I believe' is a process rather than a finality...
can choose to live by what you know or you can look for what you should
take the blue pill, the story ends.
as the task may seem at present, the long-term need is to persuade Americans
that having evidence for your beliefs is a good idea."
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The term alchemy was applied
to a wide variety of different schools of thought, dealing with philosophy,
physics, chemistry, unlocking the healing virtue in plants, and countless
"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson
I have sworn... eternal
is questions that may never be answered.
between people is the real enemy of the state...
The way to change the world is to change people's minds. As more and more people openly discuss the fact that "God" and "Allah" are completely imaginary, the world becomes a better place. The people who believe in "religion" look sillier and sillier. Eventually, religion becomes a fringe activity that is meaningless. http://godisimaginary.com
Knowledge of the past brings understanding of the present and is the key to the future. Slohan
DARE To Think For Yourself
Notes on science and technoology:
universe is a strange and wondrous place. The truth is quite odd enough
to need no help from pseudoscientific charlatans. - Richard
sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
The Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions.
All you children, leave
your lights on...
Trance, Dance, and Alchemy
www.deoxy.org/shaman.htm "Shamanic ecstasy is the real "Old Time Religion," of which modern churches are but pallid evocations. Shamanic, visionary ecstasy, the mysterium tremendum, the unio mystica, the eternally delightful experience of the universe as energy, is a sine qua non of religion, it is what religion is for! There is no need for faith, it is the ecstatic experience itself that gives one faith in the intrinsic unity and integrity of the universe, in ourselves as integral parts of the whole; that reveals to us the sublime majesty of our universe, and the fluctuant, scintillant, alchemical miracle that is quotidian consciousness. Any religion that requires faith and gives none, that defends against religious experiences, that promulgates the bizarre superstition that humankind is in some way separate, divorced from the rest of creation, that heals not the gaping wound between Body and Soul, but would tear them asunder... is no religion at all!" - Jonathan Ott - www.deoxy.org/shaman.htm
be lifted above sense to behold the beatific vision and become "incorporate"
in God is the end sought in ecstasy. http://leda.lycaeum.org/Documents/Marijuana_and_the_Bible.12533.shtml
"We have drunk the Soma; we have become immortal; we have gone to the light; we have found the gods. What can hatred and the malice of a mortal do to us now, O immortal one?" - Rig Veda (c.1000 BC)
Shamanism is not
a "theory", "opinion", "craziness",
or "preaching", etc.
To walk through
life as if you were in one enormous temple,
you are not looking in on the Other; the Other is looking in on you.
wouldn't be here if it weren't for psychedelic drugs. In terms of
the role of psilocybin in human evolution on the grasslands of Africa,
people not on drugs were behind the curve. The fact is that, in terms
of human evolution, people not on psychedelics are not fully human.
They've fallen to a lower state, where they're easily programmed,
boundary defined, obsessed by sexual possessiveness which is transferred
into fetishism and object obsession. We don't want too many citizens
asking where the power and the money really goes. Informed by psychedelics,
people might stop saluting, and start shouting, "Take your political
party, your job, whatever, and shove it.""
- Terence McKenna - Source: Tripping by Charles Hayes
Words cannot express
what words cannot express.
... can not be represented as an image or a particular thing.
We pray for our world and nation, the freedom to live free from fear of wars on plants or peoples,
for the peyote way and the peyote gardens,
and that all of our children might inherit a land where they are inspired and allowed to design their own destiny.
May the long time sun shine
"Educating Americans through the means of the library service could bring about a change of the political attitude quicker than any other method." -- Rep. Harold Velde, former HUAC chair
"In all things it is a good idea to hang a question mark now and then on the things we have taken for granted." -- Bertrand Russell
"The first prerequisite for education is a willingness to sacrifice your prejudices on the alter of your spiritual growth." -- Louisah Teish
not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted
was once eccentric."
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell
"All understanding begins with our not accepting the world as it appears." -- Alan C. Kay
Those who can make you
believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Strike the Root - Intellectuals will write, activists will politic, anti-authoritarians will segregate themselves, and fed-up warriors will go down in blazes of glory.
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war . . . and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." -- James Madison, April 20, 1795
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear-kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it ..." -- General Douglas MacArthur, 1957
a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act"
Constitution of the United States of America
"The Constitution is not neutral.
It was designed to take the government off the backs of people."
-- William O. Douglas
"Governments do not govern,
but merely control the machinery of government,
being themselves controlled by the hidden hand." - Benjamin Disraeli
We are no longer a republic. Our
country has been stolen from us.
