Monday, March 18, 2019

Seeing Again

Sesame Street - Four Blind Mice -1969
Wouldn't it be great if sight could be restored?

Blind people could see again. That would be great.

Well, perhaps that will be true. Soon.

Here's the story...

With single gene insertion, blind mice regain sight, University of California- Berkeley,, 15 March 2019.

"It was surprisingly simple. University of California, Berkeley, scientists inserted a gene for a green-light receptor into the eyes of blind mice and, a month later, they were navigating around obstacles as easily as mice with no vision problems. They were able to see motion, brightness changes over a thousandfold range and fine detail on an iPad sufficient to distinguish letters."

"The researchers say that, within as little as three years, the gene therapy—delivered via an inactivated virus—could be tried in humans who've lost sight because of retinal degeneration, ideally giving them enough vision to move around and potentially restoring their ability to read or watch video."

"You would inject this virus into a person's eye and, a couple months later, they'd be seeing something," said Ehud Isacoff, a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology and director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. "With neurodegenerative diseases of the retina, often all people try to do is halt or slow further degeneration. But something that restores an image in a few months—it is an amazing thing to think about."

About 170 million people worldwide live with age-related macular degeneration, which strikes one in 10 people over the age of 55, while 1.7 million people worldwide have the most common form of inherited blindness, retinitis pigmentosa, which typically leaves people blind by the age of 40.


Sesame Street - Four Blind Mice -1969

Friday, March 15, 2019

King Pickpocket

One thing is certain, Mr. Trump is more adept than most politicos at distracting attention.

For instance, while he is suggesting that his followers might decide to use violence against the rest of us unless he gets his way, his minions are out dismantling our government, and handing out publicly owned lands and natural resources to his corporate buddies.

Wow. He is the King of Pickpockets. We really do need to watch where those little hands are going... all the time.

You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two (from: "Oliver!" - 1968)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Knowing Earlier Makes Big Difference

A newly published study adds weight to the growing body of evidence suggesting cognitive decline can be tracked through changes in the eye. (Credit: Wavebreakmedia/Depositphotos)

A Duke University research study... "published in the journal Ophthalmology Retina, has reported that statistically significant differences can be identified in the retinas of patients with Alzheimer's disease. The finding paves the way for a future where the disease could be diagnosed from a simple eye scan before major symptoms appear."

The study was reported in a New Atlas article,  Alzheimer's eye test could catch the disease before symptoms appear, written by Rich Haridy and posted 11 March 2019.

"...the results were satisfyingly clear, with the Alzheimer's subjects displaying significantly reduced macular vessel density and perfusion density in comparison to both the healthy control and the MCI subjects. This suggests that not only could the OCTA imaging serve as an easy diagnostic test that can detect Alzheimer's disease, but further work to better home in on the how different stages of retinal degeneration correlate with neurodegeneration may lead to a quick eye test that identifies patients at the very earliest stages of cognitive decline, before the symptoms become clinically evident."

"Ultimately, the goal would be to use this technology to detect Alzheimer's early, before symptoms of memory loss are evident, and be able to monitor these changes over time in participants of clinical trials studying new Alzheimer's treatments," says Fekrat."

"This kind of eye scan, tracking thinning in the retina, is also being investigated as an early detection tool to catch patients with Parkinson's disease before major symptoms present. The research is still in its nascent stages, and more work is needed before it can be widely rolled out, but the implications are exciting. A quick, non-invasive eye examination that can be routinely rolled out to identify those at risk of neurodegeneration before it takes hold would allow a huge range of preventative treatments to be deployed."

Here's the whole story...

The Tenors - I Remember You - 2015

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Our Lives Have Value

Reading Mr. Trump's budget reminded me that we have a choice.

We can choose to accept the same-old-same-old... more spending for the Republican Defense Industry Global Corporations and much less for what matters most for us, such as Environmental Protection, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Transportation, Education, Medicare, Social Security, and diplomacy.

Or, we can make our government work for us by, "not taking it anymore".

Why? Because our lives have value. Government must begin to spend our money to help us.

Let's make change happen for us rather than continuing to accept the same-old-same-old again.

I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore! Speech from Network - 1976

Published on Aug 17, 2013
"I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression."

"Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it."

"We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be."

"We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.'"

"Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street."

"All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' 

So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!'

Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Local Gov Accountability on State Level

One of the many blessing we enjoy in the United States is perhaps the one most unacknowledged. That is that for the most part, our local governments work.

By that I mean local governments effectively and efficiently operate for the benefit of their citizens.

Certainly, for me that is true because I am lucky to live in a Michigan township, Grosse Ile, with honest, dedicated, capable, flexible and forward thinking elected leaders and public servants.

From my years of experience working with cities, counties and regional governments in Michigan and Ohio, I can also extend my praise to a host of other communities, too.

By the way, on the local government level, for the most part, my experience tells me that party affiliation makes no difference. When the rubber meets the road, what really matters is what is in the hearts of the leaders – are they dedicated to working for the community’s best interests or are they more interested in leveraging their position of public trust for personal advancement and/or pocketbook.

Another and equally important measure of leadership is the ability to face tough issues head on and create a grounded, sustainable solution and then go to us - the people, face-to-face - answer our questions with facts and convince us that the plan is a wise solution for all of us.

The local government leaders I've had the honor of working with usually confront and solve local issues, while state and federal leaders are usually not accountable to the same standard… perhaps we no longer expect equally high standards from them or they’re using a totally different playbook.

Anyway, for us in Michigan, the gods of government may be ready to grant us a reprieve since our recently elected Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is now facing one of her first tests of leadership with her plan to fix our “damn roads”.

