Archive for October 2009
“This report is about fair and honest observations and not about opinions
When you read this blog Report Number 2 and our flagship Joe Blow Report, is that what you really come away with? That we are dedicated to stimulating thought over belief? Joe recently said the following:
“In that regard, the Joe Blow Report, aside from the stated reasons (above), and we’re sure to those that read his observations here and elsewhere realize that the Report is dedicated to the “intelligent,” the “thinking” and the “reasoning” reasonable person.”
“That is why the moronic, stupid, imbecilic assaults and attacks against the object are dealt with and defined for what they are.”
On this Blog (upper right-hand corner) Joe says,
“Joe Blow’s self-evident observations on Truth, God’s gift of Equality, unalienable Rights and Justice before Peace.”
The Joe Blow Report is about stimulating those “little grey cells.” The “Third Option.”
“Let’s continue to effect the changes we are committed to, but never forget that our own thinking and feelings are not the final authority and represent only one version of truth. They are far too easily influenced by pride, fear, hate and isolation. Why don’t we interact today with one person who has a different viewpoint, a different type of life? It might help to keep us humble.”
we just had to reprint her article here.
There are about 6.8 billion people living in the world today, yet many of us have an unprecedented ability to avoid interacting with people who disagree with us.
I can date my acquaintance with the Internet from about 1999, when we were living in a small town in southeast Nebraska. It has since changed my life absolutely. It is a very rare day when I am not on the Internet for some reason — to check e-mail, check the weather, read news headlines or to chat with my daughter who attends school over 700 miles away. Since my daughters cajoled me into using Facebook about two years ago, I have become reacquainted with friends I haven’t seen, or talked to, in 35 years. Some have changed; many seem just as I remember them. What is different now is that we have the ability to seek each other out. And each Internet site I visit, each friendship I maintain via Facebook, each version of the news I read online, help to keep me safely in the world I find the most comfortable.
As I was growing up in a small town outside Denver, we had six TV channels. (My husband, who grew up in rural Kansas, had even fewer!) Americans watched one of three network news channels. Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, and other anchors/reporters were familiar to all of us. We trusted the non-biased news reporting the networks and anchors attempted to provide. Now, as subscribers to satellite or cable TV, we have access to more than 200 channels — but most of us probably watch about a dozen regularly, the ones we prefer to watch. We can watch news programs that are slanted any way we like — but many of us still think we are getting unbiased reporting.
The effect of all these choices is that we are able to create a kind of shell around us. We can make judgments about people (and often do, based on highly partisan reporting) and have largely lost the ability to discern propaganda, or hate-speech, presented as news. Our own opinions become reinforced by the information we self-select. Many years ago, we heard about the boy whose immune system was so compromised, he lived in a bubble to isolate him from bacteria or viruses that would threaten his life. Are our lives today much different?
Even loved friends can contaminate us with their views. The fact that we trust them, that they know the same people, watch the same news and circulate the same e-mails from the same perspective, only concentrates their impact on us. And the more serious we are, or the more fearful we are, the more we lose the ability to engage in childlike laughter — to remain humble in the face of all our encounters in life.
The word “humble,” from the Latin word “humus,” which means earth, should help guide us. Every winter, on Ash Wednesday, Christians all over the world have ashes imposed on their foreheads, hearing the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It is one moment in the year, but a significant one. It reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously — even our own all-too-human thinking and fears.
Let’s continue to effect the changes we are committed to, but never forget that our own thinking and feelings are not the final authority and represent only one version of truth. They are far too easily influenced by pride, fear, hate and isolation. Why don’t we interact today with one person who has a different viewpoint, a different type of life? It might help to keep us humble.
The Rev. Jeri Gray-Reneberg is pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Redway. She is a member of Clergy for Choice and has several years’ experience in the domestic violence field. She and her family live in Arcata.
So, what’s the “Third Option”?
When I read the following article by Michael Neumann posted on CounterPuch I thought about my recent conversation with Ernie Branscomb on his blog. So, I posted his “Nationalism and the Israel-Palestine Conflict” below because it goes right to the heart of the root issue dividing all peoples, or should I say “races”?
