Archive | December, 2012

Lets’s Have Real Gun Control.

19 Dec

Let’s Have REAL Gun Control:  Down with the Military-Industrial Complex and the Homeland Security State

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And now for a word on the Connecticut school shooting … I purposefully held off saying anything on it until now … Why speak until the initial media frenzy on the story has died down and the facts of the case are laid out? …

Now that they are … Here goes …

Gun control.  I’m for it.  Military grade weapons.  Well, they should be in the hands of the military and other responsible parties when they are needed to (1) Protect American interests overseas, and (2)  to provide for the Defense of the United States.  That’s clear. Citizens shouldn’t need to have access to military-grade hardware, automatic, and semi-automatic firearms to protect themselves (or for hunting, which is one of the only other legitimate reasons for having guns) … but ….

Let’s be honest … Guns aren’t the problem per say; people are … people with them are … People who shouldn’t have them are … But will gun control legislation viz-a-viz private citizens actually solve that issue? … Most likely not … The “war on guns” will have about as much success as the “war on drugs.”  Drive guns underground, and business booms … Just like with Prohibition.

But there are bigger issues here too.  Don’t trust guns, the NRA, and the gun industry? …  Well, why then should we trust them under the watchful eye of a ‘gun controlling’ police state either or the statist Military-Industrial-Security Complex? The same state, I may add, that’s in the pocket of the corporate 1% and globalist interests … John Doe or Joe Six Pack down the street with these guns is bad enough.  But Big Brother with them is even worse!

… So have your “gun control” … by all means … But be sure to have it applied universally and unilaterally.  Over-the-Top weapons (from nukes to drones on down) shouldn’t be in hands of anybody, but especially not in the hands of corporate oligarchs, their security outfits, or the totalitarian state.  Universal disarmament should be the rule:  Get these weapons out of production; and don’t let them be used for foreign adventures abroad or for unwarranted police actions at home.

And, that will see to it that terrorists don’t have access to them either.  And, if there are any essential ARMS the government, military, or private security outfits do need, then keep themDon’t get rid of those weapons.

But there’s a rider to that.  They only can be accessed under emergency situations.  They wouldn’t be able to use them for imperialist actions in other countries, and most certainly not against private citizens at home (i.e., to intimidate citizens or to break up peaceful protests that are deemed inconvenient or unacceptable to government officials or elites).  Congress, under the mandate of the people, would determine what’s an emergency and what isn’t.  Nobody else.  And definitely not government bureaucrats, corporate kingpins, or unaccountable agents-officials of the police state.  Needed weapons can be accessed in emergencies or produced for emergencies, but other than that, even the police and the military shouldn’t be holding onto them.  They should be under lock and key; and no one should be able to personally keep them until emergencies arise.

That will solve the “gun control” problem in this country, as well as many of the other social problems plaguing our society via the Homeland Security state, military adventurism abroad, and so on.  Do that, and your trouble with firearms will be eliminated.  Fail to do that and our problems as a society are just beginning

Citizen Journalism Versus the Establishment: RT Interviews Luke Rudkowski

18 Dec

Citizen Journalism Versus the Establishment:  Russia Today Interview with ‘We Are Change’s‘ Luke Rudkowski

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Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change on RT discussing the mainstream media, society’s problems, and what is needed to fix them.  Take a look.  This isn’t an endorsement of either WRC or Rudkowski, and I don’t agree with them on everything; nevertheless their work as citizen activists and independent journalists is essential given what’s going on in today’s society. Great interview by the way. RT and Anastasia Churkina did a superb job with it. I hope you like it.

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Some Great Posts from the Proyect Blog

18 Dec

Bunch of good articles on the Proyect blog over the past week.  Be sure to check them out.  These three are especially good.  Hope you like them.

  1. Bard College and the real world
  2. The stoning of Oliver Stone
  3. Was Che Guevara a Stalinist?

And here’s this excellent passage from “Bard College and the real world.” –

“Some closing thoughts. … There’s always a tension between our ideals and the “real world” that in some ways is analogous to Plato’s story of the cave. It is a struggle to hew to our youthful ideals in a world that is fundamentally aligned with the insides of a cave, as testified by news reports that come our way on  a daily basis, the latest of which is the kindergarten massacre in Connecticut.

