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Happy New Era!

 

The New Year is a special time for Buddhists of my ilk, but this year I had bigger fish to fry as you can see from my previous post. So midnight last night came and went with only wince or two at the local rednecks who keep confusing firecrackers with firearms. Did they not see that After School Special on firing bullets into the air? What comes up must come down. Somewhere. But I digress.

I’m always glad when the holiday season is over. As a person born and raised a Christian with the most fabulous Christmases concocted by my parents, and then being a Buddhist for the last twenty-five years or so – things can get muddled up. I even did the Kwanza thing for a little while, but that I found that it wasn’t for me.

I wrote a blog post some years back about celebrating holidays in general and I think I’ll repeat it here from memory because it illustrates my feelings on the subject quite well.

1. New Year. You should make resolutions and affirmations and set goals on the 1st day of every month. It helps to check in and see if some of those things have changed, or been attained, and you don’t get to beat yourself up if you haven’t followed through. Just start anew and continuously refresh yourself every month.

2. Valentine’s Day. Celebrate love – of every kind – on the 14th of every month. Why only one day of one month every year? And don’t confine yourself to commercialized commodities – the most valuable thing you can ever give to another is your time. And for that matter, celebrate Black History or as I call it Black Future Month every month. Learn something new about Black movers and shakers both past, present and future.

3. St. Patrick’s Day. Well what can I say? Wear green a lot all the time, every month and run around kissing everyone Irish you know. Ease up on the drinking thing, its stereotypical and silly and merely a cash cow for establishments that sell alcoholic beverages.

4. Easter. Celebrate your risen Lord once every month. I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

5. April Fool’s Day. Well have fun every month! Do something goofy every month and let your inner child out to play.

6. Cinco de Mayo. Get your Mexican happiness on once every month. Why not? Send out love and appreciation to Mom at least once every month. Mom’s are Mothers 24/7 so the flow of love should go accordingly.

7. Same goes for Dad’s. And if you are like me likeminded to observe Juneteenth, well get your hooray on for the Black Independence Day each and every month of the year.

8. Same goes for July 4th and and for Francophiles like me July 14th. Once or twice a month throw a BBQ or whatever for the country of your choice.

9. I can’t say much about Labor Day – snagging a three day weekend once every month might get you fired. As for “Patriot Day” – if you need a special day once a year to remember everyone who died in the twin towers then….

10. Try to get the truth out about Columbus instead of celebrating that genocidal slaver poor excuse for a mariner. CA, HI and NV have opted out, maybe you can get your state to do the same. CA celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day and South Dakota celebrates Native American’s Day. Maybe we can celebrate those two things once every month instead.

11. Halloween. Seriously. We need to dress up and have some fun at least once a month. I see nothing wrong with this.

12. Thanksgiving. Don’t get me started on this. Again truth needs to be told on how it actually was. We can still  have a day where we gather together and give thanks, but it should be based on truth and not comfortable lies. Why not give thanks for what you have in your life once every month?

13. Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Puhleeze. I know spending is great for the economy but goodness me! There are bargains to be had all throughout the year. Find them and don’t confine yourself to killing yourself at Walmart once a year.

14. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza etc. Celebrate those themes of family, renewal, kindness, peace, giving and love at least once a month. Keep those warm and fuzzy feelings going all. throughout. the. year.

And if I missed any holidays or observances close to your heart, then ok, but I think you get what I’m saying. Don’t let things be confined to just one day. If you are going to celebrate and observe: do it alla dang time!.

Peace.

Be With You.

And Also.

With You.

Every Day.

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Merry Winter Solstice Everyone!

I’m excited and happy that I’m alive to welcome the beginning of the next Baktun, the next 5,125 years cycle of the Mayan Long Count Calendar:

The Fifth Sun Cycle.

Many non-Mayans have believed – and cashed in on to be perfectly honest – that December 21st, 2012 is the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Since Mayan calendars are all wheels or circles, there is no beginning and there is no end as we usually perceive such things – there are nesting circles and spirals and as one era or count “ends” it simply rolls into the beginning of the next count cycle.

