Oxygen Utility

September 27th, 2010

~ Ten months can be a long time, so pay your bills.

Since I posted last I have spent 56 straight hours in constant coughing.  It was about the air.  It was about the Corexit in the water (first) and then the air, meaning in the air during the Albuquerque rains – the Corexit Rains.

In Albuquerque it is not like nobody believes me.  They do.  “They” know the air is bad; take “medicine” for the pollens, take “things” for the pain in their throat, thirst, drinking will get one by.  To blame it all on Corexit is too complicated, one needs too much information, it’s like keeping up with Eddie Fisher’s weddings and marriages and latest frequent loves.  Who was Eddie Fisher anyway?  He was born and lived “before my time”.

So this is another bifurcated post.  It’s about the stepmom that Carrie Fisher never knew, the star that never was, the marriage of (Eddie Fisher) that never worked.  Did any of Eddie Fisher’s marriages work?  “Oh, My Pa-pa” – maybe he really just liked the men, like Frank Sinatra or Bob Hope or Jack Benny or Richard Nixon – there is no six degrees of separation, everyone is just three steps away; a “friend of a friend of a friend”.  Or maybe one or two “friends” are really enemies; but that view always seems so unkind when one is talking of people so close.

So how many ways do I know Richard Nixon?  His wife was from Nevada.  My brother met him at Boy’s Nation.  Terry Richard married Eddie Fisher who was Richard Nixon’s golf caddy.  I love the web.  Terry Richard is my neighbor.

Like Corexit connections are everywhere.  In one case one charts the winds, invokes the science of banding and aerosols, breathes the air and takes note and takes note of the obvious conclusions (meaning correlations).  Correlations are easier with people than with science, facts and abstract figures.  Terry Richard was a “beauty queen” from Louisiana, fourth wife of Eddie Fisher, marriage lasted a short ten (10) months.  Bob Hope promised to make “Miss Terry” a southern star.  He lied.

I’ve posted about Lee before, my neighbor that died, the house that reeked – a bit about Ed.  Ed knows Richardson (Governor); Richardson knows Obama and Kim of North Korea – a friend of a friend of a friend – always just three degrees.  Corexit is just three degrees of separation from the gulf, even in Albuquerque.  Everything (everyone) is always closer than you think.  Except for Carrie Fisher; Terry Richard did not know Carrie Fisher (well?), step mom not that long – Debbie was doing other things and so too was Carrie.  But, since Terry “knew” Eddie and Eddie knew Carrie I guess Carrie Fisher too is just a friend of a friend of a friend.

Anyway.  Lee died, Lee’s wife took over Lee’s two houses and Terry Richard became a big part of Lee’s wife’s life (a woman age maybe 92) and the grass grew and the refrigerator took on airs and the houses sat empty and the property taxes still reflected Lee being alive (veteran’s exemption) and Lee’s children were disowned by Lee’s wife and then Terry Richards became a “vacation property” type neighbor and was in Lee’s house the day that Eddie Fisher (her first husband) died.

So I guess Terry Richard owns (or controls) at least four houses which is not bad for a public figure.  See here for her picture on the web, although she has matured a bit since the bi-centennial – two hundred years of America and fishing in the gulf – not two hundred years of Corexit.  The other two “Richard” homes are in L.A., can a “fourth wife’s story” book be far behind?  Eddie Fisher is news and my battle with Corexit isn’t.  I wish Terry Richard – Fisher my very best.  Ed will keep a light on for you.

So if you read my post on meeting Bob Hope and Anita Bryant in Korea you can figure that I knew (in just two degrees) Terry Richard all the time (even if she was just seven or something at the time; meaning seven years old in 1961 or something). And my last post was about moving to Philadelphia to get out of the Corexit and Eddie Fisher came from Philadelphia to marry Debbie and Liz and Terry and “how cool is that?” when we’re all talking “friends” and neighbors in “my home town” – Albuquerque USA.  Why read the tabloids when you can live them and breathe corexit all at the same time?

Through the miracle of polluted water I drink bottled water at some needless additional expense.  The miracle of Corexit is that it makes the purchase of oxygen work about the same.  Bottled water is cheap, bottled oxygen is not.  I can get the oxygen for $200 per week; $800 per month – about the cost of an apartment in Philadelphia.

