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What prompted the need to eliminate monopolies, and free myself from being stressed out at the mailbox for electricity, water, sewer, gas monopoly bills, among the fact that it was a monopoly that stole my mother into servitude. With relative certainty I'm sure some other of you old folk can remember wishing mom was around more as a child (but she was in servitude to another entity).
But enough of the Freudian crap.
The base that monopoly had paved to derive to this need to be separate can be shown with example after example (and I'll not be trying to dig up every one of those examples here).

But to relate some evidence that monopoly was not the way to God, for me, was an occurrence with a quasi-governmental company called FGUA. Now FGUA had come to our Florida town and took over several water plants. When they did, the community as a whole, received some VERY outlandish bills which were completely and obviously erroneous.    With only a cursory glance in any search engine:  "FGUA Problem", and you'll invariably see, monopoly is no choice at all.    FGUA sent everyone bills with not only a higher fee, but arguably can be shown to have fudged the amounts to their advantage. But the seemingly profiteering racket of raising prices appears to be the norm with these types of capitalists.  You have no other choice so you may beg and grovel, but ulitimately paying whatever fee the monopoly sends is the norm.

Another time, with the water monopoly, I decided I would stand as stout as possible and simply refuse to pay.  I probably still have the video to this very day of a heated discussion between myself and the  landlord over this issue caused by the overage made by the monopoly.
Not wanting to evict me for my refusal to pay the extortion money, an amount of water to fill a large in-ground pool twice or more,  when I only ran a small computer shop,  had me soul-searching for a better solution.

I ended up activating my own well for water and told the water company to turn off their water, that it was no longer wanted.   This monopoly had disrupted  EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

If you recalled how the Enron scam was played out,  this was/is a similar game.   It's a numbers game.   How it works is that 1-in-10 victims will not do anything but complain, yet will pay whatever the amount because there are no real consumer protections anymore (the laws are tailored pro-monopoly).  A smaller percentage will die from heart attack at their bill before they can do anything about it;   their direct-deposit payment will ensure that the overage is not rectified.   Another percentage will become incarcerated before they can  rectify the overage...(don't laugh, statistically speaking it's a fact that our once-free nation now incarcerates more of its own people than most all other countries COMBINED).  And still yet another percentage will become ill, get hit by a car, simply be too busy to analyze their bill, or any number of other possible deterrents from prompt action.  And again,  their direct-deposit will ensure that the monopoly gains in UN-earned profits.

I can go on for two days with all the myriad of possible assurances availed to the monopolies that wrong is right.

Even if half of the people that received the ridiculous askew bills remained stout through the phone-buffers, and pursued the public relations group in an effort to rectify THEIR wrong,
the monopoly still profits from the other half of their "customers".  Remember, we are talking about monopoly control.  There are either no other choices are related choices.

One of the neighbors within my community affected by the gross overage caused by the egregious actions of FGUA, was an old man. That old man owned a busy custom tire store on US19 and had just prior to the overage returned to his store to receive the ridiculous bill for water, water he could not possibly have used. He had been at that store for probably since his parents owned it. That old guy ran into the damning control of the monopoly when they turned his water off for refusing to pay the WRONG amount. We're not talking a few hundred gallons here, in my case it was a few thousand gallons overage! Whereas my poor old neighbor stood proud not willing to be manipulated and extorted. Though he was visibly not recuperated from the hospital he had recently been released from, for weeks he had to put his pride in the corner and come to my store to ask for water, and not just him! In Florida, the predominant number of people are on fixed-incomes due to their age, soon after FGUA sent our community those bills a number of people simply were put out of their homes because of the unplanned snowball effect. When you are on a "fixed" (fixed for whom?) income, there is surely no room for unexpected and undeserved exploded costs (this is not an exaggeration, the timing was right in the middle of the banking / real estate "scandals" so many ended up leaving the homes they thought they'd be dying in).

The aforementioned is only one example, though long-winded, of why I ended up wanting to rid my life of monopoly control as much as possible. Then there's the religious reasons, "be ye separate" and "let thine own cisterns water thee".
Understand one thing, in our 2018 lives, the first blow is always from the monopoly control. We don't ever wake up and expect the monopoly to give us anything for free. But when the monopoly adds a fee erroneously, we turn dumb.
But NOT this time! The overage prompted me to go down to Harbor Freight to purchase a 110v water pump, and Home depot for miscellaneous pipes and filters, and began to read and watch the videos on how to create your own well (and to my surprise, there was already a well on the property!). As already stated, the area of Florida was only 6 feet above the underground water supply (the aquifer) and it ran right under our community!
So, with the aid of the well pump, water became free!!!!

