Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Heart of Stone

See caption/article below.
Simply put, as a nation we have lost our connection with goodness and morality.

All that our nation once stood for… the common good… human rights… democracy… freedom… even law and order… has been trashed like yesterday’s coffee grounds by this gang of depraved, perverted, miscreants currently occupying White House and the Executive Branch.

How long will we stand inactive and mute, permitting this administration to commit more and more outrageous crimes against humanity?

Yes, there was a time when America had a compassionate heart and a soul, too.

But, that was then and this is now… Has America’s soul as well as her heart turned to stone?

Caption: A young migrant girl sits on the floor as her father, recently released from federal detention with other Central American asylum seekers, gets a bus ticket at a bus depot on June 11, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty Images) Story follows.

Causing 'Profound' Trauma, Trump Administration Detained Record-Breaking 70,000 Children in 2019, Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, 12 Nov 2019.

"Does the U.S. provide mental health services for separated families who ask to be deported in order to reunite?"

The U.S. held a record 69,550 migrant children in detention facilities in 2019, a Tuesday report from The Associated Press and PBS Frontline found, leading to major psychological and physical harm and lasting trauma.

"No other country held as many immigrant children in detention over the past year as the United States—69,550," said AP tech reporter Frank Bajak in a tweet promoting his colleagues' work. "The physical and emotional scars are profound."

-go here for more-

and this...

Millions in U.S. Lost Someone Who Couldn't Afford Treatment, Dan Witters, gallup.com, 12 Nov 2019.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than 13% of American adults -- or about 34 million people -- report knowing of at least one friend or family member in the past five years who died after not receiving needed medical treatment because they were unable to pay for it, based on a new study by Gallup and West Health. Nonwhites, those in lower-income households, those younger than 45, and political independents and Democrats are all more likely to know someone who has died under these circumstances.

-more here-

and this…

Leaked Emails Show Stephen Miller Is Exactly Who You Think He Is, Amy Russo, huffpost.com, 12 Nov 2019.

Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller in a series of leaked emails pushed white nationalism, bemoaned opposition to Confederate symbols following a mass shooting at a Black church in South Carolina and embraced immigration policies once lauded by Adolf Hitler.

On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy group, published an investigative report from its Hatewatch arm, which reviewed more than 900 messages Miller sent to Breitbart editors from March 2015 to June 2016. More than 80% “relate to or appear on threads relating to the subjects of race or immigration,” Hatewatch said.

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Yes, once America had a compassionate heart and a soul.

Bang the Drum Slowly - Emmylou Harris - 2000


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Looking for “Capsoulism”


The other day the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) made an announcement claiming that the Congressional Democrats were treating Mr. Trump unfairly – not ensuring him with due process. Transparency, they said was missing – regarding the impeachment investigation. Further, they claimed, Congress favors criminals and illegals, defending them over police officers.

Interesting, I thought. I know that some police have made it clear they want more freedom to abuse the rights of Americans by beating, shooting, even killing – all in the name of self-defense, and perhaps, justice, too.

Interesting, also, I thought, that the FOP believes it needs to defend the king of obstructionism,  obliterator of  human rights, and ignorer of laws.

Odd, is it not, that many of Mr. Trump’s loyal supporters voted for him because they earnestly believed he’d drain the “swamp” and make government work for them.

After three years it is fair to ask, “So, how is that working for you?”

What about the $3 trillion Mr. Trump and the Rs added to the national debt by cutting taxes for the rich and the corporations? How about the expansion of the defense budget by more than $133 billion? And, about those manufacturing jobs… ad infinitum.

Look, the systems is just not working for average Joes – like me – or, other average Joes and Janes, like police officers, either.

The Common Good

We must change our game from the current out of control predatory capitalism and make it evolve into modern "Capsoulism". That would be “capitalism” with a soul inside. A system that works for the common good.

We need to eliminate the pain we feel when we go to the grocery store. We need relief from the stress that engulfs us knowing that our paychecks have retrogressed well past today's cost of living. To say work is no longer satisfying is to admit that our daily quota continues to move upward while our reward remains rooted in the 1970s. Management gets the big bucks while we must choose between feeding the family, paying the rent, paying for grandma’s prescriptions, or her hospital bill.

Something is really out of whack. Our current version of U.S. capitalism is just not cutting it.

Could it be because we have managed to delete our collective conscious, our souls?

We are literally spending all our efforts trying to make a living within an out of control, predatory capitalistic monstrosity that requires sacrificing grandma and our children on the insatiable altar of conspicuous consumption.

I think it’s time to take a lesson from the Republicans who excel at moving the goalposts on the clueless Democrats.

So, let’s try this - stop trying to make the corporate CEOs and the big banks happy.

Let’s end corporate welfare and begin to pull ourselves out of the swamp muck by simply doing what’s called “the common good”.

That translates into:

Make every law, every decision meet only one test - if it is not good for everyone... it's not good for anyone.

Finally, one more thing.

Until we make “weapons of war” a nonprofit, free for the common good, enterprise, we will always have wars and killing. We will never experience peace until the profit is taken out of war making.

Now, I feel better.

How about you?

The Simpsons - Homer Sells His Soul For A Donut - 2017


We all are selling our souls for a donut. But the devil is making us pay in the here and now.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

One-Trick Party


The other day my friend, Zane, mentioned his annual prediction.

This time he predicted the Republicans, should Mr. Trump lose in 2020 or become unemployed prior to the election, will return to their ol’ tried and true strategy: misinformation, misdirection and obstruction.

“I predict”, prognosticated Zane, “That the Republicans will return to the days of yore by once again demanding that the federal budget be balanced and the national debt be reduced or eliminated, else the USA will become bankrupt.”

