Friday, November 27, 2015

"What Can We Know? What Are We All?

"What can we know? What are we all?
Poor silly half-brained things peering out at the infinite,
with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts."
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself. He is the great danger. And we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man...far too little. His psyche should be studied - because we are the origin of all coming evil.”
- C.G. Jung
"The whole planet, the whole rock-grain, with its busy swarms, I now saw as an arena where two cosmical antagonists, two spirits, were already preparing for a critical struggle, already assuming terrestrial and local guise, and coming to grips in our half-awakened minds. In city upon city, in village after village, and innumerable lonely farmsteads, cottages, hovels, shacks, huts, in all the crevices where human creatures were intent on their little comforts and triumphs and escapes, the great struggle of our age was brewing. One antagonist appeared as the will to dare for the sake of the new, the longed for, the reasonable and joyful, world, in which every man and woman may have scope to live fully, and live in service of mankind. The other seemed essentially the myopic fear of the unknown; or was it more sinister? Was it the cunning will for private mastery, which fomented for its own ends the archaic, reason-hating, and vindictive, passion of the tribe?

It seemed that in the coming storm all the dearest things must be destroyed. All private happiness, all loving, all creative work in art, science, and philosophy, all intellectual scrutiny and speculative imagination, and all creative social building; all, indeed, that man should normally live for, seemed folly and mockery and mere self-indulgence in the presence of public calamity. But if we failed to preserve them, when would they live again?

How to face such an age? How to muster courage, being capable only of homely virtues? How to do this, yet preserve the mind's integrity, never to let the struggle destroy in one's own heart what one tried to serve in the world, the spirit's integrity?

Two lights for guidance. The first, our little glowing atom of community, with all that it signifies. The second, the cold light of the stars, symbol of the hyper-cosmical reality, with its crystal ecstasy. Strange that in this light, in which even the dearest love is frostily assessed, and even the possible defeat of our half-waking world is contemplated without remission of praise, the human crisis does not lose but gains significance. Strange that it seems more, not less, urgent to play some part in this struggle, this brief effort of animalcules striving to win for their race some increase of lucidity before the ultimate darkness."
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Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Earth Prelude”

Ludovico Einaudi, “Earth Prelude”

And THIS, at our finest, is who we are...

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Following an ancient galaxy-galaxy collision 200 million light-years from Earth, debris from a gas-rich galaxy, NGC 5291, was flung far into intergalactic space. NGC 5291 and the likely interloper, also known as the "Seashell" galaxy, are captured near the center of this spectacular scene. The sharp, ground-based telescopic image looks toward the galaxy cluster Abell 3574 in the southern constellation Centaurus. 
Click image for larger size.
Stretched along the 100,000 light-year long tidal tails, are clumps resembling dwarf galaxies, but lacking old stars, apparently dominated by young stars and active star forming regions. Found to be unusually rich in elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, the dwarf galaxies were likely born in intergalactic space, recycling the enriched debris from NGC 5291 itself.”

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “Praying”


“It doesn't have to be the blue iris,
 it could be weeds in a vacant lot, 
or a few small stones;
 just pay attention, 
then patch a few words together 
and don't try to make them elaborate,
 this isn't a contest but the doorway into thanks,
 and a silence in which another voice may speak.”

- Mary Oliver, “Thirst”

Chet Raymo, “Learning”

by Chet Raymo

“In the Preface to his lovely book “The Island Within”, about a wilderness island near his home on the coast of Alaska, Rick Nelson writes; "I have recorded my experiences, not as a teacher, certainly not as a thinker, but as a learner who loves his subject as deeply as he loves life itself.”

I spent most of my adult life as a "teacher," and I suppose I've done my share of "thinking," but I'd like to think that those activities were means to an end: learning. Certainly, now in retirement I don't consider myself a teacher, and I'd rather ponder someone else's thoughts than my own. These daily postings, which you are kind enough to read, are little lessons, not for you, but for myself.

It may seem strange that learning should now take preference over teaching and thinking. After all, hasn't it always been the role of elders in traditional cultures to be the repositories of wisdom. Learning is for the young. Teaching and thinking for the grey-haired set. But no. I have less confidence in the primacy of my thoughts than I did in mid-life, and no desire to proselytize. But I am curious. Curious to absorb a bit more of the wonder of the world, read one more poem, watch one more flower unfold on the sill. These daily postings are the diary of a learner. That you visit and read gives me one more motivation to take the time to assimilate what I learn, stitching each new acquisition into the fabric of a life. For that I am grateful, and especially to all of you- whom I have never met- who comment. I learn from you.”

"Compulsive Apologies: The Feeling Underneath"

"Compulsive Apologies: The Feeling Underneath"
by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM

"Apologizing chronically can be a sign that you are not feeling that you have much self worth. Many people suffer with the tendency to apologize all the time, chronically, for everything. On the one hand, apologizing is a social convention that keeps interactions between people polite, and in that way it can be very helpful. On the other hand, if we find ourselves apologizing for everything, it might be time to look at why we feel compelled to say “I’m sorry” so often. Ultimately, saying you’re sorry is saying that you are responsible for something that has gone wrong in the situation. Whether it’s negotiating a parking spot, moving through the aisles of the supermarket, or reaching for what you want, there are times when sorry is the right thing to say. But there are other times when “excuse me” is more accurate.

