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Hopi Message In 2019: Thomas Banyacya (1909-1999).

I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. And I’m sick of choking on the toxic fumes of hate and indecency.

Here’s a breath of fresh air…

THE ONENESS of HUMANITY

by Jerry Alatalo

hile some might consider late Hopi leader Thomas Banyacya a simple man unworthy of attention due to an impression of his being plain-spoken, uneducated or non-academic, without a university Ph.D. or similar designation of intellectual achievement, yet those with ears and heart to understand will resonate deeply with his powerful, relevant-in-2019 message.

People weren’t given the opportunity to hear from Thomas Banyacya since he passed into the spirit world in 1999, but one might imagine what he’d have said about the events of September 11, 2001 – the most important unsolved mass murder false flag crime in all of human history – and the wars which followed, ongoing today in May 2019 nearly 18 years later, and falsely associated with 9/11 under the equally deceptive term “war on terror”.

What would he be saying in May 2019 about Venezuela, Iran, Syria, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, etc. –…

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Society Is In Decay by Ralph Nader

This is what putrefaction of democracy looks like…

via Society Is In Decay by Ralph Nader

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No Peace Allowed in Afghanistan

“According to Die Welt, in the first three months of the year, American servicemen and their allies on the ground killed more civilians than both terrorist and rebel detachments operating in Afghanistan. As it’s been revealed by the UN mission in Afghanistan, the absolute majority of those deceased fell victims of US-coalition air strikes and ground operations. It’s also been added that in recent years the death toll among the civilian population of Afghanistan reached unprecedented numbers. Last year alone some 3804 civilians perished, with 7189 more suffering severe injuries. That’s an eleven percent increase over the previous year.

“As the above-mentioned German newspaper notes, ever since Donald Trump removed any restrictions on the course of actions that the Pentagon may choose to take in its attempts to take the Taliban down, the US military has started dropping bombs on Afghanistan like there’s no tomorrow.”

Astute News

Whatever hopes of returning to normal life regular Afghans have had until recently, these days those are all but dissolving like a morning mist. The so-called Afghan reconciliation summit that was to be held in Qatar hasbeenput on the back burnerindefinitely.It was envisioned as a separate event, unrelated to the direct talks between the Taliban and the United States led by the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, which marked the downfall of this format.

As it’s been revealed by the Washington Post, so far there’s been five rounds of negotiations between the United States and the Taliban, yet the parties failed to achieve any visible progress.

The resistance movement wants foreign troops out of their country as soon as possible, while Washington is all about keeping a foothold in this war-torn country. Afghan rebels would even meet with with those Afghan politicians not aligned with the official…

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No More Zombie Elections: Vote For The Right To Vote

“Voting is a fundamental right of our democracy and must be accessible to all Americans. And yet, voter suppression and gerrymandering continue to threaten our democracy. We, as voters, deserve to know how our presidential candidates will defend our voting rights, but how can we know if they aren’t asked? During the 2016 race not one single voting rights question was asked during the debates.

Sign the petition: We demand to hear exactly where Democratic candidates stand on voting rights!”

 

This is from one of the saddest e-mails I have ever read. In a country that considers itself civilized and calls itself a democracy, people who want us to cast votes for them need to be forced to discuss the fact that we no longer have a democracy. And to make matters worse, this e-mail is aimed at the political party that actually does care, a little, about the rights of the people – unlike the strong, manly, aggressively patriarchal,  patriotic party which cares about nothing other than continuing the status quo of corporate control, consolidation of personal wealth among the (mostly white male) parasitic class and keeping the masses dazed and confused – as long as we inspire fear and keep “The Others” under our boot heels. Apparently, no one considers it even possible to get GOP voters to care about voting rights. After all, almost all of them are the proper skin tone, exist in a bubble of self-congratulatory ignorance (oxymoronically known as arrogant ignorance) with an acceptable level of docility and obedience  and are virtually devoid of intellectual curiosity.

