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Would Nanobot ‘Satellite Rape’ as an Anti-Terrorist Measure Be Unconstitutional? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 8 April 2019

  • INCREASING INCIDENCE OF COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION FORECAST FOR THE COMING TIMES
  • TOTALLY ‘OUT THERE’ ASTRAL RUMORS OF NANO ROBOTICS USED FOR ‘SATELLITE RAPE’ THROUGH GOVERNMENT GRANTS
  • COULD A PUTATIVE INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST THREAT JUSTIFY CONTRAVENTION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS?
  • MORE INFORMATION
    • Homeland Security Grant on “Countering Violent Extremism”

Dear Ones,

INCREASING INCIDENCE OF COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION FORECAST FOR THE COMING TIMES

“These times are forecast to include cognitive dysfunction, and we can anticipate this may take various twists and turns, including …

  • quasi-Illegal or else ‘out there’, ‘cutting edge’ human social experiments,
  • and a panicky or anxious sense of urgency about the need for them, despite scant outcomes research,

“These types of human social experiments may be a symptom of the cognitive dissonance for those facing anxiety attacks while in leadership positions.” –from Link: “On the Advisability of Requiring Transgender Surgery for Felon Release,” by Alice B. Clagett, written on 2 March 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8qI ..

TOTALLY ‘OUT THERE’ ASTRAL RUMORS OF NANO ROBOTICS USED FOR ‘SATELLITE RAPE’ THROUGH GOVERNMENT GRANTS

On the astral plane, I have heard of a grant for mind control and emotional ‘takedown’ through sexual stimulation using human experimental subjects who have not volunteered for the project, and using forged patient consent forms.

Also, of a second grant for mind control using nano robotics or ‘nanobots’ from Indonesia for mental induction of a sexual nature, through what might be termed nano robotics (‘nanobots’) and  ‘satellite-rape’. The objective being euphemistically termed “Crowd Control.”

Clearly this is the stuff of science fiction pulp fiction; were it to be a U.S. government secret project, it would be psych evals all round! Not!

COULD A PUTATIVE INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST THREAT JUSTIFY CONTRAVENTION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS?

Hypothesizing, it seems likely to me that astral rumors about such grants might have to do with mass media hype regarding the danger of foreign nations using nano robotics for ‘satellite rape’ against United States citizens. It seem possible to me that the anxious mind of a government agent charged with prevention of terrorism might construe forced experiments on American citizens to be a necessary anti-terrorist measure.

On the other hand, we have to consider our human rights as American citizens. For instance, the Declaration of Independence sets forth our unalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” I further note that “…the Fifth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution declare that governments cannot deprive any person of “life, liberty, or property” without due process of law. Also, Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person”. –from LInk: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_Liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_Happiness ..

It seems clear to me that manipulation of the minds and emotions of United States citizens through use of nanobots and ‘satellite rape’ could be seen as infringement of our ‘liberty’, to use one of the above terms.

In other words, if nanotech were to be used to control our emotions and thoughts, then how could we be termed ‘free’ or ‘at liberty’ to act, of our own free will, in pursuit of our own happiness?

How might we know what our own happiness might be, if we were to be compelled to sexual intercourse … perhaps with strangers in the street … or even to a previously unthinkable life of sex trafficking or sexual solicitation … simply because of a misperception, by someone in authority here in America, that an international terrorist threat might justify their agency’s abrogation of our civil liberties?

In the cold light of reason, such a manner of holding the anti-terrorist mandate might be construed as an act of terrorism against the American people. This, then would be a topic to be undertaken and devised at the highest level of our United States Department of Justice.

The notion that such an act might be condoned in light of nanobot and ‘satellite rape’ terrorist tactics by other governments would place such a polemic in the international court of appeal. Thus the issue would need to be placed in the docket of the International Court of Justice, the ‘World Court’, which settles legal disputes through the United Nations.

In love, light and joy,
Alice B. Clagett
I Am of the Stars

MORE INFORMATION

This background reading sparked my imagination …

Homeland Security Grant on “Countering Violent Extremism”

I noticed on Linked-In that my former next-door neighbor Gale Feldman is President at FMA Community Health Consulting (Formerly Feldman, Milliken & Associates). Sean Milliken, of the prior company name, was her husband at the time I knew her (up until 2009, when I moved to the San Fernando Valley).

Link: “Gale Feldman, M.P.H.,” at Linked In, https://www.linkedin.com/in/gale-feldman-m-p-h-75b2234 ..

As I recall, Gale Feldman had a talent for grant writing? If memory serves; I am not completely certain about this. Her current work may have to do with this grant … possibly one that she wrote? … that was awarded by the Department of Homeland Security …

LInk: “Countering Violent Extremism Grant Applications (Awarded),” https://archive.org/stream/DHS-CVE-grants/EMW-2016-CA-APP-00294%20Full%20Application_djvu.txt .. Homeboy Industries, Fr. Greg Boyle, and Gale Feldman are among those named in the grant …

While these tidbits are bound to be irrelevant to the above discussion, they did spark my imagination and provide a putative context in which to develop a better understanding of the astral stories that have been circulating through the noosphere in recent years.

See also: Link: “On the Advisability of Requiring Transgender Surgery for Felon Release,” by Alice B. Clagett, written on 2 March 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8qI ..

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Monsanto Nightmare … by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 8 June 2018

  • MONSANTO NIGHTMARE
  • PSY CRIME AND BLACK OPS
  • GLOBAL, DIURNAL IMPACT OF THOUGHT FORMS
  • SOURCES OF VIOLENT THOUGHT FORMS IN OUR WORLD
  • RELIGIOUS RIVALRY AS A CAUSE OF VIOLENCE
  • WE ARE ONE WORLD

Dear Ones,

MONSANTO NIGHTMARE

I had the weirdest dream in 2013, that past President Obama had been nanoteched up with a bot that pulled in a carefully thought out Army-Navy spy satellite anti-Jihad black ops program, a form of psy-cyber mind control aimed at terrorizing Muslims into believing that, if they felt lovingly toward their Imams and the men in their mosques, then a bomb would explode in their hearts, and kill everyone in the mosque.

That a rogue Army-Navy guy … a Republican, maybe? … had got hold of the program, and, after bickering with lobbyists from the blue chip stock companies, settled on quite a good deal with Monsanto. (1)

Result of which was nanobotting of the president, who, according to this wild nightmare, couldn’t get out of office without selling the world food supply to Monsanto. Result being the Monsanto Protection Act rider.

Talk about Snopesville. I’ll never eat arugala again.

Anyway but, ever since then I’ve felt for past President Obama. Who in the world isn’t affected by that darned notion that we’ll be dead in the water if we truly love someone?