Sometimes saying you’re sorry is like saying that the other person in the equation has more of a right to be here than you do. Of course, it’s true that using the word sorry can simply be an innocuous way of defusing tension. However, if you find that you say sorry all the time, you might want to look a little deeper and see where in your psyche that might be coming from. If it’s a pattern, breaking it may simply take some awareness and practice.

The first step is observing yourself each time you say it, without being hard on yourself about it. Throughout your day simply notice when you apologize. At first, you might be surprised to see that you do it even more than you first realized. After a day or two of simply observing, try to tune in to what it is you are feeling right before you say it. You might be feeling threatened, embarrassed, intensely anxious, or a variety of other feelings. Over time, try to stop yourself before the words come out and just be with the feeling that’s there. You may recognize it as one from your childhood, one that’s been with you for a long time. The more you are able to see it, the freer you will be not to be sorry all the time."

"Our Finest Moments...

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
- M. Scott Peck

The Economy: “Why Even a Modest Disruption Will Shatter the Status Quo”

“Why Even a Modest Disruption Will Shatter the Status Quo”
by Charles Hugh Smith

“Any modest reduction in debt, tax revenues, consumption or new borrowing will bring the entire Status Quo crashing down. Consider this clipping from the August 1932 San Francisco Chronicle newspaper: "Reduction of salaries of municipal employees and limitation of city positions to only one member of a household will be sought by (Supervisor) Adolph Uhl in two amendments to the San Francisco charter. The salary reductions would run from 2.5% for the lowest bracket to 25% on salaries of $500 a month or more."

Thanks to the handy BLS Inflation Calculator we know that $500 a month in 1932 is the equivalent of $8,680 per month (about $104,000) a year. Imagine the tempest of fury and outrage that would arise should this be proposed the next time local governments run short of funding. Nowadays, the calls would not be for sacrifices from the highly paid public servants but for tax increases of 25% to maintain public-servant wages and benefits while the private sector economy implodes.

This unwillingness to sacrifice for the greater good is now endemic. This is the result of two powerful social forces:

1. The loss of any shared sense of purpose or social good worthy of sacrifice.
2. The ascendancy of maximizing private gain by whatever means are available as the primary purpose and goal of the Status Quo.

The dominance of maximizing private gain by whatever means are available leaves the Status Quo brittle and fragile. Since everyone reckons any sacrifice should fall on someone else, the only possible result is disunity and bitter conflict over modest sacrifices that are too inconsequential to save the system from collapse.

Wishful thinking, mindless optimism and blind adherence to failed ideas also make the Status Quo brittle and fragile. As Michael Grant noted in his book "The Fall of the Roman Empire": "There was no room at all, in these ways of thinking, for the novel, apocalyptic situation which had now arisen, a situation which needed solutions as radical as itself. (The Status Quo) attitude was and is a complacent acceptance of things as they are, without a single new idea. This acceptance was accompanied by greatly excessive optimism about the present and future. Even when the end was only sixty years away, and the Empire was already crumbling fast, Rutilius continued to address the spirit of Rome with the same supreme assurance. This blind adherence to the ideas of the past ranks high among the principal causes of the downfall of Rome. If you were sufficiently lulled by these traditional fictions, there was no call to take any practical first-aid measures at all."

A dependence on debt, low interest rates and financial legerdemain also render the Status Quo extremely fragile when the debt become unpayable and low interest rates no longer boost additional borrowing. The wishful thinking is that we can borrow limitless sums and leave the debt burden on our children and grandchildren with no consequences. But once the system is dependent on massive borrowing, it becomes acutely sensitive to default, as consumption collapses once consumers can no longer borrow to consume, and asset bubbles engorged by debt-assets (bonds, student loans, mortgages, subprime auto loans, etc.) burst.

Lest you think this implosion from a modest decline in debt and new borrowing is preposterous, please examine this chart of total credit: that tiny wobble in 2008 very nearly collapsed the entire global financial system.

Any modest reduction in debt, tax revenues, consumption or new borrowing will bring the entire Status Quo crashing down. This is the bitter fruit of rampant financialization and the ascendancy of maximizing private gain by whatever means are available."

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"The Duty..."

God help them...

And THIS Is Who We Are: Karl Denninger, “How Many More?”

“How Many More?”
by Karl Denninger

"In Chicago there was a shooting of LaQuan McDonald over a year ago. 400 days later, there was a murder charge leveled in that shooting, even though the shooting itself was caught on video tape and the tape was known to exist and was in the custody of police within hours. That's because the recording was made on a cop dashcam.

The dead guy was 17, had a 3" pocket knife and was on drugs. The latter, of course, was only known posthumously. However, he wasn't attacking anyone with said knife, the blade was folded into the handle and thus not capable of stabbing anyone and in fact he never made a move in the direction of the officers with the (folded) knife- an act that, for anyone who knows anything about knives, at reasonable distance is certainly reason to shoot (you can close the distance in a shockingly short period of time and even a 3" knife is more than enough to kill; knives are bad news and in may ways can be worse than guns.)

