Archive for December, 2010

Anti-Israeli War Machine Messages on Metro Buses

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Starting December 27th of this year, marking the two-year anniversary of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza,  buses in Seattle will carry the message “Israeli War Crimes: Your Tax Dollars at Work.”

The campaign is aimed to increase awareness of the plight of Palestinians and to protest against Israel’s continued human rights violations.

Here’s a video showing what life can be like when your homeland is progressively usurped by a powerful state guided by religious indoctrination:

TSA Body Scanners Damage Human DNA

Friday, December 17th, 2010

As if the threat of totalitarianism weren’t enough, now it turns out that the full body scanners used for screening in airports cause significant damage to the DNA of those being scanned and those who operate the equipment.

Researchers from the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico show how the radiation emitted by the TSA’s scanners “may significantly affect the natural dynamics of DNA, and thereby influence intricate molecular processes involved in gene expression and DNA replication.”

Forget that these new security measures are not very effective, what with all the 12″ razor blades and loaded guns getting through. We already knew most of these new steps amount to security theater, anyway.

But here we have a concrete reason for everyone to protest against these scanners: THEY ARE DAMAGING OUR GENETIC MAKEUP!

Security checkpoints that alter our DNA. Is there any greater threat to future generations? Yes…these toys.

Peace in the Heart

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

As the great philosopher says, inner peace is a crucial part to world peace. The more peace that our planet’s people find within themselves, the more peace will manifest itself throughout our world.

Inner peace is not some elusive state attainable only on secluded mountaintops. Inner peace can be found within each of us, if we simply put some time towards finding it.

By setting aside a period of time everyday – maybe just a few minutes, maybe half an hour – we can use these moments to experience silence. The longer we spend, the quieter our mind and thoughts will become, until peace permeates all aspects of our lives.

Granted, in today’s instant and interconnected world of unending entertainment and distractions, finding a few minutes to sit still and do nothing won’t always seem practical, but the payoff is well worth it.

Seeking inner peace can mean less stress, fewer fears, more success, and better overall health.

As well, the more peace we bring into our lives, the more we automatically contribute to an increase in world peace.

Wikileaks… Good Times

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Remember when Wikileaks released a bunch of classified documents and the establishment reeled from the threat of transparency? Man, that was sweet.  We should do that again.

Seriously, it was so exciting! One could almost feel the system changing with each step as the story unfolded. I miss those days.

What’s that? Wikileaks still has like 200,000 more classified cables to release, plus a whole backlog of dirt on some of the world’s biggest institutions? Nice! It seems more changes are on the way.

Did you also hear about the newly sprouted Wikileaks clones and mirrors? This means the struggle towards democracy and open government has never been stronger. Hooray!

Sure the fickle global spotlight seems to be moving on, but Cablegate is set to be remembered as a pivotal moment – a sign that the balance of power is shifting away from the few and into the hands of more and more people.

Here we go! More evidence to believe that a better world is sitting right upon our doorstep, and another reason to be optimistic for the future =D

Michael Moore Bails Out Wikileaks Leader Julian Assange

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

It is uplifting to see Michael Moore, once again, taking on the pillars of the establishment. Today, Michael posted $20,000 to bail out Wikileaks founder Julian Assange,  stating:

We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again.

Michael Moore is in a special position to help out the progressive movement financially. But we don’t all need to be multi-millionaires to make an impact. The influence of wealth can be overruled by the power of large groups working together.

Whenever you see injustice happening remember – silence is consent – and always let your voice be heard.

FBI Agents Foil Their Own Terrorist Plot, Again

Monday, December 13th, 2010

This week, drawing from the Military’s “Manufacture Your Enemies” playbook, the FBI have foiled another terrorist plot masterminded by the FBI themselves, in what has become a pattern.

That’s right, an American government agency has been coercing US civilians to take part in terrorist actions. When their patsy ultimately takes the bait, the FBI swoops in then boasts to the world about the terrorist plot they’ve successfully thwarted.