PSY CRIME AND BLACK OPS

I’ve been reading about the Rules of War (2), and found out that it’s against international law for civilians to be targeted in warfare. As Ascension proceeds, the world is rising to telepathic awareness. Understanding of the nature of the noosphere, and of the formation and movement of thought forms (3) throughout the noosphere, is no longer limited to a few, select people with clair abilities.

Now everyone on Earth is beginning to understand that the thought forms we think affect everyone else on Earth. The Butterfly Effect (4) has confirmed this notion, although it has not yet been conceived, on a wide scale, in a positive sense, and its implications with regard to the collective, worldwide Thought Cloud, both conscious and unconscious, have yet to be fully utilized.

GLOBAL, DIURNAL IMPACT OF THOUGHT FORMS

Thought forms are everywhere on Earth. Thought forms targeted at an Islamic nation are carried by the horizontally circulating electric charge that follows sunset, from the Middle East, through the semi-somnambulent, prime time television watching nations, and back to their point of origin within a 24-hour period. Then, they continue circulating through the noosphere, day after day.

SOURCES OF VIOLENT THOUGHT FORMS IN OUR WORLD

Whether these thought forms gather momentum or loose it, depends on the daily load of violent thought forms added to or subtracted from the noosphere. This applies especially to …

  • violence in mass media,
  • corporate lobbying efforts amongst our government officials,
  • wars, including black ops, and
  • hate groups that may pass under the radar in our native lands.

RELIGIOUS RIVALRY AS A CAUSE OF VIOLENCE

In a less strident manner, it applies to intergroup rivalry, especially rivalry between religious groups, which might, by my lights, more aptly seek points of interfaith agreement than reasons to begin terrorist campaigns, one against the other, whether through thought forms or through overt acts of war.

WE ARE ONE WORLD

This is one noosphere. Our thought forms create our noosphere. Let us dream of peace, harmony, and unity on our beautiful, blue boat home. (5)

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Link: “Monsanto Protection Act: Does the Monsanto Protection Act create a ‘precedent-setting limitation on judicial review of genetically-engineered crops’?” https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/monsanto-protection-act/ ..

(2) Link: “What are the rules of war and why do they matter?” by International Committee of the Red Cross, 19 October 2016, https://www.icrc.org/en/document/what-are-rules-of-war-Geneva-Conventions ..

(3) Link: “Boomerang Effect of Evil Thought Forms,” by the Theosophists, published on 11 May l2015, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-3cX ..

(4)  In this rather obstreperous, upbeat video, substitute the phrase: thought form for the word: butterfly. Then near the end of the video, substitute the term: every thought you think for the term: every action you take

Video:  “How to Change the WORLD with the Butterfly Effect,” by Caleb Thomas, published on 18 February 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZZAh2x_ue0 ..

(5) Video: “Blue Boat Home,” by Scott McNeill, published on 18 April 2009, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtZUM0JhLvc ..

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How Will Rocketing Water Prices and Property Taxes Affect Home Ownership in Los Angeles? … by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 30 April 2018

  • ARE CALIFORNIA HOUSING COSTS UNREALISTICALLY HIGH?
  • EFFECT OF LOS ANGELES WATER PRICES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK
  • WATER SUPPLY MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES
  • ROAD MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT IN LOS ANGELES AND IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
  • PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES
  • SUMMARY REGARDING CITY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC SERVICES FUNDING
  • CALIFORNIA HOUSING: A TIME OF TRANSFORMATION
    • Might Primitive Housing Techniques Be Useful?
    • On Revising the Los Angeles County Housing Code
    • On Building Additional High Density Housing in Los Angeles
    • The Los Angeles Plan for Housing the Homeless Now Underway
    • The $2 Billion Bond to Help House California’s Homeless Held Up by Lawsuit
    • The HUD Plan to Provide $2 Billion Nationwide for the Homeless
    • The Plan to House the Homeless in Guest Houses in Los Angeles County
      • Employment Opportunity for the Skilled Homeless: Building That Guest Home in Los Angeles County?
    • An Additional Idea; High Density Housing in Los Angeles County, with Busing to Jobs
      • Repurpose Unprofitable Motels and Hotels as Housing for Homeless?
    • FOOTNOTES
      • Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley
      • Early Prison Release in California
      • Fear of the New: The Movie ‘Annihilation’

Dear Ones,

ARE CALIFORNIA HOUSING COSTS UNREALISTICALLY HIGH?

Apparently, California housing costs are the highest in America:

Link: “California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences,” from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, 17 March 2015, http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2015/finance/housing-costs/housing-costs.aspx ..

This is odd, because people are less in need of housing in California than elsewhere in the nation, because of the mild climate here. Why are housing prices so high?

Could it be that the housing codes here unrealistic, considering the influx of homeless and migrant workers, (1) and the loosing of felons onto the community due to inadequate funds to keep them in prison? (2)

EFFECT OF LOS ANGELES WATER PRICES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

Stopgap measures have been initiated to fund desperately needed Los Angeles programs, including skyrocketing water prices, and increases in property taxes for homeowners …

Link: “LA DWP, Other Utilities to Raise Water Rates Because of Drought,” by Mike Reicher, 20 October 2015, updated 28 August 2017, https://www.dailynews.com/2015/10/20/la-dwp-other-utilities-to-raise-water-rates-because-of-drought/ ..

Thus the price of owning a home … which is out of range for the many Californians … has become about twice as high in the last decade … There is the price of the mortgage, about equaled by the increased price of utilities and property taxes.

We can’t afford lawns any more. Many people are taking bucket showers rather than ‘real’ showers. And in the streets, under the river and freeway bridges, on vacant lots and in the parks, the homeless cluster, disconsolate, often drunk on rotgut liquor, posting guards in turn to prevent violence upon their small groups, beyond any hope of shelter.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

I’d like to take a look at the longer term effect of the stop-gap measures that have been effected, so as to keep the Los Angeles city government running …

Apparently, higher housing prices will attract less jobs to California. This means that people will be less able to afford the homes they have. Those who rent will find home ownership out of reach. And those without homes will be unable to rent …

Link: “Sky-high rents and home prices are making it hard for Southern California businesses to attract workers,” by Andrew Khouri, 22 February 2018, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-housing-costs-economy-20180222-story.html ..

WATER SUPPLY MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES

Let’s look at water supply to Los Angeles …

Los Angeles is a desert town. Of itself, it is without means to provide water for its population. The water we have is imported from other places, and this may contribute to its cost.

In addition, there is the infrastructure that distributes water throughout Los Angeles. This, like the roads, is aging. Rather than providing a maintenance schedule, we’re providing repairs when water mains break. My thought is, our city must not have the revenue for a preventive maintenance schedule for our water distribution system ….