In the seeds of every disaster is a “business plan” and an opportunity.  I bought a 3M pesticide mask instead.  It was cheap at $42.00 and change (Lowe’s paint department sells them).  All the masks were “sold out” at Lowe’s – I bought the last mask that they had left.  Word evidently is spreading – corexit is in the air.  Eddie Fisher is dead.  Terry Richard was in Albuquerque when Eddie died in Berkeley.  She (like me) was breathing corexit with each gulp of air.  The funeral should be interesting – I mean the Eddie Fisher roundup of past wives – three degrees of separation and all.  And that is all.

The Financial News

September 23rd, 2010

~ Part II of yesterdays post about acid rain, Philadelphia, failed relationships, the Tea Party and the really rich.

If you’ve read my posts for a longer while you know that (1) I don’t believe in money and (2) that I do believe that money is inherently formulistic and therefore inherently boring (as a topic).   Because there are those that do believe in money I spend some time from time to time making the case for not taking money seriously or at least too seriously and pointing out that life is often not as it appears and that last statement clearly applies to a lot of things.

The secret to “unveiling” life is seeing things clearly; moving away from illusion and delusion.  Truth can be found anywhere, most people would be wise to broaden their (perceived) resources.  With all this said I turn to Mr. Burke Christensen of Eastern Kentucky University and his article on “folks rich enough to soak” which sounds like rain and Corexit but is really more just about money.

Yesterday I talked about “love and money”.  Hidden between these two points is life.  Take out the “money” part of the equation and life looks pretty good; now you know the true role of money – it is like a leaking roof – it may be “always there”, an inherent part of life since birth; but the simple goal is clear – you can live more happily without the leaks or with as few leaks as possible.

I was raised since 1948 with the goal of a leaky roof, a belief in the “desirability” of money – the idea that “more” meant better; meaning more money means a better life.  Most MSM media and movies spread the word and this message.  The neighbors and schools bought the banter and further spread the word to me – add “friends” and it is almost like a conspiracy promoting money at the cost of life.  I bit, I bought, I believed in money until such beliefs almost killed me.  Burke A. Christensen seems still to believe in money, but as a mainstream shill he makes the case for the new paradigmn, that being that money is in such short supply that the idea of being a millionaire (ever) is just plain crazy.  Implicit to his argument is that a businessperson is one who aspires to making maybe $100,000 per year – and that of course will not come until “career peak” sometime in ones later 50’s after decades of hard work and repeated failure.

Burke does not talk of failure.  He does not talk about debt and national debt and an individuals ability to pay, which means ones ability to pay down their share of governmental debt, bond debt, and personal debt.  His argument is about taxes and the ability to pay more taxes.  Debt is of course the biggest tax of all; voluntary if personal, involuntary if generated by the expenses of hubris and war which in today’s world is government defined.

Burke’s figures are sketchy.  It is not that they are untrue; rather it is that the figures are incomplete, not enough detail and specifics, not theory of family size or “household” income or maybe in his world everyone is divorced and children are all living on the streets.  Maybe he is right.

Anyway.  He says that the 50% of Americans make less than $32,900 per year.  20% of this amount is taken away by Social Security, Medicare, and federal taxes – hence $27,000 per year for a “family” of 3.2 people or a residence size of 2.5 people according to Google.  The suggestion is that .7 person in each family is not a resident – divorce, absentee parent, people working in Liberia and paying taxes in New Jersey or California – children living on the street or with a grandparent who is too poor to need the tax deduction.  Only one third of Americans are married and only half are families so it appears that the average “household” in America has only 1.25 people under the roof (or the leaking roof).  This gets us back to the idea that there really are 250 million houses (housing units, including apartments, trailers, resort cabins, timeshares, mother-in-law cottages) in the United States (not the 130 million (2010) figure often used).

If nothing else the above “facts” reveal that the “data” is totally inconsistent at best.  What is a “family” household when 50% of people do not live in families and a family is not defined by marriage.  How many people live in jails, prisons, immigration detention camps?  How many people live in rest homes, long term care facilities, children’s homes, or are “homeless” living in or out of shelters?