It sounds to me like material for a skit on the old Monty Python television series. When I was a little kid I’d watch that crazy show that made jokes about things I’d never heard anyone on television talk about – ridiculous things. I used the word ridiculous because back then (pre-Ronnie Raygun Cartoon Administration) it would have been just as ridiculous to think that we’d have to demand our politicians to discuss something so vital to freedom as it was to slap someone with a dead fish. (Those not familiar with Monty Python and the Flying Circus will have to do some research to understand the previous sentence).

What type of society do we have if we don’t have the right to discuss important issues in the political forum? How could we possibly be informed about the people to whom we entrust the well-being of our health, our children, our food & water and our societal structure if we don’t ask them the most pertinent questions related to the duties we need them to perform? How could we get people who care into OUR government? We obviously wouldn’t want a megalomaniacal money-grabber with no moral courage or intellectual curiosity and more desire for personal gain than for the well-being of her or his fellow citizens to take over our government.

Would we?

How could voting rights not be considered important enough to discuss? Is that why we have a racist sexual predator in the White House who embraces the corporate agenda of trading away civil rights in exchange for the right to pollute the planet without penalty? (And we call them trade “agreements” – despite the fact that most of us don’t agree. Remember, slavery was a corporate-inspired trade “agreement”)

Who actually wants things to be like this? I need to know that.

Who doesn’t care that we have children who go hungry, disabled people who are kicked out of their homes, forests necessary for our survival being destroyed every day (along with millions of animals living in them), people in prisons across the country who risked their lives and freedom defending our rights, oceans becoming sewers, working people whose tax burdens are growing while the wealthiest among us either pay the equivalent of a tip for a waitress or, if they’re large enough, no longer even pay taxes…?

This is not in any way an endorsement of the democrats who, though they aren’t nearly as despicable and heartless as the GOP, are merely the junior partners in a huge, centuries long scam to deaden the creative and critical thinking skills of the population in order to allow the ruling class to continue telling us what to think and how to live. We live extremely unnatural lives in which we have learned to ignore compassion, integrity and justice because we break under the pressure of the fear of standing up for what’s right. We seem to expect a “hero” to come along and fight for us. We’ve been conditioned to take care of number one while telling the less fortunate to bite the bullet, stay the course, pull themselves up by the bootstraps (whether they have boots or not), that patience is a virtue (while the least patient often reap financial rewards), turn the other cheek (especially when wealthy people steal our hard-earned wages by raising prices with the setting of the sun) while rewarding obedience and punishing free thinking.

“The Others” look different, the others are different, the others might be dangerous, the others are dangerous – they will take your job and rape your wife!

The connection looks ridiculous, but somehow it seems to work. You just need to pull the strings while people are looking in the direction of the distraction you set up. Our system is a huge, multi-faceted parlor game of manufactured fear, hate, desire and misdirection. Join the game. Just don’t complain when you get hit in the face with the dead fish of ignorance and hope that one day you don’t wind up one of “The Others.”

No More Class War Zombie Elections:

Link to the e-mail I received (though it’s probably been deleted by now): https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-tell-the-dnc-to-include-voting-rights-in-the-debates?source=2019VotingRightsinDebates_DK&link_id=0&can_id=b9e4cb204cac5232e4869a524917a51f&email_referrer=email_541024&email_subject=sign-the-petition-include-voting-rights-questions-in-the-debates

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Just Because No One Is Looking Over Your Shoulder It Doesn’t Mean No One Is Watching

While I was happy that my ban from WordPress was done after almost four months, it appears that, for the moment, some sites are more difficult for me to engage than others. I wonder if other WordPress bloggers experience this.

I saw a post by Uprootedpalestinian’s Blog titled “Belfast councillors vote against sending rep on Israel trade trip — Rebel Voice” in the “Reader” section and was prevented from commenting on it. Then I figured I’d tap on “visit site” to leave a comment and nothing happened. I tried many times and was unable to get to the site. I don’t want to automatically assume it’s more censorship, but then, it is about Palestine and Israel, one of the issues I’ve found over the years to be taboo to discuss open-mindedly in the United States – not only online, but even in person where I live, in New York. (I once had a rabid man angrily tell me that Palestinians are literally inferior to Israelis and don’t deserve to live in Palestine. Huh?)

