“The Barricades Are Down” Syriza Is Already Rolling Back Austerity “Reforms”


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It didn’t take long for Syriza to start making changes in Greece. While these may be minor at the margin compared to the debt “issues”, as KeepTalkingGreece reports, Alexis Tsipras and his junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos pushed the Fast Forward button to restore a series of so-called “reforms”, that is austerity measures imposed by the country’s lenders, the Troika – among the left-wing reforms are: scrapping planned privatizations, scrapping fees in public hospitals and prescriptions, restore “the 13th pension” for low-pensioners and other actions that SYRIZA had promised before the elections. And the iron barricades in front of Parliament have been removed.

 

Via Keep Talking Greece,

Iron Barricades

The first revolutionary move was conducted by alternate Minister responsible for Citizens’ Protection and Public Order. Yiannis Panousis removed the iron barricades in front of the Greek Parliament. The barricades were installed to protect the lawmakers from angry demonstrators after the huge anti-austerity protests from 2010 onwards.

Before

After

Panousis, who is Professor for Constitutional Law, made the announcement Wednesday morning. Right after the first meeting of the new cabinet concluded, the barricades were removed.

Health sector

Alternate minister Andreas Xanthos announced the “targeted enhancement of the health sector”, scrapping the 5-euro fee at public hospitals and the 1-euro fee per prescription as well as reductions in the patients’ economic participation on drugs.

The unprecedented financial burden imposed on patients had quite some people stop taking their medication or seek charity organizations for life-saving drugs. KTG has reported many times about the plight in the Greek health sector.

Pensions

Alternate Minister for Social Funds, Dimitris Stratoulis announced a stop in pension cuts and to restore the “13th pension” for pensioners receiving below €700 per month. He also said that “uninsured farmers will receive again the €360 per month.

Minimum Wage

Minister for Labor and Social Solidarity, Panos Skourletis, announced that the minimum wage will be raised to €751 gross, while the collective bargains will be restored.

Under Troika pressure in the name of so-called “competitiveness”, the minimum wage plunged down to €580 gross and €490 gross for those below 25 years old in 2012 with the effect that households could not even cover their monthly basic needs.

Rehiring in Public sector

Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform Giorgos Katrougalos announced the re-hiring of those who were laid-off from the public sector in the scheme of “mobility”. According to Katrougalos, the lay-offs were against the Constitution.

School guards, cleaners and teachers were laid-off in masses, after the Greek government decided to fire over night some 10,000 people in order to meet Troika’s demands for a lean public administration. The lay-offs were not according to meritocracy criteria, the measure affected whole groups of employees.

Greek nationality to migrants’ children

Alternate Minister for Migration policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou announced that migrants’ children born and raised in Greece will be granted Greek nationality, probably also children that came here in very young age.

Taking into consideration the SYRIZA program as announced by Alexis Tsipras on January 2oth in Thessaloniki, more anti-austerity changes are on the note book of the new government. So far all ministers made their announcements in television programs. The official announcements are expected next week in the Greek Parliament when the coalition will seek vote of confidence.

So far we heard no ministerial announcement on TV regarding the painful issue of over-taxation.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-28/barricades-are-down-syriza-already-rolling-back-austerity-reforms

Several Hundreds March In “Die-In” Protest In New Haven; Solidarity March Planned For Hartford


Several Hundreds March In "Die-In" Protest In New Haven; Solidarity March Planned For Hartford

A hush fell over parts of downtown New Haven shortly after noon on Friday as several hundred protesters marched hand-in-hand and in silence to the court house to protest incidents in Ferguson and Staten Island, where police killed black men, and Cleveland where police killed a black child.

The silent die-in protest was planned by participants from Yale Law School and other Yale organizations. A “Never forgetting Ferguson” Solidarity March is planned for Hartford at noon on Saturday, beginning at the intersection of Main Street and Albany Avenue.

The New Haven event was an effort to “reaffirm the dignity of Black lives,” according to organizers, and to protest the failure of two grand juries to indict law enforcement officials involved in the killed of unarmed black men,” they said.

Rakim Brooks, a Yale Law School student and one of the organizers of Friday’s protest, said the demonstrators are looking for several key reforms, including requiring all police departments in Connecticut to examine their policies “on the means of subduing an unarmed or armed suspect,” and to publicize those policies to inform the public.

Another proposal is to create a special prosecution team to handle cases of alleged police misconduct. Brooks said Connecticut’s current system, and those in many states across the nation, involve regular prosecutors who have a very close relationship with the police they are theoretically expected to investigate and prosecute in abuse cases.

“We’d encourage each state to establish these kinds of special prosecutors,” Brooks said.

Another reform on the protestors wish list is for police forces to publicize “what means of redress” members of the public have if they feel they’ve been subjected to police misconduct or abuse.

David McGuire, a lawyer with the Connecticut chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said his organization is participating in a national petition campaign to get the federal government to make its guidelines against racial profiling legally enforceable, so that police that do racial profiling or abuse based on race could be prosecuted.

The demonstration began at Yale Law School, on 127 Wall Street, in New Haven and made its way to the court house on Church Street.

“Within the past two weeks, two grand juries have failed to indict law enforcement officials involved in the killings of unarmed Black men,” said Temidayo Odusolu, in a prepared statement. She is a spokesperson for the student organizers of the die-in protest. “This is nothing new. Recent events continue to show us that Black people are lawfully considered threats, criminals, and ‘demon[s].’ We live in a society that prides itself on respecting the rule of law, and yet privileges racial profiling and harassment over this supposedly cardinal value. We cannot sit idly by while the legal system that should serve all of us, and that many of us will soon be sworn to uphold, kills with impunity.”

The Hartford event is being planned in conjunction with Connecticut United Against Mass Incarceration and students from University of Connecticut, in collaboration with Mothers United Against Violence, according to organizers. The “Never forgetting Ferguson” Solidarity March in Hartford will be on Saturday, December 6th at 12 p.m. and will begin at the intersection of Main Street & Albany Ave and end at Keney Park (Woodland street Entrance).

“Join us in solidarity on Saturday, December 6th at 12:00 p.m. Feel free to bring banners, posters, and your VOICE,” the organizers said.

Here are several prepared statements released as part of the Haven Haven protest:

“We are outraged to see that separate and unequal codes of conduct, nightmares we hoped were relegated to our forefathers’ generations, persist today. We are outraged because, somehow, it is permissible in a legal proceeding in 2014 to describe an unarmed young Black man as ‘a demon,’ reviving the same racialized stereotypes that justified Southern Redemption, Jim Crow, and other forms of racial domination. This description stripped Michael Brown not only of his humanity, even in death, but also of the justice due to him. He deserved better. So do we.” The Yale Black Law Students Association.

“We support our brothers and sisters at Yale Law School and their efforts demanding justice for the Black lives lost at the hands of law enforcement. We hope that today’s die-in event continues to progress the narrative that Black lives matter.” McKenzie Morris on behalf of the Harvard Black Law Students Association.

“When Justice falters, lawyers must help her get back on her feet.” Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at the Yale Law School.

“Yale Law School’s Black and brown students are possessed of a particular form of dual consciousness, aware through experience of the social realities of policing, and knowledgeable through their professional training of the logic and operation of law. They are uniquely situated to speak with authority about the failure of law in Ferguson and Staten Island. We stand with them now and into the future as they endeavor to change our legal system for the better.” Muneer Ahmad, Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney at the Yale Law School.

“There is no issue more important in the U.S. right now.” Swapna Reddy, Co-Chair of the Yale Law School Clinical Student Board.

“We believe that change will never come if we allow our disagreements at the margins to tie our hands.” The Board of the Yale Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

“Although the Federalist Society does not endorse specific positions, we feel compelled as individual members of its Yale Law School chapter to add our voices to the current reaffirmation of our nation’s commitment to racial equality. Racial inequality is noxious and unacceptable. Today, our hearts break for those across our country and in our law school community expressing a crisis of faith in our nation’s commitment to the basic and fundamental promise that all are equal. We all must do better to listen, to truly hear, and to act. As a nation, we must actively debate appropriate policy responses to the serious questions presented by recent events. But today we find it necessary to first stand in love and solidarity.” Members of the Yale Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society.

“We express our profound disappointment in the miscarriage of justice surrounding the tragic death of Eric Garner and the failure to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. This situation provides an all too common example of the separate and unequal justice applied in America, the room for problematic prosecutorial discretion, and the way in which our criminal justice system fails to adequately protect minority communities. These communities are then doubly failed when the legal system fails to hold to account police who use excessive force against them. We need a system that gives equal protection under law.” The 2014-2015 Board of Yale Law Women.

“As these events unfold, we are overwhelmed with outrage and heartbreak but continue to have hope that these tragedies may spark meaningful action on the disproportionate inequities that plague black and brown communities. We join in the call for reform and for a country where all of us feel safe and protected by the police. Destructive policing has no place in our neighborhoods. Enough is enough. We encourage others at Yale Law School to join in this effort.” The Yale Latino/a Law Students Association.

“We stand in solidarity because struggles for justice and equality under law are tied in deep and complex ways; because LGBT people of color, particularly trans people and youth, are disproportionately subjects of police profiling and brutality; and because today members of our community are crying out in pain.” Abigail Rich and Max Nardini, Co-Presidents of Yale Outlaws.

“We denounce the lack of accountability for the police officers responsible for the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and far too many others. We affirm the anger and grief of all people of color struggling against a system that fails to protect or value their lives. We demand honest reform to our law enforcement bodies that tolerate and promote racism. In the words of Eric Garner: ‘It stops today.’” The Board of First Generation Professionals.

