Saturday, March 23, 2013




























Kristallnacht in slow motion: Palestinians as the new Jews

     Every time I write something unflattering about Israeli neo-cons, I always get a burst of anonymous phone calls for a few days.  But this never happens when I write about American neo-cons.  What's with that?

     Perhaps it's because almost every progressive on the internet today writes unflattering things about American neo-cons and it would take forever to bully us all.

     A FaceBook friend of mine living in Israel-Palestine just sent me a photo of a group of ordinary Jewish-Israeli citizens -- beating up on a terrified Arab-Israeli woman in the street http://rabbibrant.com/2013/03/04/jewish-violence-on-purim-time-for-a-religious-reckoning/.  And this photo reminded me of how, back in the 1930s, "Good Germans" used to beat up ordinary Jews on the streets too.

     And the next thing you knew, along came Germany's infamous Kristallnacht.

     But the difference between "Good Germans" back then and "Good Israelis" now is this:  Back in Nazi Germany, racism based on religious hatred all culminated in one horrible Kristallnacht orgy of killing, looting, oppression and genocide -- whereas the new Zionist oppression and genocide in Israel-Palestine seems to be happening now in slo-mo.  One day at a time, one house at a time, one street at a time, one Palestinian at a time
http://www.roitov.com/articles/eastjerusalem.htm.

     But the results are the same.

     And now, in 2013, the average individual "Good Israeli", just like the average individual "Good German" back in the 1930s (and the average individual "Good American" today) needs to finally wake up and finally realize that what neo-cons and pseudo-religious crazies can do (and have done) unto others, they can also do unto us as well.

PS:  According to journalist Roi Tov, formerly a captain in the IDF, "On March 1, 2013, the Israeli Ministry of Transport inaugurated two lines of buses to be used exclusively by Palestinians and created the opportunity for a Palestinian Rosa Parks to spark the struggle for Human Rights in the Holy Land."
http://www.roitov.com/articles/bus.htm  How come when "neo-cons" in Alabama segregated the buses, we all thought this action was abominable -- but when Israeli neo-cons do the exact same thing, we give them a pass?

     Tov calls this slow-motion attack on Palestinians "A war of the turtles" -- except that the Israeli neo-cons' turtle is a million times bigger, stronger, better armed and more powerful than the Palestinian turtle.  Duh.

PPS:  And does all this new slow-motion holocaust in Palestine mean that, 30 or 40 years from now, the UN will also allow Palestinians to establish a new homeland in Germany -- as a salve for our guilt because the world knowingly stood by, did nothing and watched silently as six million Palestinians were sent off to concentration camps and/or gassed?

PPPS:  And it appears that you and I are the ones also paying for this new "Kristallnacht in slow motion" racket as well.  According to a recent Congressional report, America even bought Israeli neo-cons a whole shite-load of F-35s (those stealth bombers that don't even work) in order to reign down even more slo-mo hell onto Palestinians!

     And according to Joe Biden at a recent AIPAC conference, President Obama "has directed close coordination, strategically and operationally, between our government and our Israeli partners, including our political, military and intelligence leadership."  So apparently we are also guiding Israeli neo-con "strategic and operational" policies behind the slo-mo massacre of all those women and children in Palestine too.  Good to know. 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/03/08/vice-president-biden-aipac-policy-conference-2013

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Here's a really good instruction manual to use if you're an Israeli neo-con trying to steal homes from Palestinians in East Jerusalem.  It's even better than the manual used by American neo-cons and banksters to steal working-class Americans' homes!  http://www.roitov.com/articles/eastjerusalem.htm

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

































































Mexico: America's on-the-job construction apprenticeship training program

Been anywhere near an active construction site lately? I have. And the first thing that you will probably notice on almost any construction site in America these days is that almost everyone there is both skilled and hard-working. And the second thing that you might notice at each construction site in America is that almost everyone there is speaking Spanish.

"Where did those guys learn all those amazing and intricate construction skills?" you might ask after watching almost any construction crew in action. 

"They learned them in Mexico."

You want to receive excellent on-the-job training? Want to sign on to an excellent apprenticeship program in carpentry, woodworking, plumbing, roofing, whatever? Want to go to an outstanding trade school or attend a five-star-rated "technical institute" (as they used to be called in America back in the day)? Then just swim the Rio Grande backwards. Become a wetback in reverse.

No one here in America seems to be learning these skills any more. Plus, in many schools in America now, they don't even teach woodshop in high school any more. So if you wanna learn construction skills, go south of the border. Or if you want to hire a good already-trained journeyman carpenter, Mexico is your go-to source for qualified craftsmen.

Just like there used to be a brain-drain of highly-skilled doctors and computer geeks coming to America from other countries, now we also have a brain-drain of highly skilled carpenters, steel-workers, stone-masons and bridge-builders coming to America from Mexico.

And that's just sad; that strategically-important construction skills are no longer either the birthright or the passion of Americans born here these days -- because almost no one is teaching them here now. And, more important, almost no one born here in America is even interested in learning these skills.

Mexico has become our new source of future skilled labor.

PS: Like it says on that famous T-shirt, "Illegal immigration began in 1492". But instead of hating undocumented Americans, we should be grateful to them for helping to build America.

