her story and how is her life inspirational without getting into lurid details of symptoms and delusions.

THE ROOT OF FEAR AND LOATHING OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

I said at the beginning of this post that one can’t blame the feminist intellectuals for dismissing SF last 20 years of life as the ‘useless’ years of SF the mentally ill.

The culprit for this sorry state of affairs is humanity’s perennial fear and prejudice about people with m.i. (By prejudice here I mean ignorance, but not in bookish sense; ignorance as in lack of understanding of how we contribute to the suffering of other human beings with our unexamined emotions, deeds -of speech and body – and beliefs.)

Those two are as potent today in this brand new millennium as they were two hundred years ago. They exist today, undisturbed and unquestioned, in the mind of most intellectuals, be it feminists or  intellectuals in every field of studies –men and women; in those themselves suffering the symptoms of mental illness and in the minds of their supportive friends and families; even in the minds of mental health practitioners and service providers.

Not even today’s ultra-modern science and psychiatry have been able to make a dent in our collective and personal fear and loathing of  the m.i. This is not only because they are intent on nourishing those traits for political and monetary gains, but because ingrained human fear and loathing of mentally ill people are impermeable to science in many people.

This fear and loathing is the outcome of plain fear and prejudice: the ineradicable hallmark of the human condition, across the political spectrum from extreme right to extreme left and everything in between, in men as in women. They are the emotion which, left unchecked, becomes a weapon against humanity. For example, fear and prejudice are the indispensable emotions which greedy men in power successfully manipulate with propaganda in order to convince the rest of a reluctant humanity to accept fighting against each other in these men’s wars for profit, since WWI (the war that ended all peace) up to our current ‘war on terrorism’.

What is the impact of these traits in our society?

It is common knowledge that these two traits, when unexamined or challenged, have negative ethical and moral consequences that affect us all at both the personal and social levels. As they relate to people with mental illness, social expressions of fear and prejudices about them (manipulated or not by the NRA, e.g.) are powerful psychological triggers of deep seated feelings of shame in the minds, not only of the victims of these expressions, but in their families and friends as well, which of course may lead to feelings of guilt for harboring those feelings.

Speaking of the NRA, we have seen how they use the media to manipulate public fear of the mentally ill to sell guns and to get political support to pass laws that blame the mentally ill for all mass murders committed with weapons –whether by people with m.i or not – so as to deflect any responsibility away from the CEOs of the arms manufacturing industry. Their propaganda is crystal clear: buy guns because mentally ill people are a fearful and dangerous bunch whom we must be legally free to kill in self-defense.

On the other hand, this fear and loathing can defeat the moral value to society of a healthy sense of shame and regret, which is to refrain from acting with cruelty and disregard to the well-being of others out of personal fear of being rejected by one’s peer.

There is no limit to the evil that can be inflicted on others when one lacks the ability to feel shame and regret for one’s own acts of cruelty, especially if it can be justified as necessary. We’ve seen this with American psychiatrists feeling proud of torturing mentally ill children in Willowbrook in the name of ‘science’, and politicians and ‘men of science’ (pharma, i.e.) bestowing awards on these psychiatrists for cruelty perpetrated on behalf of science. It was all done on account of social fear and prejudice of people with mental illness: the doctors, themselves morally numb to the atrocities they were committing, convinced the public for a long while that it was done to protect both the children and society, and as ‘research to cure the illness’.

The difference between the actions of these American doctors and those of Dr. Mengele and Hitler’s ‘final solution’ to the problem of mental illness -proudly and yet covertly gassing those poor souls out of ‘necessity’, to keep the white race pure – is really tiny: only the methods changed. The immoral arguments were the same, science to protect you from the mentally ill, i.e.

But is it still going on?

You bet your derriere it is.

Modern treatment of Dystonia

 

Evolution through time of western methods for treating mental illness. Not much has change, has it?

