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They Live, We Sleep: Beware the Growing Evil in Our Midst

Well worth the five minutes needed to read this blog post! Bonus, at the end you get to listen to Leonard Cohen’s best song… IMO.


By John W. Whitehead

“You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.” — They Live

November 01, 2019 “Information Clearing House” – We’re living in two worlds, you and I.

There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.

Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America—privileged, progressive and free—is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and “freedom,” such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses…

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Does Money Make You Mean?

A rather long but very educational article on wealth and selfishness. In my opinion, well worth the time to read through to the end, especially to the end!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about why it’s dangerous to elect rich politicians.  It’s easy to have an opinion on the subject but facts to support such an opinion seem hard to come by.

In an age where we have more information than knowledge there are a lot of questions that  I find myself hard pressed to answer in a way that other people are happy to hear.  I know I’ve always been a leftie in a right-handed world; I know I’ve always been just little bit socially obtuse; but I look at the world differently than my friends (I won’t even say “than most of my friends” because I know that’s not true).  One of those questions is about why rich people behave as abominably as they do.  Yes — I’m making a value judgment about other people, and I make no apologies because I have seen and occasionally…

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We pump so much water out of the ground that we are killing our rivers

When the rivers become silent, so will mankind.

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By 2050, thousands of rivers and streams worldwide could pass a critical ecological threshold, new research shows.

There’s more fresh water hidden below Earth’s surface in underground aquifers than any other source besides the ice sheets. That groundwater plays a critical role for rivers worldwide, from the San Pedro to the Ganges, keeping them running even when droughts bring their waters low.

But in recent decades humans have pumped trillions of gallons out of those underground reservoirs. The result, says research published Wednesday in Nature, is a “slow desiccation” of thousands of river ecosystems worldwide. Already, somewhere between 15 and 21 percent of watersheds that experience groundwater extraction have slipped past a critical ecological threshold, the authors say—and by 2050, that number could skyrocket to somewhere between 40 and 79 percent.

That means hundreds of rivers and streams around the world would become so water-stressed that their flora and…

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The short view of history

Priceless blog post. As a human??? (human has to mean that we are innately humane in all our interactions) civilization, how much do we know, or even care about current events that increasingly plague us and scream at us to change literally everything we have believed about ourselves and our world? So, are we going to get serious about what we need to change, beginning with a very bad attitude, or are we going to forge ahead, condemning millions, more likely billions, to death with us in the benighted “west” somewhere in between there, dying too, blindly, stupidly, never able to make the connection between the lifestyle we feel entitled to and how it kills others. Consumerism is a weapon of mass destruction. It created single-handedly the global refugee crisis we so wish we didn’t have to deal with. Well, it’s here. Read this post. Well written and it makes the point clearly and succinctly.

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img_0883I WONDER how people 100 years from now will regard this generation?  One of the largest problems of our day, and one that we see precious little media coverage about is the subject of refugees.  All of our war mongering and the mismanagement of the planet have created a historically unprecedented flood of refugees and not only is no one talking about them (relatively speaking, compared to the coverage of other more sound-bite worthy topics) but more importantly precious few souls are doing anything about them.

This simple story about a boat captain instrumental in saving refugees points out the problem.  It seems a strange world in which someone who acts to alleviate the suffering of others should, themselves, be put at risk for having done so.  20 years in prison is no “slight inconvenience” for having done a humane act, and yet that’s the world we live in.


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Things I Didn’t Know

This article, this opinion piece, this truth, needs to be reblogged a million, million times until every person on this world gets the message. Please take a few minutes to read this article and also read the comments, if you like “deep” and “serious.” We all need to have this information foremost in our mind when we go on about racism, wherever and whenever we encounter this second greatest evil among Earthians, the greatest evil being misogyny, a twin evil.

Note To My White Self

Nine years ago, I began to slowly awaken to my racial prejudices and white privilege.  It was a rude awakening.  During the past three years, I’ve blogged about that journey from racial ignorance.  Recently, someone asked me what have been the biggest surprises along the way.  What do I know now that I didn’t know before?  What follows is a short list of some of my bigger epiphanies and the posts where I shared these revelations.

I didn’t know that for a short period after the Civil War black people made significant progress in political and economic terms.  I didn’t know we had black US Senators and Representatives, that many southern states had black legislatures, that black literacy rates skyrocketed and blacks make significant economic gains.  I didn’t know about the reign of terror necessary for whites to end this moment of possibility, murdering thousands of black men, women and…

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sign of the Sun

While struggling through an avalanche of thoughts, many not spiritually uplifting, this came in my in-box and I thought, I’m going to share this. It’s too beautiful to just let it pass by.

Year of Prophecies

Loyal Leo will lick your wounds,
refresh with nature’s joy:
All our world awhirl in pain;
love and luck we’ll soon regain
Heart strings
playing in the sunshine.
out standing star sublime.
Ability to elevate each day.
A lilting aria of blessing.
Radiate your precious energy
to burn pure and true.
Brilliant spirit blazing through,
benefic empress of golden hue,
that’s how my heart sees you.
Mid-Leo Evening
Sitting here, in the cluttered fan-cooled kitchen
while a storm-brewing wind rustles
through the garden below.
The supermarket wine tastes tart and sticky.
The wine tells me stories, you know.
It’s the redness and the way the light reflects
against the glass, along with the drug.
Hearing voices in the silent darkness,
I listen without question.
As the night slowly falls,
I envision fantasies of former lives:
Glistening ball gowns and…

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