I was born in a box some years ago, closed by tape and glue and the small-mindedness of others. As the years passed and the bindings disintegrated, I emerged to shed the final constraints of all that surrounded and cast their shadows over me. I listened, read, watched and learned and listened well some more. In truth, I cannot say that I have learned all the lessons that the past has to offer, but I can say that the box is long gone; my eyes are wide open, my ears still gratefully receptive to the calls to arms, to fight against ignorance, deceit, fraud, hypocrisy, lies, injustice. At some point I will be back in a box, sealed up and delivered to the earth – an earth that has felt the thunder of the downtrodden, has heard the voices of those long silenced, has seen the fires of discontent burn ferociously, although sometimes too slowly. Representative John Lewis was one such thunder, voice, and fire. His “Good Trouble” will continue unabated, by others, until hatred and cruelty are no more. — by Ginger Marin
Once upon a very sad time, there lived a man named Donald J. Trump. He lived in a big white house that he did not own. Yet, he huffed and he puffed and blew the house over but not before trampling through it like a bad tempered, revenge-seeking bull in a pretty little china shop.
He left shards of glass everywhere, soiled the furniture, pissed the hallways, shit the carpets, crayoned the walls, poisoned the plants, clogged the toilets, tore down the curtains, broke the windows, slashed the paintings, laser-beamed the staff and crew. After all that, he set a huge bonfire and burned it to the ground.
As he strolled away from the big white house that was no more, he blamed the previous occupants. He then waltzed through the streets of Laredo and beyond with his camouflaged stormtroopers, creating more chaos wherever he roamed.
Donald J. Trump is no law and all disorder. And Trump’s Storm Troopers will go down in history.
by: Ginger Marin
Ill conceived from the start. On land stolen from the Lakota Sioux, their sacred land, the U.S. government commissioned an anti-Semite, racist, KKK member Gutzon Borglum to deface the natural beauty of the mountain. But it can still be saved.
Instead of the faces of American presidents, this is how we should transform those features:
A Bear: The powerful bear to remind us that America will always persevere through adversity.
An Elk: The stalwart elk to remind us that America must always love and protect the land for without it there is no real America.
We should reclaim this monument as soon as Donald J. Trump is gloriously evicted from office, an office he had no right to occupy, an office he has equally defaced every single day of his presidency.
This Land is Our Land. These images would truly represent Our Land, Our Heritage, Our Ideals. Or at least what should be our ideals. This, of course, doesn’t even begin to address land that was stolen, but perhaps it is one compromise we can make.
by: Ginger Marin
Donald Trump is a Murderer
Donald Trump murders the truth. He murders individuals’ reputations. He murders individuals’ careers. All you have to do is look at the body count following his impeachment trial. He has done these things deliberately and with great malice. As such, Donald J. Trump is a serial killer. Serial killers are known to be sociopaths or psychopaths. They have a very poor sense of right and wrong. They have no ability to empathize. According to L. Michael Tompkins, EdD., a psychologist at the Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center, a key difference between a psychopath and a sociopath is whether he has a conscience, the voice inside that lets us know when we’re doing something wrong. A sociopath has a weak conscience and a psychopath has none. “If he lies to you, he won’t feel any moral qualms, though he may pretend to”, said Tompkins. Well, Donald Trump doesn’t even pretend to.
According to Aaron Kipnis, PhD, author of The Midas Complex, a psychopath has less regard for others, “They see others as objects he can use for his own benefit.” Totally Trump! This Murderer-in-Chief is a hotheaded, temper-tantrum throwing malignant narcissist with the mentality of a toddler at the same time as being a cold, calculated killer, highly skilled in having viciously clawed his way from the crib to the top of his corrupt corporate ladder, all the way to the presidency.
Donald Trump is a Pathological Liar
Trump lies about absolutely everything, whether it’s about a fake sunshiny day on his inauguration or in saying Barack Obama committed crimes or alleging that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is implicated in murder. Donald Trump made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years in office and still counting. That doesn’t even include all the lies before he became president, including when he jetted around the world begging and finagling people and banks for money for his corrupt businesses. That number must be in the millions. He lives to lie and in so doing, pulls along the weak-minded who ignore the lies and simply think it’s okay for Trump, the man who calls himself a stable genius, because somehow they will profit from his dangerous and often incoherent bullshit.