“And, if those far-left-leaning liberals (read socialists) a.k.a. the Democrats, don’t do their bidding, by eliminating or at least greatly reducing those outrageous ‘entitlements’, a.k.a. Social Security, Medicare, child support, unemployment insurance, food stamps, etc., they’ll shut down the government.”

“Why?” I asked.

“That’s the only strategy they have ever had,” he explained.

“They’re a one-trick party.”

“But, what about the $3 Trillion Mr. Trump and the Rs added to the national debt by cutting taxes for the rich and the corporations? Plus, the expansion of the Defense budget  by more than $ 133 Billion? And, the missing, $21 Trillion?”, I exclaimed.

“Like I said”, Zane reiterated, “A one-trick party.”

"Cut taxes for the rich and the corporations; eliminate our (the 99.9%) meager social safety net; and, make a whole bunch of blood money for their corporate benefactors through endless wars."

Expecting something else, like Mr. Einstein said, is the definition of insanity.”

I guess we'll see, won't we? But, then, I thought, I've lived through this before.

Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony (Live) - 1980


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Blood Tests Out of Whack?


Please watch this video and do this protect your liver and feed your gut: eat real food.

Stop eating processed food.

Robert Lustig and Fat Emperor - The Bottom Line on Processed Food Toxicity
May 22, 2019


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Needs no Introduction - the great Professor Robert Lustig on the real problems that we face in chronic disease (hint: it ain't "cholesterol"). In this podcast Robert reveals that he and his team have discovered the specific metabolite which gives sugar its dangerously damaging effects - it's all downhill from there. Sugar, refined carb and seed oils: the "unholy trinity" that sits at the processed-food center of modern chronic disease!

Recorded in London at the PHCUK annual conference in the College of General Practitioners.

Friday, October 25, 2019

We Have a Food Problem

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. (Photo credit: UCTV screen grab)
We have been and continue to be under the influence of black hat hacking and propaganda to the point of chronic illness and death.

It's perpetrated by the people in charge of some of our most trusted corporate brands and by our government agencies operating under the control of "bought" politicians and administrators. And, it is sold to us under the cloak known as the “safe”, “good for you” American diet.

We have a food problem.

We all must understand this fact. You and I must stop being patsies and take charge of our lives to become healthy.


The Hacking of the American Mind with Dr. Robert Lustig
6 Sept 2017




The best-selling author and UCSF endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig explores how industry has contributed to a culture of addiction, depression and chronic disease. Always provocative, Lustig reveals the science that drives these states of mind and offers solutions we can use.  Series: "Great Minds Gather Here" [10/2017] [Show ID: 32572]

The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains Paperback – September 18, 2018

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

One More Myth Disappears

Like an ostrich hiding its head out of fear, an invisibility cloak is also a myth.

Really? The ostrich head-hide thing is not true. It's just a myth.

Ostriches don’t stick their heads into the ground, they tend to run away from a frightening situation - they can reach speeds exceeding 40 mph.

Now, here’s the proof that another myth has disappeared because what may not be visible is still there, hiding behind an “invisibility cloak”. Oh, "my lyin' eyes".

Here’s the story…

Watch a Real-Life Invisibility Cloak Designed for Military Use, Kristin Houser, futurism.com, 21 Oct 2019.

Invisibility Cloak
Canada’s Hyperstealth Biotechnology already manufactures camouflage uniforms for militaries across the globe.

But now, the company has patented a new “Quantum Stealth” material that disguises a military’s soldiers — or even its tanks, aircraft, and ships — by making anything behind it seem invisible.

Light Bender
Earlier in October, Hyperstealth filed a patent for the material, which doesn’t require a power source and is both paper-thin and inexpensive — all traits that could make it appealing for use on the battlefield.

According to a press release, it works by bending the light around a target to make it seemingly disappear. This light can be in the visible spectrum, or it can be ultraviolet, infrared, or shortwave infrared light, making the material what Hyperstealth calls a “broadband invisibility cloak.”

Ready For Battle
Alongside the news of the patent application, Hyperstealth released more than 100-minutes worth of footage describing and demonstrating the material — and if the press release doesn’t make it clear that the military is the company’s target customer, the video footage sure does.

-more-

'Invisibility cloak' that could hide tanks and troops looks closer to reality



Eagles - Lyin' Eyes - 1975



Saturday, October 19, 2019

Stealing the White House Silverware, too, Mr. Trump?


So, now we know. Mr. Trump is above the law.

By awarding himself the contract to hold the G-7 meeting next June at his Miami golf resort he will make millions of dollars.

No competitive bid. No problem. Mr. Trump makes the decision as to where the multi-million-dollar event will be held.

Yes, that breaks the law, but no one will prosecute a sitting president… ah… I mean conman/ thief. Call him what you will. Just don’t call him President of the United States.

Impeach him and convict him. Get him out of office before he steals the White House silverware, too.

Elvina - Nothing but a Thief - 2014



Friday, October 11, 2019

Let's Imagine Our Nation

Norman Rockwell - Four Freedoms
Given the constant turmoil we are living today and the fact that our nation has lost it's moral compass, I want to change course, stop the degradation and resume the path our ancestors blazed for us.

Let's imagine our nation to be the United States of our childhood.

The nation that not only created the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and Bill of Rights but also makes the words within them apply for all people.

The nation of equality under the law. The nation that defends human rights, no matter a person's skin color or ethnicity.

That nation that not only believes "no one left behind" but also never, ever abandons our people or our friends

Please. Imagine with me.

Now, let's make it happen today.

