Friday, October 28, 2011










































When hard work does NOT pay off: Ukrainian POWs in Canada


Republican billionaire fat cats always keep telling us that if we, the great unwashed, unemployed uncouth 99%, would just stop grumbling, get off our fat asses, go out and Get A Job, then everything would be all right and we would all be fat cats like them. Nah. The deck has already been stacked against us -- and by the very same fat cats who are dealing the cards. Obviously.

In real life, hard work doesn't necessarily pay off. Just look at what happened to Ukrainians in Canada for instance.

Up in Banff National Park, there is a small bronze monument out in the middle of nowhere, by the side of the road. It is a statue of a single Ukrainian farmer -- but it could have been a statue of any one of the rest of us 99%.

"Back in the 1880s," someone in Banff recently told me, "Canadian railroad companies began an advertizing campaign in Britain that glowingly portrayed the wonders of life on the Canadian prairies to the gullible Brits -- and then a bunch of British settlers were unceremoniously dumped off out in the middle of nowhere after having been promised free farmland. But one year later, when railroad officials came back to see how the settlers were doing, half of the Brits were dead and the other half never wanted to see Canada again." So much for truth in advertizing.

"Not deterred, however, the railways then made the same promises to a bunch of farmers in Ukraine and they too got dumped out on the cold windy prairie. But when railroad officials came back a year later, this time the prairies were thriving, everyone was happy and there was even extra produce to sell. Their hard work had paid off."

Or had it?

"By the time World War I arrived, British-Canadians had become so jealous of Ukrainian-Canadians that large numbers of Ukrainian-Canadians had been rounded up and thrown into concentration camps near Banff."

There's a moral here somewhere -- that hard work doesn't necessarily pay off? Or that one should never trust the fat cats.

So next time that Republican oligarchs start calling us lazy because we're not rich like them, think about all those poor hard-working Ukrainian-Canadians who lost their land because someone else, not them, was in charge of their government. And then act accordingly.

PS: After visiting the upscale town of Banff (aka "Be Aware -- Nothing's For Free"), I headed off to the legendary Lake Louise, which is, actually, surprisingly small. And then I actually walked on top of an actual glacier. Amazing. Peaceful. Awesome. Now I understand why Tibetans are so spiritual. You can't help but think about Love and Beauty and the Mystery of Life when you're surrounded by the stunning silence of an ice field.

After that, I stopped by Jasper, another Canadian version of Aspen or Vail. And its acronym is "Just Another Shopping Paradise Extracting Revenue." Then on to Kamloops and Sun Peaks, aka "Sales Up, New Property Expensive, Please Erase Austerity, Keep Spending".

PPS: While many of our One Percent are happily off taking High Tea or heli-skiiing in Banff, what are the rest of us up to? Fighting to preserve the pensions and Social Security benefits that our hard work has earned us? Looking for work in an economy where there are four job-seekers for every one job? Watching our homes go into foreclosure?

What, for instance, is Scott Olsen doing right now?

PPPS: I'm still trying to find some mainstream media outlet to sponsor me to go over to Iraq and write about troop withdrawals.
The military won't let me in without a mainstream sponsor -- even though the Lone Star Iconoclast is willing to sponsor me and I've been there before.

Come on, MSM, man up and sponsor me! How is America's 99% going to ever know what is truly going on over there if coverage is only limited to media giants controlled by the good old One Percent? Or is that exactly the point.

I've still got until Thanksgiving to find a sponsor and get over there. Come on, guys! Send me! And I promise to send back all the news fit to print!

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I recently got my Notary Public commission!

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I also wrote a book about going on Hajj (also included as a chapter in "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket," but this book is cheaper -- but it's worth buying them both!) My book on the Hajj is so outstanding that I bet even Christian fundamentalists will love it! Please buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Mecca-Hajj-Lessons-Islamic-School/dp/0978615700/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238806637&sr=1-2

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Monday, October 24, 2011






















































Seeking solace: High Tea in Banff & the ghosts of PTSD


After finally arriving in Banff National Park the other day, I treated myself to high tea at the famous historic high-tone Banff Springs Hotel. Now this is the right way to camp!

