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WTF is going on?!?

Clearly there is a whole lot of chaos happening in our world at the moment. For whatever reasons (you can come to your own conclusions), the shock and awe value of our current moment in history cannot be overestimated. But. Today I received an email that I simply must share with whoever might be reading this blog post (see https://popularresistance.org/blog/):

“As you know from what we have been writing and posting recently, the United States has been escalating its aggression towards North Korea. This week, President Trump has taken serious steps towards an attack on North Korea and we are very concerned that it will happen unless we intervene now. Today he had lunch with members of the United Nations Security Council where he urged stronger sanctions against North Korea. This Wednesday, he is bringing all one hundred senators, without their staff, to meet with generals at the White House. The USS Vinson, a nuclear-armed aircraft carrier, is on its way to North Korea with a strike force and two Japanese destroyers.
We urge you to take action now to tell your Senators to oppose an attack on North Korea:
Click here to sign an email petition to your senators.

  • Use the Capitol Switchboard at 202 224 3121 to call your senators today and tell them that we want peace with North Korea. Negotiate with President Kim Jong-un. Stop US military exercises on the North Korean border.
  • Join us to protest at the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 26 at 2 pm while the senators are there. Click here for more information. 3.
  • If you can’t make it to Washington, DC, please organize an action at your senate offices this week and let us know about it so we can share the details. Contact info@popularresistance.org.
  • President Trump has already demonstrated through the Tomahawk Missile attack on Syria and the bomb dropped in Afghanistan that he is more than willing to use force. His recent rhetoric towards North Korea has been very inflammatory, calling it a problem that has to be dealt with. And it is possible that the war hawks want to create instability in the Koreas prior to the May election in South Korea to replace the recently-impeached President who was a close ally of the US. The current front runner in South Korea is less supportive of the US’ missile defense system (THAAD) that we are building against the people’s will. The President of North Korea has been acting in response to US military exercises on its border that simulate nuclear attacks and assassination campaigns. President Kim Jong-un has said that he is willing to stop testing missiles if the US stops its military exercises. We urge the US and North Korea to negotiate, not escalate. Take action now. ”

Dear Readers, I am sure I am not alone in feeling the strain of the past months since the United States government changed leadership, that is proving more dangerous and disastrous than we could have imagined. The assaults on citizens’ rights, human services, the environment, science itself and ultimately Humanity worldwide, have left many of us dumbfounded and outraged. I seriously wonder if a greater lunatic has ever been unleashed upon the planet than is happening right now (although he has had some serious competition for the title, I will admit).

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How far is too far? Will we collectively allow this lunatic-sociopath and his cohorts to commit nuclear war on our Earth, after we have already learned those horrific lessons 72 years ago? Are we so collectively brainwashed and amnesiafied that we cannot raise our voices loudly enough to get through to the power elite to STOP THIS MADNESS NOW?

I am trying, truly I am, to stay calm and to breathe through each day’s concerning, troubling, and increasingly worrisome news. I am doing everything in my power to add love and peace into the energy quotient of our sleepy and distracted world. But the news of the past couple of weeks, and now this imminent threat to not only the civilians of North Korea, but to the world itself, is simply too much. This lunatic must be stopped. Reason must be restored. Love and compassion must become the standards by which political action is judged. It is high time for some serious consciousness-raising, worldwide.

So please, everyone, speak up!! Call your senators and your congresspeople. Add your name to petitions, carry signs and march in the rain, talk about what is going on in the United States with your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers. We can no longer afford the luxury of being uninvolved in creating peace on Earth. Yes, be loving, be kind, be joyful, meditate and hug trees. AND, speak up about the issues. Let your voice be loud and wide. If ever there was a time to take action, Now is it.

 

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Tell It Like It Is

At the start of this new year, 2016, the world is looking messier and more chaotic than ever before.

In nearly every arena, from political to economic to cultural to environmental, people are behaving badly, with cruel and barbaric actions the norm for far too many humans on Earth. How much longer will we collectively tolerate such inhumanity on this planet? Why do we keep allowing it to play out this way? What can we do to turn this boat around, if anything?

As I look around at the industrialized world (both in the larger world via various internet sites and my own small, personal world), a few things feel crystal clear. One, the vast majority of people remain committed first and foremost to their own small world of themselves, their families, friends, pets, and work. This accounts for (I am guessing) about 90% of their thoughts, feelings and actions in the world. The other 9% seems to be divided into leisure activities such as drinking and eating, sex, shopping, and entertainment. For those few humans who have 1% of their thoughts, feelings and time free, the ideas of charity, do-gooding and saving the world belong here. Hence the state of our planet currently.

