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( "Christopher's Political Page,"   Updated Nov 2015 )

    I add these question-driven pages to the web in faith that more people might better understand how we got where we are, and utilize opportunities to jump in and make things better when we can. I believe that is the heart of applied political psychology (Poly-Psy). Well, LOVE is, but what does that REALLY look like in the world? Hence, PolyPsyArts are intended for Love's application of, by, and for citizens who want the best for everyone. That is, for whom this approach serves -- and there are many pages of variations on the theme at ChaliceBridge.Com
There is an organized set of page section links Just below the intro.

 ( All statements & artwork at PolyPsyArts pages are by Chris Pringer unless otherwise noted. See Author/Site About Page.)

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Introduction
Poly-Psy Arts Logo © 6'08 Christopher Pringer

 
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Whether it's about the political trauma-drama of the Bush years, or about the
current intrigue over the "what change is really next?" tone that emerged in us with President Obama - all providing a test or a vehicle for GETTING BEYOND our usual selves - I figure our basic choices are still these:


* we can focus on what we have done
* we can focus on what is being done
* If it's a test, then we can use it
* we can focus on what we could have done
* we can focus on what we CAN DO from here
* to get where we really want to go!
       Who wants to see that "Hundreth Monkey" effect where enough of us push the rest of us through that threshold? Ok! So... There are a number of pages at this site based in "Pragmatic Idealism" - I BELIEVE that WE CAN GET BEYOND what seems to be the current or impending "Doom & Gloom" scenario orientation, and that "This test" IS the vehicle for doing that - whether one believes that we've created that "vehicle", or that it's been handed to us. (But the *who* that wants to see it ...still has to make it happen.)        For all of those - whether we see politically, socially, or psychologically - there are pages or sections at this site. In spite of tough challenges, we've proven our capacity to learn -- especially to learn to persist in learning. And because we can (inspite of would-be progressives apparently falling back into that sleep habit...). AND if it's true that God intended for us to evolve on this planet - to the point of success - where humans actually get along with each other (while still in human body form) -- then we will evolve through persisting in *learning how* to do that.

In "Awareness-Maintenance"...
       ...Just as in health maintenance, we need both builders and cleansers, to be able to respond healthfully to the input our awareness brings us. That is, we need to get "filled" with things that empower us, and relieved of things that congest, depress, or delude us. Not all those things that we clean out were bad or wrong when they went in. As in the body, the principle of "flow" requires us to keep things moving and refreshed. In awareness, 'flow' keeps us current with the times. Sometimes we need "good" or "positive" news and resources for maintaining our mood and productivity, and sometimes we need to "get real" with the challenges no matter how difficult they may be to take in, or how sad they may make us. Appropriate expression of emotion helps us cleanse, as well as reinforce or re-empower ourselves. That also facilitates integrating and balancing the information. Everyone has a different need for and style of managing those two elements of awareness - building and cleansing - to maintain balance or equilibrium in relationship with our environment, as well as internally. Thereby we can more readily respond appropriately and responsibly to our environment.

'Beliefs in Potential & Transition', 12'08 Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
"Beliefs in Potential «§» Transition"
(Large Version & more on it's symbology)
at World Healing Prayers Page,
also Includes a "Happy New Era" Card
born out of the 2008 momentum & hope for further awakening.

In the dimension of space and time it's not a crime,
maybe part of the design to learn one pace at a time
- even start out blind or tripped in a bind
but learn that we work best (benign)
when we work together. (Sublime?)
AND
getting over the social/capital/commun *isms*
creating what works -- not title-biased schisms -
maybe calling what truly works locally: "Localisms"
or until then, maybe, "Transitionisms"
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One Basis of Positive Change

        As far as the steps that we can take (those covered or referenced here) - it is mostly about what many average individuals CAN DO (as the 2008 election proved CAN work) - taking small but steady steps toward sustainable global health - if only spending 5 minutes a week by each citizen (add 2 minutes to make-up for those who persist in feeling absolutely hopeless about most everything)... and then we could accomplish what ?

    ANYTHING, Baby ! ! smile I said that and meant it years before November 2008!
       This site is not always up to date (particularly since the Bush era), but some of it is ageless Wink. Links here help you find updated information and resources for letters and petitions, activist events, LOTS of long-term-applicable resources, and my own editorial commentary and suggestions for personal and/or community healing on various levels, including how not to burn out (at least not as often, per amount gained).
       For the most current here, there is the site's UPDATE page (PolyPsy section), and the Poly-Psy Arts mailing list. Or try "The Citizen Momentum" page. Postings are are primarily about peace & justice, citizen effectiveness and action resources - local, national, Mid-East. The list's Archives can be sorted as well as effectively searched. You can click here, to join the list (just put "Subscribe" in the subject line, put nothing in the body of the message).
       This site, to paraphrase Mark Satin in describing "3rd Way" politics, attempts to transcend the old political “ism's”, by focusing on the psychocultural roots of our problems, reconciling people to each other's needs, working *together* to meet them. And here and there you'll find my "PolyPsyArt" - my attempts at effective messaging through posters, charts, and other desktop publishing.
 

   "The revolution will not be televised - It will be on Facebook" ! Youth-risings and government shifts in the Mid-East - those kids know what's going on - way ahead of us, in awareness, communications, & action. As our kids learn from our mistakes - in forming new and working governments - maybe we can also learn from them (?) Since Spring 2009, I have posted increasingly at facebook and these usually are not repeated via the Poly-Psy list. Below the main index table is a sample facebook posting - on that graphic most all the links do work for my pages at "fb" (including artwork, notes, links, etc).


 
        There is A LOT at this site on some very long but well organized pages with plenty of section links to help you navigate. Suggestion if/as needed:
brief the whole page first, using the scroll bar (or the mouse wheel), note the parts that stand out for you, then when ready, hop on your choice of links knowing your browser's back button is at hand. Or use the *Open-in-New-Tab* option via right-click. I include this note for those Type-A folks who might feel too spread out and scattered here, since I can't provide them three Type-B's for balance, and making a million small pages out of the long ones didn't seem efficient. laughing

        As for this page, I try not to make it too stiff for a grin now and then. One of my goals is *effective presentation* of useful questions and considerations. I appreciate YOUR FEEDBACK towards helping me achieve/further that goal - via PolyPsyArt@iinet.com.

Collage, "PolyPsyArts @ ChaliceBridge.com", May'09, rev1'10, Chris Pringer

Thank you,
 
Chris Pringer
PolyPsyArt@iinet.com   
 (Doing this page
Since Fall of '97)
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How did a Marine become a Veteran for Peace?
That's the first essay below.
Logo for Veterans For Peace w/URL [Chris Pringer Rev'd]
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Radical Note: Change ('learning') first requires tracking and observing trends - and then developing and accomplishing realistic goals. Of course, observing internal trends (within oneself) and external effects as well, would help a lot. And how might relate this to trust, forgiveness, & tolerance on personal as well as socio-political levels? Interesting that when it comes to politics and politicians, that has been considered "magical thinking." eg: Forgiveness or tolerance doesn't have to rule out accountability, let alone demanding that in/for elected positions. "Something radical?" and even more loftier considerations in "My Love/Hate Relationship with Politics"







CONTENTS  &  LINKS  at  PolyPsyArts                    




On THIS page:
"Politics, Psychology, & ...Mirrors..."

¤ From Marine to Veteran for Peace (Bio)

¤ "The Four Governments"
beliefs, fantasy, & realities - working & not

¤ Notes, Quotes, & Art [2013]
On separate pages:
¤ ISIS / ISIL, Syria & Iraq [NEW 9'14]

¤
HEARTS AND MINDS
for An *Exitable* Strategy for
Afghanistan / Pakistan ( "Tribalistan" )


¤ MID-EAST WARS
& Post 9/11 Reality Chk (mostly Iraq War)
Now OCCUPYing separate pages:
¤
THE WAR ECONOMY,
Responsible Buying & Economic Mgt
,

¤
Voting Systems & Election Issues
Including Instant RunOff Systems & "99%'ers"

¤ Collected Essays on
War-Related Economics & Inequality
On THIS page:
¤ "Memory, Tracking, & Forgiveness"
Credibility and *HOW & When* to Trust

¤ Getting Real About Conspiracies,
belief systems of the power elite, Neo-Con Revival, etc

¤ Handling Conspiracy Theories
"Roberts Rules for Ordered Conspiracy Theories", items unconsidered, "Theory Stacking", etc
On separate pages:
¤
Structure & Dissolving Extremism 101
"Spiritual Battles," Socio-Political Empathy, Attitudinal Healing
Revised (was "Machiavengelicals Exposed" re: abuse of evangelical fervor, rev'd & renamed [2008-'10-'14])

¤
"The Citizen Momentum"
Op-Ed Blog on Current Events, controversy, discussion, & Links (10'08 to Present)  ¤  An *Exitable* Afghani/Pakistan (or "Tribalistan", 4'09 to 3'10) [Page Title was "The Obama Momentum"]
On separate pages:
¤ Vehicle Efficiency Compendium
Global Warming, Issues, Alternatives
Perspectives, Resources, Links


¤
Genetically Engineered Foods

On THIS page:
¤ Socially Responsible Activism

On a separate page
"Poly-Psy & Citizen Health - Discussions & Charts on Political Participation, Empathy, Apathy, & Healing"
Introducing a study in current "Poly-Psy" (not just "Poly-Sci") including 3 graphic flow charts and discussion points,
strategies for the healing & preventative maintenance for our creating & sustaining a working democracy. And Essays about ...
¤   Cause and effect patterns related to conscious choices for sustainable living on the planet (a long term project)
¤   Government Styles (Isms) and the WAR ECONOMY: Designing effective structure & process ('ism's & not), the economy as artform (practical metaphore?)
¤   Clarifying "empathy" (where it's definition has come to be redefined to apply in limited ways and directions)
¤   Relationships in "Beliefs, Paths, & Service": a chart that visually relates various philosophical origins, coping styles, roles in active citizenry...
¤   Overall, this page provide a good intro to the (below linked) "OverComing Political Disillusionment" outline/study.
¤   Favorite Solutions Sites Section
On a separate page
The Political Reference Page
A Would-be Endless Collection of annotated links that document much of the changes in

¤   POWER & IMPLICATIONS, especially as relevant to the history of MID-EAST CONFLICTS,
incl. PNAC, hi-level addictions (drugs, oil, arms, power, & "contractors"); The Case for IMPEACHMENT / Accountability
¤   Responsible Shopping & Investment, CORPORATE REFORM, & Economic Fairness Issues,
  ¤   CIVIL LIBERTIES;   ¤   MEDIA Issues;   ¤   FAVORITE SOLUTION SITES, and more.
¤   VOTING REFORM & Instant RunOff Voting;   ¤   Veterans for Peace & ALTERNATIVES to War
¤   "CHURCH & STATE, Tea Party, & 'Machiavengelicals'"
¤   But don't forget the PolyPsy mailing list Archives and Facebook postings,
and the PolyPsyArts Updates Section (see at right)

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You can find out
WHAT'S NEW at
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at the "Updates" page,
(new, edits, charts, artwork, etc) organized into (4) separate sections: Mind-Body Health,   Artwork,   Poly-Psy,  and 
Misc. Improvements.
On a separate page
Pragmatic Balance
on Mankind Evolving in a Complex World
including " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening ...An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context"
NAMASKARA
("I salute the divinity within you")
And I honor our capacity to rock and roll with life, to see and utilize the opportunities that exist to make things better when we can.
On a separate page
World Healing Prayers Page
on Sacred Geometry Backgrounds
On a separate page
Now (since Nov'08) We know What can be accomplished when more than 40% of Americans feel empowered enough to Vote! Did we create a government that actually represents our highest values?

(Well, if we didn't, practice makes perfect. And...)

"OverComing Political Disillusionment"
Provides an OUTLINE FOR STUDY of UNDERLYING PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS related to:
¤   current political challenges effecting American citizens and our changing government
¤   the basis of democratic participation & the power to make a difference for the world
¤   attitudes, beliefs, and resulting momentums that contradict our self-stated values while pushing us dangerously deeper into denial

"Questions for Healing Disillusionment" (on a separate page)
Has Selected Questions for Consideration regarding how effectively we use the democratic process, or let totalitarian forces rise to destroy it. Includes "Questions for Personal Empowerment," "Development of One Questioning Mind," and "Preventing/Overcoming Burnout for Activists" (a suggested class outline).
Chalice Bridging & CDC Logo 200px, Chris Pringer 2008
On a separate page

Site Map & Organization Chart
and "How and Why this Site Is Different"
A study in Cross-Discipline Knowledge Sharing, Utilization, and a much needed integration of diverse talent - as related to *Chalice-Bridging* on world level.
(includes full-size graphic)




Author/Artist/Editor Contact Info, Copyright, Disclaimer & HomePage Info                   Email Chris at PolyPsyArt@iinet.com
Web Site Support System & Feedback Page                 Site Map & Organization Chart                       Christopher's Personal Page







facebook Postings (2009-10)

Below is a sample facebook posting. The links WORK for the noted articles by Karen Vlahos, as well as for most of the fcbk tabs, the Share link, etc.
(Usually these postings are not repeated via the Poly-Psy Mailing List.)
At Right is a WORKING mock-up of my fcbk *NOTES* block [May'10].

FcBk Links Pg for Christopher Pringer to FcBk Login Page (Anyone's) -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy FcBk NOTES PAGE for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy Links to FcBk PHOTO ALBUM Pg for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy to FcBk LINKS PAGE for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy Subscribe to Christopher Pringer's FcBk Links Tab -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy to FcBk Pg for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy to FcBk Pg for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy to FcBk Pg for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy Links to FcBk Pg for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy to FcBk Pg for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy to FcBk Pg for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy FcBk Links Pg for Christopher Pringer -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy PTSD Killer-Cocktail article -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy Link to Rand-Paul article -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy Link to Bring Home National-Guard article -FcBkLnkPic-PPsy
CP's Notes @ FcBk Armor by Definition and 'Slight of Heart' (?); Apr 21, 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Something new for medicine?; May 8, 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy A Kind of Summary For Pragmatic Balance; Dec 26 2009 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Discussion on Evolution - Is Humanity ONLY 'at the Animal Level'; Jan 1 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Teach The Truth, And Change Will Come From Within; Jan 17 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Feelings, Emotions, Beliefs, Desires, Needs...; Jul 13 2009 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Hearts And Minds for An *Exitable* Strategy for Afghanistan/Pakistan; Mar 28 2010 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Syndicate in Pakistan; Apr 23 2009 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy Re: Obama Should Avoid Bush's Iraq Errors in Dealing With Afghanistan; Apr 13 2009 -FcBkLnkPic2-PPsy
My Comment on the above facebook Posting     [At my fcbk page, 6-07-10]

         [Quoting from the article:] "The number of Guard and reserves as a percentage of the total force in Iraq and Afghanistan has fluctuated over the years. Official estimates in 2005 were at 28 percent; it was about 7 percent in Iraq and 15 percent in Afghanistan at the end of 2008. Manski estimates it's closer to one-third today. ..."
          Remember the report on increased military sign-ups? And we were wondering where our priorities went (and other political psych-outs)... Well, check these stats (from Karen Vlahos's article): "So here is the situation. The secretary of defense ordered, and Congress authorized, an expansion in the size of the Army. But the Army reduced the recruitment goal – and reduced the retention goal. The size of the Army is in fact shrinking. It may look as if it's growing – the Pentagon report gives the impression it's growing – but it's growing only in comparison with the officially set goals."
          Ahhhhhhh! Karl Rove & students are still at work in the smoke & mirrors factory, not to mention the Project for a New American Century [PNAC] (just in case we forgot).
 




         
         
         


 

Politics, Psychology, & Disillusionment

  Used to be subtitled, "Mirrors Work Better Without All the Smoke," between 9'98 to 9'02 --
when we thought all we had to worry about was the burning of politicians for adultery


          This section is composed of two essays and a preface


1) Personal Background and Transition
from studying war and joining the Marine Corps as Viet Nam raged on ...
to political disillusionment, then recovery and activism
including photos, charts, artwork, quotes, references

2) "The Four Governments" - includes the sections,
"Playing the Standards," "Reality Check," and "In Support Of Functional Government"

Preface:

         It's true: before 2008, rarely more than 40% of U.S. citizens have voted in major elections. Barack Obama (and/or the negative reaction to his formers) inspired a wonderful exception. Can you imagine what might be accomplished by five minutes a week spent by every citizen in communicating with their representatives? Some say it would be dangerous for *all* people to be active and voting, that we're not capable of making intelligent choices as a truly democratically participative society. I'm with those that recognize that we've always learned by our mistakes. How else would we actually evolve into an intelligent society over time? I believe that some people don't want us to evolve - thus allowing them to make all our decisions for us, and often for very selfish reasons.
         I would like to thank you for considering the notes and resources here, and my awareness raising habit as a practical way to honor our capacity to rock and roll with life. Please do not use the more critical parts as a means of further disillusionment, but as opportunities to explore some of our challenges. EG: I do my political rabble-rousing so that we might better see and UTILIZE opportunities to jump in and make things better when we can. And I do it to help people recognize where the real power is -[eg: I believe IT/S/HE is within each of us - as channels of God's Love and Light - connecting with others consciously aware of doing/being the same] - and to realize that it takes all of us, trying as best we can, all things considered, to put this to the best and highest use FOR all of us. [And That's as esoteric as it gets on this page. smile ]
         Survival mentality, expressed to the point of promoting economic warfare (while calling it "healthy competition"), and coupled with free-wielding of "pre-emptive" power (while calling it "defense of freedom"), does not a world leader make. We are a society of great influence, and we are capable of fostering much higher values...
         Maybe if we were to ask questions that lead us to ask why we believe what we believe, we would clarify applicable truth(s) from dogma. So long as so many of us act like sheep, the wolves will be happy to lead us (and I was once one of those "sheople" - until a few years after high school anyway). Nazi Germany could not have happened were it not for the sheople (there and elsewhere). Besides, even a wolf pack has great family values - but it's still a wolf pack.