Joining me for high tea at the hotel was an up-and-coming young filmmaker named Holly Chadwick. Chadwick is currently in the process of editing her new movie, "Seeking Solace," a film whose plot revolves around the sad stories of two post-war veterans who have returned home after fighting in two of America's bloodiest corporatist wars. One vet had fought in Iraq recently and the other had fought in Vietnam years ago -- but both of them struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Over scones, Devenshire cream, cucumber sandwiches and Earl Grey tea and looking out through a huge picture window next to our table at one of the most majestic scenes on the planet today, Chadwick and I discussed PTSD. And then, after high tea was over and it became obvious that there were no more petit-fours to be had, Chadwick then took me back to her artist-in-residence studio at the Banff Center to show me some of the clips from her new movie.


Most of the clips that I saw were about her characters' nightmares -- the horrible nightmares that war veterans so often suffer from after returning from battlefields.

Veterans apparently relive their wartime past experiences again and again in their dreams. And then, all too often, these same returning vets attempt to commit suicide -- either consciously or subconsciously. According to the Army Times, 18 U.S. veterans actually attempt suicide per day. Others kill themselves less obviously by getting into automobile accidents or falling asleep while smoking or taking up extreme sports. "Suicide by Cop" also seems to be a current favorite with PTSD vets.


America is hemorrhaging all too many returning veterans' lives. Chadwick's movie deals with some of these problems.

"After making this film, have you developed any theories with regard to how to better recognize, treat and cure PTSD?" I asked Chadwick. Obviously she had given much thought to this subject and hoped that her film might supply some of the answers -- or at least start getting more people to discuss and focus in on one of post-modern America's most critical problems. By making this film, it is Chadwick's intention to raise America's awareness regarding this vast epidemic of misery.

"The basic plot of my film," stated Chadwick, "revolves around what happens when the ghost of a Vietnam veteran comes back to haunt the protagonist, a female soldier who had witnessed carnage in Iraq. But Vietnam vet's ghost is a helpful ghost." Good. Vets need all the helpful ghosts that they can get -- because sometimes constantly dosing PTSD sufferers with medication up to their eyeballs just isn't enough.

I have read where serotonin-adjusting chemicals can sometimes help vets recover from PTSD -- but can sometimes also drive them further over the edge as well.


"So what exactly do you think will help vets recover from PTSD?" I asked Chadwick. Besides ghosts, of course.

"One of the main things that appears to help them is peer support -- someone who can honestly say, 'Been there. Done that. And I got better'. Plus time helps. And a healthy, safe environment. Positive reinforcement. And also a sure sense that they also have a bright future as well as an unbearable past." Then perhaps having meaningful jobs waiting for them when they return might really help. Fat chance of that!


And Chadwick and I both agreed that participating in any act of creativity may also help PTSD veterans to recover faster.


"There is research that shows that learning both math and music help with strengthening connections between different parts of the brain -- and so studying math and music may also be beneficial in helping with PTSD," said Chadwick.


How ironic is that!

In the past several decades, our government has been taken over in a bloodless coup by corporatists who are making their biggest profits from war. And taxpayers' money that would have ordinarily gone to help returning vets to become artists and musicians and filmmakers and writers and such is now being siphoned off to pay for more and more wars -- and these wars in turn create more PTSD.

Almost all of the money that should be going to help our vets to recover from PTSD is now being generously showered down upon the war industry -- the very people who are currently busy CREATING more and more and more PTSD, far faster than anyone can cure it -- a vicious cycle.

But hopefully Chadwick's new film may help out.

PS: Here's a link to Chadwick's webpage if you would like to see some rough clips from the film and a prototype trailer as well: http://seekingsolace.net

PPS: Speaking of ghosts, Marilyn Monroe used to stay at the Banff Springs Hotel back in the day, when she was filming "River of No Return" with Robert Mitchum. And I think that I also might have seen Marilyn's ghost flit by me as I ate my petit-fours and scones for High Tea. Perhaps she too suffered from PTSD -- after they shot Kennedy?


PPPS: Now that Obama is allegedly shutting down all American military bases in Iraq, I am starting to get all nostalgic for my time spent over there -- embedded in various forward operating bases, command outposts, transit airbases and dining facilities throughout Iraq.

