The JQ: Republished


This was published several months ago.  I took it down because I was worried it would be thought anti-Semitic.  On re-reading it I honestly don’t know how someone would construe criticism of a particular variety of tribalism as anti-Semitic.  NO group is, or should be, above criticism.    And on the other hand, Jews tend to be exceptionally intelligent, particularly in the verbal intelligence areas.  So anyone who thinks this is anti-Semitic in nature is very sadly, very badly mistaken.  Or has a chip on their shoulder.  Nuance, people.  Nuance.  

I belong to a group on FB dedicated to folkish heathens.  Most are folkish to the point that they would not allow a person of obviously black ancestry to participate.  I would, but with the codicil that they understand and practice the culture and mores of the group – something that many would not be able to comprehend let alone practice.

The most recent conversation concerns the JQ however.  Basically, one member is saying that if you have one drop of Jewish blood you cannot possibly be a heathen and can’t participate in heathenry.  This was brought up due to the strong Jewish membership of TAC.  (you can’t brag about your Jewishness and your bar mitzvah and then say you’re a heathen)  And also due to Matt Flavel apparently writing in response to an inquiry that the AFA doesn’t check the ancestry of their members nor refuse people as long as they don’t tout their Jewish ancestry.  As I’m in the middle of reading The Culture of Critique by Kevin McDonald I found it serendipitous and decided to read more before formulating a response.

ETA and BTW I’ve been black pilled in the last 6 months or so regarding Jewish involvement in Soviet Russia as well as in the Weimar Republic after WWI among other other things.  I’m truly appalled that anyone would have thought these were good ideas or not realized that they weren’t going to turn out badly.

The basic message I’m getting from the book is that Jews are basically pretty self destructive and always have been.  They apparently currently think that by destroying Western Culture it will enable them to survive and prosper, but based on Germany 1920’s/30’s and Russia / USSR it appears more like they always go too far and get slapped down. They appear to be responsible, at least at this point, without a deeper look into history, for their own discrimination. It’s a natural response to their actions.  Look at the ejection of Jews from Spain in the 1500’s, or the ejection of them from England in (I think?) the 1200’s.  I realize that some of the charges were probably trumped, and a lot of innocent people may have suffered along with a small contingent of actually guilty people, but it’s important to note that there were no innocent Jews calling out the misdeeds of their fellow tribesmen.  They were complicit by their silence though they may have been innocent of the charges.  It seems to be an endless circle with no end in sight.

I am, as I’ve pointed out before, NOT a universalist.  I don’t think the N. European Gods are for everyone.  And I do think that if you’ve been chosen by these Gods they tend to be very incompatible with YHWH, Allah, and other monotheistic Gods.  In my opinion, having studied the histories and some of the sacred writings related to those Gods, they are not examples that any sane person should wish to follow.  As a woman I cannot accept a position of being less than a man merely due to the fact I have a vagina rather than a penis, nor can I accept that this is ordained by a Deity.  That alone prevents me from following any desert cult, though I tried in the interest of trying to combat social isolation in my youth.

So here’s my take on the one drop theory of anti-Semite heathens:

There’s a hierarchy of in-group/out-group that needs to be cultivated if Heathenry as a tribal, religious culture is to succeed, and if Western civilization as it was formerly known is to continue. Kevin McDonald spends a great deal of time talking about how N. Europeans are evolutionarily based as more individualist than Jews. I don’t think that’s necessarily the case, at least not in pre-historic times. Especially when he brings up the spying that used to take place to ensure adherence to the group mores and ethics even in the middle ages and early modern periods. I do agree that N. Europeans tend to be less ethnocentric in some contexts.

I believe that we have a strong history as tribal peoples. If you read Tacitus, you can plainly see that. They don’t marry outside their groups – intertribal marriages, not marriages with Romans. Hermann very probably never married, because he was viewed as too Romanized for a Germanic wife and too Germanic for a Roman wife. I think that if we look at tribal behavior as a whole this is a given. When the Norse went a-viking, they generally didn’t come home with foreign wives (though some did, it wasn’t the norm). I believe that’s because in the end, they wanted the comfortable and familiar to surround them. They didn’t want endless conflict between their own group customs/mores and their spouse’s and didn’t want the spouse’s to dilute their own. The children should grow up in a unified cultural milieu.  There are always exeptions, which is why this blog post is being written.

