Hello there. It’s Saturday afternoon about 4:52 pm as I write to you. I just wanted to pop in and show you a couple things I made and talk about something that came to me today as I was outside earlier this afternoon and yes, talk about….bleck….finances lol!
When I initially went outside earlier today, the sky was mostly blue. Not much for clouds. Well I started to listen to my music, dance and sing and gradually I noticed the sky began to get these interesting clouds across it. They reminded me of something….the texture of stone and even kind of like when you dip a fan brush in heavily diluted white paint and run it across a piece of paper that’s already got a layer of blue on it. When you see the pictures may be you’ll see what I’m talking about. What struck me the most was how much the texture of the clouds made me think of the new Red Jasper Egg I bought and also other rocks, stones and minerals I have! A sky of stone…I even asked the clouds (yes I talk to everything) “Are you crystals? are you stone? Are you sentient? Are you heaven? Can you speak?” Then I held up my Red Jasper egg, so they could “see” just in case you know lol (it’s ok if your laughing with or at me, I understand lol), and gradually all those clouds started to disappear. Weird right?! Yeah I know you must be thinking I’m weird talking to clouds but to me, everything is energy and if everything is energy to include us, then clouds might be “alive” in some sense. Water remembers…just like in our bodies.
Looking up at this sky laying down on the cot Kyle bought for me, I even ran my hands over the lines and could feel different sensations in my hands….sometimes even pain. One of my favorite things to do after I listen to music and dance is to lay down and just spend time with the sky, especially those days that have lots of interesting clouds in them! I even got a treat today….I saw and actually capture two birds that were flying WAAAAAY up there! I always imagine what it must be like to have wings and to be able to fly next to the clouds like that….it must be so cool and quiet.
In light of what I know about what’s going on in the financial world, Kyle and I are having to start thinking about what our role is in all of it. We don’t have a lot of money, he’s not working right now and is going to school until the next outage comes up so we don’t have any additional income. This said, we do have money set aside in a Roth IRA….(Roth-child anyone?).
A couple of years ago I started to realize that I didn’t want to be a “cog in the wheel” that is our global financial system. Our broker, bless his heart, Seth wasn’t too pleased with me when I told him this (with Kyle’s support) and we closed our mutual fund account and “cashed out.” Kyle didn’t want me to pull the Roth because we needed it “just in case” so we kept it. We are revisiting this issue again in light of recent revelations with world banks financing things like the Bakken oil pipeline and other “things” to which we are opposed. We don’t know, and I’m going to be writing to Seth about this, if our Roth has investments in fossil fuel or other corporations etc. to which we are opposed. I had asked him before if we could divest specifically from these companies and still keep the Roth and he said that wasn’t possible. If this is still the case, we are seriously considering paying the penalty and closing the account. I hate to do this to this man as he has been really good to us, but I just can’t stand the thought that I am a hypocrite!
We are currently saddled with Wells Fargo that used to be Wachovia when we first started using our local bank back in 2009. Our mortgage is through them and they screwed us when we refinanced about 2 years ago. Instead of paying less a month after refinancing, we are paying more and it keeps going up. We stayed with Wells Fargo because they are right here in town….they are convenient and there is no guarantee if we went to a smaller bank we’d be any better off! Heck they would probably get bought out eventually like Wachovia did. When I was in the military I used the Credit Union and we currently have a lot of stuff with USAA – both affiliated with the other organization I’m not happy with….the military!!! UGH!!! I will say though, the Credit Union and USAA at least try to take care of their members and I didn’t see them as one of the banks financing the Bakken!
So we are doing some soul searching. Part of me says this, and it’s probably the part of me that doesn’t know shit about money (or care that much), is saying to stay put, to stand firm. Why? Because running away from the problems isn’t going to solve it! The banks of this world need to be held accountable for what they do with the money they are entrusted with and if they “fuck up” they need to REALLY be held accountable. The heads of these banks needs to answer for their risk taking….their crimes and not just pay penalties and get a slap on the wrist….”don’t do it again” type shit. This article I saw today gave me hope, one of my favorite Elizabeth’s of our current time (my mother-in-law is of course is my first favorite), is hard at work trying to get some accountability with guess who? Our bank!!!
And on Tuesday, Stumpf will be in the hot seat as Elizabeth Warren and her colleagues on the Senate banking committee hold a Wells Fargo hearing. Warren has already suggested she’s skeptical Wells Fargo management was unaware of the illegal activity of this scale.
“This was a staggering fraud,” Warren told CNN recently. “Come on…this went on for years and they didn’t smell anything in the air about fake accounts?”
If Wells Fargo senior executives were truly in the dark, Warren also said that means “this is simply a bank that is too big to manage.”
and meanwhile in Alabama:
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Fuel supplies in at least five states are threatened by a gasoline pipeline spill in Alabama, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered the company responsible to take corrective action before the fuel starts flowing again.
Colonial Pipeline Co. must conduct testing and analysis on the failed section of the pipeline, according to the department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency, which is investigating the spill in rural Alabama.
The company has acknowledged that between 252,000 gallons and 336,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from a pipeline near Helena, Alabama, since the spill was first detected Sept. 9. It’s unclear when the spill actually started. The pipeline section that failed runs from Mississippi to Atlanta.
The agency said the spill is “within an unusually sensitive ecological area” and it ordered Colonial to take action “to protect the public, property and the environment from potential hazards.”
An interesting list, as with anything, I’m not taking this as “gospel” but I do appreciate that someone took the time to put this list dating back from 2000 to the current spill in Alabama together. I would need to fact check each entry to truly trust it and I haven’t….so be forewarned. This shows us why people don’t want these pipelines running across their land. This whole thing is like how most of us get our meat. We don’t see any of what happens until we go to the grocery store and buy the meat. The same used to hold true for oil natural gas. When it was “just there” we were fine with it, it “wasn’t in our backyard.” Such is no longer the case….it’s in all our backyards! Something I don’t understand is why aren’t there sensors in these oil pipe systems so these types of disasters can be averted? I explained to someone today it feels like these leaks are like when a water pipe bursts. Until the customers call and complain, the companies have no clue there is a problem and that doesn’t make sense to me especially with something so volatile as fuel!
Anyhew. I’m praying for everybody and everything right now because everybody needs a little….well some people need A LOT of help right now. It doesn’t matter what walk of life, what has been said or done or continues to be done. We are all in this together.