Now, that site has posted regularly for years about the Palestinian struggle for civil rights and freedom and obviously is still online. But I’ve had no problem commenting on a few other sites the past few days. Maybe those who use censorship in the U.S. aren’t consistent on purpose. It’s easier this way to deny anything is going on, that there are just technical difficulties and coincidences.

“How could there be censorship? I see posts all the time about Palestine.”

Well, complete censorship would be obvious and therefore easier to condemn. Maybe people employed to censor just mess with certain sites irregularly to make telling the truth a bit more difficult while keeping the ability to call us crazy people paranoid.

“The United States is a bastion of freedom and democracy! There’s no censorship. Those people are just unpatriotic agitators. They probably work for Socialist billionaires (😂) or some Communist country (😮) trying to destroy democracy!”

Well, I don’t know what’s going on and I’m not going to pretend I do, but I know that after a while “coincidence” just doesn’t cut it. When a pattern develops, to ignore it is illogical.

I’m not going to rant, I already have. I’d like to hear from people about any similar experiences, especially when dealing with Israel, Venezuela and Fundamentalist Capitalism.

 

Other posts about my Censorship experiences:

https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/battle-of-the-airwaves-part-1/

https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/battle-of-the-airwaves-part-2/

 

A post about the danger of corporate media and self-censorship:

https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/end-censorship-end-tyranny/

 

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There Are No Children In War

There is currently a second attempt, in both the House and Senate, to pass legislation protecting the human rights of children in an occupied country under siege by an aggressive military force. The following is about the first attempt:

Co-Sponsors of H.R.4391 – Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act
115th Congress (2017-2018)

Official Title as introduced: To require the Secretary of State to certify that United States funds do not support military detention, interrogation, abuse or ill treatment of Palestinian children, and for other purposes.

These are the co-sponsors of the bill to prevent U.S. taxpayer money to be used for this despicable act, according to congress.gov:

Mark Pocan (D-WI)
Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
John Conyers Jr. (D-MI)
Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Andre Carson (D-IN)
Luis Guiterrez (D-IL)
Danny Davis (D-IL)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Ro Khanna (D-CA)
Promila Jayapal (D-WA)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Keith Ellison (D-MI)
Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
Bobby Rush (D-IL)
Donald Beyer (D-VA)
Henry Johnson Jr. (D-GA)
Peter Welch (D-VT)
Richard (D-MN)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-CA)
Dwight Evans (D-PA)
Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
Michael Doyle (D-PA)
Katherine Clark (D-MA)
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)

What were the rest of the members of Congress thinking? That waving a U.S. flag and demonizing Arabs, Muslims and other non-white people is more important than protecting children? Is that what it takes to pacify “conservative” U.S. voters and stay in office? Are we that despicable in this country? More than 400 members of the United States House of Representatives, including EVERY republican, DID NOT support the civil rights of children. If this pattern of hateful behavior among our elected officials continues, we’ve lost. And the terrorists – wherever they reside – have won.

We need to encourage our elected officials to pass House Resolution 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights For Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” as soon as possible. And we also need to encourage senators with a conscience to sponsor similar legislation in the Senate.

Link to H.R.4391: https://uscpr.org/campaign/government-affairs/resources/support-promoting-human-rights-ending-israeli-military-detention-palestinian-children-act/

Link to H.R.2407: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2407

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Corporate Big Brother Isn’t So Brotherly

The day after posting an article that gave the point of view of Nicholas Maduro on the attempted coup designed by U.S. corporations to take control of the largest oil supply in the world, using our corrupt government as a tool to disingenuously provide infotainment to the ignorant masses, I was prevented from using my WordPress account. At first I thought it was just a problem with my iPad, but over the course of three and a half months I was kept out of my blog on several devices. I’ve used several library computers as well as personal devices during that time and never got into the account. Interesting…

Here’s a link to the post that is apparently so inappropriate:

https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/word-an-open-letter-to-the-american-people-from-president-nicolas-maduro/

I wondered if it wasn’t a coincidence that on so many devices I was unable to access my account. I certainly haven’t used my site to post pornography or rants of hate – although the second of those is definitely allowed online. I see it every day, including in the corporate media that I grew up believing to be responsible and respectable. (Some of it is so hateful and disgusting it might be logical to consider it pornography of the mind).