So there are gradations of in group vs out group. The Swabians are a group. They likely viewed themselves as the in-group, and the Saxons as an out group. However, when it came to fighting a common enemy, they both were then the in-group and the Franks, for example, were the out group. Franks, Goths, Swabians, Saxons….all were both in group and out group depending on the context. On a family level, you have the ultimate in-group versus the rest of the tribe as the out-group.

This is an important characteristic of tribal behavior, and one which would behoove us as heathens to adopt and cultivate assiduously. Presently, Islam and Judaism have effectively conquered Europe and North America. This is because of their tribal behavior. They behave now as our ancestors once did, until the advent of the desert cult encouraged universalism and those who held to the old ways died out. We have no feeling for the unity our ancestors once had.

This has also been made easier by industrialization. Uprooting people from their families, transporting them to cities where they have no roots and no strength, the universalism of the desert cult is the only bulwark against isolation and eventual suicide for those ‘rootless cosmopolitan urbanites’ as I’ve recently read “city people” termed.  In The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity this is precisely the premise:  that Christianity succeeded because of its appeal to those who were uprooted from their home and traditions.

We maintain the idea of hospitality, and cultivate that value strongly, in our heathen identity. This is a value that has been largely lost in our greater society, in no small part due to our loss of tribal identity and traditions. In this we are different from and superior to both Islam and Judaism, and the larger culture, all of which have forgotten the importance of feeding the stranger. In ancient times, prior to the monotheism of YHVH and Muhammed, this value was a very strong cultural imperative for them as well. In this we also differ, from the current wider culture of unrooted cosmopolitan urban values, that presently dominate our Western societies.

We must look to our ancient societies, to cultures that maintain some of the values we value, in order to save our own. If one does not want to look at ancient history, for which we have too little accessible history, or to Judaism, for some of whom this may be repugnant, we can look to Mormonism.

Mormonism has taken the cultural imperatives of Judaism – chosen group, moral superiority, religious imperative against the world – and assimilated them.  They’ve created a new thing out of the skeleton of a very effective group strategy for survival.

When one is Mormon, one has access to the entirety of the Mormon culture and religious life. One shops at Mormon stores, hires Mormon craftspeople, eats Mormon grown food, worships at a Mormon church, befriends and hosts Mormon neighbors. One shuns, as much as possible, the non Mormon. The in-group (Mormon) and the out-group (not Mormon) is very clear. This is why it succeeds. It has learned the lessons well of the importance of tribal unity in the face of a hostile world. “…[A]s indicated in PTSDA (Ch. 6), Jewish ethics is fundamentally a tribalistic ethics in which there are major differences in how individuals are treated depending on whether or not they are Jews” (McDonald, loc. 5292 of 16375). One could substitute the word Mormon for Jew and Jewish and not change the meaning a single bit.

Judaism has fostered the radical individualism in Western society that so hampers the ability of heathens to return to a tribalist society (it has – Freud made that pretty clear.  Read his private correspondence if you don’t believe me).  We MUST realize that our radical individualism is NOT an intrinsically American nor Western value, is NOT an intrinsic part of American nor Western culture, and quit worshipping at the altar of Individualism. We MUST return to a more tribalistic society. We MUST sacrifice some individualism for group cohesion and group support. We MUST quit the fighting amongst ourselves regarding who may or may not have a drop of Jewish blood as the boogeyman of the day – which I realize is all the more frightening to some because it’s so much harder to recognize – and understand that we are an in-group fighting against out-groups dedicated to our death, not only as heathens but as Western peoples in general.

The person who has a drop of Jewish blood, who continues to promote Jewish identity and culture at the expense of Western or heathen culture is not a heathen. The person who has a drop of Jewish blood, who has renounced, repudiated, or holds it of no special value –  in favor of their European identity –  can be. That person is perfectly capable of being a good heathen. They are abiding by the call of the blood no less than someone without Jewish blood at all. Orthpraxy must triumph over orthodoxy as we have all insisted at one time or another: “We are our deeds.” Right action. No heathen would insist that “the sins of the father will be visited onto the children to the 4th generation” (Exodus 34:7) (though their orlog might have some knots).  Do we value our deeds or do we value thought police, and ruthless authoritarianism as Bolsheviks and cultural Marxists do?