But, in this case, the deceased did not have an open blade and more importantly he was walking away.  The cop who shot him took an entire six seconds after exiting his car and fired the first rounds from 15'. Then he kept shooting after the teen was hit (16 times!- CP) and had fallen to the ground, emptying his weapon.  Of the officers there including his partner, he was the only one to fire.

The police department appears to have to tried to cover it up, as did the city. For 400 days they tried; there is evidence that the city and cops attempted to not only prevent release of the footage of what looks a lot like an execution they also tampered with security camera footage from at least one nearby business. The media is not only complicit they're outright in on it with pieces that say things like this: "The majority of police officers are incredible men and women who suit up every day to protect and serve their communities. By waiting 400 days to charge Van Dyke, as he collected a paycheck, it looks like the city is not only protecting Van Dyke, it is dragging its feet on justice."

No they're not. Every single one of the Chicago police officers from the beat cop on up who knew of tampered evidence and said nothing are accessories after the fact to this apparent crime, yet none will be charged. Every single one of them, were they to be an ordinary civilian, would be facing felony charges right here and now. Were you or I to shoot someone in circumstances similar to this cop it wouldn't take 400 seconds before we were charged rather than 400 days. The city and its government knew damn well how bad this was up front, as evidenced by the fact that they paid off the family long before charges were laid. They didn't have to wait to be sued- they knew they'd lose, so they forked up the citizens' cash before that ever hit a courtroom. The city government, here's looking at you Rahm, robbed the citizens to pay for the crime committed by the entire Chicago PD.

Everyone, of course, wants to make this about race. It's not about race.  It's about murder because we can, and then paying people off with someone else's money that is forcibly taken from them, in this case forcibly taken from the people who live in Chicago. That adds theft to the litany of abuses, all under the general category of corruption, abuse of power and direct violations of your rights.

But nobody cares about where the real issues lie nor will they do anything about it. Oh sure, there are protests both past and planned, including threatened protests to try to disrupt Black Friday on the Miracle Mile. The latter, by the way, is not only good it's about ******n time because the people who butter the bread in the city are the businesses that pay exorbitant rents and taxes and if you can't get someone's attention by appealing to common sense try economic pressure; it often works. After all it's far more likely that a merchant paying millions in taxes will get the attention of the corrupt city when their income is cut off than you will by waving a sign.

This of course is not the first nor will it be the last of these "adventures" by our cities, states and federal government.  It just happens to be a particularly egregious example that the city is trying to cover up by hitting the cop with a murder charge- but only one cop, rather than everyone involved in what is obviously rank obstruction of justice and evidence tampering, all of which are felonies.

When are we going to stop this crap as a society?  It's not just the murder of a 17 year old, an act that many will excuse because he was high. So what if he was high? Yes, I know, there are claims he was burgling vehicles but that's not cause to execute him, it's cause to arrest him. There was quite-clearly no attempt to arrest made here but more importantly what is evident is that the entire apparatus of government tried to cover it up, including paying off the family.

The same crap happens all over the country and has for decades. 9/11 anyone?  Nobody ever faced the music for their failures, yet those attacks were utterly preventable even without any of our "modern surveillance" state. The FBI had multiple reports on the people who allegedly committed the attacks and yet did nothing. We have a former governor running for President that had his administration give driver licenses- that is, valid state IDs- to the majority of the hijackers despite them not being either citizens or permanent legal residents.

Those two acts alone were tremendous enabling factors in the deaths of 3,000 Americans and were you or I do any of those acts as ordinary citizens we would have been charged as an accessory before the fact to 3,000 acts of murder and death-by-terrorism. Yet Jeb and the Fibbies involved not only walk free the former is running for President!

Hillary Clinton undertook a blatantly unlawful set of actions while Secretary of State with her email server. She knew it was illegal as she was well-aware of the requirements to maintain not only all correspondence in relationship to her job as a government employee but also the fact that much of what she did was inherently classified. Civilians and members of our armed forces and government agencies comply with these laws every single day, including my friends and associates who work for various branches of same. They comply because it's the right thing to do and in addition it's legally required. Clinton did not comply because she believed (justly so thus far) that she was above the law and could do whatever the hell she wanted, including quite possibly actively getting people killed in Benghazi. It is known that she directly lied to the American people about the cause of that attack because she told her daughter what the true cause was within hours and it had nothing to do with an Internet video. One of the reasons for public records laws is to expose such lies and one of the reasons Clinton did what she did was to try to prevent that exposure. This alone ought to disqualify her from running for President yet nearly half the nation is prepared to vote for her anyway!

These are just a few small examples of why your "thankfulness" ought to be something else. But it won't be, will it? Naw- not only today, but this evening and tomorrow this nation will commit to its rituals of trampling one another trying to get the hottest new toy or big TV, utterly ignoring the fact that more than a quarter of everything you make and produce is literally stolen through corruption and fraud.

