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socialjusticekoolaid:

What they won’t show you on CNN tonight: Ferguson residents line a parade of roses down W Florissant, leading to where Mike Brown was taken from this world. #staywoke #powerful #insolidarity 

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paulamaf2013:

socialjusticekoolaid:

What they won’t show you on CNN tonight: Ferguson residents line a parade of roses down W Florissant, leading to where Mike Brown was taken from this world. #staywoke #powerful #insolidarity 

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST
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paulamaf2013:

socialjusticekoolaid:

What they won’t show you on CNN tonight: Ferguson residents line a parade of roses down W Florissant, leading to where Mike Brown was taken from this world. #staywoke #powerful #insolidarity 

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST
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paulamaf2013:

socialjusticekoolaid:

What they won’t show you on CNN tonight: Ferguson residents line a parade of roses down W Florissant, leading to where Mike Brown was taken from this world. #staywoke #powerful #insolidarity 

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST
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paulamaf2013:

socialjusticekoolaid:

What they won’t show you on CNN tonight: Ferguson residents line a parade of roses down W Florissant, leading to where Mike Brown was taken from this world. #staywoke #powerful #insolidarity 

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

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Copying a Headline, “Why 2014 is NOT the year of the Woman”

While this original headline was for an article saying how women participation in US government in the House and Senate has declined, including a 17 percent drop in the GOP party, the one phrase that was a bit shocking was that it was seen as a good thing by some.  

I once made a comment early in the developments in Syria about giving help to those fleeing the violence in Syria, mostly women and children.  Instead, that was ignored and we have nearly a million dead, mostly women and children.  

I do defend my position to not continue to arm different factions at the moment over this and that issue.  I think between the US and Russia we have done a rather thorough and complete job of arming every fundamentalist extremist of any religion or ism with an axe to grind around the world.  And what has that done?  Things like Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

We armed the Afghanistans in the early 90s in their fight for freedom from Russia, remember?   We helped put the Shaw in power, only to have that topple in Iran and people taken hostage, so we counter balanced with Sadam in Iraq and of course we armed Iraq, only to go to war with Iraq.  We aren’t doing too well with this strategy of arming, so that they can turn around and attack the US or someone else and then have us end up fighting whoever is now using our tactics and our weapons against us with a lot of innocent women and children and men dead along the way, Americans as well as other countries.  So I do support President Obama’s initial decision to not give weapons to another group of people in Syria, Iraq, etc.  When something is not working, quit doing it.

I also think we should stop funding terrorist through ransom.  However, I do support the use of special forces when possible to get people out.

I think basically if governments who can manufacture weapons and military equipment would cut off the supplies of these items to countries who have terrorist cells in them, the fighting will soon come to an end.  We just wait until they are out of ammunition and are down to rocks.  

I do think President Obama sending in troupes at the behest of the UN is fine.  I do think if a country asks for military help directly, that this is fine as long as there is a clearly defined issue, with clearly defined targets and American soldiers handling American weapons.  However, I will point out that a large part of the American military has also been to rescue those fleeing violence and giving aid.  We did that at the close of our involvement in Vietnam, offering sanctuary to hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese and in my opinion it was America’s finest hour in that entire affair.  I think that we should continue with that fine tradition when at all possible for anyone who flies a peace flag in areas stricken with violence.

I think in some ways it is a good lesson to the world what extremists have become.  It doesn’t matter if they call themselves Jewish, Christian, Muslim, political  etc.  Just look at what’s left of Syria, Gaza, the Ukraine, Crimea etc Take a good look and then ask yourself is this what God the creator would have wanted?  Jesus?  Mohammed?  Buddah? 

For those who are the perpetrators of such horror, do not even remotely think that there is anything Holy or Blessed or Justified in what you are doing or have done.

And of course nature hasn’t even gotten started yet.  But unless things change soon, like next five years soon, unless we change, I cannot even imagine the suffering that will ensue, not from any gun, but from natural processes that were unable to cope with this amount of neglect.  I am but a messenger, but one of millions trying to tell you to stop wasting energy on destruction and start thinking about how to make it through some of the largest natural catastrophes since the Flood that are coming.

Went on Vacation

I went on a vacation to a roller-coaster theme park.  I think being able to survive and even have fun falling 300 feet means that my old ticker is just fine :)

The Blessings of the Internet

As we become able to talk to anyone anywhere at any time, it does seem that the ‘woeful’ lack of privacy issue is only an issue for people with something to hide. Judging from tweets, posts, etc, you kind of wish people hid things a little more.  But that’s kind of how a lot of people who value the right to give an opinion, a constant ‘world village town hall meeting’ role.  

It does make some things a lot nicer, a bit more complicated for things that were simpler, but overall, I feel a lot closure to people all over the place doing all sorts of things and in all sorts of circumstances because the internet does one thing I never would have guessed. It actually humanizes an experience that people are having who we may never know about otherwise.

Remember when I said…

What is going on overseas is what is going on at home.  People who follow peace are peaceful.  People who don’t, don’t care who they hurt.  They want what they want and they don’t care how.

There must NOT be any climate for violence to flourish and more importantly, for those whose purpose is peaceful protest to be used by those who are violent as living shields and as cover to get away with their violence.