Link: “L.A.’s aging water pipes; a $1-billion dilemma,” by Ben Poston and Matt Steven, 16 February 2015, http://graphics.latimes.com/la-aging-water-infrastructure/ ..

ROAD MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES

How about road maintenance in Los Angeles? Here again, revenues are insufficient for a good road maintenance schedule …

Link: “Poorly maintained roads cost Southern California drivers $2,800 a year,” by Brenda Gazzar, Daily News, 17 August 2017, updated 28 August 2017, in Los Angeles Daily News,  https://www.dailynews.com/2016/08/17/poorly-maintained-roads-cost-southern-california-drivers-2800-a-year/ ..

LAW ENFORCEMENT IN LOS ANGELES AND IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

How about law enforcement? In the cities, I feel, police response is quite good. However, there is the area of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), which is currently, essentially, a lawless zone. According to Wikipedia, the SMMNRA comprises 156,671 acres (63,403 ha) …

Map: SMMNRA, http://rimofthevalleycoalition.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Screen-Shot-2016-02-17-at-6.17.05-AM-1-800×445.jpg ..

I’ve checked, and there is one ranger assigned to this area. That is, effectively, the police patrol for the entire area.

Thus, lawlessness in the mountains is on the rise, especially in areas with natural water flow, and which are contiguous to populated areas. It reminds me a little of stories of the old days in Los Angeles, when cattle rustlers and horse thieves used to establish hidden outlaw strongholds in the mountains now termed the SMMNRA.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES

How about schools in Los Angeles? Our schools are becoming more and more a target for gun-wielding and drug dealing, making an education a risky business in Los Angeles …

Link: “Tens of thousands gather in downtown Los Angeles for March for Our Lives rally,” by Laura J. Nelson, Gale Holland, and Andrea Castillo, 24 March 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-los-angeles-march-20180324-story.html ..

SUMMARY REGARDING CITY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC SERVICES FUNDING

These four areas: utilities, roads, law enforcement, and education, are all lacking revenues for maintenance. I feel these are the domain of government in our country … Where these are lacking, government is lacking. Here in Los Angeles, government is doing a slow tumble. It is unable to perform its basic functions.

I feel, though, that this is not the fault of government. Were revenues available here in Los Angeles, I feel certain government would be eager to do its job. But those revenues are unavailable. Why is this?

CALIFORNIA HOUSING: A TIME OF TRANSFORMATION

We here in Los Angeles are in a time of great import … a time of transformation to the New. This is not just the case here in Los Angeles. All of California, all American, and indeed, all the countries of Earth are in a time of transformation.

Transformation can feel like Apocalypse, or it can feel like a New Beginning. (3) We, the people of Los Angeles, will determine the outcome. Will we pull together and come up with innovative solutions to the housing crisis? Or will we go with the status quo … the slow tumble … the seemingly inevitable downward spiral?

I say, let us look, with a sense of adventure, a sense of the dawn of a new era for humankind, to innovative solutions. For instance …

Might Primitive Housing Techniques Be Useful?

How did the First Nations live, here in Southern California, in days not too long ago? They lived in reed, pole, palm frond, or bark huts, and they survived quite well this way …

Image: Diverse California Indian Dwellings, http://www.rogueturtle.com/articles/images/nashelter1.jpg ..

How do people get by in Rio de Janeiro, where about a fourth of the population live below the poverty line, and the average per capita income is about $17,700 a year? Many live in very substandard housing, termed favelas ..

Image: Rio de Janeiro favela, https://media.istockphoto.com/photos/inside-a-favela-in-rio-de-janeiro-picture-id504416164 ..

How about in Tijuana, the country of origin of many of our current unhomed population? From what sort of environment are they fleeing, in order to seek a better life for themselves and their families?

Tijuana also has its slum housing, where people use building materials salvaged from landfills to build squatter homes on land with no utility service … Water trucks come round with bottles of water to sell for household use. Sanitation depends on a family’s ingenuity; pit toilets are the norm …

Image: House of cardboard in Tijuana, https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/family-inside-their-house-made-with-carboard-at-the-edge-of-news-photo/149207211#family-inside-their-house-made-with-carboard-at-the-edge-of-a-ravine-picture-id149207211 ..

On Revising the Los Angeles County Housing Code

I feel we here in Los Angeles can do better than this for our people. But we must face facts.

The density of population in Los Angeles is too great for sustainable living. The population of Earth must be spread out more evenly, and ways must be found to live off the land, and become self sustaining, and to house ourselves, in an of ourselves, humbly but efficiently, using local materials. Those that have the skills and strength of character to move out of the cities, and live a sustainable life … why not consider taking this step?

On Building Additional High Density Housing in Los Angeles

For those that choose to remain here in Los Angeles, we must come to terms with the fact that the housing code in Los Angeles makes it impossible to attract jobs to the area. Where jobs are insufficient, the standard of living will decline. And, Catch 22, where the standard of living has declined, jobs will not be attracted.

So then, what is the solution? There is a clue near the end of this article …

Link: “California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences,” from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2015/finance/housing-costs/housing-costs.aspx ..

They suggest building more high density housing in California’s beach towns. I agree that this would help solve the problem. But in order to effect this solution, we must change the housing codes.

The Los Angeles Plan for Housing the Homeless Now Underway

Los Angeles has a plan for housing the homeless …

Link: “A plan to house L.A.’s homeless residents could transform parking lots across the city,” by Doug Smith, 9 February 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-parking-lots-housing-20180209-story.html ..

This plan is a laudable step in the right direction. Yet it is running into snags because of local fractiousness. People don’t want the homeless as their neighbors.

The $2 Billion Bond to Help House California’s Homeless Held Up by Lawsuit

I see also that a $2 billion bond to help house California’s Homeless, approved by California voters two years ago, is tied up in lawsuits regarding mental health care bills as yet unpaid:

Link: “2 billion to help house California’s homeless isn’t being spent — and no one knows when it will be,” by Liam Dillon, 1 March 2018, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-homeless-housing-bond-stalled-20180301-story.html ..

The HUD Plan to Provide $2 Billion Nationwide for the Homeless

On the other hand, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a plan to provide $2 billion for the homeless, so this may to some degree ameliorate the homeless situation in California:

Link: “Ben Carson Announces $2 Billion for Homeless Programs Despite Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Housing Programs,” by Grace Guarnieri, 11 January 2018, http://www.newsweek.com/ben-carson-billion-homeless-trump-housing-778976 ..

The Plan to House the Homeless in Guest Houses in Los Angeles County 

Los Angeles County is running a pilot program offering housing assistance for homeless housed in guest houses in property owners’ back yards:

Link: “L.A. County wants to help build guest houses in backyards — for homeless people,” by Gale Holland, 11 April 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-tiny-house-20180411-story.html ..

