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The "Chalice-Scale" (© Chris Pringer Dec'08) represents the bridging and balancing of polarities within each conscious Being. Conceptually, the bio-electric charge of opposites in the universe forms a dynamic vortex of tension, hence the motivation for humanity to evolve.
The Citizen Momentum
- Notes on Hope, Balance, & Opportunity -
and Challenges to Faith in
Our Potential for Our Transition And about overcoming challenges to faith & psycho-emotional balance, personal & communal, relative to Mid-East Policy & Strategy, Terrorism, domestic security measures, related events, process, moral dilemmas, momentum.
EG: The mandala on the right is about humanity sufficiently believing in our capacities to see and make the best of opportunities now and into our future - no matter the degree to which President Obama leads and inspires us into such an era (or frustrates us into doing it ourselves) - wherein we approach the world's problems politically and spiritually, internally and externally.
The elements depicted represent (parts in) ALL of US. And ...the Eagle recedes, the Dove proceeds, as the Owl see's through the darkness... OUR relationship with our Earth Mother clarifies as we realize our own interconnectedness...
"Beliefs in Potential «§» Transition"
(Large Version & more on it's symbology at World Healing Prayers Page)
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Obama's Change.Gov Page -- serves as a FEEDBACK Page
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"Love Drives Out Fear, Not People" graphics assembled from those in the "A Matter Of Spirit" newsletter, Winter'16 Issue (focused on refugees, immigration, and the plight of immigrants), or from the web site for IPJC (Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center).
Each of these graphics have clickable links to related helpful sites. The bumper sticker is actually full size (11" long) when downloaded.
March 16-17, 2016 ALL FOR TRUMP as posted at my and Suzanne G. Sparks Fb pages [intro revised], In response to "Trumps Reign Of Error" at Alan Grayson's blog:
Indeed, the guy is amazing- how and why can he get away with it? I have not been able to help my wondering how - it's what I do - but this time, I was feeling I should already know how.
And then, finally, as doing something totally unrelated, it hit me: THE REAL QUESTION, IMHO, is "Why or how is Trump attracting that larger voting block - THE EVANGELICALS?" Because I've already written about the answer - [when] I wrote about Dubya Bush 10 or more years ago. But instead of copy & paste [oh, alright, 'in addition to' per 2nd column], I wrote a fresh little OpEd here.
And for lead-up on that question I found two articles, [neither of which address that question, but come as close as I could find with multivarious other considerations]: ...the first article ..."Why Evangelicals Are Flocking To Donald Trump" which includes: "One thing is certain—no GOP candidate can win the nomination without the support of white evangelicals, who comprised 26 percent of the electorate in the last midterm elections and are overwhelmingly Republican. In the first 27 primaries of 2012, white evangelicals made up 50 percent of Republican voters, according to CBS News polling." But you might also want to check this one out...: "Why Young People Are Fleeing Conservative Evangelicalism".
Ok, so the OpEd:
Well, it (the question of "Why evangelicals are flocking to Trump") is similar to when Dubya Bush ran the 2nd time: most evangelicals believe in the Rapture-Armageddon thing- and they recognize Trump (whereas they probably over-estimated Bush) as the vehicle for that war-making that will get them what they want - the quick and easy exit with a hop & skip to heaven. As insane enough to Do that thing, that is, since most evangelicals wouldn't invite Trump to dinner, but that's besides the point. First things first.
Now, as I've covered this at my web site years ago, I have a problem with the idea that any truly supreme being, would allow, let alone encourage, anyone to "use" a war to escape their learning. I'm talking about a supreme being that would be interested in our actually learning anything useful, and maybe even becoming masters of our fate, or at least compassionate in the face of hate, or even loving unconditionally... and so on, you know, difficult but honorable things like those we hear spiritual people would like to attain to. I just can't see it.
Something tells me that even evangelicals, many of them, when presented with this contradiction in concepts, would rethink the spiritual logic of it. To be a part of electing a madman as president, risking that he may do some totally irresponsible if not also very hateful things to so many people - I mean BEFORE the hoped-for insanity of causing WWIII... Well, that kind of self-serving, not to mention soul-injuring manipulation, just runs totally against the values of ANY Christian belief system I've ever heard of, not to mention any other spiritual belief system.
Also, would it be adding too many concepts in an essay, to say that I'd love to see a study, good analytical research... One that rates each state of the nation from highest to lowest, COMPARING THE AMOUNTS of PRESCRIPTION and NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PURCHASED by and for individual use per year (?). So, if we could do that, then we could compare those stats and ratings to the states with the most and least number of those voting for Trump. And why not for Dubya while we're at it. What do you think? :-)
Thank you for your consideration. Where did I cover the question years ago? At the PolyPsyArts Home page (see right column for this and next ref). And at "On Structure & Learning (Spiritual Battles)" at the page, "Structure and Extremism - Dissolving Extremism 101, Removing the Machiavellian from the Evangelical: Disempowering the "Machiavengelical." There's also a related note in annotated link to the "Evolution Trends" essay: "But remember "that spaceship" that's going to save us ? Well, IMO, the pilots are none other than ourselves - as our Earth-Steward selves that is. So, IF it happens, not to worry, we won't miss a minute of it -- IMO, God wouldn't deprive us of the realization that we are so capable! (And responsible. Or don't we want to earn our way ?!)
JohnOliverWithGotRump.Com as informative as it is funny (very)
At the PolyPsyArts Home page in 2004:
Do you think a wise spiritual master such as Jesus would believe that rescuing us is how we would learn anything? Or is the quality of our spiritual learning only a wee matter to God? (...I have a big feeling the answer to that is no.)
It would seem to me [after 2002-03] someone was trying to convince us ...that Jesus needs to rescue us -- because he doesn't believe in our ability to learn and grow by exercising Free Will, and that we can't learn to become responsible to choose our own directions, even by the hard way.
Kind of like saying, "be strong, be faithful, but forget about God actually helping those who help themselves." [~Added at mirror note at the Machiavengelicals Profile Page]
Do you know what psychologists say about such a "rescuer" ? A rescuer is one of three roles that compose the (pathological) martyr personality -- along with the roles of "victim" and "persecutor".
And I have a most difficult time trusting someone, especially a self-proclaimed Christian, who would call Jesus a pathological martyr (especially pathological since using Jesus to justify genocide)...
Emotional Avoidance & Cause-Effect Relationship with Fundamentalist Extremism
at "On Structure & Learning (Spiritual Battles)"
Sample Cause-Effect Chain(s):
"Questions for World Change" (Thumbnail of) shared by Chris Pringer Jan 2012 at the page, World Healing Prayers over Sacred Geometry Graphic Backgrounds
January 15, 2016: Seven News Bits for Trends Analysis in light of the recent 'Rock in Dow Jones Stock':
As attempting to understand if it's all about China, as if it's really surprising any corporate investors, or if it's about the sanctions release for Iran - but why shouldn't that improve the economy if anything? OR... if the oilygarchantucochs (sorry, bad spelling) are getting caught up in laundry chores for their coal & oil whorves (sorry, bad spelling, but see 1st article relative to the others), given political money may not be buying what it used to? Which one might Trump actually be so angry about (besides the refugees)? I can tell you first hand that climate-defending activists are sure not letting any ports be built or used as coal terminals, let alone for getting coal to China anytime soon, not unless some post-Wako wacko's (sorry, bad spelling) have one sneaky plan for that land they hope to cut out of the Oregon forests. But I didn't say that. In any case, or in that dim light, of all the news of last week, I thought these seven stood out as 'big-oil'-pressured canaries in the coal mine (so to speak) and composed a message that hints of the implications of the growing climate awareness FOR NEXT NOVEMBER! :
"The U.S. will start tracking secret buyers of luxury real estate in Manhattan and Miami" By Louise Story, NYTimes.com, Jan 13, 2016
"Concerned about illicit money flowing into luxury real estate, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would begin identifying and tracking secret buyers of high-end properties. The initiative will start in two of the nation’s major destinations for global wealth: Manhattan and Miami-Dade County. It will shine a light on the darkest corner of the real estate market: all-cash purchases made by shell companies that often shield purchasers’ identities.
"...The initiative is part of a broader federal effort to increase the focus on money laundering in real estate. ...Future investigations, they said, will focus increasingly on professionals who assist in money laundering, including real estate agents, lawyers, bankers and L.L.C. formation agents. ...The use of shell companies in real estate is legal, and L.L.C.s have a range of uses unrelated to secrecy. But a top Treasury official, Jennifer Shasky Calvery, said her agency had seen instances in which multimillion-dollar homes were being used as safe deposit boxes for ill-gotten gains, in transactions made more opaque by the use of anonymous shell companies.
"...In its investigation, The Times found that nearly half of homes nationwide worth at least $5 million are purchased using shell companies. In Manhattan and Los Angeles, the figure is higher. ...“We’re going after the facilitators of the money laundering,” Mr. Fallon, of the F.B.I., said. “They’re the bankers, they’re the accountants, lawyers, folks who are setting up L.L.C.s, they are setting up foundations, folks who are setting up nonprofits, real estate investment trusts, etc.”
"...Under the U.S.A. Patriot Act, the Treasury is already authorized to require real estate companies to scrutinize real estate buyers, but the department has in the past faced fierce lobbying against issuing such rules. ..."
"The Oil Pricequake: Political Turmoil in a Time of Low Energy Prices" by Michael T. Klare, Common Dreams | 01.12.16:
"The longer such price levels persist, the more devastating the consequences are likely to be. ..."
"Coal Giant Bankruptcy Signals 'Profound Shift' for 21st Century Energy Landscape" by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams | 01.11.16
Environmentalists described it as the "end of an era" as the country moves to more renewable, less polluting energy sources. Arch Coal, the United States' second largest coal supplier, on Monday filed for bankruptcy, signaling what environmentalists described as the "end of an era" as the country moves to more renewable, less polluting energy sources. ...
The announcement, which comes after five years of decline in Arch's stock price, marks the latest coal industry titan to fall as the global energy market is beginning to catch up with more climate-friendly regulations and demand. ...
A recent report by the London-based Carbon Tracker Initiative found that the slump in coal prices has forced more than two dozen U.S. coal companies into bankruptcy over the past three years. ...
"Hillary Clinton's lead over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race has dwindled, a Times/CBS News poll finds" By Thomas Kaplan And Dalia Sussman, NYTimes.com, Jan 12, 2016
"Over all, 48 percent of Democratic primary voters support Hillary Clinton, while 41 percent back Senator Bernie Sanders, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. ... [vs 20 percentage points nationally] Just a month ago. ...Mrs. Clinton is no longer treating Mr. Sanders as a distant rival who can be left unmentioned as she looks toward the general election. She is now confronting Mr. Sanders more forcefully, raising doubts about his electability and criticizing him as weak on the issue of gun violence. ..."
"'The Big Short' and Bernie’s Plan to Bust Up Wall Street" by Robert Reich, Common Dreams | 01.12.16:
"The movie shows why Bernie Sanders’s plan to break up the biggest banks and reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act is necessary. ..."
"Sanders is First to Sign 'Fix Democracy' Pledge Rejecting Fossil Fuel Cash" by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams | 01.11.16
...In doing so, Sanders vows to reject campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry and to support a "people-powered democracy" marked by full voting rights for all and public funding for campaigns. ..."It's time for Hillary Clinton and anyone with serious White House aspirations to match Sander's leadership."
...Specifically, the letter calls on candidates to adhere to the following statements:
"If elected, I pledge to fight for a people-powered democracy where every voice is heard- By defending the right to vote for all, and Supporting common-sense measures like public funding for campaigns and overturning Citizens United to ensure a government by and for the people, not the biggest donors."
...Along with GOP hopefuls Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, Greenpeace points out, Clinton is among the 2016 campaign's top three beneficiaries of contributions from oil and gas employees. According to Ben Adler writing for Grist last year, Clinton is "getting a lot of money from fossil fuel executives and lobbyists acting as bundlers (fundraisers who collect donations) who represent fossil fuel companies."
...The New York Times reported this fall that just 158 families have contributed half of the campaign money on the 2016 campaign trail. Where did all that money come from? Primarily the finance and energy industries, particularly oil and gas.
"What the Catastrophic Aliso Canyon Methane Leak Teaches Us About Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels" Pete Dronkers, Common Dreams | 01.16.16
December 9, 2015 Post at facebook "About that 'message for this season': My last post (Nov.25) about the holiday attitude management in lieu of the holiday terrorism warnings... Well, this last Sunday I heard the message that I would love to pass on in this regard. "A Message from the Masters" - a select collection of ancient wisdom in colloquial voice, I'm calling it.
And since it really is *spot-on* for balancing the adrenalized brain with the spiritual heart in any tough circumstance, it's the perfect message for this season IMHO. Reverend James Kubal-Komoto of Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church put together and gave this talk, and can be heard here - select Dec.6, "All Will Be Well", as well as via text transcript. Enjoy! [Note that the prefacing poem by Adam Zagajewski (published in 2002) may seem a bit paradoxical, but again, the message (eternal) will put all in context. Thank you.]
