By Sarah C 10 Oct, 2017
 Suicide rates in the US are more than double Homicide . As a simple statistic, this cannot help but inform us poignantly of a profound illness which often accompanies modern life,
Equally significant and startling, white males are more than ten times more likely to kill themselves than their female, African American counterparts.

One example of the other side of this coin, equally extraordinary, is behavior exhibited by the State of Florida proposing a bill replacing the long cherished tradition of local control for tax collection, school budget, fire, police and all municipal services giving absolute power to the governor and state legislature; yet another iteration of immanent collapse, of the individual and the culture as a whole.

Though once one of the greatest cities in the United States, Detroit's bankruptcy is a comprehensible though an unintended outcome of recession. High American labor rates, poor quality control, dysfunctional union rules and the engineering excellence displayed again and again by Asian and Middle European countries are some of the recognizable proximate and external causes contributing to the cities failure.

Notwithstanding the collapse of the economy, that a United States city would allow a state or court appointed bankruptcy lawyer to take control of civic government, terminate the peoples right to elect their own representatives, make decisions about if and whether to pay for schools, firemen, teachers or garbage collection is a disenfranchisement of natural rights of self control of such magnitude and consequence as those put upon black slaves by the pre-Civil War White man or Women and minorities, to this day, denied healthcare or the right to vote.
What must be one of the sociological consequences of such emasculation, depriving the poorest and hardest suffering of even a right to vote, will clearly lead to the disintegration of the individuals who inhabit this now fragmented community.
And the ensuing helplessness inevitably leads to a higher degree unnatural self destructive behavior; manifest in the extreme by suicide .

Suicide largely believed to arise only as a behavioral adaptation of a species preparing for or being in the midst of a scarce allocation of life supporting food or resource; lemmings with a shortage of flies, mosquitoes and small critters; running of cliffs, in mass to leave enough food for the birthing young is, at best, unnatural. Alternatively, how, if the absolute and unambiguous imperative of life, is to procreate, persevere, populate and propagate is suicide anything but one of, if not the most, dysfunctional and metastasized pathological behaviors any organism may undertake or exhibit and execute. Withal, when the whole the Congress of the United States can mobilize the resources of the whole of the populous for the various interests in the 'gun control' debate, to further the interests of the gun manufacturers or diminish the unintended deaths of 30,000 annually, how, if the homicide rate is a small fraction of suicide, does the extensive and burgeoning rate of suicide go so unnoticed for so long by so many.
And at the end of the day, how clearly, albeit frighteningly, does it speak of our priorities as a country and culture and community of the commonwealth of man and the degree of our thoughtful preparation for the future.
By Sarah C 02 Oct, 2017

ISIS was spawned from the vacuum of an Iraq, Syria and Yemen whose infrastructure and hierarchical autocracy was fragmented, decimated or set on the run.

Donald Trump, a virulent misogynist racist, similarly, gained his power and voice from the elements of the Tea Party arising from the Republican party whose mainstream policy included, misogyny, racism, and a studied indifference for the social safety net with self-interest and power. Like ISIS , the real concentrating interest for the coalescence of these virulent and hated concentrations of power has been the anger, frustration and powerlessness of large swaths of populace which by design or mistake, cannot be seen as unwitting, unanticipated, anomalous events in the history of mankind with no antecedent roots.

Both phenomena, Trump and ISIS , like Hitler’s Germany, the evolutionary development of Tyrannosaurus Rex, the unintended impacts on climate by the industrial revolution, are absolutely the nearly predictable, evolutionary outcomes reflective of the absence of safety, the scarce allocation of resource, the disenfranchisement of large populations and the ever present Darwinian fact that vacuums in feeding chains, power structures and resource will inevitably produce consumers or omnivores to fill and opportunistically replace the then open space.

If ISIS is really US  and  Past is Prologue , there can be no mistake, neither Trump nor ISIS is or has been a mistake. They are the residue of a tide of anger, hatred, racism and violence endemic to and borne out of the natural, though frightful aspects of some of the darker and ancient threads of our human Psyche.

The questions asked should more likely be not if they, ISIS and Trump are mistakes, rather what have we done, what do we do as a society to ensure their presence remains marginal and does not carry and careen five thousand years of civilization off the edge of an unforgiving cliff.

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By Sarah C 06 Oct, 2016

In 2012, less than 37% of all Americans voted.

In the 2016 election , following the historical trend lines, this fraction will diminish further.

Is there hope for a country or even a person who willingly enslaves herself when choices are available.

Who is better, Republican or Democrat seems not to matter to most.

Despite American's general dissatisfaction with 'Politics as Usual', 'Pay to Play' and the mostly true belief that big money controls big politics, there is an option in the 2016 election and to the question of if, whether or when we choose to enslave ourselves again, a feudal system of self induced slavery to corporate America, we have to ask again and again, is there hope.

Can we in fact be free? Do we want to be free?

Do we understand the value of freedom in the 2016 election if we hide in our closets or simply don't care, don't bother and don't show up.

Almost three of every four Americans have said, 'we don't care,' or will on   November 8   in the 2016 election , if we don't take the time to vote.

By Sarah C 01 Oct, 2016

The coarsening of dialogue with the US Presidential candidates, Trump & Clinton is of broad and global consequence. The potential for adverse impacts in the world economy and nuclear safety is of unimaginable consequence.

How to vote wisely is not only important, it may well impact six billions souls who live on our tiny planet.

The impact the presidential candidates may have on the safety and security of the international nuclear inventory believed still to be in excess of 6000 warheads with one of the Presidential Candidates advocating further proliferation arming Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia undeniably would leave the world economy and world population everywhere, and in the USA in double trouble .

How to vote wisely , at the end of the day is likely the most important decision we can make with these presidential candidates and we must, unequivocally and unambiguously get it right on the first try as it is an apple for which we have only one bite.

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