We are the turkey."

"How It Really Is?

Proud of yourselves?

"Black Friday- THIS Is Who We Are?"

"These People Got Way Too Aggressive On Black Friday"
Videos of the brawls that broke out in local stores this year.
by Ryan Grenoble

"If it's worth waking up for at 3 a.m., it's apparently also worth waking up for at 3 a.m. and then punching someone in the face. Welcome to Black Friday, the annual tradition where bargain-crazed shoppers gather at big box stores and reenact scenes from Lord of the Flies. At a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, bystander Adolfo E. Arzaga captured a chaotic scene as a scrum of shoppers scuffled over discounted flat-screen TVs:
In Springfield, Virginia, a college student waiting in line at a Best Buy told Fox 5 that he was attacked by a woman who tried to save a spot at the front of the line by leaving a chair there, then returning hours later. “She was angry, and I was telling her, ‘No, you’re not getting in the front of the line. I’ve been here since 12 [p.m.],'” the student, Ahmad Shukrey told the outlet. “And she proceeds to attack me with the chair, pushing into my friend, knocking me over and twisting my ankle.”' Steven Boone, another man in line, told the station the woman "refused to calm down" and ended up getting arrested.
"O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
That has such people in't!"
- William Shakespeare, 
"The Tempest" Act 5, scene 1, 181–184

"Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"
- Joseph N. Welch to Sen. Joseph McCarthy

Clearly, we do not..
No decency, no honor, no pride, and no shame...
Why would anyone with any sanity sacrifice to make this a better world for THEM?!

"You know, I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've 
been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country." 
- Gore Vidal

No wonder...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Greg Hunter, “The Goal Is War- Gregory Mannarino”

“The Goal Is War- Gregory Mannarino”
By Greg Hunter’s

Trader and analyst Gregory Mannarino says the governments and bankers want war. Mannarino explains, “War is the goal. People need to understand here the goal of the world central banks is to bring us to war. So, they have a big, big reason to borrow cash into existence. This is it. The debt based economic model has got to be the most corrupt, evil and dastardly mechanism to be pushed down the throats of the entire world. They are going to do what they need to do and that means bring us to a full blown war, nuclear or whatever they need to do to keep this going. If they do not find the reasons to borrow cash into existence, creating refugee problems, leaving all the borders open, war, you name it. The world central banks have created a situation where they have to borrow cash into existence in perpetuity. They can never stop. If they do stop, it will cause a loss of human life greater than a nuclear exchange. So, they are stuck here. The lessor of the two evils here is to bring us to war. As horrible as that sounds, that is where we’re at.”

On the surging stock market, even though the economic and geopolitical news is bad, Mannarino contends, “Forget about the stock market. It has absolutely disconnected from reality in every way, shape or form you can think about. We are now existing in economic fantasyland. The market top from May has held so far. Will it continue to hold? Here’s what I am thinking now. I do believe it has the potential to hold, but why is the market up on the shooting down of this Russian jet and helicopter? Because they are expecting the world central banks to do something. We have terror all over the world and war building up. This is going to give them an excuse to print and stimulate. That is going to have an effect on the markets, and that is why it is higher.”

On the Fed raising interest rates soon, Mannarino thinks, “The Fed is, frankly, screwed. They are going to have to do something here to remain credible. Confidence is the only thing keeping this farce going. If the Federal Reserve does not raise rates next month, then that is the biggest ‘no confidence’ vote for the U.S. economy, and that is going to melt down this market. Some think if the Federal Reserve does not raise rates, the market is going higher. I can’t imagine why it would do that. This secret meet they just had, this is what they were talking about. I think the Fed was discussing the lessor of two evils here. The lesser of two evils is they are going to nudge rates higher.” (There is much more in the video interview.)
"Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Gregory Mannarino of"

Musical Interlude: John Adorney, "River of Breath"

John Adorney, "River of Breath"

Musical Interlude: Manuel Iman, “This Moment Called Now”

Manuel Iman, “This Moment Called Now”

"A Look to the Heavens"

"Stars come out as evening twilight fades in this serene skyscape following the Persian proverb "Night hides the world, but reveals a universe." The scene finds the Sun setting over northern Kenya and the night will soon hide the shores of Lake Turkana, home to many Nile crocodiles. The region is also known for its abundance of hominid fossils. 
Click image for larger size.
On a November night, a brilliant Venus, then the world's evening star, dominates the starry skies above. But also revealed are faint stars, cosmic dust clouds, and glowing nebulae along the graceful arc of our own Milky Way galaxy."

Paulo Coelho, “Things As They Are”

“Things As They Are”
by Paulo Coelho

“Of course things don’t always happen they way we wish they would. There are moments in which we feel we are seeking something that is not meant for us, knocking on doors that don’t open, waiting for miracles that don’t manifest themselves. Fortunately that is the way things are – if everything went the way we wanted, soon we would no longer have anything to write about, nothing to guide our daily thoughts. This script serves our dreams as nourishment, but to our battles as energy. And as it always happens with the warriors that spend all their energy in the Good Fight, there are moments in which it is best to relax and believe that the Universe is still working for us secretly, even if we cannot comprehend it.