We really are the creators. We can make our nation be the nation we were all taught it was. 

Here's how:

"Make your future dream a present fact by assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled.
That which you feel yourself to be you are.
And you are given that which you feel you are.
So assume the feeling that would be yours were you already in possession of your wish.
And your wish must be realized.
So live in the feeling of the one you want to be and that you shall be.
If this assumption about what you'd like to become is persisted in until it becomes your dominant feeling, the attainment of your ideal is absolutely inevitable.
You must first assume the feeling of a wish fulfilled in all aspects of your life."

Now, can't you feel yourself a citizen of the United States, "land of the free and home of the brave"?

YOU ARE THE CREATOR | Warning: This might shake up your belief system! Morgan Freeman and Wayne Dyer
Feb 9, 2018



Thursday, October 10, 2019

Trail of Tears Big Bucks Grab Repeated - $740 Billion

See ICE Detention and Trail of Tears photo credits below.
A long time ago, I remember listening, on my one-transistor radio, to Johnny Horton’s recording: Battle of New Orleans:
In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans
We fired our guns and the British kep a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico***

That song was the genesis of my thinking of Andrew Jackson as a hero. He was, in fact, a courageous military leader and respected by his troops, too, including the native Americans who served with him at the Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812).

Later in life, Jackson ruthlessly pursued, and became enormously wealthy through, “land speculation” - mostly native American land. Jackson was responsible for dispossessing thousands of native Americans of their lands (Trail of Tears) and profiting from it by reselling to white settlers.

I no longer respect President Jackson.

But, I know one person who still does, because he has Jackson’s portrait hanging in his office - Mr. Trump.

All this Jackson stuff has come to mind because I was wondering who is currently profiting from our modern day “Trail of Tears”, the immigrant detention centers and Mr. Trump’s border security industry.

"An analysis of the “border-industrial complex” by the Transnational Institute shows that the budgets of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have exploded in recent years. The combined budgets of the agencies have more than doubled since the mid-2000s — and are now 60 times higher than the immigration enforcement system received in 1980. By one estimate, the border security industry will more than double in value from approximately $305 billion in 2011 to some $740 billion in 2023."

I have never respected Mr. Trump. It is well past time for the United States to stop profiteering from exploitation and misery.

Here's the story...

The US Border Security Industry Could Be Worth $740 Billion by 2023, Michelle Chen, Truthout, 6 Oct 2019

Over the course of a few days in early 2019, Selene Saavedra-Roman went from starting her dream job as a flight attendant to scrubbing toilets in a dreary Texas detention center.

“I knew not to argue or talk back — refusing to obey the guards’ commands would end up hurting us greatly,” she recalled in her testimony last week at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigrant detention. Saavedra-Roman, who was born in Peru and came to the U.S. 24 years ago at the age of 4, was in the process of applying for legal residency. But she was detained at the airport in Houston, Texas, after flying in from Mexico. Recalling the trauma of being locked up with other migrant women in desolate squalor, she testified, “If you volunteered for the work program [in the migrant jail], you would be compensated $1 an hour,” though it was understood that refusing to “volunteer” could jeopardize their immigration cases.

While Saavedra-Roman’s harrowing experience in the migrant jail came as a shock to her, the system she was trapped in had been building up from the time she first crossed the border as a child. Her unjust detention was the product of the Trump administration’s hardline deportation agenda. But the militarized border that had ensnared her was the product of a massive security infrastructure that has been building up for decades. Although Trump’s unabashedly anti-immigrant agenda has amplified the brutality of the border regime, he is merely capitalizing on a massive, entrenched network of corporate power and political influence.

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Photo Credits
*Men stand in an Immigration and Border Enforcement detention center in McAllen, Texas, on July 12 during a visit by Vice President Mike Pence. | Josh Dawsey/The Washington Post via AP, Pool
**What Was the Trail of Tears?

***Johnny Horton- Battle of New Orleans - 1959



Saturday, October 5, 2019

U.S. Labor Needs Honest, Inspirational Leadership

Sara Nelson, International President of the Flight Attendants Association.
Photo Credit: screen capture Now This
More than ever, the U.S. labor movement needs honest, inspirational leadership. Sara Nelson, International President of the Flight Attendants Association, is a proven leader who meets those requirements and much more.

To understand why I believe so, here are a few descriptive quotes from recent articles:

“No one is born with sexism, racism, ageism in their heart,” Nelson said in her Atlanta speech. “These are the tactics of the boss, of those who want all the money and all the power to deny us solidarity, the greatest force for good. Expose it. Call it out. Deal with it. And in our unions and on our picket lines we can do exactly that.”

“What Sara Nelson offers is a different kind of labor movement,” said Erik Loomis, a labor historian at the University of Rhode Island and the author of A History of America in 10 Strikes. “One that is, for the first time in a long time, charismatic and inspiring and one that speaks not only to current labor union members but also to the vast majority of the American working class that doesn’t belong to a union, or can’t have a union, or where it’s really difficult to form a union.”


Here’s More…

"Already, she’s been called “the most powerful labor leader in the country.”

"Not only does Nelson have the passion and presence sorely lacking in other labor leaders—who, for instance, can remember a single speech by Trumka?—she’s willing to fight at the front lines—not just for workers in her unions, but for all American workers—on a number of crucial issues."




Sara Nelson, International President of the Flight Attendants Association, talks to Dharna Noor at Netroots Nation 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Universal Vaccine to Prevent Cancer

Cancer cases art credit: Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.
Cancer Facts


Wouldn't it be a miracle if we had a vaccine that could prevent cancer?

We may soon have one.

Here's the story...

