In the Decision rendered by Judge Platkin of Albany Supreme Court of New York against the Maetreum of Cybele some absolutely astounding logic was used in the ruling.

Apparently, and actually against established caselaw, providing “affordable housing” for women who probably otherwise be homeless or escaping abusive living situations is not charitable.  Let’s look at that because in direct sworn testimony no fewer than three priestesses of the Maetreum told the court, verified by the introduction of our “housing contract” into evidence, that we do not charge individuals we house on an emergency basis at all and never ask them for money. Now that’s “affordable” isn’t it?  Further, that anyone not housed on an emergency basis has signed an agreement stating their reason for living at the Maetreum is spiritual seeking in nature and that they have discussed those motives with one of the priestesses.    In other words, clearly charitable works aren’t charity… that a written statement of spiritual intent is not religious.

Another point was that only a minimal part of the property is “dedicated exclusively to religious services”.   Part is used to further the exempt activities of charitable housing of women in need, part is used to further educational work, specifically towards the Herstory of women and furtherance of the rights of women which happens to be part of our religious mission and also part of the exempt uses of a property under the section of New York law dealing with religious property tax exemption.  And actually, once again in both sworn uncontested testimony during the trial, it was made clear that other than the rooms specifically used as bedrooms, the entire property is used in furtherance of our religious mission at all times.

Although no legal standard in New York, as far as my own research bears out, has ever been established by law or court decision as to how many members of a congregation are required to be a “legitimate” religion serving a legitimate “public benefit” apparently we do not have enough congregants.  Once again in both sworn testimony and affidavits considered part of the evidence, it was established that our website receives more than 5 thousand hits each month, more than (at the time of the trial) 250 people following our postings on Facebook and hundreds of people have attended services at the Maetreum over the years, including a number of local women, women and men from all over the US, women from Europe, Australia and Canada, this somehow does not meet a standard that actually does not exist in law.  Not to mention our New and Full moon celebrations average more participants than the Episcopal church not 300 yards from our property at their weekly services.  They are exempt, we’re not worthy

The next point is astonishing in it’s alleged internal logic.  That our services are somehow “irregualar” in formal ritual and that because “prayer, meditation or spiritual activities (are) common in many homes” this somehow translates to our doing so “falls short of demonstrating that the property’s actual use is in the furtherance of religion”.  Read that one again…..it is amazing in it’s logic.  Engaging in regular prayer, meditation AND spiritual activities are not practising religion?  Because some secular households do so?  This one alone rips the veil off of what is going on here.  Nothing we do would be considered religious enough by this court, nothing at all when regular evening services are not practising religion.  By the way, as to the irregular nature of our rituals, once again in both sworn direct testimony and evidence provided without being contested, the court was aware we hold regular, open to the public and announced services every single new and full moon as well as the four equinoxes and solstices. We have never skipped a single new or full moon in all the years we have been incorporated.  That means roughly every two weeks there is a formal, open to the public ritual on the property in addition to our regular weekend activities virtually every weekend dedicated to some part of our religious mission.  Our schedule of our “irregular” services is promoted on Facebook, normally on the large “church” style sign at the front of the property AND published on our website.

Also astounding in the decision was the claim of “the absence of comprehensive, on site religious duties for the priestesses”  Our published organizational model which was introduced as evidence in direct form and as part of a book I wrote clearly outlines the duties of our priestesses even down to conflict resolution within the household, not to mention the myriad other duties spelled out… in detail.  Further, in claiming a legal precedence we cited does not apply, the judge had to rule my own direct testimony was somehow suspect when it was not even challenged on cross examination!  When the amount of personal time I spend was exactly the same as the Rabbi in that case, especially when you factor in time spent care-taking the property which has also been ruled by prior courts as part of exempt work.

The last point is simply unbelievable in it’s leaps of illogic.  Because prior to the Maetreum acquiring the property, the group that donated the property to the Maetreum had planned to use it for the charitable purpose of providing housing for women (and transsexual women as well) in need and because I alone of the original purchasers of the property am also a priestess (with exactly zero remaining personal financial interest due to the law)  that charitable use is somehow not only not charitable but also suspect!  We actually were not allowed to address any use of the property outside the years 2009 through 2011 by the judge and he uses what the property was used for BEFORE it belonged to the Maetreum of Cybele, a legally incorporated entity separate from the prior owners, to rule against us!