Let us be absolutely clear that the Maya tell us their calendar does not end on 21 December 2012.  Rather, a long Mayan calendar cycle of just over 5,125 years finishes, and on the next day a new great cycle of 5,125 years begins.  If you are interested in the fine details, this 5,125 year cycle is equal to the following Mayan units of time: 13 Baktuns, or 260 Katuns, or 5200 Tuns, or 1,872,000 Kin (days).

The breathtakingly harmonic calendar works as wheels within wheels within wheels that keep turning.   The great cycle ending on Winter Solstice 2012 began in 3,114 BC and is called the Fourth Sun by the Maya.   There were three Suns before the Fourth Sun and there is another one coming…the Fifth Sun.

To get more specific, the Fourth Sun actually ended on 16 August 1987, a day marked by the worldwide ceremonial event known as Harmonic Convergence, and we have been in a sort-of 25 year gestation period leading up the Fifth Sun.  On 21 December 2012 we finish this transition period and on 22 December the Fifth Sun is born, a new 5,125 year era that will be governed by a balance of male and female energies.  The Fourth Sun was governed by male energy.” (source)

I know not everyone is as space-happy and starbound as I am, but with my twin obsessions interests of space and anthropology, I for one cannot deny the spiritual and scientific import of the documentation of space-time from these fiercely accurate time-keepers. I’ve ever been open to world views and quests of the spirit from those that came before us. Never do I dismiss what they have to say simply because they did come before and are “ancient” in our linear perception of time. Back in the day, I celebrated the Harmonic Convergence in my own way, and I intend to celebrate this particular solstice in like fashion.

I decided nearly a year ago on New Year’s eve that I would turn on and tune myself during 2012 towards listening and understanding and making sure that I keep myself open to all the possibilities that this new era could bring. Quantum Physics have already touched on the power of human mind and thought and shown us that much of what IS exists due to the interaction, focus and attention of human perception.

I choose to be a part of the endless spinning of planets, galaxies and stars. We are indeed stardust and I try to remind myself of that everyday. That there could be hope for balance, for truth and Awakening in the dawn of this new era brings me comfort and peace.

To at least make the effort to align myself, my pure self, my essence my Spirit, my inner energy with the advent of a chance to renew, to regain, to come home, to settle, to instill within myself the strength of cosmic distance and the intimacy of space and time – well that makes my heart sing and makes diamonds out the tears I’ve shed for us on this little blue-green marble.

I will take my few moments and joyfully greet the sun as it rises tomorrow. I will pace the frigid dust of this desert and give gratitude and thanks as I breath in the crisp Winter air on that morning. I will dance in my own way on the next day on the Birth Day, on the first day of the Fifth Sun Cycle.

“…the arrival of the Fifth Sun will not be an “Aha” moment and that changes will be gradual.  After 21 December 2012 four periods of thirteen years each through which we will grow into the Fifth Sun.

We will have thirteen years of infancy in our new way of being on the Earth (2012 to 2025), followed by 13 years of toddler-ship where we are just learning how to walk (2025 to 2038).

Then we will have 13 years of adolescence (2038 to 2051) followed by 13 years of young adulthood (2051 to 2064), and then we will have matured into our new way of living in harmony.” (source)

I would love to be alive to experience all of those footsteps along the pathway to fully realizing the potential of the Fifth Sun. I’m realistic about my health and the personal choices I make, and some key elements of those don’t add up to me living to the ripe old age of 96. However, I could make some key changes that would lead me to extending my life, and who knows that the future might bring. Our children and their children will be here to experience all of these things and I give Blessings to us All that we might see and live as much as we each possibly can.

As you hold your family tight and celebrate the joys of this special time of year, send out a thought, a prayer – take a moment from the hectic speed of days – and capture even just a little part of the heavenly harmonics that will sustain you and yours well into this New Baktun, this Happy New Era this exciting new age of Balance, Birth and Potential.

