Surrealist News 2020
Conspiracy Theory Round-up at Surrealist News
Last updated July 6, 2020
Russian Orthodox Church defrocks coronavirus-denying monk
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
July 3, 2020
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defrocked a coronavirus-denying monk who has defied Kremlin lockdown orders and taken control of a monastery.
"HE'S THE CHOSEN ONE TO RUN AMERICA": INSIDE THE CULT OF TRUMP, HIS RALLIES ARE CHURCH AND HE IS THE GOSPEL
Trump's rallies—a bizarre mishmash of numerology, tweetology, and white supremacy—are the rituals by which he stamps his name on the American dream. As he prepares to resume them for the first time in months, his followers are ready to receive.
BY JEFF SHARLET
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRUCE GILDEN
JUNE 18, 2020
Born on the dark fringes of the internet, QAnon is now infiltrating mainstream American life and politics
By Paul P. Murphy, CNN
July 3, 2020
Daegu files damage suit against religious sect of Shincheonji for mass coronavirus infections
Jun 23, 2020
Indian guru warned against marketing $7 herbal virus 'cure'
June 23, 2020
What to Say If People You Love Believe Coronavirus Conspiracy Theoriesby Colleen de Bellefonds
June 25, 2020
Origins of the Pizzagate Conspiracies
The FBI just released new documents about 'The Finders,' which conspiracy theorists think was a CIA-linked child abuse cult.
By Lauren Theisen
Nov 11, 2019
Televangelist sues to halt inquiry on virus product
by Tony Holt, June 10, 2020
Bakker became nationally known in the 1970s and '80s while hosting, along with his then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker, The PTL Club, a Christian television program. In 1987, he resigned after a sex scandal and a couple of years later was convicted on several counts of wire and mail fraud.
Jim Bakker returned to televangelism less than a decade after his release from federal prison in 1994.
Russian monk denying coronavirus takes control of monastery
June 17, 2020
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Russian priest who called coronavirus a 'pseudo-pandemic' seizes convent
Father Sergei Romanov who was banished by church leaders in April says he will only be removed by force
Andrew Roth in Moscow
Thu 18 Jun 2020
Restaurants Have Accidentally Promoted Coronavirus Info From ScientologistsGiven the Church of Scientology's history of unusual recruitment techniques, it's pretty likely this is all just a PR move.
By Jelisa Castrodale
Jun 15 2020
Self-professed cult leader requests jury trial in quarantine violation case
By JOHN BURNETT
Friday, June 12, 2020
Unless a self-professed cult leader can raise $4,000 in bail money, it appears he’ll be sitting in jail until his next court date for two alleged violations of the state’s emergency 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Hawaii from out of state.
India's goddesses of contagion provide protection in the pandemic - just don't make them angry
June 15, 2020
Author Tulasi Srinivas
Professor of Anthropology, Religion and Transnational Studies, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College
God has 'removed' coronavirus, Tanzania's president claims
By Tom Odula
June 9, 2020
Meet the Russian Trolls Meddling in Your Election
By Ali Fitzgerald
April 13, 2020
Facebook removes nearly 200 accounts tied to hate groups
by Stephanie Chavez, June 6, 2020
'He wears the armor of God': evangelicals hail Trump's church photo op
June 3, 2020
Warning: this is a faked photo meant to stir up liberals and white supremacists alike! Carefully step over the lies. Remember to always look things up if they seem too weird to be true. The Russian and other anti-American propaganda is that good! They queue up a fake photo then their puppet pulls the stunt, then people in Russia laugh at America. This is hilarious to them! ha ha
Far-Right Extremists Are Hoping to Turn the George Floyd Protests Into a New Civil War
Armed extremists are showing up to protests and urging a "boogaloo" - code for civil war - online.
By Tess Owen
VICE News, May 29 2020
How to have a conversation with a conspiracy theorist
By Moataz Hamde
June 2, 2020
Pentecostals and the spiritual war against coronavirus in Africa
April 30, 2020
Catastrophe and Conspiracy (lecture)
Philosophical Research Society
Roots of conspiracy theory in myth and legends
May 26, 2020
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Spitting on Other People
The culture wars around the coronavirus pandemic center on conflicting ideas of freedom, revealing an utter lack of national common cause.