Her plan calls for a $.45 tax increase per gallon of gas in order to raise the revenue needed to maintain and repair our roads.

After years of "kick-the-can-down-the-road state house and senate leadership", it appears that we now have a leader who is willing to solve our roads challenge by facing the fact that it costs money to do the job right.

So, maybe our roads will finally be repaired and maintained under some rational plan.

It’s obvious that each of us will pay the price of fixing our roads - either in vehicle repairs, loss of home property value, lost sales/profits - or at the pump.

My choice is at the pump.

I hope Gov. Whitmer does a good job convincing us with the facts that her plan is best for all of us.

Bruce Springsteen - We Take Care of Our Own - 2012 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)... Stateswoman in Action

Photo credit: Screen capture from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
questions Michael Cohen (C-SPAN) See video clip below.
It's been so long. A few of us have forgotten, but most of us are too young to have seen what it looks like when an Representative actually does his/her job for the people of his/her district and for the people of the United States.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) recently gave us a clear example of an American stateswoman in action.

Here's the story...

At the End of a Long, Tedious Cohen Hearing, AOC Was Sharp and Crisp, Ed Kilgore,, 27 Feb 2019.

"Until today, I had been skeptical about the hype over new congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is, after all, a backbencher from a safe Democratic district in a heavily Democratic state. She won an impressive upset primary victory last year, but is still south of 30 years old and belongs to the small if interesting tribe of self-identified democratic socialists (to which I do not happen to belong). Maybe I don’t spend enough time on social media to understand her mastery of latter-day communications. But I figured she had become a self-perpetuating legend probably resented by her colleagues who spent years toiling for a tiny fraction of the attention she’s attracted."

"But at the end of a long, tedious day in the House Oversight Committee marked by clumsy questioning of Michael Cohen by Democrats, and shrieking hostility to the witness from Trump-loving Republicans, AOC (as she is universally known in the political universe — you know, like FDR and JFK) put in perhaps the single most impressive appearance of the hearing."

"She was crisp, succinct, and very focused on raising some previously undiscussed potential criminal liability issues for Trump that Cohen’s testimony suggested (e.g, insurance fraud), including several where the hot-button issue of Trump’s missing tax returns might be germane. I wasn’t the only viewer who was impressed; so was the fact-checker from the Washington Post, another person unlikely to be excessively biased toward AOC:"

Please go here for the rest of the story.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions Michael Cohen (C-SPAN)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Surviving Your Hospital Stay

Please go here for the whole story.
I know. You didn't ask. But, since many of our friends are facing serious issues as their parents and loved ones age, I feel compelled to express to you the benefit of our experience with the U.S. medical system.

Here are 11 tips for surviving your U.S. hospital stay, with number 12 and perhaps the most important thrown in for good measure:

“Stay away from the hospital unless you have no other option and you absolutely must go.” Why, because medical errors are still the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.

I am not joking.

If you value your life and the life of your loved one, do these things:

  1. Empower someone you trust and who loves you to be your patient advocate.
  2. Each day, especially Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, at the beginning of every shift, your patient advocate must meet and be confident in your assigned nurse. Follow this practice until you leave the hospital.
  3. Move to a room, as close to the nurses’ station as you can be. If the room is semi-private, ask for the bed closest to the entry door.
  4. Make sure your patient advocate understands which medications your doctor has ordered for you as well as how much of each medication you are to receive.
  5. Make absolutely certain that your patient advocate ensures that your nurse correctly administers your medications as your doctor has ordered.
  6. Do not submit to any procedure unless you understand that your doctor has ordered it for you and you have agreed to have it done.
  7. Closely observe the nursing team and make certain that they wash their hands and use clean gloves; do not use suction tubes which have fallen onto the floor or onto your bed; and maintain sterile technique when required, e.g. when changing a PICC line (peripherally inserted central catheter) dressing.
  8. Question everything and ask your questions in three different ways.
  9. Ask what are the known side effects of every medication and procedure.
  10. Research everything until you feel comfortable that you understand.
  11. Just never give up, no matter who says you can’t make it, because you can!

Please go here for the whole story.

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor - 1978

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Retail Solar Panel Reaches Record 29% Yield


Here's another reason to consider solar for your home...

"Studies have shown that the average yield on commercial solar panels has increased by just 3.5 percentage points since the 2000s and seemed to be reaching a plateau. But Insolight's three founders – Mathieu Ackermann, Laurent Coulot and Florian Gerlich – wanted to push yields further and decided to try something radically different: build residential solar panels that employ the same kinds of cells used in satellites, which are very efficient but also very expensive."

"To keep costs down for the retail market, they developed a protective glass on which optical lenses can be placed that concentrate sunlight by some 100x and direct it to the tiny surface of the high-performance cells. That means the cells need to take up less than 0.5 percent of the solar panel surface. The founders also designed a mechanism that can move the cells horizontally by a few millimeters each way in order to follow sunlight throughout the day."

"Insolight boast an impressive 29 percent yield – a record."

Please go here for the rest of  the story...

New residential solar panels deliver record-breaking efficiency, Cécilia Carron, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, 19 Feb 2019.

New residential solar panels deliver record-breaking efficiency

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Published on Feb 18, 2019

The solar panels developed by startup Insolight boast an impressive 29% yield – a record for the retail market. These systems, which have now been standardized for mass production, contain lenses that focus sunlight on tiny high-yield photovoltaic cells, employing what is a pioneering approach for the solar-power industry

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Young People Leading Us to the Light

Sunrise Movement members ask, "Mitch, Look Us In The Eyes".
Photo credit: Anthony Adragna.
(Washington, D.C.) Breaking News... I'll bet 10 cat's eye marbles that you didn't know this:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office was occupied for a few minutes yesterday by a group of young people - The Sunrise Movement - demanding, “Mitch, Look Us In The Eyes.”