If I were the governor of that state along with the Federal Attorney General, I would immediately suspend the officer if it hasn’t been done already and give the police officer a psychiatric exam looking for three things

1.  Memory lapses surrounding the incident

2.  PTSD

3.  Bigotry

4.  Two distinct personalities.

If any of these are found, this can be used for a case of medical leave and in his court case.  If only the third one is found, this should lead to an immediate firing and an arrest. 

Further, in order not to attract the spirit of chaos, there needs to be a different way to protest, one that does not invite mob mentality and confusion for enforcement.   Street protests are out of style in my opinion.  Too many variables, too much that can go wrong, too easy to infiltrate, too easy for it to get out of control as it has done here.

People can assemble, but for their own safety, indoors, at formal rallies, or debate like town hall meetings when things go wrong in their communities.  I say this not to make it harder to assemble, or to create change, but to create change with less risk of violence and injury and destruction  of personal property.

Also, we got off lucky here in that it as more or less limited to disgruntled American citizens with criminal records from other areas of the country.  But it could have been professional terrorists just as easily who could have swooped in and taken the opportunity. 

Also, police should not have militia armament like tanks.  National guard, and those police forces who are well trained in these types of crowd control protocols listed recently by Amnesty International is a safer route.  

I am saddened for the families of the slain and hurt and I am saddened for the community that violence like this has happened.  However, it is my hope that this will be a learning opportunity for all of America on how people can more safely and without the invitation to violence assemble and bring about good change.

Because of the situation

Because of the situation in Syria, and Iraq, Israel and Palestine, you are in peril divided.  I’m not suggesting ‘one country’ from two states, I’m suggesting bury your bloodshed quickly and realize that the foes are at the gate to take you both!  Also, It might be useful Palestine to use the wealth and willingness of the West Bank to build quickly a subway (and I do mean train) to Gaza to unite both Palestinian sectors.  Such a commuter station will stabilize Gaza and the West Bank.  

Good luck.and may perseverance in Peace bring you both the prosperity and freedom both your states crave.

One Poem that explains things

Fair Lady Goldberry

O slender as a willow-wand! O clearer than clear water!
O reed by the living pool! Fair River-daughter!
O spring-time and summer-time, and spring again after!
O wind on the waterfall, and the leaves’ laughter!
And what is the River, from which she is daughter, 
Her child constantly sipping of honey-milk sweetened by chocolate as white milk as pure white as clover in the Land of Sky Blue waters.
The Headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi!
Roll on Oh!  Mighty Mississippi!  
Goldberry was considered one of the lesser Maya in Tolkein’s Simarillian, Angels are the equivalent in the Bible)/  Tolkein created one of the most complete mysticisms of the history of the Angels and other beings of a very long life, far beyond man, and often immortal.
I cannot help but wonder what of the River daughters of the Congo, the Amazon, the Nile? The Yangtze?  And of what of them?

Points of Interest

Someone was wondering where I was going with all this information.  It’s not so much where “I” am going but where are “we” going.

People may not care about it NOW.  People may think they have the upper hand NOW, but I promise you, that what faces everyone everywhere is the FUTURE.  And either it can have a big cross bones and skull on it or it can be as vibrant and interesting with more exploration than you have ever dreamed of.

Here are the three questions that are relevant to each person on the planet.

1.  If I was suddenly poor, what are the bare minimums that I would need to have happiness, and hope and to have the tools to improve my life and someone else’s.

Thus, make sure those amenities are in place.

2.  If I got a second chance at childhood, what would I want to experience. Would I want enough too eat?  Medical and dental care?  A safe place to sleep and study?  How about friends?  Would I have a chance at an education to use the tools that will help me be productive in the culture I am in?  Will I have good experiences like swimming, picking flowers, sliding, running, cycling, etc?  What about music?  Will I be allowed to follow my family’s religious practices or join a spiritual community?

Make sure those things are there and more (things I haven’t thought of) for all children and one does not have to worry about their future.

3.  How can we leave the world better than when we found it?  

Picking up garbage, recycling, reusing, active transportation, living infrastructure (that can repair itself, create oxygen, store carbon and nutrients, etc).  Walkable communities, knowing one’s neighbors in community, getting involved in what your kids are doing or the kids in your neighborhood is doing.  Leave it greener, leave it cleaner, leave it happier and less anxious and I think everything will be fine.

Money is such a transitory thing.  Here one day and gone the next.  Ask anyone who was alive during the Crash in the 1930s, or the victims of the housing crash in  2009-2010 or people who had a medical crisis for which they lost everything in bills, etc.  Invest in what is important when possible.

Physical Symptoms

I think there has been some serious misinformation strewn out there in regards to physical symptoms experienced by empathetic people.

Here are some things to keep in mind.   

1.  When a person is connecting with us strongly on a symptom, it might not be anyone famous or anyone in authority as people think of that.  It is usually two things that are the strongest influences.

a)  Empathetic parallel.

b)  Prayer for a serious situation.

I wrote a post about drug addiction a few posts back and I fear that someone may have thought that I was talking about them.  The day of the post, it turned out that the son of someone who fights the good fight and helps people over come their addiction was struggling and he died that day.    It had nothing to do with others perhaps.  

What this seems to be about is a spiritual battle.  Good versus mental distress.  Good versus alcoholism.  Good versus violence etc.  You know?

Each of us are in this battle whether you think you are or not.  So stay strong and have supportive resources at your side.