addiction, independent, literature, Uncategorized

Unqualified Cops

In Britain they’re fast tracking university grads to become police detectives in just 12 months. This is an awful idea. It takes years to become a doctor or lawyer because if they screw up it could ruin or end someone’s life. You need a thorough knowledge of medicine or the law. They can be disbarred or have their medical licenses taken away. Police have weapons and arguably the most power over people’s lives and their profession takes less than half the time to qualify for than a law degree. They could use that extra time to study the law, how to deal with the mentally ill, how to properly diffuse a situation. We’d have less police, sure, but they send two cruisers just for suspicion up here. It doesn’t take four armed officers to bust a stoner.

They could spend that extra time learning more about serial killers, rapists, murders and organized crime as well as physical activity. The tuition could help pay for the police budget. Why does it take seven years and an exam to practice law but only a year’s training to enforce it? Instead we have ignorant, lazy and vicious police officers that act more like paramilitary thugs than protectors of the innocent. They should definitely have classes on racism and race relations. The problem with cops is they don’t care if they break the law, they shoot black children and get “suspended with pay.” Its basically a paid vacation and then they’re back. Every time you use violence it gets easier from a moral standpoint. Cops use unnecessary excessive force and become desensitized. They start to see criminals, “the enemy” as less than human, racism plays a huge part of this.

Poverty breeds crime. Eliminate poverty and you eliminate most criminal activities. If a guy can’t find a job, has no house and no chance of economic improvement in the mainstream society then he will turn to break and enters and muggings, if drug addicts could afford their habit and have easier access to treatment facilities they wouldn’t need to steal hand sanitizer and drink it.

Instead of focusing on petty crimes like drug possession or theft under $1000 the police should seek the root causes. Prisons are crowded with mentally ill and otherwise homeless people. It costs the taxpayers $100,000 a year to keep someone in prison, this doesn’t include the huge legal fees the government must pay so they can employ judges and prosecutors. This money could be spent on police reform and tackling serious crimes, like gangs, mass murderers, rapists, abusers, pedophiles and serial killers.

Focusing on the people who sell drugs to pay for their own habits and even the people that buy them, while their supplier just replaces them is a huge waste of time and money. Violent crime and sexual abuse need to take priority over noise complaints and kids in trouble for smoking weed. That criminal record can impact their future employment, leading to poverty which circles back to crime.

We don’t need an militarized police force that protects property over people and has incredibly low hiring standards considering that they are able to use and abuse lethal and non-lethal weapons. The public fear them but don’t respect them. They are corrupt, many break the law consistently and they often take out their anger on whomever is unlucky enough to fall into their hands.

So fire the lowest level of cops. Retain those with ten years experience or specialized training in forensics. Fire the enforcers and raise the requirement to seven years university education. Personal and psychological reviews should be mandatory every six months to a year. Internal affairs must be replaced and they must purge the ranks of excessively violent or racist police. They must be ruthless and independent from mainstream law enforcement.

If their job is so serious that people could die then they need to keep their standards high when selecting officers. As they swear to uphold the law they should be punished more severely than civilians for breaking it. They must sign an agreement allowing for increased penalties to acknowledge that with their privileges come responsibilities. The current system is insular, they protect their own and function just like an organized crime group. They don’t punish their fellow officers even if they empty their guns into mentally ill teens or little black kids.

With seven years of education and a job on the line, as well as increased sentencing for breaking laws they swore to enforce they would be less likely to abuse their positions. The amount of time and effort they put in to become officers will weed out those who are joining for a salary and benefits or because they want to feel more powerful carrying a gun from the ones that are genuinely devoted to protecting and serving the public. It can be paid for with the money saved from our currently overtaxed legal system, and tuition could either fund the police or be free.

We’d have less officers, and we’d have to increase their salary to one fit for people who put their lives on the line in defence of the state. In my opinion one excellently trained and intelligent officer is worth more than five cops that don’t even understand the laws they arbitrarily enforce just to get off on beating some homeless hippy kid. Right now we have a surplus of officers that cause more death, more crime, more pain and more suffering than most petty criminals do. Most addicts and muggers haven’t even fired a gun, but they are treated with contempt by a state sanctioned organization that murders and oppresses the poor and the vulnerable.