Understand that while there might be barriers like the speed of sound the speed of light to us touching the farther reaches of our galaxy and our universe, there is nothing that blocks the way and the velocity of the speed and power of thought and prayer.

When the light of Earth’s star bathes my face and tickles my smile I will send my thoughts my prayers to you and may you feel them and bathe in them like the warm rays of Sol and know that I am thinking of you and love you and that I share with you my Joy, Hope and Happiness for our future.

MyPrayersToYou

Blessings.

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Just want to thank all you Fam and Friends who got out there and ROCKED THE VOTE! Who all saved the day: Record numbers of Black voters, young voters, WOMEN, and the Latino voters who are a force that every politician needs to reckon with from here on out.

Really great day for my LGBT peeps too so YAY!!

That is the Sweet. Here comes the Bitter.

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Very bad taste in my mouth. I’m a Black Woman in America. I’ve had to deal with racism in so many different ways all the time, every day. Nothing new. Unlike those squigits talking about “post racial America” I figured there would be a backlash to Obama’s election the first time around and I was right, but I wasn’t expecting the racists to be so unashamed about it. That was the only surprise.

Actually no. I was surprised that they went and created a whole political party/faction around their racism and even won major seats in our governing body running primarily on their racist agenda and little else.

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I want to share with you some of the stuff that got thrown around in the last four years. Maybe you missed it, maybe you’ve forgotten some of it. I think we need to remember and never forget. Because until this country deals with its deeply rooted origins of white supremacy and racism we will not make it.

~That young Black man shot by police officers on the eve of Obama’s inauguration. Nothing new there, Black men are shot and killed by the Po-Po all the time in this country. Business as usual no matter who is president.

~Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates arrested in his own home. Suspicious behavior called in by a neighbor. Gates got off lucky. Black, male and “suspicious” is a death sentence these days.

~Just ask Trayvon Martin. Profiled, hunted down and shot point blank. Murdered because he was Walking While Black.

~New York has a wonderful Stop and Frisk Program going on right now. Blacks and Latinos are being targeted nearly exclusively. Watch THIS VIDEO to see exactly what is going on there. Apartheid much? More on this LINK HERE.

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http://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/what-is-white-privilege/

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~A Spanish magazine features The First Lady of the United States of America as a partially nude SLAVE on their cover.

~RNC attendees throw peanuts at a Black camerawoman and shout “this is how we feed the animals” at her.

~That racist agenda I was talking about? There are so many examples, but Tim Wise gathered nearly all of them in one place. If it walks and talks like a duck… Happy perusing! He’s got even more if you’re not sure I’m telling the truth on this.

That is called Southern Strategy. It is old and nothing new. In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to the Republican Party strategy of gaining political support or winning elections in the Southern section of the country by appealing to racism against African Americans.

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This is what you do with a Black male to keep him in his place. You never acknowledge him being an adult. You infantilize him. You always call him “boy”. And if he still gets too uppity you chop off his foot or castrate him and lynch him from the nearest tree and then set his body on fire when you’re done.

Did you hear GOP elected officials, surrogates and pundits calling Obama “a child” and saying things like “let the adults handle things” or refer to his policies as “infantile”? Well I heard them, and those words were not chosen idly.

Obama being hung in effigy via a noose got so commonplace I barely twitched an eyelid. Many got creative and started hanging empty chairs after the RNC, and this past Halloween brought those wannabe lynchers out in droves.

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What was your response to seeing the President of the United States showing his long form birth certificate? Were you slightly miffed that all “that birther nonsense” had gotten that far? Click below and experience what that was like for Black America to see the leader of the free world being asked to show his papers.

http://angryblacklady.com/2011/04/27/heartbroken-at-the-suffocating-racism-and-outraged-at-the-apologists/

http://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/white-americans-really-need-to-shut-up-and-listen/

If this is still confusing to you, then this will help make things very clear:

http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/04/icymi-goldie-taylor-on-americas-first-black-president-and-his-papers/

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The GOP and its members tells people like me things like this:

Black kids better off during slavery than they are today because back then they had a two parent family.

