Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!


If you need that extra push...

Eureka


Do our brains change when we travel in outer space?

Prayer For Sentient Beings






















May you be free of suffering.
May you turn your regrets into amusements.
May you find the healing that you seek.
May you find the healing that you do not seek.
May you see light in the darkness.
May you see luminosity within the light.
May you love, and be loved.
May your heart open and flower.
May you know the wonder of your own compassion.
May you know the mystery.
May you know awe.
May you know the truth.
May you find your true nature.
May your past lives and future lives be disclosed to you, in their time.
May you climb a ladder to the stars.
May your song always be sung.
May you laugh unconditionally.
May you know your deep connection to All That Is.
May you be happy.
May you find peace.

~ Richard Gossinger, 2013

From The Top Of My Lungs


The Force


















I am a Jedi, like my father. ~ Luke Skywalker


Cumulonimbus


I drift into the now of my higher self, ever closer to my higher power.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fire The Grid

Nektosha


















Friends
and keepers of the fire
Proud spirit horses
Running free across the plains
Though lightning falls
We will not be struck

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ice Rune
















I am autumn water
Becoming winter ice
The colder it gets
The harder I become
My bonds lengthen
My space creates
I am big and light
Floating sharp and steady
In your ship of brittle steel
I am the shiver down your spine

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Courage Is Contagious

Before The End of 2010






















1. Write a list of all my grievances and burn it in fire of forgiveness. Once cleared of this negative energy, write down my intentions for 2011 and step forward into the future without fear.

Fanfare

Friday, December 24, 2010

Revelations 2010

Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve and I am joyous. But I can't not know what I know. There are many dangerous things happening in this world. I get pulled to them because I am a seeker. In summer I fly, in winter I dive. As above, so below. Emotionally, I like to keep things light and have fun. I'm not shallow, but skipping like a smooth happy stone across the sunlit waters of life helps me forget the terrible monsters below. I can't dwell in the deep too long. The darkness I can handle, but the pressure makes my head explode. Yet I can't not seek these places either. To avoid them is to avoid being human, to ignore rich depths of understanding, compassion, and justice for my/our fellow man. While we celebrate the birth of Jesus, others scream for Allah. Maybe on Christmas we should remember those for whom there is no celebration. Maybe we should start to make things right again. That is my prayer for all of us this day.

Snowflake






















Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Freedom of the Press


An update from the AFP

New interview with Julian Assange

Gracias, Mexico

Noventa y cuatro por ciento de los mexicanos respecto a Internet como un derecho fundamental, más que cualquier otro país no asiático. Y los mexicanos son muy apegados a sus computadoras, también, con el 56 por ciento diciendo que no podían vivir sin Internet (sólo superado por Japón, el 67 por ciento). Los mexicanos también están en el mundo más ardientemente se opuso a la supervisión del gobierno de Internet, con el 72 por ciento de los encuestados de acuerdo en que ningún gobierno debe regular la web.



















Ninety-four percent of Mexicans regard Internet access as their fundamental right, the most of any non-Asian nation. And Mexicans are extremely attached to their computers, too, with 56 percent saying they could not cope without the Internet (second only to Japan, at 67 percent).  

Mexicans are also the world’s most ardently opposed to government oversight of the Internet, with 72 percent of respondents agreeing that no government anywhere should regulate the web.

THUNDER

We are the Internet
We are the ocean
We are swimming in electricity
In joy with one another
We are many We are one
E Pluribus Unum
We are a democracy
Because we are everybody
We speak for those who cannot speak
So that all of us are heard
We know a secret truth

There is no enemy

For The Last American


Oh freedom over me
Before I'll be a slave
I'll be buried in my grave
And go home to my Lord and be free

Strange Fruit



Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

VINTERSOLSTÅND

















While Sol appears to stand still, the soul inside you still moves. Stand and embrace the sky. You are the bright burning edge of existence.You are the New Dawn.

Monday, December 20, 2010

WikiRebels - The Documentary



The world has a lot of problems that need to be reformed - and we only live once. Every person who has some ability to do something about it, if they are a person of good character, has the duty to try and fix the problems in the environment in which they're in.