November 25, 2015 Post at facebook re: ISIS/ISIL: True Security vs "Spy Masters" "documentary" vs? Happy Thanksgiving- I do end the below on a positive note, by the way :-) (because that is how I try to do my little part to encourage us all to work, but what's in front of us just is, so I just get that "out of the way" 1st, Thank you).
a) "Spy Masters" is the official response to ISEL's advertising efforts. Its overall message is "We are constantly and consciously engaged in moral dilemmas in order to weigh the methods by which we care for Americans, whereas look at these images [especially selected for shock effect] of what the terrorists do." This is designed to keep emotionally driven citizens relatively appeased (with a little shock & awenertainment with the beheading video) and at peace (as if to know our Homeland Security has it "all figured out" -- unless we want to travel abroad) during challenging times. Besides, the torture methods that actually work [as much as they do - enough for them to keep trying them] are not described in such "documentaries."
b) Meanwhile, the newscasters chide the administration for not having a strategy, as if [the president's] beating his chest, poking others' egos, and giving away the current strategy would actually work against the terrorists. Besides, what inspires one may go over or around the head of another.
c) Since the 18th century, our foreign policy was never decided strictly by the president, has increasingly been influenced by the Military Industrial Complex (for whose strategies fear-mongering does work well), and more recently that includes such entities as [those known as] the "Neo-Cons," various of which were installed in key places in the security and military apparatus, and operate "off the books as needed" via contractors.
d) What is "True Security"? Same as it's always been- conscious awareness of individuals, striving for balance between brain and heart as engage any given situation, doing what they believe works in the long run, perhaps hoping that it will also work in the short run. As most of you know, more specifics around all that (by yours truly) has been posted steadily for years here and at my site, doing the best I can to simply, hopefully timely, remind us of what we already know on one level or another.
e) How I am / we are with "all my relations" is what Thanksgiving is all about, IMO - perhaps every day? In any case, Happy Holidays!
October 31, 2015 Post at facebook re: ISIS/ISIL: About the most recent surprise(±) plans or strategy initiation for Syria... Well, we've had time to study the situation, so I hope we're going about this with our heads on our shoulders - so we all keep them on, that is. And we're "not" coordinating missions with the Russians? Interesting. Testing new radar systems, eh? Whatever *works* - I guess we'll see - so to speak.
On the other hand, to mirror part of my facebook note copied to the "Citizen Momentum" page, March 6-7: Feeling sucked into a WAR of EXTREMISTS? Yeah, [as if] we need to take that money, which we now all have so much of, to fight another war and further waste our resources so all but the arms and drugs merchants can be totally broke and dependent on them. Do we realize that EVERY need [that] EVERY person on this planet has - could be paid for many times over - for a fraction of what we spend - to fight those who feel so underfed, that they have to join extremists to make themselves heard??? Yes, they joined the extremists, but extremely few of them would have if they were prevented from it by simply making sure their basic needs were taken care of. In Other words, ITS a downward spiral that could've been prevented, and JUST MAYBE it's not to late for us to wise up and accomplish that. Remember that poster of Osama Bin Laden in the famous US Army recruiting pose saying, "We want you to attack Iraq?" -- Well, ISIS and fascist Israeli's - EXTREMISTS, that is, have got more Westernized extremists polarized in the opposite extreme. Please realize that extremists are attracted to extremists. I mean, it's really other extremists who they focus on most. IE: fundamentalist Christians who are also starving in too many ways and not just bodily nutrition. Well, they also focus on shock-loading those who make it too obvious they'd rather ignore them. All kind of a sado-masochistic affair, eh? So, maybe it's really about sexual abuse, since too many of us obviously don't know how go about sex healthfully. Ok, so Ready to join up for that war now? Was that sarcasm? Dang!
September 9-20, 2015 Post at facebook re: Hackers vs Microsoft; Terrorism vs Capitalism; Lack of control: Like for hackers vs Microsoft OS programmers and operating systems that frustrate beyond belief, as for terrorism vs hyper-capitalism: which of the two extremisms have caused the most suffering, not to mention refugees, and which ones most think they going to cure the other? More to the point: Which ones will find love and caring in the universe while they are engaged in overpowering to compensate for their too long feeling a lack of control in their own internal world, let alone external world? - If we are to transition to a sustainable humanity?
Revenge & Redress: Which gets the most done? Which fuel gets the car down the road with the least pollution? And [how about] that feeling [of] a lack of control in their own internal world: which one comes more, if at all, from a belief in transition and change? As for capitalism, so also for the (anti-capitalist) terrorist mind, the question of "When is Enough Enough?" is most relevant to the extremism of the outward actions in attempt to address what they see is/as lacking or wrong in "the" world. However, [Again] the question needs to be addressed for and within their [and our?] own internal world - If we are to transition...
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate." ~ Carl Jung
"BUDDHA was not a Buddhist. JESUS was not a Christian. MUHAMMAD was not a Muslim. They were TEACHERS who taught LOVE. LOVE was their RELIGION." - by unknown author
On "Democratic Socialism" by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
"Every candidate for president has got to answer one simple question. Are you prepared to take on the billionaire class whose greed is destroying the middle class and, through Citizens United, our American democratic system?" - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
July 21, 2015: First, I am going to reference what I consider a summary of the real talking (certainly telling) points on Donald Trump in a 3/25/11 comment further below. Secondly, I hope Carl Rove doesn't have Trump shot for creating a divide in the Republican party at this politically critical time for them (ie: most notably - so far - on the immigration issue), not to mention illuminating how many Republicans have such regressive attitudes (putting it politely). I refer to the great discussion on Public Radio about the odd disparity in the polls related to Trump (Not Sure if this is the discussion I heard; Other possibles; Related July 21: "Donald Trump: Master of the demolition derby" BBC News; Four Related NPR articles including "Rumors Of The Donald's Demise May Be Greatly Exaggerated (Or At Least Premature)" ). But if he does get assassinated... and Jeb Bush rises to the occasion... well, we wouldn't be too surprised, right? Ok, now the Facebook post from 7/1...
July 1 at 12:27am at facebook: re: Donald Trump's hate speech:
In the Nature Nurture argument, I'm pretty sure too many people just didn't get that nurturing. I'm speaking of *Hate* and how it comes about. I'm into preventive maintenance. As for how to treat it, extremists fighting extremists is just another weird thing, like "the war on drugs." I know it's going on, but I just have trouble dealing with people banging their heads on other people banging their heads. We can ALLLLLL use a little therapy. Some of us a lot more. And did I mention preventive maintenance?
Also note that when Trump said, "If elected president I'll bring back all the jobs" - he is also in denial about virtually making a fashion statement out of the leveraged buyout [in the early 80's] - eliminating income from those who still need to make a living - drastically increasing by number and by degree, thanks to that great example he set in hating poor people- who remind him of his fear of poorness and helplessness. At the time I said that apparently he either wanted Karmic redemption, OR to bring the jobs back so he can re-continue his favorite hobby -- the one he lost out on due to the economy - since one can't truly ruin people's lives if they don't have jobs.
As noted on a Move-On petition in '06, Economic bigotry is just another hate tactic. As well as that we all need to do our corporate homework, and that would include about "Corporate Personhood" as well as opening our eyes to the ramifications of prevailing Milken/Trump values. And to please let us wake up find our way out of this smoke and mirrors show. That "Winner-Loser ethics" are for modern day gladiators - but w/o the muscles. Ok, now visualize people respecting individual talent and initiative, not to mention value. What competition is supposed to be about - not Corporate Citizenhood.
"While we must continue to focus on the federal deficit, we must also be aware that there are other deficits in our society causing horrendous pain. These are deficits in jobs, deficits in infrastructure, deficits in income, deficits in equality, deficits in retirement security, deficits in education and deficits in in trade." - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
March 6-7, 2015 at facebook:
Feeling sucked into a WAR of EXTREMISTS? Yeah, we need to take that money, which we now all have so much of, to fight another war and further waste our resources so all but the arms and drugs merchants can be totally broke and dependent on them. Do we realize that EVERY need EVERY person on this planet has could be paid for many times over - for a fraction of what we spend to fight those who feel so underfed, that they have to join extremists to make themselves heard??? Yes, they joined the extremists, but extremely few of them would have if they were prevented from it by simply making sure their basic needs were taken care of. In Other words, ITS a downward spiral that could've been prevented, and JUST MAYBE it's not to late for us to wise up and accomplish that. Remember that poster of Osama Bin Laden in the famous US Army recruiting pose saying, "We want you to attack Iraq?" -- Well, ISIS and fascist Israeli's - EXTREMISTS, that is, have got more Westernized extremists polarized in the opposite extreme. Please realize that extremists are attracted to extremists. I mean, it's really other extremists who they focus on most. IE: fundamentalist Christians who are also starving in too many ways and not just bodily nutrition. Well, they also focus on shock-loading those who make it too obvious they'd rather ignore them. All kind of a sado-massochistic affair, eh? So, maybe it's really about sexual abuse, since too many of us obviously don't know how go about sex healthfully. Ok, so Ready to join up for that war now? Was that sarcasm? Dang!
Many Annotated article links on IRAN added at the Political Reference Page - including many on Netanyahu and/or his speech before the US Congress, and many that are representative of the more informative articles over the last few years from the middle-left to progressive-left.
Feelin' a little Deja Vu ?
February 11, 2015 in the "Intro & Editor's Notes / Opinions" section at "ISIS / ISIL, Syria & Iraq"
February 11, 2015: About President Obama's "ISIS Proposal" [plans/ program/ etc] to "assist" in the fight against and/or recover the Middle-East from ISIS/ISIL:
THIS *STEP* is a grand improvement in approach as compared to the approach on the part of the PNAC (Project for a New American Century) which was (so obviously?) based in such grandly bad intentions and plans. On the other hand, I am not totally sure that this current move will not -in the near future (1-4 years)- be co-opted by members of PNAC (or whatever that has since progressed or degenerated into) which is still (obviously?) in operation via members installed by [the Bush Crew] in various departments of the Pentagon and intelligence agencies and via active contractors there of, covert or otherwise.
My brothers in the VFP (Veterans for Peace) will not be so kind to the Obama administration. And in their favor, I do feel that it is indeed necessary for progressives to maintain extremely close watch and to, as constantly as necessary, remind our leadership of our highest core values in non-violence and peace. I'm sure I will soon be referencing most worthy and detailed analysis by writers very well known in the progressive community, and cherry-picking from those as to what I feel are the most relevant, etc.
But realistically speaking, and I don't expect to make friends by saying this, but given the drastic intentions and actions on the part of extremists, albeit all that has contributed to motivate their existence and resolve, well, here we are where we have been for a very long time. And that is on a train going 100mph towards a cliff one mile away -- and yet the cliff may not precede a deep and wide chasm - necessarily. And that depends on those same two options we've always had: 1) to learn the hard way or 2) to realize we have the option of dropping our addictions (to whatever habits, physical, mental, or emotional) that blind us spiritually from learning how to work together, and then learn how to employ the fruits of that option.
Meanwhile, for the day that we officially determine our military re-entry into Iraq and Syria, I would like to suggest a "Day of Mourning" - not for just the many that will die from that day forward, but for all those that have and will suffer from our not being able to solve foreign relations problems better than we do, and those who also suffer from the domestic crises that result from the diverting of resources. A simple but spiritually basic acknowledgment of our needs for healing - to awaken us to our responsibility to take care of those needs.
If we were to believe that we are permanent, and always had to come back to learn what we didn't get in the previous time or situation - no matter how painful that would be to do that... well, that's what reincarnation and Karma is about: eternal responsibility for learning love - and all the responsibility and accountability that goes with that, and much more. No matter how many lifetimes it takes. By the way, that was not about immortality in the physical sense, although I do believe we can, as a result of the aforementioned healing, also learn to live much much longer, healthier, and happier lives.
--All said from the point of view of a Gestalt-Taoist-Buddhist, with experience as a student of war, as a former Marine, as a member of SNOW (Sound Non-Violent Opponents of War) activists for peace & justice, and of the "Seattle 12" who got arrested in 2002 to try to keep [the Bush Crew] from attaining capacity to declare war, who worked for peace for another four years or more as a member of VFP (Veterans for Peace), and who wrote the statements below as well as those on the many PolyPsyArts pages at this site (including those as regards the progress of our evolution human psycho-social maturation, how we manage our "leadership," etc.)