140 million individual federal tax returns were filed in 2010.  No more than 1/3 of the returns could have been “joint” (meaning possibly 50 million), meaning that 110 million United States citizens filed no federal income tax return in 2010.  Who are these people?  Children and infants of course don’t usually file (although some do), under 16 population is at most 20% of total or 60 million “non-filers”.  This leaves 50 million Americans too poor to file – 18% of the total population which means that Mr. Christensen’s “adjusted gross income” of less than $33,000 applies to 70%, not 50% of the U.S. population!

Allowing for families, joint returns, and “too poor to report” the suggestion is that 217 million Americans have an income of less than $5,500 per capita per year (assuming that the mean income of a 2.5 person “household” is $16,500 or 1/2 of the $33,000 maximum income figure).  The U.S. federal debt alone is $30,000 per capita which means that based on an average annual income of $5,500 (less 20% S.S. and federal minimum taxes) one would have to work 35 years to payoff the debt if one could pay 20% of ones income to retiring the federal debt.  This debt does not include bond debt, state debt, county debt, city deficits and personal debts that might be paid.

So Mr. Christensen’s figures are truly frightening.  Debt service by the “bottom” 70% of the population is absolutely impossible.  That means that the debt retirement or service must come from the top 30% of the population.  That means that the real (serviceable) debt for each person is $70,000 (not the theoretical $30,000).  But Mr. Christensen says that the next 40% of the population (we are at over 100% of the population folks) makes less than $114,000 per year – an average of $57,000 (household), $22,000 per person (less 20% fed stuff) equals $18,000.  At 20% debt service it would still take 35 years to pay off the debt.  This amount is (like higher taxes) impossible so the debt (100%) gets moved to the richest 1% or it will never get paid.  The 9 trillion dollar debt is about 3.1 million per millionaire in the top 1%.

But the top 1% only makes $410,000 (or more) per year – meaning less than 2.15 million per year in income – lets call it $1.3 million per year on average; divided by 2.5 less 20% and it looks like about $416,000 per person in each average 1% household.  At $82,000 per year per person debt service we’re up to 37 years of constant 20% debt payback – the rich would not pay this so it is up to to richest 1/10th of 1%, those in the $2.15 million dollars per year INCOME club.  They can pay the debt – only 31 million dollars each household.

Here is the plan.  Each of these 300,000 multi-millionaires or near billionaires gets 5,500 per year to live on like the 70% of the rest of America must do and the debt is paid off like in less than ten (10) years.  It’s called “investing in America” or saving the backs of those that made it possible to be worth a billion or so in the first place, or those that made it possible to make $2 million per year while others live on only $5,000 (or less).

Then, with America out of debt after a long and painful ten (10) years a new party (not the Tea Party) can arise and figure out a tax system that is fair and a wage/income system that values hard work, honesty and ingenuity and not just corruption and greed.  The alternative is ignore the debt and default.  It is not the size of the non-military government that is killing us, it is the debt and the cost of an Empire for 100 years in constant war.

Living with Corexit

September 22nd, 2010

~ A post about acid rain, Philadelphia, failed relationships, the Tea Party and the really rich.

It’s raining outside in New Mexico.  The point is that it is not raining inside, which means inside my house, which is good.  The roof and roof repairs seem to be finally working.

The roof is sloughing off the corexit rain which is brought to us, to New Mexico by the convergence of hurricanes Karl and Georgette.  It is Karl that brings us the corexit as its bands pass over the gulf and lift the aerosol chemical compounds up into the passing air.  It is not just the rains that brings in the chemical toxicity, it is the monsoonal flow – air and air currents passing westward from the gulf.

Home Depot sells “storm windows”, blow dryer stretched plastic that seals windows from the inside.  The product is probably good for keeping the corexit out and the stale odors of houses and house living in.  Open windows are nice assuming the air is fresh and clean; corexit air is neither fresh nor clean, it is oily contaminated air, it inflames the skin and burns the throat and waters the eyes and makes one cough and sneeze and vomit on occasion and makes the nasal passages run and the throat drain in an involuntary reactive effort called “clearing”.

On bad nights (like last night) I wear a mask, a chemical mask purchased at Home Depot with filters for fibers and maybe paint – not Corexit at all.  The mask works moderately well, placebo effect perhaps, perhaps the fact that twice refiltered air is better than air filtered only once.  Homeland Security cannot – will not – protect us; they will not issue masks and protective gloves and suits nor will they evacuate the living while they are dieing in their homes for lack of care so BP Oil can avoid all the liability.  Why do I not trust Congress or Obama?