~ Julian Assange

Goodbye Darkness, I Won't Miss You

Sunday, December 19, 2010

This Is It

An Honest Man For Honest Money



















At 210 pages, I read "End The Fed" in one day. It was so awesome I couldn't put it down. Ron Paul tells it like it is, gives it to you straight, and in a way that is easy to understand. It's the kind of book that continually slaps you in the face with honesty, clarity, and common sense. This book is a concise yet powerful moral and Constitutional argument for sound money, whose words glow with the spirit of liberty that America is hungry for. If you only read one book about money, this is the one.



"In a free society we're supposed to know the truth," ... "In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it."

~ Ron Paul

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Unforgettable


With every act, we are revealing the universe to itself. And it will never forget.

~ Richard Grossinger

Friday, December 17, 2010

Let Us Begin


















We have it in our power to begin the world all over again.

~ Thomas Paine

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Leave Your Dungeon






















He who possesses the divine powers of the soul is a great being, be his place what it may. You may clothe him with rags, may immure him in a dungeon, may chain him to slavish tasks. But he is still great...

~ William Ellery Channing

Why? Because such a man can leave his dungeon. So can you.

An Ancient Love

Who Rules The Web?

No Respect Left

Hope


Hope is the dream of a soul awake.

~ French proverb

Fortress of Rebellion
















Pain removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.

C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Truth Shall Be Obscured No More

Why I Prefer To Go Without You
















One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.

~ Thomas Jefferson

I Know I'm Not Alone


There are others like me and I will find them. The universe is ours to discover.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Worst Polluter


The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions or proposed restrictions at the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. This impact includes uninhibited use of fossil fuels, massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of radioactive and chemical contaminants into the air, water, and soil.

The extensive global operations of the US military (wars, interventions, and secret operations on over one thousand bases around the world and six thousand facilities in the United States) are not counted against US greenhouse gas limits. Sara Flounders writes, “By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy in general. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.”

While official accounts put US military usage at 320,000 barrels of oil a day, that does not include fuel consumed by contractors, in leased or private facilities, or in the production of weapons. The US military is a major contributor of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that most scientists believe is to blame for climate change. Steve Kretzmann, director of Oil Change International, reports, “The Iraq war was responsible for at least 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) from March 2003 through December 2007. . . . That war emits more than 60 percent that of all countries. . . . This information is not readily available . . . because military emissions abroad are exempt from national reporting requirements under US law and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

According to Barry Sanders, author of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism, “the greatest single assault on the environment, on all of us around the globe, comes from one agency . . . the Armed Forces of the United States.”

Throughout the long history of military preparations, actions, and wars, the US military has not been held responsible for the effects of its activities upon environments, peoples, or animals. During the Kyoto Accords negotiations in December 1997, the US demanded as a provision of signing that any and all of its military operations worldwide, including operations in participation with the UN and NATO, be exempted from measurement or reductions. After attaining this concession, the Bush administration then refused to sign the accords and the US Congress passed an explicit provision guaranteeing the US military exemption from any energy reduction or measurement.

Environmental journalist Johanna Peace reports that military activities will continue to be exempt based on an executive order signed by President Barack Obama that calls for other federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Peace states, “The military accounts for a full 80 percent of the federal government’s energy demand.”

As it stands, the Department of Defense is the largest polluter in the world, producing more hazardous waste than the five largest US chemical companies combined. Depleted uranium, petroleum, oil, pesticides, defoliant agents such as Agent Orange, and lead, along with vast amounts of radiation from weaponry produced, tested, and used, are just some of the pollutants with which the US military is contaminating the environment. Flounders identifies key examples:

- Depleted uranium: Tens of thousands of pounds of microparticles of radioactive and highly toxic waste contaminate the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Balkans.

- US-made land mines and cluster bombs spread over wide areas of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East continue to spread death and destruction even after wars have ceased.

- Thirty-five years after the Vietnam War, dioxin contamination is three hundred to four hundred times higher than “safe” levels, resulting in severe birth defects and cancers into the third generation of those affected.

- US military policies and wars in Iraq have created severe desertification of 90 percent of the land, changing Iraq from a food exporter into a country that imports 80 percent of its food.

- In the US, military bases top the Superfund list of the most polluted places, as perchlorate and trichloroethylene seep into the drinking water, aquifers, and soil.