         I have come to have a certain understanding of how our political system operates. That is, as far as how it operates through our belief systems. I didn't say on faith; this is not about just the monetary system. I'm talking about four basic windows that American citizens look through at our socio-political ways and means. I guess for so many years I had never clearly spelled it out even to myself [before 9/'98] - as it is below in "The Four Governments". Unusual? Well, I am a former marine (or ex-Marine but definitely alive laughing as well as honorably discharged), yet one that for years (since 1985 or so) has been creating body-mind integrative tools for self-healing out of blending Gestalt and Buddhist psychology and New Thought principles with therapeutic bodywork. As a therapist that attempts to see the hows and whys of world events, both in science and activism, I will be emphasizing 'perception' and 'FOCUS' in the coming paragraphs.

"Some Causes of Apathy" from a chart at Poly-Psy Citizen Healing Page by Chris Pringer, 2002
...continued after quotes and tables...


Some Quotes

"A democracy exists only when knowledge, pure without influence of power, can exert its force on government and upon a free and knowledgable public, by men responsible to that public. Knowledge does not now have democratic relevance in America."
-- Charles W. Mills in *The Power Elite*


The words below appear on p. 226 of Al Gore's new book, *The Assault on Reason* (2006)

"Should we amend all of the textbooks in America to explain to schoolchildren that what has been taught for more than two centuries about checks and balances is no longer valid? Should we teach them instead that the United States Congress and the courts are merely advisory groups that make suggestions to the president on what the law should be, but that the president is all-powerful and now has the final say on everything? Should we teach them that we are a government of men, not of laws? Should we teach them that we used to be a democracy but now we only pretend to be?"

From pages 112-113 a passage that cuts to the heart of the matter:

"Is it possible that Bush and Cheney truly believed the false assertions they foisted on the American people and our allies? Leonardo da Vinci once wrote, "The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions." And investigative journalist I. F. Stone wrote in A Time of Torment: "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." If Bush and Cheney actually believe in the linkage that they assert in spite of all the evidence to the contrary presented to them contemporaneously - that would would by itself make them genuinely unfit to lead our nation. On the other hand, if they knew the truth and lied, massively and repeatedly, isn't that worse? Are they too gullible or too dishonest?"
[Reminds me of the bumpersticker, "If Hitler were president, would you recognize him?" -cp]
PeaceFlagEarthChalice5a-cr-Adj2a Chris Pringer, 9/11/2010, rev.9'12
"Patriotism Better Defined for 911, v5a" with Ecumenical Logo Set, Balance Scale, Peace Flag, Tree & Flower of Life, Dove & Transition Mandala midground, Intertwined Hearts and Chalice Tapestry 8A1 background", Chris Pringer, 9/11/2010, rev.9'12. At my Art Gallery my artwork can be viewed at full resolution, and is available in framed or canvas prints, greeting cards, & more.

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, as only one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
...Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

Bumpersticker from VFP's national campaign, "How's the War Economy Working for You"
  

One Definition of Insanity (paying for war when peace costs so much less)

  
  

How much is spent on military budgets a year worldwide?
  

How much of this is spent by the U.S.?
  

What percent of US military spending would ensure
the essentials of life to EVERYONE in the world ?
(according the UN, & includes education, of course)
  
  
$900+ billion
  
50%
  

10% (That is about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan in 2002). National Priorities .Org
  
  


      Q1:    "The main rationale for war generally boils down to lack of sustenance" - ie: due to the planet not having sufficient resources ?
      Q2:    "It's about Terrorism" ? Or, how many people would support extremists, IF everyone already had all they needed (basic needs and much more, which obviously could be afforded, were it not for the addiction to arms) ?
      Q3:    About someone's lifestyle, RELIGION, or values being threatening to "our own"?

  


     A1:   The above stats clearly do not support that notion shaking out with Reality. That is, the claim about planetary resources has been a lie, certainly for the last 150 years. In fact, that will only be true if we don't prevent climate change before it has gone on too long. But indeed, poverty and fear-of-lack has almost always provided the basis of war, and/or the excuse of the power-addicted, as well as sufficient circumstance, desparation, and fodder for terrorism.
      A2:    No and very few (not near enough to give cause for the risk). This assumes (after these needs are met) that there would be some amount of cooperative international policing capability, of course, with substantially reduced redundancy (not to mention "over-kill" capacity). When will we realize that EVERY basic *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 (???), since that is when the recruiters will fail to meet the power-brokers' requirements for war-making -- which is much more expensive, ANY way you count it.
      A3:    Any psychologist, let alone anthropologist, will tell you that we cannot survive on this planet without diversity, and thence the respect for it. Scientists will tell you that goes for plant and animal species as well. (Q: Have we not yet learned from politicians who play with religious fervor and the freedom jealousy thing - on the emotions of the emotionally led?   A: One only hopes so!)
      A1-3:    The main point being, *Need* is NOT what motivates war - By about 90% or $800 Billion !!! (per the U.N., pre-Iraq War!) The real cause of war or terrorism is "Desire" by those who don't know when enough is enough (things or power), who don't know the difference between *Need* and *Desire,* and thus fail to deal appropriately with HOW the resources are distributed - and NOT. And to thus continue using problem-solving methods that increase the number and size of problems - is that not one definition of insanity? Vs such as those as could be accomplished by those discussed in "Providing the INFRASTRUCTURE for Cooperation" and the awareness and momentum as garnered by the Bernie Sanders campaign, the Peace Tax Fund legislation (H.R. 2377, originally H.R. 2037 by Senator Hatfield), & via the below links.
     

Do you want to make a difference in the politicized economy? Please consider these VIEWS and RESOURCES as needed (on other pages at this site)
[Parts Added 12'15, 2'16: a) about planetary resource availability in A1; after "When will we realize" in A2; & after "By about 90% or $800 Billion!!!" b) re: "Providing INFRASTRUCTURE..." and Bernie Sanders, Peace Tax Fund in A1-3 c) CostOfWar.Com became NationalPriorities.Org ]
  
Wanna   Get   Back?   (By Bringing us back to Reality, that is ?)
STILL   WANT   YOUR   VOTE   TO   COUNT ?
V O T E     W I T H     Y O U R     D O L L A R !
Please Use These Resources As Needed

Bumpersticker from VFP's national campaign, "How's the War Economy Working for You"


 
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Is that Lancelot? Or YOU with your shining armor, lance, and cloak of truth?" ?
What's WRONG with this picture?
(And, yes, what's also right with it?)

What about how we (most folks) relate to the archetype of Knighthood? And how many people (not just guys) relate that archetype (consciously or unconsciously) to our own self-image as related to military service? (And what about that armor, shining or not? Rolfers and Integrative Bodywork practitioners might have an answer for you, by the way smile with far, far-reaching psychological implications, however.) Granted, I could think of far far worse archetypes for someone bent on going to war - ie: those unassociated with such attributes as chivalry. And what does the "Holy Grail" represent? (more about "Pragmatic Balance" than extremism perhaps?). BIG HINT about that archetype being associated to military service: What if I said Spiritual battles were meant to be fought within? And that the grail legend was / is about recovering balance (and recovering from EXTREMISM) as as essential part of that? (at least eventually through our evolution as humans). [Hence the chalice art at this site, whether for "spiritual" purposes or not.] [Picture by Unknown]

"From Marine to Holistic Practitioner
and Veteran for Peace"
Personal Background and Transition
from Political Disillusionment
to Recovery and Activism

         How did I "convert" from a student of war as an adolescent, later a US Marine, to a student of cooperation, non-violent problem solving, and conscious preventative health maintenance (for individuals, then society)? And without being gay or communist? (I know, that only matters to the Rush Limbaugh crowd. The same people that have "cared" when I clarify that President Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim, by the way. But they (that crowd) probably need to read this story more than anyone.)
 
ImpeachBush Sign
Moi & my own knight's steed and lance (2004) smile
My "lance" being that sign for 3 years, with my adlib patch, "Liars" I applied over the word "Iraq." It did get reactions, including being ripped off or destroyed six times - until 2006, when a suitable replacement for the frame was no longer available. "Veterans for Peace" as a phrase, let alone title, was in itself too much the paradox for many folks.
          I don't know if my telling this story will help anyone else make such a transition (now where's that sign up pad...), but I'm going to share here some of what led me to question authority, to hold signs with others or alone, to invest time in study, vocation, writing, artwork, and creating this web site, to live simply and forego utilizing my talents and resources for those employers, who would pay generously to have me trade in my values, to work for them and that esteemed label: "successful."
          I don't ask any reader to quit a career, donate all their time or money, risk sacrificing their retirement or potential mates, or give up that image of "success" over this (although some related definitions could be looked at). But I might ask the reader to question and weigh, what kinds of things might work best for all concerned. And then I might ask the reader to find his/her best individual place in society (including one's existing workplace, vocation, or religious practice), and the most optimal way to contribute, given one's own talents, capabilities, and resources. God's blessings for whomever any particular religious or spiritual path works - as long as it brings them happiness and enlightenment - without interfering with that of others. Most all such paths do work for some one, and some paths lead to others more useful for all concerned, especially since forced paths tend to backfire sooner or later. IMO (In my opinion - humble or not, as all of this is). I appreciate you for simply visiting these pages.
 

Chris Pringer 'Seriously VFP'
"Seriously VFP" 6'05

One who associated knighthood with militarism in his youth (per the pic & caption at left), and who later was led to revise his belief systems - including as related to service, to service more than just his country, that is. And that story is what this writing is about.
Brother Tony 1975ishBrother Tony 2001
Russian Folk Dancing, Wrestling
High School 1970
         "Our leaders wouldn't be in those offices if they didn't know what they were doing," I said in high school. But that was during the late sixties in Tulsa, Oklahoma, not long before enlisting in the service (1970) --"to save America from the 'Commies'." My oldest brother, Tony, a practitioner of the old male-bonding technique of "shock therapy," began the arduous task of dissuading me from my incredibly naïve perceptions not long after I joined the service.
          I'm not sure if my brother knew what a challenge that would be. As a teenager I had enjoyed the study of military history, battle strategies, the intelligence services (plus every James Bond novel - no kidding! Confused ), and the Russian language (yep, straight A's). Before all that I had built models of most every WWII era fighter and bomber, and was the best stunt man on the block. That is, when "playing army" I could fall 'dead' from the top of our porch, and roll down our concrete steps to the sidewalk. Best die-in on the block, if a bit unsophisticated! You'd think that would've woke me up, but no, this kid was tough. And I always said then that I didn't want to "take the easy way out." Can you imagine what I entertained for future careers? Only my math skills (read: "lack of") saved me from becoming a Marine Corps aviator via the NROTC/Naval Academy.
2 Chris Pringer, MCRD Grad (crp fr/platoon formation) '70
Graduation Day, MCRD, 1970
         My brother, Tony did have to work on me -- I could be incredibly skeptical when it came to maintaining my protective blinders. But, as the black sheep of the family (which I actually knew little of then), he had lost his rose-colored glasses many years before. His hard knocks had come early in life both literal and otherwise, with his tour as an AP (an MP but in the Air Force), even though his "authority issues" were established early on. He had also been a student of history and remains avidly so to this day. Later, he was a labor union leader, an officer in California's CIO, and by the end of the Sixties he had worked with some VERY interesting folks (the extent of either of which activities, I only learned many years later).
         With a great sense of humor, hard earned to survive his sobering experiences, Tony had pretty much succeeded in denting my thick armor of political naïveté. Granted, to accomplish this, it took him practically until I was ending my four-year tour - eventually as a sergeant in the Marine Corps. And I decided more definitely to go on to college - in spite of persistent would-be tantalizing offers to "re-up," including the ever-increasing monetary bonus offers (starting at 10K), a promotion to staff sergeant, and that Russian language training that I requested when I joined. (Back then, the rare telephone/teletype/Crypto technician was sort of the geek of the Marine Corps, got quick promotions, and destined to sit wherever he could best listen to Russian chatter - usually on a submarine.)
Brother Tony 2001
My older brother, Tony 2001
2 Chris Pringer MCASNamPhong SysControl '73-'74
Systems Controller (Comm. troubleshooter)
MCAS Nam Phong, Thailand, 1973
         Tony's denting of my well-honed armour fit right in with my developing informal studies in psychology and conscious awareness. I had begun that just prior to my last year of service (early 1973), when I was still at Nam Phong Marine Corps Air Station in Thailand (/"Nam Phong Royal Thai Air Force Base"). Let me regress...
         Yes, our plane had landed in Viet Nam - in July of '72. Our C-141 parked for an hour on the warm quiet Ben Hoa airstrip. With that one hour having earned those three Viet Nam campaign/service medals (!), we took off for Thailand to serve - safely in tents and screen-walled buildings. Actually, I worked, usually alone, in the only air-conditioned building on the base - troubleshooting for all types of communications on/off base. (Besides, electronic circuitry intimidated me, and while teletypewriters were over half mechanical, they could still be challenging for me. The management level troubleshooting was easier for me.)
          In any case, we techs also supported those F4's and Skyhawks - which flew close support for Marines in South Viet Nam, and which bombed North Viet Nam - and which killed people. And we did this from where we rarely heard, certainly never ducked - anything resembling explosions. Well, except for ocassional very distant mortar practice by the grunts guarding the base.
ChrisPringer@Desk-USMC AirStationNamPhong'73"Mr.Cool" Chris (I rarely wear shades actually)
MCAS Nam Phong, Thailand, 1973

at "Temple Where 50 Thousand People Are Buried" Bankok/Mumbai '72




at Peace Park, Hiroshima '73
Ok, now about those changes in my viewpoints...
         Maybe it was the Thailand tour - where I'd been initiated to some of the strongest "herbal therapy" in the world at that time (ahem) - that finally initiated the break-down of some of those previously 'intransible' barriers in my mind. Apparently I had begun to put two and two together in a more wholistic context, to question how and why many things were juxtaposed (competitively as compared to complementarily, or to just plain working together). And perhaps I began then my realizations of how this questioning may be very important... Hence the dramatic change in my choices of reading material (from war & strategy to psychology, consciousness, spirituality, ...). Not that I would now recommend that 'herbal therapy' without the advice or attendance of a therapist or shaman, but sometimes a wholly new perspective on life really helps to put things in context.

         [[ Ok, I should add something. For really hard-to-get-through brains (such as mine at the time, stuck in a paradigm), a little extraordinary assist may help. Which that 'herbal therapy' did for me at the time. However, things taken too often generally lose their original "break-through" effect. The brain simply adapts. A habit is not a break-through. Once the brain adapts to a usage, nothing changes, no problem is solved, no real learning happens. An apprenticeship and 3 years of study in herbology & nutrition in early 80's (also) helped form a naturopathic perspective on habits: they're best when chosen wisely and set aside when their purpose is met. And we can all learn from the Native Americans who have Shamans for such things - so that the experience is effective for long-term application of insight - not for short-term escape. Weed is not 'as' powerful as some drugs, but still can be effective when used only occasionally, consciously, and purposefully. It is actually very workable in terms of the mood or mode and setting one creates within, the energy levels and where the energy goes, using focused intention to set the experience beforehand (ie: invocation/prayer is very good for that).
But when it's used too often, the brain stops working to cope/navigate with the experiences, it sets up routines, and habits take over. But all that is not to be heeded without first checking with your mentor, spiritual guide, and/or doctor :-) || Ok, back to the bio...]]

before discharge '74
         In any case, at my patient mentor's highest recommendation, I read THE POWER ELITE by Charles W. Mills during my first year of college. To round out my re-education through my college years ('74-'79) I learned a little from subscriptions to political magazines and organization memberships (ok, a lot smile ) including political reformist, energy conservationist, and environmentalist -- all leftist more or less, but socially responsible, and therefore suitable for any good budding therapist type smile . And it's been folks of this level of intellect that have kept me informed ever since (and I include links to a selection of these organizations later down the page) and not the newspapers providing the eighth grade comprehension level.
         
Such subjects were immensely more interesting than the general subject material of the first two years or more of college. But political science as taught there seemed incredibly boring and its practice in the world appeared most discouraging. Ralph Waldo Emerson did leave a political impression on me however, saying that "Laws were made for people who can't think for themselves". (Given his beliefs, one has to ask if he was thinking only of children, or if also of those who believe in such a great amount of religious structure - lest they not be able to trust themselves to maintain a moral lifestyle?) Reading Lao Tsu and other eastern teachers also led me to think deeper and contemplate meaning. In fact, I was impressed as much by broad-context philosophy as by purely political statements. To me, either one had political relevance as well as spiritual relevance. Even on more mundane levels, I have wondered what basic awareness (vrs habit-based non-thinking) might be generated by replacing most/all 'Stop' signs with 'Yield' signs -- not to mention savings in fuel and brake maintenance. I elaborate on that and a few other energy-saving ideas on the "Efficient Vehicle" Page.)

Continued further below - AFTER the "Bring Them Home" Bumpersticker graphic


Knowing Others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self needs strength.  
 
He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perserverance is a sign of will power.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish
is to be eternally present.


  -- Chapter 33 of Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tsu  
 
2 Chris Pringer Drumming @ Arlington NW, GreenLake 5'05
Druming for Arlington NW, May'05
Photo by Dean Rutz, Seattle Times
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The Unmaking of a Marine

          This is my (listener's) summary of the interview of Tyler Boudreau, author of *Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine* (Feral House Publishing). Interviewed by Anne Strainchamps [played 5/20/10 on KUOW, Seattle], this officer, a twelve year veteran on the Marine Corps, resigned his commission due to the Iraq War.

          Boudreaua Remembers a time early in his tour in Iraq, was after a high volume fire ambush, with rpgs, etc, there was this great "Hi" among all the men (he as well) - must have been a result of a combo of adrenalin and the fact that no one got killed. It created a fantasy in the moment that war was not that bad. But some time later "the ambiguity came" with problem of knowing how to go about helping Iraqi's (key part of the mission) when couldn't tell difference between those needing help and those trying to kill them.

          At one point, all Iraqi's carrying a shovel became targets, even though at night many Iraqi's farm at night only, due to power outages, resulting irrigation methods, etc. He eventually realized he had authorized firing on some very likely innocents - was just [in the odds] that this had to be the case. Plus, although the Marine killer instinct was encouraged/instilled, it always attached to noble cause, so that "then it makes sense".