“We are committed to peaceful student activism, especially as regards important issues of justice and equality. We applaud student engagement at all levels; we support thoughtful discourse; and we reaffirm our commitment to addressing this serious issue as it exists at Yale and in New Haven through dialogue with leaders in the administration and the community.” The Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate.

“The Yale Civil Rights Project stands in solidarity with those protesting the non-indictment of the police officers involved in civilian death – today we mourn for Eric Garner and Michael Brown, but history tells us that those names will be all too quickly joined by many others. Deaths at the hands of the police officers meant to protect the citizenry deeply implicate the American justice system. As a nation, we cannot stand idly by as black lives continue to be undervalued – and as people, we cannot stand idly by when our own communities cry out for justice and healing.” The Yale Civil Rights Project.

 Pem McNerney contributed to this story.

Editor’s note: Temidayo Odusolu was originally misidentified in this article. That was corrected at 3:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 2014.

http://www.ctnow.com/news/hc-black-lives-matter-protests-connecticut,0,2787565.story

Occupy Monsanto: GET ON THE BUS – Rally @ US Capitol – Dec. 10 **CALL TO ACTION**


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The following Call to Action is from the Organic Consumers Association:

The battle for the right to know if your food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could come to a screeching halt with the signing of one bill in Congress.

We need to stop that bill in its tracks.

H.R. 4432—the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) ACT—was introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) at the bidding of Monsanto, Big Food and the Koch Brothers.  If passed, H.R. 4432 will strip your state of the right to pass a GMO labeling law.

The DARK ACT will have its first hearing on Capitol Hill, on December 10. If we don’t turn out in numbers to protest this bill, our voice could be silenced.

The Organic Consumers Association, with help from Friends of the Earth, Credo, Cornucopia Institute,  Maine Sierra Club, Weston Price Foundation, Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, Green America, Mercola.com and other groups, is organizing busloads of people to attend the hearing, followed by a rally and an organic lunch. But if we want to have an impact, if we want to attract the attention of Congress and the media, we need a minimum of 1000 people to be there.

Here’s how you can help.

  • Organize a bus from your area. OCA will help pay for a bus from your state to Washington D.C., if you can fill the bus. Call us at 218-226-4164 or email campaigns@organicconsumers.org if you want to organize a bus.
  • Get on one of the buses that have already been organized. We have bus captains trying to fill buses in in Pennsylvania (one in Lancaster, one in Philadelphia), Boston, Central New Jersey, Detroit, Chicago, Indiana, West Virginia, New York City, Maine, Florida, S. Carolina, N. Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. If you live in one of those areas, please use the links below to find bus schedules and reserve seats.
Here’s what will happen on December 10.
  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. The hearing on Pompeo’s DARK ACT is scheduled to take place at 10:15 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW. We will gather there, with signs and banners, beginning around 8 a.m. As many people as can possibly fit into the hearing will attend.
  • 10:15 a.m. When the hearing begins, everyone who didn’t get into the Rayburn Building will move to our permitted rally spot on the Capitol grounds, at the corner of Independence and 1st St. SE. There we will have a number of speakers who will address the crowd and the media.
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. After we wrap up the rally and speakers, we’ll move to the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE (4th and Independence Ave, SE).

If you can attend, please read:

  • Bring a black and red blindfold, to symbolize being kept in the dark. Red and black will tie in with our Stop Monsanto’s Attack on Democracy/Stop Sign image.
  • Please try to schedule (in advance) a meeting with the staff of your state representative or senator. Download this flyer, fill in the name of your state, and leave it behind with the staff to deliver to your member of Congress. (Find your senator;  Find your representative.)
  • Please make a hand-made sign that says: [NAME OF YOUR STATE] Against Monsanto’s Attack on Democracy! We want to show Congress and the media that people have come from all around the country to protest this bill.

If you can’t attend:

  • Sign our petition asking Congress to reject Pompeo’s DARK ACT here.
  •  Help flood the phone lines on Capitol Hill on December 10. We’re asking everyone who can’t be there in person to call their Congress members on December 10, beginning at 9 a.m. When you are connected with a staff person, you can say: “Hello, my name is [FIRST NAME, LAST NAME] and I live in [CITY, STATE]. I couldn’t attend today’s protest against H.R. 4432, a bill that would preempt states’ rights to label GMOs, but I am calling to ask [NAME OF CONGRESS PERSON] to reject H.R. 4432 and to support states’ rights to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws. Thank you.”
  • Make a donation to help offset the cost of buses, speakers, the press conference and organic lunch.

States that are already organizing buses:

Additional buses may yet be organized, so please check back. If you want to organize a bus, please email campaigns@organicconsumers.org, or call OCA at 218-226-4164.

This could be the most important action you’ve taken yet to protect your right to know about GMOs. Come to Washington D.C. on December 10. Meet other activists! Hear some great speakers! And help us send a clear message to Congress that states should have the right to pass GMO labeling laws!


In solidarity,

Gene

GCU@Occupy-Monsanto.com
www.Occupy-Monsanto.com
Twitter.com/GMO917
Facebook.com/GeneticCrimesUnit

Ed. Note: Even the name of this bill is disturbing, as well as quite revealing about the  true nature and intentions of those who enslave us. H.R. 4432—the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) ACT.

What’s it going to take for American’s to wake-up to the stench of tyranny engulfing the nation? Everyone I know back on the mainland in OK, St Loius and TX only appear to be sticking their heads further down in the sand. Maybe by seeing tens of thousands fellow Americans marching on the nations capital against Monsanto will trigger people, but then again most people will never see the Occupy Monsanto March on Fox, CNN, ABC etc.

And that’s our conundrum. For the most part change has to hit people at home before they get the wake up call, because it won’t come from the mass media until the system is exposed and the criminals behind the matrix are held accountable for their crimes against humanity and nature. Until then WE have to do our part to keep the momentum building at the individual level until we hit critical mass and the shift occurs.

We Are From the Future, Next Stage is the Revolution of Love ~ Garret John & The Wayseers (Video)


“Greetings. We are from the future.
Everything is going to be alright…
You are about to undergo a staggering revolution…”

More: http://WeAreFromTheFuture.com

Words, Voice & Editing by Garret John LoPorto
Connect on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/GarretJohn
& on Twitter: http://twitter.com/garretloporto

Music “Doot Doot” by Freur

LYRICS:
Greetings.
We are from the future.
Everything is going to be alright.
Humanity is about to undergo an astonishing revolution.
Many have called for this revolution, but few understand what it truly means.
This coming revolution is part of a great progression towards an awakening of staggering proportions.
Life force is the creative self-organizing intelligence orchestrating all of this behind the scenes.
Life force is experienced by you as the feeling of Love – for Life and Love are the same.
What humanity is about to become is quite inconceivable to you right now,
But we are here to help make this transition a little easier.
[YOU ARE NOT ALONE]

Like gyroscopic force stabilizes a motorcycle – Life force [Love] stabilizes all living systems.
Populations full of love, cultivate honesty, courage and generosity, self-organizing and self -regulating without the need for coercive control.
Populations with deficits in love succumb to fear, violence and corruption, inviting coercive governments to combat the chaos and entropy that arises in the absence of love’s organizing intelligence.
Just as Life force is experienced as love, entropy is experienced as ego, hatred and fear.
The corrupt and power hungry feed on this fear.
Without enough gyroscopic force to keep it upright a motorcycle falls, likewise without enough love to keep them upright free and idealistic governments fall.
Populations too fearful, selfish and chaotic to stand on their own, invite despotic governments to forcefully rule and stabilize them like a kickstand for those who’ve lost their minds.

As long as a population has more fear than love, what appears to be democracy is often little more than a spectacle to mesmerize the masses. Autocratic power still operates behind the scenes. Its media directs people’s unconscious fears and aggressions towards invented enemies, insane competitiveness, rabid consumerism and addiction.
THIS SYSTEM WILL SELF DESTRUCT.

This system glorifies the ego, the embodiment of entropy, which convinces you that you are alone against the world, causing alienation, fear and aggression.
The core values of your culture have been hijacked, forging a pathologically antisocial anti-ecological system obsessed with profit, power and control.
THIS SYSTEM WILL SELF DESTRUCT.

Real change must now come from outside this system.
Real change must now come from you.
Just as free and idealistic governments can’t survive the entropy of populations filled with fear Egoic coercive governments can’t survive the creative self-organizing power of people filled with love.
Gandhi called this power soul force, life force, love force. It is the fundamental force behind all nonviolent revolution and the unassailable creative intelligence of Life.
True freedom and equality requires a population alive with this self-organizing intelligence.

The coming awakening happens in stages.
And the next stage… is THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE.
Love is the organizing force behind all that is beautiful, joyful and creative in this world.
Power structures are merely the reflection of a population’s levels of love or fear.
But true love casts out all fear making graceful revolution not only possible but inevitable.
so the next stage… is THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE.
When you unleash the sentient energies of love, then, for the second time in history the world, humanity will have discovered fire.
The fires of love will spread through all people, thus all systems shaping the world in its own image.
Love is a force of nature. And so are you.

The coming singularity happens in stages.
and the next stage… is THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE.
The love that fuels this revolution starts with you.
You can become an agent of love, allowing it to guide you and govern your actions.
Love is increased through communion, song, mindfulness, prayer, humor, forgiveness and connection.
(We will reveal more in future transmissions.)
For now, communicate to every sentient being you encounter:
I see you.
You are not alone.
We are in this together.
You are loved.
The revolution of love is here – and all is well.
So… Let there be Light!