And so, let us allow the Soul of the World to fulfill its mission, and if we can’t help, the best way to collaborate is to pay attention to the simple things in life; the sunset, the people in the street, the reading of a book.

However, in many cases, time continues passing and nothing exceptional happens. But the true warrior of light believes. Just like children believe. Because they believe in miracles, the miracles begin to happen. Because they are certain that their thoughts can change their lives, their lives begin to change. Because they are certain they will find love, this love appears. Sometimes they are disappointed. Sometimes they feel hurt. Then they hear the comments, “you are so naïve!” But the warrior knows it is worth the price. To each defeat, there are two conquests in his favor.”

"The Life You Have Left...:

 “The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it.  
Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.”     
~ Leo Babauta

"Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda..."

 "It is what it is, and it was what it was. 
Don’t fret the could-haves because if it should-have, it would-have."
- Unknown

"You Are Who You Are, Not What You Do: Becoming Your Wrong Decisions"

"You Are Who You Are, Not What You Do:
Becoming Your Wrong Decisions"
by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm

"We are not our decisions and no decision is wrong because we made the choice with the information at hand. Our perception of the traits and characteristics that make us who we are is often tightly intertwined with how we live our life. We define ourselves in terms of the roles we adopt, our actions and inactions, our triumphs, and what we think are failures. As a result it is easy to identify so strongly with a decision that has resulted in unexpected negative consequences that we actually become that “wrong” decision. The disappointment and shame we feel when we make what we perceive as a mistake grows until it becomes a dominant part of our identities. We rationalize our “poor” decisions by labeling ourselves incompetent decision-makers. However, your true identity cannot be defined by your choices. Your essence—what makes you a unique entity—exists independently of your decision-making process.

There are no true right or wrong decisions. All decisions contribute to your development and are an integral part of your evolving existence yet they are still separate from the self. A decision that does not result in its intended outcome is in no way an illustration of character. Still, it can have dire effects on our ability to trust ourselves and our self-esteem. You can avoid becoming your decisions by affirming that a “bad decision” was just an experience, and next time you can choose differently. Try to avoid lingering in the past and mulling over the circumstances that led to your perceived error in judgment. Instead, adapt to the new circumstances you must face by considering how you can use your intelligence, inner strength, and intuition to aid you in moving forward more mindfully. Try not to entirely avoid thinking about the choices you have made, but reflect on the consequences of your decision from a rational rather than an emotional standpoint. Strive to understand! Understand why you made the choice you did, forgive yourself, and then move forward. A perceived mistake becomes a valuable learning experience and is, in essence, a gift to learn and grow from. You are not a bad person and you are not your decisions; you are simply human."

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Renton, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"A Dent In The Universe..."

"Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe.
Otherwise why even be here?"
- Steve Jobs

"Give Me the Stars... Life Wants to Live!"

"Give Me the Stars... Life Wants to Live!"
by Rick Tumlinson

“I have been asked how I can so easily cross party lines during this election time, when it comes to supporting or chastising politicians based on their actions regarding the opening of space. Why do I care about opening the space frontier more than any other issue? How can I support this one who is doing this, or attack that one who is doing that? How can I even deal with that guy who is doing so much harm, and why do I attack that woman who has done so much good for other issues? So many reasons, so important to many, but I and the members of my cause have work to do.

Because in the grand sweep of space and time, little matters or will be seen through the eyes of those to come as having mattered beside what we do right now, in this time, not just to save this precious planet but to expand its life to worlds now dead. Because this one cause encompasses all causes worth being causes. Be it freedom, resources, the economy, the environment, opportunity, hope, or another cause, there is no other single cultural and societal action that can and will do more to transform our lives, our civilization, and the course of life itself than this one thing. Period.

And I do it because when I turn off the pundits and puny little power players, power down the iPad and iPod and portable civilization modules that surround us with our own voices and visions, and step out into the darkness of the quiet night, below the full moon, and just stand there in a field of green grass and trees and all the sounds of all the creatures around me, and look at the infinity of stars, I realize just how small it all is, all that noise and sound and fury, and how grand it can be, if we can but quiet listening to those voices and find the ones inside us- how grand we can be, why we are here, really, and how much responsibility we have been given as the stewards of life.

Life: It wants to live. From the microbes in the soil below me to the grass at my feet to the crickets and birds to whatever life might be out there in that unlimited sky looking back at me out of the night overhead to our little girl in the making in her mother's womb, we share in something beautiful, powerful, and important. And simple. Life comes forth for no other reason than to be and make more life. It will fight and crawl and do anything in its power to live, and once alive it will stand against all to remain alive. Its existence is its own argument. Life is passion, celebration in the face of chaos, light in the face of darkness, hope in the face of despair, and joy, for the universe without life feels nothing, is nothing, and does nothing except slowly die.