- Nuclear weapons testing in the American Southwest and the South Pacific Islands has contaminated millions of acres of land and water with radiation, while uranium tailings defile Navajo reservations.

- Rusting barrels of chemicals and solvents and millions of rounds of ammunition are criminally abandoned by the Pentagon in bases around the world.

The United States is planning an enormous $15 billion military buildup on the Pacific island of Guam. The project would turn the thirty-mile-long island into a major hub for US military operations in the Pacific. It has been described as the largest military buildup in recent history and could bring as many as fifty thousand people to the tiny island. Chamoru civil rights attorney Julian Aguon warns that this military operation will bring irreversible social and environmental consequences to Guam. As an unincorporated territory, or colony, and of the US, the people of Guam have no right to self-determination, and no governmental means to oppose an unpopular and destructive occupation.

Between 1946 and 1958, the US dropped more than sixty nuclear weapons on the people of the Marshall Islands. The Chamoru people of Guam, being so close and downwind, still experience an alarmingly high rate of related cancer.

On Capitol Hill, the conversation has been restricted to whether the jobs expected from the military construction should go to mainland Americans, foreign workers, or Guam residents. But we rarely hear the voices and concerns of the indigenous people of Guam, who constitute over a third of the island’s population.

Meanwhile, as if the US military has not contaminated enough of the world already, a new five-year strategic plan by the US Navy outlines the militarization of the Arctic to defend national security, potential undersea riches, and other maritime interests, anticipating the frozen Arctic Ocean to be open waters by the year 2030. This plan strategizes expanding fleet operations, resource development, research, and tourism, and could possibly reshape global transportation.

While the plan discusses “strong partnerships” with other nations (Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Russia have also made substantial investments in Arctic-capable military armaments), it is quite evident that the US is serious about increasing its military presence and naval combat capabilities. The US, in addition to planned naval rearmament, is stationing thirty-six F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets, which is 20 percent of the F-22 fleet, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Some of the action items in the US Navy Arctic Roadmap document include:

- Assessing current and required capability to execute undersea warfare, expeditionary warfare, strike warfare, strategic sealift, and regional security cooperation.

- Assessing current and predicted threats in order to determine the most dangerous and most likely threats in the Arctic region in 2010, 2015, and 2025.

- Focusing on threats to US national security, although threats to maritime safety and security may also be considered.

Behind the public façade of international Arctic cooperation, Rob Heubert, associate director at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, points out, “If you read the document carefully you’ll see a dual language, one where they’re saying, ‘We’ve got to start working together’ . . . and [then] they start saying, ‘We have to get new instrumentation for our combat officers.’ . . . They’re clearly understanding that the future is not nearly as nice as what all the public policy statements say.”

Beyond the concerns about human conflicts in the Arctic, the consequences of militarization on the Arctic environment are not even being considered. Given the record of environmental devastation that the US military has wrought, such a silence is unacceptable.

Student Researchers:

* Dimitrina Semova, Joan Pedro, and Luis Luján (Complutense University of Madrid)
* Ashley Jackson-Lesti, Ryan Stevens, Chris Marten, and Kristy Nelson (Sonoma State University)
* Christopher Lue (Indian River State College)
* Cassie Barthel (St. Cloud State University)

Faculty Evaluators:

* Ana I. Segovia (Complutense University of Madrid)
* Julie Flohr and Mryna Goodman (Sonoma State University)
* Elliot D. Cohen (Indian River State College)
* Julie Andrzejewski (St. Cloud State University)

Original article at Project Censored

Get Off Our Planet

For Murray.

The Sacred Fight


A holy warrior fights for everyone's freedom, not just his own.


Obedience does not lead to freedom.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Best Man In Government













The Fed? Ron Paul’s Not a Fan.
By Sewell Chan
Published: December 11, 2010

Ben S. Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, has been attacked for failing to foresee the financial crisis, for bailing out Wall Street, and, most recently, for injecting an additional $600 billion into the banking system to give the slow recovery a boost.

But Mr. Bernanke will face even more scrutiny in the months to come. On Thursday, House Republican leaders announced that Representative Ron Paul of Texas, the outspoken Republican libertarian who ran for president in 2008, will become the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Fed. His position on the central bank is captured in the title of his 2009 book, “End the Fed” (Grand Central Publishing).