Discovery of new source of cancer antigens may expand cancer vaccine capabilities, Arizona State University, medicalxpress.com, 2 Oct 2019.

"What all of the cancer tumor mutations have in common is making neoantigens, or small protein fragments called peptides made inside a cancer cell that the host's immune system has never seen before. The aberrant peptides ——only found in cancer cells——can prime the immune system in a vaccine."

"Surprisingly, the source of these neoantigens was found not at the DNA level but rather, errors in the RNA of tumors."

For more than a decade, scientist Stephen Albert Johnston and his team at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have pooled their energies into an often scoffed-at, high-risk, high-reward goal in medicine: to develop a universal vaccine to prevent cancer.

The mindset is simple, according to Johnston. Treat cancer just like an infectious disease. So, when his team looked deep within tumors, their research gold was discovering 200,000 cancer neoantigens, the components of cancer vaccines, that had been missed by others. They also found that enough of these neoantigens occurred repeatedly in different tumors that it might be possible to make one vaccine for all tumors.

Now, in a new paper published in Scientific Reports, his research team has demonstrated the first experimental proof-of-concept bearing the fruit of their labors.

Their tour-de-force study examined mutations in more than 50 cancer cell lines, and 85 tissue samples from Mayo Clinic Arizona cancer patients, as well as the blood from patients from five different late stage cancer types: lung, breast, brain, gastric and pancreatic cancers.

They have found a common, new source of tumor mutations that could offer three levels of therapy with a cancer vaccine: 1) a broadly protective, or pan-cancer vaccine 2) cancer-type specific vaccines (e.g. breast vs. pancreatic), 3) personalized cancer vaccines based on mutations unique to an individual.

To discover the neoantigens in tumors, Johnston's team developed a new type of chip. They made chips that presented all of the 200,000 possible neoantigens, allowing them to simply screen for the antibodies in the blood patients raised against them. This is much simpler than the common practice which involves obtaining DNA from the tumor and sequencing it, a starting point for "personal cancer vaccines' that many companies are now pursuing.

"Personal cancer vaccines are complicated and expensive," said Johnston. "Also, only about 40% of tumors have enough mutations in the DNA to make a vaccine from. We discovered that even 'cold tumors' at the DNA level make lots of mistakes at the RNA level. And the mistakes we focus on are frameshift peptides which are much more immunogenic than the point mutations used in personal cancer vaccines. Most importantly, we can make off-the shelf vaccines for therapeutic or even preventative vaccines which will be much less expensive."

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Kenny Rogers - The Gambler - 1979

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Immigrants All

Our only difference is the date we arrived.
The other day Pope Francis unveiled a sculpture honoring refugees and migrants at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

The theme struck home for me because we are all U.S. immigrants. Every one of us, or our ancestors, arrived here from somewhere else, most often with just a dream and prayer in our hearts.

Our only difference is the date we arrived. Otherwise, we are all the same.

Here’s the story…

New Vatican Statue Proclaims Pope Francis’ Concern For Refugees, Carol Kuruvilla, huffpost.com, 1 Oct 2019.


Caption:VATICAN MEDIA / REUTERS Pope Francis attends the unveiling Sunday of the sculpture commemorating migrants and refugees by Canadian artist Timothy Schmaltz in St Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." - Hebrews 13:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

A new statue has been installed in St. Peter’s Square for the first time in 400 years ― and it’s a testament to Pope Francis’ enduring concern for the plight of refugees and migrants.

Francis dedicated the 20-foot tall bronze sculpture at the Vatican on Sunday to commemorate the Roman Catholic Church’s 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

The life-size sculpture, titled “Angels Unaware,” depicts a group of 140 migrants and refugees from various cultural backgrounds and time periods traveling together on a boat. There are figures representing Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, Irish people escaping the potato famine, Cherokee traveling the Trail of Tears, as well as modern-day Syrians fleeing war.

A pair of angels’ wings peek out from the crowd, suggesting the sacredness of migrants’ lives. The artwork was inspired by a biblical passage, Hebrew 13:2, that encourages Christians to show hospitality to strangers, since by doing so, “some have entertained angels unawares.”

The statue by Timothy P. Schmalz is seen after Pope Francis held a Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees at the Vatican on Sunday.

In a message on Sunday, the pope decried economically advanced societies’ growing “indifference” toward migrants, refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking.

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The Judds - November 21st, 1985 - The Tonight Show - Grandpa


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Whose Karma?

Living and Dying by the polls... Karma? CBS News poll on Trump impeachment inquiry
 Do you believe in karma?

In Hinduism and Buddhism it's the idea that the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, decide their fate in future existences.

The Christian concept of destiny or fate is similar and expressed with, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall they also reap". (Galatians 6:7-9)

I’m comfortable with the biblical kind of karma. Especially as I glance at today's corporate media headlines replete with talk of a Trump impeachment.

Still, I can't help but think about the past sins of our nation - our dark side as explained in The New York Times Magazine 1619 Project.

The days ahead will reveal whose karma will play out. Will it be our national karma or Mr. Trump's? Or, perhaps both are inextricably bound. We shall see.

In the meantime, I believe in Redemption. Don't you?

Here's a repost from 10 Nov 2017:

Do You Believe in Redemption?

One Sunday morning, a long time ago, I stood next to Mom and listened to her sing her favorite hymn, I Come to the Garden Alone.

I Come to the Garden Alone - Anne Murray - 1999


Back then, for me, it was just a beautiful song and I knew Mom loved singing it.

Today it somehow reassures me of redemption… my belief that we all can be saved from our own sins, the sins of others and evil.