          And when "the mission's nobility" became in doubt, he then noticed "how terrible it is". And because a commander "must love his mission more than his own men" - must be willing to sacrifice some men for the mission. So... when all that changed (having realized his missions had lost their nobility), he felt he had to resign his commission. He doesn't currently rule out armed conflict as a means of dealing with some problems, but is increasingly suspicious of the armed conflicts the US has chosen to engage in.

          Another KUOW interview which caused me some reflection afterwards, was about Jonathon Pieslak, author of *Sound Targets: American Soldiers and the Music in the Iraq War.* "...We hear a bit of the band Drowning Pool, typical of the music favored by troops in Iraq. talks with Jim Fleming about how U.S. forces use music and who they listen to." cp: I remember Pieslak saying something to effect: I just want to underscore the power and influence that music can have..."
          He mentioned something interesting that led him to his wiring music from the Drowning Pool into his earphones (to accelerate the adrenalin hi during battle). That was that his unit, at one point, had to listen to (the unit leader's choice of) songs by Mickey Mouse or The Chipmonks being played over loudspeakers from their vehicles. I'm not sure if this was going on as they rolled through Iraqi towns, or during tense moments, or battle, or what. I can only imagine the effects, if it were being played from military vehicles entering a village, if killing was going on: effects on the soldiers, on Iraqi children, thence on their parents. How often was THAT going on in the Iraq War. Now in Afghanistan? Is that what Pieslak was trying to tell us or warn us about, consciously or unconsciously? Guess we'll need to read the book to make a better assessment.

          eg: PTSD is largely about the contradictions within trauma - things that confuse the psyche so tremendously that it suppresses the memory of the event - "flashbacks" are one way the mind tries to heal itself - attempting to communicate the need for resolution of the contradictions so the persona will know how to properly respond in realtime situations.

          For more stories, see Boots on the Ground - Stories from the War in Iraq: "For many soldiers and Marines, war is not fundamentally about the mission. War is not really about the enemy. It's not even about patriotism. War is about the man to the left and right of you. War is about your buddy. And it's that camaraderie, that esprit de corps that is the glue that holds the U.S. military together. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge – a talk with U.S. soldiers and Marines who served in Iraq about Esprit de Corps."

"The Untold War"

          Nancy Sherman, on the war at home for veterans, dealing with such things as collateral damage (and more) caused personally by themselves, on related psychological incongruencies especially after getting back home, where there is lack of social support systems (that really understand these veterans) for dealing with such things. KUOW description: "The moral standards of war are not the moral standards of civilian life. How do soldiers cope with those differences? The Naval Academy's Nancy Sherman has just published "The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and... " Nancy Sherman is a professor of philosophy at Georgetown University and author of "The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of our Soldiers." Listen to "The Moral Soldier" with KUOW (Seattle) interviewer Ross Reynolds on The Conversation - [originally played March 26, 2010] via the audio file is HERE

"The Untold War" of Viet Nam by Larry Kerschner

         Almost 60,000 Americans died while killing 4,000,000 Vietnamese. Most of those we killed were civilians living in the South Vietnam we supposedly were there to protect. The book “Kill Anything that Moves” by journalist and historian Nick Turse documents at least 400 My Lai-type occurrences during the ten year war in which U.S. troops massacred Vietnamese civilians.
         The Pentagon in this propaganda move would also like us to forget that Richard Nixon criminally sabotaged the Paris peace talks in 1968. There are recordings available in which LBJ calls Nixon's actions treason. Thousands more on both sides died unnecessarily as a result of Nixon's actions.
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         The government would also like us to forget that many people in Vietnam are still dying from unexploded ordnance and the third and fourth-generation effects of Agent Orange. Nineteen million gallons of the lethal herbicide was sprayed over six million acres. Since then an estimated million children have been born with birth defects including children of US personnel who were exposed to Agent Orange.

         Members of the Veterans for Peace have launched an educational campaign to counter the lies and historical misrepresentations coming out of the Pentagon. More complete information can be obtained at www.VietnamFullDisclosure.org.


Bring Our Kids Home Bumper Sticker Blk3x10 ThumPic Bring Our Kids Home Bumper Sticker Blk3x10 ThumPic
These two versions of the "Bring Our Kids/Troops Home Whole" bumpersticker were inspired by the Peace Sign'ed American Flag (photos of the "Peace Flag Honor Guard" further below), and of course, the continuing need to bring our kids/troops home "Whole."

Printable PDFs are available with Full (8.5x11) page(s) of Three (3) B-stickers (each pdf about 3.3 MB in file size)
[Apologies for bad links for weeks prior to 9/16/10]:
ChBullet bumper-sticker WITHOUT VFP Logo           ChBullet bumper-sticker WITH VFP Logo

To download you can right click on the link(s) and then click "save as", if you don't want to open the pdf in your browser
Bring Our Kids Home Bumper Sticker Blk3x10 ThumPic
    The Original version was created in Jan'04 with the logo for Veterans for Peace Chapter 92 over a star-field from the American Flag. EG: we (psychologically astute vets) knew then that the soldiers were being trained differently, and the repeated tour-rotation policy was already being indicated, and how that related to PTSD.
And now (Spring 2010) we find already that more vets of Iraq-Afghanistan have committed suicide than have been killed in combat.
Compare this to the 30+ yrs it took
for Viet Nam vets to reach that statistic (!)

I repeat here (at right) the resource that I put at the vUSPeace Academy pages in 2004, which resource has since been confirmed to be applicable/effective for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
ChBullet Co-Counseling or Re-Evaluation Counseling (REC)
because Listening Can be healing

While Harvey Jackins, the originator, has passed on, Re-Evaluation Counseling has continued to develop and mature into a most valuable, while relatively easy to learn, healing methodology.
For more information, you might use these KEYWORDS in your search engine: Co-Counseling, Re-Evaluation Counseling, Harvey Jackins.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia


Feeling helpless to change something doesn't mean it's not happening. Feeling is only one of the senses determining change, it's causes and effects. One Implication: Disillusionment can result in Denial - for protecting our psyche - until what we feared and denied comes to pass. Finding out facts and acting on them lessens the damage of fear, prevents denial and often also the feared circumstance. Political Implications: You figure it out! But if you add some constructive anger-venting, you can then call all that "Pre-Poly-Psy-ventative Maintenance".     - Chris Pringer


Visit AcupunctureForVets.Org (Seattle- 206 930-1238) or AcuWithoutBorders.Org The number of Clinics in the US is growing!



Chalice OS-5&4aC~ w/PiChaliceB2A5 onCellRing1 onOvalPC1Bk, Framed', sig'd © Chris Pringer 2011,12
 
" 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening..." (7/31/10, ed.9/4/10)
What's that got to do with anything? Think about what it would be like for you in a hospital where the nurses
never came when you cried out in pain because the doctors limited their time with the patients.
Now consider your political leaders as the doctors of your community or nation.
Who was listening when they were elected, or when they just took power?
...when the decisions were made about how resources were distributed?
So, a) how did all that come about, and
b) what are the means and mechanisms for *healing* that?

From the levels that will make a difference, psychologically and socio-politically?
Because the sub-title of the essay is "A story about Language, Relationship, and 'the Body-Mind Split',
An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context". Which sounds complex, but as you read, you'll see
that the learning required to apply the cure is not beyond our capacities at all. The times require it.
And that's what WE have got to do with it - with everything we care about.
 
Bright-3D-Light SyntheSphered (V&H,10Da), &Multi-Vortex(5'12) Chalice 'OutoT'Myst'' sig'd © Chris Pringer June'12


Continued from above
         I'm not sure if it was Mill's book, the philosophy, or the more pragmatic news from the political activist groups that finally topped off my internal conflict. Either way, I found that I needed to reconcile my past participation in the Viet Nam War with newer realizations about it's actual causes, and thence about the hypocrisy and waste of that war. It was a rough time for me psychologically... It was heart-breaking to have the pure (naïve) ideals and amount of faith that I had then in our government and what I believed was practically a *sacred* role in the world, and then to find out that we could fall so far - from being not just "the good guys" on the planet, let alone the teachers of nations. I had more than willingly joined the worlds most professional fighting force -quite willing to die for my government- which I had believed represented the people of my country. Of course, I had identified with my government. I'm sure I was far from alone.

         This is a hint as to why more more Viet Nam vets committed suicide AFTER the war than died in it [not to mention that many vets knew about that noted above under "The Untold War" of Viet Nam by Larry Kerschner]. And I -- who was extremely fortunate to not have killed anyone, let alone seen my buddies killed -- believe that I survived this internal conflict so I could write about the hows and whys of the chasm between what we Americans believe and what we actually do. [The essay page, "Messages," addresses the citizen's equivalent of this conflict in a simple to understand context; "OverComing Disillusionment" is more advanced in consideration of the subject. IF you're a vet, and still reading this, you might want to check out the word-search "Veterans for Peace" - if you're not a member already.] Now I had to cut my own umbilical cord. For this idealist, that meant I now had to find a new *meaningful* path in life. [I wasn't empowered enough then to conceive that I could actually create my own].

         Then came a course I took in the Fall of '78 [Geog. 3253 "Conservation Principles"]... While the class was offered through the Geography curriculum at O.U., it was much more about biology, ecology, environmental science, and the sociology that effected it so critically. We studied the most vital biological interdependence that interconnects every living organism. I found that these truly were the nuts and bolts relationships, as if all organisms and connections were one living matrix throughout the planet (or Gaia). But forget the "if" in that.
         We learned that we only had about 30 years before we could begin to make definite changes related to our environment or else give up any hope of sustaining life on the planet. [Note: 35 years later now, we are behind schedule and fighting hard to maintain what gains we've made. Keyword: "Global Warming." Thank you, Al Gore and so many others for fighting since then to awaken people to this!] Thus I came to see ... Earth would truly seem to be our *Mother*, as the Native Americans have tried (in vain?) to teach us. In my heart I knew that to be true.

          Yes, all this hit me very very deeply, as it dawned on me the contrast of these realizations: the overall political situation on the planet relative to the outlook for the ecology and sustainability of life on the planet. I didn't know what my place in this was, but in this, my first real spiritual-to-pragmatic epiphany, as this began the 3rd phase of my life, including reconciliation for my previous vocation (in the military). I began to feel some connection to what I so needed to find - tangible fullfillment of purpose for my life. And when I heard of the protest going on around Black Fox Nuclear Station at Inola (in NE Oklahoma), I knew I had to help out. In July of '79 I was arrested there, and that began the four or so years of activist work after college. In May of '80 I joined almost a million others around the Pentagon in the name of peace and justice, and was arrested at one of its doors with a number of my Quaker friends. As for many others, Civil Disobedience was only a small part of my growth in those days (graduation of one phase, and initiation of another). A late-blooming hippee was trying to catch up.
Chris Pringer @Black Fox Nuclear Station '79In Line to be arrested at Black Fox Nuclear Station July '79

Chris Getting Face Paint at Pentagon '80
Getting Face Painted before arrest at Pentagon May '80

Chris Pringer @'SanctuarySi' in '84

[above & below] at "Sanctuary Si", Brownsville, TX, 1984. Volunteers helped refugees from Central America find a safe place. Chris mustached, 4 yrs vegan. ( Apparently didn't hurt those sprinter's legs any (15 years later too!) smile)

Chris Pringer @'SanctuarySi' in '84
          At the end of this time (in 1984) I came upon (and was inspired to write down) "The Seven Laws of Change." This had to do with what I decided then were the key elements to change. These laws are actually about personal change, as a prerequisite to any larger scale change. But gee, what's that got to do with this? Wink The 7 Laws are about education in the face of resistance - in the face of human ego, that is.           Can we change the planet? Are we supposed to? Is this a job that God will accomplish through assisting us, if/when we are willing and pliable to His/Her Will, to do it ourselves, as His/Her hands on the planet? Or are we to simply wait and let God and "The Rapture" experience do it 'to' us? (Implying we allow Christian extremists to encourage Armageddon to happen so "Jesus will save us.")
 
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Related Notes, Quotes, & Art
All artwork © by Chris Pringer, PolyPsyArts, unless otherwise noted




Intro-Overview of PolyPsy, Chris Pringer, PolyPsyArts             Intro-Overview of PolyPsy, Chris Pringer, PolyPsyArts
Charts, "Beliefs & Service" & "Intro-Overview of PolyPsy"
at the "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health" page. (More on that further below)




On Heart and Dreaming

"Millions of people are losing faith in the very idea of democracy, and are even in danger of losing heart, because they fear their lives may no longer have any deeper meaning or purpose. But you can't kill hope that easily - not here in America, where a cynic is just a disappointed idealist in disguise, a dreamer yearning to dream again. In every American, no matter how badly betrayed or poorly led, there is always hope." - Al Gore, just prior to becoming vice-president in '94.

'EvolveHumanity', Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Org             AllReligionsLogos&ChScale, Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Org
"Evolving Humanity" and "All-Religions-Logos & Chalice Scale"





On Evolution, War & Peace

          This may come as a shock to some, but before the 60's, there weren't too many people that looked at history and saw anything but conquering and colonizing as the main means of world change - besides a great periods of Art interspersed here and there. Since the sixties, we've been enjoying seeing ourselves as "the good guys," while we politely sneer at the colonialists - British, French, and all those before them. Well, in actuality, there hasn't been much change except our gradually increasing guilt about conquering and colonization. Because we've still been installing "other"s governments every decade or so, and now spent more than a decade in the Middle East. Even while we recognize that testosterone also has a good purpose or two (like any *power*), we still know in our hearts that putting one's foot down doesn't have to mean stomping someone just because you can. But we should recognize that flag-waving at the same time can be confusing.

       On the positive side, many nations' peoples are beginning to get the right/wrong, hopes, expectations, and guilt aspects in place. However, we have still been DOING the same thing - just calling it something else - so the average "civilized" citizen can deny their conscience's call to protest. But first things first when it comes to evolution, right? Of course at this rate, it may be a few hundred years before the average person is disgusted at the notion of conquering a nation to get it's "needs" met - at the time they're in "need". Meanwhile, I'm praying that the citizenry wake up, suffer the inevitable heartbreak, get a hold of ourselves and heal that, AND learn to use our anger constructively; thence get real, get in charge of what we can be proud of, and create much more of same. (Hint: the quotes were intentional.) -yours truly (2004, ed.2012)


          About my first cartoon smile
Where, "At the Rally for World Change, a number of groups of people holding unusual signs converge into a huge circle..." ...by a short essay, "World Change or World of Addiction ?". About "Choices: It may not be about WHAT WE WANT the most, but about WHAT WE BELIEVE IN the most. Some of us might WANT to believe world change can happen. But our other beliefs, born of disillusionment, fear, and shame, may be stronger. What has that, or global peace or sustainability, got to do with addiction?..."
    And how can we turn that into something pro-active and hopefully motivating? More at the "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health..." page. Thank you!
Signs4WorldChange[Cartoon] by Chris Pringer Jan'12
"Signs for World Change" - Chris Pringer Jan'12

          I believe *Peace* does come with a sword - the sword of truth applied in one's own mind to discern applicable reality from that which is not. *Fairness* is just one of the more basic attributes that determine how people get along - in peace, capable of recognizing "greatness." [from "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at Evolution Trends Page which includes refs to (the law of) karma, reincarnation, and the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.]

          All things considered, particularly those noted in the intro... if GREAT changes do [did] occur *in* year 2012 - compared to the years before and after - it will definitely be a threshold effect (and surprising to most people, including myself.) [Indeed, if they did, it was subtle, inspirational, and perhaps only beginning to manifest effects - ie: in Bernie Sander's building and coalescing of awareness in many of our youth, in the significantly greater applications of climate awareness. -cp 6'16] I do believe 2012 IS [was] a likely time limit upon the *beginning* of earnest changes required for even the later. Have we *earnestly* begun those changes yet? Depends on one's perspective, of course... - cp, June'11, Jan'12] I believe in the "100th Monkey" threshold effect, where, in this case, what we might now call "Miracles" would be (events) described simply by enough of us beginning and/or continuing to do what we know in conscience that we need to do - until that threshold effect makes it relevant to us that we have brought the rest of humanity on board the Earth Steward Ship. [- cp, Dec'11]




On Guns & Drugs

          GUNS: You may've noticed the 'Expert' medals (rifle & pistol) in the "before discharge" pic above. That's above the Marksman rating required for graduating from USMC boot camp. Well, at 16 I could ding a turtle's nose at 50 feet with a pellet gun. I believe that if you can't hit what you're shooting at in four rounds (since it takes only two to set your sight and the 3rd should be on, 4 if you're nervous), then you need to break off, at least long enough to load another clip - of only four rounds, preferably. Otherwise you're probably a danger to others. Only four rounds? Yes, since I haven't heard of any Canadian's homes being overrun by police or drug lords, unless they were also drug-focused. Or even of American's homes unless they were using their arsenal on others or virtually bragging about plans to. But Americans need hi-powered weapons and thousands of rounds for protection? Maybe from the afore-mentioned? Which implies what? EG: I believe in regulation of ammo in the biggest way, not to mention of weapons, and certainly of which people are allowed to use them. And, by the way, I think that at least that turtle lived a very long and careful life, in spite of my regrettable arrogance with wildlife in those days. [- cp, Jan'13]

          Well, guns & drugs often go together, so will just follow the above with...    