And what about those who didn’t even know about it until they did something like Ancestry or a DNA test?  I’ve asked about whether we were going to get to the point of cheek swabs as a mechanism of entry before, but it appears that may be the way it’s going.

Are we seriously going to say that one family line outweighs all of the others in determining who can be heathen?  Are we going to invest that line with superhuman ancestral power to overcome any and all European blood lines?  That seems pretty paranoid and frankly crazy to me.

We must use nuance and hierarchy in dealing with fellow Heathens as well as with people who may be allies. Or we will be a blip on the radar of human history, and the return of secret heathenry at the risk of torture and death may indeed be in our future.

ETA an important point which I took to be implicit must be stated explicitly.  Jews allow intermarriage, though they frown on it.  The difference is that Jews don’t continually hold it over the descendants heads that their great great grandfather was a converted gentile as some heathens do when it comes to Jewish ancestry in Heathens.  Jews view their Jewry as superior to any dilution of the ethnic heritage, because they retain their Jewishness.  Jews are unique in the history of the world in having no land for a thousand years yet still maintaining a sense of their own superiority and uniqueness.  Why can we not learn from that?

For crying out loud, it’s a little ridiculous to deny someone membership in a religion due to one of their ancestors having been born in the “wrong” tribe and having the impulse to convert to the “right” one. We could take lessons from that.  And we should.

MacDonald, Kevin. The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Kindle Locations 5293-5295). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

 

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Let the weeping and gnashing of teeth begin!


List of banned words at CDC

Given the fact that the CDC isn’t a government agency, it’s funded in large part by the pharmaceutical companies, and the fact that the science is corrupted by the fact that the pharmaceutical companies pay for the research, I don’t have a problem with this. When the pharmaceutical companies get out of the research business, and when the revolving door between the CDC and the pharmaceutical companies gets permanently shut, I’ll believe what they publish. I realized about half way through my bachelor’s program that if I wanted to know the results of a study all I had to do was look at who funded it.

When the CDC is sets the guidelines for the vaccination schedule – and states use the vaccination schedule to make not only policy, but law – and the CDC makes money from every vaccine sold, there is a captive market of tens of millions of people that are at risk. The pharmaceutical companies have ZERO liability for the safety of their product in this particular case. How is that evidence based? Show me the double blind studies? You can’t. Because there aren’t any.

It’s the same for pharmaceuticals. LDL for instance has NEVER. EVER. Been shown to have any link with heart attack or stroke risk. NONE. People with high LDL, people with low LDL, and people with normal LDL all have heart attacks at about the same rate, as far as I can tell.  Yet statins are pushed on everyone with an LDL over 100. Why? Why would you push a drug on someone that’s been shown, over time, to raise your risk for type II diabetes? for dementia? For sexual problems? For osteoporosis? Because pharmaceutical companies make a lot of money from statins. And because they fund their own research. And they fund the CDC. And they make the guidelines.

Triglycerides have a LOT to do with heart disease risk. And stroke risk. And type II diabetes risk. But if they treat triglycerides at all (which BTW are best treated with diet and lifestyle, not drugs) – if they even had drugs for that which they don’t, not really – they would lose out on drug sales for that same diabetes. Why would you treat triglycerides when you can treat something that doesn’t have any effect on the problem and in 5 years that same patient will now have two diseases you can sell them drugs for?

No, I’m totally good with this. When pharmaceutical companies quit funding nursing schools, medical schools, the agencies that make the guidelines (which aren’t voluntary at all, I might add) and quit gaming the system in their favor, I think we can go back to discussing evidence based.

Well. Apparently I struck a nerve.


I am not giving clicks to the writer.  However this person is of Jewish ancestry, no surprise there.  Big proponent of universalism, calls all folkish heathens racist, typical TAC stuff.

The blog comment I wrote no doubt will not be approved so here it is:

You advocate for the very things that destroyed our ancestors’ way of life a thousand years ago. And you are on the wrong side of history. I know this is a response to my post which has been deleted while I break it into two parts with references for those who are curious. You conveniently forget to mention the Islam which I also brought up. Funny how Muslims and Jews always end up working together when it fits their interests even though supposedly they hate each other, meanwhile Christian and Western culture is OK to be destroyed in the interests of multiculturalism [by both]. Tribalism is apparently only OK for those Jews and Muslims, and for Natives all over the world, not for the descendants of the tribes of Europe. Go on, keep preaching your universalism and multiculturalism. Keep ranting. It only makes the insanity of it to those who suffer because of it more visible.

