The NY Times headline said…

…”Mitt Romney and John McCain Denounce Donald Trump as a Danger to Democracy” and my instant gut reaction was, “There is no worse threat to democracy than John McCain!” My second thought was, “Maybe they’re right in the sense that Trump is a huge threat to the sham democracy McCain and Romney want to keep in place because it serves their secret agenda.”

Moral of the story: There’s a little truth in everything!

Permission to Change

I work with people all of the time all over the world and one of the things I find that is needed everywhere and by almost everyone is permission to change, permission to acknowledge what we know or what we want, permission to update ourselves and our ideas, perceptions, and personal do’s and don’ts. Life changes us. Love changes us. So let yourself change! Explore… investigate… try new ideas along with new clothes and new technology. It’s time for a personal update. A new world needs new people.

Ideology and Idiotology

I have concluded that we do not have an ideology, we have an idiotology. Ideology is defined as:  “A system of ideas and ideals, especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy..”

According to Louis Althusser, ideology “can be described as a set of conscious and unconscious ideas that make up one’s beliefs, goals, expectations, and motivations.”

Our current idiotology is based on belief in:  the Capitalist system, the Male-dominant system, Wars forever, Progress based on debt, Failing to Feed people, Medicine that causes health problems, Education that constricts consciousness, Business that competes, Allowing 1% of the people to own everything, Destruction of the environment, Religions based on rules made up by humans, Monsanto et al.

 

 

 

My dear uncle,

It’s been many, many years since I’ve written a love letter, but I can no longer remain quiet about how I have loved you for so many years and my grief at the recent news about you! How proud I always felt to be with you. I hold you in a special place in my heart and feel so strongly about you that I sometimes think I would put your life before mine in order that you might live forever. Thus, it pains me beyond comprehension to know that you are dying. I fear I will not be able to stand the pain of losing you. My sorrow is overwhelming and I am distraught.

Do you remember when we first met that day on the beach? I was only 7 years old. You were so much older, and I thought, so much wiser. I was listening to Love Letters in the Sand by Pat Boone and suddenly, there you were – a whole world beyond my family home and the little town we lived in.

It was a world of freedom to listen to what I wanted, spend an entire day rolling around in the sand without worry about who or what might be lurking nearby with ill intent, travel across the country unmolested, and feel at one with people from all over – north, south, east, and west.

As I grew older, how I loved the music, the dancing, the camping, the holidays, the museums, the colleges, going to the city, working in a corporation. I loved being part of a system that people from around the world looked to for inspiration. I loved watching the various passions that ebbed and flowed in various ‘movements’ of our people, each group pressing their case for change, for transformation. How I excited I would feel when the system would suddenly ‘work well’ and uphold justice for somebody. Even though it took time and persistence to get those changes, it was so reassuring to know that you were alive, breathing, and responding. You probably didn’t realize it, but you taught us with your slow, measured changes that change was possible. In fact, you were teaching with your own actions that we should think of changes as normal, necessary, and natural. The message you sent at every level was that there was a need for ongoing change, and I thank you for this.

I know that death is near, and I weep daily at the thought that you are at that fateful door. I have noticed your slow, progressive deterioration these past years. I knew that you were getting older, but saying anything to this effect would have been politically incorrect and would have caused uproar in the family. So in sorrowful silence I watched you stumble and fall again and again – with your integrity, your legal tools, your wars and inconsistent approach toward weapons, your science and education, your media and your surveillance. For a long time I made excuses for you  – you had bad parents…you weren’t healthy…you were working on yourself and didn’t have the bandwidth for  anyone else right then…you just made a few mistakes…your friends had been a bad influence on you…maybe you were on drugs…it looked like nobody taught you how to manage money…too much education and not enough common sense…it was everyone else’s fault that you had to do those things… to suddenly asking, “Oh no…is he failing?!…to finally having to face the fact that you were showing signs of terminal dementia and were no longer capable of making your own decisions or managing day-to-day affairs.

I know you have been in hospice for a while, and I don’t know how much time we have left together, but I want you to know that I have desperately loved you – those proud stars and stripes as well as your mountains, lakes, valleys and plains! I am overflowing with gratitude for having had this time with you. You have been an inspiration, and you will go with me wherever I go. I want you to know that those of us you are leaving behind will forever hold you in our hearts. We will do our best to take care of the mountains, lakes, valleys, and plains, and we will strive in every way to honor your messages of freedom and change. If it were possible, I would change you instantly, here and now, healing you of all your ills just so I could still have you in my life. But I fear that our denial has led us to avoid taking action quickly enough, and already your body is shutting down…too many systems in full decline. Another stroke and it will probably be the end. I am not ready…nevertheless, I tell you now, fare thee well on your journey, my friend. You have been loved, and you  will be greatly missed.

