Archive for May, 2011

Transform Your Attitude

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Here’s a cute picture for you describing the path to success and happiness in life:

No, I didn’t draw it. Sadly, my drawing ability seems to be limited to crudely etched word puns on iSketch. Oh wait, whose being a Negatron now?

Doomsday Tomorrow

Friday, May 20th, 2011

If you didn’t get the memo, the rapture has been scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday May 21st 2011. The end of days. Armageddon. So if you’re not busy, see if you can pencil it in.

Looking back on it all, we had a good run.

Of course, once Sunday rolls around and we wake up spouseless and houseless somewhere in Vegas, we’ll be reminded of just how ludicrous it is to try and anticipate the end.

Throughout history, humans have been predicting the apocalypse. And you know what? They’ve all been wrong.

Yes, it’s true. Humanity could be wiped out at any single instant in an infinite number of ways. Doomsday could very well come tomorrow.

But fear and doubt won’t stop this.

Nietzsche once wrote that to ponder the world’s suffering is to add to it, since we grow the pool of sorrows with our additional sadness. That is, if we aren’t going to do something to improve the world.

The same holds true for the end of the humankind. If you’re not going to do something to increase world stability, like combat global poverty or promote democracy, then there’s no point in worrying about the end of days.

Your senseless fear, doubt and pessimism only negates essential ingredients for a brighter future, like hope and optimism.

So don’t stress about the world coming to an end unless you intend to do something to stop it.

Spain’s ‘Lost Generation’ Demonstration

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Spaniards are marching and amassing in central Madrid for the fifth day, protesting budget cuts, bank bailouts and the country’s electoral system.

The root cause for the dissent in Spain – that the rich are getting richer which the poor are left to suffer – parallels the uprisings that have sprung up elsewhere in the world. However, unlike Bahrain, Syria, or Egypt, and fortunately for the Spanish demonstrators, Spain’s police are unlikely to unleash lethal force upon the people.

If you’re wondering why so many earthlings are resorting to mass protests, it is because political systems around the world do not effectively reflect the will of the people. All too often, big money and special interests claim too much influence over politicians and law makers, resulting in a system that works for a minority while ignoring the vast majority.

When voting and elections fail, there’s little recourse outside of non-violent civil disobedience. Only in groups of tens of thousands, or larger, can regular people hope to out-compete the powers that be in the bid to be heard.

For years, power has consistently concentrated into fewer and fewer hands. This has been happening all across the planet, setting in motion a great power struggle between humankind and a handful of humans who seek to rule the world.

So get used to seeing more and more protests around the world, and don’t doubt the indomitable human spirit.

Never before have we regular people had more tools in our arsenal, and we’re gaining new ones all the time. Social media, the internet, twitter… all of these innovations can effectively leverage people power into effective political action, meaning we’ve already begun to create a more just world for humans everywhere.

Super-Duper PAC is Super-Duper Scary

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

(Corporations are bad, mmmkay? More on this after a word from our sponsors.)

As you probably know, US corporations and other organizations can donate unlimited sums of cash in support of their political agendas, thanks to the Citizens United decision of 2010.

Now, as described above by Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks, a new motion is in place to allow a ‘Super-Duper PAC’, which can raise unlimited outside money a la Citizens United, only with politicians doing the fundraising themselves.

If this decision passes, which is quite likely considering how far gone the US already is, then Americans will be one step closer to having a political system where corporations and special interests can directly purchase politicians with their unlimited purse-strings.

Chilling.

Israeli Soldiers Tell All

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Transgressions by the Israeli army in the occupied Palestinian territories will be divulged by a group of former soldiers in a campaign aimed at raising public awareness of military violations.

The mission is spearheaded by Breaking the Silence, an organization of former soldiers committed to speaking out unethical military practices.

This is excellent news for the Palestinian people. As more and more Israeli atrocities get dragged out into the light, so to will awareness grow regarding Israel’s persistent injustices and crimes against humanity, and the stronger the movement for a free Palestine will become.

Delaware Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Monday, May 16th, 2011

In 1977, Jimmy Carter spoke to congress regarding the ridiculously flawed war on drugs, saying:

“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use.”

Heeding Carter’s words, Delaware Governor Jack Markell has just finalized a small step towards regaining sanity, signing a bill into law that allows the production, distribution and use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Awesome news for Delawareans, for the pro-Cannabis movement, and for rational people everywhere.

VIDEO: The Power of Hope

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

(Once again, the thumbnail gods get a chuckle at my expense.)

You’ve probably heard that positive thinking is a vital part of personal success. Well, did you know that it also applies to the future of humankind?