ZeroHedge ~ Meanwhile, The French Are Revolting…


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Amid record unemployment, even recorder youth unemployment, and politicians willingly breaking EU treaties (with apparently no consequences), it appears – just as in the US – police brutality in France was the straw that broke ‘Le Camel’s back. As RT reports, another anti-police brutality protest turned violent in the French city of Rennes, with masked youths and police engaging in running street battles. The unrest follows the death of a young environmental activist earlier this week. Overnight Thursday, protesters in the northwestern city lobbed flairs at police and flipped over cars, some of which they set ablaze. Police responded by firing tear gas. We hear guillotines are still cheap on ebay.

 

 

The French (youth) are revolting…

As RT reports,

A similar protest in Paris on Wednesday also descended into violence. Around 250 people gathered outside City Hall in Paris, with some throwing rocks at police and writing “Remi is dead, the state kills” on walls, The Local’s French edition reports. At least 33 people were taken into police custody following the unrest.

The protests are in response to the death of 21-year-old activist Remi Fraisse. He was killed early on Sunday by an explosion, which occurred during violent clashes with police at the site of a contested-dam project in southwestern France.

His death, the first in a mainland protest in France since 1986, has been blamed on a concussion grenade fired by police. France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who came under serious pressure to resign following the incident, announced an immediate suspension of such grenades, which are intended to stun rather than kill.

The incident has put additional pressure on the already unpopular government of Francois Hollande, who has vowed that a thorough investigation will be conducted into the circumstances surrounding Fraisse’s death.

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Is this the start?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-31/meanwhile-french-are-revolting

Hungary: Internet tax angers protesters


Hungarians fed-up with perpetuated debt slavery under the guises of internet taxation this time, hurl computer parts at gov’t buildings in protest ….

27/10/14

Thousands gathered in central Budapest on Sunday to protest against government plans to tax internet usage.

What began as a peaceful rally later became heated with scores of demonstrators hurling computer parts at ruling party Fidesz headquarters.

Opponents to the tax claim it will restrict access to information, particularly in poor areas, cripple small businesses, and will restrict government critics who mainly use online media.

Police later tried to clear the area and arrested six people in the process.

Several taking part described the tax as ‘the latest anti-democratic measure by premier Viktor Orban.’

“It is not only because of the internet tax,” said one woman, “but we are also fed up with the government, we are fed up with stealing and corruption.”

Demonstration organiser Balázs Gulyás addressed the crowd saying:

“You don’t let yourselves be torn from the world, this tax indeed tears Hungary from the world, the technical development and thousands of jobs will be in danger with this, and the entire economy.”

The government claims the tax – the equivalent of 50 centimes on each transferred gigabyte of data – was needed to plug holes in the 2015 budget.

A new proposal to cap monthly payments to 2.3 euros for individuals failed to calm protester anger.

Copyright © 2014 euronews

http://www.euronews.com/2014/10/27/hungary-internet-tax-angers-protesters/

Spain: Dozens arrested in anti-corruption raids


More than 50 people have been arrested – including prominent local political figures in Spain’s mainstream parties – in what is being dubbed the country’s biggest ever crackdown on corruption.

Investigators are interested in local government construction contracts worth some 250 million euros amid claims of bribes and kickbacks being paid.The highest-profile detainee is Francisco Granados, an ex-deputy president of the Madrid region for the ruling conservative Popular Party.

Also formerly a senator, he stood down in February, after newspaper reports claimed he had 1.5 million euros in a Swiss bank account.

 

Reacting to the claims of corruption that sparked raids in the capital as well as Murcia, Leon and Valencia, Spain’s parliamentary speaker Jesus Posada said:

“I deeply regret it. These things are not good but I insist…Justice is slow but relentless and in the end everything comes to light and that is good for everyone.”

Politicians, bankers and even royals in Spain have been caught up in the country’s bid to clean up public life. After the sky-high unemployment rate, corruption has become Spaniards‘ second-biggest concern.

SEE VIDEO

Copyright © 2014 euronews

 

5 Big Signs The Global Engine of Deceit, Lies, and Control Are Coming To End


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If you don’t see it coming, you may have been hiding in a very dark place for the last decade. The lies, deceit, fear-mongering and illusions portrayed by elite controlling entities of the world are slowly crumbling right in front of their eyes as the world is awakening. Here are 5 signs that the era of deception and duplicity is coming to an end.

1. PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX HAS BEEN EXPOSED

Perhaps one of the biggest controlling entities of the world is the pharmaceutical industrial complex who has deceived billions for almost two centuries. Their corruption, fabrications and outright deceit has enveloped almost every nation on Earth. In the last decade alone, millions have outcasted drugs and vaccines from their circle of trust. More people are coming to discover that this powerful group of criminals will stop at nothing to sell their snake oil to the public. Over the last several years, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis — and all other pharmaceutical giants, which once seemed unassailable are slowly drowning. Drug discovery jobs have disappeared by the thousands in the United States and by the hundreds in Europe as the industry has cut costs in order to adjust to what is widely perceived as the end of the blockbuster-drug era.

People are getting it. From the H1N1 scandal to HPV….from Lipitor to Vioxx, the public is catching on that most modern day diseases are man-made to sell us more poison in a vicious cycle which perpetuates until our death. Research is now showing that natural health products are as effective as man-made drugs and for the first time in history, the natural health industry is aiming to amend legislation to allow physicians to include natural health products in their practice–a change that could revolutionize the allopathic treatment model.

2. THE MEDIA IS NO LONGER CAPABLE OF INSTILLING TRUST

Recent polls now show that an overwhelming 80% of the population no longer trusts mainstream newscasts. From the lies and promotion of wars to our health, the mainstream media is incapable of generating any unbiased newsworthy content without corporate or government propaganda. Conan O’Brien easily revealed how mainstream media’s scripted taking points are just a farce. This happens almost everyday on any issue you can imagine, across all networks at any time. The media, as they say “is a joke” branded to program the minds of millions though manipulation and deception. But their dominion and monopoly has been thwarted by the alternative media who are now fully engaged in exposing every lie one at a time….and we are achieving great success.

3. THE CONVENTIONAL FOOD INDUSTRY IS COLLAPSING

By observing the chess match between anti-GMO camps and Monsanto (and their lobbyists), we see a clear indication that big agriculture, biotech and the entire food industry is in turmoil. Trade agreements currently being drafted in developed nations are attempting to secure legislation dictating all GMO labeling as illegal. Resistance against GMOs are being defined as “anti-free trade practices” that governments are attempting to enforce in the form of economic sanctions against nations that attempt to ban GMOs. Labeling initiatives spawned by various groups are being exposed as controlled opposition and the true intentions and transparency of these organizations is inevitable. Food giants are being held accountable for their manufacturing processes, toxic ingredients and lack of credibility.

All of these things are sure signs that the biotech industry is losing control as the entire world is awakening to the dangers of genetically modified foods and the conventional food supply. Technology is coming forward that will soon allow on-the-spot tests for environmental toxins, GMOs, pesticides, food safety and more with their smartphones and other hand-held devices as a defiant public will stop at nothing to regain independence within the food supply.

4. THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT IS GAINING MOMENTUM

De facto foreign administrations of unelected industrialists, financiers, academics, military leaders along with representatives from our elected government officials have been very busy the past century implementing changes into nations who were once sovereign and free. However, they have no real authority to restrict public mobility, free trade or limit access to anything. That means that everybody is free to drive without insurance, driver’s license, license plates, free to trade any articles of exchange including vitamins, supplements, healing modalities and free to consume and ingest anything they wish without restriction. This is a right of all people born on any land, and the movement to educate millions on these issues is rising across the globe. Mass populations are starting to see the reality that there is no longer sovereignty within nations. The people of these nations have lost their ability to write their own laws, avoid arrest, injury and damage from corporations which seek to remove all the freedoms from the people.

The elite societies of the world are now petrified of the awakening of these fundamental human rights. This is the fear of every official who deems their opinion can be enforced over others through artificial laws that don’t hold any weight in the highest courts. We are now declaring those rights more than ever and every beneficiary of the corrupt system is sending the police to insist that we are in wrong and they are right. It is about knowing what absolute sovereignty truly is and embracing the power to express that right regardless of anybody else’s interpretation. Police are being held accountable for these injustices and their homes and possessions are being taken from them in the highest courts as the people fight for their rights to be free and will accept no damage by illegal enforcement (the police) in the interim.

5. THE LIBERATION OF NATURE AND ABOLISHMENT OF ALL THINGS TOXIC IS NOW INEVITABLE

More than a dozen U.S. states have now completely decriminalized the act of possessing marijuana and both Colorado and Washington have made it legal to possess, sell, transport and cultivate the plant. But soon it may be legalized across the entire country. That is quite the 180 from the federal government’s tune in 2011 when they decreed that marijuana had no accepted medical use and should remain classified as a highly dangerous drug like heroin. Nobody has the right to criminalize or restrict anybody from possessing a plant or smoking it for that matter. The rights of people to interact with nature are being recognized on all levels and cannabis liberation is a amazing step forward.

The restoration of clean drinking water through the removal of toxic fluoride is another example of how governments can no longer contain their lies, in this case the 60-year old deception of fluoride. Almost the entire world is now coming full circle to the health consequences of poisoning the water supply with fluoride. Most developed nations, including all of Japan and 97% of western Europe, do not fluoridate their water. Israel was recently added to that list. Many communities, over the last few years, stopped fluoridation in the US, Canada, New Zealandand Australia. Recently, both Wichita, Kansas and Portland, Oregonrejected fluoridation 60% to 40%. Hamilton, NZ, councilors voted 7-1 to stop 50 years of fluoridation after councilors listened to several days of testimony from those for and against fluoridation. Windsor, Ontario, stopped 51 years of fluoridation. Sixteen regional councils have halted or rejected fluoridation in Queensland since mandatory fluoridation was dropped there in Nov. 2012.