These young heroes "delivered a petition containing 100,000 signatures to McConnell’s office calling on him to co-sponsor the “Green New Deal” resolution."

McConnell plans to allow a vote... but his plan calls for a vote to somehow "...highlight disarray within the Democratic Party over the progressive-backed climate initiative." I guess we'll find out what that means in the days ahead.

Please click through to the link below to see the videos.

Here's the story:

Dozens of climate protesters storm McConnell’s office over Green New Deal, Miranda Green and Owen Daugherty,, 25 Feb 2019.

More than 100 youth climate protesters entered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office Monday to advocate for the “Green New Deal" and challenge McConnell's plan to fast-track a vote on the resolution in the Senate.

The youth climate advocates, members of the national climate group The Sunrise Movement, were seen overflowing from McConnell’s office into the stairwell in the Russell Senate Office Building on Monday morning.

Protesters inside his office held up a sign that read, “Mitch, Look Us In The Eyes.”

“I am here because people in my community don’t have jobs, are starving and turning to opiods [sic] and dying. Mitch McConnell refuses to do anything about,” said 15-year-old Kentucky high school student Lily Gardner, according to a press release from Sunrise Movement.

Within hours of the protests taking place, several members of the group could be seen being escorted out of the office in handcuffs by Capitol Police.

"As with all Kentuckians visiting D.C., we welcomed them to the office today. It's worth noting that two weeks before, Senator McConnell had already announced that he will be bringing the Green New Deal up for a vote in the U.S. Senate," McConnell spokesperson Stephanie Penn told The Hill.

The protesters delivered a petition containing 100,000 signatures to McConnell’s office calling on him to co-sponsor the “Green New Deal” resolution that was introduced in both the Senate and the House in early February by freshman lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

The nonbinding resolution is a sweeping environment and energy reform plan meant to set up the United States to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

It lays out, in part, a pathway for the country to transition to 100 percent renewable energy use by 2030.

McConnell announced two weeks ago that he would soon bring a vote on the resolution to the Senate floor — a move Republicans hoped would highlight disarray within the Democratic Party over the progressive-backed climate initiative.

Initially championed by Ocasio-Cortez to be the focus of a select committee in the House, the Green New Deal has met resistance by some Democrats who questioned the significance of the measure.

While Senate Democrats in recent weeks have pushed back on McConnell's clear effort to divide the party, the vote will highlight disagreements among Democrats over just how to approach the issue of a warming globe.

McConnell did not say when the vote would take place, but the bill has little chance of passing the Senate.

The Sunrise Movement played a part in helping Ocasio-Cortez's office draft the Green New Deal resolution.

The youth protesters have held multiple rallies to support the initiative at the Capitol this year, including staging their first sit-in at Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office in the fall with Ocasio-Cortez present.

The group held a similar protest outside McConnell's Kentucky-based office last week.

Go here for the Whole Story.

Todd Rundgren - I Saw The Light - 1972

Monday, February 25, 2019

Wisdom and Health

There is little to no place for wisdom in our society.

We worship money, wealth and celebrity and disdain knowledge and experience - wisdom.

Most U.S. corporations care next to nothing about their "senior" employees, those who have spent years working for them. Most often the corporate people who populate our business today are all about getting rid of the old in favor of youthful, "fresh" minds.

What they end up doing is tossing out years of accumulated wisdom and irreplaceable experience with lower-wage, tabula rasa, eager-to-please-the-boss, replacements. Sure, the manager saves a few shekels today, but by doing so he is snuffing out the company's future by condemning it to repeat the errors of the past because he's wiped out the "experience" feed-back system. That is, the people who actually know something and might tell him he's going down the wrong path.

This stupidity is not confined to the corporate world, of course.

Consider health and wellness. Western medicine, under the control of predatory capitalists, I suspect, has long-condemned proven, homeopathic remedies and ancient, traditional medicine, such as acupuncture, to the "no profit", "witchy" woman trash pile.

Every day I learn more. Here's some very important knowledge... stuff our ancestors learned ages ago. Stuff like: we are composed of a bunch of electric circuits.

Here's the story...

Dr. Jerry Tennant: Healing the Body's Electrical Circuitry | Electricity of Life

Published on Feb 23, 2019

Today, various electromagnetic therapies have gained unprecedented acceptance and use, and scientific studies continue to affirm the influence of electromagnetic fields on life. One of the leading pioneers in this rapidly growing field has been Dr. Jerry Tennant, an ophthalmologist whose book series Healing is Voltage describes his groundbreaking research into the electrical circuitry of the human body. Today, in part one of this two-part presentation, Dr. Tennant begins by sharing his own remarkable challenges which catalyzed his scientific journey.

Dr. Jerry Tennant is board certified in ophthalmology and ophthalmic plastic surgery (residency,
Harvard Medical School and Southwestern Medical School.) He was the director of ophthalmic plastic surgery clinic at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and practiced from 1965 to 1995. He did much of the FDA study for the VISX Excimer laser and performed approximately 1000 surgeries in the United States and Europe. In addition, Dr. Tennant was the founder/director of the Dallas Eye Institute and one of the first surgeons in the US to place intraocular lenses in eyes after cataract surgery and taught these techniques around the world. He holds patents for medical devices including intraocular lenses and several surgical instruments. While licensed in Arizona by the Board of Homeopathic and Alternative Medicine, Dr. Tennant is currently the Director of the Tennant Institute for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Tennant's presentation at EU2017:

To view EU2017 conference presentations for $29USD, go to

Witchy Woman - The Eagles - 1972

Friday, February 22, 2019

Ponder This for a Second

Here's something to ponder for a second or two:

It is time to "...stop using technology to optimize human beings for the market and start optimizing technology for the human future."