Charity is not charity, prayer, meditation and spiritual activities are not religious, duties of clergy clearly spelled out are not spelled out, activities every week and formal ones every two weeks are “irregular”, some mythical standard of number of regular congregants was not met.  We are a “legitimate” religion but actually exist to wrangle a tax exemption (not legitimate)  I am personally a liar with no actual evidence provided to justify saying that.  This is the basis of the decision when you parse the actual language beyond the wild and totally unsupported opinions of Dan Vincellete, attorney for Catskill in his closing alleged argument submitting in writing so as to avoid reaction.  Arguments already found invalid, not accurate, not based on actual law, completely unsubstantiated and probably discriminatory by another Judge.  I leave the motives behind this decision up to the speculation of my gentle readership.

BTW, the Goddess is pissed off.  It’s not nice (or wise) to fool (with) Mother Nature you know.

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Every woman in the western world grows up with the sexual double standards but this is getting beyond ridiculous, it’s now downright dangerous.  Boehner is going to be in the immediate line of presidential succession.  If Nancy Pelosi had ever shown 1/100th of the emotion this guy does she would have been removed from office and I think everyone knows this.  Boehner cries as easily as a transgender crossdresser newly on estrogen to grow a set of titties and potentially his finger may be on the nuke button!

I am personally beyond fed up with the deliberate stupid blindness of the tea baggers and the right.  When Bush was president it was screamed to be treason to oppose him in any fashion because he was a “war time president”.  People I knew got Secret Service visits for merely openly joking about him. Excuse me, we are still at war on two fronts.  Obama is a war time president so by the reasoning of the right every Repugican in the Senate and most in the House are out and out traitors.  They openly espouse Fascism such as total censorship of a free press and much else of the actual Constitution not to mention a “police state”.  They all violate their oath of office. They have blocked funding of the entire military of our country as well as opposed legislation that extended GI rights.  The repugican Senators ALL voted against medical aid for 911 first responders! They have openly stated they will sacrifice everyone in the US to oppose the President…..you cannot separate the office from the man.  If it was treasonous to oppose Bush and Chaney, this is beyond treason by their own rules.  By any reasonable standard of behaviour the Repugicans have shown they are anti-American, anti support for the troops and at the very least owe royalties payments on their past shameless use of 911 for political hay while they clearly don’t actually give a damn about those who actually responded.

We ceased to be a nation of laws when the Supremes overthrew the election in Bush v Gore.  Since then our country has been an outlaw nation internationally, one that engages in torture, colonial invasions of sovereign nations absent the internationally recognized provocation.  That is now enshrined as the “Bush Doctrine” which, if applied on a personal level, would give me the right to shoot any Christian fundie as a potential threat to me personally.  Just how do you think that would work out for me in court?

America as a nation of laws and example to the world has ended.  There is one way to restore it and one way only.  Rupert Murdock, the entire Faux News crew and every single republican Senator needs to be immediately arrested.  Bush, Chaney and company need to be arrested and turned over the International Courts.  Impeach every member of the Supreme Court still on the court for treasonous overthrow of the legitimate government of the USA that voted yes on Bush v Gore. Do this and maybe the rest of the world might believe us again.  Fail to do so and we remain a rouge nation armed to the teeth and an eminent danger to the rest of the world.  If it was any country but America, we ourselves would be screaming bloody blue murder.  I am not talking revolution here but rather a restoration of law.

I’m fed up with the double standards.  It is beyond fair to hold others to the ethics they espouse for others so round them up, put them on trial and start the investigations with the question “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party?”

And Boehner?  Get him the hell out of the line of Presidential succession quickly, we cannot afford to have someone with zero control of his emotions in that position of power.  Women in American politics are not allowed to show any outright emotion, let us replace these crying game men with real women!   Crone women past menopause, not the nutjob right wing “manpants” , “I’m not a witch”, fish bashing, not staying full term in office, death panel nutjobs and traitors to the sex you find on the right.