Love,

Your devoted daughter

Life in These Times – Jonas, Weather-craft, and Climate Change

This piece is a bit long and may seem disjointed, but only because we are so used to pat, over-simplified, one-sided answers for everything when reality is incredibly messy and wonderfully complex.

I have a problem with the current issue of climate change. The problem is due PARTLY to the following:

  1. the facts point to climate cooling,
  2. the evidence that raw data is being altered to support the claim of “climate warming”
  3. the existence and use of sophisticated “weather craft,”
  4. the hopelessly tangled relationship between industry and governance,

and MOSTLY to:

  1. the naïve and simplistic habits of blame that people of earth have fallen into.

Regarding #1, here is a chart (from Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock) of temperatures in Greenland from 20,000 years ago to the present:Climate Chart - Hancock 1.30.2016

Are we to blame for the dramatic cooling and heating over the millennia in which average temperatures rose and fell as much as 8-15 degrees Centigrade? I hardly think so! Were whole civilizations lost? Yes, absolutely. Were humans totally wiped out by these temperature changes? Obviously not.

As for #2 and the charge of fiddling with climate data, when I was working with Dr. Levengood in the lab for fifteen years, he mentioned more than once that he and fellow scientists had been completely banned from talking or writing about what was really going on with meteorology, weather, or climate science. Even emails were forbidden. Recently, 300 scientists and academics requested that Congress investigate NOAA for “cooking the books” when it came to raw data on climate change (NSNBC International, 1/30/2016).

Counter-complaints say that the Congressman who accepted the scientists’ request for an investigation is being funded by gas and oil companies who are denying climate change. Duh! The scientists are not going to submit their request to someone who is pushing the current climate change theories. Let’s be real about how our system works! (More on the connection between industry and climate in a minute.) Anyway, this is not the first time scientists have complained that the raw data is being altered to show climate warming when it has actually stopped warming and begun to cool a little.

#3. Right around January 16th or 17th, I happened to see a photo of the sky, a silver craft, and some clouds taken by someone in Missouri. The guy who took the photo was excitedly proclaiming that it was a UFO, that it was sitting silently over his back yard, and that we now had proof of aliens. I took one look at the signature cloud formation and thought, “Nope! That’s a weather craft…and it’s fiddling with your weather, my friend. You’re probably going to have a deluge in a few days.” Over the next couple of days, I kept an eye on the weather over Missouri. Sure enough…winter storm Jonas appeared within a couple of days and traveled across the midline of the U.S., burying the East Coast under as much as 40 inches of snow.

If you have not been to the website What Is In Our Skies, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVqKe_iV2EI, you need to educate yourself now. This is a 19-part YouTube series that is excellent. The parts range from 6 or 7 minutes, up to 14 minutes, and down to 2 minutes in length. At least watch the first ten parts. Then watch it again until you can recognize the weather craft currently being used to mess with our climate in every corner of the U.S. The technology is not just amazing, it’s stunning!!

#4. If coal, oil, and gas industries are to blame for climate warming, all we have to do is stop coal, oil, and gas. But how can we stop coal, oil, and gas when they are the very things that make it possible for us to be warm in winter, cool in summer, or go to visit our family in other parts of the country or the world? How do we continue to produce pots and pans, telephones and computers, 600-thread-count sheets for our beds, and other things that characterize life in these times?

Can we move in the direction of replacing coal, oil, and gas (and nuclear) with renewable energy? Yes, of course, and we are definitely moving that way. Things take time. Some groups of people are way ahead of us, for example, Germany and Iceland. However, keeping a steady pressure on is necessary because people who are comfortable with the present industries will have considerable inertia and resist change, even though it is good for them…and yes, I’m including the 1% here. They need time to change just like we do. We are all in this together.

As for #5… I do not know from whom, what, or where comes the accusation of “human-caused climate change.” I see the phrase here and there, sprinkled liberally in arguments pro and con, but the origination of this idea seems to hide in some murky place that I cannot identify. So…let’s start with a question that makes sense: When we cut down billions of trees, who or what is left to absorb the CO2?

Answer – The ocean!

When the ocean is saturated, CO2 begins to accumulate in the air. If we are adding to the problem by cutting down more trees and burning more fossil fuels, that’s our stupidity, but rising CO2 is not the basic driver of climate change. I have said before that I don’t know of anything more arrogant than the idea that humans are responsible for planetary warming and climate change. If this were true, how do we explain the warming now taking place on Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and the other planets in the solar system? We do NOT always have to make somebody guilty of something, and this blame game takes our focus off of the ability to perceive what is really going on and come up with solutions that make sense. It doesn’t matter who’s to blame, it matters whether we do something about the problem or not.