Noam Chomsky On Power Abuse
Novemeber 21, 2014 Post at facebook re: ISIS/ISIL: Ok. It's possible I optimistically oversimplified the potentials in my September & October notes... On the other hand, ONE ISIL leader (out of how many dozens or more rebel leaders in Syria and Iraq) but the most militarily successful of them that is, has appointed himself *THE* spiritual director of/for ALL Muslims, requiring the immediated beheading of ANY Muslim who believes or professes otherwise, which doctrine also threatens most anyone else of any other belief. ("Austere Saudi creed..." "a kind of untamed Wahhabisim") Well, that simplifies it. Small Muslim countries in the Middle-East are now signing up. Fear-mongering works. Also simplifies the response of any simple-thinking adversary- not just "eye for an eye" but "head for..." Hence, General Dempsey, Head, I mean Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, says we can do it in four years ("Dempsey predicts 3- to 4-year war against ISIS") - provided we upgrade our military budget, per newly-wed congress of course. Making most fundamentalists everywhere very happy, particularly *THE* Muslim head of state - remember the recruiting poster with Osama saying, "We want YOU to invade Iraq"? Yes, We're into simple nowadays... Did I over-simplify that? [Noted & related references just below in section, "World News Article Links & Summaries from Mark Jensen & others"]
[Sorry, but I continue to be astounded at how we humans repeat amazingly stupid patterns - except that a) that is one working psychological definition of a pattern, and b) just how humans learn, and thus the basis of reincarnation and karma. Yet, it still makes me want to take my drum and beat it while hollering "Wake Up" at the top of my lungs, as I did while marching up Queen Anne Avenue with Queen Anne SNOW activists in 2004 - and we did rouse some folks for a time, although obviously too few for too little time. After 2005 the hollering was about feeling the heart break, but also healing the (whole) situation. Now I think some of the old 2002 essays may be called for again: "Overcoming Political Disillusionment" or "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health, Recovering Democracy" -Chris, 11/22/14]
September 18, 2014 Post at facebook re: ISIS/ISIL: I think ISIL will take care of it's own extremists, not to mention Al Caida, if/when they have to manage things on their own, eg: when US soldiers aren't there to "help" manage things, to piss them off and/or fulfill their warrior dreams and take their fire. These tribes generally can live and work together only when they have a great deal of their own preferred type of structure among themselves, which the Sykes-Picot agreement screwed up. That is whether they retain ISIL as it is or not, and I believe that will transition to something much more moderate, if... EG: If we stop giving them things to react to they'll focus on themselves, and they will respect us for it enough to keep their extremists from attacking us or other countries that aren't interfering in their self-governance business. And it will be difficult for us to watch for some years, but we should've proved to ourselves (as we definitely have to them) that we are not capable of directing their affairs.
New Related at this site: the "ISIS / ISIL & Seria" page - Essays, links (& a few maps) compiled based on questions like, "Where did ISIS/ISIL come from, and what's that got to do with anything (like Sykes-Picot, Syria 2012-13 issues, Dick Cheney), let alone a reason for yet more war with foreign tribes with a 'new' name?" 1st 3 section titles (of 9 sections, so far): "World News Article Links & Summaries from Mark Jensen & others," "ISIS/ISIL "±Official± Perspectives & Related Commentary," and "ISIS/ISIL & 'Sykes-Picot'"
September 11, 2014 Post at facebook re: ISIS/ISIL: Well, been wondering... about kids proving their manhood -- and now, proving it to the whole world ('cause everyone knows we're all connected now) -- kids of many many different belief systems -- some quite extreme -- often very tangled up in interesting ways in how one's extremism opposes another's -- and then how much money is provided for armaments to fight each other and the costs of post action rehabilitation/ healing -- AND how comparatively little money it would take to provide the preventative training for proper parenting and/or therapy and/or nutrition and/or education during childhood and adolescence -- for them and anyone else these kids could think they they needed to prove something to [for actual stats supporting that statement, see "One Definition of Insanity" near the end of the above page section] -- except that once all those things were provided, well, no one would be fooled into thinking they needed their basic needs provided since they'd already be provided -- uhm, ahem...
|well, anyway, of course we'd have to start all over in many respects, would be almost too late for so many dynamics... already in progress, so much invested... yeah, the investments... and of course it's not quite all that simple -- but just wondering -- well, so why stop now -?- just because so many of us are STILL all about 9/11, finding more opportunities for kids, here, there, in more and more places each year, to "prove" themselves -?- Afterall, I joined the USMC during the height of the Viet Nam war and for what -?- Yup, there it was, "proved myself," uh-huh -- Although, of course, at the time I believed what I was told about who needed my/our "help" and how -- Yup -- But just because I did go didn't make this kid more than a brave but dumb one maybe, and one who needed to learn... and keep wondering -- tho been doing so at my site (chalicebridge.com) for years -- not just about kids proving stuff, but about preventative maintenance -- on about as many levels and applications as you can imagine (lots of pages there) -- just in case you were wondering :-)|
January 20, 2014 Re: A Mozilla spokesperson reported that the NSA was leaving backdoors for hackers, as this public radio report led me to various internet articles. Quotes below are from top four ref-links at right, by experts that have proved my point at last (made in June'13 chart below):
"What The Intelligence Community Doesn't Get: Backdoor For 'The Good Guys' Is Always A Backdoor For The 'Bad Guys' As Well": "... The more we choose to eavesdrop on the Internet and other communications technologies, the less we are secure from eavesdropping by others. Our choice isn't between a digital world where the NSA can eavesdrop and one where the NSA is prevented from eavesdropping; it's between a digital world that is vulnerable to all attackers, and one that is secure for all users. ..."
"How the NSA Threatens National Security": "... And finally, these systems are susceptible to abuse. This is not just a hypothetical problem. ...Building the surveillance state makes it too easy for people and organizations to slip over the line into abuse. It's not just domestic abuse we have to worry about; it's the rest of the world, too. ...Our choice isn't between a digital world where the NSA can eavesdrop and one where the NSA is prevented from eavesdropping; it's between a digital world that is vulnerable to all attackers, and one that is secure for all users. ..."
"What It's Like When The FBI Asks You To Backdoor Your Software": "...The difference now, she explained, was her experiences at BlackHat. Among those, Sell pointed to a BlackHat event where Thomas Cross demonstrated how to break into lawful intercept machines—or wiretaps. "It was very clear that a backdoor for the good guys is always a backdoor for the bad guys. ..."
"Exploiting Lawful Intercept to Wiretap the Internet": "...Many network equipment manufacturers have incorporated interfaces into Internet routers and switches that are designed to facilitate legally authorized wiretapping by law enforcement. If these interfaces are poorly designed, implemented, or managed they can provide a backdoor for attackers ...to access the interface and spy on communications without leaving a trace. ...These interfaces are controversial. If they are not well-protected there is a risk that they could be hijacked by third parties and used to perform surveillance without authorization. ...A negative externality can also exist in Lawful Intercept protocols. ...Design and deployment decisions that facilitate the needs of the network operator or law enforcement may have a negative impact on those network users by exposing their traffic to attackers. ..."
What The Intelligence Community Doesn't Get: Backdoor For 'The Good Guys' Is Always A Backdoor For The 'Bad Guys' As Well" (Mis)Uses of Technology by Mike Masnick Thu, Jan 9th 2014 10:09am
How the NSA Threatens National Security Bruce Schneier, TheAtlantic.Com Jan 6 2014, 11:10 AM ET
"What It's Like When The FBI Asks You To Backdoor Your Software" By Max Eddy, SecurityWatch.PCMag.Com, Jan 08, 2014 12:55 PM EST
"Exploiting Lawful Intercept to Wiretap the Internet" Tom Cross IBM X-Force firstname.lastname@example.org (pdf via BlackHat.Com
Parsing Prism denials: How could everyone possibly be telling the truth? TechHive.Com, UPDATE, Saturday June 8, 2pm Pacific time
Mozilla warns against closed-source software by Gareth Halfacree, Bit-Tech.Net, Published on 14th January 2014
Mozilla and 41 privacy groups getting their war on over NSA surveillance flap TechHive.Com
Security Experts Ditch RSA Conference Over NSA Report PCMag.Com, January 8, 2014 01:50pm EST
Apple, Cisco, Dell Unhappy Over Alleged NSA Back Doors in .. IDG News
"Reform the Patriot Act | Section 215" ACLU
Reform the Patriot Act ACLU
January 17, 2014 Re: "The recorders of communication don't know how the communication didn't happen" [my response posted at facebook per Public Radio report 1/17/14]:
While the "investigation" into the NSA confirms that the data collected before 911 was far more substantial than we were officially told before recent weeks, that communications were monitored just about as thoroughly, aside from the "meta data", the report claims that IT IS NOT KNOWN how or why that the CIA did not pass on information to the FBI.
EG: While everyone's communication and non-communication is a matter of record, not to mention who was given orders by whom about who was to do and not do what, "we" still don't know how [or where the breakdown in communication occurred such that it is that] the information -that would have prevented 911- did not get passed on to those who could have prevented 911. Well, can I help it if the term "snow-job" comes to mind? And if I think it notably paradoxical that the name of the whistleblower in all this, Snowden, probably means "den of snow"? And the name Cheney comes from the root word "chain" ?
What still hasn't come into the light is the amount of access *left* to contractors and various "lower level" law enforcement individuals - including hackers, and to what degree they are (not) held accountable for what they do with that access. I have referenced some articles that fairly officially verify how aggregiously sloppy that end of "the network" is - that end that is closest to the average citizen who 'makes waves' (politically or otherwise) in the view of local "authorities" or their hackers, including the "wanna-be's" of those realms (at June 12-13, 2013: with the chart, "Patriot Act facilitated Holes in the NSA Network").
"We Need Real Protection From The Nsa" By Ed Loomist, Kirk Wiebe, Thomas Drake, William Binney, and Diane Roark USA Today January 15, 2014
December 25, 2013 Re: Snowden, NSA, & The Powers That -Do Not- Be:
"Not Really" is my response to Edward Snowden's dream of how capable the NSA is (considering, among other things, lack of motive for follow-up attention upon 99% of citizens). The news report on Snowden's recently published dream called it "Orwellian" (-appropriately-), AND it goes over the top, IMO, in it's potential to totally disempower the citizenry, like the worst of conspiracy theories, although he had generally convinced me, at least up to now, that he had the opposite intentions. Let me explain this apparent contradiction:
In short, if enough people were to believe everything he says, the paranoia that would result would accomplish the dreams of such as Dick Cheney, Ronald Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove - the paralyzation and disillusionment, thence disempowerment of those he (Snowden) had called upon to fix the mess in the first place.
Aside, that is, that accomplished by the terrorists that get through the "defense" that doesn't exist- because there is no way to effectively analyse all the data that they do collect - whether or not that would be for as much data or as often collected as claimed to be - except in the paranoid paradigm we let them create for us.
Why? Basic deductive reasoning and a tad of profiling (maybe just watching enough of the better CSI and detective shows) tells us that it takes a certain amount of time to analyse a given amount of data AND the characters, motives, agendas, etc of the people in question. Which requires a certain number of a certain kind of minds. And these minds have to get together in some way to contrast & compare fact AND theory, generate hypotheticals, settling on likely scenarios, before taking serious looks at anyone.
EG: There is very much in all that which no computer system does well enough to trust with our lives. Computers and other technologies can collect most ANY amount data, but in order for that Orwellian dream to be accomplished, the data has to be *effectively* analyzed. Let me say that in a different way:
Computers can do a certain amount of the tasks that go into such analysis, but they do not sufficiently replace, even mimik, those parts of the human brain, working together with the same in other minds, that can accomplish the complex procedures necessary to solve even a well planned crime, let alone predict and prevent it. In the midst of that they may keep someone on a watchlist for a time, after which it becomes more obvious whether or not the suspect warrants the attention.
Even if there is such a crevice of a gap - between the time of deciding someone needs a more serious look and the time of the subsequent follow-up investigation - that targeted people hang in the balance for untold amounts of time, it still takes an agent to actually do the more serious look. Which gap would also warrant at least two big questions: a) How could we live with such inefficiency - that would also let potential terrorists have way too much time? b) How many such folks would we be paying to do that? So you see, logic tells us that the least amount of efficiency we could expect would eliminate such a gap, therefore fairly insure that no one is really given much attention that did not warrant it. Unless the attention comes from or via contractors or hackers outside the system. [See Ref. 3 at right]
Now, if I accomplish my goals for this writing, another likely impossible dream, we would a) drop our paranoia that still lingers from 911, b) drop the added paranoia from Snowden's more recent information releases, and c) appropriately direct our resources to preventing terrorism by actual potential terrorists. While the rest of us, with our freed up psycho-emotional capabilites, would d) mature our relations, both at home and with others abroad, and begin to share our problem-solving capabilites, and create a world we can be proud of. [Including via taking care of the problems created per Ref. 3 at right]
Whereas the Snowden Orwellian dream, in consideration of who would benefit most - by we citizens believing it - would be one shared by such as those who initiated the Patriot Act, an extension of *The Blueprint For The Creation Of A 'Global Pax Americana,'* by the Project for a New American Century that virtually called for a "Pearl Harbor" attack to accomplish it's goals. That was a few years before 911 (referring to the Neo-Cons & other corporate paid thugs who are still 'working it', including the above noted personages). We might ask who really dreamed up that recently published dream? (Personally speaking, I need not. Per ref's in right column among others.)
The question for citizens is, IMO, "What kind of dreams will be believe in, what kind will we (thus) begin to manifest into reality?"
[Ref 1:] *The Blueprint For The Creation Of A 'Global Pax Americana,'* uncovered by the Sunday Herald (details next paragraph), was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (former defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff), among others. The document, put out in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC), and entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century," was a grand re-write of a 46-page document, "Draft Defense Planning Guidance," conceived in 1992, during the first Bush Administration. The 90 page 2000 version was apparently available at New American Century .Org (http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqmiddleeast.htm) but is reported no longer available there. It was downloaded before it's disappearance however, and IS available (at various sites including here) via pdf for the browser or by ftp (downloads the .85 mb file). Related ref: The Fraudulent War by Richard W. Behan (pdf file).
