Friday 15th December 2017

Living in New Harmony Indiana

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I live in New Harmony, Indiana by choice. I am retired and not totally impecunious, and I can live pretty much where, I want to live. I choose New Harmony, Indiana, because the quality of life here is high, if you know how to live well. New Harmony is very quiet, which allows for peaceful sleep and serene spiritual reflection and study.  The air pollution here is pretty bad. But, the Wabash river is not as badly polluted as many US rivers. I am comfortable eating fish from the Wabash, two or three meals per month. The soil here, where protected from farm chemicals, is amazingly fertile. I have fruit and nut trees and a garden in both New Harmony and Griffin.

Without noticeable effort, I produce pecans, hickons, walnuts, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, figs, turnips, sweet potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes, green beans, Lima beans, grapes,  cherries, plums, sweet corn, radishes, onions and about a dozen different varieties of leafy greens. Twelve months out of the year, I have some food, I have produced myself. I am able to trade for and/or purchase from friends free range eggs, chickens, rabbits, pork and a regular supply of natural cows’ milk. Occasionally some kind person gifts me some venison or a couple of dressed squirrels.  Most of our shopping is done at garage sales and thrift stores.

So for Suzanne and me, New Harmony is a place, where we can live in peace and be about as far off of the Mansanto/DOW Chemical grid as possible for people our age. Here is a link to the article, that caused my thoughts to drift in this direction. —> THE ISLAND of IKARIA

Posted by Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

 

 

Black Olives and Cream Cheese

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One of my favorite snacks is a nice cream cheese and black olive sandwich on any sort of really good whole grain bread. Just smear the cream cheese on really thick on one piece of bread, then cover it up with a fat layer of black olives. If the olives are not salted, you might want to sprinkle on a bit of sea salt. Top it off with a second slice of bread, then sort of mash it together with the palm of your hand and cut into two pieces and enjoy.

Just one more tip, you will like this sandwich a lot better, if the black olives are pitted.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

Attempted Robbery by Republicans

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The Republicans have a new tax plan, which will allow billionaires to pay even less taxes than the do now. In order to get this tax cut for billionaires passed through Congress by their own GOP members, the Republicans have to come up with a way to replace the lost tax revenue. One of the ways in which the Republicans want to replace the lost income tax revenue is by drastically reducing the amount of the tax break, that working people now receive, when they put earnings into a 401-K retirement plan.

Right now, workers, can put up to $18,000 per year into their 401-K retirement plan, and pay NO TAXES on the $18,000, until they draw it back out after retirement. The worker’s income bracket is usually lower after retirement, so the money put into the retirement plan, is taxed in a lower bracket, than it would have been, if taxed when put into the plan, during the workers’ peak earning years.

To help pay for the billionaire tax cuts, the Republicans propose reducing the limit on the tax deferred 401-K contributions from the current $18,000 down to $2,400. Thus exposing the difference of $15,600 to the higher tax rate in effect during the workers’ peak earning years.  A HUGELY screwing for working people trying to save for retirement.

If you are a working person, and you think the Republicans are NOT out to screw you, you should start reading the news. If this evil plot to take money from working people, and give it to billionaires is stopped, it will be stopped ONLY because this scheme is being widely reported by your friends in the news media. Here is a New York Times article about this proposed Republican rip off of the working class. And, that is EXACTLY why, Republicans hate the media.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

Who Stole the Proverbial Watermelon?

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A Trump supporter recently told me, he was sure, he was being robbed of the fruits of his labor, by those “who don’t want to work.” He specifically mentioned as the culprits, those poor people who receive food stamps, Medicaid and SSI. I feel his pain. And, he’s spot on about being the victim of larceny. But, their is a major flaw in his logic in ID-ing the thieves. Many Trillions (if not Gad Zillions) of dollars have been stolen from the American working class. But, I submit, that IF it were poor people who receive welfare, who had stolen all of that money, they would no longer BE poor.  You can’t steal  $Mega Trillions, and still qualify for food stamps. That is simple to see.

So, WHO stole all of the money from America’s working class? I will refer you to an old Hoosier adage, that says, when trying to catch a watermelon thief, let your primary suspects be those in possession of a watermelon. And, it is certainly not the poor, who are holding this metaphorical watermelon. It is the obscenely wealthy, who are clutching our purloined working class watermelon.