This morning I read Pres. John F. Kennedy’s famous American University “Peace Speech” from 1963. I glanced out the office window and watched, mesmerized, at the beautiful sunrise before me. Suddenly thoughts of that beautiful song came flooding back in my mind.

It occurred to me that it would be a certain "redemptive" miracle if we all could walk in the garden together for a moment or two and consider together how much we do have in common… even people who believe and trust in Pres. Trump and those who do not.

Then I looked at my computer and read:

“So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”**

President John F. Kennedy, "Peace Speech" American University - 10 June 1963


I know miracles happen. I’d rejoice if a redemptive, talk and walk together in the garden could be one of them.

*Examples of Bad Karma 
As I see it, Mr. Trump seems to have accomplished all these in just this life:
  • Levying baseless allegations on others.
  • Laughing at somebody’s situation.
  • Taking away somebody’s everything.
  • Taking advantage of somebody’s situation.
  • Doing injustice to others.
  • Spreading lies and hatred.
  • Misuse of authority.
  • Cheating and hurting others.
  • Giving and taking bribe.
  • Being mute spectator and watching injustice happening to others.
  • Hurting others physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • Being rude to others.
  • Being unfair to others.
  • Forcing and bribing others to do something. Wonderful display of skills. What signal does it send to your family, country?
  • Judging instead of accepting others.
  • Intentionally creating hurdles in others progress.
  • Progress filled with unaccountably and injustice.
  • Hating others


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Our National Shadow Side


I learned a great deal about my shadow side from my friend, psychiatrist Dr. Robert F. Slattery, MD.

Bob helped me understand that all of us have hidden facets of ourselves which are painful to confront and own. Often, we are ashamed of our actions and even our thoughts. Too, we unconsciously imprison hurtful memories in the deepest, darkest caverns of our minds.

Then, one day, something frees them and forces us to confront those hidden terrors.

The New York Times Magazine 1619 Project is one of those unanticipated, mind-freeing, shackles-breaking, uncontrollable happenings that will help us discover and hopefully deal with our national shadow self. Please read the PDF below and watch the two interviews.

I promise you will free your mind.

For the complete 1619 Project – a free PDF – please go here.

The 1619 Project details the legacy of slavery in America



PBS NewsHour

Four hundred years ago this month, the first enslaved people from Africa arrived in the Virginia colony. To observe the anniversary of American slavery, The New York Times Magazine launched The 1619 Project to reframe America’s history through the lens of slavery. The project lead, reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

The 1619 Project: A Nation Born in Contradiction, a Democracy Defined by Black Struggle



Monday, September 23, 2019

Why the UAW Strike?


Have you wondered why the UAW has gone on strike?

Here’s one good reason: Eliminating GM’s two-tiered pay system that permanently ensures new hires will be paid less for the same work as older UAW members.

Do you want to resuscitate the American middle class? Well, then, we cannot permit GM, and other OEMs, to continue creating a permanent underclass.

Here’s the story…

Ending Temp Work Is at Center of Auto Workers Strike
September 20, 2019


 Auto Worker Jessie Kelly talks about the oppression of being a temp worker, how it keeps workers impoverished & works to diminish unions.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Millions of Earth-Saving Youth


Millions of young people around the world are making their voices heard in support of dramatic climate action. Their combined hope is to spark their nation's adults into action.

God be with you!

I waited until late in the day to see how U.S. corporate media covered the story. What did you see and hear today?

I saw, like all of the most important issues we face today, this earth-saving story, driven by the youth of the world, being downplayed and ignored.

Why?

Here's the story...

From Sydney To San Francisco, Millions Are Striking For Global Climate Action, Nick Visser and Marina Fang, huffpost.com, 20 Sept 2019.

"The global climate strike began early Friday in Australia and countries across Asia and the Pacific, and continued in Europe and Africa.

By midmorning, protesters in the Eastern U.S. and Midwest gathered for some of the approximately 800 protests planned across the country."


Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up Live In Dortmund, Germany - 13 June 1980




Thursday, September 19, 2019

Goodbye MS, Alzheimer's... You Won't Be Missed

Structure of a typical neuron. 
We are both lucky and unlucky to be alive today.

Lucky because literally everyday researchers throughout the world are making spectacular discoveries. Unlucky… well, you know… our political leaders and corporate CEOs are psychopaths.

Here’s today’s reason to be happy:

“Scientists have developed a compound that successfully promotes rebuilding of the protective sheath around nerve cells (myelin ) that is damaged in conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

"Damage to myelin is associated with MS, stroke, brain injuries, and certain forms of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease. In addition, delay in myelination can affect infants born prematurely, leading to brain damage or cerebral palsy."

Here’s the story…

New compound promotes healing of myelin in nervous system disorders, Oregon Health & Science University, Neuroscience / medicalxpress.com, 6 Sept 2019.

For the past decade, an international team of researchers led by OHSU has been working to develop a compound that neutralizes the hyaluronidase in the brains of patients with MS and other neurodegenerative diseases, thereby reviving the ability of progenitor cells to mature into myelin-producing oligodendrocytes.

The study published today describes a modified flavonoid—a class of chemicals found in fruits and vegetables—that does just that.

The compound, called S3, reverses the effect of HA in constraining the growth of oligodendrocytes and promotes functional remyelination in mice. Lead author Weiping Su, Ph.D., senior scientist in the Sherman lab, dedicated years of intensive research to make the discovery.

"It's not only showing that the myelin is coming back, but it's causing the axons to fire at a much higher speed," Sherman said. "That's exactly what you want functionally."

The next phase of research involves testing, and potentially refining, the compound in macaque monkeys who carry a naturally occurring version of MS called Japanese macaque encephalomyelitis. The condition, which causes clinical symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis in people, is the only spontaneously occurring MS-like disease in nonhuman primates in the world.