Since the early days of the Bush Administration and in particular after the attacks of 9-11 I and others I communicate privately with about spiritual matters have noticed a number of gestalt shifts or reality realignments.  The America of today bears almost no resemblance to the one I grew up in.  For all it’s faults, and there were plenty, the America of my youth still stood for things, good things and the attitude of the average American, if not our government, was one of basic fairness and individual rights.  Oh we had to fight for those individual rights but always with a sense that eventually we would prevail precisely because of the basic instincts of the average American towards fair play and equal opportunity.

The downfall of Richard Nixon energized us with a sense that even those at the top were accountable for misdeeds which was uniquely American.  The change started with Reagan.  It’s a historical fact that the Iran-countra scandal cost Carter the election.  That the neo-neo-cons, mostly holdovers from the Nixon administration, brokered a complex deal that kept the Iran hostages from being released until after the election.  Reagan, the godfather of modern conservatism, then proceeded to explode the national debt to a level that almost was three times anything done in the past…..and was never called out on it.  Bush the elder then came up with trickle down economics or the rich pissing on the heads of the poor and telling them it was raining.  This has been the hallmark of “conservative” economics ever since in a twisted version of the a reverse of the “American dream” which was rapidly becoming the American nightmare if you were lower middle class or Goddess help you, poor. The military industrial complex that Ike warned about when he left office was now basically in full control.  Every political shift from this point on was hard to the right moving the the centre with it.  Workers were no longer participants in the economy as much as replaceable worker drones, unions busted, actual collective bargaining returned to being “communist” in the public mind.

I’ve long said that Clinton was the last actual republican president.  In terms of what the republicans were back in the sixties this is a completely accurate statement.  He actually balanced the national budget, something long thought to be impossible by most economists.  No matter what you might think about him based on the unending attacks on him from the right during his entire presidency, he was a true fiscal conservative.  The right, however, demanded revenge for Nixon and they are still in this mode.  Damn the country, screw the military, the hell with the poor, they demanded never ending revenge for Nixon’s resignation against any Democrat in office.  And they did this waving the flag and branding anyone that opposed them as traitors to the country.  Fox news came into existence during the Clinton administration.  Every last shred of anything America actually stood for ended with the battle for Florida during the Bush – Gore election.  Fox news declared Bush the winner long before the actual news organizations would make a call and those actual news organizations, unaware that Fox did not play by the rules of journalism, followed and set the stage for the Bush v Gore decision by the Supremes.  At that exact moment America ceased to have a legitimate Constitutional government of law.  Make no mistake, history will eventally record that was an overthrow of the American form of government that ended the American experiment.  Everything that has followed has been the systematic destruction of all that made America American.


As a flower child of the sixties (ok, out and out hippy tree hugger) I had the words America, love it or leave it tossed at me more times than I could count.  Most of my generation did.  This was the right wing mantra invoking blind patriotism and lemming like belief that anything our country did was right and proper and if you disagreed, you were a traitor and didn’t deserve to be an American.  The irony, of course, is that probably more than any other generation in American history, mine was brought up by the “Greatest Generation” on pure idealism of what America was supposed to stand for (truth, justice and the American way!) and I maintain to this day the counter culture was a direct result of actually expecting America to live up to that promise in the face of an illegal war (Vietnam) the broken promises of racial equality and the rebirth of the Womans Movement after the betrayal of women’s rights established thirty years prior.

But for all that somethings were still unthinkable until George W.  We didn’t overtly claim the right to pre-emptive war, torture was an unthinkable act (done only in the most secret fashion) and personal information was personal.  The sex lives of politicians was considered off limits to the national discourse, other than in the deep south, the justice system was basically honest if often frustrating, Americans wanted to be fair even if it took honest educating for them to get there.  We wanted to be decent people that tried to live up to the American ideals I was taught as a child and if you didn’t, you were too damned embarrassed to be open about it because the rest of us strove for that basic decency and sense of fair play.