December 3, 2013 at facebook: about "Drugs & Myths" and article, Every War On Drugs Myth Thoroughly Destroyed By A Retired Police Captain "Let's see, without a big-time need for immediate gratification, how often would we do how strong a drug? Or if we didn't need to forget that time when that thing didn't happen, or... yeah, when we were really victimized and didn't know how to communicate it effectively or have a support system that would listen or respond... I mean, when we try to tell "smart folks in charge" that if these kinds of things were taken care of, not only would the drug war be obsolete, but there would be very damn few people on drugs. And the "taking care of" these things would be soooooooooooooooooo much less expensive for all concerned... and then there's, oh yeah, the benefits of kids being raised properly... ya' know, how many parents could've benefited from a little class on parenting along with a little basic therapy BEFORE they had kids? And who was it that made it so damned important to stigmatize folks who get therapy when there's not a soul on earth that couldn't benefit from it. And why do I think that 90% of the people that read the last line all of a sudden think I must be one crazy wimp-ass you-know-what?" And then re-posted some of the notes on the prospects of certain drug "treatments" -and hints for consideration- under "Guns & Drugs" at the "PolyPsy" page (Jan'13).
Related Notes at the "Evo-Trends" page in "A Summary 'On Point' & some added prognostications", a sub-section of "The Role of Intuition Coming Home and Recovering the Holy Grail."
"Nature-Nurture A-Z" Chart Over Chakra Tree Anatomy Chalice Garden (LtBkGr) - full size at the "Body-Mind Nutrition" page © by Christopher Pringer Jan'13
November 21, 2013: : "JFK and the Unspeakable" by Jim Douglas, 2013, how the CIA undermined JFK's foreign policy (KUOW Seattle radio, 11/20/13)... very interesting including as far as why, IMO, it's been published now. That is, per Bush administration-installed elements and President Obama's foreign & domestic security policies. [My extrapolation as related to 9/19/10 entry (below) re: "NeoCon Influence in Obama Administration Foreign/DomesticPolicies"] [Related: Oliver Stone: JFK and the Unspeakable - The Huffington Post]
BTW, am pretty sure I met Jim Douglas on the way down to work a few weeks at the safehouse for refugees who were fleeing death squads in Central America (as a "Sanctuary Si" volunteer in Brownsville, Tx, Spring 1984). I remember talking with a guy where he was staying, referring to Merton's book on the little table beside him, his indicating questions about whether he still was or should remain in the Jesuit Order. In retrospect I wondered if he was responsible for checking out those who were to volunteer at the safehouse.)
September 10, 2013: I'm not totally sure it was Richard Haas, President Of Council On Foreign Relations, that made the revealing !?GAFF?!, relative to stated policy, that is, that some of the chemical weapons are under rebel-held areas, including in areas under Alcaida hands!!!. It was in the Public Radio (per KUOW) interviews for commentary follow-up for President Obama's new Syria-Diplomacy announcement.
The Alcaida-link statement was made (as if everyone knew this, without any come-back by anyone afterwards) as he (Haas, I think) was apparently responding to what Peter Galbraith had said about whether chemical arms could be neutralized under the President's just made current diplomatic strategy for Syria. Galbraith, a former Ambassador, had just said that if we can pull it off, we can avert a foreign Policy fiasco, also including that we could have avoided the Iraq war, if we had waited for UN inspectors as we would seem to have intended here, and would do so by the current diplomacy decision.
The point being (of course), that there is much more validation of the who-done-it (and who-did-not) evidentiary data as presented below - see the red highlighted section, "Motive, Motive, Motive."
A report on that (although Haas is not mentioned here): White House Mum on Rebel Chem Weapons Use by Bryant Jordan, Military.com, Sep 10, 2013.
Interesting: U.S. Troops Oppose Striking Syria, Online Survey Suggests By Mark Memmott An online survey of 750 active-duty U.S. troops suggests that opposition to striking Syria is "more intense" among military personnel than among the American public. Military Times, a publication and news site owned by Gannett Co. (not the federal government) reports.
September 6-7, 2013 Posted on Facebook at Congressman Jim McDermott's special issue page,
"A Listening Session on Our Options in Syria":
[ But why not be the good cop? ]
On the one hand, if I were the only one around to defend someone when he was getting bullied, I'd feel obliged to to help, with force (to the minimum degree necessary), even with my strong Buddhist leaning beliefs. Talking about when there's no time to call the cops, etc. Here, it's not like anyone else that can actually help is "around" the Syrian people but us.
ON THE OTHER HAND, this is a trap, hand made by those strong forces (AIPAC, Israel, various corporations) who want us to get into it with Iran. Now we're talking about amplification that's going to effect a one great big heck of a lot more populations - as well as the Syrian people, God Bless their hearts. It's a trap, even as compelling as it may be to the decent folks unafraid of a fight when it LOOKS like there's no choice.
Seals & Special forces? IF there ever was a call for a means of destroying weapons that terrorists could use against whole populations from a distance, and do that without starting a war... And that's one big set of ifs, well...
If we get into it with Assad, Iran will come in (with missile strikes against our ships, etc), then Israel will see that as the excuse they've been begging for, not to mention the Neo-Cons that haven't gone away any more than AIPAC has (kind of same people, duh) as they (various Neo-Cons) are still in some key positions of leverage. The Iraq war will look like a minor civil war compared to what would happen next - all over the Middle-East, then Southern Europe, then... Yes, it's an extremely juicy looking steak for those who have always made profits from war. They've already stolen our shirts. Just say no....
"Shirts" doesn't quite connote the symbolism I had in mind, considering how many Iraqi & Afghani soldiers and innocents, American soldiers, the PTSD and long-term damage all involved will suffer with, some of which leading to more violence... along the way of breaking the financial backs of all concerned. How many hearts do we need to break? [n.9/5/13, ed.9/6/13]
Speaking of "Shirts" and more potential heart break, Bernie Sanders delivered another great one (was interviewed) on the Tavis Smiley Show today (9/6/13).
And all I noted above, by the way, does not presuppose we are in, need to be in, or have to plan for, a position of doing nothing. If we had used the NSA the way it was best intended, and not allowed Cheney and crew to set it up for abuse via the Patriot Act, we would have a much better means of positioning ourselves strategically and diplomatically [more specifics and references on that below]. Yes, that's referring to the whole time - since when we would then have not cooked that intel for Iraq, as well as to many irrevocable events since then. And Ok, in one sense that's water over the bridge, coulda-shouda-woulda.
But in the better sense, PRO-ACTIVELY, with some getting real with, and healing of, our past (no easy matter, but the sooner the better), and moving on from there, we can still make a difference. We don't have to sit on our arses, even if we don't start WWIII by doing the Syria-Iran thermo-chemical backlash trip to wasting a multi-continent expanse. We would have, still can have, allies in diplomacy if we go about this right. And our "corporate contingent" may have to shift their priorities a bit (and get out of the way, maybe stop buying off elected officials as related to certain political issues, at least for a time) so we can make it happen. Because...
Even if we somehow "contained" the Near East after leveling "only Iran", there are still all those sons and daughters who watched their parents die at our hands in Iraq, Yemen, et-all, then Iran, maybe Syria, and because we "world leaders" couldn't keep our missiles in our pants, and in a few years, they will be coming "of age" - already psychologically prepped for militarization, that is. I'm thinking of a better path than that. How about you?
Good references & resources are indispensable, of course - Huge thanks to those who have done the real work. Such back-up for my perspectives have been noted via the (PolyPsy list's archives at Riseup.Net) and "Political Reference page", the links and some context for which are included at the ChaliceBridge.Com Updates page
Even if Alcaida was not who accessed that weaponry (or accessed someone in those Syrian units with that). I say that based on basic logic (?) about who would be motivated to do that chemical attack. Besides Israeli right-wingers who want to bring the US in for an attack on Iran. I just can't see Assad virtually begging the US to attack by doing the deed. As for the question of HOW Alcaida accessed the weaponry, OR accessed and coerced anyone within any one of those units that have such weaponry, is a matter of tactical capability, but certainly not one of improbability.
Further, there is this from Kevin Zeese at Counterpunch.Org (just a few quotes from the case he makes):
"...What could go wrong? Syria has the ability to defend itself and attack US military vessels. Iran and Russia have already indicated they will be drawn into the conflict. Threats of retaliation are already being made and troop movements are occurring. Russia is moving two additional naval ships, a missile cruiser and a large anti-submarine vessel, into the Mediterranean to strengthen its presence in case of a US attack. Russia and Saudi Arabia have exchanged threats over Syria. Russia threatening an attack on Saudi Arabia if the US attacks Syria with President Putin ordering a 'massive military strike' against Saudi Arabia in the event that the West attacks Syria. Saudi Arabia is threatening Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia at the Olympics. ...Iran, Syria and Hezbollah have threatened to retaliate against Israel and other US allies in the Middle East in the event of a US attack on Syria. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, told the Tasnim news website, that an attack on Syria 'means the immediate destruction of Israel.' ...What is the Obama administration doing to investigate the reports that in fact it was Saudi Arabia that provided the chemical weapons that was used to the rebels? Multiple witnesses are making these claims. Is Obama going to go to war without investigating this possibility? Maybe he has the wrong target and it was not Assad who is responsible? ..."
and "How Intelligence Was Twisted To Support An Attack On Syria" By Gareth Porter, Truthout, September 3, 2013
"Invocation for True Representation of Middle-Eastern Peoples" (invoking "...Divine Guidance for human implementation of every effort and striving towards A Peaceful Transition to True Representation of the Middle-East People's Will by each of the Middle-East Nations' Leadership With continued growth in the Spirit and Action of a Democracy that Truly Reflects the People's Highest Needs in each of the Middle-East Nations and Accomplishes the Peace, Justice, & Prosperity as Deserved and Called for by Citizen's in the Middle-East. In the name of, and in accordance with, the Highest Most Loving God(s) of All..."), Chris Pringer PolyPsyArts 2011
"All Religions Logos & Chalice Scale, Pi-Chalice, & Hearts Over Earth" Chris Pringer PolyPsyArts
June 21-22, 2013: Charging with Espionage - AND Chilling News Publishers
What Snowden actually did was to expose inappropriate espionage - tactics, strategies, and what he believes were events that were examples of that. Glenn Greenwald puts it (the Snowden snowball) eruditely, as he's been on top of the Snowden case from the beginning. Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak adds in.
IMO, for the U.S. government to charge him with espionage only shows how much fear of exposure of wrongful espionage there is on the part of various factions, departments, and/or individuals in the U.S. intelligence realm. AND of the sloppiness thereby that led to holes in NSA network, that are being used by careless and/or unwarranted investigators, not to mention hackers, not to mention the conflict of interest (blackmail potential) due to all the above. [Please note NSA whistleblower William Binney's statements -about trusting contractors- at end of the first article linked to in the previous sentence. As well as about the means to collect data that is consistent with the Fourth Amendment - existing but ignored. ]
That contractor element has lent to this mess being called "The Digital Blackwater", particularly by Robert Baer, former CIA agent. And what I call the "Cheney's Hacker Sieve" since it was in large part due to the Patriot Act that so many espionage related abuses (that we are just now hearing about) were not just allowed, but facilliated.
A short intro and chart for illustrating the "The Digital Blackwater" is below, with additional ref-link-loaded sections on the background of these issues, is at the Civil Liberties Section of Political Reference page. At right is a story for describing an example of what this abuse looks like.
Also Related to the contractors & hackers, hasslers & blackmailers (June 15th), coming very close to laying out the ground floor problem I've been posting about, are these articles: "Private contractors play key role in U.S. intelligence work" and "Investigate Booz Allen Hamilton, not Edward Snowden".
YES, it's a mess that that needs addressed, and a scapegoating witch-hunt is a breach of justice, not justice. It might be simplifying the situation a tad much, but I believe the President needs to get rid of those Neo-Con remnants once and for all, so he can do what he originally intended to do, unless of course, he was in with them all along. And I understand that's easier said than done.
The timing of all this coinciding with events in Syria, IMO, has to do with our relations with Russia, with how and where certain armaments were protected from very powerful extremist factions in Russia (known by all world governments to be ever-more unpredictable during the USSR-to-Russia transition) by moving them to Syria where they could be vaulted by an unabashedly militarily powerful autocratic dictatorship. Where they are now, however, in increasing danger of falling into the hands of (other) extremists. And those particular armaments, IMO, simply need to be destroyed so they can never be used by anyone ever.
And Edward Snowden is probably very aware of this, and holding it as his trump card, in hopes that the U.S. intel folk and the President back down, and do the justice that Snoden is referring to. I personally think Snowden's idealism is either blinding him from the likely reality to follow, or he wants to commit "suicide by swat team" while creating empetis for good works by those who can demand and get the justice that will create a safer and a world more respectful of civil rights.
THE REAL PROBLEM (that WE CAN do something about) is that headlines could soon read, "How the NSA lost the farm because they left the barn doors open" - IF the gaps aren't covered - gaps left by how that farm was set up.
So I'm hoping they solve this problem. They, we, legislators who aren't bought, etc. (ok, stop laughing) Actually, would you believe it's all set up to CATCH ALL the hackers (even those messing with we small timers)- by making them think they're having a grand field day??? Did that sound like Maxwell Smart? Yeah, well, it COULD be used for... And I'll kiss Cheney's you-know-what if THAT was the plan. (Yeah, he's quite the organizational genius - if you want to make sure only the well advantaged, infinitely firewalled, armored, and power-connected are safe.) But yes, the existing mess COULD be co-opted into something that COULD work to catch the abusers...