Don't get me wrong. I'm totally glad to see all these bases be abandoned (or at least to be turned over to Blackwater, which is apparently the new plan), and would even love to see America's other hundreds of bases throughout the world close down too. But, Geez Louise, how I would love to go back and write an article saying farewell to Iraq -- and to do it now, before everything that I remember there disappears forever. Me and Ernest Hemingway. My own personal Farewell to Arms.

And I bet that many soldiers who have served in Iraq in the past and are still serving there now will know what I'm talking about. One really does get nostalgic for the U.S. military experience in Iraq -- such as experiencing close comradeship with others, the excellent skill-based knowledge of your compatriots, the fact that one actually has a job and gets actual benefits -- and, of course, the D-FAC!
But not the killing. That only brings on PTSD.

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I recently got my Notary Public commission!

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I also wrote a book about going on Hajj (also included as a chapter in "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket," but this book is cheaper -- but it's worth buying them both!) My book on the Hajj is so outstanding that I bet even Christian fundamentalists will love it! Please buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Mecca-Hajj-Lessons-Islamic-School/dp/0978615700/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238806637&sr=1-2

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Am trying to re-embed in Iraq

...and the press desk in Baghdad just told me that this latest news embed will be open to me if I can just get over to Iraq before Thanksgiving and also can convince a major news outlet to sponsor me. I have embedded in Iraq four and a half times before and want to go back to cover the U.S. troop withdrawal, emphasizing the nostalgia value of returning to a world that I once knew well and that will no longer exist after December 31, 2011.

I would be
covering the withdrawal from both my own point of view as a returning war correspondent and also as a surrogate observer for all the thousands of veterans who served there as well and cannot go back to witness this historic event.

Since I will be paying my own way, sponsorship of me would entail only providing a communication from you stating that you are my sponsor.

Here is a link to an article about me written by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/outriders/2007/04/views_of_iraq_jane_stillwater.shtml

Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.

Jane Stillwater
jpstillwater@yahoo.com
510-843-0581










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I just got my Notary Public commission!

Need a Notary Public? Have seal, will travel. E-mail me at jpstillwater@yahoo.com and I'll stamp your document, make it official and only charge $10. Of course if you live outside of Berkeley, I may have to charge travel expenses -- but am well worth it!

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Want something good to read? Buy my book! "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket: Helpful Tips for Touring Today's Middle East," available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Your-Own-Flak-Jacket/dp/0978615719/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_title_1. It's like if Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain and/or Janet Evanovich went to war.

I also wrote a book about going on Hajj (also included as a chapter in "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket," but this book is cheaper -- but it's worth buying them both!) My book on the Hajj is so outstanding that I bet even Christian fundamentalists will love it! Please buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Mecca-Hajj-Lessons-Islamic-School/dp/0978615700/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238806637&sr=1-2

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"Imagine a world where EVERY child is wanted, nurtured, protected and loved: World peace in one generation!"
You can now buy T-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, truckers' caps, baby gear and/or teddy bears with this logo printed on them. They make great gifts, especially for parents and teachers. To purchase, just click here: http://www.cafepress.com/StillTWaters

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011



































































With Liberty & Justice for All: My dude ranch experience in Montana


America really is one freaking large country. Just driving across Montana has completely worn me out. Plus they've got lots of cowboys and Indians in Montana. And buffalo too. I met an Indian in Glacier National Park the other day and asked him what he preferred to be called. "Probably Native American would be best," he replied.

"How about 'First American' instead?"

"Works for me."

Then I went off to this dude ranch near Kalispell and the dude in charge there made me recite the Pledge of Allegiance before I was allowed to eat my dinner. Sure, why not. Actually, I just LOVE America's wonderful Pledge of Allegiance -- especially the part that says, "With liberty and justice for all". Liberty and justice for everyone! Yay. Liberty and justice for all First Americans -- and liberty and justice for everyone else who has come here ever since. Liberty and justice for all of us.

"Liberty and Justice for all". Now is that such a hard concept to grasp?

