Mary Beth Writes

Here is another short MB take on the impeachment hearings.

Why Ukraine?  

Location, location, location.

Trump wanted the Ukrainians to turn the Biden name into a scandal. Trump is obviously in the thrall of Putin; whether this is criminal or simply his dangerous fascination with strongmen is the questions du jour. In any case, it seems likely that Trump Whisperer Putin suggested, “All you need to do is connect Biden to graft and you can win this election. Worked the last time, didn’t it…”?

Because Putin wants to run Ukraine.  

Why?

Follow the money.

Ukraine has .04% of the earth’s surface, .08% of earth’s population, and 1.5% of earth’s minerals.  Ukraine is rich in iron, manganese, titanium-zirconium ore; it has the largest reserve of titanium in Europe. Think aircraft, space technology, tanks, guns, ships, and missiles. It also has the largest reserve of uranium in Europe. Think nuclear power and weapons. Ukraine is rich in coal, oil, gas, sulfur, rock and potassium salt.

Ukraine is also the nation through which nearly ALL the gas lines of natural gas flow from Russia to Europe.

Instead of focusing on the corruptibly high salary Hunter Biden was paid to be on the board of Burisma, let’s look at it from this angle. Can we wonder if our nation, our CIA, our NSA, our Obama administration etc. – did we WANT that nice Biden guy to be in that place, looking like he was daddy’s overpaid son – because under that guise he could observe decisions being made by the Burisma board?

 Just wondering.

Where a nation suffers injustice, graft, corruption, and poverty – google what their natural resources are.  What we are observing, in my opinion, in the impeachment hearings is the leading edge of powerful men playing a damn serious game Monopoly. 

Yes, this is about Trump and his wealth. Yes, it is about campaign finance war chests of Republican Representatives and Senators.  But behind that, it is about international imperialism and corruption.

Fighting that worldwide corruption in these hearings is a bigger show that we see on the surface.

PS: This is the question to ask. What are the resources? This is what to do. Follow the money. 

*Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most mineral rich nations on earth. It is estimated it sits on $24 Trillion dollars in natural resources. Half the population lives on less than $1 per day.

*Did you know that offshore drilling is a new, burgeoning industry in Myanmar bringing in untold wealth?  Did you know the Rohingya people, one of the most persecute people on earth, victims of ongoing genocide, lived until evicted by murder and terror, in Rakhine state - the long skinny state along the western ocean shore of Myanmar?

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Facts about Ukraine: Check this out if you want more precise facts and figures: 

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R.I.P. Dr. Stan Hallett. I was listening in those History of Ethics classes. 

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Quarantine Diary #308 1/15/2021

My life is pretty fine, and I bet yours is, too. Warm place to live. Food to eat. Friends to share and laugh with - even if we have to do it via Zoom.

At the same time, who isn’t feeling anxiety and dread? Will the white supremacist insurrectionist knobs attack the inaugural? Will they screw up state capitols and infrastructure? One lone guy blew up Nashville a mere three weeks ago. What the hell is going on?

Quarantine Diary #307 Brain Names

Remember when there was no autism? Sure, there were kids in our schools who were weirdly able to remember stuff, or were hard to control, or whose emotions triggered at the oddest time. We generally ignored those kids. Those of us who were kind did, anyways. Others bullied. 

Remember the mopey kids in high school who knew too much about depressing art and angsty music and sometimes killed themselves?

Quarantine Diary #306 Hunched Over & Paying Attention

I am going to write some Quarantine Diary entries again. There’s a lot going on and sometimes it helps to hear a small voice as well as the big voices of journalists, pundits, networks, the other public media we follow.

I have had a small headache off and on for days. I worried that I might have contracted Covid, except dang it, I haven’t gone anywhere! And then, thinking about it, I realized I am hunched over my phone much more than usual. These mild on-again, off-again headaches are from eyestrain and weird posture.

Rime and Treason

These photos were taken by Len on Monday in that other time and world that existed before the Trump gorgons mobbed the Capitol. (Gorgons existed in Greek literature. Gorgons are the poisonous siblings with hair of living snakes. Those who beheld them face-to-face turned to stone. Or were killed by being beaten by a fire extinguisher.)

I have been trying to write about that but it is too hard. There is so much that is clear and is informative. You are reading it as much as I am. Blessed be the journalists, right? 

Quarantine Diary #292 New Year's Eve

Many of us feel as if we are in limbo until Biden takes office. I don’t think you need me to say a lot about how long and hard this year has been; we’ve been in this dentist’s chair together.

But...

Did you see how many days quarantine has lasted? 292 days.

So far.

This week I read a remarkable essay. On Natural Landscapes, Metaphorical Living, and Warlpiri Identity, by Barry Lopez. https://lithub.com/. Life is weird. The day after I read it, Mr. Lopez died.

Advent Light Post 12/24/2020

Judy Saunders. Photo of a Rose.

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung,
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
As folks of old have sung.
It came a flower bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night.

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Len and I were delivering presents to Chicago yesterday. Social distancing, with masks, but we did it and we saw our kids’ faces and there’s your Christmas, Ma’am.

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