Perhaps this completely unscientific analysis seems rather harsh or unfair to you, dear Readers. After all, the people who read this blog are those few and rare individuals who probably spend considerably more than the average person’s amount of time and resources on doing good in and for this world. For that, I can only simply say, Thank You. But tonight, after seeing too much news, mainstream television (about 5 minutes is too much for me), and listening to ‘regular folks’ talking during the past week at my new job (as cheesemonger for my local grocery store), this is what I have surmised: few, if any, care about anything other than themselves and their own lives.

This is not the first time I have felt discouraged about the state of humanity, obviously. But at this moment at the beginning of this new year, this knowledge saddens me more than I can express. Even the simplest actions, such as recycling metal cans or glass bottles, fails to register as even mildly possible to do for far, far too many people. Sometimes I feel pretty hopeful about the future of this planet and its humans, even contemplating the idea that one fine day we will wake up as a collective and realize that killing each other and destroying our home, Gaia, is senseless and an utter waste, and we will stop it. Then I remember. People can’t even figure out how to set a can in a recycle bin, how are they possibly going to find out how to live with each other and the planet in a non-harmful way?

My big fascination right now is following all the folks who are grassroots organizing for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. In the past month, thousands of people across the United States have sprung into action to help get him the Democratic nomination. It has been very inspiring for me to see what seems like many people actually rally around this humble man, as he bravely and tirelessly tells us all where it is really at in this country, and why it seriously needs changing. The word he and his followers is using is one that is at the heart of what the United States was founded upon: REVOLUTION. It is a word that some people (the ones who have had an iron grip on this country for far too long) are deathly afraid of, and will probably stop at nothing to prevent from happening. And yet:

Stop it they cannot, for the time has come, things have coalesced to the point in time and space where The People (at least some of them) are standing up and shouting, with Bernie Sanders as their leader: NO MORE BULLSHIT. WE WANT CHANGE IN OUR GOVERNMENT THIS YEAR. EQUALITY. LIBERTY. JUSTICE. INTEGRITY. HONESTY. WE WANT OUR ELECTED GOVERNMENT TO WORK FOR US, HERE AND NOW. WE ARE MAD AS HELL AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE.

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Americans are pinning their hopes on Bernie for president in this year’s election.

Words and rants similar to these were used during the American Revolutionary War. Those were also some dark and painful days in the history of the United States, and hope seemed dim against huge, nearly insurmountable odds. Yet the Americans eventually won that war against the English king and government. Some of the most beautiful words ever written were used as the foundation of the new constitution. And now, 240 years later, it is time to declare them again, just as vehemently: Give Us Liberty or Give Us Death!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, Bernie-WEderiving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” The United States Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

 


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Because the Sun is now in Scorpio

Because the Sun has now moved into Scorpio, sign of darkness, depth, mystery and secrets, or maybe just because I am tired in a way that is difficult to describe, whatever the reason, tonight I feel like ranting a bit. Dear Readers, if you are feeling happy and light and gay, full of joy and levity and laughter, please skip my post tonight. I am feeling anything but.

For months now, I have kept myself carefully away from Politics, hardly even daring to mention the presidential race with anyone, unwilling to even think about it. I have been cautiously avoiding ‘The World” in this way, knowing as I do that it serves no good purpose to get emotionally embroiled in this world arena fraught with deceit, intrigue, darkness and guile of every sort. I feel that there is really no one worth the effort to take a deeper look into, no one to support anymore in American politics. What perhaps was once two distinct parties has now merged into one big Mess. Democracy, that lofty ideal, is not a functioning system in the United States (was it ever?) and I am basically disgusted with the entire arena of American politics at this point in history.

Having stated this for the record, I realized with a shock that the presidential election is now two weeks away. At the moment, it seems like a cliff-hanger as to who will be president in January. How different the energy was in the United States four years ago! There was such a sense of excitement about the whole thing, and I remember seeing so many people who were behind Obama and his ‘vision’ for America, all that Yes We Can energy was really something amazing to behold. It felt like a turning point, a real chance for the changes that thousands upon thousands of Americans (and I suppose people all over the world) were hoping to experience. Election night four years ago was exciting, hopeful, suspenseful, and, for many of us who believed in Obama and his ideals, victorious. Now things would change for the better, in a thousand ways! It was a very exciting moment in our collective memory.

Fast forward to October, 2012. Promises broken, many dreams crushed, very little progress made in many of the areas that progressives and moderates were hoping for. We have to admit, the past four years have been pretty dismal, politically speaking. I have lived outside of the United States for over half of his presidency, and see things from a different perspective. Being in Europe, US foreign policy is especially important here. From the little I have learned about what the Obama administration has enacted, it is a pretty grim picture as well. Human rights abuses continue, armed forces continue to perform acts of violence in many areas of the world, and American citizens’ rights have been eroded more than ever before. Dismal, disappointing, and desperate.