There was an ideology sufficient to drive all those atrocities (“…Nazi ethnic cleansing that antisemitism can’t possibly explain – the genocide against the gypsies and the planned extermination of thirty million Slavs, many of whom died as ‘subhumans’ in inhuman prison camps”). It fairly stares us in the face. It was not devised by Hitler, but by 19th Century Romantics – poets and pseudo-historians from Scandinavia across Central Europe and down into the Italian Peninsula and the Balkans. It was not the Nazis, but Woodrow Wilson who made it a fixture of contemporary politics. This was the ideology of ethnic nationalism.
From this it becomes easy to see why Woodrow Wilson setup the Third National Bank, the Federal Reserve Banking System, or at least went along with it and its “elastic currency.” Later Wilson stated
“A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the Nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men… We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated, governments in the civilized world—no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.”
To that end and the want to prosecute war to enforce political ends, paper money was printed to pay the cost because there was nothing in reserve as a consequence of President Richard Nixon’s in 1971, causing inflation to grow, which according to John Maynard Keynes,
“By a continuous process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method, they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some”.
It is through this mechanism that the illegitimate opinion-driven ideologues and fanatical believers looted middle-class America and stole their moral standing within the World and left them a fractured melange of contentious races. All that’s necessary is scare everyone a little bit, put a little fear in their hearts then throw them some common “hope” and they all follow along like happy little puppydogs just like the Palestinian people.
What give the Jew the moral high ground? According to Michael Neumann it is the sovereign Jewish State — Israel in occupied Palestine. The Arab Palestinian, however, has no state, no sovereignty, no legal rights and, therefore no moral legitimacy because of their sub-standard status. No never you mind that the Jews with help and support from their American and European friends took and occupy that “state” land by force of arms. They took from another what did not belong to them and used it to justify their right to use it to establish their legitimate right to exist.
By MICHAEL NEUMANN
In April of this year I was invited by the Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association to speak at one of their meetings. The meeting was to have taken place in the Parliament building in Ottawa, where I have spoken previously without incident. John Ivison, in the National Post newspaper, published a not particularly vicious or unbalanced attack on me, deploring the invitation. After this, without any contact with me and without seeing the content of my talk, the meeting was ‘postponed’. It is now clear that the postponement was permanent.
This might seem spineless, but it involved more than the National Post article.
Ivison reports that Alykhan Velshi, director of communications for Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, had the following to say:
“In a free country like Canada, Mr. Neumann has the right to air his noxious views. The corollary, of course, is that we can and must criticize them. Neumann’s farrago of cant, conspiracy theory and hate are completely repugnant to our government, and we make no apology for saying so.”
Bob Rae (former Ontario premier, former head of the New Democratic Party, now a high-ranking Liberal Party leader) is reported to have been ‘”surprised and disappointed” that the parliamentary group thought Mr. Neumann had something positive to contribute’.
Here is the alleged farago of cant, conspiracy theory and hate – unaltered since before the attacks. Readers may judge for themselves whether the allegations have merit.
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Nationalism and the Israel-Palestine Conflict
For a brief period in the 1970s I worked in the Vancouver used book trade. I got to know a legend among booksellers – Bill Hoffer. Bill was a skilled purveyor of Canadian first editions and a great bluffer. Once I found him in earnest and extended conversation with one of ‘his’ authors; later I asked Bill whether the guy’s stuff was any good. “I don’t read it,” said Bill, “I just sell it.”.
Bill told me that the secret of the used book business was ‘gaining moral ascendency’ over the customers (whom he called ‘civilians’). This meant making them feel like you were more knowledgeable about and more committed to whatever they were interested in. Intimidate the customer a bit, and your business flourishes.
The Israelis gained moral ascendancy long ago; some reputed people called ‘the Arabs’ never had it. This involved more than PR skills. It also involved terrible confusions about nationalism. They’re the secret weapon of the Zionists and the secret weakness of ‘the Arabs’.
Zionist ideology has always departed from a question: every people has its state; why not the Jews? A ‘no’ answer would tie you to that evil of evils, antisemitism. The rights of ‘the Jewish people’ meant Israel had a morally titanic ‘right to exist’. It meant that the relentless expansion of Jewish settlement was, far from a mortal threat to the non-Jewish inhabitants of the area, the mere completion of the long Jewish Odyssey. It was just part of the long journey home.