Slavery was actually a blessing for Black people!

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And now we come to the response of white America to the results of Election 2012. We got The Donald calling down a Jihad on Democrats. We got people on facebook and twitter talking about how they are going to ditch out of the USA and move to Canada. Or Australia. Might want to research up a bit before ditching, cuz Australia: “for all you Americans talking about moving here, our PM is a single atheist female, we have national healthcare and mandatory voting.” Best tweet evar.

Speaking of twitter here are just a few of the torrential gushing of racist posts in reaction to Obama’s win.

Another comment I copied from the web:

My homegirl Noelle said one of her co-workers facebook status this morning was:

“I guess fried chicken will be free all day today. Congrats”

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Like I said, America has a serious problem and it didn’t just crop up because we had the audacity to elect a Black president that first time. Or this time around again. There is the institutionalized and systemic racism and there is the racism of the citizens themselves.

I am in less danger than say Doover or my son – I might survive walking down the street or being deemed “suspicious”. I might survive my next doctor’s visit, or I might be considered trash and ignored and be LEFT TO DIE. Little Black kids playing and driving their go-carts COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED simply because the color of their skin made them a target.

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You don’t get to skip off from responsibility like that woman did, nearly killing those children and not even getting a ticket much less arrested. Something needs to be done to get this country turned around and living up to its true potential.

I know there are civil rights groups and what all that you can turn to to help with this huge project.  You were a bunch of damn hypocrites to think all was right in our world because look we did a good thing and elected Barack in 2008. You can’t even cry the same game this time around, because the alternative was so disgusting, pretty much anyone damn else would have been the better option.

You should thank the GOP and their Southern Strategy machinations for bringing the racism out into the foreground. Now you can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist anymore. That its really “not that bad actually”. You have to begin to understand what the real America is. I know its heartbreaking. Trust me, I know. You want to believe that the America you THINK should be or WISH should be is – but the reality is much more sobering. But they say that the Truth shall set you Free. So why not start there?

Be warned. This sort of thing will happen a LOT when you confront a white person with their own racism:

“…whites’ chronic misunderstanding of the nature and mechanisms of racism so we hear racists calling out minorities for being racists for calling racists out on their racism”.

Don’t get caught in that web. Refocus, bring things back around. Think of it like AA – once you acknowledge the problem – that is the first HUGE step and you are ready to get to work and change your life, other peoples lives and hey our country and maybe the world?

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Oh NO He Di’int!

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*record scratch*

say whaaaa??

I know errbody else including myself has jumped in on this but when you have the MittBot spouting his usual lies and nonsense and Barry off his game – nothing else really sparked in that debate on Weds.

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Run the numbers!!

The federal government appropriated about $445 million in fiscal year 2012 to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports both PBS and NPR.

The amount allotted for federal office space acquisition: $864 million a year.

The amount budgeted by the State Department for either Afghanistan or Iraq in 2012: $2.3 billion and $1.0 billion, respectively.

The defense budget: $676 billion this year.

(Source)

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One of my FAVE astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted:

I concur.

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And now for some closing arguments:

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Oh NO Nina: I’m So Sorry

I’m going to try to express myself coherently. I really am. But ever since I heard that Zoe Saldana was chosen to play the High Priestess of Soul herself Nina Simone…I’ve been alternating between speechlessness and incoherent frothing at the mouth. (Not to mention the hysterical mind-crying sessions we won’t go into right now).

No no no no no no no NO! I just have to BREAK DOWN and LET IT ALL OUT right now, I really do, tho.

Just so you know. There is no disrespect to Zoe’s acting skills or anything like that. I’m also a fan and I loved her in Colombiana and whatsnot. It isn’t about THAT for heaven’s sake!

What this is about is Hollywhite doing its THING again and in the process just making me crazy and wanting to say what I want to say but I find that I’m just UNABLE.