Of all my  Bertolt Brecht quotes, this is my favorite:

‘There are men who struggle for a day, and they are good. There are others who struggle for a year, and they are better. There are some who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives, and these are the indispensable ones.’

Whether you struggle with a camera or a poet’s pen, or most quixotically with a propagandist’s, it is a Sisyphean task. Here’s my salute to those who never give up. Keep on keeping on.”

For more information and to see the rest of what he’s written since last Wednesday, go to http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/.

Wonderful material all of it.  I hope you’ll take some time to look over and read his posts there.  Thanks.

The Aquarian Revolution is Over …

18 Dec

The Aquarian Revolution is Over; Time for a People’s Age to Begin

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The Aquarian Revolution is defunct; time for a new, anti-Establishment, People’s Revolution to take on the New World Order.  A Revolution of the 99%, not of the elitists. … And one that actually serves people’s needs, not the desire of oligarchs to use popular movements and activism to serve their own globalist ends.  That’s the real kind of progress we need in the world.  Time for the oligarchy to step aside, and for a new People’s Age to begin that gets us beyond these tired expressions of religionism, elitism, and establishment values.

Totalitarianism isn’t anything new.  It’s the same old Leviathan of Tyranny we faced in the past, just with a new regrown set of heads.  Let’s stop this hydra once and for all, and then maybe a real “new” Age can begin – a new chapter in human history where we’ve set aside the trappings of this so-called ‘godly’ oligarchical order for good.

That’s our real revolution, and the real turning point now in human events.  Will we do it or will we fail?  The future’s in our hands.  It’s just a question now of whether we’re courageous enough to take the next step.

Are we?   You decide! …

Where do we look for inspiration? Where do we find it?

17 Dec

Sometimes inspiration isn’t always found in panoramic vistas or in the sound of ocean waves clapping loudly and majestically against a beach.  Sometimes it’s found in the beauty of our ordinary little lives.

Wonderful video I discovered on Youtube.  Children’s author/illustrator [Maurice] “Sendak On Death (And Life).”

Please watch.

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Science opens the door …

17 Dec

Science opens the door for Us.  It’s time we came Inside.

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Yes.  “We are the Universe,” and we’re-all-connected-in-it-and-through it.  ‘It’s in us’ and ‘we’re in it.’  Not in any goofy new age way or pantheistic sense, but in a much more tangible, spiritually meaningful way.  A much more profound and deeper way that monist religion could ever offer us as human beings.  This is our inspiration!  The stuff that drives poets, artists, and philosophers to expound on life’s wonders.  Yet what a wonder it is!  Even our arts and humanities don’t compare with it.  Science and mathematics alone has charted this poetry for us.  All we can do now is to journal our experiences of it, and that’s where the rest of human knowledge comes in, especially in the humanities.  Science isn’t shoving these other disciplines aside; it’s inviting us to explore the universe in a whole new way and think about these other fields in a whole new way also.  No, literature, art, and philosophy aren’t debunked in an age of scientific thought.  But they are recast.  It’s our job now to more effectively use them to capture and express the fullness of our experiences.  Science has opened the door for us; it’s time we set about remodeling and redecorating the households of our lives around it.  For there we will find our purposes in life, “purposes we create” with the stylus of ‘living’ and ‘expressing ourselves’ as human beings.

Our purpose, our mission, our inspiration.  That’s what science gives us.

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http://inspirationalfreethought.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/we-are-the-universe/

We are the Universe

Dec 11

Posted by InspirationalFreethought.