Trump said on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 about Scarborough, “A lot of people suggest that.” — no, only you and your dumb-ass associates. “And hopefully someday people are going to find out.” — yes, hopefully someday those who buy into your bullshit will come to their senses. “Certainly, a very suspicious situation. Very sad. Very sad and very suspicious.” —Oh, Donald, what’s really sad and suspicious is that Congressional Republicans allowed you to get off scot-free during your impeachment and that Attorney General William Barr is an even bigger fanatical supporter of your corrupt administration.
Donald Trump is Guilty of Intentional & Negligent Emotional Distress.
There are so, so many instances. But let’s just concentrate on one more recent. An entire pandemic protocol was in place when he entered office and he effectively dismantled it because OMG it was put in place first by George W. Bush and expanded upon by Barack Obama. And we all know how much Trump hates competence because it obviously makes him look bad. Lives could have been saved. But why bother? Remember when this idiot made fun of a handicapped reporter during his campaign? Then when confronted, he claimed he didn’t. He resorted to being Pathological-Liar-in-Chief, his go-to M.O. Trump doesn’t care whom he hurts or to what degree.
Donald Trump is an Alien
Let’s get one thing straight. Donald Trump has no brains. He has no heart. He has no guts. It is, therefore, safe to say that Donald Trump is not human. This self-proclaimed “stable genius” speaks as if he is from another planet, one where they obviously don’t speak English. Remember when, during his campaign in 2015-2016, he made fun of Hillary Clinton and others reading from teleprompters? He mimicked them by performing robotic side to side movements. Well, now that he’s forced to use one, Trump performs an absolutely superb teleprompter tubby routine. In fact, he’s so robotic, I hear they’re fashioning Trump into a Real Steel boxing bot so he can get his face punched in repeatedly. Now, I grant you, being an alien – I mean a real one from Outer Space – is not something that should automatically get you imprisoned, but when you use the powers of the Presidency to destroy the country and its people, well that should get you put away forever.
For all his crimes against humanity, the environment and the dignity of the office, Trump should be arrested, cuffed and perp-walked out of the White House. He should be charged with murder and related crimes and committed to solitary confinement for the rest of his fat, lazy, sordid life. Joining him in the slammer should be his special clan of mob rats: Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump and wife Melania, whose whole life force can be summed up by the graffiti lettering on her green fatigue jacket “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?”, worn while visiting an immigrant detention camp for children. Be Best, Melania— you and your cyberbullying fraud of a husband and other rat family members. Be Best as you all jump into your orange jumpsuits. And while pacing in the exercise yard, raise your eyes to the heavens and pray to the sun god during an eclipse. You can let us know if he/she answers when you write your memoirs in Braille from the cold, dank of your prison cells. After all, you’ll be housed in the western-most region of Alaska, you know, where you can see Russia, the motherland, from your single one-inch square window. Oh, I forgot, you’ll all be blind at some point. Oh well, I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?
p.s. Lots of people are now saying they won’t don a face mask to protect against the coronavirus because the President won’t. I say, let’s take it a step further. No one pay taxes, break all the laws you want, don’t show up or provide documents if subpoenaed. The emoluments clause and impeachment didn’t stop Trump. The Hatch Act? Kellyanne Conway got away with breaking that law. Let’s all just follow their leads and see how much WE can get away with.
by: Ginger Marin
With much of the world at a standstill, it’s really time to hit the reset button. Globally. Now is the time to fix the broken, stop the environmental destruction, oust the lobbyists whose orchestrated efforts have destroyed our lives on so many levels. Will it happen? Of course not. While people and the economy are fast dying, the special interests are alive and feverishly (no, not from the virus) planning their next attack.
Donald Trump and his minions are continuing to roll back environmental regulations, allowing the fossil fuel industry to continue to plunder and pollute with gleeful abandon and he’s rolling back automobile fuel standards put in place by the Obama administration in 2012. And those are just a few of the things he’s done in the past few months.