Here’s some of what he wrote:

The Beginning of the End

“The day the Fed came into being in 1913 may have been the beginning of the end, but the powers it obtained and the mischief it caused took a long time to become a serious issue and a concern for average Americans.”

The Gold Standard

“Whenever I talk of a gold standard, there are always people ready to accuse me of having some obsession or fixation. Fetish is a word thrown around. In fact, I’m only observing reality: the idea of sound money in most of human history has been bound up with gold money.”

A Full-Time Counterfeiting Operation

On Mr. Bernanke: “There is something fishy about the head of the world’s most powerful government bureaucracy, one that is involved in a full-time counterfeiting operation to sustain monopolistic financial cartels, and the world’s most powerful central planner, who sets the price of money worldwide, proclaiming the glories of capitalism.”

New Money Out of Thin Air

“Only the Federal Reserve can inflate the currency, creating new money and credit out of thin air, in secrecy, without oversight or supervision. Inflation facilitates deficits, needless wars and excessive welfare spending.”

Fed Chairmen He Has Known

“Being in Congress in the late 1970s and early 1908s and serving on the House Banking Committee, I met and got to question several Federal Reserve chairmen: Arthur Burns, G. William Miller and Paul Volcker. Of the three, I had the most interaction with Volcker. He was more personable and smarter than the others, including the more recent board chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke.”

Low Interest Rates

“Artificially low interest rates are achieved by inflating the money supply, and they penalize the thrifty and cheat those who save. They promote consumption and borrowing over savings and investing. Manipulating interest rates is an immoral act. It’s economically destructive.”

The Bailouts

“Today, there is no principled opposition to the corporate bailouts and the Fed’s trillions of dollars of new credit and the takeover of insurance, mortgages, medical care, banks and the auto industry. The arguments have only been over amounts, financial vehicles, and which political group gets to wield the economic power. If there is no moral argument against the economic takeover of America, there will be no resistance to the dictator who rules over our lives with an iron fist.”

The Obama Legacy

“For the same reason a disease cannot be cured by more of the germ that caused it, the inflation and debt accumulation of the Obama years will not inflate our way out of it. This depression will likely last and last.”

When People Get Angry

Vigilance


Let the eyes of vigilance never be closed.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thank You, Anonymous

Somebody sent me this link to stop the crackdown on Wikileaks. Check it out. It's cool to see scrolling names from around the world. We are all brothers and sisters in freedom.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Become The Answer














We don't so much solve our problems as we outgrow them.

~ Rob Breszny

I See What You Don't Say : An Exercise In Dissection






















"We have a very serious criminal investigation that's underway, and we're looking at all of the things that we can do to try to stem the flow of this information."

~ Eric Holder


"We" = me and other cowards who are incapable of reason, so band together in the attempt to rule you by force.

"very serious criminal" = not serious at all, and not criminal either. Three scary words that scare no one.

"investigation" = what we do to waste time and money because we are inept.

"underway" = our stalling tactic while we try to pull our heads out of our asses.

"we're looking at all of the things" = we're looking at nothing, because there's nothing to look at.

"that we can do" = what we wish we could do but can't because we have no legal or moral standing.

"to try to stem the flow of this information" = to keep you from knowing the truth, which is making us piss ourselves in fear.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Heights of Hypocrisy












U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011

Press Statement
Philip J. Crowley

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
December 7, 2010

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press.

The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.

Highlighting the many events surrounding the celebration will be the awarding of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize at the National Press Club on May 3rd. This prize, determined by an independent jury of international journalists, honors a person, organization or institution that has notably contributed to the defense and/or promotion of press freedom, especially where risks have been undertaken.

*  *  *  *  *

My reaction when I read this was, "You gotta be fucking kidding me." But no, it's true. I feel like another layer of the matrix just got stripped off my back. Do you think Julian Assange will be honored at World Press Freedom Day? Me neither.