If successful, this might help reduce the population density in the City of Los Angeles, and help relieve concomitant issues to do with the homeless population in the City.

Employment Opportunity for the Skilled Homeless: Building That Guest Home in Los Angeles County? I’d like to suggest, as well, the building of ‘Tiny Homes’ to benefit from this program, if it turns out to be approved. Perhaps this would boost employment in Los Angeles Country? Perhaps the homeless who have handyman skills might help with building additional guest homes there? Could it be that the State of California might offer financial incentives for such projects?

An Additional Idea; High Density Housing in Los Angeles County, with Busing to Jobs

If local resistance proves impossible to overcome, let us consider building high density housing in rural areas, in Los Angeles County, and providing buses to the nearest employment opportunities.

Repurpose Unprofitable Motels and Hotels as Housing for Homeless? For instance, old motels or hotels, that are proving economically not feasible, might be low-entry-cost ways for the Los Angeles County to house the homeless.

Well, that’s all for now.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley

Link: “A Call to Action: Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, 24 March 2018, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8vN ..

Link: “A Homeless Plan for the San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, 4 December 2017, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-82m ..

Link: “Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, 3 November 2017, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7QM ..

(2) Early Prison Release in California

Link: “A Virtual ‘Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card’: A New California Law to Reduce Prison Crowding Keeps One Addict Out of Jail, But Not Out of Trouble,” in the Washington Post,  http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2015/finance/housing-costs/housing-costs.aspx ..

Link: “California Proposition 47 (2014),” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_47_(2014) ..

(3) Fear of the New: The Movie ‘Annihilation’ … For instance, there’s a new movie out, “Annihilation,” which treats the prospect of change and transformation to the New as a doomsday issue …

Link: “Annihilation,” in IMDb, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2798920/ ..

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Would It Be Good If the CIA Took Over the Drug Trade in the United States? . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 24 April 2018

  • CONSPIRACY THEORY ALLEGATIONS OF CIA DRUG TRADING IN DECADES PAST
  • THE DEFEAT OF THE WAR ON DRUGS?
  • RHETORICAL QUESTION: WHAT IF THE CIA WERE TO SEEK TO MONOPOLIZE THE DRUG TRADE IN THE UNITED STATES?
    • Overview: Potential Negative Outcomes
    • Putative Use of Released Felons as ‘Soldiers’ and Drug Runner for the CIA: Potential Negative Outcomes
    • Long-Term Potential Negative Outcomes: Decentralization of Government and Establishment of Drug Warlords Owing Fealty and Tribute to the CIA
  • ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES
    • A Substitute Plan for the CIA to Garner Money for Our Government by Nationalizing and Administering Tobacco Sales, with Doubled Taxes
    • A Preferable Alternate Strategy: Legalization and Taxation of Recreational Drugs

Dear Ones,

This blog is mostly a ‘what if’ based on ruminations about ‘psy in the sky’ regarding the CIA and the drug trade in America. It presents various putative scenarios, along with putative negative and positive outcomes …

CONSPIRACY THEORY ALLEGATIONS OF CIA DRUG TRADING IN DECADES PAST

I was reading an article in Wikipedia about allegations of CIA drug trading in decades past …

Link: “Allegations of CIA drug trafficking,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_CIA_drug_trafficking ..

THE DEFEAT OF THE WAR ON DRUGS?

I’ve heard, here and there, that the United States is ‘losing the war on drugs’, at least in terms of the current fight strategy. For instance, here is an article from Stanford University on the topic …

Link: The United States War on Drugs – Stanford University, https://web.stanford.edu/class/e297c/poverty_prejudice/paradox/htele.html ..

RHETORICAL QUESTION: WHAT IF THE CIA WERE TO SEEK TO MONOPOLIZE THE DRUG TRADE IN THE UNITED STATES?

I began to pose the rhetorical question: What if the CIA, discouraged by losing ground in the war on drugs, were to begin dealing in drugs itself, as a way of wresting power from the drug cartels and the drug lords?

Overview: Potential Negative Outcomes

Here’s what I feel about that:

  • The people of the United States would begin to live in fear of the CIA, just as they now live in fear of the drug cartels and the drug lords.
  • Money from drug sale profits would flow into the CIA coffers first, and from there to other parts of the government. We might anticipate a greater than proportionate share might stay with the CIA, making it a wealthy … perhaps even the wealthiest? … branch of government.
  • The CIA might accrue unto itself so much power, that it would become ‘top-heavy’, setting the balance of the democratic process off-kilter.
  • There would thus arise a chance that our government would move from a democratic process, to fascism, such as that promoted by the Italian National Fascist Party leader Benito Mussolini, who ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943; in 1925 he established a dictatorship there. In our case, it is likely that the head of the CIA would become America’s first dictator.

Putative Use of Released Felons as ‘Soldiers’ and Drug Runner for the CIA: Potential Negative Outcomes

The CIA has unique powers, even now, to coerce local law enforcement to accede to its expectations. As it attempted to gain hegemony over the drug trade in the United States, there might be inroads on America’s legal systems along these lines …

  • The headiness of the profits flowing from the people of the United States, and into the coffers of the CIA, would contradict the mandate of the CIA to educate our children and adults about the evils of drugs.
  • The CIA might employ felons released from our prisons, when their time is up, as strongarm ‘soldiers’ and drug runners. These might be granted CIA ID cards.
    • Having cards, and having experienced previous lives of crime, they might continue with lives of crime, and evade retribution by law enforcement in our towns and cities through immunity granted them by their CIA ID cards.
    • As released felons are more likely to have HIV than the general population, and are more likely to have a history of child molestation, we could anticipate an increase in the HIV-infected population in towns where they operated.
    • Especially, we could anticipate the children being infected with HIV. As children with HIV aren’t able to have children, the populations of the towns where the CIA ‘soldiers’ worked might be anticipated to have zero population growth in 25.5 years (that is, in a generation).
  • These felon ‘soldiers’ might attempt to addict virtually all Americans with drugs, possibly through our drinking water, or through bottled water sold in stores, so as to increase the CIA’s customer base.
    • This would result in downtime and a decrease in America’s available man-hours.
    • If our drinking water were poisoned with drugs, then we might have deaths of newborns, toddlers, invalids, and seniors … in other words, of vulnerable parts of our population, because of the poisoned water.

