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Thursday, April 23, 2015

"The Market Place..." 'Bettejo Dux' (Vintage Bettejo)

Bettejo Dux has lived on the cosmic Garden
 Island of Kaua'i for over 40 years.

Bettejo is a regular opinion writer in the Garden Island news
 and is the author of thefamed novella, "The Scam." 
 Her latest fiction"Children of extinction"
 is now  released and available on Amazon!
Editors note,
 This blog is  continued from last week.. If you haven't read 'Belief' the link is listed below;

The Market Place

It's a huge market place. Religion is big business in America.

Why did I choose this aspect of religion as the first to pursue? Well, I live in America. I pay taxes. I'm not religious. I don't go to church. I don't pray. I accept no gifts-food, housing or otherwise- from either the church or the state. I've discovered that, while churches often feed the poor, there is a price-one's soul, if there is such a thing-and the food is usually awful.  Little concern about food value. Canned stuff and the cheapest quality,  often donated and usually offered on Holidays and in community centers, large feeding stations-table after table after table- for anyone who  might get there, and served up by sanctimonious  volunteers.

Also, churches have a habit of taking care of their own. I live in a Mormon rich community-meaning there are a lot of them-and after Iniki an outsider, a neighbor, was  not made welcome at their tables. At least I wasn't. I went seeking a water supply for my animals and, in the process, was in several kitchens with gas stoves producing quantities of aromatic coffee and bacon and eggs of which  I was not offered a cup or invited to share  or even helped with the original request as to where to find water.

The Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is the fourth richest religion in the country. At the turn of the 21st century, its assets were estimated to be over $30 billion dollars. You'd think then, wouldn't you, believers might share a cup of coffee with a neighbor in need?

But the biggest Financial Power on earth is, of course, the Catholic Church.

The Vatican has large investments in the Morgan bank, The Chase-Manhattan Bank, the First National Bank in New York, the Bankers Trust Company in America. It owns billions of shares in Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric, International Business Machines, TWA and more. It probably ranks second only to the US in total purchase. It's the biggest corporation in America. Their assets and real estate holdings exceed those of Standard Oil, AT&T and U,S. Steel combined.  It's treasury of gold is worth several billion dollars. It is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. Its investments control the Federal Reserve. The pope,  as the ruler, is the richest individual of the twentieth century.

With this vast sum of money it could create sustainable programs to end famine on earth. They have the power to oppose wars. They have the power to create an Eco-friendly planet. Why don't they? Well, money is power and wars make the rich richer and hungry people are good religious fodder.

Further in America they own about $50 Billion in visible property holdings and about $507 Billion in hidden property holdings. Yet they have a strategy of deliberately sacrificing key services to the most disadvantage and poor of western communities.

To be continued...

Editor's note, Dakinetalk guest bloggers do not necessarily represent the opinions of dakinetalk. Guest bloggers are given space to express their beliefs and or opinions. We feel there are many roads and like to give people space to express their thoughts,after-all that's what dakine is...Aloha, James "Kimo" Rosen, Publisher.

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Debbie Eayrs said...

fed the fish....they were hungry!!!

KimoRosen said...

Deb, your back Thank G-d. I guess this means your feeling better. Those poor fish went without food for many days... (for those wondering about the fish, they are the fish on the blog page.!) Everyone is welcome to feed them,I think they really need it today!

KimoRosen said...

On a serious note. Just as in people, there are good and bad. I have experienced and seen the local churches here on Kaua'i give grant money for people to have medical work done, there are also grants for housing and food. They never ask your religion or try to force feed you their beliefs. There is in Good and bad in everything. The Catholic Church, St. Catherine's in Kapaa gives food, good food-- fresh produce and vegetables, rice, beans, juices, breads, eggs, peanut butter cold cuts, bacon, cereal, milk,canned food and much more for anybody in need, no questions asked, every Wednesday AT 4:00 p.m. The Jewish people call what St. Catherines is doing a real Mitzvah! Mahalo Nui St. Catherine's! PTL! Amen...

Bettejo Dux said...

Watch the Hitch. I agree with him all the way...Have some questions I'd like toast him about Itaq.

Bettejo Dux said...

Just as you feel uncomfortable in certain eating situation, Kimo, so do I. Guess I stepped on lots of toes. Hope this gets in your comment site. Your responses on mine, too. Back to work. Love you....

KimoRosen said...

it's on the blog, check it out, all comments go there!
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Bettejo Dux said...

You done took a good picture, KIMO. IRS came in. WHOOPPEEE. Have a cute column for Bill. The Fun of Being 84, Continuing with believers for you. Finishing CLAIR. Collapsing. Love to UNC.

Debbie Eayrs said...

Hi Jim.... yes I'm feeling better. My ribs are healed.... they are nothing but a memory now!

KimoRosen said...

Thank G-d, that's great news Deb!