The news is spreading and a renaissance is blooming worldwide. There is no stopping it. The potential war in Syria which has no support from the American public, is a beautiful reminder that people are tuning into their own hearts and wisdom as they come to understand that war will never accomplish anything but create more war.

Get ready my friends because we are headed for an incredible ride as we pave the way for a new consciousness as we rebuild the Earth, take back our power as united and free citizens of this wonderful planet.

Source: “5 Big Signs The Global Engine of Deceit, Lies, and Control Are Coming To End,” from preventdisease.com, by Marco Torres

– See more at: http://theunboundedspirit.com/5-big-signs-the-global-engine-of-deceit-lies-and-control-are-coming-to-end/#sthash.EFAlTTYi.g9Dm3bqO.dpuf

Déjà Vu All over Again


It was only a matter of time.

The money has started raining down in Oregon and Colorado. Money from the usual suspects—Monsanto, Pepsi, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, General Mills. For the usual purpose—to keep you in the dark about the GMO frankeningredients in your food.

This week, Monsanto dumped a cool $6.2 million into Colorado and Oregon anti-labeling campaigns.

In all, the Junk Food and Gene Giants have spent—so far—$20 million to scare voters in Colorado and Oregon into voting against their own best interests.

We know these huge contributions buy the best advertising and public relations firms in the world, whose star professional liars stay up nights dreaming up creative ways to twist the truth and obscure the facts.

We know this money has an impact.

We know it was money, not the facts, and certainly not the truth, that defeated GMO labeling laws in California and Washington State.

Monsanto hopes that if the opposition throws enough money at the problem, it, meaning you and I and millions of like-minded consumers, will go away.

But we also know this. We have the truth, the facts and the momentum on our side. And we aren’t going anywhere. Are you with us? If so, please consider a generous donation this week so we can lend extra support to the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling campaigns. Thank you!

Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)

Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in Oregon, Colorado and other states)

“TOP 40″ Reasons to Peacefully Overthrow the United States of America Inc.


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$12 Trillion Gone and None Punished

$9 Trillion Missing from Federal Reserve Corporation

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This is a test of the emergency overthrow the Untied States Government System
“TOP 40″ REASONS TO OVERTHROW THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

1. for torturing and jailing our whistleblowers.

2. for taking away our right to a trial.

3. for taking away all our rights to privacy.

4. for enabling the Federal Reserve *Corporation* to create counterfeit currency from their empty bank account.

5. for lying about the Iraq war where they murdered 1,000,000 people and never found weapons of mass destruction.

6. for lying about the war on terror.  If this were truly a war on terror, they’d be guarding our border with Mexico.

7. for allowing corporations to become people, and for not making them pay income tax like people do.

8. for turning our republic into a corpocracy controlled by corporations who profit from war.

9. for covering up the assassinations of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy where right now on the shelves you can choose from over 2,000 books on how The United States Government assassinated John F. Kennedy.

10. for pushing to privatize high speed internet and taking away Net neutrality.

11. for arming the most powerful terrorist group in the world: ISIS who is as we speak burying women alive, kidnapping their young girls for sex slavery,  beheading their little children and now coming to America.

12. for murdering Ambassador Chris Stevenson in Benghazi.  it was not an embassy:  it was a CIA covert operation where Hillary Clinton ran guns from Benghazi through Turkey to arm Syrian rebels also known as Al Qaeda to overthrow the Syrian government.

13. for refusing to allow government employees and men in uniform full knowledge to the truth by limiting their access to the Internet.

14. for starting the war in Ukraine with sniper attacks using the private army Academi aka Xe aka Blackwater.

15. for enabling the CIA to run both political parties.

16. for allowing the rich to rule both political parties.

17. for bailing out the banks and allowing them to foreclose on 20 million homeowners.

18. for jailing people for smoking grass.

19. for forbidding free speech in groups of more than 25 persons without a permit.

20. for taking away most of the land from Native Americans and now the Americans.

21. for attempting to take away our right to bear arms.

22. for lying to the American people about 9/11.  now offering a $1,000,000 reward to anyone who can show 1 picture of the plane that hit the pentagon on 9/11:  not a quick flash of light with no wings, because that would be a missile.

23. for saying they have a right to kill in secrecy before we have a right to the truth.

24. for taking prayer out of schools.

25. for allowing corporations and billionaires to hide $32 trillion in offshore accounts avoiding taxes.

26. for allowing the Internal Revenue Service Corporation to collect debts for the Federal Reserve Corporation who didn’t have a right to create that debt and for covering up for the tax on income which was never ratified:  it was a tax on gain.

27. for funding the slaughter of Palestinians.

28. because 80% of adult Americans are near poverty.

29. because 1/3rd of Americans can longer pay their debts.

30. because 20% of American households can’t find work while jobs continue to be outsourced.

31. because 80% of Americans no longer trust the United States government, this according to a recent PBS poll.

32. for privatizing prisons while creating a police state where even the police complain they’re forced to write tickets or they’ll be fired.

33. because 30% of Americans advocate for the armed overthrow of our United States government while the DC police say they are tired of protecting the corrupt.

34. for creating a surveillance state.

35. for allowing secret courts and secret indictments which John F. Kennedy strongly advocated against.

36. for allowing corporations to rule mass media, waging a war against free press and prosecuting journalists.

37. for poisoning the air that we breathe and the food that we eat

38. while forcing all Americans into Obamacare.

39. for refusing to allow Washington, DC residents a voice; and, in case you’re wondering what “taxation without representation” means on all the license plates in the Nation’s Capital, it’s because the people in this city don’t even get a voice.

and coming in at #1 of the Top 40 list of reasons to overthrow the United States government:

… for starting World War III.

THIS HAS BEEN A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY OVERTHROW THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SYSTEM
~In the event of an actual overthrow, we’ll be broadcasting live from inside The White House~

Disclaimer

Overthrowing the United States government is legal as long as you don’t advocate violence, so don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.  Thomas Jefferson

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.  Abraham Lincoln

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What Happens When “Scotland” Comes To Spain?


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Friday saw the largest demonstration in the history of Barcelona with 1.8 million people showing up, exceeding all previous records, calling for Catalan independence…

As Martin Armstrong notes, demonstrators were waving independence flags and wearing yellow-and-red shirts with the phrase “Now is the time” shouting “Independencia!” as they swarmed into the semiautonomous area in northeastern Spain that hails Barcelona as its capital.

What is clear, we are seeing the beginning stages of what we have warned about – the rise of civil unrest that leaded to nations dividing or being overthrown in revolutions. What has taken place in Scotland is by no means going unnoticed.

“Independence, independence”, has been the new cry of the people today in Spain in the center of the Catalan capital. Two main roads that converge at a place filled over a distance of seven miles with people. Here, a “V” for “Victoria” (Victory) was formed. The amount of protesters is very impressive and the police have been gearing up for this because they know what is coming.

Catalonia has 7.6 million inhabitants and this is a very important region for Spain. Despite the economic crisis and an unemployment rate of more than 22 percent, Catalonia is around one fifth of total gross domestic product of the Southern European country is generated.  

Proponents of secession from Spain think an independent Catalonia would achieve a higher standard of living.

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Coming to another European country near you soon…

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Of course, this doesn’t help…

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Just as we warned previously…

The history of Europe over the last 100 years shows that austerity can have severe consequences and outcomes and perhaps most notably, the independent variable that did result in more unrest: higher levels of government debt in the first place.

 

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And here is Deutsche Bank’s take on how this might escalate…

From Edinburgh to Barcelona

The unexpected increase in the uncertainty about the outcome of next week’s Scottish independence referendum – see accompanying article in this issue of Focus Europe – re-focused press and clients’ attention on the possibility of a similar referendum in Catalonia on 9 November. The large demonstration in Barcelona on 11 September contributed to elevate media interest.

Catalonia matters

It will take years for Spain to work through the high public and private debt, but the country tends now to be described as a poster-child of the euro-area approach to the crisis along with Ireland, while France and above all Italy struggle to recover. Furthermore, contrary to France, the Spanish government is in a more solid position, and, contrary to Italy, it showed a greater determination in implementing structural reforms.

 

However, calls for a self-determination referendum in Catalonia add a significant element of uncertainty. Catalonia accounts for a larger proportion (18.8%) of the national economy than Scotland (8%). Indeed, Catalonia is the largest region in Spain (Figure 2).

Catalonia’s referendum would have less clear consequences than Scotland’s

The consequence of the Scottish referendum will be clear: a yes would imply that Scotland becomes independent and Great Britain would be a less united kingdom. The Catalan referendum would differ in at least two elements:

First, and most important, the Catalan referendum, if it takes place, would probably have a very different (lack of) legal basis. The Spanish Constitution opens the possibility of referenda, but specifically excludes from such a procedure the “basic principles” of the Spanish constitution, which include Spain’s unity. Indeed, it appears highly likely that the Spanish Constitutional Court will reject Catalonia’s request for a self-determination referendum to be held on 9 November.

 

Second, even if a non-binding referendum were to take place, it would probably ask two questions: (i) “Do you want Catalonia to become a state?” and (ii) “If yes, do you want this state to be independent?”

Will the Catalan referendum take place?

The referendum is promoted by the Catalan President Artus Mas, leader of Convergence and Union (CiU) and the junior regional government partner Republican Left of Catalonia (Esquerra Republicana per Catalunya – ERC). The latter is a more radical pro-independent party. The 2012 CiU-ERC government pact is based on the commitment that a self-determination referendum will take place by end-2014 unless socio-economic conditions require a postponement.