And if you're still having trouble grasping the concept, check out this article on the subject from Forbes Magazine: http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddessig/2011/10/16/the-contrasting-psychologies-of-occupy-wall-street-and-the-tea-party/2/

It also seems to me that the more people here in America claim to be flag-waving patriots and the more that they try to shove the Pledge of Allegiance down our throats -- the more likely these very same people, in direct inverse ratio to their proclaimed patriotism, will deliberately ignore the part of the Pledge that says, "With liberty and justice for all". But guess what, guys. You can't have it both ways.

And then I crossed the border over into Canada. Apparently some newspaper in Canada recently took a big survey regarding who Canadians themselves would pick as the most wonderful Canadian of all. And guess who Canadians picked hands-down by a huge margin?
Tommy Douglas. "Tommy who?" you might ask. Do Americans even know who Tommy Douglas even is? Heck, do Americans even know who Canada's current prime minister even is?

I myself thought for sure that Canadians would pick Wayne Gretzky to be Number One -- but apparently not.

Anyway, Tommy Douglas was the man who was single-handedly responsible for creating Canada's national single-payer healthcare system. See? Travel broadens.

And travel broadens literally too, of course, because Canada's Thanksgiving is celebrated a whole month earlier than America's Thanksgiving due to the fact that Canada's growing season is shorter than ours and their harvests come in earlier than ours -- and, as a result, I get to celebrate TWO Thanksgivings this year. And eat two pumpkin pies.

My next stop is Banff National Park.

PS: As I was sitting in a honky-tonk dive bar on Montana/Alberta border that was trying desperately to pass itself off as a duty-free shop, and eating a Magnum bar and listening to Willie Nelson, a thought suddenly occurred to me.

"What if, during the Reagan administration, our Ronnie had actually decided to be a true patriot instead of the sell-out he was, and he had stood up to Big Business and said, 'For every job that gets outsourced to some third-world country for cheap labor, America should impose a tariff on the resultant returning products equal to the difference in the amount of wages paid to their guys instead of to our guys?'"

That would have been a brilliant thing for Reagan to do -- or for Nixon, both Bushes or Clinton to do. Or even All Gore for that matter (if his election hadn't been stolen by corporatists, the unholy one percent). And not only that, but imposing these tariffs would have been totally and completely patriotic.

But it's still not too late. Obama could still do it. "Liberty and Justice for All," Obama! Liberty and justice for the people who voted for you. Yeah right.

PPS: Every time the INS and the state of Arizona hassles an undocumented American, it also violates our Pledge of Allegiance. Isn't it illegal to violate the Pledge? Is the Pledge of Allegiance actually a law? Can undocumented Americans actually take the INS and Arizona to court for violating the Pledge?

And when Congress added the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance back in 1954, exactly what was their intent? That Americans should obey God's "Thou shalt not Kill" clause? Or how about obeying the part that says "Thou shalt not Steal"? And did Congress intend that, like Jesus, we should throw moneychangers out of the temple?

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I just got my Notary Public commission!

Need a Notary Public? Have seal, will travel. E-mail me at jpstillwater@yahoo.com and I'll stamp your document, make it official and only charge $10. Of course if you live outside of Berkeley, I may have to charge travel expenses -- but am well worth it!

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Want something good to read? Buy my book! "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket: Helpful Tips for Touring Today's Middle East," available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Your-Own-Flak-Jacket/dp/0978615719/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_title_1. It's like if Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain and/or Janet Evanovich went to war.

I also wrote a book about going on Hajj (also included as a chapter in "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket," but this book is cheaper -- but it's worth buying them both!) My book on the Hajj is so outstanding that I bet even Christian fundamentalists will love it! Please buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Mecca-Hajj-Lessons-Islamic-School/dp/0978615700/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238806637&sr=1-2

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Friday, October 14, 2011






















































Outsourcing the dirty work: Seattle, horsemeat & eye trouble


Just three days before I was supposed to go on a two-week camping trip through the Northwest, my eyes started to burn and hurt. And then my vision started to get blurry. Yikes! So I immediately got all upset and rushed off to the doctor -- but also started comparing my own vision problems with those of America's vision problems as well. I am not alone. America's vision has also gotten pretty blurry recently.