Ok, so, I'm working up to being positive on this (but positive doesn't count for long if you're not covering the negative, right?), because I DO know we ACTUALLY CAN fix this, because if I can figure this out before the news has the whatevers to print on it (May of 2012, per posts on various lists as well as Political Reference page)... well, I mean, I'm no genius. so... I know we can solve this problem.
a) On stage 1, Mr. FBI agent goes to various IT staff (at internet servers for individuals, businesses, government entities, etc - all across the U.S.) and tells them that they need to help them with various surveilance activities. Some strong hints are made that to really help out, certain suitably described procedures would be included now and then for certain individuals. And those later procedures "would not be totally legal", and the FBI agent may or may not actually say that, but the message would be clear enough - at least to those who would be "receptive" to such notions, so to speak. Let's say this is not long after the Patriot Act has gone into effect, replete with bugs yet to be worked out.
b) On Stage 2, Mr. Badge McBadenov, someone who is employed by a law enforcement agency or a legal authority (perhaps a Sherif, or a district attorney, or a lawyer working for some state departments, say in health, licensing, etc) has a few people on his/her "list" that s/he wants to monitor -- more than is generally allowed by law. He knows about the Patriot Act, it's intended uses, but also various potential uses by those who can and will. And he keeps up with the changes to it over time.
Time: AFTER some "bugs" have been worked out in the Patriot Act -- concerning when, how, and if court orders are required for various kinds of surveillance (including as regards various would be infringements on city, state, or federal laws.)
c) Back on Stage 1, Mr. Badge McBadenov pays a visit to Mr. IT guy. McBadenov has been actively looking at certain IT guys of servers companies for helping him investigate some particularly disliked individuals that he feels needs more special attention, whom he may strongly suspect of illegal activity, but just hasn't found any real evidence of it. And simply dislikes them in a special way. He tells Mr. IT guy what he needs done, and if/when/as necessary, includes the fact that what they have been doing could not only loose them their jobs (due to what he was doing before the Patriot Act bugs were worked out) but land them in jail for yea many years and so on. Well, Mr. IT guy didn't read those documents, let alone knew about any changes, so he has no idea AND he's been made aware by now that McBadenov could play rough in any case.
d) Thus, with Mr. IT guy by the short hairs, McBadenov says, what I'd really like done is for you to log all phone calls to and from this "suspect that we know is guilty of ... and determine both the numbers of those most common calling, and those most commonly called by Mr. Suspect (etc), and keep me up on those. Same for email addresses." And after a few months or years of this, Mr. Badenov drops by, tells IT guy, "we need you to intercept all calls that are not by those on this list here, and those callers will be routed to a voice message that says "The Owner of this ext#___ is not available, please leave your name, number, and a short message'."
d2) Or, McBadenov hires or blackmails Mr. Hackerkid, a fourteen year old McBadenov knows to be a smart phone hacker - to do the same thing, but via manipulating Mr. Suspect's software and circuitry in the smart phone or computer circuit in the landline phone.
e) And as a result, Mr. Suspect receives no calls by any new customers. Meanwhile, Mr. suspect's old customers are being quietly harrassed (told of certain distasteful things or mistakes allegedly done or made by the suspect), and gradually ran off. Over time, Mr. Suspect ocassionally gets reports by new customers who say they called, got a voice message, but called again since didn't hear back. About the 3rd time this happens Mr. Suspect starts getting a little paranoid, calls the phone company or the authority for managing utilities for the state. Either of those say, "That's a pretty weird situation, are you sure you don't have voice mail, or some other device on your line, because if we come out and check and find the problem 'in-house' then we'll have to charge you."
f) The phone company techs come, do their checks, and say, "well, we checked all the wires and equipment, and can't find anything wrong." And the suspect, who happens to be a little bit knowledgeable about smart phones and firewalls later asks the representative at the Utilities and Trades Commission (who has been working on the problem, and who said essentially the same as the phone company tech) if they have any hacker types working for them, such as those who know how to manipulate most any device with a computer chip and any kind of phone or internet connection (including landline phones). And the rep says, no, but maybe we should think about hiring one of those.
g) Mr. Hackerkid, meanwhile, once he gets rather proficient about his work for McBadenov, can't help but brag a little to some of his hacker friends, including a little innovation on the technology which he devised, and suggesting where and how else along various lines of (anyone's) communication this could be applied. Over time, they're feeling their young oats and enjoy discussing more variables and applications.
June 12-13, 2013: The chart, "Patriot Act facilitated Holes in the NSA Network" at right, is more about the holes (for hackers and blackmailers) that RESULTED FROM the NSA interface, the questionable nature of some of the connections that formed with the IT staff of internet service companies, and the ramifications upon citizens (NOT yet addressed by the media, not to mention the legal structure)... Obviously, the momentum that would most seem as if it can't be stopped, is the domestic security momentum.
Everyone was flapped - it seemed all about who's mail and phone conversations were "out there" for whomever. Then came, as if flashed in the blinding "realization" that, oh yeah, we're ALL doing that anyway, and anyone who has anything to hide, well, they should just not.
As if all members of local legal authorities, from sherifs to district attorneys, and from clerks to investigators to officials of state regulatory bodies would never take any peeks, as if no IT staff ever involve themselves, accidently or otherwise, with hackers, as if hackers, not to mention insurance companies (who of course would never stoop to hiring hackers), wouldn't use such information to do what too many have always done.
And thus it was as if scapegoaters and cruel-minded bullies have evaporated into the wind. "Not to worry folks, blackmail is now passe', the good guys are in charge. And after all, we are watching everyone - and so are the best at keeping you safe." Indeed - in the dreams of a Neo-Con who's in charge of it all, anyway. And I still don't believe that is President Obama, by the way. And if I'm wrong, I'll be the first to holler praise, "Glory be, we've skipped all the steps and evolved into angels!" ...But the news still hasn't covered the blackmail aspect so much (yet).
On the one hand, as I've always said, there's just too much data for them to actually analyse. On the other, There was plenty that the N$A heard [about] Bin Laden saying days and weeks before 9/11, among way too much other jaw-dropping N$A related evidence that it all could've been prevented - if the Neo-Cons weren't focused in other directions. [added 6/22/13]
This is not about stopping the NSA - that network has been around since the 80's, government will not stop them, and besides, they aren't interested in you [unless you get on their radar screen for a reason they find suitable - that is, whether or not justice, intelligence, or common sense would have bearing on the matter]. This is about what the Patriot Act opened our doors to[eg: that may have nothing to do with pursuit of justice, or that may not even be performed by those authorized by any official criminal justice system]. Reference for the *drones* related note is just below. Below that is the reference-loaded section related to the Patriot Act (and changing legalities related to domestic spying). Chart by PolyPsyArts 2013
You're not supposed to get charts all at once- they condense a lot of information. HOWEVER, once you note each component one by one, then the connections start making sense, then even complex relationships become clear.
April 27, 2013: (My Facebook commentary re: "School HoldsFirst Integrated Prom Event in Georgia funded entirely by donations" The Daily Beast, April 27):
"First Integrated Prom..." FIRST!? That's Way Scary. Maybe a result of the Southern Poverty Law Center having just nabbed one of more powerful white supremest organizations a few months ago. Just before all those weird murders of hi-level folks in Texas. And that fertilizer plant fire that took out so many 1st responders, but which was called an accident by the authorities, which assessment was also backed up by the President. Ahhh, good thing we have short memories and sufficient supply of those resources that properly mis-manage our hormones and neurotransmitters, or we'd have to feel responsible, and then helpless because of lack of enough you-know-what to change anything, then guilty, then have to go back into denial. See, we have shortcuts (and Rush Limbaugh) for all that! Hot Dang...
Of course, we could heal ourselves. But that would require breaking a few habits. Hardest thing for a human to do, you know. Especially for those addicted to substances. Especially when we make fun of or legally scapegoat those who actually take responsibility and do the therapy that will facilitate that. But there are ways... and it does take persistence... and you will catch hell if you stand up against those who profit from existing disfunction... but if our souls are permanent, if we were created to learn by our mistakes, experience & Free Will, no matter how many lifetimes it takes... then we'll just come back to the same old tests anyway. Fear of Death? Which one? Pain is worse than death. Death is nothing. We know we're supposed to keep trying till we get it right. Do we REALLY think global warming isn't real, that the patterns of increasing tumult mean nothing? Do we really think we're supposed to lie down and do nothing about this except give it to the profiteers, die, go to heaven, and that's all there is? What GOD of any compassion, not to mention intelligence for a good design would have that be what we're supposed to believe all our life? Not to mention lifetimes? GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!! (I know, I'm back to ranting again. But I know we can do better than this. C'mon folks! One day at a time, but please...)
Is there a relationship between the above events (besides the integrated prom), the Boston Marathon, and the President's recent and most surprising flip-flops? I know, Islamists extremists and White Supremacists would have to ALSO be a little confused if working with each other, of course, UNLESS they shared a common goal, OR a sufficiently common enemy. Well, someone had to ask the question.
IF the supremacists made some threats and claimed responsibility for the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, the recent spate of murders there before that, in response to that victory by the Southern Poverty Law Center, then would the President make that claim of responsibility known - if they also said that if he did, they would do further harm? Well, we don't negotiate with terrorists, but IF he's not feeling very safe to accomplish certain things due to those infected power circles (re: remnants of Cheney's & Rumsfeld's systems in place in the military, intelligence, & other power realms)... then what would he say and do? And maybe I just want him to have good reasons for his really screwing things up lately with Social Security and giving over to the "terrible two tantrum" afflicted folks in congress.
April 25, 2013: Just put a note of impending revision at the top of this page after last March's edit. To the part that said, "'The Obama Momentum' title was re-applied in March 2013 [see 3/13/13 note (below the prose)]. The original title (had been changed to 'The [ ] Momentum' a few years ago in February 2011, for two reasons..." I've just added "BUT ABOUT READY TO REVERT IT BACK - since Apr'22 or so, but will leave the following as is for now". Maybe I'm leaving it only because I'm so frustrated with President Obama's freebie - to those stuck in the two year old's growth phase - that phase when the infant says "NO" to most everything, that is. It does shift now and then. Two, Thirteen, Two, Thirteen, Two, Thirteen.... Must be dizzying. But it actually worked. Our kids are learning *what* from this??? Anyway, it's too soon for me to think of something that could add a positive note for the future on that, just yet.
3/13/13 (After 12:12 PM PST): "A brand new pope..."
A brand new pope, A new telescope,
Totally virgin vision, A universe of hope,
3/13/13 - magic to denote -
That's death and rebirth, like Noah's boat,
Or burn the castle, once over the moat.
Like, "Holy channelling chimnies, we're scoping white smoke!"
Signaling new economics, seeing galaxies of hope,
Preparatory for the offeratory, working up to a lope,
Time to blaze new perspectives, dispite the creasote!
Polarities might even marry, why don't we elope?!
Play it up or play it down, How will we actually cope?
Is it a brand new day, or just back to the soap?
I mean, it's not like were broke only due to the dope.
Like with president Obama, the harbinger of hope,
If we believe, then it's the people - who get some scope.
Out of science or within mind, is it time for a new isotope?
--- proze from the doze from views from the news, dope? -cp
"Inspired" by public radio message announcing new telescope/capacities in seeing the universe, interspersed with news from the Vatican, during which time this was written ([and Facebook-posted] 3/13/13). "new economics" refers to Pope Francis's emphasized simplicity in living (which I appreciate), while "Polarities" refers to the former noted liberal aspect vs his rather conservative stance re: gender issues. [ Also related: see below *June 2011* entry re: peace, changes, & prophecies related to 2012.
And I just re-applied original name to this section. "The Obama Momentum" (had been changed to "The [ ] Momentum" a few years ago, for two reasons - I was beginning to doubt, AND I wanted to add emphesis that it was always about the people, not the one elected. Now, just seems a good time to push the President, given the news about his hard work this last year [although sans that domestic security aspect], and apparent change of strategy today (?)
2/27/13 at facebook: "Fines for Blocking Decision Making": ...For any amount of time that an/each elected official (in the Senate Or House Of Representatives) formally participates in a strategy that prevents decisions from being made by elected officials for an amount of time exceeding [an appropriate number of] hours, then for each of those hours exceeding for each elected member whose decision making powers have been blocked, that official shall have his own pay docked by $ [an appropriate amount]. If the bill being decided is primarily about balancing the budget, another $ [appropriate amount] is docked EG: If the Docking Penalty were $33/hour, for preventing 100 members of congress from making a decision on a bill for 48 hours (all hours of the day count), the sacrifice by each participant in the blocking strategy would amount to $1584 (4800 Hrs x $33). If that were a budget bill strategy that blocked decision making by 100 members, and if the Budget Penalty were $22/hr, each participant's sacrifice would total $2640 (4800 hrs x $55). So, can we put stock into a dock for a block? [mirrored from the PolyPsy Citizen Healing page's "Economy as Artform and Not a Science" section.]