No one trusts the police anymore. They don’t have neighbourhood cops anymore and rotate out of an area every two years which is not enough time for them to know the community. Reports of police brutality occur almost daily now, often supported by video evidence. The current organization is not effective and its hands are stained with blood. We need police reform worldwide, though this mainly describes the U.S. and Canada.

It should take just as much time to gain the ability to take a life as it does to save them. With such short training they often panic and more people are killed by police bullets than terrorists each year in North America. Who is the real enemy? The one over the sea or the cop who empties his clip, killing or paralyzing bystanders, even children. They might be trained in how to use a weapon, but what they don’t learn is when to use them. We both literally and figuratively pay the price. More police won’t help the situation but better trained and educated cops will.

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Dystopia 2018

Jack London warned us, then Huxley & Orwell, Ginsberg, Kurt Vonnegut, Anthony Burgess, Phillip K. Dick, Hunter S. Thompson, Lydia Lunch and Warren Ellis to name just a few. Even I warned about it, for the past eleven years. Born into the last generation that will remember what things were like before everything changed, before the world went digital, before cellphones were popular, right before the internet, years before social media and just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Despite all the warnings progress for profit pushed on & now we’re all hooked up like IV lines to our phones & internet. Most people don’t notice, some don’t care & some see it, hate it but can’t pull the plug. We are living in A Brave New world, its 13 o’clock, year of Our Ford 1984, computers & phones can listen to us, pretend to be off while recording. We have pain rays and devices that can map out the interior of a house from the street. Facial recognition, biometric data. Our internet history is logged, locations pinpointed, advertisements targeted. Cameras film nearly every street, bystanders film everything else. Cars can be hacked into and controlled remotely. There are reports of technology that can transfer thought into sound. I wish these were just conspiracy theories but it looks as though true privacy is going to become a relic of the past unless you choose to entirely disconnect yourself from society. If you want to see a dystopian society most of us just need to walk out our doors. Designer drugs, fluorescent fashion, widespread addiction to drugs, porn and technology, constant surveillance, wilfully provided private information shared with multiple parties, increasing violent attacks by disaffected youths. A police service that protects their own interests at society’s expensive & serve as a kind of corporate paramilitary. They protect windows from being smashed and pepper spray unarmed protesters. Property uber alles. We’re in the shadow of the Iron Heel, spiralling into ignorance & indifference. The iron fist is closing around the Western world, though we can still escape its grasp now, each day the grip gets stronger.

Jack Blare, 2018

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independent, literature, Uncategorized

Its Complicated

People like to distill social and political issues such as race, class and gender down to simple black and white good or evil, which in both cases tends to entirely misrepresent and distort issues. Absolutes like all or never are much simpler to grasp than the truth: that there are multiple angles for everything, no one or thing can be judged at a glance and small details are more important than we give them credit. This simplification is a useful tool when pushing politics or propaganda but the truth is rarely simple and our world grows more complex by the day. Nearly every rule has exceptions, a statement which is itself an oversimplification. It is for the reasons that we should question everything through as objective a viewpoint as we can get in this relative universe before drawing conclusions. This means that first hand experience is most important, followed by second and third hand sources. In a three dimensional world we must learn to think in three dimensions, to examine ideas and assertions from every angle with a critical gaze.

Ideally this method should be applied to all the information you receive. Senses can be tricked and memories fail so our minds fill in the blanks. That is why single eye-witness testimony is no longer enough to convict someone of a crime. Practicing the above is absolutely necessary if you want to know the real truth of things and not fall victim to the scam of political propaganda and extremism that will call on you to sacrifice your life or your beliefs, or to take someone else’s away based on lies, half-truths and manipulations. Don’t let yourself be a pawn or a puppet to advance the agendas of politicians or extremists on the left or right. That divide is an illusion too.