I would also point out that this person advocates for the very things that are currently destroying OUR way of life.

I was adopted by my step father when I was 4.  I had already forgotten anything other than him by the time this happened, he had been in my life for that long.  His family is German, period.  I’ve traced their heritage and that’s all they are.  I learned German (a little) because his parents spoke German in the home.  He loved me dearly as did they, but I knew that I was different, that there was something just off. When I got older and I found out that I had been adopted by him, it all made sense.  It wasn’t me and it wasn’t them, it just was.   The bonds are different.  Of course, if my mother hadn’t been bat shit crazy it might have helped as well.  Looking back at it now I’m sure they were wondering if I would turn out like my mother or if there was any hope for my dad to have an influence.  BTW the older I’ve gotten the more I appreciate my dad and how he tried, what his influence actually was.  🙂

I know of people who have worshipped Gods far outside their ancestral lands, and the Gods have obviously answered them and helped them.  But then, when the purpose has been accomplished, those Gods took their leave, or the person took their leave, and moved on.  They share an affection, but no more.  It’s a fostering, not an adoption.

Anyone CANNOT become a heathen.  You can worship the Gods of the North all you like but if they’re not the Gods of your ancestry they’re probably not going to answer.  And that’s my stance on that.

Anti-semitism


I lost a reader due to a post I made yesterday.  I took it down because after I read her comment I could see why she might think I was antisemitic.  And that was not the main thrust of my post at all.  It got quite wandering and long however due to needing to address the “JQ” during the course of it.

So I’m going to have to break it down into two parts:  1.  the history of Jewish involvement in the Weimar Republic, in the Bolshevik Revolution and subsequent Communism and Marxism, psychiatry, and popular culture.  and 2.  why that’s relevant to whether or not someone with a drop of Jewish blood can be a heathen.

If someone had accused me of being an anti-semite less than a year ago I would have laughed at them, because it would have been a first in my life.  People who made statements that I considered anti-semite I mentally classed as whackadoos and hysterical pearl clutching drama queens who just wanted an easy scapegoat for their own failures.

Then I began reading articles from researchers who had done extensive research, watching YouTube videos from JEWISH people who questioned the legitimacy of the Holocaust narrative, and fell down the rabbit hole.  Some of what these people have written and filmed is easily verifiable if you take the time.  Some is not and must be taken with a grain of salt.

I think the average Jew gets a bad rap.  There are a lot of average working class Jews who get discriminated against in small and large ways every day simply because they’re Jewish.  This is, however, because of the history of Jewish involvement in the above historical issues, among other things.

The comment made on the now deleted blog post said that the person was unfollowing my blog because her father is Jewish.  Well, if that’s the most important thing in your life, then you are too.  If being Jewish matters more than – or as much as – being English, or Scottish, or German, or American, then that’s a problem because one can’t be a citizen with two loyalties.  Believe me being Jewish and “what’s good for the Jews” is not always what’s good for the rest of the nation or its citizens.  And it goes right back to the thrust of the original post which was basically about tribalism.

So that’s where I’m going to leave this for now.

Anxiety. A PSA.


Look. We all have anxiety, or the great majority of us do. Our society is a 24 hour society now, if you’re salaried your boss likely expects you to complete work however it must be done. If that means taking it home and working until midnight, then that’s what we are expected to do. If it means we are on call, that’s what we do. If it means we don’t take vacation because we might get overlooked for a promotion – or worse, laid off – if we do, then we work endlessly.

Some of us don’t call out even when we should, even when we’re potentially infecting others that can’t protect themselves from our illness. We can’t afford to.

We look around at our homes, which are not as clean as some of us would like, but we’re too tired in the time we have at home to do anything about it. We look at our neglected yards, and realize the same. If we even have a yard to worry about. Some of us are working 2 and 3 part time jobs and barely breaking even – because we can’t find a full time job.

We’re exhausted. We don’t exercise enough, or sometimes at all, because our jobs wear us out and we don’t get enough sleep, because we don’t exercise. It’s an endless feedback loop. Some of us awaken at night with anxiety about what the future might bring, even though we’re exhausted. We spend all too many hours on the computer – as a hiding place to avoid these issues – which causes disruptions in melantonin production and interferes with sleep. We stay up too late and we get up too early, always fatigued and wishing for just one more hour of sleep. We say yes to people when we should be saying no, because we worry about the future monetary situation if we don’t.