Cute as a button but NO darlin, Just NO.

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Originally they had Mary J. Blige up for the job, but that didn’t work out. Despite Mary’s propensity for “going blonde” alla dang time, I wouldn’t have minded that choice as much. Ok actually I WOULD have minded just as much. See Zoe is the “IT” girl right now, just as Halle Berry was in her heyday – the Black Woman of Choice Hollywhite picks – like we are interchangeable and substitute-able and it just doesn’t MATTER.

But it DOES matter. And it also matters that when they got around to attempting to immortalize such a legendary singer and cultural influence like Nina Simone – they chose to go the unauthorized bio-pic angle. Which of course allows them to not only do things like white-wash her image but choose to de-gay-ify (the character/role) of her close friend and nurse  Clifton Henderson. Oh NO they di’int! Oh yes they DID.

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CLICK HERE for the online petition to have the producers of this movie reconsider their casting choices. As you can see from the comments not only on the petition but on many of the links here on this post, it goes much deeper than just light skin vs dark skin. Here are some examples:
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LOL ok but DAYUM!!


 

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I’m Not Surprised

Although I’m not surprised this happened, I’m still rendered speechless by it and I can’t formulate a coherent response right now. However since I’m slightly late to the conversation at hand, plenty others have been able to speak on this for me – and quite eloquently I might add.

Last month on July 23rd to be exact Kevin Roose in an article for NY Mag titled “Dumb Money: Exposing Silicon Valley’s Stupidest Investments“, had this to say as a kick off intro for his article:

“Some of tech’s clunkers never get off the ground, but others manage to get big, high-profile investments despite having no redeeming qualities whatsoever. (For example, what kind of genius decided to throw $1.2 million at NaturallyCurly, the ‘leading social network and community for people with wavy, curly and kinky hair?’)

Ooopsies My Dear. In case you are wondering Kevin is a white male. I can’t tell you what was going through his mind when he decided to call out NaturallyCurly as an example of a stupid investment. I also think he wasn’t expecting the backlash he did get as evidenced by his “updated” article to include some sort of explanation at the end. Looks like he still has no clue.

The response to his article from BlackGirlLongHair.com includes a rebuttal response from TextureMedia (the company that runs NaturallyCurly.com) CEO Crista Bailey which she says in part (trying no doubt to school Kevin):

“As the straight-haired CEO of TextureMedia, parent company of NaturallyCurly, I thought I would share a few facts about the size and engagement of this market. The first is that approximately 60% of the world has textured hair (waves, curls and coils). That’s a lot of people — close to 80 million textured hair females 18+ in the US alone.

Combined with other brands in the TextureMedia portfolio, NaturallyCurly serves close to 2 million unique visitors every month who appreciate having an engaged community platform to share and learn more about products, stylists, photos, trends, hair health and more.

Women with textured hair spend 3x more on average than their straight-haired peers.”

Poor Kevin shoulda done his homework.

The response to his article from MadameNoir.com says it best I think. Especially the blurb included from Racialicious.com:

“Roose’s thoughtless (and factless) comments illuminate some of the problems in Silicon Valley, namely that the space is controlled by people who are fairly myopic. If this market isn’t something they understand or participate in, it doesn’t exist. And these kinds of perceptions create an environment in the marketplace that disadvantages minority/women fronted businesses seeking investment to create products for their communities.

There is an ignorance around the actual needs, size, and profitability of markets outside of the usual scope. This, on its own, is not a problem – CEOs and Founders can educate investors as to the opportunity and the potential.

But these casual disses and incorrect assumptions poison the well – one would hope that investors aren’t influenced by bad reporting, but these perceptions create a climate where businesses aimed at markets that are not white males are automatically marginalized before they even step into the room.

Worse still, most of these folks will never bother to check and see that their assumptions are wrong. And they will never fully understand why the atmosphere in Silicon Valley doesn’t change.”