Assuming that as expected the constitutional court will declare the referendum illegal, we see four broad scenarios:

(I) Catalan President Mas and Spanish PM Rajoy’s reach a compromise and both referendum and early regional elections are avoided (positive for a macro-stability point of view). Rajoy could change approach and promise a constitutional reform after the end-2015 general election along with greater financial autonomy (for example in terms of tax treatment).

 

— Push-back: If Rajoy is seen as too lenient, his PP party could pay a political cost. But if Mas does not obtain major concessions, his position would weaken to the advantage of ERC. If a compromise was easy to reach we would not have come to the current situation. ERC could also react by triggering a fall of the Catalan government.

 

(II) Mas triggers early elections using the result as a de facto proindependence vote (potentially negative for a macro-stability point of view).

 

— Push-back: The risk for Mas would be to lose the presidency as his current junior coalition partner ERC is leading in opinion polls. The eventuality that Catalonia, contrary to Scotland, is not allowed to hold a referendum could further boost consensus for ERC.

 

(III) A variation of the second scenario is a crisis triggered by ERC (potentially negative for a macro-stability point of view). In this case CiU could try to form another government coalition (e.g. with the socialists) but the risk, however, would be that ERC would gain further consensus ahead of the next elections to the cost of the less radical CiU.

 

— Push-back: CiU will be perfectly aware of this risk – hence they will have to avoid providing a clear justification to ERC. This in turn complicates even further the relationship with Madrid.

 

(IV) Catalonia goes ahead with the referendum even if the Constitutional Court declares it illegal (potentially negative for a macro-stability point of view). According to the Financial Times (11 Sept.), the majority of analysts believes the vote will have to be called off after the Constitutional Court’s ruling. There are probably at least three reasons behind this view. First, going ahead with an illegal referendum could split Mas’ party. Second, a significant part of the Catalan population could boycott the referendum if it is declared illegal. Third, the referendum would have no legal validity and Madrid could argue that nothing has changed – it could also complicate the relationship of Catalonia with EU partners. However, we would not discard the possibility of a referendum taking place on 9 November:

 

— Push-back: ERC could push to hold an informal referendum anyway. Alternatively, Mas may want to avoid losing the initiative at the advantage of ERC and also use the result of the referendum to strengthen his bargaining position with Madrid.

Which scenario is more likely? Toward a muddle-through approach

In cases as complex as the one above the most likely scenario can sometimes be identified by finding the dominant strategy (in terms of game theory). However, it is extremely difficult to identify such a strategy given the above described constellations of incentives and constraints. For example, PM Rajoy could opt for a divide-and-rule strategy by trying to entice Mas’ CiU away from the alliance with ERC via material concessions. But that would cause the fall of the current government and more importantly could further boost ERC’s projected share of seats. On top of that, Rajoy will also have to take into account the repercussions of his concessions on other regions – for example on the Basque regions. The risk of ending up in a “prisoner’s-dilemma” conundrum, where the least optimal solution is selected, is material.

Alternatively, we could resort to economic arguments. The scenarios that lead to the greater economic benefit (i.e. probably scenario I above) should become the most likely. The central government may hope that the improving economic conditions will quell the demand for independence. Although it is true that the economic crisis shone a light on the financial transfers from Catalonia to the central government, our understanding is that the drivers of the independence movement in Catalonia are beyond economic considerations. They are rooted in a centuries-long history. This gives a strong emotional content to the debate beyond pure economic considerations like in Scotland.

The Scottish referendum and reactions to it will matter for Catalonia

Next week’s Scottish referendum could affect the likelihood of the above four scenarios via at least three elements.

The result: a yes vote would probably boost the independence movement.

 

The EU partner reactions: the pro-independent Catalans are in favour of Catalonia as an independent state within the European Union.3 If Scotland vote yes, joining the EU could become a complicated process. The European Union could be weary of being seen as supporting Scotland’s independence given the situation in Ukraine. Equally if not more relevant, a number of European countries will be also wary of the consequences for their own territorial unity, for example Belgium and to a lesser extent Italy. Overall, exiting the euro-crisis calls for further European integration. A break-up of the euro-area fourth largest country would be perpendicular to this trajectory.

 

Markets and business reaction: a negative reaction by the market and businesses potentially reallocating away from Scotland in case of a yes vote could weaken the pro-independence movement in Catalonia.

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Opinion polls on Catalonia independence

No regular, independent opinion polls are available to assess support for the pro-independence vote. However, there appears to have been an increase in the support for pro-independence over the past 3 years.

According to the State pollster CIS this year around 45% of the Catalan supports full independence, 20% a federal state and 23% an autonomous region (Reuters).

The Center for Opinion Studies of the Catalan presidency reported a 54.7% support for independence in 2013. The 2014 survey provides a less clear reading.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-14/what-happens-when-scotland-comes-spain

PESTICIDES: Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for ‘bee-killing’ chemical


Note: Please join me in taking a moment to submit your comments to the EPA on an unacceptable proposal by Syngenta to raise the acceptable limits of bee-killing neonicotinoids by an outrageous 400% on crops like wheat and corn…think about it, that’s an absolutely unacceptable increase in toxins for plants commonly used as ingredients for a majority of consumable products. Enough of an increase to completely collapse the majority of th remaining bee-colony’s…in the last few years, the USA has already lost over 50% of it’s once thriving colony’s.

http://www.epa.gov/oppt/contact.htm
By Phone: (202) 564-3810
Regular or Certified Mail Address:
US EPA
Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Mail Code 7401-M
Washington, DC 20460 

Greenwire: Friday, September 5, 2014


Seed and crop management company Syngenta Crop Protection LLC has petitioned U.S. EPA to increase the legal tolerance for a neonicotinoid pesticide residue in several crops — in one case increasing the acceptable level by 400 times, according to a notice in today’s Federal Register.Syngenta, one of the biggest manufacturers of pesticides, wants to increase the allowable threshold for residues of thiamethoxam, a pesticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees and other pollinators over the past several decades.The petition would apply to alfalfa, barley, corn and wheat, both the crop itself and the straw and stover left over after cultivation. Syngenta is seeking to increase the levels from as low as 1.5 times for stover from sweet corn to as much as 400 times for hay from wheat.Neonicotinoid pesticides are one of many factors that scientists say have caused a dramatic decline in pollinators, insects and animals that help crop production by carrying pollen from one plant to another. The United States has lost more than half its managed honeybee colonies in the last 10 years, according to the Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of pollinators and their ecosystems.

Scientists say neonicotinoids can suppress bees’ immune systems, making them more vulnerable to viruses and bacteria. The Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to phase out neonicotinoids on wildlife refuges nationwide starting in January 2016 (Greenwire, Aug. 1).

Increases in neonicotinoids are especially concerning in forage crops like alfalfa, as bees collect pollen from the blooms, said Aimee Simpson, policy director and staff attorney for the advocacy group Beyond Pesticides.

“Instead of figuring ways to stop or reduce the use, it’s significantly increasing the amount on forage materials and other crops,” Simpson said.

Syngenta is seeking to change the tolerance levels because the company wants to use thiamethoxam as a leaf spray — rather than just a seed treatment — to treat late- to midseason insect pests, said Ann Bryan, a spokeswoman for the company.

Seed treatments are systemic, meaning the insecticide travels through the entire plant, including the pollen, where it can be toxic to bees. But foliar treatments are more likely to stick to the leaf, where risk to pollinators decreases.

“Growers depend on neonicotinoids and other crop protection products to increase crop productivity,” said Bryan in an email. “Syngenta is committed to biodiversity, including thriving pollinators.”

The increased residues could become a problem if farmers are spraying thiamethoxam at a time when alfalfa is blooming, said Reed Johnson, a bee toxicologist and an associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University. But most commercial growers cut alfalfa before it makes flowers and pollen.

Switching from a systemic pesticide to a leaf spray can be a relatively good thing for bees, said Johnson, but if the spray drifts to other flowers nearby, pollinators could be exposed anyway.

“You always have to ask, what else is blooming out there at the time?” said Johnson. “If there’s any flowering at all, you’re going to have an impact.”

EPA is accepting comments on the proposed changes, as well as amended tolerances for several other pesticides, until Oct. 6.

http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060005321

Revolutions Can Be Funny. “I think of the world as an illusion, and we shouldn’t take ourselves so seriously.” — Andy Kaufman


“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only One…

I hope some day you’ll join us, so the world will be as One”

John Lennon ~ ‘Imagine’

This is one of the most inspiring articles I’ve encountered yet about humanity’s journey

into freedom,  sovereignty and enlightenment…enjoy!

{~Aloha~}

Living Authentically in the Illusion of Life … Silly God, Tricksters, the Necessary Hero, and The Tao of Funny God: What Andy Kaufman and the Turkish and Occupy Protesters Teach Us

 

“When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you: pull your beard, flick your face to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.” – John Lennon

 

“Revolutions Can Be … Funny”

If you want to get an idea of the funny-god/silly-god concept I am presenting, it is good to see the way it has been exemplified among progressives and in activism. Look to the Turkish resistance of 2013, the worldwide Occupy movements beginning in 2011, and to the activist resistance in America in the Sixties. Protesters confronted policemen and military with bayonets by placing flowers in their guns in the Sixties. In Turkey, one man read from a book of philosophy to the line of police. The resistances in Turkey, Brazil, Hungary, the United States, the Ukraine, and many more Occupy events worldwide took to activities such as dressing as clowns and grinning at police lines; they hugged and kissed the police at times. One man took a giant pencil and aped that he was attempting to rub off a paint splatter on the shield of a policeman.