How to be "Team Human" in the digital future | Douglas Rushkoff

Published on Jan 14, 2019
Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff -- in a world dominated by digital technology, we're now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff urges us to stop using technology to optimize people for the market and start using it to build a future centered on our pre-digital values of connection, creativity and respect. "Join 'Team Human.' Find the others," he says. "Together let's make the future that we always wanted."

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

It’s About Quality of Life

I’ll bet 10 cat’s eye marbles that there is one thing that you and I both know for certain.

That is American Predatory Capitalism is a clear failure for 99.9% of Americans. The U.S. has metastasized into a corporate oligarchy, dominated by a few billionaires, and is only a step or two away from becoming a full-blown Fascist dictatorship.

The .01% have it made, of course. And, even the top 10% are doing good, too.

But the rest of us are struggling. We are barely eking out a living.

Importantly, it’s not just about money. It’s about quality of life.

After all, most of us don’t go home to protected, gated communities, riding in an armor-plated Mercedes, chauffeured by ex-Special Ops armed guard.

No, we’re living every second in a war zone of sorts. Just going somewhere – around the corner or cross town – requires remaining on guard, trying to avoid the people with the guns – the car rage people, totally insane and ready to explode for some perceived driving error – and the hoodlums ready to take your life for the $10 they think you might have in your wallet.

Today in America, you must now also be on guard to remain clear of and far away from those other people with guns – the police. Because if you are stopped for any reason, you may not survive the encounter. You can end up dead for making the wrong move or pulled out of your car are pummeled for God knows what the “bully-with-a-badge-and-gun” perceived as a provocative infraction.

Finally, we are forced to constantly remain on guard, alert for the next scam coming our way via those maddening, unsolicited phone calls, or the unending rip offs – from the cable company, the bank, the grocery store, the gas station, the insurance company, the doctor, the hospital, and without a doubt, the politicians.

No, American Predatory Capitalism is not working for 99.9% of Americans.

I’m for giving Nordic-Style Social Democracy some time at bat. It has worked for others. Let’s see what we can do with an Americanized version.

Let’s change our societal paradigm away from welfare for corporations and the .01%.

So, I’m for Bernie Sanders for President.

Yes, I’m in. Because I believe Sen. Sanders will move our nation toward an upgraded and improved quality of life… back toward the Democracy we thought we had… for all of us… all 99.9%. 

In summary,

"What the United States needs is not bigger government but smarter government, government for the twenty-first century that is simpler and more transparent, that provides the basic social services and regulations that a government can best provide, and that then leaves the market free of all the targeted meddling that the United States is infamous for now."

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen

Jim Croce - Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Midnight Special - 1973)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

microRNA-142 Masterswitch Turnoffs Autoimmune Diseases

Here are a few life-changing facts these brilliant scientists have recently uncovered:

"Professor Graham Lord, from The University of Manchester, led the study, which could translate into treatments for autoimmune diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn's Disease within a few years."

"The 10-year-study found that microRNA-142 controls Regulatory T cells, which modulate the immune system and prevent autoimmune disease. It is, they found, the most highly expressed regulator in the immune system."

"If the activity of Regulatory T cells is too low, this can cause other immune cells to attack our own body tissues. If these Regulatory T cells are too active, this leads to suppression of immune responses and can allow cancers to evade the immune system."

"So being able to control them is a major step forward in our ability to control- and harness—the therapeutic power of the immune system."

Please go here for the article:

Masterswitch discovered in body's immune system, University of Manchester,, 11 Feb 2019.

The Pointer Sisters - Automatic - 1983

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Doubting Thomas App

What could be more appropriate and, absolutely necessary, in our iPhone era, than an app that helps us sort out truth from fiction?

I’m waiting for a creative genius to make that happen.

In the meantime we are all over our heads engulfed in a serious challenge: How do we tell a “real” or truthful video from a fake video?

I’m not kidding. Millions of us watch a bazillion videos each day.

Often we take them at face value, just accepting that they are a true representation of the subject. You know, that the person speaking actually spoke the words we have just seen him/her say, or did the thing we just saw them do.

Well, I’m sorry to bring to your attention that you can no longer simply believe our own eyes.

And, even worse, the technology to seamlessly lie in video format is cheap and easy to use – so anyone one, with a mind to do so, can now fake their own videos.

How fun is that!

Here’s the story…

Deepfakes Explained: The AI That’s Making Fake Videos Too Convincing, Megan Ellis,, 21 Nov 2018.

*You remember the Doubting Thomas Story, don't you?
John 20:24–29

"A doubting Thomas is a skeptic who refuses to believe without direct personal experience—a reference to the Apostle Thomas, who refused to believe that the resurrected Jesus had appeared to the ten other apostles, until he could see and feel the wounds received by Jesus on the cross."
The "Doubting Thomas App" would help us determine if the video is a Deepfake or not.

Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies - 1987

Friday, February 15, 2019

Trump Era Opens Neo-Progressive Door

Just the other day I wondered if I’d live long enough to witness a miracle. But just like my fortune cookie predicted, “You will soon witness a miracle”, I have indeed.