Ron Nesler of New Harmony Indiana

Rev Ron’s Laws of Human Dynamics

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REVEREND RON’S LAWS OF HUMAN DYNAMICS

The criminalization of sitting down

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I enjoyed this article, about how the poor and the homeless are strategically excluded from public spaces.

Years ago, I was on the streets as a homeless person in New Orleans for a few months. One thing you learn as a homeless person is that no one wants you to sit down. Everyone wants you to keep moving on. Also, there is no such thing as a “public” restroom, when you are homeless. And, no one objects to you starving to death, as long as you do it quietly and out of their sight.

The most important thing is to be unobtrusive to the point of invisibility, so as not to discomfit the real people.

Posted by Ron Nesler of New Harmony Indiana

 

Russian Election Ads for Trump

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Russian Election Ads for Trump

FROM RUSSIA WITH POISON

As more information dribbles out about the 2016 Russian social media ads in support of  Donald Trump, it becomes crystal clear, it was a very sophisticated operation. There was a lot of money spent by Russia. And, there was nothing random or unprofessional about the Russian ad buys. Whoever orchestrated the ads knew just which Congressional districts to target with which hot button piece of hateful misinformation. A very professional job of propaganda. America has been badly had, and if you love your country, you should be mad as Hell about this.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Refuting Rumored Trump W.H. Bestiality

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EXCLUSIVE! You read it here first.

I am proud for this web site to be first to break the story, that it now appears, Donald Trump may NOT be guilty of bestiality inside the White House.

Monetized democracy and evangelical ignorance

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Monetized democracy is a corrupted system, wherein citizens are forced to vote for candidates they do not respect, in an effort to protect themselves from the candidates they most fear.

On a random and only loosely related note, I am recently criticized for being discriminatory toward willfully ignorant people. Pure fiction. I love the willfully ignorant. Some of my favorite poker opponents are willfully ignorant people. I stand ready to defend the right of any person to be as ignorant as they are able.

The only problem I have with willfully ignorant people is when they start recruiting. I will never belittle anyone for their own ignorance, but when they start encouraging children and other impressionable souls to resist facts, I draw the line. Our system of government is designed to safely absorb a certain natural percentage of ignorant people. But, if the naturally ignorant start proselytizing normal ordinary people to join them in ignoring facts, history and current events, it could overwhelm our system’s capability to absorb ignorance, and bring everything crashing down.

So, if you are willfully ignorant and keep it to yourself, I love you and will try to protect you. But, at the point, where you start trying to evangelize ignorance to others, you have lost me, and I become your most determined adversary.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Trump just claimed he INVENTED the term fake news

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Trump just claimed that he INVENTED the term fake news. Because of that, I thought, I better get on the record, right NOW, as having coined the phrase “He’s a third rate, sissy, draft dodging weasel.”   Copy right pending

 Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Do we have a problem?

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The American social order is in acrimonious ruin. The environment is damaged beyond repair. Americans are afraid to go outside of their homes, because of gun violence. Income disparity grows ever greater.  And millions of Americans claim with a straight face, that they need unlimited access to military weapons, just in case, they might decide to overthrow our government.

While all these disasters obtain, our minority vote, science denying president, who was apparently selected by Russia and the folks at Duck Dynasty, is mad as a Hatter. A total loose canon. You tell me, do we have a problem?

In my seventy years of life, I have watched, as our imperfect American society has edged ever forward, albeit slowly, towards a better world. In a few short months, Trump has caused Republican politicians to wave pistols at election rallies, in order to stir hatred. And, once covert racists are coming right out front and in peoples faces with their hate mongering. Nothing is sacred or respected anymore.

I am stunned and heartbroken. I don’t have any solutions, but I am willing to put my limited abilities to work to support anyone, who does have some rational ideas, about how to save our collective national butts.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

 

 

 

 

Republicans insist, that they NEED legal assault weapons

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Republicans insist, that they NEED legal assault weapons, just in case they decide to overthrow the government. My question is, if they plan to overthrow the government anyway, why in the Hell couldn’t they just go whole hog, and do it with ILLEGAL assault weapons? And, let the rest of us live in peace, in the meantime?