In Brazil, during their Occupy protests, also in 2013, one man, confronted with attacking police and a gun, aped a karate stance of a swooping bird.

Back at Gezi Park in Turkey, in between confrontations, these activists partnered up and waltzed in the streets wearing gas masks; they gave performances where ballet and other dancers, despite wearing gas masks, showed off their skills and brought happiness to their audiences. Mimes, musicians, actors, and dancers frolicked and put on skits. They painted, danced, performed, practiced yoga, painted faces, drummed,strummed, and plinked. They played. Freed, temporarily, from the confines of the societal straitjacket of normality, their imaginations exploded and they were euphoric.

They confronted the police while playing guitars. Threatened with being attacked and ousted from nearby Taksim Square, the Turkish resisters brought in pianos and filled the night with music. Mothers and sisters linked hands and arms and formed a circle around the targeted protesters to keep the police away. As journalists Jody Sabral and Zynep Erdim phrased it for the BBC, “Revolutions take commitment and determination … are often messy and confusing…. Revolutions can also be funny.” I would add, and playful.

A Silly God

If you want to gain a greater understanding of the funny-god/silly-god concept in general, a great way is to see the movie of Andy Kaufman’s life, Man on the Moon. The comedian Andy Kaufman lived the idea; he embodied it. He was an enlightened spiritual master in this regard, along with being a comic genius. He left a grand legacy of how to live authentically in this illusion of life and transcend it. According to the film, Kaufman was a student of Transcendental Meditation and it was an important part of his life. One line in particular, from the film, expresses the spiritual attitude toward his life he sought to embody: “I think of the world as an illusion, and we shouldn’t take ourselves so seriously.”

Andy Kaufman, like the pro wrestler act that became one of his shticks, created a drama in life of his own making and goofed on us all. Not a little goof; in his life and career he had fun with everyone; there were few people who saw a serious side. He held life lightly, experimented, and played. If, as Sathya Sai Baba says, life is God’s leela, or play, then Andy Kaufman lived his life in a Creator’s mind; he was a silly god … a funny god.

Trickster and the Necessary Hero

What is the meaning of these development and events? A good deal of what follows looks into these unique, creative actions and the unusual Trickster approach they are bringing to bear upon the most intractable problems the world is facing right now. It shows how this approach, this Tao of Funny God, is not only important but is necessary right now. It looks into another facet of the Necessary Hero as detailed in a parallel work of mine, Wounded Deer and Centaurs (2014). What is this Necessary Hero, what is this facet, and why is all of this imperative right now?

These acts are indicative of a transcendent stance toward life. They are the attempt to go beyond the clashing of forces to a larger and happier perspective within which all people can find a home. These people know that the cycles of violence, of attack and then resistance, can only be ended by taking a stance outside them. By demonstrating an elevated response they attempt to shift the dynamic to a higher plane of events. And sometimes they succeed. Police have been known to tear up, to utter words of support and consolation, to drop their shields and join the protesters, to smile and hug back, however tentatively.

This response seeks to win over the opposition through example, thus eliminating it, rather than out and out confronting it and seeking to destroy it using the same violent methods being used on them.

These folks have an astute understanding of history, which has seen, time after time, that struggle begets more struggle, that the “new boss” risen up becomes much like the “old boss,” needing then, at a later time, another uprising to install another “new boss.” Many of them, aware of the intransigence of their own unwanted patterns or cycles of emotion and feeling, have gained wisdom in how to go beyond them. They see these cycles of history likewise — as endless reenactments, requiring a stance outside of them for real change to occur. They are impelled into a creative alternative as a reaction to the futility that is inherent in the continuation of these cycles….

[This is Part 1 of Chapter 1 of Funny God … “Revolutions Can Be Funny.”  More coming….

Funny God: The Tao of Funny God and the Mind’s True Liberation  is scheduled for print and e-book publication in the very near future.

In addition, you can read the entire text of this book, now,on-line, on FB. Over the last 4 months it was uploaded sequentially as posts to my wall, and to several FB groups and pages. They can still be viewed there; keep in mind that they would be seen there going backwards in time to the beginning, from the Epilogue, posted several days ago, to the Prologue, posted four months ago. Of those pages and groups the ones where the posts are most readily seen are …

https://www.facebook.com/groups/211835092275756/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Planetmates/559384260845734?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/pages/-Ancient-Knowledge-and-Wisdom-/187911961332898?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Students-of-Society-and-Culture/192909034103044

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Tell Obama “NO” Bombing Syria…WE’VE HAD ENOUGH!!


Dear Reader, Aloha!

In the wake of the terrible and sadistic beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, war hawks have ramped up pressure to commit to a long-term campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — no matter how dim the prospects for long-term success.

After President Obama’s address to the nation, it’s clear that he’s caving to pressure to abandon caution and resort to military intervention no matter the cost or outcome. President Obama announced last night that the U.S. intends to lead what recent history has shown will be a costly and doomed effort to destroy ISIS by launching even more airstrikes in Iraq, putting more U.S. boots on the ground, and expanding U.S. intervention across the Iraq border into Syria.

When it comes to the current brutal conflict, rooted in centuries of religious hostilities in Iraq and Syria, there is no solution that American leadership can offer. It’s a total mess, and anyone who says otherwise is simply wrong.

The sad and simple truth is that the United States cannot lead any intervention without making a terrible situation even worse. And at this point in the conflict there is no viable campaign for peace and stability initiated by any other international or regional actor that the U.S. can join in support.

Tell President Obama: Don’t bomb Syria, or provide arms and training that may later be put to use advancing the repulsive agenda of ISIS.

At the heart of his proposal, the president proposed to take on ISIS with a U.S.-led mission to strike at Sunni extremists via an air war in Iraq and Syria, and by arming and training competing Syrian rebels who will simultaneously wage an insurgency against both ISIS and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

CREDO firmly believes that much of what the President has proposed requires Congressional review and approval. Having said that, Congressional approval, while procedurally appropriate, cannot transform bad policies into a good ones, and CREDO would urge a no vote on military intervention in Iraq and Syria as currently understood.

This announcement marks a dramatic shift for President Obama, who campaigned for president on winding down George Bush’s disastrous wars of choice overseas.

We don’t believe that President Obama is eager for a broader war, or believes the hawkish pundits and lawmakers who claim there is a simple solution to this messy conflict. Instead he’s been worn down by Congressional leaders in both parties, the military establishment and key members of the Obama administration including John Kerry and Joe Biden who are beating the drums for war.

But in actuality, there is no urgency driving an American response at this moment in history.

There is no immediate crisis as there was in August when CREDO supported the emergency U.S. air strikes that blocked the genocidal ISIS and helped protect minorities by holding the Kurdish defense line in Northern Iraq. Since then, the situation in Iraq has stabilized, and Iraq has formed a new government, replacing the corrupt and divisive former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The civil war in Syria is stuck in a bloody stalemate. The current media frenzy that has been ginned up largely by chickenhawks from the Bush administration and parroted by politicians from both parties is not an adequate justification for the United States to continue its intervention in either conflict.

Tell President Obama: Don’t bomb Syria, or provide arms and training that may later be put to use advancing the repulsive agenda of ISIS.

The president is pushing not only to bomb Syria but also to send arms to rebel factions in the civil war, even though doing so won’t fundamentally tip the balance in that religious sectarian conflict. Worse, any weapons we send to rebels in Syria could fall into the hands of ISIS, and any rebels trained by U.S. military forces, could take up arms with in the future as has happened in the past.

That ISIS is waging war with American military hardware that it captured from the Iraqi military neatly illustrates the iron law of unintended consequences that governs every American intervention in the region — and is a stark warning against sending arms to any faction in the Syrian civil war.

Given America’s history of waging wars of aggression and covert operations in the region, we are in no position to lead the way in resolving the current conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Regional players have the power to make a difference — especially Turkey, Iran,, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq’s own government. But at this juncture a U.S.-led military intervention would harm, not help, their ability to broker a solution.

Tell President Obama: Don’t bomb Syria, send arms to Syria, or launch any additional airstrikes in Iraq.

It was just a year ago that the American people resoundingly rejected war with Syria. The only way to stop the march to war is to raise our voices again and make it clear to President Obama that his progressive base will not support war in Syria, or expanded conflict in Iraq.

We have to speak out now to prevent the United States from being dragged down the slippery slope to another unwinnable war in the Middle East.

Tell Obama “Don’t bomb Syria!”

Thank you for taking action.

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Charges Were Just Dropped Against These Climate Activists in the Most Stunning Way


Wow! Here’s more evidence that the tide is turning, people at all levels of the system are waking-up to the need for real change…

For me, the movements through Occupy represent a mass consciousness aimed at righting wrongs, its not just about the co-opting. Millions of people are now more aware we have to be the change, and they are making a new choice to act in the way they know best. With that comes change; its about where you are operating from within that creates the change through your actions. R3VOLution!

- Julian

Source – The Nation

Sam Sutter
Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter (photo credit: Peter Bowden) 
“Action from principle, the perception and the performance of right, changes things and relations; it is essentially revolutionary…” —Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience”
Henry’s jaw would’ve dropped. This morning, for a moment, at least, a higher law—the law of conscience—held sway in Massachusetts.
OK, I know that sounds a bit much. But something truly remarkable, a kind of blessed unrest, took place today at the Bristol County courthouse in Fall River, Massachusetts, where climate activists Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara (Nation readers will remember them from this piece last year) were going to trial for blockading a coal freighter at Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset—using an old wooden lobster boat christened the Henry David T.—for the sole reason of addressing the climate crisis. In what looked to be an unprecedented case in the United States, they were set to be the first to use a “necessity defense” in a direct-action civil disobedience case centered on climate change, arguing that what they did was justified for the sake of public health and safety. James Hansen, one of the world’s top climate scientists, and 350.org’s Bill McKibben, among others, were lined up as expert witnesses.