We are a (fascist) oligarchy,
directed by a few powerful and corrupt men in Congress and Big Business.
"Oligarchy? A government resting
on a valuation of property, in which the rich have power and
the poor man is deprived of it." Plato, The Republic - Book VIII
Fascism? The rejoining of Church,
State, and Commerce into a unified and mutually
supportive relationship for the maintenance of power.
- R G Price, Fascism Part II: The Rise of American Fascism 2004
"The National Security State
uses fascism to protect capitalism while they say
they're protecting democracy from communism."
- Michael Parenti
"Democracy is two wolves and
a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin, 1759
Fifty one percent of a nation can
establish a totalitarian regime,
suppress minorities and still remain democratic.
- Erik von Kuehnelt Leddihn
"Democracy means deceive people
into doing what the rich want, and
markets means make sure the public subsidize the rich." - Noam Chomsky
"Capitalism is the extraordinary
belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons,
will somehow work for the benefit of us all." - John Maynard Keynes
Capitalism, the democracy of dollars,
uses money to make money for those who have money,
a pathology that commonly afflicts market economies in the absence of vigilant public oversight.
The most sinister aspect
of modern capitalism is not its concentration of wealth in the hands
of a tiny, greedy elite. It is about an institutional system of autonomous
rule by money and for money that functions on autopilot beyond the control
of any human actor and is unresponsive to any human sensibility. This
is perhaps the most critical distinction between a market economy and
our contemporary global capitalist economy.
...we cannot keep in Capitalism and at the same time keep out Fascism. Fascism is but the logical development, the irresistible outcome of the class antagonism of Capitalism. - Tor Cedervall Capitalist Democracy--Why It Must Fail (1937)
"Fascism should more
appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State
and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
"This is a government of the
people, by the people and for the people
no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for
corporations." U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes
Government has become the very monster that our founding fathers tried to prevent.
The enemy is anybody who's going
to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.
- Joseph Heller (Catch22)
"Four sorrows ... are certain to be visited on the United States. Their cumulative effect guarantees that the U.S. will cease to resemble the country outlined in the Constitution of 1787. First, there will be a state of perpetual war, leading to more terrorism against Americans wherever they may be and a spreading reliance on nuclear weapons among smaller nations as they try to ward off the imperial juggernaut. Second is a loss of democracy and Constitutional rights as the presidency eclipses Congress and is itself transformed from a co-equal 'executive branch' of government into a military junta. Third is the replacement of truth by propaganda, disinformation, and the glorification of war, power, and the military legions. Lastly, there is bankruptcy, as the United States pours its economic resources into ever more grandiose military projects and shortchanges the education, health, and safety of its citizens." Chalmers Johnson, Sorrows of Empire
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.
The colonists did not make a revolution
over a tax on tea.
They fought for many reasons, but chiefly to create a nation
where citizens were the government and ruled corporations.
our goal is not to reform global corporate and financial rule -- it is to end it
"Th[e] modern susceptibility to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority of people, who are innately obedient to authority. This obedience-truth will then become a consensus truth accepted by many individuals unable to stand alone against the majority. In this way, the truth promulgated by the propaganda system-however irrational-stands a good chance of becoming the consensus, and may come to seem self-evident common sense. " - David Edwards, Burning All Illusions, p203
"The media serve the interests
of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked,
framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and
limiting debate and discussion accordingly." — Noam Chomsky
"The news and truth are not
the same thing." — Walter Lippmann
"Is it possible for
a class which exterminates the native peoples of the Americas, replaces
them by raping Africa for humans it then denigrates and dehumanizes
as slaves, while cheapening and degrading its own working class - is
it possible for such a class to create democracy, equality, and to advance
the cause of human freedom?" "No. Of course not."
"With unfailing consistancy,
U.S. intervention has been on the side of the rich and powerful of various
nations at the expense of the poor and needy. Rather than strengthening
democracies, U.S. leaders have overthrown numerous democratically elected
governments or other populist regimes in dozens of countries ... whenever
these nations give evidence of putting the interests of their people
ahead of the interests of multinational corporate interests."
The "global economy"
is another name for imperialism, and imperialism is a transnational
form of capitalism. The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into
commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed
into dead, gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag
heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of
shanty towns, wherin a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in line
with drugs, television, and armed force.