By Masha Gessen
The New Yorker
May 26, 2020
COVID-19: What we can learn from conspiracy theories
By Zaria Gorvett
24th May 2020
The Church of QAnon: Will conspiracy theories form the basis of a new religious movement?
by Marc-André Argentino
May 18, 2020
Ellen Braaten Coronavirus conspiracy theorists have now revealed themselves. What can the rest of us do?
Relationships that suffer as a result of unreconcilable politics may force you to make a decision. To make that less distressing, choose consciously.
By Ellen Braaten, associate professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School
NBC News, May 9, 2020
Coronavirus: David Icke kicked off Facebook
Facebook has taken down the official page of conspiracy theorist David Icke for publishing "health misinformation that could cause physical harm"
BBC News, May 1, 2020
The Coronavirus and God
Michael Coren: There have always been some Christians who see crises as punishment from God for our sins. Coronavirus has been no exception.
By Michael Coren March 16, 2020
Rev. Michael Coren is ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada
Conspiracy theories run rampant when people feel helpless. Like now.
A pandemic is an especially dangerous time for false information to spread.
By Adam M. Enders and Joseph E. Uscinski
May 5, 2020
Concerns over church in Australia selling bleach which its US leader claims can cure coronavirus
By Grace Tobin, May 5, 2020
The Australian chapter of an international church that peddles bleach as a cure for coronavirus is selling the product locally.
ABC NEWS AUSTRALIA
New Positive Verbs Besides "Defund"
June 8, 2020
Here at Surrealist News, we prefer active voice positive statements. Passive voice is when you say the police will be reformed. Active voice is to say reform the police. A double negative statement includes words like "defund, de-escalate, and de-militarize" are double negatives. Unlimited funding for police is negative, and "de" is the double negative. Escalating an already bad situation is negative, and "de" makes it a double negative. Militarizing the police is a negative, and "de" makes it a double negative.
We do not have a perfect solution for this, but here's a list of double negatives.
• End bloated budgets for tanks, body armor, and other military gear.
• Reduce money spent on incarceration, stop putting people in jail for minor offenses such as unpaid parking tickets.
• Crack down on police who escalate situations.
• End police brutality, such as choking, beating, and shooting innocent people.
• Stop treating African Americans with suspicion.
• Stop treating the American public as the other, and stop calling our cities battle zones.
• Stop police lack of transparency.
There's a long list of things we DO NOT want! Notice the last item is a tripple negative - "stop" negates, so it's negative, "lack" is negative, and "transparency" is good, so you have to negate it in your head to make sense of the statement. So start not doing what's not positive. Negative statements are confusing. So stop your lack of positivity, and let's take a look at a list of things that describe what we want. For those tracking double negatives, following is a list of positive changes we want:
Freedom of Speech - we want equal protection under the law. At this point we'll take protection. We want to put PROTECT back in To Protect and to Serve.
A note to the police: if you see your job as protecting white people from black people, you have failed as a human being. Life brings enough problems on it's own. There are car accidents, and countless emergencies where we need police. Law enforcement is meant to enforce laws like breaking and entering, burglary, theft, arson, assault, and investigate murders. It's not about protecting the white people. Recent government reports show it's white supremacist groups who are responsible for most of the gun violence in America.
Another thing we want in this struggle is justice. We want honest people to handle life's disasters and challenges and keep us safe. We want qualified, smart people. We need systemic change - the police fraternities deserve justice for all the harm they have done. The plot of every third cozy mystery is when the protagonist can take down an inside job. If it's a well written story, everybody cheers when the aristocrats and big wigs get busted and taken down.
We want community resources. The phrase "defund" police is a way to make a point. It means instead of giving the biggest slice of a city's budget to the police to uber bully, give a portion of that money to the communities. We want community youth programs, social services, park services, activities, all things that make neighborhoods safer. We also want community policing. The police contribute because they may also live there, walk the area on foot, on bicycles, or horses, and get to know people. This creates an atmosphere of trust to replace fear.
Imagine you're waiting in line for to vote and a police officer on a horse goes by . . . everything is fine. Now imagine you're waiting to vote and a white supremacist shows up firing guns, then the police rush to the scene in personnel carriers and helicopters. Not safe. This is the crossroads where we have arrived. We need community policing and community resources.