My iPad is old and, due to planned obsolescence (a commandment of Capitalism), is incredibly slow. For example when I would go to the official site of the National Basketball Association to check on the N.Y. Knicks, by the time I found out the score the game was usually over. When I occasionally go to the major league baseball website to find out how the New York Yankees are doing (hey, no hating!) I get access to stories glorifying the players who hit the most home runs but no Yankee score. But I get something.

I wondered if WordPress could be so amenable to the sadistic corporate agenda that even a tiny site with less than 400 followers going against the opinion of, apparently, about 90% of the country could pose enough of a threat to be shut down temporarily. Nah. It can’t be that. That’s ridiculous.

But why wouldn’t I be able to access my site on public computers? Hmmm. That’s a tough one to figure out. Let us not forget the USA Patriot Act signed by George W. Bush in October 2001.

I have learned over the past few years which subjects are taboo in the United States: the belief system of Capitalism and the war crimes of Israel. Venezuela’s current system does not obey the demands of the current global rulers so they are punished. Incessantly, through manipulation of information, economic blockades and other weapons of financial war. As far as the censorship, there are many facets, I’ve noticed a few.

I’m going to shift gears here. I request your patience for a moment.

I have a Youtube account. I opened it in 2009 and enjoyed making short videos about various subjects, the most controversial being a few local protests I’d attended, but it was mostly to post recordings of my music. Nothing actually controversial. I often listened to music and occasionally commented on videos.

Then I joined the Occupy Wall Street movement.

I posted videos from Zuccotti Park and once they started to get a little more popular than my previous videos I was banned from uploading anything. Anything. Seven years later I’m still unable to comment on the site.

I used to have a Twitter account. I was creative in my use of hash tags and had tweets retweeted every day, but I noticed something strange – and disturbing. My “clever” tweets got me hundreds of followers fairly quickly, but every time I posted poignant questions about the state religion of the U.S. or why we allow our government to support a violent military regime in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons and regularly kills unarmed people, the number of “followers” who stopped following my account was larger than the number of new “followers.”

These “followers” were apparently people who supported regulation of the financial industry, protection of endangered animals and habitats, a single payer health care system, funding of school lunches for children in poverty, increased funding of the EPA, regular testing of our drinking water, tighter health regulations of our food industry, investigating the fast tracking of dangerous synthetic chemical compounds allowed in our food and medications, elections instead of selections every November, a crackdown on government corruption, the raising of capital gains tax and federal income tax on wealthy individuals…

… but not the questioning of the economic system that is the engine powering the continuance of all of these problems that need immediate attention or asking ourselves if we should support one religion over others, thousands of miles away – despite the fact that the United States was created to escape religious fanaticism and intolerance.

I’ve learned that there are very few free thinkers in the world today. Very few. Many people still have a grasp on basic civil rights and haven’t been swept up in this disgusting movement in recent years which attempts to validate white privilege, unbridled greed, religious intolerance, the spreading of fear and hate labeled as free speech, extreme emotionally-charged reactions as a valid way of forming ideas as opposed to acting from a place of compassion and acceptance and well, general dysfunction. Collectively, we seem to have lost our respect for individual freedoms and privacy. We think nothing of exposing our innermost thoughts to strangers, ranting publicly about personal peeves and allowing quasi-governmental control agencies to examine everything we do in life and organize us into a huge filing system. All for convenience and a sterile, homogenized existence that continues to look more like the simple survival of the herded cattle we imprison, poison and eat for pleasure every day.

Since I just gained access to my WordPress account and don’t feel confidant that I’ll have that access tomorrow, I’ve rushed this piece. It may have a feeling of incompleteness, but I just wanted to get these thoughts out there while I’m able. I read many posts by my favorite bloggers these past months, but was unable to hit the like button or comment. I might go back and “like” and comment on some of them, it depends on my access.

I appreciate anyone who has taken the time to read this “rant” – especially those who stop and let these facts sink in. Something is going on…