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Ok maybe now I can toss in my two cents without frothing at the mouth and passing out from sheer blind anger. At least I’ll give it a try.
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Hey Soul Sister

Sometimes I just ruin everything for myself because I’m so goshdarn web savvy and inquisitive and I just have to KNOW everything about everything.

You’ve probably heard that song Hey, Soul Sister by that band Train. When I first heard it burbling out of my car radio I thought awww how cute izzat? Sounds like a Nerdy White Boy Band singing about well.. ME! (Nerdy you say? How so? Well cuz just who tosses in a ukulele into their song? its fabulous! But a tad nerdy all the same IMHO).

So I came to love this song and well just in case you thought I was being silly, the lyrics really do sound like they are uttering a paean to Black women. Some might find that offensive or just a tad racist/fetishist – but I thought the whole thing was utterly adorkable and really you can only bliss out to Drop It Like Its Hot for just so long.

Hey soul sister 
Ain’t that mister mister 
On the radio stereo 
The way you move aint fair you know 
Hey soul sister 
I don’t want to miss 
A single thing you do 
Tonight 

The way you can cut a rug 
Watching you is the only drug I need 
You’re so gangster I’m so thug 
You’re the only one I’m dreaming of 
You see, I can be myself now finally 
In fact there’s nothing I can’t be 
I want the world to see you’ll be with me 

Awwww so cute! So here comes the ruin it for myself part. I just had to google up the song and find out if for real they were singing about well, you know, ME.

Turns out: NOT!
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Oh gosh ok so I totally cracked up when I found out our USA Olympic Team uniforms are made in China. Everyone seemed so surprised and upset. I’m not sure what world they thought they were living in, really people. Just about every damn thing in my apartment (and I’m sure your house too) sports the Made In China label from most of my clothes, electronics, widgets and doohickeys to the keyboard I’m typing this blog post on. As a consumer if I was actually interested in buying only Made In America stuff: I’d be hard pressed to find any. Hence me cracking up at everyone having conniption fits over our US unis. And really, shouldn’t they have done their homework before signing up Ralph Lauren? Just where do you think all of our main American top designers get their stuff manufactured at?? China China China. Wake up and smell the ginseng already.

The only thing I agree on is that the style of the uniforms are FUGLEE. And we really need to not ever again bust out with berets. Its just not us. Baseball cap or sporty Kangol or even a fedora straight out of Smooth Criminal: SOMETHING! Personally speaking I love berets. And I’m a francophile to the max but berets are just not representative of America, they just aren’t. I just hope the sweat suits and other competition wear look better.

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That tweet that sent an Olympic athlete home.

Was it racist? Really I’m way too tired to tell. It was in poor taste that much I’m sure of. And I do know that chica was unrepentant of said poor taste up until she figured out she was going to get booted off her team. Then the eloquent apologies started up. Not exactly making points for having good character, racism or no.

Here’s some of my thinking on the subject. I think that po chile done forgot where she was for a sec and thought she could continue on as per usual. Many are saying her punishment was too harsh. Again, I’m way too tired to try and sort that out. I think she backed the Greek Olympic committee into a corner, and whether or not they felt otherwise, I think they ended up having no choice but to send her packing.

I also think that if her Olympic journey had meant so much to her, she’d have been putting her nose to the grindstone and concentrating on her athletics and not sitting around tweeting whatever popped into her head. The second she made it onto her country’s team she was no longer “just herself” and should have been adult enough or smart enough or whatever enough to realize that she needed to adjust her behavior accordingly.
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For Doover

This is a lecture by the late Dr. Ivan Van Sertima called Civilizations before Greece and Rome. It is structured in about 11 parts on youtube, so turning on your autoplay is recommended. I post this here for my brother for the following reasons – fleshed out below the vid player.