Today I read somebody’s blog where the writer said plainly that he was supporting Obama, that he thought Obama had been effectively gagged and tied from doing the things he had dreamt of doing for America by the ‘Dark Cabal’ since the day he took the presidency. That threats had been made and would surely be carried out on his family and his own life, and things along these lines. I am not about to dispute or agree with any of these claims, because obviously none of us have any way of knowing the truth. But having heard about the laws he has signed, giving away precious rights and opening up the doors wide to the real possibility of fascist dictatorship in our battered country, as well as agreeing to dropping bombs on civilians in order to pave the way for those cabals to obtain oil and weapons and drugs and all manner of torturous horrors to any who oppose them; all of this and more adds up to a human being who is not, cannot possibly be, so enlightened and advanced and humane as some want to still believe. Or can he?

Again and again over the last four years, I have been reminded of the old story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” I guess most of us remember that one, where all of the Emperor’s pundits and lapdogs appease him and pretend that he is having the most wonderful set of new garments made for him, the most Illustrious ruler of the kingdom, out of fear of retribution if they were to tell him the truth. Of course, as the story goes, it took a little, innocent child to speak the plain truth at the end of the story, before the rest of the people could speak up and understand what was really happening.

Isn’t it really time for the people of the United States to finally speak up and understand what is really happening? There is no democracy there, for all intensive purposes. The two-party system and the electoral college, all the corruption, pandering, arm-twisting, intrigues, lobbyists, and special interests all add up to only one logical conclusion: Revolution. But not a revolution made through blood and violence. Rather, a truly revolutionary new way to govern, a new model built on a foundation of stewardship, trust, honesty, compassion, wise forethought, common purpose: in short, an enlightened approach to leadership.

It is time to get real about the state of America. It is no longer the land of the free, and not enough are feeling brave yet. The Occupy Movement of last year was a real step towards something new, a better way to govern, to allow everyone to speak and be heard, to decide by consensus, to work in small groups, to not have an overriding agenda and list of demands. Those protesters’ camps were at the forefront of something new, something better, and much more democratic than what now passes for governence in the United States. Perhaps the federal government ought to be dismantled altogether, and each state take back its sovereignty, and allow individual, local communities to rule themselves. It would be a great start on a future of peace and true justice.

Perhaps it is time to go beyond divisive political parties altogether, and find a new way to make decisions about things that affect people’s lives and the communities in which they live. Small initiatives are happening all around the country, and also around the world by now, and there are many fine examples of people who are governing themselves peacefully and well which we can use as models. The knowledge and expertise is here, now. All that needs to happen is for enough Americans to stand up, like the little child in the story, and raise their voices and say, ‘Look here, this is a total farce. Let’s do something altogether different.’

Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.  — Ghandi

No matter what happens on election night in the United States, one thing is clear. It will not be earth-shattering, it will not be the beginning of anything fabulous or peaceful or progressive. Whether Obama gets re-elected or not, I do not think much will change (certainly not for the better) as long as the United States electorate remains asleep and blind and accepting of Business-As-Usual. The Ghandis and Martin Luther Kings of the last century are nowhere to be seen. There are no real leaders among us right now, and that might well be because it is time to go beyond following a leader. What is needed is for each and all of us to become our own leader, to lead by our conscious example, by our own integrity and honesty and hearts. If we are standing on the edge of a New Age, as so many are now admitting we are, then this new age shall be one of Self-leadership, cooperation, respect for All Life, transparency, and listening. We as a whole would further ourselves immensely by listening much more to others, especially the ones who do not speak very loudly or often.

Dear Readers, thanks for reading this rant tonight, and musings from a weary fellow traveller on the road to freedom. I will end with a phrase from a post I read concerning the election. The directive is: “We would ask each of you to send the blue flame of light, of truth, of integrity, of change, of hope into the heart of the electorate, not just all of the candidates, but to every single person who is voting.” Then later on in this post there is more about what the governments of the (maybe not too distant) future will be like:

“So all those desires, all those attachments to what you think of as the false paradigms, the false grids, the false belief systems attached to old forms of government are gone. Now, may there be many who, as they go through the shift, say, “I have absolutely no interest or calling to participate in government”? Yes. There will be floods of people who say “I have been putting too much energy in that and I wish to hand the reins over to someone else.”

So there will be a great deal of flexibility in terms of who is running what. But the purpose of this is not to create mass chaos, not to create fear, because that is of the old. So when you think of temporary governments, simply think of citizens stepping forward with the expertise, the knowledge and the right frame of mind and heart to assist in anchoring the new.

What you think of as political processes will be very outdated. No, we do not mean that what you think and cherish as democratic processes will not be in place. Of course they will because, because it is the only way when the collective is in a unity state of heart. But what you think of as government will shift enormously. It will be far more a role of stewardship than a role of authority or custodian.Therefore the type of person interested in governance will be dramatically different as well.” (from http://the2012scenario.com/2012/10/archangel-michael-its-time-to-let-go-of-the-old/)

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