And what happened, the truly remarkable thing, was this: the prosecutor, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, not only dropped the charges (which could have resulted in months, or even years, of jail time); he then proceeded out to the courthouse plaza where he made a statement to the media and to the hundred or more people gathered in support of Ken and Jay. Here’s what he said:
The decision that Assistant District Attorney Robert Kidd and I reached today was a decision that certainly took into consideration the cost to the taxpayers in Somerset, but was also made with our concerns for their children, and the children of Bristol County and beyond in mind.
Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced. In my humble opinion, the political leadership on this issue has been gravely lacking. I am heartened that we were able to forge an agreement that both parties were pleased with and that appeared to satisfy the police and those here in sympathy with the individuals who were charged.
I am also extremely pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that symbolizes our commitment at the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office to take a leadership role on this issue.
The crowd (myself included) went wild.
Then, if possible, it got better. When the cheering settled down, someone asked. “Will you be a model for across the country?”
“Well,” Sutter said, “I certainly will be in New York in two weeks,” referring to the much-anticipated People’s Climate March on September 21, just ahead of the UN climate summit convened by Ban Ki-Moon. “How’s that?”
The crowd thought that was pretty swell, too.
He added: “I’ve been carrying around Bill McKibben’s article in Rolling Stone”—and brandished the magazine (Jack White and all).
OK, maybe this guy’s running for office.
Still, I didn’t think it could get any better, but it did. A reporter then asked if he was sending a message condoning this kind of action violating the law. He said no, that’s not the message. “I’m sending a message that this was an act of civil disobedience, that we had to reach an agreement. I’m not at all disputing that the individuals were charged, but this was the right disposition, it was reduced to a civil infraction.” (To be precise, there were four charges: conspiracy, disturbing the peace, failure to act to avoid a collision, and negligent operation of a motor vessel. Sutter dropped the conspiracy charges and reduced the other charges to civil infractions. Ken and Jay will also pay $2,000 each in restitution, not fines, to the Town of Somerset).
“Just to be clear,” the reporter asked, “what would you say if people say in fact you’re encouraging other people to blockade tankers?”
“This is one case, one incident, at a time,” Sutter responded. “I think I’ve made my position very clear. This is one of the gravest crises the planet has ever faced. The evidence is overwhelming and it keeps getting worse. So we took a stand here today.”
And so, sometimes we win. It’s a small victory, in the scale of the climate. But it’s something.
Meanwhile, as Ken and Jay are quick to point out, the Brayton Point plant burns on. The announced 2017 closure (which came a few months after their action and a wave of protests they inspired) doesn’t come nearly soon enough—for the climate, or for the plant’s neighbors suffering its pollution.
What’s more, as Ken noted to me in an e-mail, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration, the Brayton Point plant essentially doubled its coal consumption last year, and reduced its use of natural gas, making it the first or second largest source of carbon emissions in New England, New York and New Jersey. And Ken says observed shipments of coal to the plant in recent months were increased over the previous year.
So here’s my message to DA Sutter, should he ever want to run for office as true climate champion: some people may think coal is dying a “natural” (market-driven) death in the Northeast, and therefore not much needs to be done. But if we really want to put an end to coal, we’re going to have to drive a stake through its heart, otherwise it will keep on rising from the grave.
Read Next: Wen Stephenson: “From Occupy to Climate Justice


Source: 

http://www.thenation.com/blog/181525/charges-were-just-dropped-against-these-climate-activists-most-stunning-way#

Battle For The Net


If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

When will ordinary people rise up?


 

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Summary

Public uprisings and mass occupations have become a significant force for change on the world stage since 2011, as evidenced in the Middle East revolutions and Occupy protests across North America and Europe. This essay explores the nature of this new social actor, which can be seen as the latest expression of the ‘people’s voice’ – a phenomenon also witnessed in the peace, justice and environmental movements of recent decades. Recognising that this collected voice of engaged citizens is acutely aware of the need for world reconstruction and renewal, the question is whether the growing power of the people’s voice is sufficient to challenge the immense forces of profit, greed and control that stand in the way of transformative change. The Middle East protests and Occupy movements have many connections and similar causes, chiefly the vast social and economic inequalities that span rich and poor countries alike, but it would be over-optimistic at this stage to assume that they mark the emergence of a truly global movement of ordinary people.

Only a joint demand for a fairer sharing of the world’s wealth, resources and political power is likely to unify citizens of the richest and poorest nations on a common platform, one that recognises the need for global as well as national forms of redistribution as a pathway to ending poverty and extreme inequality. The urgent need for world rehabilitation may only begin with a united voice of the people that speaks on behalf of the poorest and most disenfranchised, and gives the highest priority to the elimination of extreme deprivation and needless poverty-related deaths. Based on such an appeal to our common humanity and compassion, the greatest hope for the future is a worldwide popular movement that demands a fairer sharing of global resources as its all-embracing cause.


When Will Ordinary People Rise Up? How a united voice of the public could transform the world

In 2011, an astonishing new phenomenon took centre stage in world affairs: the rising voice of the mass public. From Tahrir Square to the Puerta del Sol, Wall Street and St Paul’s Cathedral, the sudden ‘democratic awakening’ of global civil society was arguably the biggest political event since the late 2000′s financial crisis. An overwhelming number of articles, websites, interviews, videos, social posts and even books have picked apart the importance of this unanticipated phenomenon, although no-one really knows how it will evolve as we move deeper into 2012 and beyond. We have entered an uncharted era, a ‘laboratory of possibilities’ in which the political imagination of everyday people is given license to propose radical alternatives to existing social arrangements and economic structures.[1] For perhaps the first time in history, it is the world’s people – not their leaders or governments – who are declaring their needs and pointing the way to a more just, sustainable and hopeful future.

The deep significance of what happened throughout the Middle East from late 2010 may only be grasped with future hindsight, not least the events in Cairo from January 25th to February 11th 2011. Throughout those momentous eighteen days, the world’s attention was captivated by the fearless protesters who amassed in Tahrir Square in their tens of thousands, defying the tear gas, tanks and water cannons that defended the old corrupt regime. Journalists described the atmosphere inside the square as electrifying, with ‘reservoirs of creativity’ being expressed by the people taking part, and a communal solidarity that posed a stark contrast to Mubarak’s police and thug militias; people caring for each other with food, blankets and medical supplies, different political factions discussing and singing together, the Muslims praying at their appointed times while others stood guard.[2] By the time that Mubarak was thrown out of office and charged with killing protesters, there was no longer any doubting where power ultimately rests. Even an autocratic regime with monopoly military command, long supported by the world’s reigning imperial superpower, could not withstand the non-violent, massed power of the people united. A blueprint for change had fired the imagination of millions of others across the world, a sense of ‘this should happen everywhere’.[3]

People power uprisings and mass occupations have since spread across a large tract of the world; throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East, around the Mediterranean and into Southern Europe, across Western Europe and North America. Following the so-called Arab Spring and European Summer, the American Dawn took the movement to another level of inventiveness, using new media and social networking tools to proliferate occupations to almost every corner of the USA. Mobilisations were soon coordinated internationally by leaderless grassroots assemblies, and reflected their global solidarity in protest slogans like ‘We are all Egyptians’, ‘We are all Greeks now’, and the ubiquitous ‘99%’. It is already a cliché to repeat how the Occupy movement’s ‘Hot Fall’ of 2011 was a game-changer, a wake-up call for deep-rooted change, and the spark for a shift in political discourse towards issues of social and economic inequality, greed, financial corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government.[4]

For all the commentary and media debate, it remains peculiarly difficult to define or apprehend this distinctly Western expression of the emerging people’s voice. You cannot summarise the importance of Occupy solely in terms of its unique version of direct democracy and horizontal networking, but must also observe its living alternative to the business-driven, consumerist and atomised societies that we live in today.[5]Every Occupy encampment has been a kind of social experiment in different ways of relating and being with each other, like small islands of solidarity and mutual support that organise co-op kitchens, communal living and free events, and provide a meeting place for all people – including the unemployed, the socially excluded, the evicted and the homeless – without attaching any stigma or sense of exclusivity. Only ill-informed media pundits and non-participants appeared agitated about the movement’s lack of concrete policy demands.[6] The people involved were too busy being a part of the movement, standing off evictions from police battalions and realising their newfound sense of freedom and non-violent, non-materialistic, solidaristic power – and even breaking the law on behalf of the public good when it stands in the way of true justice.

The new face of civil resistance

This is the new face of civil resistance, so spontaneous and inspired that social movement theorists will struggle to categorise its constantly altering manifestations. Just as the Middle East uprisings demonstrated the ability of ordinary people to overcome the power of repressive governments, the European protests and Occupy movement revealed that real power lies with the majority of people – the 99%. But this is by no means the sum total of the ‘people’s voice’, which must also include the many other strands of global civil society that, consciously or unconsciously, has informed the mass demonstrations for peace and justice in recent years. This includes the workers and peasant movements that  have united internationally in the struggle for land, labour, water and other human rights; the non-governmental organisations and grassroots groups that organise ceaseless campaigns on single or multiple environmental and social issues, as well as ‘counter-summits’ at gatherings of world leaders; and the diverse elements of the global justice movement that have entered the world’s lexicon since the 1990s – the Zapatistas, the World Social Forums, the WTO protesters and so on.