I’ve given all the reasons we have anxiety, but it doesn’t do any good to name the problem unless I offer solutions. So here are a few.

Turn the computer or your phone OFF. OFF. Like, totally. Set a time after which you will turn it off, unless you are on call, and realize that the world will go on without you for a time. If you give in and turn it back on, use the time it’s booting to think about whether you really want to get sucked into that morass again. If the answer is no, or you’re not sure, then don’t do it. There will always be tomorrow to get involved in that three ring circus again. Respect yourself enough now to turn it off.

Go for a walk if you can – if your neighborhood is too dangerous, then don’t do it there. Getting fresh air and being around trees and other plants is anxiety reducing. Go to a park if it’s safe, find some place you can safely enjoy a little nature. Even if that’s by walking in the landscaped area of an industrial park.

Dig a hole if you can. Then fill it back in. Or plant something, even better. Seeds are cheap and sometimes people will give them away. There are seed exchange websites and some libraries for seeds. Use your time on the computer to look for a few. Touching dirt actually causes markedly reduced stress and an increase in happiness because the natural soil bacteria and fungi secrete substances that are calming to the brain in that way. We absorb them through our skin, we breathe them in when we turn over the soil, and we help ourselves work through anxiety in this way. The physical exertion of digging a hole will use up all that excess energy that anxiety generates, giving it a physical outlet and dissipating it.

Time, there’s never enough time, right? Well there’s always time for the things we MAKE time for. Volunteer somewhere. Maybe a shelter, a nursing home, the food bank, the library, a hospital, even a church if you are so inclined, or an alternative spiritual center if you are not. Many places have a need for volunteer staff that goes chronically unfulfilled. Giving your time, even an hour a month, away to someone who needs it more than you do is anxiety reducing. Why? Because selflessness reduces anxiety. Giving of ourselves makes us happier. Human interaction – real human interaction, not FB interaction – reduces stress and increases happiness.

Read a book. No, it’s not like a kindle and it’s a little bulkier and harder to carry around, but the mind engages with an actual book in entirely different ways than it does when you are reading off a computer screen. This has been documented in studies. The physicality of an actual book can ground you and help reduce anxiety. You can rub the spine, you turn pages, the scent of the paper and the ink sometimes can be smelled. These are all physical cues that reduce anxiety. If it’s a good novel, you can be carried away to the land in the story and this prevents anxiety from even developing. When you return to the land of reality, you have a vicarious experience that you can retreat to in times of stress and use as an anchor point.

These are only a few things. Not everyone will be able to do them all, most people will be able to do one or two. Even people who are living on welfare and food stamps will be able to do at least some of these. Try one. You might find that not only have you reduced anxiety, you’ve increased happiness and created a better life for yourself.

Just so we’re all clear.


Once again: I’m not a white nationalist. Not a white supremacist. Not an alt-righter. More of a classical liberal, actually.

That being said, I am just in horrified shock at what took place this weekend.

Snyder vs Phelps 9-0 decision. HATE SPEECH IS PROTECTED.

Whether you believe those who were speaking at the Unite the Right rally were speaking hate speech, or you believe something else, they HAD AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD.

I will defend to the DEATH the right of a KKK member, or a National Socialist, or a Communist, to speak publicly and at length, on their views.

Free speech is free for all, or for no one.

What utter hysterical BS.


This, from someone who’s not even American if I understand his location correctly.  I am NOT alt right.  I am NOT white nationalist.  I DO support their right to peaceably assemble, to lawfully protest (which they did do, and the city ILLEGALLY REVOKED THEIR PERMIT AND SHUT THEM DOWN DURING THE RALLY).  I will defend their right with my life if necessary.  FREE SPEECH IS FOR EVERYONE OR FOR NO ONE.

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White Nationalists marched on Charlottesville Virginia. For those who are even now preparing to defend White Nationalists as not being Nazis, and calling on all those who call them fascists as alarmists, I offer you the following photos of the marchers. Armed and proud to quote Adolf Hitler, the White Nationalist Nazis, raised on our […]

via Nazis free to kill on our streets — mainer74

Riiight.


http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_594c46e4e4b0da2c731a84df/amp The recent election has only emboldened these groups but, as the article I posted yesterday shows (https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/anti-semitism-and-white-supremacy/), they have been a major issue for a long time. I am rarely questioned, attacked or otherwise asked about these posts but I will take a moment and explain two reasons I write and post them: It […]

via White Supremacists as the greater terror threat — facingthefireswithin

I need a strong man.


