I dedicate this Memorial Day to all those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom. We have not learned the major lesson of their collective sacrifice: war is not the answer.
Israeli forces fired into al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan prayers. Israel is an aggressor and oppressor. Israel is wrong.
What is happening in Gaza is not a conflict between two opposing states. What is happening in Gaza are war crimes committed by Israel against a people who have been suffering under Israeli occupation for 73 years. Nakba continues.
Israel is looking a lot like Nazi Germany, like apartheid South Africa.
Israel is wrong.
I have been reading too many books simultaneously. I have become mesmerized by Pearl Buck’s writing style. It seems long , detailed, almost like a conversation. The style has drawn me in, as well as the historical context of 19th C China.
I began reading Buck to try an unpack some of my biases against China. I first read Imperial Woman, that dramatizes some elements of the life of the Emperor Dowager Cixi (Shu-she). Now I have settled on reading alone The Pavilion of Women, to be followed by Peony, a story about the Jews in China. I began reading the last two books simultaneously, but have become captivated by the mind of Madame Wu. I recommend reading any of the many Pearl S. Buck books. I used to take for granted that everyone knew of The Good Earth, but no longer. If you are completely unfamiliar with Buck, start with that book. I you have a passing interest in China, her fiction is verisimilar. There are several good documentaries, and films, about various elements of Chinese history on YouTube.
Completing The Price for Their Pound of Flesh by Daina Ramey Berry was difficult because of the conflicting nature of her study. For me, the story was jaw-dropping. Long interested in the study and practice of forensic pathological science, this study fleshed out the development of medical school organization and practice among, generally speaking, elite white men. That body snatching thing was real, but the victims in this country were the enslaved and poor. Don’t be one of the executed, incarcerated and executed, or unclaimed; battles could possible be wage over the right to your body. This early cadaver trade is the lead-in to our current underground trade in “red flesh” or body parts.
Black Resurrectionists procured, prepared, and presented cadavers, body parts, fetuses, infants, and severed limbs and heads to further anatomical study in the early institutions of medicine. Medical students, poor whites, and any other interested in making some money also participated in this work.
The cotton gin was the first robotic replacement for mass slave labor. Early technology that made production easier include spinning wheels and looms, but did not replace this smaller skilled labor force.
Protech Construction demolished my home without my authorization. The active engineering report commissioned by Safeco Insurance stated the condition of my property prior to Protech’s appearance on this site. This engineering report formed the basis upon which my original claim was settled for $48K. It states that the damage from the tree limb falling on my bedroom was confined to the bedroom. Protech Construction demolished undamaged property and replaced it with an unfinished structure, built without plans.
CSLB found Protech Construction abandoned the project, but Los Angeles County Public Works passed this structure through final inspection. It did take LACPW from 2017 to right now to inform me that a contractor can demolish a property on the strength of the license. No need to present approved plans, an authorization statement from the owner. No need to pay any attention to the equivalent of a pre-inspection report that is the engineering report referred to earlier. No need to provide any documentation superseding the engineering report.
Protech Construction signed itself as the owner of my property on the demolition receipts. Protech Construction stole my identity and used its license to destroy my home. Protech Construction also received more than $250K from Safeco Insurance for destroying my home and leaving me in worse condition than before filing my homeowner insurance claim on Earth Day 2016.
Homeowners, consumers of insurance products appear to have no one protecting our interests where white-collar crime is concerned. Fraud and embezzlement practices that have been used for some time involve a lot of stalling to get past the statute of limitations.
Consumers Beware of Protech Construction, LA County Public Works, Department of Insurance, Safeco/Liberty Mutual Insurance.