Even though he knew – how could you live in the USA and not know? – that you CAN live with being treated unfairly, still, The Pebble King was by nature a happy-go-lucky man. Although he speculated in credit default swaps, buying foreclosed homes on the cheap, and collateralized debt obligations, he had made his countless millions in pebbles.
Even though he knew that everything that was beautiful and fiery and incandescent about most kids would get drowned in shit, he was able to accept this knowledge with the good humor he had been born with.
Then one cloudy day he read in the paper:
“Both parents are plagued with health problems. Juan injured his back in November 2009 and has not held a steady job since. A diabetic, he receives disability checks of $700 a month. His wife, 42, was told last year that she had a mass in her brain, and a doctor had said it should be removed, friends said. She suffers frequent headaches and fainting spells. Yet she put off surgery because she has no health insurance and continued to work for $8.62 an hour at an underground gambling parlor. “She wasn’t interested in living,” said Consuela Maria Montez, a longtime friend. “She felt very sad.”
What had happened was this: Two months before, when the arrests started, (their 14-year old daughter was being raped nightly by 5 men, all under the age of 20) the state Child Protective Services placed their daughter in a foster home. One man accused of participating in the rape of Juan’s child, who used to sneak out of the house at midnight to get raped, was Caldonio C. Calderon, 20, who was out on bond while awaiting trail on rape and robbery charges. Another was Isaiah J. Gefass, 19, who worked at a local mental health clinic.
When The Pebble King read this, he blamed it all on poverty, and he changed his will. He left a large sum to set up an Institute (The Pebble Institute) that will do research on the source of poverty, which is of course The Pebble King himself and his ilk. The activities of the Institute will begin as soon as The Pebble King dies. There’s not a moment to lose. Rulers want to see investigations into the source of poverty because popular anger about poverty is rising. The Pebble King’s Institute will participate in all deliberations and all decisions.