At this stage of my life it’s hard for me not to see the current masterminds behind the extreme right as nothing short of pure, unadulterated evil.  I never believed I live to see torture debated as policy in my country in my lifetime, but it still is in some circles.  As a lifelong Pagan, I understood how flexible freedom of religion could be but never dreamed one of the big three Abrahamic faiths would have their own religious freedom debated in the national discourse, but it is right now.  I never thought I’d see Richard Nixon as one of the best of the Repugnican breed instead of one of the worst.  And after Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, I never thought I’d see open racism, sexism and out and out bigotry expressed in Amerika without shame ever again.

We sold our infrastructure and national resources to the highest bidder, dismantled the industrial base that saved us several times.  We don’t produce much of anything beyond a trades/craft level anymore but instead sell each other “services”.  After eight years of outright lying, warmonging, betrayal of everything the country was supposed to stand for and finally, after aiding and abetting the wholesale rape pillage and plundering of everything America had by the Bush administration…  After open and unashamed violation of every decent principle of international law and overt, unabashed war crimes along with the dismantling of the Bill of Rights…..there was no justice, no day of reckoning, no restoration of basic civil liberties and personal privacy when the country turned collectively to the Democrats and gave them the House, the Senate and the Presidency all at once.  “Change we could believe in” became more of the same, just less overt.  I now know that short of a revolution, America is finished, stands for nothing, is basically trying it’s damnest to be yet another third world country, which it already is in terms of such important issues as civil liberties and basic rights to health care.  Obama’s “victories” are nothing more than what the Right proposed in the past instead of real change.

And I want to love America so I finally want the Tea Party idiots, the Rush Limburgers, the Fox “News” Networks, the Newt Gingriches and the Dick you Chaneys to be seen as the national traitors they actually are.  They stand absolutely against everything I was taught as a child was good and decent about America…..and they clearly don’t love America so it is time they did what they told my generation to do, leave it, right freakin’ now or be held to the same standards they threatened people like myself with our entire lives.

You speak out and personally attack a wartime President, that is treason by the Constitution.  You break international law in the form of the Geneva Convention, that is a war crime, both carry the death penalty.  You swear an oath to defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign or DOMESTIC and then attempt to pass laws and policies in direct opposition to it, you are immediately removed from public office and held accountable.

And while we are at it, my generation gave us Earth Day and the realities of ecological interdependence so why is it so damn hard to figure out when you have example after example in your face, including the worst ecological disaster in human history that you dismantle the corporate criminals who did it and stop allowing further destruction?  A damn third grader can tell you what is right here.

America has become a land of the lawless, perhaps the only response left is to ignore it’s laws and do what is right to the Right.  What else is left when the President and party of Hope leaves you hopeless?  But the thing that leaves me truly hopeless is that the “progressives” lack the intestinal fortitude to actually act.  How did it come to this?


Obama’s press secretary had a meltdown this week about “progressives” and how they actually expect change they could believe in rather than more of Bush lite.

I wanted Dennis Kucinich, voted for him in the primary even though he “officially” was out of the race and further, I did NOT vote for Obama because I did not trust him.  And I was right.  I voted for Cynthia McKinney.  Hell yes Gibbs, I wanted Canadian style health care, in fact Obama promised it during the campaign.  Further, I expected the post election US to return to the rule of law.  That would have meant putting Bush, Chaney and company behind bars for war crimes which the entire world knows they committed and they have openly confessed to.  I also expected the government to stop spying on private citizens, stop acting like thugs, stop acting outside our own laws and stop torturing people.  I expected an end to the illegal wars and the immediate closing of Gitmo.  I expected Wall Street to pay the price for destroying our ecomomy, I expected Massey Mining corporate officers charged with murder and the same with BP.  I expected all of BP’s assets seized as coming from criminal activities.  I expected actual liberal nominations to the Supreme Court.

I expected an immediate end to Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell and the repel of DOMA.  I expected the Department of Justice to start acting like a department of Justice.  I expected the known issues of electronic voting to be addressed so never again could an election be stolen in this country like in some third world dictatorship.  I expected those who are elected officials who have openly espoused treason to be charged and tried for it.