There is no single, simple explanation for what is being touted as climate change. Reality is far too complex for that! I read recently – again – that carbon dioxide (CO2) was the driver of climate change. This is not true. Serious rises in CO2 are the result of environmental degradation. These may contribute to climate change already in progress, but there are planetary factors operating that we know nothing about. Take the solar system and what we know about its life cycle, add Mother Earth’s natural cycles of warming and cooling, throw in the sophisticated technologies developed and used by SOMEONE to change the weather, add serious environmental destruction, and all you can legitimately say is that “Change happens. Better stay flexible.”

 

Just One New Year Resolution

I think we should all make just one New Year Resolution – to commit to “slow change”…similar concept to slow food, except this would be applied to the world as we know it. We already have slow food, slow cooking, slow relationships, slow cinema, slow transport, and slow life. What about slow change? Instead of wishing that everything would collapse so we could start over and not be bothered with the problems that face us in every direction, could we commit to slow change while also finding plenty of reasons to laugh, dance, work, love, invent, and share our lives?  How about  slow government, slow GDP, slow media, slow healing, slow travel, slow education, slow spirituality, slow money, slow energy, slow work, slow music, slow sex, slow nature, and slow consumerism? Think about it. We could resolve to change every single thing on this planet and do it in a way that allows us to relax and enjoy the process every single day.

Life in These Times – Gun Control or Decent Food?

Back in the 1920s, a dentist named Dr. Weston Price and many of his colleagues noticed that animals did not seem to be as healthy and resistant to disease as they had once been. They also noticed that people were losing teeth – sometimes ALL their teeth – to cavities and infection, tuberculosis was rampant, mental retardation was spreading, and crime was rising. Price and his colleagues wracked their brains and did all sorts of laboratory tests and research to identify the bacterial invader. It took them over ten years to ask the question, “Is it possible that, rather than the presence of invading bacteria, maybe something is missing?”

In an effort to answer this question, Price then did something remarkable. He searched out cultures and tribes around the globe that had never adopted the Western white man’s diet of white flour, white sugar, canned and processed foods, and alcohol. Taking a team of nurses, dental assistants, stenographers, and photographers with him, he visited these cultures, took complete medical histories, photographs, made detailed observations of lifestyles and attitudes, and researched the foods they were eating to see what was in it.

Price’s work was stunning in its methodology and conclusions. No one has done anything as seminal since then. What he showed again and again was that nutrition was as central and critical to psychology, attitude, intelligence, maturation and human development as it was to bone structure, blood and organ function, immunity, and physical health. As the nutritional quality of food fell, so did consciousness and the health of the human being.

As food became more and more depleted, inflammation, anxiety, depression, frustration, anger, and indifference skyrocketed. As these feelings spread, we lost the feeling of community within families as well as in towns and cities. Competition overtook the former attitudes of cooperation and helpfulness. People were always tired – too tired to do what needed to be done to survive…which gave rise to exactly the cultural mindset necessary for the rise of the corporation and “the job.”  All you had to do was show up regularly and you could collect money to buy things instead of making them. Self-sufficiency was lost, along with creativity and freedom.

Now here we are, 100 years later, arguing about guns and whether we need gun control laws. If you set aside the fact that the government has had a finger in almost all of the big, media-shouted shootings…and you set aside the fact that some other countries have twice as many guns and don’t have the kind of shootings or murders we have here in the U.S…you are left with one question: What is going on in our people that we have degenerated into killing one another?

Some years ago a school in Wisconsin with sky-high violence, poor graduation rates, failing test scores, and student apathy took out all of the fast food lunches and reinstalled a full kitchen with cooks making real meat, potato, vegetable, dairy, bread, and fruit meals. The violence stopped, the test scores rose dramatically along with graduation rates, and students took a real interest in learning and in what others thought or had learned.

In the school of life in these United States, the question we have to face is not whether we need gun control, it is whether we need to return to real food. Consciousness, which is the core of reality for each individual, is not maintained by passing legal rules, it is maintained by high-nutrition food with high levels of enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Healthy people cannot be easily manipulated, do not need anti-depressants, do not avoid work, and do not easily give up self-determination. If we are going to survive as a nation or even as a people, the first thing we must do is return to real food. Without this, we will not have the clarity, will, or stamina to fix what must be fixed. And we do have some fixing up ahead.