Archive for July 2010

7.26.10

rumi

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”

(quote found here.)

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7.26.10

bring it on

You know how we look around the world and wonder how in the hell things will ever change with all the private interests, corruption, lies, secrets, greed, manipulation and propaganda? Well, Wikileaks is one of those game changers that is clearly going to start holding The Powers That Be accountable. I’ve had my eye on them since their Iraq massacre video leak back in April, but yesterday the savvy venue for whistleblowers has risen to a new level of power with this latest leak of 90,000 US military inside documents on the Afghan war.

When a small independent activist group affiliated with no country becomes a major player in the global geopolitical landscape, you know the revolution is underway. This is just the beginning and it’s beyond exciting to watch it happen. Though, as expected, it isn’t without its critics and controversy…

Ironically, for an organization that has described itself as an “…intelligence service of the people…”, much of Wikileak’s operations remain intentionally shadowy. Founder Julian Assange, an Austrialian reformed computer-hacker, says Wikileaks has hundreds of volunteers around the world to help translate and authenticate documents, but he won’t name them. The site’s servers are said to be scattered in dozens of locations; again, Assange won’t say where. Even Assange himself cloaks himself in mystery, shuttling between undisclosed locations and unnamed supporters.

Not surprisingly, Wikileaks’ activities have earned it praise from some free-speech quarters and harsh criticism, or worse, from a variety of national and institutional interests. The site has faced numerous lawsuits (all of which they’ve won), hack attacks, police harassment in Germany, Israel, Kenya and elsewhere. Assange says he himself has been the target of high-level intelligence services. In an interview earlier in 2010 with VOA, Assange described his job as part journalism, part advocacy. “Wikileaks aims to achieve just political reforms by getting out information that has been suppressed to the public,” he said. “We never censor,” he added. “And as far as we’re aware, we’ve never made a mistake.”

If you’re fascinated by Wikileaks (and a new paradigm that’s changing the world as we know it), you’ll want to watch this fantastic TED interview with founder, Julian Assange, for insight into how Wikileaks began, how it all works and how they have already made a massive impact (i.e. this Icelandic freedom of speech initiative creating a global haven for investigative journalists.)

And in this interview here, Julian specifically addresses the Afghan War Logs and why the nature of this latest leak, in his opinion, does not constitute danger to our troops – rather, it presents critical information enabling people to make an informed decision on whether the nature, methods and results of the war in Afghanistan are in line with WHAT WE ARE BEING TOLD by a media who is completely failing the people.

Whatever you think of Julian Assange, you can’t say he isn’t courageous.

BP, you’re next…

Posted at 10am on 7/26/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: the shift (of ages) | read on

7.20.10

{poem}

The Mushrooms Come
by Joyce Sidman

From moss and loam
the mushrooms come.

From bark on trees,
from crumbling logs,
from musty leaves,
the mushrooms come.

From vast pale networks
underground
they shoulder up
without a sound;
they spread their damp
umbrella tops
and loose their spores
with silent pops.
Unbuttoning the forest floor,
the mushrooms come,
the mushrooms come.

Like noses pink
in midnight air,
like giants’ ears,
like elfin hair,
like ancient cities
built on cliffs,
the mushrooms come,
the mushrooms come.

*Sent by a friend from the book Dark Emperor Of The Night And Other Poems Of The Night. The mushroom photo was taken in a forest in Yedigöller, Turkey.

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7.19.10

katherine bowman

Loving Katherine Bowman’s handmade rings with their soft, organic lines and old-world feel. I imagine the priestesses of Avalon wearing this kind of rough hewn gold. Very earthy and magical!

Posted at 10am on 7/19/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on

7.18.10

please sign and pass along

As of this past week, 1.72 million gallons of toxic oil dispersant has been poured into the Gulf setting a world record. This oil dispersant is four times more toxic than crude oil. Gulf fisherman who have been hired by BP to clean up this mess are getting sick because they are NOT ALLOWED to wear protective gear, including respirators to protect themselves from breathing in the toxic oil dispersant fumes. Currently, if fishermen show up wearing their own protective gear they are fired. Why? Because it creates a libel issue.

Please take a moment to go HERE and tell President Obama to demand that BP stop blocking clean-up workers from using life-saving respirators?

Also, if you can spare a few bucks to help the Progressive Change Campaign Committee make BP accountability ads to run in Gulf states and DC, go here.

Please pass both of these links along to anybody you know who might be willing to sign or donate.

Posted at 5pm on 7/18/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: do something!, environment | read on

7.14.10

south pacific eclipse

Here.

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7.1.10

scientism

My new favorite word:

Scientism is the idea that natural science is the most authoritative worldview or aspect of human education, and that it is superior to all other interpretations of life.[1] The term is used by social scientists such as Friedrich Hayek,[2] or philosophers of science such as Karl Popper, to describe what they see as the underlying attitudes and beliefs common to many scientists, whereby the study and methods of natural science have risen to the level of ideology.[3]

For me, science has recently become a word that’s as loaded as religion. (The word debunk comes in a close third to science and religion.)

Posted at 2pm on 7/1/10 | no comments; | Filed Under: the shift (of ages) | read on

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