For many years I felt like I was an exhausted swimmer, thrashing about in a choppy ocean, trying to get to – somewhere – I wasn’t sure where.

I was, frankly, not a good wife to my first husband.  This is both my fault and his.  I was too young to really understand my role and importance; he was disappointed that I was too young (once he realized it was an issue) and punished everyone in the house for that.

I overcompensated drastically for that once I was divorced; I did everything I could to make sure I would NEVER have to depend on a man for ANYTHING again.  I worked two jobs, sometimes three, to make sure I pulled my full weight (and that of my children) in any household budget where there were two adults.  I sacrificed my children’s childhoods in doing so, but I did at least teach them a strong work ethic.

When I remarried I continued this pattern.  And I began to really feel as though I was at sea with no life jacket.

When I came (back) to heathenry I began to feel that there was a place for a strong woman – but it wasn’t the one I was occupying.  This made me very dissatisfied and made things worse, in a way, as I watched my partner unravel.  I FINALLY knew what I wanted but I didn’t know how to get there.

I was wrong to coddle my man by always taking the brunt of things, by trying to do the job of two, by allowing him to isolate himself.  I was wrong to think I *could* do the job of two without suffering consequences both in myself and in terms of my relationships.

I need a strong man that can hold me up when I’m weak, that can take up the slack, that can allow me to do my duties without doing his too.  One that is strong enough to put up with a strong woman.

Maybe someday I can have that.  And if not…well I guess it’s not in the cards.  But I at least have a direction with my faith.  And a hope that it can someday happen.

So maybe I don’t actually need one, but the ideal situation would be to have one.  Marriage in the lore was an amazing partnership.

I’m so Glad the year past is over.


This has been a year filled with upheaval.

This is the year I took a really good look around me at wider society and realized that, though I was considered a flaming liberal in my younger years, I am now – without having changed many fundamental views at all – considered a conservative, a racist, a white nationalist, homophobe, transphobic, Islamophobe, alt right, …. whatever else people on the other end of the spectrum think is a pejorative.

So let’s look at a few of these.  First:  racist.  Since thanks to my mother I have some NA in me (not enough for a quantum, but the point is it’s there), and my mother was married to a NA, I’m pretty sure we can ditch this right now.  But let’s go further – my family also has some Jewish ancestry thanks to a torrid love story that ended with a Catholic marriage, only to be followed some years later by a Catholic excommunication and a splitting of the family into Protestant and Catholic camps.  I have never put down any race for anything.  I do recognize there are widely differing cultural elements in different peoples, some of which I admire and some of which I find abhorrent – including in my own cultural group, Midwest white lower middle class.  I’m pretty sure that makes me observant, not racist.

Conservative.  Funny how time works.  This may be the only thing where my views have evolved, largely because I went into the work force and actually had to provide for myself and my children.  I used to be very much like the California style liberals – medical care is a human right, food is a human right, water is a human right, sewer service is a human right, housing is a human right.  Well, not so much.  Because taxes are a thing.  And because there are FAR too many moochers out there.

Now I feel differently in a few ways:

1.    First, clean water. Well, having water that isn’t going to kill you is a good thing to have.  And that has been largely taken care of across our country via sanitation systems which include water treatment plants.  The thing is, our taxes only pay a portion of that.  You as a consumer still need to have some skin in the game and pay a service fee.  The idea behind that being that a portion of the service fees don’t go to pay for anything now, but go into a fund for future needs for the community.  Yes, I realize that has not happened in many cases.  But we’re not talking about how it is (in places like Flint for example) we’re talking about how it should be (and mostly works, in places like Missoula for example).  If you don’t pay your fees, your water will be shut off, eventually.  This is not difficult to understand, one would think.  But though assistance plans are available, and though people are informed on ways to conserve water, they continue to waste prodigious amounts of water and to default and, instead of taking responsibility for their non payment, they scream about water being a human right when what they *actually* mean is that CLEAN water, treated by the cities they live in, should be available to them for free regardless of the actual cost of providing said water.  And regardless of the agreements they signed when they hooked up to the city water service.