And I still do expect those things but now have something in common with the Tea party folks, I no longer believe those things can be achieved without a revolution…. because we elected an overwhelming majority in both the House and Senate of Democrats as well as sent the “Messiah” to the White House.

And I am not a “professional” progressive.  I am an old style liberal who has watched in horror as her country became a third world fascist dictatorship during my lifetime.  I have not even attempted to fly anywhere since 911 because doing so means giving up basic civil rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  I am infuriated at being subjected to searches just to conduct needed business at government offices.

I’m a pissed off progressive and I sincerely doubt I am the only one and I will have to think about ever again having to vote against someone rather than ever having the choice to vote FOR someone I actually feel good about voting for.  I have voted in every single election I was eligible to do so in since coming of age but have reached the conclusion that it is pointless and perhaps letting the Repugicans finish off the country is the only way we will get our revolution.  I am not voting in November for the first time in my life unless the impossible happens and Obama and the the Dems in Congress actually grow a spine.  It’s pretty bad when an old feminist woman has to tell the Democrats “grow a pair”.  It’s especially ironic when it comes from an old woman who had them removed herself.


I have tried to maintain an “arms length” between my secular writings and opinions and those of the Religion I am a major part of.  That is why my wordpress and eblogger accounts do not have my name but nicknames.  Although my secular writings do not violate the IRS standards, I have been cyber-stalked for at least four years by an Attorney named Daniel Vincelette who apparently believes that I am not entitled to free speech and operates under the delusion that the Constitution does not apply to either myself or him.

Daniel Vincelette is a religious bigot representing a Town that has an open history of bigotry towards minority religions.  He makes his living attacking religious groups and non-profits engaged in charitable works.  He is the worst sort of lawyer, the type who argues directly against the law in the apparent hope no one will check his legal citations.  He has the ethical standards of a cobra and in fighting our legally mandated property tax exemption he has singled me out as his target.  None of the other priestesses in our tradition have be subjected to his “investigations” despite that fact we all have equal standing in our tradition because we are horizontally organized.  He tracked down this blog, my other, very personal “Telling My Stories” blog and the personal webpage I have maintained as a sub-domain on our primary domain for over a decade, which I own personally and donated the space to our Religion.  He scours every word I write on the internet hoping to find anything to discredit me personally and has introduced parts of all my blogs and personal page as “evidence” on several occasions.  This has had a very chilling effect on what I write, how much of my own stories I am willing to tell because this unethical individual has made this very very personal.

He doesn’t have a case and he knows it so he has attempted to make this about me rather than the facts of the case in current litigation.  He just keeps throwing mud hoping against hope no one will notice that none of it is relevant and something might stick by way of continued character assassination.  Apparently he learned this from TGs online.  He has repeatedly attacked my clergy credentials despite having multiple copies of my certificate of recognition by the State of Ohio.  He also totally ignores the fact that under New York Law, my “credentials” are solid automatically by virtue of being the founder of our movement!  He continually questions my educational background and constantly tries to hold us to “Christian” standards in our 501(c)(3) standings knowing that we meet every standard and for a year this current case has been in litigation, he and his associates have stonewalled giving any actual reason for our continued denial of what is mandated by New York law.  But during the course of this stonewalling they have let slip the actual reasons, pure mysogyny and bigotry and have done so on the record.

All of this has a transgender element to it.

New York Tax Law, Article 4, Title 2 states the following:

§  420-a.  Nonprofit  organizations;  mandatory  class.  1.  (a)  Real
property owned by a corporation or association  organized  or conducted exclusively  for  religious, charitable, hospital, educational, or moral or mental improvement of men, women or children purposes, or for two  or more  such purposes, and used exclusively for carrying out thereupon one or more of such purposes either by the owning corporation or association or by another such corporation or association  as  hereinafter  provided shall be exempt from taxation as provided in this section.