There are other ways to get money for communities. It does not have to come out of one budget and go to another budget. Anyone who has a checkbook knows you can get more money two ways - raise more money or cut the budget somewhere else. Therefore, focusing on defunding the police comes off as a threat, it's a double negative (over-funding is negative, and "de-" negates). It's also dangerous because in the real world, cutting the budget would mean firing anyone who is honest, so only the worst people keep their jobs.
Regardless of where the money comes from, the top thing on our list of postive goals is to invest in communities. As communities heal, we will get a rebate peace dividend from policing and prisons.
SUMMARY: A List of Positive Goals
We well know what we don't want because we've been studying police brutality for decades, forever. However, putting George Floyd to rest today, let's take a minute to imagine what we want in his name:
• We create funding for community services to create strong and cohesive communities.
• We create 911 agencies who send qualified counselors, social workers, or other licensed professionals to address domestic issues, noice complaints, issues with the mentally ill, and similar situations, with police back-up if necessary.
• We call on justice for all police who murdered or covered up murder, including individuals in police fraternities.
• We create honest policing systems that are transparent to the public.
• We find and hire police who are qualified for their jobs taking care of the problems, crimes, and emergencies.
• We find and hire police officers who are honest and care about the communities and residents they serve.
June 3, 2020
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes." - George Santayana
Not only are we repeating the 1918 pandemic, we are repeating two white supremacist uprisings around the time of the 1918 pandemic. First, Red Summer*, which covered most of 1919. White supremacist terror attacks and riots murdered hundreds of African Americans in dozens of US cities.
Just after the pandemic ended, the worst white supremacist attack in US history took place May 31 and June 1, 1921. This is known variously as the Tulsa race masacre, Tulsa race riot, Greenwood Massacre, and the Black Wall Street Massacre*. In this case, mobs of white supremacists attacked African American owned businesses and residents in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. White supremacists even used private aircraft to attack Greenwood, which was known as the wealthiest black community in the United States, and was called "Black Wall Street."
Police violence against African Americans has always been around, but escalated rapidly when America elected her first African American president. Now in 2020, amid our current pandemic, the instigators are white supremacists in the White House and police departments across the country. It's especially unsettling how police allowed white protesters to take over the Michigan State Capitol with big guns on April 20 and did nothing. Another show of white supremacy are the white anarchists who are allowed to get away with destroying African American businesses. The criminals here are the white people who think they are better than the rest of us. It's time we learn from history and stand up to white supremacists. They just do what they do - we need to stop them.
Which Do You Hate More?
May 30, 2020
Which do you hate more? Police who murder African Americans, or riots? Whichever one you hate more is what divides us. Nobody agrees with police murdering African Americans. Maybe a few white supremacists think that's great, but most people are against murder of any sort. Nobody agrees with rioting, looting, and setting buildings on fire, but that is not the protesters - professional anarchists incide the violence.
If you hate, you are a hater. If you murder, you are a murderer. If you hurt people, you're an abuser. If you rob and burn buildings, you are a criminal anarchist.
Surrealist calls for a truce. We need peaceful protest, which is our right.
Is the Pandemic a Conspiracy?
A friend wrote to me today asking if the pandemic is real, or a hoax. Here's my advice, and I wanted to share it at the blog since a lot of people are feeling confused.
The reason we've never been through anything like this before is people learned the lessons from the last time this happened. The 1918 Spanish Flu killed twenty to fifty million people worldwide. Ever since then, we have prevented it from happening again, mostly because America developed the best Center for Disease Control in the world. It still worked fine as recently as the Obama Administration, when America prevented four pandemics. President Obama knew enough about history to take immediate action. For example, when Ebola broke out, the CDC advised him to send ten thousand medical experts to Africa to stop it. So that's what happened, and it worked.
The current White House did worse than nothing. Trump thought it would make him look bad, so he failed to prepare. Instead, he said it would just go away on its own. Under pressure he admitted it was real, but now he has gone back to minimizing it. We still do not have adequate testing or protection for medical workers.
Positive visualization and positive words are great, but ultimately there's a brick wall of reality. Here's the famous Frank Zappa quote:
The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.