Please go here for more.

Glen Campbell - I'm Not Gonna Miss You - 2014



Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from January 1969 until June 1972.[1] He released over 70 albums in a career that spanned five decades, selling over 45 million records worldwide, including twelve gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.In June 2011,

Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease six months earlier. He became a patient at an Alzheimer's long-term care and treatment facility in 2014. That same year Campbell was the subject of the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, directed by longtime friend James Keach, which examined Campbell’s Alzheimer's diagnosis and how it affected his musical performances during his final tour across the United States with his family. The documentary received critical acclaim, being one of the rare films to achieve a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 8, 2017, at the age of 81. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Campbell)

Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman - 1968

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

All it Takes is One Person

The Spirit of Detroit decked out in Detroit Youth Choir attire.*
We live at a time of dishonorable leadership. A time when the men holding our most important, most honored leadership positions, simply do not measure up to the standards our ancestors lived by through their trials and tribulations of war and natural disasters.

Today, honestly, who tells their children to follow the man in the White House because he is a role model? An outstanding, honorable, person worthy of respect? A proven person of courage and dignity? An inspiring leader who earned his position by overcoming his life challenges, did his duty, served as a team member.

Who says, "Son/daughter, be like the man in the White House because, he is rock-solid when times get tough... the person who is there when needed. He always has his brothers' and sisters' back because he thinks of others before himself. Because he is a worthy leader, be like him."

Where is that person? He certainly does not currently occupy the White House. That man dishonors us all, no matter our color or ethnicity. Especially he dishonors our children and grandchildren.

But, if you have eyes to see, you will find that person throughout America. He/She lives among us.

A while back Terry Crews of America's Got Talent, summed it up when he described
Detroit Youth Choir Conductor Anthony T. White,

"All it takes is one person to believe in a young man or woman for them to reach their dreams... and you are that man, sir!"

AMAZING! Detroit Youth Choir Sings "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore - America's Got Talent 2019



Detroit Youth Choir know how to FIGHT back despite having obstacles in their way! They show their strength, love, and confidence through this cover of "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemor

WOW! Detroit Youth Choir Puts Spin on "High Hopes" By Panic! At The Disco - America's Got Talent



America's Got Talent

Mr. White and the Detroit Youth Choir deliver a POWERFUL cover of "High Hopes" by Panic! At The Disco with awesome choreography.

Golden Buzzer! Detroit Youth Choir Can't Hold Back The Tears - America's Got Talent 2019

The young choir from Detroit perform an unexpected rendition of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and earn a well-deserved Golden Buzzer from Michigan’s own Terry Crews!

*Spirit of Detroit's new outfit honors Detroit Youth Choir
Michael Stapleton, owner of Detroit's Prop Art Studio, dress the Spirit of Detroit statue in a purple sweater vest Sept. 17, 2019. The statue's outfit honors the Detroit Youth Choir's performance in the "America's Got Talent" season finale. Montez Miller, Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority



Monday, September 16, 2019

Mr. Trump’s Pathocracy

Throughout the 1950s school kids did Duck & Cover drills -supposed protection from hydrogen bomb attack.
The Trump pathocracy, government run by “individuals with personality disorders, especially psychopathy”, has gone too far by appointing a crazy man acting national security adviser.

Trump has avoided senate approval by naming “acting heads” of various departments, and then never submitting his nominees for senate approval. The “acting head” people are only beholding to him, not to higher authority, e.g. the Constitution or even Congress. Further, most senior position “acting heads” are billionaires or millionaires, obviously incapable of understanding life as mere Americans experience it. Or, worse, they are former lobbyists for corporations they now regulate. 

All appear to be dismantling the government entities they now head and deregulating as much as they can touch.

Still, unbelievably, he's gone too far by replacing war criminal, neoliberal John Bolton with Charles M. Kupperman, a maniac who believes nuclear war is “in large part a physics problem”. That it is "winnable" and that the U.S. can tolerate the inevitable holocaust. 

In sum, Kupperman believes that, after all, there will be only some 15 million or so dead, not 150 million, due to “…enough planning and civil defense measures, such as ‘a certain layer of dirt and some reinforced construction materials,’ the effects of a nuclear war could be limited and that U.S. would be able to fairly quickly rebuild itself after an all-out conflict with the then-Soviet Union.”

Kupperman, a kind of soulless life form, misses the fact that not only will millions die, but millions more will suffer from horrible radiation aftereffects, starvation and pestilences for untold generations to come.

That’s acceptable to him because he believes the Russians will lose more and we will win because we will have a functioning government and more bombers, subs, aircraft carriers, missiles, drones and tanks. It may take 15 years or so to recover but we will "win" in the end.

This level on insanity far surpasses Mr. Trump’s psychopathic universe.

God help us all.

Dr. Strangelove (1964) - War Room Scene



Friday, September 13, 2019

NC Republicans Inspire New Party Symbol


News Flash 
GOP HQ -The White House –

Following the latest and most contemptible bout of Republican Party double-dealing in North Carolina, the party leaders - Pres. Donald Trump, Sen. Mitch (Moscow) McConnell (R-KY), Acting Chief of Staff "Mick" Mulvaney and the President’s senior advisor for policy, Stephen Miller – have announced adoption of a revised symbol to replace the antiquated GOP elephant.

Miller explained, “This new symbol turns the spotlight on our party’s mission - "Screw Everybody Except a Few Selected White Folk".