2.    Sewer.  This operates on much the same principle as clean water does.  The ability to wash your dishes, your body, your clothing, your floors, and use a toilet to flush your waste, and have all that effluent simply run down a drain for someone else to handle is an AMAZING thing.  We happen to have a septic system, but we have lived in cities as well.  This is an expensive service to provide, mainly because the risks to the population if not done correctly are huge, and the liability involved is also huge.  I don’t know if you are aware, but workers are at huge risk of getting Hepatitis C – for instance – from raw sewage.  It’s a nasty, dirty job, and the pay needs to be very good to compensate those who are willing to get the education and training to keep the rest of us safe.  It’s not in fact a human right.  It’s a privilege of living in modern society.  Yes, I’m aware that there have been night soil workers in the past.  But it was still very primitive and people often got sick due to the primitive nature of the system and the fact that raw sewage was often dumped directly into the river system from which people got their water.

The U.N. says the right to clean water and sewage is a human right.   They do not however provide any funding to assure said rights, and their declarations have no force of law.  So, until they pony up the money to all those people in Detroit and elsewhere to pay their bills and keep them in clean water and sewage, I will continue to ignore the U.N.  It’s quite easy to pontificate on a subject about which you have no financial responsibility.

For both of these essential services I was blissfully ignorant of the science and technology involved. When I was small I never considered it, and when I was of the age to begin considering it, we had a well and a septic system so it remained a relative non issue.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned how it all works.  That’s when I realized how very expensive it is to provide water and sewer service, and how important the payments are in providing – and continuing to provide – these services.

3.  Medical care.  This one is a hot button for many people, me included.  I think we as a society have a responsibility to provide basic medical services to CHILDREN.  If we take care of our children, they will grow up to be as healthy as they can be, and are more likely to become productive citizens if they are as healthy as they can be.  Getting regular visits to catch things like a lazy eye, or hip dysplasia, early, will prevent complications and permanent disability later.

For adults….not so much.  People who do not have to pay anything for their medical care are much more likely to over use the system by increasing ER visits than those who either have commercial insurance or are on Medicare, or no insurance at all.  Some patients cite the copays they must pay at their primary care office as a reason for going to the ER, because they don’t have one if they go there.  Here is the original study abstract if you’d like to read it, the one that confirms what every EMS and ER worker already knew.

This is a huge issue.  If people have no financial skin in the game they have no financial incentive – or any other incentive, really, to follow medical provider advice or instructions, no matter how carefully the provider tries to involve them in their care plan.  They will consistently take the easiest, and the cheapest, way out.  Which in America involves the ER, because they don’t have to pay.

Oh, you say, but people on Medicaid are sicker….?  And….let’s go back to the statement about having financial skin in the game.  In AZ for instance, there is a $4 copay for office visits.  Almost ZERO patients pay this, because they know they don’t have to.  They also don’t have to pay the copay for their medications.  If a provider writes a prescription for Tylenol, Medicaid (AHCCCS in AZ) pays for it.  But there’s a price attached for the rest of us, the taxpayers, a very heavy price.  Generic tylenol costs about $2.99 for a bottle.  If you pay cash.  If the taxpayers pay for it, the cost goes up to approximately $34.99 per bottle.

When I worked in the ER mothers would bring their children in for a cold, nothing more.  When Tylenol was recommended, they would insist on a prescription.  Why?  Because they don’t have to pay for it.  Many of these same patients have *very* expensive gold jewelry, the newest iPhone, designer purses, and perfect manicures.  Yes, some of these patients *are* sicker.  However in many cases it’s because they refuse to listen to advice to exercise, lose weight, and eat a healthier diet.  That involves effort, and most are not willing to invest effort if there is a free option such as a pill.  Even though a type II diabetic will likely end up in renal failure or losing extremities to amputation, most will continue to take metformin over making real changes to their health.  And all the new medications developed?  They are there because patients just won’t do what they need to do to take charge of their health.  It’s just too hard to change.  And there’s no financial incentive to do so, because they don’t bear the cost of their health care.  We do, the working taxpayers.  Even their transportation to and from medical appointments is free for them, courtesy of the taxpayer, here in AZ.