I hold this truth to be self-evident: America is counterfeit. The United States is a story -- technically, a farce that depends on the exploitation of others rather than the development of its own character. This nation has failed. We've thrown all our freedoms in the garbage, along with the responsibilities required to maintain them, and are represented by some of the most despicable people on the planet. Those who spilled their blood to found this country would likely shoot most of them on sight. Ron Paul, being one of the few exceptions. We've let ourselves rot so badly from within that no other country in the world trusts us or likes us anymore. My U.S. passport is an embarrassment, and because of it, I can't go to certain parts of the world or I'll be killed. Thanks, Uncle Sam. You're still that same asshole who after 9/11 told me to go shopping. Okay. You keep your freedom prize. I'm shopping for a new country.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Secrets


If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Stage 5


















Justice will not sleep forever.

Vision






















I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.

I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.

~ Thomas Jefferson

On The Wrong Earth















If they had known the unseen, they would not have stayed in the humiliating torment of being enslaved.

Sunlight


Information is the currency of democracy.

~ Thomas Jefferson

If You Want To Be A Good President















Remember this: divinity goes with the office, not the man.

Prison Planet


















"...the new world trade system was explained to me. It is a system with rules designed by corporations, run by corporations, for the benefit of corporations. Its rules exclude almost any feedback from any other sector of society. Most of its meetings are closed even to the press (no information flow, no feedback). It forces nations into positive loops "racing to the bottom," competing with each other to weaken environmental and social safeguards in order to attract investment and trade. It's a recipe for unleashing "success to the successful" loops, until they generate enormous accumulations of power and huge centralized planning systems that will destroy themselves..."

~ Donella Meadows

A Question Of Loyalty


Because the government is loyal to the banks, the banks are loyal to the government. Consequently, neither of them is loyal to us. Yet it's our work that makes money valuable, and our consent that allows government to exist. Both have failed us. What are we doing?

The Way Forward














A man, to be independent and self-sufficient, must manage his source of wealth and be accountable to others with whom he shares the planet for its wise and responsible use. Thus, everyone prospers. Wealth needs to become something where profit may be obtained without exploiting others or their resources. I'm tired of progress being stifled. We have the resources. We have the intellect. The way forward is clear: Let's educate, innovate, and share.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Digital McCarthyism






















It has been one long battle for WikiLeaks merely to exist on the Internet since it started publishing the U.S. diplomatic cables. The cat-and-mouse game that it has had to play to retain an accessible address in cyberspace is the result of a virulent attack launched by right-wing lawmakers in America and their supporters, and commercial entities such as Amazon, which caved in to the pressure. But more fundamentally, the WikiLeaks saga represents the acid test for free speech. With each tranche of documents published online, the world is witnessing the total loss of dominance of secretive governments over information. The backlash has come swiftly, with bellicose American Senators engaging in plain intimidation to get commercial entities to stop offering services to WikiLeaks on the ground that it is distributing material it does not own. Some politicians have made a jingoistic pitch and called for the execution of the source of the leaks. This is nothing but Digital McCarthyism. Were it not for the threat it poses to the free Internet, it would even appear amusing. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama was ‘troubled' by the cyber attacks on Google, which were said to originate in China, and wanted those responsible to face the consequences. The more freely information flows, the stronger society becomes, he had said during an earlier visit to China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also strongly critical of Internet restrictions in China. Now the boot is on the other foot. Concern for free speech is nowhere in evidence as extra-legal methods are deployed to deny Americans their First Amendment rights.

The campaign against WikiLeaks is a clear move to censor political material on the Internet and, potentially, on other media. The first moves made by lawmakers such as Senator Joe Lieberman, who chairs the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, have no legal foundation and yet have succeeded with Amazon and PayPal. What has followed is shockingly repressive and obscurantist. The Library of Congress blocked access to WikiLeaks across its computer systems, including reading rooms, and Columbia University students aspiring for diplomatic careers have been advised not to comment on, or link to, the whistleblower website's revelations. It is doubly tragic that such concerted attacks are securing support from countries with a progressive legacy such as France. The intolerant response to WikiLeaks is a potential threat to all media and must be fought. Senator Lieberman and other lawmakers have introduced legislation that proposes to make the publication of an intelligence source a federal crime. Already, U.S. law allows the shutting down of some Internet domains managed in that country on grounds of infringement of copyright. The threat to the publication of inconvenient material, even with responsible redactions, is all too real.

~ The Hindu