“Hail our Supreme Commander for Life, Donald J. Trump!” *

*Of course, this didn’t really happen.
Still, please go here for the whole story about what really did happen in North Carolina:
North Carolina’s sleazy 9/11 veto override is just the tip of the iceberg: Republicans don’t respect democracy, Sophia Tesfaye, Salon / Alternet.org, 13 Sept 2019.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Why 9/11? Follow the Money


"Follow the Money"... that's one path taken by forensic investigators when solving a crime.

Money.

In this case, trillions of dollars. That's a lot of dough in anyone's bank account.

But is it worth lives of more than 3,000 people and countless more since 11 Sept 2001.

Obviously, some people have said "yes" to that question.

9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money
James Corbett 11 Sept 2015


Please go here for more and here, Lies Too Big To Fail, plus cold-blooded murder.



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

So, What Did Happen 11 Sept 2001?


James Corbett describes it this way, “...six out of the 10 commissioners—Kean and Hamilton, as well as Bob Kerrey, Tim Roemer, John Lehman and Max Cleland—have all expressed concern that the 9/11 commission was misled, stymied, hampered by conflicts of interest, and, ultimately, forced to participate in a politically-motivated cover-up.”

He continued, “As it turns out, the majority of the commissioners felt that the commission had been lied to, deliberately obstructed, undermined by the White House, or set up with staff that had conflicts of interest in the investigation.”

"In their book, Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission, and in press conferences and interviews at the time the report was released, former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean and former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton (chairman and vice-chairman of the commission) famously remarked that the commission had been 'set up to fail.'"

How much more “proof” do you require?

The official government story about the 9/11 mass murders is a fraud. Why does corporate media report otherwise or remain silent?

So, what did happen on 11 Sept 2001?

- More from Lies Too Big To Fail and, here, cold-blooded murder -

9/11 Whistleblowers: William Rodriguez
James Corbett, 10 Sept 2019



9/11 Whistleblowers: The 9/11 Commissioners
James Corbett, 11 Sept 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Balancing Out Evil

Do You Hear the People Sing?*
For me 9/11 comes down to one terrifying conclusion: unimaginably powerful and overwhelming evil lives among us.

Evil so powerful that it can compel our most trusted, most gifted and trained protectors to stand idly by, participate in, or plan and perpetrate heinous crimes against us, their own people.

James Corbett’s 9/11 Whistleblowers series reveals how pervasive that evil is. Please watch Michael Springmann’s interview below.

I hope you will agree, we must find a way to identify, neutralize, eradicate and balance out this evil with “good”.

All of us are once again teetering on the frightening edge of adversity's abyss.

And, while evil's weapons are more powerful now, we have no choice. We cannot acquiesce. Most importantly you must know that YOU are not alone.

Do you hear the people of the world sing of their freedom?




- More from Lies Too Big To Fail and, here, cold-blooded murder -

9/11 Whistleblowers: Michael Springmann
James Corbett 9 Sept 2019





* Screen capture from video above which was filmed at the special Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert in 1995. Do You Hear the People Sing? was sung by 17 different actors who had played Jean Valjean around the world. Each actor sang a line of the song in his own language. The languages sung were English, French, German, Japanese, Hungarian, Swedish, Polish, Dutch, Norwegian, Czech, Danish, and Icelandic.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Can you Hear What I Hear?

How could 9/11 happen? Where was our military? Where was the fabled CIA and the rest of our intelligence community? Where was the FBI?

How could two of the tallest buildings in the world be toppled by a fossil fuel fire and millions of tons of steel and other debris disappear in front of our eyes? What about WTC 7? Why did it fall?

Once you look past the corporate media’s superficial reports, the questions about 9/11 are never ending.

And, frankly, after years of my own research, I still am overwhelmed with despair for those who lost their lives that day and those who faced agony and illness for years after, to this moment.

The other day, I posted part one of James Corbett’s 9/11 Whistleblower series, 9/11 Whistleblowers: Kevin Ryan. Below are two more, Cate Jenkins and Barry Jennings.

Please, watch them. Please do your own 9/11 research.

When you do, I have no doubt that you will come to the same conclusion as I have.

And you, too, will shiver with fear, knowing that 9/11 could only be a State Crime Against Democracy (SCAD), a mass murder, likely perpetrated by those within our own government.

When I was a child, we thought of ourselves as the guarantors of a rebuild Europe and Japan; conquerors of outer space, and technological wizards. Our home was a land where both the American Dream and equal opportunity lived; where I could own my home, make a good and stable living, and send my kids to college.

Somewhere along the way our nation changed. We metastasized, into a Doppelganger USA selling perpetual war — dealing death to millions — and all the while trampling on our own Constitution and our citizens’ freedoms.

We became the land that assassinated its own president and civil rights leaders. And, under the spell of an irrational fear of communism, we let our Black Ops people murder, torture and disrupt with impunity; topple democratically elected governments and stymie third world nationalistic heroes; kill millions of defenseless people in predatory capitalistic wars; sell cocaine to our children to fund countless wars against people throughout the world (2.) and flushed trillions of dollars down the toilet while letting our own starve. We turned the mentally ill out in the bitter cold; allowed millions to go without proper healthcare and treated our elderly like used disposable diapers. All the while the few, the .1%, capitalized on the perpetual war machine — the Doppelganger USA — we had become.

We, the 99.9%, remained oblivious, even while nearly 3,000 of our own were murdered before our eyes on one September day.

Finally, our metastasized Predatory Capitalist system went too far, and Depression .2 happened. That’s when millions of us lost everything — our homes, our savings, our jobs and our dreams. We began to awaken because these things were now actually happening to us, the middle class, the everyday Joes and Janes who go to work, pay our mortgages, take care of our kids and believe our government is working in the best interests of us all.