The growing power of the people’s voice is also strikingly evident in the anti-war and peace movements, most notably during the historic Iraq war demonstrations of 2003 which popularised the idea of public opinion as ‘the new superpower’ in world affairs.[7] Even celebrity activism events, from Live Aid in 1985 to Live 8 and Live Earth in 2005/7, can be considered part of a growing global awareness of our shared humanitarian responsibilities. Almost every day now is named after a particular issue or cause, from World Health Day to Human Rights Day to the World Day of Social Justice, and it is a challenge to keep up with every Global Day of Action: for climate justice, for a global financial tax, for moving beyond fossil fuels, to move the planet toward cleaner energy, to Occupy the World. Add to this the millions of people of goodwill in every country who vocalise the need for a more just, sustainable and compassionate world order, and we have a broad sense of the articulate people’s voice in its many and varied expressions.

Together, this collected voice of engaged citizens is acutely aware of the need for world reconstruction and renewal. No-one could read all the vast number of campaign materials and reports that begin with a description of ‘multiple and multifaceted crises’, namely the food crisis, the environmental crisis and the financial and economic crises that have erupted into a global systemic crisis. For the hundreds of organisations who prepared papers for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, it was common to describe the world’s major challenges as a ‘planetary emergency’, backed up with comprehensive evidence from leading scientists about the ongoing decline of biodiversity, the degradation of natural resources and the ecological boundaries that humanity is pushing up against. Meanwhile, the promises of corporate-led globalisation to benefit all, both in advanced industrial countries and the developing world, are no longer defensible to the wider public who are suffering the worst effects of economic recession and government cutbacks. Even in the richest and most powerful country in the world – the United States, there is the highest poverty rate among developed nations, the greatest inequality of incomes, and the lowest level of social mobility. In terms of social and environmental indicators on a global scale, people everywhere are loudly pointing out that almost every trend line is going in the wrong direction.

Among this cacophony of voices calling for dramatic change to established institutions and structures, there is a huge awareness now that world leaders and policymakers are paying only lip service to the unfolding human and environmental catastrophe. As Western countries slide further into financial turmoil and unemployment hits ever greater heights, politicians call only for increased austerity and a return to former days of consumer-led growth and competitive free markets. Public consciousness of the issues at stake is rising at an unprecedented pace, but the forces arrayed against creating a fairer and sustainable world appear practically insuperable. This is the main subject of countless critiques and debates today: the vested interests that push for a further concentration and centralisation of power and wealth into the hands of a minority, and the corporate-dominated political and legislative process that enables the furthering of these aims.

Overcoming the forces of power and control

Almost any major development issue can illustrate the extent to which these powerful forces of economic and political self-interest control the current world direction. The threat to small farmers, pastoralists, fishers and indigenous peoples from land and resource grabbing by foreign financial interests, for example.[8] Or the immense subsidies paid to the fossil fuel industry, despite the critical need for transferring support to cleaner alternatives.[9] Or the lack of meaningful reforms to the financial industry, despite the spectacular failures of international banks that led to a world system failure in late 2008 and colossal government bail-outs.[10] Or the potentially catastrophic example of a pre-emptive strike on Iran, driven by powerful economic and strategic interests regardless of the real threat of sparking a nuclear war.[11] Such a list could go on indefinitely.

Standing behind these trends are the oligarchical and corporate forces that global civil society movements are up against – relatively small groups of wealthy elites and vested interests that consolidate power and dominate government policy, often with no sense of civic duty and with little or no regard for constitutionally-protected rights or the common good. The concentration of political, economic and media power not only upholds the present system based on unsustainable consumption and growth, but it ensures the continuation of negative social and environmental outcomes. Although private interests with economic power comprise a social minority, they are over-represented in dominant institutions and maintain the full support of most government leaders elected to office. Through the dynamics of the ‘revolving door’, the same political leaders of today become advisors to the boards of major companies tomorrow. Even the United Nations, founded as a forum for people’s representation and the protection of their universal rights and interests, is now hijacked by the growing influence of large corporations and business lobby groups.[12] As a result, private interests are increasingly prioritised over public interests in both national and international forums, and viable solutions for the world’s multiple crises are effectively blocked or at best weakened. Instead of searching for comprehensive responses for threats related to climate change, food production, water supply, human rights violations, deforestation or poverty and health issues, false solutions are promoted that protect wealth and profits and fail to tackle the core of global problems. As each critical year passes by, we pay witness to the further concentration and control of private interests over land, resources, and all aspects of peoples’ lives.

The question is whether the emerging voice of the mass public is sufficient to challenge these immense forces of profit, power and control. After decades of failed conferences and summits on the world’s intractable problems, we are well aware that existing institutions are not up to the task of initiating wholesale systemic transformation. The actions of businesses are limited by their adherence to the profit imperative and the pressure to grow shareholder value, while governments are constrained by short-term political imperatives and their commitment to economic growth above all other concerns. The limitations of large civil society organisations (CSOs) to affect transformative structural change are also well discussed, as most mainstream CSOs work within the same business-as-usual political context and focus on single issues and short-term wins, or remain constrained by a narrow policy-oriented approach. Reformist or ‘within-the-system’ changes are not succeeding, and often do not even generate the small wins or incremental changes that they seek.[13]

There are also serious limitations to ‘outside-the-system’ changes, especially when governments are overthrown and newly-elected leaders fall captive to the same forces of institutional power that prevent meaningful change, as happened in the ‘people power’ overthrow of the Marcos administration in the Philippines, the break-up of the former Soviet Union, the entry of the Greens into the parliaments of Europe, and following the end of apartheid in South Africa.[14] Only months after the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the military-appointed interim government was already pursuing neoliberal policies and centralising state control rather than promoting social justice.[15] At the same time, local alternatives to the prevailing economic order – sustainable communities, transition towns and innovative business models that prioritise social and environmental values over profit and growth – are not yet of a large enough scale to mount a serious challenge to the existing political economy.[16] These rapidly-growing local initiatives provide great hope and inspirational models for a sustainable future society, but the dominant trend is still towards the centralisation of state and market power, and the shifting of real power away from ordinary people and communities towards largely undemocratic global institutions and multinational corporations.

A global movement of ordinary people

If it is clear that governments, private institutions and civil society organisations acting alone are not capable of steering the world onto a just and sustainable course, can we imagine a new movement of ordinary people that can fill the vacuum in global leadership?

Read more…

Police detain Rep. Gwen Moore at fast food workers protest outside Wisconsin McDonald’s


By David Edwards
Thursday, September 4, 2014 15:33 EDT

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) was reportedly detained by police at a protest for higher wages in West Milwaukee on Thursday.

WISN reported that Moore was protesting near a McDonald’s and was detained with other demonstrators for disrupting traffic.

Reporter Mike Anderson said Moore was bound with plastic wrist restraints, and placed in the back of a patrol car.

When asked what Moore was being charged with, an officer told Anderson that police were just “trying to get them out of the street.”

The rally in Wisconsin were part of a day of protests across the nation to push fast food companies to pay employees a living wage of at least $15 an hour.

“I take great pride in supporting Milwaukee workers as they risk arrest in pursuit of a brighter tomorrow for their families,” Moore wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon. “I’ve read their letters, I’ve heard their calls, and I’ve listened to their stories. I understand their struggle, but more importantly, I see their drive to fight for a future that is equal to their talents and worthy of their dreams.”

Watch the video below from WISN, broadcast Sept. 4, 2014.

[Photo: Facebook/Wisconsin Jobs Now]

Free Leonard Pelitier….Important Action Call


Dear Friends, Aloha!

Leonard, a very talented Native American artist was convicted of shooting an FBI agent who was on his reservation. This was a time when many people were being harassed by goon squads and people feared for their lives. The courts never proved he did it and yet he has been in jail for over 30 years. We need over 100,00 signatures and yet only 500 people have paid attention to this. This poor man has spent most of his life in jail….Would you take a moment to join me in signing this for justice sake. Mahalo! Annette

SIGN HERE

Victory!! India blocking transport of animals for Gadhamai Festival Sacrifice


Here’s PROOF Petitions DO have an IMPACT, I just posted this petition yesterday.

As a result of international outrage, India has agreed to block transport of animals

across the Nepalese border during the Gadhimai Festival in November

Please lend your voice to those who cannot speak,

take action whenever possible and remember to share freely….mahalo for caring!

Breakthrough in Nepal Sacrifice Campaign!  The Indian government has issued a new directive to stop transport of animals across the Nepalese border during the Gadhimai festival, where the largest animal sacrifice in the world occurs every five years. About 500,000 animals are typically killed at the festival — but now, it’s estimated that MORE THAN 200,000 ANIMALS WILL NOT BE SENT TO SLAUGHTER, due to India’s support. This is a huge victory for the animals and LCA wants to thank the more than 100,000 people who have signed the petition urging the Nepalese government to stop the killing. You made it possible!  When you support Last Chance for Animals, you help end animal cruelty. http://goo.gl/nDlKCy

Breakthrough in Nepal Sacrifice Campaign!

The Indian government has issued a new directive to stop transport of animals across the Nepalese border during the Gadhimai festival, where the largest animal sacrifice in the world occurs every five years. About 500,000 animals are typically killed at the festival — but now, it’s estimated that MORE THAN 200,000 ANIMALS WILL NOT BE SENT TO SLAUGHTER, due to India’s support.

This is a huge victory for the animals and LCA wants to thank the more than 100,000 people who have signed the petition urging the Nepalese government to stop the killing. You made it possible!
When you support Last Chance for Animals, you help end animal cruelty. http://goo.gl/nDlKCy

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