Life: To live, to touch, see, feel, experience, and be. And while there are so many ways in this universe and world that life can be extinguished, there is but one way that life can leave this one world and spread its glorious being out there, and that is through us. So I and a few others who share this vision have chosen to take a stand that this is important. Out of all the billions of us in this world, each with his or her own priorities, dreams, fears, fights, passions, and pettiness, out of all the arguments and battles and wars and campaigns and crowded cluttering of the mind and spirit with sound and fury and righteousness and wrong, out of all these possible things and things to do and fight for, I- we- have chosen life itself. And not just the preservation of life, for that is important, too, even if to many of us it seems a bit of a defensive play when we would rather take the offensive. I want to capture and express that passion I see in life all around me to go wild, to push into anywhere we can, and make of those places new domains for life. Like the little patches of grass you see trying to poke up through the asphalt of an interstate, or that lone tree rising out of condemned ruins, we want to harness that determination and say, "Yes, we are alive, and we are coming! And it will be epic!"

In a thousand years we won't care which politician went negative on which other; this news cycle will just be a nanoscopic footnote at the bottom of an infinitely large digital box in a tiny corner of a mega storage unit orbiting a human colony light years away. Perhaps some tiny thing I and these others might have done today will have made a difference, so that that colony of life can be out there, and not just one, and not just human but more and greater and all carrying the seeds of life...

Perhaps by stepping out of the normal game others play in the sandbox of today, we can create a new tomorrow. Perhaps what we did by taking this stand among all the others changed a vote on a science budget to a "yes," showed a skeptical media machine a new way of looking at the stars, helped a new built rocket touch the sky, inspired a kid somewhere to change their career so they can fly, or to stay in school, or convinced someone to simply think a little differently about her place in the world and the hope that lies ahead for her, and gave our world permission to dream. And ever so gently, we will perhaps have helped push this crazy silly life form we call humanity and the life of this beautiful and precious world upwards and outwards... so that it can live.”

The Poet: May Sarton, "Unison Benediction"

"Unison Benediction"

"Return to the most human,
nothing less will nourish the torn spirit,
the bewildered heart,
the angry mind:
and from the ultimate duress,
pierced with the breath of anguish,
speak of love.

Return, return to the deep sources,
nothing less will teach the stiff hands a new way to serve,
to carve into our lives the forms of tenderness
and still that ancient necessary pain preserve.

Return to the most human,
nothing less will teach the angry spirit,
the bewildered heart;
the torn mind,
to accept the whole of its duress,
and pierced with anguish…
at last, act for love."

~ May Sarton 

Fred Reed, "vDare, HBD, and Me: A Great Weariness"

"vDare, HBD, and Me: A Great Weariness"
by Fred Reed

"I’m going to break something. Or maybe kick the dog. Sometimes it seems to me that I am the only gringo on this whole sorry planet who does not think Mexicans are scum–filthy, perverted, and witless. They are not, dammit. If you want to criticize Mexico, stick to facts, such as that it is corrupt to the  roots of its teeth and terribly governed, that the narcos are out of control, the police criminals, and that it qualifies as a failed state by some (reasonable) definitions. And they play loud music at three a.m. during fiestas. All of this is true.

But spare me the twaddle. In fact, spare everybody the twaddle. No matter who does what, there are going to be a lots of Mexicans in the US, or more correctly American citizens of Mexican descent. Maybe the public ought to have an accurate idea of them. But no. We get twaddle, chiefly from sites like vDare, from groups calling themselves the Human Bio-diversity (hbd) movement, and from Ann (“Legs”) Coulter. Example:

Juarez Monument, Mexico City, from the site Those Who Can See
a typical Roaring Right hbd site.

Well, I concede that the photo is pretty shocking. What sort of people would leave mounds of garbage on the grounds of their national monuments? Since this pile of  trash bore no resemblance to anything I had seen in Mexico (where I have lived for thirteen years), I spent fifteen seconds with Google Images and found dozens of photos of the monument with no trash.  How was this, I wondered? Photoshop? Political HBDers are capable of it.

Juarez Monument, from Google Images.

One photo however did show trash. Since the garbage photo by-line said NPR, it took another fifteen seconds on Google to turn up an NPR  story on how a snafu in the closing of a landfill in the city had led to a brief pile-up of trash. (Wrote NPR, “Closure Of Massive Landfill Leaves Trash Piling Up In Mexico City." The trash buildup reminds us of what happened in New York City, when it suspended trash collection in January after a massive winter storm dumped more than two feet of snow on the city.”)

Deliberate misrepresentation. A better word is “lying.” There is much of this in such venues.

In this year alone I have been in Chapala (where I live), Ajijic (next door, take a peek at these), Guadalajara, Arandas, Jamay, Durango, Aguas Calientes, Zacatecas, La Paz, Merida, Guanajuato, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and literally a couple of dozen other towns and cities. There was nothing resembling the photo.

An equally typical American city (Detroit)

In similar sites, I read of Mexican school-children in places like Los Angeles as being violent, incapable of learning, and dirty. Maybe so. I haven’t been there. But in town after town here I see well-behaved kids in school uniforms carrying book bags. In hbd sites I read of Mexican children in the US being left in dirty diapers and generally neglected. Could be. I haven’t been there. But the Mexican norm is great fondness for kids. You can find some of anything in a big country, but I have never seen a dirty diaper here. On the street or on a kid.