It seems absurd, doesn’t it? Government agents framing and entrapping their own population… which Orwell novel are we reading here?

What is perhaps more unnerving is the overall lack of dissent over this. Here is another huge red flag that tyranny is descending upon North America. Yet too many people remain unaware, disinterested, or worse, they believe the FBI’s latest shenanigans to be one more necessary step in the struggle to keep Americans safe.

Fortunately we aren’t all that oblivious.

A growing number of us know what can happen when governments, corporations and the system gain too much power. As our numbers grow, so too do our tools to unite, coordinate and mobilize. The threat of totalitarianism is looming, but the means to fend off this threat is blossoming as well.

Let’s be optimists, and believe that humankind will rise to the occasion to ensure an open future for all!

Perpetual War in America

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The US has been in a state of war for over fifty years.  So successful has war become that an entire industry profit billions each year from the trillions the US population is willing to squander on war.

Of course, this perpetual war wouldn’t be possible without fabricating enemies to fight or without manufacturing consent from the public. Here’s the game plan for how the media, government and the arms industry collude to maintain war:

Step One – Pick a target, ideally populated by non-white humans with customs foreign to most Americans. Continuously paint this target as a threat to US citizens.

Step Two – When the war rhetoric garners a certain level support, select a key event (either real or fabricated) to justify an armed campaign. Send in the troops.

Step Three – Prolong the war for as long as possible. As support wanes (as it inevitably will) ramp up Step One on a new target.

Step Four – Leave permanent bases with stationed soldiers on old target. Move the bulk of the troops to new target.

That’s the US war machine in a nutshell.

Anything we hear about freedom/honor/revenge/security is most often part of the war rhetoric used in Step One.

War is a Racket

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

US Major General named Smedley D. Butler penned a wonderful essay about the military industrial complex called War is a Racket.

Here is an excerpt:

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

It was in the 1930′s when Butler wrote these words and presented them in speeches nationwide. 80 years on, and the military industrial complex the highly decorated marine so eloquently lambasted has only been increasing in power.

We cannot allow this trend to continue, nor will we. We are coming together as a species like never before to create a global community. The more we unite, the more we will stand together against those who manufacture war for profit.

World Peace… it’s just around the corner!

If this was only thousands, just imagine millions

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The initial backlash over CableGate seems to be waning, for now. With Wikileaks having released just a tiny fraction – less than one percent -  from the pile of classified cables, who knows what other skeletons will be unearthed or how the public will react.

Transparency is such a scary thing to the establishment. Well, to our current establishment, anyway.

See, so many wrongs of our world are allowed to persist because they can hide in the dark. Corruption and injustice don’t last long once exposed. And, as Wikileaks has shown us, we are gaining the means to shine a beacon into every corner of the status quo.

Take, for example, the distribution of wealth in our world. The cumulative wealth and power from our entire species is allowed to concentrate in the hands of so few at the top while the bottom 20% of the population is left to starve. Something as scandalous as this can only persist in the shadows. No one would stand for such a warped system were it brought under the global spotlight for all to see.

And this is just one (albeit a big one) of the injustices we are likely to abolish as our world becomes increasingly self-aware. The collective consciousness of the world’s people – the hivemind – is growing more and more in tune every day. As this happens, so too do we become more empowered as a species. Recent actions of Anonymous et. al only offer a glimpse of the real forces we are unleashing.

The Wikileaks cyberactivists number in the thousands. Imagine what will happen when there are millions of protesters acting in unison. And not just in cyberspace, either. In the real world, working like huge flash mobs, fighting injustice wherever it rears its ugly head.

Historically, when humans have worked collectively, we’ve been able to move mountains. Soon, as we coordinate our efforts on the global scale, we will be able to restructure the entire world.

Vive La Revolution!

Cenk Uygur from TYT is Julian Assange

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks is Julian Assange. Symbolically, anyway, as long as it means standing up for transparency of government and journalistic freedom.