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Action – Monuments for All

This is something that everyone, at least here in the United States, has to care about. What will be the legacy of this generation once we’re gone? That is, if humanity manages to survive…

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Rally & March For Mumia

From the Free Mumia Website:

 

Free Mumia Now!

Stop the DA Office’s Cover-up!

July 7: MARCH & RALLY! 12 noon at the DA’s office across from City Hall

# On May 30, the Philly DA’s Office brushed off a judge’s order to release all records of former DA Ron Castille’s involvement in Mumia’s case.

# It follows a landmark US Supreme Court decision that ruled judges MUST remove themselves from any case they had a hand in prosecuting. There are 14 prisoners fighting similar appeals. Mumia is one of them.

# Ron Castille was assistant Philly DA during Mumia’s 1982 trial and the city’s DA when his office opposed Abu-Jamal’s appeals in 1988. When Mumia’s case reached the state’s highest court, his lawyers challenged now Judge Castille to recuse himself, but he refused.

# Under court order, the Philly DA’s office released a paltry 50 pages of public record, continuing the outrageous cover-up. The judge’s latest order gives the DA until July 7 to comply.

Keep the pressure on! The people forced the courts to take Mumia off death row!

THIS FIGHT COULD WIN HIS FREEDOM! CALL NOW!

First Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Martin at 215-686-8000 with this message:

“I’m calling regarding Judge Tucker’s ruling about discovery in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appellate cases. The DA’s office needs to release all of his files immediately.”

Mobilization4Mumia@gmail.com, 215-724-1618; in New York, 212-330-8029

 

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INTERIOR: 3 BLM state directors removed in reorganization

I don’t even know what to say about this. I’m thinking violent thoughts so I better stay quiet.

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GR:trumpeteers preparing for opening public lands to exploitation?

“The Bureau of Land Management is reassigning the directors of the Alaska, Colorado and New Mexico state offices to positions at other federal agencies as part of an Interior Department reorganization that sources say is only beginning.

“Alaska Director Bud Cribley, Colorado Director Ruth Welch and New Mexico Director Amy Lueders are among as many as 50 BLM and other Interior career officials notified this month that they are being transferred to different agencies or other positions within BLM, multiple sources with knowledge of the moves told E&E News.

“Alaska, Colorado and New Mexico have all been involved in controversial energy development and natural resource issues in the past few years, and sources say Interior brass do not view the three state directors at issue as being compatible with the Trump administration’s stated push to promote more oil and gas development…

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Follow The Money

This is a hastily slapped together rant so I apologize for any incoherent, convoluted ramblings or redundancies. I don’t have nearly enough time lately to write and when I do it’s usually due to reading something and suddenly not being able to keep my mouth, uh fingers shut. 🙂 Thank you.

 

I was reading a blog post about the EPA being sued for approving a dangerously toxic chemical product manufactured by Syngenta for use on corn crops. It was an article reprinted from a media outlet that rightfully railed against the horribly irresponsible action taken by the EPA. It mentioned the government agency 11 times – including in the title. Interestingly though, Syngenta was mentioned just once throughout the entire article.

It hit me that it has become commonplace to blame government (as an entity) for our failures instead of blaming the people actually making the decisions that hamstring our governmental systems and spread corruption throughout everything we do. We’ve become so effectively conditioned to accept the dogmatic views of Capitalism that we fail to examine pertinent details closely enough to fully understand what is going on around us.

Government is cumbersome in and of itself without manipulative business executives throwing wrenches in the gears and corrupting the entire process with legal deceptions and dark money payoffs. We obediently blame first the guilty official, then the government as a whole.

I understand anger at the EPA as an initial reaction, but deeper thought on the issue should show the futility of this way of thinking. We should be holding accountable the manufacturers of these dangerous chemicals and putting them out of business for the suffering they cause fellow beings and for the destruction of habitats around the world. Then, we should put the major stockholders and people in upper management positions in these companies in prison and, finally, force the executive branch of OUR government to put responsible, caring people in government positions affecting regulation of commerce (and, hopefully, elsewhere as well).