No longer were just the “minorities” being abused, disenfranchised and stolen blind. We were too. We became the “them”, “the despised others”, in the .1%’s “Us vs. Them” nightmare formula.

Now, with our belief in our political leadership eroded to the very bottom of the Gallop confidence scale, and the most corrupt U.S. President in history occupying the Oval Office, we are literally clinging to our last and most precious dream – our hope for a better tomorrow.

Millions of us, whether or not we understand it, teeter on the edge of a frightening abyss of hopelessness. -more from Lies Too Big To Fail-

9/11 Whistleblowers: Cate Jenkins
James Corbett, 7 Sept 2019



9/11 Whistleblowers: Barry Jennings
James Corbett , 8 Sept 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Call the SAFIRE Guys... Please

SAFIRE Project: plasma phenomena at the anode. Source: www.safirefilm.com

The SAFIRE Project team has some good news for humanity:
  1. Electricity is the primal force in nature
  2. The electric sun model is validated - 
Where may the SAFIRE scientists findings lead us?

  1. Efficient clean energy
  2. Remediation of Nuclear waste
  3. Sun and interstellar medium

So, now we can stop messing around with fossil fuels and nuclear power plants?

You, bet.

If you are looking for an investment opportunity, call the SAFIRE guys... please...make big bucks and along the way, save the world, too.

Special Feature: SAFIRE PROJECT 2019 UPDATE
Thunderbolts Project
2 Sept 2019

"For three years the SAFIRE Project team has been holding back so as not to overstate what has been happening in the SAFIRE lab. The SAFIRE Project is now able to make a number of definitive statements supported by concrete evidence, statements about: energy production; transmutation/creation of elements; remediation of radioactive materials; and the sun and interstellar medium – “If the process used to create the SAFIRE sun turns out to be similar to the process that creates the real sun … and stars … the scientific community would have a field day with door opening."

"The SAFIRE Project 2019 Presentation at the Electric Universe UK ‘Dynamic Earth Science Conference’, University of Bath, UK. July 2019."





Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Truth Will Set Us Free

9/11 unshackled a Doppelganger USA upon the world.

9/11 Cold-Blooded Murder


On 11 September 2001, 2,974 people were murdered in New York City. At the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. and on flights 77 and 93, 224 innocent people were murdered. To this day, these crimes remain unsolved and the perpetrators continue to elude justice.

What We Know
Today, we know that directed free-energy is the only technology which can account for the “dustification” of Towers 1 and 2, the subsequent lack of debris, and other phenomena at the World Trade Center.

We know that it was impossible for the WTC towers to collapse due to the impact of Boeing 767 aircraft and that it is likely that “cloaked” cruise missiles or military aircraft were used.

Further, we know that it is impossible for a Boeing 757 to have crashed into the Pentagon and that it is likely that a “cloaked” cruise missile or a military aircraft was used.

What Has Happened
9/11 unshackled a Doppelganger USA upon the world.

Since the 60s I’ve suspected that our leaders have often been misdirecting our attention and obscuring their activities from view. I guess they have been hoping we stay so confused that we remain ignorant of their shenanigans and don’t meddle in their world.
-more-

Ultimately, 9/11's whole truth will emerge. Then we will be a hair closer to becoming the United States we believe we are and one step closer to the freedom we think we have.

James Corbett’s video below is one more small step along that path.

9/11 Whistleblowers: Kevin Ryan
James Corbett - 6 Sept 2019





Friday, September 6, 2019

No. 1 A Livable Earth



Number one on my “to-do list” today and for all the days ahead is this:
  1. Work as wisely as possible in support of the agendas of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and ensure the adoption of the Green New Deal.

Why? Because we need our Earth to be livable in the future. “Livable”meaning, “capable of supporting life”. Further, we need the United States to become our representative democracy. Not the plaything of corporations and .01%. 

Our nation’s government must meet the needs of 99.9% of our people.

You want a livable world for your grandkids, don’t you? 

Then do your part, too, to make it so.








Thursday, September 5, 2019

There’s More to Pain Than "Ouch"



Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered a new pain sensing organ.

It’s true!

They say, “…they have discovered that the special cells that surround the pain-sensing nerve cells that extend into the outer layer of skin appear to be involved in sensing pain – a discovery that points to a new organ behind the feeling of “ouch!”.

Here’s the story:

Scientists discover new pain-sensing organ, Nicola Davis, theguardian.com, 15 Aug 2019.
“Octopus-like Schwann cells that engulf nerves in skin can sense pain, experiments show.”

“A new organ involved in the sensation of pain has been discovered by scientists, raising hopes that it could lead to the development of new painkilling drugs.”

-more-

Carly Simon - Haven't Got Time For The Pain - 1974



O.K. So, it's still a kind of pain isn't it?

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Courage to See Truth & Speak It

He’s just another con man hustling the American people; but, he’s an accomplished corporate media manipulator. That is one of Mr. Trump’s advantages.

Common people, those with “eyes to see”, know a con man when they meet one. Few, though, are willing to call him out.

Courageously, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has called him out.

Courage is her advantage. Her courage may catalyze ours and help bring us back on course toward the United States we believe we are.

Here’s the whole story:

'Always About the Con': Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Virtually Every' Trump Policy Designed to Loot Public Coffers and Enrich His Cronies, Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, Inc., 4 Sept 2019.

"Since corruption isn't popular policy, racism works as the cover for the con. That's why addressing racism isn’t a 'distraction'—it's key to understanding the hustle against working people." -more-

Bruce Springsteen & Joe Grushecky That's What Makes Us Great - 2017