In 2020, we see the brick wall because Republican leaders want to open the economy before it's safe.
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R): "There are more important things than living."
Ohio State Rep. Nino Vitale (R): "Death is inevitable"
Death is inevitable, so get back out there and pretend it's safe. It is no longer profitable to continue the illusion we care about your life, the only thing we care about is how much money this is costing us.
Frank Zappa, 1940-1993.
The pandemic is real. Viruses have jumped from animal to human several times already, and there's no reason why that would stop just because we choose to ignore it. It's too bad the current White House forgot the lessons of 1918, but the most important lesson was "tell the truth."
Self-Care for the Pandemic
April 23, 2020
With our health care workers under stress, one thing we can do to help out is to take good care of ourselves. Here are some ideas on where to get started. I'm writing this based on my own experience with possibly having "it" since the end of February. After a few days of frantic phone calls the first week in March, and watching the news, I realized testing was not going to happen. Since then, I have gone on the assumption that I have it. I'll know it's gone when my temperature stops bouncing around.
The first two weeks were awful, but since then I've had a few days where I've felt weak, dizzy, or have found it hard to breathe. So here are the things I've done to bide my time until I can get an antibody test and possibly qualify to opt out on a vaccination.
Deep breathing. The disease cuts back on natural breathing making it harder to get oxygen. Thus, deep breathing alone can reverse many effects of the disease. Times when I woke up with trouble breathing, I stayed in bed and took twenty or thirty slow deep breaths in a row. I've found deliberate breathing also helps with weakness, dizziness, and other symptoms. It's similar to what you might expect in a high altitude, except your lungs feel like an algae-clogged swamp.
Other things that have helped me: elderberry, Vitamin C, zinc, and other supplements, white tea, sleep, exercise, good food including fresh vegetables and fruit, and some comfort food. I've watched the news to stay informed, but set aside hours of the day to tune out and focus on something productive. I've tried to dwell on the positive things going on, and not get sunk in anger, hatred, envy, or my flaws and mistakes. I've tried to share love with my friends and people I meet, and avoid things I dislike, such as nagging friends, and the Trump Reality Show.
Face Covering Factory
April 18, 2020
Editor's note - I have relocated the face covering factory news to my other site Dreaming Peace. For patterns and procurement protocols to open your own organic cotton face covering operation, click here: DreamingPeace.net/facecoverings.html.
Hiku for the Pandemic
April 7, 2020
We here at Surrealist News encourage everyone to Hiku the pandemic. Here's our first try . . .
the pandemic is
we are in this together
time to rest and heal
Regarding President Trump
April 1, 2020
This is just a PS about Trump. He grew up in the church of Rev. Norman Vincent Peale. Since it was his family religion, he learned how to affirm, and visualize when he was growing up. Unfortunately for him, and for us, he did not learn best practices for positive thinking.
The main thing he gets wrong is, to succeed, you take the highest good for all into consideration when you visualize. Visualizing something that would hurt others will come back to you. Imagine all the times he has not taken the highest good for all into consideration when he visualizes a plan, or makes a decision. Once I found out he grew up with Rev. Peale, I worried about what brick wall of reality would come back on Trump. Now we are starting to see what he has manifested, and we are the extras in his drama.
True positive thinking is to find out what you want to do with your life, then set goals. Once you have goals, you study, practice, persist, and eventually you achieve your goal. It also involves winning friends and influencing people, and that only works if it's genuine. You don't just flatter a person, and then get something in return.
Another point, one of the greatest riches of life is the people you've known. That's part of positive thinking, to learn how to get along in the world, so you can achieve your goals.
Positive Thinking Resources
April 1, 2020
In my essay on positive thinking, Dreaming Peace*, I suggest substituting images for verbal affirmations. Images convey more than words, and are more likely to be positive if the image is positive. One example is watching the waves come in at the ocean.
I also wrote an article for the Sedona Journal on how to use tarot cards for positive visualization*.
If you are more verbal than visual, I have a collection of 300+ positive thinking quotations. These came from my Dreaming Peace research in the first couple years after 9/11. I also posted a positive thinking timeline with about a thousand titles in the positive thinking genre from ancient times to the Twenty-First Century*.