I would not have flown to Philadelphia had not my son been in the throws of ruin, referring only to his ruined marriage.  It is a common theme.  The wife suddenly cheats, must “find herself”, finds a long lost need for money – sues for divorce or something (an annulment after seven years would be best) and does not even have the decency to make amends or to even say goodbye to the family that she has wronged (meaning me, my wife).  Liberia and Unesco will live in infamy because of the wanton careless acts of this woman.  But I might live in Philadelphia, so I guess from the greatest bad can come good.

She was a Wilson intern at Princeton when all this started.  Princeton University sent her to Liberia without word one of preparation or care.  Things are done that way now – everywhere.  It’s like Corexit in the gulf; wanton, unsupervised, unaccountable to oneself, any institution, all the others.  “Just Do It” – maxim of the seventies is seen as all that counts – what is a contract when all agreements can be voided (or avoided) by simple acts of greed?

So I flew out to Philadelphia, ate dinner, and drove on to Princeton.  Their old apartment was a ruin.  Divorces take time and always leave a mess.  “She” had escaped to California, sought out California courts and California laws and California law (meaning accountant and attorneys) because in her mind the New Jersey courts would not be the same.  She was a resident of New Jersey (she said); I say a resident of Liberia would be the honest thing to say, employed by the government (of Liberia) and all – de Nile is further north and east but in the neighborhood at least.  They say “Africa” is all the same; at least that was the line in a movie once.  We all live out our movies.  Divorce is just a movie plot, meaning the movies teach us how.

In Princeton and in New Brunswick and in Philadelphia life is not about Corexit.  It may be in the “news”, but nobody reads (or watches) the news in New Jersey or in the cities right near by.  Moscow is probably nearer to New Jersey than the gulf and Moscow is very far.  The air in the east is mostly good.  The water is cold and pure.  Machines and the machine age is streetcars and subways and interurban electric trains.  Apartments come with free heat.

I never saw graffiti desecrating home or small business walls.  Panhandling was not “always there”.  People seemed mostly content and happy.  Even in the “recession” it was clear that Philadelphia and New Brunswick were far richer than Albuquerque has ever been and Princeton of course is richer than even the rich can imagine – I’m guessing that in Princeton a salary of $200,000 per year still makes you “poor”.

The rich and poor of Princeton both breathe the same air.  The water comes from the same tap.  The same is true for Philly.  That’s all you need to know.  A roof is cheap in Philadelphia.  $100,000 evidently will buy a house; evidently $500 to $1,000 per month will rent one – one can live on $20,000 per year – museums, theater, bars and restaurants and small shops nearby; the charm of brick row houses not unlike a hundred or two hundred years before.  Time moves slowly in the east.  The topics gravitate to family and friends and neighborhoods and “the job” if you have one.  Liberia and New Mexico are like “world’s away”.

So Arizona is a battlefield of immigration; hot summers, desert heat.  Florida is filled with Corexit (but because of BP you wouldn’t know – the well is capped – the “story” is at an end).  California is like totally bankrupt; an earthquake could drop it into the sea.  Houston is a problem, Texas is no longer in the news; let’s face it “the sun belt” is not the “new” destination – solar flares, drought, La Nina; who needs them?  North is good.  Maybe it is time for a reverse migration.

Why would anyone willingly live in a world filled with Corexit?  One move and one can be reunited with clean water and clean air, can sleep at night, can live without Home Depot.  Philadelphia still has small corner hardware stores; Albuquerque of course doesn’t.  So to think of moving one must consider assets and income.  A move is like a divorce not from a person, but from a place.  “Life was good, but then she turned on me”, that’s all I have to say.  “Am I left with nothing?”

A Settlement Agreement in a divorce may be used to divvy up assets, to resolve issues of alimony, to undo community property and to undo the security called life.  There is always a “winner” in every divorce – to claim otherwise is denial.  At the same time there are no “winners” in any divorce emotionally speaking; that’s the difference between love and money.  A settlement agreement is not unlike a bank robbery, the bad person usually wins by leveraging implicit threats of violence.

This brings us to Part II of today’s post, a discussion of income, assets, and money.  It is relevant to divorce.  It is relevant to Corexit and to moving.