There is no cost involved in walking around the mall for a morning, if it’s too hot or cold outside, and there is no cost involved in walking around your neighborhood if it’s safe enough.  There is no cost, when you have food stamps, in choosing healthier foods and fewer foods that come out of a box.  And please don’t give me the BS line about they can’t afford it.  I was on food stamps when I first divorced my ex-husband.  I did not need to feed my children crap.  I fed them mostly from the produce aisle just as I always had.  Rice, beans – from the produce aisle.  Tofu – from the produce aisle.  Veggies and fruits – same.  My crockpot was, and is, my friend.  So is my pressure cooker.

I think the copays must be enforced.  I think everyone should have some financial skin in the game, whatever their income.  I think people need to be held accountable for their health decisions.  How?  I don’t know, other than financial accountability.

Homophobe.  Nope, never have been.  Don’t want to be homosexual, am not homosexual, not wired that way, but could care less if they want to get married.  Go ahead, be my guest.  The political ramifications of homosexuality in our modern society however….*F* that to be blunt.  If you’re gay and you want a wedding cake, then don’t sue the Christian baker who doesn’t want to make it for you.  Go to a baker who doesn’t give a shit.  Ferchrissakes,  buy a clue already.  All you’re doing is creating an even more hostile environment for yourselves where you’re going to be less safe and more likely to be the target of hostilities in the long run.  And you’re giving nut ball extremists Christians fuel for their Satanic agenda fantasies.  As to access to medical care, I really don’t care if you’re gay or straight, bi or a sexual.  If your sexual behavior makes you more at risk for certain things then that’s something we need to discuss, but other than that I honestly don’t care.  Your sex life is your business.

Transphobe.  Nope, see homophobe above.  I think they are seriously mentally ill, but I also recognize that population genetics plays out on a much larger scale than many realize.  I had a neighbor for 2 years who was transgender male to female.  In that time I went from being sympathetic to pretty well fed up.  No, you are not a special snowflake.  No, your needs and wants do not trump mine.  No, you are not entitled to special treatment.  No, you do not deserve to get angry when people mistake you for a cross dressing man because you won’t get the laser treatments for your face, and you refuse to work on the feminine voice and physical behaviors.  And most importantly, the world does not revolve around transgender issues, and not everything is related to transgender issues.

Islamophobe.  Nope.  Although I do have to say that the Golden Age of Islam was the product of Shia Islam, not Sunni.  Shia valued ancient knowledge, both spiritual and practical, and were the keepers of this knowledge and in fact kept it alive by employing the peoples from the areas they conquered in teaching *them* this knowledge.  They are the mystics of the religion of Islam.  All of the radical Muslims in the world arise from Sunni Islam.  Wahabists, ISIL, Daesh….all of them.  They are now, and have from the start, persecuted the Shia.  Their goal was, is, and shall always be, to wipe them from the face of the earth.  Along with the rest of us who just won’t bend over and convert.

White nationalist.  Nope.  Please refer back to racist, and to islamophobe, and conservative.  I care that two of my ancestral homelands on my mother’s side, Germany and France, have been turned into cesspools of terror and violence, and the countries are becoming unrecognizable as their unique identities they cultivated over thousands of years are being systematically destroyed.  I care that my grandparents’ homeland, Ireland, is suffering the same fate.  I care about preserving the cultures that I came from, about preserving the peoples that I came from, about making sure they continue to exist in the future, not becoming subsumed in the current hyper saturation of incoming (invading?) cultures that have no interest in assimilating whatsoever.  I care that Sweden, my sons’ ancestral homeland via their great grandparents, has been turned into something completely unrecognizable.  I don’t want to see the cultures and countries that produced my ancestors disappear completely, to become something unrecognizable as what they have been.

Alt-right.  Still not quite sure what this is supposed to mean, even though I’ve read up on it.  If it means I think people should take responsibility for their actions, to work for their stuff, to be good citizens, to fight corruption by getting involved in a responsible way, to raise their children to be the same, then I guess I am.  Nazi?  Meh.  Hitler had some crazy ass ideas.  He also had some good common sense ideas.  Like anyone else.  The too bad part is that the crazy ass ideas were so awful we can never explore the good ones, simply because he thought of them.

And BTW.  Calling me any or all of these epithets will get you …. exactly nowhere.  Because the power of these has been expended in the last year.  I rather suspect I represent the backbone of America now, more or less.

The saddest part?  Without changing most of my political viewpoints, I have gone from being a liberal in my youth to being called all of these things in my middle age.  Because they political spectrum has shifted THAT FAR in 30 years.