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Red Tide, Lake Okeechobee and Big Sugar

The parasitic behavior of U.S. corporations never ceases to increase death, habitat destruction and illness wherever our corporate overlords extend their despicable tentacles. When did mass killing and slow suicide become acceptable? A civilized society would place vile, delusional predators like Marco Rubio, Rick Scott and members of the Fanjul Crime Family in prison. The United States Of Corporations puts them in charge and gives them tons of money.

Here’s a look at what some of their violent business tactics have wrought on the west coast of Florida this past year:

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Red Tide

Those of you who don’t live around here think of Florida as a paradise of  Disney for the kiddies, palm trees and pristine beaches.  Indeed we have some of the finest beaches in America.  I am lucky to live within a short drive of several of them.

Well southwest Florida beaches are in dire straits this year.  From Naples to Sanibel Island here in the Tampa metro area we are seeing the scourge of Red Tide; “pristine” beaches covered with dead fish and pinkish waters which will make swimmers sick.

The first thing you notice is the smell. It’s not a scent, exactly, but a tingling in the nose that quickly spreads to the throat and burns the lungs. But then you see the carcasses.

Southwest Florida beaches

Thousands of sea creatures now litter many of southern Florida’s typically picturesque beaches. Most are fish—mullet fish, catfish, pufferfish, snook…

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Power Is Not A Thought, It’s An Action

So don’t think about, take it…

 

We are taught, in theory, in lessons of morality, that justice always prevails. We are taught that she/he who upholds concepts such as compassion, integrity and justice will always “win” in the end. (We’re morbidly obsessed with “winning” everything in our winner-take-all, lottery mentality version of a society.) We tell ourselves that we’re good people – despite promoting a system founded on genocide, slavery, war, profiting on pain and misery, etc. – and that the only reason we do bad things is because everyone else does. We convince ourselves that if we don’t do these horrible things someone else will – so “I” might as well get something out of it. Too few of us stop to realize that that is precisely why and how we do these terrible things which prevent us from becoming civilized.

We take pride in technological advances, even when we are confronted with evidence that many of them hurt as much as help us – or as is often the case, hurt “others” who also don’t receive the supposed benefits we enjoy. We build conveniences that direct our energies away from things that matter as we get lost in artificial worlds that entice us with beauty and “happiness” while leaving our actual world – a beautiful planet that provides us with everything we need to live – sick, ugly and rampant with unhappiness.

We allow ourselves to be divided into ridiculously arbitrary groups based on superficial reasons that, if explained to a child, would make absolutely no sense.

We suppress kindness and decency in the name of promoting our despicable system of treating living beings (ourselves included) as commodities.

We kill and displace faceless “enemies” who are guilty of nothing more than “owning” resources we desperately want. Many countries are guilty of this particular art of war, but the United States seems especially adept at it. We seem headed to a place in the world where we are simply a ruthless mercenary force killing and maiming for those who can afford our “services.”

We cause suffering for groups of people who look at life in a slightly different way than we do. Many of us view skin tone as more important than morality or intellect. I feel disgusted just writing that, knowing how painfully true it is. But we “learn” to accept these pathetic ideas and embrace them as truths.

Truth, a word with such power, that has been attacked viciously by those who wish to bury it in an unmarked grave, never to be remembered. It used to represent ideals such as freedom, integrity and justice. It was the basis for great concepts that inspired humanity to strive toward new heights. But it now only shows us just how far we’ve fallen as a race.

The following paragraph was written by the brilliant writer, James Baldwin, in his essay “To Be Baptized” from his book, “No Name In The Street” – published in 1972. These words have taken on a new importance due to the circumstances we face today and should serve as a warning to those not completely under the influence of cowardly obedience to the “dominant” culture:

“This is the formula for a nation’s or a kingdom’s decline, for no kingdom can maintain itself by force alone. Force does not work the way its advocates seem to think it does. It does not, for example, reveal to the victim the strength of his adversary. On the contrary, it reveals the weakness, even the panic of his adversary, and this revelation invests the victim with patience. Furthermore, it is ultimately fatal to create too many victims. The victor can do nothing with these victims. They belong to the people he is fighting. The people know this, and as inexorably as the roll call – the honor roll – of victims expands, so does their will become inexorable: they resolve that these dead, their brethren, shall not have died in vain. When this point is reached, however long the battle may go on, the victor can never be the victor: on the contrary all his energies, his entire life, are bound up in a terror he cannot articulate, a mystery he cannot read, a battle he cannot win – he has simply become the prisoner of the people he thought to cow, chain or murder into submission.”