As mentioned, vDare is another  site subscribing to the principle that it doesn’t have to be true as long as it feels good. The vDaristas are against massive immigration, which is fine with me, but a little honesty might be season the broth.

Briefly, so as not to bore the reader into a coma: Some time ago Ann Coulter, a political steam whistle who serves as the Michael Moore of the Disturbed Right, was saying that the “age of consent” in Mexico is twelve. What a horrible country: See? Screwing little girls is legal.  This is very much a tactic of the lumpen-hbd: attribute sexually revolting behavior to anyone you don’t like. Coulter’s assertions appeared all over the web.

This, like the trash story, struck me as nonsense. Mexico until recently was a traditional society in which the upper classes, who put a high premium on virginity of females at marriage, made the laws. Hidalgos do not pass laws making it legal for the gardener to screw their children. Coulter’s grasp of the world seems to end at the Jersey border.

I got on the horn and spoke to Aracele Diaz, a university classmate of Violeta and a practicing attorney in Guadalajara. That’s crazy, she said. I next went to Francisca, another classmate, who works in human-rights in Jalisco. That’s crazy, she said, and emailed me the law. I then talked to Marta Villareal, also professionally active in human rights and an ardent feminist in the American mold. If screwing little girls of twelve were legal, you wouldn’t need Coulter to tell you about it. Marta’s shrieks would shatter the polar ice-caps. “It’s not true. They don’t understand the law.”

A reporter would have checked (maybe a call to the Mexican Embassy? I believe telephones have reached New York) but vDare doesn’t care and Coulter isn’t a  reporter. (If I were rude, which I emphatically am not, I would say that if she were a trilobite, she would have her encephalon in her pygidium. But she isn’t a trilobite.)

Miss Coulter’s er, legs, in which she apparently believes that the public has great interest. 
A woman in her mid-fifties, which she is, who tries to look like a prom queen is 
clearly an attention-junkie, which may explain her disregard of truth.

OK. Thinking that vDare might lapse into veracity if I rubbed its nose in it, I found the actual Mexican law on the internet (a few minutes), posted it, translated it as I doubted that many vDaristas could read it, and included links. Hey, gang. Wake up. See? Here it is. Right here.

To this day vDare still insists that the age… sigh. Useless. It’s like instructing a cinder block in geometry. The appalling thing is that the yoyo who wrote the insistence doesn’t even know what “age of consent” means. It’s the schools. They’re going to hell.

Then there is the insistence among the lumpen-pseudo-hbders that Mexicans are inherently mega-criminal. This is now so firmly embedded on the internet that any question of it is regarded as a mark of insanity. Is it true? The Mexican cartels are certainly neck-deep in the drug trade and kill each other enthusiastically, much like the Italian Mafia (which, by the way, still exists and is still Italian). Further, with at least 54,000,000 Latinos in the US, you can certainly find enough rapists to fill a web page.

Howsomever, I find (the very conservative) Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute, who analyzed data from the Department of Justice. (New DOJ Statistics on Race and Violent Crime | American Renaissance) In the past, the feds have lumped Hispanics and white offenders together, making it impossible to tell who was doing how much of what to whom. MacDonald, note, is a conservative and no advocate of open borders. She found that Hispanics are 26% more likely that whites to commit a violent crime. Hardly admirable, but hardly a crime wave. Since she has opposed immigration she cannot easily be suspected of dodgy analysis. 

The same conclusion was reached by Ron Unz, the best numerical analyst of my acquaintance, in The American Conservative, a magazine that is not  for massive immigration. The piece, though long, is very well worth reading if you are interested in the subject. What it comes to is that if you look at the data, they do not say what the politico-lumpen-pseudos want them to say. His conclusion closely mirrored MacDonald’s.

And now we have Coulter “When it comes to child rape, the whole family gets involved. (They are family-oriented!)” Coulter writes. “Far from ‘I am woman, hear me roar,’ these are cultures where women help the men rape kids.”

Yes, Miss Goebbels. And they eat human flesh. I will now go and kick the dog, who seems to be in hiding.”

"Be Thankful..."

"How It Really Is"

"On this Thanksgiving day, rich celebrities and politicians will make a parody of what should be real charity by feeding countless poor and homeless. This will ease their conscience, at least for a while. But charity should not be a substitute for social justice. Just to ruin some people’s appetites before they attack that golden turkey: keep in mind that today we are celebrating a genocide."