Happy ending?

Not with monopoly control, they still sent us a bill each and every month even though we discontinued using their "product" and declined their "service". That's right, the plutocrats instituted a new "law" allowing their monopolies to send you and I a bill for no product and no service. The friendly epithet is referred to as an "availability of service fee". Can you imagine that? I was furious and simply had to find a way to get rid of this chain of manipulation, profiteering, and racketeering. My Bible says "be ye separate" and "let thine own cisterns water thee", but the "powers that be" stated it was a law that I must give them money every month (for nothing).

So what did I do? Well as luck would have it, I refused to pay it, for one. I was renting that building and told the owner he can evict me but I refuse to be extorted. For fear of a Lien by the monopoly over his property, the landlord paid (ensuring that the monopoly won still). The Bible says "fear is NOT of God", but this landlord was lined up with the rest of the cattle to the slaughter (a Lien against his property would be the inevitable next step to force him to pay whatever the monopoly dictated....or become more indebted trying to fight the issue in their courts).

The video I still probably have to this day, is of the landlord and I having a dispute because of the monopoly error and my unwillingness to pay. I remember how he erupted out of the store and I followed to hear his angry words....I remember him grabbing a steel pipe in which to lift up the water main cover that was in our parking lot and then stooping to visually compare the bill's stated amount and that of the meter in the ground WHICH WAS STILL IN THE OFF POSITION. I remember him shutting up when he saw with his own eyes.

But, as luck would have it, God sent a storm that knocked down the ceiling and roof and flooded the building which was my clear cue to leave ";-) You don't stick around when a roof falls in!
I had been contemplating leaving anyway because of this fgua issue and saw the storm as something from a higher decision-maker.

Luckily, since moving to Ohio, people like Mr. Tim seen below, proved to be a great help in overcoming some deficiencies. He donated dozens of canning jars which today hold pickles, peppers, and tomato sauces. He brought jackets and tarps and pens and pads and shoes and dammit if that aint from God then I don't know what is!

Tim in the Garage
And if I'm going to mention Tim, I ought to mention Vickie (who just today brought a supply of flour for the bread machine simply because I mentioned it!). This is my sweet dear friend, Vicksters. I have yet to find a button to push with her (no, seriously...she is incapable of being angry...I've tried). She even brought me the first apple tree and had she not done so, I'd die never probably ever having obtained one! The next generation will eat from the tree she made happen.
Springfield Vickie
And if I'm going to mention Vickie, I ought to mention the greatest contributor to kenny-kind, my mom:
My mom
Too bad it is socially shameful for an old man such as myself to rant about all that his mother does for him.
Truth be told, she has made these final years my best years on this planet.

She's the reason I ended up in Ohio. I was actually off on my way to Montana (but that's a long story).

So let's talk a more recent example of how monopoly control, when the monopoly board only holds a couple of players, may have impinged. Enter: Columbia Gas. Columbia Gas was ousted a couple of years ago after they pulled a fast one on the bill they sent to me. So by their antics the money saved after paying it off and demanding they remove that meter forever from the house, was allocated toward a generator (a solar panel).
Initially the gas monopoly was merely being disconnected for the spring/summer months. I had done this the year prior and probably the year prior to that, disconnecting service because it was not needed during the warmer months. However, this time the monopoly was unable to send one of their field persons to come and disconnect the service promptly. They, rather choosing to wait for a solitary DAY into the next billing cycle, manipulated an additional amount of money due to the disconnect running into another billing cycle (extorted, manipulated, coerced, profiteered, racketeered, and the ilk, pick your word). So now that the gas monopoly is gone, probably a couple of years now, I've been able to purchase new types of metals that I might not have invested in prior.
I also have one less entity telling me I owe them something each and every month.

There are many more examples to why monopolies have paved the way for our need to DO SOMETHING.
This ought to be enough to seal the need:
You have one chance to do something.
tick tock
*Pending my next paragraph entitled: Decommissioning the U.S. by the Monopolies (stay tuned to that bat channel kids). Until then, peace be unto you and yours and I hope you have a good day (or evening).



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