— Michael Parenti
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower April 16, 1953
We cannot afford
guns and butter... The nation cannot go wild on military expenditures
and also afford to care for old people, poor people, disabled people, farmers, or students.
"U.S. Ieaders have striven
with much success to repress (1) the emergence of competing forms of
production (socialist, collectivist, communitarian); and (2) competing
capital formations (prosperous autonomous capitalist economies, or mixed
ones, in emerging nations, and with FTAA and GATS, all public sector
services except police and military in all capitalist countries. The
goal is the Third Worldization of the entire world, including Europe
and North America, a world in which capital rules supreme with no public
sector services; no labor unions to speak of; no prosperous, literate,
effectively organized working class with rising expectations; no pension
funds or environmental, consumer, and occupational protections, or medical
plans, or any of the other insufferable things that cut into profit
DARE To Think For Yourself
THIRD WORLD TRAVELER
puts up magazine articles and book excerpts that offer an alternative view to the corporate media about the state of democracy in America, and about the impact of the policies of the United States' government, transnational corporations, international trade and financial institutions, and the corporate press, on war and peace, democracy, civil liberties, free speech, human rights, and social and economic justice, in the Third World, and in the United States.
If you flip over the rock of American
foreignpolicy of the past century, this is what crawls out ...
invasions ... bombings ... overthrowing governments ... suppressing movements
for social change ... assassinating political leaders ... perverting elections ...
manipulating labor unions ... manufacturing "news" ... death squads ... torture ...
biological warfare ... depleted uranium ... drug trafficking ... mercenaries ...
It's not a pretty picture. It is enough to give imperialism a bad name.
Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II by William Blum.
"It is the function of
the CIA to keep the world unstable, and to propagandize and teach the
American people to hate, so we will let the Establishment spend any amount of money on arms."
John Stockwell, former CIA official and author
...stirring up deadly ethnic and racial strife has been a standard technique used by the CIA.
In 1999 Congress released a report
on the history of CIA involvement in drug trafficking.
If you don't remember seeing anything about it on the news, that because it wasn't
reported by any major news agencies. An outline of the history can be found here:
How Bush's Grandfather Helped Hitler's Rise to Power
First They Came For The Terrorists...
Didn't Hitler start a war on terror?
Men in authority will always think
that criticism of their policies is dangerous.
They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
- Henry Steele Commager
To announce that there must be
no criticism of the president or
that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but it is morally treasonable to the American public.
- President Teddy Roosevelt
The Foundations Of Our Nation
"It is my conviction that
killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
— Albert Einstein
The destruction of mankind appears
to be the nature, for some reason,
of the patriarchal systems that took over somewhere around eight thousand years ago.
- James Arthur http://www.jamesarthur.net/
Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the sons of the earth.
"When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, and creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the "Warriors of the Rainbow" - Old Native American Prophecy www.welcomehome.org/
Are there ways of thinking, acting, and living that might be more satisfying and
exciting than the ways we think, act, and live today?
We are where we are as a consequence of intentional decisions made by human beings. There is nothing inevitable about it. We as human beings can make different choices and create different economic institutions to institutionalize different values and create different dynamics.
"There is no reason
to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to
believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws.
These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject
to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they
do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that
are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past."
“Yet, in a perverse
way, our predicament makes life simpler. We have clearly lost what we
have lost. We can give up our futile efforts to preserve the illusion
and turn our energies instead to the construction of a new time."
To create a world in which
life can flourish and prosper we must replace the values and institutions
of capitalism with values and institutions that honor life, serve life's
needs, and restore money to its proper role as servant. I believe we
are in fact being called to take a step to a new level of species consciousness
"All the emphasis on
crime and drugs and pornography used to justify the suppression of the
Internet is really aimed at suppressing knowledge of the radical politic
alternatives that are now available."
"There is no value
in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in
any place except what you bring to it yourself." -- Henry David
Anyone who believes he owns all the answers is a lunatic. -- William S. Burroughs
of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated
justice, peace and brotherhood. — Martin Luther King Jr., "Strength to Love"
"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds." — Bob Marley
"Things are more
like they are now than they ever were before."
— Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
is always subversive, otherwise why should governments spend so much energy
trying to suppress it?"
an Indonesian activist
When our government, our media, and our institutions of higher learning select certain events for remembering and ignore others, we have the responsibility to supply the missing information. Just to tell untold truths has a powerful effect, for people with ordinary common sense may then ask themselves and others: "What shall we do?". --Howard Zinn
who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music.
Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom?
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