The only thing that has changed is the wording in the contract that the family of the mentally ill signs consenting to invasive ‘neuroscience’ research of the mind and mental illness on their child: it’s not the ice pick anymore; it’s more like GOD in a white coat in the lab with new millennium type of cutlery.

In its seemingly tamer form, we see today in the public ‘critique’ of some intellectual feminists the impact of unchecked free-wheeling shamelessness in justifying contempt for people with mental illness. For example, Mrs. Ngai can justify her own “inability to understand, relate or feel compassion for them not perhaps as a result of her own unexamined personal prejudices but as a natural and legitimate response to these people’s ‘irrational’ behaviors.

it compels a strangely anti-empathetic empathy, an empathy with its explicitly anti-empathetic affect.

Now that’s spinning. The idea that Firestone set out to write her story with the intention of making you feel “anti-empathic” and ’empathic’ at the same time is one that only a feminist who set out to analysis AS as The Shining could come up with. It is “strangely” indeed; it is irrational thinking on the part of Mrs. Ngai.

This shamelessness in blaming the victim of our prejudices in turn makes us callous and unsympathetic towards their plight in the hands of the state psychiatric system, accepting the state’s false justifications for the inhumane and barbaric treatment of people diagnosed as m.i we have seen through history, and even today. We then feel compelled to cover up their condition to hide our shame or, like in Nazi Germany, we look to other side when the atrocities are being committed.

And that’s how we have ended up today hiding SF’s last 20 years of life, the years of her courageous and dignified struggle with m.i. and the mental health system. Of that I am in part to be blamed. 

THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL’ : IS IT TRUE ANY LONGER?

If the personal is political – the feminists’ favorite slogan – then it should stand to logic that living with mental illness is political. After all, this particular illness is not like, let’s say, diabetes; e.g. no one is afraid of a diabetic who doesn’t take his meds, and no diabetic person gets their civil liberties routinely trampled by the government when they get ‘symptomatic’.

And for crying out loud, are young feminists unaware that throughout history women who refused to stay in the kitchen were punished by labeling them mentally ill, and then lobotomized in the mid-1900s?  Do yourselves a favor: if you haven’t done it yet, please, don’t read “scary” AS as entertainment, watch the 1982 movie “Frances”.  Chances are you will miss the in-your-face politics and feminism in it too, but at least you will lay off of Firestone.

 

Movie trivia: in ‘V for Vendetta’, the character ‘Valerie’ is an homage to Frances Farmer.

Feminists are concerned with the connection between politics and the personal, yet they have persistently failed to make that connection in their reading of AS. Firestone made the connection; it’s the raison d’être of Airless Spaces precisely because the relation between the state’s routine daily trampling of one’s personal liberty and dignity  is seldom as explicit as in life in a state’s psych ward. Same with the politics of women’s oppression, it is not ‘explicit’; it is cloaked as ‘culture’, at least in the USA.

Why are feminists failing to see a ‘feminist’s dignity’ in AS?

Alas, it’s not because of their unexamined prejudices towards people with mi; it must be because she failed to “explicitly” make the connection for them by, for instance, entitling the book ‘feminists and psychiatry’ or put the word ‘feminism in the book spine. It is as if for feminists intellectuals a woman’s suffering and abuse is of no importance if she is a mental patient, especially if that woman is a feminists who dared become mentally ill and write  a book about it.

I don’t consider it preposterous to read AS as Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground, with the added bonus of the author observing herself and reporting her own actions and thoughts.

There is no passive SF in AS. Read The jump suit again, this time not as a female version of The Shining, and consider using a writing style different from men’s. Mrs. Ngai only focus in her reading of AS was ‘did it help the feminist cause?’

“it could be argued that Airless Spaces shouldn’t be read as a tragic allegory of the stalling or historical foreclosure of the radical feminist project.”

She missed the human aspect of AS.

Next week I will continue with a discussion of how Shulamith Firestone’s life is inspirational.