Long-Term Potential Negative Outcomes: Decentralization of Government and Establishment of Drug Warlords Owing Fealty and Tribute to the CIA

Here is a ‘long view’ of the strategy:

  • The chance would arise that towns across the United States would become like feudal holdings, whose law would be determined by profit rather than law and order.
    • Each of our towns might be ‘captured’, as it were, by local CIA released felon ‘soldiers’. Such ‘captured’ towns might be envisioned to be warlord strongholds, much like those of some despotic African warlords. These feudal holdings would owe fealty and ‘tribute’ to a Central Intelligence Agency on the East Coast.
  • With time, centralization of power on the East Coast would deteriorate, What would remain would be local warlord strongholds, ruled by the released felons. The manner of decentralization might be like the expansion of farming culture from the East Coast of the United States, to the West Coast, only in reverse, like this …
  • Due to the addiction of the population, and the decrease in available manpower because of HIV infection, it would become more difficult for each locality to meet its agricultural supply needs.
    • We might expect, for example, struggles with starvation in lean years.
    • We might anticipate food being held by warlord strongholds, and distributed by them. Granaries are an example of food power accretion in this manner.
    • We might anticipate raids by release felons, living in mountainous areas, upon the flatland communities, with concomitant fighting and bloodshed.
    • We might expect, as food supplies became more scarce, that the population would rely less on drugs, because of their expense, so as to set aside enough food supplies. As this began to happen, then the power of the drug lords might wain, as their wealth dwindled.
      • This might give our towns an opportunity to re-establish democratic process and civil law, through overthrowing the warlords.

ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES

As I didn’t much like my line of inquiry and investigation of the above scenario, I’d like to present two alternative strategies, with regard to the war against drugs in America.

A Substitute Plan for the CIA to Garner Money for Our Government by Nationalizing and Administering Tobacco Sales, with Doubled Taxes

As things stand, it is illegal for the CIA to engage in business in America. As mentioned above, the concern is that the resultant monopoly and hegemony would erode our Constitutional liberties and threaten our democratic way of life.

However, if our leadership felt that the situation were such that this law must be contravened, then I would suggest that the CIA begin to sell some commodity other than drugs. One such commodity might be tobacco.

From 2000 to 2010, Americans spend about $100B annually on illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine, according to the RAND Drug Policy Research Center for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is the most recent figure I have on the market value of illegal drugs in the United States, so I’ll go with this.

Link: “Americans Spent About A Trillion Dollars On Illegal Drugs In The Last Decade,” by Matt Ferner, 13 March 2014, Huffington Post, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/americans-trillion-dollars-drugs_n_4943601.html ..

The retail value of 2017 annual tobacco sales in the United States was about $121B …

Link: “Market value of tobacco in the United States from 2013 to 2018 (in million U.S. dollars),” in Statista: The Statistics Portal,” https://www.statista.com/statistics/491709/tobacco-united-states-market-value/ ..

Looking at these two figures: 2017 annual tobacco sales at $121B, and 2010 estimated annual illegal drug sales at $100 billion, we might consider these to be roughly equal.

Thus the CIA might expect to profit as much from the nationalization of tobacco sales, as it might from sales of recreational drugs, were it to double the tax on tobacco sales.

There would be other upsides to this strategy as well:

  • Like recreational drug use, tobacco use causes health risks. However, I feel that increased use of tobacco might not damage the decision-making ability of people as much as drug use while they are in the workplace.  Thus our workforce might more easily maintain its competitive edge in the global economy.
  • As it would have no financial incentive to promote addiction to recreational drugs, the CIA could, without quandry, set aside part of its profits from the sale of tobacco, to educate children and adults on the danger of using drugs, and to offer drug rehab programs. (However, education on the health risks of tobacco might suffer.)
  • There might be less deaths of newborns, toddlers, invalids, and seniors were we to avoid addicting the overall United States population by drugging drinking water (as in the hypothetical instance above)
  • The CIA would not need to use released felons to sell tobacco; they could simply nationalize tobacco sales, and double the tax on them. Instead, released felons might be steered in the direction of employment in less populated areas, such as forestry or fishing. Thus the danger of infecting our schoolchildren with HIV, through use of released felons who may have been infected with HIV in prison, might be mitigated.

A Preferable Alternate Strategy: Legalization and Taxation of Recreational Drugs

I suggest a second alternate strategy, that of legalizing and taxing recreational drugs. I’ve discussed the benefits of this strategy in a prior blog …

LInk: “What Could We Expect in Federal, State and Local Revenue Increases if Recreational Drugs Were Legalized?” by Alice B. Clagett, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8yL ..

To recap that article, the primary benefits of the strategy are:

  • $686.2B estimated annual net improvement in the federal bottom line, and
  • $17B estimated annual improvement in the State and local bottom line due to ‘sin tax’ increases

This strategy, then, would bolster the United States economy by providing a good deal of new money for government services, in addition to money for education and rehabilitation in the arena of drug use.

Were it to be implemented along with a strategy of circumventing, insofar as possible, the presence of HIV-infected child molesters in our small towns, the combined strategy would mitigate the timeline of the AIDS pandemic, allowing a slowdown during which an AIDS-resistant American population could develop. This, then, would mitigate manpower diminution in our next generation, about 25 years from now.

This strategy would not require that the CIA contravene its edict to protect the American people’s democratic way of life. Nor would it raise the threat of fascism or dictatorship, in the United States.

Thus the people of American, raised with a healthy regard for the Declaration of Independence and our United States Constitution, might happily continue on, in a restful state of mind, and in what they understandably consider to be their right to pursue personal happiness during their lifetimes.

Consequently, we might confidently anticipate our American economy ‘holding its own’ in the coming decades, very much in step with the other nations of the world.

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What Could We Expect in Federal, State and Local Revenue Increases if Recreational Drugs Were Legalized? . by Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 20 April 2018

  • $27.8B FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL ANNUAL EXPENSE
  • $132B ESTIMATED ANNUAL INCREASE IN TAX REVENUES FROM NATIONWIDE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
  • $708.6B ESTIMATED INCREASE IN TAX REVENUES FROM NATIONWIDE LEGALIZATION OF ALL RECREATIONAL DRUGS
  • $686.2B ESTIMATED ANNUAL NET IMPROVEMENT IN THE FEDERAL BOTTOM LINE
  • $17B ESTIMATED ANNUAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE STATE AND LOCAL BOTTOM LINE DUE TO ‘SIN TAX’ INCREASES
  • FEDERAL LEGISLATION THAT MIGHT GET AROUND THE MORAL ISSUE STATES HAVE WITH LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS

Dear Ones,

$27.8B FEDERAL DRUG CONTROL ANNUAL EXPENSE

According to Forbes, the war on drugs costs the United States over $78 billion a year

Link: “Doc Series ‘The Trade’: The War On Drugs Costs The U.S. Over $78B A Year,” by Dana Feldman, contributor, in Forbes, 9 February 2018, https://www.forbes.com/sites/danafeldman/2018/02/09/doc-series-the-trade-the-war-on-drugs-costs-the-u-s-over-78b-a-year/#3076314a2c1b .. 