Trump was responsible for dismantling our country’s pandemic preparedness department (also put in place under Obama). In California, under its previous Governor Jerry Brown, the state’s massive stockpile of medical equipment and supplies was never maintained and was eventually decimated. The shortsightedness of these idiots in power is astonishing, which is precisely why America has never maintained its infrastructure.
A pandemic is ravaging us. Millions have no health insurance. Trump has refused to reopen the health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act so people can try to buy insurance during this time. Of course the Affordable Care Act was an Obama accomplishment and Trump has vowed to destroy everything Obama did, whether it worked or not, was good for the country or not, saved peoples lives or not. If ever there was a time for universal health care, it is now. Now … when millions need to be tested and countless others will need acute care in the ICU of hospitals that currently have unregulated billing systems and you could end up being charged many thousands of dollars that could cause you to go bankrupt.
So much is wrong with our social systems in this country, a country that prizes corporate interests over people. We have no safety nets or certainly inadequate ones. The proof is all around you. Nearly four million people have applied for unemployment insurance this past month. How much higher will that number go? What then?
Now is the time to hit the reset button. Cancel all debt for those earning under $100,000 a year. Maybe small business debt has to be higher, I don’t know. Let the economists figure that one out. Institute universal health care. Make education affordable. Give people a living wage. Income equality now. Tax fairness now. Get the homeless off the street. Give people who most need it a stimulus that actually means something. A one-time $1,200 payment isn’t going to cut it. Grow a backbone and the political will to do what needs to be done. Make people whole again. Make our environment whole again. Heal the planet before this pandemic increases in intensity much as our fires and floods have.
It’s great that states are saying landlords should stop evicting people for the time being. But how do you pay back rent/mortgage when you’ve earned nothing for weeks/months at a time? Hit the pause and reset. Do it now. But more important is to fix the things in our society that are broken. The list is miles long. Get rid of the special interest lobbyists in federal and state governments.
Shortsightedness is death. Now is the time. Hit the reset button. We know what to do. Hard work, yeah. Necessary work, definitely. But now is the time.
by: Ginger Marin
Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported a horrible tragedy that took place at Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park. At least 11 elephants died after plunging over the Haew Narok Waterfall in a vain attempt to save a calf. The very short report said the death toll had risen since earlier in the week when officials first found six of the elephants that had died trying to prevent the three month old from drowning.
Elephants are herd animals with strong social bonds in tight families. They will rally around to protect each other, especially the young. I’ve certainly seen enough wildlife shows to verify this action.
Last week, I also read an article that discussed the concept of “pointing” in apes. The idea was that animals could be considered more sentient if they understood that pointing meant a direction or that it was a directive and could perform the act themselves. It discussed a theory that went back several decades. I read with amazement as I thought, are they kidding? A monkey once told me exactly how to deliver the peanut he wanted by pointing to his prehensile tail. I was offering up the nut as he ran atop a grid above me at some kind of monkey zoo in Florida I visited many years ago. I couldn’t reach his hand so he pointed directly to his tail that swung down through the grid. Finally, this stupid human got what he was telling me. I put the peanut at the tip of his tail and he grabbed it and brought it up to his hand and ate the nut. Back then, I really was amazed. I had a successful communication with a monkey. That was in the early-mid 1970s!
Scientists, ethicists and the courts today are still debating whether or not animals should have rights. They debate their emotions, their needs and all sorts of things that are so self evident, you want to throw up your hands and punch them all in the face.
THE NONHUMAN RIGHTS PROJECTS (NhRP)
It starts with the premise that animals are sentient beings. They think. They feel. They are not simply property for us to do with as we please. There must be consideration. There must be empathy . There must be rights afforded to them.
Not someday. But today.
That’s where The Nonhuman Rights Project comes in. They advertise themselves as the only civil rights organization in the United States dedicated solely to securing rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, legislation, and education. Their main objection is defined thus: “To change the common law status of great apes, elephants, dolphins, and whales from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “legal persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily liberty and bodily integrity.” Their work is to be applauded.