Two ideas for Governors and Mayors
March 31, 2020
Idea #1 - test for antibodies
A couple days ago, ABC News reported news from Telluride, Colorado, where they are testing all residents for COVID-19 antibodies. ELISA is a test that detects and measures antibodies in the blood, and can determine if the antibodies are related to certain infectious conditions. Once the body develops long-lasting antibodies against a virus, it creates immunity. Scientists have not had time to fully study this virus yet, but based on similar viruses in the past, they believe the immunity would last a year or longer.
THEREFORE, we call on governors and mayors to begin widespread testing for antibodies. Even people who never felt sick need to get tested. In Telluride, they found half of those who had antibodies were asymptomatic. As head of your state or city, you can decide when people with immunity can go back into the world to work and assist with the recovery. The more immune people out there, the slower the virus will spread.
Idea #2 - wearing masks
Besides the lack of widespread testing available, another big controversy is whether to wear masks. First of all, a mask or bandana does not protect people from getting the virus. A bandana or cheap mask would not block someone else's saliva from getting to you. If it hit the cloth covering your face, it would sink in until you breathe it. So it's not meant to prevent the virus. However, if your saliva hits the cloth, it stays with you. Nobody will get close enough to breathe in what's on your bandana. Therefore, if you are a carrier of the virus, you will be much less likely to infect someone else, as long as your hands are clean. Many people carrying the virus are asymptomatic, so everyone should wear a mask when they go out.
The debate over masks rages on - I've heard everything from "hogwash - it's no use to wear a mask" - to - "my opinion has evolved over the last few days" - to - "people in South Korea already do this with good results. I'm now in the "better to err on the side of caution" side, and I believe covering one's nose and mouth in public is much better than sneezing and coughing into your elbow, or covering your mouth with your hand when you walk near people in the aisles of a store. Here's a video on the importance of wearing masks to prevent spread of the virus: Youtube.
THEREFORE, we call on governors and mayors to encourage their citizens to wear a mask or bandana when they go out, and issue specific guidelines on how to use it, the importance of laundering it, and clearly explain what it will and will not do.
March 29, 2020
1) if you have symptoms - stay home
2) if are not sick - stay home and stay safe
3) if you think you had it and are now immune - stay home until we have antibody tests
4) if you think you can't get it - stay home
5) if you don't have symptoms, and don't feel sick, stay home because people can carry the virus and not have symptoms
It's unthinkable we are sending people into the field to keep things running during a pandemic with no masks. This virus is named "19" because that's when this started. We need testing and equipment. This is the end of March.
Right now is the turning point. We need to stay down for the next several days, especially. We will know in April how bad this can get.
Pray for medical equipment and tests. Whatever is holding these things up, pray to Jesus or Saint Ganesh or whatever Saint you pray to, and if you're atheist or agnostic, call upon humanity itself. This is a matter of saving lives, and bringing our world back to normal as soon as possible.
A New Perspective from ScienceMag.org
March 20, 2020
A new article by Gretchen Vogel in ScienceMag.org explains how helpful it will be to identify people who have already had COVID-19. Immune people could enter back into society, and would slow the spread of the virus overall.
Here are some excerpts from the article, with a link at the bottom to read the whole thing.
New blood tests for antibodies could show true scale of coronavirus pandemicRead the whole article to find out the current state of COVID-19 antibody testing:ScienceMag.org
March 12, 2020
In the absence of wide scale testing, you have to make the call for yourself. If you feel sick, Surrealist News encourages you to stay home. As of today, the CDC is only testing people if they can confirm they have been in contact with somebody already diagnosed. Don't waste energy trying to understand this.
This is a virus, not bacteria, so do not try to treat it with antibiotics. Your immune system is based on keeping a culture of live microbes in your gut, and all over every part of your body.
Instead of prescriptions, which are non-existent at this time, here are the go-to natural medicines that may help you recover more quickly: mega doses of Vitamin C (10 x 1,000 mg per day as possible), elderberry (tea, tincture, capsules, or lossenges), zinc (three a day, or what's on the label), probiotics, lots of water, lots of rest, eat well, get fresh air and exercise as possible, and stay warm. If you feel nauseous, eat dry toast and drink green tea or other medicinal tea instead of plain water.