"Thus Were We Created"

"Thus Were We Created"

"Our Creator put us on this wide, rich land, and told us we were free to go where the game was, where the soil was good for planting. That was our state of true happiness. We did not have to beg for anything. Our Creator had taught us how to find and make everything we needed, from trees and plants and animals and stone. We lived in bark, and we wore only the skins of animals. Our Creator taught us how to use fire, in living, and in sacred ceremonies. He taught us how to heal with barks and roots, and how to make sweet foods with berries and fruits, with papaws and the water of the maple tree. Our Creator gave us tobacco, and said, Send your prayers up to me on its fragrant smoke. Our Creator taught us how to enjoy loving our mates, and gave us laws to live by, so that we would not bother each other, but help each other. Our Creator sang to us in the wind and the running water, in the bird songs, in children's laughter, and taught us music. And we listened, and our stomachs were never dirty and never troubled us. Thus were we created. Thus we lived for a long time, proud and happy. We had never eaten pig meat, nor tasted the poison called whiskey, nor worn wool from sheep, nor struck fire or dug earth with steel, nor cooked in iron, nor hunted and fought with loud guns, nor ever had diseases which soured our blood or rotted our organs. We were pure, so we were strong and happy."
- Tenskwatawa, Shawnee Nation
"Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn't have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves. When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property. We didn't know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth. We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another. We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don't know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental  things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society."
- John (Fire) Lame Deer, Sioux Lakota - 1903-1976

"Sea Pirates..."

"Teachers of children in the United States of America wrote this date on blackboards again and again, and asked the children to memorize it with pride and joy: 1492. The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them. The chief weapon of sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was too late, how heartless and greedy they were.”
- Kurt Vonnegut
"The 1491 Census: Native Creates Tribal Nations Map of Turtle Island"

"The Truth..."

"The truth is painful. Deep down, nobody wants to hear it, especially when it hits close to home. Sometimes we tell the truth because the truth is all we have to give. Sometimes we tell the truth because we need to say it out loud to hear it for ourselves. And sometimes we tell the truth because we just can’t help ourselves. Sometimes, we tell them because we owe them at least that much."
- "Dr. Meredith Grey," "Grey's Anatomy"

“Why Thanksgiving Is A 'National Day Of Mourning' For Some Americans”

"Thanksgiving: A Time To Imagine"

"Thanksgiving: A Time To Imagine"
By Frank Joseph Smecker

"Imagine if aliens from a galaxy light-years from Earth, decide to seek out a New World. Imagine they discover Earth, it’s the New World, they assume. And they pursue a relentless campaign of occupation, colonizing the planet. One by one, these aliens systematically remove, with much violent force, the people of the planet, starting with the First World dominant culture, because, of course, they’ll want what that culture has: access to the land and resources which that culture controls. Imagine these aliens succeed with such a crusade, centuries later marking the genocide with an annual feast celebrating a deluded history that claims they were embraced with much alacrity and congeniality, that, while they were killing off human beings to clear the way for their own culture, human beings weren’t fighting back but teaching them how to make mashed potatoes and gravy and pies and roast turkey and things. “C’mon, Frank…” you’re probably saying, “this is a bit too much, don’t you think?”

I know, I know, so this scenario is a bit kooky. Such a concept is a little too bonkers for the sociological imagination. Okay. Fine. Let’s try it another way.

Imagine if white settlers from a continent 3,325 miles from the eastern shorelines of an already inhabited continent, decided to seek out a New World putatively, circa 1620 AD. Imagine they discover “America,” it’s the New World, they assume. And they pursue a relentless campaign of occupation, colonizing the continent. One by one, these settlers systematically remove, with much violent force, the people of the North American continent, starting with the indigenous nations of the east, because, of course, they’ll want what those cultures have: access to the land and "resources" which those cultures inhabit and employ sustainably. Imagine these settlers succeeded with such a crusade, centuries later marking the genocide with an annual feast celebrating a deluded history that claims they were embraced with much alacrity and congeniality, that, while they were killing off the native indigenous to clear the way for their own culture, natives weren’t fighting back but teaching them how to make mashed potatoes and gravy and pies and roast turkey and things.

There. Not so crazy now, is it?                       

“About three-quarters of all adult Indians suffer alcoholism and/or other forms of substance abuse. This is not a ‘genetic condition.’ It is a desperate, collective attempt to escape our horrible reality since ‘America's Triumph.’ It's no mystery why Indians don't observe Thanksgiving. The real question is why do you feast rather than fast on what should be a national day of mourning and atonement. Before digging into your turkey and dressing on Nov. 26, you might wish to glance in a mirror and see if you can come up with an answer.” - Ward Churchill

“One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.”
 - Robert Jensen

"We suffer from a poverty level of 69 percent, which must be unimaginable to many people in this country, who would equate a situation such as this to one found only in Third World countries." - Tribal Chairwoman Kathleen W. Kitcheya speaking about the San Carlos Apache Reservation.

“Those that escaped the fire were slain with the sword, some hewed to pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so as they were quickly dispatched and very few escaped. It was conceived that they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stink and scent thereof; but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the praise thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them, thus to enclose their enemies in their hands and give them so speedy a victory over so proud and insulting an enemy.” - William Bradford, a settler, describing Captain John Mason's attack on a Pequot village.

This Thanksgiving, rather than thoughtlessly stuffing yourself with food and then sauntering over to the couch for some postprandial football, think about how you can play your part in stopping the dominant culture from removing more indigenous cultures from their landbases to extract raw materials for industry that is destroying the planet’s ecological and climatic infrastructure."