As for the Palestinians, they described themselves as Arabs. This sounded like they *had* a home; it was the whole Arab world. If their ‘Arab brothers’ would not take them in, well, that was no fault of the Zionists. So if the Palestinians were squeezed ever further into unlivable enclaves, it was the Arabs who were to blame. The Arabs would rather dispute a tiny strip of their vast possessions than grant the Jews their little homeland.
These claims – we’re just a people like any other, we just want to go home – are the last bastion of lsrael’s crumbling moral stature. It is hard to imagine a more inappropriate public relations ploy. Israel’s rhetoric of peoples and homelands constitute a rejection of everything we ought to have learned from the Nazi era. The confusions that sustain them not only raise racial crusading to a moral imperative; in other ways they bring unjust disrepute and demoralization on the entire so-called Arab world.
If we cannot see the harm in talk of peoples and homelands, it is because our obsession with antisemitism has blinded us to the true origins of Nazi ideology. Before the Nazis, antisemitism was prevalent all over Western Europe. There were ugly incidents, one or two outrageous miscarriages of justice, but no genocide and nothing remotely resembling the peasant pogroms of Russia and the Ukraine. As for Germany, my Jewish parents, born and raised there, staunchly maintained that it was the least antisemitic country in all of pre-Nazi Europe. Why then is the Nazi genocide attributed to antisemitism, which clearly was necessary but not sufficient to produce it? And what about the aspects of Nazi ethnic cleansing that antisemitism can’t possibly explain – the genocide against the gypsies and the planned extermination of thirty million Slavs, many of whom died as ‘subhumans’ in inhuman prison camps?
There was an ideology sufficient to drive all those atrocities. It fairly stares us in the face. It was not devised by Hitler, but by 19th Century Romantics – poets and pseudo-historians from Scandinavia across Central Europe and down into the Italian Peninsula and the Balkans. It was not the Nazis, but Woodrow Wilson who made it a fixture of contemporary politics. This was the ideology of ethnic nationalism.
MEXICO CITY – Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly “running out” on Dec. 21, 2012. After all, it’s not the end of the world.
Or is it?
Here are some interesting links:
And our personal favorite from Drunvalo Melchizedek – There are 8 segments, so be sure to listen to all of them:
(Don’t let the German fool you, it’s all English.)
Based upon our observations, something will happen. Exactly what, well . . .
Kind of leary of doing anything real drastic right now, like selling my home and moving to a little higher elevation. Living right on the ocean might not be the smartest thing to be doing. When I was a kid our part of Southern Humboldt was overrun by all the Seventhday Adventists — Something about heading for the hills in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ. Looking back today, I’d say it was probably just a good excuse to get out of LA.
According to Drunvalo Melchizedek whatevers going to happen could happen anytime. Maybe its time to make peace with your God and your neighbor. [Photo]
Mitchell pushes Middle East talks — Is this a joke?
In the face of Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister’s latest statement (below) this is just another one of President Abama’s pretty facades. Considering his recent Nobel Peace Prize Award, the world continues to hope against hope in this world-class betrayer. What’s he betrayed? Why, all that hope . . .
The Jews objective from day one was to justify taking Palestinian land by discrediting and rejecting the Palestinian people as anyone equal to them. By so doing and with a lot of help from their friends they managed to get most of the world to buy into their lie — that that land, somehow by divine right belongs to them. If the past 60 years of occupation has shown the world anything, it proven that the Jews never wanted peace. Now that they have proven, unabashed and undisputed champions in both Republican and Democratic Administrations they feel no qualms about speaking the truth. How can they not, when they’ve declared war on the Palestinian people?
Foreign minister’s comments cast a pall over the U.S. envoy’s latest efforts
JERUSALEM – Israel’s powerful foreign minister Thursday said he would tell a visiting U.S. Middle East envoy that there was no chance of reaching a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians for many years.
Peacemaking policy in Israel is decided by the prime minister’s office, and not the foreign ministry. But Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman carries significant weight in Israeli decision-making, and his is a sentiment common among confidants of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
[Lieberman is due to meet President Barack Obama’s Middle
East envoy, George Mitchell, in Jerusalem on Thursday
to discuss, among other issues, the stalled peace process.]