However, this includes addiction treatment, healthcare, and lost job productivity in addition to federal drug control expense. As it is the federal drug control expense that would be curtailed by legalization, I looked that up. The federal drug control expense for 2018 is estimated to be $27.8 billion dollars … That would mean the other costs … addiction treatment, healthcare, and lost job productivity … tally about $50.2 billion dollars a year.

LInk: “Total federal drug control spending in the United States from FY 2013 to FY 2018 (in million U.S. dollars),” in Statista: The Statistics Portal, https://www.statista.com/statistics/618857/total-federal-drug-control-spending-in-us/ ..

$132B ESTIMATED ANNUAL INCREASE IN TAX REVENUES FROM NATIONWIDE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

According to the Washington Post, nationwide legalization of marijuana might result in $132 billion tax revenues annually

Link: “Post Nation: Study: Legal marijuana could generate more than $132 billion in federal tax revenue and 1 million jobs,” by Katie Zezima, 10 January 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2018/01/10/study-legal-marijuana-could-generate-more-than-132-billion-in-federal-tax-revenue-and-1-million-jobs/?utm_term=.dee696c70135 ..

It seems to me that generation of jobs is a moot point in the above article, since the jobs are already there, in our economy, but just not included in the job statistics. Further, income tax revenue from legalization of these jobs is included as part of the $132 billion revenue figure in the above article.

So, the important figure there is the $132 billion annual revenue for nationwide legalization of marijuana, I note this figure takes into account payroll tax deductions, a retail sales tax of 15 percent, and business tax revenues, which seems appropriate to me. I note also they are calculating federal revenue rather than state or local revenue (i.e., ‘sin taxes’).

$708.6B ESTIMATED INCREASE IN TAX REVENUES FROM NATIONWIDE LEGALIZATION OF ALL RECREATIONAL DRUGS

I was unable to find comparable estimates for generation of revenue from legalization of sales of all categories of recreational drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other recreational drugs. However, this may be estimated as follows:

According to a 2010 Cato Institute report, the ratio of tax revenues for legalization of all drugs, to tax revenues for legalization of marijuana, was 46.7B : 8.7B. For these data, see …

Link: “Commentary: Making an Economic Case for Legalizing Drugs,” by Jeffrey Miron and Katherine Waldock. This article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on October 3, 2010 … https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/making-economic-case-legalizing-drugs ..

Plugging this ratio into the more recent estimate of $132B annual marijuana revenue, we get:

46.7B / 8.7B = X / 132B  … and

X = $708.6B … X being the current estimated annual revenues for legalization of all drugs nationwide.

$686.2B ESTIMATED ANNUAL NET IMPROVEMENT IN THE FEDERAL BOTTOM LINE

This estimate of $708.6B may be on the high side. However, going with this figure, and using the prior bolded figures, let’s consider what federal revenue changes might take place if all recreational drugs were legalized nationwide.

  • The current $50.2 billion dollar cost for addiction treatment, healthcare, and lost job productivity would stay roughly the same.
  • The current $27.8 billion dollar annual federal drug control expense would be greatly curtailed.
  • The current estimated annual revenues for legalization of all drugs nationwide would be $708.6B.

On the plus side for the federal government are the last two bullets: $27.8B plus $708.6B = a total of $736.4B total ‘fattening of the federal coffers’.

This increase in the federal bottom line might resolve the issue of the first-bullet minus: A portion of the federal increase might be set aside to completely cover the $50.2 billion dollar annual cost for addiction treatment, healthcare, and lost job productivity would stay roughly the same.

This would leave a net improvement in the federal bottom line of $736.4B less $50.2B = net $686.2B. 

$17B ESTIMATED ANNUAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE STATE AND LOCAL BOTTOM LINE DUE TO ‘SIN TAX’ INCREASES

An added plus would be sin taxes on that might optionally be levied by state and local governments. In 2014, state sin taxes for were $32.5B for currently legal activities and products such as alcohol, tobacco, casino, racino, and gaming. The largest category was tobacco at $16.9B.

The retail value of 2017 annual tobacco sales in the United States was about $121B

Link: “Market value of tobacco in the United States from 2013 to 2018 (in million U.S. dollars),” in Statista: The Statistics Portal,” https://www.statista.com/statistics/491709/tobacco-united-states-market-value/ ..

From 2000 to 2010, Americans spend about $100B annually on illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine, according to the RAND Drug Policy Research Center for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is the most recent figure I have on the market value of illegal drugs in the United States, so I’ll go with this.

Link: “Americans Spent About A Trillion Dollars On Illegal Drugs In The Last Decade,” by Matt Ferner, 13 March 2014, Huffington Post, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/americans-trillion-dollars-drugs_n_4943601.html ..

Looking at these two figures: 2017 annual tobacco sales at $121B, and 2010 estimated annual illegal drug sales at $100 billion, we might consider these to be roughly equal.

Thus the sin tax on legalized recreational drugs sales might be anticipated to be about what states and local governments receive in annual sin tax for tobacco: that is, about $17B annually.

FEDERAL LEGISLATION THAT MIGHT GET AROUND THE MORAL ISSUE STATES HAVE WITH LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS

This crunching of the figures makes it clear that the most logical thing to do would be to legalize all recreational drugs, and generate federal and state revenues from their sales. However, many people in the United States have strong moral stands on recreational drugs.

In fact, the fury over legalization, or criminalization, of recreational drug use in America today is very similar to the fury over alcohol use that resulted in Prohibition … a ban on alcohol sales and use from 1920 to 1933. As I understand it, criminal activity around ‘bootlegging’ skyrocketed during those years. Then when Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the crime wave abated, and federal and local governments began to benefit from liquor revenues.

I feel we might have the same benefits with regard to recreational drugs in this way:

  • The federal government might legalize all recreational drug use and sales.
  • States might have the power to prohibit recreational drug use and sales, either altogether or in part.
  • Those states that legalize recreational drug use and sales, either altogether or in part, might get the benefit of remuneration by the federal government, based on increased federal revenues from recreational drug sales in their state.
  • Federal remuneration to states that decide to legalize recreational drugs might be earmarked for drug-use-related health care, addiction treatment, and health education for schools, and for drug users and their families.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Tobacco tax revenues in the United States are expected to be about $14 billion dollars for the year 2018 …

Link: “Tobacco tax revenue and forecast in the United States from 2000 to 2022* (in billion U.S. dollars).” from Statista: The Statistics Portal, https://www.statista.com/statistics/248964/revenues-from-tobacco-tax-and-forecast-in-the-us/ ..

Liquor tax revenues in the United States are expected to be about $10 billion dollars for the year 2018 …

Link: “Alcohol tax revenue in the United States from 2000 to 2022* (in billion U.S. dollars),” from Statista: The Statistics Portal, https://www.statista.com/statistics/248952/revenues-from-alcohol-tax-and-forecast-in-the-us/ ..