There’s one thing to note about the Trump Era… it opened the door to the Neo-Progressive Era.

Up to today in the nation’s history, it was painfully obvious that things would just keep sliming along no matter which political party was in charge.

Then the totally unexpected happened… Trump took over the White House and began paving the way to a whole new era. But it’s not the era that he nor his fellow oligarchs or their Republican Party leader drones expected.

Many of us had given up hope that we’d reach this tipping point given the iron grip the oligarchs have around the neck of the U.S. government. It’s their boundless avarice and unlimited bank accounts that have given them unlimited control of the nation’s resources and the ability to slime their way in and maintain control, no matter which party is in the majority.

But today Mr. Trump gave us a National Emergency Declaration for his wall that will change the game board forever.

In doing so he has single-handedly created and unleashed a Neo-Progressive Tsunami that will ultimately wipe out the oligarchy’s death grip and give birth to US-style Social Democracy.

It has taken a whole lot to wake up Americans to their dire situation, has it not?

But the Trump Era has now done the trick.

Glory Road- Neil Diamond - 1968

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Let’s Give the .01% What They Want

We know for certain that American-style capitalism does not work for most Americans. However, it certainly does work for the .01% and, arguably, even the top 10%, who earn roughly $120,000/yr and more.

For those people, life if very good. For the rest us, life is arduous, to say the least.

So, change is a must. Either capitalism is "revised" or... well, you know, things will get really bad for everyone.

We know change is never easy, so, here's a novel way to make the change happen: Why not emulate the best characteristic of the .01% class – the global corporatism, predatory capitalism people, the ones represented by the Republican Party – but scaled up for the American people en masse.

What do I mean “best of”?

It is the “self-first” nature of the beast, the thing they do best.

But our “self-first” would be directed, if you will, away from boundless individual greed toward a huge dose of humanity-first, e.g. Nordic Democracy. That's the Social Democracy that is working in the Nordic countries, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Our goal is to selfishly see to the needs of every American, on a one-by-one, individual basis, making sure that we need and exceed those needs, by making our society, including our government and our corporations, meet every single desire, want, need, for each and every person, universally, regardless of their personal stature or wealth.

In fact, all we would be doing is emulating the .01% class, but making their lifestyle universal, for all of us.

Here’s what our society will look like:

  • Living wages, no matter the job
  • Free healthcare 
  • Universal pensions
  • Free education
  • An end poverty
  • Affordable childcare
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Paid sick leave
  • Family allowance to cover expenses of raising a child
  • Four weeks guaranteed vacation (That means your job would still be yours when you come back from time off.)

Can American Capitalism Survive?, Steven Pearlstein - NBC News

Steven Pearlstein, a columnist for the Washington Post and public affairs professor at George Mason University, 

Is capitalism worth saving?, Sean Illing,, 2 Jan 2019.

Sean Illing: Why have so many people lost faith in capitalism?

Steven Pearlstein: The most obvious answer is that capitalism has left a lot of people behind in the last 30 years. Everyone can see that the top 1 percent, the top 10 percent, the top 20 percent, have captured most of the benefits of economic growth over the last 30 years, and the rest of the population has been marginalized.

Now, we all know this, but I wrote the book because I think there is a feeling even among those of us who didn’t get left behind that this system has become too unfair, too ruthless, and rewards too many of the things we think of as bad. The system offends the moral sensibilities even of people who are benefiting from it.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Man Up! Restore, Regenerate

It’s time to Man Up, do the right thing, and restore our earth for ourselves and generations to come.

It is possible to accomplish the task, but we must take the first steps on the restoration path today.

Here's the scientific model:

State-of-the-art climate model shows how we can solve crisis, University of Technology, Sydney,, 21 Jan 2019.

“This model is the first to achieve the required negative emissions through natural climate solutions, including the restoration of degraded forests and other lands, along with a transition to 100% renewable energy by mid-century.”

"Citing a growing body of research, we show that using land restoration efforts to meet negative emissions requirements, along with a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050, gives the world a good chance of staying below the 1.5°C target," Malte Meinshausen, founding director of the Climate and Energy College at the University of Melbourne and Potsdam Institute Fellow, says.

A transition to 100% renewables and the implementation of natural climate solutions offer additional benefits beyond keeping the climate system in check, the researchers say. The energy transition will be able to recycle our natural gas infrastructure and create millions of permanent jobs. Natural climate solutions could also dramatically increase sustainable livelihoods in the developing world, offering better water security and reduced soil erosion.


Here’s Proof

How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

Facilitating the Regeneration of Grasslands

"Grasslands are vast landscapes that have the capacity, if properly managed, to address some of humanity’s most urgent challenges such as water and food insecurity, poverty, and climate change."

"Currently, grasslands are desertifying at alarming rates."

"One third of the earth's land surface is grasslands."

"70% of the world's grasslands have been degraded."

"Holistic Management of grasslands results in the the regeneration of soils, increased productivity and biological diversity, as well as economic and social well-being."

"Holistic Management uses decision-making and planning processes that give people the insights and management tools needed to work with the web of complexity that exists in nature: resulting in better, more informed decisions that balance key social, environmental, and financial considerations. In the context of the ecological restoration of grasslands worldwide, managers implement Holistic Planned Grazing to properly manage livestock – mimicking the predator/prey relationships in which these environments evolved."

Savory Institute

Allan Savory

Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal, BS in Zoology and Botany) pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe.

In the 1960s he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and, as a resource management consultant, worked with numerous managers on four continents to develop sustainable solutions.