Why don’t we put the lie to the fiction that we currently live in a democracy by challenging our “leaders” to listen to “we the people” for a change?

Obviously, we need to get more citizens involved in important matters instead of spending hours staring at our phones and worrying about the next fix of entertainment to be able to accomplish any of this. That’s a separate difficult problem itself that needs to be addressed. I’m merely highlighting one aspect of this mess we’ve created.

To get back to the point, by suing the EPA we actually weaken the agency responsible for protecting us against the predators who are destroying all life on the planet. We need to get rid of corrupt individuals, not render our government agencies impotent.

One reason this happens is that we’ve been programmed by corporate media to look at these evil actions as being done by faceless organizations and corporations. They simplify everything to fit into a nice, neat little box of “government is bad” and “business is good.” They push hostile ideas on us such as “greed is good” and “if I don’t do it, then someone else will” to perpetuate the destruction of morals prevalent in today’s business models.

They put up a wall of separation between government and the individuals wielding the power. Due to virtually unlimited private money being used to finance political campaigns, whoever has the most money usually wins. So, corporate manipulators basically purchase sections of our government and place corporate agents there to tilt things in their favor.

We have selections instead of elections.

Often, when a corporate politician gets caught blatantly manipulating the system to help “friends” he or she will leave their government position and go back to officially working for the corporation(s) they helped. Of course, in reality they never actually left the company, they simply took the government position so they could be paid taxpayer money to continue to do the bidding of the company.

And, of course, many politicians spend their entire careers accepting salaries from our taxes while receiving a small fortune from corporations to help them bypass government regulation and oversight. Effectively, they are still employed by these corporations. This means that we must end the practices of professional lobbying and private campaign finance as a start. Then, we need to seriously increase scrutiny of exactly where our tax money goes and who benefits from all legislation that is passed.

It boggles the mind to think that we actually allow much of our legislative process to be spent on increasing the obscene profits of wealthy people while a growing number of working poor wind up renting hovels or living in the streets of “the greatest country in the world.” (That is the United States of Corporations for those in other countries who may not be familiar with the almost comical term).

The corporate plan of blaming government for all of society’s ills serves two purposes: the corporations get favorable legislation and/or tax breaks and subsidies and they increase hatred for government hoping to eventually attain the corporate wet dream of a Libertarian society.

Of course, it is almost impossible to change this trend while the vast majority of media outlets are constantly subsumed by larger outlets. This eliminates diversity of opinion and keeps the majority ignorant of important facts necessary to have an informed opinion. This is how so many people are kept obedient.

I could go on with more details or ideas about specific ways to combat this vile corruption, but what it really comes down to is veering away from Capitalism. This state religion is the engine that drives most of the problems we face as a society. It encourages greed by rewarding it and inhibits gestures of good will because few working people can afford the luxury of selflessly doing for others.

Why do so many people think we need an ownership class who do nothing but fatten their bank accounts while others do the work? Why do so many feel incapable of changing the system? Why do so many believe they will one day become a multi-millionaire and enjoy the fruits of other peoples’ labor? Better yet, why do so many want to? Why do millions of people vote to give billions of dollars in tax subsidies to wealthy owners of fossil fuel firms and to cut funding to poor children? Indoctrination.

It’s time to undo the conditioning so violently pushed on us by the corporate lap dogs from popular media outlets. We need to stop the manipulators from framing the discussion on every important issue and, most important, we need to stop using the cleverly designed definitions they’ve come up with to push emotional buttons that derail common sense.

Ultimately, since the thread that ties all of the varied manipulators together – from control freaks to simple-minded money worshippers – is money and possessions, we need to pay heed to one common saying that everyone knows: follow the money. Where does it originate and which bank accounts does it end up in? And take it from there.

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RASHID HAS BEEN MOVED! EMERGENCY APPEAL!

Is leadership something to be feared? Can organizing people and making them aware of basic human rights EVER be a bad thing? What does it say about a prison system that dehumanizes those they say are to be rehabilitated? (Though the prison system’s idea of rehabilitation is more like brutally training people to obey). And what does it say about a society that treats people in such a despicable way?