          DRUGGING: In addition to my thoughts in the previous section on "herbal therapy", I've come to have some on sports-related applications, as well as on those for sexual enhancement. In my youth I was disheartened to find out that not all the Tulsa Oilers football team members were from Tulsa. Dunno I know, but I took the name AND the loyalty ascribed -quite literally- for it's word. Over that bit of disillusionment eventually, I felt I could at least count on team athletics to be a competition between athlete's. And I still feel that's the way it should be. Not between the pharmaceutical effect on one athlete vs the pharmaceutical effect on another. Or worse, one pharmacy's *product* against another's, which, for all I know, that's what it may come down to, wearing the logo of their brand of fuel - just like the race cars at the track.
          Ok, now from there you may begin to imagine how I feel about the use of drugs for sexual-enhancement. It's not like they aren't addicting, you know, and so you know what that means, right? Or maybe you can't imagine and don't know, because for one thing, isn't it rather interesting that those who are so widely known to, even expected to, get so tremendously animated in their expression of virility while watching sports events, especially in the bars, are the ones who get most of the advertising for sexual enhancement directed towards them? Well, put all that together and tell me what virility, in sports or the bedroom, is going to mean in 25 or 30 years. I mean as related to hormones and neurotransmitters, emotional equilibrium, genetics and our progeny, and not just profits for the pharmaceutical industry. [- cp, Jan'13]

          Related: "herbal therapy" on this page, "Drugs & Myths" at the "Citizen Momentum" page (Dec'13), "Notes on Addiction" at the "Goal Chart" page, and (if you enjoy a more technical perspective as well as one about human potential): "A Summary 'On Point' & some added prognostications" (Dec'13), a sub-section of "The Role of Intuition Coming Home and Recovering the Holy Grail" at the "Evo-Trends" page. You can also use the search engine at the bottom of any page at this site, using keyword, "addict" for related articles or notes at ChaliceBridge.Com.

          If we are enjoying going beyond my attempt at "short answers" here, going for a WHOLE HEALTH approach to the maturation of society, well...
          There are more than a few pages at Chalice Bridge that focus on that, including those that focus on the psycho-social community applications, and that might begin at "Poly-Psy & Citizen Health, Recovering Democracy" - Problems & Solutions for Discussion, a look at current citizen roles, beliefs, coping styles, and choices - for society's waking up, healing itself, and recovering Democracy, with charts for connecting the dots for contextual concept illustration. [And how's that for a $2 string of words! Huh But I'm actually serious here.]
          And who says that IQ has anything to do with EQ (emotional intelligence), or that communications has anything to do with it - or with cultural beliefs, or international relations? Some thoughts about that at " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split".
          As for how to determine WHO is more susceptible to violent crime (on the personal level as well as political), I sure would like to have considered the Fascia Memory Theory. The Fascia Memory Project overview chart denotes and describes one of the project's primary objectives in "corrections"-based rehabilitation.

          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? (ok, I won't hold you in suspense - 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 (via the Rapture angle) 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.

          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).

          I have an even more difficult time trusting someone who would "train" or condition others in his charge to be rescued - by a policy that is obviously designed to either bring on such an Armageddon or actually accomplish the ideal end of imperialism - world conquest.

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"Four Understandings" - or "Questions for Working Together" (our karma)
- Chris Pringer, 2014

          I admit it, during the GulfWarI period I had dropped back into a political malaise due in great part to my spiritual callings. That was when I was intensely focused on my professional training and primary learning in that realm - wherein I hoped to facilitate awareness one person at a time. Until the Clinton/Gore election in '94, when Gore reinitiated the bond between my spiritual and political paths with the statement about faith and hope that I quote just below.

          After that my political awareness began a come-back with the Christian Science Monitor, NPR, and the internet (-not a bad balance for a broad beam, eh?). The awareness initiated then, however, was more socio-political than political.

          Naïvete not fully given up yet, I was embarrassed (as well as pained) to find out so much later (in 2002, when doing my homework on the Bush Cabal) about the incredible damage, even genocide, brought on by the sanctions put on Iraq after GWI, and maintained by the Clinton/Gore administration - with insufficiently mitigating circumstances, it would seem.

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Dove Over Earth Chalice
Long name: "Dove & Chalice-Vortex Over Earth" © Chris Pringer July'12
This is my 4th of July piece for 2012. I know, "where's the fireworks?!"
But what about those that happen internally, after fighting spiritual battles internally... and with each step of hard-gained resolution, an increase in radiating magnetic streamers that emblazon one's heart, and increase that blazing outward to remind others' hearts & minds of their natural inner-luminance and Spirit, and so further lighting those fires... (!?!) This is one of the pieces at my Art Gallery where it can be viewed at full resolution, and is available in framed or canvas prints, greeting cards, & more


          A more direct story about how I began to question authority (actively, beginning in 1979) "The Development of One Questioning Mind" (on a another page at this site) became my pre-sentencing statement which I read for the judge at the trial of the "Seattle 12," March 2003.

          The current political mess told me that many people today are as naïve about as many things as I was. Reading the media on the other hand (more than just between the lines), requires skepticism like never before - even persistent research - but can go a long way.

          In the end, I trust the Love and Will of God to prevail (that we learn what that is and give over our own will (ego) to that, to I AM THAT I AM, THAT IS.) In the meantime 'the little will of men' (referring in part to "The Great Invocation" below) offer opportunities for the growth of our souls.

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The Great Invocation

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descent on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.


'GettingSuper-Thm-144px.jpg' by Christopher Pringer, May'11
"Getting Super" Visual Affirmation

Based on the power of the mind towards psycho-neuro-immune enhancement, with the strategy of *Re-Organization* of our systems and their cellular realignment and balance towards optimal health.

Seems a good place to interject something a little "MORE CURRENT" ?   (well, before things more timeless):
   ISIS / ISIL, Syria & Iraq

[NEW September 2014] 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'"
 
   the Poly-Psy Citizen Momentum page

for Posts on Current Events, with dated, ref-linked commentary on the Obama Administration's Middle-East Policy as well as domestic security policy, copied from a selection of applicable posts (by the editor of this page, Christopher Pringer) at facebook and on the Poly-Psy Spirit Mailing List. The latter links to the list archives which include posts and commentary on many other current topics as well.
 
   "Thresholds, Changing Trends, and Learning from Extremism" at the page, "New Information & Facilitating Paradigm Shift Potential." Initiating with a slightly eclectic introduction, the writing provides a fair amount of the scholastics and background research on "Threshold Effect"," and "Classic threshold models - the two most pertainent - as well as a few related uses for this variable that is useful for recognizing, assessing, and predicting key events and trends in processes. Trends being the operant word, since the current times 2015-2016 have been especially remarkable for their unpredictability. Also includes a pertainant review of Granovetter's model in Malcolm Gladwell's article, "Thresholds Of Violence" -- about the "school-shooting epidemic," "The Power of Context" and "The Tipping Point." As well as some implications - but with considerations for practical application, including for how to take all this in - AND references, including an extensive list copied from the Wikipedia page on Conscience. Finishes up with a summary assembly of context usages of "threshold effect" at the site. [New, June 2016]


 



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The Four Governments
The "Fantasy," the "Masked," the "Elected," and the "True" [4'99, ed.11'08]



         One could say that there are actually four main governments that operate through our political system. (Notice that the word used here is "operate" and not "work.") These four governments pervade all levels of politics and actual government function, and exist THROUGH the belief systems of citizens. However, they do not all function as we might want to believe they do. Actually, they function partly in fantasy, much of it in disguise, too often in disjunction, largely by default in lieu of citizen participation, and intermittently in mysterious (perhaps miraculous) efficiency.

         The first is the government of the representative and democratic government that many of us learned to expect from those we elect - a fairy tale we would all like to believe in. Please let me clarify: There is a difference between the (functional) holding up of ideals in order to then, step by checked-upon step, create realistic priorities and goals, and the (dysfunctional) holding of ideals and then merely proceeding as if they are already realized. Obviously, the latter feels good but gets nothing done, and the former only works when the ideals are converted into something pragmatic and then implemented. On the other hand, it actually IS representative since it also represents the non-voting, the un-seeing, and the insincere that exists among us. I'll refer to it as the "Fantasy Government."

         The second government is that which governs those we elect when the people are fantasizing about the first government or just too often looking elsewhere. I refer directly to the power elite, which I'll call the "Masked" government, and yes it exists and definitely functions. "It" doesn't use conspiracy necessarily -- but with various and sundry, at times conflicting, but still very highly defined sets of agendas. A currently exposed example would be the tobacco industry. It is a powerful executor of only one agenda perhaps, but the precedents being set with this special interest are part of the agendas of many other special interests, who together will take as much of our financial capacity, our health, and certainly our power as we let them.
         [Of course, the tobacco industry had little effect compared to that of the military industrial complex, the extent of which no president has been able to disengage. And to blame Obama (or even Bernie) for not doing so as he facilitates the changes he can, while so many citizens sit back and let him try to do it *by himself*... well, that's playing into the hands of the masked government, isn't it? - Oct'15]

          The third government is the body of politicians that we have elected, and which actually carry out government functions - more or less. I don't feel I need to say much about this the "Elected government," since it is what generates and fills most of our political media nowadays. The confusion that we experience (focusing on them), as we try to figure what they are really doing, is where the "smoke and mirrors" tricks work their magic on us.

         Just how much of that can you take before you get brain-dead dizzy and tuning out, if not consciously disillusioned and ticked off? And do you think this might have tended to effect one's memory after awhile -- until now as you read this, that is ? [Ok, I'm really trying to put a positive twist on this, .. Did I emphasize 'perception' or 'FOCUS' yet?]

          The fourth government is the conscious awareness and action of the citizenry when it is being truly responsible, by such as insuring that we elect and maintain people of integrity in office. Just how real this government is varies. I call it the "True" government, to the degree we are motivated in being ourselves and acting cooperatively, maybe even consistently, and manifesting our highest dreams and hearts' desires. Sometimes we see it happening, too often it seems we haven't.



Gods Like Peeps Who Make Them - Zora Neal Hurston, AmericanHumanist.Org
"Gods always behave like the people who make them." - Zora Neal Hurston for AmericanHumanist.Org


People Vs 'TheMoney'
"We have the people behind us. They have the money. And at the end of the day, the people will be stronger than the money." - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)


PeaceFlagEarthChalice&Scale&MtiVtxCh2A2onCh8A1Bk-477px.jpg, Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Org
"Peace-Flag Earth-Chalice & Scale"
At my Art Gallery my artwork can be viewed at full resolution, and is available in framed or canvas prints, greeting cards, & more
  Responsibility is the ability to respond to need, the willingness to do so, and the acceptance of the results and implications that come from our response. - Philip Levine.


'Those' Trade Agreements
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Money Out, Bernie In
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           Right now the focus is on the images of the Elected since too few people know much (if any) of the reality of the Masked, too many are disillusioned from still trying to see the Fantasy, and not enough people make time to learn about and perform the duties of the True. While the Elected are generally _very_ knowledgeable about all four governments, they most enjoy the ignorance of the True (with sad but applicable irony in those words), and they thereby enjoy the rewards from the Masked. They have thus developed the double standards that citizens have been increasingly exposed to over the last three decades. But until one understands the extent and ramifications of the power elite's hold on the elected officials, we will continue to be dumb-founded by the events and decisions that come from the Elected.
         [[ 'We' meaning those of us who haven't resigned to the sheople's conspiracy theory - that it's safer for our ego, feelings, blood pressure, and overall safety, to believe it's useless and painful for us to believe we can or should make a difference. That it matters when those in charge of our health system are pressured to follow the political line vs what science has shown to be valid - a theocratic political line, at that.
         [-- Remember, this essay was written in '99. Since then, the contrast between the Bush & Obama administrations plus the economic throes, has awoken many to the worst of this, particularly the long-denied class-war, but also led many to further disillusionment. -3'15]]


         What I'm trying to say here is, it's all about -!-and REALIZING that it's all about-!- BELIEFS. Beliefs about who gets to be in charge, of things like structure and security, authority and empowerment, worthiness and fullfillment of purpose, and when, why, how, and how much, as instilled by the micro-culture, as well as the culture, that we grew up in. The CHANGE of anything is all about BELIEFS and how they are formed and what they are formed of. Only a few years ago did I begin to realize -- and appreciate somewhat -- how unusual this view might be. More importantly, how many others might benefit by considering these perspectives. But that's another story. Paradigm shift tension, anyone? How much are we ready for? (But doesn't every writer asks that question - or just those who want us to "bridge" - to encourage exploration of our potentials and what we perceive as our limitations?)


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         And yet another story I've come upon: *What the Bleep Do We Know* - ESPECIALLY the MUCH expanded, "Down the Rabbit Hole" version (book, DVD, etc) expands exactly on the core of this matter (beliefs, consciousness, and change), although it doesn't take it political
 

REALITY CHECK
("The Four Governments..." Continued)

         Admittedly, I held lots of hope for the Elected man who seemed to be able to intelligently and thoughtfully explain most any political event or socio-political condition if one followed his logic long enough. I never liked sound-byte psychology anyway. He does make sense when he's not trying to please too many interests, or too many women. The latter subject brings in specific focus on that double standard so highly preserved by the Elected.

         Will we cure this by a cry for "heroes" at the Elected? But, in say the last half-century, have we been electing representatives more for doing their jobs or more for looking good? How come IMAGE is continuing to be the primary focus even in this age of sophistication, even as we decry the all too apparent priority of it? Now we're back to the Fantasy with added delusions of changing it ! Do not such priorities empower the Fantasy and leave the Elected to be puppeteered by the Masked? The power elite depend on the Fantasy to keep the double standard operating (to a sufficient degree) in the Elected officials, of course. If I were a smart power elitist, the Fantasy is what I'd invent if it didn't already exist. Can we deny that the law of supply and demand has produced goods relevant to our priorities, as expressed by how we vote? And what about how we vote with our money? Where the True government is not doing its job, the Masked government will gladly step in.

 


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PFCG @ 2010 Solstice Parade -by Hunter Ji
Peace Flag Color Guard (Jim Johnson & Chris Pringer shown) at 2010 Freemont Solstice Parade, Seattle -Photo by Hunter Ji @Flikr

The biggest difference between the Russians and Americans was that Russians recognized that "the Party Line" was propaganda from the ruling elite, and Americans who receive "the Mainstream Press" fail to recognize it as "propaganda from the ruling elite" and mistake it for "reality."
          - Bill Moyers

"I shall give a propagandist cause for starting the war. Never mind whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked, later on, whether he told the truth or not. In starting and waging a war, it is not Right that matters but Victory. Have no pity. Adopt a brutal attitude... Right is on the side of the strongest."
          - Adolph Hitler

...So long as most of us are sheep (and I was once one of those "sheople"), the wolves will be happy to lead us. Nazi Germany could not have happened were it not for the sheople. Besides, even a wolf pack has great family values. But it's still a wolf pack. Survival mentality coupled with too much power does not a world leader make. We are a society of great influence, and we are capable of fostering much higher values. ...After Iraq, who is Bush going to nag us about destroying for not meeting up to "our values"? Will it be the innocent people of another resource-rich nation - that is ruled by one of the other tyrants installed by the U.S?
         - yours truly

"Darwinism stresses conflict and competition; that doesn't square with the evidence. A lot of organisms that survive are in no sense superior to those that have gone extinct. It's not a question of being "better than"; it's simply a matter of finding a place where you can be yourself. That's what evolution is about. That's why you can see it as a dance. It's not going anywhere, it's simply exploring a space of possibilities."
          - Brian Goodwin, Biologist,
              quoted in The Third Culture, by John Brockman
 





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PLAYING THE STANDARDS
("The Four Governments..." Continued)

         But we HAVE created a Fantasy government in recent years - psychologically speaking. If we are astute, and pay close attention -- not to the image hype, but to the bottom lines, we will see the strategy of the Masked be un-masked. We've been taken in by the lights and mirrors, but the horse and donkey show might just disgust us enough to draw back and see the stage and the whole panorama of gamery. [I may be stepping in a little deep here...] During the Clinton Administration the Masked and Elected had willingly cooperated to assist in highlighting the double-standard. This is a rare event (prior to 1992), so apparently they will do this only for critical reasons, and therefore only in specific directions. For this to happen, the official(s) at gun point would really have to go against the current of the Elected and Masked's agendas. Such agendas INCLUDE immorality and the double-standard in the ranks of the Elected, therefore the immorality of an elected official would not at all, just by itself, bring down this kind of fire power...


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See No Evil...
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Peace Flag Color Guard (Jim Johnson, Chris Pringer, John Johnson) at 2010 Freemont Solstice Parade, Seattle -Photo by "Homebase" @Flikr]
 

On Success & the Sound Bite

Ok, you may have to re-read the above paragraph slowly; this is not 8th grade level now, although I do believe some folks have benefited from so many people reading at that level. This is why sound-bite media has been such a success... E.G.: Emotional manipulation of attention and focus and buying power has paid off by bending the public's integrity sufficiently to divert and/or sap resources to the pockets of those who, for one thing, care not for your health or happiness, let alone for your pain. For another, they pay the unawakened or apathetic to complete surveys so they can manipulate the public better. And worst of all, they would have you believe that having material wealth is a sign of success -- to the extent that they have influenced people (via their messages in the media) to believe that the expertise in manipulating for such success is now an estimable talent along the way, if not a worthy value in itself.]

         I'm not just talking about the relatively minor and short-lived instances regarding some congressional representatives. I'm talking about a tremendous budget assigned to keep certain officials incapacitated, and to keep secret files secret. What? Think back (the 4 years before the 1992 election) to the brief but startling stories of the post-cold-war intelligence community: stories about the spies that would be out of work, the changes in power, and the various related events and investigations. How would a new administration investigate such complex power interplay? Remember those FBI files that somehow got linked with the Whitewater affair? And now, since 1992, we've seen the exposure (blackmailing?) of five or more congressmen in a season, then a few more every season up to the current times.
         [Remember, this was written before the Neo-Cons of the military industrial complex (via the Rove'n Bush crew) made it known they could legally disappear discontents (via the Patriot Act) to Guantanamo or elsewhere, not to mention use Fox News to make it "right."] You might be interested to take a look at 'CovertAction Quarterly' (Exposés -- recommended by Noam Chomsky)


         Hmmm, Riddle: What is one relationship between one of the Y2K presidential candidates, current (post Y2K election) efforts in election reform (if not terribly focused campaign reform just yet), and the pre-1992 highest level management of the CIA ? What has this got to do with the above paragraph ? Hint 1: this could be a perfect example of what I said earlier -- about disillusionment, tuning out, and memory. Hint 2: the phrase, "Keep it in the Family" ? Did I emphasize 'perception,' 'memory,' or 'FOCUS' yet? Wink)


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President Jimmy Carter On Bribery & Oligarchy
President Jimmy Carter On Bribery & Oligarchy (Thank you, Jon Schwarz)

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Money & Politics at BillMoyers.com
         Is the elitist double standard so different from the "norm"? Could there be a relation? This quote might remind us:

" The five rules of the world...
          The first rule...is that you must not have *any*thing wrong with you or anything different. The second one is that if you do have something wrong with you, you must get over it as soon as possible. The third rule is that if you can't get over it, you must pretend that you have. The fourth rule is that if you can't even pretend that you have, you shouldn't show up. You should stay home, because it's hard for everyone else to have you around. And the fifth rule is that if you are going to insist on showing up, you should at least have the decency to be ashamed...
....the most subversive, revolutionary thing I could do was to show up for my life and not be ashamed."
         -- from the book, Operating Instructions - by Anne Lamott





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IN SUPPORT OF FUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT
("The Four Governments..." Continued)


         Believe it or not, from the view of people who believe more in overall health and well-being (via quality of sustained natural resource management as well as care for the handicapped, youth, and aged), President (Bill) Clinton had been acting quite often as a representative of the True government (The fourth of "The Four Governments," the conscious awareness and action of the citizenry when it is being truly responsible, that which insures we elect and maintain people of integrity in office). These objectives meet long-term goals and honor the capabilities of humanity. The grand exception to this was his considerable support of programs, falling into the hands of, and used instrumentally by, the World Trade Organization. Internationally, the sanctions on Iraq created a disaster. But otherwise...