Right now, among other cases, they are battling it out with New York’s Bronx Zoo that wants to keep a lone elephant in captivity. NhRP would like to see the elephant named “Happy”, of all implausible things, released to a sanctuary. Keeping any kind of herd animal alone in captivity is abuse in and of itself. The Bronx Zoo defends its action by using a Bronx County Supreme Court ruling from 2014 which asserted that to be a legal person with even a single legal right you have to be able to bear duties and responsibilities.
Patently absurd. A human baby cannot bear duties and responsibilities and yet it very clearly is a legal person under our laws. A person deemed legally insane cannot bear duties and responsibilities; nor can any number of other incapacitated individuals. And yet no one has suggested they can be easily deprived of any rights whatsoever.
Why are certain venues adamant in opposing legal rights for animals? Greed. They operate for profit and they are willing to torture a single animal for the pleasure of their continued profits. The Bronx Zoo’s lone elephant “Happy”, who against all common sense standards, is relegated to a solitary existence and is most likely being driven insane. Yet, the Bronx Zoo resists all efforts by NhRP to get Happy transferred to a sanctuary. Would Happy’s absence from the Zoo really create a terrible hardship to them? NO. But of course it might set a precedent against their never-ending profit scheme to keep elephants or any other species in captivity. Not just the Bronx Zoo, of course, but many more that operate just like it. A sanctuary, on the other hand, would afford animals the right to form their own families and bonds and allow them space to interact with their own kind and breed with whom they choose.
We humans have done great injustices to other species for so long, it’s high time for us to do the right thing. The Nonhuman Rights Projects is their salvation. It has taken basic animal rights a step farther. Now if only the courts will do the right thing and secure animal rights on the level they deserve.
by: Ginger Marin
To read more about NhRP’s client Happy the elephant and to see a timeline of events, go to https://www.nonhumanrights.org/client-happy/ What is particularly sad is that the timeline shows that Happy will probably be dead by the time U.S. courts defend common sense principles.
An interesting discussion on the subject can be found here https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/can-elephants-be-persons
Recently, I was interviewed by Yitzi Weiner for Authority Magazine on Medium and Thrive Global. I appreciated the opportunity and found the questions thought-provoking on many levels. The topics ranged from career moments to discussions about how I viewed the world.
Mr. Weiner is a journalist, author, and the founder Authority Magazine, and CEO of Authority Magazine’s Thought Leader Incubator, which guides leaders to become prolific content creators. In 2017, he created the popular, “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me” series that highlights the empowering lessons learned from the experiences of high-profile entrepreneurs and public figures.
Rising Star Ginger Marin: “It is the responsibility of every human to care for the planet; It is, after all, our only home.”
Last week, the Syrian government used chemical weapons, sarin gas specifically, that took the lives of 70 of its citizens, children among them, “beautiful babies” as Trump called them. America was OUTRAGED.
Big agri-chemical companies poison American citizens on a daily basis. Our bodies are filled with harmful chemicals from pesticides, lead, mercury and on and on that affect our immune systems, endocrine systems, brain, liver, kidneys, etc. America is NOT outraged.
As many as 29 million Americans, about one in 10, lack health insurance according to a May 2016 article by thefiscaltimes.com, causing many to go without any kind of health care which can lead to debilitating diseases and death. America is NOT outraged.
The United States still, after all these years, does not have universal health care. America is NOT outraged.
Before the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies did not have to cover pre-existing conditions. Many people including “beautiful babies” died slow horrible deaths from their horribly debilitating preexisting conditions. America was NOT outraged.
The big pharmaceutical companies get away with charging obscene amounts of money for their cache of drugs, some of which are so expensive that health insurance companies won’t pay for them and people cannot afford to buy them which leads many people, including “beautiful babies”, to die slow painful deaths,. America is NOT outraged.