1/15/13: Questions about fast moving trains, rolling momentums, and dodging drones:
A question about any momentum is when and how was it actually originated, vs when it was officially initiated. Take the one that led to 9/11. Or to the invasion of Iraq, or to the use of drones as a key element of foreign policy, not to mention the one that led to the election of President Obama. Or the origination of the Iran-Contra affair, or of the Neo-Cons, or the Project for a New American Century. Or to the initiation of the reign of Karl Rove through the republican party, or of the intelligence division under Dick Cheney, or of the change-up at the Pentagon under Rumsfeld. How many of those momentums have tranformed or transitioned, or been turned, let alone stopped? How much has any president had to do with their origination, official initiation, transition, or ending? Or turning them. Would I be repeating myself if I said President Elect Obama told us he would need to be given [the mandate of the citizen's expressed needs] in order to do many of the things we elected him for? Especially to the degree any of those things would require the stopping, transitioning, or turning of momentums?
Let's take the example of the drones as the vehicle of a foreign policy strategem. The use of drones is not new, neither is the idea of their use in intelligence gathering or even in direct warfare. It's just that plans and strategies, hopes, desires, and in-house politics in the DOD has only just recently born fruit into their actual use. And there are additional plans, strategies, hopes... towards other uses - including domestic surveilance in the cities of the US. When did that momentum originate and who is actually "carrying the ball" on that? That is, if President Obama were to "officially" drop that ball, who would still be carrying it and with what amount of momentum? Where would one direct efforts to transition that into something that worked for all citizens, and not just a relative few interests? And if so transitioned, what would that look like?
A few key considerations (IMO) would be those summarized (April & May 2012) at the Civil Liberties section of the "Political Ref's" Page, posted on PolyPsyArts list 6/1/2012 as "Domestic Drone Surveillance - or 'SaT' Smoke n' Mirrors ?" And "On The Balance of Power", with references to the "...In Context" section of the "Brass Resistance" page (June 2007).
1/9/2013 (posted on PolyPsyArts list with subj. header, "...Two former Obama insiders speak out against US drone policy"):
3 articles here. The 1st two regard US drone policy, including as per Gen. Stanley McChrystal, as well as per Michael Boyle, former security adviser to President Obama. The 3rd regards a rather disturbing court order (relative to civil liberty).
I've forwarded a number of pieces on the McChrystal controvery back when it was hot (and relative to the "Brass Resistance" web pages at my site since 2006 or before). I've posted a number of times (on this list & at facebook) about my hopes for the leadership in the Pentagon and Intelligence agencies would be switched out if/when President Obama was re-elected, removing Rumsfeld's & Cheney's installations ("Neo-Con-stallations"? ;-), with their foreign policy and domestic surveliance-oriented policy. I'm not sure that's happened, but there's no mistaking that some interesting events have come about in those realms.
All this relates to the use of drones domestically as a technical façade - for facillitating the virtual legalization of court-use of N$A technology-gained data - extensive, sensitive, & sophisticated, but necessarily only covertly employed, and for many years now (per my "theory" as elaborated at the Political Ref's Page, Civil Liberties section). [Re: Apr'12 reference, see 1/15/13 note just above]
How much of this "intelligence" do we really need to prevent terrorism, considering how much our paranoia has increased about who's listening to what, when, and where, and that's not just since 911, but in addition since we've become so "protected" by our hyper-intensified security measures (paranoid = terrorized does it not ?)
* 1st two articles at "Two former Obama insiders speak out against US drone policy"
* 3rd at "Off With Their Heads!” And The Procession Moved On..." [about "This week’s ruling by a federal judge that she had no power to order the publication of the classified memo that supposedly justifies the apparent violation of a Fifth Amendment guarantee of due process to U.S. citizens killed by their government in a drone attack on Sept. 30, 2011, led UFPPC to adopt the statement as its regular meeting on Jan. 3, 2013. –Mark Jensen, UFPPC]
"Approaches to Conspiracy" Chart at the PolyPsy Home Page
"Signs for World Change" at the PolyPsy Citizen Healing page
"Questions for Invoking for World Change" at the World Healing Prayers page
"Spiritual Battles Balancing the Chalice Within"
"Affirmations for Inner Communications" at "Notes on Addiction" at the "Goal Chart" page
"Mother Earth Dove, Giving Ourselves to Peace" in the "Pragmatic Balance" section, Chalice Art page
3/28/11: my commentary at facebook, for article "stupid too long so here's the note on the day Obama tried to justify" by Janine Boneparth on Monday, at 9:13pm:
Makes you wonder if he gets to choose his agenda(s) or is force fed so much of that by his cabinet, advisers, etc. I know, we like to think the pres. is his own man. West Wing provides good food for thought as well as some entertainment. How many appointees from the Neo-Con administration is still jamming the works, besides in the pentagon, that is. And State Attorneys General. And does that matter? Were we conned again, and do the banks have the reigns because they funded his election, And have you been to "They Rule" and looked for the Koch connections to [you name it at the corporate heads of state]...? AND... was the state of things always in the hands of those who do take charge - from the lowest citizen on up - and yet, have we (on the whole) not given our power away to the personalities and celebrities who dazzle us with their pretty lights? So... back to miracles, beliefs, evolution of humanity, chopping wood and carrying water, AND making noise and getting arrested, since that seems to be one of the few means of doing what feels right, not to mention showing others where the power can be, should be, and maybe, if enough of them catch on someday, just maybe, might be?
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3/25/11: Trends in "Winner / Loser" values, $, "Gladiator Tv"... at Facebook in response to post, "JPMorgan Made $907 Million From Cash Held in Madoff Accounts, Study Says (bloomberg.com)... the second- biggest U.S. bank, made $907 million in pretax profit from deposits held at the bank by imprisoned Ponzi scheme operator Bernard L. Madoff , a study said..." :
...the "winner values" IMO came about with Reagan's "flaunt it if you have it" theme, which unconsciously abetted the "I'm more worthy than you" perception in those so oriented (like alcohol is used to excuse doing what one wouldn't do otherwise; inhibitions are only so effective until one truly learns, not based on social mores, but on spiritual homework accomplished). From there, the kids just forming their value systems at the time quickly converted that handy "value" into "cheating is ok if it gets you what you 'deserve' " - well, those kids are now in junior CEO positions - less inhibited than many of their experienced corporate crooks. In between times was the 9/11 lies that went over so conveniently - MANY right-wingers didn't need to be convinced it was lies that got us into Iraq et-all, they didn't care about such "niceties" - the oil was to be ours because of the values about "we are the good guys on the planet because we are Christian ...deserve more" etc. Karl Rove & Rush Limbaugh had all this down WAY back when. And now they are at the Wall Street Journal under Rupert Murdock, just plowing their twisted logic right at those they've super-reinforced the fundamentalist programming that outwardly communicated intelligence is a sin of pride, that simple-mindedness is a direct ticket to heaven.
Whoops, I forgot to include the Milken and Trump "inspired" re-engineering of business dealings and the fallout on the employee, retirement. Seems the news is just lately getting around to (almost) making that connection. Per this JPMorgan post.
...Remember the OJ Simpson debacle? Well, that started the InfoTainTment (scandal4profitTV) industry in the early 90's - right when the winner-loser name-call game started among the youth. Then Clinton got impeached for a blow-job but genocide of foreign brown people (Iraqi's) couldn't get a nerve. Nationalism at it's finest most destructive hour. ALL related to that worthiness issue - very sick thing. [Who says inquisitions or the crusades have ended? - 11/23/13]
[JF replys:] Oh yes....remember the OJ trial, and the subsequent Rodney King trial when I lived in Simi Valley, CA. I do agree with your take on the insignificance of the 'blow-job'. That just added fuel to the cultural war fires and absorbed way too much media attention diverting concerns from more important issues. The right are experts in diversion and have won many elections utilizing the strategy.
[me:] ...without my vocational / professional training I probably wouldn't be able to consider the contradictory beliefs underlying their expressed positions. That they are contradictory is how and why one or more of them become unconscious. And we all have a little of this, but here is where the politicians are playing, particularly their Con-Artist strategists like Karl Rove.
12/25/10: Posted in blog at The Atlantic re: "The Most Productive Lame Duck Since WWII -- and Maybe Ever"]The peace & justice activists are not very happy, and the economy is in limbo, but he's done well on most every other progressive front. Considering the Bush years or alternative of McCain-Palin, we leftists sure can act funny. Have we activists been trying to keep the mainstream on the team, or are we scaring them off by showing off, communicating things they can't even relate to, let alone feel like joining in? Have they, even we, been telling the elected what we want - in ways they will listen to us? I don't see many activists dealing with these questions since the Bush days. What happened? It's like we make "the leader" always responsible but are we doing the work that's going to make the difference? That's often *initiated* by a small number of people, but until others are joining in, we can't really call it "initiating". The Right gives their power away to authoritarian leaders. The left gives it's power away by saying "it's all his fault." So, who's going to stop giving their power away first? That, I think, might be an initiation. Thanks.
12/14/10: (on a friend's page at facebook): Yeah, have gone to check on your page (you are one busy fb gal, aren't you!) - but yeah, you've been collecting "I'm P.O.ed @ Obama" headlines! Well, in the peace & justice dept I'm more than frustrated, same for the economy, almost as bad with the Insurance (bankers, incl. health ins.). Note: He's uphill against the Neo-Con/Bush hard & fast appointed, incl. in the pentagon. But for most every *other* issue I care about, he's done exceptionally well. But again- if leftists are not telling him via our elected officials what we want and don't want, let alone via letters to him ... Because this is what he was referring to in the beginning about citizens not going back to sleep. EG: He wanted the mandate to continue - so he could say "[this many] people are telling me in letters that they want...". So... my position is, if we give him that, and we still get put on hold, then all those Bush Appointees are no excuse anymore. And notice, he doesn't even say anything about them - except when the "No" crowd actually speaks out publicly. You know a repub would gripe about such roadblocks.
And I should add, when someone is too light on Obama, I come from the same direction you are - as a matter of providing balance.
Short if Purposeful Digression: Why sign a petition, why try, why act, ETC: Because thresholds of change are only reached by enough people who put enough energy in a given direction. AND... Have we really been looking into Instant Runnoff Voting systems? If we don't like the two party system - THAT is the way to change it, and likely most everything else. ...
Well, so I think we have choose our polarities wisely, gripe constructively, keep healing those hearts disillusioned & broken with the genocide in Iraq and all the lies around it, etc, and get more creative than the the repubs' Terrible Twos Romp - something that works but still doesn't insult our own intelligence.
10/16/10: at FaceBook at 4:10pm "On Tea Party Hi-Jinks", Article Ref: "Obama Calls Arizona Immigration Bill 'Irresponsible'"
Of all the Tea Party Hi-Jinks to tic leftists off, thereby make the sheeple whoople, this takes the cake - as it was designed to. They can't stand being ignored as the children they are, so they do what can't be ignored. You know Karl Rove is proud, no matter what he says, because the Tea Partiers are just another face... of the same folks that want the same things - to run their businesses with absolute freedom, no accountability, including to destroy anyone's life -freely- in the pursuit of profit. Most of the Tea Partiers don't even realize this, would go into absolute denial, just as the evangelicals did, when you tell them this. Emotional manipulation is Karl Rove's and Sarah Palin's key tactic. EG: This is just More of Same.
9/19/10 4:24pm... 9/20/10 at facebook Re: NeoCon Influence in Obama Administration Foreign/Domestic Policies: Obama's win was an opportunity, IMO, for us to witness how powerful a voting citizenry can be. Now whether or not he's turned out to be the "I Can" leader... well... TOTALLY depends on the citizenry's followup. Ok, MAYBE not totally, but... WE can TOTALLY make the difference we want. I'm saying in spite of my own disappointments with this administration.
Related Considerations: Did the Project for a New American Century just melt merrily away into the ethers, never to influence a corporate regulatory body or any other government official again? Divest itself of all the connections built up, not to mention the monetary investments, in the Mid-East Oil, Armaments, Mercenaries, construction and support systems for the most massive military bases in the world? Strip itself of all the influence by appointments to government positions? Divorce itself from Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh and Rupert Murdock, all now together at the Wall Street Journal? of any connection to the right-wing militants in this country who have made no bones about threats to Obama's life? ...and considering the above, do we really know what he's dealing with? But again, who is really in charge here? That is, who CAN be in charge if we fully realize it? [Related References]
Hmmm, ok, so, if we are not still scratching our heads, having to think for the answers... well then, what are the implications as far as how we can still persevere - with or without Obama's direct help. It's not like he was there before we voted him in, afterall. It's not time to lay down just yet! A much as Karl Rove has led the strategy that would have us do that.
Ok, did I say all that right? Just trying to clear things up a little... Yes, there are still all those activist groups, websites where you can write letters to elected officials, sign petitions, etc. What would 5 minutes a week (say, by EVERYONE that voted for Obama) spent on these things, plus a little news homework time... what would that do if or lead to? Have you looked into Instant Runnoff Voting systems? Well, you might if you haven't. Just some ideas...
I don't enjoy the loudmouth rants of socialist activists any more than that of the loudmouth rightwing activists. But maybe that's more about blind ranting than actual statements of policy. But I can only guess when comes to the actual nature of what "extreme leftist politics" would look like in the US, whereas we have experienced quite a bit of extreme rightist government here, thank you Karl Rove and Neo Cons (since Bush wasn't really in charge).