       
This is to contrast with efforts that unabashedly worsen the much lowered quality of food and water, sell products that obviously addict our own children to an unhealthy lifestyle which also leads to disease and an earlier and painful death, sell products to other countries we've outlawed here (including dangerous fertilizers and pesticides for crops and many unapproved/faulty medical drugs and supplies!), and addict those countries to feeding our addictions (tobacco, sugar, coffee, beef, and even cocaine when a war "justifies" it) at the expense of using up land that could otherwise feed the people of those countries. And when such interests need more, they so quickly have had legislation (e.g.: "Corporate Welfare") written and/or added as riders to take it. All to feed the media driven "needs" (desires, that is) for immediate gratification and then comes the political entertainment show with their crisis management -- negative cycles indicative of our short-sightedness.

         Maybe their calling Bill Clinton a whore wasn't inaccurate (any more than the pot calling the kettle black), but while they steal the peoples money through the prostitution of our ideals of fairness, not to mention of tax-paid resources ?  And these people called Clinton's actions egregious, relative to the governing of our nation. This is the sort of thing that makes many wonder about conspiracies.
         Would you rather have your sons and daughters emulating someone who got blown (away?) and even of denying it afterwards, or emulating someone who got away with billions of dollars, the eradication of tens of thousands of jobs and/or the means of workers to feed, house, clothe, and clean themselves (by making useless or non-existent their water and farmland), and then saying this is how we have to do business in America and abroad?

         One of my friends got nailed on the abortion issue for wearing an Obama button at a Catholic service. She's Catholic, and like her detractor, also abhors abortion as well as other kinds of killing. We decided that the next time this happens she agree with the person, but include more detail about the other kinds of killing she hates. EG: the killing of soldiers, both "our own" and those our political leaders have deemed (sometimes in most questionable ways) as "enemies," and especially their families, the torture of same, the resultant life-long suffering of soldiers' due to PTSD and the now ever-increasing number of suicides - especially as a result of the political pit-bulling of our (and "their") kids. And wouldn't it be great if we could get a political leader who would stand against all of those. And of Course, Obama isn't "pro-abortion" but pro-choice, and life and death issues are just not as simple as some politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe. [11'08]
Forgiveness & Trust 300px, PolyPsyArts 2009
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The Above is a summary on selected family values - as might be applied in current politics. Below that is another version of that would-be policy - in actual window bumpersticker art (most of it had been in my window for 2-4 years when photo taken, 2009. Now there's a more compact combination of the above and below (2010).)

Window Signage Jan'09 300px, PolyPsyArts 2009
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Peace Flag Earth Chalice 3a, Chris Pringer, June 2010, ChaliceBridge.Com
"Peace Flag Earth Chalice 3a" by Chris Pringer, June 2010, ChaliceBridge.Com

Trends, Memory, Tracking, Credibility, and Forgiveness
Oh, and Trust (or "Discrimination):
Whether, When, or How to have Expectations of Accountability")

         Any professor of political science will tell you that politicians know that the average citizen's political memory is very short. (Two weeks is the estimated average time period for that, according to professors of political psychology). Perhaps this is due to how distastefully most of us perceive politics in general. Change ('learning') on a community or national level first requires tracking and observing trends - and then developing and accomplishing realistic goals. Of course, observing internal trends (within oneself as well as within ones community or nation) and external effects as well, would help a lot. Too bad that that when it comes to politics and politicians, that's considered "magical thinking" these days. In any case, it's probably safe to say that short memory would be, and has been, a favorite reality of those politicians who specialize in manipulation.
          Forgiveness (or lack thereof) effects memory, and that effects tracking (and basic observing/comparing of trends, events, etc. Experiment with that for yourself if you don't believe it - the worst thing you could cause is feeling guilty for lightening your load smile ). The desire for so many Americans to believe they are "the good guys" (so dangerous when felt as vital to self-esteem no matter what the cost) also relates to self forgiveness and effects perception of events, not to mention memory/tracking.

What constitutes FORGIVENESS?

      Blind acquiescence? Well, of course not. Why would it be said that forgiveness is divine were it not challenging, and yet something that we mortals can learn more and more about. Teaching structure to children requires forgiveness, yet a certain amount of structure must be taught. A child is not deemed dependable [latter to become 'trustworthy'] without a certain degree of understanding of the structure.

"TRUST" might be the keyword here.
      We may forgive a child or even an adult for trespassing a boundary, but that does not mean we teach them effectively by trusting them too quickly - until we know the lessen is learned. Hence, forgiveness does not necessarily imply trust, and memory serves well with patience until a lessen is learned. [more on trust at bottom of 2nd column]

      One apparenly common mechanism for survival (particularly in childhood, [and not recommended in any case]) for having endured traumatic events (or extended intolerable conditions), is by creating a coping mechanism that includes a "martyr triangle" (a set of revolving roles of Rescuer, Victim, & Persecutor), which mechanism necessitates a process of denial of that pattern in order to maintain it. But the process of healing usually encounters tremendous guilt (taught to the victim by the original persecutors before the victim was mature enough to recognise it). But before such forgiveness is accomplished (not for oneself, but for the persecutors), one need process the events that led one to create the coping mechanism. And then one no longer perpetrates that triangle pattern of events on others. Which pattern (prior to healing) generally makes it easy to project divine attributes on those one may rescue, then feel a victim of, then persecute, while denying the reality of the whole process. Of course, the "simplest" sense is rarely simple in the depth of reality.

      Although one may feel the need to forgive individuals who take advantage... the process of trust can be a more practical matter. ie: Social progressives generally agree that punishment/ rehabilitation should fit the person, and not just "the crime." The cost of fairly determining, as well as providing, the re-schooling for an individual is bottom line of the argument against that position generally. "Forgiveness" for genocide by a world leader teaches no one anything of lasting value, except how to get away with high-class crime, and yet some progressives say we need to "get on with" government. Preventative maintenance in societal health thus suffers, and the next generations pay the price.

      Which requires a price, but doing otherwise costs more: If one wants to improve a situation one is actually in (not a dream world where we want to be) one must begin where one is, and step by step transition one's environment - which always includes others who's process need be considered as well. Trying to make forgiveness a simple act is part and parcel with the nature of denial that led to the acts currently to be forgiven. Forgiving is not forgetting, trust is not denial, and compassion truly learned always requires painful effort in the experience of learning.

         Suspension of memory to some degree, is also a key element in brainwashing, since this largely determines how we make decisions - about voting for example. This pertains to memory of "facts," of events that more obviously imply contrary facts, or of strong feelings born out of events (because for some people, the emotional memory is the means of access for how they will make decisions about many things). It also pertains to more subtle feelings that have yet to consciously give rise to facts as obviously contrary. The desire for so many Americans to believe they are "the good guys" (so dangerous when felt as vital to self-esteem no matter what the cost) also effects memory; for some it may be so strong to also effect perception in the first place. Note: It wouldn't hurt to take mental notes if not keep an outline journal (ie: events & dates) with the initiation of any new administration.

    Ahhh, is so polite to forget. We might think so. It is healthy to forgive, but forgetting can be dangerous. Like when forgetting becomes denial. Treatment summary: 1) Remember the whole emotional ordeal (including any denial), 2) forgive (including any denial), 3) create appropriate response for circumstances that led to the previous denial, 4) celebrate having alternatives ready for the future, 5) consider how this might be applied to group situations (including politics and denial of ...). Ok, I ad-libed for the last one. Sometimes others' unworthiness for trust is the biggy, or even forgiving self for trusting (at that time). But if you can't trust anyone for EVERYthing, or EVERYone for anything, maybe it's not so much about *who* to trust. Maybe, more usefully, it's about who to trust for what, and what to trust from whom. Sometimes others' unworthiness for trust is the biggy, or even forgiving self for trusting (at that time). But since you can't trust anyone for EVERYthing, or EVERYone for anything, then maybe it's NOT so much about *WHO* to trust. Maybe, more usefully, it's actually about who to trust for what, and what to trust from whom.

         Memory of the basic sequence of events, and their basic cause and effect relationships (or "Tracking"), is not a terribly difficult thing to manage, even during stressful and confusing times. Journaling helps much to establish both the mental and emotional experience in time and space. Another way is the daily mental review that is most effectively done just before retiring. Combining these two -- perhaps in separate experiences, say a few or more hours apart -- improve the effectiveness of either.
Chris Pringer @3000 GI's Lost Gathering
At the "3000 Die-In" gathering when 3000 GI's offically Lost in Iraq Jan'07
 
          WHO to TRUST? This is not about "judgment" - it's about appropriate discrimination in order to make good decisions about what to expect from others, and making best choices about what you are to do and what role you take in/for related situations (and what not to). [I clarify because some political progressives and spiritual eclectics get the judgment/ discrimination thing mixed up, and my views are not about *condemnation.*] For my own assessments, my theory on trust goes something like this: Trust is an action (conscious or not) based on an investment of risk and/or hope, and/or it is based on knowledge of someone and/or something. Trust, if not blind, is a result of knowing, to some degree at least, about oneself and the other in the question of trust. Otherwise, we can trust change will occur only when we KNOW that the willingness AND (physical, emotional, mental, and ethical) capabilities are present to be exercised in a circumstance that sufficiently allows the change. It has a lot to do with discriminative thinking and self-honesty, objectivity and filters. We all have filters. Know the filters and you know better how and when to trust whom for what. I trust those people that don't know themselves very well -- to be *inaccurate* about themselves and others. I trust most folks to rely on "convenient memory filtration" to protect their ego's to one degree or another. But I don't trust someone to be responsible for things (whether objects or intangibles) that s/he hasn't earned that trust for. We are all learning, no one is perfect, no is can be trusted for everything.

Chris Pringer Peace Keeping at Indian Island March, 9'06
Peace Keeping, Indian Island 9'06
          Hopefully, with time and maturity in a relationship (in this case, with media), you can eventually trust the particular media you consult to have a known degree range of objectivity about each kind of topic they cover. And that you can eventually trust yourself to know when and how well you retain your own objectivity, and when you may tend to fool youself about any of that.
          Hence, I trust people to be people - with specific kinds of trust(s) for individuals I know to some degree. I trust politicians to be politicians -- to be less than objective when comes to how long they should stay in office or how much they can be trusted with a promise. (I have similar expectations for "politician types" and their agendas. And then there's when some otherwise wonderful folks just go into that mode...) I trust lovers of power to try to insure that the doors of power keep revolving (between businesses, congress, and regulators of business), and to keep themselves moving through them. I trust the media to be influenced (against their will or not) by their owners - so I like to know about the owners - especially when there are increasing patterns of decreasing diversity in the ownership of a great percentage of the media that people pay attention to. Conspiracies are more likely to be created by, as well as about, such media conglomeration.
          Under these trying circumstances it is important for the citizen to pay attention to alternative media - with the same considerations as noted above. I trust citizens to wake up (to some degree) under *traumatic* circumstances they wished never happened (like 911). But I hope for the day when they don't go so deeply back to sleep, even given the political image-makers and image-shifters who create the re-frame scenario's, that they project to the citizens so that they will go back to sleep. Just as I trust such sleeze-merchant mercenaries to attempt to do that to them - because (in other words and in summation) I also *trust* them to remain consistently who they are until and unless something actually changes that.
Chris Pringer Arrested @Bangor '04
Arrested at Bangor, 2004
"Approval/Authority Issues" ? Well, as for myself, being "Bad" can be a big (and expensive) waste of time - UNLESS for reasons far bigger than myself.

      Some might notice that this particular use of the word "trust" might be very akin to that of the word "expect." That might be because this view on trust is born out the Buddhist belief about "expectations as essential cause of suffering."
          Granted, the whole expectations thing (and the work in maintaining awareness about one's objectivity) can be exceedingly difficult (some might say psychologically tricky). But the political world is repleat with opportunities for being/feeling disillusioned and/or betrayed, and (psychologically) faced with the choices of a) forgiving, healing, and continuing in service, or b) dropping out and rationalizing that choice with one of the many excuses that are called "spiritual." And you can't blame some folks for dropping out (for awhile), considering how badly they've been hurt and the amount/degree of psychological burdens they were already enduring. And how many of we "soft Americans" have sufficient strength to maintain awareness of the more difficult realities, to work to improve conditions, AND (after being knocked off the horse, get back on and) maintain a kind and compassionate approach every day?

          Crazy person's argument: "But if I'm not tracking (internally and externally), then all's forgotten, there's no one to forgive, I trust everyone, and so everyone has credibility." Well, of course, few people are that crazy. And actually, the point, the core principle of application that we apparently most need to learn here... (Ready?) ...is that: what emotions we deny eventually become (unconsciously) projected out in ways that are self-perceived as safe. That is what is happening when we find "safe" targets for our worst emotions (including for whatever distrust, fear, hatred, jealousy, envy, etc that we have denied as associated with other people, things, events, etc). That includes "politically safe" targets. "Scapegoating" is the more conscious form of projecting. But just how "conscious" that is, is a matter of opinion - especially among psychologists and ministers.

Related essays: "Why Politics at all? My Love/Hate Relationship with Politics" (Note: that's "with", not "for") is in a section on the "World Healing Prayers" Page. And in the "Pragmatic Balance" section of Chalice Art/Integration page are these: " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split - An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context" New 7/31/2010; "Teach The Truth, And Change Will Come From Within" (with a title that paraphrases my best teachers, and this means change will come from within the teacher as well as those taught); A Kind of Summary for Pragmatic Balance (of this section and related articles at the site), including psycho-spiritual evolution & emotional intelligence. And there is "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment" and "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at the Evolution Trends Page which includes refs to (the law of) karma, reincarnation, and the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.
     HEMP:  
The Wonder Plant for Bio-Sustainability

Selected Resources at the "Vehicle Efficient" Page

My words, absolutely not over-stated or exaggerated, and this is about the INDUSTRIAL (non-hallucinogenic) plant. It might be easier to find what can not be made from it and done with it (cheaper) than what can be: papers (nearly indestructable) while saving trees by the millions, textiles, from clothing to contemporary fashion handbags to shoes to furniture (also nearly indestructable), automobiles, a protein drink with a more complete protein than soy or eggs, medicines of all types, seed oil for many uses including bio-diesel fuel far more efficient than corn-made with carbon reduction for many industries, not to mention 4 crops per year in near desert conditions while reversing soil erosion,(!), which is why England is growing it in every available nook & cranny. Unbelievable that the US is just barely getting started, including making it LEGAL, considering how much economic benefit hemp could provide - Once we RE-EDUCATE the PUBLIC about the Potential of NON-hallucinogenic varieties of INDUSTRIAL hemp, facilitating the political process...

Thanks for Checking out the Resources, Passing the Word, Etc!  smile
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Getting Real about "Conspiracies"
(and the belief system of the power elite)


I do not believe the power elite are "out to get us," however, I cannot deny what I'll just call "The test" - what seems to be the current or impending "Doom & Gloom" scenario orientation. I do believe that (this test) IS the vehicle for GETTING BEYOND our usual selves, whether one believes that we've created that "vehicle" (from the Soul level for working out Karma, etc), or that it's been handed to us (by other peoples on the planet), or been forced upon us (by "Big Brother"). I call that "pragmatic idealism." ...

 HDTV    Fox News in Canada (not)
 PNAC Update   The Power Elite
 Handling Conspiracy Theories
  "Roberts Rules for Conspiracists" and Approaches to Conspiracy Theory










NEW, March 2010: The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged, By FRANK RICH, February 28, 2010 in the Times. Important reading (IMO) on the murder-suicide of Andrew Joseph Stack III, who flew the plane into the IRS office (or building housing same), on "the Tea Party hero" Scott Brown, on David Barstow's chilling, months-long investigation of the Tea Party movement published in The Times (2/16/10), on what the Southern Poverty Law Center had found last year, on the distinction between the Tea Party movement and the official G.O.P., on the co-sponsor of CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) by the John Birch Society, on Barstow's profile of Pam Stout, who cast her lot with a Tea Party group allied with the 9/12 Project, the Birch Society and the Oath Keepers, "a rising militia group of veterans and former law enforcement officers who champion disregarding laws they oppose [about] “another civil war” [that] may be in the offing." You may also find great relevant historical context as you Listen to history professor Jill Lapore, author of the book, *The Whites of Their Eyes* interviewed by Ross Reynolds on KUOW's "The Conversation" (KUOW, Seattle), 10/25/2010. More (Lots of Ref/Links) on Tea Partiers, Tea Baggers, Oath Keepers, at the Political Reference page. Was at "Structure & Extremism" page [before revised & renamed] with much replaced, NEW Sections on "Spiritual Battles" (or structure & learning), Empathy, and Attitudinal Healing, more resources in/via Economic Activism section.
 