For far too long, we Americans have sat back and placidly allowed just one percent of our number to own 99 percent of our money. And, as a friend of mine in Poland recently wrote me, "Democracy is incompatible with capitalism as long as the three richest people in a 'democracy' have more money than the gross national income of the world's 48 poorest countries."

So I went off to my optometrist, got acupunctured, bought herbal eye remedies, stuck prescription drops in my eyes, packed up my computer and went camping anyway -- hoping that my vision (and my country's vision too) would somehow miraculously clear up.

The first stop on my tour of the Northwest was Seattle and the famous Pike Place Market, where someone had told me that they sold horsemeat. According to traditional Chinese medicine, eating horsemeat is good for one's eyes. But I couldn't find any there. Apparently you have to go to Asia or Europe to find horsemeat to eat. All they sold in Seattle was salmon.

But that's okay. I really didn't want to eat horsemeat anyway. Who the freak would want to eat horsemeat? Horses are our friends!

"Here's the story on horsemeat," said someone I met while drinking coffee in Seattle (everyone drinks lots of coffee in Seattle, BTW). "It is illegal to slaughter horses in the United States -- so they are all rounded up and shipped off to immense slaughterhouses in Canada."

Hey, that sounds like America's foreign policy for the last decade or so. Outsourcing slaughter. The Multi-National Coalition helped the Pentagon slaughter folks in Iraq. Israeli corporatists help American corporatists slaughter women and children in Palestine. UN "peacekeepers" help the Bush-Obama administration slaughter Afghans. And NATO is happily helping American oil companies slaughter civilians in Libya. Plus American corporatists are now keeping their fingers crossed that Israeli corporatists will soon be slaughtering Iranians for them too.

Like America outsources its slaughter of horses, the corporatist "one percent" that now owns Washington also outsources its slaughter of people.

But not all Americans think that the butchery of human beings -- either here or abroad -- is a swell idea. And in the city that gave us Grey's Anatomy and the Space Needle and Starbuck's, "Occupy Seattle" is now in full operation -- right down the street from the historic 1999 WTO protests.

And then the next day I went off to visit "Occupy Spokane" too. Perhaps America is finally getting its vision back after all.

PS: In the misty Cascade mountains lies the small town of Leavenworth -- not Leavenworth, Kansas, home of the famous prison where Bush, Cheney, Obama and half of Wall Street clearly belong, but Leavenworth, Washington -- a cute tourist replica of some small town in Bavaria.

When the railroads no longer stopped in Leavenworth, Washington, and the logging shut down, people there were hurting so they thought of a gimmick to get themselves through the hard times -- and went Bavarian. Now Leavenworth is a regional tourist attraction with an Octoberfest and a Christmas-tree-lighting festival and everything. See? You don't have to make war on strangers in order to survive economically these days.

But I gotta admit that the "Occupy Leavenworth" movement consisted mainly of me. Everyone else was too busy wearing lederhosen and eating bratwurst.

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I just got my Notary Public commission!

Need a Notary Public? Have seal, will travel. E-mail me at jpstillwater@yahoo.com and I'll stamp your document, make it official and only charge $10. Of course if you live outside of Berkeley, I may have to charge travel expenses -- but am well worth it!

****

Want something good to read? Buy my book! "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket: Helpful Tips for Touring Today's Middle East," available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Your-Own-Flak-Jacket/dp/0978615719/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_title_1. It's like if Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain and/or Janet Evanovich went to war.

I also wrote a book about going on Hajj (also included as a chapter in "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket," but this book is cheaper -- but it's worth buying them both!) My book on the Hajj is so outstanding that I bet even Christian fundamentalists will love it! Please buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Mecca-Hajj-Lessons-Islamic-School/dp/0978615700/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238806637&sr=1-2

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"Imagine a world where EVERY child is wanted, nurtured, protected and loved: World peace in one generation!"
You can now buy T-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, truckers' caps, baby gear and/or teddy bears with this logo printed on them. They make great gifts, especially for parents and teachers. To purchase, just click here: http://www.cafepress.com/StillTWaters

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