Please note this is inclusive rather than exclusive on only one of the mandated exempt classes.  Very specifically so as in “or two or more such purposes” but Vincelette maintains that our housing women in need somehow violates the “exclusive religious use”.  For the first three years this has been the basis of his “legal opinions” which clearly show as evidence he is aware of the charitable housing use of the property for years prior to our incorporation and the signing over of the property to the Religious corporation!  Apparently he thinks no one knows he’s lying about the law or can look it up.  He is obsessed with the fact that we housed newly transitioned transsexual women in need under the apparent delusion that this is not charitable work.  He actually provided proof we were doing this charitable work from the day we first acquired the property to “prove” we are not engaged in exclusive religious activities!

In 2009 the Town changed tactics and claims, once again contrary to the law, that we failed to apply for building permits for work that did not require them and failed to apply for a “change of use”, the requirement that was not part of the building and zoning code of our Town.  This was accompanied with the statement that a 130+ plus year old building would be required to be brought up “fully to code” which, given the nature of the code and the construction of the buildings, nothing more than an open attempt to place us in a position that a sound historic building be condemned and thus denying us use and forcing us to move.  This just happens to be in direct violation of a Federal law, The Religious Land Use and Institutionalize Persons Act of 2000 which was enacted to prevent exactly this sort of abuse by municipalities of zoning codes.

So, we have two equally illegal reasons given for denial of exemption, both openly contrary to law.  In court last fall Vincelette’s associate handling the case at the time denied, on the record, the existence of the Town Assessor’s memo regarding the zoning issues despite it having been introduced twice into the record before that.  She then revealed the actual reason, again on the record.  Mind you, she was so sharp she did not know which county Supreme Court she was in or which Town she was representing at the opening of this hearing.

During the Dec. 2 hearing, Pulver (the Judge hearing the case)asked Smith (acting attorney for the Town of Catskill) for the precise arrears amount owed by the Maetreum, to which she responded that “the issue we are looking at isn’t so much the dollars and cents of exactly what the taxes are, which I don’t have off the top of my head, the issue is opening the floodgates. Once you relax the requirements, and if you stretch them too far, then you’re going to have just a multitude of organizations who under the spirit of the law go —”

At that moment, the official court transcript shows Smith was interrupted by Pulver, who again asked how much the amount of taxes owed was. Smith said she didn’t know and did not further qualify her statement.

The issue was “opening the floodgates”….in other words recognition of a Federally registered 501 (c)(3), New York Religious Law incorporated minority religion.  The other word for this is religious bigotry towards a non Judeo-Christian religious organization to send a message to any other minority religious group they would fight against their rights to the death if they tried to claim their rights under law.  Interestingly enough, this actually would qualify as an act of terrorism under the Patriot Act.  It also violates at least three other Federal criminal laws directly.

Any doubt this is what is going on was totally erased when I had an informal discussion with the new “Code Enforcement” officer for the Town who told me, in no uncertain terms in front of two witnesses, one a reporter, that we were targeted because we didn’t “keep our heads down” as a group “that was different”.  He then went on to explain that he would find something, anything and we had “a big yellow flashing light over our property” for having the nerve to seek justice under the law.

Print this out Vincelette and place it on the record.  At this point we have an additional iron clad Federal Religious Discrimination suit against you and Catskill and we will pursue it if need be.

Vincelette’s newest strategy is to “outspend” us knowing we have limited funds because he is well aware he has no defense.  You can help us by paypaling a donation, fully tax deductible, to centralhouse@gallae.com

In the recent past Catskill allowed a Pagan bookstore owned by a lesbian couple to be driven out by local Baptists and a minority Christian group that had owned property directly across the street from us to be driven out as well with false accusations of child labour law violations.  This spring they rolled over and allowed Wal-Mart to bully them into millions in property tax exemptions in addition to the sweetheart deal they got in the first place.  Smith spoke the truth.  This has nothing to do with the money (except to us) and everything to do with an agenda of open bigotry.