NEW (6/15/09): About the HDTV & bad signal reception:
         If we do nothing other than get the converter box, even in the poorest of signal reception areas, we can still get Fox & The Jesus Channels - hmmm... why do they come in so well while the others don't??? Like the other channels can't amp up the signal well enough, or as much as the Jesus monopoly? Are we to believe that our knowledge of tv signal reception related technologies haven't evolved to the degree where we can't organize a shift to HDTV signal reception better than what has led to this current state of conflicting information? That led to how long it took them to tell us that it's all about *your antenna*? Are we to believe that we are only NOW sufficiently technically enlightened to the reality, that most of the US population has to eventually resort to Comcast cable in order to solve the tv signal reception problem? Apartment dwellers are especially at a loss, unless they are ideally located and equipped with a sufficiently varied array of *indoor* (Landlord-allowed) antenna systems. Assuming of course, the average tv watcher wants access to all the most basic channels, if only for an hour or two a day, including PBS. Whoops, did I just go political? Don't take me wrong, while I believe Jesus WAS probably one of the greatest masters, I also believe He wouldn't abide by "Christians" forcing His teachings down others throats, or *the news* according to their priorities. And no, I don't think God is playing carrot and stick with the tv signals. I DO think Comcast and FoxTv knew long ago what would happen, unless of course they've been depending on their religious leaders, Rush Limbaugh, and Karl Rove for their technical expertise as well. [Did I punctuate that right? I mean, correctly? Wink] As a city apartment dweller who is not totally technically inept, and currently trying various homemade signal enhancement systems... IF I do find a way, I'll let you know.

Flash!
See Below re: "Fox News' Lies Keep Them Out of Canada"
[ 3/1/2011 ]

          [As of September '09 I can usually get ch.7 (incl. RTV). OR alternately (on a good evening) ch's 13, 5, & 20 (Fox, sports, & the "Jesus Set"), depending on how I "set" my (indoor) antenna array (a strange-looking arrangement, by the way). March 2010: Add ch. 4 (incl. the "This" channel), however overly sensitive to interference, sometimes touch & go. Since Fall 2009, I've found a number of arrangements (not so basic anymore) that usually work best - by varying the angles and locations of the Jensen antenna, the desklamp(!), and parts of the wiring Dunno see pics at right).

          More Technically speaking: The tv itself doesn't effect the quality of the signal *reception* so long as it's either an HDtv or hooks up with a converter box. Those with homes on relatively flat terrain will do ok if the tv stations aren't too far away. The garage techs with their own homes will enjoy the challenge - I've been reading their blogs. But the apt/condo folk will need cable or be left as noted above, with a few exceptions. Which tv media will actually report the actual problem as it becomes very apparent in the coming months? Good question, but there will be internet sites devoted to it and email postings on it. What can be done about it? The tv stations can increase the signal strength and number of towers (etc) if they believe the investment will pay off, if they believe they can compete with cable and dish, etc. Where does that leave PBS? Well, depends on funding/donations over time - which might take some (lots of) time for them to risk investment in tech updates.
          Hence, the question of where the invested corporations are making their big money from this HD shift. Other than around the usual image of the biggest and latest tv anyway, I'd say that a few will gain from sales of antenna systems for awhile. But the large$$e will be around the strengthened dish and cable monopoly with the political side effect (or ulterior motive ?) of more consolidations of news empires. (Reminds me of when we told you back in '03 about Karl Rove promising media moguls that, if elected, Bush would carry out a major deregulation of the broadcast industry. He was instrumental in getting Michael Powell, son of US Secretary of State Colin Powell, to head the Federal Communications Commission...)


A) (tall black) Jensen V/Uhf Antenna, B) hand-made antenna from toaster two oven trays (tied together yet apart & wired separately), C) horizontal semi-parabolic component, D) desklamp (!), E) variously Tv/VCR connectors- all parts (except the Jensen) salvaged & creatively assembled to maintain tweakability (location, angle, etc). Maybe my Daughter's art also helps laughing

Dec'12: It seems that an addition of Christmas lights (!?) - one set on either side of the antenna array, including the set extending to the right, over and around the window, and putting it between the antennae and the cell phone towers a few miles away - made a big improvement.

 


Fox News' Lies Keep Them Out of Canada
By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Reader Supported News, 01 March 11
          "As America's middle class battles for its survival on the Wisconsin barricades - against various Koch Oil surrogates and the corporate toadies at Fox News - fans of enlightenment, democracy and justice can take comfort from a significant victory north of the Wisconsin border. Fox News will not be moving into Canada after all! The reason: Canadian regulators announced last week they would reject efforts by Canada's right-wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news.
          Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast ... any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. As a result of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage, including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987. ..."

          To clarify and somewhat demystify certain aspects, I will paste this note here: (which post I wouldn't have come to (about a zillion blog posts down the page), except I often found the preceding ones entertaining and somewhat educational):


Jim Rocket 2011-03-01 14:15:
          "Fox News is available in Canada on most cable systems but only as a pay channel. The issue is that a new Canadian news network called SunTV is launching in Canada soon. People weren't too concerned until it came out that our Prime Minister and his spokestwerp quietly met with Murdoch and Ailes. Shortly thereafter spokestwerp leaves the Prime Minister's office and becomes president of SunTV. Not a bad gig for a 35 yr old. The license is for a pay station. They lobbied to bend the rules to get on basic cable and the big pay out. Avaaz.org launched a petition to stop the rule bending. Spokestwerp's friends hacked the petition and got caught. Spokestwerp got a spanking. In other words: same scum - different bag!"
 
Quick update on PNAC, 6'09
That's the "Project for A New American Century"
who brought you the Bush Administration, 2000-2008.

          We like to hope they are old news, but I'm not totally sure. So what's New? Only the style of smokescreen, as regards the domestic security and survellience still managed and increasingly insidiously, via their appointees. Have they ever wanted what President Obama stands for? [As previously noted:] Only FOX news (as far as prime time TV) could've been so audacious in calling the endless pile of facts around these folks a conspiracy, speaking of the *documented PLANs* of the PNAC (See Right, but don't do the links just yet...). And these boys of the PNAC gallery (pronounced "Pee'nak gallery"), some who already sell most of the armaments on the planet -as well as the oil- made nail-bitters of the rest of the power elite. Obviously since PNAC was in charge of the most powerful Armed forces on the planet. And to what degree they still are, may be THE question, when it comes to figuring out Mr. Obama's strategy in many matters. [And that does *not* go into Afganistan's proximity to China and those very large deep caves - that's just me thinking about how these old boys think Wink)]

          PNAC, while actually composed of nerd-types while promoting a "Darth Vadar" approach, were [are?] designers for a long-term comprehensive planetary chess game. Other than for military strategy (except for getting away with it), they were [are?] guided by the one-two genius punch of Karl Rove. His evangelical image strategically disguised the machiavellian agenda (hence my calling him "Machiavengelical"). Actually, Machiavelli wrote *The Prince,* so he had a healthy means of expression of the nature that we refer to when we say "Machiavellian." That book was meant to be a satire -- to address, warn, and prevent more of the worst of the rich and powerful -- not a bible for well-connected sociopaths. (Not to send you off just yet - I actually do address 'theory vs fact' issues just below. But...) There are Extensive Refs on the "King of Dirt" on the development and achievements (sic) of Karl Rove, the likes of which we have not seen for centuries. And more commentary about "the work" of PNAC and crew (and plenty of support links) in the 911/Iraq War section]

At this point, we may want a good understanding of the origins, basis, and psychology behind, & the eerie relevance to, current day conservative and liberal viewpoints. Which may be found in "The Origins of the Neo-Conservative Mind - a Political Comparative Analysis" by Alan Wolfe and "How The Democrats Were Betamaxed" by Laurie Spivak
(_Right now you are at http://www.chalicebridge.com/PoliticalPage.html#Conspiracy_)
Hegemony Spends Innocent Lives & Makes A Killing' fr PolyPsyArt2004
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"No Oil-Rigged War"
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      Project for a New American Century (PNAC)
[sometimes referred to as "the P'NAC Gallery"]

      The PNAC blueprint, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' Uncovered by the Sunday Herald, was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defense secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century," (a copy here) was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC). This 90 page document used to be available at New American Century .Org (but now it's their Iraq-Middle-East page). It was a grand re-write of a 46-page document, "Draft Defense Planning Guidance," conceived in 1992, during the first Bush Administration. The orchestrated call for empire was "out of the closet," according to conservative columnist Charles Krauthamer: "It's Empire Versus Democracy". Also of interest might be "History Repeats Itself Clear and Present Danger," an analysis of PNAC and CPD (Committee on the Present Danger).       In "THE FRAUDULENT WAR," Richard W. Behan of Lopez Island provides A GREAT SUMMARY. The detailed pdf file with illustrated slideshow presentation, is available via (click to open file in your browser or download by right-clicking, then "Save Link as") (5.5 mb PDF file), or "The So-Called War On Terror" (digested article, 105kb Word Doc).

Global Climate Healing Fantasy & Invocation (Thumb)
"A Global Climate Healing Fantasy and the Spirit of It All" On Sacred Earth Background. PDF versions available for Printing (is 2 pages long)


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Invocation for True Representation in Egypt
(Feb'11)


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Iraq-MiddleEast Healing Prayer
, Commissioning Archangel Michael for Truth, Justice, Accountability by all concerned (Apr'04)


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Invocation for the World Economy v3
(Jan'11)


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Invocation for Invocation for Accurate Representation in the Media
(Dec'10)

 
The "Power Elite"

         Like other groups, have their cultural belief systems apart from other cultures, and they see the relationship between themselves & "the masses" as one of parents & children -- and they feel fine about not telling us all they know, do, are, plan, and about telling us what, when & how they see fit. So its not so much a conspiracy as it is a shared perspective out of which they operate. In fact, they may not even need to actually meet to act in unity on various issues and related ventures - it would simply be taken for granted. The various members, clubs, and communities among them may congregate, discuss, and make agreements on strategies and things that concern them. Regular folk concern them, but only because it usually takes the rest of us to actually do their work, or to make sacrifices - or sometimes to be sacrificed, especially if one lives in a 3rd world country. Hence, we shouldn't really take it personal - it's just business. Well, that wasn't really meant to be comforting. [And A bit further below are some suggestions for handling conspiracy theories.]
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A response to 9/24/10 FBI raided on homes of 14 well-known anti-war and human rights activists in Chicago and Minneapolis
          I.E.: Maintaining power is what concerns them. There are differences in philosophy and many other perspectives among them, and they certainly compete (merger-mania and monopoly games not-with-standing) but they do not appreciate threats to their positions in those communities and they will defend each other in that regard, priorities considered. And their main priority is power. (But you might say, "But what about Enron -- didn't they come down on that? Yes, like a feather - you may want to check out the link about Enron at 9/11 Mid-East Crisis - after you finish this page smile 
Chris Pringer Against 'RobinHoodReversal'
Chris, Nov'05
          I do NOT believe the power elite are "out to get us." I do believe that many of them are very attached to their addictions - power and money. Which addictions happen to feed and be fed by our addictions, most of which add up, or cause us to avoid & deny our responsibilities. And some of the power elite will be quite aggressive in staying fed that way {via our addictions), as the tobacco industry proved, and as the new international laws of the World Trade Organization would strongly indicate. The more conservative ("old money") among them keep the "bigger picture" in mind, and their plans may allow for the sacrifice of the health, or even lives, of thousands or millions of people. But, in their view, this would be only for what they consider the greater good. [There's a whole section relating conspiracy theory(s) to *addiction*, by the way (Next Section)]

          Who are they? Which They? Wink Well, in its "Elite Conference Guide" of Christmas 1987, the Economist described Bilderberg as 'Ne plus ultra' or 'the top of the top.' The Bilderberg office in Leiden, Holland may issue a 'press release' for it's meetings, but only a few hours after the last participant has left the meeting area. There are various theories about the Trilateral Commission, often contradictory about what all they do, and especially as to why various members may belong. The World Trade Organization (W.T.O.) or the European Round Table of Industrialists (E.R.T.) would seem to be at some steps down from this level of power, usually having publicized meetings, yet often including some members of the elite in their conferences. But naming or locating them is not what this essay is concerned with. How their minds and hearts create and allow all that they are and do - that is much more interesting to me. What are the rules for those "our betters" who create the rules for, and by which 'the false reality' is enforced upon, those deemed unworthy to know better ? How we respond to all that is far more important still.

         According to Charles Mills (mentioned above), among the power elite there are those who are quite philanthropic leaders, and those that play the political field for a time. There are those that utilize the "revolving door policy" to move from the military, to the corporate, to the government regulatory. And so on - if they choose to "work" by engaging in the more dynamic realms of power. Conflict of interest? From their point of view that is strictly a legal matter for their pawns to contend with - if anyone is successful in getting such a matter to court or before congress.
         Some have the attitude of a protective father, others are like a benign tyrant, others are not nearly so thoughtful of our future, and so on. There are those that participate with others of their status in spiritual or mystical organizations, as well as those in fundamentalist ones, etc. All this does not change the relevance of those power elite that play the power games with others lives via our elected representatives, and use other means of getting around the rules that everyone else play by. But remember, even the best hypnotists have to find participants that are willing to play along - at least subconsciously. So, maybe we have some mixed feelings we'd like to clarify -- lest those subconscious desires for their approval, or fear of their disapproval, leave us open to being led to ... uhm... where we are now?
          In summary, members of the power elite are a mixed bag - sort of. Some really love giving to others and some give only to get more power. And some act like no more than legitimate "gentlemen" Mafia, taking "only" a penny a day from each of us - at the point of a lie, instead of a gun. Ever try to add that up? They say it definitely beats robbing banks - well at least until they robbed them like they have since the Bush crew were in office! But that's ok, the Bushies would imply, it was for God and Country Surprise.

          Also please keep in mind that the larger corporations in America are not American, legally speaking, as they are largely beyond national laws and any requirements of national loyalty.
Patriotic? Judge by their "facts," focus, & fruits. As Robert B. Reich says (2006), the stock market is up and but economy is slow - because The Bush tax cuts have delivered for Wall Street but done zilch for America's Main Streets. Because now, neither the rest of the world's major economies nor America's own largest corporations depend on America's economy. Enter the usefulness of the resources found in Section VI. of the Political Reference page, including Corporate Reform, Economic Fairness Issues, and Responsible Shopping & Investment, and Collected Essays on War-Related Economics & Inequality. For example, Reclaim Democracy .Org details just how and also what we can do about corporate abuse and the laws that support it.

          Other power elitists more often act like care takers for the less fortunate. Considering the incredibly slow response to the Global Warming, it would seem that immediate gratification is the presiding motivation. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists' latest reading (1999), we have about 70 years before what's left of us are wondering what happened, folks - like 1995 would definitely have NOT been too soon to really get with it. A more recent Global Warming report (Jan '04), not yet commented on by the UCS, closes the timeline considerably [noted Spring '04; Facts started hitting the fan a year later; in another year Bush tried to get away with talking like he discovered the problem himself - to even Rove's frustration! Wink]. The time for change is NOW! For an astute and illuminating parallel on Global Warming, you've got to see the "Simple Test of User Propensity for Irresponsible Decisions (STUPID)."
          [3/28/10:] Signs of the times, or "Time Of The Signs"? Read "Earth 'Entering New Age of Geological Time' " at CommonDreams.org - "Humans have wrought such vast and unprecedented changes on the planet that we may be ushering in a new period of geological history. ... It is feared that the damage mankind has inflicted will lead to the 6th largest mass extinction in Earth's history w/thousands of plants & animals being wiped out. The new epoch, called the Anthropocene - meaning new man - would be the 1st period of geological time shaped by action of a single species. Our species itself may be wiped out, ironically, by our own behavioral habits." As Brian Willson comments at facebook " 'HOMO ESTUPIDO' Have you seen the document, 'Age of Stupid'?" My question: "If we saw the sign for denial would we recognize it?"



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Handling Conspiracy Theories
- Paradigms of Paradox, Questionable News and Sources
(posted in 2000? edited 5'07... 2'13)


         In the realm of media, it is now important that we know whatever limitations there are to objectivity - and use that knowledge as an asset. Some things, such as the below considerations, are helpful to keep in mind so as not to be misled by a conspiracy theory, let alone disenfranchised, even when it may be true to some degree. The essay on "The Four Governments" (further above) relates belief systems to perception of ones place relative to politics (and objectivity). As we these things in mind, we can develop more assets for sharpening our objectivity with the media.
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Esoterically speaking, CONNECTIVITY is what the soul truly desires when the personality is focused on *conspiracy*. This piece of art is from Jim Channon of Arcturus .Org Which includes "The Modus Operandi 100" in "Go Planet - A call to the promise of our global civilization..." {pdf}
- now we're talking about a *useful* conspiracy!
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         Most conspiracies contain a grain or more of truth. And most are generally communicated with a few of the same things in mind. That is, firstly, the (stated) target of the theory is kept relatively obvious, and the basic premise must be kept simple enough to keep it understandable, which means generalities and half-truths will likely abound. Secondly it needs to create a drama or "shock effect" in order to motivate the recipient in some way. (If you participate in "I can tell you something even more scary" conversations very often, then you are the addict conspiracy theorists depend on.)
         The trick in most conspiracy theories is the *subtly* increasing complexity of the drama - like a good novel, the pawn is gradually sucked into layers of multiple plots. Many are designed for those who brief-read and for librarian types who often serve as the unofficial "fact-keepers" and fact distributors of a community, especially those based on exchange of political information. Too many folks don't take the time to unravel the "evidence," enjoying the brief moment of celebrity in passing on the stories. All of which, over time with enough of these kinds of stories, results in an underlying confusion within the reader, that can lead to feeling there is no way to do anything about the going's on of the powers that be, or giving up one's power to "the experts."