By comparison, itotal United States government receipts for 2018 are expected to be about 3.65 trillion dollars

Link: “Total receipts of the U.S. government in fiscal years 2000 to 2022* (in trillion U.S. dollars),” in Statista: The Statistics Portal, https://www.statista.com/statistics/200405/receipts-of-the-us-government-since-fiscal-year-2000/ ..

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‘Homeless Trains’ Like the ‘Orphan Trains’? … by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

I saw an intriguing video about the Orphan Trains that settled orphans (some of them ‘street urchins’ or ‘juvenile delinquents’) from urban environments in farm communities at the turn of the last century. Here’s a good source of information on that …

Link: “West by Orphan Train,” in PBS LearningMedia  https://iptv.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/orphan-train/#.WtoYCG4vzAV ..

I see that the Trump administration has offered 2 billion dollars’ worth of grants to help the homeless …

Link:  “US Gives $2B to Help Homeless Amid Plans to Cut Housing Aid,” 11 January 2018,  https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2018-01-11/trump-administration-announces-2b-to-help-the-homeless ..

I expect it will take some time for this grant money to filter down into local communities. I have a thought about that:

Might ‘Homeless Trains’ be devised, along the lines of the ‘Orphan Trains’, to resettle the homeless from urban areas into parts of the nation that are in need of labor?

Here’s a map showing where the orphans were settled …

Image: “Where the Orphans Went,”  https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/67ca4560bc7bbfb330a680b71514bfe1a319da08/c=0-0-401-301&r=x404&c=534×401/local/-/media/2017/01/27/WIGroup/Sheboygan/636211244698689755–2-Map-where-Children-went.jpg ..

I wonder if this map might be a good starting place for a plan to resettle the urban homeless?

I note also that the ‘orphan train’ children sometimes needed to be resettled in new homes, and sometimes this happened several times to one child. We might anticipate that resettled homeless people might need followup and relocation services as well.

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Notes on Forestalling Social Unrest in California … by Alice B. Clagett

 

Rough notes on Chinese forced labor, and North Korean forced labor … pros and cons … The incendiary issue of human rights, as opposed to the unyielding issue of economic reality, as it’s devolving amongst the homeless, jobless, and prison-released multi-offense felon populations, here in California …

Dear Ones,

As to our illegal population, and considering the current crisis of the economy of Los Angeles, the thing of it is: They have a dream, and a feeling, that here, in Los Angeles, is opportunity. What we need to do is, provide work and housing concomitant to that which they experience in their home countries, so that they will have a more realistic view of the benefits of returning to their home countries. I feel it’s coming down to that. I feel we can be as humane as possible in this, but that this is most likely the only possible alternative and denouement.

We ought to offer the Mexican people who arrive here, the same opportunity to work, and own homes, as is the case for us in Mexico. In other words, if we can own land in Mexico; if we can find work in Mexico, then let us provide work and property ownership for Mexican peoples who are here in Los Angeles.

Let’s try to figure out some way to get around the minimum wage, for people who are unhomed, and who are receiving extra social services, in the event the United States government is not able to participate, here in California, in ameliorating the situation, and easing the social unrest.

For instance, could we offer something more akin to prison labor … Voluntary labor, and a very small wage, in exchange for housing and food and medical care. Could we offer that, in camps especially set up for that?

And what would be the long-term situation there? Would this be temporary? Or would this be a semi-permanent situation?

As I see it, in North Korea … although I haven’t done much research on it, the problem is intractable, long-term, incurable poverty …

I have this public domain quote from the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, with regard to the grim facts of the North Korean economy:

“North Korea, one of the world’s most centrally directed and least open economies, faces chronic economic problems. Industrial capital stock is nearly beyond repair as a result of years of underinvestment, shortages of spare parts, and poor maintenance. Large-scale military spending and development of its ballistic missile and nuclear program severely draws off resources needed for investment and civilian consumption. Industrial and power outputs have stagnated for years at a fraction of pre-1990 levels. Frequent weather-related crop failures aggravated chronic food shortages caused by on-going systemic problems, including a lack of arable land, collective farming practices, poor soil quality, insufficient fertilization, and persistent shortages of tractors and fuel.

“The mid 1990s through mid 2000s were marked by severe famine and widespread starvation. Significant food aid was provided by the international community through 2009. Since that time, food assistance has declined significantly. In the last few years, domestic corn and rice production has improved, although domestic production does not fully satisfy demand. A large portion of the population continues to suffer from prolonged malnutrition and poor living conditions. Since 2002, the government has allowed semi-private markets to begin selling a wider range of goods, allowing North Koreans to partially make up for diminished public distribution system rations. It also implemented changes in the management process of communal farms in an effort to boost agricultural output …” – CIA World Factbook, North Korea, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html … public domain

… and, rather than asking people, who have nothing, for taxes, instead they’re conscripting people into forced labor situations for nothing … for free … to help with government projects …

… North Korea is a source country for men, women, and children who are subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking; many North Korean workers recruited to work abroad under bilateral contracts with foreign governments, most often Russia and China, are subjected to forced labor and do not have a choice in the work the government assigns them, are not free to change jobs, and face government reprisals if they try to escape or complain to outsiders; tens of thousands of North Koreans, including children, held in prison camps are subjected to forced labor, including logging, mining, and farming; many North Korean women and girls, lured by promises of food, jobs, and freedom, have migrated to China illegally to escape poor social and economic conditions only to be forced into prostitution, domestic service, or agricultural work through forced marriages.” – CIA World Factbook, North Korea, in the section “Transnational Issues,” subheading “Trafficking in persons,” https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html … public domain

So the ‘forcing of labor’ in North Korea, I feel to be a substitute for the coined tax system … It’s more like a ‘barter’ tax, you know? It’s not a totally evil thing. It’s a necessary thing there, where everyone faces starvation whenever there’s a drought … Whenever the weather conditions are not good, everyone faces starvation.

Image: “A farmer inspects his ruined crops in famine-plagued South Hwanghae province, where a man is said to have been executed recently after being reported for eating his two children,” Damir SagolJ, Reuters, http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1250764.1359505983!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_1200/article-north-korea-hunger.jpg ..

I know that we have forced labor here in the United States, but we cushion it with other terms … more aesthetic terms … according to our ideas of how things ought to be. For instance, when North Korea has forced labor part of the year … during which the people in the towns have to work for the government  for free or for almost nothing … that has analogies to community service at, say, $40 a day, in lieu of prison time in the United States. In some locales, people are allowed to live in their homes, and ‘work off their sentence’ doing community service.

Then, I noticed in Mendocino County, California, there are various prison ‘work release’ programs … home detention, work release, and work furlough …

Link: Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office: Corrections,” http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/corrections/workrelease.html ..