When you use anti-biotic cleaning products, it kills all the microbes. This leaves a vacuum for bad microbes to move in. To prevent this, spray probiotic spray on clean surfaces. Here's one we've been using for a few years and it works great: biokleen BAC-OUT. Clean and spray your living space with probiotic sprays like Bac-Out. The best way to kill bad bacteria is by introducing and overwhelming it with good bacteria.
When you wash your hands, use soap that does not kill everything, as the "hand sanitizers" claim to do. Instead of killing everything on your hands, use something natural like Dr. Bronners castile soap. It will kill the bad microbes but not disturb your good microbes.
The editors at Surrealist News want to remind you, our whole bodies are covered by microbes, and friendly bacteria are an important part of our immune system. If you kill off your immune system, that will just make things worse.
This chart circulating on the Internet shows why it helps if we can stop the immediate spread of the virus.
Here's an explanation of where the virus came from, cited in Natural Therapies and Coronavirus - What You Should Know Now, by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc - click to read it now!
March 12, 2020
Although we supported Elizabeth Warren, Surrealist News eds would happily vote for either Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden. We are grateful the Democrats settled on Joe Biden before the COVID-19 crisis took hold. (updated 3/26)
Is COVID-19 a Hoax
by Nori Muster
March 12, 2020
The roots of the COVID-19 conspiracy theory go back to a devious soul who took birth as a bat in China. Do you get where I'm going with this?
As the Hindus, and other cultures believe, a soul may pass from one species to another. In this case, the devious soul wanted unlimited power to inflict pain on the world. He destroyed mountains, sank people's boats, murdered his critics, and tried to stop anything that made people feel happy. He had power because of his family line and everyone was afraid of him. The people prayed to Vishnu to help.
This is not a real story from the Vedic scriptures, but the idea is, this is how it happens in their stories. To make it simple, the devious soul gets recycled and takes birth as a bat. Due to some misfortune, the bat becomes diseased with a brand new virus that never before existed.
Hunters bagged the bat and took him to the wet market, where they sliced him up into meat. Cutting up the bat, the virus traveled on its blood, and passed to a human. It had great potential to cause harm since nobody had any immunity to this new virus. Thus, the bat got his revenge. We are the extras, seen grappling with the dystopian future as the camera pans away.
Or is COVID-19 a hoax or secret operation of the Democrats? Is it the Clintons and Nancy Pelosi? Do you think they sit around brainstorming how to destroy the world? How could they find the time - maybe when they're not busy up in Alaska at the HAARP laboratory planning the next hurricane.
If you think there is no danger from highly contagious disease, then open a book and read about history. Pandemics have changed the course of history. It's not a hoax by the Democrats to make Trump look bad. It's just something that can happen. In recent decades we've usually been able to prevent things like this. It takes a little luck, but it also takes a lot of work and preparation. Or as we've known it up until recently: civilization.
But if you look at how fragile and precious civilization actually is, it's more scary. It's much easier to call witch! Hillary and Nancy are witches! They caused this plague to make their political rival look bad.
We need to somehow stop this from happening. Stay indoors, take care of yourself. They're not going to give us tests, so just stay calm and rest. Follow the instructions above* on how to survive if you're otherwise generally healthy.
Be cooperative and help yor local officials protect people. One thing that would help is if people stay home. Even asymptomatic people can pass along the virus.
Every time there's an epidemic, it's a conspiracy theory.
This time it's about a bat.
Reasons for the Housing Market Bubble and Crash
By Nori Muster
February 16, 2020
I'm just a lowly real estate instructor in the State of Arizona, but Candidate Michael Bloomberg would get an "F" on my final exam. The finals for Real Estate Law (REA 281) and Real Estate Finance (REA 282), ask students to explain what led to the 2008 housing market bubble-crash. If a student attributes the bubble-crash to poor people of color buying houses, they get an "F." In ten years of teaching, I've only had one student so uninformed he blamed the crash on Fair Housing Laws.