He served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and became the leader of the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979 as a result of his opposition, he immigrated to the United States, where he continued to work with land managers through his consulting business.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Finally, No B.S. - Republicans Are the Problem

Finally, someone has spoken the truth out loud about what the Republican Party is today. And, while I don’t follow the guy, Bill Maher, I admire him for speaking the truth I have long believed:

New Rule: The Republicans Are the Problem | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Chris Wallace reminds us that only a few days ago, the Republicans were the Obstruction Champions of all time.

Chris Wallace mocks GOP for whining over investigations: ‘They investigated Benghazi’

Friday, February 8, 2019

AOC... Master Communicator

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Gaetz to Follow Saul’s Path?

I’ve done or said many things in my life that I wish I could go back and undo or unsay.

If I were Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) I’d make every effort to undo the stupid move I made the other day by demanding that Manuel Oliver, father of Joaquin Oliver, one of the murdered Parkland students be ejected from a congressional meeting for interrupting him while he (Gaetz) “tried to argue that immigrant violence is worse than gun violence in the U.S.”

In fact, I’d make a public apology for being such a dumb***, given the numbers, 40,000 killed by regular, ole-Americans using good ole guns compared to 400 possibly dispatched by “illegal immigrants”.

Since it’s highly unlikely Mr. Gaetz will have such an epiphany, I sincerely hope the people of Florida’s First District help him find a similar, lighted path to enlightenment that Saul began to followed that fateful day so many years ago.

Here’s the story:

Bob Marley - Redemption Song - 1980

Bob Marley - Redemption Song

Old pirates, yes, they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty
We forward in this generation
Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look? Ooh
Some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill the Book
Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill the book
Won't you have to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever had
Redemption songs
All I ever had
Redemption songs
These songs of freedom
Songs of freedom

Songwriters: Bob Marley
Redemption Song lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Government that Belongs to All of Us

Which is the American Delusion?
The other night Mr. Trump declared, “We are born free, and we will stay free.”

I thought, well that’s the dream isn’t it? I mean, an American dream. Or, perhaps, more accurately described as, “an American Delusion.”

Then, he went on, saying, “we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

The statement is a delusion because, by nearly every measure, 99.9% of Americans are not beneficiaries of what has become, the American predatory capitalistic system. Still, many believe that they are. That is the delusion.

In his response to the State of the Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders, clearly underscored why our capitalist system is not working for Americans:

“If we are serious about transforming our country, if we are serious about rebuilding the middle class, if we are serious about reinvigorating our democracy, let us bring people together to take on and defeat a ruling class whose greed is destroying our nation. The billionaire class cannot have it all. Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the one percent.”

“Together, Let us fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice, not unbridled greed.”

So, to Mr. Trump’s statement, “we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” we must ask the most important question:

Is it Democracy or Socialism, when we say: “… let us bring people together to take on and defeat a ruling class whose greed is destroying our nation. The billionaire class cannot have it all. Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the one percent.”?

Perhaps in the end it does not matter how it’s labeled. 

It only matters that we achieve a government that belongs to all of us.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Responds to the State of the Union

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

State of Our Union

Dear Mr. President,

The state of our union is hopeful.

It’s about how we live… how we treat one another… that is what matters most.

Conrad Sewell - Healing Hands -2018 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Global Corps Leave Out Public Investment and Worker Fair Value

The recent Super Bowl ad placed by the Canadian autoworkers union, Unifor, is right on.

Still, I'd add only one thought more.

It's not only GM that is leaving workers out in the cold. Every global corporation is playing the "Greed Card" at the expense of not only employees but all tax-paying citizens, too.

People the world over have more in common with each other than with their leaders, their nations and the global corporations. Until we all realize that fact we will always be on the very poor side of the wealth curve chart.

Oh, by the way. Those manufacturing jobs are now in the "Low Cost Countries" for at least one reason... low wages. We know for certain it's not because global corporations suddenly experienced an Epiphany On the Road to Damascus to fairly value their workers using a formula that includes corporate profits and public investment (e.g. tax abatements) as well as out-of-this-world senior management compensation*.

GM Leaves Canadians Out in the Cold

Unifor Canada
Published on Jan 21, 2019
When General Motors needed help, we gave them $ 300 from every single Canadian, amounting to a nearly $ 11 billion bailout. While making record profits, Greedy Motors wants to close its top-quality Oshawa plant, throwing thousands out of work. At the same time, GM is expanding in Mexico to take further advantage of low pay and a lack of human and labour rights. Pledge to #BoycottMexicoGM at

Friday, February 1, 2019

El Supremo Gaslighter

Coyote has many faces, trickster, Gaslighter,
etc. *Please see link below.

In case you haven’t heard about Gaslighting, here’s a definition:

Gaslighting is a form of persistent manipulation and brainwashing that causes the victim to doubt her or himself, and ultimately lose her or his own sense of perception, identity, and self-worth. ... Gaslighting can occur in personal relationships, at the workplace, or over an entire society.

Why should people throughout the world be concerned with Gaslighters?

Because the guy who is the chief Gaslighter of all time is also the guy who controls the nuclear holocaust button. It is his brain, under some evil, black magic potion of derangement, that controls the button-pushing finger. He controls whether of not you and loved ones, your children and your children’s children are reduced to a piece of charcoal in the next 30 seconds.

If you are listening to him tell you what you didn’t hear, well you are listening to a madman. Sadly, many surveys have reported that some 30% of Americans are still listening - some even considering him on par with a "god" of some sorts. (Which "god" remains to be realized.) 