From these words (and other perceptive writings) we have to draw the strength needed to see through the dysfunctional and disingenuous propaganda we continue to be manipulated by. Is it actually that difficult to see most of the truths cleverly buried in the modern myths created by those directing the hateful battle against language we’re living through?

Young black men are murdered regularly in our streets – by police officers! Who are the “violent offenders” roaming our streets?

People who advocate for taking control of our lives and who support equal education and access to resources are targeted in the streets and, if they are not murdered in cold blood like Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were, are imprisoned on death row, awaiting a violent death. Yet openly racist police officers are acquitted and set free after killing unarmed civilians. Who is terrorizing our cities?

Poor children go without adequate nutrition while billions of dollars in taxpayer money are given to obscenely wealthy executives of corporations that contribute to the destruction of the planet. What was that about “welfare queens” being a drag on the economy?

It doesn’t take a serious amount of intelligence so pretending truth is a lofty idea only for intellectuals is pathetic. It takes courage. Yes, some people have more courage than others, but we all need to reach inside ourselves to that place where everyone finds their strength and just admit that cowardly hiding from reality is shameful and unacceptable. And we all need to decide what we can do individually, or in groups, to end this suicidal joyride we’re fatally indulging in if we ever expect to take control of our lives (and survive). The power to live together in peace is there for the taking. We just need to find that courage – and take it.

We know power will never be given. It never has as far as we know. When will it be time to take back life? When we’re coughing up pieces of lung during a walk outdoors? When we no longer have a forest to enjoy, a river to take a refreshing dip in, an unobstructed view of the stars at night? When we need a passport to go to a neighboring state? When a quarter of the population is in prison for thinking instead of obeying?

The following is another paragraph from that eloquent James Baldwin essay:

“Power, then, which can have no morality in itself, is yet dependent on human energy, on the wills and desires of human beings. When power translates itself into tyranny, it means that the principles on which that power depended and which were its justification, are bankrupt. When this happens, and it is happening now, power can only be defended by thugs and mediocrities – and seas of blood. The representatives of the status quo are sickened and divided, and dread looking into the eyes of their young; while the excluded begin to realize, having endured everything, that they can endure everything. They do not know the precise shape of the future, but they know that the future belongs to them. They realize this – paradoxically – by the failure of the moral energy of their oppressors and begin, almost instinctively, to forge a new morality, to replace the principles on which a new world will be built.”

It’s time to rebuild. We need to learn that power over others is a form of violence, a variation on the concept of slavery. To take away someone’s volition is to prevent them from being a living being. We might as well be rocks if we get to choose what cereal to eat and what toothpaste to use but not be able to decide how to think, what direction we’d like to move in as a society and not be allowed to prioritize in a way that doesn’t do violence to others. Real power is not power over others, but power over ourselves as individuals and as a community.

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Jason Walker attacked by prison clansmen for reporting their brutality

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Jason Renard Walker

I’m sad to report that I was attacked and beaten by clansman as Black guards watched. I sent out a report on this but left out info I felt would cause the message to be banned, delayed or thrown away. This attack was in response to my November Bay View piece that circulated around the prison like wildfire.

Until I don’t have hands to write and eyes to see and a tongue to speak, I will continue to expose such attempts to repress my freedom of speech. As long as the oppressor recognizes it can use justified brutality to chill prisoners’ rights of exposing acts that shock the conscience and deter others from expressing them, they won’t stop.

Death is the only thing that will stop me; history has proven that Texas officials are more than up to the challenge. I’m here and…

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The Lobby-USA, Parts 1-4

This is an incredibly important film that everyone, especially those who live in the U.S. and who believe that they live in a democracy or that they live in a country that supports human rights or that they live in a country that allows freedom, should see.

Freedom isn’t having twenty brands of (mostly) toxic toothpaste, dozens of cancer-feeding, sugar-filled drinks and hundreds of genetically-modified, pesticide-infested, chemically enhanced quasi-food “products” to choose from at the grocery store. It isn’t having a multitude of life-destroying fossil fuel vehicles to choose from to selfishly drive while we choke on toxic fumes, then buy toxic chemicals to treat our breathing. It isn’t having hundreds of channels of corporate indoctrination and dysfunctional social conditioning to watch on television and other various electronic devices designed to keep us tame. It isn’t having two corporate puppets to “choose” between in (S)elections.