"Roberts Rules of Order for Conspiracists"
or "Roberts Rules for Ordered Conspiracy Theories" [cp, Feb'13]

    The difference between a "proper conspiracy", a theory as hypothesis or component thereof, a fantasy, and a delusion needs be known. In order for a conspiracy to be "proper" or legitimate, it must be in full accordance with each of the following rules:
          1) The conspiracy has to make sense, per rules of logic.
              1a) "Make sense" means it must be somewhat plausible, subject to "Ratings for plausibility" for each prospective audience or market.
              1b) Plausibility ratings depend on the usual crime theory parameters- degrees of likelihood for said perpetrator(s) and motive(s), capacity, & means: weapon(s), opportunity, stimulous.
          2) The purpose(s) served by the conspiracy needs be known and communicable, even if sole purpose or one of various known purposes is for ones own entertainment.
          3) Purposes are prioritized, if there's more than one.
          4) The degree or amount of truth (per specific component, concept, or aspect) in the conspiracy needs be known within usable and communicable parameters.
          [*] Addendum: A fantasy needs no such rules to serve it's purpose, except that a "proper" or true fantasy is consciously compartmentalised or recognized *as* a fantasy, and thus as apart from ones working reality. Whereas a delusion may not, or at least not always, be recognized as apart from ones working reality. A theory as hypothesis or component thereof should be subject to the same rules as a conspiracy and organized with its sister components by likelihood of application to its parent theory, and subject to periodic adjustment in its rating of greater & lesser degrees of application. Paranoia needs to be justified afterall, or else composted. EG: All that creativity needs to find a much more productive outlet. Wink
Chart Related Links
 "Theory Stacking" (further below)
 Healing Disillusionment, Citizen Preventive Health Maintenance
 Appreciation of Essential Diversity
 Addictions & Aberations (incl. as Related to Conspiracy Theory)
 Extremism as Related; Structure-based Fears
 Male-Female Energetics
 
'Approaches to Conspiracy' (& Related Addictions, Extremism; Diversity, Citizen Health) Chart by Chris Pringer, Feb'13
"Approaches to Conspiracy.." Chart by Chris Pringer, Feb'13"


A Counter-Conspiracy Conspiracy

          Have you ever thought about what Neo-Cons & Libertarians have in common that is so opposed to the official principles and purposes of the U.N.? Of course these are only two of many forces affecting the order of things in the political world today. However, PNAC is generally never thought about in the same frame with thoughts about Spirituality. Libertarians, however would seem to have taken up a primary position of influence within the spiritual communities. The answer to the first question is the same answer to the question of what realm of influence is provided by the Libertarians into the spiritual realms -MONEY or *currency* or business or corporation. [Confusing? They make ya think don't they! Surprise Oops ]
         I do not believe that all the libertarian-influenced eclectics are paranoid about world government to the point of passing conspiracy theories about the UN being an invention of the trilateral commission, etc - let alone doing so with the knowledge that such conspiracies work in the favor of the purposes of PNAC and related "corporatocratic governors" (those Power Elite that are trying to create a more than virtual corporate government.) I believe that many "abundance" class teachers running the seminar circuit of the New Thought churches are either aware of these things, or are being influenced by those who are very aware. And so the influence might well have been passed on to many eclectics who take interest in more political matters, mixing those theories with whatever else is "hot," including theories about ET's (particularly the "reptilians") and origins of mankind.

         On the one hand, since I DO believe "we are not alone", I have to ask, if we are not the only "class M" planet in the universe, then why should we be the only ones here, let alone the most advanced, let alone totally invisible to those who are much more advanced? On the other hand, while I believe there is some truth to many of these theories/testimonials - the operative word is *some* and the operative implication is "develop filters and don't just jump for the juicy." Having fun yet? Wink ]

         Counter-Counter: But I also believe there is a contest for power, and that contest revolves much around those who might become "empowered" and therefore much less easily manipulated. But not everything that might cause you to feel less-empowered is false. If something does, know that a) feelings are not rational, b) fear doesn't have to paralyse, c) you are not alone, and d) it helps to believe that challenges are for the purpose of building our capacities, e) There are even better pep-talks elsewhere at this site applause laughing ]

         The point being that 1) convoluted un/half-substantiated stories (whether engineered by Neo-Cons, Libertarian-cloaked CIA, or other power elitists) that are basically designed to ultimately (if not sooner) convince people they cannot make a difference about anything beyond their house payments, are not designed to empower anyone but those who already have too much power for anyone's good. And that 2) we should stop helping them by (not) spreading such stuff unless done so expressly for research, comparitive analysis, or entertainment.

Example of the "It's so bad that..." conspiracy approach:

   "Say Hello to the Goodbye Weapon" By David Hambling Wired News Tuesday 05 December 2006 Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act detail the US military's extensive human tests of its Active Denial System - a non-lethal weapon that uses millimeter wave radiation to induce instant, searing pain that forces people to flee. http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,72134-0.html

        My Response: ***IF they could get away with it,*** if "they" had such a weapon ready to go, they might test *us* with it, to see how we responded. But there is no way that "they" could possibly think, so far in this society anyway, that they wouldn't get so burned by various political action groups for doing that.
         First they will have to justify martial law. That is, justify it to those elected reps & other more powerful folk who actually do fight for democracy, including many in the pentagonwho have resisted the Rumsfield/Cheney doctrine and (other forces of) fascism in general (the "Brass Resistance" !). Then they will have to justify this amount of force. On a battlefield (in a "legal war"?) they risk only the possibility of war-crimes tribunals. Besides, super-powers have been testing "superweapons" forever. You know, the boy-toys thing.

        What helps to remember that, when we come up against with these things, is the question of "Can they get away with it." Now, in 3rd world countries, in isolated work farms or something like that, IF a corporation could aquire the weapon. And when reading this kind of material watch out for the "It's SO bad that" barrage (or inclusions)-- hype and imaginative creations for the over-active mind -- strategy to keep well-read and data-addicted citizens feeling disillusioned, hopeless, and otherwise disempowered, eg: to prevent effective democracy. EG: maybe the true conspiracy is a dis-info campaign. Mr. Hambling, for one thing, seems to be getting off with the shock value thing that conspiracy theorists seem to be addicted to. IF we can keep the democracy here, we won't have to worry about these things - HERE (with all the white "Christian" people) at least. If that makes you feel better. IMHO Confused


[ Unless certain kinds of cops are really sneaky. There are now Homeland Security divisions apparently testing the limits of legal immunity. Am speaking of those who have been breaking up the demonstrations against the military's using some of Washington's ports in the way that it has. One of the least known of the Tacoma Police Department's specialized sub-units is the "Disorder Response Team" (DRT), pronounced 'DiRT.' (http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/5872/). And then there is NorthCom (try word-search for it at SNOW-News archives). 5/23/07: a Tacoma Municipal Court judge told two attorneys for the City of Tacoma to provide evidence to counsel for some twenty defendants charged in connection with March's port militarization resistance protests, or risk having their cases dismissed.[1] -- At issue: police videos that have still not been produced. -- Also at issue: the identity of those who commanded riot police units deployed at the Port of Tacoma. -- Those names were mysteriously redacted from documents prepared by the Tacoma Police Department. (UFPPC.Org Ref. 1 & UFPPC.Org Ref. 2) Fall'07: In the end, we are winning this battle because we are persistant, resourceful, and committed. ]



         This is NOT to say that conspiracies don't happen, or that some people who are more "powerful" in some way or another (at least as a group), never make agreements about dealing with those less powerful in those way(s), and that over time such involvements can become very complex (as noted in above essay). Neither does it negate that one of the best ways to disenfranchise citizens is to convince them, through propagating conspiracy theories, that they have no power to change things. Because citizens always do have that power, I believe. But the sooner such challenges are recognized for what they are, the more quickly and easily can changes can be made that will make a difference.
          Some basics: The holding of any kind of power is not automatic, whether via the spoken or written word, whether political, psychological, or otherwise. In a democracy (which we still have, basically, at least, to the degree our elected reps actually represent us [2007]), power generally has to be willingly surrendered through the democratic process to the degree it is not circumvented. I didn't say that power had to be "consciously" surrendered. Manipulation is the basic means of acquiring power over someone else, whether the manipulation is for good or for ill, whether it happens by telling the truth or not, whether the person is in full conscious agreement of the manipulation or not. For example, you pay a chiropractor or massage therapist to manipulate your tissues into a more healthy alignment, or therapist to manipulate your awareness into a more healthful perspective about yourself and your world. Even a good hypnotherapist instructs so as to achieve the client's full conscious awareness of the process. To the degree that power is given up unconsciously, we call this brainwashing. The point here is that if you're being manipulated, and it's not by your conscious permission, then you're probably going to regret it.

About the pic at lower right:
          And about the lies that so many Americans so easily swallowed about Iraq for years after 2002... Something about "axis of evil"... From the way that Americans manage their memory and their trust, might the term "magical thinking" (or "denial") come to mind? Might one then equate projection with denial? In any case, can we ever forgive those who led us in these directions? Of course (with effort). Maybe if we start with those who believed so easily? But can we Forget? Couldn't that just lead back to more sociopathic projection of what's been denied?
NO to 'Stop Asking Questions'
by unknown artist

How do you ask a soldier to be the Last Person to die for a Lie? Banner [Photo by Gary Davis]
Poignant question. Photo by Gary Davis, VFP Ch92

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Chalice Vortex Bridge & Earth
      Existentially Speaking...

many very basic things are based on beliefs which can be necessary for a phase of life in corporeal form (in the physical world). Some phases we outgrow early in life, some phases a culture retains for unity around beliefs, including those that may protect a culture from attackers. 'Nationalism' is one of my pet peves, if you will - an attachment to national ego, that usually drags on the momentum to global unity. Psychologically speaking, one needs to build one's ego before one can transcend it (like a teenager establishing individuality before s/he can leave the roost, then hopefully developing it further while integrating with the culture in such a way to contribute to both inner and outer development, of self and others). Which [concept of transcendance] makes nationalism a cultural phase of growth - One that perhaps needs to be "forgiven" [given more time ?] - at least for younger countries, certainly the smaller ones. But for those countries whose power and influence is great *in these times*, nationalism can be such a drag on the process of global unity that it needs be addressed -lest we destroy the global community before it is formed.
"Theory Stacking"

          How does one determine what news or sources to believe? Well, if you are so inclined to reading and study, and this applies to the internet as a resource in general, one way to sort things (that I have found effective) is "theory stacking." It's probably similar to how a good detective views the stories of suspects and witnesses. I also apply this method to assessing the reliability of sources of news on the internet, whether from email or web sites. First off, for the method to work, I accept that a) personalities are never totally objective about everything (even those of our most trusted leaders), b) that some of those personalities might even specialize in disinformation, and others may sometimes speak or publish before they really know, c) there are often many ways to explain things, especially complex events, and d) that few of these ways are fully eliminatable, and most have some tidbit to offer, even if I should establish one explanation as sure fact. ...
    That established, I can *entertain* any number of explanations for an event that I make time to become aware of. I don't feel I need to remember all the details of a theory, but retain the gut feeling about it, and just keep a copy accessible for later reference. Then as a given theory shakes out more plausible relative to the other theories in the stack what I do is let it rise to the top of the "theory stack." That is, it would rise in my mind's visualization of it. (This method is probably related to my enjoyment of making and using charts.) eg: Over time, I may notice some theories getting lots of support from various sources, even those that often contradict each other in other topic areas, and so that theory may rise in credibility way over the top of any other explanation. I don't call a theory "truth" although I might believe certain parts of the theory. And I often don't call one of them a total lie, even if it's (currently) at the bottom of the stack.
Thumbnail of World Healing Prayer w Affirmative Questions, Integrated for Meditation for Prevention of War, and manifestation of Healthfully Sustainable Planet - click to go there"Invocation for Solutions in World Healing," Vers.2 for Citizen Awareness   (Apr'05, New Bkgr. Jan'11)
    Yet another approach - for the truly unconventional data researcher. And it's only going to work for those who are either already experienced in meditative contemplation or meditative prayer, or those who are sufficiently open and willing to apply themselves to that experience. And once you learn this approach, then you choose a situation to apply it to. Yes, it includes meditation (or a more detached, objective focus. Yes, political ole' me still does that), and...

    What's this got to do with "Data Research" ? I'm getting there... It is based on the notion that no matter how challenging something seems, there is something good that can come out of it, that you (or anyone with sufficient faith to take this approach) can somehow make some bit of difference - especially if there might be others somewhere also taking this approach for the same and/or related situation(s). And, if you're attached to the outcome of your research, then you'll definitely be dissuaded by this approach. By now I've either dis-interested you or intrigued you.

    What's this really got to do with "Data Research" ? If you're feeling adventurous, check out the page, "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" or "Bridging Prayer & Science", healing prayer techniques, visual prayer charts (especially if you follow-up on some of the references there). And also at this site is a page with an assortment of arts & science integrations: World Healing Prayers On Sacred Geometry Backgrounds; One prayer is specific to Iraq & Middle East, One focusing on clarity and direction as a citizen, Two are for planetary healing in general (although most comprehensive), one is specific to Media Communications, another to World Economy.

    A more involved perspective (or theory) about what current politics seems to be handing us is at Questions For Disillusionment, which also includes a suggested class format for "Overcoming Burnout for Activists," as well as "The Development of One Questioning Mind" - my pre-sentencing statement at the trial of the "Seattle 12," arrested for sitting in at our senators offices as we tried to convince them not to give in to Bush's drive for the power to declare war any time he saw fit, and "Questions for Personal Empowerment" -- question-based affirmations over colorful tapestry background, emphasizing capacities for self-determination and re-defining personal values.
Thumbnail of 'WTO n Crew- overAtomicChalice Prayer' - click to go there
Invocation for the World Economy (WTO n Crew)
(Dec'99 - Jan'03)


"...Attaching special significance to the specifics of the outer experience lacks the subtle nuance of a truly deeper understanding. However, certain events ... do impact the overall consciousness in significant ways, because of our reaction to these things."
--Another interesting set of perspectives on "conspiracies" by Carl Schmidt



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THE NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS (1998)
A fine example of political diversionary tactics, made more easy by the public's incredibly short-term political memory, is the incredible set of legislation that Congress sneaked in/out during the Sept '98 internet "expose" during the Clinton Scandal -- not to mention various critical yet little heard-of international events.

         Other strategies include the "publication" of unexamined and selective perspectives put out as a "Legal" document ! It is one primary tactic in a strategy designed to intimidate due to its value to entertain (thus gain readership for the party line, not necessarily for the media, although all media in the U.S. are actually owned by 5 people -- all of whom are conservatives. (The one proclaimed exception to this doesn't pan out by any reasonable examination, and the proclamations are by the other four who happen to be ultra-conservatives.) Jeff Cohen, a riveting speaker, describes the media as "Weapons of Mass Distraction" ("Myth of the Liberal Media;" see link for Alternative Radio in Resource section, this page).

         What crime could be pursued that could get as much energy riveted on it as the Clinton peccadillo has been set up to attract ? This could only be allowed where people are so bored and lacking in inner direction that gossip becomes the highest paying entertainment in the country. More importantly then, What is it that society/humanity is so desperate to avoid that we allow the powers that be to impel such focus on these kinds of matters? If indeed, some crimes have actually been committed and the proper address of such crimes are truly the intended purpose of all this attention, then I'll be the first one to say "Whoops, I was blind." But I think I'm safe on that one.

         I can't help but feel that if we focused more on our health and less on issues like who can marry whom, there wouldn't be the legacy of Viet Nam vet suicides. Did you know that more have committed suicide since that war than were actually killed in it!?! It's true. And the word 'legacy' refers to how we are treating our Gulf War soldiers and vets right now. Maybe if we were more confident about our own spirituality (or about our own sexual nature) we wouldn't feel the need to force our beliefs on others. (I'm as straight as it gets, but I just can't believe that so many of us would feel so threatened by gay marriage, or even pay any mind to such issues when there's so many life and death issues, let alone life-threatening health issues, to deal with.) The sanctify of marriage? How about the forced marriage of Big Business, the U.S. Military, and evangelical Christianity onto the Middle East? How about sanctifying the worst S&M in the world by perpetrating the most globally selfish strategies ever devised on the planet (ie: the PNAC noted above) while allowing Bush to wave the American Flag to legitimize it?


       These sad realities, the part of America that attracts so much Third World enmity and Second World headshaking, are the kinds of things that lead to our disillusionment. Consider a metaphor: TV ads that put the sexy babes by their products, contrasted by the churches who teach guilt for having a sexual fantasy or acting on it. What's perversely comical about this is that not only do both the babes and the guilt bring in more cash, but if you stopped either one, both the salesmen and the preachers would suffer drastic losses in income and followers (at least until we wised up to what our minds were doing to us). Ok, that was stolen from an old psychology joke. But it illustrates how our hypocrisy has led us to manipulate ourselves. This is also how the sophisticated gossip news shows work, by the way. Will we ever wise up? (Did I say "metaphor" ?) Think about it: look at how we have so often stimulated our economy: wars that we could call "holy" -- this is so old, we talk about this very tendency, yet (as of 2002) it hasn't ceased to work!


       IF EACH CITIZEN KNEW S/HE WOULD BE ALIVE
FIVE-HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW,
DO YOU THINK OUR POLITICAL ACTIONS WOULD BE DIFFERENT NOW?

(Maybe like we cared for our children's children, y' think? What do you think has created such interference to our socio-political foresight and long-term memory? How are we to heal that? Hint: there are essays and links about pain, disillusionment, "Re-Membering," attainment of goals, motivation, and healing at this site, via the Body-Mind Integration Index. For example, speaking of these topics, long term goals, and of desires versus needs, you can check out:
Essay, "Beliefs-Desires-Needs-Alignment"   
"Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing"
and The Outline for "Overcoming Political Disillusionment,"


 

On Barack Obama:
These comments and related essays were moved to it's own page (at this site):
The Citizen Momentum.


"The Energy-Working Section"
& the "Fuel Efficiency Strategy" section was also moved to it's own page (at this site):
"Smooth Pedal" Preventive Maintenance & Vehicle Efficiency,
which includes special sections on rainwater harvesting, links for efficiency resources & perspectives on energy/conservation/recycling, etc.

   

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If you don't know your elected official's office number,
You can Call 1-800-788-9372 and ask them to connect you.


            Project Vote Smart "Provides each citizen, conservative or liberal, instant, free access to the information relevant to that individual's own unique concerns ... is your one stop for political information on the World Wide Web. In addition to our extensive database on political candidates and officials, we also collect data such as the text of state ballot measures, voter registration information, federal and state judiciary data and educational resources.
         "Our interns and researchers: FIND, REVIEW, INDEX, and PROVIDE DIRECT LINK ACCESS to each political site on the Internet. We also provide a     FREE printed directory of over 1000 key sites to visit, called the Vote Smart Web Yellow pages. "We are continually adding more information so let us know if there is something you would like to see. This extensive site also includes information on campaign contributions and finances, biographies and voting records, as well as pages like "Descriptions of Organizations Providing Performance Evaluations," "Research the Issues," "Think Tank & Research Institutes," and "Historical Documents."