PPS: All those strong young American men and women who used to go into the building and manufacturing trades? They are now mostly specializing in becoming trained killers -- heartless killers being sent to foreign lands where they don't belong and instructed to murder children.

"The US war on Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans. But the cost could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades when interest payments are included, according to study released on Thursday" according to AntiWar News http://news.antiwar.com/2013/03/14/iraq-war-could-cost-6-trillion/

And according to journalist Robert Parry, even the pope approves of this kind of carnage http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/16515-focus-pope-francis-cia-and-death-squads

And as for the rest of us? It's like Mark Morford of the San Francisco Chronicle just wrote, "37% of [Americans] are completely lost" http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2013/03/12/37-percent-of-people-completely-lost/

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Sunday, March 10, 2013















No fun at all: Homeless in Berkeley and poor in Jakarta

     My friend Gordon Lau works for a charitable foundation in Jakarta that tries to help the poorest of the poor -- and so he decided to see exactly what his clients are going through by being "Poor for a Day" himself http://www.grameenfoundation.org/

     I wanna be poor for a day too -- and have just been given the perfect opportunity to do so.  My housing co-op is being re-habbed and I have to be out of my apartment for three weeks while they do everything to it except install a new chimney for Santa Claus to come down.

    Fifteen years ago, I started fighting like a tiger to get my co-op re-habbed because it was falling apart -- but its board of directors kept balking or even actively fighting the idea, getting so sick of me that they even threatened poor sweet me with eviction and jail if I didn't shut up. 

     However, some broad members finally had a change of heart and others retired, and we actually finally started getting re-hab plans made -- but even then it took us an additional five years to get the re-hab finally under way. 

     And now that it's here and actually happening?  I think I've created a monster!  


     Almost everything on the property must go, from shingles to roofing to flooring to kitchen sinks.  The whole place has been in complete chaos for months. 

     Around forty units have been re-habbed already -- and now it's my turn to put up or shut up as my own unit goes through a complete wash-rise-and-dry cycle.  But although the co-op is giving me a per diem to stay somewhere else for three weeks, if I can somehow scrounge by for less than the per diem, I'll have extra money for food and/or for getting a root canal (you gotta be a member of Congress or live on Wall Street to receive federally-funded dental care these days -- so most of the rest of us are either going to have to work three jobs, win the lottery or go toothless.  But I digress).

     So in the interest of not going hungry and good dental hygiene, I decided to follow Gordon Lau's Jakarta example and go "Poor for a Day" too.

      Let's see.  First I can follow a rising trend here in Berkeley and camp out on the front steps of that abandoned building next door.  That won't cost me anything.  However, the current policy there seems to be, "Bring your own mattress". 

    Now where can I get a good meal for less than a dollar?  St. Paul's AME church does a free lunch on Tuesdays.  I'm in.

    The rest of the day I can spend at the public library, using its computer and reading murder mysteries in the back room.  Then what about dinner?  You know that Chez Panisse caught on fire recently?  http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/03/08/fire-at-chez-panisse-damages-front-of-restaurant/  Maybe they would be having a fire sale?  I could always swing by and see. 

     And then there is always dumpster-diving.  Oh, and the Sweet Adeline bakery might have some leftover chocolate cream pie at the end of the day?  Wistful thinking.  There's never gonna be any left over.  That stuff sells fast!

     The South Berkeley farmers market is held on Tuesdays too.  I could see what they have for cheap at the end of the day.  Or up on Telegraph, at People's Park, don't they still have a soup kitchen at night?  Or the Berkeley Bowl is having a big sale on Brown Cow yogurt.  I could do that.

    Then back to the abandoned building for the night -- or perhaps I could get a more scenic view by sheltering in place up in Tilden Park?  And still have fifty cents left in my pocket at the end of the day.  I could do this.  Once.  But every single day?  No, no, no and no!  I truly don't see how genuinely homeless people can do it.

    "But what if it rains, Jane?" you might ask.  "Or what if you get mugged, raped or killed?"  Oh well.  Just one less poor person and one less senior citizen on Social Security for the RepubliDems to look down their noses at and/or rob.  No wonder Congress is helping seniors die off so fast -- less Social Security to pay out, so more money for Wall Street and War Street!

     What makes us human?  Capitalists say that it is our ability to produce profit -- at any cost.  However, Jesus, the Buddha and Mohammed all agree that it is only compassion for others who are weaker than us that gives us our humanity and raises us up above the rest of the beasts.

     Still and all, I will be really really really glad when I can move back into my apartment again.  And if you live in the Berkeley area and need me to house-sit between now and the end of March, please let me know.  I'll even try to walk your dog.  Er, maybe not. 
Or there's always http://airbnb.com.  And my wonderful son Joe's futon in his apartment in La Mission.


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 What next?  I'm still trying to get to Haiti ASAP but unfortunately my investigative-reporting trip has had to be postponed until the end of March.  Please donate toward my trip's expenses here if you can: 
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 Are you a plaintiffs' attorney who is tired of writing those pesky personal injury settlement briefs all the time? No problem! I can write them for you. Years of experience. And pay me only if you win the case.
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I recently 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=cm_rdp_product

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