Still, it is certain that Mr. Trump has finally reached the apex of something by his own doing:

He is without a doubt the World’s Supreme Gaslighter, totally without historic equal in the known world.

Please checkout Anderson Cooper’s clip.

An astonished Anderson Cooper reacts to Trump's claim

A moment of fun reflection, passed to us from our ancestors... What does it all mean?

World's Greatest Fairy Tales -The Emperor's New Clothes

*More than Just a Trickster: The Many Faces of the Coyote, Jules Ravenheart

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Our Inverse Welfare State

Dutch Historian Rutger Bregman
Someone asked Dutch historian Rutger Bregman to participate in a recent World Economic Forum discussion panel in Davos, Switzerland.

Interestingly, Bregman, “…told billionaires if they want to solve inequality, all they need to do is pay their taxes.” (Please see the full article with short video clip here.)

A novel idea in Trumpian USA, and elsewhere in the dominate economies – western, eastern, emerging nations, et. al.

Obviously, no matter where in the world, profit and personal greed dominates, while the 99.9% of the “have-very-littles”, i.e. the rest of humanity, passively accepts the status quo, as the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shall remain destitute and serve the moneyed elite as the slave your ancestors were, and you will forever remain.

My guess is that whoever asked Bregman to attend will not do so again.

However, please, watch the video clip.

You’ll also hear Winnie Byanyima’s (Executive Director of Anti-Poverty NGO Oxfam International) outstanding answer to the typical Trumpian-Republican BS line that goes something like, “Stop talking about increasing our taxes because everyone in the world is better off because we’re so great” (voiced by a former Yahoo CFO).

She explained: “Don’t tell me about low levels of unemployment. You are counting the wrong things. You are not counting dignity of people. You’re counting exploited people.”

In another article, at, Bergman stated: “The truth (is) that we are living in an inverse welfare state.”

“These days, politicians from the left to the right assume that most wealth is created at the top. By the visionaries, by the job creators, and by the people who have “made it”. By the go-getters oozing talent and entrepreneurialism that are helping to advance the whole world.”

“Now, we may disagree about the extent to which success deserves to be rewarded – the philosophy of the left is that the strongest shoulders should bear the heaviest burden, while the right fears high taxes will blunt enterprise – but across the spectrum virtually all agree that wealth is created primarily at the top.”

“So entrenched is this assumption that it’s even embedded in our language. When economists talk about “productivity”, what they really mean is the size of your paycheck. And when we use terms like “welfare state”, “redistribution” and “solidarity”, we’re implicitly subscribing to the view that there are two strata: the makers and the takers, the producers and the couch potatoes, the hardworking citizens – and everybody else.”

“In reality, it is precisely the other way around. In reality, it is the waste collectors, the nurses, and the cleaners whose shoulders are supporting the apex of the pyramid. They are the true mechanism of social solidarity. Meanwhile, a growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top. Yet their perilous dependence on others goes unseen. Almost no one talks about it. Even for politicians on the left, it’s a non-issue.”

Yes, it is.

Yet the fact remains, we live in an inverse welfare state – the .01% are soaking up the welfare.

If I Were A Rich Man - Fiddler on the Roof - 1971 (film) Broadway (1964)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Calling BS on the R Financial “Experts”

Look, don’t let anyone tell you that we don’t have the money or resources to rebuild our infrastructure. We do.

It’s well past time to call BS on the financial “experts”, especially the ones with “R” (for Republican) after their name. They are dead wrong and most likely trying to line the pockets of their moneyed, predatory capitalists, supporters.

Why? Because we can and do have the wherewithal and it’s the same as our ancestors had (and used) and the rest of the world is using right now…. publicly-owned financial institutions.

So let us call BS on the R financial “experts” and get about the work of the people of the United States.

And the good news? Congress can do this tomorrow.

Here’s the story…

Why Germany Leads in Renewables: It Has Its Own Green Bank, The Web of Debt Blog, Ellen Brown, 26 Jan 2019.

"The Green New Deal endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more than 40 other US Representatives has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it, but taxing the rich is not what the Green New Deal resolution proposes. It says funding will come primarily from certain public agencies, including the Federal Reserve and “a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks.”

"Funding through the Federal Reserve may be controversial, but establishing a national public infrastructure and development bank should be a no-brainer. The real question is why we don’t already have one, like China, Germany, and other countries that are running circles around us in infrastructure development. Many European, Asian and Latin American countries have their own national development banks, as well as belonging to bilateral or multinational development institutions that are jointly owned by multiple governments. Unlike the US Federal Reserve, which considers itself “independent” of government, national development banks are wholly owned by their governments and carry out public development policies."

"The most profitable and efficient way for national and local governments to finance public infrastructure and development is with their own banks, as the impressive track records of KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau or “Reconstruction Credit Institute”) and other national development banks have shown. The (Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated) RFC (Reconstruction Finance Corporation) showed what could be done even by a country that was technically bankrupt, simply by mobilizing its own resources through a publicly-owned financial institution. We need to resurrect that public funding engine today, not only to address the national and global crises we are facing now but for the ongoing development the country needs in order to manifest its true potential."

"Annie" (1982) - Tomorrow

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Eyes to See, Ears to Hear the Choice Revealed

By Gary R. Baker and Ronald D. Baker

We are witnessing an ancient prophecy coming true.

It happened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. just the other day, played out by MAGA-hat-wearing teenagers, Black Hebrew Israelites, and singing, praying and drumming Native Americans.

As they encountered each other in front of the Lincoln Memorial, each were playing unwitting roles in bringing the ancient Seven Fires Prophecy (see below) to life before our eyes.