What’s better than a bunch of individual videos narrated by Lawrence Krauss, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Carl Sagan? One epic video with all three of them. Check it out:

“We Are the Universe”

New Age Ruins Everything …

17 Dec

New Age Ruins Everything:  The Corrupting Influence of Science Mysticism on Higher Considerations of Science, History, and Philosophy

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New Age is problematic.  No sooner than you give it a pass; it co-opts you and your work.  It’s the perfect Capitalism AND Socialism, I guess. You give it an inch, it appropriates and capitalizes (or should I say expropriates?) a mile.  Lucky us! … Anyway, it’s this tendency of the NAM to do this kind of thing that bothers me. Quantum mechanics is a perfectly good branch of science.  Good enough on its own without having to be meddled with.  And, so is the Penrose-Hameroff model (as far as it goes).  But now that Chopra & Co. have appropriated it, and tailored it to their own brand of quantum-science-mysticism, we’re blown out to sea again and caught in this eddy of “quantum-‘consciousness’” talk [and all the metaphysical fluff that goes with it].  I’d much rather have a more solid discussion of the issue-at-hand (via Complexity theory and Psychological theoretical models) than the whole nine yards of Chopra nonsense on the matter.  But guess what, that doesn’t ‘sell’ in today’s day and age.  So, we’re left with Quantum Mechanics ala Chopra, and mainline scientists rightfully are questioning it and the entire basis of the model itself given its current form as theory/science.

I don’t want to see any more good ideas go out the window because of this New Age nonsense.  That’s why I’m as critical as I am of the current discussion going on over at Darwiniana.  Nothing personal against anyone.  But, where the original version of Landon’s Eonic Effect was more agnostic on all these issues, centering in on the open question of Kantian philosophy, now suddenly metaphysics is fine there [not “bunk”, mind you] and “geist is [no longer] bullshit.”

The original version of the Eonic Effect was great and well worth studying; still is.  But I’m afraid John’s work too has been co-opted by New Age and some of its major interests (that are now a major voice in his audience).  Over and above that, his legitimate points on History and Philosophy can’t get a word in edgewise there it seems to me. It’s a shame.

Where are the complexity theorists there?  Where are the historians and sociologists?  Where are the philosophers?  They’ve pretty much picked up shop and moved on by this point, leaving their space empty and ready to be taken up by others in the discussion.  So, in their place, a new age element has emerged and ingratiated itself there at John’s blog.  It’s overshadowing all the good stuff, supplanting “free action scripts” with ruminations on “free will” in the metaphysical sense; Kantian antimony with quasi-Buddhist considerations of “rebirth doctrine” and “mystical enlightenment.” Discussions, frankly, that cater to this NAM audience/element on the blog.

I’ve no problem with that.  It’s John’s blog after all and he can do whatever he likes on it, and court whomever he wants to there.  But I do have a problem when I see that element co-opting and overshadowing all of John’s other material and making hay off of it for the New Age Movement’s own advantage and at the expense of Landon’s prior consideration of World History as a template for thinking about evolutionary change and the critique of evolutionary systems of theory.

I don’t want to see the Eonic Effect suffer for its being confused with Divine Aeons, and therefore be recast and re-branded as being an Aeonic Effect of metaphysics.  It will only serve to advance the goofiness and perniciousness of New Age, gurus, and the occult while making a mockery of the Eonic Model, and completely gutting anything that was of value there to begin with.  I don’t want to see that happen, and see Landon’s work be completely trashed, dismissed, and shuffled away as a result. … Nobody else wins when that happens; just the Gurdjieff element … Just the occult new agers, whose object I expect is to do exactly that.  Gurdjieff: “1”, Landon’s Eonic Effect: “0” …

I like John for his ideas.  I like his work, and I enjoy and find his material quite useful on historical topics, evolutionary issues, and philosophy. But I don’t trust New Age nor its proponents, some of whom are being given a mouthpiece and a forum on Darwiniana. So for now, I’ll steer clear of it and only occasionally cover its posts from time to time.  They have the floor and they’re on their own there from now on. It’s better that way.  Landon can handle his own audience and its leanings.  I just hope their New Age proclivities and agenda don’t run roughshod over what he’s been attempting to do with his writings on evolution and history.  Maybe I’m wrong about it all, but I have my doubts about all this stuff there lately and where it’s all heading.

New Age ruins everything!  I just pray John’s work here isn’t its latest casualty.