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

6/23/17 Emergency Appeal
RASHID EMERGENCY

Supporters received word that Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, prisoner-organizer, artist and revolutionary, was picked up by Virginia officials and removed from Clements Unit on Thursday, June 23rd. He is no longer being held by Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Rashid is a very good organizer and was moved from Red Onion State Prison because of his influence and leadership. It seems now that Texas also could not handle his principled determination.

Thanks to so many people phoning Virginia Interstate Compact Supervisor Terry Glenn, we have found out that Rashid is now in Florida at a “reception facility.” However, we do not know where that is, if he can receive mail there, or where he will end up. We will keep you informed as we find out more.  In the meantime we are asking people to phone Mr. Terry Glenn back on Monday.

Rashid is Minister of Defense…

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HR 2990: Historic Bill to Abolish the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve Act, deceptively passed under extremely shady circumstances by crooked bankers and politicians in the employ of John D. Rockefeller and J. P. Morgan in 1913, is one of the most oppressive pieces of legislation in U.S. history. Do your own research and be sure to use a variety of sources before assessing the validity of this stunning attack of economic terrorism by wealthy predators. The combination of manipulation by clever insiders and ignorant acceptance by obedient, dull-witted politicians is staggering by any standards. The true story would make an unbelievable movie.

I’m reminded of a famous quote by Mark Twain: “Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.”

Some of the most destructive events in our history have been perpetrated under the most amazing and astonishing circumstances – things that would seem impossible had they not been fully documented. Yet some still aren’t believed by many people because they have so much pride in their intelligence that they are terrified of looking foolish to fellow citizens. These people willingly join the ranks of coincidence theorists simply to avoid being categorized as conspiracy theorists. This is one of the most effective tools in the arsenal of the ruling class. They make sure enough “respected” and “intelligent” people ridicule certain versions of events that portray the duplicitous relationship between wealthy rulers and those temporarily in charge of government. Then, after repetitive indoctrination of the masses preaching the integrity of the infamous “captains of industry” we are expected to kiss their rings and worship at the altar of their sacred religion – Capitalism.

The Federal Reserve Act, passed in December 1913 and also known as “The Christmas Massacre”, is one of those rare times when millions have been duped and the consequences are that the people of the United States pay interest on our own currency to wealthy, private shareholders of a ruthless corporation that portrays itself as a government entity.

Wake up and help put an end to economic tyranny.

My version of the story of the creation of the Federal Reserve posted on this blog a few years ago:
https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/the-illusionists/

The Most Revolutionary Act

In 2011, to address the failed US recovery, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) introduced HR2990, the National Emergency Employment Defense Act. The bill proposed to abolish the Federal Reserve system and end the ability of private banks to create money out of thin air.* If the bill had passed, it could have instantly ended all federal deficits and debt, while simultaneously providing trillions of dollars for vital infrastructure and restoring funding to states and local authorities for education, hospitals, clinics, housing, police, libraries and other programs cut after the 2008 economic crash.

The late Stephen Zarlenga, founder of the American Monetary Institute and co-author of the bill, always found it ironic that in 2008-2099 the US Treasury “printed” between $3-15 trillion of new money (aka quantitative easing) – as HR2990 proposes. However instead of spending this government-created money into the economy as HR2990 specifies, they…

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So Strange…

Life is so strange. We have people in prison for decades whose minds are free to roam the universe and who appreciate the simplest truths and the natural beauty of the world.

Then, we have people whose bodies are free to go anywhere and experience virtually everything this world has to offer yet they choose to imprison their minds and souls in cages of fear and desire. They sell their integrity for comfort and convenience. Contentment, peace and balance seem to be nothing more than words in a dictionary to these people. So strange…

Peace and courage to all of the political prisoners still being held by the United States of Corporations simply for choosing to retain their strength and integrity and to stand up for justice instead of selling their souls for a piece of the pie…

Photos of a few high profile political prisoners.

And, let us not forgot those forced to escape the country or who were finally released after pressure from people and organizations…