ON THE OTHER HAND of all that, I've put quite a bit of work into MUCH more pro-active considerations (where can go from here) at my own website. A small variety of approaches and considerations (from basic ethical to slightly esoteric -as in healing attitudes- to downright esoteric - just kidding - but mostly citizen-doable nonetheless
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10/25/09: I'll just refer you to PolyPsy List postings (for which the titles give brief summary), "Fwd: US effort to 'extend reach of central government' is a primary cause of Afghan insurgency", "Fwd: ACTIVISM/UFPPC STATEMENT: Demonstrate opposition to US escalation in Afghanistan!", "Fwd: Will Obama become an accessory after the fact -AWOL Bush et al" (re: detainees at Guantánamo Bay & Bush administration's so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program).
Also please note the posting as regards Iran: "US intel agencies insist 'Iran has not restarted work on weapons design' " In this PolyPsy List folder - Important that we recognize when the media is blowing smoke to stir things up. Which statement also applies to...
And for the Colombia/Venezuala situations: "Fwd: Colombia to be focus for US military build-up in South America" In this PolyPsy List folder- Like Nicuragua in the 80's, a state of confusion, if not pure ignorance, exists with regard to news accounts and actualities. Oil is the key issue with regard to Venezuala, burning bridges with Columbia, & nothing to do with drugs. Is about the misuse of huge amounts of prime farm land leading to many starving & poor - economic drain of small countries for corporate profits. This is particularly disturbing given President Obama's claim to represent the poor and downtrodden. Granted, the drug war czars and corporate mogels have had a powerful momentum going in these areas for decades. Perhaps the question is "How soon can Obama effect change here - without getting himself assassinated?"
10/16/09: I have practiced patience with regard to entries about issues related to this section. My activist associates have given up on me, I'm sure. My last entry on topic (12/27/08) was about unknowns. Unknowns can be totally frustrating to leftists who want to really put their foot down somewhere - which of course they/we all do very well, it's just that we like it when we can respect consideration of other's viewpoints. Defining the context and interpretation of *Respect for others' views* can be the confusing tricky thing (inclusiveness without ambiguity) - especially given so much influence by conservatives of context, builders of the "keep it simple" primacy (who spawned those responsible for the "technology" of soundbyte communication), may their warrior gods blissfully shield us from irony and paradox. Notice that I've just said virtually nothing that a policy could be built on, and yet really good leftist politicians can get away with this - for months (this progressive admits)! And I appreciate the thoughtful approach Obama presents... but we progressives have been totally sidelined by the Obama "we've yet to begin, just wait..." approach. Accountability has gone from 'denied' to simply 'not in fashion'. Also notice that I've edited the title and subtitle notes of this Section (formerly "The Obama Momentum"). I REALLY wouldn't mind feeling like I can return that to it's original - or even to "Obama Lead Us To It !" - however, the words, "believe it when I see it" seem to overshadow things.
10/12/09 re: Afghanistan/Pakistan Strategy: Things might change in Afghanistan. Well, there's talk of change, at least. ...I suggest Google Searching: Pashtun Taliban strategy "October 12" - which keywords are clue to the involvement of various factions complicating things there (including embedded influence of some Indians that are not so democratically oriented)... Just posted a couple of summaries (at lists.riseup.net):
* "Fwd: Afghanistan Policy - 'UnPrepared'" a collection of chosen short postings from different perspectives - which strikes me as very useful for illuminating the current debate.
* "Fwd: Summarys & Links McChrystal, Obama, Afghanistan Policy precipitates 'crisis'" - chronological assembly of 3 weeks of those originally posted on the subject by Mark Jensen of United for Peace of Pierce County.
* As Needed Reminder: Robert Greenwald's newest video documentary ( on Rethinking Afghanistan )
... [ Spring / Summer Commentary: surprisingly (?) seldom, but ocassional at my facebook page "Christopher Pringer" ] ...
4/9/09 re: "An *Exitable* Afghanistan/Pakistan ("Tribalistan") Strategy" (on this page)
12/27/08 re: "New Kinds of Leadership" (on this page)
12/7/08 re: There's one thing we absolutely know about the future of Obama's administration: And that is that there are so many unknowns, that one has to ask: Why would some activists expend so much energy posting so much half-evidence, obfuscating misrepresentation, and guesstimated extrapolations onto the future as if it's already history, splattering the air with bloody maybe's (if you will pardon my imitative choice of words to 'hammer' home a point), as if to try to bludgeon away any opportunities and possibilities that might lead people to engage their creative minds?
Why continue this when given good reason to consider other perspectives (per posts such as [for 12/1/08-2 and Obama's 'keeping the faith of the Doves'])? I'm referring to a very small percentage of postings on the SNOW-News list, at least until recently. [But seems there's one on most every activist list that uses primarily/exclusively this "rhetorical, hyperbolic style that often come across more as tirade than serious analysis" (to quote Jeremy R. Hammond [see 12/1/08-1 below]).
IMO, such a style says something more about those who continue in that style than a simple difference of opinion. Or they might be so energized (adrenalized) from ranting that they become free of the pain of that earlier disappointment. At worst, they may become temporarily dispossessed by the habituated high (with delusions of total freedom from pain), before seeping "back into the inevitable" dark mood.
It seems such people would have to be so angry at someone who has long ago ripped their dreams away so completely, and are projecting that anger upon anyone else who would dare remind them of the pain of that experience. Perhaps anything is better than the pain of not knowing and the fear of having more hope destroyed (at least to such people). The cure, according to some authorities that I consider wise, is forgiving the source of the original insult - and dropping the misplaced judgment upon themselves that they are partially the source of that insult. But that requires work, of course - including the early step of admitting that one is helpless otherwise. eg: The original insult needs to be addressed. There are many sources of assistance and relief available for those who decide to engage some hope in themselves towards their own recovery. And they may learn more about HOW and WHEN to trust others (as well as distanced parts of themselves) in the process.
[All this is assuming, of course, that the style is personal and not essentially politically motivated, expressly for the purpose of sickening, burning out, or disillusioning and disempowering activists and citizens]
12/5/08 & [L's comment]: "Maybe [Obama is] a Christian, and therefore believes in righteous war...." in response to my 12/4 posting [below], "Feeling obsessive, ..."
My Response: I don't know these things for sure, of course, I'm just feeling it out, but...
12/1/08 & Obama's 'keeping the faith of the Doves':
It might be good, even important, to site Michael Moore's article, "Obama Team Tilts Right, Doves Keep Faith" 11/28, where he quotes Steven Clemons, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation who writes The Washington Note, a popular foreign policy blog: " 'We are in an Obama bubble now. And it's tough to step out and be first to deflate the bubble.' especially before the bubble takes shape. '...You've got some people like myself who are saying there may be an interesting design in what Obama is trying to do. Maybe it doesn't fit easily in a neatly sculpted box of liberal pacifist and warmonger hawk. Maybe it's more complex than that.'
12/1/08: Two or more articles for your discussion if you like: ["Obama Pledge on Treaties a Complex Undertaking"], and "Analysis: Iraq, U.S. Would Control Profits from Iraqi Oil Exports Under Agreement". Also to note, given Obama's desire to make headway in Afghanistan, tho' possibly not as central to the topic of Treaties, is the article "New York Times Misleads on Taliban Role in Opium Trade"
Keep in mind the source of the latter two articles is Jeremy R. Hammond, the editor of a new web site that seems to revelle in the kind of headlines that Jeremy talks about in his site promo: "...Other sites that do provide content from outside that framework often present it in a very rhetorical, hyperbolic style that often come across more as tirade than serious analysis, even when the information being provided is useful." However, these two articles do come across decidely as serious analysis (tho' I have to admit I don't know enough about him or the topics yet to say he's done a good job of it or not.)
11/24/08: It's not looking good, according to this article. [This Is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites, And Neocons To Watch For In Obama's White House, By Jeremy Scahill, Alternet 11/20/08]
Yeah, I could think of a few explanations (for Obama's questionable choices) that might apply, followed by a number of *IF this* conditionals. And they might even be true. For example, listening to "To the Point" (via KUOW, last Fri) I was reminded that Bush & crew can still have plenty of ways and means to pre-empt Obama's plans [- that is, if Karl Rove & the PNAC gang thought they would need to to maintain/insure control of the most powerful military in the world (incl. via assassination of Obama by one of those Nazi nuts Palin encouraged). For more context, see this. Oh yeah, and then there's the current intelligence gathering by the Bushies including on Obama's communications. I'm assuming my email isn't that important to them, that these views aren't news to any official stringpullers]).
If I were Obama, and had reason to think that was a real possibility, I might not want to show all my cards (plans for appointments, planned changes to appointments, etc). Especially since Obama is a poker player, maybe a chess player.
But am I just dreaming he could be playing it that smart? If/when I come to believe too many people are too naïve -- which we'll likely know more about by next Summer, if not before -- then I'll be back on the "watch out for" wagon. [<=repeat] In the meantime, he's going to need us to remind him he has a mandate to insure accountability. And (all IMO, of course) we need to keep people motivated enough that they can at least shoot for the high goals now and then. Maybe I need to get another prayer for these considerations -- altho' I remember the citizen prayer covering most of this. Watcha think?
11/22/08 re Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Some Very astute perspectives on a current issue [re Discussion, Scrowcroft and Brzezinski on Primacy of Israeli-Palestinian Peace; Related to 11/19/08[a] note below]. From one of the local activist lists, (and therefore the id's have been removed). [The posting can be found at the PolyPsySpirit list Archives via the search engine, using KEYWORDS: "Scrowcroft and Brzezinski on Primacy".]
11/22/08: [re: my optimistism on these notes:] My main goal (as far my own "media" is concerned) is long-term citizen/activist health, preventative health maintenance as/where needed. I don't want us to miss any true opportunities to make things better. EG: IF/when Obama truly has something for us (us as world citizens), even in foreign relations, I want a sufficient number of us (American citizens) to be able to respond and help make it happen. One of the things that could get in the way of that is too many folks being overly skeptical -- to the point of discouraging effective alertness for too many citizens. EG: (IMO, as all this is) there needs to be a balance of perspective put out if we don't want our primary activist teams (if you will) going with their most familiar emotional momentums (powerful passionate protesting) - where there is not a true purpose for it. After all, our biggest enemies are ignorance and hate, and not specific individuals and groups (who would have no power unless others gave it to them).
If/when I come to believe too many people are too naïve -- which we'll likely know more about by next Summer, if not before -- then I'll be back on the "watch out for" wagon.
PS: In case you haven't been there in a while, I've added a number of sections to the Machiavengelicals page [revised & renamed to "Structure and Dissolving Extremism" 2008-'10; Jan'14] (as for other pages) over the years -- trying to keep that balance there also. So it's not all (creative) rant as it used to be. For a while I thought I might retire that page when(if?) the bushies left, but then later realized there's always going to be that 30+% of cult/addictive folks who need that exposure so they don't evangelize other sheople (who are also susceptable to machiavengelical power lords).
11/19/08 re: Pre-empting Bush Pardons: ...There is a petition promoting this resolution, through which you can write to your representative and senators at http://democrats.com/nadler-pardons
11/19/08: On the downside of considerations... and (to me) this doesn't mean we (citizens) can't effect change (as per commentary w/ previous posts, etc). [re:] "AP: Obama administration 'unlikely to bring criminal charges' for torture"
11/19/08: I think these kinds of things happen more often when you get common sense in hi places. Regardless of what Obama said before he was elected, I'm willing to bet there will be far less build-up in Afghanistan than Obama's been interpreted to actually intend. Hmmm, I'd also be willing to bet there's going to be lots of bets on that. [re:] "Iraqi cabinet approves US withdrawal plan that 'matches Obama's vision'"
11/19/08: A month or so ago, some friends (who read lots of books) forwarded something on the economy. It's sat in the back of my mind ever since, so I did a little research and here's the results- 3 articles about Brooksley Born: "The Woman Greenspan, Rubin & Summers Silenced", "The Lessons Of Long-Term Capital Management L.P." (Oct'98), and "The World According to Brooksley Born" (May'97). Falls under the heading of "What 'they' didn't want us to know," of course.
My own 2cents for Obama on the economy and... (after listening to KUOW's "To the Point" Report, "Reshaping the Pentagon for a Dangerous New World"):
It's said that in sex, death, and taxes, the biggest weapon or tool, is one's imagination. (Ok, maybe the saying only applied to sex, but who would dispute the relationships? But more to the point:) That especially applies when it comes to the economy and and national defense (or offense). We can save a fight by using our head, not to mention our heart - like most things, they work best when used together. (EG: making enemies is expensive in most every way). That means foregoing (LOW-prioritizing) instant gratification, what LOOKS sexy, and most other image-maintenance. This may be asking for a lot (perhaps a paradigm shift), but it also means emphasis on education, broad-reading/viewing and context-awareness, emotional intelligence, and preventative maintenance (for anything of essential value, but especially body-mind health), AND (education about) the implications of having those as major priorities - personal and communal. That also implies education on the downside (ie: end products) of [previous trend of wrong] emphesis on sound-byte communications, winner-loser competition, glitz-flaunting, as well as the more commonly acknowledged addictions. (I think there's some really great books on all this, including one entitled, "What I learned in Kindergarten" or something like that... Wow, google that!). Part of that broad view might include public radio (ie: KUOW in Seattle Area) which has been including MANY discussions from a broad variety of perspectives on these and related topics, by the way. HA! talk about synchronicity: after I wrote the above, I got this email posting (by Andy Borowitz) on Obama's complete sentences - includes a great Sarah Palin quote to boot!]