Jack Blare, 2018

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alternative, independent, literature, Lydia Lunch, Uncategorized

Ban Anti Trans Camps

A new trend has come to the ultra far left. While Russia unveils its new nuclear arsenal & far right groups gaining momentum worldwide the Radical Feminist Movement is now going to war with the trans community. Firstly, I thought radical feminists were pro-choice as in a person’s body belongs to them and shouldn’t be regulated by law. While the term mainly refers to abortions is it not any persons right to wear whatever clothes they desire, to take hormones should they so choose? I was told trans people are “playing dress up” because they’re “afraid to be gay”

This is where it gets interesting. I was debating a self-professed radical feminist & LESBIAN who was spreading this propaganda. I asked about intersex people and was not given an answer. She then told me that trans people just have a mental illness that needs to be corrected at certain facilities. Do you see the irony of a lesbian saying that? Not only are there no existing legitimate psychological therapies to deal with “gender dysmorphia” but the idea of these trans re-education camps is exactly the same thinking that created those “Pray the Gay Away” camps, notorious for their suicide rates & total failure. The most ironic part is that 60 years ago homosexuality was in the same Psychiatric Diagnostic manual.

The activists of Stonewall would be ashamed. They united against the common threat of oppression. I didn’t think I’d see the day when lesbians would discriminate against trans individuals. If gender is a social construction then refer to people using proper pronouns. I have’t heard the other side, they definitely aren’t as vocal but anyone desiring to send people  to trans re-education camps needs to see the parallels between that and the Southern Christians who abhor homosexuality. The DSM, the diagnostics book for western psychiatry changes over time to fit the times and incorporate new information. Homosexuality and masturbation were removed, why not gender dysphoria?

What if these people gain political power? Will they ban prescription hormones and have North Korea style detention centres? They won’t, radicals never do in Canada, but in America anything goes. No Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I don’t know if any of these places even exist, but this is just ridiculous and if they do become a reality I will personally campaign to shut them down. You’ve got Neo Nazis in America that hate you, KKK, and the world’s new emerging superpower has banned it in all of Russia. In Poland the largest far-right gathering in decades took place. I see people as individuals, not as groups. I try to debate and get an argument with personal attacks. If you did that in university you’d be out the door. I believe that everyone is equal and deserves the freedom to speak, worship or dress as they please. Our bodies should not be government regulated. Meaning we can do with them as we choose.

Slow reader?

Radical lesbian feminist suggests re-education camps for trans people in the mold of Pray the Gay away camps in the Bible Belt. She calls it a mental disorder to be cured, 60 years ago they thought that about homosexuality. Things change. This campaign of anger only further divides the fragile and fragmented left. The nazi filth will gain power, or at least weird influence while former allies squabble over stupid things. PUBLIC means everyone is welcome. If you want a segregated party then rent out some space. Its what the other extremists have to do.

Sex positivity and sex work are not evil. By characterizing them like that it makes every prostitute out to be a junkie tied to a pimp with violent customers. I know a few prostitutes personally, male & female. It is also spitting on the feminists before you who used their sexuality as a weapon. Who marched for the right to bare their breasts in public. I’m lucky enough to be friends with one of the prominent ones. Out of my current and former friends thats five prostitutes, two trans individuals, two girls that protested in support of the right to take their shirts off,  and one who has been at the vanguard of the true movement since 1977. Thats 10 friends that are now. considered anathema to the Radical Feminist Movement. How many of these people actually spoke to prostitutes and escorts?

This is in no way an attack on feminism or lesbians. This is directed at those individuals that prefer segregation-esque policies and have a poor knowledge of their own history and wish to force their beliefs on others.

Jack Blare, 2018

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alternative, depression, free verse, independent, literature, Uncategorized