Then there is prison labor, where inmates have the voluntary option to work … for less than $1 an hour …

Link: “How Much Do Incarcerated People Earn in Each State?” by Wendy Sawyer, 10 April 2017,  https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2017/04/10/wages/ ..

And so, I’m thinking that something like this might be good if, for lack of funds, we have to release the prison population. For those who are ‘unregenerate’ … to use an old-time term … work camps might be set up, in which they could do ‘forced labor’ … or ‘community service’ …. whatever you want to call it …

I seem to recall that, in China, they think of forced labor as a way of educating people with regard to the work ethic … inculcating a notion of being productive members of society. And we might consider it like that too.

Thus, as a form of education in the worth ethic, if we can’t house the felons in prisons, we could house them in work camps. Or, as an alternative, out in the wilderness … Care of the Santa Monica Mountains might be one such possibility. Another might be the option to become a free person, or a semi-free person, in an occupation that is far from the general public … where the released prisoners can’t hurt the general public. ‘Rough’ occupations such as lumberjacking, or tramp steamer crew, for instance. Maybe, work in the mines, or in the deserts.

I think that, in terms of employment in the general community, and integration in the general community, the likelier group of people is the homeless people who are looking for work and don’t have Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or like that. Those people, I feel, will fit in better with the general population than will felons with many offenses. I feel very firmly that, in many cases, felons with many offenses are looking for violent work, and not looking to integrate into the general community. They fall into the category ‘antisocial personalities’. And they’re going to need special care, and special healing. They need to be kept away from the general population.

And I think that, to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS from the prison population into the general population, we ought to allow … starting right now … conjugal visits in our prisons. That will help those prisoners who are heterosexual to continue in heterosexual, perhaps long-time-paired, relationships when they get out of prison.

In the prisons, HIV tests might be used to separate the HIV-positive prison populations … and the HIV-positive prison guards … physically, from those guards prisoners who are HIV-negative. These tests need to be performed every 6 months, as I understand it, and also one month after possible exposure to the virus; these tests might be made routine in prison medical facilities, for the sake of the infectible law-abiding populations upon whom prisoners might prey, either as prostitutes or as sexual predators, after their release.

Also, there’s the issue of the waves of homeless people, some of whom have people, and some of whom have not. Those who have money, but not enough to get by … to be housed … those people just need low-cost housing. And I believe that’s in the works, in Los Angeles.

But those people who have no jobs, or who have addictions, are going to need other kinds of services. I suggest, as one alternative for them, work camps … with outreach to get better jobs. The work camps would provide a wage similar to that in prison, in exchange for health care, housing, and food. And they could use the money that they get for incidentals. And then, the work camp staff could be on the constant lookout for better paid employment for them

For those that are suffering from addictions, that’s a totally different situation. They ought to be housed apart. And we ought to do what we can to help them stabilize their health.

To return to the situation in North Korea, which, in some ways, is analogous to that devolving in California: Apparently, there are masses of people in North Korea, whom the government forces into forced labor in China … or the people may flee there themselves to escape starvation …

“… North Korea does not fully comply with minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; the government continued to participate in human trafficking through its use of domestic forced labor camps and the provision of forced labor to foreign governments through bilateral contracts; officials did not demonstrate any efforts to address human trafficking through prosecution, protection, or prevention measures; no known investigations, prosecutions, or convictions of trafficking offenders or officials complicit in trafficking-related offenses were conducted; the government also made no efforts to identify or protect trafficking victims and did not permit NGOs to assist victims (2015) …” – CIA World Factbook, North Korea, in the section “Transnational Issues,” subheading “Trafficking in persons,” https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html … public domain

“… risking arrest, imprisonment, and deportation, tens of thousands of North Koreans cross into China to escape famine, economic privation, and political oppression … – CIA World Factbook, North Korea, in the section “Transnational Issues,” subheading “International disputes,” https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html … public domain

And those types of labor available to the trafficked peoples are really beneath the level of misery that’s acceptable here in the United States …

PDF file: “Trafficking in Persons Report June 2017,” United States of America Department of State, https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/271339.pdf ..

It might be prostitution. It might be illegal activities such as theft. It might be begging. They might be held by gangs that are ‘beneath the law’ and forced to be members of those gangs.

This, to me, is unacceptable. And the situation is analogous, in some regards, to the situation with immigrants from Mexico. They’re not force by the United States government into that kind of labor, but they may find themselves in that kind of situation … In dug-out caves in the Earth … living in that way, for instance. And doing seasonal, migrant labor. Or young women or children may find themselves forced into lives of prostitution by pimps.

(There is another large group of people, here in the United States, that shares this burden. That is the felons released from prison, whether through well-intentioned rehab programs, or left to fend for themselves. I feel that a careful look at the post-release lives of  male felons may reveal that male, or cross-dressed, or transgender prostitution may be a source of livelihood.)

So, considering the harsh reality of the existence of illegal immigrant people housed in the dirt, and working in the Earth: What can we do, starting from ground zero, to improve that situation?

Can we provide for them, a favela-type existence?

Image: “The favelas of Niteroi, Brazil – March 2011,” https://i.pinimg.com/736x/78/b4/02/78b402c949b17c32daacd2918c6ff2db–favelas-brazil.jpg ..

Image: “Favelas,” https://www.pinterest.com/alinefouard/favelas/ ..

If cardboard, packing crate, or old-tire housing works for the unhomed in Tijuana, maybe we could provide that type of housing here …

Image: “Tijuana Houses: Slums and City,” https://i.pinimg.com/originals/aa/2a/b2/aa2ab250bc938f04d2da53d11c090dac.jpg ..

Are we able to rummage through our landfills, and find building materials that they can use? Is this a possibility?

Might we establish a free zone, where they can build and squat? And might we haul in building materials from our dumps so that they can use them?

Then there is the issue of drinking water for the illegal immigrants, for the homeless, and for those without a source of income. This is like the issue of drinking water faced in India …

Link: “Why Informal Water Sellers Are Key to India’s Future,” by Kavitha Rajagopalan, 28 December 2015, https://www.citylab.com/life/2015/12/why-informal-water-sellers-are-key-to-indias-future/421950/ ..

Maybe here in the United States, as in India, private water sellers could step in, and provide inexpensive drinking water for those in desperate need of it?

It’s possible that the slow roll of the HIV pandemic will provide relief from the housing crisis over time … over the next 10 or 20 years. But in the meantime, since we have an insoluble housing problem, let’s start from what we’re able to do, rather than what we think we ought to do … And provide some form of housing, no matter how humble, for our unhoused population.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Video: “Everyone In–Supportive Housing Across L.A.,” by Everyone In LA, 3 March 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=22&v=QnZWabk8mO0 ..

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