It’s having the right to our own minds instead of selling them to the highest bidders. It’s retaining the intelligence and integrity to be informed of what’s going on in our country and around the world and being able to perceive right from wrong and not support dictators, genocidal maniacs and corporate prostitutes – and calling them leaders.

Let’s take a look at ourselves a little more often and stop obeying the demands of narcissists and psychopaths. It’s not only a matter of moral courage and integrity, it’s survival.

via The Lobby-USA, Parts 1-4

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Richie Havens – On The Turning Away

 

Richie Havens was a rare talent – as a singer, a guitarist, a songwriter, an artist, a poet, an actor, and especially, as a person. Instead of living “the good life” by taking advantage of celebrity worship and soulless endorsement of anything anyone’s willing to sell, he was a passionate, pro-peace activist. He educated people about ecology, imperialism and civil rights. His endeavors in the area of civil rights included advocating for the rights of the Indigenous people of North America.

In 2002 he released his 19th studio album, “Wishing Well”, and on it he recorded a unique version of a song by Pink Floyd. It’s quite different in style from the original. On Pink Floyd’s 1987 album, “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason”, it’s a beautifully crafted, melodic rock song with inspirational lyrics. Though the lyrics are about something horrible happening to humanity, the version by Richie Havens has a meditative quality to it. Though that might seem to be a strange mix, it may be the perfect vehicle to allow the listener to relax into a contemplative state and be open to the profound message.

The message is that we’re drowning in a cesspool of ignorance, hate and insensitivity and need to open our hearts to take an honest look at what we’re doing to each other (and to all life) in this insane world we’ve designed. We’ve allowed cruelty and indecency to prevail over kindness and compassion. We need to feel again – feel the pain and suffering we inflict on “others” and allow to spread. The cold wind of apathy is blowing out of control and people are freezing to death. A death of the heart.

Please, no more turning away.

More on Richie Havens: 

https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/richie-havens/

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Evolution Or Extinction?

Nature is amazing.

There are so many types of life on this planet alone, never mind throughout the rest of the universe. The diversity on planet Earth is astounding, from single-celled nanobacteria to the blue whale and the Pando aspen forest in Utah. Some breathe air, some breathe water, some live in the air, some spend most of their lives in soil. Some have fascinating lives and some muddle through what would seem to be dull, repetitive existences. I find some of the more interesting types of organisms living on Earth to be parasites.

There are many types of parasites, from parasitic worms such as tapeworms and roundworms to plants such as mistletoe and the genus Rafflesia (28 species with no roots, stems or leaves, only flowers that smell like rotting flesh) to animals such as the lamprey, the cookie cutter shark and the snub-nosed eel.

Though they exist in various orders of living beings, parasites have their own categories according to how they feed on their hosts. There are endoparasites which exist inside their hosts and ectoparasites which exist outside their hosts.

A trait that is common among all acknowledged parasites throughout the four Kingdoms of the Eukaryota domain is that they are unable to understand that their behavior is parasitic – or even what parasitism is. They don’t understand that other forms of life need to die for them to live as they do, they know no other way to survive. It’s what they do.

Some of these parasites contribute to disease in human beings. Until recently it was believed that there were three types: two, protozoa and helminths, are classified as endoparasites and one group as ectoparasites.

Today some of us have come to realize that there is another class of parasite that poses a significantly more dangerous threat to human life (and, in turn, to all life on the planet). Interestingly, it is a subclass of human beings. The initial infection manifests as a mental illness. Normally, a mental illness is identified as such and the unfortunate people suffering from it are treated with drugs and therapy. The more deeply infected are often placed in hospitals and given more extreme drugs and/or undergo cutting edge medical procedures.

But this isn’t so with this new class of parasites.

This relatively new group of parasites aren’t treated as sick despite the fact that they weren’t born that way. They have chosen to be parasitic. Seriously, they actually choose to be parasites. Is that the most revolting thing ever conceived in human history? They could use their complex brains, feel compassion and attempt to evolve along with other human beings, but opt instead to spread ignorance, hate, violence and injustice.

