cold when she’s awake

that should be a title of a song.

or a poem,

or at least a bumper sticker somewhere.

what it means is…in the dead of night…which is morning for me…when the temperature outside is coldest but the evolving insulation madness of the cave is working…all is well until the Mad Kitten awakes.

and is bored. And wants to hang on to her summer habits of “wake-up-nosh-go-outside-and-run-inside-and-outside-over-and-over-again” (repeat until nap).

Which means the door must be opened and left opened for her or she descends into a kind of neurotic madness knowing that I am inside and she can’t get in. Add to that her inability to really cry and it is not like I can just open the door when she lets me know she is ready. Oddly enough, I can leave her outside for several hours when I am not here and she is fine. As long as I make a production of showing her I am closing the door and leaving. Sometimes she runs over and wants to stay in.

The door is opened and the heat rushes out.

Or, the door is closed and she slowly extracts my blood and sanity from my body.

She’ll transition soon, or I will duct tape her little paws together and feed her catnip and treats until spring. One or the other.

Today has been very, very interesting. I have been on the go, meeting people all day and having essentially the same conversation only with different parts emphasized according to their interests.

It is election day and it is funny to see how many people are involved in it. By that I mean, people who are actually going out and voting in a non-Presidential election. Somewhere along the line they have begun to rediscover that government means all aspect of governing of the community; and they would like to see that goverance mirror their own values and goals thank-you-very-much.

The radical sets abound that abstain from voting because of their belief that if they do not approve of the candidate then their not voting is some kind of effective protest. It is, a protest against being involved in pragmatic reality while trying to figure out how to change just about everything about this society and culture so we can avoid becoming the fascist state that we are evolving into.

Oh Shock –

read this list and think about it

Characteristics Of Fascism

By Dr. Lawrence Britt Source Free Inquiry.co 5-28-3

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread

domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

(PS – remember that bumpersticker from the 80s, “silence=death?” that phrase applies to everything)

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