Instant Runoff Voting
For those who've lost faith in the two-party system (updated 10'11, 12'14)


         One, perhaps not so quickly connected consideration: If one loves & respects DIVERSITY, thence *peaceful coexistence of all peoples* - then one will help educate AND promote, develop the means for, and engage in Instant RunOff Voting (IRV). Another not so obviously related consideration: Mixing or confusing public activism with "preaching to the choir". What's this got to do with diversity and/or Instant RunOff Voting? I refer to how one presents ones cause, versus alienating potential informed clear-thinking citizens from "the cause" of peace and justice, doing so with the ulterior motive of impressing ones piers or converting those with similar yet different positions.
         Because one can not engender compromise by trying to convert those who won't be converted, but one might by honoring their position AND promoting fair competition, such as via IRV. Since [in the two-party system] there are many shades of right AND left, we can appreciate that the extremists on either side do tend to vent as much at people on their own side of the middle, as at those on the other side - hence alienating them. However, they are also each strategically used by their opposites for negative propaganda.
         IRV, on the other hand, works by providing a forum for the greatest variety of candidates presenting their positions, and thereby informs the public broadly, engenders more people to feel like they will be represented, and allows them to elect those who provide a more truly accurate representation of the voting public, as well as of the diversity of that public. All IMO, of course. Thank you for listening, & forwarding, but not just to the choir :-) -cp

         Perhaps the perfect dream would be the Green Party and the Natural Law Party (see below) joining up and replacing the Democratic Party. Add to that the party of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) "the 99%" (vs the 1%, per the class war that "isn't happening"). And since that won't happen, if even one '3rd' Party won't being taken seriously by the voting public... So, HOW can we get the platforms of these parties taken seriously? By putting in the "conscientious" 'spoiler vote' -- under circumstances where the result would be more fascism in the White House? And then we'd be REALLY motivated for a bottom-up action, Right? Sorry, yes, that was sarcasm. But why encourage 3rd parties to strategize badly? IMO, when '3rd' parties become truly egalitarian -I'm thinking now of the "99%'ers" - they will join forces to establish instant runnoff voting systems (now being termed 'rank-order voting'), locally, then nationally. See Below for more info.)

         Partial Exception (?): in "SAFE STATES," why not set an example of who you really think aught to be president -- so long as you don't do & say things that encourage those in "un-safe states" - those in which no voting shennanigans can possibly happen? But why am I now questioning the assumption that there are ANY truly "safe states" in 2008? Because Karl Rove is still roving the states?. YES, that could be why. Check out Colorado (Oct'08).


 Consider Instant Runoff Voting System  
(or "rank-order voting" or "Proportional Representation")

where every candidate of ANY party (eg: multiple parties can be running candidates) can each have a shot at the presidency, and any other office where this system is in effect:
A good resource list at FairVote Minnesota
And their Press Articles page is not just about Minnisota :-)

"Success for Instant Runoff Voting in San Francisco"
by Steven Hill and Rob Richie, Published 1/12/05 by CommonDreams.org

         Demo Flash makes it easy to understand via http://www.chrisgates.net/irv/

         Related Promotional Video by BBC: at Better Ballot Campaign .Org

For a more perfect dream (IMHO)

add to that the vision of Representative Dennis Kucinich's and his constant/consistent solution offerings via legislation, sometimes succeeding, often ignored (so you don't hear about it unless you're on an email list such as my own. The big one you likely didn't hear about was the viable alternate solutions to the Iraq War BEFORE it started. That is referenced further above at "STOPPING the MID-EAST-WARS".





   Great reads for party platform statements

In case you haven't seen them yet Guess who puts it on the line for Natural Health
(including caution with GE Foods), energy efficiency, and common sense with so many issues, including prevention-oriented approach to health, education, and crime?

The Natural Law Party of the United States of America.
And who just puts it on the line for responsible government, economic reform,
and the environment? Well, of course,

The Green Party, The Green Party of Washington.Org
and
the "Coalition of Fair Minded" Newsletter
from Robert in Seattle WA, includes a great list of links for progressives (2014)


-- Making such views more viable would come about through Instant RunOff Voting Systems (now being termed 'rank-order voting' - See Above) --


Voting Related Issues, Tips, Etc

NoMoreStolenElections.org



Uncounted - The New Math of American Elections

At the above sites are also plentiful links to Black Box Voting and related sites

That includes all the horror stories you can stand. But let those MOTIVATE your being PRO-ACTIVE. Spreading horror stories (or conspiracy theories) w/o solutions doesn't always motivate. Constructive release of anger can initiate the healing of the planet. Then the love can bloom w/o passive agression, let alone purposeful infliction of pain. There will always be disagreement and conflict because there will always be ego. But conflict is a vehicle for growth when used with that intention.

Stop, Drop and Poll - What to Do if You Have Problems Voting
This is a great, highly referenced and comprehensive list for any state. Exception to this page: unlike other states, it is reportedly safe in Washington State to use the absentee ballot. But you still might include a copy of your registration (you probably keep it in your wallet or purse), and use an extra stamp.

See further above for Project Vote Smart


What's GOOD to Know?
If you don't know your elected official's office number,
You can Call 1-800-788-9372 and ask them to connect you.


          Summary From essay,
"A Re-balancing Transition Process for Healing
Government, the Economy, and the Global Warming Crisis"
:

          One could say that medical over-categorization has led people to be bigoted and "extremist" towards their medical conditions. This can apply to political conditions, whether they be *called* capitalistic, socialistic, communistic, right-wing or leftist (especially while the defining or labeling of various political strategies, let alone mentioning "class war," can be so controversial in itself). As in medicine, finding and maintaining the right balance of elements in any governing system requires an unprejudiced and objective analysis. That includes the appreciation of (the diversity of) the proper place and role of almost every type of strategy and mechanism ever used in history, all considered in the context of each their settings (era, place, and circumstance), in order to develop what will work optimally for any current circumstance. And then a "Diet" is prescribed to facilitate transition to and maintenance for the truly workable system. Easy? Of course not, certainly given these requirements for transition: Time for integration of what we've learned mentally, and for healing much of what we've learned emotionally (in the "school of hard knocks") for necessary realizations regarding relationships (with self, others, Higher Power as applies), values, purpose, direction. If these don't apply, then it could only be easier Wink
Poly-Psy Arts Logo © 6'08 Christopher Pringer
          Also at the "Poly-Psy Citizen Healing" page:
Favorite Alternative Solution Sites
and the sidebar essay, "Solutions: Common Means to Efficient Paths, 'Bridging' in the Cross-Discipline Approach"

[10/12/07, ed. 3/14/09, 3/28/10, ...]
 





"Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience."
         - James Freeman Clarke

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."
         - Gandhi

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
         - Leo Buscaglia

"If the nation states of the world are working day and night on a crash course of their own for our mutual annihilation, we cannot afford to be any slower in our work in the opposite direction. The leisurely teaching that was possible in ancient tribal cultures is no longer appropriate. The forces of nuclear and ecological destruction are in a hurry, and we must be too. People need to be awakened, not just through ordinary reality education, however important it is, but also through personal heartfelt spiritual realization-deep realization of the connectedness of all things. May we work together, and fast as we can."


         -- Michael Harner, a Shaman

 
   




Resources More Partisan in Position:

Backbone Campaign Logo

Meet The Backbone Campaign
Watch this video to better understand the Backbone Campaign (created March 2007).

I call it creativity & persistance at work - You might find a way to have fun volunteering on a stage near you! [cp]
Wanna   Get   Back?   (By Bringing us back to Reality, that is ?)
STILL   WANT   YOUR   VOTE   TO   COUNT ?
V O T E     W I T H     Y O U R     D O L L A R !
Please Use These Resources As Needed

Bumpersticker from VFP's national campaign, "How's the War Economy Working for You"

      Tom Hayden on "The Long War": Sign up for Tom's Free Online School of Activism "Long-time antiwar activist Tom Hayden ...taught the first of four sessions in his School of Activism. Tom describes this series as a 'workshop on the long war and our future.' He explained that the long war is projected to last fifty to eighty years ... 'a sequence of wars in the context of the long war.” He said that we must end the long war ["a war against Muslims in many countries"]. He said that it does not make us safer, that the wars are 'strangling our ability to invest in our domestic priorities,' and could lead the country to being pushed ...'into a deeper national security state.' [That] 'The long war … requires a long peace movement.' When speaking of local peace activists that he has met, across the country, he says that we 'may not be so visible these days, but I know that you're not going anywhere, and neither am I. You are the heart and soul of the peace and justice movement.' [Feb 2011]
CPPI-logo
          The Declaration of Peace

    The Declaration of Peace is a grassroots nonviolent action campaign calling on the U.S. government to establish a comprehensive plan to end the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq. The nationwide campaign is working to move Congress to defund the U.S. occupation of Iraq, to initiate the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from Iraq, and to support an Iraqi-led peace process.

    In September 2007, the DoP Education Committee published a document “fleshing-out” the 9-point Peace Plan framework. The Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq and accompanying Talking Points continue to be updated and are designed for public education and for Congressional lobbying.

    Please Sign the Declaration of Peace.





Activism: Campaigns and Urgent Actions

Legal and Historical Materials

Source Network .Org

Sign Petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/fortibet
GNA-HdrLogo -bcp

          GNA - Grassroots / Netroots Alliance

To help resolve America's growing Crisis, and to create a powerful "network of networks," GNA has linked the major single-issue progressive currents in the U.S. into a comprehensive Platform and Candidate Survey. Press the nation's thousands of local, state, and federal elected officials and candidates to take a pro-active stand on the burning issues. Read More about the group at UFPPC or The Nation. Or just jump right in and Take Action: Read and Send the GNA Survey


    More Fast Action with: Working Assets/Credo Mobile Action

         Working Assets Activism AND all the "For A Change" action links is now at CREDO Mobile Action. At this link are quick updates to current events as well as links for activism. You can Sign Up to receive text message alerts to your cell phone -for who to call why
          Almost Painless Ways to Help Out
(eg: We may not all choose to get arrested for our views, but we can all write letters - or...
be a detective for an effective perspective and get a grip on a selected Elective applause )
: Access 60 popular merchants and donate 5% of your money spent on purchases. Also, a new corporate issue is featured there each month with the option to quickly email the targeted business leader; Access to give -- one or more of 250 groups in 11 categories ranging from environmental issues to children's rights. And connections to 20,000 organizations worldwide looking for volunteers; "simple to locate groups in your area..."


          MoveOn.Org

Should be Replaced by GNA/Netroots ( see link above --especially as regards getting out of Iraq and on accountability/impeachment issues). But if you're going to use all routes to the mountain, Move-On ...does great work with and for the citizen activist, always providing current-issue opportunities in activism for Peace, Justice, Civil Rights, etc. Also features many articles and bulletins, including on Energy and War, Media Concentration, Conscientious Objection, Iraq and the Art of Misdirection, Selling the War, American Kleptocracy, Can Democracy Survive an Endless 'War'?, Who is Dick Cheney?

    True Majority's Great Activist Site

The goal of TrueMajority is to make working for justice and a sustainable world fast, free, and sometimes even fun. By compounding the power of environmentalists, child advocates, peace advocates, etc. they create a force more effective than any of those movements alone. Here is how it works: TrueMajority monitors Congress on issues of social justice and the environment. When your voice counts, they send you a short email alert that describes the pending legislation. Then, if you choose, with just one click they will send a fax to your Congress person for you. It's free and it shouldn't take more than 2 minutes a month. Just go to TrueMajority.com and click "Register Here" at the top.

To Common Cause Action Center - Use the form to LEFT for action specific to your area


L E T T E R S     &     P E T I T I O N S

  Forgiveness and Accountability
are NOT mutually exclusive. Healing practitioners will tell you that each works best when both are obtained hand-in-hand.


Demand Accountability for
Bush, Cheney, & Rove
We Can Have Them In Jail
Where They Belong


THANK YOU, PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER !!! (June '09)

Find Link-loaded Messages for quickly getting your sigs on petitions and sending letters to Elected Officials via PolyPsyList Archives:
Use "Impeach" in its efficient Search Engine, sort by latest, etc. For Rove, include "Mike Connell" (yep, another plane crash)

Related: Impeachment Resource Links;   For a quick read to dispel doubt of need, see Myths About Impeachment
 
1 Million Innocent Iraqis
Support Winter Soldier II: Iraq & Afghanistan

          On March 13-16, 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War members gathered near Washington DC to disclose the realities of U.S. war policy, to share eyewitness stories that have been censored from the American public about the true human cost of these occupations. You can listen to Audio Clips from Participating Veterans. Audio/video feeds from the Washington DC hearings are available to present at your local event. There are many ways to lend needed support. Monetary Cost Stats at Cost Of War .Com


Winter Soldier II


          More Activism Opportunities at Mother Jones/Patagonia - EnviroAction page
Mother Jones EnviroAction page now Patagonia Environmental Action: "We acknowledge that the wild world we love best is disappearing. That is why those of us who work here share a strong commitment to protecting undomesticated lands and waters. We believe in using business to inspire solutions to the environmental crisis."

          "Act Now for a Just Planet"
Energy/Cost Efficiency & other global warming related activism (letters and petitions to corporations & elected officials) via Climate Action .Org of Green America (Pre Jan 2009 was "Coop America", URLs Updated 2011)

[Related: Responsible / Sustainable Shopping / Investments at Political References Page (annotated links)]

More Great Places for Awareness & Activism

Institute for Policy Studies - banner adapted by bcp
Sustainable Energy & Economy Network Activist Network - Banner adapted by bcp
Sustainable Development and the Environment

Rolling Thunder Logo bcp-altered for size & fit          
The Rolling Thunder Tour "What is it? It's a county fair with guts. A revival with a reason. A concert with consciousness. A festival with funk and function. The Rolling Thunder Down-Home Democracy Tour reawakens a great American tradition of asserting the power of regular people to fight for their rights; throws in some enlightening education, soul-stirring music, mouth-watering food and drink; tops it off with a good jolt of Jim Hightower wit and wisdom, plus invigorating insight from firebrand speakers ranging from Jesse Jackson Jr. to Barbara Ehrenreich, and shazam! It creates a thunderstorm of motivated minds and bodies demanding our democracy back from the greedheads and boneheads who have taken it hostage. Oh, and most importantly, we intend to have one hell of a good time every step of the way back to true democracy..."





On Local and National Health Issues:

    Well Being Journal
Taking charge of our Health

Local to Seattle, but great on the national health scene, Scott Miners provides a great resource for alternative health activism as well as great essays on alternative healing approaches. Includes "Things that Make You Go Hmm" (about various health related controversies)...


"Neither we nor the plants and animals we value most in our biosphere have the genetic repertoire to adapt to the extraordinarily rapid introduction of novel toxic substances...It is up to us, members of the public whose dreams and aspirations for a good life are circumscribed by toxic emissions, contaminated housing tracts, and toxics in our drinking water... to take control over the fate of the earth..."
-- Marc Lappé, in Chemical Deception (Sierra Club Books)
To Section on Genetically Engineered Foods (on separate page)


 
NuclearRadWarning
N.I.R.S.
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
         
   Nuclear Information and Resource Service

is the information and networking center for citizens and environmental organizations concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation, and sustainable energy issues. Your comments and suggestions about this website are welcomed. Recently published new findings [pdf] find that women are about twice as susceptible to radiation effects as men- however, the international radiation standards are based on the effects upon men. And if were not for NIRS providing radiation monitors that actually worked (vs those provided by the EPA over-ridden by the DOE's "Blue Ribon Commission on America's Nuclear Future), many people living in Fukushima Prefecture would have died from radiation poisening. NIRS: Washington, DC: 202-328-0002; fax: 202-462-2183; nirsnet@nirs.org; Asheville, NC: 828-251-2060, nirs.se@mindspring.com.

Related:
           the WISE Website
           "Smooth Pedal" Preventive Maintenance & Vehicle Efficiency; includes special sections on rainwater harvesting, links for efficiency resources & perspectives on energy/conservation/recycling, etc.

WANDlogo.jpg          
   Women's Action for New Directions

WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs. Related: Women of Faith: In action for new directions, signing the "Help End The Nuclear Danger" petition at http://www.wand.org



    National Bipartisan Commission on the Future

includes the Medicare Commission - Call for Solutions


   National Institute of Health - Solutions Input page





   Some Socially Responsible Organizations
(organized 2002, by name/line length actually, just to keep them all in the space of one window for now; more links above)

   Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Union of Concerned Scientists
    Environmental Defense Fund
   Native American Rights Fund
   Rainforest Action Network.
   Death with Dignity Alliance
   United for a Fair Economy
   American Farmland Trust
    The Interfaith Alliance
   Campaign for UN Reform
   Fair Trade Federation
   The Future Is Organic
   Worldwatch Institute
   Nature Conservancy
    Friends of the Earth
   OXFAM of America
   Wildernes Society
   Greenpeace USA
   The Green Party
   Trees for Life
   Common Cause
   Peace Action
   Sierra Club
    Court Cases & Legal Rights Issues for the First Nations & their People
   CovertAction Quarterly (Exposés - rec. by Noam Chomsky)
   NorthWest Ecosystem Alliance for wildlands and wildlife
   National Resources Defense Council & AMICUS Journal
   Teaching Tolerance and Southern Poverty Law Center
   The Natural Law Party of the United States of America
   INFACT ("Campaigning for Corporate Responsibility")
    Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
   Americans United for Separation of Church and State
   Nuclear Information & Resource Service
   The Western Environmental Law Center
   Public Citizen (Ralph Nadars group)
   United Nations Association of USA
   National Organization for Women
   Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund
   Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund
   International Campaign for Tibet
   People For The American Way
   Working Assets Long Distance
   League of Conservation Voters
   Washington Toxics Coalition
   Pesticide Action Network

 




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