These supposedly intelligent beings could work toward peace in the world. They choose instead to profit financially. They could help provide shelter, clothing and nutrition for people who are victims of natural and unnatural disasters. No, they choose to horde their wealth. They could help provide clean drinking water and proper sewerage for everyone on the planet. It wouldn’t be difficult or put them in the proverbial poorhouse, but they choose to pretend that approximately 2 MILLION children don’t die every year due to a lack of clean drinking water and proper sanitation. And that’s just human children, never mind the uncounted animals that suffer from habitat destruction because they aren’t considered deserving of life’s necessities.

Decades of social conditioning by those who first exhibited this treacherous behavior has caused an epidemic of mental and emotional disorders in modern society. One result of this conditioning has been to create an acceptance of the existence of parasites among the human population, allowing this subclass to thrive. While there are variations among these disorders, there are certain traits common to them all: a fear-based ideology which has led to a dogmatic adherence to the religion of capitalism and character flaws resulting in reduced compassion and increased ambition. These character flaws increase obedience to the state-sponsored religion which rewards obedience as well as controlled ambition and suppression of compassion and the entire system feeds on itself (bringing to mind the saying “a vicious cycle”). It’s a form of cannibalism with the ownership class feeding voraciously on the hearts (courage) and minds (intelligence) of the majority of society.

Though these beings are definitely dangerous to the existence of most life on the planet, amazingly there seems to not only be an increase in acceptance of their presence, an increasing number of humans actually embrace the suicidal ideology they have imposed on many of us. Yes, this new strain of mental illness appears to be contagious. It has become a plague.

Have we reached the tipping point, the point of no return? Is there any chance that the sick can be rehabilitated or are we doomed to a sterile existence of obedience, hate and violence eventually ending in collective suicide? The people who control most of our media are afflicted, therefore their insidiously clever program of spreading the dis-ease seems to be unstoppable.

As dismal as this phenomenon is, I would like to end this with a promise of hope.

Compassion. Understanding. Education.

And hard work and patience. If we don’t set aside our many differences and work together we will not only commit suicide, we’ll wipe out a significant amount of other life forms who’ve done nothing other than what they’ve done for millions of years – exist without hatred or malice. And if we fail to stop this criminally insane descent into de-evolution, at least some life will continue to exist and other types of life will form from the extinction of humanity.

Yes, nature is amazing.

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‘Intoxicating Freedom, Gripping Fear’: Mumia Abu-Jamal On Life As a Black Panther

A brilliant, eloquent, thoughtful man like Mumia Abu-Jamal languishes on death row while a racist, narcissistic sexual predator/economic terrorist resides in the White House corrupting what’s left of a crumbling democracy, furthering the insidious agendas of corporate control and white supremacy, increasing destruction of the environment, creating international tensions that could lead to war, dividing the U.S. population to a level which causes people to fear civil war, continues corporate welfare while helping wealthy business executives financially rape the rest of us and put more families in the streets…

Do I need to continue?

Law, uh, I mean Order Enforcement powers started a war on the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s when they saw people who looked and thought differently than they creating a place where the religion of Capitalism wasn’t needed. They were showing us that you can feed, clothe, educate and provide decent lives for ALL chilldren – not just “our” children. They showed us that medical care could be given to ALL people without putting corporate profits above the well-being of human beings. They tried to show us a different way – one in which compassion counted and profiting on misery is accepted as the horrible crime it is everywhere outside the self-deceived world of Capitalism.

The business executives currently running the U.S. are parasites. Mumia Abu-Jamal is a hero. Let’s regain compassion, justice, integrity and truth.

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Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal.
 Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photograph: April Saul/Philadelphia Inquirer

The letter was dated 30 August 2016. Written in black ink in spidery, meticulous handwriting, it proclaimed at the top of the page: “On a Move!”, the mantra of the Move group of black liberationists from Philadelphia who clashed violently with the city’s police force 40 years ago, sending nine of them to prison for decades.

The author was Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is the closest thing that exists today to an imprisoned Black Panther celebrity. He joined the Black Panther party in the 1960s when he was just 14, and later became a prominent advocate for the Move organization.

For the past 36 years he has been incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons, including two decades spent on death row, having been convicted of murdering a police officer at a Philadelphia street corner in 1981. His case has reverberated around the…

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