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When the present seems uncertain, hope is the force that shatters the shadows to unveil the path to a brighter future.

Positive thinking is a vital part of personal success, no matter how you choose to define it. In the pursuit of your goals, optimism will get you further than pessimism, every single time. When you believe in yourself and in good things, your mind can actually shape the future and draw your desires to you.

So don’t be afraid to express hope. Dare to dream, because you really can do anything.

Now this same effect, that which most influential humans will say has been an important part of their success, also applies to humankind on the global scale.

Just as a gloomy state of mind can hold you back, so too can clouds of pessimism hold back the entire planet. Without belief in a better world, without hoping that our actions will reap positive results, we won’t try, and the less of us willing to commit to creating a brighter future, the longer it will take for us to get there.

And we’re coming upon a crossroads in human history, where hope will play a key factor defining how the future of humankind plays out. Right now, it might seem like pessimism is prevailing, but this will change.

Technological progress is going to keep happening faster and faster, bringing unlimited potentials within our reach. This will spark a great awakening of the human spirit, and a revolution of optimism will overtake the minds of humankind.

Goals that might seem insurmountable right now, like building a peaceful planet and ending extreme poverty, will prove no real challenge when billions of individuals are chasing down a handful of common dreams with a heart full of hope.

A Sea of Yemeni Protesters

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1u4WK9ZbvU

(Watch in awe… there’s so much raw power here!)

Imagine if your government encouraged their security forces to shoot anyone caught voting on election day. Might make you think twice about rocking the vote, right?

Well, that’s pretty much what has been happening in Yemen. Except, as the above video shows, instead of cowering at home under the sheets, hundreds of thousands of defiant Yemenis are willing to risk their lives for democracy.

All across the Arab nation, thousands of Yemen citizens have been killed or injured by government forces throughout several bloody months of protests, and their only crime was openly expressing dissent to the government.

Now, it seems, the barrier of fear has been broken and the house of cards might soon topple. Excellent news. Stay strong, freedom fighters!

Chomsky: US Fears Arab Democracy

Friday, May 13th, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpLm2-mu_0E

The notorious Noam Chomsky gave another of his eloquent speeches this week at FAIR‘s 25th anniversary celebration, supporting his thesis that “the U.S. & its allies will do anything they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab World.”

The main reason America doesn’t truly support a free Middle East, says Chomsky, is because “an overwhelming majority of the [Arab World] population regards the United States as the main threat to their interests.”

Instead of supporting democracy, the US’s policy is to prop up strong men to keep the people in check, as described by Professor Chomsky:

“If the dictators support us, and the population is under control, then what’s the problem? This is like imperialism. What’s the problem if it works? As long as they can control their populations, fine. They can have campaigns of hatred; our friendly dictators will keep them under control. It just doesn’t matter what the population thinks, as long as they’re under control. If actions correspond to our strategic and economic objectives, that’s OK.”

For starters, it is very nice of Noam to validate yesterday’s post that argues how human rights violations will go unnoticed as long as the perpetrators maintain their political allegiances to America.

Furthermore, it’s certainly true that the US fears democracy in the Middle East, because American interests pretty much fear democracy anywhere on earth.

Right now, tremendous wealth and power is allowed to concentrate into the hands of a few people who sit atop the system. This would never be permitted to persist if the voice of humankind were truly heeded, hence America’s policy of supporting dictators and quashing democracy.

Fortunately for the rest of us, the days of oligarchy are drawing to an end. Humankind has been gaining new tools and forms of empowerment, and we’re set to usher in a new age of equality and prosperity for everyone on earth.

Try as they may, earth’s elites will falter when the human race awakens and embarks on an entirely new era.

Bahrain Cracks Down on Doctors

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC19jIiXVFA

Bahrain’s government is brutal. First, they made it illegal to protest. Then, they made it a crime to be injured by security forces. Now, they’ve been arresting medical staff for healing civilians hurt during demonstrations.

Preventing doctors from treating patients? What an atrocious injustice… almost as egregious as the underwhelming silence from the world’s governments.

Where’s the UN Intervention? Where’s the outpouring of support from Obama? Why is Libya treated differently from Bahrain?

The answer, of course, is that Bahrain resides under Saudi Arabia’s protective wing while maintaining strong ties to the United States.

For as long as they hold their political allegiances, it seems Bahrain’s crimes against humanity will go unnoticed by the powers that be. Such blatant hypocrisy!

The only solution, then, is for the rest of us – those amongst us who believe an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere -  to make enough noise, so that our governments have no choice but to listen.