11/19/08 re Israel-Palistine issues: Here's to hope & prayer that Obama is and/or will be in discovery mode when comes to the Israel-Palistine issues. It took me "forever" it seems to see the light in that regard (5 years ago), even tho' I woke up in many other ways 25 years ago. How many movies have we seen that portray Israel in a light that, well, just keeps us from looking into things? Many jews in Israel (in peace & justice organizations like ours here) tell us that (nationally) they're just not the perfect martyrs they are portrayed as. That the circumstances have been "great for business" of course - oil & weaponry especially. And, in spite of the radical elements that bomb them, they do their best to keep the Palestinians from loosing more rights, land, freedom, and lives. Ok, I'll stop there. [re:] "A BONE IN AMERICA'S THROAT," by Jeff Halper
11/17/08: 3 articles (and links to more)... re: Obama, Civil Rights (especially domestic wire-tapping, Bush-Cheney), and more.
As I go back through articles looking for these, I'm noticing a great deal of conflicting 'who's for' and 'who's against' --and WHEN-- the various Patriot Act related legislation since 2001. Seems most everyone in congress voted for "it" AND against "it" (!). Since "it" comprises a complex array of bills over the years (house and senate versions differing in widely varying degrees), and who was trying to get who to get along or trade votes or ... I mean, if anyone can figure out some consistency on this, I want to know. I'm guessing we have to take a wider context. And of course, that means beyond these few articles ... [The posting can be found at the PolyPsySpirit list Archives via the search engine, using KEYWORDS: "Power We Didn't Grant"]
11/17/08: ...if Rove & Cheney have anything to do with it, [Bush will] likely only do a few pardons [!!! as I entered that here, KUOW announces "the first round..." !!! After which I said some things I won't write here...], but especially Cheney & Rice, explaining something like " 'unscroupulous radicals' in foreign countries who might try to arrest them while conducting normal business," but including someone like Rice because most everyone sees her as innocent anyway. I just really want Obama to be a go-getter on this, and fear that he may not be. I'd love him to appoint some "questionables" just so he can "discover" them to be who they are and then burn their...
Sorry, I'm just sharing my fantasies. But y'know, Obama could actually do it and do a great job of it. He's got the potential, I just hope I'm not totally dreaming. ...In any case, he's going to need us to remind him he has a mandate to insure accountability. ...we need to keep people motivated enough that they can at least shoot for the high goals now and then.
11/15/08, on strategies in Mid-East policy: a great discussion regarding Obama's possible moves. Besides being encouraging, it acknowledge's Obama's complexity in dealing with difficult situations, not to mention difficult or unscrupulous people. Another strategy-puzzler, Renewed talk that Israel may strike Iran before Obama's inaugural, thank you Mark Jensen. ...something to put in the prayer time. [key point from Mark Jensen's summary: "On the surface, Obama's comments represent a pro-Israeli stance. However, they could also be interpreted as an attempt to lessen the likelihood that the sort of pre-inauguration strike that Benny Morris advocates will take place."]
11/14/08: What I put in the democrats.com add slot provided
"One better: If there is a way, we/you should create an amendment to modify/limit the presidential pardon so that, under qualifying circumstances, it cannot be used when enough evidence exists to support the charge that obstruction of justice and/or abuse of power may occur due to that use of the presidential pardon. (Thank you for forgiving my inexperience with legalese.)" re:
"I urge you to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney before they issue pardons. But if that fails, I urge you to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney afterwards for issuing pardons that constitute obstruction of justice and abuse of power. A post-inaugural impeachment would prohibit those impeached from ever holding federal office, either elected or appointed. Arguably, impeachment would also nullify pre-impeachment pardons and permit prosecutions. Finally, impeachment would tell future Presidents they cannot abuse their pardon power to put themselves above the law."
11/14/08: [bracketed notes/edits added later] Remember McCain's claiming Obama was so socialist? I responded to an associate's posting of something from one of the socialist factions.
Here's the quote: "Obama's No. 1 Job is to oversee the ongoing and outrageous raid of the U.S. treasury in order to subsidize major corporations and Wall Street—to the tune of more than $2 trillion and counting. Obama's No. 2 Job is to give an illusion of change that can assuage people's well-founded distrust of the U.S. government."
Ok, so... I responded: I support much of the socialist agenda (well, I'm not a well read student of it these days, but there's so many different factions & agendas, so... but I digress. Anyway...) -- this "article" reads more like a "join my church or y'all are goin' to hell" kind of flyer - appropriately long-winded however, considering the source. Which reminds me of some of the showbiz going on at some of the local organizing meetings when most of were there to just get things done. (I know, "digress, digress, digress...") But yes, progressives still have competition at all levels of influence, and there's no rest for the wicked (wear the shoe as fits
...I trust Obama to be Obama, but I'm still learning who that is, therefore am still learning what to expect. I think that for people to act like they have it all figured out before they do is, well, to be selling something. They might be selling themselves, they might be selling their organization, they might be selling a belief system, etc. Some of my perspective on that depends on how sophisticated and/or consciously aware of various things they seem to be. I do my best not to steriotype people or groups, and instead I study the elements of change that engage the subject at hand - what effects what, what doesn't, how, when, etc. I like to forgive, but I don't forget much when comes to certain kinds of things. I learn HOW to trust people by giving them (certain amounts of) opportunity to do the right thing.
...I'm not responsible for their anger - they are. [Here I was referring to certain activists who, well, there are a few activist groups that are mainly composed of those who are habitually angry, mainly because they have been all their life without being aware of it... some may be agents provocateurs, but some are just folks who found other like-'emoted' folks. We all have our crosses... ] And the quicker we get responsible for our own stuff [and constructively express it], the quicker we will be clear about our strategy as citizens, as activists, as people who want a planet that works as fairly as we can create it. We just might make it. Or we'll [damage] each other by choice or non-choice as we entertain ourselves with cut-throat competition based survival TV and other winner/looser attitude-building krap and let the planet shake us off like it damn well aught to in that case. I'm just doing what I can, and trying to give a chance to those who seem like they can help. And no one man, certainly Obama, can do it alone. We're stuck with getting people who disagree trying to work things out between them. So here we are.
Related Note & Quote from the Recovering Democracy page: "...As for real solutions, we don't need to focus on, or even have, "isms" in government. We do need to find what works best where we all work together -- instead of calling people socialists or communists whenever they try to keep a governing body from legalizing hi-way robbery or a corporation benefiting from it. Riane Eisler, a meticulous Cross-Discipline researcher, puts it right in (her book) *The Real Wealth of Nations*, where she writes about the potential for economics to reflect what we truly value, quality of life, and quality of the environment, and provides strong and uplifting evidence to backup her recommendations. She "expands the scope and practice of economics beyond capitalism and socialism to a new economics in which equity, justice, and environmental sanity prevail..." ~Morris Dees, Co-founder, Southern Poverty Law Center
11/14/08: An associate wrote to me, "As evidence continues to accrue that Obama is another Clinton I see nothing disheartening or discouraging in simply relaying and posting such. If, on the other hand, you have evidence that Obama is really acting in accord with the principles and ideals of VFP and the peace movement, then by all means, post them. I haven't seen such evidence and would gladly welcome it."
I responded: I have evidence of neither absolutely one way or the other. And I appreciate the warnings (I'll call them) about Obama. On the otherhand, doomsayers blaming Obama before we really know anything provide the kind of message that, well, needs to be balanced with corrective, or more complete, or more in context type of information. And I'm one of those people who seem to naturally can't help providing that when noticing the need for it. So, it's not like I'm going to wait until I have Total Knowledge about key people or key points anymore than you will (and thank you). When I pre-emptively post warnings about something, I generally try to have good info, and when I don't I tell people up front to consider the source. Really, I actually do that. I'll even provide a partial disclaimer to that, saying that I'm human, I have bad days, I'm not always as awake as [on] some other days - just like you. Looking at it from a metaphysical point of view: between you and I, we probably provide a kind of balance of info on the SNOW list... [SNOW is Sound Non-Violent Opponents of War, a coalition of peace & justice activist organizations in the Puget Sound (Seattle, WA) area.]
11/12/08: [Written in response to someone emailing that Obama's "winning is due to record donations coming in from the same corporations backing the Republicans":] ... I seem to remember it wasn't actually the *same* list of donors as those buying the republicans, certainly not near the same amount from the same donors... [and] that the difference was significant, if not "pure." And he did get way beyond record percentage, not to mention a relatively high percentage of donations in the very small amounts. ...
NOT TO WORRY - I don't plan to drop my sword (of truth, that is) nor encourage others to do so. And I WANT your feedback. But vetted info is easier to deal with - and of course that includes sites such as Common Ground and TruthOut and so on, but I'm very suspect of the Libertarian-based sites - they seem to just love to exaggerate. Same for some of the socialist sites, which is particularly disappointing, especially when they seem to just want to keep people [ticked] off. Which may work for the hardcore, but I run on a wider mix of fuels (emotions as drives), as do many people on my lists, as do many people that I sincerely want to encourage to get/stay active (without burning them out with guilt/fear/anger/worse).
11/10/08, on the Rahm Emanuel Appointment: ...I agree AIPAC has too much influence, but don't quite see them seeping through every crevice. Meanwhile we shall see how much these appointments actually influence Obama - having taking at least two AIPAC folks out of more powerful positions and putting them next to him... [Added 11/13/08:] Who is obviously no pushover, and who has shown himself to be a very astute poker player. (No one's mentioned anything about his chess skills yet, but I'm betting they're formidable). I'm thinking, certainly hoping, this could be a VERY good thing.
11/10/08, on the Rahm Emanuel Appointment: Obama's appointment of Emanuel need not indicate Obama's position or direction with respect to Israel, or to tactics to be used. The others paint a picture with more dire implications/potentials. Already, we've seen plenty of evidence that Obama can use different tactics. Having read Bill's article, I might like to raise the anti to say that Obama is confident of his abilities to convince thinking men to consider advanced perspectives. And having done so, a most powerful message is sent. Afterall, that is exactly what he did with his election, is it not? Also (as Bill aludes [in article that this comment accompanied]), if Emanuel had succeeded Pelosi, he may have become a most difficult opponent in congress. Now he is close by, and will have to do Obama's bidding. [If this sounds a little like my thoughts about Obama's consideration of General Powell (see 10/31), maybe there's a reason.]
11/10/08: There's one more way those things that I mention at the Brass Resistance Page could come into play. Referring to the "In Context" & "Impeachment Myths" sections. And that's if Obama is assassinated during Bush's watch. (eg: we should never underestimate Karl Rove & the PNAC gang's *continuing* efforts for control of the most powerful military in the world.) Obama's strengthening ties with the Israeli power structure (indicated by his choice of Biden, Immanuel, and some others) might be one way to lock the PNAC/oil boys out. On the other hand, Israel has been playing "little Russia" in the Mid-East region (paranoid, impulsive, & heavy-handed) especially whenever their own fundamentalists are in power. I think they just shifted to much more moderate governance. But that still means potential hair trigger situation with Iran. But less interference with a more pin-pointed campaign to get bin Laden without trying to convince people we are winning any wars on people. Tho he might call it defeating hatred, extremism, and injustice -- wherever or within whomever that may be. AND Obama has talent, of course. And I believe Obama can prevail. [He has to if we are to get beyond this critical period he is taking over the leadership in, and into an Earth-sustaining momentum.] All IMO, of course. Thank you for your support. Prayer couldn't hurt in ANY case.
10/30/08, on O'Bama's pre-election approach: I actually enjoyed O'Bama's 30 minute talk - about OUR potential. Why I say "OUR" potential is illuminated well here: "ENFP and ESTP Personality Types (ie: Obama's & McCain's)" - from a Myers Briggs Personality testor (and husband of 'Terri', a friend of one of my friends). It's a great piece for helping understand who Obama and McCain is, how they work, what makes them tick, and some very likely implications for the next presidency.
IMO, Barack has needed to do what he's been doing in order to get elected. He is the only one around who may open up the dialog -- under the pressure (from *us*) that (I believe / hope) he counts on continuing -- so that accountability for the crimes (many of, at least) will be brought about. He will need protection if he is to accomplish this. He needs a few pentagon experienced friends who will do anything for forgiveness and a chance to prove their real worth. Hence General Powell. He's a tactics man who was over-zealous in his desire to prove, to the point of blindness (I've been there) -- which Rumsfeld recognized long ago, & which Rove & Cheney used to their best advantage. Does he have a conscience? I believe he truly suffers for what he helped bring about. I do know one thing. And that's that McCain would do the Gerald Ford pardon thing for the Bush crew.
As far as Barack (and cabinet choices like Powell), I sure as hell hope I'm right. I feel Barack will be our opportunity - but it's still going to mean a LOT of work from us. And that means our input on Afghanistan/Pakistan - and that dialog I believe he will open up (as planned, IMO, if we do our part).
The thing is, if we don't at least look for the better potentials, we will certainly miss some valuable opportunities. I know that from the personal healing realm of things. And since *society* is the aggregate of the personal... well, you get what I mean.
9/26/08 Prayer Offered [in affirmation style]:
Barack Obama is Communicating w/Clarity -- for the Divine Guidance that is available to him -- Especially on the points that are important -- Clearly & Effectively to all who are watching, listening, and voting in November. Thanks to God/Goddess All That Is for all who are focusing to increase this momentum.