Editor's note: Nobody appears to understand the term "redlining." It refers to the practice of real estate professionals who draw a red line around certain neighborhoods. It may be a red pen on paper or a metaphorical line. Then they discriminate against the neighborhood that has been redlined. Generally this refers to refusing to lenders redlining, which means they will not make loans to the redlined neighborhoods. It can also refer to Realtors who will only show people of color houses in redlined neighborhoods. However, it usually refers to discriminatory lending practices.
Laws that Led to the Housing Market Bubble-Crash
In the final exam instructions, I ask students to review these laws and cite the impact of these laws in their answer.
* 1999: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
* 2000: Commodity Futures Modernization Act
* 2004: SEC further deregulates financial institutions
If you do not know why the bubble-crash happened, or you buy into anti-Fair Housing propaganda, then learn something today. Here is a compilation of some of my best student work: 2008marketcrash.html
Unite with Elizabeth Warren - Our First Woman President
January 9, 2020
A woman can fix things men cannot fix. Plus, they say she's every Democrat's first or second choice. She embodies America because she worked her way up from nothing - just like my dad*.
When the critics put her down, she pops back up. Trump hasn't been able to lay a glove over her. Has he tried the racist epitaph with her again? No. She travels light because she's told her honest and scrappy life story at every event. We need a candidate who travels light, but with a good knowledge of how things work.
If we believe a woman can win the presidency, now's the time. Naturally, Surrealist News endorses Elizabeth Warren. If you love this dream world, you have the opportunity to help make it a better place with Warren - and whoever she chooses as a running mate. I love this photo and have been meaning to post it. Now is a good time.
America's True Loss
January 27, 2020
Dear true Americans - today we are mourning the loss of our stars and their associates who were shining lights of good for our world. This morning the prayers in the Senate chamber included prayers for Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all who are affected. Since learning of this while watching the news yesterday, I've had several more friends tell me they lost a loved one this weekend. Life on earth is happy in the sense that we have moments of satisfaction and love. There's also a lot of loss and sadness.
Because I'm from Los Angeles, and watched the Lakers in the early 00s, and because I grew up near the site of the accident, I had to look up the exact location. It was just south of the 101, and within a couple miles of the Malibu Hindu Temple. This area always held beautiful memories for me, but is now associated with this tragedy.
This morning I turned on the TV and watched the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance in the Senate to begin the day's Impeachment hearing. The prayer included:
. . . Almighty God, as millions mourn the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and those who died with them, we think about life's brevity, uncertainty, and legacy. Remind us that we all have a limited time on earth to leave the world better than we found it. As this Impeachment process unfolds, give our Senators the desire to make the most of their time on earth. Teach them how to live, Oh God, and lead them along the path of honesty. May they hear the words of Jesus of Nazareth reverberating down the corridors of the centuries, and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free."
I would like to add the Hindu gods to that, and everyone knows the Hindu gods mean business. You see them on horses with big swords. Even the god of love, Krishna, was a warrior. The New Testament savior, Jesus, may take all your sins for you when you die, but don't press your luck. The god of history and legacy may not be so kind.
I don't mean to complain here, but soon after the prayers and Pledge of Allegiance the Republicans started again with their proven lies. Then, seriously, Ken Starr? Do we need to hear from the man who sexually abused America with the Starr Report that enumerated graphic sexual information about the president of the USA? Thanks to the Starr Report, parents of young children all across America had to anwser there children's questions about oral sex. Seriously? I do not want to be lectured by Starr about anything. I had to turn off the TV.
Luckily for me, I have a life, and I do not depend on the TV to entertain me all day. I can work in silence or with music or TV running. Either is okay. Working in silence is better for first drafts and complex problems. Boring tasks are made for listening to audio.
But what do we do with this tragic death? Mourn. Also pray we can keep our Democracy. I've never lived in a totalitarian country before, and would never want to. I don't even like to visit totalitarian countries. I know lots of people love to visit China, Russia, etc. You are free to go, but I don't want to go to support regimes like that. I certainly don't want America to become a nationstate of Russia, which is what the Republicans would prefer. I also do not believe in the Apocalypse. If the world ends, it will be because we burn it up and turn it into Mars. Come on humanity, get it together.
Surrealist Denounces Trump's Assassination of Qasem Soleimani
January 4, 2020
On January 3 in the Middle East, Trump orchestrated the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It's a disaster what our impulsive and misguided president has done.
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