Life’s What You Make It

Rowland S. Howard said that on the last album he released before he died of liver cancer in 2013. Then Bowie and my father, 2016, cancer. I’ve seen a healthy life wither into nothing in a matter of days. I’ve looked into somebody’s eyes the moment their consciousness left their body permanently. These things change a person’s perspective on life. You could spend a decade looking for perfection but you won’t ever find it. It doesn’t exist. Perfection is perception. Experiences & creations are all we have. Everything else is borrowed. Its bad luck to strike a hand outstretched in genuine apology. Pretty soon people will be scared to open their hands to you, as well as their hearts. My heart was a red ball of yarn being batted around by kittens who suddenly became alley cats and sunk their claws into the flesh of the hand that had loved them and would be stroked no more. Sometimes I think of. her, my friend and sometimes lover, but differently than she thinks of me. Now she’d rather not answer and we haven’t talked since the 31st of January. What a sad end to a long semi-relationship. I knew it was bad news. Knew it would end badly for one of us (probably me) but my heart wanted her even as I knew she didn’t love me. In the end. I guess I lost another friend or two this week. One of ‘em I loved but doesn’t love me, its okay because I have Lunch as much as anyone can be loved by a force of nature with a cigarette and glass of white wine. She teases my dreams, Siamese Queen keeping me alive. I made two peace offerings at personal temples & lit incense. Neither goddess deigned to answer me. A profound sadness stole my mind and threatened to direct it towards destruction. I fought my demons the Western way, with sedatives, hypnotics, minor tranquilizers and weed. I know what you’re thinking: it’ll catch you someday and you’ll pay the price for the peace of mind most people don’t need to buy. Well it hasn’t caught me yet and I’m gonna push it  until the whole world feels my fire. Or feels like fire, like living withdrawal hell. Not like I haven’t been there before anyway, and I’d have to dig deep to beat my own record. Who cares about the future? Tomorrow we might die. Tonight I want to feel fine. A couple of drops of ETZ, a couple of Klonopin and life looks way better from this angle. So what if people who once told me to call them for help turn their backs & stay silent? In the end everybody does & maybe I had it coming anyway. Who knows? Who cares? What good is a memory anyway when the days are all sad and exactly the same?

-Jack Blare

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Judas Saviour

         In order for Jesus to be crucified and suffer for the sins of all of humanity his closest friend and advisor, Jesus, needed to arrange to be captured and crucified, simultaneously damning himself to agonizing death. He trusted Judas Iscariot with the crucial task of his betrayal. Judas obeyed his messiah but couldn’t live with the guilt and remorse of what he had done and, sacrificing his own soul to hell in the process, he hung himself. Jesus knew he would be betrayed because he arranged for it to happen. Without Judas Iscariot the most important event in Christian theology could never have occurred. His name became a by-word for traitor while in truth he gave everything for his teacher and his god.
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Everything in Moderation

No moderate ever blew themselves up for a cause. Never killed for their ideals or their religion. Never has there been a headline that read “moderately religious man goes on a shooting rampage, he is known to have celebrated Christmas and Easter and goes to church a few times a year” No, its always “radical muslim bomber” “White Extremists” “Radical communist” Lately its “Radical Islam” we’re supposed to be afraid of. Pff, I’m more frightened of our police shooting me than a goddamn terrorist. I believe that for the West to survive it has to undergo some serious, swift and major changes. I don’t seek to halt the inevitability of change but I want to preserve the freedoms that we’re slowly losing day to day. The freedom of what to read about, which stories are ‘trending’ every newspaper is an echo. Believing in moderation doesn’t mean you sit back and let people suffer around you. It means only fighting ‘Just Wars’ such as WWII. It means picking your battles and not alienating your allies. Because of the under 1% of practicing muslims that happened to be terrorists (ignore the fact that both ides of the Cold War bombed the hell out of the Middle East) now muslims and even Sikhs are being targeted for hate crimes. Who’s fault is that? The fucking radicals, then the bigots, then the drunken frat boys that torch a mosque. Because of those very few radical members, Islam itself is now viewed as a threat to North American values. Unless you can pull off a Hitler or Stalin and regularly keep your underlings in a state of constant fear radicalism rarely accomplishes anything but provide bad press for the larger group, who are embarrassed but unable to cut ties. What are your first thoughts on reading these phrases? Radical scientology. Radical Christian sect. Radical guerrilla forces. Radical anarchist bomber. Right-Wing Radical. Left Wing Radical. How many did you imagine holding AK47′s and wearing army fatigues? Maybe its the ASPD but I don’t think I’d throw my lot in with some group filled with constant anger, confusion & hate, I’’m not in any groups or clubs, I was in a band but they’re all busy blues the drummer is still in Peru.

Jack Blare, 2018

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