Shame on you Catskill, the rest of us should boycott everything inside your borders.  And Daniel, in the ancient world we Cybelines were known not only as physical and spiritual healers and seers but also for the ability to curse.  We are not Christians, remember?  I’ve danced with the Witch of the Catskills who protects these mountains from those like yourself….fair warning.  Look up the legend.

footnote: a little preliminary number crunching would indicate our annual exemption would average each household in Catskill about 1.36 dollars a year, the legal bill for denying us the exemption stands currently at around 4.64 dollars per average and the Wal-Mart give away raised property taxes an average of 356 dollars per year. We will gladly provide every property owner in the Town of Catskill a quality cup of coffee at our Cafe if they feel cheated.  From public figures given at Town Meetings, the entire budget for fighting challenges such as ours has been spent to defeat our exemption this year.


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Once in a great while a major shift in global understanding of how the world works and should work occurs.  We are at one of those moments.  Anyone who has seen the documentary “The Corporation” will know what I’m talking about.  The film asked the question “if corporations are actually people, what kind of people are they?” and then goes on to examine this in terms of psychology.  The answer was “a sociopath”.  Multinational corporations pretty much control the world at this point.  They call the shots to governments, almost always get exactly what they demand and have stacked the deck so much that self rule is a poor joke.  Recently our Supreme Court made this official with a ruling that essentially allows corporations to now openly (as opposed to slightly covertly) buy elections.

We had the spectacular banking/housing failure that forced the public to bail out banks that returned the favour by foreclosing every mortgage in sight when the ruined job market wiped out the last of the American dream.   This was followed with yet another coal mine disaster where it was clear human lives were openly devalued and lost for corporate profits.  Now we have BP’s latest in a long long string of “incidents” that cost human lives for profit margins.  Although most have not figured it out yet, they also just dealt a death blow to the US economy,  wiped out the viability of most of the Gulf States as places to live and work already and it will get much much worse in the months to come.

The reason of course is “we owe our shareholders the profit”.   Unstated is that in the past forty or so years of unbridled greed of investors, the entire concept of “shareholders” is a false one.   Back in the day someone would research and then invest in a company.  They would take a direct interest in that company and participate in decision making either directly or by proxy to shareholder meetings.  That day is long long gone now.  Often shareholders are such for only hours or days at most because the same profit at all costs mentality that ruined so many communities with the house flippers and real estate “investors” replaced and often out and out drove out those who actually owned property, lived there often for generations and had a real interest and commitment to the local community. Let me say it straight out…..yuppie greed did this along with the patriarchal business attitude “it’s nothing personal, just business” to somehow justify wholesale destruction of someone’s life, livelihood, and families. Capitalism just imploded people and consumed the world economies with it.

Obama needs to grow a pair right now.  Something can be salvaged from the mess that was the Mother Goddess sending message after message but only bold action will do it.  We must immediately invest every available asset in a renewable energy base.  This will also help the unemployment problem and do so in a fashion that actually makes economic sense just as the WPA programs did in the thirties to build the US infrastructure.  It cannot wait.

We must nationalize all the oil corporations US holdings, all of them………now.  We should have done it to the big investment firms and banks. No more offshore drilling, none, nada, zip. Yeah yeah, socialism and the right will go ballistic.   In case you haven’t noticed, they already have gone that way.  If the South wishes to secede, this time we let them.   I would never advocate just cutting them loose, but they will want to be cut loose politically if we, as a nation, do what needs to be done.  Perhaps Atlanta will be a walled city similar to Berlin during the Cold War as a result. Imagine the Atlanta airlift program to keep them going, thankfully they have the hub for it.

We will be in a major depression by this time next year.   Too much has already been lost forever including more than 1/2 of the seafood consumed by the US, all the southern wetlands and eventually all of the Everglades as well.  This is already gone regardless of what actions we take from now on.  America must immediately renounce the culture of greed and realize we all are each other’s “keepers”.  Can we do it?  I hope so but am not holding my breathe because so few people in the US seem capable of rational thought anymore.

BP changed everything, now we must also change everything else or perish. This may be literally the last moment in history when the world governments can take back control of their own countries from the multinational corporations. If they don’t we all are to be corporate property from this time forward and all our lives held hostage by their worth to those corporations.

Is anybody listening? The Goddess just screamed in your ears.