My brother, Gary, insightfully observed:

“The Lincoln Memorial is our national temple. It’s a sacred place in white marble. Lincoln looks down upon the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial with almost 60,000 names carved into black marble. I think of the letters Lincoln wrote to the mothers of soldiers killed in battle.”

“I don’t believe the students from the Catholic school or the people from the Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI) understood what Nathan Phillips was doing. Each one of these groups (young Catholic students, BHI demonstrators, and indigenous American Indians) came from a different world.”

“Nathan Phillips was using song and drums and prayer to defuse a situation – to reduce major tension – between the students and the BHI group. He was not staging a confrontation or trying to intimidate the students. He was offering a song and a prayer to calm and bless. Very few (if anyone) on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that day (except the indigenous people) had a sense of what Mr. Phillips was doing. They couldn’t read it.”

“However, the Catholic students should have sensed something based on Catholic/Christian traditions – quiet witness, meditation, singing, saying the Rosary.”

Yes, indeed, I agree.

But even though we have eyes and ears, often we can neither see nor hear. Jesus Christ explained why that is so in The Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13: 1-17 (New King James Version) (below).

The Mall Encounter

When Nathan Phillips’ Native American group moved between the MAGA-hat-wearing teens and the Black Hebrew Israelites, he said they did so to try to defuse the obviously building tensions between the two groups.

When I reviewed the numerous videos and articles about the confronting groups, I was struck by the Seven Fires prophetic symbolism revealed by the National Mall encounter:

  • The Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats (worn by the teens) which for many have become symbolic for all that is wrong in our culture – racism, predatory capitalism, greed, unfettered self-indulgence, hedonism; 
  • The "holier-than-thou" judging  attitude, religious dogmatism, self-righteousness represented by the Black Hebrew Israelites; 
  • And, the Native Americans’ attempted, peaceful effort to defuse the building hatred created by two clashing groups.

The Native Americans sang the American Indian Movement (AIM) song that day. The lyrics reference, "the seventh fire is burning" and appeal to remain strong together, to speak the language of the ancestors and to continue living well.

Few people have heard about the Seven Fires Prophecy. It is an ancient prophecy and foretells, a time of choosing which of two roads to travel. If we choose neither road, “but instead to turn back, to remember and reclaim the wisdom of those who came before (us) … then the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth and final Fire, an eternal fire of peace, love brotherhood and sisterhood.”

I am praying we make that choice... to turn back, remember and reclaim the wisdom of those who came before us. Aren't you?

Excerpt from the Seven Fires Prophecy (more below)

“It is this time that the light skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road will be green and lush, and very inviting. The other road will be black and charred, and walking it will cut their feet. In the prophecy, the people decide to take neither road, but instead to turn back, to remember and reclaim the wisdom of those who came before them. If they choose the right road, then the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth and final Fire, an eternal fire of peace, love brotherhood and sisterhood. If the light skinned race makes the wrong choice of the roads, then the destruction which they brought with them in coming to this country will come back at them and cause much suffering and death to all the Earth's people.”

The Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13: 1-17

13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Purpose of Parables
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the [a]mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The American Indian Movement (AIM) Song
Sung by Margaret Noodin

“With permission from several of AIM’s current leaders, Anishinaabe words were added by the Ann Arbor language table in 2005 so that young people could carry on the message of this song in the language.”

Maamwi g’da maashkozimi
Together we should be strong

Niizhwaasing shkode gii boodawewaad
The seventh fire has been lit by them

Boochigo Anishinaabemyaang
We have to all speak Anishinaabemowin

Mino bimaadziyaang
We are living well

Mino bimaadziyaang
We are living well

Seven Fires Prophecy

“Seven fires prophecy is an Anishinaabe prophecy that marks phases, or epochs, in the life of the people on Turtle Island, a Native American name for the North American continent. The seven fires of the prophecy represent key spiritual teachings for North America, and suggest that the different colors and traditions of the human beings can come together on a basis of respect. It predates the arrival of the Europeans, and contains information for the future lives of the Anishinaabe which are still in the process of being fulfilled.”

*Turtle Island generally refers to the early creation of the land masses over the water embodiment on mother earth. The story is told of Beaver collecting mud to create the land foundation upon the back of Great Turtle. (no reference needed, original source needs work.

**Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Anishinaabe nation, is one of the oldest and most historically important Native American languages in North America.

“The Seventh Prophet that came to the people long ago was said to be different from the other prophets. This prophet was described as "young and had a strange light in his eyes" and said:

“In the time of the Seventh Fire New People will emerge. They will retrace their steps to find what was left by the trail. Their steps will take them to the Elders who they will ask to guide them on their journey. But many of the Elders will have fallen asleep. They will awaken to this new time with nothing to offer. Some of the Elders will be silent because no one will ask anything of them. The New People will have to be careful in how they approach the Elders. The task of the New People will not be easy.”

“If the New People will remain strong in their quest the Water Drum of the Midewiwin Lodge will again sound its voice. There will be a rebirth of the Anishinabe Nation and a rekindling of old flames. The Sacred Fire will again be lit.”

“It is this time that the light skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road will be green and lush, and very inviting. The other road will be black and charred, and walking it will cut their feet. In the prophecy, the people decide to take neither road, but instead to turn back, to remember and reclaim the wisdom of those who came before them. If they choose the right road, then the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth and final Fire, an eternal fire of peace, love brotherhood and sisterhood. If the light skinned race makes the wrong choice of the roads, then the destruction which they brought with them in coming to this country will come back at them and cause much suffering and death to all the Earth's people.”