In January 2014, the number of homeless veterans was cited at 49,933. They get no health care, no food; they’re becoming sick, dying from suicide, illness, hunger, exposure to heat and cold. America is NOT outraged.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 564,708 people in January 2015 were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families and 358,422 were individuals. About 15 % of the homeless population, 83,170, are considered “chronically homeless” individuals. They die just like the homeless veterans from the very same reasons, including from violence committed against them. America is NOT outraged.
Factory farming’s bad practices encourages nonstop use of antibiotics in non-sick animals causing antibiotic resistance in humans which leads to severe illnesses not being treatable. People suffer; people die. America is NOT outraged.
Los Angeles, as just one example, allows the construction of homes within feet of freeways, deliberately exposing citizens to high levels of known toxic chemicals which wreak havoc on their health, shortening their life spans and yet, America is NOT outraged.
Our governments ignore infrastructure. Bridges collapse and people in cars careen to their deaths; freeway overpasses collapse and people get crushed to death. People are killed just walking on our crumbled, overlapping sidewalks; pipes burst from age, people get sick from toxic emissions, some get cancer; railroad tracks are outdated and trains derail causing death and injury. America is NOT outraged.
How are we all NOT outraged by the supreme hypocrisy of our governments and by our own obliviousness?
Here it is February 2017 and it’s time for the Academy Awards to be broadcast this Sunday. The awards’ season opened with people jumping up and down over La La Land for who knows what reason. The movie sucks. I guess people forgot what really good musicals are like. It wasn’t that long ago when “Chicago” hit the screen. Now that was a great musical.
In any case, I could not let this season go by without commenting on the Mel Gibson directed film “Hacksaw Ridge” starring Andrew Garfield. It’s spectacular from start to finish. It tells the story of WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, a true conscientious objector who refused to kill people and became the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. He saved the lives of 75 soldiers single handedly in a feat of determination, strength and undying faith. This is what a real hero looks like.
Andrew Garfield’s performance demands more than just an Oscar nomination. He deserves the win. He physically and emotionally embodies Doss and when he talks of faith and why he cannot pick up a gun, you believe every word and truly understand the motivation.
Garfield is surrounded by excellent acting from his fellow cast members including Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington. Exceptional are Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths as Doss’ parents. There is one scene that takes place in the Doss kitchen between Desmond and his parents that is stunning and heartbreaking as the father’s pain is horribly exposed. It is what turns Desmond into the direction of conscientious objector and becomes the very thing that causes his father to step up and commit to his son’s decision to fight the enemy in his own way, as a medic, working to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.
The film is absolutely gruesome in displaying the horrors of war; body parts blown off, intestines exposed; heads blasted; rats feasting on the remains. Yes, it’s sickening but it’s real. This movie deserves much credit this Oscar season. Garfield’s performance deserves the award for best actor. Hacksaw Ridge is nominated for best film and Mel Gibson for best director but they’ve got some stiff competition, unfortunately also from the aforementioned La La Land.
“Adventures in Avalon: An Offbeat & Quirky Adult Bedtime Story” by Ginger Marin was published in paperback on June 24, 2016. The book is also available in Kindle Format and it can be read for free via KindleUnlimited. Click the link to go straight to the Amazon sales page.
Description: Intrepid reporter Ginger Marin discovers a lost civilization of cartoon people living in Middle America, in a town called Avalon in the County of Ligature-Upon-Avon … one of those quaint little communities that is somewhat lost in American space, neither here nor there but definitely somewhere.
Her dispatches from the front lines will thrill and excite you as she describes all the crazy things cartoon people do when they think no one’s watching. You’ll read the fascinating, slightly raunchy, true tales of the Avalon Defense Department (a.k.a. police department) where rock star police detective General Schnitzkof, a former British officer, and his trusted assistant, rookie cop WingWing, a rotund little dumpling of a “lad”, solve some of the town’s most absurd crimes such as these: “The Case of the Missing Member or How John Sir Gwaine Bobolini Lost One of His Family Jewels and How He Recovered It … Well Sort Of”, “The Case of the Missing Haunted Mobile Home” and last, but certainly not least, “The Cream Puff Caper”, where you’ll meet some of Avalon’s worst offenders like that pervert Mr. Parabolikos and murderous old lady Wiggins.