Doover, like myself and many others have been struggling with trying to reconcile what our brains and common sense have been telling us with what we have been fed by various sources – media, so-called scientific and anthropological experts, historians etc – struggling with who were the ancient Egyptians, the pyramid builders and what did they look like and where did they come from. Especially with the recent King Tut DNA and face reconstruction drama.
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While my computer (Old Betsy III) was down for the count for awhile, I had plenty of time to think about a subject that has been curling around my brain and my heart for all of my life and becoming increasingly to the forefront these days.

Religion.

And what the heck are we gonna do about it.

As soon as I was able to Netflix again, I treated myself to a lecture from His Holiness the Dalai Lama called Compassion in Emptiness. While I am a Buddhist, I’m not a Tibetan Buddhist, but when the Dalai Lama throws down, I’m always there to listen. I always learn something.

Interestingly enough, this teaching he gave was about how to maintain compassion and achieve inner (and outer!) peace in these modern times. (I believe this was filmed during a 3-day symposium somewhere in New York back in 2011.) I was struck dumb when here was this religious leader talking – with some urgency – about how the secular path was the way to go for us to achieve peace in our time and to ease conflict with dialogue. He was very clear about why he was saying secular instead of the religious path.

You see if we try to have a sit down with people (or someone) from differing faiths, it takes a whole lot of effort and sometimes drama to even get to the starting point of having a dialogue – sometimes never – due to the conflicts that arise – already proven my dears – between differing religions.

So instead if we go the secular route – seeking dialogue, and end to conflict, an achievement of peace outside the realm of religion – we have much better opportunities for success.
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Most of you know by now that for me, it isn’t so much about “saving the planet” but more about saving ourselves. I’d like at this time to take it to the next level. The only thing that is needed in order to make the revolutionary change that is needed for our survival is for each and every one of us to make a very important mind-shift. Once that is achieved, you can go out and spread that mind-shift like a contagion and insure for us not only our species survival but put us back on the path to evolving into our next incarnation.

Because yes, that is the key thing: Due to our current mind-set and the behaviors and actions subsequently taken under that aegis, we have effectively taken ourselves out of the evolutionary running.

The first step is to read the book: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Then read it again. Then get everyone you know to read it. You’ve probably heard about books that “will change your life”. Well this is the real deal. If you are able to, make that crucial mind-shift after you’ve read this book.

Here’s a small taste. Most you won’t be able to understand what I’m saying, (and you won’t really until you get ya read on) and that’s ok because I hope that that inspires you to get cracking on that book.

1. Humankind, that is us, that is Homo Sapiens Sapiens is not the pinnacle, the evolutionary end, the end product, the ok we can all stop now cuz OMG we are HERE! (jellyfish anyone?) <–read the book you’ll know what I mean ;)

2. Our destiny is not to own the earth, or conquer nature, or to erradicate, subjugate anyone or anything that gets in the way of our “progress”.

3. The world was not created to be our oyster. Meaning the planet was not created for us to use as we see fit.

4. We were not created to be the rulers of the earth.
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Why must we be the ones to do all the teaching? I’m struggling through some tough stuff right now and I tell you I’m just plain tired. I’ve asked myself this question often enough during my life and I’m officially figuratively – and literally perhaps too – stepping down from the teaching pulpit.

See its always women who have to do the teaching about how people are supposed to treat women. Its always the brown people throwing multicultural seminars and events. I think its high time and well past the time that those that are doing the mishandling and oppression step themselves up and start taking responsibility for teaching what is the right thing to do.

I know there are puh-lenty of men out there who don’t mistreat women, who don’t consider women to be second class citizens, who don’t agree with policies like unequal pay for equal jobs etc and so on. But that is NOT enough. You need to step up and take it further. It is not enough to simply exist on the side of what is good and right. It is time to actively teach your sons these things and make sure they understand them, and know that they too need to stand up in turn and keep the cycle of education and action going forward.
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Truthsense is a word and a concept I got from one of Orson Scott Card‘s novels. It gave me a name for that feeling when I know, absolutely know that something is Right and True. I think we all have that Truthsense inside of us. That moment when things just click together and a big neon sign lights up in your mind with the words: Yep, Dat Iz Da True.

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